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Zambian Photographic Workshop with David Stowe

"9 day privately guided photo-workshop in the Luangwa Valley by David & Frank"

Price $8950 USD
8 Nights
4 Sep 2020 — 12 Sep 2020
Safari Type
Lodge and Canvas
Kids Min Age

Join David & Frank and head over to Zambia’s Luangwa Valley for a strong dose of iconic African wildlife and epic birding! The ‘Valley’, as the locals call it, is home to over 450 species of birds and has the highest hippo, crocodile and arguably leopard densities of any other protected area in Africa!

Our Zambian Photographic Safari starts in the village of Mfuwe, the gateway to South Luangwa National Park – a wildlife haven of note! – where we will be stylishly accommodated and set off for twice daily missions into the park. Here we expect to target the larger iconic mammal species where our chances will be at their best. We then venture to the remote and secluded Luambe National Park where we expect to find a few hidden gems and far fewer tourists as we start to slow down and focus more on birding and spending more quality time with our subjects!

The tour will thus be split into two district sections with the first being focused on iconic African mammal photography and the second half being focused on the Southern Carmine Bee-eater colonies, unparalleled hippo viewing, superb birding and whatever else comes our way! All the while with photographic tuition and expert advice from both David and Frank.

Our potential target mammal species: Leopards, Lions, Cape Buffaloes, African Savanna Elephants, Wild Dogs (Painted Wolves), Spotted Hyena’s, Crawshay’s Zebra, Greater Kudu, Hippos, Thornicroft Giraffe and much much more!

Over 450 bird species have been recorded with specials we hope to photograph: Pels Fishing Owl, Southern Carmine Bee-eater, Grey Crowned Crane, African Skimmers, Purple Crested Turacos, Lilians Lovebird and many species of herons, storks, large raptors and plenty of others!

View Digital Itinerary Here

Safari Rating



  • 8 nights’ accommodation – 4 at Tracks & Trail River Lodge and 4 at Luambe Camp
  • All inclusive! Including return flights from Lusaka to Mfuwe
  • Outstanding wildlife and bird viewing during peak season in the Luangwa Valley.
  • Expert photographic and Ecological Tuition
  • Private vehicles and activities for our small group.
  • Morning and afternoon outings with sessions during midday in camp as well.
  • Small group of 4 max – along with David and Frank as your expert hosts.
  • Access to Southern Carmine Bee-eater nesting colonies
  • Hippo platform right in camp!

map and overview

Day 1 – Arrive in Mfuwe and meetup with Frank to discuss upcoming days.

Day 2,3,4 – Twice daily game viewing activities in South Luangwa National Park

Day 5 – Morning Transfer to Luambe National Park, Afternoon game viewing activity.

Day 6,7,8 – Twice daily game viewing activities in Luambe National Park.

Day 9 – Onward transfer to Mfuwe for return flight to Lusaka.


David Stowe

Dave is a full time Accredited Professional Photographer and AIPP Master of Photography. He was Overall Winner of 2015 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year.  Other achievements include being awarded the AIPP NSW Nature Photographer of the Year three times in the last 5 years.  With almost 25 years experience, his love and expertise in photography extends from weddings to wildlife, with a passion for the art of image making and teaching. View Dave’s website here.

Frank Steenhuisen

Originally born in Pretoria South Africa, Franks passion for Africa’s wildlife started at the age of 5, with frequent trips to his family’s property in the Greater Kruger area. 20 years later, with a stint of Australia living in-between, Frank now travels Africa extensively as a photographer, private safari guide and director of safariFRANK – identifying, visiting & hosting safaris in some of the finest wildlife destinations on the continent.

start dates

4 September 2020 - 12 September 2020

detailed itinerary

Day 1


Guests typically arrive to Mfuwe on the late afternoon flight and will be met and collected by Frank at Mfuwe Airport. Followed by a 30-40minute vehicle transfer to Tracks & Trail River Lodge.

Guests will have time to settle and freshen-up in their chalets prior to a casual three course dinner with the whole team. During dinner, or slightly after, Frank and David will discuss the program for the upcoming days – setting expectations and prepping guests for what will be an epic wildlife and safari experience.

Day 2

Morning Game Drive

Our days will start early, typically before sunrise, for a quick cup of coffee and a light breakfast prior to making out way to the main entrance to the South Luangwa National Park – a 5 minute drive. Our aim is to be one of the first vehicles at the gate in the morning, so we can enter the park first and make the most of the stunning morning light.

