US$ 11,050 Sharing
US$ 11,350 Single
US$ 3,000 Deposit
LOCATION: Namibia and South Africa
PLACES VISITED: Etosha National Park (Namibia) / Tswalu Private Game Reserve (South Africa)
SKILL LEVEL: Any level from beginner to advanced - photo tuition and guidance is offered on this safari
This 13 Day Photo Safari begins & ends in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The main focus of this very different photo safari is to spend time in two arid environments, namely Etosha National Park in Namibia and the Kalahari Desert in South Africa. These arid environments offer very different settings and backgrounds to your photographs. They also have great potential for you to see and photograph the regular species of animals found on most african safaris, such as elephant, buffalo, Lion, Giraffe and Zebra, but it will also offer wonderful opportunities to photograph the more elusive, secretive and shy animals that have adapted to these very harsh and dry environments. We will be on the look out for the Aardvark, Pangolin, Roan & Sable antelope, Meerkats, Red Hartebeest as well as the highly endangered Black Rhino and African Wild dog.
I will meet you at Johannesburg (OR TAMBO Int Airport) for a morning flight to Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Here we will be met by our Ultimate Safaris guide and vehicle. We immediately depart on a 3 hour road trip to Frans Indongo Lodge where we stay for the night. This is a convenient half way stop on the way to Etosha and the final 3 hour drive to Etosha is done the following morning so that we can arrive at Etosha at around 08:30 in time for a morning game drive. Etosha National Park is just over 20 000 sq km or nearly 8 000 sq miles in size and is a vast wilderness area. We have timed this safari to coincide with the middle of the dry season in Etosha where large numbers of animals make their way to the remaining water sources to quench their thirst in this dry arid environment. We spend a total of 6 days exploring both the western and eastern sides of Etosha. Our first 3 nights are spent in the West at Okaukuejo Camp and our final 3 nights are spent in the east at Onguma Tented Camp, a camp that is just outside the National Park in its own private reserve. We will be doing all our game drives inside the national park at both locations.
Etosha is well known for its Lion population, and it consistently produces some of the best "general game" photos of Zebra, Giraffe, Wildebeest, Oryx, Black Faced Impala, Kudu, Jackal, Spotted Hyaena, Elephant, Springbok and Black Rhino, along with a fantastic variety of birds. Photographing the great variety of "general game" in the dry arid environment as well as when these animals come to drink at the waterholes will be the focus of our stay whilst in Etosha National Park.
We spend a stop over night in Windhoek on the way to our second destination. We fly back to Johannesburg on a morning flight and arrive in time to catch a 1hr 30 min flight from JHB to Tswalu Kalahari Reserve arriving in time for a late lunch and our first afternoon game drive.
Tswalu is a 1000 sq km or 600 sq mile Private Reserve (the largest in South Africa) and its habitat consists of vegetated rolling Kalahari Dunes, semiarid grasslands and open savannah. The Korranaberg Mountain range offers a stunning backdrop to this "green" part of the Kalahari Desert. With only 10 safari vehicles and a maximum of only 28 guests at any one time on the reserve, this reserve offers exclusivity like no other in Africa. Together with our experienced ranger we will build our own schedule and over the next 4 days we will explore this picturesque landscape in search of the more elusive and shy animals of the Kalahari. High on our list will be a photo shoot with the habituated group of Meerkats, early morning and evening game drives to search for the Aardvark and Pangolin, looking for the endangered Wild dogs & Black Rhino as well as searching for the rare antelope species found here, namely the Roan and Sable. The reserve also has two Lion prides, Cheetah and Leopards. These 4 days will be very busy and filled with great photo opportunities with the wildlife, landscapes and the clear Kalahari night sky. All the skills of night photography and how to capture the nocturnal world will be explained.
This is one of our most exclusive small group photo safaris with a maximum of only 3 participants in 1 private vehicle. There is plenty of space for equipment and guaranteed access to BOTH sides of the safari vehicle.
Stu Porter will lead the tour and offer photo tuition and guidance.
Each photographer will have the complimentary use of a Visual Echoes panning plate & WILD4 Professional beanbags.
