Rod Thomas Photography

African Adventure

29th September - 17th October, 2025

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  • Price: $18,990 aud

  • Deposit: $4,750 aud

  • Duration: 19 days / 18 nights

  • Location: Namibia, Botswana & Zimbabwe

  • Participants: 4 + 2 guides

If you ask any photographer to name their top 5 bucket list locations, I would say a fairly high number of them would say an African Safari is one of them.

Starting in Namibia,venturing into Botswana and finishing in Zimbabwe ( yep, we're visiting all 3 countries on this trip ), this tour has been designed from the ground up by one of Africa's best. 

We will see some of the largest sand dunes on earth, the amazing Okavango Delta, get up close and personal with some of the most gorgeous wildlife ever and explore not one, but two of the best parks, Etosha  and Moremi NP. 

Mokoro rides, sunset wildlife dinner cruises have been arranged as well as a 5 hour sunrise safari on the Chobe River in a purpose built boat made for photography have all been arranged. The tour will finish in Zimbabwe where we will have the opportunity to photograph the impressive Victoria Falls - Mosi-oa-Tunya.

This is the best value African Safari / Overland Adventure tour, and is limited to just 4 guests. 

Don't miss out, register yout interest NOW !

  • 29th September, 2025 - Windhoek to Southern Kalahari

    After breakfast at the motel, we will travel to our lodge located on the edge of the Southern Kalahari Desert. 

    In the afternoon we will enjoy our very first game drive of the trip among the Kalahari sand dunes in search of the many desert dwelling animals. Giraffes, kudus, zebras, and oryx are among some of the species we hope to see here and many more.

    Intu-Afrika Lodge - B,D

  • 30th September, 2025 - Southern Kalahari to Namib Desert

    An early start today to go on a sunrise walk with the SAN Bushmen.

    We will experience the San culture, including ancient traditions and their fascinating desert survival tactics. 

    We will return to the lodge for breakfast, then check out and travel west to our lodge located at the edge of the Namib desert.

    Desert Camp Lodge - B,D

  • 1st October, 2025 - Namib Desert

    Another early start departing before sunrise. We will make our way deep into the dunes experiencing the changing colours with the first rays of sunshine on the sand.

    We then transfer into open 4-wheel drive vehicles and travel a further 5 kms through the sand dunes to the Deadvlei parking lot. It is a 1 kilometre walk from here on the dunes to Deadvlei.

    Deadvlei is a dry salt pan, characterised by white clay and dry black upright camel-thorn trees, estimated to be over 900 years old. After photographing Deadvlei it is time to head back to lodge in time for lunch.

    To end this amazing day, a late afternoon visit to the nearby Sesriem canyon, a natural gorge carved millions of years ago by the once mighty Tsauchab River. 

    Desert Camp Lodge - L,D

  • 2nd October, 2025 - Namib Desert to Swakopmund

    A leisurely start today. We have breakfast at the lodge and then make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund.

    Our drive takes us through Solitaire, an oasis in the desert consisting of a motel, petrol station, camping ground and a bakery ( which is reported to have the best apple pie in the desert ). We continue on, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, via the beautiful scenery of the Gaup and Kuiseb passes.

    We stop for lunch in Walvis Bay and then enjoy a short lagoon drive in search of flamingos before continuing on to our accommodation in Swakopmund.

    This afternoon is free to explore the German architecture of the town including visiting the local markets and galleries.

    The Delight Hotel - B,L,D

  • 3rd October, 2025 - Swapokmund

    This morning is free to book your choice of optional activities such as a scenic flight over the desert, quad biking on the sand dunes and much more. 

    In the late afternoon we enjoy a sunset photography excursion of Sandwich Harbour.

    Sandwich harbour is where some of the world’s highest  sand dunes descend into the cold Atlantic Ocean to form a picturesque lagoon.

    The Delight Hotel - B,D

  • 4th October, 2025 - Swakopmund to Damaraland

    We depart after breakfast and travel for an hour drive along the Skeleton Coast before venturing inland.

    Damaraland is characterised by sparse vegetation, deeply eroded canyons and various mountain ranges including the Brandberg – Namibia's highest mountain.

