Wild Zambia Photo safari with Chris Collin & Frank | SafariFRANK
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Wild Zambia Photo safari with Chris Collin & Frank

"8 day privately guided photographic safari in Oct 2019"

Price $8500 USD
Country
Zambia
Duration
7 Nights
Dates
1 Oct 2019 - 8 Oct 2019
Safari Type
Fly camping, Lodge and Canvas
Kids Min Age
16

Make 2019 the year you push yourself out of your creative and personal comfort zones and join us in Zambia for an adventure like no other. This wildlife photography workshop, hosted by Chris Collin, offers the opportunity to take your photography to the next level as Chris shares with you his insider knowledge and all the tips and tricks he has learnt over the years.

Zambia is an undiscovered gem in Southern Africa that is rich in both wildlife and natural beauty. It is the place to go for a traditional and authentic African safari with a personal and rustic touch. Zambia is a country full of colour and life.

South Luangwa is a National Park which boasts not only an impressive diversity of life, but also large concentrations of some of the more iconic animal species, which Africa is so very famous for. On the eastern boarder of the park lies the Luangwa River, which is usually one of the last water sources for all wildlife living in the area, making this a great time for game viewing. We should expect to see many herds of elephants frequenting the river, huge concentrations of hippos (the highest density of any park in the world!) as well as the many big cats which hunt along the banks of the river. The Luangwa Valley is also known as the valley of the leopard and is one of the best areas in the world to find and view these magnificent cats in the wild!

The Lower Zambezi region is where it is all happening from a safari perspective…. vehicle safaris, night time game viewing, walking trails, boat trips, fishing and canoe safaris. The scenery is impressive to say the least, with the escarpment located to the north and the almighty Zambezi River to the south. Covering over 4,000 km² and boasting 120 km of river frontage, there is no shortage of wildlife in the Lower Zambezi with large herds of elephants and buffalo roaming the region as well as frequent lion and leopard sightings

Safari Rating

adventure
wilderness
wildlife
comfort
photographic
guiding

highlights

  • Travel with and learn from world renowned nature photographer Chris Collin.
  • Be accompanied by safariFRANK guide, Frank Steenhuisen.
  • Explore the untouched wilderness areas of South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi, Zambia.
  • Excellent wildlife sightings and great photographic opportunities.
  • Accommodation in two authentic Zambian Safari camps – all inclusive!
  • Vehicle based, walking, canoeing and boating safaris included.
  • Travel around as one exclusive small group, everyone has a window seat and space.

map and overview

Day 1 Fly from Lusaka to South Luangwa with Chris, meet Frank and your local guide and set-off to camp.

Day 2& 3 Photography focused game drives in the South Luangwa – day and night game drives available.

Day 4 Fly to Lower Zambezi, settle into camp for sundowners or head on a boat cruise.

Day 5 Photography focused game viewing activities in Lower Zambezi including vehicle and boating safaris.

Day 6 Morning game drive in the area. After lunch head out on the boat to your fly camp for the evening.

Day 7 Early morning canoe safari back to base camp then a choice of game drives, boating or fishing.

Day 8 Breakfast together and then head to the airstrip to fly back to Lusaka.

guides

About Chris Collin

  • Christoffer Collin is a self-taught travel, landscape, and lifestyle photographer from Sweden. He started out on Instagram in early 2012, posting photos he’d taken with his smartphone just for fun. It didn’t take long before he’d gained a following of a couple thousand people, and with that his interest in photography just grew bigger and bigger. Five years later, Christoffer has over one million Instagram followers and makes his living traveling the world and taking photos.

About Frank Steenhuisen

  • Born in South Africa, Frank spent his childhood in the African bush before his parents Johan and Welna decided to fly their son around the globe and raise him in Australia instead. But Frank didn’t last long in “Down Under” – he fledged and returned straight to Africa. “There are no lions in the outback” says Frank, now a trained ranger and Lead Trails Guide in southern Africa, who has developed a weakness for scorpions and would always prefer a cup of coffee in the African bush to any drink in the urban jungle…
  • Frank, since having become a nature guide, privately guides guests in Southern Africa on custom designed safari itineraries. He travels nowhere without his camera and has since developed a passion for wildlife photography, but more importantly to teach others and help them capture the perfect image whilst on safari.

start dates

1 October 2019 - 8 October 2019

detailed itinerary

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE WORKSHOP

Make 2019 the year you push yourself out of your creative and personal comfort zones and join us in Zambia for an adventure like no other. This wildlife photography workshop, hosted by Chris Collin, offers the opportunity to take your photography to the next level as Chris shares with you his insider knowledge and all the tips and tricks he has learnt over the years.