The wonderfully different environment at Tswalu is home to the following animals which we will hope to photograph during our stay at the reserve:
African Wild dog, Cheetah, Lion, Leopard, Pangolin, Aardvark, Hartman's Mountain Zebra, Meerkats, Bat-EaredFox, Silver Fox, Honey Badger, African Wildcat, White & Black Rhino, Cape Buffalo, Giraffe, Ground Squirrel, Eland, Oryx (Gemsbok), Impala, Springbok, Greater Kudu, Tsessebe, Red Hartebeest, Sable, Roan, Brown Hyaena, Black Backed Jackal, Giraffe, Warthog, Caracal and a good variety of birds.
Day 1 Group meets in Johannesburg for the morning flight to Namibia. Arrive in Windhoek, meet our vehicle and guide and drive half way to Etosha where we overnight at Frans Indongo Lodge
Day 2 Arrive at Etosha for mid morning game drive. Lunch and check in followed by afternoon game drive. Overnight at Okaukuejo Camp inside the National Park (3 nights)
Day 3 Morning & Afternoon game drives in Etosha. Overnight at Okaukuejo Camp
Day 4 Morning & Afternoon game drives in Etosha. Overnight at Okaukuejo Camp
Day 5 Depart the western side of Etosha and have a full day in the park driving towards the east, arriving at our camp in the early evening. Overnight at Onguma Tented Camp (3 nights)
Day 6 Morning & Afternoon game drives in Etosha. Overnight at Onguma Tented Camp
Day 7 Morning & Afternoon game drives in Etosha. Overnight at Onguma Tented Camp
Day 8 Depart Onguma and drive back to Windhoek for an overnight stay at Galton House
Day 9 Transfer to Windhoek airport for morning flight back to Johannesburg (flight time approx 2 hrs) arrive in JHB and catch connecting flight to Tswalu Kalahari Private Game Reserve (flight time approx 1hr 30 mins) Arrive at Tswalu for a late lunch followed by afternoon game drive. Overnight at the Motse (4 nights)
Day 10 Morning & Afternoon game drives at Tswalu. Overnight at the Motse
Day 11 Morning & Afternoon game drives at Tswalu. Overnight at the Motse
Day 12 Morning & Afternoon game drives at Tswalu. Overnight at the Motse
Day 13 Final morning game drive followed by breakfast and then catch our flight back to Johannesburg arriving at midday. Connect with your international flight home.
- Flight from JHB to Windhoek and from Windhoek back to JHB
- All road transfers as detailed in the itinerary
- 1 night Frans Indongo Lodge (Namibia)
- 3 nights Okaukuejo Camp Etosha National Park (Namibia)
- 3 nights Onguma Tented Camp (Namibia)
- 1 night Galton House (Namibia)
- Local flights from JHB to Tswalu & from Tswalu back to JHB
- 4 nights at the Motse in Tswalu Kalahari Private Game Reserve (South Africa)
- Selected local drinks (water, sodas, fruit juice, beer & local wine)
- All food
- All park entrance fees
- Private use of safari vehicles with qualified guides
- Professional photographic tuition
- Complimentary use of a visual echoes panning plate
- Tips / gratuities for camp / lodge staff and for your drivers / guides
- Personal medical, travel & equipment insurance
- Visa fees if applicable
- International flights to and from Johannesburg
- Any extra nights of accommodation before or after the safari - we can arrange these for you and add it to your statement
Flight time from Johannesburg to Windhoek is approx 2 hrs. Upon arrival in Namibia we travel a few hours to our first overnight stop at Frans Indongo Lodge, a convenient half way point between Windhoek and Etosha. The lodge is very comfortable with en-suite rooms and great food.
We then continue and reach the Etosha National Park where we will make use of the National Park Camp in the west called Okaukuejo. This is one of the Camps run by the National Park and has comfortable and clean en-suite accommodation. We spend 3 nights here.
Our next stop is the Onguma Tented Camp which lies just outside the eastern gate of the Etosha National Park. We will leave the park to access the Onguma Private Reserve on which the Tented Camp is situated. This is a luxury small tented camp with beautifully appointed permanent safari tents that overlook a waterhole. We spend 3 nights here.
We continue back to Windhoek for a final night at Galton House in Windhoek. We have an early flight to Johannesburg so that we can link up with our midday flight to Tswalu Kalahari. We arrive in Tswalu in the early afternoon after a 1hr 30 min flight.
