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Limit 6 spaces | $4,975* Closed
Expedition June 30 - July 8, 2016 | View other workshops

Chobe River Safari II with Johan Greyling

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This special boat-based Botswana photo safari offers a first-rate experience and an unbelievable value.

Join award-winning wildlife photographer Johan Greyling on Botswana's spectacular Chobe River for this exciting all-inclusive boat-based safari for a small group of six participants. Johan has a distinct, recognized talent in story telling photography, exhibiting excellent quality and personal passion in capturing candid wildlife behavior, particularly from the waters of the Chobe River.

Set in one of Africa's finest wildlife destinations at an ideal time of year, this safari focuses on the incredible biodiversity accessible via the Chobe River's various channels, islands, and wetlands, where 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 crocodiles, leopards, buffalo, waterbuck, kudu, impala, giraffes, fish eagles, lions, hyenas, baboons, and countless bird species. In fact, this safari is a bird photographer's dream, featuring the tiny and colorful Malachite Kingfisher, the largest heron in the world – the Goliath, several species of Bee-Eater, African Jacanas, and an endless array of water birds.  The concentrated displays of mammalian wildlife behavior, from battling hippos to leopards drinking at water's edge and herds of elephants looming overhead on the riverbank, ensure you will capture peak moments of exceptional behavior. The quality of light in morning and evening is wonderful on the Chobe, as the wide, open floodplain enables low-angle light at sunrise and sunset to skim over the water and bathe the animals in golden illumination.

• Includes loan of big telephotos – 600mm f/4 and 500mm f/4 AF-S Nikkor Lenses – so you don't have to travel with them. Full-frame Nikon DSLR bodies available for free loan as well.

• The best boat-based photo safari set-up in the business, complete with photographer's chairs featuring fully adjustable 360-degree revolving Wimberley camera mounts, makes it a breeze to work with big lenses and photograph dynamic wildlife behavior.

This very competitively-priced package is designed to deliver a superb overall experience, and includes excellent accommodations, all meals, beverages (including fine wine or beer at dinners), snacks and soft drinks during photography sessions, expert guides, photographic instruction, loaner Nikon telephotos and cameras, park entry fees, ground transfers, and in-Africa flights during the itinerary.

We have arranged use of Lou Coetzer's custom-built photo boats with innovative features that deliver an optimal photographic experience. Each photographer will have his or her own rotating photographer's chair with fully adjustable revolving Wimberley-equiped telephoto lens mount.  Included at no additional cost is loan of Nikon super-telephoto lenses (600mm f/4 and 500mm f/4) and pro camera bodies, so there is no need to carry big glass to Africa.

 

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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:

June 30th

Arrive at O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) near Johannesburg, South Africa. You will be met at the airport and transferred to Chez Coetzer Guest House in Pretoria to rest and de-jetlag after flight.

AV presentation on Chobe safari. Dinner and Overnight at Guest House.

 

July 1st

Early morning breakfast at Guest House before transfer to O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) for a South African Airways flight to Kasane Airport (BBK) near Kasane, Botswana. Quick transfer from Kasane Airport to Chobe Safari Lodge – Chobe Bush Lodge. Afternoon photography session in custom-built photography boats on the Chobe River. Return to Lodge. Dinner and overnight at Chobe Safari Lodge – Chobe Bush Lodge.

 

July 2nd 7th

6 am meet up for coffee, before departing for photography session on Chobe River until 10:00. Return to Lodge for a well-deserved brunch. Thereafter, we'll meet 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 14:30 we return to the Chobe River for an afternoon photography session until 18:00.

After freshening up, meet for sundowners and dinner. Dinner and overnight at Chobe Safari Lodge – Chobe Bush Lodge.

 

July 8th

6 am meet up for coffee, and depart for photography session on Chobe River until 10:00. Return to Lodge for a well-deserved brunch. Last debriefing on Chobe Safari and relaxing. Meet at reception for transfer to Kasane Airport for afternoon South African Airways flight back to O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) near Johannesburg, South Africa. Connect to international flight back home.

 

The single-occupancy rate for this deluxe all-inclusive package is $4,975.00. Double-occupancy is $4,725.00 per person. 50% deposit is required upon booking, and balance is due by April 1st, 2016.