Chris will share with you how to maximize the potential of capturing the wildlife and scenery.

He will cover:

  • Shooting in low light and broad daylight- ISO compensation
  • Shooting moving objects- shutter speeds
  • Automatic focusing vs manual focusing
  • Composition- what to include and exclude
  • Simple tutorial on editing in Lightroom
  • How to set up your camera before shooting

WHAT PHOTOGRAPHY GEAR TO BRING

  • Camera body
  • Spare batteries and battery charger
  • Spare memory cards
  • Computer to upload photos
  • External drive to back up photos
  • Lenses- wide for scenic photos and tele zoom for animals
  • Light tripod
  • Camera cleaning equipment- air blowers for lenses and possibly sensors as well as cloths for lenses

Day 1: Lusaka to South Luangwa (Mfuwe)

Today the adventure begins as you board a scheduled flight from Lusaka, the Capital of Zambia to the famed South Luangwa. On arrival into Mfuwe, disembark and collect your luggage.  You will be warmly greeted by safariFRANK guide Frank Steenhuisen as well as a local guide and representatives of Nkonzi Camp. The drive from the airport to the lodge will take about 1.5 hours and there will be game viewing along the way. Arrive at Nkonzi Camp and settle in with some sundowner drinks. Welcome to paradise!

Overnight: Nkonzi Camp, South Luangwa National Park

Day 2 & 3: South Luangwa

The next two days will consist of an early morning wakeup calls, just before the sun has risen, at which point we will have half an hour to prepare our things and meet for a much-needed coffee and some food to keep us going throughout the game drive.

We will then aim to set-off for the morning drive into endless untouched wildlife habitats. The first few hours of the drive are the most exciting as the chance to view predators is at its best, and so is the beautiful morning light. A morning coffee break usually takes place in a beautiful spot about halfway through the roughly four-hour morning drive. By this point the temperature is starting to climb and the movements of animals (especially predators) comes to a halt. We then return to our camp with a nice brunch prepared on an open fire which will be much needed after the morning animal search.

This is typically the time for showers to take place and a bit of relaxing/catching up on sleep. We will discuss with you our afternoon activity plans which generally involve us heading out once more, around 4pm. Just as the day is cooling off and the predators are getting ready for the night’s hunt. As the sun starts to set, we make time for a ‘sundowner’ in a scenic spot (sunsets are best viewed with something cold in hand, after all) before continuing the game drive with the aid of a high-powered spotlight.

You’ll have the chance to spot nocturnal animals such as civet and genet, as well as bird species that only make an appearance at night. Watching predators hunt is also a visceral and haunting experience, whether you’re listening for the roar of a lion, or watching a hyena slink in and out of the shadows. Finally, the African night sky and the Milky Way is a real treat in itself.

Keep in mind throughout the days activities the main focus will be on photography and capturing those special moments.

Overnight: Nkonzi Camp, South Luangwa National Park

Day 4 : South Luangwa (Mfuwe) to Lower Zambezi (Jeki)

After breakfast, it will be time to embark on another adventure to the Lower Zambezi.  Bid the camp staff farewell and head back to Mfuwe Airport and board a scheduled flight to the Lower Zambezi.

Arrive in the Lower Zambezi National Park at Jeki Airfield. Enjoy a short game drive to our Tusk & Mane Base Camp and on arrival you are welcomed with a refreshing drink before being shown to your en-suite tent. Once you have settled in, return to the main area and enjoy sundowners at camp or on a beautiful boat cruise. This evening you will be served a delicious meal under the stars while discussing the exciting possibilities for the next couple of days.

Overnight: Tusk and Mane Base Camp, Lower Zambezi

Day 5: Lower Zambezi

Early morning wakeup call, just before the sun has risen, at which point we will have half an hour to prepare our things and meet for a much-needed coffee and some food to keep us going throughout the game drive.

We will then aim to set-off for the morning drive in the stunning Winterthorn forest for great photographic opportunities. We will return to camp for lunch and relaxation. Choose your afternoon activity- game drives, walking safari, canoe or a boating safari on the river.

Dinner will be served under the stars.

