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BEST OF KRUGER & BIG CATS - South Africa
BEST OF KRUGER PLUS BIG CATS PHOTO SAFARI
Join Wild4 Photographic Safaris on a photography adventure which includes 8 nights in South Africa's premier wildlife reserve, the Kruger National Park, famous for its astounding variety of mammal and bird species. A further 3 nights spent at the BIG CAT RESERVE will allow you to return home with incredible shots of Africa's Big Cats - Lion, Leopard and Cheetah !!

You will note that on each departure date you may choose to join either Trip "A" or Trip "B"
If you join Trip "A" you will be one of three photographers beginning your safari with the 3 nights at the BIG CAT RESERVE. This will then be followed by 8 nights inside the Kruger National Park. At both locations you will be one of only three photographers in your safari vehicle.

If you decide to join Trip "B" then your trip will begin with the 8 nights in the Kruger National Park and will end with three nights at the BIG CAT RESERVE. You will also be one of only three photographers in your safari vehicle for the duration of your safari.

The reason we do this is so that we can have two safari vehicles running in the Kruger National Park at the same time, each vehicle will have only three photographers in each but there will be a total of 6 photographers on the Kruger National Park section. Stu will rotate between the safari vehicles each day to offer photographic tuition. The other guide on the safari will be one that Stu has used before on many photographic trips and who knows what photographers are looking for, when it comes to light and positioning of the safari vehicle to achieve the best possible photographs.

Established in 1898, “The Kruger” is one of Africa's oldest and biggest parks. Along with recently added private reserves, it covers over 20 000 km2 or 7800 miles2. Its diversity of plant, mammal, reptile and bird species is astounding.
The park offers an array of different habitats, from grassland and mixed woodland through to dense thickets, from rolling hills with granite koppies, to riverine vegetation with beautiful fig, jackalberry and fever trees.

8 nights are split between the 2 best camps INSIDE the Park itself. The locations visited offer different habitat types and are, from experience, the best areas to view & photograph wildlife in the Kruger.
Our own specially modified photo safari vehicles are unique amongst vehicles operating in the Kruger. We take only two radio-linked vehicles on our safaris, each with a maximum of 3 photographers, allowing each photographer unrestricted access to both sides of the vehicle.

Both camps offer comfortable, air-conditioned, en-suite accommodation. Each room has an electric point for charging batteries. All meals are catered for by the Wild4 team. Packed breakfasts and lunches come with us every day, to maximize time in the field. Dinners are home cooked meals served beneath the African stars, around our private dinner table. Water & fruit juice are provided at dinner. Alcoholic beverages can be purchased from the camps shop and brought to dinner.
Stu alternates between the two vehicles each day to offer photo tips and tuition as and when situations arise. The group size allows for questions to be answered at any time. Tuition presentations are held on most evenings after dinner.

The "BIG CAT RESERVE" section of the safari takes place at a private lodge approximately 1 hour’s drive on a good tarmac road, from the Kruger National Park's ORPEN exit gate.
The 3 nights you spend in this reserve will provide very different experiences and opportunities. Being a private reserve we have more freedom than in the Kruger National Park. Here, guided by a ranger, you are able to leave the vehicle and approach some animals such as rhino, hippo, crocodile & cheetah on foot.

The main attraction of this reserve is the opportunity to get close to and photograph the BIG CATS of Africa ! You will have private photo sessions with leopards, cheetahs and lions.

Being able to get close to these animals at the best times of the day for light will enable you to achieve excellent photos of them in their natural bush environment. Having a more controlled situation allows us to re-shoot and to fine tune technique and camera skills. We explore a number of different photo techniques such as panning, wide angle photography, as well as night & action photography. It is the perfect environment to learn new skills and techniques or fine tune old ones, all under the expert guidance of your tour leader, Stu Porter, who has been visiting the reserve for the past 10 years.

Accommodation is at the reserve’s main lodge in air-conditioned, en-suite rooms with electricity to recharge batteries. All meals are included at the Big Cat Reserve, but drinks are for your own account

NON-PHOTOGRAPHIC PARTNER / SPOUSE
One discounted seat in each safari vehicle is offered for a patient, nature loving non-photographic partner / spouse. If your partner enjoys travelling with you on photo specific trips, they will certainly enjoy this one.
The non -photographer can choose to sit either in the front passenger seat next to the driver or next to their companion.
A non-photographer can also opt to pay the full photographer price in which case both the photographer and the non-photographer would then be guaranteed to have a full bench seat to themselves and unrestricted access to both sides of the safari vehicle.
Non-photographers are also very welcome to take their own photos and videos however they do not have a say as to how long we stay at sightings, when to leave etc as priority will be given to the photographers paying full price. The same priority will be given when it comes to photographic tuition.
INCLUDED IN PRICE:
> 3 nights at Private BIG CAT RESERVE (BLD)
> 8 nights in KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (BLD)
> all park entrance fees
> all road transfers
> internal flights from JHB to Kruger and from Kruger back to JHB
> use of private safari vehicles with qualified (FGASA) guides
> bottled water on game drives in Kruger National Park only
> Photographic tuition from your tour leader, Stu Porter
(B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner)
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE:
> optional 1 night stop over in JHB before or after the tour
> all drinks including bottled water at PRIVATE BIG CAT RESERVE
> curios & personal gifts / items from shops
> tips / gratuities for camp / lodge staff and for your driver / guide
> laundry
> personal medical, travel & equipment insurance
> INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS TO SOUTH AFRICA
> visa fees if applicable
 
