2018/07/07 to 2018/07/21

Ultimate Predators of Africa Photo Safari 2018



Tour Dates

7 July 2018 - 21 July 2018 Fully Booked


The origins of C4 Photo Safaris started with its two founders, Andre Cloeté and Shem Compion heading up into Africa in search of the great wildlife areas in Africa. Now, 12 years later we are still in search of the best Africa has to offer. This dedicated photo safari is unashamedly about locating the ultimate locations in Africa for each one of the large cats: cheetah, leopard and lion. Our many thousands of hours traversing this continent in search of excellent wildlife photography has for this safari, been distilled into three distinct locations. These locations have been chosen to maximise the potential of each species, but also with exclusivity in mind. Don’t expect tourist hordes during this safari, we want you to enjoy the sightings at your leisure. 

Andre and Shem have been ‘chasing’ wildlife since they can first remember. Both are acclaimed pho- tographers who founded C4 Photo Safaris in order to share their love, knowledge and passion of Africa with clients. Our safaris are based on an exceptionally personable and high level of service delivered by the best photo hosts in Africa. It has resulted in C4 Photo Safaris becoming one of the largest dedicated photographic safari operators in Africa. With Andre and Shem as your guides and hosts, you can expect to always be in the best photographic positions anticipating excellent predator action. Additionally, you will have help editing your images and as much tutoring help you can manage.   

This safari is limited to only 6 participants. We will have two vehicles with three rows each at each location and one C4 guide on each vehicle. All flights, transfers and logistics are included in the cost of the safari. This safari combines seamless travel logistics, comfortable and luxurious accommodation and sensational wildlife. If you have ever wanted to head out in search of the ultimate image of each of the big cats, then this safari is the best opportunity you will have of achieving it. If you are interested in joining us, please contact our office  or read further for more information.


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Serengeti

The Southern Serengeti in July is a completely transformed place from the popular tourist impression of February and March, when the plains are teeming with calving wildebeest and zebra. In February and March the Wildebeest are dropping their gambolling calves on the phosphorous rich plains and the associated prides of lions and packs of hyenas are never very far behind.

The movement of the larger herbivores to other parts of the Serengeti / Mara ecosystem results in lions also moving out of the area to more permanent waterholes where larger prey items may still be found. So, you may ask, what is the attraction to the area in July? The vacuum created by the northward moving Wildebeest and Zebras as well as the absence of some larger predators creates an idyllic environment for Thompson’s and Grant’s Gazelles. These gazelles in turn attract the stars of the plains, and our reason for going there… Cheetah.

It is always dangerous to generalize in wildlife viewing and photography, but a day on these plains usually results in multiple cheetah sightings ranging from single animals, coalitions of males to females with cubs. The art comes in finding the right sighting with which to spend time with and then hopefully action photography will ensue.

Kusini Lodge nestled in the granite koppies and woodland provides the perfect place to explore this area from. Friendly staff, great food, stunning views and comfortable accommodation make the journey easy while the excellent guides hopefully find us our spotted subjects.

And the best part of the southern Serengeti… the solitude! There are very few other vehicles in this area in July creating an awesome sense of wilderness and great quality of sightings. This truly is the ultimate cheetah experience!


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Greater Kruger Park wilderness

After Kusini we will head south to the border of the Kruger National Park in South Africa. Mala Mala and Londolozi are part of the greater Kruger Park wilderness area encompassing some 3 million hectares of protected land.

Londolozi and Mala Mala lie adjacent to each other, the Sand River the connection between the two properties. Together they form 40 000ha of prime land in this wilderness and most importantly; there is 10km of sand river frontage that runs through the properties. This river forms the lifeblood for wildlife in the dry season. And it is here that the lions and leopards find their prey. These cats share the land between both properties, so for us it becomes an advantage. Both Londolozi and Mala Mala have incredible lion and leopard records. There is no other location in the Africa where the sightings of these cats is better. Mala Mala’s wildlife viewing statistics indicate how impressive the viewing is: Leopard were seen on every day of July and only one day in July showed no lion in 2015.

Having 8 days between the two reserves will give us ample time to work out the behaviour and movements of the cats, allowing us to anticipate and predict behaviour in order to get the ultimate photograph. It will also give us an intricate look into their lives and share intimate moments with these cats. This is quite different to what normal safaris are about and we intend to share these special moments with you as well as the high action ones. For us it is about the entire experience of safari life. Having this amount of time with lions and leopards will allow for exactly that.

Accommodation will be at Founders camp in Londolozi and Rattrays camp in Mala Mala: Comfort and luxury will be quite exquisite. 


All small plane flights will have extra freight seats booked for our party so you will not have luggage restrictions for these small plane flights.


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About your host, Andre Cloete

André grew up in the African bush with literally one hand on his binoculars and the other hand on the camera. An avid birdwatcher at that young age, he was given his first SLR in 1990. The passion of birding turned into one of photography and in 2004 Andre Founded C4 Photo Safaris with Shem Compion.

