September 2019 Big Cats of the SERENGETI Photo Safari - Tanzania
US$ 13,500 Sharing
US$ 13,950 Single
US$ 3,000 Deposit
PLACES VISITED: Serengeti National Park & Ndutu area of the Ngorongoro Conservation area (NCA) - Tanzania
SKILL LEVEL: Any level from beginner to advanced - photo tuition and guidance is offered on this safari.
**COMBO TRIP** We have scheduled this trip to allow those who are interested in doing a longer safari in Africa, to combine this trip with the BIG CATS of the Maasai Mara trip, creating a 26 night photo safari in three of Africa's most photo productive reserves.
** please note that the MAIN focus of this trip will be on photographing and spending as much time with the Big Cats as possible (Lion, Cheetah & Leopard) There will also be opportunties to photograph other animals, but the MAIN focus will be on the Big Cats.
** Please ask for more details of how the back to back trip logistics will work and for the discounted price if you are interested in doing both trips **
This 17-day photo safari will begin in Nairobi with a 1-night stopover. A short flight from Nairobi on the following day will take us to the Migori airstrip near the Kenya and Tanzanian border town of Isebania. After a 3 hour drive we will reach Speke Bay Lodge on the shores of Lake Victoria, the source of the Nile River and Africa's largest fresh water lake.
After breakfast on the following morning we will enter the world famous Serengeti National Park. At nearly 15 000 sq km or 6 000 sq miles, the Serengeti is one of Africa' most beautiful and iconic willdife reserves. Its unique landscapes are made up of open grasslands, woodlands and stunning rocky outcrops known as "Kopjes", this is a photographers paradise. 5 nights are spent at the same location in a tented camp, situated in the most productive area around Seronera ( the centre of the Serengeti ). One of the main reasons of being in the Serengeti is to get photographs of Lions up on the rocky outcrops, this iconic image is one of the many on the list.
We will then move location and head south towards a unique area known as Ndutu. This area is possibly the best place in Africa to photograph wild Cheetah who like to roam out on the short grass plains. Ndutu and has a number of resident Lion prides and Leopards lurk in the woodland areas adjacent to the marsh. The beautiful Lake Ndutu and Lake Masek portray a false idea that there is an abundance of fresh water, but these are soda lakes, making this area an extremely harsh place for the resident wildlife. On top of this, we will be visiting Ndutu in the dry season. Very few tourists venture to this area at this time of year and it is one of the only places left in Africa where you can be alone with a Cheetah, Lion or Leopard.
The main focus of this safari is to go out in search of the three BIG CATS. We will sit patieintly with them as they rest and move with them when they move. Film makers spend countless hours waiting patieintly for predators to do something, and are often rewarded for their patience. We will be based in the same location for 8 nights - the reason for this is so that we can follow up on the cats on a daily basis and share a small part of their never ending story of survival out in the wilds of Africa. With patieince and focus, we will be rewarded with some fantastic photographs.
At this time of the year, the mega migration herds are to the North in Kenya's Maasai Mara, but there is still plenty of resident wildlife around. The cats also tend to be a bit more active at this time of year as they have to put in more effort to catch their food.
After a final morning of photography in Ndutu, we will spend one night on the road heading towards Namanga border post, where we will cross back into Kenya and arrive in Nairobi for a day room to freshen up before your international departure later that night.
This is an exclusive small-group photo safari with a maximum of 6 participants in 3 private vehicles (2 participants per vehicle). You will have plenty of space for equipment and guaranteed access to both sides of the safari vehicle.
Stu Porter will lead the tour and will alternate between the vehicles each day to offer photo tuition and guidance.
On this safari, it is not uncommon to stay out all day waiting for the cats to move. We take packed food in the vehicles to enable us to remain in the field for as long as it takes.
You will have a good chance to see and photograph the following animals:
Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Hippo, Spotted Hyena, Jackal, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Thompson's Gazelle, Grant's Gazelle, Olive Baboon, Vervet Monkey, Coke's Hartebeest, and an excellent variety of birdlife.
