Accommodation, most meals, National Park fees, use of Canon & Sigma lenses
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Average level of fitness required
This off-the-beaten-track adventure is all about exploring, discovering and photographing this stunning corner of Africa.
Our trip starts at Victoria Falls - The Smoke That Thunders, before spending three nights afloat Lake Kariba on our private houseboat. With the use of two additional tender boats we are free to explore and photograph many of the islands and inlets that litter this huge body of water.
I know from experience that the co-ordination of such trips is not easy and to get that relaxed approach without totally falling over is an art form. I think the relaxed atmosphere and the banter certainly helped and we felt very much part of the group.
After our adventure in the Zambezi valley we head into the interior of Zimbabwe and one of Africa’s largest and greatest national parks – Hwange, where we stay in a very comfortable safari bush camp. We spend a further three days in our own 4x4s and also on foot, getting into the ideal locations to photograph all manner of wildlife, from lion and elephant, to hippo and crocodile.
Meet your hosts...
James’ past saw him working as a Reuters’ photographer in Africa, which saw him capturing a range of subjects - but the wildlife always held a fascination for him. James’s keen eye for detail not only means his photographs are made up of great light and composition but he can pick up on tiny behavioural cues from his subjects.
Joining James in hosting this trip is team member Harry. His love of wildlife is abundantly clear to anyone he spends time with. Having trained as a zoologist, studying birds around the world and photographing them puts him in the perfect position to tell you about their ecology, behaviour, as well as help you get the best images you can.
Being on foot and only a few feet from the action is something I never expected in my wildest dreams. It did happen didn’t it?
Zimbabwe is, and has always been an incredibly warm and welcoming country for visitors. It is one of Africa's great destinations and a truly wonderful country.
The houseboat was the highlight of the trip for me. I haven’t felt that relaxed in years.