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Cats of the Kalahari Photography Tour

Exclusive Kalahari Photo Safari - home of the black-maned lions


This photography trip takes you to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park at the border triangle of South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. This unique park awaits you with all of the Kalahari desert’s creatures, from majestic oryx antelopes to cute little meerkats. Famous for its high concentration of predators, this park offers you amazing opportunities to see the legendary Kalahari lions with their black manes. With a little luck you will also see cheetahs or even a leopard and not to forget about the smaller cats like the African wildcat and the caracal.

The park also beguiles you with its majestic landscape, casting a spell with its red, shimmering dunes. Spread under a never-ending, expansive sky, the Kgalagadi is a real haven of tranquillity. To experience the Kalahari is indeed balm for the soul.

During this trip, you will be accompanied by Hannes Lochner..Hannes, a renowned and multiple award-winning professional photographer, lived in the park for 5 years and knows it better than anyone else.

All images on this tour description webpage are from Hannes Lochner.

23 to 30 October 2020 (fully booked)

11 November to 18 November 2020 (only 1 spot available)

30. January to 6. February 2021 (available)

8 days / 7 nights

minimum of 4, maximum of 6 people

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Visiting the Kalahari in Winter (May - October)
In Winter, the tempratures are nice and cool. This means, that the lions and other cats are more active during the day.
Visiting the Kalahari in Summer (November - April)
At the beginning of the rainy season. This time of the year brings fantastic, colourful skies as well as thunderstorms and magical light.
Kalahari Photo Safari
Kalahari Photo Safari
This Kalahari Photo Safari offers a number of extraordinary photographical highlights!
  • The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park provides great opportunities to photograph the big cats such as black-maned lions, cheetahs and leopards as well as the smaller cats like the African wildcat and with a bit of luck the caracal.
  • The trip offers you countless photographic scenes featuring the creatures of the Kalahari desert. In addition to the big cats, you will have excellent opportunities to photograph meerkats, large herds of antelopes, birds of prey, owls, African wild cats and many other animals.
  • The red sand dunes form a spectacular background for photos of wildlife.
  • Sunrise and sunsets in the Kalahari are incomparable and immerse the photographic subject in a magical light.
  • The imposing star-spangled sky in the Kalahari is a very inspiring photographic subject and ideal for time-exposure photography.
  • Photographic support and tour guiding from Hannes Lochner. Hardly anyone knows the region better than Hannes Lochner. He lived in the park for five years and, among other things, published two absolutely riveting illustrated books on the Kalahari.
  • You will spend the night in two beautiful, comfortable lodges whose surroundings are also ideal for hunting for photographic subjects.
  • Small groups with a maximum of 6 participants

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in the Kalahari
We will meet in late afternoon at a charming lodge, only a few kilometres from the gates of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. After an introduction we will have time to capture the first images of a Kalahari sunset and the starry sky.
Travelling to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
You have two options for travelling to the park:

  • An individual journey to Twee Rivieren in your own hire car.
  • An organised transfer from Upington (early in the morning on 3rd November).
  • On request, we would be pleased to book accommodation for you in Upington the night before and after the photography tour.
Kalahari Photo Safari
Kalahari Photo Safari
Day 2: Driving into the Park
After your breakfast you will be transferred to the park entrance. The guides are already waiting for us and we will start our journey through the park. In an open Safari vehicle you will be exploring the Nossob valley and have the opportunity to photograph the first animal encounters. Around noon you’ll have a picnic lunch in the Park and in the late afternoon we will arrive at Polentswa lodge.
Kalahari Photo Safari
Kalahari Photo Safari
Day 3 - 7: Days spent exploring the Park
On the following days we will go on game drives in the early morning and late afternoon. You will have plenty of time for photography. Hannes will support you with tips and tricks.

In the afternoons, Hannes will give short tutorials on topics of your choice as required and will be available for 1:1 tuitition. Or you can take the time to enjoy the beautiful lodge or take an extended siesta.

