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Kruger and Big Cats Photo Safari South Africa
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KRUGER & BIG CATS EXPLORER - South Africa

KRUGER AND BIG CATS EXPLORER photo safari
Join Wild4 Photographic Safaris on a budget friendly photography adventure which includes 6 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 !!

NB** On this safari you will be required to cater for yourself from the Kruger Parks own camp shops or restaurants. There will also be an opportunity to stop at a supermarket before entering the Kruger Park to buy provisions. We will provide each photographer with a coolerbag. This allows you to budget for your own food costs. We recommend that
USD$ 200 per person should be enough if using a mixture of shop food as well as a few meals in the camp restaurants. The accommodations do have cutlery and crockery and cooking facilities as well as fridges to keep your food cold and we will provide cooler bags to take out on game drives.

Bottled still water is provided for on game drives in the Kruger National park and tea / coffee & biscuits are included in the mornings before going out on game drives.

When comparing this tour with our "Best of Kruger Plus Big Cats tour" (BOKPBC) these are the main differences:

> This tour could have up to 6 participants in one safari vehicle if each photographer brings his / her non photographer partner, compared with only a maximum of 4 participants on the BOKPBC tour which only has one non-photographer seat available per safari vehicle.

> This tour has no catering included in the Kruger National Park (compared with the fully catered option on the BOKPBC tour) All food is included at the Big Cat Reserve, on both options.

> This tour is 2 nights shorter than the BOKPBC tour.

> This tour costs (2015 prices)
US$ 4250 p/p/sharing
US$ 4800 p/p single
US$ 3600 p/p non-photographer

compared with the following for the BOKPBC tour (2015 prices)
US$ 6995 p/p/sharing
US$ 7350 p/p single
US$ 6000 p/p non-photographer


The aim of offering this tour is to cut the price by not having to bring in our catering team to prepare meals. However you will still have access to the same photographic hotspots and this tour will still be led by Stu Porter and so the level of photographic tuition will be the same
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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 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.

After your first three nights, you will depart this reserve after breakfast and drive 1 hr 15 mins on good tarmac road to the entrance gate of the Kruger National Park.

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.

6 nights are split between 2 of the best camps INSIDE the Park itself. The locations visited offer different habitat types and are, from experience, the best areas to view & photograph wildlife.

Our own 10 seater specially modified photo safari vehicles are unique amongst vehicles operating in the Kruger. A maximum of 6 participants (non photographer partners are most welcome) will take part in this small group photo safari - a great introductory tour to explore one of Africa's most famous wildlife reserves.

If you are a photographer and do not bring your non photographer partner with you, then you will have an entire bench seat to yourself allowing easy access to both sides of the safari vehicle for photography.

All the camps offer comfortable, air-conditioned, en-suite accommodation. Each room has an electric point for charging batteries. The rooms are also equipped with cooking facilities, crockery, cutlery and a fridge / freezer to store your food.
Photo tips, tuition and animal behaviour interpretation will be offered by Stu who will be your guide and driver for this section of the safari.

On your last morning you will be driven to Nelpruit Airport for a short 1hr 15 min flight back to Johannesburg. This flight will arrive in JHB around mid afternoon allowing plenty of time to connect with most international flights that depart in the evening.

NON-PHOTOGRAPHIC PARTNER / SPOUSE
If your partner enjoys travelling with you on photo specific trips and is patient and enjoys watching nature then they will certainly enjoy this safari too.
Non-photographers share the bench seat with their photographer partner and can also take turns sitting in the front passenger seat next to the driver / guide. 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)
> 6 nights in KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (self catering)
> 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:
> All food in the Kruger National Park (we recommend a budget of US$ 200 per person)
> optional 1 night stop over in JHB before or after the tour which we can arrange for you
> 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.
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BASIC ITINERARY
If you choose to do the EXTENSION then the extension would take place BEFORE the start of the scheduled safari.
Day -1
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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 Airport, where you will be met by Stu at around midday. Road transfer on good tarmac road to the Private BIG CAT Reserve (approx 40 mins) After a late lunch you will check in to your rooms and will then depart for your first afternoon game drive. Overnight BIG CAT RESERVE
Day 2 Full day of photography - overnight BIG CAT RESERVE
Day 3 Full day of photography - overnight BIG CAT RESERVE
Day 4 Final morning photo session at the BIG CAT RESERVE then depart after breakfast for the Kruger National Park arriving at the entrance gate at around midday. You will then photograph on your way, arriving at Satara Camp at the end of the day - overnight SATARA CAMP (central Kruger)
Day 5 Full day of photography - overnight SATARA CAMP (Central Kruger)
Day 6 Full day of photography - overnight SATARA CAMP (Central Kruger)
Day 7 You will move camps today but will still have a full day of photography - reaching your second camp at the end of the day - overnight LOWER SABIE Camp in Southern Kruger
Day 8 Full day of photography - overnight LOWER SABIE Camp (Southern Kruger)
Day 9 Full day of photography - overnight LOWER SABIE Camp (Southern Kruger)
Day 10 Last morning of photography as we head towards the exit gate of the Kruger National Park. We will then drive approx 1hr 45 mins to Nelspruit airport to catch your midday connecting flight back to Johannesburg, arriving mid afternoon after a short (1hr 15 min flight) this should leave you enough time to connect with your international flight home, most of which depart in the early evening.
** PLEASE NOTE **: 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
  6 nights KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
   
2 night EXTENSION (optional)
  2 nights FOREST CAMP
   
LIMIT:
  6 participants in 1 safari vehicle
   
TOUR LEADER:
  Stu Porter
   
2014 DATES:
  SOLD OUT
   
2015 DATES:
  27 May to 05 June (main tour)
  25 May to 26 May (extension)
   
2015 TOUR PRICE:
  US$ 4250 p/p sharing
  US$ 4800 p/p single
  US$ 3600 non-photographer sharing
  US$ 2000 p/p DEPOSIT
   
2015 EXTENSION PRICE:
  US$ 1650 p/p sharing
  US$ 1650 p/p single
   
PLEASE NOTE:
non - photographic partners are most welcome to join - sharing the bench seat with their photographer partners
 
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