Chobe River & Mala Mala Photo Safari - Botswana & South Africa Aug 2023
US$ TBC Sharing
US$ TBC Single
US$ 4,000 Deposit
PHOTO SAFARI LOCATIONS: Botswana & South Africa
PLACES VISITED: Chobe River & Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
PHOTOGRAPHIC SKILL LEVEL: Any level from beginner to advanced
PHOTO TOUR LEADER/HOST: Stu Porter
This 12 Day Photo Tour offers two very different experiences. This departure begins at the Chobe River in Botswana, with a water and boat-based photo experience like no other in Africa. The second component will be a land and vehicle-based photo safari experience in one of South Africa’s best private game reserves. This amazing combination will guarantee a variety of very unique photographic opportunities.
Your photo safari begins in Johannesburg South Africa where our meet & greet service will welcome you at the arrivals hall. We will all meet up at a local airport hotel for a welcome dinner, a short briefing and an overnight rest.
On the following day, we will board a regional flight to Kasane in Botswana and arrive at our hotel for a late lunch. For the next 3 days, we will enjoy spectacular boat rides on a very cleverly modified photographic boat. The boat is very stable and can easily accommodate six participants and me as your photo host.
Botswana’s enormous Chobe National Park extends all the way to the Chobe River and this allows the reserves abundant wildlife easy access to the river. We will spend our photo boat excursions photographing an array of waterbirds and a variety of animals as they come down to drink. Herds of Elephants are common and often swim across the river to reach small islands where food is abundant. From the comfort of your rotating chair, fitted with a special gimbal for your lens, your camera will not stop clicking as you record the abundance of wildlife that the Chobe River is famous for.
We will spend 3hrs every morning and 3hrs every afternoon on the photo boat (a total of 6 excursions on the river) We have reserved the photo boat for our exclusive use.
After an amazing start to this photo safari, we will fly back to Johannesburg for another transit night in the same airport hotel.
This is where we will say farewell to the other three members of our Chobe River section as this will mark the end of their photo safari.
After a good nights rest, we will board a flight to Skukuza in the Kruger National Park. You will now enjoy being one of only three photographers in a private safari vehicle as we spend 7 days at one of South Africa’s premium private game reserves, Mala Mala. Sharing a common unfenced boundary with the famous Kruger National Park, Mala Mala offers an intimate photographic experience in this pristine wilderness area of South Africa. Off-road driving is permitted at Mala Mala and this will ensure that we get up close to many of its amazing resident animals which amongst many, includes all members of the “Big 5”. An unrivalled feature of Mala Mala is the beautiful Sand River which winds its way for over 15km through the reserve. During the mild winter season, this river is the only source of freshwater and acts as a magnet attracting animals from far and wide. Predators are aware of this and the winter season is known to be the best time to see and photograph the resident Lions and Leopards that are drawn to the river and the abundant source of food that it attracts.
Having a long period of time in this reserve will allow us to explore all areas and get to know some of its resident animals as we follow their stories on a daily basis. Flexibility for photographers is standard at Mala Mala and we will spend most of our time out in the field.
After one final morning game drive, we will catch a domestic flight from Skukuza back to Johannesburg, where we will arrive in the mid-afternoon. This will allow plenty of time to connect with your international flight home.
** Please note that an optional extension to see and photograph the famous Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is possible to arrange BEFORE you start the Chobe River Section. Please click on the “EXTENSION” TAB for more details, and let us know if you would like to add this worthwhile extension to your trip
Along with an impressive portfolio of birds, you will also have a good chance to see and photograph the following:
Lion, Leopard, African Wild Dog, Cheetah, Elephant, Cape Buffalo, White Rhino, Hippo, Spotted Hyaena, Jackal, Crocodile, Giraffe, Waterbuck, Greater Kudu, Bushbuck, Nyala, Puku, Red Lechwe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Chacma Baboon, Vervet Monkey, & Warthog.
