Travel from Kenya to the Southern tip of Africa via Victoria Falls in Zambia with a maximum of 16 passengers in our custom built full size expedition truck. With over a metre of legroom at each seat, sit back, relax and experience the wonders of the continent. Explore five of Africa's great National Parks and last great wilderness areas, soak up the sun on the beaches of Zanzibar and Lake Malawi, stand on the edge of the Victoria Falls, experience the vast open spaces of the deserts of Namibia, and visit South Africa's mother city, Cape Town. We provide the services of an expert photographer and digital download facility on all our overland tours, a unique feature making us stand out from the others!
Integrated photographic workshops and tutorials for those clients that have an interest in obtaining more memorable images than just snaps while on tour. As part of our crew we have a photographically knowledgeable guide who will provide these throughout the duration of your tour with us. Even if you are not a keen photographer we are sure that you will bring some sort of camera to Africa and therefore be in a position to capture memorable photos with us even with a point and shoot camera.
Photographic tips covered include:
How a Camera Works:
• Exposure: What is exposure value? We look at how a camera captures a photograph at the correct exposure and investigate the impact of hi and low key scenes
• Shutter: What is shutter speed and its impact on taking photos? Using a tripod we experiment with effects gained by the use of different shutter speeds.
• Aperture: What is aperture and its impact on taking photos, we look at depth of field, techniques and application
• ISO: What and when to use? We talk about noise and low light scenes.
Composition : • Rule of thirds: Basic principles of composition and subject placement considerations when using a grid. • Leading lines: How leading lines can be found and using them effectively in your composition.
Focal points: Finding and choosing your focal point to create a photo with impact.
• Framing: What you should consider when framing a shot and different techniques.
• Point of view: Adjusting your point of view to create a different moods.
• Lighting: Different lighting situations, their impact on the subject and how to tackle them.
• Metering: The different metering modes, how they work and how to use each one.
• Flash: use of fill flash and adjusting flash output.
• White balance: colour temperature and how to customise your white balance.
Capturing a moment :
• Colour theory: contrasting and complimentary colours and their impact on taking photos.
• Story telling: more than a photo, we look at what your photo is telling the viewer using the techniques learnt on the course.
• Themes & moods: Looking at the emotional impact of a photograph.
Types of photography:
• Macro – the small things in life.
• Landscape – capturing that desert landscape or dramatic sky.
• Wildlife – Capturing the wildlife of Africa
• Portraiture – The people we meet along the way.
• Travel – history, culture and ambiance
• Camera Bodies.
Throughout the trip location specific workshops take place, focusing on night photography, abstract photography, panoramas, sunset/sunrise photos, textures, silhouettes, etc.
Tour price includes all highlights (inclusive activities worth £1590
), all ground transport except Zanzibar, all road tolls and vehicle taxes, camping and cooking equipment and services of 3 crew. Local Payment - US$1780
- Local Payment covers all food [3 meals a day (except Zanzibar) - provided by our cook) and camping fees/accommodation for the whole tour including 4 nights on Zanzibar. This is payable to the tourleader at the start of the tour in US dollars only. I T I N E R A R Y Day 1-2
Leaving Nairobi we head for the Nakuru region on the Great Rift Valley. We spend the first two nights on a large working farm not far from the small town of Nakuru and close to the Nakuru National Park. Next morning we explore the Nakuru National Park, giving you a very good chance of seeing leopard and rhino. CAMPSITE Day 3-4
Crossing the border into Tanzania we camp near or on the shores of Lake Victoria. We make our way to the Serengeti National Park, where we stay one night and go for afternoon and morning game drives. CAMPSITE Day 5
Leaving the Serengeti around noon, we drive up the escarpment to the lush vegetation of the Ngorongoro Crater, spending the night on the outskirts of a town near the crater rim. CAMPSITE Day 5
Leaving the Serengeti around noon, we drive up the escarpment to the lush vegetation of the Ngorongoro Crater, spending the night on the crater rim which has its own wildife. CAMPSITE Day 6-7
Next day we do a game drive in 4x4 vehicles into the crater itself, returning to our campsite in the mid-afternoon. Next morning we have a relaxing start after all our early mornings and head into Arusha to visit the local ebony market, stopping to visit a local Maasi village along the way before heading off to camp the night in the foothills of Kilimanjaro. CAMPSITE Day 8
The following day is a long drive to Dar-es-Salaam, passing though many African villages. That night we camp on a beach on the outskirts of Dar. CAMPSITE Day 9-12
Thereafter you have 4 nights (5 days) to explore the island of Zanzibar at your leisure. Take in the sights, sounds and intricate winding streets of Stone Town and its people, join a spice tour, swim with Dolphins at the southern tip of the island or just soak up the sun (Activities own expenses). BUNGALOW ACCOMMODATION Day 13
Returning to the mainland we camp in Dar that night before setting out for the Tanzanian Highlands. CAMPSITE Day 14-16
The drive to Malawi takes us through interesting landscapes. We spend several days driving through the highlands of Tanzania before descending into the basin of Lake Malawi. We stop off for a night in the Baobab Valley Conservation Area camping on the edge of the Great Ruaha River where a number of walks can be taken directly from the camp. Moving further south our next night we stop at a quaint farmhouse in the Tanzania highlands before moving on next morning to visit a local tea plantation. CAMPSITE Day 17-19