Day 1 Arrive in Nairobi, Kenya at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where you will be met and transferred to a Nairobi Hotel for an overnight stay (1 night)
Day 2 Meet up with the rest of the group and after breakfast transfer to Wilson Airport for your flight to Migori (near the Isebania Border) Here you will be collected by your driver guide and driven to Speke Bay in Tanzania - on Lake Victoria. (overnight at Speke Bay - 1 night)
Day 3 Depart Speke Bay after breakfast and enter the Serengeti National Park through Ndabaka Gate, game drive towards Seronera in Central Serengeti where we will arrive in the late afternoon, (overnight in central Serengeti - 5 nights)
Day 4 Morning & Afternoon game drives in the Serengeti
Day 5 Morning & Afternoon game drives in the Serengeti
Day 6 Morning & Afternoon game drives in the Serengeti
Day 7 Morning & Afternoon game drives in the Serengeti
Day 8 Game drive with packed breakfast and lunch to arrive in afternoon at Ndutu Lodge - (overnight 8 nights)
Day 9 Morning & Afternoon game drives in Ndutu
Day 10 Morning & Afternoon game drives in Ndutu
Day 11 Morning & Afternoon game drives in Ndutu
Day 12 Morning & Afternoon game drives in Ndutu
Day 13 Morning & Afternoon game drives in Ndutu
Day 14 Morning & Afternoon game drives in Ndutu
Day 15 Morning & Afternoon game drives in Ndutu
Day 16 Depart Ndutu after a morning game drive and head to an overnight stop on the way to Namanga Border (overnight 1 night)
Day 17 Depart after breakfast and drive back to Nairobi in Kenya via Namanga border post, arriving in the mid afternoon. Enjoy a day room to freshen up before your evening international flight home.
- 1 night in city hotel in Nairobi
- 1 night at Lake Victoria
- 5 nights in the Central Serengeti
- 8 nights in Ndutu (Ngorongoro Conservation area)
- 1 night at an overnight stop on the way to Namanga Border
- Day Room in Nairobi Airport Hotel
- Flight from Nairobi Wilson to Migori Airstrip including extra luggage allowance
- All park entrance fees
- all road & air transfers
- private use of 4x4 Land cruisers with qualified guides (2 participants per vehicle)
- bottled water on game drives
- professional photographic tuition
- all meals (unless where otherwise stated)
- all drinks (local beer, house wine, soft drinks, juice, bottled water) ** PREMIUM BRANDS & spirits NOT INCLUDED **
- tips / gratuities for camp / lodge staff and for your driver / guide - see FAQ's
- personal medical, travel & equipment insurance
- visa fees
- INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
For the duration of this photo safari we will be travelling in 4x4 TOYOTA Land Cruisers that have a seating capacity of 7 passengers. There will be a maximum of 2 safari vehicles on this tour with only two photographers per vehicle allowing you to have plenty of space for equipment. You will be allocated a vehicle and guide for the entire trip. Stu will be seated next to the driver / guide to offer photographic assistance and will alternate between the vehicles.
The vehicles are equipped with WILD4's own professional beanbag system designed by Stu to allow for a comfortable shooting position, from both the roof and the window.
LODGING IN NAIROBI
On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta Int Airport you will be met by one of our safari representatives and you will be taken to EKA HOTEL for an overnight in comfortable en-suite rooms. Due to the groups different arrival times, we will not meet for dinner, but instead we will meet up at 6:00am on the following morning for a short tour briefing before breakfast. Exact departure time will be announced closer to the start date of the tour.
LODGING AT SPEKE BAY, LAKE VICTORIA
Accommodation will be at SPEKE BAY LODGE in en-suite rooms.
LODGING IN THE SERENGETI
Accommodation will be at Thorntrees Camp in Seronera. These are comfortable en-suite tents.
LODGING AT NDUTU
Accommodation will be at NDUTU LODGE in comfortable en-suite rooms
LODGING IN NAIROBI ON THE FINAL DAY
You will have the use of a day room until you need to depart for your international flight. This will be at the FOUR POINTS SHERATON.
There is only one flight at the start of this safari. This will be from Wilson Airport in Nairobi Kenya to Migori Airstrip near the Kenya / Tanzania border town of Isebania.
The safari starts in Nairobi, KENYA and ends in Nairobi, KENYA.
You must arrange your own international flights in and out of NAIROBI.
The weather at this time of year in both Kenya and Tanzania is very pleasant, cool mornings might warrant a fleece top for a few hours before the day warms up to around 30 C or 85 F. This is the dry season and although rain can be expected at any time, it is generally a dry and dusty time of year.
We would recommend a warm fleece as well as a wind breaker jacket. Long trousers / shorts.
We have a more detailed clothing & equipment list which we will send out to you at time of registration.
All the accommodations you will be staying at on this safari will have electric points for recharging your batteries and laptops.
We will send out a detailed plug and power document during the registration process.
Days out in the field are similar at all the locations. We usually meet up for a cup of tea / coffee in the lodge / camp reception area and then head out just before sunrise. We always take a packed breakfast with us and stop at a convenient time during the morning drive, or we eat in the vehicle whilst waiting at a sighting.
If there is something really interesting we want to stay with then we are able to stay out all day, otherwise we will return to the lodge at around midday for lunch and a short break. We head out again in the afternoon and return to camp at around 7pm. Dinner will be at 8pm.
