Sabi Sands African Safari and Cape Town (2019)

10 Days - South Africa
Apr 7 - Apr 16, 2019
Activity Level

$7,995.00

Experience the wild and the wonderful as African photographer Gavin Slabbert takes you on an incredible 11 day Safari experience, a six day photo safari in the Sabi Sands Reserve to photograph lions, leopards, elephants, cheetahs and more, followed by five more days of the culture, history and beauty of Cape Town.

Pay a deposit of $1,500.00 per item

Experience a luxury African Safari in the private preserve of Sabi Sands and the vibrant culture and beauty of Cape Town with South African native photographer, Gavin Slabbert. Gavin’s knowledge of the areas wildlife both behaviorally and anecdotally as well as his expertise in the history and culture of South Africa will enrich your experience beyond compare.

 

The first five days of the workshop will be spent in the world-renowned Sabi Sand Private game reserve which is in the heart of South Africa’s big cat country. Here, you will have the opportunity to photograph and experience lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, hippo, cheetah, hyenas, wild dogs and other species of wildlife. Throughout each day Gavin will provide his photographic insight on capturing dramatic scenes as they unfold.

 

Riding in open-top game vehicles driven by private guides, you will have unobstructed views for capturing amazing moments of these predators engaged in territorial battle, feeding frenzies, nuturing their young or simply basking amongst the African bush. Our safari guides and trackers will get you safely and quickly to the action for setting up great image captures.

 

And while your days will be filled with excitement and beauty, our all-inclusive, deluxe accommodations at the Nkorho Bush Lodge will simply exceed your expectations. You can relax and unwind in the roomy, well-appointed challets, enjoy a spa treatment or take a dip in the pool, all the while feasting on exquisite ethnic cuisine.

 

Our Sabi Sands Safari is not the only captivating photographic opportunities in South Africa. The second half of our excursion will take place in and around the coastal capital of Cape Town. Here, the city’s vibrant culture and history combined with the coastal scenery will be the backdrop for our next five days.

 

From the Table Mountain National Park to the Cape of Good Hope our days will be filled with color, contrast, wildlife, history and culture. During the week we will make our way to photograph the colorful beach huts on St. James beach and enjoy the scurrying penguins at Boulder’s Beach. We will visit prominent harbors along the coastline and take in the historic 16th century colonial structures in the Eastern Cape Province.

 

Our travels will take us to one of the most beautiful gardens in the world, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, where you can capture a kaledeiscope of indigenous flora. Mornings and evenings we will focus on beautiful sunrises and sunsets from the sweeping views of Table Mountain to the rugged coastline. Of course the true essence of Cape Town will be uncovered as we tour the local townships and visit with the South African people in their local community.

 

Throughout your South African journey, Gavin will deliver outstanding photographic opportunities, knowledge and hospitality to ensure this bucket list trip cannot be beat. Reserve your space soon as Gavin’s workshops always sell out.

 

SABI SANDS ITINERARY

Day 1 – Sunday, April 7 

  • Depart JNB Airport to Hoedspruit at 10:10 am
  • Arrive Hoedspruit at 11:15am
  • Depart Hoedspruit for Sabi Sand at 11:45am
  • Arrive Sabi Sand at 1pm
  • Check in and Lunch at 2pm
  • Into the Game Drive Vehicle at 3:30 for Game Drive
  • Enjoy Sundowner drinks at sunset
  • Continue Game drive and shoot with lights
  • Return to lodge between 7:00pm & 7:45pm
  • Dinner 8:00pm – 9pm

Day 2–4 – Monday-Wednesday, April 8-10

  • Wake up call at 5am
  • Coffee and Rusks at 5:30am
  • In the Game drive vehicles at 5:45am
  • Return to the Lodge after game drive between 9:15am and 10am
  • Breakfast at 10am
  • Photography workshop 11am – 2:pm
  • Lunch 2pm
  • Into the Game Drive Vehicle at 3:30 for Game Drive
  • Enjoy Sundowner drinks at sunset
  • Continue Game drive and shoot with lights
  • Return to lodge between 7pm & 7:45pm
  • Dinner 8pm – 9pm