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2 NIGHT EXTENSION:
For those interested in adding to their safari, we offer an exciting and unique 2 night extension, either at the beginning or at the end of the scheduled safari (depending on the departure date)

We spend the two nights at a Forest Lodge, nestled at the base of the Drakensberg Mountains in en-suite rooms with electricity to recharge batteries. The lodge offers excellent photography from a hide/blind at eye level with the floor of a riverine forest. Birds, diurnal and nocturnal mammals visit a small waterhole in front of the hide/blind.
A wild vulture feed is also included in the schedule. Up to 400 vultures have been counted. This is a great opportunity to fine tune your “birds in flight” skills and to support the Southern African Vulture Conservation initiative.
The highlight is a full day of African Reptile Photography. This exclusive photo shoot is spent with a well-expereinced reptile handler who not only positions the animals for great photos, but also shares a wealth of interesting information about these misunderstood and seldom seen animals.
Species may include:
black & green mambas, snouted & spitting cobras, chameleon, tiger snake, puff adder, baboon spider, scorpion, sungazer lizard and more....a fantastic opportunity for great macro shots of these creatures, almost impossible to duplicate in the wild.

EXTENSION PRICE: (see prices alongside)
Inclusive of 2 nights full board at Forest Lodge, all road transfers, park entrance fees and private vehicles and guides.
NOT INCLUDED: Drinks and tips / gratuities for lodge staff and snake handler.
  *NB itineraries are subject to change based on availability of accommodation
BASIC ITINERARY TRIP "A"
If you choose to do the EXTENSION and are on TRIP "A" then the extension would take place BEFORE the start of the scheduled safari.
Day -1
EXT
Depart Johannesburg on an internal flight to Hoedspruit where you will be met by Stu Porter. Road transfer on good tarmac road to FOREST LODGE (approx 45 mins) Arrive at lodge in time for a late lunch. After lunch, settle into rooms and then head out for the afternoon vulture photo shoot - overnight FOREST LODGE.
Day 0
EXT
Full day exclusive photo shoot at Reptile Park (approx 20mins from the lodge). Return to lodge late afternoon - night photography from hide/blind. - overnight FOREST LODGE
Day 1
EXT
END of extension - transfer by road to BIG CAT RESERVE (approx 1 hr) arrive in time for Lunch.
Day 1 Depart Johannesburg on an internal flight to Hoedspruit where you will be met by your guide. Road transfer on good tarmac road to BIG CAT RESERVE (approx 45 mins) Arrive at lodge in time for a late lunch. After lunch, settle into rooms and then head out for our first game drive - overnight BIG CATS
Day 2 Full day of photography at Big Cat Reserve - overnight BIG CATS
Day 3 Full day of photography at Big Cat Reserve - overnight BIG CATS
Day 4 Morning photo shoot at the Big Cat Reserve - depart for Kruger Park around 10:00am. Drive approx 1hr 30mins on good tarmac road, arrive Kruger Park around lunch time. Head towards our first camp arriving late afternoon after photographing along the way - overnight LOWER SABIE CAMP
Day 5 Full day of photography - overnight LOWER SABIE CAMP
Day 6 Full day of photography - overnight LOWER SABIE CAMP
Day 7 Full day of photography - overnight LOWER SABIE CAMP
Day 8 Full day of photography - reaching our second camp at the end of the day - overnight SATARA CAMP in Central Kruger
Day 9 Full day of photography - overnight SATARA CAMP
Day 10 Full day of photography - overnight SATARA CAMP
Day 11 Full day of photography - overnight SATARA CAMP
Day 12 Final morning game drive in Kruger - depart at 10:00 am for Hoedspruit airport. Drive approx 1hr 15 mins on good tarmac road. Catch the 13:00 internal flight back to Johannesburg (approx 1hr15) arrive in Johannesburg mid afternoon. Most international flights depart in the evening which allows you plenty of time to connect.
 
