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THE MAGIC OF HWANGE AND VICTORIA FALLS 8 DAY PHOTOGRAPHY SAFARI
1st – 8th April 2020
Journey With Us For A Trip Of A Lifetime!
Robins Camp – Hwange National Park & Victoria Falls Hwange is Zimbabwe’s largest and premier wildlife destination with over 107 types of animals and 400 species of bird. Hwange is famous for it’s large elephant population of over 40,000 tuskers and large numbers of buffalo, giraffe, zebra and impala. Hwange National Park is also home to four wild dog populations and reasonable amounts of endangered brown hyena and rare antelopes called gemsbok. Located on the far west border of Botswana, but the eastern edge of the Kalahari Desert, Hwange is the largest protected area in Zimbabwe and plays an imperative roll in wildlife conservation in Southern Africa.
Nestled in the northern Basalt area of Hwange is Robins Camp, the original home of Herbert George Robins, one of the first notable conservationists in Zimbabwe.
This area of the park is rich in natural water and home to some of the last great buffalo herds. Due to it’s abundance of prey animals, this area of the park has the highest concentration of lions and it is also possible to see cheetahs and painted dogs regularly.
– Thousands of Elephants
– Lions, Cheetahs and Painted dogs
– Museum of Herbert George Robins on site
– Walking safaris
– A night in the bush to sleep under the stars
– Plenty of game-drives with expert guidance
– Max. 4 guests per Land Cruiser
– Image reviews, camera and editing workshops included
When you arrive at Victoria Falls International Airport you will be greeted with a warm welcome before being transferred to our accommodation where we will enjoy our first afternoon/evening together. Before a delicious meal, we will have an introductory photography workshop to establish the level everyone is at and how best to help each individual throughout our safari together.
After breakfast, we will take the beautifully scenic 2.5 hour drive to Robins Camp in Zimbabwe’s biggest and most historic game reserve, Hwange National Park. There will be time to settle in and freshen up before lunch. We’ll then head off on our first afternoon game drive where we hope to see a variety of animals including the local
elephant herds. We’ll return to camp for dinner a photography workshop and image review for anyone who would like to take part.
Breakfast will be served during our morning refresher workshop that will get us ready for a full day game drive in the stunning Hwange National Park. We’ll head deep into the bush in search of lions, cheetah and painted dogs. As the light changes throughout the day, we will be there to help you adjust your camera settings to capture the best images possible. We’ll return to camp for dinner and an image review for anyone who would like to take part.
In the morning we will do an invigorating and adrenaline pumping walking safari in Hwange. Smells, sounds and even animal poop will take on a new meaning as we try to get up close and personal to the beautiful wildlife. This will give us a special opportunity to work on different camera angles, be prepared to get on the ground for some low shots not possible from a vehicle. Please be assured your safety and the animal’s welfare are well considered by our Professional Guide and expert Trackers. After a well-deserved lunch, there will be an opportunity for an image review and photo-editing workshop. We will then head out for our night in the bush, nestled right in the National Park where our hides will be set up 500m away from a tented camp. After an authentic bush dinner, we will check on the hides and view the animals from multiple photography points. We will then spend the rest of the night at the camp, around a bonfire under the stars!
We’ll have a slightly later breakfast before heading out on our second full-day game drive. Our very experienced Guide and Trackers will take us to a different part of Hwange to give us plenty of opportunities for unique photographs with varied landscapes. We’ll return to camp for dinner and an image review for anyone who would like to take part before bed.
We’ll set off nice and early for our second walking safari before the sun heats up. we will drive further in this time and then disembark on foot by our Professional armed Guide and Tracker. We’ll be looking for fresh spoor which will determine the best approach and position, making sure the animals interact comfortably within their
environment. We hope to definitely see elephants, many birds and maybe even some predators! After an exciting morning, we’ll head back for lunch at camp. There will be an opportunity for another photo editing workshop and image review. There will be time for some rest before heading out on a late afternoon game drive.
After breakfast we will set off for a full day game drive. Heading for a different area we will stop to photograph any big cats we see on the way! We’ll keep a special eye out for the world famous large herds of tuskers. We will enjoy a picnic lunch and then continue with our epic game drive, photographing and enjoying natures theatre show.
In the evening there will be time for a final Image Review and Q&A.
Before our safari comes to an end we would love to take you to the breathtaking Victoria Falls! So after breakfast, we’ll take the 2.5 hour drive up to Victoria Falls Town for our tour in Victoria Falls, making sure we take you to the best possible spots for breathtaking photographs. We will then spend our last night together in nearby accommodation where our safari will come to an end. Transfers to the airport on 9th October can be arranged free of charge.
Please note all image reviews and editing workshops are optional, if you would prefer not to take part you do not have to.