There is NO off road driving allowed in the Serengeti National Park. In the NDUTU area, off road driving is allowed , however it is not a simple case of crashing off into the bush after wildlife. Our guide / driver 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 your driver / guide wants to show you the animals and get you as close as possible but on some occasions we will have to use common sense and respect the environment and the comfort levels of the wildlife.
On all our safaris it is preferable to use a 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 is a total of 15kg (including camera equipment). For the flights on this safari, we will secure extra luggage allowance for you up to a total of 20kg main luggage and 15kg hand luggage (camera equipment)
Please try to keep to these limits as for the remainder of the trip we will have to pack your luggage in the back of the safari vehicle.
The safari begins in Nairobi with a 1hr 15 min flight from Wilson Airport, via the Maasai Mara to Migori Airstrip.
From Migori Airstrip to the Isebania border is approximately 30 mins drive
From Isebania Border to the Tarime Airstrip in Tanzania is approx 40 mins drive
The flight from Tarime Airstrip to Kogatende Airstrip in the Serengeti is approx 25 mins
We will be doing photo game drives between the different locations within the Serengeti, departing in the early morning and arriving at our next camp in time for a late lunch
Ndutu Lodge to Kirurumu Lodge approx 3 hrs 15 mins
Kirurumu Lodge to Namanga Border approx 3hrs 15 mins
Namanga border to Nairobi is approximately 3 hours drive
** At both Border posts, (YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION CARD is NEEDED), into Tanzania **
We do have a Canon 200-400 f4 lens with 1.4 TC available for hire - please ask at the time of your registration if it is available and for the latest hire rates. This lens is rented out on a first come first serve basis.
Each Participant will have the complimentary use of one VISUAL ECHOES PANNING PLATE for the duration of the safari (**PLATE only - you need your own mounting plate - ARCA SWISS TYPE lens 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 on your knees ! You will often sit and wait patiently for long periods for a shot to present itself so being comfortable is paramount.
I have designed & invested in a professional beanbag system which we use in the vehicles in Tanzania, this will allow a comfortable shooting position from both sides of the safari vehicle. I personally like to use the Visual Echoes Panning plate on beanbags as it allows you to pan smoothly from left to right and it lifts the focus ring of the lens off the bag allowing you to focus manually if necessary (see the vehicle photos in the "TRANSPORT & LODGING" tab)
The general rule for all the places is that you can leave just before sunrise and return just after sunset.
Yes, there is a laundry service available at all locations. Laundry costs unless otherwise stated are for your own account
(Please note that at some places you have to wash your own underwear and socks)
There is fairly decent wifi at most of the lodges and cell phone reception is ok but there are some dead patches.
Tipping is a safari tradition in Africa. 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 / lodges and guides who have a similar work ethic and passion to us. The staff and guides / rangers 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 this photo safari if you would like more details. 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 & 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, 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 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$
** 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 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.
US$ 13,500 Sharing
US$ 13,950 Single
US$ 3,000 Deposit
17th Sep - 3rd Oct 2019
- 17th Sep - 3rd Oct 2019
- 16 nights / 17 days
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This was our first out of country photography trip. We were very excited and nervous. We did our research. Could this be for real? Was it too good to be true? Where was the catch? Let us give you a clue…there was no catch! We were treated in a warm and friendly manner from our first inquiry to our final wave goodbye at the airport. Everything was handled totally professionally! It was like a dream come true….days spent on wildlife photography…and being tutored by someone who really knows how to do it. Obviously Stu, Justyna, Ann and John love what they do. The only downside is sorting out several thousand photos in Lightroom ! . There are just some tasks you don't mind doing. It will be a labor of love. Will we go on photo safari again? Only with Wild 4 folks!!!
Michael & Toni Anderson, USA
can't begin to tell you how much Keith and I enjoyed being with you in Botswana. Your trip was as productive for me, the birdwatcher spouse, as it was for Keith, who is thrilled with his images. I saw more birds in Botswana than I ever imagined I'd see (152 species!), and I got such good looks at them, from the big Goliath Heron, Wattled Crane, and Saddle-billed Storks to the little Pearl-spotted Owlet, White-fronted Bee-eaters, and Malachite Kingfisher. Our Letaka guides, Shadreck and Nkosi, were knowledgeable and helpful - and just plain nice guys, and Shuur took us on four amazing boat rides on the Chobe River. Every aspect of the trip went smoothly. It's obvious how much behind-the-scenes work you and Justyna put into the planning. I would recommend you to anyone, and for the safari of a lifetime, I'd recommend the Best of Botswana with Stu Porter.
Sharon Kennedy, USA