    This area is also known for the rare desert elephants. We will also encounter a number of local tribes on our drive, such as the Himbas, and have an opportunity to interact with them along the way and explore their road side souvenir markets.

    Late afternoon, we will check in at our lodge which is built on a small hill, with breathtaking views and unmatched sunsets.  

    Ugab Terrace - B,L,D

  • 5th October, 2025 - Damaraland to Etosha National Park

    Todays drive will take us to our accommodation on the outskirts of the  Etosha National Park.

    The name Etosha is derived from a very large salt pan that is visible from outer space.

    Etosha hosts an array of wildlife, with over 100 mammal species including elephants, lions, cheetah, the endangered black rhinocerosand prolific birdlife.

    In the afternoon, we will have the pleasure of a game drive in Etosha National Park.

    Etosha Village - B,D

  • 6th October, 2025 - Etosha National Park

    An early morning departure for a game drive in the park before returning to the lodge for breakfast. The rest of the day is spent at leisure giving us time to download and review our images from this morning's adventure, before heading out in the late afternoon on another game drive.

    Etosha Village - B,D

  • 7th October, 2025 - Etosha National Park - Rundu

    Today we transit between Etosha and our next accommodation located on the banks of the Okavango River. This river originates deep in the highlands of Angola but instead of flowing westward to the Atlantic Ocean, it  runs inland, to the east where it supports the livelihood of the local people and an incredible abundance of wildlife.

    Hakusembe River Lodge - B,L,D

  • 8th October, 2025 - Rundu to Okavango Delta

    Our journey today takes us into Botswana as we continue eastwards to our lodge situated on the banks of one of the largest lagoons in the north west of the Okavango Delta. We check into our lodge with meru style elevated tents and have the afternoon at leisure. 

    Nguma Island Lodge - B,L,D

  • 9th October, 2025 - Okavango Delta

    Today we get to enjoy the first of our half day mokoro (dugout canoe) excursions. We move slowly through the reed lined channels of the Okavango Delta, in search of the many animals and prolific birdlife inhabiting this area.

    The rest of the day we are free to relax at the lodge's pool area, or by the bar enjoying a delicious cocktail. How does a sunset cruise sound ? 

    Nguma Island Lodge - B,D

  • 10th - 13th October 2025 - Okavango Delta to Khwai River Private Reserve

    Continuing in Botswana, we make our way to Mogotlho Lodge situated on the banks of the Khwai River on a private game reserve within a greater, pristine wildlife area adjacent to the Moremi Game Reserve in northern Botswana. This is our home for the next three nights.

    The days at Mogotlho Lodge are spent on morning and afternoon game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles.

    When we are not on game drives, relax by the pool or on the covered deck area and watch the abundance of wildlife passing by.

    Mogothlo Safari Lodge - B,L,D

  • 13th October, 2025 - Khwai Private Reserve to Maun

    A final game drive this morning from the amazing Mogotlho Lodge before transferring to Maun where we will stay for one night before flying to Kasane to begin the last leg of this African Adventure.

    Motel in Maun - B,D

  • 14th October, 2025 - Maun to Kasane

    After breakfast at our motel in Maun, we take a short bus / taxi ride to Maun International Airport where we will fly to Kasane.

    After arriving around midday, we will check into our lodge and then get ready for a late afternoon / early evening Chobe River wildlife cruise.

    Motel in Kasane - B,D

  • 15th October, 2025 - Kasane to Victoria Falls

    Breakfast at our motel in Kasane before we take the short transfer via bus/private car to Zimbabwe and the impressive Victoria Falls.

    As this route includes an international border crossing, you will need to have your passport and allrequired documents ready for inspection.

    Arriving early in the afternoon,  we will check in to our motel then head out for a  sunset shoot at the world famous Victoria Falls.

    Sprayview Hotel - B,D

  • 16th October, 2025 - Victoria Falls

    A sunrise shoot at the falls, after which we will return to the motel for breakfast.

    The rest of the day can be spent lazing around the motel, exploring this beautiful little town or even taking a helicopter flight over the falls.