– Ground Transportation
– Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Soft Drinks
– Game Drives, Walking Safari and Bush Camp
– Park Fees
– Photography Tuition
– Flights to Victoria Falls Airport
– Travel Insurance
– Alcoholic Beverages
– Tips for camp staff and guides/drivers
We advise you to arrive at Victoria Falls International Airport before 4pm on Day 1 (1st October 2019) or you will miss the introductory photography workshop. We can help you arrange flights and additional accommodation if you require them.
This photography safari is operated in collaboration with renowned UK based professional photographer Rachel Sinclair who will be guiding you with adjusting your camera settings, image editing and photo review workshops ensuring you take home the most amazing pictures for those priceless African safari memories . Bushman Safaris is a registered tour operator and as a registered tour operator, your money will be 100% safe. If one of our suppliers goes out of business your money will be fully protected.
The cost of “The Magic of Hwange – Safari” is $5500 USD per person (on a sharing basis)
Single travellers will be paired with another single traveller of the same gender.
A single person supplement is available if you would prefer your own private room/tent – please ask for details.
Bookings are secured with 30% deposit of which $500 is non-refundable (per person). The balance is required 12 weeks before the safari start date.
WHITE RHINO TRACKING ON FOOT
Take a walk through the Matopos National Park tracking White Rhino which are closely watched throughout the park by Rangers. Your Professional Guide will pick you up and take you on a 30 minute drive from Bulawayo City Center to the Park. Thereafter the position of the Rhinos are relayed before you go through a short safety briefing and start tracking the Rhinos on foot following signs (spoor) they leave behind. Trek through the dense bush following the Rhinos until your Guide gets you within a few meters from them watching from a vantage point. You are guaranteed to see Rhinos close up and have plenty of photo opportunities while they interact. Comfortable closed toed walking shoes ,hats ,sunscreen and insect repellent are all recommended. Transportation and Park Fees are included.
Duration: 3 Hours
Daily Departures : AM and PM
THE BIG 3 OF MATOPOS DAY SAFARI
Drive through the Matopos National Park with your Professional Guide showing you the vast area of the Park, track Rhinos on foot, see bushman rock art caves and balancing rocks as well as a visit to the grave of the famous Cecil John Rhodes. You will then take a break for a spot of lunch at the scenic Maleme dam with picturesque views and a chance for bird watching and get to see the resident kingfisher birds and many more. Finish off the day with a leisurely game drive down Circular Drive with plenty of opportunities to see wildlife, plants, birds and many more. Your knowledgeable Guide will take you around the park making sure you get the most out of your experience with the option to see local villages , sacred ritual sites and souvenir shopping. Comfortable closed toed walking shoes, hats, sunscreen and insect repellent are all recommended. Transportation, Park Fees, a picnic lunch and refreshments are included.
Duration: Approximately 6 – 8 Hours
Daily Departures : AM Only
BLACK RHINO TRACKING ON FOOT
Embark on the ultimate adventure tracking the elusive Black Rhino in the wild. Unlike the White Rhino the Black Rhino is known to be more aggressive, solitary and most active during the night. Your Professional Guide along with expert trackers will take you through the dense bush looking for any signs (spoor) that the Rhino leaves behind until you get to the majestic beast in the most thrilling adventure. Due to the risk involved with tracking the Black Rhino, additional safety precautions apply along with a thorough safety briefing done prior to this activity. A high level of fitness is required along with comfortable closed toed walking shoes, strictly safari khakis and hats (no bright colors), sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended. Transportation, Park Fees, snacks and refreshments are included.
Duration: 4 Hours
Advance booking required.
BULAWAYO CITY TOUR AND KHAMI RUINS
Take a tour around the City of Kings which is rich in history, cultural heritage and Victorian style buildings. This tour will take you to several places of interest including the Natural History Museum and other major landmarks and buildings in the City Center. Take a break for lunch before visiting the Khami Ruins the capital that was built by the Torwa dynasty around the 15th century and became ruins after being invaded by Rozvi rebels. This tour is guaranteed to give some interesting history lessons about the City of Kings!
Duration: 4 Hours
Daily Departures : AM Only
OTHER ATTRACTIONS, ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES
Mountain biking in Matopos National Park
Communal / Village tours
Educational School Trips
Activities in Victoria Falls
Contributing towards the advancement of the places we live in is an important part of our mission to educate people and create awareness of the importance of supporting the environment in which we live. Consider the threat of extinction facing the Rhinoceros and the efforts being made to preserve this ancient creature by hard working Game Rangers, the development of the local surroundings and general impact that our activities can contribute. We need to choose to make a conscious decision and take responsibility for our actions today for generations to come. Find out about the various projects we are working on and make a change.