The Best of South Africa Safari with Kevin and David
May 3nd - 12th, 2022
Big Five Area
Join Safari experts Kevin and Tricia Dooley on an experience of a lifetime in the exotic African Bush! Kevin is a well known Wildlife Photographer, his images have won numerous awards by National Geographic, Africa Geographic, Photographic World Cup to mention but a few. Tricia is South African and loves sharing her passion for wildlife and her homeland. Spend your mornings and afternoons discovering the many species of wild Africa. Imagine seeing and photographing Lions, Elephants, Giraffes, Zebras, and many other species in their wild habitat. Witness and learn about their behavior and the beautiful serene Savannahs they call home. Our Safari Game drives are packed full of adventure, knowledge, and excitement! Evenings are spent resting in our comfortable camp where nights are filled with warm candle lit dinners and camp fires. The soft sounds of wild Africa will sing you to sleep whilst your mornings will be greeted with birds waking up a new day in this paradise. Watch the Giraffe as they walk into the sunset, the Elephant mother helping her newborn baby learn to drink water. See herds of African Antelope grazing on the plains lined with beautiful umbrella Acacia thorn trees. This is Africa! This is a true Safari adventure that transports you into this magical and life changing place. You will never see life as you once did. Africa teaches you to see beauty in the wild, find the universe in the Southern night star filled sky, and fall in love with life all over again. Come…..Africa is calling you!
Kevin Dooley is an award winning wildlife and portrait/wedding photographer who grew up in Placitas, New Mexico. The Interest of photography began at an early age of 14 with the Christmas gift of a 35mm camera. Working as an Assistent photographer and darkroom technician in his fathers portrait Studio was the beginning of a lifetime career in Photography. At the age of 18 he enlisted in the US Navy and served on an Aircraft carrier. After completing his service he returned to New Mexico and opened his own photography Studio in Albuquerque. During the 37 years the Studio has been in operation it has received numerous awards. His passion for wildlife photography and for Alaska and Africa, led to his safari adventures, he eventually opened Idube Photo Safaris. Kevin is a certified FGASA (Field Guide Association of South Africa), wildlife guide and takes guests from all over the world on amazing photographic and sight seeing Safaris in Africa, Alaska, India, South America, and other destinations. He teaches both wildlife photography and portrait photography workshops. Helping both the advanced and the beginner.
Africa has always had a special place in Kevin’s heart. He thrives on sharing this amazing place with others. Teaching about the wildlife, the trees, and the history of wild Africa. Everything from the sunrise to the safari camps and the adventurous stories that are shared around the evening campfires, hold a special place in Kevin’s heart. A special place that he loves to share and experience with the travelers and Photographers that accompany him.
David Ziser’s career has spanned over 50 plus years. David is an internationally-renowned wedding/portrait
photographer/author/trainer and has shared his knowledge with tens of thousands of photographers in five languages and in 15
countries worldwide. But as he has wound down his regular businesses over these last few years he, along with his wife LaDawn, have
rapidly ramped up their travels worldwide – on average traveling 50,000 miles to more than 8 countries and shooting more than 45,000
photographs for nearly 7 months a year for the last five years.
How I Became a
World Renowned, – Uh, Pretty Good Wildlife Photographer After eight Weeks on Safari with Idube.
Going on Safari has been on my bucket list for years. Being up close and personal with the wildest of wild beasts in Africa seemed like it would be such a “rush” – it was! In preparing for such an experience, several pitfalls needed to be avoided during the trip’s preparation.
And, once in the Safari vehicle chasing rhinos out of the bush, fleeing charging elephants, and staring down a lion 30 feet in front of your camera – yes, all those things happened – you better be a quick study in-order to capture those spectacular moments with your camera.
I will share with you the all-important lessons I learned leading up to my safari experience and everything I learned in those three exciting weeks of shooting.
Lesedi Cultural Center
aha Lesedi is located in the heart of the African bushveld amidst the rocky hills within the Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site. Discover the fascinating cultures and traditions of the people of Africa, visiting five traditional homesteads inhabited by Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Basotho and Ndebele tribes who live according to tribal folklore and traditions of their ancestors. “Our culture is the light of our nation – whoever walks here amongst our cultures at aha Lesedi can also see the light.”
Your Safari Lodge
Set within a riverine canopy surrounded by an impressive diversity of fauna and flora, This Safari offers guests beautifully appointed, tented suites.
The accommodation in Madikwe comprises 12 x Tented Suites that boast a strong Afro-Asian safari ambience and viewing decks overlooking the Marico River. These spacious tents offer every comfort and luxury with features including air-conditioning, hairdryer and power 220vAc.
- Small refrigerator
Due to the Covid situation worldwide, a PCR test maybe required upon entering all countries, including Botswana.
May 2st 2022
May 3nd 2022
Overnight Emperors Palace
(cost not included)
May 3rd, 2022
Shopping & Overnight at Lesedi
May 4th, 2022
May 5th – May 12th, 2022
Average day on safari consists of a 545AM wake up, continental breakfast, Game Drive with approx 11am return back to camp. 11:30 Brunch. 1pm photo talk. 2-3pm nap time . 3pm High Tea. 3:30 PM Game Drive. Dinner 730pm. bedtime 9p
Return to Johannesburg overnight at Emperors Palace
May 12th, 2022
May 13th, 2022
To accommodate PCR COVID testing to re-enter USA.
African Art and Curios
Cambanos and Son Agencies is a family business started by Jean and Dennis Cambanos in 1982, it was a small curio wholesaler working out of an office in Johannesburg town centre. They offered customers something extra, personal service and the pledge that they would always make sure the customer was happy.
The business is now one of the biggest in South Africa, supplying the world with African curios. But the pledge remains the same “Make sure the customer is happy” and hope they eventually become friends. The business is still run by the family today; Gerry Cambanos is only a phone call away if you require a piece of Africa in your home.
Your Safari Camp
The accommodation in Madikwe offers twelve suites, reflecting a strong Afro-Asian safari ambiance, each boasting a viewing deck overlooking the Marico River.
Within the canvas frame of the tented Madikwe accommodation, the interior is uniquely designed to incorporate a full bathroom. Each tent has a sliding door that opens onto a private deck overlooking the river. Every aspect of our guests’ stay and the surrounding camp has been carefully crafted to appeal to all our guests. Whether you are with friends, family or enjoying a romantic getaway, Thakadu River Camp offers an opportunity to connect with nature and discover the magic of an African sunset and the animals that inhabit this special area.