Africa Photography Safari
Get ready to for a photography adventure in South Africa! This exclusive, deluxe tour will take you all throughout Kruger National Park to capture more animals and wildlife than you can dream of! Instead of 2-3 days in Kruger, you will spend your entire trip there on safaris.
You will be led by professional photographer Christopher Balmer who will give you first-class instruction on how to capture the best pictures possible. Tour host John Blacker will be with you to make sure you are comfortable and taken care of!
Hurry – this trip will sell out in just a few days! All inclusive rate Includes: round trip airfare from Chicago, all hotel accommodations, sightseeing as outlined in itinerary, meals listed in itinerary, ground transportation via deluxe coaches, and excellent English speaking park rangers. We only have one person per bench in the vehicles to insure you do not miss a shot on either side of the vehicle.
- Johannesburg Airport area – City Lodge OR Tambo or similar, Inside Kruger National Park – Skukuza Rest Camp or similar and Olifants Rest Camp or similar
- Meals as per itinerary (excluding drinks)
- For return transfers on 16 th and 23rd – 16 seater minivan with trailer.
- Kruger Safaris – 4 x 10 seater open vehicles (max 3 passengers per vehicle)
- Tours and entrances as per itinerary
- English speaking tour co-ordinator throughout
- Porterage at airport and hotels
- Any item of personal nature: extra meals, drinks telephone calls, ect.
- Travel Insurance
- Tips – drivers, guides, and restaurant
- Optional tours
This is a once in a lifetime trip and a once in a lifetime price! Do not miss this opportunity! Call today 208-523-6789
Exclusive South Africa Photography January 16th – 24th 2014
Full Tour with Airfare from Chicago – $4495 Receive $200.00 discount if registered by September 20th 2013 (INCLUDES: Airfare from Chicago / Ground transportation/Professional English speaking guides/Photo instruction/Most meals)
Note: Additional $500.00 single supplement charge for individuals
January 15 – Fly from Chicago to South Africa.
January 16 – Arrival at Johannesburg International Airport at 22h05 on KL591. Meet and Assist by VS Travel & Tours representative and escorted to your hotel, City Lodge OR Tambo or similar. Overnight JOHANNESBURG
January 17– Early breakfast at your hotel. Check out, coach pick up group and depart hotel around 07h00 and transfer to Kruger Park area. Lunch enroute (for own account). Arrival at Skukuza Rest camp between 14h00 and 15h00, coach drop off group, group check into bungalows and meet their rangers around 15h30 for afternoon game drive. After game drive rangers drop off group back at Skukuza rest camp around 18h00 to give rangers enough time to get out park before gates close at 18h30 Dinner and overnight , Skukuza rest camp or similar , KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (B,D)
January 18 – Early wake-up. Meet rangers at meeting point around 06h00 for your full day safari in Kruger Park (snack – juice and snackbar). Breakfast at Lower Sabi rest camp. Lunch at one of rest camps (for pax own account). Late afternoon rangers drop off group back at rest camp around 18h00. At leisure until dinner at Main restaurant at Skukuza Rest Camp. Overnight Skukuza Rest Camp or similar , Kruger National Park(B,D)
January 19 – Early wake-up. Meet rangers at meeting point around 06h00 for your full day safari in Kruger National Park. (snack – juice and a fruit) Return to main restaurant at Skukuza for breakfast and then continue on safari. Stop for lunch (not included) at picnic spot or one of the rest camps. After the safari return to Skukuza Rest Camp around 18h00. Rangers drop off group and exit the park. At leisure until dinner in the Main Restaurant. Overnight Skukuza Rest Camp or similar, KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (B,D)
January 20 – Early wake up.(snack: juice and a snack bar) Check out and meet rangers at 06h00, rangers load luggage into trailer and leave Skukuza and head north. Breakfast enroute at Tshokwane picnic spot. Lunch at one of rest camps (for pax own account). Arrive Olifants late afternoon/early evening before gates close at 18h30. Check in. Rangers check in with group. Dinner at Main Restaurant. Overnight Olifants Rest Camp or similar, KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (B,D)
January 21 – Rest day – (morning safari optional). Breakfast at Olifants Main Restaurant (breakfast served until 10h00). Lunch (for pax own account). Late afternoon around 15h00 meet your rangers for afternoon safari. Return to camp just before gate closes at 18h30. Dinner at Boma (Braai) Overnight Olifants Rest Camp or similar, KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (B,D)
January 22 – Early morning wake up , meet your rangers around 04h30 when camp gate open for full day safari. (snack- juice and a fruit) Stop at Letaba rest camp for breakfast. After breakfast continue on game drive. Lunch enroute (for pax own account). Late afternoon return to camp just before gate closes at 18h30. Dinner at Boma. Overnight Olifants Rest Camp or similar, KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (B,D)
January 23 – Early wake up. Check out and depart from Olifants when gates open at 04h30. (snack – juice and snack bar) Game drive enroute to Orpen gate, meet coach around 09h30, load over luggage onto coach (packed breakfast handed out on the coach) and drive back to Johannesburg via Panorama route with stop and entrance at Blyde River Canyon and one waterfall. Lunch stop (for pax own account). Coach drop off group at Johannesburg International Airport for your final departure departing around 23h55 on KL592 (drop off at airport by 21h00). (B)
January 24 – Arrive back in Chicago and connect to your home city. Welcome home!
