Jun
14
to Jun 15

Day 18 & 19: Johannesburg

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DAY 18

You will have the full day in Johannesburg today, on which a day tour can easily be arranged, or you can just relax and browse the nearby shops and markets.

DAY 19

You will have the day free today before being transferred to the airport in time for your departure flight (flight not included in quotation).

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Jun
13
11:00 AM11:00

Day 17: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Johannesburg

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After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the Kihihi airstrip for your safari flight departing at approximately 09h15 back to Entebbe. Upon arrival at the Entebbe International Airport at approximately 11h00, you will connect with your flight to Johannesburg, where you will be met on arrival and transferred to the Garden Court Sandton City to spend 2 nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

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Jun
10
to Jun 12

Day 14, 15 & 16: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

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This morning you will be transferred to Entebbe Airport for your safari flight departing around 07h45. Upon arrival at the Kihihi Airstrip around 09h30 you will be met and transferred along rural roads to the Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp to spend 3 nights on a fully inclusive basis. You will arrive in time for lunch and enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is positioned on a flat ridge inside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The 8 tents are designed with wooden floors and decks and include a bathtub where you have a direct view of the jungle's canopy. Dining at the camp is under the stars by a roaring campfire and on cooler evenings the central cottage provides a warm shelter. This camp has the unique and thrilling advantage of receiving regular visits from the gorillas.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Located in the south-western corner of Uganda, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a lush, green jungle, housing half of the world's remaining mountain gorilla population. This pocket of primeval forest is one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth and has been designated as a World Heritage Site. On days spent in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest when you are not gorilla trekking, there are many other beautifully scenic hikes available within the park.

DAY 15

Gorilla Trek in Bwindi

You will be transferred to the National Park offices, where you will be divided into groups of 8 and allocated a gorilla family as well as a gorilla tracking guide. After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide, touching on the gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family, as well as appropriate safety precautions, you drive to the trailhead for the start of a thrilling adventure. Porters are on hand to be hired to assist you up and down the steep slopes. Expect to walk a long distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. But it will definitely be worthwhile as for one hour you observe them closely while they eat, play and rest.

DAY 16

You will follow a similar procedure today for your second gorilla tracking expedition.

 

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Jun
9
to Jun 10

Day 13: Johannesburg - Entebbe

You will have a short walk to the departures hall this morning to check in for your flight to Entebbe. You will be met at Entebbe Airport and transferred to the Protea Hotel Entebbe to spend 1 night on a bed and breakfast basis.

Protea Hotel Entebbe

Located on the shore of Lake Victoria and a convenient 1km from the Entebbe airport. Protea Hotel Entebbe offers a wide variety of services and amenities including an a la carte restaurant with specialties that include Tilapia and Nile Perch. An outside terrace provides superb lake views. With warm, inviting, modern décor, 73 spacious and well-furnished en suite rooms include complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, satellite TV and electronic safes.

 

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Jun
8
to Jun 9

Day 12: Maun - Johannesburg

You will leave the Delta today on a light aircraft flight to Maun, arriving in time to board your flight to Johannesburg. At O R Tambo Airport you will make your way to the O R Tambo City Lodge to spend 1 night on a bed and breakfast basis.

O R Tambo City Lodge

Based at Africa’s busiest airport, City Lodge at OR Tambo Airport provides spacious air-conditioned en suite rooms with queen or twin beds, flat screen television, tea and coffee making facilities, wireless Internet Access available in all rooms, and a desk with great lighting and plugs for easy connectivity. The hotel boasts a fitness room as well as a deck with a pool and a large commercial area with a coffee shop.

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Jun
5
to Jun 8

Day 9, 10 & 11: Okavango Delta

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After an early morning activity you will board a light aircraft and fly to the wet wilderness of the Okavango Delta. You will spend 3 nights at Pom Pom Camp on a fully inclusive basis. You will have a game viewing activity this afternoon.

Pom Pom Camp

The Camp is located on Pom Pom Island in a private concession on the western boundary of the Moremi Game Reserve and offers superb Okavango scenery and a true Okavango wilderness experience. Accommodation consists of 9 luxury safari tents in true traditional safari style, all with full en suite semi open ablution facilities, and positioned under the shade of the surrounding trees. The main building is attractively designed and constructed of thatch and canvas and comprises lounge, dining, bar and pool areas, as well as a gift shop and the boma area.

Okavango Delta

The very word "Okavango" evokes a sense of adventure and exploration, and this is exactly what the Okavango Delta is about. This intricate maze of waterways and sandy islands is an explorer's dream, and the destination should be on the wishlist of anyone looking for a unique travel experience. The geology of the Delta is fascinating, with its creation being attributed to tectonic plate action from thousands of years ago causing the Kavango River to flow from Angola into the Kalahari Desert as opposed to the Atlantic Ocean.

You will have two full days to experience the range of activities offered at the camp, including day and night game drives, game walks and mokoro (poled canoe) trips, as well as power boating and fishing.

Workshop 6: Album composition. On the final day of the tour, Alistair will demonstrate the art of compiling an album to best tell the story of your African adventure.

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Jun
2
to Jun 5

Day 6, 7 & 8: Savuti

You will be taken by boat from Impalila Island to the river disembarkation point in Kasane and transferred to Kasane Airport. You will then be assisted on to a light aircraft flying into the Savuti region.