Day 5, Thursday, April 11

  • Wake up call at 5am
  • Coffee and Rusks at 5:30am
  • In the Game drive vehicles at 5:45am
  • Return to the Lodge after game drive between 9:15am and 10am
  • Breakfast at 10am
  • Image review & one on one 11am – 2pm
  • Lunch 2pm
  • Into the Game Drive Vehicle at 3:30 for Game Drive
  • Enjoy Sundowner drinks at sunset
  • Continue Game drive and shoot with lights
  • Return to lodge between 7pm & 7:45pm
  • Dinner 8:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Night workshop shooting stars (weather permitting)

Day 6 – Friday, April 12

  • Wake up call at 5am
  • Coffee and Rusks at 5:30am
  • In the Game drive vehicles at 5:45am
  • Return to the Lodge after game drive between 9:15am and 10am
  • Breakfast at 10am followed by checkout at 11am
  • Depart for Hoedspruit Airport
  • Arrive Hoedspruit Airport at 12:30pm
  • Depart for Cape Town at 1:20pm

Highlights of all 5 days:

Leopard, Lion, Elephant, White Rhino, Buffalo, Hyena, Cheetah, African Wilddog, Kudu, Impala, Nyala, Waterbuck, Bushbuck, Steenbuck, Wildebeest, Zebra, Giraffe, Jackal, Hippopotamus, Mongoose, Warthog, Vervet Monkey, Baboon, Civet, Serval, Honey Badger, multiple species of Vulture, Fish Eagle, Snake Eagles, various other raptors, and about 100 species of other bird life.

 

CAPE TOWN & WATERFRONT ITINERARY

 

Day 6 – Friday, April 12 Continued

The Waterfront abounds with photographic opportunities. There are street performers – artists all over the mall, which lend themselves to superb cultural & people images. The harbor also presents a number of opportunities to capture ships and other marine activities – all manner of ship’s, boats, liners and luxurious yachts pass through the harbor at all hours of the day. If its marine life one is seeking, the seals basking behind the Two Oceans Aquarium and at the Nelson Mandela Gateway, near the Clock Tower, is sure to provide imagery to die for. As the sun sets and as darkness descends on the Waterfront, head to the Cape Wheel, it’s lighting makes for fabulous photos with the harbor and city lights blazing.

  • Arrive in Cape Town at 4pm, and check into the Hotel.
  • Photograph street people, lights, harbor & Cape wheel
  • After Dinner photo shoot on the Victoria & Albert Waterfront

Day 7 – Saturday, April 13 – Cape Peninsula Nature Tour

Cape Point is the southernmost section of the Table Mountain National Park and the second-most visited attraction in Cape Town, and rightfully so, because this scenic tour offers such a variety of excellent photographic opportunities.

 

You will be collected well before sunrise, in order to get to St. James’s beach to photograph as the first golden rays illuminates the colorful beach huts. We then make our way to Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town, to photograph the African Penguins before the masses and tour buses arrive, and take you to our secret photo spots to get really great photographs of African Penguins.

 

On our Full Day Photo Tour we also visit the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. This offers us the opportunity to photograph Chacma Baboons, Cape Mountain Zebra, Bontebok and Eland, and several bird species including Ostrich and Black Oystercatchers, as well as beautiful landscapes with rich and diverse vegetation. We also visit the historical lighthouse with its spectacular views and take a “Kodak Moment” at the sign at Cape of Good Hope.

We return to Cape Town in the late afternoon via Chapman’s Peak drive, the most scenic drive in Cape Town.

  • Pre Sunrise pickup
  • Early morning photo session at St. James Beach
  • Photographs at Kalk Bay Harbor
  • African Penguins in Simon’s Town Reserve
  • Chapman’s Peak Drive
  • 16th Century Canons at Eastern Fort/Battery & Blockhouse
  • Entrance fees at Boulders Penguin Colony and Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve

April 14th- Day 8 – Cape Town City Tour & Table Mountain

You will be collected well before sunrise, in order to get to Blouberg beach; to photograph as the first golden rays illuminates our beautiful Table Mountain. On our way back to Cape Town, we photograph the interesting Wall Art and Graffiti in the trendy suburb of Woodstock, an area with lots of photographic opportunities, yet still very much undiscovered by the tour busses. Our guided walking tour in the photogenic Bo-Kaap, allows you to photograph the vibrant and colorful houses, and then onto street and building photographs in Cape Town city center, including the flower sellers in Adderley street, Green Market square, and the Company Gardens with its friendly squirrels that will pose for photographs in return for payment in peanuts.

