Photo tour Wildlife-rich Kalahari – in South Africa and Botswana2018-06-10T11:08:14+00:00

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Wildlife-rich Kalahari – in South Africa and Botswana

25th February – 7th March  2019

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Some of the tour highlights:

  • One of Africas’ finest National Parks.
  • Many big cats in desert environments.
  • Lions among sand dunes.
  • The most wildlife-rich part of the Kalahari desert.
  • The best area to see and photograph the rare Brown Hyena.
  • Wildlife concentrated around action-filled water-holes.
  • Abundant birdlife, with many birds of prey.
  • Night photography of the star-lit desert sky.
  • A maximum of three photographers per jeep in order to provide the best photo opportunities.
  • Plenty of time for photography and many game-drives** at every site.
  • Opportunities to be on your own in the camps’ various hides.
  • The tour leader will show you their best spots and provide photographic advice to a small group that share the same interests.
  • We contribute to conservation in South Africas Sanparks.

Kgalagadi Tranfrontier Park is one of the wildest most wildlife-rich wilderness areas on the planet. The National Park is larger than many countries and is situated in both South Africa and Botswana. Several different desert ecosystems host a rich wildlife with desert Lions among sand dunes, Cheetahs and Leopards hunting Oryx and other antelopes. The birdlife is varied, with Africas’ largest and smallest raptors. The area attracts professional wildlife photographers time and time again because of it’s beautiful settings, the many animals and amazing desert light.

The Transfrontier Park was inaugurated on the 12th May 2000. Transfrontier implies a park/National Park with large coherent, intact ecosystems covering several countries, where there are no barriers and animals can move freely. Kgalagadi hosts several desert ecosystems with large rivers that are only filled during the rainy season. The Nossob River is a border river flowing through both Botswana and South Africa. During the dry season this is where most of the wildlife occurs, due to the large numbers of Camel Thorn Acacia trees. They provide nutrition and shade to the ungulates, who in turn are followed by the predators. Around the river-beds and water-holes there is a daily struggle for life and death, as this is where the animals often hunt.

The landscape is dominated by red and yellow sand dunes, saline lakes, steppe and forest savannah. The wildlife is incredibly rich with large abundance of species like Springbok, Oryx, Ostrich, Gnu, Giraffe and Hartebeest. There are also plenty of smaller animals, such as Jackals, African Wildcats, Honey Badgers, Meerkats, Desert Foxes, Mongooses as well as the speciality – the whistling Gerbil. However, it is big cats and the chance to see them in action that has given the park its cult status amongst wildlife photographers. Africas large black-maned Lions, Cheetahs, Leopards, Caracals, Spotted and Brown Hyenas all hunt in the National Park, and the chances of exciting photography is good.

The birdlife is unique, with the largest eagle – the Martial Eagle, and the smallest bird of prey in Africa – the Pygmy Falcon. The Lanner Falcon is common, as are various Weever Birds, Bulbuls, Doves, Bustards, Sandgrouse, owls, finches and a large number of birds of prey.

During the tour we will stay at several interesting lodges and ”rest-camps” where you can explore on your own, photographing smaller animals. Some even have their own small hides, where you can see predators up close.

During the tour we will also hold photographic workshops, demonstrating e.g. techniques for the next days photography. We also look at image composition, and each others images, all in order to develop your own photography.

This tour is not only for the most dedicated wildlife photographers, but also for those who wish to experience some of the world’s finest National Parks and their wildlife up close in an incredible landscape.

The tour is also for those who long for Africa, but might have already been on several regular safaris in East Africa and South Africa. This photo safari is really unique.

Travel facts

Dates
25th February – 7th March 2019

Price
5 300 € (Euro)
(Registration fee 1 060 €)*

Tour leader

Jan Pedersen and Johan Siggesson

Number of participants

Min 3
Max 6

Last date to register
30tn November 2018

Game-drives**
The tour will include daily safaris. Safaris are by open safari vehicle. On Jeep safaris there will only be 3 photographers in each jeep.
** Safari is a trip in a natural area such as a National Park or other protected area.