Our goal for the first 4 nights (6 game drive activities) will be to capture a portfolio of images of the larger iconic mammalian species. Our chances for photographic opportunities with such iconic species will be greatest here and thus this is where our focus must lie for these first few crucial game drives.

Potential target mammal species in South Luangwa National Park include: leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo, wilddog, hyena, zebra, giraffe, warthog, waterbuck, yellow baboon, vervet monkey and bushbuck.

Target bird species are far too numerous to mention them all, but a few specials include: Southern Carmine Bee-eater, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Grey Crowned Crane, Purple Crested Turaco, Lilians Lovebird and many species of herons, storks and large raptors.

The morning game drives are typically 4-5 hours in duration and consist of a mid-way coffee and tea break in a nice spot.

Arriving back in camp you will have a chance to return to your rooms and freshen up briefly before a well-deserved brunch around 11:30.

There is then a break during mid-day and the use of this break will either be for a siesta or will be discussed to you during the safari if otherwise.

Afternoon tea prior to heading out for the afternoon activity which typically leaves around 3:30 or 4pm. We will make our way back into the national park in search of more target species to photograph. We normally stop and watch the sunset with a sundowner drink in hand, but often this is the best time of day for photography, so we will play it by ear. A night drive with a spotlight then follows as we make our way back to camp searching for some nocturnal creatures. These can include: leopard, lion, genet, civit, various mongoose species, bush babies and much more.

Upon arrival at camp there will be ample time to freshen up prior to dinner with the team and discussions on the next day’s program.

Day 3

Same as above with morning and afternoon game drive activities focussed on the more iconic and larger mammal species to be found in South Luangwa National Park.

Any changes or additions to the daily routine will be discussed on a day to day bases.

Day 4

Same as above with morning and afternoon game drive activities focussed on the more iconic and larger mammal species to be found in South Luangwa National Park.

Any changes or additions to the daily routine will be discussed on a day to day bases.

Day 5

Transfer to Luambe National Park

One this day we have organized for the transfer vehicle to pick us up earlier than normal for the 3-4 hour transfer to Luambe National Park. The reason for this being that en-route we travel through the Nsefu sector of South Luangwa National Park which contains a natural hot spring that is a magnet for good population of Grey Crowned Cranes. This bird is high on our target list and our chances for photographic opportunities in good morning light might be best during this transfer.

We will then arrive in Luambe National Park around midday in time for a light lunch and preparations for an afternoon introductory game drive to the area.

Day 6


Our focus of target species will change as we reach Luambe National Park. Essentially, we will slow down from chasing down the larger, rarer iconic mammals as we start to focus more on the birdlife and other creatures that call this park home. In Luambe we have the ultimate freedom to explore the park unhindered by the other game drive vehicles which we would have experienced in South Luangwa. Here we will spend good quality time with our subjects and really get to the nitty gritty of photography techniques.

One of our key target species will be the Southern Carmine Bee-eater and their nesting colonies. Luambe National Park typically has 3 different Carmine colonies, to which we will have unlimited access, which ensures we will get outstanding photographic opportunities as thousands of Carmines fly all around us. An amazing spectacle to behold!

Luambe is also regarded as one of the best parks in the world for hippo viewing and during our time here we can expect to see very large pods of hippos congregating right in front of the camp which offers exceptional photographic moments. During mid-September temperatures are starting to rise and water levels are getting low forcing hippos into concentrated populations. The lodge has a ‘hippo platform’ right in front, which puts photographers at eye level with the hippos and is especially great when males fight for their small stretch of river. You will be hard pressed to find a camp better located for hippo viewing!

Aside from that, Luambe National Park is home to much the same wildlife and birdlife as South Luangwa National Park, although the mammal species are slightly less habituated to vehicles due to the far more remote location and less tourism. This is why our focus here will be on the Carmine Colonies, Hippo viewing and birding such as searching for Pels fishing Owls. Any leopard, lion, elephant and wild dog sightings will be regarded as an excellent bonus.

Our daily activities can include: game drives, time spent on the hippo platform, walking safaris and ‘carmine coffee’.

Day 7

Same as above where our daily activities can include: game drives, time spent on the hippo platform, walking safaris and ‘carmine coffee’.

