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11 Day Zambia Wildlife Photography Safari

  • Elephant visiting camp

ZAMBIA 

11 Day Photographic Safari

New dates TBA soon

THIS PHOTOGRAPHY SAFARI IS PRESENTED IN CONJUNCTION WITH AUSTRALIA'S LEADING AFRICAN SAFARI SPECIALIST, ENCOMPASS AFRICA

Are you ready to take off on the ultimate photographic safari experience?

With just six guests and private game vehicles, you're guaranteed an unmatched level of exclusivity. 
 

 

Hippo

Feel the excitement of a safari in Zambia as we sleep under canvas, game drive with private vehicle and guide and dine under the stars. All of this while learning how to take the best possible images of the incredible array of wildlife that Zambia has to offer, as well as the stunning landscapes and culture.

 

Black-backed Jackal

Price:

TBA

 

Baby elephants

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Inclusions:

  • Private road transfers to and from properties and airports
  • 2 nights at Lilayi (breakfast included)
  • Private tour of Lusaka and visit to Elephant Sanctuary
  • Light aircraft flights to Mfuwe and Livingstone
  • 5 nights Flatdogs in safari tents with all meals, national park fees, private guide and vehicle included for game drives
  • 3 nights at River Farmhouse, Waterberry with all meals, private Tour of Victoria Falls, Rhino walking experience (shared with other guests), sunset cruise, school and village visit included

Cheetahs

Exclusions:

  • International airfares
  • Visa fees
  • Lunches in Lusaka
  • Drinks
  • Additional activities not listed above
  • Tipping
  • Shopping

sunset kenya

Itinerary & Details

For a detailed itinerary and other details regarding this stunning African Photography Safari, please click on the button below:

Elephant at breakfast

Days

Arrive into Lusaka. Road transfer to hotel. 2 nights breakfast included.
Lilayi Lodge
2 Nights

Day

Visit the Elephant Sanctuary, local art gallery and city tour. Return to lodge.

Lion

Days

Transfer to airport. Fly to Mfuwe. Transfer to camp. 5 nights on safari with all meals, activities, park fees included.
Flatdogs Camp
5 Nights

Days

On safari in South Luangwa National Park

Flatdogs

Days

After breakfast, transfer to airport. Fly to Lusaka and onwards to Livingstone. Road transfer to accommodation for 3 nights with meals, local drinks and activities included.
The River Farmhouse
3 Nights

Days

Private guided visit to Victoria Falls. Rhino Walking experience.

Day

After breakfast, transfer to airport for your onward flight home.

Crowned Crane

Bookings and Contact:

Get in touch today to book your place on this very unique photographic safari. Contact Danica Wilson at Encompass Africa via email or call her on +61 (0)7 3390 3744.

If you have any questions regarding the photographic component of this safari, please contact Michael

Rhino Walk

NB - COMPREHENSIVE TRAVEL INSURANCE IS A NECESSITY WHEN BOOKING THIS PHOTO TOUR

Encompass Africa

Wildlife safari

Chalet upstairs room

Luxury tent family tent

Croc Nest from front

11 Day Botswana Photography Safari

  • Serene Elephant

1st to 11th of August 2023

THIS PHOTOGRAPHY SAFARI IS PRESENTED IN CONJUNCTION WITH AUSTRALIA'S LEADING AFRICAN SAFARI SPECIALIST, ENCOMPASS AFRICA

Are you ready to take off on the ultimate photographic safari experience?

With just six guests, a private mobile tented camp and custom built 4x4 game vehicle, you’re guaranteed an unmatched level of exclusivity!
 

 

Botswana sunset

Price:

USD $9,845* per person 
No single supplement
Only 4 tents, minimum 4 maximum 6 guests

*price is subject to change due to increases outside our control.

sango-safari-camp-Mokoro Elephant

We’ve partnered with arguably the very best mobile safari operator in Botswana to create a true photographic adventure that offers a wonderful close to nature wilderness experience.

Apart form a tailor-made Botswana photography safari, taking you to the most amazing locations and wildlife sightings, Professional and passionate Photographer Michael Snedic will be there throughout the safari to make sure you achieve the best possible images from your safari.

We will seek out elephants, lions, endangered African wild dogs, hippos, giraffes, cheetahs, leopards to name a few. In the Chobe region we photograph from the comfort of boats on ay one and game vehicles throughout. When we move into the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Okavango Delta it’s 4x4 game drives, a walking safari and mokoro.

We’re not providing the most luxurious tents dripping in fancy furnishings. Our ethos is all about the safari experience and guiding. You can expect an exclusive mobile camp and team providing personal service, lovely food and all the creature comforts you need for a great time!

