Visionary Wild, LLC • 2200 19th St. NW, Ste 806, Washington, DC 20009
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"This was the experience of a lifetime. Visionary Wild provided a terrific photo safari. The educational value of this workshop was unparalleled, and I have participated in many workshops." –African Vision Safari Participant
Join expert African wildlife photographers Johan Greyling, Elana Erasmus, and Wenzel Kotze for this superlative African safari experience for a small group of five, designed to exceed a passionate photographer's wildest dreams. We will visit Africa's very finest wildlife destinations at an ideal time of year: Masai Mara, Kenya during the Great Migration, and Chobe River, Botswana, with mammals and birds concentrated along the river by the dry season.
• Includes loan of big telephotos – 600mm f/4 and 500mm f/4 – so you don't have to travel with them. Full-frame Nikon DSLR bodies available for free loan too!
• Unique custom photo safari vehicles, the best photographer's set-up in the business, both on the land and on the water, complete with photographer's chairs featuring fully adjustable 360-degree revolving Wimberley camera mounts. This makes it a breeze to work with big lenses and capture fleeting moments of dynamic wildlife behavior.
• Excellent accommodations, perfectly positioned at Chobe River Lodge and &Beyond's Kichwa Tembo luxury tented camp in the Mara Triangle.
At Chobe, animals congregate along the river in the dry season to drink and feed on the lush greenery on the banks and flood plain. In addition to Chobe’s population of over 50,000 Kalahari elephants, opportunities include hippos (with young at this time of year), Nile crocs, buffalo, waterbuck, kudu, impala, giraffes, fish eagles, lions, hyenas, baboons, and countless bird species. Johan Greyling and Elana Erasmus will lead inspiring photography instruction at Chobe. Johan has successfully led numerous photo safaris on the Chobe River, and is a talented teacher of wildlife photography. He receives high praise for his image editing and classroom critiques as well. Elana is also a highly experienced professional wildlife photographer experienced in navigating the Chobe River and using photography as a tool to tell a story.
Masai Mara is famous for its migration of millions of wildebeest, zebras, and Thompson's gazelles, accompanied by an abundance of lion, cheetah, leopard, and other African species. Wenzel Kotze will lead photography instruction at Masai Mara. He is a highly experienced and energetic safari leader and wildlife photographer who is eager to share how to best anticipate animal behavior, timing, and camera handling skills that empower you to capture successful "decisive moment" wildlife images.
At both locations we have arranged use of new photo safari vehicles with innovative custom features that deliver an ideal photographic experience. The heavily customized and air-conditioned 4WD IVECO vehicle we will use at Masai Mara features wide pop-up window panels for a broad unobstructed field of view for each photographer, and the vehicle seals up tight to keep out dust, rain, and heat. Both the IVECO and our custom-built photo boat at Chobe comfortably accommodate our whole group. Both on land and on the water, each photographer will have his or her own rotating photographer's chair with fully adjustable revolving Wimberley-equiped telephoto lens mount.
This package is designed to deliver a superb overall experience, and includes first-rate lodging, all meals, beverages (including fine wine and beer at dinners), expert guides, photographic instruction, loaner Nikon telephotos and cameras, park entry fees, ground transfers, and in-Africa flights during the itinerary.
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Our itinerary makes the most of the incredible photographic opportunities, and offers attentive hands-on photographic instruction and expert guiding throughout:
Arrive at O.R. Tambo International Airport. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the Opikopi Guest House in Constantia Park, Pretoria to rest and de-jetlag after flight. Enjoy an AV presentation on Masai Mara and Chobe River safaris. Dinner and Overnight at Opikopi Guest House.
Early morning breakfast at the Opikopi Guest House before departing for our 11:45am flight departing from O.R. Tambo International Airport and arriving at Kasane Airport in Botswana. Quick transfer from Kasane Airport to Chobe Safari Lodge. Afternoon photography session on the Chobe River on custom-built photography boats. Overnight at Chobe River Lodge.
August 24th - 30th
6:00am meet up at jetty for coffee and rusks, and depart for photography sessions on Chobe River until 10:00am. Return to Lodge for a well-deserved brunch. Thereafter, we'll meet daily in the classroom for downloading, editing, and constructive critique of images with an eye toward improving your wildlife photography technique and optimizing your camera setup so it works best for you. At 2:30pm we return to the Chobe River for an afternoon photography session until 6:00pm. Snacks and beverages provided provided on the river daily. Overnight at Chobe River Lodge.
After freshening up, meet for sundowners and dinner.
6:00am meet up at Jetty for coffee and rusks, and depart for a photography session on Chobe River until 10:00am. Return to Lodge for a well deserved brunch. Last image review and critique of Chobe Safari images, followed by some free time to pack bags and/or relax. Transfer to Kasane Airport for our flight departing for Johannesburg. Arrive at Johannesburg at 3:55pm. Say farewell to the Chobe River Safari group as they return home and stay at the airport for layover. Dinner at or nearby to the airport before early morning Kenya Airways flight departing at 12:55am for Nairobi International Airport.
Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi at 6:00am. Road transfer to Wilson Airport for 10:00am charter flight to Kichwa-Tembo Tented Camp. You will have a few hours at leisure before the first photography session in our custom-built photography vehicles at 2:30pm and arrive back at lodge at 6:00pm. After freshening up, meet for sundowners and dinner. Overnight at Kichwa-Tembo Tented Camp.
September 2nd - 8th
6:00am meet up at reception area for coffee and rusks, and depart for photography session in the Masai Mara until 10:00am. Return to Lodge for a well deserved brunch. Thereafter, we'll gather in the board room for downloading, editing, and critique. At 2:30pm we return to the Masai Mara for a afternoon photography session until 6:00pm. After freshening up, meet for sundowners and dinner. Overnight at Kichwa-Tembo Tented Camp.
6:00am meet up at reception area for coffee and rusks, and depart for photography session in the Masai Mara Park until 10:00am. Return to lodge for a well-deserved brunch. Last debriefing on Masai Mara Safari and relaxing. Meet at reception and transfer to Mara Kichwa Tembo Airstrip for 4:00pm flight to Wilson Airport. 40-minute road transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). Say our farewells and catch flights back home, which we recommend booking to depart no earlier than 8:00pm or to depart the next day.
The single-occupancy rate for this deluxe all-inclusive package is $18,995. Double-occupancy is $18,500 per person. 25% deposit required upon booking, an additional 25% payment due by April 23rd, and balance due by June 22nd, 2017.
For more information, please contact Justin or Sara at email@example.com or 202-558-9596.
Not included: international flights from your point of origin to Johannesburg, South Africa and returning from Nairobi, Kenya (currently between $1,700 to $2,300 for economy class from and to the US), and incidental personal expenses.
Growing up, Elana Erasmus was continually exposed to the splendor of African nature. Her father and mother worked for Namibia’s Nature Conservation and Tourism, based in Okaukeujo Rest Camp in the Etosha National Park for much of Elana’s childhood. Having lions sleep on the front porch or drink from the pond, giraffes reaching over the fence to make a meal of her father’s vegetable garden, Sunday drives in an old Ford pickup in search of lions, all had a profound impact on her. Even after her family moved back to South Africa, these formative memories were forever imprinted in her mind and heart.
Always passionate about photography, obligations to her family and business made a career as a professional wildlife photographer an elusive dream. Then, in 2011, a life-changing moment sparked a flame within her to make the leap, and become the best photographer she could be. Aided by mentorship under highly acclaimed wildlife photographer Lou Coetzer, her knowledge, passion and expertise has grown quickly, and she is regarded as a highly gifted photographer and top photo safari leader.
You see nature differently through the lens of a camera. It is not just about the thrill of capturing a lion kill, but also the wonder you experience when seeing an African Jacana caring for it’s chicks.
I love the challenge and diversity of photography. You can never really say that you have perfected your skill or knowledge. There is always that ever-elusive winning photo, a special sighting you have not witnessed before, a first specie not recorded yet, a story to tell, or just an image that is better than the last.
Photography fills my life with unforgettable moments. It makes me realize just how fortunate I am to live in Africa, how privileged I am to experience what this wonderful continent has to offer, and how gratifying it is to capture nature and wildlife.
The thing that makes your heart beat faster and your eyes glow when you do it or talk about it, no matter if it’s photography, hiking, yoga, gardening, painting, meditation, going for walks, helping others - do that. Do it as often as you can. Because that is what life is about. Creating as many passionate, happy moments as possible. Don’t let anyone stop you from doing the things you love - not even yourself. –Elana Erasmus
NOTE: Group size is limited to six participants per photo boat when on the Chobe River, each guided by one of the instructors. This expedition will operate simultaneously with our Chobe River Safari expedition, which only includes a photo safari at the Chobe River. Participants of both this expedition and the Chobe River Safari expedition will be able to meet each other and share the experience together at the Chobe River.
The Africa trip was one of the best I have been on. I learned so much. The facilities were top-notch, vehicles and boats were specially equipped for photographers, and to top it off the dining was excellent! Thank you for putting together an interesting, educational, and fun trip for all of us. I have recommended this trip so I hope you will continue to offer it.”
–Ruth K., 2013 African Vision Safari Participant
I highly recommend Visionary Wild for any serious photographer who wants to upgrade skills while having fun in an enriched environment with others who share that same passion. Justin's attention to detail and ongoing support both in the planning stages and during the expedition was wonderful and fairly unique.
Over the years I have been fortunate to pursue my passion for wildlife photography in North, Central and South America and sharing the experiance with others on my return. However, this safari has without question taken my interest in wildlife photography to a whole new level.... And then there is the secret sauce; the custom vehicles and boat!! Any serious photographer interested in shooting wildlife in Africa simply owes it to themselves.
My only, and I mean only, suggestion regarding improving the experience would be to install a cappuccino machine on the boat. Coffee machine or not I look forward to visiting again next year.
My sincere thanks for a journey I will never forget!
–David C., 2013 African Vision participant