Day 1 Upon arrival in Johannesburg South Africa, you will be met by our "meet & greet" service and will be escorted to an airport hotel within walking distance of the arrivals hall. First night spent in JHB
Day 2 After breakfast, you will all board a plane to Kasane in Botswana. This is a 2hour flight and upon arrival, you will be met by a representative from the Pangolin Hotel. This will be your home for the next three nights. You will arrive in time for lunch followed by your first afternoon boat ride on the Chobe River. The boat can easily accommodate six photographers.
Day 3 Morning and Afternoon photographic boat rides out on the Chobe River
Day 4 Morning and Afternoon photographic boat rides out on the Chobe River
Day 5 After a final morning out on the boat and delicious breakfast, you will depart from Kasane Airport back to JHB. You will arrive in the mid-afternoon and will overnight in JHB at an airport hotel. The three participants who joined you for the Chobe River section will now leave on their international flights home.
Day 6 After breakfast, you will catch the domestic flight from JHB to Skukuza. At Skukuza, you will be met by a representative from Mala Mala who will drive you by road to Mala Mala Main Camp in time for lunch.
Day 7 Morning and afternoon photo game drives at Mala Mala Private Game Reserve.
Day 8 Morning and afternoon photog game drives at Mala Mala Private Game Reserve.
Day 9 Morning and afternoon photo game drives at Mala Mala Private Game Reserve.
Day 10 Morning and afternoon photo game drives at Mala Mala Private Game Reserve.
Day 11 Morning and afternoon photo game drives at Mala Mala Private Game Reserve.
Day 12 After a final morning photo game drive, you will be taken via road transfer back to Skukuza airport to catch the midday flight back to Johannesburg. You will arrive in the mid-afternoon allowing plenty of time to connect with your international flight home.
- Meet & Greet service at Johannesburg International Airport
- 1 night at airport hotel (BLD) + Drinks
- Regional flight from JHB to Kasane in Botswana and from Kasane back to JHB
- 3 nights at Pangolin Hotel (BLD) + Drinks
- Photo Boat activities on the Chobe River
- 1 night at airport hotel (BLD) + Drinks
- Flight from JHB to Skukuza and from Skukuza back to JHB
- 6 nights at Mala Mala Main Camp (BLD) + Drinks
- Private use of photographic safari vehicle with experienced field guide at Mala Mala
- All road transfers as detailed in the itinerary
- All park entrance fees
- Meals as indicated: (B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner)
- DRINKS - are included but are limited to local Beer, House Wine, soft drinks (soda) and bottled water)
- All meals & drinks not indicated
- All laundry
- Tips / gratuities for Lodge / Hotel staff and for your driver/guide at Mala Mala and boat captain on the Chobe River- see FAQ's
- Visa fees if applicable
- Personal medical, travel (including trip cancellation) & photographic equipment insurance
- Any extra nights of accommodation before or after the safari - we can arrange these for you and add it to your statement.
- INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
At the Chobe River, we will have sole use of one of the amazing Pangolin Photo Boats. These boats are incredibly stable and come equipped with their own camera supports and gimbals.
At Mala Mala, we will have sole use of a photo modified safari vehicle. Each participant with have an entire row of seats to themselves allowing plenty of space for camera equipment and guaranteed access to BOTH sides of the safari vehicle. Photo platforms and beanbags are provided.
LODGING - JHB AIRPORT
We are scheduled to stay for 2 nights in Johannesburg whilst in transit on this photo tour. We will be staying at a hotel within walking distance of the main arrivals hall.
LODGING - CHOBE RIVER
We will be staying at the Pangolin Hotel located in Kasane near the Chobe River in very comfortable en-suite rooms
LODGING - MALA MALA MAIN CAMP
We will be staying at Mala Mala’s Main Camp in very comfortable en-suite rooms
There are two return flights on this photo safari.
