Project Description

Some highlights

  • One of Africas’ finest National Parks, many big cats in desert environments
  • Lions among sand dunes
  • The most wildlife-rich part of the Kalahari desert
  • Good chances to photograph Caracal, Cheetah and African Wild cat
  • Oryx in fantastic environment
  • The best area to see and photograph the rare Brown Hyena
  • Wildlife concentrated around action-filled water-holes
  • Abundant birdlife, with many birds of prey
  • Night photography of the star-lit desert sky
  • Plenty of time for photography and many game-drives** at every site
  • Tour leaders that give you lots of creative photo ideas
  • The tour leader will show you their best spots and provide photographic advice to a small group that share the same interests
  • We contribute to ”Project Wild Dog”

KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER NATIONAL PARK
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is one of the wildest most wildlife-rich wilderness areas on the planet. The National Park is larger than many countries and is situated in both South Africa and Botswana. Several different desert ecosystems host a rich wildlife with desert Lions among sand dunes, Cheetahs and Leopards hunting Oryx and other antelopes. The birdlife is varied, with Africas’ largest and smallest raptors. The area attracts professional wildlife photographers time and time again because of it’s beautiful settings, the many animals and amazing desert light.

The Transfrontier Park was inaugurated on the 12th May 2000. Transfrontier implies a park/National Park with large coherent, intact ecosystems covering several countries, where there are no barriers and animals can move freely. Kgalagadi hosts several desert ecosystems with large rivers that are only filled during the rainy season. The Nossob River is a border river flowing through both Botswana and South Africa. During the dry season this is where most of the wildlife occurs, due to the large numbers of Camel Thorn Acacia trees. They provide nutrition and shade to the ungulates, who in turn are followed by the predators. Around the river-beds and water-holes there is a daily struggle for life and death, as this is where the animals often hunt.

WILDLIFE IN KGALAGADI
The landscape is dominated by red and yellow sand dunes, saline lakes, steppe and forest savannah. The wildlife is incredibly rich with large abundance of species like Springbok, Oryx, Ostrich, Gnu, Giraffe and Hartebeest. There are also plenty of smaller animals, such as Jackals, African Wildcats, Honey Badgers, Meerkats, Desert Foxes, Mongooses as well as the speciality – the whistling Gerbil. However, it is big cats and the chance to see them in action that has given the park its cult status amongst wildlife photographers. Africas large black-maned Lions, Cheetahs, Leopards, Caracals, Spotted and Brown Hyenas all hunt in the National Park, and the chances of exciting photography is good.

The birdlife is unique, with the largest eagle – the Martial Eagle, and the smallest bird of prey in Africa – the Pygmy Falcon. The Lanner Falcon is common, as are various Weever Birds, Bulbuls, Doves, Bustards, Sandgrouse, owls, finches and a large number of birds of prey.

During the tour we will stay at several interesting lodges and ”rest-camps” where you can explore on your own, photographing smaller animals. Some even have their own small hides, where you can see predators up close.

During the tour we will stay at several interesting lodges and ”rest-camps” where you can explore on your own, photographing smaller animals. Some even have their own small hides, where you can see predators up close.

During the tour we will also hold photographic workshops, demonstrating e.g. techniques for the next days photography. We also look at image composition, and each others images, all in order to develop your own photography.

This tour is not only for the most dedicated wildlife photographers, but also for those who wish to experience some of the world’s finest National Parks and their wildlife up close in an incredible landscape.

The tour is also for those who long for Africa, but might have already been on several regular safaris in East Africa and South Africa. This photo safari is really unique.

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Itinerary

Travel day (26/11)
Flight to Upington, South Africa.

Day 1 (27/11) (Dinner)
Arrival at Upington International Airport. Wild Nature Photo Adventures tour leader will meet you at the airport for transfer to the lodge in Upington for dinner and an introduction to the tour.

