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11 Day Zambia Wildlife Photography Safari

  • Elephant visiting camp

ZAMBIA 

11 Day Photographic Safari

 12th to 22nd of October 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 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:

 USD8,995 per person (single supplement upon request)
 
*Prices are subject to change due to increases outside our control.

 

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

October 12 - 14

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

October 13

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

Lion

October 14 - 19

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

October 15 - 18

On safari in South Luangwa National Park

Flatdogs

October 19 - 22

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

October 20 - 21

Private guided visit to Victoria Falls. Rhino Walking experience.

October 22

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

10 Day Zimbabwe and Botswana Photography Safari (Waterfalls, Wildlife and Wilderness)

  • Serene Elephant

22nd of October to the 31st of October 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 and private game vehicles, you're guaranteed an unmatched level of exclusivity. 
 

 

Botswana sunset

Price:

USD9,240 per person twin share / approx AUD13,599* (single supplement upon request)
 
*price is subject to change due to increases outside our control.
 
 

 

sango-safari-camp-Mokoro Elephant

Kick start the this photo safari with two nights in Victoria Falls, where you’ll witness this natural wonder on foot and by helicopter. Catch the excitement of a Chobe Safari with amazing boat cruises and game drives.

Khwai in Northern Botswana includes the luxury of game drives, bush and nature walks and of course gliding down water channels in a traditional mokoro. This area is one of the most scenic and wildlife rich areas of the Okavango Delta.

The prominent mainland of Chiefs Island and its drier habitats, along with multiple lagoons, create an incredibly diverse ecosystem of riverine woodlands, acacia thickets, grasslands, dry pans, palm fringed islands, and hippo-filled waterways, that provide great game-viewing possibilities. The reintroduction of rhinos into the Moremi means that the area offers the possibility of seeing the Big Five, enhancing the all-round exceptional game viewing.

Sango Safari Camp Is ideally located along the Khwai River forming a natural border between Moremi Game Reserve and the Khwai Concession, with animals traveling freely from one to the other. You'll experience exceptional wildlife viewing from open vehicle game drives in Moremi and the Khwai area plus night drives and mokoro safaris (canoeing - water level dependent).

Botswana aerial view

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Inclusions:

  • Private road transfers throughout
  • Two nights Ursula's Homestead breakfast and dinner daily
  • Private tour of Victoria Falls
  • Lunch at Lookout Cafe
  • 12/13 minute scenic helicopter flight of the Falls
  • Sunset boating photographic safari on the Zambezi River
  • Three nights Chobe Bakwena with all meals, private activities (boating safari and game drives) included
  • Light aircraft flight to Moremi within the Delta region
  • Four nights at Sango Safari Camp with all meals, game drives, mokoro safari and 1 x boating trip included
  • Light aircraft flight to Maun

Ursulas Homestead

Excludes:

  • International Airfares into Victoria Falls on 22 October and out of Maun on 31 October 2023
  • Visas
  • Drinks
  • Lunch on day of arrival and transit days (24 and 27 October)
  • Tipping
  • Items of a personal nature

Hippo

Itinerary & Details

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

river-safari-kasane-chobe-bakwena

October 22 - 24

Arrive into Victoria Falls. Transfer to the homestead for two nights with all meals included. Two nights here with private tour of the Falls, helicopter scenic flight, sunset cruise, game drive and bush dinner included.
12/13 Minute Helicopter Flight Of Angels Sunset Cruise On The Zambezi Royal
Ursula's Homestead - 2 Nights

October 24 - 27

Today we're off to Botswana. We road transfer to Chobe for three nights exploring the national park and riverways in 4x4 vehicle and boat. All meals and private activities included.
Chobe Bakwena Lodge - 3 Nights

Victoria Falls

October 27 - 31

After morning safari activity and breakfast, it's time to pack up and catch a light aircraft flight to Khwai for four nights photographic safari in the greater Okavango Delta system. All meals, 4x4 game drives in Moremi Game Reserve and game drives and boating in the Khwai Concession.
Sango Safari Camp - 4 Nights

November 1

After our morning activity, we fly back to Maun where the trip comes to an end.

bakwena-lodge-river-cruise

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

Photo safari participants

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

Encompass Africa

Hornbill

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

ONLY THREE SPOTS LEFT!

