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									Zambian Wildlife Photography with Nick Garbutt – trip notes
Tour code: WPZA Issue date: November 2010           Valid: October 2011 & 2012

Highlights
    •    Workshops with award-winning photographer Nick Garbutt

    •    Diverse opportunities to photograph Zambia’s wildlife, including large mammals and birds

    •    Staying in a luxury camp with facilities to work on your photos after a day out

    •    Beginner and advanced levels, to suit all photographic abilities

Overview
                                                   This is fantastic nine-day tour, led by Nick, to one Africa’s
                                                   finest wildlife destinations perfectly suited to hosting a
                                                   photographic workshop. The Luangwa Valley is renowned
                                                   for the quality of mammal and bird encounters and offers
                                                   endless inspiration. Alongside the watchful eye of Nick,
                                                   who will accompany you throughout, there will be five full
                                                   days of workshops and tuition. When you are not out on
                                                   safari, you’ll learn how to work with your images and
                                                   catalogue them on photo editing software – providing you
                                                   with the confidence to go on and take wonderful wildlife
                                                   shots, and optimise them to show friends and colleagues.
                                                   The tours are arranged in two levels – one to enable
                                                   beginners to learn the more fundamental skills of
                                                   photography, and the next to appeal to competent
                                                   photographers wishing to hone their skills. You can of
                                                   course do both – if you’ve taken the first level, you’ll be
                                                   good enough to go on to the second. This is a wonderful
                                                   opportunity to learn about photography in a comfortable
                                                   and exciting environment, with one of the UK’s top wildlife
                                                   photography professionals.

Day-by-day itinerary
Day 1 – Depart UK
Depart the UK for Zambia.

Days 2-3 – Kapani Lodge
Upon arrival in Lusaka, you’ll make the journey to Mfuwe, gateway to the Luangwa Valley. The flight from Lusaka
to Mfuwe takes a little over an hour. Upon arrival you’ll make the 45-minute transfer to the excellent Kapani
Lodge.

South Luangwa is the jewel of the country’s national parks and comprises 9,050 square kilometres of unspoilt
African wilderness. You can expect to encounter numerous large animals around scenic ox-bow lagoons and
‘grazing lawns’ – elephant, buffalo, hippo, Thornicroft’s giraffe, lion, crocodile, warthog, puku, Crawshay’s zebra,
Cookson’s wildebeest and eland are all common, and the Luangwa has the world’s highest naturally occurring
population of leopard. For the birdwatcher, too, Luangwa could hardly be better. The sun-scorched banks play
host to vast colonies of carmine bee-eaters, which together with lovebirds and kingfishers lend more than a
splash of colour to this beautiful destination.
                                                            Kapani is an exclusive, luxury lodge with a swimming
                                                            pool in the heart of the Luangwa Valley, on the edge
                                                            of the national park. It offers intimate accommodation,
                                                            with some of the best game-viewing in Zambia, if not
                                                            Africa. Its spacious suites and pleasant grounds make
                                                            it the perfect location to start your photography safari.
                                                            Wildlife often wanders through the lodge’s grounds, so
                                                            you will have the opportunity to practise your
                                                            photography skills while back at the lodge as well as
                                                            while out on safari. You will also have the chance to
                                                            go into the nearby village and visit Yosefe School,
                                                            each offering excellent photographic opportunities.

                                                             If you are interested in learning a little about taking
                                                             photographs of people, then Kapani is also a good
base for that and we’ll be able to facilitate your wish to learn about taking photographs of different subjects. We
can arrange extra excursions to a local school, textile workshop, local market etc – these are great locations for
people scenes. There’s also a fantastic local drama group, SEKA, whose plays make for colourful and interesting
photographs.

The centre of the lodge houses a lounge and library, where Nick will help you with your image manipulation and
                                                            cataloguing or you may do this on the wildlife-
                                                            viewing platform, so as not to miss anything. The
                                                            lounge is designed to be exceptionally cool during
                                                            the hotter months – of which October is one. Your
                                                            lessons on how to work with your images will most
                                                            likely take place in the middle of the day when it’s
                                                            very hot; you’ll be out taking photos in the morning
                                                            and later in the day. Of course, there’s always the
                                                            possibility that interesting wildlife will wander into
                                                            the lodge’s grounds, and then you may wish to go
                                                            out and take more images! Kapani gives us a
                                                            great opportunity to be flexible, thus capturing the
                                                            best shots possible, also on night-drives when you
                                                            can sight leopards, lions hunting, civets, genets
                                                            and owls.


