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Camera Odysseys African Safari


Camera Odysseys African Safari

Photography Adventure 2019

August 1 to 11, 2019

This trip is specially designed by

Heritage Tours and Camera Odysseys

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Camera Odysseys and Heritage Tours are happy to partner to bring a group of passionate travelers on an African safari and city tour. Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or just want a group of like-minded people to travel with, this trip caters to all. The end of July sees the arrival of the Southern Right Whales which adds unparalleled value to the photographic experience.

This trip will offer a large variety of amazing locations on route for photographers and the less photography inclined to enjoy. Table Mountain, historic buildings in the oldest city in South Africa, the bustling of a city of many cultures, dramatic landscapes created by mountains and white sandy beaches with aqua water, breathtaking landscape in the Cape Winelands, world renown botanical gardens, gorgeous safari’s, and quaint fishing villages are all on the docket for this once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Your Host: Bruce Byers

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I’ve had a love of photography since I was eight years old. My camera has always been with me as I traveled the world looking for that “decisive moment”. Tall ships, aircraft carriers, medical missions to help children in need, fashion, and corporate photography have taken me around the world to create once in a life time images and instill in me an even deeper passion for global exploration.

After my graduation from RIT, I kept many successful studios in NYC for over 50 years. Now the world is my studio. I developed Camera Odysseys to bring photographers and travelers to my favorite parts of the world and help them bring their vision to the next level. Heritage Tours provided the platform for this to be possible and I hope you will join me this coming August.

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Price of adventure

  $7,475 Double occupancy

$9,300 for single occupancy

For more info about this great adventure

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As you embark on your dream itinerary, we hope you’ll have peace of mind knowing we’ll be along for the ride, out of sight, making sure every detail is taken care of.

Other contact for your unforgettable African adventure,

contact Cameron MacMillan: 212.206.8400

Bruce Byers: 917-992-1453

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Thursday August 1, 2019:

Upon your arrival at Cape Town Airport (please provide your flight details), you will be assisted with clearing customs and collecting your luggage.

You will proceed into the arrivals hall, where you will be welcomed by your Camera Odysseys and Heritage Tours Private Travel guide and transferred to your hotel.

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Check into The Radisson Red Hotel. Gone are stuffy hotels and rigid rules. We’ve taken care of the essentials, like free high speed WiFi, manning the bar, and showcasing the best local flavors in the OUIBar +KTCHN; so that you can focus on creating a better trip. Our unique model means you’re in control. From keyless entry, to requesting extra pillows. Use the app to get what you need AND what you want.

Overnight: Radisson Red Hotel

You will be staying in a Studio Mountain room.

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Friday August 2, 2019:

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Your expert guide will pick you up after breakfast for a full day tour of Cape Town, driving you through areas of lovely period buildings, including Long Street, Greenmarket Square (which has an outdoor market) and (we like the name) Heritage Square.

• Start your day at a funky little Saturday-only local market in the emerging neighborhood of Woodstock. A great place to check out the weekend Cape Town vibe, this market features artisanal foods and and creative crafts.

• Enjoy the cable car up Table Mountain (weather permitting) for once-in-alifetime views of the city and the Cape of Good Hope.

• Explore an area often overlooked by visitors: the spectacular historic district which is centered about the grand architecture of Government Avenue. You will see the Company’s Gardens (established in 1652), the Houses of

Please note that you may have to choose from this list of activities as there will not be enough time to enjoy all of them in one day .

Please note that you may have to choose from this list of activities as there will not be enough time to enjoy all of them in one day.

Parliament and De Tuynhuys – the official office of the President. At the end of Government Avenue is St. George’s Cathedral of Bishop Desmond Tutu.

• Visit the South African National Gallery, the country’s premier art museum. The permanent collection features work by a number of South African artists and the traveling exhibitions can be quite worthwhile.

• Learn about the strides that South Africa has taken on behalf of all its citizens of all colors and religions with a visit to the District Six Museum, which pays tribute to a once-vibrant area which was completely emptied out by the Apartheid government.

• Walk through the pastel-hued Bo Kaap Quarter: home of the Cape Malay population, a population unique to Cape Town.

• Visit the historic Slave Lodge Museum, which chronicles slavery in South Africa through a series of thought-provoking exhibits. Built in 1679, it is one of the oldest colonial structures in the Cape Colony.

• Witness the incredible diversity of marine life found in these waters where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet at Two Oceans Aquarium, renowned for its touch-and-feel exhibits designed especially for children.

• At the lovely Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, considered among the world’s finest, you’ll discover the stunning diversity of Cape flora as only plants indigenous to South Africa are grown here.

