South Africa Safari 2018
A Photographic Holiday with Julie Lovegrove
Dates: September 15th – 29th 2018. Limited to just 6 guests.
From the early hours in the morning when the coolness of the air gives no indication of the heat to come, to that magical dusk time when the colours around you change and the night sounds begin, Africa steals a piece of your heart. This is primarily a wildlife photography holiday with game drives most days. Unlike other safaris based in one place, the game drives will incorporate different reserves, giving a great diversity of experiences.
- 14 nights full board accommodation
- 2 x full day game drives in Kruger National Park
- 1/2 day visit to Kinyonga Reptile centre, with a dedicated member of their staff at our disposal.
- 1/2 day visit to Blyde Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world
- Day trip along the Panorama Route – a beautiful scenic route along Mpumalanga Escarpment with Blyde River Canyon.
- 1/2 day visit to Jessica the Hippo
- Visit to the nearby town of Hoedspruit
- 2 x visits and overnights camping in Klaserie private nature reserve
- Additional drives on nearby Buffaloland and other properties (exact ones tbc)
- Guided bush walks at the lodge
What’s Not Included
- Flights to and from Hoedspruit airport
- Wifi is available for an additional fee (approx £20 for two weeks)
- Soft drinks/Alcohol
- Personal travel insurance
- Any visas that are needed depending on your country of origin
This two week holiday is based in the world-famous Greater Kruger Area – famous for the Big 5 and amazing scenery. It is world renowned and known for protection efforts to save species and to preserve their natural habitat.
In this impressive setting, you will have the opportunity to use and enhance your photographic skills and encounter some of Africa’s iconic wildlife and landscapes. If you have always wanted to take amazing wildlife pictures, there is no better place!
These two weeks will focus on getting out as much as possible with your camera. From photographing a myriad of wildlife, the night stars, insects and the landscapes on offer – you’ll never want to put the camera down! The heat of the day (roughly 11 am to 3 pm) is not the best time for game viewing as the animals will be lying low, seeking out any available shade to rest in. This is the time for us to relax, edit our images, swim in the pool at the lodge, and enjoying the company of other like minded people.
In private reserves where our game vehicle is allowed off road and to make bush stops, our guide will find a nice (and safe) vantage point where we can stop, enjoy sundowners, and watch the sun set – a special and spectacular sight!
Back at the lodge, an inviting campfire is often lit. Join your fellow safari goers and guides to chat about the day’s highlights, safari anecdotes and the possibilities that await you tomorrow. The African night sounds and skies (weather permitting) will be remembered forever.
Behind the scenes
African wildlife is Julie’s passion. Once you’ve experienced being out in the bush, never knowing what is around the next bend in the road is addictive. Julie has spent nearly 6 months in this location near the Kruger National Park and she still hankers to go back. She has used her contacts, knowledge of the area and its possibilities to put together this two week holiday. Tried and tested, the only surprises should be amazing ones, such as seeing a leopard draped over the bough of a tree with its paws crossed!
Rooms will be in single occupancy (unless traveling as a couple) traditional en-suite Rondavels at a spacious lodge that boasts a large swimming pool, indoor and outdoor eating areas and is situated on 18 hectares of land. The grounds serve as home to impala, bush buck, warthog and a great diversity of birdlife. Here, you will dine, relax and socialise. We don’t know of a better place to sit around a fire and admire the stars.
To secure your place we are asking for a deposit of £500.00. The balance may be paid in instalments if you wish, with payment in full required by 30th June 2018.
Do I need to be an expert photographer?
This holiday is open to anyone – photographer or not, as the excitement and enjoyment of seeing animals in the wild is not restricted to those with a camera!