At Tswalu we will be staying in spacious and very elegant suites at the "Motse"
At all locations we will have the private use of safari vehicles complete with photographic beanbags. With only 3 photographers in the vehicle there is plenty of space for your equipment and you will have guaranteed access to BOTH sides of the safari vehicle.
The flight from Johannesburg (JNB) to Windhoek takes approximately 2hrs
The flight from Johannesburg (JNB) to Tswalu Private Game Reserve takes approximately 1hr 30 mins
Road transfer from Windhoek to Frans Indongo Lodge is approx 3hrs 30 mins
Road transfer from Frans Indongo Lodge to Etosha is approx 2hrs 30 mins
Road transfer from Onguma to Windhoek is approx 530km (330 miles) 6 hrs
On this safari you must use a soft duffel type bag for your main luggage (not hard suitcases) as these are easier to pack into vehicles and planes. The normal luggage restriction as far as weight goes are 20 kgs for hold luggage and 8 kgs for Cabin Luggage. We all know that as photographers 8 kgs for camera equipment is not enough ! However you will find that the size of the bag is more important. A normal Think Tank type camera bag (airport accelerator) should carry the amount of equipment you need for your safari. The weight allowance for the flight from JHB to Tswalu is LESS than the normal allowance described below but we will arrange for extra allowance for our group.
Please ask us for more details about this.
Each participant will have the complimentary use of a visual echoes panning plate
I firmly believe that having a stable shooting platform on the safari vehicles is a crucial element to the success of a photo safari. You need to be comfortable when shooting so that you can concentrate on the image and not how to balance a telephoto lens on a wobbly monopod or your knees ! We will often sit and wait patiently for long periods of time for a shot to present itself - being comfortable is paramount.
For the Etosha National Park section we will be using beanbags from the safari vehicle
For the Tswalu Kalahari section we will also make use of beanbags from the vehicle
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK - NO OFF ROAD DRIVING is allowed in any of the Namibian National Parks. Personally I never find that this has a negative impact on the photographic experience, in fact it makes one appreciate wildlife even more and how we should have a respect for it. Despite not being allowed off road, you will be pleasantly surprised at what Etosha produces in terms of different photographic opportunities.
TSWALU KALAHARI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE - yes we are allowed off road but at the discretion of the ranger who will be driving our vehicle. It is not a simple case of crashing off into the bush after wildlife. The ranger has to assess each situation before going off road. Some areas are more sensitive to damage than others and some trees and bushes are more vulnerable than others. You can be assured that the ranger wants to show you the animals and get you as close as possible but on some occasions we will have to respect the rules of the reserve as well as the environment and the comfort levels of the wildlife.
The Southern African winter months run from June through to late August, it will be cold in the mornings and in the evenings, especially when travelling in the open safari vehicles. This often catches people by surprise. The days generally warm up to a very pleasant temperature of around 25 C (or 77 F) Skies are often clear at this time of year and rain is very rare. In the Kalahari we can expect the night time temperatures to be close to zero or below.
Warm clothing is necessary especially in the early morning and evening. I would recommend a warm fleece as well as a wind breaker jacket. Long trousers, a beanie (woollen hat) and gloves are remarkably useful too.
As far as camera equipment goes, we have a more detailed kit list which we will send out to you at time of registration.
Yes there is a laundry service available at all locations. This will be for your own account
All the accommodations you will be staying at on this safari will have electric points for recharging your batteries and laptops. A detailed Plug & Voltage document will be sent out to you at the time of registration.
There is free wifi internet at all places EXCEPT for OKAUKUEJO CAMP in Etosha
Cell phone / Mobile reception at all locations is very patchy with not very good coverage.
Entry into Etosha National Park is always at Sunrise - this varies according to the time of actual sunrise. The park gates close at sunset.
At Tswalu we have a lot more flexibility with our departure times and we will also be able to do night drives. We normally arrive back at camp with some time to prepare for dinner, which is normally around 8 o'clock
We usually meet up at around 05:15 for a quick cup of coffee / tea and some cookies / rusks on the main verandah before heading out on our morning drive. We take packed breakfasts with us and will eat these at a suitable time. We then return to camp just before lunch. Lunch is enjoyed at the camp. We then meet up at 15:00 for and head out for the afternoon game drive, returning to the camp at the end of the day. We will then have time to download images and freshen up before meeting for dinner at around 8pm
TSWALU KALAHARI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
When we arrive at Tswalu we build our own schedule with our ranger and we will most certainly make use of this flexibility to ensure we have the best times out on drive to take into consideration the light. We will also be doing photography at night and will most certainly photograph the clear Kalahari night skies.