There’s something simplistic about spending time in our own private and small, low impact camp in the heart of Botswana’s wilderness. We photograph wilderness and wildlife at sunrise, day time, sunset and night time. Each evening we will fall asleep to the sound of grunting hippo, roaring lions and under a canopy of stars, but inside your wonderful canvas tent - home for the duration. Our private guide is passionate, knowledgeable and we have him all to ourselves for the entire trip!

We are not bound by the constraints of an organised lodge safari - so there’s greater flexibility in lingering longer at sightings we want to photograph.

Accommodation is in canvas tents with ample standing room, camp beds and mattresses, bed side tables and gauze windows. To the rear of each tent is an open ensuite bathroom with chemical toilet, bucket shower and hot water.

A camp fire area and dining tent are set up for our social area.

We are fortunate to have access to such amazing, photogenic places and we should be using those gifts to help us sell travel, support local communities, and protect the wild spaces and the wondrous inhabitants that mean so much to all of us.

Our team is committed to continuously pushing the envelope, listening to your feedback and responding to your needs.

We hope you will join us on this journey.

Botswana aerial view

Letaka-camp

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Inclusions:

  • Shared road transfer from Kasane airport to accommodation in Kasane.
  • 1 night dinner and breakfast at The Old House with afternoon boating safari (must arrive prior to 3pm)
  • 9 night Exclusive Mobile Camping Photographic Safari adventure staying in spacious and comfortable tented accommodation, including beds, bed linen and towels, with a private ensuite bathroom complete with eco toilet and bucket shower (hot and cold water)
  • Services of a professional guide, safari chef and camp assistants, complete with a supply vehicle.
  • Game drives and local transfers in customised safari vehicles.
  • Exclusive camping in private campsites within the national parks and reserves.
  • All entrance and camping fees within the national parks and reserves.
  • All meals and drinks (mineral water, soft drinks, beer, wine and G&T) whilst in camp.

Letaka-tent-interior-view

Exclusions:

  • International and regional flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Lunch on your first and last day
  • Drinks at Kasane property
  • Optional safari extensions and activities
  • Tipping
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Shopping

Hippo

Itinerary & Details

For a detailed itinerary and other details regarding this stunning African Photography Safari, please click on the button below:

Elephant Silhouette in Sunset

August 1 and 2

Arrive into Kasane. Clear immigration, meet our driver and transfer to your accommodation.
The Old House
1 Night

August 2 to 5

After breakfast, be ready at 08h30 for a morning boat cruise along the Chobe River before our private guide then drives you through Chobe National Park to our camp site in Central Chobe. Chobe
Letaka Tented Camp

Vehicle Following Lion

August 5 to 8

After breakfast, we pack up and head south to Khwai. We see evidence of Paleo-Lake Makgadikgadi and cross the Magwikwe Sand ridge that formed the shoreline from this massive inland sea. Today anything could happen as we pas through a range of habitats and excellent lion country and cheetah. Elephant occur throughout the drive and birding will be rewarding today! Arrive in camp, sundowners and evening photography. Khwai Community Area

bakwena-lodge-river-cruise

August 6 to 11

August 6 - 7
Photographic safari activities include game drives, walking safaris, night drives and mokoro excursions. We spend our time between the dry-land habitats of the leadwood and camel-thorn woodlands and savannahs and the riverside and marshy back-waters of the Khwai. Expect to see excellent elephant numbers, lion, leopard, buffalo, red lechwe, wildebeest, giraffe, kudu, sable, roan and impala. If we're lucky we may see wild dog and cheetah. Leopard are very elusive. This is a mecca for birding, particularly Bat-Hawks, Cuckoo Hawk, Eagles galore and waterbirds.
August 8 - 11
Today we pack up and game drive to Moremi along the Manuchira Channel. We will weave from the riverside and floodplains into mopane veld and woodlands so it's a truly beautiful scenic day. We pass Dombo Hippo Pools and stop to photograph hippo. Onwards to camp photographing whenever we wish to stop! Moremi Game Reserve
August 9 - 10
Photographic safari in Moremi. Habitats here range from wide-open floodplains, marshes, lagoons, papyrus fringed channels, vast reed-beds of Miscanthus and Phragmites, woodland and savannah. As a result of the extremely variable habitat the diversity of both wildlife and birdlife is excellent.
August 11
Following breakfast and early morning game drive, you'll be transferred to Maun where arrangements end.