Kapani Lodge - 2 nights (breakfast, lunch and dinner; dinner only on day two)

Days 4-7 – South Luangwa Photographic safaris
On day four, you’ll transfer to Kakuli camp. The actual transfer is about an hour, however you will travel through
some of the most spectacular and game-rich bush along the banks of the river, and so the transfer may turn out
to be a little longer as Nick teaches you how to photograph different animals in different environments. This is a
good opportunity to get varied and diverse photographs, as is being in two different areas of the park and its
surrounds, which is why we have chosen to have two bases during the tour.

You will spend the next four days photographing the wildlife of the South Luangwa National Park, from Kakuli.

Riverside Kakuli is located on the confluence of the Luwi and Luangwa rivers. There are four spacious, thatched
safari tents, each with an open-air bathroom. The wildlife viewing and photographic opportunities in and around
the camp are endless:

    -    Each of the tents overlooks the Luangwa River, where masses of hippos wallow in the waters and
         crocodiles line the river banks

    -    The central area of the camp is raised on a wooden deck. It overlooks a grazing lawn, which in turn
         leads down to the Luwi and Luangwa Rivers, favoured by meandering wildlife
    -    You can choose whether to go out on a walking safari or game drive, providing different perspectives
         from which to take your photographs

    -    Kakuli offers night safaris. This stretch of the Luangwa is fantastic for wildlife; it is bustling with predators
         and the best time to see them in action is during those first few hours of darkness. This will provide you
         with some of the most exciting wildlife photographic opportunities you can imagine

During the four days you’ll spend time out and about capturing great wildlife shots, under the expert tuition of
Nick, before going back to camp and spending time learning from him how to work with your images and
catalogue them on photo editing software – instruction will be given on how to work to best effect with the
software packages.
Kakuli camp - 4 nights (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 8 – Depart Zambia
Leave Kakuli, and drive through the park to Mfuwe for your flight to Lusaka in time for your flight to London.

Day 9 – Arrive UK

Please note – the 07 October 2011 departure operates with three nights at Kapani Lodge and three nights
at Kakuli.

This itinerary includes our group flights from London. If you are making other flight arrangements, please refer
to your Joining Instructions (sent approximately 21 days prior to departure) for details of the start or end of the
trip. Please remember international flights and trip dates do occasionally change, so please always purchase
flexible tickets.

Each itinerary is planned many months in advance and although it is our intention to operate the itinerary as
printed in the brochure and detailed here, it may be necessary to make some changes as a result of alterations to
flight schedules, climatic conditions, limitations of infrastructure or other operational factors which are beyond our
control. As a consequence, the order or location of overnight stops may vary from those outlined but we will
always endeavour to keep you informed of any such changes. Included meals are indicated in the daily itinerary.


Dates & prices
From London
 Depart UK                   Arrive UK                            Price
 Fri 07 Oct 11               Sat 15 Oct 11                        £4230 (beginner/intermediate)
 Fri 14 Oct 11               Sat 22 Oct 11                        £3995 (intermediate/advanced)
 Fri 05 Oct 12               Sat 13 Oct 12                        £4440 (beginner/intermediate)
 Fri 12 Oct 12               Sat 20 Oct 12                        £4195 (intermediate/advanced)
 Single room supplement: please call us for details

Land only
 Start date in Lusaka         End date in Lusaka                  Price
 Fri 07 Oct 11                Sat 15 Oct 11                       £3165 (beginner/intermediate)
 Fri 14 Oct 11                Sat 22 Oct 11                       £2925 (intermediate/advanced)
 Fri 05 Oct 12                Sat 13 Oct 12                       £3320 (beginner/intermediate)
 Fri 12 Oct 12                Sat 20 Oct 12                       £3070 (intermediate/advanced)
 Single room supplement: please call us for details
Guide information
                                        After graduating with an honours degree in zoology, Nick took his passion
                                        for wildlife and photography to the next stage, and is now an award-
                                        winning wildlife photographer. Twice winner in the prestigious BBC Wildlife
                                        Photographer of the Year Competition, Nick won the Gerald Durrell Award
                                        for Endangered Wildlife in 2000, after previously winning in the Urban and
                                        Garden Wildlife category in 1996. He’s also received many accolades for
                                        his work in the numerous years he’s been photographing wildlife all over
                                        the world. You may also have seen his work in National Geographic, BBC
                                        Wildlife or Outdoor Photography magazines. Combining his photography
                                        with lecturing, artistry and writing several guides to wildlife photography,
Nick is not only a professional, expert guide for your holiday, but great fun to travel with.


