In association with Journeys Unforgettable/Wilderness Safaris
January is Botswana’s summer or the green season when the wildlife comes to life, offering us astonishing photographic opportunities to immerse ourselves in the wilderness and capture iconic and evocative images of the vast diversity of animals. Summer mornings are exceptional for animal photography, when the light is at its best to capture the herds of elephants to hippos, rhinos, lions, cheetahs, and crocodiles, to name a few of over 120 species who inhabit this proposed World Heritage Site. In the afternoons dark storm clouds appear, adding an ominous mood to your photography.
The summer offers an explosion of new life, with many species giving birth, providing a rare opportunity to photograph mothers with their newborn. This is also peak predator season with the inexperienced young falling as prey. Our base camp is in the Okavango Delta, located deep in the Kalahari Desert. The Okavango Delta, the heart of wild Africa and ‘jewel’ of the Kalahari, with its sparkling lagoons, channels, and overgrown islands teems with wildlife.
Pre Trip Schedule:
Sat. Jan. 17 arrive in Johannesburg,
Day 1 Johannesburg, South Africa – Maun, Botswana Royal Tree Lodge
Sun. Jan. 18 Today depart Johannesburg Airport for Maun, Botswana, where you will be met by a Wilderness Safari representative and transported to the Royal Tree Lodge. The Royal Tree Lodge is an oasis from the bustle of Maun, and an ideal environment to unwind after your flight. The Lodge is located on a 200-hectare wildlife estate along the Thalamakane River, a 20-minute drive from the town center. Spend the day relaxing or horseback riding or take a scenic helicopter flight. Occasionally, the lodge is visited by hyenas, leopards, crocodiles and hippos. www.royaltreelodge.com
Day 2 Maun – Kalahari Plains Camp
Mon. Jan. 19 This morning transfer to the Maun Airport for our private charter.Wilderness Air Botswana flight to the Kalahari Plains Airstrip. Transfer to the Kalahari Plains Camp, located in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The Kalahari Game Reserve is one of the worlds largest, with wooded dunes, river valleys and impressive large game that will astonish. During the dry season afternoon rains provide dramatic photographic skies. Our camp is situated on a private game reserve, ideal for your ph
Days 3 & 4
Tues/Wed. - Jan. 20/21 Summer is the only season to photograph mothers along side their newborn. The plains have one of the highest concentration of cheetah in southern Africa, and in close proximity to our camp are herds of game such as gemstock and springbok, giraffe, the black-maned lion, leopard, and the nocturnal brown hyaena. Twice daily game drives take place in open 4 x 4 vehicles and our experienced guides direct us to the best locations to photograph the wildlife.
Kalahari Game Camp
The eco-friendly Game Camp is located to take advantage of the famed wildlife of the reserve. The main area consists of a lounge, where our daily photography class Is held, a dining area and swimming pool. Solar power provides the lodge with electricity and hot water in the camp and insulated canvas walls and roof keep temperatures inside the units comfortable. www.wilderness-safaris.com
Day 5 Kalahari Plains Camp – Tubu Tree Camp, Botswana
Thur. Jan. 22 This morning transfer to the Kalahari Airstrip to our private charter Wilderness Air Botswana flight to Tubu Tree Camp Airstrip. In the midst of the Okavango Delta waters, located on the iconic Hunda Island, Tubu Tree Camp offers some of the most diverse wildlife viewing in Botswana.
Days 6 & 7
Fri. & Sat. - Jan. 23 & 24 On our daily game drives in our private reserve we photograph a variety of big and small game such as elephants, lions, zebras, the southern giraffe, impala, leopards and the bushbuck. The diverse bird life is remarkable with dry-land species seen on the large islands and all the wetland birds seen on the floodplains and waterways.
Tubu Tree Safari Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Tubu Tree Safari Camp is built in traditional safari style, with five raised en-suite tents. Your tent is surrounded with magnificent views of the delta, and where you can photograph the game as they pass by your private deck. www.wilderness-safaris.com
Sun. Jan. 25 Depart Tubu Tree Camp by private charter Wilderness Air Botswana for Maun Airport and your out ward bound flight to Johannesburg and your flight home.
It may take up to two days from the United States to arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa, and to your connecting flight to Maun, Botswana. Plan to depart Johannesburg on Sunday January 18, 2015 for Maun, where you will be met at the Maun airport by a representative from Wilderness Safari and transferred to our hotel. Plan to depart Maun for Johannesburg on Sunday January 25, 2015.
Combining Namibia and Botswana Workshop Flights
If yoIf you u are also participating in the Namibia workshop, you will need to book your flight
Windhoek – Johannesburg – Maun flights for Sunday January 18, 2015, and your Maun – Johannesburg flight for Sunday January 25, 2015. Flight detaidetails will be available when the trip is confirmed. Note these flights are not included in the cost of the trip.
Charter flights – there is a total luggage weight limit of 60 lbs. (30kg) per person on all charter flights. The weight limit applies to all luggage including carry-on and camera equipment, and you must use soft luggage only. Our safari outfitter Wilderness Safari provides each traveler with a duffeduffell bag to be used on the trip.
Who Should Attend
This workshop is for serious amateurs and professional still photographers and videographers who have a working knowledge of their camera and want to photograph South African wildlife and the unique delta landscape. This is an opportunity hone your photography skills while developing a new body of work.
Media and Recommended Equipment
Participants may shoot still images or video using a DSLR camera or a point and shoot camera. Optional but recommended is a computer with LightLightroom, Aperture or a digital imaging cataloging program and an external hard drive for backup. For those shooting video you should have eitheeither iMovie or Final Cut Pro for viewing and editing your videos. Bring at least one camera body, all your lenses, a tripod, extra camera battbatteries, plenty of memory cards, a flash unit(s) and any light modifiers you own, a flash light for shooting at night, all technical manuals, and a notenotebook and writing utensil.
Lenses, Camera Supports & Batteries: You will need wide 17 – 24mm to long, at least 200mm or 400mm lenses when photographing on safari. In adIn addition to your tripod, a beanbag is useful when shooting from the jeep. Bring an empty beanbag, which you can fill when arriving at the camcamp. Bring at least one extra camera battery. Remember weight is a factor.
The workshop fee is 9,950.00 and includes share accommodation, all private chartered flights from/to Windhoek, Namibia to our safari camps, all prall private game drives, a private full time English speaking guide and local guides, all meals and local beverages and wines in the camps (excinclluding premier brands of wines), all park and photography fees, and on site photography instruction. A $2,900.00 deposit must accompany your your registration forms to secure your place in this workshop. Final Payment is due by Oct. 1, 2014.
You are encouraged to bring a companion who will be able to participate in all workshop activities.
Not Included are: international flights to and from Maun, Botswana, airport taxes, visas, and gratuities for our guides, drivers and lodge staff, personal expenses, personal photography fees when photographing individuals in the villages, some meals and beverages, and any optional activities, such as hot air ballooning and private helicopter flights.
NOTE: Due to a limited number of lodge rooms, accommodations are primarily shared. Single travelers will be pared with a same gender rororoommate. Should you wish single accommodations or if a roommate is not available the single supplement charge will apply. Trip cancellation and interruption insurance, is strongly recommended, and medical evacuation insurance is mandatory. Recommended travel insurance companies: www.squaremouith.com and www.travelassistnetwork.com
Deposit is payable directly to the Maine Media Workshops and the balance of the workshop cost is payable to: Arlene Collins Photography, LLCstudio@arlene-collins.com
The above is subject to change.