Sillhuetted Giraffes

Bookings and Contact:

Get in touch today to book your place on this very unique photographic safari. Contact Danica Wilson from Encompass Africa via email or call her on +61 (0)7 3390 3744

        If you have any questions regarding the photographic component of this safari, please contact Michael

letaka-walk-lion-c_ls

NB - COMPREHENSIVE TRAVEL INSURANCE IS A NECESSITY WHEN BOOKING THIS PHOTO TOUR

Encompass Africa

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13 Day Subantarctic Islands Photo Adventure (including Macquarie and CampbeIl Islands) December 2023

  • Royal Penguins

30th of December 2023 to 10th of January 2024

Join us on this 13-day photographic adventure starting in Queenstown, NZ. We travel by an expedition ship, heading south and exploring some of New Zealand’s amazing subantarctic islands, reaching as far south as Australia’s Macquarie Island. We return via either Invercargill or Queenstown on the southern tip of NZ’s South Island (depending on which location you would like to be dropped off).

This is without doubt one of the most inspirational and informative journeys or expeditions into the Southern Ocean ecosystem that one can make anywhere in the world. Long recognised for their rich biodiversity, the Subantarctic Islands lying to the south of New Zealand are UNESCO World Heritage sites. This places them in a select group of only 180 natural sites that have been designated as ‘the most important and significant natural habitats' on the planet. They are also afforded the highest conservation status and protection by the Australian and New Zealand governments and access to these islands is by permit only. On this expedition we offer you the unique chance to explore, photograph and understand these wonderful places in the company of some of the most knowledgeable and passionate guides.

We will be exploring rarely-visited wilderness hotspots, photographing wildlife (largely birds but also some mammals), plants, and stunning landscapes.

We will have a maximum of 9 photographers on this expedition, led by professional nature photographers and tutor, Michael Snedic

Photographers of all experience levels are welcome. Michael will be guiding you and supporting your photography during the expedition. Not just in taking photographs in the field, but also in reviewing and refining your photos along the way.

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

(c) Samuel Blanc

© Samuel Blanc

(c) A Breniere

© A Breniere

Your 
photography 
leader and tutor - Michael Snedic

On this expedition you will have access every day to a professional nature photographer and instructor. Michael is there to help you photograph the stunning scenery and wildlife we will encounter. Michael will be conducting a series of classes throughout the voyage, as well as being on-hand throughout the outings.

As a full-time professional, Michael is an accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP). As well as being a professional wildlife and nature photographer, he is an experienced photographic tutor (18 years)Michael is an experienced (25 years) and widely published wildlife and nature photographer, writer and tutor. His articles and images have featured in many magazines, calendars, diaries, books, brochures, billboards and many other publications.

He is the author of two books on Australian wildlife, and is a Nikon School tutor for Australia. Michael regularly presents audio-visual presentations at photographic organisations, and has been conducting photography workshops and tours across Australia for many years. He also conducts photography tours to Africa, Antarctica, the Arctic (Svalbard and the Russian Far East) and Sri Lanka. Michael loves sharing his photographic knowledge and passion with workshop participants, helping them improve their photographic skills.

 

Itinerary:

Day 1: Queenstown

Passengers should make their way to the designated hotel where we will spend the first night of the expedition. This evening there will be an informal get-together at the hotel for dinner; an excellent opportunity to meet fellow adventurers on your voyage and some of our expedition team.

Day 2: Port of Bluff

Today we enjoy breakfast in the hotel restaurant and have the morning free to explore Queenstown before returning to the hotel for lunch and departing for the Port of Bluff to embark your ship. You will have time to settle into your cabin and familarise yourself with the ship; we will also take the opportunity to conduct a number of safety briefings. You are invited to join the expedition team in the Observation Lounge and up on the Observation Deck as we set our course to The Snares and our adventure begins.

© T Bickford
© T Bickford

Day 3: The Snares – North East Island

The closest Subantarctic Islands to New Zealand, they were appropriately called The Snares as they were once considered a hazard for sailing ships. Comprising of two main islands and a group of five islands called the Western Chain; they are uninhabited and enjoy the highest protection as Nature Reserves. It is claimed by some that these islands are home to more nesting seabirds than all of the British Isles together. We plan to arrive early in the morning and, as landings are not permitted, we will Zodiac cruise along the sheltered eastern side of the main island if the weather and sea conditions are suitable. In the sheltered bays, we should see the endemic Snares Crested Penguin, Snares Island Tomtit and Fernbirds. Cape Pigeons, Antarctic Terns and White-fronted Terns are also present in good numbers. There are hundreds of thousands of Sooty Shearwaters nesting on The Snares; the actual number is much debated. The Buller’s Albatross breed here from early January onwards.

