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Curated and conjured by Photo Master Julian W., this South Africa aficionado has visited the country more than 50 times, and knows the country like the back of his hand.  A professional wildlife photographer and a certified South African Specialist awarded by the South Africa Tourism Organization, Julian designed this itinerary that will show you the very best of everything South African – From food & scenery, to wildlife & culture!

The world-renowned Garden Route is one of the most scenic routes in the World and entails some of the most spectacular scenery and activities that one can find while on holiday. There are simply too many interesting things to cover and photograph, but this program ensures that participants get the utmost photo opportunities.

Photographers of all skill levels are welcomed.  Availability is extremely limited and interested participants are advised to confirm as early as possible.

Only 12 spots are available.  Minimum 6 to travel.  Sign up soon to avoid disappointment as this is one of our signature packages for 2019.

SPECIAL OFFER: 
1st 5 signups ONLY – S$4,980
6th Signup onwards or until 31st July – S$5,495
1st August onwards – S$5,895

Single Supplement – S$780

3 spots taken.  ONLY 2 spots left at the super-early bird special price of S$4,980. 

The Photography Master on trip:

Julian W. first started weaving images with light in 1992.  He honed his photography skills by immersing himself in fashion, portrait and commercial photography, but soon found these pursuits a little too monotonous for his liking.

To challenge himself, he listened to his inner callings and venture into nature photography soon after.  His works soon caught the attention of Animal Planet, Sony, HSBC, Singtel, Vitagen, and many various wildlife institutions

Today, this workaholic runs 4 companies, which includes a brand agency and a full-fledged travel agency that is registered with the Singapore Tourism Board.

Julian is also the brainchild for Singapore Photography Meets, a photography community that has more than 6000 active members.

For more information, please contact us at contact@toplinersclub.com
or whatsapp: +65 8249-4559 for more information.

  • Visit Table Mountain, the Cape Peninsula & its surroundings
  • For animal lovers - chance to interact up close with cheetahs, lemurs, elephant and even crocodiles!
  • Watch and photograph wild meerkats with a meerkat wildlife specialist
  • Watch Southern Right and Humpback Whales from the coast
  • Experience a true African Big 5 Safari
  • Tour the famous Garden Route and capture its unrivalled beauty
  • Specially tailored for photographer with lots of photo opportunities ranging from street, scenics, sports, wildlife and more!

Itineraries

Day 1 (L, D)

Date : September 13, 2019

JOHANNESBURG

Welcome to South Africa! Arrival into Johannesburg and be greeted by our TopLiners representative at the airport. Proceed on to the arty area of Maboneng in town for breakfast (at own expenses), and some street photography. After the visit, the group will travel towards a Big 5 Reserve, where there is a chance to see and photograph the Big 5, namely Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Buffalo and Leopard. Check into the arranged accommodation. After freshening up, proceed for an evening safari drive to look out for the Big 5. Dinner will be served (drinks at own expenses) before retiring for the night.

Day 2 (B)

Date : September 14, 2019

JOHANNESBURG

The date starts early today with another morning safari drive, with good chances to spot and photograph the wild animals in their natural habitat. After the morning safari, the group will return for a sumptuous breakfast before checking out and return to Johannesburg. Lunch (at own expenses) would be at a restaurant along the way. Rest of the evening would be at leisure, and free hotel transportation is provided to the nearby shopping areas. Dinner will be at own expenses.

Day 3 (B)

Date : September 15, 2019

KNYSNA

This morning, we can have a late breakfast before checking out and proceed to the airport for our flight to George (flight not included). We will have a little time at the airport for a little shopping before the flight. Upon arrival, we will check in to our accommodation before taking a stroll around for some street photography. Dinner will be served at a nearby restaurant (at own expenses).

Day 4 (B)

Date : September 16, 2019

KNYSNA

Very early this morning, the group will set off to photograph sunrise (weather permitting) at a beautiful valley lake. A packed picnic breakfast would be arranged so that everyone can enjoy their meal in this natural surroundings. After breakfast, we will set off to photograph different species of birds and monkeys in enclosed areas that resemble their natural habitats. You will get to stroll through and photograph the animals at your own leisure, and honing your skills in action and nature photography. We will then proceed for a late lunch (at own expenses) before heading to a township tour. There would be a lot of opportunities for street photography where you can also interact with the locals in their community. The day will end with a sumptuous dinner (at own expenses) before the group will retire at the same accommodation for a 2nd night.

Day 5 (B, L, D)

Date : September 17, 2019

OUDTSHOORN

After breakfast this morning, we will set off for Oudtshoorn, which is also known as the "Ostrich Capital of the World". Enroute to town, we will stop by an ostrich farm, where the group will be able to learn more about these amazing birds and a close encounter with them. Lunch will be served here at the farm. Lunch is inclusive. After a hearty meal, we will proceed on to Cango Wildlife Ranch where you can learn a little about the conservation of rescued animals and do a short tour of the facility. It is over here that you can get close to some of the animals and have your own photos taken with a unique animal encounter. Try coming face to face with the crocodile or spending time and patting a relaxed cheetah. These unforgettable moments would probably be a once in a life-time experience for most people. After Cango, we will check in to our accommodation and have dinner (drinks at own expenses) at the lodge.

