SOUTH LUANGWA Photo Safari in Zambia
17 to 22 September 2017 (6 days)
US$ 7,750 per person sharing
Wildlife, birds and landscape
Nestled deep within the rift valley of Zambia lies a reserve that combines some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa in a setting as unique as its wildlife is diverse. South Luangwa, with the Murchison escarpment on its western border and the Luangwa River to the east is a reserve that conjures up scenes of classic Africa. Winter offers you the best dry season wildlife viewing in the South Luangwa Valley. The open forest floors allows for clear photography, whilst the huge stands of African ebony trees provide the perfect backdrop to the stunning scenes that you will witness and the Luangwa River meanders along, filled with and attracting all manner of wildlife.
Here you will spend 7 nights in the luxurious Kaingo Camp inside the actual reserve (many lodges are outside) overlooking one of the floodplains that make this area so special. South Luangwa has all the romanticism of adventure and exploration from day’s gone bye; but today it is the wildlife that’s the main attraction- the wildlife and Luangwa River. Over the last few years Isak Pretorius has spent many hours hosting photo safaris in this wilderness. He has grown to love the ebony forests, know certain animals and understand the moods of Luangwa. His image portfolio is now full of images from the valley- an indication of its rich photographic potential. Join Isak on this exclusive private South Luangwa safari. There is space for only three photographers on this trip- each will have their own bench seat all to themselves to ensure you have all the comfort and space you need. Isak will personally guide and tutor you on this safari, sharing his immense knowledge and experience of his time in the Valley. Expect your images to improve dramatically and your experience of this part of Africa to be completely enhanced.
* ICONIC DESTINATION – The winding Luangwa river, oxbow lagoons, open savanna and ebony forests filled with animals
* BEST PREDATOR ACTION – The end of the dry season makes the predators spoiled for choice as all animals have to congregate around the river
* STUNNING NIGHT DRIVES – Long night drives with strong spotlights offers the best chance to see genets, civets, owls and leopards in Africa
* IMPROVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY – The main aim of the workshop is to show you great sightings and teach you both technical and artistic skills to elevate your own photography
* ALL LEVELS OF PHOTOGRAPHERS WELCOME – We cater for all levels of photographers, from beginners to the experts – everyone will feel welcome
* EXCLUSIVE SAFARI – Three photographers with one photography guide means you have your own row of seats to photograph in all directions
* SEVEN DAYS OF SAFARI – Longer than a typical photo workshop means that you have a better chance of seeing amazing sightings as well as a chance to explore all the genres of nature photography
* THE REAL AFRICAN WILDERNESS – Unfenced with free roaming animals, this is an authentic African wilderness experience
* Request a PDF brochure under “Booking Information”
What People Say
Having been on a good number of safaris in Africa in the last few years, we’ve experienced a few different guides and places, and the South Luangwa with Isak is really up there amongst the best. Once away from the park entrance, there are not crowds of tourists, yet there is a diversity and plethora of wildlife. The local driver guides are probably the best you’ll find anywhere, and on top of their knowledge and skills, you have Isak working with them finding the best locations and positions for photographs. I challenge you to find anyone with a better technical knowledge and understanding of current cameras, and more significantly, the ability to put that expertise into practice. But he’s always very much at your service, and combines this advice and assistance with a great imagination to try something different and make the most of light and circumstance. It’s a fabulous combination.
Absolutely amazing, awesome, wonderful… I dont really have the words! As a beginner I found the workshop the perfect opportunity to develop my skills and I learnt so much that I cannot wait for the next opportunity to practice. Meeting like-minded people with a passion for the bush and photography was a pleasure and I can only commend Mashatu for their patience, knowledge and willingness to accommodate photographers request. Isak Pretorius is a very talented, passionate photographer who was willing to share his knowledge and experience, and it was a privilege to learn from him. I found the course very well organized and can highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in photography and the bush. Very happy memories that will last a lifetime.Thank you all.
