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A trip designed for photographers who are interested in going for an intensive, yet luxury photo safari. This specially-curated itinerary is designed for a small & exclusive group of wildlife photographers, who will have the opportunity to travel with a professional wildlife photographer in tow.

The wildlife playgrounds for this trip are situated in South Africa, where professional wildlife photographer Julian W. has been there for more than 40 times.  Moving away from the very crowded Kruger National Park, Julian will lead the distinguished guests to two other best-kept secret locations which are more exclusive, but yet still has a great record of superb wildlife sightings and photography.

This 11 day trip will consist of up to 14 game drives in big 5 game reserves, namely Madikwe & Welgevoneden.  Both reserves are extremely well-managed with an abundant of wildlife, and importantly, they are not open to day visitors (like Kruger), so it is more exclusive for our guests.  With so many game drives arranged, this program is well-positioned to provide the best chances to photograph all members of the big 5 family, and also a good variety of birds and other wildlife.

This trip has been rated with a difficulty level of “2”.  For more details, please refer to the tab indicated as “Trip Difficulty”.

Only 5 wild photographers are invited for this trip.  Minimum 4 photographers to go.

Kindly note that single supplement is optional and the cost would be S$885.

Do confirm early to avoid disappointment!

 

 

About Madikwe Game Reserve:

Madikwe Game Reserve is currently the fifth largest game reserve and is also one of the lesser- known parks in South Africa. With its diverse landscapes and abundance of animals, it is a special destination for a true safari experience.

This makes it a hidden gem - it is regarded as one of the best conservation areas in Africa and offers the Big 5 in a 680 km2 park (750 km2 including newly incorporated privately owned land). The park offers a number of luxurious lodges as well as community lodges in a malaria-free zone.

Day visitors are not allowed in the park, so the number of vehicles in the park during game drive hours is limited to the lodges’ vehicles, which makes Madikwe a very exclusive safari destination

Amongst the 66 mammal species resident at Madikwe Game Reserve are the infamous Big 5 – the elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard. Add to that giraffe, hippo, cheetah, wild dog and hyena and you have the Madikwe Top Ten!

The term “Big 5” was coined by big game hunters to describe what they deemed to be the five most dangerous animals to hunt.  However, nowadays the term is widely used to describe these magnificent animals, which feature on most wildlife enthusiasts lists of must-see game.

About Welgevonden Game Reserve:

The rich and diverse Waterberg region offers an amazing variety of unspoilt habitats. Overall, more than 129 mammals, 350 birds and 2,000 plant species can be found within these habitats.

Other mammals indigenous to the Waterberg region include giraffe, rhinoceros and warthog. The African Porcupine makes use of the region’s cavernous cliff habitats. The cliffs also provide a home for the Fever Tree which the bushmen believed had a special power to allow communication with the dead.

The area’s birdlife is predominantly to be found in and around the region’s many rivers and wetlands. The riverine areas are also home to the Nile crocodile and to hippopotamus.

As if all this wasn’t already enough, Welgevonden Reserve’s big mammal population, the Big 5 are in abundance as well as cheetah, brown hyena, honey badger and a whole lot more.

Itineraries

Day 1

Date : May 16, 2020

Arrival & Transfer

- Arrival into Johannesburg - Transfer to Sun City for check-in to 4 star hotel - Meals on own expenses

Day 2

Date : May 17, 2020

Sun City to Madikwe Game Reserve

- After breakfast, transfer to Madikwe for lunch & check-in to private game lodge (4 star) - Afternoon game drive - Full board basis (Activities, meals and accommodation are covered based on twin-sharing basis)

Day 3

Date : May 18, 2020

Madikwe Game Reserve

- Morning and afternoon game drive - Full board basis (Activities, meals and accommodation are covered based on twin-sharing basis)

Day 4

Date : May 19, 2020

Madikwe Game Reserve

- Morning and afternoon game drive - Full board basis (Activities, meals and accommodation are covered based on twin-sharing basis)

Day 5

Date : May 20, 2020

Madikwe to Welgevonden Game Reserve

- After morning game drive & breakfast, transfer to Welgevonden for lunch & check-in to private game lodge (5 star) - Afternoon game drive (if time permits) - Full board basis (Activities, meals and accommodation are covered based on twin-sharing basis)

Day 6

Date : May 21, 2020

Welgevonden Game Reserve

- Morning and afternoon game drive - Full board basis (Activities, meals and accommodation are covered based on twin-sharing basis)

Day 7

Date : May 22, 2020

Welgevonden Game Reserve

- Morning and afternoon game drive - Full board basis (Activities, meals and accommodation are covered based on twin-sharing basis)

Day 8

Date : May 23, 2020

Welgevonden Game Reserve

- Morning and afternoon game drive - Full board basis (Activities, meals and accommodation are covered based on twin-sharing basis)

Day 9

Date : May 24, 2020

Welgevonden Game Reserve to Johannesburg

- After morning game drive and breakfast, transfer to Johannesburg for check-in (4 star hotel) - Lunch & dinner at own expenses.

Day 10

Date : May 25, 2020

International Departure

- After breakfast this morning, transfer to Johannesburg Airport for international departure.