1x Regional return flight
1x Domestic return flight
1) JHB to Kasane (Botswana) back to JHB (flight time is approx 2hrs one way)
2) JHB to Skukuza, back to JHB (flight time is approx 50mins one way)
The flight from Johannesburg to Skukuza is approx 50 mins mins
The flight from Skukuza Airport back to Johannesburg is approx 50 mins
** If you wanted to add on the optional extension to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe - it would make logistical sense to do this BEFORE the Chobe River Section. We can arrange for you to fly to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe from Johannesburg, and then once the extension is over, we will arrange for you to have a road transfer from Victoria Falls through to Kasane, where you would meet up with the rest of the group at the Pangolin Hotel.
You will catch a domestic flight from Johannesburg to Skukuza Airport. This is a 50 min flight.
At Skukuza, you will be met by a representative from Mala Mala who will drive you to the camp. This road transfer is approx 45 mins
On all our safaris it is preferable to use a soft duffel type bag for your main luggage (not hard suitcases) These are easier to pack into vehicles and planes. The normal luggage restriction as far as weight goes is 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. When checking in, politely explain that it is expensive camera equipment and cannot go in the luggage hold.
Usually, they allow you on with no problem as long as the bag can fit either in the overhead locker or under the seat in front of you. If for any reason you are refused to board with your camera bag (this seldom happens) then they will ask you to "sky check" your bag. Here you take your bag to the plane and leave it at the bottom of the stairs where it will be taken to a special storage area for the duration of the flight. When you step off the plane at the end of the flight, your bag will be waiting for you.
Having a stable shooting platform on safari vehicles is a crucial element to successfully achieve good images. You need to be comfortable when shooting so that you can concentrate on the image. You will often sit and wait patiently for long periods of time for a shot to present itself - being comfortable is paramount.
At Mala Mala, we will make use of special photo platforms that attach to the vehicle. Beanbags are provided for your use.
At the Chobe River, we will be using the photo modified Pangolin boat. This amazing boat makes our photography so easy and comfortable.
See the Transport & Lodging TAB for images of the vehicle and boat.
MALA MALA 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.
This photo safari will run during the cooler Southern African winter months of July & August. This time of year offers mostly clear skies, pleasant days, cool evenings and very little rain
We have a more detailed kit list which we will send out to you at the time of registration
There is a limited laundry service available at both Mala Mala and the Chobe Hotel in Botswana (Laundry is 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. We will send you a detailed plug information document before you start your safari
All locations offer free Wifi. There is also cell / mobile phone reception, through this you can connect to the internet on your own data plan.
At Mala Mala, we usually leave before sunrise on our morning photo game drive
Short night drives are also offered at Mala Mala so we usually return to camp after sunset
The morning Boat rides at the Chobe River will commence just before sunrise and they last for 3 hours.
The Afternoon boat ride must be back just after sunset
Meet at the safari vehicle just before sunrise and head out taking a packed breakfast with us. We make use of the best morning light for photography and then stop at a convenient time to enjoy our breakfast in the bush. We usually return to camp between 11:00 and 12:00. Lunch at 13:00 followed by a short break and then we head out again at around 15:00. We stay out until after sunset when we return to camp to freshen up for dinner at 20:00
Meet at 05:30 for a small breakfast (cereals, toast, preserves, yoghurt, fruit, coffee/tea & cookies)
Depart on our 3hr morning photo boat excursion. We usually get back to the lodge at around 10:00. Brunch is enjoyed at around 11:00. Afternoon tea will be served just before we head out for the 3hr afternoon photo boat excursion which will begin at around 15:00. Return to the hotel by 18:30 and enjoy dinner at 19:30
** Times are subject to change **
Tipping is a safari tradition in Africa. We respectfully request that you follow our guidelines regarding tipping as it helps to set a standard across all of our photo safaris.
Any form of gratuity should be earned by the recipient through excellent service and for effort beyond their job description. If for any reason you do not feel comfortable tipping then please let your tour leader know.
We do our utmost to source quality safari companies/lodges/hotels 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.