Day 8

Same as above where our daily activities can include: game drives, time spent on the hippo platform, walking safaris and ‘carmine coffee’.

Day 9

Today marks the end of our trip and will start with a full cooked breakfast prior to a 3-4 hour vehicle transfer to Mfuwe airport for onward connections.


Price is USD$ 8950 Per Person Sharing.

(The price will be converted from USD$ to your currency at the time of booking. Any price indicated in another currency other than USD is merely indicative.)

Minimum of 2 – Maximum of 5

Enquire for single supplement.


  • Accommodation as stated above.
  • All inter-camp transfers between locations, starting and ending at Mfuwe Airport.
  • Game viewing activities
  • Lusaka Airport meet & greet service.
  • All meals.
  • Services of David and Frank as your safari hosts.
  • Photographic tuition from David Stowe.
  • Entrance/park fees and excursions.
  • Private Vehicles & activities.
  • Return flights from Lusaka to Mfuwe.
  • A daily allocation of a selection of local beverages including beer, wine, waters and cold drinks – at Luambe Camp Only. (Tracks & Trail drinks are excluded)
  • Laundry


  • International Flights and airport taxes.
  • Pre and post safari accommodation.
  • Any entrance fees and excursions not included in the above itinerary.
  • Drinks at Tracks & Trail River Camp.
  • Gratuities.
  • Items of personal nature (telephone expenses, curios, medicines etc).
  • BANK CHARGES (as per bank or 3.5% commission for VISA/MASTER and 4.5% commission for AMEX).

additional information


  • All camps/lodges are unfenced and situated within wildlife areas with all sorts of creatures venturing through.
  • Expect warm to hot temperatures and prepare accordingly with protective clothing, hats, sunscreen.
  • Its peak season in Zambia so the parks are at their busiest.
  • Charging facilities available throughout.
  • As with any tour, unfortunately we cannot control the weather or indeed the wildlife. The itinerary will be flexible to make the most of the weather and any target species. This part of the country can be incredibly variable in terms of species numbers and diversity depending on prior rainfall which we obviously can’t predict in advance.
  • We strongly recommend getting camera insurance.
  • The arrival time of the Southern Carmine Bee-eaters vary each year and cannot be accurately predicted as they are migratory birds.
  • Travel insurance is a must.

Additional Info:

  • Services subject to availability at the time of booking.
  • Times of activities, meals, transfers is subject to change.
  • Given the nature of this safari, the age restriction is a minimum of 16 years paying full fare.
  • Maximum age is 75. Anyone older than this is required to produce a medical certificate proving that they are physically able to participate in the activities and terrain in which the safari tour will be conducted in.
  • PLEASE NOTE that whilst we endeavour to accommodate guests at the above stipulated lodges/camps, safariFRANK reserves the right to replace such with one of a similar standard and location.
  • As of paragraph 6 of our German T&C’s, safariFRANK has the right to cancel the trip latest 75 days before start of the trip. The trip cannot be cancelled by safariFRANK later than 75 days before tour start.
  • Terms and conditions apply.
  • Rates are quoted as per person sharing.
  • You shall receive a 2,5% discount on the overall tour price, if paying in total upfront. In case of a non-favorable exchange rate, you will be charged the difference 60 days before departure in case of a favorable exchange rate, we will grant a credit of the same kind.

Helpful tips

  • Visas/Passports: Please ensure: 1) that you have pre-arranged your entry visa if required; 2) that your passport is valid for at least six months after your scheduled departure date from South Africa; 3) that you have a minimum of 2 consecutive clear pages. If this is not the case, there is a danger of being turned away by the Immigration Service on arrival at the airport – assuming your airline has agreed to bring you and risk a fine in the first place.
  • Health: No vaccinations are mandatory but please consult your doctor for medical advice. Parts of Zambia are considered to be malarial so we recommend consulting your doctor about the use of anti-malarial prophylactics (normally Malarone), especially if visiting during the summer (December to April) – subject to advice from your own doctor.
  • Luggage: Is restricted to 20 kg (including hand luggage) per person in a soft bag. Weight is generally less important than volume as everything is carried with you on safari. If adding extensions that involve light aircraft transfers the luggage limit may be reduced further to 12 kg in soft bags (please enquire if this may apply to you)

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