Kalahari Safari Photography Tour


Get up close photos of Lions in the wild on our photography tour

Photography

Kgalagadi – Photographers’ Paradise

With the change of seasons, comes the wind and dust-filled skies and a beautiful spectrum of reds at sunset. This creates a dramatic effect, unmatched in our more familiar national parks.

Summers are warm to hot, with the occasional thunderstorm that fills the sky with dark clouds and sheet lightning. The nights are short, and the predators are often forced to still be stalking their prey in the early morning hours. With the rain come the green vegetation and an abundance of babies, a time of easy “hunting” for predator and prey alike.

Photography tips:

Equipment:

Lenses – a good wide angle, and longer lens of between 300 to 600 mm
Light is usually not a problem in Kgalagdi, and even the “slower” lenses work well
Bean bag and/or vehicle mount is essential, as you may spend long hours at a waterhole
Enough memory (external hard drives) and battery packs – power can be a problem, as not all the camps have electricity, and even then it may be intermittent due to the use of generators
Dust cover – bring a “blanket” for your equipment, to keep out the fine dust. An old towel, with an old winter sheet sewn to either side, does wonders to keep out the dust.

Most important – the first 3 and last 3 hours of the day are the best for photography – DON’T SLEEP LATE!

Photographer with Elephant on one of our Kalahari Safari Tours.

Kalahari Photography Tour

14 days, 13 nights

Tour accompanied by Photographer – winner of the 2005 Fuji/Getaway Wildlife Photography Awards – Animal Behaviour. Vehicle camera mounts and bean bags supplied

Day 1

Arrive at Upington Airport
Travel to Augrabies Falls National Park
Dinner at Shibula Restaurant
Overnight in air-conditioned chalets, en-suite

Day 2

Visit to Oranjekom – view of the Orange River gorge

Breakfast

Visit to Augrabies Water Falls – one of the 6 biggest in the world

Lunch

Leisure time
Late afternoon game drive
Optional: White Water Rafting on the Orange River – 3 hours
Dinner at Shibula Restaurant.
Overnight in air-conditioned chalets, en-suite

Day 3

Travel to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Retail Therapy at a local Dried Fruit Shop along the way

Lunch stop at Kalahari Farm Kitchen

Late afternoon game drive

First night at main restcamp – Tweerivieren

Dinner at Restaurant

Overnight in air-conditioned chalets, en-suite

Day 4-11

Early morning and late afternoon game drives

  • Red sand dunes en spectacular light for photography
  • Black maned lion, leopard, cheetah and much more

Overnight in a selection of Restcamps, en-suite chalets

  • Camps will be selected based on preference and availability
  • Bookings at least 11 months in advance, when Park bookings open, will provide a wider choice of camps

Rates available for single and smaller groups

Optional Extra:

Day 12

Travel to Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

5-star lodge

Daily game drives, walks

Opportunity to walk with Meerkats (Suricates) in wild

Spend 2 nights at lodge

Day 12 / 14

Travel to Upington

Transfer to airport

Rates available for single and smaller groups

Included:

All accommodation on DB&B basis

All travelling by small bus or 4X4

Airport transfers

All additional activities and drinks for own account

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