Digital Photographic Workshop, Zambia
7-night photography safari with renowned wildlife photographer David Rogers (or one of his team)
If you are at all interested in photography this is a great safari for you, improving your photographic skills with a professional in a stunning environment. It is a unique opportunity to benefit from the knowledge of a leading wildlife photographer and see the South Luangwa at its most colourful, while staying in the excellent Robin Pope camps.
David Rogers is a well-known wildlife photographer and author of several books, including Zambia Safari in Style. He or Nicky Silberbauer (also an established professional photographer within David’s team) usually lead the safari, accompanying you on all game drives, giving advice, analysing results, and also looking at how best to use Adobe Lightroom. As well as wildlife, you will look at landscapes, macro work, birds, insects and people. All talents and skill levels are welcome - just bring your own digital camera and laptop. It does not need to be a top-of-the-range model but one good enough to benefit from David's tips.
The Luangwa Valley, which marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, is one of the last unspoilt wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa. It covers an area of over 9000sq kilometres, through which the meandering Luangwa River runs. The oxbow lagoons, woodland and plains of the valley host huge concentrations of game, including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo, and over 450 species of birds. During the photography safari you will stay at a combination of Robin Pope camps (see sample itinerary below).
• Luangwa River Camp 2 nights
• Nsefu 2 nights
• Nkwali 3 nights
After meeting you at the airport your guide will drive you to Luangwa River Camp through colourful local scenes of villages, agriculture and bush. The camp is located on the banks of the Luangwa River overlooking a very game rich area of the South Luangwa National Park and is ideally situated for the start of your safari. All rooms have a view of the river.
You will often rise before dawn so you're in the park in time for the fantastic dawn light. The camp has access to the park by boat ride so it takes only a few swift minutes. You'll maximise your time in the park finding many subjects to photograph from the very small to the very big. After enjoying a delicious lunch, you can choose to relax during siesta or sort through your photographs and come to grips with Adobe Lightroom. After a refreshing cup of tea or coffee and scrumptious cake you go back to the park to find even more in the afternoon and evening, returning to camp for dinner. Most evenings there will be a slideshow illustrating some of the points taught or highlighted throughout the day, and you'll also have a chance to show off your best shots.
Today you head up river to Nsefu Camp by boat, exploring flooding lagoons and visiting the heronry. There is much to see and there will often be animals on the river bank watching the water float by. Light in the Emerald Season is much softer than in the drier months and gentle rays falling through ebony groves makes for some stunning photographs. While you are at Nsefu you will explore the park on foot and by boat - a visit to the huge yellow-billed stork colony is an excellent adventure.
Today you will be transferred to Nkwali Camp, exploring the flooded lagoons on the way. Your last couple of nights will be spent discovering this different part of the park or the Game Management Area within which Nkwali is located. By the end, you should have mastered a number of professional tricks and refined your own techniques too.
After breakfast you will be transferred to Mfuwe Airport for your flight to Lusaka to meet your connecting flight.
Contact us for further details and a quote. Every holiday is tailor-made and you can either plan your trip around this itinerary or we can discuss other ideas and combinations.