** Being a private photo safari we can be flexible with these arrangements and adjust to accommodate the needs of the group and what the wildlife sightings are like at the time of our stay.
Photo tuition such as workflow, photoshop or Lightroom sessions can be squeezed in at any time that is convenient to you.
Tipping is a safari tradition in Africa. You are welcome to stick to your regular personal tipping policies but we politely recommend you try to follow our guidelines regarding tipping as it helps to set a standard. Firstly, even though it is expected, it is not compulsory. If you feel that you have not been given excellent service then you do not have to tip. I personally feel that if somebody goes above and beyond their job description then it is polite to tip them and I am more than happy to do so.
Please ask us to send you our detailed recommended tipping policy for this specific photo safari. It will also be in your Arrival Information Document, which will be sent to you 2 weeks before the start of your photo safari.
YES, any level from total beginner to experienced wildlife photographers can enjoy our photo safaris. Having a small group allows me to accommodate the different levels very easily. The amount of tuition and approach is tailored to the needs of individual clients on each trip.
As far as equipment goes, this can make a difference in your overall enjoyment of the safari. If you are concerned you might not have the appropriate equipment then please contact me to discuss this in more detail.
It is best to contact the embassy of the country you will be travelling to; to double check and see what their latest policies are with regards to Visas and whether you should apply for them before you travel or if you can obtain them at the port of entry.
Smoking is not allowed in the safari vehicle and generally it is not a very good idea to smoke in the bush as the grass is often tinder dry and bush fires can start easily. We do not take specific breaks for smoking either, but we will stop at relevant times for everyone to have a break and stretch their legs or have a cup of coffee. This would be your opportunity to have a smoke break. We ask you to respect the environment and carry your cigarette ends away with you.
Spending long hours in the safari vehicles will inevitably end up in folks needed a bathroom stop. We have to respect the rules of the different parks when it comes to this and these rules will be explained before the start of each safari. Generally the safari saying of "any tree is a lavatree (lavatory)" goes. We will make sure we stop in a safe location for the comfort break.
The Kruger National Park is the only location that has proper washroom facilities at designated picnic sites or in the camps, and as per the rules of the park we are required to stop at these specific places, not anywhere in the bush. Botswana, Kenya and Tanzania do not have such facilities, and stopping at an appropriate place in the bush is allowed.
All of our safaris have emergency procedures in place. We will have contact with the office via either radio, cell phone or satellite phone. The office would then dispatch the relevant help - be it medical or otherwise. In the case of medical assistance, the initial recovery from the field to the most relevant medical facility would be covered by our safari insurance. Your medical insurance would need to cover you for all other expenses.
From a photo tuition perspective, we have two options available to potential clients.
When I personally lead any photo safari, there will be photo tuition and guidance available. On some of our extensions and Bespoke Photo Safaris we really hit the photo tuition hard and work through as many elements of nature photography as we can in a "workshop" style. This is because it is at the request of the particular clients who have asked for a high level of tuition and because we have a good deal of time available to focus specifically on certain aspects.
On our scheduled photo safaris you will soon find that the days are long and tiring, we get up early, return late and barely have time to download the days images before getting to bed at a sensible time only to do it all over again on the following day. The tuition format is therefore very informal, I like to approach topics as they become relevant and we will do these in the field in front of real live situations - this is the best way to learn. There will be times when we are waiting patiently at a sighting and can discuss any topic that you feel you would like help with. Siesta times at midday are usually well used for that exact reason, but I am personally available at any time of day or night. I have sat up until midnight on many occasions running through workflow, camera technique and doing night photography with those who are keen.
I am on the safari so that you can pick my brain, ask questions, watch my workflow and teach me a new technique that you might like or find useful yourself !- there is always room to learn and I always learn a lot on each trip myself.
