We begin our safari in the most beautiful city in the world, Cape Town. We have three days to explore the city on our own or we can take one of the optional tours. The game-rich area of Mpumalanga (Eastern Transvaal) is the home of many conservation-minded private Game Reserves. These reserves are home to the "Big Five" along with a wide variety of plains game and bird life. The photographic opportunities are numerous and there is ample time in each reserve to give you an opportunity to scout out the best location for that "perfect" image. We will stay in deluxe to luxury accommodation similar to those found in theaward winning book, On Safari.
Maximum Participants: 12 with a maximum of four photographers per Land Rover while on safari. Your photographer escort will sit up front with the driver and rotate between groups.
Upon arrival today, we are met and transferred to our hotel. We have three days to explore the Cape Peninsula. Our guided tours include a city tour, Cape Peninsula tour, and a day in the winelands.
Wednesday – Friday, 8 - 10 July 2009
Our safari begins with a flight to the new Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport. On arrival we are met and transferred to our private game lodge. On the western edge of Kruger National Park lies Timbavati Nature Reserve. The reserve is comprised of a number of private reserves. It is considered one of South Africa's prime game viewing areas. During our visit we are likely to see the "big five" on morning and evening game drives.
Saturday – Monday, 11 - 13 July 2009
Sabi Sand Game Reserve
We continue this morning to our next private game reserve in the Sabi Sand located next to the Kruger National Park. We will look for and photograph leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, cheetah...the list goes on. Our expert rangers and guides take us on morning, afternoon and evening game viewing drives, which reveal the ever-changing tapestry of the African bush.
Tuesday – Thursday, 14 - 16 July 2009
Thorneybush Game Reserve
We continue this morning to our next private game concession for the next three nights, located outside the Kruger National Park.
Friday, 17 July 2009
We fly back to Johannesburg today and connect with our evening flight home.
Non-Photographer Traveling with a Photographer: $5,995
Intra-Africa Flights: $570
Single Room Supplement: $1,900
Deposit to Secure Space: $1,100
Early Booking Bonus: Deduct $500 per person if Booked by 25 November 2008
Safari Price Includes:
Accommodations in luxury lodges and tented camps
Three meals a day on safari, breakfast only in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
All game drives in four-wheel drive open Land Rovers
Guided walking safaris
Services of professional, English speaking safari guides
Park entrance fees
Airport transfers and arrival/departure assistance in Africa
Baggage handling in Africa
Comprehensive safari preparation
Not included are international airfare and internal South Africa airfare and personal expenses such as personal insurance; excess baggage fees; phone calls; gratuities to guides and camp staff; airport departure taxes; passport and visa fees, and beverages.
Focus on Planet Earth understands that air travel contributes to increased green house gases and global warming. Therefore, we encourage our expedition participants to assist us in making each Focus on Planet Earth expedition carbon neutral. To offset the emissions from your flights go to Carbon Off-Set Calculator. Use JNB (Johannesburg) as your destination.
International Air Transportation:
You are responsible for booking your own international air transportation. To assist you, we have provided you with the airport codes and the dates you need to arrive or depart.