    For our last night we have another wonderful sunset wildlife viewing cruise including dinner on the amazing Zambezi River. We couldn’t think of a better way to end this adventure.

    Sprayview Hotel - B,D

  • 17th October, 2025 - Victoria Falls

    One last breakfast and then an early morning airport transfer from the motel in Victoria Falls back to the airport with connecting flights to Johannesburg,

  • What is included ?

    • The services of 2 x professional guides
    • All transport while on tour
    • Clean, comfortable twin share accommodation
    • Meals as indicated
    • Park entry fees
    • Internal flights ( Maun to Kasane )
  • What is not included ?

    • Airfares to / from Africa
    • Visas if required 
    • Alcoholic drinks of any kind
    • Travel Insurance ( highly recommended )
  • Terms and Conditions

    **  Your spot on this tour is not confirmed until we receive both a completed booking form and either the deposit required or full payment at time of booking. **


    Cancellation Policy: 

    Deposits are non-refundable. Cancellations must be received via email. Should you need to cancel your place on the tour, we will only refund any amount over and above the deposit you have already paid. If you cancel less than 90 days before the tour starts there will be no refund of fee or deposit. Should another participant be found to fill the vacant place we will then, and only then, refund the deposit and/or balance you have paid. Final payment is due 90 days prior to the start of the tour unless otherwise specified. Your registration is guaranteed only when we have a deposit payment. Registrations are allocated on a first come first serve basis. If the workshop is cancelled by us you will receive a full refund of your booking fees. Tour itineraries may be subject to change due to weather, road conditions or any other unforeseen circumstances.

    Travel insurance: 

    Travel insurance is MANDATORY for cover of unforeseen circumstances. Camera and equipment insurance is the responsibility of the individual photographer. 

    Camera experience required: 

    A modest level of photographic experience would be advisable to get the most out of this tour. Familiarising yourself with your basic camera operations is also strongly advised. Please bring camera manuals in case the guides need to make adjustments to your camera settings. 

    Minimum numbers: 

    All tours are conducted based on a minimum of participants booking. This may vary according to the tour you have chosen. If we cancel due to minimum numbers not being reached you will get a full refund of the tour cost only that you have previously paid. Other bookings you may make related to this tour are not our responsibility and so we recommend travel insurance to cover this. We will only run this trip if we reach the required minimum number of guests.

    Guides Availability: 

    We will be assisting you to take photographs and provide tuition throughout the tour if needed. In the event of a guide being unable to attend due to illness or other circumstances beyond our control we will endeavour to provide another guide of similar experience. 

    What else do you need to know? 

    There maybe some moderately energetic walking involved to get to certain locations so please consider in relation to your physical abilities. If you have any other medical conditions that might affect your enjoyment of the workshop please let us know. Evening and early morning shoots will form part of the tour. You may choose to not participate in these but we recommend that you do take part. 

    Early morning shoot times are entirely dependent on the sunrise times so schedules we set for departure will need to be adhered to strictly. It’s not fair to the group as a whole to have to wait for a late riser so we will leave exactly at the times we say.

    Please bring clothing suited to typical temperatures including early morning or evening shoots as it may be a little chilly. Of course, sturdy foot wear, a hat, sunscreen are highly recommended.

    Like any trip away from home please bring personal medication. We usually get together the evening before the workshop to meet everyone, enjoy some drinks and/or dine together. Please consider this when planning your travel arrangements. 

    Liability Limitation Statement:

    We aim to provide every participant with a safe and enjoyable experience during the tour. As there is always an element of risk associated with the outdoors and travel in general we accept no responsibility/liability for injury, death, illness, losses or additional expenses associated with tour participation. By signing the booking form you are agreeing to all the listed terms and conditions. 

    Privacy Statement: 

    The information provided by participants will not be released to any other parties.

    Trip Investment: 

    The cost of the trip is $18,990 AUD. A deposit of $4,750 AUD, or full payment plus any single supplements, is to be paid with the return of the booking form. If paying just the deposit amount with your trip registration, the remainder of the trip needs to be paid no later than 90 days prior to departure. 

    Other questions? 

    If you have any questions about this tour please do not hesitate to contact me.