Overnight: Radisson Red Hotel

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Saturday August 3, 2019:

Get up early today to get some beautiful sunrise pictures of the city. After, return to the hotel. After breakfast, your expert guide will be waiting for you to begin your full day, private tour of the Cape Peninsula and the legendary and feared Cape Point: graveyard of many ships and subject of centuries of mariner lore. Highlights of this beautiful and dramatic landscape, where the Indian and Atlantic oceans abut, include:

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A lively Sundays-only crafts market in a quaint town mid-way down the Cape (while encompassing the full range, there are some artists whose work is a step above what one finds in other “markets” in South Africa).

• Boulder’s Beach in charming Simon’s Town, the only land-based breeding site of the lovable African Penguin.

• The quaint fishing village of Hout Bay.

• A visit to Seal Island where you can see (weather permitting) hundreds of

Cape Fur Seals congregating on a small rocky outcrop and playing around the boat.

• The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. The reserve, founded in 1936, is the Cape’s largest natural wild flower garden, having more indigenous plant species per square meter than anywhere else in the world. You can either walk to the top or take a funicular. The Reserve is home to (lots of!) Cape Chacma Baboon among many other species of animals.

• The Cape Point summit lookout platform. On a clear day, from the Cape Point lookout platform, the view stretches to distant horizons from the most southwesterly tip of Africa.

• The lighthouse at Cape Point has long been one of the world’s most famous mariner’s landmarks. The funicular will take you up to the lighthouse.

• Whales swim along the southern tip of Africa from around the second half of June through November (peak whale season from August through October). The viewing (especially the southern right whales) is often spectacular, as the whales come extremely close to the shoreline.

• Return along the eastern side of the Cape, along False Bay and back towards Cape Town, with ever changing views of Table Mountain.

Overnight: Radisson Red Hotel

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Sunday August 4, 2019:

Today with your expert guide, you will go towards the scenic Winelands to enjoy a full day guided tour, including tastings at some of South Africa’s finest wine estates.

In addition to your tastings and estate visits, your day will include a walking tour of Stellenbosch, one of South Africa’s most attractive and best-preserved walking towns. Founded in 1697, Stellenbosch is home to the prestigious Stellenbosch University.

You may also visit the tiny town of Franschhoek, originally founded by French settlers who, seeking religious freedom then available in the Cape but not in France, first brought winemaking to the Cape in 1688.

In addition to your tastings and estate visits, your day could include some of the following family friendly activities:

• A visit to Blaauwklippen estate, which has a collection of historic carriages.

• The glass-blowing studio and animal petting farm at Seidelberg.

• Fairview estate, with their entertaining goats and great cheeses.

• Visit Butterfly World and take a stroll through the indoor garden with its water features and exotic plants, while beautiful butterflies fly freely around you.

Your day will be full, and there are plenty of quick places to stop for lunch, however, the Winelands - Franschhoek in particular - are considered the culinary capital of South Africa. We are happy to book lunch at Babel (at Babylonstoren) or Foliage, both in the Franschhoek area. Other options are Tokara or Delaire near Stellenbosch, which both have outstanding views.

You will be escorted by your guide at sunset to have the opportunity to take gorgeous sunset photos of the Winelands should you wish.

Overnight: Radisson Red Hotel

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Monday August 5, 2019:

Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel.

Very early wake up this morning for your 5:30 AM transfer to Cape Town Airport where you will be met and assisted to check in for your South African Airlink flight SA 8690 departing at 8:30 AM.

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Upon your 11:15 AM arrival at Victoria Falls Airport in Zimbabwe, you will clear customs and immigration, collect your luggage and proceed into the arrivals hall where you will be met and driven to your lodge.

Check in at Ilala Lodge, ideally situated on the Zimbabwean side of the

falls and the closest hotel to the Victoria Falls as well as the town center.

Wild animals often graze on the hotel lawns with the spray of the falls in

the background. This afternoon you be picked up at 3:30 PM to enjoy a sunset cruise on the Zambezi. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres are included.

Overnight: Ilala Lodge: You will be staying in a deluxe room in the stylish west wing of the hotel, featuring twin or king beds and an en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower and double basins. There is a private patio off the bedroom.

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Tuesday August 6, 2019:

This morning you will be picked up at 8:00 AM for your privately guided tour of Victoria Falls.

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You will be accompanied through the rainforest by a qualified guide who will give a brief history of the Falls themselves as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird and wildlife and other points of interest. Raincoats are provided when needed.

After your tour, you will be driven back to your hotel.

After, You will be picked up for your Chinotimba Township Tour. The word Chinotimba describes the roar of the water from the mighty Victoria Falls in the local Nambya language. The Nambya and the Tonga people are the original people of the Victoria Falls area. The majority of people in Victoria Falls live in the Chinotimba township, which has a population of approximately 60,000. During your tour, you will have an opportunity to observe township-life - from the oldest houses to the taverns, the local market and churches. During a visit to the Chinotimba Primary School, you are introduced to the school headmaster - he or someone assigned will take the you on a tour of the school after which the children may sing a song (Please note that school visits are subject to the schools being open).

