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Learn travel photography tips from host Gary Arndt, take the train across the country like a local, explore coastal Cape Town, bike around Soweto township, search for the Big Five in Kruger National Park, savour a local meal with a family, visit the kids at the Planeterra-supported G Hope Africa preschool
Stretched across nearly 2.5 million hectares of wild South African frontier and home to over 600 species of mammals and birds, Kruger National Park is massive by any measure. Designed for shutterbugs with more memory cards to fill than time to fill 'em in, this 9-day trip devotes the, ahem, lion’s share of its length to exploring South Africa’s most treasured game reserve with a few bonus experiences mixed in along the way. Get treated to a traditional family meal in Cape Town, take the train to Johannesburg with the locals, track the Big Five on daily game drives in Kruger and the surrounding area, and visit Soweto and a Planeterra project, too. Best of all, you’ll get expert guidance in photography and adventuring from our Wanderer-in Resident Gary Arndt, founder of Everything Everywhere, and recipient of the Society of American Travel Writers award for 2014 Photographer of the Year.
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Spend two hours in the morning learning the basics of travel photography with our photography host, Gary Arndt from Everything Everywhere. After, enjoy a full day in Cape Town with options to visit to Robben Island, Table Mountain, exploring Cape Point or embarking on a wine tour around Stellenbosch. Take part in a sunset photoshoot before experiencing an authentic meal in a local home.
Board the Shosholoza Meyl train at Cape Town station. Enjoy the day with your travel companions playing cards, meeting the locals and checking out the dining car. There will be enough time for informal talks about photography and the upcoming shooting opportunities. Drift to sleep to the rhythm of the train in 2- or 4-bed compartments. Wake up and opt for a tasty breakfast on board.
Scheduled arrival is to Johannesburg is noon. Meet the transfer and local guide and head for a visit to Soweto township. Enjoy a 2-hour bicycle tour around the area.
Take the Panorama Route into the greater Kruger National Park area with stops along the way to practice photography techniques. Enjoy two full-day game drives in Kruger NP in a safari vehicle. Keep an eye out for elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo—Africa's famed Big Five, with plenty of opportunity to hone some new photo skills. In the evening, enjoy a traditional dance experience in Shalati.
Drive back to Johannesburg. On the way, visit the Planeterra-supported G Hope Africa school. Enjoy a final evening in Johannesburg recapping the journey and brushing up on post-production tips and tricks.
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