 © Meghan Kelly
© Meghan Kelly

Days 4: Auckland Islands – Enderby Island

The Auckland Islands group was formed by two volcanoes which erupted some 10-25 million years ago. They have subsequently been eroded and dissected by glaciation creating the archipelago as we know it today. Enderby Island is one of the most beautiful islands in this group and is named after the distinguished shipping family.
This northern most island in the archipelago is an outstanding wildlife and birding location and is relatively easy to land on and explore on foot. The island was cleared of all introduced animals (pests) in 1994 and both birds and the vegetation, especially the herbaceous plants, are recovering both in numbers and diversity.
Our plan is to land at Sandy Bay, one of three breeding areas in the Auckland Islands for the Hooker’s or New Zealand Sea Lion, a rare member of the seal family. Beachmaster bulls gather on the beach, defending their harems from younger (ambitious) males, to mate with the cows shortly after they have given birth to a single pup. During our day ashore there will be several options, some longer walks, some shorter walks and time to spend just sitting and enjoying the wildlife. The walking is relatively easy, a boardwalk traverses the island to the dramatic western cliffs, from there we follow the coast and circumnavigate the island. Birds that we are likely to encounter include the following species: Southern Royal Albatross, Northern Giant Petrel, Auckland Island Shag, Auckland Island Flightless Teal, Auckland Island Banded Dotterel, Auckland Island Tomtit, Bellbird, Pipit, Red-crowned Parakeet, Yellow-eyed Penguin and Light-mantled Sooty Albatross. There is also a very good chance of seeing the Subantarctic Snipe.

Royal Penguins © Meghan Kelly
© Meghan Kelly

Day 5: Auckland Islands – Carnley Harbour

In the south of the archipelago there is a very large sheltered harbour rich in human history including shipwrecks, treasure hunters, Coastwatchers and, of course, scientific parties. We plan to arrive early morning from our anchorage at Enderby Island. We enter the harbour through the eastern entrance which is guarded on both sides by dramatic cliffs and rugged, tussock-covered hills. Our activities here today are totally weather dependent. We have a number of options. The climb to the South West Cape to visit the Shy Mollymawk colony provides magnificent views in all directions, especially over the western entrance to Carnley Harbour, Adams Island and Western Harbour. There is also the Tagua Bay Coastwatcher’s hut and lookout (the former is derelict) which was occupied during the Second World War. We could also visit Epigwatt and the remains of the ‘Grafton’ which was wrecked here in 1864. All five men aboard survived and lived here for 18 months before sailing their modified dinghy to New Zealand to get help. Two of the survivors wrote books about their ordeal. Their first-hand accounts tell us a lot about their time here. Alternatively we may visit the Erlagan clearing where a German Merchant ship cut firewood to fire its boilers after slipping its moorings in Dunedin on the eve of the Second World War. Another potential site is Camp Cove where we can see the remains of the castaway depots established and maintained by the New Zealand government between the 1860s and early 1900s. Later this afternoon we depart for Macquarie Island.

Elephant Seals

Day 6: At Sea

As we make our way south through the Furious Fifties, also known as the Albatross latitudes, the birding, especially south of the Auckland Islands, should be good. We will have a series of lectures on the biology and history of the Subantarctic Islands. We will also prepare you for our visit to Macquarie Island. Species that we may see include the Wandering Albatross, Royal Albatross, Black-browed Albatross, Light-mantled Sooty Albatross, Salvin’s Albatross, Grey-headed Albatross, Northern and Southern Giant Petrel, Sooty Shearwater and Little Shearwater. There should be plenty of prions including Fairy, Fulmar and Antarctic, identifying them is not easy – but we should get some great views. Other species to be on the lookout for include the Soft-plumaged Petrel, Mottled Petrel, White-headed Petrel, Grey-faced Petrel, White-chinned Petrel, Grey-backed Storm-petrel, Wilson’s Storm-petrel and Black- bellied Storm-petrel.

photo by Katya Ovsyanikova
© Katya Ovsyanikova

Days 7 to 8: Macquarie Island

The great Australian Antarctic Explorer Sir Douglas Mawson once called Macquarie Island “One of the wonder spots of the world”. You are about to discover why as we spend two days exploring this amazing Island. It was one of the first of the Subantarctic Islands to obtain World Heritage Status and that was largely due to its unique geology. It is one of the few places on earth where mid- ocean crustal rocks are exposed at the surface due to the collision of the Australian and Pacific Plates. Macca, as it is affectionately known by its resident ranger population, was discovered in 1810 and was soon ravaged by sealers who introduced various animals including rats, mice, cats and rabbits. The native bird population was virtually eliminated and plants destroyed. The Tasmanian National Parks and Wildlife Service, who administer the island, embarked on a very ambitious 7-year eradication programme resulting in the island earning pest-free status in 2014. Both the birds and plants have responded and it is amazing to witness the regeneration and the increase in the number of birds.