I like to pick up on elements that would be relevant to each photographer. I adjust the level of tuition to the needs of each individual, again this is the beauty of having a small group. I like to talk my way through scenarios as they unfold in front of us and let you know what I am trying to achieve.
If you are a more experienced wildlife photographer, this option would suit you better. During the past 14 years I have met and worked with many excellent safari guides who are not necessarily professional photographers. However they know what the needs of photographers are and how to position the vehicle and predict animal behaviour. They are also very keen photographers themselves and I can highly recommend them as specialist photographic guides. If you are a confident & experieinced photographer you can confidently book a safari with one of our specialist guides in the knowledge that they will always be looking out for photographic opportunities, and not simply trying to show you african wildlife, which would be the case on a regular safari with a regular safari guide.
In this option you would then not receive any specialist photo tuition or assistance with setting up your camera or which settings to use etc.., but you will be in very capable hands as far as getting photographs would be concerned. These safaris are also better priced compared with the scheduled trips that I personally lead as I do not have to build my own accommodation, travel and personal costs into the safari.
Regardless of which safari you register for, I will also send you my own set of PDF Photo Tuition Documents which include a pre-safari Camera Set-up guide and my "Seven Top Tips". Reading these before the safari begins will help to prepare you for the types of things you will be doing on safari.
Yes, myself and the guides I use do take photos and I feel that it is important for us to do this. We are constantly looking for the best angle for a good photograph. We have many years of experience in the African bush and can predict a lot of animal behaviour. Getting the vehicle into position where we feel it would make a good photo often helps others who are unsure of where to park, which lens to use, how to compose, which settings to use and what behaviour might follow.
We all have an interest in photography but our passion is our business; which is guiding people on a photo safari. We want to make sure you achieve the best photos possible.
Our main aim is not to sell our portfolios, it is to sell our photo safaris. We do need good photos of animals to do this, but more importantly we want our clients to go home with the best portfolio possible.
Yes we can cater for special medical dietary requirements, but you need to inform us of these requirements when you register. We will then be able to inform the lodges / camps we will be staying at about your requests well in advance.
Depending on what your special requirements are there may be a surcharge for this service.
Your time on safari is YOURS, you can feel free to use it as you wish. However I can confidently say that very few people have ever opted to sleep in or spend time at the pool. This is a photo safari after all. Our main reason of being on the safari is to spend every possible minute doing photography so leisure time is not something people normally request.
On occasion people have wanted to sleep in on one day or skip an afternoon game drive, this is entirely up to you. However please note that we will not change our usual schedule to accommodate "leisure time" If for example you decided to sleep in, you would not have the right to request the vehicle to come back and collect you at a more convenient time.
The photographers who go out with the vehicle can decide when to return. If you have a private vehicle to yourself then you can do as you please.
I personally feel that Traveller's Cheques are the most awkward of the three and I never use them. Credit Cards are by far the most convenient 90% of the time. Bringing along some cash is also a good idea. US$ are readily accepted in all African Countries and can often be used even in local shops (except in South Africa where ZAR South African Rand is the accepted form of payment).
As far as tipping goes (more on the tipping section) this can be given in US$ at all locations - any other major foreign currency will also be readily accepted (CAD, EURO, GBP, AUS$) - South Africa would be the only place where it would be appropriate to convert your tip into local currency (ZAR), but foreign currency is also readily accepted.
All of our scheduled photo safaris (except for Namibia) are vehicle based for the majority of the time. You will need to be in reasonable health but we will not undergo any long walks or hikes unless you personally choose to do so, or unless it is detailed in the safari description. Our extensions and custom safaris might warrant a different fitness level - please ask us for more details about the fitness level required for your specific custom photo safari or chosen extension.
Our Landscape tours of Namibia do require a fairly good level of fitness to get the most out of them. There is a lot of sans in Namibia and walking in this sand and up sand dunes is part of the trip. If you have more questions about fitness levels PLEASE ask us before signing up on any of our safaris.
On any trip to Africa there is a risk of getting Malaria. Some areas have a higher risk than others. As we are not medical doctors we cannot advise you about whether or not you should take malaria medication. Our advice is to consult your local doctor or travel clinic.
This is also a question you would need to consult a doctor or travel clinic about as details of these change on an ongoing basis. Be sure to ask your doctor or clinic about YELLOW FEVER as it is relevant in some of the countries we visit.
