2013 09 Photo Safari in South Africa

South Africa Photo Safari

 Escorted by Professional Wildlife Photographer

Paul Renner

September 19-October 02, 2013

This is a photographic safari designed to showcase South Africa’s fascinating scenic beauty and amazing wildlife.  Our journey begins in Cape Town, with its spectacular scenery, fabulous flora and friendly people. Visits to Cape of Good Hope and South Africa’s Winelands are also part of our trip. Nine days are earmarked to explore three different areas of famous Kruger National Park with exclusive access to the Timbavati and Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserves.  Photograph the abundant wildlife in the  African bush with morning and afternoon game drives.

Tour Price includes:

•          Round trip International (from LAX) and domestic airfares.

•           Accommodations in standard room

•           Meet & Assist at Cape Town on arrival

•           Transfers to/from airport/hotel/camps

•           Professional English-speaking tour guides and drivers

•           Game drives in open safari vehicles

•           All National Parks and Game Reserve entrance fees

•           Meals as listed per itinerary

 Safari Price:

$10,180 (based on double occupancy, Single Room Supplement is – $2010)

Deposit to confirm registration: $2500 per person

(Deposit is non-refundable) (Above prices based on payment by check. A service fee will apply if paid by credit card)


•           Departure taxes

•           Local Airport tax

•           Beverages other than specified

•           Tips for driver/guides, gratuities to porters and waiters

•           All items of a personal nature and everything else not mentioned

•           Travel insurance, applicable visas, all items of a personal nature (e.g.      telephone, fax, etc.)

•           Price quoted is valid only for dates specified and subject to availability at time of booking.

Safari Daily Itinerary:

South African Photo Safari

PAUL RENNER             

September 19-October 02, 2013


Tues/Wed: 17/18 September 2013                     Depart Home/Enroute

Let the adventure begin when you board your flight to Cape Town and travel across the Atlantic.

Thursday: 19 September                                     Cape Town

On arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transfer to your hotel. (D) Overnight: Winchester Mansions Hotel

Friday: 20 September                                             Cape Town

08h30 Transfer to the cableway station for an optional ascent of Table Mountain by aerialcable car (cost included but the excursion is weather permitting). From here the tour takes you for a sightseeing tour of the city which includes places of interests such as the South Africa Museum, the Gardens and the Malay Quarter. Visit the Castle of Good Hope before returning to your hotel.  Afternoon at leisure to explore the city on your own, spend time at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront or take the ferry to Robben Island, the prison island where Nelson Mandela spent several years during the Apartheid regime. (BD) Overnight: Winchester Mansions Hotel

Saturday: 21 September 2013                             Cape Town

After breakfast depart on a full day Cape Point & Peninsula Tour. Travel along the Atlantic coastline via the scenic drives of Oudekraal to Hout Bay where a 45 minute boat cruise to seal island has been included. Cross over the mountain by way of Chapman’s Peak drive and travel to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. You have the option of using the funicular or walk up to the main viewing site at Cape Point. We then leave the reserve andcontinue along the False Bay Coastline where we visit the Penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Final stop is at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and then it is back to your hotel in the late afternoon. (BLD) Overnight: Winchester Mansions Hotel

Sunday: 22 September 2013                                Cape Town

Depart Cape Town via Elgin, which is the heart of the apple industry, en route to Hermanus, stopping at the Old Harbour Museum. As long ago as 1857, the Old Harbour at Hermanus provided a rocky but safe shelter for the small fishing boats whose owners were drawn to Hermanus by the abundance and variety of fish. You will board your purpose built eco-friendly tour vessel for a close up view of the Marine Big 5: whales, dolphins, penguins, seals, sharks and more – meet the incredible birdlife including the endangered African penguin. Get close to magnificent whales for some amazing photographic opportunities.

Travel to the Hamilton Russell Vineyards established by Tim Hamilton Russell in 1981. He searched for and selected the most suitable “most southerly vineyards in the Cape” to produce South Africa’s top cool climate wines.

The high twisting coastal road leading from Cape Hangklip to Gordon’s Bay is one of the most spectacular anywhere and after a day of scenic splendor, return to your hotel in the late afternoon. (BLD) Overnight: Winchester Mansions Hotel

Monday: 23 September 2013                    Cape Town / Timbavati Game Reserve

This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Hoedspruit.  On arrival you will be met and transfer into the Timbavati Game Reserve to your lodge, arriving there in time for late lunch.  Later board the Nikon modified 4×4 safari vehicle for a photographic opportunity into the African bush. (BLD) Overnight: Simbavati River Lodge


Simbavati River Lodge is an intimate and friendly camp built on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River and shaded by ancient Jackalberry and Leadwood trees, with a generous contemporary design with accommodation for guests in luxury tented rooms or thatched chalets. Simbavati takes it’s name from the local Shangaan language and means “ the place where lions come down from the stars”

The design of this 4-star lodge is contemporary, warm and welcoming. Guest common areas offer a generously proportioned lounge, bar, boma and extensive decks with breathtaking views overlooking the Nhlaralumi river where regular wildlife sightings take place and guests can unwind. Our luxurious tented accommodation offers generous bush or water views from your own private viewing deck. Tents are spaced adequately far apart to ensure privacy, and they have all of the amenities to ensure a luxurious and comfortable stay.

