“Best of all, of course, is the sheer enjoyment of being out in the bush with your camera and in the company of like-minded people. What am I still doing here? I am going to start packing again!”
These are the words of Maria-Jose Carballo from Belgium, soon after her photographic safari adventure with David Rogers in Zambia. She, along with a group of other camera-happy, wildlife photography fans enjoyed a week in the South Luangwa wilderness, alongside renowned photographer David, doing what makes them giddiest: photographing the natural.
This group was just one of the herds of photo-enthusiasts who have enjoyed the “bucket list” experience of a Robin Pope Safaris’ photographic safari, which David often leads.
The Photographic Safari
Robin Pope Safaris presents photographically-inspired guests the superb opportunity to complete a wildlife photography workshop with David Rogers, while on safari too. Guests and David stay at Luangwa River Camp, Nsefu Camp and Nkwali Camp in South Luangwa, as part of their specialist safari. It takes place in March, during the “Emerald Season”, just after the rains, when the bush is green and alive.
David Rogers calls Luangwa “his other home” and explains the allure of this game-rich wilderness area and what it offers photographers on his safaris:
“I have been running photographic workshops to Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park during the Emerald Season for 10 years and it’s always wonderful to reflect on how it all began. I was at Robin Pope Safaris in December 2004 researching a book… and idly over a chilled Mosi beer mentioned to Jo Pope how much I loved the rainy season. She agreed and so did Robin and so we began our Emerald Season Photographic Workshops.
We base ourselves at Nkwali in March when the rains are coming to an end and then explore the mighty Luangwa which is flowing strongly at that time of year. On the river we are able to navigate upstream 35 km to the remote Nsefu Sector which is famous for its stork colony and wild atmosphere. Game drives are also very productive. I have never not seen lions on one of these boat trips and sometimes we get out the boat and follow them on foot.
Luangwa is famous for is walking trails and it’s great to get out on foot and follow giraffe and other game. We prefer to stay in vehicles to see the cats and often find them on the high lying areas. Woodland kingfishers, migrant raptors and beautiful butterflies, moths and insects are a constant delight.
I have made great friends on this river — and I consider it my other home — and it is always such a pleasure sharing it with other people.”
What to Expect
Photo safari guest Maria expressed the joys and benefits of learning from David Rogers while on the trip. She said, “Dave was always there, encouraging us to take another look, to try a new angle, to experiment with our camera settings; and, of course, to be critical with our work and to learn from each other’s approach.”
She was in her element while following her passion for photography in one of the most awe-inspiring wildlife areas in Africa. She described it by saying, “During the following week our small group spent every single minute of daylight -and a few hours into the dark, for good measure- happily shooting just about everything around: all creatures, great and small; sunsets and moon-lit landscapes; birds, insects & rocks…”
She excitedly shared the adrenalin filled way of life that consumed the group of photographic guests as they chased the perfect shot in the wilderness, were engulfed in the beauty of the setting and now they have the pictures to prove it. She said, “We got up before sunrise, forgot to eat lunch and drove around in the heat so we could get to that perfect spot in time for the golden light; if there is a better type of holiday, I have not found it yet!”
We offer a range of photographic safari experiences. Speak to one of our experts on 020 7843 3500 to find the right option for you.
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