Royal Penguins

Macquarie Island is home to four species of penguin, Kings, Royals, Gentoo and Rockhopper, with the Royal Penguin occurring nowhere else in the world. During our visit we will land at two sites (subject of course to weather and sea conditions) and you will get a chance to observe and photograph all four species, although the Rockhopper is much harder to capture than the others. Macquarie also has a large population of Southern Elephant Seals. Pups are born in October and weaned in November when the breeding adults return to sea. The weaners and sub adults lie around on the beaches. The weaners go to sea sometime in January, running the gauntlet of Orcas or Killer Whales waiting offshore. We also plan a landing at the Australian Antarctic Research Base at Buckles Bay where you will be able to meet with scientists and base staff. The original base was established in 1947 and the island has been ‘manned’ since then. It is one of the longest continuously occupied bases in the Subantarctic.

Day 9: At Sea

There will be briefings and lectures on Campbell Island in preparation for our visit there and opportunities for pelagic birding and/or simply relaxing.

photo by Katya Ovsyanikova

© Katya Ovsyanikova

Day 10: Campbell Island – Perseverance Harbour

We have all of today to explore Campbell Island, New Zealand’s southernmost Subantarctic territory. Its history is as rich and varied as the other islands we have visited. Discovered in 1810 (by the same sealing captain who discovered Macquarie Island) it too was soon occupied by sealers who introduced rats and cats.
In 1895 the New Zealand government advertised the island as a pastoral lease. The lease was taken up by an entrepreneurial New Zealand sheep farmer who stocked the island with sheep and cattle. The farming practices, which included burning the scrub, modified the island considerably. The farming lasted until 1934 when it was abandoned. Coastwatchers were stationed on the island during the war, at the end of the war the station was taken over by the New Zealand Metrological service and they maintained a manned weather/ research station on the island until 1995.
In the early 1970s the island was fenced in half and stock was removed off the northern half. The impacts of the remaining animals were monitored and they were all eventually removed in 1990. The vegetation recovered quickly and the cats died out naturally. In a very ambitious (and never before attempted on such a large scale) eradication programme the New Zealand Department of Conservation successfully removed the rats. With the island declared predator free in 2003, the way was clear to reintroduce the endangered Campbell Island Flightless Teal, which had been rediscovered
on an offshore island in 1975. Snipe, which were formerly unknown from the island but were discovered on another offshore island, recolonised the islands themselves. The vegetation which the great English botanist Sir Joseph Hooker described in 1841 as having a “Flora display second to none outside the tropics” is flourishing and is nothing short of spectacular.
We will offer a number of options to explore the island. There will be extended walks to Northwest Bay and possibly Mt Honey. There will also be an easier walk to the Col Lyall Saddle. All of these options will allow you the opportunity and time to enjoy the Southern Royal Albatross which nest here in large numbers. We also visit areas of the island which contain outstanding examples of the megaherbs for which the island is renowned.

King Penguins

Day 11: At Sea

At sea en route to the Port of Bluff, take the opportunity to relax and reflect on an amazing experience. We will recap the highlights of our expedition and enjoy a farewell dinner tonight as we complete the last few miles of our journey.

Day 12: Invercargill/Queenstown

Early this morning we will arrive in the Port of Bluff. After a final breakfast and completing Custom formalities we bid farewell to our fellow voyagers and take a complimentary coach transfer to either Invercargill or Queenstown Airports. In case of unexpected delays due to weather and/or port operations we ask you not to book any onward travel until after midday from Invercargill and after 3pm from Queenstown.

Note:

During our voyage, circumstances may make it necessary or desirable to deviate from the proposed itinerary.
This can include poor weather and opportunities for making unplanned excursions. Your Expedition Leader will keep you fully informed. Landings at the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand are by permit only as administered by the Government of New Zealand. No landings are permitted at The Snares.

Campbell Island

Health and Fitness

Anyone in normal good health can join us on this adventure. There are no special fitness requirements, although we will be often climbing into and out of the inflatable Zodiac boats, and walking on shore. Out on the ocean and exposed to the elements it can get quite cold. But it is summer and at times in the sun it can be quite warm.
The ship has a doctor and basic medical facilities on board. If you have specific health concerns or dietary requirements the staff at Heritage will be able to advise you. There’s also a gym on board if you feel the need to get extra workouts. Actually, with the excellent meals provided on these trips it’s not hard to put weight on, so some people like this option.