We will send you a detailed recommended tipping policy for this photo tour in your Arrival Information Document, which will be sent to you 2 weeks before the start of your photo safari.
It is best to contact the embassy of the country you will be travelling to, and double-check to 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 have limited 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.
The type of photo tuition or guidance on offer really depends on which safari you choose to do.
Generally speaking, photographic guidance on camera equipment, settings to be used, post-processing and DSLR Video are on offer during any of the photo safaris that I personally lead myself.
On the trips that I do not personally lead, we only use very experienced local nature guides, who not only know the reserves and where the wildlife hotspots are, but they are also good friends of mine, who I have personally worked with over many years. They have a like-minded outlook and know exactly what photographers need. They are excellent at positioning the vehicle for the best distance and angle for light. They are also very open to your own suggestions and will work hard to get you the photos that you are looking for. Specific detailed photographic tuition is not available on these safaris, so it is recommended that you do have a fairly good knowledge of your own camera and photography in general.
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 & experienced 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, 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 for 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.
Credit Cards are by far the most convenient 90% of the time. Bringing along some cash as a backup is also a good idea. US$ are readily accepted in most African Countries and can also be used in some local shops (**Please note that there are some exceptions like South Africa and Namibia - both of these countries DO NOT ALLOW the use of US$ in their economy.
** If you are unsure please ASK us about which option is most suitable for the safari you are doing.
As far as tipping goes (more on the tipping section) you could separate it into the following two scenarios:
1) Your Local Driver / Guide / Ranger: - this can be done in US$ - CASH only
2) Lodge / Camp staff
> Kenya - this can be done in US$ - CASH or CARD
> Tanzania - this can be done in US$ - CASH only
> Botswana - this can be done in US$ - CASH only
> South Africa - this can be done in US$ - CASH or CARD ** this depends on the actual accommodation used - please ask us for clarity **
> Namibia - this can be done in US$ - CASH or CARD ** this depends on the actual accommodation used - please ask us for clarity **
Any other major foreign currency will also be readily accepted (EURO, GBP)
If you have any concerns please contact us and we will clarify it for you further.
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 sand in Namibia and walking in this sand and up sand dunes are 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 and ask them for their opinion based on the most up to date and relevant information regarding malaria as well as any other potential diseases.
This is a topic 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.
We highly recommend that you contact your doctor or clinic as soon as you can after registering to do a photo safari with us.
Yes, we do spend time photographing birds.
On our photo safaris, we will be stopping for "the large and colourful birds". If you would like to try and cover the birds in more 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 do 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 and you will miss out on other sightings and photo opportunities. Also be aware that if you are sharing a vehicle with other photographers that you do not know, they may not be as interested in stopping for every single bird.
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.
Our local guides are also excellent at acquiring any relevant pieces of information from their colleagues and friends. In Kenya, our guides do make use of cell phones to relay relevant information when radio comms are weak.
Each country has its own electrical and plug system. After you have registered to do a photo safari with us, we will send you our "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.
Alternatively, you can also request a specific extension that you might like to do and we will gladly set this up for you.
Yes this is possible to arrange for you - please ask us 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" Photographic 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 up to 3 photographers per safari vehicle.
Our full booking terms and conditions are found at this link on our website:
Authentic photographic safaris, by their very nature, have to be flexible. We do our utmost to accommodate our client's needs and requests which are very different from regular safari clients. 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.
For example, 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 will stay out. It is always a good idea to bring along some extra snack bars for these situations.
However, If there is nothing worthwhile waiting for and no particular need for us to stay out the whole day, we will return to the camp/lodge for lunch and a short break before heading out again once the animals start to become more active and the photographic light improves.
- 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
Your place on the safari is only guaranteed once we have received your completed booking form/s and deposit payment/s
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.
Cancellation Fees & Refund Policy
We must receive a formal written notification of your cancellation.
Deposits are non-refundable.
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.
Tour fees are not transferable.