BASIC ITINERARY TRIP "B"
Day 1 Depart Johannesburg on an internal flight to Nelspruit where you will be met by your guide around midday. Road transfer on good tarmac road to Southern Kruger Park (approx 1hr 30 mins) Game drive en-route to first camp in Kruger - overnight LOWER SABIE CAMP
Day 2 Full day of photography - overnight LOWER SABIE CAMP
Day 3 Full day of photography - overnight LOWER SABIE CAMP
Day 4 Full day of photography - overnight LOWER SABIE CAMP
Day 5 Full day of photography - reaching our second camp at the end of the day - overnight SATARA CAMP in Central Kruger
Day 6 Full day of photography - overnight SATARA CAMP
Day 7 Full day of photography - overnight SATARA CAMP
Day 8 Full day of photography - overnight SATARA CAMP
Day 9 Final morning game drive in Kruger - depart at 11:00 am for Big Cat Reserve. Drive approx 1hr 15 mins on good tarmac road, arrive Big Cat Reserve in time for lunch. After lunch, settle into rooms and then head out for our first game drive - overnight BIG CATS
Day 10 Full day of photography at Big Cat Reserve - overnight BIG CATS
Day 11 Full day of photography at Big Cat Reserve - overnight BIG CATS
Day 12 Morning photo shoot at the Big Cat Reserve - depart for Hoedspruit Airport around 11:00 am. Catch the 13:00 internal flight back to Johannesburg (approx 1hr15) arrive in Johannesburg mid afternoon. Most international flights depart in the evening which allows you plenty of time to connect.
If you choose to do the EXTENSION and are on TRIP "B" then the extension would take place at the END of the scheduled safari (NB some departures do not offer the extension so please confirm with us)
Day 12
EXT
Depart BIG CAT RESERVE. Road transfer on good tarmac road to FOREST LODGE (approx 45 mins) Arrive at lodge in time for a lunch. After lunch, settle into rooms and then head out for the afternoon vulture photo shoot - overnight FOREST LODGE.
Day 13
EXT
Full day exclusive photo shoot at Reptile Park (approx 20mins from the lodge). Return to lodge late afternoon - night photography from hide / blind. - overnight FOREST LODGE
Day 14
EXT
Final morning at Forest Lodge can be spent at the hide / blind. Depart at 10:00 am for Hoedspruit airport. Drive approx 45 mins on good tarmac road. Catch the 13:00 internal flight back to Johannesburg (approx 1hr15) arrive in Johannesburg mid afternoon. Most international flights depart in the evening which allows you plenty of time to connect.
PS: the above itinerary and price is subject to change at any time, based on accommodation availability at the time of booking and changes in currency exchange rates. If changes are necessary then clients will be informed as to what the changes are as soon as we are made aware of them.

IMPORTANT!
PLEASE READ OUR BOOKING INFORMATION PAGE FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO BOOK YOUR PHOTO SAFARI AND THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF MAKING A BOOKING WITH WILD4
 
TOUR DETAILS

DURATION:
  3 nights BIG CAT RESERVE
  8 nights KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
   
2 night EXTENSION (optional)
  2 nights FOREST CAMP
   
LIMIT:
  6 photographers
  2 non-photographers sharing
  TOTAL of: 8 participants in 2 safari vehicles (maximum of 4 people in a vehicle)
The non photographers will sit next to the driver / guide.
TOUR LEADER:
  Stu Porter
   
2014 DATES:
  13 Aug to 24 Aug (TRIP "A")
begin at the Big Cat Reserve and end in the Kruger Park
EXTENSION: 11 Aug to 12 Aug
  16 Aug to 27 Aug (TRIP "B")
begin in the Kruger Park and end at the Big Cat Reserve
EXTENSION: Aug 28 to Aug 29
   
2014 MAIN TOUR PRICE:
  US$ 6595 p/p sharing
  US$ 6950 p/p single
  US$ 5695 non-photographer sharing
  US$ 1500 p/p DEPOSIT
   
2014 EXTENSION PRICE:
  US$ 1500 p/p sharing
  US$ 1500 p/p single
   
2015 DATES:
  31 Aug to 11 Sept (TRIP "A")
begin at the Big Cat Reserve and end in the Kruger Park
EXTENSION: 29 Aug to 30 Aug
  03 Sept to 14 Sept (TRIP "B")
begin in the Kruger Park and end at the Big Cat Reserve
EXTENSION: 15 Sept to 16 Sept
   
2015 MAIN TOUR PRICE:
  US$ 6995 p/p sharing
  US$ 7350 p/p single
  US$ 6000 non-photographer sharing
  US$ 2000 p/p DEPOSIT
   
2015 EXTENSION PRICE:
  US$ 1650 p/p sharing
  US$ 1650 p/p single
   
PLEASE NOTE:
There are 2 non-photographer seats available on this safari. As a non-photographer you will sit in front of the safari vehicle next to the driver / guide. Or you are welcome to join your photographer partner sharinging his / her bench seat in the safari vehicle.
 
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