Experience the incredible diversity of South Africa, behind and in front of the lens. Guided by Orlando-based photojournalist Gary Bogdon, experience the country's beauty through its people, landscapes and wildlife.
Join us to embrace and capture never ending beauty. You will journey through South Africa and Zambia's most memorable sites, uncover the beauty of the western cape's blooming season, marvel at the magnificent Table Mountain National Park, wake up to the sound of the African bush, pause and appreciate the beauty of an entire ecosystem in Kruger National Park and gasp at the giant roar of the Victoria Falls seen from the edge.
You will also become knowledgeable on surveying landscapes, utilizing and approaching your environment, photographing people indigenous to the region while learning about the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. Come and express your creativity in a land created for the photographer.
This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.
Through the lens, take the time to appreciate the beauty of our world and the need for its utmost preservation, conservation and nurturing. As your creativity is being engaged and sparked through the incredible scenes in front of you, learn how to share, in the best light, for the world to see.
We take pride in designing itineraries and programs that combines flexibility and a sense of having experienced a memorable and fulfilling journey. Our hosts and photojournalists are constantly a step ahead to ensure that every experience is enhanced with last minute additions to the program, or, if needed, making time for more relaxation and time at leisure. Flexibility on all our journeys is key.
While carefully selecting properties offering comfort and luxury, we are featuring authenticity and great hospitality without excess. All our properties focus on personal touch and service by locals. While staying with us, and with our local partners, you become an unconditional part of our family, and theirs.
Welcome to Cape Town, often referred to as "The Mother City". Upon being picked up at the airport by our private driver, you are greeted at the estate with cocktails and a light lunch. Later this afternoon, we uncover the former slave district of Bo Kaap and its photogenic colorful homes). We then head to the waterfront and spend some time at the African Museum of Modern Art before having sunset cocktails on the rooftop of the Silo hotel, where we late enjoy a tasting dinner in their private dining room
Today, we head further north where every year, around this time, acres and acres of wild flowers bloom across vast plains and hills overlooking the ocean. An incredible palette of colors opens up in front of your. While there, we visit a local tribes, which open the doors to its villages to our small group. This afternoon, we hop on the cable car up to Table Mountain for an incredible 360 degree sunset. Dinner is served at the villa and carefully prepared by our local chef
Today, we make our way to the coast of Hermanus where we board our own boat in search of whales and dolphins. We will more likely encounter seals as well as penguins along the way. After lunch (at leisure), we make our way back to Cape Town via the dunes and the famous Chapman's Peak drive where we are given a chance to take incredible shots of the sunset over Hout Bay. Our chef awaits at the villa with yet another Cape Malay inspired dinner.
It is time to get serious. A morning flight takes us direct to the heart of Kruger National Park where our friends at Hamilton's tented camp, completely privatized for us, await. There, we jump on our first game drive and sundowner. Get your cameras ready as we plan on capturing the Big Five and more over the next 4 days. Dinner is served under the stars, and prepared by the local chef.
Today, we enjoy a morning and late afternoon game drive. In between, walking safaris will be organized with the local rangers, providing you a different perspective as you follow the tracks left by the wildlife. During the time in the bush, our photo journalist Gary will provide classes and guidance to guests interested in learning more. Each night, we will take the time to review some of the best shots to immediately be published on our instagram account. Daily, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served at the property.
Morning and late afternoon game drive. In between, walking safaris will be organized with the local rangers, providing you a different perspective as you follow the tracks left by the wildlife.
Today, we enjoy a morning and late afternoon game drive. In between, walking safaris will be organized with the local rangers, providing you a different perspective as you follow the tracks left by the wildlife. Tonight, we hold our "farewell to the bush" dinner...in the bush, surrounded by the very wildlife guests have been chasing for 4 days.
This morning, we make our way to the airport where we catch a direct flight to Livinsgtone (Zambia). There, you are greeted by our local team and whisked away to your property, on the edge of the falls. This afternoon, should water levels permit, embark on the once of a lifetime experience (not for the feinted heart) Devil's pool. We end the afternoon with tea and snacks on Livingstone island. Tonight, we are served dinner at the lovely Royal Livingstone hotel, in a private setting overlooking the Zambezi river, with entertainment by local tribes.
Today is at leisure. Your hosts will be able to arrange a vast array of activities (river rafting the falls and Zambezi river, additional day safari to Botswana, walking guided tour of the falls, hot air ballooning, spa treatments and much more). Tonight, join us for dinner on the Victoria Falls Steam Train. After cocktails, the train will take a slow journey around the falls, and for a short time, enter Zimbabwe.
This morning, we are taking it to the skies. Not quite yet your return home, we board a helicopter for a chance to take some exceptional shots of the falls from above. After breakfast, we say goodbye to Zambia and start our journey back to Johannesburg where you catch a connecting flight home...or extend to Botswana, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Mozambique or the Seychelles! Let one of our travel expert assist in designing the perfect extension to one of Africa's many incredible destinations.
The Cape Bali Estate is truly an extraordinary getaway that one should experience in their lifetime!
Listen to the calming sound of distant waves in your heated pool in the middle of a luxuriously exotic garden. One enters the villa through a wooden walkway under a triangular bamboo roof only to discover a breath-taking view of the sea.
Boasting 6 ensuite bedrooms, of which 3 enjoy sea-facing views, the property is located in the Camps Bay district of Cape Town, surrounded by lovely restaurants and nightlife only minutes away by foot.
The Indonesian-inspired furniture includes various textures such as bamboo, leather and wood, giving your home away from home a warm feel.
This Tented Camp is a special well-kept secret in the Mluwati concession in Kruger National Park offering you a colonial style safari experience with luxurious tented lodgings - taking you back in time to an era long forgotten.
This romantic Kruger Park camp accommodates couples in 6 magnificently appointed safari tents overlooking the Nwatswitsonto River. The main tent is an impressive structure with elegant lines and an open sided lounge and dining area opening onto a wide, spacious deck shaded by huge Jackalberry trees overlooking the dry river bed. It is comfortably furnished and is accentuated with antiques and 19th century objects d'art creating a feeling of having traveled back in history.
Situated in central Kruger Park, the camp is home to a diverse population of wildlife including Wild Dogs, Lions, Leopards and Hyenas which are all frequently spotted. Being completely remote and far away from the crowds, this is the one place where you can get away from it all with a total sense of tranquility.
The Avani Victoria Falls Resort is not far from the banks of the Zambezi River. This Livingstone accommodation is perfect for relaxing in the tranquil setting of Zambia, while the Zambezi River is ideal for exciting adventures. There is something for everybody.
The hotel has a natural feel with earthy colors, traditional Zambian style and old world buildings. There are 212 en-suite bedrooms amenities including air-conditioning, spacious bathrooms and internet access as well as a pool and several other amenities to make your stay a pleasant and memorable one.
The property boats 3 restaurants in addition to the lovely cuisine served at its neighboring property, the Royal Livingstone.
Rates displayed are per person, based on double occupancy. .
All listed retreats (hotels, villas and barges) are, at times, subject to changes. If replaced, similar or higher standards will be upheld.
A refundable deposit of $1500 per person is due at the time of your reservation. In case of a cancelation at more than 120 days prior to departure, your deposit will be returned minus a $250 per person administrative fee.
Your final balance is due 120 days prior to departure, at which point your journey becomes non-refundable.
NEW! Find a replacement at least 30 days prior to departure and your journey will be fully refunded, minus a $250 per person administrative fee.