© Samuel Blanc
© Samuel Blanc

Our Ship

The 'Heritage Adventurer' is one of Heritage Expedition's latest additions to its fleet. Although we won’t be seeing ice on this voyage, the ship regularly visits both polar regions and is a very capable vessel. She also has plenty of vantage points for scenic and wildlife photography from all around the ship.

 

Heritage Adventurer

Inclusions

  • Photography tuition throughout the expedition with Michael Snedic.
  • One night accommodation (with breakfast) in Queenstown.
  • Shipboard accommodation.
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners onboard.
Coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock.
  • All zodiac and land excursions.
  • Transfer from Queenstown to Port Bluff, and to Invercargill or Queenstown on completion of the voyage.
  • Pre- and post-departure materials.

Exclusions

  • Airfares and other travel expenses to/from Queenstown/Invercargill.
  • Meals in Queenstown (other than as above).
  • Passport/visa expenses.
  • Personal/travel insurance coverage.
 Heritage will discuss with you the required insurance coverage (due to the remoteness of our destination).
  • Onboard bar, laundry, and telecommunications charges. Internet access is not available onboard.

photographing on macquarie island

Prices

The trip is being put together with our partners at Heritage Expeditions in Christchurch, and they take care of the bookings and travel arrangements for us, while Michael runs the photography program.

There are a variety of cabin classes. As usual with these ships your choice of berth/cabin type directly impacts the price of your ticket.

These prices are in US dollars per berth. There’s also an additional charge of US$800 pp to cover landing fees on these protected islands.

 

Superior Deck 4 US$11 450 pp
Superior Deck 5 US$11 950 pp
Main deck Single US$13 775 pp
Superior Single US$14 195 pp
Worsley Suite US$14 795 pp
Heritage Suite: US$21 200 pp

A 25% deposit is required to secure your place.

NB: PRICE INCLUDES PHOTOGRAPHY TUITION FEE BY MICHAEL SNEDIC, WHICH WILL BE INVOICED SEPARATELY

Snares Penguins

How to book

To reserve your place or just to ask more questions about this photo expedition, please contact Michael either via his Contact Form or by calling +61 408 941 965.

 

11 Day Kimberley Coast Photography Expedition

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11th to 21st of July 2023

FULLY-BOOKED!

Join pioneering small ship expedition cruise company Heritage Expeditions and WildNature Photo Expeditions, on a thrilling in- depth exploration of Australia's world-famous Kimberley Coast. This area is one of the world's most pristine and untouched wildernesses, and you will experience it onboard the luxurious, 140-guest expedition ship Heritage Adventurer, as well as plenty of landings.

Forged by nature and spanning more than 400,000 square kilometres, Western Australia's wild and remote coastline marries a treasure trove of towering, fractured iron-tinged red cliffs, torrential waterfalls, azure waters, hidden coves and caves, secluded white sand beaches, magnificent reefs and rare and endangered wildlife with indigenous customs and connections to an ancient land, and rich history.

Best explored by expedition vessel, our Kimberley cruises allow an up close and intimate exploration and immersion of this rugged wilderness dwarfed by nature on an unfathomable scale. Highlights of our voyage include the unforgettable spectacle of King George Falls cascading 80-metres down 2,000 million-year-old towering cliffs, the outdoor galleries showcasing the 60,000-year-old Aboriginal rock art of the Gwion Gwion and Wandjina people, World War II relics and early explorer history.

At Talbot Bay we will experience the power of the region's massive tidal movements and the world's only Horizontal Falls described by David Attenborough as "one of the greatest wonders of the natural world", and marvel as the world's largest inshore reef system at nearby Montgomery Reef 'rises' out of the water with the falling tide.

Hidden among jagged sandstone monoliths, the final resting place of the remarkably preserved skeleton of a WWII Douglas DC-3 Aircraft awaits discovery at Vansittart Bay, while a glimpse into Australian colonial history can be found carved into the trunk of the centuries old Mermaid Boab Tree at Careening Bay. Enjoy astounding wildlife encounters and observations from the region's iconic saltwater crocodiles through to the birding paradise of the Lacepede Islands and one of the world's largest and most pristine mangrove systems along the Hunter River home to White-bellied Sea Eagle, Osprey, Red-headed Honeyeater, Blue- spotted Mudskippers, Fiddler Crabs and more.

Discover an ancient landscape like no other as we expedition cruise the untouched beauty of Australia's iconic Kimberley and experience the truly epic scale of this magnificent region by ship and Zodiac on this unforgettable Australian adventure.

