22.01.2012

PHOTO TOURS 2012

Here you can find selection of photo tours for 2012. For more detailed information visit http://www.nature-phototours.com/.

Tours in chronological order.

1. HELGOLAND; a tour to the north of the Europe to the island, where the use of automobiles and motorbikes is forbidden, the most frequent means of transport are your feet, and on the northern part of the island you can find nests of northern gannets. These gorgeous birds start nesting in April, and you can see all day long how these beauties take off and land, therefore it is much easier to take a photo while they are flying. If wind – which can quite cool the air in spite of late spring – is on our side, then it is even possible to take photos of the birds hovering in the air for couple of seconds. That it wouldn’t get to boring, there are other bird species, curly sheep, which are pastured free all over the island, and on the nearby small island, which is 10 minutes away by boat, there are (mainly) two colonies of seals. They are used to people, therefore you can approach them up to 30 m – it isn’t allowed to get nearer.

Departure is scheduled on 23 April 2012 with catamaran from Hamburg, and return to Hamburg on Friday, 27 April. If you plan to arrive by plane or if we arrange transport with a van, we will arrive to Hamburg on 22 April and leave on 28 April.

The price includes accommodation for 4 nights on the island, 2 nights in Hamburg, transport with catamaran, taxes and entrance fees on the island.

Transport to Hamburg and back isn’t included (return flight costs approx. 300-500 EURO), food and drinks.

Price: 820 EURO/person.

2. ZAMBIA – photo tour for adventurers – KAFUE National Park – safari and VICTORIA FALLS

Black Africa as it should be. Photo safari for real nature lovers. Without any fences and without any fear, 7 days in luxury Hippo Lodge camp in Kafue National Park with unspoiled wilderness. Luxury chalets are located by the river bank, they are 100 – 300 m apart from each other, and there are only 6 chalets, therefore there you can enjoy peace and there is no crowd. We have our own transport throughout the tour, because we need it to take good photos; we will spend the most of our time there in the boat, some also in the car and if you want to, we can also walk but then we want have so many great opportunities for taking photos.

After safari, we will travel through Lusaka to Livingstone and Victoria Falls, where we will stay for 4 days in 3* hotel (breakfast included), see the falls and take an evening trip on the river – all included in price. Afterwards you can choose among many individual trips and adrenaline challenges. Panorama flight with helicopter, ultra-light aircraft, bungee jumping, safari in the nearby park…

Hippo Lodge and activities video

Itinerary: Departure from Lusaka on 18 August 2012 and return to Lusaka on 29 August. Min. participants: 5; max participants: 7.

Included in price: guidance of an photo-expert, transport from Lusaka to Kafue National Park, Hippo Lodge, transport by plane to Livingstone and back to Lusaka; full board accommodation in Hippo Lodge, all activities (two per day), accommodation in Livingstone (breakfast included) and 2 activities.

Not included in price: transport to Lusaka and back home, meals on Victoria Falls, activities in Livingstone, anti-malaria drugs and other medications, visa (purchased at the arrival on the airport – approx. 50 USD), tips for guides and costs for activities that are not mentioned above.

Price: 2,490.00 EURO for Hippo Lodge and 790 EURO for Victoria Falls. Additional payment for single room is 400 EURO.

3. SOUTH AFRICAN REPUBLIC – GREATER KRUGER PARK IN CAPE TOWN

This photo tour has two parts. The first one is safari in the private part of the Kruger National park, where all animals are literally at hand – lions, elephants, rhinos… As usually, we have our own car; camp is protected from elephants, rhinos and other animals with a low fence. Houses are set closely one to another, camp receives small number of guests (max. 15) and we have our private car for taking photos. In price is included full board accommodation, all activities, transport from the airport in Hoedspruit and back. Drinks are not included in price.

The second part includes flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town, we stay there 3 nights – accommodation with breakfast, transport from the airport and back are included in price. There are many possibilities for adrenaline activities, walks through botanic parks, Table Mountain, jail, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, Waterfront, shark cage diving… Price: 2,990.00 EURO. Date: from 1 September 2012 to 11 September. Min. 5 participants, max. 7.

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4. PHOTO NAMIBIA

The longest tour and yet one of the most beautiful. If tours above are meant especially for animal lovers (birds and mammals), is this one meant also for those who love nature, landscape, plants, animals and adrenaline activities (Swakopmund). The tour starts in Windhoek, continues towards the south in Quiver Tree Wood, Fish River Canyon, than towards the west to the Naukluft National Park, where you can see the biggest dunes in the world, Swakopmund, sea animals (seals and birds), desert animals (lizards, insects), than continues toward the north in Damaraland, Himbe and then in Etosha, special wild animals park, which is unique for its landscape and animals. Then it continues across the Waterberg Plateau to Windhoek and back.

We are going to travel with an off-road vehicle with 16 seats, special place for luggage and a refrigerator. Because we plan to take photos, only 8 seats will be taken, each has its own window and therefore you can take photos from the car – if you want to invite someone (non-photographer) with you, they can seat on the seat next to you. We are going to sleep mostly in chalets and hotels, only 5-times in tents – because of the location for photographing (we will spend 3 nights in camp in the Naukluft National Park, because external visitors can enter the park one hour later than those, that spent the night there, and that would be much too late if we want to take good photos). 90% of meals are included in price – we have altogether 40 meals and 5 of them are not included.

Dates are not set yet; we plan it in October or may be in the end of September 2012. Tour lasts 14 days and you need to count in 2 days for flights to Namibia and back home. Min. 8 passengers and max. 12 – but only 8 photographers.

Price: TBA for the program above. Flight to Namibia (and back) and visa are not included. Additional payment for single room TBA.

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