Descending and crossing the border into Malawi we travel down the lake spending the next 3 nights on the lakeshore for some R & R or you can take a dive in Lake Malawi, canoe out to Kande Island or horse ride in the forests above the lake ending with a swim in the lake with your horse. CAMPSITE Day 20
Today we head south to the town of Lilongwe, where you will have the opportunity to do some curio shopping. Crew stocks up with supplies. CAMPSITE Day 21-23
A short drive takes us to South Luangwa National Park. This is one of the best national parks in Africa and leopard sightings are quite common. Here we take a morning and evening game drive in the park plus with the added extra day you can do your own optional drives/walks while camping on the banks of the Luangwa River. CAMPSITE Day 24-25
Leaving this beautiful valley behind us we drive through the interior of Zambia spending the night on the Luangwa River once again. Continuing our drive we pass through the capital of Zambia, Lusaka and onto Livingstone, arriving in the afternoon. CAMPSITE Day 26-27
Arriving at Victoria Falls you have the opportunity to do any number of the adrenaline activities on offer in your own time. We suggest that you spend a few extra days in the area at the end of your tour with us. On your last day with us we take you to view the spectacular Victoria Falls and end the tour with a sunset cruise on the Zambezi. CAMPSITE
Those that wish can cross into Zimbabwe but visas and activities are for your own expense. Visas range from US$30-US$60 depending on nationality. Victoria Falls entry from Zimbabwe side is US$20-30. Day 28
There is one day free between the two sections of tour. This is free for you to relax while your crew get ready for the next section of the tour. Day 29-31
We continue to stay in the Falls area to give those joining the tour to do activities and see the falls giving those doing the whole tour time to relax. CAMPSITE Day 32-33
Leaving the Falls we enter Botswana and spend two nights camped on the banks of the Chobe River. We take a morning game drive into the Chobe National Park and then spend the afternoon on the river with a sunset game cruise. CAMPSITE Day 34
The following day we head for Maun, spending the night just outside town. Relax for the afternoon or get a different perspective of this vast inland waterway from a small aircraft. CAMPSITE Day 35-37
We then head north to the town of Etsha 13 where we begin our Delta experience. This is the panhandle of the Okavango region. Transfer with 4x4 truck and motorboats. CAMPSITE Day 38
Driving north to Namibia we spend the night in a beautiful campsite on the banks of the Kavango river. CAMPSITE Day 39-41
We head west to Etosha National Park spending the next 3 days game driving in the park. In the evenings you can sit at the floodlit water holes and watch the "nightlife". CAMPSITE Day 42
After Etosha we head to a local cheetah conservation project, where you have the opportunity to interact with these special mammals. CAMPSITE Day 43-44
Heading to the northern most part of Namibia on the border with Angola we spend the next two nights at Epupa Falls created by the Kunene River and visit the unique Himba people. CAMPSITE Day 45
Today our destination is a campsite near the Twyfelfontein Rock engravings, which we will also visit. CAMPSITE Day 46
A short drive takes us to the Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain. Here we bush camp for the night. The views are spectacular, and we also walk into the mountain reserve to visit the famous “white lady” bushman painting. CAMPSITE Day 47-49
Cape Cross seal colony. Next morning we continue to the coast to visit the Cape Cross seal colony, then on to the old German town of Swakopmund where there are more adrenaline pumping activities such as quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving (at additional cost). Spend the day enjoying the activities that Swakopmund has to offer. Explore this colonial town, with its Germanic architecture. Bungalow accommodation. Day 50-51
The next morning we travel to the dramatic red sand dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert. Arriving in the Namib Desert area we spend one night at Sesriem which is the jump off point for the Sossusvlei area. Watch the sunrise over the dunes and explore the Sossusvlei area for several hours. That afternoon we stay at a desert camp on a private farm and take a tour to see how the original San (bushmen) used to live. CAMPSITE Day 52-53
Our next stop is the Fish River Canyon. We spend one night here and view the sunset while having a drink on the canyon's rim. A few hours travel the next day brings us to a lush campsite on the banks of the Orange River. Take a short canoe trip down the Orange river. CAMPSITE Day 54
We head into South Africa today camping our final night at an operating wine farm a few hours outside of Cape Town. Spend the evening tasting wines from the Olifants River Valley region (own expense). CAMPSITE Day 55
Arrival in Cape Town. TOUR ENDS ON ARRIVAL IN CAPE TOWN Included highlights:
Lake Nukuru National Park Entry and Game drive
Serengeti National Park Entry and game drives
Masai tribal village visit
Ngorongoro Crater half day 4X4 game drive
Zanzibar Ferry and accommodation
Tea Plantation Tour - Local community Project
South Luangwa National Park Entry and morning and afternoon/night game drive
Zambezi Sunset cruise
Victoria Falls National Park entry
Chobe National Park Entry and game drive plus boat cruise
3 night/4 day mokoro trip to Okavango Delta
Etosha National Park Entry - game drives in our truck
Cheetah Conservation Project - Namibia
Twyfelfontein rock engravings
Brandberg Mountains - White Lady Bushman Painting
Cape Cross Seal Colony Entry
Namib Desert Park Entry and Sossusvlei Dunes Transfer
Guided Desert Tour
Fish River Canyon Park Entry Not Included:
Optional spice tour, diving/snorkelling, dolphin trip, food/drinks on Zanzibar.
Activities at Victoria Falls
Flight over Okavango Delta
Activities at Swakopmund
Orange River Canoeing
Visas, travel insurance, vaccinations, flights, airport taxes, sleeping bag, items of a personal nature, curios and alcohol.