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Thirteen Day Zambia , Botswana, Zimbabwe Safari Photography Adventure Tour and Workshop

When: 11 - 23 June 2019 - Bookings Closed

Where: Zambia - Botswana - Zimbabwe - AFRICA

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Please come and join Australian professional photographer Mark Rayner on an amazing photography journey of a lifetime through Africa.

A word from our strategic partner, Encompass Africa

It’s all about you

Our passion is creating holidays that are exactly right for you, the independent-minded, smart and savvy traveller who values unrivalled expertise, trusted advice, first hand on-the-ground knowledge and personal service. 

We handpick every extraordinary aspect of our journeys. Then we handcraft flexible, imaginative and seamless itineraries and execute them flawlessly. Our experience delivers you insider access through resident experts who reveal the secrets of each destination. Our uncompromising attention to detail and exceptional personalised service is our key ingredient.
 
We only specialise in Africa and nothing else.  Africa is what our lives are all about and it's still my home.  To ensure the highest standard of service and unsurpassed knowledge, we employ the most experienced and passionate safari specialists who are African, been past guides, lived, worked and travelled to all of the exciting destinations in Africa we recommend. 
 
Aside from expert advice, personal service and great value for money, Encompass Africa offers peace of mind to all travellers.  We are a member of  Australia's Travel Compensation Fund, ATTA (Advancing Tourism to Africa) and a fully licensed Australian based tour operator. We pride ourselves on good business practices and are part of a responsible community of the leading companies in African tourism. We guarantee you 24/7 contact in Australia and whilst travelling with us in Africa. Your safety is at the heart of our business and we love chatting about Africa not matter what the time of day.
 
Finally we like to ensure our guests enjoy an extraordinary journey to Africa rather than an ordinary holiday at an extraordinary price.

We personally want you to share with you what it really means to experience a true safari adventure in a continent that for me is the most exciting and rewarding on earth.



Itinerary and Program of Events

Day 1

Make your way to Johannesburg, South Africa. Encompass Africa can arrange all your required international and regional flights from Australia's capital cities using our preferred wholesale and special rates with airlines getting you to the start of the photographic safari.

On arrival into Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport, it's a warm welcome to Africa!

Clear immigration (no visa required for Australian passport holders), collect your bags, and proceed through customs to the arrivals hall. Here, you will make your way across the road to your airport hotel and check in to City Lodge OR Tambo to enjoy a good night rest in preparation for the adventure starting tomorrow.


Day 2
This morning, make your way across the road to Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport in time to check in and catch your scheduled flight to Kasane. 

On arrival into Kasane, disembark, clear immigration (visa is not required to enter Botswana), collect luggage and proceed to the arrivals hall.  Here you will be warmly greeted by a lodge driver who will assist you with your luggage to the awaiting vehicle and transfer to your boutique gallery style property, perfectly positioned closest to the park gates and atop a plateau overlooking Chobe floodplains with the sun setting right in front of the lodge.

Experience two nights at Pangolin Chobe Lodge where your stay is inclusive of all meals, local brand drinks, and signature photographic safaris in their custom built unimog 4WD and photo boat featuring fully rotational chairs and fitted with state of the art camera mounts.



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Day 3

Chobe is synonymous with elephant, its reality the unforgettable sightings of gentle giants frolicking in the waters, or moving slowly through desert-like stretches of sand, ears flapping to the slow rhythm of nature. Here in their natural environment, the splendour of majestic creatures can truly be appreciated. Chobe National Park boasts four distinctly different eco systems: the spectacular Chobe floodplain and river to the northeast, the Savute Marsh in the west, the Linyanti Swamps in the northwest and, in-between, the hot dry hinterland of Nogatsaa and Tchinga. With an elephant population well in excess of 40,000 (reputedly the largest in the world), Chobe’s river and floodplain area ranks among Africa's premier safari destinations.
In addition to the massive herds of elephant, the park is home to the more unusual, shy antelope species such as roan, sable, tsessebe, eland and red lechwe. Rare Chobe bushbuck and puku make an appearance, and high densities of lion, leopard, spotted hyena and cheetah complete the safari experience. During the dry season months of May to October the floodplains of the river support large herds of Cape buffalo. Woven into a melodious tapestry, the sounds of over 450 bird species merge with the harsher call of the big game, and the chatter and alarm calls of the inhabitants.
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Days 4
After a delicious breakfast this morning it is time to check out.  Meet a private driver in reception at the agreed time and transfer to  Victoria Falls, crossing the border and clearing immigration into Zimbabwe along the way. 

Your driver will assist with immigration formalities into Zimbabwe, a KAZA UNI visa (allowing entry into both Zimbabwe and Zambia) will need to be purchased at the border for USD50 per person.

Arriving in Victoria Falls this afternoon, enjoy a 2 hour tour of the Mighty Victoria Falls.  The Victoria Falls reaches its zenith in about May each year. It is a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell and the humbling feeling that here indeed, is Natures Supreme Masterpiece.  You will be accompanied through the Rainforest by a qualified Guide, who gives a brief history of the Falls and the surrounding flora, fauna, bird and wildlife.

