Botswana - Barbara Fleming

No Matter What Your Skill Level As A Photographer, This Workshop Will Take You To The Next Level

Tour Name:  Chobe River Photo Safari and Workshop  (2 Spots Left)

Dates:      August 22 - 30, 2018

Where:    Chobe River, Botswana

Price:     $5,250 USD per person with a group of 5 people min, 12 people max,  two boats (2 spots left) 

                  $700.00 single supplement

Deposit:   $1,000.00 per person at time of registration -  You may register for this safari using  the form at the bottom of this page or send a Check to:    Fleming Safari Co, 5735 Adrienne Court, Colorado Springs, CO 80906


Option 1:  Namibia Safari Workshop to Etosha is scheduled just before this Chobe safari so that if you desire you can do both safaris in one trip to Africa. See information for that workshop, check details  here.  Discount given if both safaris are booked at the same time. Contact us for details.


Option 2:  One day post Chobe River Safari to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Price TBD. minimum attendance required. See details below. If this extension is selected, departure date is August 31, 2017.


Highlights:

- Price includes all lodging and round trip airfare from Johannesburg to Botswana

- Use of professional Nikon Cameras and 600mm or 500mm lenses for all participants.

- Customized photo boat with 360 degree clear field of view swivel seats and Wimberley Gimbal heads.

- A top safari destination where the wildlife is unparalleled and opportunities for images abound.

- Custom designed to minimize travel time and maximize your time photographing

- Professional Guides, world class  photographers in their field

- All lodging based on safety, comfort and proximity to the wildlife

- Peak time and location to be on the Chobe for wildlife with incredible light and perfect weather with cool morning/evenings and warm during the day

- The Chobe has one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Africa and the dryness of August brings all the animals down to the water where we have eye-level viewing. 


Details:

Our trip of 8 nights and 9 days will include 9 days on the magnificent Chobe River in Botswana, Africa in a specially designed boat that allows photographers the ability to see their subjects and do their work.  We will focus on the wildlife  activity that is so rich and vibrant at this time of the year.  Coupled with exquisite first and end of the day light, the eye-level shooting that our boat  provides will allow you to capture some of the most beautiful and dramatic images possible.

Each photographer accompanying us on a Chobe photographic safari will have the luxury of his or her own swiveling photographic chair with a 360 degree field of view, gas-strut column equipped with a Wimberley Gimbal head and a cranking system that not only extends up and down but which can be moved closer or further away from the photographer. At your option, the safari will provide Nikon bodies and lenses for your use during the trip. Double gimbal heads available on rental should you wish to mount your own camera/lens setup next to the provided ones rather than hand hold them. 

Where we will stay:

Lodging is a four star Lodge located on the banks of the Chobe River. You are on the water and photographing within 3 minutes of departure from the lodge. Each room has an ensuite bathroom with flush toilets, air conditioning and electrical outlets sufficient for all photographer's needs. Each room has its own private patio.

Photographic Instruction:

Work on the river is augmented by two to three hours of classroom work daily (optional) in an air conditioned classroom, with space for your laptops and uploading your recent shots. Individual and if desired group critiques speed learning.  Instruction on workflow,  image rating  and integrations with Lightroom or Photoshop are included for those with interest. The goal is to help you learn from what you have just shot and to anticipate and improve at the next outing. We provide you with some of the best world-class instruction, both on and off the water. 

Itinerary:

Arrival  

Day 1, August 22: Arrive at JNB airport. Meet and greet and overnight accommodations at hotel on the airport grounds. 

Day 2, August 23: Morning flight from Johannesburg International Airport to Botswana. Transfer from airport to Lodge, where we will have an afternoon photography session on the river. After freshening up, meet for sundowners and Dinner.

Day 3 -8, August 24-29:    6 am meet up at Jetty for coffee and rusks, and depart for photography session on Chobe River until 10 am. Return to lodge for a well-deserved brunch. Classroom instruction 11 to 1.  At 3:00 we return to the Chobe River for an afternoon photography session until 6:00pm.   After freshening up, meet for sundowners and Dinner. 

Day 9, August 30:    6 am meet up at Jetty for coffee and rusks, and depart for final Photography session on Chobe River, brunch. Transfer to local Airport, fly to Johannesburg International Airport. Connect with you evening flights home.

Option at an extra cost:

Day 9, August 30-31: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Following brunch in Chobe, we drive about two hours to Victoria Falls, one the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. Straddling the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, this falls flows 300,000 gallons of water a second in the high season and is the widest continuous falls in the world, over a mile in width. Water falls twice the height of Niagara Falls,  generating a constant mist which in turn creates a unique eco-system below where it rains 24 hours a day and a lush tropical forest abounds. Fees will include transfer to the Falls, fees to visit the falls,  overnight lodging at the Victoria Falls Hotel, one of Africa's 5 Star Accommodations, meals, and return to Johannesburg International Airport on the 31st for departure to your home. 


Accommodations and Travel

August 22, 2018

InterContinental OR Tambo Airport, Johannesburg South Africa - You will arrive and be greeted by Barbara Fleming and be escorted to theInterContinental Hotel at the airport for one night.   we leave for Kasane, Botswana the following morning. A great opportunity to rest after your international flight before setting out the next day. Price for hotel included

August 23-30, 2018

Chobe Safari Lodge,  on the river and steps away from our boats. See above for more info. 

August 30, 2018

After one last early morning photo trip, we will depart Kasane Airport for Johannesburg International Airport and you may transfer to your flights home. Those on the Victoria Falls extension will depart on the 31st for Johannesburg. 

August 30-31, 2018

Victoria Falls Hotel  - For those who want the extension to Victoria Falls, one night at the Victoria Falls Hotel.  Next day flight to Johannesburg for flights back home.


What is included:

Free use of professional Nikon cameras body and lenses (600mm f/4 and 500mm f/4) All park fees

One night's lodging in Johannesburg South Africa upon arrival Round trip airfare from Johannesburg to Botswana landing at an airport few minutes from the lodge.

Nightly Lodging and meals (Dinner and breakfast) Bottled water, soft drinks, and snacks on the photography boat

Professional guidance and instruction will by highly-skilled wildlife photographers and a photographic instructor with International Photo Competition Judging Experience.

All park fees


What is not included:

International flights from your starting point to Johannesburg, South Africa International Airport (JNB) which is our starting/ending point

Smaller lenses for up close work, your own camera body, and your own computer or laptop. All these are optional but strongly encouraged. 

Personal expenses to include laundry, gifts and alcohol

Tips for boat guide and porters who will carry your gear, approximately $200 USD per person

Tips for Lodge staff

Travel and medical insurance,  and pre trip immunizations which are strongly recommended


Online Registration

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About Barb

Barbara Fleming is an internationally award winning wildlife photographer. She has traveled extensively throughout the Serengeti ecosystem over the past decade and now leads tours there.

Her studies of anthropology, primatology and psychology as an undergraduate provide her with a strong foundation for understanding and photographing wildlife in the field.

Get in Touch

Phone: 719-332-9875
Email: flemingsafarico@outlook.com

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