Responsible tourism
This trip is run in conjunction with a local ground operator whose founder gained an MBE for his work in
conservation. The establishment of the national parks network in Zambia was down to the visionary work and
dedication to wildlife shown by Norman Carr, and has set the eco-tourism model for Africa to follow. Today the
camps you’ll stay at are run very much with the environment and welfare of wildlife in mind, and by staying at
them you will also be contributing to local school, health and arts projects. There may be time to visit some of
these during your stay – please let us know if you’re interested, would like to find out more or make a financial
contribution and we’ll try and arrange this for you.

Clothing and equipment
We list below what we think you’ll find useful on the trip. You’ll also need a soft bag of between 50-80 litres to
carry your main luggage and a daypack of about 25 litres. We recommend you limit your luggage to 15kgs, as
that’s the limit on the flight from Lusaka to Mfuwe. If you require more information, please do call one of our
wildlife specialists on the number below.

         T-shirts and shorts
         Long-sleeved shirts and long, lightweight trousers
         Comfortable and sturdy shoes, such as trainers or light walking shoes
         Sandals
         Sunhat
         Swimwear (Kapani only)

         SEE NOTES BELOW FOR CAMERA EQUIPMENT
         Binoculars are essential for wildlife viewing
         A powerful hand torch or head torch
         Spare batteries
         Insect repellant with high DEET factor
         Personal first aid kit
         Sunglasses
         High-factor sunscreen
         Universal travel adaptor
         A small, lockable money pouch to keep valuables and plastic bags to keep them dust free during your
         safari

Wildlife photography – some notes
We hope the below information is a helpful guide to taking good wildlife shots. It is not a definitive list – you can
take more than what’s written here (luggage allowance permitting). By the same token, you don’t have to have,
buy or take everything that’s on it – especially at beginner level. Nick is an experienced professional wildlife
photographer and will teach you all sorts of tricks on your trip. If you wish, please contact us and we can put you
in touch with him before you go so you can discuss equipment issues further.
Getting your equipment to Zambia
You will be aware of security concerns at airports and it is getting increasingly difficult to sneak huge, heavy
camera bags on board. Try to keep the weight of your hand luggage under 10kg, if necessary by putting small
items in your pockets. As a precaution, we suggest that you carry memory cards on your person, too. Non-
optical equipment, such as your tripod and perhaps flashgun, reflectors, etc. can go in your suitcase.

Equipment
Cameras and storage
There are power supplies for re-charging batteries every day, although it is highly advisable to bring spare
batteries with you as at Kakuli you will only be able to charge equipment between the hours and 10am and
3.30pm, and you are in the middle of the bush. You should already have established what you are going to do
when it comes to saving images throughout the trip (e.g. laptop, digital wallet, etc.) and bring this with you. You
should also have the relevant editing and cataloguing software – Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Adobe
Photoshop Lightroom or similar; Nick can work with most editing packages. If you anticipate a problem, let us
know beforehand. Other than this, just make sure you are thoroughly familiar with your camera. To get the best
results you need to be able to work instinctively.

Lenses and accessories
Birds and mammals are always a challenge. Their shy and secretive nature means a lens of at least 300mm is
necessary to produce a reasonable image size and sometimes an even longer lens - 400mm or 500mm - is
required. Adding a x1.4 or x2 teleconverter can make life easier and open up more possibilities. For example, it
can be especially hard to fill the frame with moderate sized birds, unless you have 400–500mm of focal length (or
equivalent). For other landscape and scenic photographs, use medium telephoto lenses (100mm-300mm) to pick
out the interesting aspects of the vista and compress the perspective.

A powerful flashgun adds the option of punching in some extra light to “pep up” the subject. For use with longer
lenses a flash unit with a guide number of 30 or more is best. This will allow subjects up to 10 metres away to be
photographed. And the extra light can transform an otherwise dreary picture, by “lifting” the subject out of its
surroundings and putting the all important highlights into the eyes.

Whenever you can, use a tripod. More photographs are ruined by “camera shake” than for any other reason.

Digital Memory
We assume you will already have a system in place for downloading and storing your digital images.
Nonetheless, you should have the capability to take at least 200 images onto compact flash cards before needing
to download. What capacity of flash card is required for this will depend on the file type and size you take. For
instance on 10-12 megapixel cameras taking RAW files, 4GB of compact flash memory is required to store
around 200 images.

Recommended reading
Birds of Africa - A Comprehensive Illustrated Field Guide to the Birds of the South of the Sahara (2003)
Ian Sinclair and Peter Ryan

SASOL Larger Illustrated Guide to Birds of Southern Africa (2005)
Ian Sinclair and Phil Hockey

The Pocket Photoguide to Mammals of South Africa (2007)
Burger Cillie

								
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