Tue/Wed:  24/25 September                     Timbavati Game Reserve

Bordering the northern regions of the Kruger National Park and with no fences between the two reserves the animals move freely. Timbavati Private Game Reserve is renowned for its great wildlife sightings; these include the famed wild white Lions of the Timbavati, leopard, wild dog, cheetah and many more. You will have two daily excursions into the bush with some down time in between to relax and enjoy the lodge. (BLD) Overnight: Simbavati River Lodge

Thursday: 26 September                           Sabi Sand Game Reserve

After the morning game drive activity transfer by road to the next game lodge situated within the Sabi Sands Game Reserve arriving in time for lunch. The Sabi Sand is part of the largest Conservation area in South Africa and is the oldest of all the private reserves. It comprises of some 20 privately owned game lodges who’s owners formed the association to promote and conserve the wildlife, fauna and flora of the reserve – there is no hunting allowed. It is part of the Greater Kruger National Park and there are no fences between the two reserves and game moves freely through this enormous reserve. A late afternoon game drive has been planned for today. (BLD) Overnight: Nottens Bush Camp


At Nottens you can enjoy superb game viewing on game drives and bush walks, or find a spot on the lodge deck and keep a look out for movement at the waterhole. This Sabi Sands accommodation features paraffin lamps and candles, which replace electric lighting and create an authentic, romantic bush experience Each suite has an open plan bedroom with an en-suite bathroom. All the suites have indoor and outdoor shower facilities and overhead fans. The windows and sliding doors are fitted with screens while insect coils are also provided. Each suite has a private deck providing guests with the ideal place to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Friday:  27 September                                 Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Early morning  game driive as the sun rises and as the bush stirs into life. The ranger and tracker teams search for animals by tracking the spoor and listening to the sounds of the bush. Late afternoon game drive start as the sun moves over towards the horizon. The animals are now getting more active, many preparing for their hunt after dark. Sundowners in the bush are enjoyed and then the drive continues with the aid of powerful spotlights to reveal the world of the nocturnal species. (BLD) Overnight: Nottens Bush Camp

Saturday: 28 September                            Cheetah Plains

After the morning game drive activity transfer by road to the next game lodge situated north from your current position still within the Sabi Sands Game Reserve but in area renown for big cats, again arriving in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive. At Cheetah Plains, you’ll be blown away by the abundant wildlife and unparalleled game viewing. The famous Sabi Sand reserve is world renowned for the Big Five – leopard, elephant, black & white rhinoceros, cape buffalo, and lion – but at Cheetah Plains you’ll see so much more. Think leopard, hyena, cheetah, hippopotamus, impala, lions, jackals, zebras, giraffes, elephants, and kudu – don’t forget the birds and fauna as well! (BLD) Overnight: Cheetah Plains


The eight traditionally-thatched chalets at Cheetah Plains melt into beautiful indigenous gardens, which in turn are surrounded by pristine African bushveld. All rooms have air conditioners as well as overhead fans to ensure your comfort – day and night. Breakfast at Cheetah Plains is a full English buffet whilst lunch is a simple affair, with hot and cold dishes. Afternoon tea includes fresh bakes and the 4 course dinners are either served in the dining room or around a roaring fire in the boma.

Sun/Mon: 29/30 September                                  Cheetah Plains

Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve is undoubtedly one of the best locations for a riveting and exciting photographic safari. The area is brimming with photographic opportunities, which will thrill both the experienced photographer to the complete novice. These Photographic Safaris at Cheetah Plains are a unique experience because of the specially designed photographic seats and control arms, custom-built Toyota Land Cruiser. Cheetah Plains in the prestigious Sabi Sand Game Reserve – an area world-renowned for game, especially big cat photographic opportunities. This experience promises a lifetime of special memories and unforgettable. (BLD) Ovrnight: Cheetah Plains 

Tuesday: 01 October                                              Departure

After the morning game drive and breakfast, there is time to freshen up before transferring back to airstrip for your flight to Johannesburg where you will connect your flight home.

Wednesday 02 October                             Arrive Home

Arrive home today to share fond memories and photographs of South Africa with family and friends.


For more information and reservations, contact:

Paul Renner at 949.295.3136
Email: paulrenner3@cox.net
or call
Prem Sharma or Gaby Gurrola at Best Safaris – 800.757.6625
e-mail:  info@bestsafaris.com

CST # 2073854-40

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