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About your host, Shem Compion

Shem Compion is the founder and owner of C4 Photo Safaris. He uses his intricate knowledge of travel in Africa, its wildlife and fantastic photographic locations to give you the best photographic tour experience you will ever have. Shem grew up roaming the wilds and this interest in Nature led to him studying a National Diploma in Nature conservation and Wildlife Management.

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Day 1 - 2

Legendary lodge, Tanzania   

You will arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania. You will be met by a Legendary Lodge representative who will transfer you to Legendary Lodge for one night, the perfect place to relax for the evening. Your C4 photographic guides will meet you at the Lodge and discuss the proceedings for the trip over dinner.


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Day 2 - 6

Sanctuary Kusini Camp, Tanzania

After breakfast you will be transferred to Arusha Airport for your scheduled flight into the Serengeti. An extra seat has been booked for the flight for extra luggage weight. Upon arrival at the Serengeti South Airstrip (SGS) in the Serengeti National Park, a Kusini camp driver will meet us and transfer us to Kusini Camp for your 4 nights stay. You will enjoy game drives in the mornings and evenings, being tutored by your photographic guides.

Sanctuary Kusini offers a Serengeti safari like no other. This is the only permanent camp in this unspoilt and remote part of the Serengeti and every year wildebeest congregate on the camp’s “doorstep”. Perfectly set in the remote southern part of the Serengeti, Sanctuary Kusini’s location was specially selected after much research by our guides and the local experts. It overlooks the plains where game and predators are a common sight all year round.  Predators are never far off as they are always nearby for an opportunistic meal. Sightings of cheetah, lion and black backed jackal are all common relatively common and there is a strong possibility of seeing a hunt or even a kill.

 

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Day 6 - 7

O.R. Tambo Intercontinental hotel, South Africa

After your last game drive and breakfast at Kusini Camp, you will be transferred back to the Serengeti South Airstrip (SGS) for your scheduled flight back to Arusha Airport. An extra seat has been booked for the flight for extra luggage weight. From here you will be transferred back to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your international flight to O.R. Tambo International Airport, South Africa. You will enjoy one nights stay at the O.R. Tambo Intercontinental Hotel.


Day 7 - 11

Founders Camp, Londolozi, South Africa

After breakfast you will walk back into the airport for your scheduled flight to the Londolozi Airstrip. A Londolozi representative will meet you at the airstrip and transfer you to Founders Camp for 4 nights. 

Londolozi is within the greater Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, which lies amid the Sabie and Sand rivers, adjacent to the Kruger National Park. In fact, Londolozi is less than 10 km from the Kruger Na- tional Park border, and while the humans have no access to that Park, the animals do, as the fence was removed a number of years ago. Londolozi’s fame comes from its unparalleled leopard and lion view- ing that it offers its guests and this is a culmination of over 25 years of ranger, tracker and landowner tenacity. The leopards really became famous when John Varty produced a lm, the “Silent Hunter” and then Lex Hes produced a book in 1989 entitled the “Leopards of Londolozi”. The stories celebrated the dynasty of leopard families that continue to enthrall guests from all over the world. Londolozi is part- owned by the Varty family, and the property has been in the family for over 70 years, which is in stark contrast to the high turn-over of most private game reserves.


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Day 11 - 15

Rattrays camp, Mala Mala, South Africa

After an early morning game drive and breakfast you will be transferred to Rattrays Camp, Mala Mala for your 4 nights stay.

Mala Mala Game Reserve lies strategically sandwiched between the Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The unfenced borders between Mala Mala and the Kruger National Park on one side, and the Sabi Sand Game Reserve on the other allow animals to migrate unhindered to the perennial Sand River which flows north to south through Mala Mala for 20 kilometres (13 miles). This well-preserved wilderness is a “honey-pot” to the most sought-after wildlife species, as well as a host of smaller creatures.

 

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Day 15

International flight, South Africa

After your last game drive and breakfast, you will be transferred to the Mala Mala Airstrip for you scheduled flight back to O.R. Tambo International Airport. You will be in time for your international flight back home. This is the end of the safari.

Legendary Lodge

With transporting views of Mount Meru, the second highest mountain in Tanzania after Mount Kilimanjaro, the ten garden and two family cottages feel like your own personal retreat with a unique combination of amenities and stunning elements.

Built in the early 1900s, a beautiful tropical garden with fragrant frangipani, surrounds the main house where lavender, Jacaranda and Cordia African snow blossoms blanket the ground. The interiors of this fashionable lodge encompass a lounge with imported leather seating and cozy fireplace that flow into a formal dinning room and open-air terrace dinning area. The linen dressed bed and tranquil bath with Italian fixtures that accompany the expansive vanity and large soaking tub, evokes the English luxury experience.