At the end of your tour, you will experience the true flavors of Victoria Falls with a “home lunch”. You will be hosted by a local family in their residence and served a traditional African homemade lunch.

Overnight: Ilala Lodge

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Wednesday August 7, 2019:

You will be picked up at 10:30 AM and driven across the Zambian border to Livingstone Airport where you will check in for your flight departing at 1:45 PM. Upon your 3:25 PM arrival at Kruger Mpumalanga Airport, you will proceed to board your shared small plane flight to your safari lodge.

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Check in at Kapama Buffalo Camp the Kapama Reserve. Kapama has all the Big 5 African animals in abundance. The Klaserie River flows through the reserve and offers ideal prowling grounds for leopard. Kapama’s natural environment and sweetveld ecosystem offers guests the opportunity to have close encounters with all the animals that traditionally roam this area.

Kapama Buffalo Camp is a traditional safari camp, ideal for discovering big game Africa in true safari tented style without compromising on comfort. Rooms are connected by wooden walkways in the upper reaches of tall riverine trees, and antelope are seen daily walking along the sandy riverbed below. The surrounding bush is inhabited by lion, hyena and jackal whose calls can be heard in the dead of night. Lanterns glow at night under the trees, creating a special ambience.

Upon your arrival, check into your accommodations and take time to relax and freshen up. Depending upon your time of arrival, a light lunch will be served. Early afternoon at leisure to enjoy the facilities of the lodge.

Afternoon “tea” will be served, after which you will depart on your game drive, with your guide in open 4x4 safari vehicles in search of Africa’s Big Five: elephant, rhino, leopard, buffalo and lion. Enjoy drinks in the bush as the sun sets before returning to camp for a lovely dinner.

Overnight: Kapama Buffalo Camp

Your luxury canvas tent (one of 8) is set on a wooden deck built on stilts over a steep-sided riverbank

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Thursday August 8 and Friday August 9, 2019:

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For two days you’ll experience the wonder of the African bush on safari:

  • Wake up before sunrise.

  • After an early morning tea or coffee and light breakfast, depart in your 4x4 vehicles for a morning game drive in the bush.

  • Return to the camp for an ample breakfast.

  • After breakfast, optional game walk with your expert ranger to learn about conservation and wildlife at a different scale. If you are interested in birdlife, this is an opportunity for some spectacular sightings. We strongly suggest you do this at least one day during your stay.

  • Remainder of the morning at leisure. Enjoy a leisurely lunch.

  • Tea will be served in the late afternoon, followed by your evening game drive.

  • Enjoy drinks in the bush as the sun sets.

  • Once the sun goes down, high-powered spotlights may be used to search for the nocturnal life of the bush.

  • Return to camp for dinner at the lodge.

Overnight: Kapama Buffalo Camp

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Saturday August 10, 2019

Early wake up for tea or coffee, followed by a morning game drive.

Return to the camp for an ample breakfast.

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You will be transferred to the safari’s landing strip.

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Here you will board your scheduled small plane flight to Johannesburg. Upon your arrival at the Federal Air Terminal at approximately 3:00 PM, you will be met and driven to your hotel.

Check into Hallmark House. Representing the start of a new chapter in the story of African architecture, HALLMARK HOUSE offers residents the opportunity to live a curated lifestyle. For investors, it’s a unique opportunity to own property designed by David Adjaye, OBE, one of the top architects in the world. The overall concept of the building is to create layers of experience. A luxurious living space through a combination of offerings such as fashionable retail stores, a coffee shop, a microbrewery and a boutique hotel with accommodation and small to medium enterprises that support and nurture the unique cultural identity that Johannesburg is known for.

Overnight: Hallmark House

You will be staying in an Executive Room

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Sunday August 11, 2019:

This morning you will be picked up for a full day private tour of Johannesburg. Your day will begin with a tour of inner city Johannesburg, including a walking art tour of Maboneng Precinct. Maboneng, a Sotho word meaning “place of light”, is a fitting name for a district that has fast become a center of creative energy for Johannesburg’s urban artists.

This part of your tour will focus on Arts on Main, a mixed-use creative hub in the Maboneng Precinct. The premises consists of artists’ studios, galleries, eateries, and various office and retail spaces, offering visitors a range of events, arts and merchandise. It is a unique environment for the city’s creative community to develop and share ideas and engage in multiple innovative experiences in one venue.

Your tour will also include the street art and graffiti in the Johannesburg Inner City. Johannesburg has a unique graffiti culture, and you will explore art by numerous local and international artists who have contributed to this distinctive industry in the city.