In the afternoon we take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain and enjoy fantastic views of the city below.

  • Early morning photo session of Table Mountain from Blouberg beach
  • Photographs in Woodstock and Bo-Kaap
  • Street photography in Cape Town
  • The flower sellers in Adderley Street
  • Green Market Square
  • Company Gardens
  • Visit to Table Mountain

Day 9 – Monday, April 15 Township Tour & Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

This must be the ultimate photographic experience! Unlike other township tours, that simply drives around showing you what a township looks like, our People and Portrait Township Tours is about the people that live in the township and how to take amazing portraits with your camera, regardless of what camera you use or your photographic skills.  We walk around; we meet the people in their homes, while learning about our diverse cultures and photography. Get away from the tourist traps, the fancy hotels and experience the real South Africa with real South Africans.

 

Get fantastic photographs in the informal settlement of the township Langa, the oldest township in Cape Town. Photograph the colorful shacks, visit the old original hostels build in the apartheid years for migrant workers, the children playing in the dusty streets and drink home brew Unqumbothi beer at a local shebeen.  Meet locals as they go about their daily activities, and visit a Sangoma (traditional healer) who will happily pose for you while you adjust your ISO to take photographs of him in his dark and mysterious consulting room.

To add to your township experience we have a lunch stop at the famous Mzoli’s, a local eatery in Gugulethu (Lunch Included).  After our township experience, we visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, dubbed as the most beautiful botanical garden in South Africa, and end the day with sunset photographs of Table Mountain from sunset beach.

  • Visit to Langa Township, including:
  • Guga S’thebe Arts and Craft center, old hostels, shacks, shebeen and a Children’s Day Care Centre
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Sunset photo session of Table Mountain

Day 10 – Tuesday, April 16False Bay – Maccasar – Departure

Today is departure day, but with the flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg leaving at 2:10pm, we have a full morning for photography. Typically this morning is used for photography that has been missed due to weather reasons; as a result we will be up before Sunrise and will be on a beach for the morning sunrise photos. If the weather has cooperated and we have missed nothing then this morning will be used for a Sunrise of Table Mountain from the beach at False Bay, or we will get to photograph Maccasar which is a very photogenic old abandoned old holiday resort on the beach that is being swallowed up by the sand.

  • Sunrise of Table Mountain at False Bay or Sunrise at Maccasar
  • Checkout of Hotel
  • Transport to Cape Town Airport
  • Depart for the USA

Strenuous Rating: Moderate.

The first portion of our excursion will entail riding in open Game Vehicles so participants should be prepared for weather concerns (sunscreen, hat, etc) and dust. The second half of our African excursion will involve a fair bit of walking around location shoots so comfortable walking shoes is a must.

The Workshop will Depart from:

 

Southern Sun
O.R. Tambo International Airport
Kempton Park
Phone: +27 11 977 3600

The Southern Sun is located on the grounds of the OR Tambo International Airport and will be our departure hotel prior to leaving for Hoedspruit.

 

 

Lodging During the Workshop

Nkorho Bush Lodge
Gowrie Block, Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Our base location during the safari is the award winning Nkorho Bush Lodge. It’s well appointed rooms, hospitality, cuisine and amenities will leave you feeling your at a five-star resort.

The Nkorho Bush Lodge is the recipient of the 2017 Luxury Hotel Award for Luxury Bush Lodges.

 

Protea Hotel Cape Town Victoria Junction
Green Point, Cape Town
Phone: +27 21 418 1234

During our week in Cape Town we will base our daily excursions from the Marriott Protea Hotel at Victoria Junction.

 

 

Gavin Slabbert
Photographer
Ron York
Photo Guide
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PAYMENT TERMS & CANCELLATION:  A $1500 deposit is required to reserve your spot on this workshop. Should you need to cancel your registration prior to Nov.  1, 2018, your deposit less a $250 cancellation fee will be refunded to you.   Cancellation occurring between November 2 through December 31, 2018 incurs a $750 refund.  Cancellation on or after January 1st will forfeit entire deposit.  Final payment is required by February 1, 2019. Final payments are due 60 days prior to departure.  Approximately 15 days prior to the due date you will receive a reminder email that your balance is coming due.
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