IMPORTANT Note: We only have one person per bench in the vehicles to insure you do not miss a shot on either side of the vehicle.
*Safari vehicles will be spacious and limited to 4-5 passengers (even though they hold 10 passengers) to enable you to get around and to capture the best photo shots.
**Kruger Park lodging is nice and very comfortable. Skukuza and Satara rest camps or similar-quality lodging will be provided.
***It is urgent that you sign up and make the deposit ASAP. The reason this trip is so reasonable is that we have a GREAT deal on airfare and it will only last a short time. Any customer signing up at later dates may be subject to an increase in the airline price and thus raising the overall price of the trip. Professional photographer instruction and guiding.
Meet Your Hosts
Your Host: Christopher Balmer
Owner of Perfect Light Camera & Supply, Photographer, Instructor and Member of Professional Photographers of America Christopher is a nationally known Northwest wildlife and nature photographer. Having taught over 5,000 students, he has become a very well respected photography instructor throughout the country. He has extended knowledge and expertise in Wildlife, Landscape, Portraiture, Commercial, Product, Flash and Macro photography. His technical knowledge of all cameras and camera equipment is unsurpassed. Students travel to his courses from all over the country and many from overseas. His passion and excitement for photography is very contagious and he has always had the goal to teach people how to take the picture right in the first place and to not rely on Photoshop and other editing programs to “fix” the photo. Come and see why so many people have sought out his photography educational courses.
Schedule of events for Christopher in 2013
Does not include over 30 Beginner/Intermediate courses throughout the year!
- January 11-13 Utah Travel show presentation Ogden, Utah
- January 23-27 Keynote speaker -St George Utah bird festival
- February 6-10 Lead instructor/Host “Winter in Yellowstone” workshop FULL
- February 19th Lead instructor Law enforcement-Fire department Crime scene photography workshop
- February 26th Presentation to Master Naturalists Idaho Falls, Idaho
- February 28th 5th year anniversary Ribbon cutting for IF magazine photo contest sponsored by Perfect Light Camera
- March 15th Co-instructor Perfect Light/Steven Hatch “Flash mastery course” FULL
- March 30th Lead instructor- outdoor portrait/Lighting course Challis, Idaho FULL
- April 13th Instructor “Intermediate DSLR” course in Ogden Utah for travelling group FULL
- April 27th Grouse days presentation in Dubois Idaho
- May 12-16 Lead instructor/Host “Spring in Yellowstone” workshop FULL
- May 25-27 Lead photographer Field of honor photo shoot
- June 2-6 Lead instructor/Host “Spring in Yellowstone 2” workshop FULL
- June 26-30 Instructor/coordinator “Aliens and cowboys” Stock photography seminar in West Yellowstone FULL
- July 13th Photographer “sand dune stock photography shootout” FULL
- August 12-20 Lead Instructor/Host AFRICA workshop Kruger national park FULL
- September 18-21 Lead instructor “Fall color in Yellowstone” workshop
- September 22-26 Lead instructor “Fall in Yellowstone” wildlife workshop
Going to Africa on a Photography Safari has always been a dream for me but finding a reputable tour agency and photography company to lead a trip such as this appeared too confusing. Recently I found out about “Perfect Light Camera Store and Supply” hosting a trip to Kruger National Park in South Africa. It was the best traveling decision that I have ever made. Everything was perfect from the travel arrangements, all sleeping accommodations, and most of all the location choices for photography. If you are considering traveling for photography reasons I would highly recommend you check out the locations that Perfect Light Camera and Supply host. I enjoyed my African experience so much that I will be going on the Amazon Trip in June of 2014.
Wild West Gypsy Photography
We didn’t have a good time. We had an awesome time…….:)
Absolutely the best trip… See you for the Amazon trip.
It was an amazing trip. Great experience and people.