Sabi Sands Predators Safari Tour

8 September – 17 September 2018


White lions and white rhinos in South Africa’s largest wildlife sanctuary

$7,250 (€ 6,050) PP


Sabi Sands Predators Safari Tour

28 September – 8 October 2017


White lions and white rhinos in South Africa’s largest wildlife sanctuary
$6,995 (€ 6,530) PP
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Escape the maddening summer heat in the United States and join me in South Africa to photograph Leopards, Lions and Cheetahs. You will also find Elephants, Zebras, Giraffe, Warthogs, the now endangered Rhinoceros side by side with scores of antelope and other wildlife gems. This tour is for photographers of all skill levels. The techniques you learn from me can be put into practice and immediately experienced in the field. In addition to the technical knowledge, you will gain a greater appreciation for, and understanding of, the majestic animals you encounter.

Call Ed on +1-919-527-4440 now to discuss or reserve this trip over the phone.


Having spent several weeks in the South African bush with Ed on his tour last year, I can say he is extremely knowledgeable about the country and the wildlife. After finding out he grew up in South Africa, it is easy to understand why he knows the landscape and customs of the diverse areas of the country so well. He was an excellent guide and was able to work with me to get the best images during the amazing trip. Peter G
Overview of Photo Safari
Join me as your tour guide and photography tutor on a Wildlife Safari Tour to South Africa. The 10 day (9 nights) tour will see us fly to the Sabi Sands Reserve Complex for four days. An overland trip alongside the reserve takes us to Timbavati area (of White Lions fame) for another four days before flying back to Johannesburg to review the images gathered on this safari, share the experience with family and friends and start thinking about your next photographic tour.

 

Services and facilities
The tour accommodates a maximum of 6 photographers. At the Lodges we have 2 vehicles with stadium style seating which facilitates each photographer shooting forward without a fellow guest getting in the way. Each of the three rows is reserved for a photographer and his/her equipment. This arrangement permits a photographer to take images from whichever side is most beneficial without getting in the field of view of the other photographers. Photographers accompanied by their non-photographer partners (maximum 1 per vehicle) will share their row.From the moment you arrive in South Africa until your departure all regular expenses are covered. All accommodation at hotels, lodges and camps, the three daily meals, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, refreshments on game drives are included. All transportation, air flights and charters, welcome services and nature reserve taxes and fees are provided for. Guests travel from far and to reduce the load of clothes, laundry services at the Lodges are included. Gratuities and premium brand spirits and beers are excluded.

 

About the Photo Safari Tour
This tour is for photographers of all skill levels. The techniques you learn from me can be put into practice and immediately experienced in the field. In addition to the technical knowledge, you will gain a greater appreciation for, and understanding of, the majestic animals you encounter. The experienced game rangers who accompany us on game drives will explain the behavior and lifestyle of the animals we encounter, enabling you to take better images which truly depict the nature of your fascinating subjects.  Each vehicle carries a dedicated tracker constantly on the lookout for clues pointing to animal activity in the vicinity.
Safari Tour Outline and Itinerary

The first night at OR Tambo
After arrival at Johannesburg International Airport, you will be transferred to the Mondior Hotel at the Emperor’s Palace adjacent to the Airport for the first night. The 4-star Peermont Mondior hotel at Emperors Palace features 150 spacious rooms and suites furnished in contemporary African elegance and fitted with cutting-edge technology, internet access and digital television. Every room sports tea and coffee facilities and a mini-bar with fridge. The hotel is conveniently located right next to O.R. Tambo International Airport.

Four nights in the Sabi Sands Area
Kirkman’s Kamp, with its spectacular views of the unspoiled wilderness, is regarded as one of the best-loved lodges in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. It is a well known historic camp, originally built in the early 1920’s, and celebrates the atmosphere of an early South African lowveld homestead. The colonial ambience of gracious style and luxury has been retained, and guests step back in time upon entering the original homestead, which now houses the Lodge’s sitting, dining and bar areas.

Each of the guest cottages has a private veranda and is furnished in the same charming style with ensuite bathrooms. The large sitting room, with a 1920’s ambience, leads through double French doors onto rolling lawns that provide a velvety contrast to the wild and tumbling bush surrounding the Lodge. Breakfast and lunch are served on shady verandas, and dinners are shared in the dramatic boma or in romantic lantern-lit bush settings. After our early morning drive, we return to the Lodge for a breakfast at about 9am.

