Chobe River & Mala Mala Photo Safari - Botswana & South Africa Aug 2023
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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.
Our trip was awesome....made so, in large part, by WILD4. The wildlife at Kruger was terrific. But, it was your teamwork in the field, your uncanny ability to spot wildlife and your willingness to accommodate our EVERY need that made the trip a resounding success. Stu...you are an extremely knowledgeable guide and a superb photographer. You even taught this old dog some new tricks. Justyna...you made a huge contribution to this trip, with your role as super admin guru and Ann, your wonderful meals were a pleasure to enjoy every evening. We could not have asked for a more talented, thoughtful and gracious group of folks to spend our vacation in South Africa with. We wish you the very best success in your endeavor. Please let us know how we can help to market Wild4 to folks who share our love for wildlife and photography.
Rob & Annarie Schallenberger, USA
I have just returned from a fantastic custom safari to the Kruger with Wild4. This was my second trip in the Kruger with Wild4 and everything from start to finish was absolutely perfect. I absolutely cannot imagine doing this sort of trip there with anyone else. Things were off to a positive from way before we landed. Justyna was as helpful and patient as ever from day 1 and I must say that her suggestions were all spot on. Not only did she sort everything out for us and made it look easy (although I very much doubt it was), but the information she gave us prepared us well for the trip. As soon as we met up with Stefan after we arrived, we had nothing else to "worry" about except take pictures. He was not only great as a guide with his experience, sharp eyes, and genuine interest in wildlife becoming obvious quickly, but he was also excellent as a driver who knows what works and what doesn't photographically and was thus able to position the vehicle perfectly. It was not uncommon for one of us to just say a couple of words about what we wanted to try photographically and he'd immediatelly be on it, getting us in the perfect position while adhering to the rules and keeping the wildlife's interest as a top priority - something all members of the group I was in appreciated immensly. Thank you Stefan, Justyna, and Stu for making this trip happen for us! I look forward to being back with you guys in the future!
Matthew Scerri, Malta