Zambia Photo Safaris 2015
I’m teaming up with travel geniuses at Civilized Adventures. We are putting our expertise to practice in designing this itinerary, but nature is really in control. Ultimately, we are positioning ourselves where nature is at her best. Waking up surrounded by one of the most vibrant ecosystems in Zambia we will head out in the “golden hour” by foot or vehicle to see this world in the most beautiful light possible. It’s my job to inspire you and foster a friendly, supportive atmosphere where you can get the most out of your camera and your experience. Whether you want to take the best photos with your SLR or put the camera down to etch the most incredible scenes into your memory, I will be there with you to help you see it the best you can.
After a morning of exploration, camp time during the day is the perfect time to take part in a tailored photo lesson. Group up with me and other enthusiasts (remember, there will only be 6 of you); share your unique eye and get feedback on how to “best yourself”. Take extra time in the light of day to observe the natural beauty in the camp and apply your new skills or just kick back and take it all in – creativity needs rest too.
Pay attention to our local guides when out and about, they can read an animal like sign language and the landscape like the pages of an open book. With their intimate knowledge of how everything works out here, they are your ultimate compass in learning to navigate this beautiful environment. You’ll create stories you will never forget, and can’t wait to share. Join me on safari!
While both of these trips are quite similar, I’ll highlight the main differences of the departure dates below.
- Lush green colours and landscapes
- Unique views of wildlife poking through green grass
- We will be more inclined to explore out on safari to find wildlife
- Photographically golden colours
- Wildlife will be concentrated in watering holes
- Some days we won’t need to even leave camp, as the wildlife will be there at the waterting holes
At a Glance:
2 nights Mfuwe Lodge + 8 nights on safari at Bushcamps + 2 nights to see Victoria Falls.
Multiple guides: Work with local guides and me, everyone is an expert in their field, and in the field!
Great wildlife viewing any time of the year.
Bushcamps only take 6 to 8 guests, so you’ll have the area mostly to yourself!
Carefuly chosen and incredible accommodation.
Fly to MfuweLand in Lusaka, captial of Zambia. You’ll be met by our representative and assisted with meeting your connection to Mfuwe. Mfuwe is the name of the airport and also the village which is the gateway to S. Luangwa National Park.
Drive to Mfuwe LodgeAfter arriving in Mfuwe, the same day drive about 45 minutes to Mfuwe Lodge for your overnight stay and dinner. 1 or 2 nights here depending on your trip.
Bush CampsHooray! What will mother nature show us? What will you see? Awesome stuff, I will make sure of it!
Fly to LivingstoneDrive to Mfuwe Airport and fly to Livingstone.
Victoria FallsLivingstone is your gateway to the mighty Victoria Falls. Transfer to the Zambezi Sun, which is the closest property to the falls on the Zambian side. Tour the falls (only 500m away), choose either a market or a village visit, or a sunset cruise on the upper Zambezi river. You’ll be transferred to Livingstone Airport for the flight to Lusaka then on your homeward bound trip.
Let me tell you about being on a photographic African safari
The last time I was in Africa I had a fantastic time. I took 6 intrepid photographers and enthusiasts to some of the most fantastic places to see in Africa.
Every day there was something new to be seen, and while I have been to these locations before, it’s always a surprise what the wildlife will have in store for us. Migrations change, new paths appear and the land changes. In Kenya and Tanzania the wet season follows a cyclical pattern, while it’s wet in Tanzania it would be dry in Kenya, this is reason why we have the great migration of wildebeest, zebra, and other grazers; they are following the rains. So the herbivores are following the fertile land, the predators must be following them.
This is why we visit both Kenya and Tanzania, being everywhere they can gets us a good chance of being in the middle of the action!
Last safari we got to see everything, our cameras were ready when cheetahs were speeding past us in pursuit of a gazelle in the golden morning light.
We saw the sunset silhouette behind the majestic acacia trees night after night, and with a little direction captured it perfectly.
We saw baby elephant orphans nursed back to health and simply by being there we aided in their cause. These caretakers even sleep with them at night in order to maintain a feeling of family, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Orphanage
Leopards lay in trees as our experienced local guides know just where to look in time for the sun to light them below the canopy of the Acatias.
We kept thinking “okay we have seen everything! And lots of it, but what about the migration where are the hunderds of animals?” After floating by balloon (optional) over the Serengeti in Tanzania we could see the migration for the first time!
So after a fantastic breakfast in the bush we headed towards the migration. We crossed a river and came across a herd of elephants, but where was the migration? After lunch we headedout out to cross the river again at the same spot, and lo and behold it was like the earth opened up and spewed out thousands of zebra and wildebeest! How a herd could appear so suddenly is beyond me but we were surrounded. It was a fantastic site, these animals being truly wild regarded our vehicle with respect and kept a safe distance, from here we watched the show for hours.
It’s my job on these safaris to make sure you get the greatest photos you can in the greatest comfort africa can provide. Every person is guaranteed a window seat and there is enough time for me to sharpen the skills of everyone, no matter what your experience level. If you’re just along to enjoy the view and you would prefer to take photos with your mind you will thoroughly enjoy yourself. You may be as active or relaxed as you want to be on safari! I have teamed up with some of the best local guides in Kenya and Tanzania who’s minds work like a veritable wildlife and nature encyclopaedia, I have worked with civilized in Kenya, Tanzania, Turkey, Jordan the arctic and antarctic for half a decade and consult with them for all my travels, knowing I’m in their hands gives me a piece of mind while adventuring in the farthest places I’ve ever been.
Capture Africa and it’s incredible wildlife in the light of the “golden hour” on photographicafrican safaris. Expert photography mentoring, expert guides.
This page doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of a single trip, I think the common words of “you just have to go to Africa” apply here. If you want more fantastic photos tutorials and stories from Africa check out my On Safari posts here, and my Africa Gallery here:
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