We will have a maximum of 8 photographers on this expedition, led by professional nature photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic

Photographers of all experience levels are welcome. Michael will be guiding you and supporting your photography during the expedition. Not just in taking photographs in the field, but also in reviewing and refining your photos along the way.

 

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Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Your 
photography 
leader and tutor - Michael Snedic

On this expedition, Michael Snedic is there to help you photograph the stunning scenery and wildlife we will encounter. He will be conducting a series of classes throughout the voyage, as well as being on-hand throughout the outings.

As well as being a professional wildlife and nature photographer, Michael is an experienced photographic tutor (19 years). He is an experienced (26 years) and widely published wildlife and nature photographer and writer. Michael's articles and images have featured in many magazines, calendars, diaries, books, brochures, billboards and many other publications, across Australia and the world.

He is the author of two books on Australian wildlife, and is a Nikon School tutor for Australia. Michael regularly presents audio-visual presentations at photographic organisations, and has been conducting photography workshops and tours across Australia for many years. He also conducts photography tours across Australia and the world. Michael loves sharing his photographic knowledge and passion with workshop participants, helping them improve their photographic skills.

 

Itinerary:

Please contact Michael to receive a detailed daily itinerary.

Health and Fitness

Anyone in normal good health can join us on this adventure. There are no special fitness requirements, although we will be often climbing into and out of the inflatable Zodiac boats, and walking on shore. Out on the ocean and exposed to the elements it can get quite cold. But it is summer and at times in the sun it can be quite warm.
The ship has a doctor and basic medical facilities on board. If you have specific health concerns or dietary requirements the staff at Heritage will be able to advise you. There’s also a gym on board if you feel the need to get extra workouts. Actually, with the excellent meals provided on these trips it’s not hard to put weight on, so some people like this option.

mitchell_falls_roderick_eime_flickr

Our Ship

The 'Heritage Adventurer' is one of Heritage Expedition's latest additions to its fleet. Although we won’t be seeing ice on this voyage, the ship regularly visits both polar regions and is a very capable vessel. She also has plenty of vantage points for scenic and wildlife photography from all around the ship.

 

Heritage Adventurer

Inclusions

  • Photography tuition throughout the expedition with Michael Snedic.
  • Shipboard accommodation onboard 'Heritage Adventurer'.
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners onboard.
 Coffee, tea and cocoa is available around the clock.
  • All zodiac and land excursions, guided by an experienced expedition team.
  • Pre- and post-departure materials.

Exclusions

  • Airfares and other travel expenses
  • $500AU landing fee
  • Personal/travel insurance coverage.
 Heritage will discuss with you the required insurance coverage (due to the remoteness of our destination).
  • Onboard bar, laundry, and telecommunications charges. Internet access is not available onboard.

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Prices

The trip is being put together with our partners at Heritage Expeditions in Christchurch, and they take care of the bookings and travel arrangements for us, while Michael runs the photography program.

There are a variety of cabin classes. As usual with these ships your choice of berth/cabin type directly impacts the price of your ticket.

Prices are in Australian dollars

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Cabin Category Price
Main Deck Triple $9 950 pp
Superior Deck 4 $12 450 pp
Superior Deck 5 $12 950 pp
Main Deck Single $15 995 pp
Superior Single WAITLIST
Worsley Suite $16 475 pp
Heritage Suite: $20 475 pp

*Prices are in AUD. A 25% deposit is required to secure your place.

PRICE INCLUDES PHOTOGRAPHY TUITION FEE BY MICHAEL SNEDIC, WHICH WILL BE INVOICED SEPARATELY.

NB: THE PRICE SHOWN IS THE TOTAL YOU WILL PAY.

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How to book

To reserve your place or just to ask more questions about this photo expedition, please contact Michael either via his Contact Form or by calling +61 408 941 965.

 

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17 Day Japan Islands Photography Expedition

18th of May to 2nd of June 2023

The ultimate exploration of Japan’s wilderness, beyond its national parks and last frontier – Hokkaido. Translating in English to ‘Northern Sea Circuit’, Hokkaido is Japan’s northernmost and least developed island, and a world away from the country’s more traditional and contemporary cities.

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WildNature Photo Expeditions and Heritage Expeditions, pioneers in authentic small ship expedition cruising, invite you to join them on the ultimate exploration of Japan’s wilderness, beyond its national parks and last frontier – Hokkaido. Translating in English to ‘Northern Sea Circuit’, Hokkaido is Japan’s northernmost and least developed island, and a world away from the country’s more traditional and contemporary cities.