In the afternoon your guide will give you a fascinating look into the city’s history and its contemporary reality.

You will drive to Soweto (South Western Township), the largest black residential area in South Africa. This sprawling “city within a city” is home to approximately 2-million people. You will drive by landmarks such as the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and Regina Mundi Catholic church and visit the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Vilakazi Street - Nelson Mandela’s former home and Bishop Desmond Tutu’s home.

You will also visit the Apartheid Museum, an outstanding (and award-winning) museum which chronicles the history of racism and the battle against it in South Africa.

At the end of your tour, you will be driven to Johannesburg International Airport for your flight home.

Have a great flight! We wish you the traditional Zulu farewell: Hambaghatle

May peace be with you

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Double Occupancy: $7,475

Single Occupancy: $9,300

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Please note that we require full payment to confirm your place on this trip. Payment is accepted by MasterCard, Visa, American Express, personal check or wire transfer.

Entry requirements

Please note that entry into South Africa requires:

• Six months remaining on your passport from your date of return to the U.S.

• A minimum of three blank pages in your passport (including two blank visa pages being opposite one another) in the “Visas” section of your passport for entry into South Africa.

• If you are not a U.S. citizen, please be sure to check with the appropriate South African consulate regarding visa requirements.

• All parents traveling with children are required by South African law to provide an unabridged birth certificate for all children under 18 years of age. This applies even when both parents are traveling with their children. The birth certificate needs to be the full “unabridged” certificate (notarized, if not original) which includes information on both parents.

• When children are traveling with adults who are not their parents, those adults are required to produce affidavits from both parents providing permission for the children to travel and copies of the passports of both parents. Additional documentation is needed for one parent traveling with minor children – please contact us for details.


All air quoted is subject to availability at our contracted rates and are subject to changes by the airline.

Small planes

Please note that there is a strict luggage limitation on all light air craft flights of 44 pounds baggage per person, including one carry-on per person. Soft duffel-type baggage (no frames) is required. Pack lightly!

Unless specifically requested to do otherwise, the small plane flights included are shared air transfers, which may entail stopping at other airstrips en route for other guests to board or depart.

Secure luggage storage is available in Johannesburg / at the Federal Air Terminal if you wish to store some of your luggage while you are in the bush

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We strongly recommend that all clients purchase a comprehensive travel package including trip cancellation protection and emergency medical evacuation. For your convenience, we offer the Heritage Tours Private Travel Travel Protection Plan a policy designed by TravelEx. This policy does have a clause excluding coverage of preexisting medical conditions. However, the restrictions of this clause are waived if you purchase your policy within 14 days of paying your deposit. Details are provided in the accompanying material. Should you wish to enroll, please fax the enrollment form to 212 206 9101.

We will request evidence of insurance before we issue final documents.

There is a big difference between Kruger and the private game lodges that border it (or are private concessions within its boundaries). We work with a limited number of properties so that we can maintain strong relationships to bring you the best experience, the best care and service, the most knowledgeable rangers and the best value.

In our hand-selected game camps:

Your ranger/warden can drive off-road in safari-ready special vehicles. This allows you infinitely more viewing opportunities, including mothers playing with cubs, scenes of everyday life, cubs playing in trees. You will be up-close and personal with the Big Five, whereas in Kruger, this is only possible should an animal happen to be on the road or immediately adjacent.

Due to the limited number of guests allowed in the private reserves, the number of vehicles at a sighting is limited and strictly controlled. You will not have hordes of others there snapping photos.

The vehicles in the private reserves of South Africa are open-roofed (safe, as long as you stay inside them) unlike the standard school-bus type vehicles.

The intimacies of the bush – from butterflies to elephants – will be brought to life by our game rangers (we have

special ones for those of you traveling with pre-teens and teens) and trackers. The trackers are indigenous tribesmen whose fathers, grandfathers and all those before them have depended upon game tracking for their livelihood.

Further information

Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a full information package which will answer in detail most of your

questions about travel in Southern Africa and include recommended restaurants, etc.

We require a minimum of six people in order for this trip to move forward as planned. Refund will only be issued if we fail to book six people onto the trip.

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The sights we list in your itinerary are those we feel are the “highlights” of a certain city or region. The order they are listed in is not necessarily the order in which you will visit them. Due to weather or other factors beyond our control, your guide might suggest minor changes based on his/her judgment as to what makes the most sense for you.

A city or a region is a whole experience. “Monuments” or “museums” are often best understood as an introduction or starting point. By no means should you feel obligated to visit all of the sights listed if you feel your time is better spent doing other things. Likewise, do not feel constrained to visit only those sights listed.

This is your vacation; private travel with your own guide gives you the countless opportunities otherwise not available to you. We encourage you, with the help of your guide, to be spontaneous, to follow your interests and to explore South Africa to your heart’s content.

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