Great memories from African Safari Trip

Africa wildlife, travel, landscape and commercial photography! Here is a wrap up of my African Safari trip….

The trip started in Miami, a 16 hour plane flight from Atlanta to Johannesburg, overnighted and then caught a flight to Lusaka; the capital city of Zambia…..Then an hour bush plane trip to the Lower Zambezi National Park and Game Reserve…. followed by an hour boat ride to Chiawa camp.

Finally made it, I was pretty tired and very excited. Chiawa is a luxury camp with elevated tents that are more like cabins. Each has a bath with shower, bathtub, king size beds, generator supplied electricity, outdoor porch with a daybed and a view of the river. The service was phenomenal, meals were at least 4 courses and breakfast was by the fire at dawn. I was up each day by 5:00 AM and ended the day around 11:00 PM after dinner. My days were spent either photographing the camp or running around in the bush searching for cooperative subjects. These images are what us, commerical photographers, are passionate about. I spent time and made friends with people from all over the world including a food photographer from Brazil.

After 4 nights, I moved to Old Mondoro camp which is a two hour boat trip down the Zambezi River. This camp was a little more primitive if you can use that word for luxury camping. The daily routine was pretty much the same. We did have one exciting moment while fishing for tiger fish. Our boat engine quit and we became stranded in the middle of the river on a sandbar complete with marauding hippos. No biggy, just radio for help. However, it seemed as though the camp could not hear our transmissions and we could only hear bits and pieces of theirs. Four hours later, well after dark we were rescued and I got a moonlight cruise on the Zambezi.

I truly felt like I was losing a friend when I got in the safari car to start my trip to Paris. Africa is truly a very special experience!

Written by: George Contorakes, commercial photographer.

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