For more information, please contact Justin Black at justin@visionarywild.com or 202-302-9030.

 

Excluded: International round-trip flights from your point of origin to O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) near Johannesburg, South Africa (currently between $1,000 to $1,800 for economy class from the U.S.), incidental personal expenses, and gratuities.

TRAVEL NOTE: A passport with at least six months of validity remaining is required. Citizens of the United States of America do not require a visa to enter Botswana. If you are not a citizen of the United States, please refer to website for the Embassy of the Republic of Botswana for additional information in case you are required to obtain a visa before entry into Botswana.

If you will have been traveling recently in areas where Yellow Fever is present, you must have a valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate. Visitors to the Chobe National Park areas should be aware that it is considered a low-risk malaria zone, and malaria prophylaxis is recommended. Otherwise, no other immunizations are required, though it would be wise to have an updated TPD (tetanus, polio, diphtheria) vaccine, and a Hepatitis A vaccine.

Johan Greyling

Johan Greyling assists photographers to take their skills to the next level. His passion and technical ability, coupled with patience, assists photographers to excel beyond their expectations. He teaches the basic photographic skills to honing professional Lightroom ability.   Johan has an impressive 43 years of experience in the photographic industry. His photographic development skills encompass Photoshop, Aperture, Capture NX, Nik Software, Silver Effects Pro, Onone Software, DXO Pro and mainly Lightroom. He is a Lightroom Trainer and Facilitator.   Johan has been a member of PSSA (Photographic Society of South Africa) for the past seven years and holds the distinction of being an Associate Member. He has participated as a judge for the PSSA giving him exposure to various photography styles. As a member of PSSA Johan won numerous National and International awards in Colour and Black & White in various fields such as Wildlife, Sport and Landscape photography. In 2014 Johan won the highest award in PSSA – a gold medal as Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Johan was runner up in 2013 for this award.   Johan was chosen as one of the few Photographers to exhibit Wildlife photographs for the South Africa and China Exhibition. His prints were in the Bellville Art Exhibition in the Cape and The National Art Museum, Johannesburg.

Highlights

  • Nine-day itinerary including 14 photography excursions at one of our favorite safari locations in Africa: the Chobe River.
  • Unbeatable combination of wildlife density and diversity, locations, seasonal conditions, photo and safari equipment, excellent lodging, expert guiding and photographic instruction
  • Custom photo boat on the Chobe River with revolving Wimberley camera mounts on swivel chair bases offer photo opportunities not to be found in any other type of safari boat
  • Locations on the Chobe River during the peak of migration that provide some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities anywhere
  • Experienced leader to put you in the right place at the right time to capture peak-action animal behavior in the best light
  • Professional-grade supertelephoto lenses and camera bodies to enable participants to capture the best photos possible – provided at no extra cost!
  • Small group of six participants with the attentive instruction by award-winning wildlife photographer Johan Greyling
  • We will be unrushed at each location, to let you get to know the place and make the most of the opportunities
  • First-rate lodging and dining included throughout
  • Two in-Africa flights and all ground transfers included
  • An exceptional value, that may not be available again in the foreseeable future.
   

Accommodations & Travel

  • Chobe Safari Lodge – Chobe Bush Lodge, excellent accommodations and welcoming staff with views of the Chobe National Park and a short stroll to the Chobe River. Rooms have the luxury of air-conditioning, large en-suite bath and shower facilities, and recent renovations.
  • Pretoria: While in the Johannesburg area after arrival, our guests will be lodged at the superb Chez Coetzer guest house, in Erasmuskloof, an upscale suburb of the capital, Pretoria.
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Fly into Johannesburg, South Africa to be met for ground transfer to our guesthouse the first night. Two in-Africa flights are included. All ground transfers and transportation are included. A best-in-class customized photo boat will be our shooting platform at Chobe National Park. This is the dry season, so rain is unlikely. Expect a mix of sunny and partly cloudy conditions with occasional overcast. At Chobe, plan for afternoon highs between 65ºF - 80ºF, and early morning lows 32ºF – 55ºF.
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Testimonials

Feedback from past Chobe safari clients:

"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.

 

"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." –Kathy C.