Photo-Safari Information

Deposits & Payments

This safari is limited to a maximum of 6 participants only.

A non-refundable deposit of $4,500 per person for safari in required to confirm your space no later than January 6, 2017.

For the safari including the Kasanka Bat Migration extension, the non-refundable deposit is $6,000 per person.
Please note that
reservations held are in high demand for lodging during peak times of the year. If the lodges get requests
from other parties wanting to confirm the dates they are holding for our group, we may need to pay our deposits earlier to secure our booking.

The payment balance is due by June 30, 2017.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations fees for the balance of the safari cost:

120 - 91 Days - 25%

90 - 61 Days - 50%

60 - 46 Days - 75%

45 - 0 Days - 100%

Weather

October & November are mild and dry months of the year. As it is gets towards summer there may be a chance of cloudier days and possibly rain showers most often in the afternoon. The early morning and night-time temperatures in drier areas can be cold, but it warms up rapidly during the day. It's very much 'peak season' for the safari areas.

The months of October/November are characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures between 85°F / 30°C and 90°F / 32°C. Daily low temperatures are around between 60°F / 16°C and 71°F / 22°C.

Wildlife Photography

Trips are focused on the unique wildlife photography opportunities and natural settings in Zambia, from game drive vehicles, small boats and even on foot.

Here are some general GOOD TIPS for being on a safari.

Food

Food at the safari camps and lodges is prepared by their resident chefs and are delicious, fresh meals.

Vegan, vegetarian and any special dietary needs and preferences are accommodated at all lodges.

Drinks

A variety of non-alcoholic drinks, beer, wine and some spirits are offered at the safari camps and lodges.

Depending on the location, they may be included or at an additional cost.

Bottled water is provided in rooms, on activities and whenever requested.

Luggage

For safaris with CHARTER FIGHTS only a SOFT DUFFEL is permitted and the TOTAL WEIGHT allowed per passenger is 20kg. Here is more info of CHARTER FLIGHT LUGGAGE.

Packing

Pack lightweight, washable clothes plus a sweater/warm jacket for early morning activities and at night. Bring a sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Long sleeves and trousers in light neutral-colored fabrics help discourage insect bites and are recommended for bush walks. Closed comfortable walking shoes are a must for most locations where we will be out walking in brush.

Here is a PACKING CHECKLIST to help you get organized.

Laundry

Laundry services is offered by the lodges and included as part of the accommodations.

Visas

Generally, no visas are required for American passport holders - for South Africa. You must have a current passport, valid for six months after your return home and has at least three blank pages in it for stamps/visas. If not, you are likely to be denied access into the country. American passport holders do require a visa to visit Zambia, these can be obtained on arrival at a cost of US$50.00 per person for a single entry visa - paid in US$.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of travel with our tour organizer that guests must have their own travel insurance for cancellation, curtailment, medical expenses, baggage loss and default arrangements. Purchase a travel insurance plan to cover: loss of baggage or valuables, personal accident,  medical expenses, cancellation, curtailment and default arrangements. Medical evacuation is mandatory, it is up to you if you want full trip cancellation for any reason in advance of the trip.

 

One company that offers trip insurance is mytripinsurance.com. If you're interested in this insurance, check out TravelGuard's Protect Assist policy. For more information: 800-826-4919 or www.TravelGuard.com. Also TravelEx has good policies.
For lost luggage, most major airlines will reimburse up to $3,000 worth of goods. In addition, credit cards or renter and home owner's policies may cover it but there is a limit on the cost of each item. Check your policies before leaving for your trip on the amount that is covered and camera equipment coverage. For international participants, please check with a local insurance company or travel agency about purchasing insurance coverage for the trip.

Health

There is a risk of Malaria. It is preventable: use insect repellent, cover up at sundown, sleep under a mosquito net and take anti-malaria prophylactics as advised by your doctor. Bring prescription medicines, spare glasses, contact lenses and solution as well as sunscreen, a first aid kit, cream for bites/stings and any needed medical supplies. In other areas which have standing water, you must plan on bringing anti-malaria medicine (typically Malarone).

 

Yellow fever inoculation is now required if traveling in Zambia.

Language

English is widely spoken. We always have an English speaking guide and driver.

Money

You will need to exchange money a small amount of money. Major foreign currencies - particularly US$ and Euros are accepted as well as South African Rands in Zambia. They can be used to settle directly for incidental expenses at the lodges and local shops. Zambia has their Kwacha which can be exchanged at the airport. Having some local currency is advisable.

Credit cards are also accepted at some lodges and stores. *Details are in the PDF itineraries.

Be aware that credit cards may carry an extra exchange fee - check ahead of time.

Tipping

Not obligatory, but a tip for exceptional service will be appreciated. Lodges have a "Staff Tip" box where gratuities are shared among the staff who provide the cleaning, cooking, laundry and other support services.
The lodge tipping is already included in the cost of the safari.

A daily rate of $10 per person for driver/tour guide is standard. For a spotter the daily rate is $8 per person. An excessive tip can make it difficult for the next customer. Budget to spend $18 per day for tipping expenses in general. This would be for the various guides that take us out on excursions, such as in our safari vehicle, boats, canoes, mokoros and bush walks.

Electricity

Voltage: 220-240 Volts (U.S./Canada are 110-120 Volts). Primary Socket Type: South African.
Bring a universal plug adapter and a flashlight and headlamp. In the game parks some lodges

may not have electricity on the entire night. Also some lodges have battery charging stations
in the lounge area, not always in the guest rooms.

Examples of the three types of outlets and plugs you can find in Zambia.

Shopping

The tourist areas and hotels sell a wide range of souvenirs, jewelry and trinkets.
Don't be afraid to haggle at roadside curio stalls or at stores in the small towns.

 

Recommended Camera Gear

Digital SLR Camera/s Memory cards - 16GB & 32GB

Batteries - extra ones!

Battery Charger / Plug Adapters

Lenses: Wide angle: 16-35mm or 24-70mm, Telephoto/zoom: 75-300mm, 100-400mm or 150-600mm

Lens Shade Hoods

Clear plastic bag for changing lenses outdoors

Cleaning supplies for camera & lenses

Camera Instruction Manual

LCD Shade/Magnifier Loupe

Laptop / Card Reader / Back-up Drive to back up images during the trip

Notebook for taking notes on shots & composition

Flashlight / Headlamp & extra batteries for it.

Tripod

Rain Shield - just in case.

Polarizing & Neutral Density filters

Other Questions???

Click the Contact page link to get in touch with me either by phone or email.

Thank you, Beverly

 

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