After four glorious days of wildlife sights and photography we move to another camp in the northern part of the Greater Kruger reserve, known as Timbavati. The 3 hour drive is spent partly in the reserve and partly on tarred roads. We spend four nights at Ngala Lodge.

Four nights in the Timbavati Area
Early breakfast at the Hotel is followed by an half hour drive in a comfortable passenger bus which gets us to Ngala Lodge, our home for the next four nights. This private Game Reserve shares an unfenced boundary with the world-renowned Kruger National Park, South Africa’s largest wildlife sanctuary and one of the biggest nature reserves in the world (encompassing 2 million hectares of wilderness). A spectacular diversity of wildlife moves through this immense wilderness – elephant, leopard, spotted hyena, giraffe, buffalo and white rhino.

Nestled under a canopy of mopane and tamboti trees, Ngala Safari Lodge at the Ngala Private Game Reserve features classic thatched cottages. Hearty breakfasts and delicious lunches are served in the dappled shade of an enormous weeping boerbeantree. Upon your return from exhilarating evening game drives, you are welcomed by Ngala’s warm, hospitable staff to a banquet in the elegant candlelit courtyard, or to an African feast around the blazing boma fire. The Lodge’s thatched dining, bar and sitting areas are open to the warm breezes of the inviting African bushveld.

After four glorious days of wildlife sights and photography we say our goodbye’s and start heading home. We are transferred to the Ngala airstrip and a chartered flight to Johannesburg International Airport. Each guest then returns home or embarks on other travels in the country as privately arranged.

Day 1
Guests fly into Johannesburg International Airport and spend the first night at the Mondior Airport hotel.

Day 2
This morning we take a bus to the Federal Air terminal for a flight direct to the Skukuza Airport. After the transfer to Kirkman’s Kamp, taking fifteen minutes, we check-in and prepare for the afternoon game drive. The drive leaves at about 15:00 and is preceded by a light snack. We return to the Lodge at about 19:00 for a relaxing drink followed by dinner at 19:30.

Days 3, 4 & 5
The morning drive starts at 5:30 and lasts for 3 hours, depending on animal activity. This includes a half hour break for a light breakfast snack and refreshment. We return to camp for breakfast, followed by rest or image processing activity on your computer. Then at 15:30 we enjoy a light lunch before heading out for the afternoon drive for more photographs with a refreshment drink in the bush. We return to the Kamp at sunset, around 19:00, for a relaxing drink followed by dinner at 19:30. Times given are indicative – interesting animal sightings may alter the schedule.

Day 6
After our early morning drive, we return to the Kamp for a breakfast at about 09:00. We check-out and take a road trip to Ngala Lodge which takes about 2 hours. We expect to arrive at Ngala around midday, check-in and prepare for the afternoon game drive at about 15:00. This is preceded by a welcome snack. We return to the Lodge at about 19:00 for a relaxing drink followed by dinner at 19:30.

Days 7, 8, & 9
The morning drive starts at 5:30 and lasts for 3 hours, depending on animal activity. This includes a half hour break for a light breakfast snack and refreshment. We return to camp for breakfast, followed by rest or image processing activity on your computer. Then at 15:30 we enjoy a light lunch before heading out for the afternoon drive for more photographs with a refreshment drink in the bush. We return to the Lodge at sunset, around 19:00, for a relaxing drink followed by dinner at 19:30. Times given are indicative – interesting animal sightings may alter the schedule.

Day 10
After our early morning drive, we return to Ngala Lodge one last time for a breakfast at about 09:00. This is followed by a transfer to the airstrip and a direct flight to Johannesburg International Airport. Each guest then returns home or embarks on other travels in the country as privately arranged.