Lions, Leopards and Cheetahs do not have a specific birthing season and give birth at anytime. The short answer to this question is "anytime" it really depends on your luck at the time of your visit.
Yes we do spend time on photographing birds but we have two safaris which are truly dedicated to bird photography - the "BIRDS of KRUGER" photo safari and the "BIRDS of KENYA" photo safari, both of these usually run every November.
On our other scheduled photo safaris we will be stopping for "the large and colourful birds". If you would like to try and cover the birds and the mammals in detail then we recommend you travel with a like minded photographer or that you book out a private safari vehicle so that you can go entirely at your own pace.
The pace of a regular photo safari compared with a bird photo safari is very different. If you want to stop for every single bird no matter the distance or size, you will fall far behind the other vehicles who might find other sightings that you might not be able to get to in time. You would need to understand this and know that you cannot be everywhere at the same time.
In general we would recommend that you stick to bottled drinking water on all the safaris. In Kenya and Tanzania this also includes brushing your teeth with bottled water. In South Africa it is possible to drink the local water and brush your teeth with it, so the risk of getting ill is small, however we still recommend you drink bottled water.
Yes the vehicles in our group are in radio contact with each other and we do pass on relevant information about photo opportunities to each other.
Each country has its own electrical and plug system. After you have registered to do a safari with us, we will send out the "PLUG & VOLTAGE" document which will explain this topic in more detail
YES it is possible to add on an extension to any of our safaris if you wanted to stay longer or visit a different place. There are some extension suggestions on the photo safari pages under the "EXTENSIONS" tab. Please ask us if you need help with this or if you would like to tailor a specific extension.
Yes this is possible to arrange for you - please ask at the time of registration
Yes this is possible to arrange, there will of course be a surcharge for the exclusive use of the safari vehicle, please ask us what this would be for the safari you are interested in.
Having worked with many different guides in different locations I have found that it is always nice and refreshing to have a guide with new ideas and suggestions and work together to achieve new images. It is also important though that the basics are understood by all the guides we use on our photo safaris which is why my training manual came to be.
The manual covers the basics of how to guide photographers, looking at the light, the distance from the subject and parking in a position to predict the animals next move. The manual also illustrates "in the field examples" so that guides know what we photographers are talking about when we say "can we move 1 meter forward, my background is not good from this position, etc etc..." !!
The manual has a big section on communication - this is the key to a successful safari. both guides and photographers need to know what is going on so that they can prepare for potential situations, never assume, always ask, it will allow you to achieve more successful images.
We secure the use of "Private Safari Vehicles" on all of our safaris. This is a very important element of a successful photographic safari. Essentially it means that you will not share the vehicle with other guests staying at the lodge / camp who are not part of our group. Regular safari clients and nature photographers do not mix very well. You will want to stay for extended periods at a sighting waiting for the best photo opportunities.
Many regular safari clients just want to see an animal, take one picture and leave to go and look for more animals to tick off their list. We avoid this by securing private safari vehicles at all locations. Understandably there is a surcharge to hire these vehicles as the lodge or camp has to issue a specific vehicle and guide for our group and the vehicle is not filled with up to 9 people as it often is on regular safaris. In our case there will only be a maximum of 3 photographers per vehicle.
We must receive a formal written notification of your cancellation.
Deposits are non-refundable.
All Photo Safaris:
In the case of a cancellation, we must receive written notification, at which time the following fees will apply:
* Deposit is non-refundable
* 89 to 60 days before departure: 75% of tour fee
* 59 or fewer days before departure: 100% of tour fee.
We highly recommend that you take out travel insurance at the time of booking your tour with us to cover any eventualities relating to having to cancel your safari.
Authentic photo safaris, by their very nature have to be flexible. We do our utmost to accommodate our clients needs and requests which are often very different from a regular safari. We take each day as it comes and yes we are able to be flexible and stay out all day if a particular situation warrants it.
If we are far from camp and are patiently waiting for a Leopard to descend a tree, a Cheetah to hunt or a group of Wildebeest to cross the Mara River then we most certainly stay out. It is always a good idea to bring along some snack bars or take a piece of fruit with you in case we do not return for lunch. On most occasions our packed breakfasts have enough food in them to last the full day anyway.
