African Wildlife Photo Safaris

The Wildlife Center of Virginia is pleased to offer photo safaris to South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. These amazing trips are based at Africa Through Your Lens exclusive Chazen Game Preserve and Spa – 32 square miles that is home to some of Africa’s most spectacular wildlife.

What will we see? Each trip is different, but Center “safarians” have seen and photographed lions, leopards, elephants, cheetah, rhinos, wildebeest, Cape buffalo, giraffe, hippos, lions, baboon, scores of bird species … on and on.

These tours are organized and custom-designed by the Wildlife Center for a small number of guests – usually no more than a dozen travelers. Most tours have a ‘personal escort’ from a Center representative – Erwin Bohmfalk, the chairman emeritus of the Center’s Board of Directors, or Center President and Co-Founder Ed Clark, or another member of the Wildlife Center’s senior staff.

Safaris are 12 to 14-day adventures – a day of travel to and from South Africa, and 10-12 days in South Africa.

2018 Trips

18-30 March: Natal (Erwin)
3-13 April: Botswana/Victoria Falls (Ed) -- This trip is FULL
2-14 May: Tanzania/Serengeti/Ngorongo Crater (Ed) -- This trip is FULL
3-15 September: Sabi Sands (Ed) -- This trip is FULL
17-29 September: Botswana/Victoria Falls – (Erwin) -- This trip is FULL
30 September - 12 October 
– Botswana/Victoria Falls  (Erwin) 

 

The Wildlife Center is currently exploring additional dates and venues for safari. Stay tuned!

March 18-30,2018 --  Ultimate Natal Safari - Eleven days/ten nights (plus one day for travel on each end) - $3,950 per person,  $750 single supplement. Our lodge is an exclusive private lodge located inside a private reserve containing more the 55,000 acres of highly protected and carefully managed wildlife habitat.   Considered a “Big 5 Reserve”, we will have the opportunity to see all “big five” species, elephant, Cape buffalo, rhino (black and white), lions, and leopards.  A pack of the highly endangered African Spotted Dogs roams the reserve, as do giraffe, cheetah, more than a dozen species of antelope, hundreds of species of birds, and a wide range of other South African wildlife species.  We will be Completely Immersed in Wildlife – game drives each morning, afternoon, and night drives to view the nocturnal animals.  An appealing feature of this lodge and reserve is that it is owned, operated and benefited by a small village group of South African natives.  

April 1- 13, 2018 – South Africa/Botswana/Victoria Falls - Eleven days/ten nights in South Africa (plus one day for travel on each end) – ($5,795/person – double occupancy. Single supplement - $950). Spend three nights at the Chazen Nature Reserve, enjoying game drives and an incredible diversity of wildlife in the Vredeforte Dome World Heritage Site. We will return to Johannesburg for a short flight up to Victoria Falls, in Zimbabwe. Two nights at Victoria Falls, with aerial and walking tours of one of the greatest natural wonders of the world, and river cruises to see abundant animal life in and around the Zambezi River. We then make the short drive over the border into Botswana, where we will enjoy Chobe National Park and the diversity of life on the Chobe River. We’ll do both land and water excursions. We will be in Botswana for three nights. We then drive back to Victoria Falls for the flight back to Johannesburg and return to Chazen. We will finish out our trip at Chazen with more game drives and other interesting activities.

April 30 – May 11, 2018 – Tanzania/Ngorongoro Crater – The Great Wildebeest Migration - Ten days/nine nights in Africa (plus one day of travel on each end of the trip) - ($6,120/person double occupancy only). This is a special offering and the first time the Wildlife Center of Virginia has been able to arrange a safari to witness one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on Earth—The Great Wildebeest Migration. We will be there when over a million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles travel hundreds of miles, in flowing streams of wildlife, to find food and water, confronting dangers and peril all along the way. Of course, where there are prey species in such numbers, there are also the predators--lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas and the full array of scavengers--always watching and always on the hunt. There will be many wonderful experiences on this trip, but highlights will be Ngorongoro Crater (where one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife species in Africa can be found), and the spectacular Serengeti National Park.

September 3 - 15, 2018 – Ultimate Sabi Sand Safari - Eleven days/ten nights (plus one day for travel on each end) - ($4,450, $950 single supplement). Few places on Earth are better known that the Kruger National Park, a vast and diverse habitat visited by millions of people each year. A lesser known, but no less spectacular habitat is the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, the oldest private game reserve in South Africa. Located along the western boundary of Kruger National Park, this exclusive reserve contains over 160,000 acres of luxurious adventure. We will be staying in an astonishing private paradise, deep in the heart of the reserve—a lodge that is not available to the public, other than through the Wildlife Center of Virginia. We can expect to see Africa’s Big Five (Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Rhinos, and Cape Buffalo), as well as an incredible array of other wildlife, including some of Africa’s most endangered species. This very exclusive safari is limited to a group of eight travelers.

September 17-29, 2018 – South Africa/Botswana/Victoria Falls - Eleven days/ten nights in South Africa (plus one day for travel on each end) – ($5,795/person – double occupancy. Single supplement - $950). Spend three nights at the Chazen Nature Reserve, enjoying game drives and an incredible diversity of wildlife in the Vredeforte Dome World Heritage Site. We will return to Johannesburg for a short flight up to Victoria Falls, in Zimbabwe. Two nights at Victoria Falls, with aerial and walking tours of one of the greatest natural wonders of the world, and river cruises to see abundant animal life in and around the Zambezi River. We then make the short drive over the border into Botswana, where we will enjoy Chobe National Park and the diversity of life on the Chobe River. We’ll do both land and water excursions. We will be in Botswana for three nights. We then drive back to Victoria Falls for the flight back to Johannesburg and return to Chazen. We will finish out our trip at Chazen with more game drives and other interesting activities.

September 30 - October 12, 2018 – South Africa/Botswana/Victoria Falls - Eleven days/ten nights in South Africa – ($5,795/person – double occupancy. Single supplement - $950). Spend three nights at the Chazen Nature Reserve, enjoying game drives and an incredible diversity of wildlife in the Vredeforte Dome World Heritage Site. We will return to Johannesburg for a short flight up to Victoria Falls, in Zimbabwe. Two nights at Victoria Falls, with aerial and walking tours of one of the greatest natural wonders of the world, and river cruises to see abundant animal life in and around the Zambezi River. We then make the short drive over the border into Botswana, where we will enjoy Chobe National Park and the diversity of life on the Chobe River. We’ll do both land and water excursions. We will be in Botswana for three nights. We then drive back to Victoria Falls for the flight back to Johannesburg and return to Chazen. We will finish out our trip at Chazen with more game drives and other interesting activities.

Erwin Bohmfalk
540.836.9168
erwin@ntelos.net 

Ed Clark
540.942.9453
wildlife@wildlifecenter.org