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Master your photographic skills whilst spending time in two of the best photographic destinations in Botswana – the Chobe and The Okavango Delta as well as the vibrant city of Johannesburg and breath-taking Victoria Falls.
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Economy class flights with Qantas from Auckland, ten nights' accommodation, meals and drinks as indicated, an Adventure World host, use of Pangolin cameras and photo tuition from guides within Botswana, private transfers throughout, National Park and Concession entrance fees, game drive, activities and sightseeing as specified.
Auckland, 1 Nov '18
There is no better way to improve your wildlife photography than in the best classroom in the world – The African Bush. This hosted safari will appeal to photographers of all levels of experience and ability who want a more immersive safari experience at some of the best photo locations in Botswana and Zimbabwe. No matter how much you think you know there is always something more to learn when it comes to wildlife photography and our guides will be on hand throughout this safari to help you do just that.
The Wildlife Photography Safari will help you to master your photographic skills whilst spending time in two of the best photographic destinations in Botswana – the Chobe and The Okavango Delta.
Each safari is hosted by a resident photographic guide who will be on hand to not only go through the basics but help you with some more advanced techniques to take your photography to the next level.
In between the morning and afternoon game activities there will be time to spend with the guides doing post-production so we advise you to bring a laptop with you to edit and review your images in the group sessions.
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Photograph some of the most relaxed and varied wildlife from both land and water on custom built photo boats and vehicles.
Explore Soweto, visit the Apartheid Museum and discover South Africa's largest city.
Witness one of the world's most striking natural attractions – Victoria Falls.
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Meet your Adventure World Host at Auckland Airport and depart Auckland at 08:35am and travel to Johannesburg via Sydney with Qantas.
You will arrive in Johannesburg at 16:35pm and overnight at the Southern Sun O.R Tambo International Airport Hotel, a short drive away from the airport.
This morning you will be picked up in the morning for your onward flight to Victoria Falls.
On arrival to the airport you will be transferred by a representative to Victoria Falls Hotel. This “Grand old Dame” has been hosting travellers wanting to visit this natural wonder for centuries and still maintains its old-world charm while affording guests the usual modern comforts like air conditioning. A real treat while staying here is taking afternoon tea on the veranda! The falls are only a short walk away from the hotel and are visible across the rolling lawns. The Hotel has earned international acclaim with its Edwardian elegance, charm & tranquil atmosphere.
This evening seduces your senses with the tastes, sights and sounds of Africa with an unforgettable dining experience. The Boma provides not just a meal, but a complete cultural experience. Guests are encouraged to relax, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a `once in a lifetime' evening.
Specialising in a superb selection of Zimbabwean dishes served on cast-iron plates. Famous for its game dishes including warthog steaks, ostrich kebabs and kudu stews. The Boma also provides a wonderful variety of chicken, beef, pork and fish.
A feast of nightly entertainment includes Shangaan and Ndebele dancers and singers, a local n'anga (traditional healer) and sangoma (traditional story teller). The acclaimed 'Zambezi Drumbeat' provides a wonderful interactive drumming experience - encouraging all diners to participate in the evening's festivities. (B,D)
Today you will be collected from your hotel at approximately 8:30am and driven to Victoria Falls for a half day tour. The Falls are described as one of the seven natural wonders of the world and Zimbabwe boasts some spectacular views. Guests will find out how the Falls were formed and what local customs and traditions surround them.
The tour is very informative. During the high-water season, you may get wet so dress appropriately with shoes that do not slip. Once your tour commences you will be transferred back to you hotel in time for your afternoon Sunset Cruise.
In the Afternoon you’ll have a Zambezi Explorer Sunset Cruise. Pick up for your cruise will be at 4:00pm with the boat departing at 4:30pm. The cruise lasts for approximately 2 hours and includes snacks as well as drinks. You'll arrive back at your hotel at about 7:00pm.
The most popular activity in Victoria Falls is a cruise on the river above the waterfall. This part of the river is characterised by a multitude of small and large islands, clad with lush tropical vegetation and is an area of renowned scenic beauty. The river is part of the National Parks so you can expect to see hippo, crocodile and bushbuck as well as a host of smaller species and an abundant variety of bird life.
All this is viewed from comfortable chairs on a shaded deck near a well-stocked bar. A selection of spirits, wines, beers and soft drinks as well as snacks are provided and served throughout the cruise by friendly waiters making the whole experience one to remember. (B)
After breakfast you’ll be transferred by road to Chobe National Park where you’ll be staying in the Pangolin Chobe Lodge.
Your home for the first three nights will be at The Pangolin Chobe Lodge which sits on the hill overlooking the Chobe floodplains. Each morning and afternoon you will be taken into the National Park, which is less than a kilometre away from the lodge, by a resident photo guide, who will be on hand to help you make the most of each of the photo opportunities that present themselves.