 

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Sanctuary Kusini Camp

Perfectly set in the remote southern part of the Serengeti, Sanctuary Kusini’s location was specially selected after much research by their guides and the local experts. It overlooks the plains where game are a common sight all year round. Built around a spectacular rocky outcrop and on the path of the wildebeest migration, the camp is ideal for seeing cheetah and wildebeest that congregate on the grassy plains in the calving season from mid-December to March.

 

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OR. Tambo Intercontinental Hotel

South Africa’s only luxury airport hotel, the Intercontinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport is less than 70m from the International Arrivals hall at Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport.

There are a total of 138 beautifully furnished en-suite rooms, comprising of Deluxe and Executive rooms as well as two luxurious Presidential suites. Accommodation features in each room include writing desk, complimentary WiFi, coffee machine, mini-bar, television with DSTV and DVD player, electronic safe, 24-room service, porter service and  wakeup facility.

 

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Founders Camp, Londolozi

Founders Camp honours past guests and staff who have contributed to building Londolozi Game Reserve. It is their efforts which have distilled the legacy of the past 30  years into a common mission. Enchanting, intimate and child-friendly, Founders Camp is ideally situated to provide an insider’s view of the secrets of river life. 10 idyllic chalets, repose in the shade of ancient ebony and matumi trees along the banks of the Sand River.

This is an African safari in the classic style, replete with black and cream ticking fabric and original mahogany beds. Deep leather couches, military chests, compass safari lamps and a riverside lounge sala, create a mood of easy luxury and laid back welcome for discerning families and travellers.

 

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Rattrays Camp, Mala Mala

Tucked away in a forest of green, on the banks of the world renowned Sand River, lies a special place.  Rattray’s on Mala Mala offers an intimate glimpse of an era long lost, when travellers from afar married the magic of the African bush with elegance and refinement. Combining humble opulence and romantic exclusivity with unrivalled game viewing, Rattray’s on Mala Mala is the premier safari destination for those seeking to experience the wild heart of Africa.

Upon arrival, guests are greeted by the collective smile of our passionate and professional team who are devoted to ensuring that our visitors cherish every moment of their time with us.

Each luxurious free-standing and spacious Khaya (Zulu word for ‘home’) offers an atmosphere of lush seclusion and boasts spectacular views of the Sand River where wildlife of all shapes and sizes can be viewed whilst taking a dip in the private plunge pool, cooling off in the outdoor shower or enjoying a massage on the deck. The camp offers, amongst other things, a gym, an infinity swimming pool, a steam room and a massage service.

At Rattray’s on Mala Mala, wildlife safaris are our number one priority. A maximum of only four guests per safari vehicle is allowed and a flexible operation ensures your adventures into the bush will be intimate and unforgettable. An experienced and proficient ranger will serve as a guide and host, offering a level of service second to none.

Sumptuous meals can be enjoyed in a variety of locations including in the privacy and comfort of your Khaya, or even experience a delicious bush breakfast.

 

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$18 950.00 per person sharing

$23 500.00 per single supplement

30% deposit confirms your booking. maximum 6 pax, minimum 3 pax.
Balance payable 8 week before tour start date.


The above costs include

  • Pickup and transport for the entire safari.
  • Entrance to concession and accommodation in all camps.
  • All meals, based on three meals a day.
  • Non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks, excluding premium brands.
  • Extra seat booked on internal small plane flights.
  • 2 specialist photographic guides
  • 2 private vehicles at each camp.
  • International flights from OR. Tambo international Airport and back.

 

Not included

  • Gratuities to staff and guides.
  • Extra activities not included.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Travel visas.


Day 1

Arrive at O.R. Tambo International Airport in time for your international flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania. You will be met by a Legendary Lodge representative who will transfer you to Legendary Lodge for one night. The guides will meet you at the Lodge.

Day 2

After breakfast you will be transferred to Arusha Airport for your scheduled flight into the Serengeti. Upon arrival in the Serengeti, you will be transferred to Kusini Camp for your 4 nights stay. You will enjoy game drives in the mornings and evenings, being tutored by your photographic guides.

Day 6

After your last game drive and breakfast at Kusini Camp, you will be transferred back to the Airstrip for your scheduled flight back to Arusha Airport. From here you will be transferred back to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your international flight to O.R. Tambo International Airport, South Africa. You will enjoy one nights stay at the O.R. Tambo Intercontinental Hotel. It is located across the road.

Day 7

After breakfast you will walk back into the airport for your scheduled flight to the Londolozi Airstrip. A Londolozi representative will meet you at the airstrip and transfer you to Founders Camp for 4 nights.

Day 11

After an early game drive and breakfast you will be transferred to Rattrays Camp, Mala Mala for your 4 nights stay.

Day 15

After your last game drive and breakfast, you will be transferred to the Mala Mala Airstrip for you scheduled flight back to O.R. Tambo International Airport. You will be in time for your international flight back home. This is the end of the safari.

 
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