Day 2 (28/11) (Breakfast – Lunch/lunch parcel – Dinner)
After an early breakfast we drive 290 km to Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park. Once inside we go on our first game-drive ont he way to our first lodge, which is in Botswana. We will pas the invisible border many times and will spend three nights at this lodge.

Day 3 – 4 (29-30/11) (Breakfast – Lunch/lunch parcel – Dinner)
During these days we will rise before dawn in order to be at the water-holes when the light appears. We photograph here and along the roadsides until the heat arrives and the light gets too harsh. Then we eat breakfast, rest, have lunch and workshop at the lodge before we head out again in the afternoon until it gets dark. Then we have dinner and do night photography by the lodges own water-hole.
Day 5 (1/12) (Breakfast – Lunch/lunch parcel – Dinner)
After an early morning game-drive and breakfast we leave the lodge and head north towards the central parts of the park. We check-in at a rest-camp where we spend two nights. We will go on an afternoon game-drive until the sun sets.
Day 6 (2/12) (Breakfast – Lunch/lunch parcel – Dinner)
We rise before the sun does in order to get to the water-hole before the light arrives. We photograph here and along the roadsides until the heat and light get too strong. Then we have breakfast, rest, lunch and a workshop at the rest-camp before we head out again in the afternoon until dark. Then there will be dinner and night photography at the rest-camps own water-hole.
Day 7 (3/12) (Breakfast – Lunch/lunch parcel – Dinner)
After an early morning game-drive and breakfast we leave the rest-camp and head for the northern parts of the park. We check-in at a lodge where we spend three nights. We will go on an afternoon game-drive until the sun sets.
Day 8 – 9 (4 – 5/12) (Breakfast – Lunch/lunch parcel – Dinner)
During these days we are up before sunrise in order to be at the water-holes before the light arrives. We photograph here and along the roadsides until the heat and light get too strong. Then we have breakfast, rest, lunch and a workshop at the rest-camp before we head out again in the afternoon until dark. Then there will be dinner and night photography at the lodges own water-hole.
Day 10 (6/12) (Breakfast – Lunch/lunch parcel – Dinner)
After an early morning game-drive and breakfast we leave the lodge and head south towards the southernmost parts of the park. We check-in at the largest rest-camp where we spend one night. Farewell dinner in the evening.

Day 11 (7/12) (Breakfast)
After an early breakfast we head 290 km to Upington Airport and the flight home to Scandinavia.

More information

Jan Pedersen, born in 1957, is a photographer, writer and world traveller. He has more than 33 years of experience leading nature tours and nature photography tours all over the World – in biomes ranging from deserts to rain-forests. He has led tours in 55 different countries and has worked for several major Swedish tour operators. Jan is highly appreciated as a tour leader, guide and nature photography guide. He has produced tours and trained many new tour guides. Jan carries the idea of ecotourism close to his heart. He has been a member of the Swedish Nature Photographers Association (Naturfotograferna/N) since 2014 and is an internationally awarded photographer. In 2015 he was the overall winner in the international photo competition Asferico. He is also a very experienced teacher of photography and nature photography, arranging annual courses for societies and open colleges since 2001. He also teaches media training programmes.

Jan is one of Swedens most well-published nature book authors. His first book ”I Arabiens öknar” was awarded WWF Sweden’s Panda Book of the Year for children’s books in 2000. His singing book ”Fågelsång” is the all-time top-selling nature book in Sweden. It has sold a total of half a million copies in Sweden, Finland and Norway, as well as having been issued in eight other languages. The sequel ”Vilda djur” was also a success, and was published in Norway and Finland, and in four other European languages. He has also authored popular books such as ”Fågelresor”, ”Mitt I Naturen”, ”Fågelsång runt knuten”, ”Lyssna på djuren”, ”Djur i Världen”, ”Sveriges Fåglar – en fälthandbok för alla”, and ”Fåglar I Sverige och Norden”.