If there is nothing to wait for and the day is particularly hot with animals resting in the shade, it would not be sensible to stay out and so we do return to camp on such occasions for a midday break, some lunch and then we head out again when the temperature drops and the animals become more active.
Tipping is a safari tradition in Africa. You are welcome to stick to your regular personal tipping policies but we politely recommend you try to follow our guidelines regarding tipping as it helps to set a standard.
Firstly, even though it is expected, it is not compulsory. If you feel that you have not been given excellent service then you do not have to tip. I personally feel that if somebody goes above and beyond their job description then it is polite to tip them and I am more than happy to do so.
We do our utmost to source quality safari companies and guides who have a similar work ethic and passion to us. The staff and guides work extremely hard to make sure we have a good time and they are incredibly patient and flexible.
Please ask us to send you our detailed recommended tipping policy for the specific photo safari you are interested in joining. It will also be in your Arrival Information Document, which will be sent to you 2 weeks before the start of your photo safari.
- First contact us to confirm that there are spaces available on the photo safari that you are interested in - (please use the enquiry form on this page)
- Once we confirm with you that there is space available, and you would like to make a booking, these are the steps you would follow:
We will send you a link that will take you to the photo safari that you want to join. Along with the link we will send a detailed PDF document that will guide you though the booking process.
We only accept International Bank Transfer as method of payment / or PayPal **
** PayPal - please note that an additional 4% handling fee will be added to all payments made through PayPal
Please note that ALL bank charges are for your account
Once this is complete, will update your "outstanding balance" amount which will be due 90 days before the start date of the safari.
Please note that it is recommended that you take out your own travel insurance to cover unexpected trip cancellation, medical, personal and photographic equipment. WILD4 will not be held responsible in any way for the loss of or damage to any photographic equipment or personal belongings, nor for any medical expenses. Our medical insurance will only cover you for evacuation from the field to the closest most appropriate medical facility, at which point your medical insurance would take over.
- We must receive a formal written notification of your cancellation
- Deposits are non-refundable.
- Tour fees are not transferable.
- If for any reason a participant ends a tour early or does not make use of a service that has been included in the price of any scheduled tour, tailor-made tour or tour extension, no refund for this unused portion or service will be made.
- Full payment of the tour fee is due 90 days prior to the departure date. We must receive written notification of your cancellation, at which time the following cancellation fees apply:
- 89 to 60 days before departure: 75% of tour fee
- 59 or fewer days before departure: 100% of tour fee
- If due to circumstances out of our control, we are not able to run the photo safari, we are entitled to either cancel the trip, in which case clients will be entitled to a full re-fund. Or, with the clients permission and consent, we might modify the itinerary, which could also mean modifications to the price.
This was truly a fantastic safari. The camping experience gave us the feel of being closer to nature as opposed to being in a lodge without really roughing it and the camp food was superior to the lodge buffets. The photographic opportunities were great throughout the safari and our time on the Chobe River was exceptional. As a veteran of 13 safaris to other locations in Africa I can say this was fantastic.
Don Getty www.dongettywildlifephotography.com, USA
We have a particular affinity for bird photography, but also enjoy the African game animals. I'm pleased to say we are all thrilled with the entire trip. Stu met us at the airport on day 1, and what was to have been a quick couple hour drive to camp, took all afternoon until sunset, we found so many things to shoot. Then we wanted to do something slightly off the itinerary on day 2, and Stu again accommodated us. It was like that throughout the entire trip, the Porter family was very accommodating. Even though we were in a big national park using public facilities, the Porter family made us feel like we were in our own private game reserve, and the animals were there just for us. Stu's local knowledge of the birds and game is just great, he's a walking guide book. And because he's in Kruger so often, he knows where the best spots are. Also he knows all the other guides, and they share information. And most importantly if you are considering a photo safari, Stu is an accomplished nature photographer himself. He knows the light and how to position and approach for the best shot. He knows what photographers want and how to get it. The experience might be quite different if just any guide were to drive you around. And having a spotting vehicle out searching for game really helped us see some extra animals we wouldn't have seen. The results were outstanding. We saw and photographed all the of the big five, and several seldom seen animals totaling 33 mammal species and 164 bird species. All in all, the trip was great!! highly recommended!
Con Foley, USA