Price includes
Share in double room and meals according to itinerary. All safaris and fees for national parks, photo workshops, transfer to and from Upington airport. Accommodation in hotels and lodges of middle class, we will stay both at the South African and Botswana side in the park.

Single room fee
630 €

Price does not include
Flights in and out of upington airport, tips, insurance, cancellation insurance, beverages, meals that are not specified in itinerary, phone and internet charges, personal items.

Airport
Upington internationell airport. The tour starts and ends here.

Photo equipment
A wide range of subjects will be available to us, from landscapes to mammals and birds. Therefore it is good to bring everything from wide-angle to telephoto lenses. On safari lenses from 70-200 mm up to 500 mm are excellent. To increase focal length you can use a teleconverter. Dust protection is important on safaris. If you have two camera bodies, bring both in order not to have to change lenses as much. Tripods are not so useful in safari vehicles, where a bean-bag comes in more handy. A monopod is an alternative, but slows you down a bit. However, a tripod will be great for photography around the lodges.

Clothing
Mornings can be “cool” so bring a fleece sweater together with proper field clothes. Bring a hat or head protection from the sun. Hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes are best for the feet, together with some sandals for midday use.

Group and language
Our tours are open to all nationalities, so the group may be international. Our tour leaders speak Swedish and English.

*Terms of payment
Registration fee to be paid on registration. Remaining fees to be paid latest 60 days before the tour starts.

Additional information
Contact your insurance company about insurance, including cancellation insurance. Contact your doctor about vaccination requirements.

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Itinerary

Day 1 (25th February) (Dinner)
Flight to Upington International Airport. Wild Nature Photo Adventures tour leader will meet you at the airport for transfer to the lodge in Upington for dinner and an introduction to the tour.

Day 2 (26th February) (Breakfast – Lunch/lunch parcel – Dinner)
After an early breakfast we drive 290 km to Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park. Once inside we go on our first game-drive ont he way to our first lodge, which is in Botswana. We will pas the invisible border many times and will spend three nights at this lodge.

Day 3-4 (27th-28th February) (Breakfast – Lunch/lunch parcel – Dinner)
During these days we will rise before dawn in order to be at the water-holes when the light appears. We photograph here and along the roadsides until the heat arrives and the light gets too harsh. Then we eat breakfast, rest, have lunch and workshop at the lodge before we head out again in the afternoon until it gets dark. Then we have dinner and do night photography by the lodges own water-hole.

Day 5 (1st March) (Breakfast – Lunch/lunch parcel – Dinner)
After an early morning game-drive and breakfast we leave the lodge and head north towards the central parts of the park. We check-in at a rest-camp where we spend two nights. We will go on an afternoon game-drive until the sun sets.

Day 6 (2nd March) (Breakfast – Lunch/lunch parcel – Dinner)
We rise before the sun does in order to get to the water-hole before the light arrives. We photograph here and along the roadsides until the heat and light get too strong. Then we have breakfast, rest, lunch and a workshop at the rest-camp before we head out again in the afternoon until dark. Then there will be dinner and night photography at the rest-camps own water-hole.

Day 7 (3rd March) (Breakfast – Lunch/lunch parcel – Dinner)
After an early morning game-drive and breakfast we leave the rest-camp and head for the northern parts of the park. We check-in at a lodge where we spend three nights. We will go on an afternoon game-drive until the sun sets.

Day 8-9 (4th-5th March) (Breakfast – Lunch/lunch parcel – Dinner)
During these days we are up before sunrise in order to be at the water-holes before the light arrives. We photograph here and along the roadsides until the heat and light get too strong. Then we have breakfast, rest, lunch and a workshop at the rest-camp before we head out again in the afternoon until dark. Then there will be dinner and night photography at the lodges own water-hole.

Day 10 (6th March) (Breakfast – Lunch/lunch parcel – Dinner)
After an early morning game-drive and breakfast we leave the lodge and head south towards the southernmost parts of the park. We check-in at the largest rest-camp where we spend one night. Farewell dinner in the evening.

Day 11 (7th March) (Breakfast)
After an early breakfast we head 290 km to Upington Airport and the flight home.

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Wildlife-rich Kalahari - in South Africa and Botswana 25th February - 7th March  2019

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