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1 NOVEMBER 2020 to 31 OCTOBER 2021 Prices
|Price Per Person||4-Day Safari|
|2 clients (Double Occupancy)||18923||23652||28381||33110||37839||42569|
|1 client (Single Occupancy)||29709||37157||44606||52054||59502||66951|
Final Payment: 50% – 90 days prior to Safari
What’s on your bucket list? An African Big 5 Safari in the iconic world-famous Kruger National Park? The chance to get amazing photos of the stunning birds and mammals Kruger has to offer? We invite you to book an intimate, affordable, private African safari in Kruger Park with award-winning Africa Geographic-published wildlife photography guide Ernest Porter. This is a PERFECT way for South African citizens to go on a privately guided photography safari and for International citizens to easily visit Kruger National Park without breaking the budget.
Up to 2 clients will join Ernest in our private vehicle on an African Wildlife Safari in iconic Kruger National Park. It’s home to the Big 5: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo. We’ll be on the lookout for hippo, crocodile, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, impala, kudu, cheetah, mongoose, wild dogs, dozens of bird species, and so much more–just browse our photos on our website or on Facebook to see what we see on our safaris.
Our private safaris are designed to watch and photograph wildlife. Ernest will coach your photography skills to help you achieve your goals and learn a few new tricks. Everyone is welcome, from absolute beginners to advanced photographers to non-photographers who just want to watch the animals. Our private vehicle has Gimbal camera mounts if you require stabilization for heavy equipment. We can even assist you in renting professional camera equipment if you want to take great photos but don’t know how–and don’t worry, we will teach and assist you at every step!
We will start every morning with coffee or tea and a snack, then set out on a minimum 3-hour game drive to see what happened in the wild while we were sleeping. Lions and leopards are usually still active, so we’ll see if they’ve hunted overnight. Elephants are just starting their day, and perhaps we’ll see a hippo out of the water—they travel long distances at night. We’ll watch for the iconic bird species in the Park–the brightly colored Lilac-Breasted Roller, eagle and hawk species, cuckoos, bee-eaters, and more. Ernest will teach you how to take incredible birds-in-flight photos if you’d like!
This is YOUR trip, so there are no time limits on game drives other than Camp gate open/closing times. Typically, animals aren’t active during mid-day, so we’ll stop back at the Camp for a break…but if we see something amazing, we’ll stay out as long as you’d like! After we return to the Camp, we’ll have a delicious breakfast or brunch at the restaurant. You can relax by the pool, take a short nap or enjoy our complimentary photography and Lightroom/Photoshop workshop.
We will head back out for our evening game drive around 15:00, when the big cats start getting active after the heat of the day. If we’re lucky, we’ll watch lions or leopards hunt! Elephants will be at the waterhole, giraffe should be browsing the tops of the trees, and maybe some wild dogs or cheetah will pass by. We are looking for everything, big and small, as we experience the magic of a balanced ecosystem.
After we return to the Camp, we’ll socialize and talk about our day before moving to the restaurant for a delicious dinner.
Typical itinerary for each day (Fully adjustable as you wish):
Coffee & a snack, then the morning game drive.
A delicious breakfast at the restaurant upon return to the Camp or brunch if we return late.
Mid-day Free Time– if you are a photographer, this is when we’ll work on our included Lightroom/Photoshop/Photography courses;
Wildlife gets active after the heat of midday, so we’ll go on an afternoon game drive from 15:00 until the gates close;
Dinner at the restaurant upon return to the Camp;
Bed-time in your private bungalow.
On our last day, we’ll go on the morning game drive and have breakfast, with departure between 10:30-11:00. We can take you back to the OR Tambo Airport area in Johannesburg if you’d like.
Wildlife & Photography Highlights:
Mammals: Kruger National Park can be great for leopard sightings, the shyest of the Big 5 and hardest to spot. We can also see cats including lions, cheetah, African wild cats, caracal, serval; hyena; elephants; buffalo; white and black rhino; zebra; giraffe; antelope including wildebeest, impala, kudu, waterbuck, bushbuck, steenbok, duiker, nyala, grysbok; hippo; mongoose including dwarf, slender, white-tailed, and banded; wild dogs; honey badger; civet; scrub hare; bush babies-Greater and Lesser; Large-spotted and Small-spotted genets; warthogs; porcupine; Black-backed and Side-striped Jackals; Vervet Monkeys; Baboons; and more.
Birds: (Migration dependent) Lilac-breasted Rollers; European Rollers, Hoopoes; Shrikes; Red-billed and Yellow-billed Hornbills and Oxpeckers; Ground Hornbills; Violet-backed starlings; Cape Starlings; Burchell’s Starlings; Brown-headed parrot; Bee-eaters such as Little and White-fronted; Grey Loeries (Go-Away birds); Swainson’s Spurfowl; Helmeted Guineafowl; White-browed and Burchell’s Coucal; Kingfishers such as Giant, Woodland, Pied, and Gray-headed; Lapwings; Raptors such as Fish Eagles, Snake Eagles, Walberg’s, Martial Eagles, Tawny Eagles, African Hawk-Eagle, Goshawks, Sparrowhawks, Amur Falcons, Giant Eagle Owls, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Barn Owls, Vultures including White-backed, Lappet-faced, White-headed; water birds including Saddle-billed Storks, Green-backed Herons, Egrets, Egyptian Geese, Whistling Ducks, Goliath Herons; and more.