Day 6 (B)

Date : September 18, 2019

HERMANUS

Rise early this morning for a date with wild meerkats, where we will get a chance to photograph them as they wake up from their slumber. The group will spend some time with them before they wander off to forage for the day. Packed breakfast boxes will be provided for the group. After a unique and exclusive time with the meerkats, we will proceed on our next animal encounter. After an hour's ride, we will reach our next destination where we will go on a close encounter with elephants, and join them for a walk to the water hole. There would be plenty of opportunities to take photos along the way, and to observe how magnificent and gentle these animals are. Moving on from here, we will take a long drive to Hermanus, where we will be spending two nights here. Enroute, we will have lunch (at own expenses) before reaching the famous whale town by mid afternoon to check in at our accommodation. Rest of the day would be at leisure, and dinner would be at own expenses at one of the restaurants nearby.

Day 7 (B)

Date : September 19, 2019

HERMANUS

After an early breakfast, we will proceed to Stony Point, where about 6000 African Penguins reside. We will spend some time here to photograph these rare birds that is facing imminent extinction. There would be opportunities for some photography along the coast and to spot whales at the same time. For those who are keen on adventures, you may also take the later part of the morning to arrange for shark cage diving, or head out to see whales in a boat trip (both optional activities). The group will do lunch at a restaurant in town (at own expenses), and enjoy a short siesta back at the hotel before we head out again in the mid afternoon for an easy hike along the coast. As this is during the peak whale season, There is a good chance to see and photograph the whales from shore! October is one of the best times to see these great beasts, and in a good season, up to 200 animals may be in the waters nearby the coast as they seek safe harbour for their newborns. After the hike, the group will head to the accommodation for check-in. Dinner will be at a nearby restaurant (at own expenses) before retiring for the night.

Day 8 (B)

Date : September 20, 2019

CAPE TOWN

We will have breakfast this morning at the hotel, before checking out and head for Cape Town. There would be opportunities to visit some of the iconic beaches and scenery along the coast before we reach Cape Point, where the group will take a tour here and visit The Cape of Good Hope. Lunch would be at own expenses. After the visit, we will head to our hotel in town for check-in, with the rest of the evening free at leisure. It would be an excellent opportunity to visit the Victoria & Alfred Waterfont this evening, where dining options are aplenty here. Dinner will be at own expenses.

Day 9 (B, D)

Date : September 21, 2019

CAPE TOWN

This morning after breakfast, we will depart for Table Mountain and will ascend it via cable car (weather permitting). Enjoy the spectacular view from the top of the mountain, where you will be able to photograph and see the whole of Cape Town from here. After visiting Table Mountain, we will continue our tour by taking a boat trip to Seal Island, where you can photograph the Cape seals colony from the boat. Lunch will be at a local restaurant along the way (at own expenses). This is then followed by a spectacular drive through Chapman's drive, well-reputed as one of the most scenic drives around the world. To top off a wonderful trip, a special dinner for all participants would be arranged at a secret restaurant, with compliments from TopLiners Club :)

Day 10 (B)

Date : September 22, 2019

INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE

Breakfast would be served in the morning before the group will be ferried to Cape Town International Airport for the onward journey home.

Day 11

Date : September 23, 2019

ARRIVAL IN SINGAPORE

Arrival in Singapore. Home Sweet Home!

INCLUDED IN THE RATE

  • Accommodation inclusion as per the itinerary above
  • All meet and greet services
  • 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

 

EXCLUSIONS

  • International air-tickets (return) into South Africa
  • All air tickets for travelling within 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
  • Start
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    Group (Min-Max)
    Pax
    Price
     
  • Start Friday September 13, 2019
    End Monday September 23, 2019
    Group (Min-Max) 1 - 7 Pax
    Price $4,980.00 $4,980.00 /Person

The average temperature in South Africa during that time is around 18 degrees Celsius. A windproof jacket or warm sweater is highly recommended as mornings can be chilly. A hat and sun block would also be helpful against the weather elements.

You will need to book Singapore Airlines, SQ478 to Johannesburg. The return flight would be Singapore Airlines, SQ479 from Cape Town. For the internal flight, it is inclusive in your package price and TopLiners Club will be booking this for you.

The group would need a minimum of 6 participants to proceed, with a professional photography instructor as the tour leader. In the event that the minimum number is not met, the trip can still go on, and will be led by our counterpart's driver guide in South Africa.

No, you do not. However, we would need a 20% deposit to secure your trip. The balance 80% would need to be paid about 45 days before the date of departure.

Yes, there will be. It is normally conducted about 2-3 weeks before the trip, and the venue/time will be made known to the participants.

As accommodation options are snapped up frequently in South Africa, it is recommended to confirm your booking as soon as possible. It is not uncommon for some American and European markets to book one year in advance, so room availability is always a challenge.

To sign up, kindly click on the "Trip Signup" link at the top of the page, or visit https://toplinersclub.com/signup to fill in your details. After receiving your completed forms, one of our travel designers will be in touch with you shortly.

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:

Email: contact@toplinersclub.com
Whatsapp: +8249-4559
Skype (toplinersclub)
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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.