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Join us for a photographic safari in the Kruger National Park and Sabi-Sands and include a visit to the kingdom of Eswatini (Swaziland)




Why

Ever wanted to experience the wildlife of Africa and take memorable photos then join us on our next wildlife photographic safari.  You don't have to be an experienced photographer or even own all the kit (we have some spare equipment) - all that is needed is a willingness to have some fun and at the same time enhance your photographic expertise.

What and Where (see presentation in About Us section for more detail.)

10 days , 6 guests maximum, covering Eswatini, the Kruger National Park and a private game lodge in the Sabi-Sands reserve. 

You will be introduced to the kingdom of Eswatini, providing an opportunity to see and experience another part of Africa. It is a beautiful country with lots to see and you will also have an opportunity to learn more about the Siswati culture by visiting the Mantenga Cultural village.  You will be hosted by the Lincoln family on their small holding in Siteki. Other places of interest will also be included in your visit and more detail can be found in the slide show found in the About Us section.

On our way to (and back from) the Sabi-Sands game reserve, we will travel through the Kruger National Park which is considered to be 1 of perhaps 14 of the greatest reserves in the world. It stretches 550 km along South Africa's eastern border with Mozambique and currently encompasses around 2 million hectares - one of South Africa's most priceless treasures.  Jacqui will share with you her knowledge and experience of the Park as a wildlife enthusiast and there will be plenty of opportunity to stop, view and photograph the more frequently seen game - who knows we may even be lucky and see some of the big cats.

Sabi-Sands on the other hand, is undoubtedly the best place in the world to see leopards and forms part of the greater Kruger National Park.  We have chosen to host the main photographic aspect of the safari in the Sabi-Sands as it is the home to many of Africa's most iconic animals (such as lions, leopards, wild dogs, elephants, buffalo and rhino) and provides visitors with unmatched game viewing and photographic opportunities. By the way, many other animals are also seen, including hyenas, giraffe, various species of antelope and birds.  It borders the Kruger National Park with no fences to restrict the movement of the animals.  An experienced tracker, game ranger and a wildlife photographer will accompany us whilst in the Sabi-Sands and together with good company, excellent food and a relaxed environment, you will have all the right ingredients in which to practice and enhance your photographic skills.  

And when it is all over, you will still have access to this site where you can keep in touch, share your photos and continue to enhance your photographic skills - thus creating our very own ongoing community of practice.     

We may be able to accommodate you if you who did not want to include Eswatini in the package - we could meet you in the Kruger National Park (direct flights from Johannesburg to Skukuza or in the Sands itself) - contact us for more details and a revised costing if this option is of interest.                                                                                                                                   

When 

29th July to 7th August 2019.      

Costs (a 30% deposit by November 2018 will secure your place)

R 38 000 per person (roughly £2 200 or Euro 2 465 as at August 2018) 

Rates are per person based on 2 people sharing (please note there is no single supplement) and include:

  • transport to and from the airport in Eswatini (Swaziland) or the shuttle stop in Manzini 
  • transport to the Sabi Sands via the Kruger National Park
  • transport around Eswatini
  • all game reserve conservation fees
  • accommodation in Eswatini including all meals and drinks
  • accommodation in the Kruger National Park, excluding meals and drinks
  • accommodation in the Sabi Sands - 4 nights at a private game lodge including all meals, game drives as well as the services of a game-ranger, tracker and wildlife photographic expert 

Excluded

  • flights
  • a shuttle service between Johannesburg and Eswatini see website for details shuttle service
  • travel and medical insurance
  • bar, mini bar and game drive drinks whilst in the Sabi Sands game reserve
  • meals and drinks whilst in the Kruger National Park
  • gratuities for tracker/game ranger; dining out

Itineray – 8/9 nights

Day 1:

  • Fly into the small African kingdom of Eswatini (3 direct flights a day from Johannesburg) or catch the shuttle service from Johannesburg airport to Manzini (2 morning transfers).  You will be met at the King Mswati III International Airport or Manzini (the shuttle drop off) and taken to a family small holding in Siteki which is in the East of the country. Enjoy an evening BBQ with the Lincoln family and rest up for an early start in the morning

Day 2:

  • Drive to the Sabi Sands Reserve via the Kruger National Park
  • Spending 1 night (most likely at a camp called SATARA) in the Kruger and enjoy game viewing on the way. A great opportunity to get to know others on the trip and to practice your photographic skills on the way

Day 3/4/5/6:

  • Arrive at Elephant Plains private game reserve situated within the Sabi Sands game reserve in time for lunch
  • Here you will spend the next 4 nights enjoying excellent company and food but more importantly a game drive each morning and evening where we hope you will enjoy memorable sightings of wildlife and leave with amazing memories and photos
  • On each game drive you will be accompanied by an experienced tracker, game ranger as well as a wildlife photographic expert where he/she will share their knowledge and love of the wild with you as well as help you perfect the art of capturing these moments
  • The guides can identify many of the big cats by name or family group and will also explain their background and behaviors- thus making it a more personal experience 
  • As this is a photographic safari, we do not have to rush from one sighting to another but will be able to spend some quality time with the big cats, thus having a unique opportunity to observe their behaviour in the wild 
  • There will also be the opportunity to meet after breakfast to review photos, ask questions and obtain any guidance necessary to help you capture that special sighting
  • 3 meals a day, plus drinks and snacks whilst on the game drives will help ensure you have all the energy needed to click away
  • and if that was not enough, bush walks after breakfast are also possible

Day 7/8:

  • After the last morning game drive and breakfast - all too soon it will be time to leave and head back home.  However, there will be one last opportunity to enjoy what Africa has to offer and practice your photographic skills if you want to as we drive back to Swaziland once again via the Kruger National Park
  • Spending 1 night in the Kruger (most likely at a camp called LOWER SABIE) and the next morning enjoying the game viewing but hopefully through a more skilled eye and lens as you put your clicking skills into practice
  • On the way back to Siteki, we will stop at the Sugar Cane Museum hosted in Tambankulu

Day 9/10:

  • And before flying out of Eswatini, spend a day or two with the Lincoln family on their small holding – using this opportunity to visit other places of interest in Swaziland e.g. Ngwenya Glass and Swazi Candles in the Ezulwini Valley; the Royal Swazi Spa and 18 hole championship golf course also situated in the Ezulwini Valley; the Siswati Cultural village etc.

Chics Can Click

We will endeavour to provide you with an everlasting memory of Africa and its wild life by enthusiastically sharing our love and passion for Africa and its wildlife with you.                                                                 There will also be plenty of time to capture your experience on film and a professional wildlife photographer will join us in the Sabi-Sands to help ensure that you have plenty of opportunities to develop or enhance your photographic skills.  But remember this trip is not just about taking photos – it is about having fun, making new friends and maybe even falling in love with Africa itself.                                                               So, join us on our next photographic safari and invite a friend or loved one to accompany you on this exciting adventure or just come on your own and meet new people - who knows they could become friends for life.