Join a pro wildlife photographer on an epic African photo safari for lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, and more
*AFRICAN BIG CATS PHOTO SAFARI
Leopards, Lions, Cheetahs, Elephants, Rhinos, & More
August 18 – September 1, 2016
***Only one space available! We've just had a cancellation leaving a space open for a male willing to share a room. ***
- In South Africa, we’ll stay at a luxurious lodge – recently recognized as the #1 Hotel in the World by Conde Nast – on a private game reserve that is simply the best place in the world for photographing leopards. It also offers great opportunities for lions, cheetahs, wild dogs, elephants, rhinos, and other African classics.
- In Namibia, we’ll have exclusive, behind-the-scenes access at the Cheetah Conservation Fund to photograph cheetahs up close, including cheetahs running full sprint.
- Also in Namibia, we’ll stay on a private reserve near Etosha National Park, and use a sunken hide for eye-level photos of animals at a waterhole.
- For all game drives on the tour, each participant will have an entire row to themselves for easy shooting from both sides of the vehicle and to comfortably accommodate your gear.
- Our bush flights are private charter flights for our group only, enabling us to travel with more gear.
- Travel as a small group and receive one-to-one instruction from professional wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas. Suzi has published over 100 magazine covers and feature stories and has vast experience photographing African wildlife (including three years living in a bushcamp).
After an evening and an overnight at a luxury hotel in Johannesburg, we’ll fly by private charter plane to Londolozi Private Game Reserve, located in the Greater Kruger National Park. We’ll spend six nights at lavish Londolozi. This private reserve is world renowned as a “predator’s paradise”, and has a long history of catering to wildlife filmmakers and photographers; it is THE best place in the world for leopard photography. It is also known for it’s exceptional Big 5 game viewing, so we’ll have great chances of photographing lions, cheetahs, wild dogs, hyenas, elephants, rhinos, elephants, giraffes and other classic African plains wildlife. Here the animals are abundant and are very habituated to vehicles, and our drivers/guides are some of the best trackers in Africa. By being on a private game reserve, we’ll also have the advantage of working with animals without crowds of other vehicles, which is a common problem in other parks and reserves throughout Africa. Though we have chosen Londolozi for its unparalleled wildlife photography opportunities, another perk of being at Londolozi is that we’ll be staying in a world famous luxurious lodge and enjoying fine cuisine for all meals.
We’ll then fly to Windhoek, Namibia where we’ll spend the night and then drive to the Cheetah Conservation Fund headquarters near Otjiwarongo. This is a world-class research and conservation facility that is also home to ambassador cheetahs that were trapped by farmers when they were young cubs and were unable to be rereleased to the wild. We’ll be working directly with Dr. Laurie Marker (the world’s leading expert on Cheetahs) for our behind-the-scenes access and photography activities, which include up-close portraits of the cheetahs, action shots of cheetahs running at full sprint, and cheetahs undergoing enrichment given by Dr. Marker and her staff.
Next we’ll travel by car to the private Ongava Game Reserve, just outside of Etosha National Park. Here, we’ll stay at Andersson’s Camp, which overlooks a waterhole that attracts lots of thirsty wildlife. We’ll also be able to use a private, sunken hide at the waterhole for eye-level photography of animals drinking less than ten feet away. Lion, elephant, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, springbok, kudu, gemsbok and eland all regularly visit the waterhole, and even an occasional leopard and rhino have come to drink. The hide is spacious and comfortable, and even has a tea/coffee station inside. During our time here we’ll also take excursions into the national park for game drives.
We’ll drive back to Windhoek for our final night of the tour and then fly home the next day.
Day 1, Aug 18: Arrive Johannesburg International Airport (JNB), o/n InterContinental Hotel Airport
Day 2, Aug 19: fly to Londolozi, afternoon game drive, o/n Founders Camp Superior Chalets (BLD)
Day 3 - 7, Aug. 20 -24: Five full days of morning and afternoon game drives, o/n Founders Camp Superior Chalets (BLD)
Day 8, Aug. 25: Fly to Johannesburg and onto Windhoek, o/n Galton House (BLD)
Day 9, Aug. 26: Drive 4 hours to the Cheetah Conservation Fund, afternoon of photography, o/n CCF (BLD)
Day 10, Aug. 27: Full day of photography at Cheetah Conservation Fund, o/n CCF (BLD)
Day 11, Aug. 28: Drive 3.5 hours toOngava Game Reserve just outside Etosha National Park, afternoon of photography, o/n Andersson’s Camp (BLD)
Day 12 -13, Aug. 29 -30: Two full days of morning & afternoon photography, o/n Andersson’s Camp (BLD)
Day 14, Aug. 31: Morning game drive, drive 5 hours to Windhoek, o/n Galton House (BLD)
Day 15, Sept. 1: Transfer to Windhoek International Airport (WDH), depart on flight home (B)
Londolozi was recognized as the #1 Hotel in the World with the Conde Nast Traveler’s 2014 Readers’ Choice Award. The Founders Camp Superior Chalets (at left) sit in the shade of ancient ebony and matumi trees along the banks of the Sand River. Each luxurious chalet has air-conditioning, wi-fi, ensuite bathroom, private deck for game viewing, a private plunge pool, and a min-bar. This camp is also known for its fine cuisine, and beer, wine and local sprits are included in the tour cost.
The Cheetah Conservation Fund’s luxurious Babson House is reminiscent of Out of Africa and the colonial comfort of the 1940’s; guests can enjoy sundowners on a private veranda overlooking the ever-changing colors of the spectacular Waterberg Plateau and CCF’s resident cheetahs. Each room has an en-suite bathroom, fan, mosquito nets, and tea/coffee station. Meals are taken on the verandah, and beer and wine are included in the tour cost.
Etosha’s Andersson’s Camp, owned by Wilderness Safaris, is a newly built lodge centered on an old farmstead, with a modern safari theme. There are 18 elevated tents, each with a covered veranda, en-suite bathroom, and private, open-air shower. The main area of camp overlooks the waterhole and the sunken hide is accessible along a short pathway and through a tunnel, all within the camp’s boundaries, so guests can walk there without an escort.
Professional wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas plus local naturalist guides
Suzi Eszterhas is a professional wildlife photographer based in California. She has photographed over 100 magazine covers and features stories, which include TIME, Smithsonian, BBC Wildlife, GEO, Scientific American, Audubon, Ranger Rick, and National Geographic Kids. She is also the author of eight children’s books, and co-author of the coffee-table book A Future for Cheetahs. Suzi has won numerous awards and is represented by several of the world’s leading natural history agencies.
Group size: Only 10 places available
Price: $14,910 per person sharing
Price includes: 14 nights accommodation, private roundtrip charter flight from Johannesburg to Londolozi (35kg luggage allowance), flight from Johannesburg to Windhoek, private vehicles with one participant per row on all game drives, beer and wine at Londolozi and CCF’s Babson House, all meals noted on itinerary above, local beverages (filtered water, coffee, tea, juice) at eco-lodges, fees for special permit at Cheetah Conservation Fund, park entrance fees, services of Suzi Eszterhas as photographic guide and her one-on-one instruction, local guide services, porterage, and trip preparation package.
Price does not include: international flights to Johannesburg and from Windhoek home, travel insurance (required), airport departure taxes, dinner on arrival night of August 18, bottled water at city hotels, alcoholic beverages other than those stated above, staff gratuities, laundry, personal items and anything not listed in the “price includes” list above.
BOOKING DETAILS AND MORE INFORMATION
Please contact Suzi Eszterhas at firstname.lastname@example.org
+1 831 588 3505