DAY 1 | 17 SEPTEMBER 2017
* Meet at Lusaka International Airport
* Domestic flight to Mfuwe Airport
* Road transfer to Kaingo Camp
* Afternoon game drive
* Accommodation at Kaingo Camp
DAY 2 – 5 | 18 – 21 SEPTEMBER 2017
* Morning game drive
* Afternoon game drive
* Accommodation at Kaingo Camp
DAY 6 | 22 SEPTEMBER 2017
* Morning game drive
* Road transfer to Mfuwe Airport
* Domestic flight back to Lusaka
* International flight home
South Luangwa National Park
During the rainy season, the reserve is a veritable marshland of mud and elephant damaged roads almost impassable. However, during the dry season, the languidly meandering Luangwa river dries up, forming pools of water, ox-bow lakes and dead-end tributaries. It is these pools of water in the high woodland which produce such stunning wildlife viewing. South Luangwa hosts large populations of elephants, buffalo, hippopotamus and (Thornycrofts) giraffe. Leopard and Lion are exceptionally well represented. South Luangwa is touted as having one of the highest densities of leopard in Africa. Birds are also a major attraction in Luangwa with over 420 species recorded. The highlight of the birding experience here is seeing the various storks and herons flocking to feed on the fish in drying pools which you can expect to see at this time of year. In all, it provides one of the highlights of African wildlife.
* Classic scenes of the Luangwa river meandering through the wide river banks
* Hundreds of Hippopotamus in the pools and main river
* Access to a number of very good hides built specifically for photographers
* Large elephant herds in the woodlands, drinking at the rivers edge and in front camp
* One of the only places to see Thornycrofts Giraffe, Giraffa camelopardalis thornicrofti
* Excellent lion population
* Very high density of leopard, with very relaxed individuals
* Flocks of storks, herons and egrets feeding in the drying pools for fish
* Excellent sightings of large water birds in the Luangwa River
* Buffalo herds drinking at the rivers edge numbering into the hundreds
Photography and Tutoring
IDENTIFYING PERSONAL REQUIREMENTS
As we kick off the workshop, your guides will spend one-on-one time with each participant to identify what level they are at and what areas they would most like to focus on. We will then explore the different components of photography with them as we get different light and travel to various destinations. There is no better learning opportunity than photographing so many world-class wildlife sightings day after day, in the ideal season, under professional guidance. The constant presence of a guide guarantees that your questions are answered immediately and this ensures a fast learning curve. Shooting day after day also ensures that all these lessons are fresh in the mind and are applied until programmed into your subconscious.
SUBJECTS TO BE COVERED
We will look at the basic technicalities like shutter speed, aperture and focus and how these should be creatively manipulated in certain situations. E.g.to get the right amount of blur in golden grass. Composition is always the most important subject and it is best taught in the sighting, where the learning can be applied instantly. Your guides will always be available to point out how you can improve your composition and give you the technical breakdown behind their chosen advice. As we are presented with different weather and light conditions they will teach you to study the skies and how to make a pre-emptive decision on where to shoot when the light peaks. One of the great aspects of South Luangwa is that it is a world dark sky reserve, meaning that we will spend plenty of time shooting at night. Shooting the Milky Way and star trails can be daunting, but we’ll show you how easy it actually is when you’re in the right place.
PRESENTATIONS AND EDITING
During middle of the day on days 2 to 6 we will sit down for an informal presentation on editing or any other subject. The digital darkroom has become a crucial part of photography and the guides will present various techniques using images taken by the participants of the workshop. Your guides have extensive experience with Photoshop, Lightroom, Bridge and Nik Color Efex, but they will also do their best to help with your program of choice.
ONE-ON-ONE ATTENTION AND CREATIVE FREEDOM
The fact that there will only be a maximum of 3 photographers means that over the course of 7 days, each client will get plenty of assistance, guidance and tutoring from the guides. This also means that there will be far less lenses pointed at the same subjects than on normal workshops. This gives you a better chance to explore your creativity and to shoot the subjects from all angles.