All Photo Safaris:
The per person non-refundable deposit amount stated on our website is required to secure a place on one of our photo safaris. Full payment of the outstanding tour fee is due 90 days prior to the departure date. In the case of a cancellation, we must receive written notification of your cancellation, 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 the tour fee.
- We highly recommend that you take out travel insurance (including trip cancellation insurance) at the time of booking your tour with us to cover any eventualities relating to having to cancel your safari.
- 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 our policy above will apply. Or, with the client's permission and consent, we could look into modifying or postponing the itinerary, which may also mean having to modify the price. Please note that in this case, your deposit would still be non-refundable and non-transferable.
VICTORIA FALLS Photo Safari Extension - Zimbabwe
If you are interested in doing this 2-night extension to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, then please let us know at the time of your enquiry.
Stu Porter sometimes accompanies the extension, but clients most often complete the extension on their own. We will arrange all the logistics for you.
One of the 7 Natural Wonders of the world, Victoria Falls is only a couple of hours away from Kasane / Chobe in Botswana.
If you are interested in adding on a visit to the Victoria Falls, we recommend that you do this BEFORE the Chobe River section of the scheduled photo safari.
You would need to make sure that you arrive in Johannesburg 3 days earlier than the start date of the scheduled trip. We would then arrange for you to fly to Victoria Falls direct from Johannesburg. You would be met at the airport and taken to the Ilala Lodge in Victoria Falls for a 2-night stay, during which you can visit the falls on foot or enjoy a helicopter ride and photograph the falls from the air which is very worthwhile. We can arrange all these extras for you. After a final morning of photography at the falls, we will arrange for you to have a road transfer from Victoria Falls to Kasane in Botswana. (This will involve a border crossing). You would be in Kasane in time for lunch and meet up with the rest of the group.
$ Please enquire
Day 1 - Arrive in JHB and overnight (we will credit you with this first night as you would have needed it anyway - it is included in the price of the scheduled trip (Bed & Breakfast only)
Day 2 - Depart after breakfast from JHB to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. You would arrive at your hotel in time for lunch - afternoon at leisure doing some of the activities on offer (overnight Victoria Falls)
Day 3 - Full day spent at Victoria Falls, visiting the Falls and doing optional activities like helicopter flights etc. (overnight Victoria Falls)
Day 4 - Depart after a final morning activity and breakfast for Kasane in Botswana - arrive in time for lunch at the Pangolin Hotel and meet up with the rest of the group.
INCLUDED in the package:
- Flights or road transfers can be included in this package (please let us know at the time of your enquiry)
- 02 nights at Ilala Lodge in Zimbabwe (B)
- Meals as indicated: (B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner)
NOT INCLUDED in the package:
- All meals not indicated
- All Drinks
- Visa Fees
- Change of Itinerary
- All activities such as entrance fees to the Victoria Falls, boat rides and Helicopter rides
US$ TBC Sharing
US$ TBC Single
US$ 4,000 Deposit
1st - 12th Aug 2023
3 places available
- 1st - 12th Aug 2023
- 11 nights / 12 days
Tour Led By
My wife and I have been on three photo safaris with Stu. The first trip was the result of a recommendation from a friend. The second and third trips were because Stu did such a good job on the first. He is a thoroughly professional guide and offers such a terrific experience wherever he takes us. Stu shares his extensive knowledge of photography and has made it possible for us to get better photos and expand our understanding of what it takes to capture more of each photographic opportunity. It takes a special person to guide photographers around Africa, keep them comfortable, provide them with the best photo locations at the best time of the day, manage the schedules, vehicles, drivers, flights and food and still remain calmly in control. I think it would be appropriate to call Stu and ultimate professional. He is supported well by Justyna in the office and we anticipate traveling more with Wild4 in the future. You should book a trip with him as soon as you can!
Larry Jackson, USA
Many thanks for a fantastically organised photo safari. The attention to detail, not to mention your patience & enthusiasm (and humour) has made the trip superb. We're delighted we chose Wild4. Kind regards.
Dom & Jules, UK