Exclusive South Africa Photography Safari – August 12-20, 2013
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!
Included is: 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.
August 12 – Fly to Chicago and start your trip of a lifetime to South Africa.
August 13 – Arrival at Johannesburg International Airport where you will be met and welcomed. Transfer to an airport hotel (City Lodge OR Tambo or similar) and get rested for a grand adventure!
August 14 – Awake and begin by transferring to the southern part Kruger National Park. Sit back and enjoy a beautiful drive as you head through the countryside of South Africa on your way to Kruger. Upon arrival, transfer to your lodging and relax for a little bit. A late afternoon game drive will provide some great lighting and shots on your first African safari! (B,D)
August 15 – Full day Safari in 4 x 4 vehicles with a professional game ranger. Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. It covers 7,332 sq mi and extends 220 mi from north to south and 37 mi from east to west. All the big five (lion, elephant, water buffalo, leopard, and rhino) are found here. Here we will experience the Africa that you have long dreamed of. (B,D)
August 16 – Another full day exploring Kruger with its birds, rhinos, impalas, wildebeest, leopards, hippos and so much more. Each day, an early morning game drive will capture great lighting and animals followed by breakfast. Another midday game drive will be followed by some afternoon free time back at the resort. An evening game drive winds up the day before heading back for dinner and rest. Each day, a professional ranger will be with you and guide you to where the animals are! (B,D)
August 17 – Early morning transfer to the northern part of Kruger National Park. A couple of game drives will await you on the northern end of the park. (B,D)
August 18 – Early morning wake up and game drive to catch the animals as they are out for a morning meal. Next enjoy your own breakfast and head out on more game drives throughout the day. (B,D)
August 19 – One more morning game drive will be your last chance for some amazing photographs. In the afternoon, transfer back to Johannesburg to catch your flight back to the USA. Goodbye Africa! (B)
August 20 – Arrive in Chicago with plenty of time to connect with flights to your home city.
**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.
Your Host: Christopher Balmer
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. He has also 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. He has taught over four thousand students over the last four years. Students travel to his courses from all over the country and even a few 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 expertise and photography educational courses.
Your Host: John Blacker
John started his love of travel before he ever left home. Laying on the floor looking at pictures of ancient Mayan pyramids as a youngster made him long for adventures. Since those early days as a boy, he has traveled extensively and been able to do many humanitarian projects in Mexico and Guatemala. Which has given him the opportunity to visit those pyramids throughout Central America. He has also made many friends as he has led tours and cruises.
Along with travel came the chance to capture parts of this beautiful planet in pictures. To gain more knowledge he has enjoyed his association with Christopher Balmer, his teacher and mentor as he learns more about this fascinating hobby.
He and his wife, Mary, have led many tours for groups with special needs and have enjoyed the wonder of helping them enjoy new places. They have 3 married children and 8 wonderful grandchildren. They call Idaho Falls home and, and upon his retirement, John has enjoyed more time to do his favorite things.
Full Tour with Airfare from Chicago - Double Occupancy - $4295 (includes tour and air for $3734 and taxes of $561)
Professional photographer instruction and guiding – INCLUDED
Airfare to and from Chicago – Call for Options
Single Occupancy Extra - $399
Deposit required for reservation: $1200 per person – Remaining balance will be due in April. A 3.5% credit card fee applies to final payments. Pay by check to avoid the credit card fee on final payment. No credit card fee on deposit.
———-*Trip cancellation and emergency insurance available *Passports are required *Cancellation charges: non-refundable after deposit and final payment is made Click Here For Terms and Conditions