Wild4 African Photographic Safaris introduces you to a 15-day photo safari that is based exclusively in South Africa's Kruger National Park. The main focus of this safari will be to capture the incredible bird diversity found in the park. The aim is not to tick species off a list, but rather to take the best photos to improve your skill in photography. If you are serious about photographing birds, then this trip is for you. Kruger National Park offers an excellent opportunity for you to gather an impressive portfolio in an authentic wild environment.
During this trip, you will spend 1 night at Phalaborwa bed and breakfast and spend the rest of the nights in comfortable en-suite bungalows and guest houses inside Kruger National Park in the main rest camps. You don't need to worry about the electricity as the camps offer 24-hour electricity and daily services.
At the first time you arrive in Johannesburg, you will fly east towards Kruger National Park and land at Hendrik Van Eck Airport (PHW) in Phalaborwa, where you will be met and transferred to a local bed and breakfast in town. Early the following morning, you will meet Stu Porter and drive the short distance to the Phalaborwa Entrance Gate of Kruger National Park. Stu Porter will lead the tour and a offer photo tuition and guidance.
Over the next 14 days, you will travel the length of this enormous park. Starting in the far north, you will gradually move south exploring the many different habitats and eco-zones that make Kruger National Park such an alluring location.
At 05:00, you will have a small breakfast and depart the camp at 05:30 with packed snacks and lunch. You will visit places like Punda Maria Camp, Shingwedzi Camp, Letaba Camp, and Skukuza Camp to witness the morning and afternoon game drives. However, the itinerary for each day is very flexible on this safari. You can choose to stay out the entire day or return to camp for a midday break. You can also choose to walk around at the camps where birds are often prolific and very habituated to people. A tripod and Wimberley head will be useful for this. Afterward, you will normally have dinner between 18:30 and 19:00.
Using the photographic safari vehicle as a mobile hide, you will also explore some of the most beautiful river systems in Africa. You will also go to see enormous Jackalberry, Nyala, Sycamore Fig, and Sausage Trees line the banks of the Luvuvhu, Shingwedzi, Mphongolo, and Letaba Rivers, all are perfect habitats for birds. Interestingly, a lot of excellent bird photos are often achieved right inside the grounds of the different camps you stay at. Walking around the camps and shooting from tripods are very productive as the birds have become habituated to the presence of people. At the end of the safari, you will fly from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg where the tour will end.
Having been born and raised in Africa, Stu was fortunate to spend many holidays enjoying the continent’s beautiful reserves and parks where he was introduced to an astounding diversity of wildlife and wild places. Stu became a qualified field guide with the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) and a tourist guide accredited by Tourism, Hospitality & Sport Education and Training Authority (THETA) in 1993. In 2003, he obtained a BA (Hons) degree in Wildlife Photography at Blackpool and The Fylde College, an associate college of Lancaster University in the United Kingdom.
Stefan was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and spent many school holidays visiting Kruger National Park with his parents. In 2002, Stefan trained to be a field guide with Ingwe Tourism Services where he obtained his FGASA and THETA guiding qualifications. Stefan has a passion for all the animals in Kruger, whether it be a member of the "Big 5", birds, reptiles, as well as insects. He loves to interpret animal behavior and he is a very talented photographer himself. He also has worked as a freelance field guide in Kruger National Park.
During this safari, you will visit several camps such as Punda Maria Camp, Shingwedzi Camp, Letaba Camp, and Skukuza Camp inside Kruger National Park in South Africa.
All breakfasts and lunches will be catered for on this safari but dinners are for your own account in the camp restaurants. You can inform Wild4 African Photographic Safaris for any medical dietary requirements at a possible additional cost.
Please arrive at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). Wild4 African Photographic Safaris will pick you up from the airport.