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

Early bird discount currently available until 31st August 2022.

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Cabin Category Price Discounted Price
Main Deck Triple $9 950 pp $8160
Superior Deck 4 $12 450 pp $10 160
Superior Deck 5 $12 950 pp $10 560
Main Deck Single $15 995 pp $12 996
Superior Single WAITLIST WAITLIST
Worsley Suite $16 475 pp $13 380
Heritage Suite: $20 475 pp $16 580

*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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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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11 Day Antarctic Photo Expedition – November 2023

  • Amazing whale encounter in Antarctica

11th to 21st of November 2023

 

EARLYBIRD DISCOUNT NOW AVAILABLE UNTIL 31ST OF JULY 2022

In November 2023, Michael Snedic will again be taking photographers on an 11 day photography expedition along the Antarctic Peninsula.

The trip runs from the 11th to the 21st of November 2023, starting and ending in Usuaia, Argentina. We will travel across the Drake Passage to Antarctica, spending  time exploring the peninsula before heading back to Ushuaia.

There are never any guarantees with Antarctic weather, so the exact itinerary can always change at the last minute.

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The days are long (the sun will hardly set most days) and most days will usually involve at least two opportunities to get off the ship and either go ashore (usually amongst penguin colonies), or cruise amongst the ice in Zodiacs photographing amazing ice formations and wildlife. Through all of this Michael will be there to help you make this a trip of a lifetime, letting you come back with new images and new skills.

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Cruising the Antarctic waters with my WildNature Photo Expedition participants

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There will be many opportunities to photograph from the ship also. Landscapes, icebergs, and wildlife as we sail amongst them.

Close up encounter with penguins in Antarctica.

With the landscapes changing almost every second, it can be surprising how many different scenes you can photograph in a day! All the images on this page were made on previous visits to this area.

Our ship - The Ocean Endeavour

We will be travelling on the Ocean Endeavour, operated by Intrepid Travel. This comfortable and stable ship will be your home for the entire voyage, with most cabins being twin-share and all with private facilities. The ship is faster than most, and this can give us a quicker-than-average crossing of the Drake Passage, giving us a little more time in Antarctica than other ships.

The ship will also have non-photographer passengers on it, and while we will be sharing the ship and the general Antarctic experience with them, the photographic advice/instruction will be for our group. For example, on outings we will usually operating as a group with our own Zodiac. WildNature works closely with the Intrepid expedition team throughout (and before) the voyage to optimise operations on both sides to help everyone.

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Your Tutor: Michael Snedic

Michael is a highly experienced and widely-published wildlife and nature photographer, writer and tutor. His articles and images have featured in magazines such as Australian Photography +Digital, Australian Geographic, Wildlife Australia, Australian Birdlife and the UK’s BBC Wildlife, to name but some. His images have featured in numerous calendars, diaries, books and many other publications, including billboards and he has had two books published on Australian wildlife. Michael is a Nikon School tutorr for Australia and regularly conducts photography workshops and tours across Australia and the world.

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Costs and booking

The following prices are per person, in Australian dollars. A non-refundable 20% deposit will be needed within 5 days to secure your booking. Because most of the cost of the trip is taken up with the mechanics of getting you to Antarctica and back, the price will vary depending on the cabin type you select. Please note that there are a limited number of each cabin type available. Twin-share is the most numerous.

Prices are in Australian dollars.

Category Cabin Type Regular Price Discounted
2 Triple Interior: $12 110
3 Twin Interior: $13 540
5 Twin Window: $15 690 $14 291
6 Comfort Twin: $16 260 $14 804
4 Twin Porthole: $14 970
7 Select Twin: $17 110 $15 569
8 Superior: $18 830 $16 261
9 Junior Suite: $20 260 $17 476
1 Single Interior: $18 690
10 Owner's Suite: $21 970 $18 930
5A Single Window: $22 830 $20 717
4A Single Porthole: $21 970
Earlybird Discount Now Available Until The 31st Of May 2022

Prices are per person twin share, or triple share

All cabins have private facilities. See further below for detailed inclusions/exclusions.

