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Nomad Africa Adventure Tours

Save up to 20% on selected 2019 Nomad overland trips.

Come face-to-face with gorillas in Uganda or swim with the sharks from Cape Town,
visit the Kruger National Park or Okavango Delta to experience the ultimate African Safari.
Discover the ruins of Great Zimbabwe and the magnificent Victoria Falls, or go camping in the middle of the Serengeti.
There’s a tour to suit everyone: camping, budget accommodated, and some small-group tours with a little more comfort.
Contact us now with your wishlist and we’ll help make your holiday be the best it can be, for you.

Here are some ideas to start you off:
20 days through South Africa from Johannesburg, small group tour, departs 16 Feb 2019
14 days Masai Mara & the Gorillas from Nairobi, camping, departs 18 Feb 2019
9 days Okavango & Chobe Trail from Victoria Falls, camping & accommodated, departs 25 Mar 2019
14 days Discover Mozambique from Johannesburg, camping & accommodated, departs 16 Jun 2019
12 days Namibian Explorer from Windhoek, small-group tour, departs 7 Apr 2019

Save up to 20% on these departures if you book during December 2018

There are plenty of other choices, contact us via email:
nomad@swagmantours.com.au

Cape Town To Victoria Falls Small-Group Safari

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Make 2019 your year of discovery. 

Early-Bird Deal
Discover the most popular Southern Africa highlights on a small-group safari.
Book by 28 Dec 18 and
save $399pp twin share on any Cape Town to Victoria Falls Camping tour  or
save $549pp twin share on any Cape Town to Victoria Falls Accommodated tour
departures in 2019.

Contact Swagman Africa for more details…
africa@swagmantours.com.au

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February Safari Deal: Imbali Safari Lodge

An EXTRAORDINARY property, IMBALI SAFARI LODGE is located on a 10,000-hectare concession within South Africa’s iconic Kruger National Park.

Don’t miss this month’s special, exclusive to Swagman clients:

FEBRUARY SAFARI DEAL: IMBALI SAFARI LODGE

Book & pay during February 2018
Stay 2 or more nights at Imbali Safari Lodge between 01 Sep 18 and 20 Dec 18
Receive discounted stay rate inclusive of 3 meals, selected beverages  & 2 game drives daily
AND
enjoy a complimentary back, head & shoulders massage per adult per stay

Rate starts at $575pppn inclusive of 5-star accommodation, all meals & local beverages, 2 x game drives daily.  Further discount for stays of 5 nights or more.

Ask your favourite travel agent now for this EXCLUSIVE February Safari Deal
or contact Swagman direct on 1800 808 491 or email africa@swagmantours.com.au

   

NEW Senior Citizens packages to Africa!

Senior citizens get the advantage with Africa packages featuring SAA business-class flights on special now.  Work with us to create your own travel itinerary, for example:

*Fly business class from Melbourne to Perth on Virgin & connect to South African Airways to Johannesburg
*Private transfer on arrival from Johannesburg airport to Pretoria
*1 night luxury accommodation in Pretoria incl breakfast
*Transfer to the Blue Train for overnight deluxe journey to Cape Town all-inclusive of meals, drinks & off-board excursions at Kimberley & Matjiesfontein
*Transfer from Cape Town Station to Queen Victoria Hotel for 4 nights including breakfast,
half-day Cape Town city tour & Table Mountain stop (excl cable-car ticket), & full-day Winelands tour
*Transfer to Cape Town airport for return flights to Australia.

Total cost from $6990pp*.   Extensions available.

Tailor-make your holiday package today!

*Price per person twin share, incl flights & taxes departing on a Wednesday May-Aug 2018. Both travellers must be aged 65 years or older.
*Conditions apply, contact our travel planners for more details and options on 1800 808 491 or info@swagmantours.com.au

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GIRAFFES NOW ENDANGERED

GIRAFFE STATUS: VULNERABLE

We know about the plight of the lion, the rhino, the elephant, but you may not have heard that the giraffe, an equally iconic African mammal (a tourist favourite and our webpage back-drop image), has entered the endangered species list.  Almost 40% of the overall giraffe population has disappeared over the last 31 years, due to dwindling habitat.  This silent extinction may take you by surprise and is another wake-up call for us all to be more considerate about our environment.

Read more here in this article from the Smithsonian from December 2016.

Great Plains Photographic Safaris on Special

Great Plains Photographic Safaris on Special

Great Plains Photographic Safaris

“Because of our careers in photography, many guests and travellers to our camps expect something photographic, a cut above others.
“Often, very keen photographers want to learn more, or improve upon this amazing craft. With this in mind, we have introduced the ‘Great Plains Conservation – Wild Studio’ “

Dereck Joubert
CEO, Great Plains Conservation

Following the successful Great Plains Conservation’s Wild Studio 2016 set-date photographic safaris programme, in 2017 Wild Studio goes completely flexible to dates that suit you. Take a look at our amazing rates for January-March 2017 below. Similarly low rates for the photo-season from November 2017 to March 2018.

BOTSWANA
Selinda Camp, Selinda Reserve –  $2850pp  – 3 Nights
Duba Expedition Camp, Okavango Delta – $3350pp  – 3 Nights

KENYA
Ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills – $3990pp – 3 Nights

Prices include accommodation, meals, drinks, game drives & photographic instruction. All other dates and rates available on request.

ANYONE CAN LEARN
Great Plains Wild Studio
is an opportunity for all levels of photographic abilities to become published wildlife photographers.
NON-PHOTOGRAPHERS
We have designed the courses to accommodate non-photographers also, ideal for couples and families looking for different experiences.
PRIVATE TUITION OR IN GROUPS
We provide both workshop and tailored private tuition in all our camps.
SPECIALIST PHOTOGRAPHERS
Professional photographers, who live in either Botswana or Kenya, will guide our photography guests through the technical aspects of photography, and then take them even further by developing meaningful portfolios that we will assist in publishing for them.
UNIQUE WAY TO LEARN
Quite simply we work backwards! On day one we will design the contents page of the portfolio for a book, social media album, printed photos for your dining room wall or for a published calendar to give to your friends.  All we have is a one-page contents page as your destination, which will be the flexible guide for the rest of the workshop. The chapters could be birds in flight, soul of the elephant, zebras in action, the predators of the savannah. We let our creativity go wild.
OBJECTIVE FOCUSED PHOTOGRAPHY
The concept draws on the strategy used by professional and National Geographic photographers. Having a brief allows us to really hone our skills in a focused way rather than scouting the reserves randomly. It will help us produce better images.
THE TECHNICAL ASPECTS
Once we know what we would like to create we learn the skills needed to create the vision.  We don’t let the camera drive us but learn how it can be used to create our vision.
Your ‘image-capturing device’ can be a smartphone, GoPro, compact right up to the professional SLRs. It does not matter: they can all capture an exposure of your subject to tell a story.
The most recent Wildlife Photographer of the Year image was taken on a GoPro.  Could the next Wildlife Photographer of the Year be You?

Great Plains Photographic Safaris subjects

Take advantage of this exciting opportunity.  Book your seat now on one of Great Plains Wild Studio Photographic Safaris by calling us on 1800 808 491

Travel Insurance – it IS all about you

When it comes to Travel Insurance, we have your best interests at heart. It is not an issue we take lightly.  Cynics might think Travel Agencies treat Insurance like a profit add-on or upsell (“Would you like fries with that?”) to make an extra buck – but believe me, we want to ensure you get the best possible cover for what are probably highly unlikely situations…  Accidents do happen to regular people, so if you were thinking of dumping or scrimping on your travel insurance, think again….

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