Thankfully, these days, ‘shooting wildlife’ has taken on a new meaning with conservation more central to wildlife activities in Africa. This is about shooting stunning imagery of African wildlife and landscapes. This is about learning photographic skills you can apply when you go home. This is a tailored small group safari experience that will leave you with awesome memories, knowledge and experiences. This is the up and coming Zambia in Style photographic safari with wildlife photographer Robin Bruyn.
Could it be time for you to grab your passport and your camera for your next adventure?
What could be more satisfying than seeing wildlife in its natural habitat and having the opportunity to pursue your interest in photography? Except this safari takes it up a notch — you also get photography tuition and the skilled guidance of Robin Bruyn throughout the 9-day safari!
This experience will be so much more than you trying your luck with lighting, angles, compositions and shutter speeds. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from an expert who has spent over a decade working in the conservation, film and photography industry in Africa. You’ll be learning from a professional photographer, photographic guide and photographic instructor. This will be an immersive, meaningful and extraordinary experience.
Tour length: 9 days
Provisional dates: 14 to 22 May 2020 and 11 to 19 October 2020
Prices: From $4,750. Please contact Zambia in Style on firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
All meals (except at Kumbali which is on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis for your one night stay)
Local drinks at Chikunto only
Road transfers and flights from Lilongwe to Mfuwe (South Luangwa) and Mfuwe to Lusaka at the end of the tour
Photographic Safari Itinerary
Mvuu Camp, Malawi
Mvuu Camp offers a spectacular vantage point along the Shire River. 14 spacious stone and canvas chalets and family tents dot the landscape. The thatched dining and lounge area looks out onto a magnificent river vista.
Day 1 Mvuu Camp, Liwonde National Park
You will arrive at Lilongwe Airport and transfer to Mvuu Camp, Liwonde National Park, by your Zambia In Style guide. Enjoy some relaxation time before your afternoon game drive.
Day 2–3 Mvuu Camp
The course begins! Three lectures will take place after the morning game drives or before the afternoon game drives. The game drives give you an opportunity to practice the theory with Robin by your side to guide you.
1. Beginners Secrets to Photography — this course covers the most vital and basic elements of digital photography. You will learn a variety of important aspects including what Shutter, Aperture and ISO mean and what their functions are. You’ll learn how to achieve an accurate exposure using the Lightmeter, and a few secrets on how to achieve great photographs without overcomplicating your photographic experience.
2. Accurate Exposures and the Living Light — further explore the world of achieving more accurate exposures through a deeper understanding of Light and the effects of Shutter, Aperture and ISO in Manual Mode. We also look at understanding contrast, choosing different light settings on your digital camera, and selecting your exposure more accurately using the Lightmeter.
3. The Nature of Composition — Look at several of the most common compositional rules in photography. No cameras needed, this course is pure theory and will change the way you read your next photographic moment.
Kumbali Country Lodge, Lilongwe, Malawi
Enjoy the wonders of this nature reserve and lodge. A tranquil alternative to a Malawi hotel, this lodge has been chosen so you can have a peaceful day after the photography tuition at Mvuu Camp and before you travel to Zambia.
Day 4 Kumbali Country Lodge, Lilongwe
Back to Lilongwe today where you will be staying a night at Kumbali Country Lodge for some rest and relaxation before heading to Zambia. Here you can roam around their beautiful gardens and test out what you have learnt so far!
Chikunto Lodge, South Luangwa
Renowned for its surviving wildlife species and breathtaking scenery and game viewing right from its sweeping terrace and your doorstep. This is an idyllic location to practice everything you have learnt and capture amazing close up shots of Zambia’s wildlife and its magnificent landscapes.
Day 5–8 Chikunto Lodge, South Luangwa
Transfer to Lilongwe Airport and catch your flight to Mfuwe Airport where you will be transferred to Chikunto Lodge. Here the Wildlife Photography course will be taught in situ during game drives.
Day 9 homeward bound
Transfer back to Mfuwe airport to catch your flight to Lusaka. End of tour.
What to bring?
Camera — any brand as long as it has a manual mode option
Battery charger with a universal adapter plug and a minimum of two batteries
Lenses — wide (12–75 range) and telephoto (100–400 range), preferably one of each, with lens hoods. If you are in the market to buy a lens before the safari contact Zambia In Style if you would like some advice.
A minimum of 3 memory cards
Tripod/monopod or bean bag for stability
Dust cloth and lens pen for general cleaning
A small towel to cover and protect the camera from direct sun and dust while in motion on safari
Camera strap for walking safaris
Note pad and pen (Robin will supply lecture notes)
Please ensure your gear is insured