This Serval and Caracal Photo Tour 2021 is specifically designed to get you in front of two elusive, but very impressive African wild cats. Our locations are a bit unconventional, but again, that is all for the purpose of maximizing our chances with servals and caracals. Since this is our first tour for both of these cats, you are getting a major deal! Servals have a difficulty rating of medium, this means that for the duration of the trip, we expect to definitely see a serval, and have at least one, but probably multiple encounters, with good photographic opportunities. Caracals have a difficulty rating of difficult, this means that for the duration of the trip, our goal will be to have one encounter with good photographic opportunities*.
What to Bring
Photo Equipment: We recommend bringing at least one SLR camera, a telephoto lens at least 300mm long, a flash, a headlamp and a tripod or monopod.
Clothing: Temperatures in South Africa and Botswana will reach around 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and will drop as low as 30 degrees at night. There will be times we might be on a open vehicle at night, so please factor in a windchill into your clothing choices.
Shoes: Running or hiking shoes.
Travel: Fly into Johannesburg airport (JHB), on August 28th before 5pm. Depart from JHB airport on September 5th at any time.
Accommodations: Are included in the workshop fee. In South Africa, we will be staying at Galago, a private and fully serviced lodge with comfortable rooms and a pool. In the Northern Tuli Game Reserve we will be staying at Serolo Camp.
Food: Food is included in the workshop fee, however, alcohol at meals is not.
Transportation: Flights to and from the tour are not included. All travel from arriving, until departing are included.
Day 1. August 28th. Arrive at JHB. Travel to Secunda. Evening briefing by serval biologist.
Day 2. August 29th. Spend full day looking for servals in Secunda.
Day 3. August 30th. Early start. Full day drive to Northern Tuli Game Reserve, Botswana. Afternoon game drive.
Day 4. August 31st. Morning and afternoon drives in Northern Tuli Game Reserve, Botswana
Day 5. September 1st. Same as previous day.
Day 6. September 2nd. Same as previous day.
Day 7. September 3rd. Same as previous day.
Day 8. September 4th. After a morning game drive, clients will be taken to Johannesburg airport.
Physical Requirements: Low physical requirement as we will not be doing any hiking.
Deposit: $1550 will secure your spot in the photo tour. I will ask for this after you sign-up, or if you contact me directly.
What’s included in the price: Transportation to and from JHB airport, accommodations, meals, conservation fee towards serval research and conservation, photographic and guide services of Sebastian Kennerknecht.
What’s not included in the price: Flights and other travel to and from the location, laundry, alcohol at meals, and anything not listed in the “What’s included in the price” list above.
*Wild Cat Difficulty: Wild cats can be very hard to photograph subjects, they require a lot of patience and dedication. This means spending significant amounts of time searching for them, hours and possibly days without a sighting.Servals have a difficulty rating of medium, this means that for the duration of the trip, we expect to definitely see a serval, and have at least one, but probably multiple encounters, with good photographic opportunities. Caracals have a difficulty rating of difficult, this means that for the duration of the trip, our goal will be to have one encounter with good photographic opportunities. Please do know that we have organized the trip to maximize our chances to encounter and photograph this incredible feline.
Exclusive Tour Offer: After attending this photo tour you will also receive my very own Bobcat Locality Guide that offers incredibly detailed locations for observing and photographing bobcats in the wild, including spots not covered in this tour.
Other Possible Species to Photograph during the Serval and Caracal Photo Tour 2021 (underlined species are the most commonly seen):
African Lion (Panthera leo)
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
African Leopard (Panthera pardus)
Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta)
African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)
South African Giraffe (Giraffa giraffa giraffa)
Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer)
Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus)
Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill (Tockus leucomelas)
Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum)
Yellow-billed Kite (Milvus aegyptius)
Martial Eagle (Polemaetus bellicosus)