If you’re considering joining Michael on this truly 'Bucket List' trip, please register ASAP via our contact form

To ask any questions about the workshop or to book a place, please:

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The trip is being put together with our partners at Intrepid Travel.

Intrepid Travel will be able to arrange flights and accommodation for you (including any other South American activities you want to include at either end of the trip) as part of a package, but you’re free to make other arrangements.

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Group size and expertise levels

There are space for 9 photographers on this Antarctica Photo Expedition. Michael is an experienced nature photographer and tutor and will be on-hand to provide photographic advice throughout the trip. He also encourage all participants to take advantage of the image critique sessions provided throughout the trip.

Photographers of all experience levels are welcome. Whether you’re a seasoned professional with expensive gear, a beginner with simpler equipment (or in fact any combination of those) Michael will be there to provide value for you.  Michael not only work to get you to “the right places”, he's there to help you make photos you’ll be proud of. . Each landing is different: there are always constraints on where we can safely go, but there are many opportunities to spread out.

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Health and fitness

Anyone in normal good health is welcome to join us on this adventure. There are no special fitness requirements, although we will be often hiking on shore several times a day. We will be living on the ship which is sailing in unfrozen water, and the outside temperatures are often close to freezing. We’re not going inland where the temperatures would drop significantly. For example if you visit any of the Australian snowfields you’ll have probably been in colder conditions than we’ll usually see. And if you want to test out any gear in snow before the trip, the 2015 snow season might be a good time to visit the mountains!

The ship has a doctor and basic medical facilities on board. If you have specific health concerns or dietary requirements the staff at Peregrine 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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Equipment to bring

On these expeditions most photographers bring DSLRs and/or mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses. Sometimes even medium-format cameras. You should bring at least two cameras (one as a backup: there are no nearby camera stores!) and often at least 2-3 lenses. Zoom lenses are a popular choice, although some photographers use primes as well. In general at the telephoto end you’ll want something that reaches at least 200mm, although 300 or 400mm are often popular. Being able to pick out details within a landscape, or a group of penguins on a passing iceberg is something you’ll probably miss if you only have shorter lenses. But you’ll usually also want a wide-angle lens to deal with some of the massive icebergs up close as well as some of the majestic skyscapes. For example many people end up with three basic zooms: a wide-angle such as a 16-35mm, a general-purpose 24-70mm, a 70-200mm (or sometimes a 70-300mm, 100-400mm, etc). But in the end everyone usually ends up with a slightly different combination of gear. Of course, these figures are in terms of 35mm “full frame” cameras: you can convert with the appropriate “crop factor” for other systems.

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On clear days there’s a lot of sunlight, but sometimes a layer of cloud rolls in and we can sail through a spooky grey world with yellow sunlight around the horizon, and blue and green icebergs around us.

Having a camera and lens that can cope with a broad range of brightness conditions without too much grain/noise will let you take advantage of more of these situations. But no matter what you have sometimes it’s just too dark, such as when we encountered a large pod of Orca late at night in overcast conditions and it was too dark for most people to get photos that weren’t just dark smudges. But putting the camera down and just watching them with your eyes was still a magical experience.

Tripods are usually not useful on the ship. They can be useful onshore, but if you’re going to take one we favour smaller models due to issues such as simplifying getting into and out of Zodiacs. Spare batteries, polarising filter, and enough memory cards to at least last for each outing completes the basic camera gear requirements.

Stunning Antarctica

A backpack to help you carry your gear onshore and withstand the odd splash of water is also essential. You need to have hands free while getting in and out of the Zodiacs, and when you’re dressed for Antarctic conditions a photo vest with enough pockets to hold your gear just wouldn’t work!