On every workshop we always discuss everything from the most fundamental principles, through to the philosophical and abstract. Whatever it is you would like to learn, were happy to help out. Our goal is to send you home with great images, new knowledge, fond memories and feeling inspired.
Why Travel with Us
Our guides are sought-after photographic guides, well known and highly acclaimed in the industry. Their awards and published work in the world’s leading landscape and wildlife publications is a testament to their knowledge, skill and creativity. We believe we are the best in the industry and are continuously looking to improve our skill and workshops.
South Luangwa was hand-picked as a photo workshop destination because of its open terrain, variety of wildlife, birds, and unique landscapes, and its “authentic” safari feel. We know Africa, and we’ve been photographing at Mashatu since 2000, so we know it well. With our good relationship with the lodge and staff we are able to be at the right places and find the right sightings in the best light for your photography.
This photo workshop was designed to fine tune the typical photo workshop itinerary to create the best product in the market that excels in quality on every level – from the moment you are picked up from the border, the quality of the accommodation, the photographic sightings, activities like hide photography, and a photo workshop schedule that will help to improve your own photography. The goal is to take you to the best spots and get you to take your own great photographs while enjoying the best comfort and hospitality that Zambia has to offer.
We specializes in wildlife, bird and landscape photography exclusively and this is the biggest differentiator from other workshops. This means we selected the best time of the year and photographic locations to get you the best wildlife, bird and landscape photographs.
Our guides are at least 6th generation African. Who better to show you the African continent than people who live there? They have explored their home and neighbouring African countires as travellers even before digital photography and workshops became popular, and with a camera have spent more than 10 years chasing the best light in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya. Therefore they know the people, the culture and we have developed relationships with the local people that gains them access to special places.
With a client repeat booking rate of 80% it means they must be doing something right!
DAY 1 – Arrival and First Game Drive
Arrival at Lusaka International Airport. This photo workshop starts and ends at this airport, so it is your responsibility to arrange your own international flights. If you need flights to be arranged for you please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote and options.
Your professional photographer and host will meet you at the Lusaka International Airport. We will depart Lusaka at 11:00 via a scheduled domestic flight, landing at Mfuwe Airpoty at roughly 12:00. From Mfuwe Airport, there will be a 3 hour road transport to the camp. Once you’ve arrived at camp there will be a short orientation and a chance for you to settle into your chalet to unpack and get your photographic equipment ready. We will meet for lunch and have a chance to discuss the workshop before embarking on our first afternoon game drive.
The first drive is about enjoying, relaxing and to get familiar with the photography from the vehicle and to get familiar with the South Luangwa landscape and photographic opportunities. On this drive the aim is to take photos ‘as you are used to’, so that it sets the benchmark to measure the images taken at the end of the photo workshop against.
Before Dinner, the guide will give a short presentation showing a variety of images and how, by using specific aspects, you can alter and change an image dramatically.
DAY 2,3,4,5,6 – Morning and Afternoon Game Drives
During the next five full days the daily schedule will remain more or less the same. The times are flexible and might vary slightly depending on the sunrise times, the sightings and our activities (e.g. we might decide to have an extended morning drive). Generally we follow this schedule:
05:00 – Wake-up and meet for coffee and a small meal
05:30 – Morning game drive
11:00 – Brunch
12:00 – Rest and own time
14:30 – Photo presentation, workshop and photo review (not compulsory)
15:30 – Meet for high tea
16:00 – Afternoon game drive
19:30 – Dinner and then retire to bed for another day of more great photography
The topics of the photo presentation and workshops are not fixed and will be altered to meet the specific requirements of all the guests. These could include the following:
* Understanding light
* Understanding composition
* Tutorials on advanced photo techniques
* Use of Lenses for various effects
* Post processing your images in Lightroom or Photoshop
* Cataloguing images
* Startrail and starscape photography
* Flash use and advanced flash use
During the photo workshop sessions there will be a chance for guests to bring their own photos for feedback and critique by the guides. Typically three photos from each guests per session are enough to not only see what different photos we all got from the same sightings but the feedback the critique on your photos is one of the best ways to improve your own photography.