Included in this package is the use of a state of the art DSLR camera and telephoto lens at both the Chobe Lodge and the camp in The Okavango Delta. If you have your own camera gear, you will be provided with a base plate to attach to your lens collar for use on the custom built chairs on the photo boats. (B, L, D)
In the morning before breakfast, join a Morning Game Drive. Once you’re done you’ll enjoy breakfast, relaxation, then lunch in the lodge.
The Pangolin Chobe Lodge will, of course, offer their signature activities on their photo boat, and their selection of custom-built vehicles including the mighty Unimog. Along with photographic activities, they also have several other boats and vehicles which can be used by clients not wishing to do photography specifically, but rather general game viewing instead. The choice is yours as to whether you would like to join the photo safari or standard game activity. The Pangolin Chobe Lodge is designed to be enjoyed by photographers and non-photographers alike.
In the afternoons you can make use of the editing area in the upstairs lounge or just relax by the pool with a good book. After the evening game activity, meet for dinner and tales around the fire. On some evenings the photo guides will do a presentation of their images in the upstairs bar in the hope that their compositions will inspire you to try different angles and techniques the next day.
The heart of the Pangolin Chobe lodge is the dining room, editing area, bar and pool terrace. The aim of the Pangolins Chobe Lodge is to have an inclusive elegant and relaxed atmosphere where you immediately feel like you are a part of a club. The walls are adorned with amazing wildlife images to inspire you, and there are plenty of places to relax and spend time with your fellow travellers. On the upper floor is the bar, with a table dedicated to editing and workshops. Below is a large dining area where you will all eat meals together at one large table. Leading on from the dining area is the pool deck. On certain evenings, they like to have a braai (a South African barbecue). This is a great way to enjoy the space as they utilise the whole of the pool deck and dining areas. (B, L, D)
See Day 5 for today's itinerary. (B)(L)(D)
After the morning activity and a wholesome brunch, you will be transferred to nearby Kasane Airport for your charter flight to the Khwai Private Reserve in The Okavango Delta. If you are borrowing a camera from the camp, you need only take the memory card with you as there will be another camera waiting for you when you land.
Once you arrive at Banoka Bush, you’ll be transferred to Pangolin Khwai Camp. The Khwai Private Reserve is 200,000ha in size and bordered by the Khwai River to the South. Khwai has a reputation as one of the best areas in the Delta ecosystem for wildlife photography in the region. Upon landing you will travel through the reserve to the Pangolin Khwai Camp to get settled in and enjoy high tea before heading out into the open grasslands that surround the camp.
The reserve has excellent populations of the big cats (especially Lion, Leopard and Cheetah) and also several packs of Wild Dog and these will be the main subjects you will go in search of while on the reserve. Being a private reserve, means it is possible to off-road at important sightings and spend as much time as needed at each one. In the Southern section of the reserve, which is approximately 75km2 in size there are never more than about ten vehicles at a time, three of which are from the Pangolin camp. A limited number of vehicles means that there a limited numbers at a sighting but enough in the general area to help locate them. (B, L, D)
These days are at your leisure to enjoy all that Pangolin Khwai camp has to offer.
During your time at the reserve, there will also be an opportunity to spend a morning or afternoon gliding through the Delta in a traditional dugout canoe called a Mokoro. This gives you a unique vantage point as your poler pushes you past herds of plains game as they graze next to the rivers and channels.
Other activities on offer are bush walks with specialist guides as well as a visit to the underground hide that are located in the drier areas further North.
During the day there is a dedicated editing area in the communal areas of the camp and in the evenings there will be a roaring fire to enjoy with your fellow travellers along with a well-stocked bar and delicious home cooked meals. (B, L, D)
See Day 8 for today's itinerary. (B)(L)(D)
After breakfast you’ll be transferred to Banoka Bush Airstrip for your flight to Maun. Flight details will be provided closer to your departure date. Once in Maun please proceed to your onward flight.
On arrival at the airport you will be met and transferred by private air conditioned vehicle to your hotel in Sandton Johannesburg
Established in 1949, the Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton is a premier hotel, set in the heart of Sandton, South Africa and is within easy reach of all entertainments and business districts and walking distance to Sandton's main shopping areas. For those who seek premier quality and elegance, Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton is the distinctively superior choice.
The two sections of the stylish 330 bedroom property each have their own private garden and swimming pool, lending a distinctive atmosphere of luxurious tranquility to the hectic schedule of businessmen and tourist alike. Each of the rooms is tastefuly furnished to portray the ultimate in comfort and and style. (B)
Spend the morning exploring Johannesburg and taking in the highlights, including the Westcliff view, Nelson Mandela bridge (photo opportunity, not crossing the bridge), Museum Africa (photo opportunity only), Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown sites, the Carlton Centre and Constitution Hill.
This landlocked city surrounded by golden mountains is able to take you back to its humble beginnings as a mining settlement and its progress to becoming the 40th largest metropolitan area in the world.
This afternoon it is time to return to New Zealand. Your private transfer will take you to the airport in time for your flight back to Auckland where you will say goodbye to your Adventure World host. (B).
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