Raincoats and camera protective bags are provided when needed.  Park fees are USD30 per person payable in cash upon entry into Victoria Falls Rainforest.

On completion of your Victoria Falls tour, you will be transferred to your lodge, situated on an elevated plateau bordering Zambezi National Park and overlooking an active waterhole, attracting elephant, giraffe, zebra, buffalo and the occasional predator.

Tonight is at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge in a Waterhole Facing Room where your stay is inclusive of breakfast and dinner.
After settling in, enjoy a cultural evening of fun with Mark and the group at The Boma Dinner Restaurant. 
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Days 5- 7
Following breakfast this morning, meet your private driver in reception and transfer by road to Livingstone Airport.  Your driver will assist with border crossing formalities into Zambia along the way.  On arrival into Livingstone Airport, you will be warmly greeted and assisted with check in for your scheduled light air charter to Royal, Lower Zambezi.
Touching down into Royal airstrip, disembark, collect your bags, and meet camp guides who will game drive transfer you to your safari accommodation set on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River.

Experience three nights at Royal Zambezi Lodge with all meals, local brand drinks, and safari activities included. Spend these days enjoying morning and afternoon safari activities in the game rich Lower Zambezi National Park with Mark, your guides and fellow travel companions. This area is home to large herds of elephant, healthy lion population, leopard, jackal, hyena, hippo, buffalo, zebra, waterbuck and variety of antelope.



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Days 8 - 12
After breakfast, it's time to check out and meet guides who will game drive transfer you back to the airstrip in time to catch the scheduled light aircraft flight to South Luangwa National Park, via Lusaka.

You will be warmly greeted by your guide on arrival at Mfuwe Airport who will assist you to the vehicle and transfer you by road to your camp in South Luangwa. The drive takes around 2 hours 40 minutes passing through small villages and lush green farmland and game viewing through some of the richest wildlife areas of the park.

Experience 5 nights on safari at Kaingo Camp where your stay is inclusive of all meals, game viewing activities and drinks. Your time here is spent on safari, enjoying game drives and visits to various hides located in spots perfect for animal photography.

Day 13

After breakfast, it's time to check out and meet guides who will transfer you back to Mfuwe Airport in time to catch the scheduled light aircraft flight to Lusaka, and your onward international flights.

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Important Notes

Insurance is compulsory for all travellers and we strongly recommend that insurance be issued at the time of paying your deposit. This will cover you against loss of deposit in the event of cancellation, provided of course that the reason for cancellation falls within the terms and conditions of your policy.
You will need a ten year passport for travel to all destinations. We recommend that your passport is valid for at least six months following your due date of return. Your passport must have a minimum of TWO blank visa pages per country visited (excluding endorsement pages). This is a condition of entry set by the Department of Immigration of most countries and guests will be refused entry if this requirement is not met.
You will require the correct visas for all of the countries that you are travelling to – Trekabout and Encompass Africa cannot be held responsible for entry refusal for any traveller. If you have any queries about obtaining visas please contact the relevant embassies and/or consulates.
It is your responsibility to ensure vaccination certificates and other health documents are in order prior to departure. Advice on health requirements may be obtained from your GP or a specialist Travel Doctor.


Photographic Prerequisites:

This amazing photography tour workshop is designed to suit the beginner or serious enthusiast. A digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera is recommended, however, any camera that has manual functions would also be suitable. Best lenses to bring include a longer zoom and wide angled lens. A sturdy tripod is essential.


Inclusions:

Accommodation on shared basis.
 Meals as stated on the itinerary.
 Excursions and transfers as stated on the itinerary
 Meet and greet services as stated on the itinerary.
 Game drives and safari activities as stated on the itinerary.
 Services of guides and accommodation staff.
 Relevant park fees as stated on the itinerary. Drinks as specified – drink inclusions may differ between camps/ lodges
 Laundry as stated on the itinerary. Note most camps and lodges and hotels offer laundry services for a fee payable locally if not included in tariff
 All road and light aircraft transfers as stated on the itinerary.
 Accom taxes, Tourism Levies, Value Added Tax (VAT) or Government Sales Tax (GST)


Exclusions:


Meals not specified such as lunch & dinner in
city hotels
Drinks, entrance fees, porterage, tours/excursions and transfers not specified in the quote
Travel insurance
International, regional and domestic flights not stated in itinerary.
Staff gratuities (tips)
Any new Government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control
Visa and visa fees where relevant.
International airport departure taxes applicable from manned airports only, which is to be paid in US$ cash on departure unless included in your ticket cost
Any items of a personal nature
Additional seat charge on light aircraft flights if an individual weighs in excess of 100kg.
Costs: $12980 (AUD) Twin Share - Single supplement (limited) $3300 (AUD)

RESERVE YOUR PLACE NOW

All bookings and payments for this workshop are handled through Encompass Africa.

To book, please call Danica or Jonathon Wilson from Encompass Africa on
1300 988 378 or email jono@encompassafrica.com.au



Travel Insurance

You must secure travel insurance.


This workshop is limited at 6 participants to ensure a high student/tutor ratio.

The workshop requires a minimum 4 bookings to proceed