Leader: Julie Lovegrove
Who is Julie? Well, she’s the other half of Damien, and this is what she says about herself:
“I didn’t ever know what I wanted to be ‘when I grew up’, so for pretty much all of my adult life I’ve fallen into jobs, which have mostly been fine, but that’s all – just fine. I’ve always had a hankering to travel to exotic and far flung places, and ‘do something’ with wild animals. I used to dream of being brave and adventurous like Joy Adamson, Jane Goodall or Diane Fossey, and it was the film ‘Born Free’ that grabbed my imagination all those years ago. Ever since then I wanted to go to Africa and sit on that rock. (you know, the one where Elsa sits with her cubs at the end of the film.) In December 2010 after seeing the film again on television and talking animatedly about it, my son Aaron said “so go and do something with lions”, so we went on the internet, and found a Gap Year volunteer programme where I could actually do just that. So I went. In my 50s. All on my own. Not knowing anybody. And I LOVED IT.
So many people describe something that happens to them as ‘life changing’, but in reality for most people it only changes something in their life for a very short period of time. This really did change mine, as over the years I’ve done more and more volunteering and traveling on my own, to the extent of leaving my family to fend for themselves and working in South Africa teaching photography for several months at a time. Seeing and photographing the various countries of Africa, its wildlife and landscapes is now a huge passion and I escape there as often as I can!”
This is what Damien says about Julie:
“Julie is first and foremost modest. She is strong, brave, sensible and clear thinking. Julie knows what she likes and is true to herself. She has developed a keen eye for detail and composition in her photography, a skill honed on the 400 or so fabulous weddings she shot alongside me, the numerous portrait commissions she has done as a full time professional photographer, and through her many trips to photograph the African wildlife. Julie has a true passion for Africa and it runs through her veins, so it’s probably a good thing that she has a great sense of adventure. Julie is firm but fair, extremely patient and calm, and perfect for leading this kind of holiday.
Learn more about Julie’s Namibia photography tour on her blog post here
“The trip that Julie arranged to Namibia hit all the right notes. Her attention to detail ensured that we had a perfect itinerary with lodging that at times was nothing short of decadent. One could not imagine a better guide and Julie’s preparation was meticulous. You will find no better or encouraging tutor if you are looking to improve your photography skills. Among her many gifts, Julie never forgets that taking photography should always be fun. If you want a once-in-a-lifetime trip to an amazing country with opportunities to visit breathtaking landscapes and see extraordinary wildlife, I whole-heartedly recommend a journey with Julie.” – Gary – Tennessee, US.
“Julie has the patience of a saint! I couldn’t get my head around the workflow process in lightroom and made a complete mess of things. She spent ages sorting me out and wasn’t going to give up on me until I knew what I had to do. It also took me a long time to understand what I was doing with aperture, iso and shutter speed, and at no point did I feel that any question was too stupid to ask” – Jess
“As an experienced photographer, Julie has the ability to convey that knowledge across in an easy to understand way. Her passion for photography provides a unique experience for any level of photographer.” – Cheryl
“Julie taught me to how to make the small details stand out, how and where to focus, and I don’t only mean photography! She also showed me how to be creative and think outside the box in Lightroom.” – Dora
The Small Print
We reserve the right to change some details if circumstances are out of our control. A deposit of £500 is required to secure your place. The remaining balance can be paid in full or in instalments. You can pay online via PayPal or bank transfer.
Have any questions? Give us a call:
01275 853204 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm GMT) or email us.
As our fixed costs remain the same regardless of how many delegates attend, like any pre-booked tickets for the theatre, concert, flights etc, we are unable to give a full refund in the event of non-attendance, regardless of the circumstances. The exception to this is if we have prior notice and are able to put a cancellation place back online AND your place is resold. In this event we will of course make a full refund or credit to you.We recommend that you take out travel insurance as soon as you book this trip, and ensure that it will cover you for cancellation in the event of illness.
We also reserve the right to cancel this tour if there is insufficient demand, especially if it means that our costs would be higher than our income. Please note that we cannot be liable for any other costs incurred by yourself, so please check with us before booking any non-refundable flights to and from Hoedspruit.
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