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Africa 2017

2017 Africa Photo Tour to Botswana & Kenya

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I'm happy to announce my next photo tour to Africa. This trip will take us first to Chobe NP in Botswana. Here the group will work from specially designed boats for photographers. Each photographer will work from a captain's chair that swivels 360 degree, a post with Wimberley head, and Nikon body with long lens (500mm-600mm) perfect for Nikon users or those folks wanting to travel light. Chobe National Park has an amazing diversity of wildlife including the largest elephant herd in Africa, Cape Buffalo, Nile Crocodiles, and numerous bird species. The wildlife shows little fear of man while on the water thus allowing us to approach closely.

This will be my third trip to this area and I never leave disappointed. My last trip I added 35 new species. We stay in a nice lodge with great food. Because we have access to boats I can take up to 12 photographers on this trip. The flight will be to Johannesburg, South Africa, arriving August 11 and departing August 21 if only doing this Chobe trip.

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The second portion of the tour takes us to the Maasai Mara of Kenya. Here we hope to catch the wildebeest/ zebra migration. The Mara has amazing wildlife, with most of the large mammals you would expect to see and photograph in Africa including, lion, cheetah, leopard, elephants, cape buffalo, crocodiles, & spotted hyaenas. This portion of the tour is limited to 8 photographers, due to seating arrangements on our specially designed photographer friendly vehicles. Once again we will have Captain's chairs which swivel 360 degrees along with the post and Wimberley head for fast action shots. The same Nikon gear can be used as on the Chobe. For those doing this tour and the Chobe we arrive in Johannesburg August 11 and depart on August 31.

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I was asked by a couple of photographers if I could add an extension to the tour. I have added Etosha National Park in Namibia. I visited this park in the past and wildlife photography at the waterholes was spectacular! Unfortunately I have very limited vehicles for this add on so I can only take 5 photographers on this tour. This park has amazing wildlife including elephants, cape buffalo, black rhino, giraffe, and so much more. Those doing this portion will arrive Johannesburg August 11 and leave September 9.

Because these Africa trips keep going up in price an average of 10-15% each year and I try to keep costs as low as possible I would appreciate a check as opposed to PayPal. However I do realize that many folks do need or want to use credit cards so I will have to charge an addition 3% for PayPal usage.

This has been a very popular trip in the past and I do expect it to sell out very quickly. So sign up soon. See you in Africa!

Itinerary

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Itinerary


Chobe, Botswana

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August 11
Johannesburg, South Africa
Pickup OR Tambo International Airport 1800hrs
Chez Coetzer Guesthouse

August 12
9 am pickup Chez Coetzer Guesthouse
10am drop off OR Tambo International Airport
11:45 flight to Kasane Airport
Chobe Safari Lodge
Afternoon photography session

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August 13-19
6am meet at river for rusks & coffee before morning session
10am return for brunch

August 20
Morning photo session
12pm pick up and drop off at Kasane Airport
1630hr pickup at OR Tambo
Drop off at Chez Coetzer Guesthouse

August 21
Chez Coetzer guesthouse to OR Tambo International Airport

Masai Mara, Kenya

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August 21
Flight to Nairobi, Kenya
The Fairmont Norfolk Hotel

August 22
8 am Pickup at Fairmont Norfolk Hotel
Depart 10am Wilson Airport Nairobi
Pickup 11am Masai Mara
Afternoon photography session

August 23-29
Two photographic safaris daily with editing and guidance session after morning session

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August 30
Charter flight to Wilson Airport 8:45 am
10:40 pickup Wilson Airport Nairobi
15:55 Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
19:45 pick up OR Tambo International Airport
Drop off at Chez Coetzer Guesthouse

August 31
Pickup 9am Chez Coetzer Guesthouse
9:30 drop off OR Tambo International Airport


Etosha, Namibia

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August 31
12pm OR Tambo to Hosea Kutako Airport
Drop off- Klein Widhoek Guesthouse

September 1
9am Pick up Klein Windhoek Guesthouse
Drive to Mokuti Lodge, Etosha NP
Afternoon photography session

September 2-7
Two photo sessions daily with editing and guidance after morning session

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September 8
11am Pick up Mokuti Lodge
Drop off Klein Windhoek Guesthouse, 6 hour drive
10:30 pickup Klein Windhoek Guesthouse
11:30 drop-off Hosea Kutako Airport

September 9
13:55 Hosea Kutako Airport
16:55 Arrive OR Tambo International Airport


Reservations

For some samples of the spectacular wildlife and scenery you will see, click on the "Photos" tab above to see a sampling of the species you can expect!

What is Included in the Trip:

All meals, all accommodations based on double occupancy, all photographic instruction, guides and safari vehicles and regional flights are included in the cost of the trip. In the safari vehicles, each person will have their own swiveling chair and row to photograph from. There is also a built-in Wimberley head and support system.

Not included in Trip:

Traveling costs from and to point of departure, travel insurances, tips, alcoholic beverages, immunizations, any unforeseen medical costs or emergency costs. We strongly recommend that you buy travel insurance - one vendor is www.insuremytrip.com. We are not affiliated with them and do not recommend a specific vendor.



Dates: Aug. 11-Aug. 21, 2017 - FULL
Location: Chobe, Botswana
Cost: /person (see above for what is included/not included)
Deposit: (due July 1, 2016)

  




Dates: Aug. 11-Aug. 31, 2017 - Full - Waitlisted
Location: Chobe, Botswana / Masai Mara, Kenya
Cost: /person (see above for what is included/not included)
Deposit: (due July 1, 2016)

  




Dates: Aug. 11-Sep. 9, 2017 - Full - Waitlisted
Location: Chobe, Botswana / Masai Mara, Kenya / Etosha, Namibia
Cost: /person (see above for what is included/not included)
Deposit: (due July 1, 2016)

  




Dates: Aug. 31-Sep. 9, 2017 - 1 space available
Location: Etosha, Namibia
Cost: /person (see above for what is included/not included)
Deposit: (due July 1, 2016)

  


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"Mike is a terrific guide, who strives to provide the best possible opportunities, as evidenced by his many repeat clients. He keeps his trips fun and interesting, with small groups and great wildlife photo ops. I've been on ten of his trips in the past few years and look forward to traveling with him in the future."

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Africa Trip

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"The chances to photograph African wildlife up close are amazing on this trip. Traveling by boat lets you approach much closer to the animals, especially birds. Elephants, crocodiles, kingfishers, storks, and numerous other birds were abundant. Most of folks on this trip immediately signed up to go again!"

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"This was my first trip with Mike and I liked it so much I did it again the next year. I was worried about being cold, but even with subzero temperatures, it was not a problem. Yellowstone in winter is magical and a private photo tour gives you a chance to stop for photo opportunities that most winter visitors miss. Our accommodations at Old Faithful and the Canyon yurt camp were outstanding. The cold weather provides unique opportunities to see frost-coated bison and animals such as bobcats and foxes with thick winter coats. The uncrowded geyser basins, frozen waterfalls, and snowy scenery make this a great trip - highly recommended."

Photos

Here's a small sampling of what we will see in Africa!

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