Overnight: Tusk and Mane Base Camp, Lower Zambezi

Day 6: Tusk and Mane Base Camp to Tusk and Mane Fly Camp

Early morning wakeup call to see the sun rise above the river channels and up onto the Jeki Plains. A bush breakfast will be served on the plains. Take your time capturing the wildlife and learning from Chris Collin.

After lunch we will pack a night bag and jump on a boat cruise heading to our accommodation for the night. We arrive at sunset to a lovely Fly Camp on an island and a real bush dinner awaiting you.

Overnight: Tusk and Mane Fly Camp, Lower Zambezi

Day 7: Tusk and Mane Fly Camp to Tusk and Mane Base Camp

Rise early and canoe down river towards base camp- get picked up by our game viewing vehicle and go on a game drive for the rest of the morning taking photos as we go.

Return to base camp for a delicious lunch and spend your last afternoon as you wish. Choose between a last game drive, boat cruise or fishing.

Overnight: Tusk and Mane Base Camp, Lower Zambezi

Day 8: Lower Zambezi (Jeki) to Lusaka

Sadly your safari has come to an end. After breakfast, it will be time to head back to Jeki Airstrip in time to board a scheduled flight to Lusaka. Luckily you will have lots of photos (thousands) to remember this special experience.

accommodation

Nkonzi Camp is a beautiful rustic bush camp set deep inside the South Luangwa National Park. Surrounded by pristine indigenous woodland and grassy plains, Nkonzi Camp is the perfect location for game viewing activities. Stay in the comfortable walk-in safari tents, each with an en-suite bathroom, a wooden framed bed with cotton bed linen, a small seating area and clever storage for all your belongings. Nkonzi Camp is a unique, rustic and remote bushcamp. It offers a very special opportunity to immerse yourself in the pristine African wilderness without the 5-star luxury price tag.

Tusk & Mane Base and Fly Camps are located in the Lower Zambezi National Park.  Stay in old style luxury tents, under the stars, surrounding a campfire…this back to basics approach to fly-camping will show you that a tent, hot meal and fire is all you need to experience the magic of the breathtaking Lower Zambezi.

price

MINIMUM 4 PAX / MAXIMUM 8 PAX

USD-8500 per person twin share

No single supplement

Included

  • Photography tuition with world renowned photographer Chris Collin
  • Regional flights from Lusaka/ Mfuwe/ Lower Zambezi/ Lusaka only
  • All accommodation as stated in itinerary
  • Accompanied by safariFRANK guide Frank Steenhuisen as well as local guides
  • Food and drinks as outlined in itinerary
  • Game viewing activities
  • All transfers in Zambia
  • National Park fees
  • Tourism levy
  • Activities as mentioned in itinerary

 

Excluded

  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Photography and editing equipment (camera, tripod, laptop etc)
  • Accommodation before or after tour
  • All expenses of a personal nature
  • Any additional and optional activities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any additional drinks and meals
  • Visa fees if required
  • Bank charges

additional information

  • Services subject to availability at the time of booking.
  • Rates subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control e.g. fuel increases, currency fluctuation etc.
  • Given the nature of this safari, the age restriction is a minimum of 16 years paying full fare.
  • PLEASE NOTE that whilst we endeavour to accommodate guests at the above stipulated lodges/camps, safariFRANK reserves the right to replace such with one of a similar standard and location.
  • Terms and conditions apply.
  • A 20% deposit will be due 7 days from booking with final payment due 75 days prior to departure.
  • There is a minimum of 4 guests required for the tour to proceed.
  • Visas/Passports: Please ensure: 1) that you have pre-arranged your entry visa if required; 2) that your passport is valid for at least six months after your scheduled departure date from South Africa; 3) that you have a minimum of 2 consecutive clear pages. If this is not the case, there is a danger of being turned away by the Immigration Service on arrival at the airport – assuming your airline has agreed to bring you and risk a fine in the first place.
  • Health: No vaccinations are mandatory but please consult your doctor for medical advice. Parts of Botswana are considered to be malarial so we recommend the use of anti-malarial prophylactics (normally Malarone), especially if visiting during the summer (December to April) – subject to advice from your own doctor.
  • Luggage: Is normally restricted to 20 kg (not including photographic equipment) per person in a soft, hold all type bag. Weight is generally less important than volume as everything is carried with you on safari. If adding extensions that involve light aircraft transfers the luggage limit may be reduced further to 12 kg in soft bags (please enquire if this may apply to you

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