Zambian Photographic Safari – Kafue 2019
21st September – 2nd October 2019 – Fully Booked
30th September – 11th October 2019 – Fully Booked
Group Size: 6
Tour Leader: Tom Way
This photographic safari is an opportunity to discover one of the last truly wild areas within Africa. Untouched and unexplored, Kafue is Zambia’s largest National Park and one of the largest on the continent. Your journey will take you right out into the heart of the bush where few tourists travel to photograph a stunning array of wildlife. With the few number of camps and low visitor numbers, having the bush to yourself has many advantages from a photographic perspective.
Guided by Award Winning Fine Art photographer Tom Way who will be on hand to give endless tips and advice about photographing the amazing wildlife Kafue has to offer. We will be accompanied by Tyrone Mckeith of Jeffery & McKeith Safaris, a highly regarded wildlife guide. Tyrone is an honorary Kafue Wildlife Officer whose knowledge and understanding of the local area is second to none. He will ensure that we are in the right spots at the best time to maximise our sightings. This trip is planned to coincide with the peak of the dry season to make spotting wildlife easier with prime photographic opportunities.
Day 1: Leave Europe on an overnight flight to Lusaka via Dubai (we can help arrange flights if needed)
Day 2: On arrival at Lusaka Airport you will be met by Tom and after a warm greeting will then drive to Pioneer Camp. Here you will meet up as a group for the first time, relax and prepare for your drive into the bush to Musekese Bush Camp in the morning. (Flights into camp can be arranged at an additional cost).
Day 3: The group will set off with Tom to drive to Musekese Bush Camp – a journey taking around 5 hours, the last couple of hours following tracks across the remote bush. You will arrive in time for your first lunch in the bush before heading out for your first game drive in search of the abundant wildlife the woodland and river banks have to offer. This area is a particularly good spot for viewing leopard and by driving within the Musekese private concession we will have the area to ourselves. After using the evening light to our advantage, you will then return back to camp for dinner and night caps before heading to your lovely en suite safari tent for your first night in the bush.
Day 4,5: Over the next two mornings you will embark on an early game drives to catch the animals when they are at their most active and the light is just right. Tom will constantly be on hand to give advice on your images and making sure you are making the most of every sighting. The group will return back to camp in time for lunch and a chance to review the mornings work. At around 3pm you will set out on an afternoon game drive taking a different route into the bush or possibly using one of the safari boats to search for Leopards or beautiful African Skimmers who are active at this time of day. Both during the afternoons and evenings there will be plenty of opportunities to download images and review these with Tom.
Day 6, 7, 8, 9: The safari then heads north up onto the Busanga Plains, often referred to as the ‘Jewel In The Crown of the Kafue.’ You will be staying at The Ntemwa-Busanga Camp which is a classic safari camp comprising of just a few very spacious and comfortable Meru-style safari tents. You will be leaving camp early every morning to catch the stunning African sunrise and using the best light for your images. Busanga plains is a great area to spot Lion, Elephant as well and other plains wildlife including Wildebeest, Oribi, Lechwe and Roan to name but a few. This is a stunning habitat of vast plains dissected by seasonal streams and area’s of floating grass. There are many small and interesting animals here and a chance to see and photograph elegant Crowned Cranes and also rare Wattled Cranes. In the afternoon you will leave camp around 3pm and search for more wildlife to photograph against the setting sun.
Day 10: After 4 nights the safari leaves the Busanga Plains and after a 4 hour game drive will rendezvous again with a boat from Musekese Camp which takes the group North-East up the Kafue River for around 30 minutes. This journey can generate spectacular wildlife sightings with animals coming to the water to drink. You will arrive back in camp in time for lunch before relaxing and then heading out for an evening game drive.
Day 11: After a final morning game drive (depending on flight times), you will head back to Lusaka in time to catch your homeward flight or onward to your next destination (Busanga Safaris can help you plan an extension to the start or end of this safari, including to the South Luangwa – Lower Zambezi – Victoria Falls or beyond, just ask) where Tom will bid you farewell.
Day 12: Land back in Europe after your overnight flight
Accommodation And Game Drives:
Due to the small and intimate nature of both Musekese and Ntemwa Camps, it will just be your group staying in camp during your time there. This gives a large amount of flexibly depending on sightings. Musekese camp is situated overlooking a dambo (floodplain) and a stones throw away from the Kafue River. During the dry season the animals congregate around this area for a guaranteed water supply which in turn means that you never have to drive far from camp to see big game. Whilst staying in this area on our safari you will not be accompanied by any other vehicles and sharing your sightings as we will be driving within the Musekese private concession area. This is very advantageous in regards to the photography as you can photograph the subjects from any angle without any time restraints.
When staying at Ntemwa Camp you will have a unspoilt views across an enormous open vista. Ntemwa is situated right on the edge on the plains giving flexibility to drive North and see large herds of wildlife out in the open such as Elephant, Roan or the Lion prides, or retreat back off the plains into the woodlands to photograph different species such as Leopard.
Game drives from both camps will be both morning and afternoon and on every drive you will be accompanied by Tom.
This video gives a very detailed insight of the areas in which we will be photographing in, the camps and also our drivers/guides:
In terms of camera kit, the longest lens you have will be required. A minimum of a 300mm lens will be necessary to get the best out of your images on safari. A smaller zoom (eg. 70-200) lens would also be ideal to capture the animals that come closer to us. A bean bag for the photography based in the vehicle is a great way of making sure your lens is as stable as possible when taking your shots. Make sure you bring plenty of memory cards as on a great game drive you will be taking a lot of images. A spare battery always comes in very useful.
If you would like to hire a lens for this trip I can recommend using Lenses For Hire who have a large range of zoom and prime lenses to choose from. Discount codes are available through Tom Way Photography. Please enquire for more information.
Help And Guidance:
One of the most important factors of a photographic safari is that you receive as much help and guidance as required. You will receive personal coaching on this trip and Tom will assist you with every step and be in the vehicle with you on all of your game drives to ensure that you are taking stunning wildlife images. Whilst in the vehicle, Tom will be in constant communication with the driver to position yourselves in the best spot for your photographs taking into account the lighting and background. He will be able to give advice regarding what settings to use at different sightings and also advice regarding compositions.
During the heat of the afternoons when the wildlife is seeking shade or during the evenings Tom gives various talks and presentations about taking wildlife images on safari. Topics covered such as capturing character, shooting in different lightings conditions and looking for the perfect backgrounds. Tom also gives a processing session and shows you how to go about processing your images in Adobe Lightroom that you have taken on safari.
All inclusive: $5450 (£3930 depending on exchange rate)
Safari includes: All accommodation, all meals and drinks, activities, park fees and internal transfers.
Safari excludes: International Flight, Visa, Tips and personal expenses.
The camps in which we stay are extremely conservation focused. Full details of Musekese’s work can be found here: http://www.musekeseconservation.com
This is just a short note to let you know how very much Joyce and I enjoyed ourselves on Safari with you and Tyrone. We had one of the most amazing wildlife experiences of our lives and will never forget the time we spent at Musekese and out on the Plains. The Safari far exceeded our expectations in every aspect and the advice, guidance and commentary both you and Tyrone shared with us was perfect. We could not have asked for more – so a huge thanks from us both – David and Joyce Naylor 2017
Just wanted to thank you and Tom for arranging everything, Shirley and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. We learned so much and now have memories that will never be forgotten – Peter and Shirley 2017
Do not hesitate to contact Tom on 07876 333787 or the Busanga Safari Team on 01628 621685 if you have any booking enquiries or general questions about this safari.
*note that the itinerary is flexible and may change depending on local game viewing conditions etc.