Day 11

Date : May 26, 2020

Arrival in Singapore

- Arrival in Singapore. - Flight timing depending on airline schedule.
  • Accommodation inclusion as per the itinerary above
  • All ground transfer services
  • All ground transport and tours as mentioned above
  • All meals other than specifically indicated
  • All required entrance fees and conservation fees
  • All scheduled activities
  • The current South African Tourism Levies and all relevant Government Taxes
  • International air-tickets (return) into South Africa
  • Meals not indicated in the above itinerary
  • Items and expenses of a personal nature
  • Hotel supplement for any other room category if Standard Room is not available or any other choice of hotel at the time to confirm the above quoted Itinerary.
  • Personal expenses: meals, drinks, telephone calls, room service, laundry, etc.
  • Drinks, entrance fees, portage, tours/excursions and transfers not specified above
  • Cancellation, baggage or medical insurance;
  • Any new and sudden increase of Government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control;
  • Optional tours and Entrances fees not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Visa fees where relevant
  • Comprehensive personal travel insurance
  • Tips for tour leader, driver and staff on tours
  • All Other Services not mentioned above
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    Group (Min-Max)
    Pricing
     
  • Start Saturday May 16, 2020
    End Tuesday May 26, 2020
    1 - 5 Pax
     
    Available Seats: 5

    ( 1 - 5 Pax ) $5,857.00 /

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    Trip Extras:

    Single Supplement (Wildlife Safari – May 2020)
    $ 885 / unit

    Single Supplement for Safari Big 5 Wildiife Photography - May 2020

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These are specially curated trips for photo enthusiasts to visit a destination in small groups. These tours are meant to be slow paced, taking into careful considerations that photographers need time to create their masterpieces.

Yes, you are most welcomed to sign up as our tours are opened to all participants around the world. Our tours start at the arriving airport of our destination, and as long as you can reach and meet us at the airport arrival hall , that would be fine.

No, of course not. Users of all camera brands and all skill levels are welcomed. A professional photo master would also be readily available to assist on any photography-related queries.

No, This is because our clients may be coming from all parts of the world, or they may want to use their airline mileage to claim their flights. Therefore, our tours would start at the arriving airport, and similarly concludes at the airport of international departure.

e would strongly advise that you book your tours once you can confirm your interest. This is partly because we can only confirm and go ahead with a trip once we achieved our minimum confirmed number. In addition, usually the best accommodation runs out really quickly, and the sooner we can get a group going, the better it would be to secure the best available accommodation and to confirm the tour.

A trip would be confirmed once we achieved our minimum stated number of guests. In the unlikely event that this is not met, we will inform interested guests if the tour would proceed, about 14 days prior to departure. Full deposits paid would be refunded accordingly.

Once a trip is confirmed, TopLiners Club will contact each guest separately to book the air-tickets as soon as possible.

We will advise you via email once the trip is confirmed. This could be as soon as the minimum tour number is met, or when a decision to proceed is reached by TopLiners Club. Please do not proceed to purchase your international air-tickets until you have verified the confirmation of your tour with us.

We generally use 4 star or a higher category. However in some remote locations, we may work with the best available in that area. We will always ensure our guests of clean, comfortable accommodation to the best that we can arrange.

Yes you can. However, this is subjected to availability and single supplement would apply. Our tours are generally quoted base on twin/triple basis.

Kindly find the following link for a copy of our Terms & Conditions. We will also be sending a copy of this once you have completed our Official Trip Signup Form.

https://toplinersclub.com/terms-and-conditions/

We are a full-fledged, bespoke travel agency that is registered with the Singapore Tourism Board. We provide tour services for both inbound & outbound, to all corners of the world. All tours are tailored accordingly to the client’s specific interests and preferences.

Our forte lies in working with a reputable local partner in countries where we send our guests to. This is constantly being reviewed so that we know our clients are always getting the best service. All tours are curated and tailored according to each client’s specific interests and preferences.

Yes we do! As a full-fledged travel agency registered with Singapore Tourism Board, we organise tours ranging from couples, families, groups, to even large companies for incentives and conferences. Kindly contact us for more information.

Certainly! We are part of a global travel network and have great partners anywhere in the world. Please check with us for your next worry-free holiday, and leave all the planning and liaising for us.

A: Yes, of course. We can be reached at the following:

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We accept bank transfers and cheques. For our overseas customers, we have payment options which we will advise separately, depending on the country our client is in.

Unless specifically specified, all tours are transacted in Singapore Dollars (S$).

Unfortunately, we would not be able to process any refunds unless it is on humanity grounds relating to the guests or his/her immediate family members. In the case of such refunds, a finance fee of at least S$100 would apply. Please contact us for more information.

We ensure that all local taxes and applicable fees are inclusive in your quotation, so you know the final price. However, there may be situations where a sudden increase in fees or government levies may arise, which is not in our control. In such circumstances, we will endeavour to communicate this to our guest(s) as soon as possible and a slight increase in the tour price would be expected.

Yes you can. However, please note that there is an admin charge of 4.4%,, which is imposed by the payment gateway, Paypal.

We would strongly recommend our local customers to pay via paynow, or bank transfer so as not to incur the additional charges. Alternatively, please check out our other mode of payment under the FAQ, "What are your modes of payment?".

Slots Available:  5/5

TOTAL COST:  S$5857 on twin-sharing basis.  Single supplement is S$885.

  1.  Exclusively for our guests:  Complimentary camera equipment (cameras & lenses) can be arranged.  However, please note that this is subject to availability and on a first-signup-first-served basis.
  2. Please be informed that as we would be photographing in the natural habitats of wild animals which is roaming in a huge area, sightings and great photography can never be guaranteed.
  3. Kindly note that images showcased here are copyright of their respective authors.  They are meant for illustrative purposes only.