Jan has written numerous articles for newspapers and magazines about wildlife and nature. He is also often engaged as a lecturer for a broad audience. Jan has also worked as a warden and a guide in Swedish nature reserves.

www.janpedersen.se

Johan Siggesson, born in 1977, is a freelancing nature photographer from Älvängen, north of Gothenburg, but lives on Malta.

Johan has degree in informatics, leads nature photography courses on Malta and is frequently engaged by local nature organisations for image shows and lectures. Johan also leads private workshops on Malta, mainly focusing on local chameleons and endemic freshwater crabs.

The fairly limited wildlife of Malta has inspired him to look for other destinations. Scotland has a special place in Johan’s heart, and he regularly photographs on the Shetlands and in the Scottish Highlands.

Johan has won awards in many of the major nature photography competitions in Europe and USA. His subtle imagery focuses on close subjects. In 2014 he became Nature Photographer of the Year in Scotland.

www.johansiggesson.com

Safari by car is called game-drives. On the tour we will travel in large and modern Toyota 4WD cars. We are 3 photographers in each car.
Almost all tour companies have a number of predetermined game drives ** per day and a maximum number of kilometers for financial reasons, BUT NOT US! We can plan and drive as much as we want and without any mileage restrictions.

Normally we want to do game-drives ** early morning before sunrise until it gets hot in the morning. After that, the animals become inactive due to the heat and for us breakfast, rest, lunch and photo workshop await in the camp before it is time for the afternoon game-drive ** which ends when it gets dark. Some days we want to drive all day, for example if there is a lot to photograph and exciting animals to look for and also when we have to move between the lodges. On these occasions, we may have breakfast and / or lunch with us.

As we will have opportunities for many different types of motifs, everything from landscapes to mammals and birds, it will be best to bring everything from wide-angle lenses to telephoto lenses. On safari, lenses from 70-200 mm to 500 mm are excellent. To increase the focal length, you can use a teleconverter. During game drives **, it is important to have protection for the camera equipment as it is very dusty. If you have access to two camera bodies, it is good to have these with slightly different focal lengths. This is to avoid having to change lenses. More information comes with departure information. Tripods are difficult to use in jeeps, where bean bags are better. Tripods, on the other hand, are very good in the various camps where there are many smaller animals and birds to photograph.
In the morning and in the evening it can be chilly and it is good to bring a warm sweater, long trousers and a light jacket.
Sneakers and sandals are the best choice for the feet. Sun protection for the head is very important.
The accommodation will be in medium standard lodges and we stay on boththe Botswana side and on the South Africa side.
The accommodation has wheelchair restrictions. The jeeps we use can mean reduced availability in case of reduced mobility.
Share in double room, meals according to the itinerary (lunch can be simpler packed lunches eg sandwich), all entrances and camera fees in national parks and reserves, all game drives, local guides, photo workshops, transfers to and from Upington Airport.
Round-trip flights Upington South Africa, tips, insurance, cancellation protection, drinks, things of a personal nature.
Upington International Airport. The tour begins and ends here.
The tour guide meets and leaves the group here.
The registration fee is paid via invoice in connection with registration. The remaining amount is paid no later than 60 days before the tour.
Nordic citizens do not need a visa to South Africa for stays of 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least 30 days after returning from South Africa. You must have at least two blank pages in the passport for stamps and the passport must be machine-readable. The border crossing between South Africa and Botswana is unmanned. Passports are required at check-in for flights.

If you are a citizen of any other country please check with the nearest South African Embassy if you need visa or not.

We strongly recommend that you carefully review your travel insurance before the tour. Read the terms and conditions about what may and may not be included. It is important to check that compensation is included for travel home / ambulance transport in the event of an accident or serious illness. Often, for example, the travel cover in a regular home insurance needs to be supplemented.
Contact your doctor for advice on vaccinations.
Our tours are open to all nationalities, which means that the group can be international.
The tour guides on our trips speak Swedish and English.

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    Wildlife-rich Kalahari - in South Africa and Botswana 27th November – 7th December 2021

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