DAY 7 – Last Game Drive and Homeward Bound
Our last day begins with a short early morning game drive after which we have breakfast. We will depart for Mfuwe at roughly 9:00 from where we will catch a domestic flight back to Lusaka International Airport. This is unfortunately the end of your photo workshop.
Photo Opportunities on this Photo Workshop
* Close quarter photography of predators such as lion and leopards
* Excellent, open sightings and photography of very relaxed elephants
* Picturesque floodplains breaking up the landscape. Elephants and other animals are often found drinking at the river and pools
* General game is relaxed and easy to photograph
* Hippo and bird hides that allow you to get close to the animals and photograph animal behaviour
Aimed at beginner/intermediate as well as advanced photographers, this workshop brings likeminded people together to enjoy nature and learn more about improving their photography. Isak Pretorius will be your host over the week. He is an award-winning photographer who will share his knowledge of wildlife photography on drives and during talks at camp.
There will be one private vehicle for photographers: three photographers and one guide. Non-photographers are allowed to join on the photographic vehicle if numbers allow – if not, non-photographing partners will be on their own vehicle with a ranger. On all our tours and workshops we may ask participants to rotate seats in the vehicles, taking it in turn to sit in the more popular seats in the front and the less popular ones in the rear. This requirement applies to everyone. If there is some reason why you can’t take your turn in the back of a vehicle (e.g. a bad back or travel sickness) please inform our office at the time of booking to see if we can accommodate you. We regret that anyone failing to inform us of such limitations before the tour will be expected to rotate seats in the same way as everyone else.
Enjoy some wildlife photography early in the morning, as the light and game activity will be perfect for photographic purposes. This activity will consist of a game drive, a guided walk, or even a canoe ride for the more adventurous! Afterwards, after a early morning activity, you will come back to camp for breakfast and photography lectures and discussions. You will have the opportunity to rest and eat lunch before heading out on your afternoon activity, which will again provide us with great light for photographing. You will get back after sunset for dinner and change to talk through your days photography. Every day, we will review some of the images taken on that day and discuss them as a group.
Overlooking the Luangwa River deep within the prime area of the South Luangwa National Park, Kaingo’s relaxed, personal and friendly atmosphere offers its guests fantastic game-viewing opportunities within an area of incredible beauty and varied terrain. Built and run by Derek Shenton, son of Barry Shenton – former ranger in Luangwa and warden of Kafue National Park – Kaingo has many attributes from the Shenton family ranging from the camps stylish design and practical layout to the local farm produce. The large centrally located open-sided sitting room includes a dining area, library and Kaingo’s renowned thousand year old lead-wood bar. Nestled discretely apart on the banks of the river, Kaingo’s chalets were designed with the sole purpose of transporting you safely into the world of the Luangwa without a single distraction.
US$ 7,750 per person sharing
* US$ 1,550 per single supplement
* 30% deposit confirms your place
THE ABOVE COSTS INCLUDE:
* Pickup and transport for the entire tour
* Entrance to concession and accommodation in camp
* All meals, based on three meals a day
* The services of our guides
COSTS DO NOT INCLUDE:
* International flight to Lusaka
* Gratuities to staff and guides
* Extra activities not included
* Personal expenses
* Travel insurance
* Travel visas
* Terms and conditions are clearly described in the PDF brochure under “Booking Information”
* Camera bodies
* Body and lens caps
* Plastic zip lock bags
* Filters (UV, Polariser and graduated)
* Battery chargers
* Camera bag
* Digital card wallet
* Cable ties
* Batteries for flash gun
* Big Blower brush
* Sensor cleaning fluid
* Laptop/External hard drive
* Power for external hard drive
* Power adaptors
* Camera manuals
* Tripod head and quick release plate
* Lens cleaning cloth/s
* Camera vest
* Digital memory cards
* You don’t need to own the latest cameras and the longest lenses! Email me at email@example.com to enquire about rental options.