As well as that photography gear, you should bring a laptop and hard drives to download and review the photos every day. Most people use software such as Lightroom to do this. You’ll have a limited stay in Antarctica, and while we don’t want to miss the photographic opportunities by spending all day sitting in front of a computer, it’s important to not only regularly backup the photos (and free up the cards for the next outing) but also review your work and identify how you can do things better on the next outing.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia - Argentina

Your adventure begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Nestled within the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, Ushuaia boasts many shops, museums, restaurants and cafes that you can enjoy before your voyage. This Argentine town is the ideal gateway for you to explore the southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for your adventure ahead. If you feel adventurous, the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park offers plenty of outdoor activities.

Antartic Whale encounter

Day 2: Departing Ushuaia

Following your embarkation onto the Ocean Endeavour in the late afternoon, begin your Antarctic journey south, passing through the infamous Beagle Channel. Named after the famed ship on which Charles Darwin voyaged, the channel presents great photo opportunities of landscapes and seabirds.

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Day 3-4: The Drake Passage

Sail into the Drake Passage. This wide channel separates the bottom of South America from the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, and was named after the English explorer, Sir Frances Drake. We hope for smooth sailing through the waterway, but be prepared for possible rough seas. On-board presentations and safety briefings by the expedition team will provide you with an insight into the locations you'll be visiting.

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Days 5-8: Antarctica

Your Antarctic adventure truly begins once you have left the Drake Passage behind and the South Shetland Islands come into view, a region that has long captured the attention of explorers. Every visit to Antarctica reveals something unexpecting or new, meaning your expedition will be unlike any other – a unique and personal experience. During your time aboard the Ocean Endeavour, your expedition team and captain will scout for whales and seabirds and alert you to any new sightings. Enjoy in-depth explanations and lectures from your expedition team on the glaciology, history and wildlife of the region as you explore.

Even more exciting will be your first land excursion – something you will never forget! Daily Zodiac cruises and shore excursions take you to explore local bays, channels and landing sites with wildlife opportunities always at the forefront of your expedition team's mind. Walk on beaches dotted with penguins, visit penguin rookeries and search for southern seal species, including the fearless penguin eater, the leopard seal. Each day and each landing is different, but every day presents new photo opportunities and sightings, so it won't take long until you know the difference between an Adelie, gentoo and chinstrap penguin.

Michael will be with you every step of the way, making sure you accomplish the best possible photos from this truly wonderful photographer's paradise.

Gentoo Pengion with chick - Antarctica

Days 9-10: The Drake Passage

Wind down your Antarctic adventure with a voyage back across the Drake Passage. This is another great opportunity to look out for wildlife from the deck with a hot drink in your hand. You will also be able to attend more presentations by onboard experts focusing on the history and wildlife of the Antarctic region.

Seal encounter

Day 11: Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

You arrive in the port of Ushuaia in the morning and your expedition team will gather on the deck to farewell you as you disembark the Ocean Endeavour after breakfast. Your transfer to Ushuaia airport is included for all flights departing today.

Inclusions

  • Photography tuitionary pro photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic, throughout the expedition. This includes image review and critique throughout the trip.
  • One night's accommodation in a comfortable hotel
  • Shipboard accommodation.
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners onboard. Coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock.
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings.
  • A waterproof expedition parka is supplied on board for you to keep.
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance (up to US$100,000) is provided to get you back to Argentina in the event of an emergency, although you will still need your own insurance (with Antarctic cover) to get you home.

Exclusions

  • Airfares and other travel expenses to/from Usuaia, Argentina.
  • Passport/visa expenses.
  • Personal/travel insurance coverage. Peregrine will discuss with you the required insurance coverage (due to the remoteness of our destination).
  • Onboard bar, laundry, and telecommunications charges. Onboard internet access is available.

Booking

If you’re considering joining us, please register with us ASAP via our contact form.

To ask any questions about the workshop, either:

Contact Michael via his site’s contact form or via phone at +61 408 941 965.

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