Your camp guide will meet you at the airstrip and drive you to your Savute Mobile Camping Site to spend the next 3 nights on a fully inclusive basis.

After settling in to your accommodation you will go on an afternoon game drive.

Private Campsite – Luxury Mobile Tent

This camp comprises 5 large walk in tents each with their own private en-suite toilet and shower facilities. There are real beds with linen, blankets and pillows and plenty of room for luggage and camera gear. In front of the tent is a shaded “stoop” with a wash basin and a couple of chairs. This is not your average camping experience but rather a comfortable rustic tented lodge deep in the African bush.

Savuti

Situated about mid-way between the Chobe River and the Okavango Delta, Savuti is a harsh, arid landscape. The Savuti Channel which had started to flow about ten years ago after 30 years of being dry, has dried up early in 2015. The Savute marsh still has waterholes in many places and is now the focal point of the area for wildlife viewing.

For these two days you will enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in open sided 4x4 safari vehicles, with a visit to the San rock paintings at Gubatsa Hills an option for you to select on one of the days.

Workshop 4: Landscapes Workshop 5: Five favourites of Savuti

 

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May
30
to Jul 2

Day 3, 4 & 5: Chobe National Park

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After breakfast you will be transferred across the Botswana border to Kasane to the immigration control on the banks of the Chobe River. You will then be taken to Impalila Island by boat and then to the mooring for the Pangolin Voyager to spend the next 3 nights on a fully inclusive basis.

Workshop 1: Camera set-up and lens choices for wildlife photography

Pangolin Voyager

The PangolinVoyager is a houseboat on the Chobe River and accommodates a maximum of 10 guests. The lower deck features 5 luxurious en suite cabins which can be configured as either double or twin berths. The well-appointed cabins are tastefully decorated with solid African rosewood furnishings. Each cabin has mosquito-proof windows, built-in cupboards, a safe, cooling fan and mosquito repellent. The lounge and dining areas with comfortable leather sofas and individual chairs are located on the middle deck which can be opened on three sides, affording panoramic views for watching game.

Chobe National Park

With an enormous elephant population, as well as magnificent birdlife and a huge array of herbivores and aquatic animals, it is often hard to believe that Chobe National Park is for real. The game viewing starts from the moment you land at Kasane Airport, or drive across the border from Zambia or Zimbabwe, with warthogs foraging in the streets, buffalo being habitual visitors to the town, and hippos lazing around in the river. The Chobe River is the life support of thousands of animals, as well as the surrounding villages, especially during the dry winter months.

During your stay on the boat for these two full days, you will have a dedicated guide and tender boat at your disposal, to explore the Chobe River, go fishing, and head to Impalila Island for guided walks.

Also included during your stay is a 3 hour specialist photo boat safari. Workshop 2: Lightroom introduction and techniques

Workshop 3: Five favourites of Chobe (we will select our 5 favourite images from the past 3 days to share and discuss with the group)

 

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May
29
to May 30

Day 2: Victoria Falls

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You are transferred back to O R Tambo International this morning for your flight to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. At Victoria Falls International Airport you will be met and transferred to Victoria Falls Hotel where you will spend 1 night. This afternoon you will be taken on a guided tour of the spectacular waterfalls followed by a scenic 25 minute helicopter flight over the Falls and the Zambezi River. The evening will be spent with a fun-filled dinner at the Boma Restaurant.

Victoria Falls Hotel

The Edwardian-style 5 star hotel, built in 1904, redecorated and refurbished, now combines the charm of the old with the convenience of the new. The ambiance of the hotel is steeped in history with all suites decorated in the gracious Edwardian style of Zimbabwe’s colonial era. The hotel has seen reigning monarchs, presidents and, more recently, many famous Hollywood stars among its privileged occupants.

Victoria Falls

"Mosi Oa Tunya", or "The Smoke That Thunders", Victoria Falls are as magnificent on the 10th visit as they are on the 1st, and their thundering roar makes everything else seem strangely quiet once you leave them behind. As the mighty Zambezi flows over a chasm of 1 mile wide, and 110 metres high, to violently crash on the rocks below, the resultant spray is sent tens of metres up into the air, before it lands back down in a continuous rainfall. The water then rushes through an opening of only 50 metres, as the Zambezi races further along, over churning rapids and through the deep Batoka Gorge. While the Falls are the major drawcard, there is a thriving tourist industry developed around them, with adventure activities of all forms being available.

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May
28
10:30 PM22:30

Day 1: Johannesburg

You will be met at O R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg (arrival flight not included in price) and transferred to Garden Court Sandton City to spend 1 night on a half board basis. This evening the group will head out into the Nelson Mandela Square for a welcome dinner.

Garden Court Sandton City

The Garden Court Sandton City offers spacious rooms and facilities where you can relax in comfort. The hotel is within close proximity to South Africa's important business hub, Sandton, and is adjacent to the Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square shopping centres, and is within easy walking distance of the Sandton Gautrain Station.

Johannesburg

Although usually only used for quick stopovers by most travellers, Joburg is an exciting and vibrant city, with some excellent hotels, fantastic shopping facilities, loads of historic significance, and a flourishing sporting culture. With the launch of the Gautrain in 2010, the Sandton district is now only 10 minutes from the airport, and this puts one in a position to easily access most of the city’s highlights.

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