* ID Documents
* Flight ticket/s
Accommodation and travel
* Foreign exchange
* Credit card/s
Personal items and clothing
* Sunscreen (one low factor and one higher factor SPF)
* Cotton shirts
* Warm top/s
* Wind breaker/rain jacket
* “Inners” thin light gloves to wear on cool early mornings
What should I know about vehicle etiquette?
On all our tours we may ask participants to rotate seats in the vehicles, taking it in turn to sit in the more popular seats in the front and the less popular ones in the rear. This requirement applies to everyone. If there is some reason why you can’t take your turn in the back of a vehicle (e.g. a bad back or travel sickness) please inform our office at the time of booking to see if we can accommodate you. We regret that anyone failing to inform us of such limitations before the tour will be expected to rotate seats in the same way as everyone else.
There is also other vehicle etiquette that we would like to ask you to adhere to. We give these guidelines to ensure a positive experience for all when on safari:
* Please keep noise levels low at an animal sighting. This allows people to enjoy the setting and listen to sounds that the animals may be making. Often these alert us to some behaviour and allows us to anticipate any action that may occur.
* If you are seated in the front of the vehicle, please have consideration for the people behind you. A pre-arranged chat at the start of the safari is an excellent way to work out how you will be photographing and working around each other. It provides a positive working environment and allows everyone to photograph happily in the vehicle.
* When photographing, keep movement to a minimum. If you are going to shift places, then alert the others and do so as swiftly and directly as possible.
* Please do not do anything to effect the behaviour of the animals.
* Your driver/ranger has to adhere to certain rules and etiquette at sightings that you may not be aware of. This may mean you cannot stop exactly where you would like. Please bear this in mind at sightings, especially when there are other vehicles from other camps around.
What technical equipment or requirements do I need for the workshops?
For workshops a Digital SLR camera is recommended, with at least a 200mm lens to capture wildlife im- ages. A laptop for downloading is also helpful, although we can download image if necessary. On a Photo tour, two DSLR camera bodies and lenses are advised. The type of lenses you take depend entirely on the destination. We will advise according to each tour should you need advise.
Are there any extras I need to bring on a trip?
Most of our tours are all inclusive and we offer advice as to what to bring along. This is due to the differ- ent seasons and conditions of each safari. C4 Photo Safaris will always advise if you will be traveling in a Malaria area. If the tour is not all-inclusive, it will be clearly stated.
Why do you choose such specific destinations for the Tours and Work- shops?
Each destination is hand picked by us for the beauty and photographic potential it holds. C4 Photo Safaris only travel to destinations that offer the best of what we are looking to photograph. If we know an area holds excellent wildlife, we will take tours there. There are many factors to consider- Seasonal variation can have a large impact on wildlife movements, animal and bird migrations, localalised animal movements etc. We of course take all this into consideration, ensuring that our tours are going to the best locations at the best times.
Is there any cell phone reception in the areas?
In most game reserves and wild areas there is no cell/mobile phone reception.
How safe am I in the game reserves in Africa?
C4 Photo Safaris only operate with lodges and reserves that use the best rangers. They ensure your safety whilst on safari and use very strict procedures when dealing with dangerous animals. Each lodge has a safety briefing on arrival which, if adhered to, makes your stay very safe.
What insurance/coverage do I need?
Your normal travel insurance covers you for safaris in Africa. C4 Photo Safaris are comprehensively in- sured for medical emergencies on safaris.
For Malaria, which tablets should I take, if any?
C4 Photo Safaris are not allowed to prescribe medical advice to clients. We will advise if the area visited is in a malaria area. You will need to consult with your local GP for medical advise on Malaria and prevention.
What about allergies?
Most safari camps are able to handle food allergies but not with the degree of skill that five star hotels do. The best way to handle an intolerance, is to simply avoid eating that particu- lar food as the menus in camp are quite diverse. If you have a more uncommon allergy, like being allergic to eggs, and you know of a solution (like a powder substitute), then bring it along on sa- fari. If you have a deadly allergy, then be sure to travel with your own medication and request in camp that that ingredient be removed from the kitchen and the store. As a side note, it is helpful to remember that many safari camps have to fly produce in or truck it in, over hundreds of miles. Furthermore, the camps, although impressive looking, actually have minimal infrastructure behind the scenes. If you assist the camp in managing your allergy, it will be a great help.