With a bit of luck you can catch the wild animals in fantastic light conditions in the early morning and late afternoon. After dinner Hannes will introduce you to the secrets of night photography if you wish. The starry sky in the Kalahari is simply breathtaking.

You will stay in two different lodges in the northern and southern part of the park.
Day 8: End of the Kalahari Photo Safari and the return journey to the Upington
After a last game drive in the early morning and a hearty breakfast you will drive back to the park entrance. Here your photo journey ends. You continue your individual journey with your own rental car or start the return journey to Upington with the organized transfer.
Kalahari Photo Safari
Kalahari Photo Safari

Accommodation

Comfortable and very beautiful accommodation in the desert
Charming lodge just outside the gates of the park
On your first day you will stay in a charming lodge only a five minutes drive from the park entrance. The lodge offers a small restaurant, a pool and cozy bungalows. The lodge is situated on a red Kalahari sand dune. The perfect setting to get a first impression of the magical Kalahari desert.

Beautiful lodge in the north of the park
Polentswa Lodge is a classic tented camp capturing the romance of a nostalgic bygone era. The camp comprises of six classic safari tents, one family unit and one luxury desert suite/honeymoon suite all built on raised wooden platforms and under huge canvas roofs that also encompass a private veranda. Each tent has a sleeping area, a desk, en-suite bathroom, and a surprising yet exhilarating outside shower open to the desert and to the stars. A private concession area allows for exclusive game drives with sundowners although most game are found along the Nossob valley.

Lodge in the south of the park
This comfortable lodge is located in the park, circa 25km from the park entrance. The area is particularly known for regular sightings of lions. The lodge contains 9 chalets built on wooden platforms. Each chalet contains a double bed or a twin bed, a seating area, a bathroom, an outdoor shower and a large veranda. The main building contains a lounge, a bar, the dining room and a reading area. There is also a small souvenir shop and a plunge pool, and massages can be booked.

Photo Guide

Take pictures like a pro with Hannes
Hannes Lochner take responsibility for leading this scheduled photo tour, or if they are unavailable, another guide from our team will take over.

Hannes Lochner
Hannes Lochner is a renowned, award-winning wildlife photographer and has been taking pictures professionally since 2007. He has long been fascinated by the arid zones of southern Africa, which of course includes the Kalahari. His name is now synonymous with the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and the leopards in the park in particular.

learn more about Hannes
Who is this photo tour suitable for?
This photography trip is perfect for both beginners and advanced photographers. The small group sizes enable Hannes Lochner to attend to the varying needs of the photographers.

This trip will also be a unique experience in nature for partners who do not share your love of photography as they will get the chance to view animals.

This module can easily be combined with a trip to South Africa or Namibia.

Price

Included in the price
  • Photographic support from Hannes Lochner and Noa Köfler
  • 2 game drives a day
  • 1 night accommodation just outside the park gates
  • 6 nights accommodation inside the park in charming lodges
  • Full board at the lodges inside the park
  • Soft drinks during game drives
  • Entrance fee to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Not included in the price
  • Journey to and from Twee Rivieren / Kgalagadi Park
  • Drinks at the lodges inside the park
  • Drinks and meals at the lodge outside the park
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips/gratuities
  • Travel insurance/cancellation cover
  • Any visa application fees
We reserve the right to change prices (especially due to exchange rate fluctuations)

Terms and Conditions
The Terms and Conditions of Amazing Views & Adventure Tours apply, as well as all other conditions which are listed in the descriptions for the respective trips.

Good to know
  • There is no (Polentswa) or only limited (Twee Rivieren / Rooiputs) wi-fi/internet or mobile phone reception in the park.
  • The months of November and December is the beginning of the Kalahari summer and is ideal for viewing wildlife. Temperatures can reach 40 degrees Celsius.
  • We strongly advise you to purchase insurance for cancellation and return journey costs, which will be needed in the event of a secluded region being evacuated, a local hospital stay or return travel costs to your home country in an emergency.

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