Landscape: There are a few spots that have beautiful landscapes for photography or just a moment to relax in nature.
Lightroom and Photoshop Course:
We feature a building block approach to photography and editing. On the first day, we’ll teach you how to use your camera, from focusing to metering, from Manual Mode to Aperture Priority, and every function in between. On Day Two, we will begin basic workflow and editing skills workshops in Lightroom and Photoshop CC during the day: how to download, organize, and accomplish basic editing of your images so that they are ready for sharing, printing and framing. You must bring a laptop loaded with Lightroom Classic and Photoshop CC for this additional instruction (Do NOT download Lightroom CC –only Classic!) Please check the Adobe website for their $9.99/month package. The Lightroom and Photoshop course is limited by the length of your safari.
In Lightroom we will look at the following, but not limited to:
An introduction to Lightroom: how to improve your photo management and processing.
Setting up Lightroom to keep things simple yet effective: files and folders.
The basic concept of Lightroom.
The catalogue vs your photo files; important settings in Lightroom.
The Library module overview.
The Develop module overview.
Introduction to Map, Book, Slideshow, Print and Web modules.
Importing photos and backup strategies.
Finding and filtering: keywords, text, attributes and metadata.
The typical workflow for an outdoor photographer: import, render previews, star rating, flagging, and deleting.
Setting up presets.
Basic editing in the Develop module.
Collections: smart collections and hierarchies.
Extras: virtual copies.
Editing in Photoshop through Lightroom.
Renaming multiple photos and creating standard templates for renaming photos.
In Photoshop we will look at the following, but not limited to:
Important settings in Photoshop
Selective Sharpening and Noise Reduction
Multiple methods of Sharpening
Basic color and lighting adjustments.
Using the Tool Pallet for editing wildlife photographs.
Color spaces, and 8-bit vs 16-bit processing.
Cloning and using Content Aware.
Image Sizing, DPI and how to use these tools to determine print size and quality of your photos.
Creating Actions and Batch Processing
Using Lens Correction
Explaining Layers and how they can be used in Photoshop
Included in the safari package:
Double-occupancy accommodations (Single Occupancy available), Entrance and Conservation Fees at Kruger National Park, all meals with soda, juice, coffee or tea, private morning and evening game drives, personal photography and LR/PS instruction, water and snacks in the vehicle.
We are always quick to answer questions and to help you plan your dream vacation. Ernest is South African, and Karen is a whiz at logistics, and together we can help make your planning easy and stress-free.
Not included in the safari package:
Airfare to/from OR Tambo Airport, Hotel in Johannesburg before and/or after the Safari, alcoholic drinks, drinks outside of meals, laundry service, visas, any other personal expenses, anything not mentioned specifically as “included.”
Please be sure your camera batteries are fully charged before your hotel in Johannesburg.
Please email us with questions at info@EagleEyeSafaris.com
Safari in Style! Be sure to order your Eagle Eye Safaris T-shirt and hoodie prior to this trip by clicking HERE. We have a selection of fun images from which to choose.
* Max Clients on this trip:
2 clients are our maximum for this trip for a personal, private experience in Kruger.
* Photographic skills level:
Beginner to pro. Ernest will offer personal attention in the vehicle to help you get the best photos possible. Non- photographers are welcome, because we are looking for the best vantage points from which to watch wildlife!
Dry season –May to September – Winter
There is virtually no rainfall during the whole of winter, and the humidity is very low. Animals are attracted to permanent water sources as water becomes scarce in the bush.
*May – This is a transitional month and marks the end of summer. Temperatures are cooling down to typically 12°C/54°F in the morning and 27°C/81°F in the afternoon.
*June, July & August – Morning game drives in open vehicles will be cold, so it’s recommended to pack warm winter clothing. The average morning temperature is 10°C/50°F. Afternoons will be pleasant with temperatures around 26°C/79°F and cloudless skies.
*September – The heat gradually builds to about 29°C/84°F in the afternoon, and the first rains bring relief from very dry conditions. Mornings are less cold with temperatures around 14°C/57°F.
Wet season –October to April – Summer
It can be uncomfortably hot and humid in summer. Peak temperatures frequently reach well over 40°C/104°F, although average daytime temperatures reach 32°C/90°F with high humidity. It seldom rains all day, but the pattern includes afternoon storms.
*October & November – It gets warmer and starts to rain more often, mostly in the afternoon. Temperatures are between 18°C/64°F in the morning and 31°C/88°F in the afternoon.
*December, January & February – These are the wettest and hottest months, characterized by torrential downpours in the afternoon and high humidity. Afternoon temperatures are usually around 32°C/90°F but can soar up to an unbearable 40°C/104°F.
*March & April – Rainfall decreases, and it slowly gets cooler. April has lovely, clear weather and few clouds. The nights get a bit chillier but are still pleasant at about 18°C/61°F. Daytime temperatures are around 30°C/64°F and the humidity drops.
Malaria area, please consult your doctor about prevention.
* Safety Concerns:
We take every precaution to keep you safe, but you are in an area with dangerous wildlife that can be unpredictable. We do not ever pressure wildlife in order to get a sighting or a photograph; if an animal appears uncomfortable or pressured by our presence, we leave the area and find something else to watch.
Please see our Terms and Conditions for more information.