What about medicine, diseases and vaccinations?
Please check in with your local travel clinic or doctor for advice. From my experience, a yellow fever and hepatitis vaccination is a must, while the plethora of others are optional. Our safaris are conducted in low risk malarial areas but for your own peace of mind, we recommend that you take a prophylactic. In areas where you get tsetse flies in East Afri- ca, humans are not the primary disease carries, and contracting Tryps is very rare. There is nothing you can do about these flies except to dress appropriately (keep reading) and to apply mosie-guard. None of our current safari destinations carry significant amounts of tsetsi flies. The camps do have medicine kits and there is always an evacuation plan.
We do however find it practical to always travel through Africa with the following items:
* Immodium (keep this handy when traveling)
* Buscopan (for tummy cramps)
* Pain killers (that contain par- acetamol and a muscle relaxant)
* Antihistamine cream and tablets for any allergic reactions
* Melatonin to help speedy recovery from jetlag
* Any medicine or ointments that you would normally take at home
* Mosquito repellant
* A product called Mosie-guard for areas where Tsetsi Flies occur (manufactured in the UK and Deet does not work)
* Tweezers for any thorns or splinters
* Re-hydrants sachets (very important)
* Disinfectant or antibiotic cream (just for nicks, cuts or grazes)
* Plasters (to cover nicks, cuts or grazes)
Can I drink water and eat fresh produce on safari?
We advise that you only drink bottled water, which is always available in camps. Avoid ice as this is often made from local water which although is generally safe to drink, your foreign tummies might disagree! It is safe to eat fresh produce.
What about food on safari?
Both East and much of Southern Africa was a British colony and as such, you can expect that type of cuisine. The breakfasts usually consist of cereals and a hot English breakfast. Lunch- es are usually light with a variety of salads and always a meat option. Dinners are traditional English affairs usually with a soup starter and freshly baked camp bread. The main course will usually be a roast of sorts, with vegetables. Dessert is usually a simple affair consisting of fruit or a baked pudding. You will not go hungry! (A side note to mention is that between meals there are often not snacks readily available and breakfast is often only later in the morning. You might want to bring a few snacks or energy bars if you have a problem keeping your sugar levels up.)
Any luggage restrictions?
The reality is that on any scheduled charters in Africa, there will be luggage restrictions. Short of charter- ing your own flight (which we can do), our advice is to bring only the essential camera equipment. Having too much equipment can actually hinder your photography. Also, you can get washing done in camp and with a fairly moderate to hot climate, you can afford to pack light. In short, bring fewer clothes so that you can bring more camera gear! Depending on the safari you book, we will be able to advise you on exact weight restrictions.
What amount of spending money should I bring along?
Our tours cover all travel, food and accommodation costs (unless otherwise stated). This means that spending money can be kept to souvenirs, curios and books. This normally amounts to Euro 10.00 per person per day.
Commercial representation and wildlife photography consulting
C4 Photo Safaris has the full capacity to plan and run commercial photo shoots for professional clients. We are able to supply you with the best guides in the wildlife photography industry as well as organize and run all your ground handling logistics for the shoot. Our knowledge of African travel logistics combined with our specialized knowledge of wildlife and the best places to photograph them, places us in the perfect position to plan and run your commer- cial shoot. Please contact Shem with your request. Additionally we can supply photographers for the shoot where they would work under the production name. On all tours with c4 images and safaris, our guides have the right to take photographs. Their goal is to get you into the right position and tutor you into getting the best photograph. Once they have done so, they have full rights to take their own photographs. The rights of the guides and all of their images remains with the individual guide who took the photographs. No other person has any rights over the photographs taken by a guide representing C4 Photo Safaris.
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