Bordered by the Sea of Japan, Okhotsk and the Pacific Ocean, Hokkaido’s rugged landscape features a mountainous centre, complete with volcanic plateau, and is rightly famous for its volcanoes and hot springs. Among its multiple plains is Kushiro, the largest wetland in Japan and home of the Red-crowned Crane, one of the world’s largest and rarest cranes and iconic symbol of Japan where it is also known as the ‘bird of happiness’.

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During our semi circumnavigation of this remarkable island we plan to explore to the outlying Rebun and Rishiri Islands, venture into national parklands, observe wildlife and experience traditional cultures and the swathes of colourful flowers Hokkaido is renowned for. Our voyage also includes a day in South Korea’s Ulsan visiting the fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site Gyeongju – the ‘museum without walls’ among other highlights. We’ll also visit the incredible UNESCO registered Global Geopark Dogojima Island, world famous gardens, the serene lakes and forest of Juniko (12 Lakes) park, observe wildlife and discover the fascinating art of Japanese paper making on our visit to the historic town of Matsue with its impressive 17th Century castle.

We hope you can join us for this rare opportunity to join this voyage including Japan’s most enchanting isle as we explore the unspoiled nature, primeval wilderness, astounding rare wildlife, limpid lakes and alpine flowers during this unforgettable adventure.

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Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

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photography 
leader and tutor - Michael Snedic

On this expedition you will have access every day to a professional nature photographer and instructor. Michael is there to help you photograph the stunning scenery, wildlife and culture we will encounter. Michael will be conducting a series of classes throughout the voyage, as well as being on-hand throughout the outings.

Michael is a professional wildlife and nature photographer and an experienced photographic tutor (19 years.) He has been photographing wildlife and nature for 26 years and is widely published writer. His articles and images have featured in magazines, calendars, diaries, books, brochures, billboards and many other publications, across Australia and the world.

He is the author of two books on Australian wildlife, and is a Nikon School tutor for Australia. Michael regularly presents audio-visual presentations at photographic organisations, and has been conducting photography workshops and tours across Australia for many years. He also conducts photography tours to Africa (including Kenya, Botswana, Tanzania, Namibia, Sabi Sabi, Madagascar and the Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda), Antarctica, South Georgia, the Falkland Islands, the Arctic (Svalbard) and the Subantarctic. Michael loves sharing his photographic knowledge and passion with workshop participants, helping them improve their photographic skills.

 

Itinerary:

Please contact Michael to receive a detailed daily itinerary.

Health and Fitness

Anyone in normal good health can join us on this adventure. There are no special fitness requirements, although we will be often climbing into and out of the inflatable Zodiac boats, and walking on shore. Out on the ocean and exposed to the elements it can get quite cold. But it is summer and at times in the sun it can be quite warm.
The ship has a doctor and basic medical facilities on board. If you have specific health concerns or dietary requirements the staff at Heritage will be able to advise you. There’s also a gym on board if you feel the need to get extra workouts. Actually, with the excellent meals provided on these trips it’s not hard to put weight on, so some people like this option.

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Inclusions

  • Photography tuition throughout the expedition with Michael Snedic.
  • Shipboard accommodation onboard Heritage Expedition's 'Heritage Adventurer'.
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners onboard.
 Coffee, tea and cocoa is available around the clock.
  • All zodiac and land excursions.
  • Pre- and post-departure materials.

Exclusions

  • Airfares and other travel expenses
  • Passport/visa expenses.
  • Personal/travel insurance coverage.
 Heritage will discuss with you the required insurance coverage
  • Onboard bar, laundry, and telecommunications charges. Internet access is not available onboard.

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Prices

The trip is being put together with our partners at Heritage Expeditions in Christchurch, and they take care of the bookings and travel arrangements for us, while Michael runs the photography program.

There are a variety of cabin classes. As usual with these ships your choice of berth/cabin type directly impacts the price of your ticket.

These prices below are in US dollars . 

 

Superior Deck 4 US$13 475 pp
Superior Deck 5 US$13 975 pp
Main deck Single US$16 295 pp
Superior Single US$17 475 pp
Worsley Suite US$18 495 pp
Heritage Suite: US$21 500 pp

A 25% deposit is required to secure your place.

NB: PRICING SHOWN ABOVE INCLUDES PHOTOGRAPHY TUITION FEE BY MICHAEL SNEDIC, WHICH WILL BE INVOICED SEPARATELY. THE AMOUNT SHOWN IS THE TOTAL YOU PAY.

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How to book

To reserve your place or just to ask more questions about this photo expedition, please contact Michael either via his Contact Form or by calling +61 408 941 965.

 

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