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Experience Zambia

An unforgettable photographic safari

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DATES TBC, NOV/DEC 2024

A photographic adventure

South Luangwa: land of the cats and dogs

The experience of a lifetime. For those in search of an unadulterated safari adventure—where untamed wilderness reigns supreme, unfenced plains dominate the landscape, and pristine horizons stretch endlessly—few destinations rival the allure of Zambia. South Luangwa sprawls as an expansive, unblemished wilderness adorned with verdant grasslands, serene lakes, and majestic woodlands bordering the meandering river that lends it its name. Renowned for its abundant wildlife, the park boasts one of Africa's densest leopard populations, with regular sightings of these elusive predators, alongside lions, spotted hyenas, and a burgeoning population of African wild dogs. Elephants grace every corner, while the park's unique offerings include the regionally endemic Crawshay's zebra, Thornicroft’s giraffe, and Cookson’s wildebeest.

Flat Dogs Camp

Our home for 6 nights, Flatdogs Camp, is South Luangwan accommodation at its finest. They were the very first Fair Trade Tourism certified camp in the whole of Zambia. The camp couldn’t be better situated, with beautiful chalets and tents ensuring you’ll have the most comfortable stay possible.

The food at Flatdogs is renowned for its variety and flavours... our siestas will be very well fuelled! Not just that, lunch times are often interrupted by curious elephants cooling off in the nearby Luangwa River.

The itinerary

Your Photographic & Conservation Safari

Day 1

On arrival into Lusaka Airport (Kenneth Kaunda International Airport) pass through immigration and collect your luggage. Make your way to the arrivals hall where you will be met by Lara and George, and we’ll head to the cosy Wild Dogs Lodge just a few miles from the airport. After settling in, we’ll grab some dinner before catching some shut-eye.

Early the next morning we’ll head back to the airport, ready for our domestic flight north east, toward Mfuwe, a small town sandwiched between South Luanga and the Malawi border. Our light aircraft flight to the Mfuwe will fly over endless grasslands and plains, so have your phone cameras at the ready. On arrival into Mfuwe, we’ll meet our guide who’ll game drive us approximately 35-40 minutes to Flatdogs Camp. We’ll arrive in time to settle in and freshen up before lunch. On our first afternoon we’ll head out on a game drive to orientate you.

Days 2-7

Each day begins before dawn, when the team at Flatdogs Camp will wake you up with a beverage and snack of your choice as South Luangwa takes a big breath, ready for the day ahead. We’ll set the agenda around the campfire, coffee/teas in hand, then head out early before the sun rises in search of wildlife. While out in the field, we’ll be giving you endless photography advice, testing out different techniques, and getting creative.

Around 11am (or later, depending on what we’re seeing) we’ll head back to camp, freshen up, then begin editing sessions. Said sessions are designed to mold and hone in your style, getting you comfortable with Adobe Lightroom. More than that, we’ll go through short (fun!) presentations on creative process and photography techniques that we can try out in the field.

Post-lunch we’ll all enjoy a siesta, before freshening up with some light afternoon tea, then heading back out into the field.

Each day is designed to be as flexible and agile as possible. Depending on what Mother Nature throws our way, we’ll focus in on particular species, or even named individuals.

Day 8

On the last morning, we’ll have time for an early game drive with a picnic breakfast before heading to the airstrip in time for the light aircraft flight to Lusaka. On arrival into Lusaka, we’ll share our final goodbyes, hugs (and tears!), and then look forward to boasting of our adventures to loved ones back home.

tailored photography tuition

Photographic Safari

This trip is designed for photographers of all abilities, whether you’re just starting out or are an avid wildlife photographer. We'll be on hand to help at all times, and you’ll receive the education and learning experience suited for your level. Whether that’s getting to grip with manual on your DSLR, or practising more advanced photography techniques, we'll mould the photography portion of the trip to your needs. The same applies to the post-production and/or editing sessions as we will also host one-to-ones tailored to your level, regardless of your experience. In terms of equipment, you will need a DSLR and half-decent long lens — 300 mm and above is perfect. Alongside that, some wider-angle lenses such as the 70-200 mm and 24-70 mm. If you don’t already own the kit, not to worry; there are plenty of reputable lens shops that rent out photography equipment for just such occasion and we're happy to recommend a local outfitter in your country of residence.

Introducing...

Your Workshop Leaders 

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@lara_wildlife

Lara Jackson (me!)

I'm a conservation biologist and award-winning wildlife photographer whose research has taken me around the world. Although I specialise in black rhino feeding ecology, I have also been fortunate enough to study mouse lemurs in Madagascar and dolphins off the coast of Zanzibar. I am extremely passionate about preserving our world and am determined to ensure that there is a future for all species. I strongly believe that raising awareness, education and working closely with local communities is the key to successful conservation efforts.

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George Turner

@georgetheexplorer

George Benjamin

George is a UK-based wildlife photographer and photographic guide, spending most of his time in East Africa and beyond. His work has taken him from the rainforests of the Congo Basin, through to the northern climes of Canada photographing polar bears on foot. Following a brief stint as a creative in advertising, he has won a number of wildlife photography awards, as well as being widely published both nationally and internationally.

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The nitty gritty

Important Info

Dates TBC:
November / December 2024 (6 spaces available)

 

Costs:

US $5,500 per person

What's Included?

Tuition from tour leaders George Benjamin and Lara Jackson, all planned excursions, night drives, full board accommodation at Flat Dogs Camp from lunch on day one to breakfast on day six, all house drinks (except premium wines and champagne), transfers to/from Mfuwe, in-camp laundry service, conservancy bed-night fee, South Luangwa NP conservation fee, and Emergency Support Cover.

What's Not Included?

International flights, Zambia tourist visa ($50), Domestic flights and Gratuities/tips.

Other notes

Asilia can happily assist and book your domestic flights from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Naboisho
(domestic hub), as well as transfers to/from Nairobi Wilson airport and JKIA International airport.

Malaria tablets: please consult your doctor/local pharmacy.

Yellow Fever inoculation: if travelling from a Yellow Fever country, please ensure you’re carrying the correct certification.

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Lara Jackson Wildlife Photography Conservation Woman Photographer of the Year Cheetah Sat

Our promise to you

We are Covid Secure

To secure your place, a deposit of 50% is required. Up until 60 days before travel, should you decide to cancel, this is fully refundable unless payments to our partners have already been made. If we find a replacement, you will receive your deposit back in full. With less than 60 days until you travel, the remaining 50% would then be payable and is non-refundable.

If you display cold or flu symptoms in the lead up to your trip, please take a lateral flow test. If you do test positive for Covid-19, you must let us know and this will unfortunately result in the postponement of your workshop with us. This is to protect other workshop participants who may be vulnerable.

To reduce risk, we will both (Lara & George) be taking lateral flow tests before we travel, to ensure your safety and the safety staff at the camp.

Your tents will have been deep cleaned and sanitised before your arrival.

Yay! You're convinced!

Secure Your Spot!

We're so excited to to share the magic of South Luangwa with you,!

Please fill out the enquiry form below and we'll be in touch to assist with your booking, as well as answer any questions that you might have.

We can't wait for you to join us!

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