‘Combining Ancient wisdom, Modern technology…and Nature.’
As members of the Londolozi family we sit around camp fires at night discussing matters of the day which often lead late into the night and result in debates and passionate arguments. It was on one such evening that the Specialised Photographic Safari Vehicle was born. It is the brain child of Londolozi’s General Manager, Chris Kane Berman, who was heard to say
“Safari is not about the bathroom, safari is about being in the wilderness. It’s about the animals and the people!”
The Specialised Photographic Safari Vehicle is a combination of forces which brings together the wizardry of modern technology, and the timelessness of an ancient wilderness landscapes. Through sight and sound this promises to magnify the safari experience and embark on a new frontier of engagement with wild Africa, incorporating remarkable photographic opportunities. Take a look at our video featuring the Specialised Photographic Safari Vehicle.
In May 2009 Londolozi turned its attention to examining every aspect and detail of the safari game drive experience.
“Our objective is to deliver an exceptional engagement with the multi facets of Wild Africa for our guests and to unashamedly use modern technology to help us reach this objective. Embedded in the plan is a new frontier of learning and individual consciousness as we reveal to guests the intelligence and universal energy of the great African theatre.”
The photographic safari features a custom fitted Land Rover with ergonomically designed, reclining Audi seats that are set low at the back of the vehicle, making every camera angle possible in pursuit of creating exceptional images. Equipment for personal guest use includes a stills and video camera, night vision goggles, individual scorpion torches, an e-reference book (loaded with over six reference books including birds, trees, mammals & stars), a star laser pointer for an informed understanding of the African skies and “sound safari” equipment designed to amplify the sounds of the African bush.
“Imagine sitting in the dark with a pride of lion hunting adjacent to the Land Rover. The lights are off but you are seeing and hearing just like the lions.”
Vital to the success of the safari is the quality and experience of the ranger/guide and tracker. To guide a Specialised Photographic Safari at Londolozi you need a minimum of 5 years guiding experience, and a deep knowledge of all the latest digital, computer, sound, editing and photographic equipment.
The specialist ranger/guide is required to be both a game ranger and photographic instructor and his mission is to deliver an enjoyable adventure that challenges guests to take great pictures in Africa.
The selected specialist tracker is an important member of the team and brings with him a deep ancestry which is connected to the ancient wisdom of the area. Built into his DNA are all the skills needed to seek out the elusive cats and get you into position to make the “hero” shot. The tracker’s role is to read the language of the land and guide you to the action. He is a vital link in achieving a successful photographic safari.
Finally this Specialised Photographic Safari takes place on the ancient vibrant and timeless landscapes of Londolozi that are pulsating with all manner of high action wildlife, beauty, serenity and universal energy.
Londolozi is known across the world as a destination which offers remarkable photographic wildlife opportunities and is the perfect location to chart this new frontier in wildlife specialist photography.
Specialised photographic safaris can be booked in advance and rates are now available upon request.