Cost & Terms of Payment
The 10 day (9 nights) all-inclusive photographic safari tour costs $7,250 (€ 6,050) per person. This includes

  • One night stay at the Mondior Hotel at OR Tambo International airport
  • Eight nights 4 star accommodation, local alcoholic beverages and all meals at the lodges
  • Services of a professional photographer
  • Radio linked vehicles to report animal sightings as they happen
  • Air charters between Johannesburg, Ngala and Skukuza
  • All airport transfers and relevant park fees
  • Ground transportation of luggage
  • Hire of private vehicles and guides for game drives and park fees
  • Local alcoholic beverages at camp
  • Laundry at the lodges
  • Fees, tourism taxes and levies

The following items are not included

  • International flights to and from South Africa (OR Tambo International Airport)
  • Medical inoculations, vaccinations, travel medicines and prophylactics
  • Premium alcoholic beverages
  • Tips and gratuities for camp staff, guides, rangers and trackers
  • Visas and insurances
  • Optional personal purchases, tours and extra activities

Costs are per person sharing.

A deposit of $1,000 per guest is required at the time of booking. Balance is payable, by check or wire transfer only, no later than 90 days before the start of the tour. Cancellations more than 90 days prior to departure will be refunded in full (less the processing fee of $250). Cancellations within 90 days prior to departure will be refunded in full (less the processing fee) provided we can find another guest to take your place.

As a limited number of spaces are available, if a guest is unwilling to share with another guest of the same gender, then a single supplement will be charged. Although we will try to accommodate requests for single occupancy, this cannot be guaranteed.

We reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary if conditions warrant such an action. We will attempt to notify participants of changes with as much notice as possible. Changes having an impact on the schedule or on costs will be borne by the participants.

Safari Tour Dates
Want to consider a side tour to photograph wild Tigers? A four day side tour is possible either before or after this tour – more information can be found here.

September 8, 2018 Arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa. Overnight at the Mondior Hotel
September 9, 2018 Fly to Skukuza. Overnight at Kirkman’s Kamp, Sabi Sands
September 10, 11 & 12, 2018 Overnight at Kirkman’s Kamp, Sabi Sands
September 13, 2018 Land transport to Ngala Safari Lodge. Overnight at Ngala Safari Lodge, Timbavati
September 14, 15 & 16, 2018 Overnight at Ngala Safari Lodge, Timbavati
September 17, 2018 Fly to Johannesburg – connect with homeward bound flights

Guest will arrive in Johannesburg during the start date and stay at the hotel on that night.

Guests can arrange their homeward flights to depart on the end date as the tour arrives back at the airport by 16:00.

Physical health requirements
This is a great opportunity for you to take pictures of the environment and observe animals in the wild. Most travelling is undertaken in air-conditioned vehicles but some images are best taken away from the vehicle and involve moderate walking. Climbing the dunes is optional – you should be able to climb into and out of a safari vehicle and walk unaided for short distances. Guests must complete a standard liability waiver  before participating in this safari.

Important Information
This safari tour visits two luxurious and well appointed lodges, one located just south of the Sand River in the lower concession area alongside the world renowned Kruger Park and the other in the central concession area. The safari departs from Johannesburg International airport (OR Tambo) to Skukuza International airport on a commercial flight and returns to OR Tambo from Hoedspruit airport on a chartered flight. The transfer between the lodges involves quite a bit of travel by road – about a 3 hour drive – in an air conditioned vehicle f0r the exclusive use of the tour group. This has been determined as the most convenient and cost-effective manner to visit the region. Please note that minor changes to the itinerary and/or flight schedules may occur due to local conditions and to better accommodate our group. You will be informed, to the extent possible, in advance of any such changes.

Mandatory Medical Evacuation Insurance
Some of the areas we visit are wild and at a distance from major cities; it is a condition of this booking for guests to carry their own medical evacuation insurance. You will be asked to provide independent documentary evidence of such cover, failing which cover will be provided for you at your cost and added to your account.

Please provide the office with the insurance company’s name, contact number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that this policy exists in the interest of our guests’ safety.

Travel Arrangements to and from the Departure Point
This safari starts and ends in Johannesburg, South Africa. Your travel arrangements must ensure that you arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa at OR Tambo airport no later than 5 pm on the first day of the tour. That evening the group will meet for a group introduction and welcome cocktails offered by the organizers. This tour ends at 4pm on the last day – please arrange departures from OR Tambo Airport, Johannesburg no earlier than after 6 pm on the final day. If you plan to participate in an add-on side trip to Cape Town, the routing will determine the itinerary at the time of reservation.

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