Africa’s Savannah to Sea
A 10-day immersive expedition, providing an exhilarating opportunity to perfect wildlife photography across two juxtaposing environments. Experience the Big 05 in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi River in the same breath as Madagascar’s endemic species, on an award-winning luxury photographic adventure. Picture the world through a VIP lens on this wildlife focussed expedition from the Savannah to the Sea; Zambia to Madagascar. Through the bush and beyond, Mission05 have joined forces with Zambia’s ultimate wildlife connoisseurs as well as an exclusive Madagascan Island, to deliver an incredibly captivating wildlife photography workshop. At the heart of the activity, you will have your own stretch of the Zambezi River followed by your own Island, giving you the best chance for exceptional wildlife encounters.
A wildly intimate land safari paired with an exquisite private island, we invite you to endure enhanced photographic production. Capture the resident elephants wade across the river, snap the vervet monkeys scampering in the canopies and soar the skies on a heli-expedition over a Madagascan paradise.
The Ultimate Wildlife Photography Experience
Your base of the next 10 days captures the true essence of luxury, in the most natural of settings. To begin your journey, secured by local guides, you shall be led into Chongwe’s back yard, a retreat that is set within the most picturesque and remote landscape along Zambia’s Zambezi.
Dotted along the forested riverbanks of the Lower Zambezi River, Chongwe House is famed for having the best views, and active residents. Elephants casually wander through the camp as you read a book, stargaze, or swim in the pool after a long day out on safari. Despite the wild setting, luxury can be expected here at Chongwe. To compliment your tranquil and remote view, you can expect warm hospitality and extraordinary culinary delights. During your stay, enjoy our impressive wildlife photography workshops across a variety of safari encounters, created for the ultimate exploration of this magnificent African paradise. By land, you can enjoy game drives and walking safaris, or take to the rivers and explore with boat cruises, canoeing safaris and tiger-fishing. Get up close and personal to the Big Five, birding and game, as they nurture their natural surroundings. Back in camp, the brand new wildlife hide is also great for wildlife photography, especially rare nocturnal creatures under the stars.
From here, you will make your own way (private jet options available on request) to Nosy Ankao, where your remaining 05 nights are placed on a remote, deserted island in the north of Madagascar. Surrounded by castaway luxury, open your eyes and enjoy bountiful beauty. Explore and embrace the local endemic species of flora and fauna, discover natural habitats and take on the challenge of the local terrain. Helicopter, dive, fish, research and relax in the world’s most pristine and private lodge.
DepartureLower Zambezi, Zambia
Departure TimeApril to November
IncludedAfrica’s Savannah to Sea
Day One - Zambia Arrival
Your mission begins at the Royal Airstrip, Zambia, where your arrival immediately surrounds you with predator and production. Flanked by the Zambezi Escarpment and the mighty Zambezi River, the forested valley of the Lower Zambezi is a haven for wildlife and birdlife alike - a photographers dream.
Your home for 05-nights is famed for its award-winning luxury, and idyllic positioning along the Zambezi and Chongwe Rivers. Exclusive privacy in this 04-bedroom River House means no queues, no noise and ultimate wildlife immersion, all the while being taught the art of photography by the best in industry.
Day Two - Five - Lower Zambezi & Wild Escarpment
Landscape and portrait, day and night, you will be lead by pioneering photographers and naturalist guides to get that best shot. Through supported, one-to-one mentoring, we take the time to assist you in perfecting your photographic skills in an ever changing environment.
Mission 05’s “in the field” photographic expeditions focus on a fully immersive production-led adventure, that balances its back-country challenges with bespoke luxury. With the support of PODAS camera technology, your reward will not only redefine your love for the lens, but shall fill you with riches beyond tangible means.
Day Six - From Savannah to Sea
From one setting to the next, depart Zambia’s wild 05 and arrive by private jet to Diego Suarez before your 30 minute private helicopter transfer to Nosy Ankao. Welcome to an island of jaw-dropping luxury, surrounded by an enlightening wonder of the unknown.
Day Seven - Ten - Madagascar's Indigenous Islands
A world filled with lemurs and chameleons, Madagascar is truly like no other. Fascinating creatures living within the extraordinary confinements of this raw and rugged island, many say it is a photographer’s playground. From soaring mountains to the biodiversity that lives underneath, your photographic skills will be put to the test in the most adventurous photographic-shoot location on earth.
Day Eleven - Departure
Depart Madagascar's Ankao Island for onward journey home.
Chongwe River, Zambia
Chongwe River, Zambia
Nosy Ankao, Madagascar
Chongwe House, Lower Zambezi
Prime Wildlife Viewing
Dotted along the forested riverbanks of the Lower Zambezi River, Chongwe is famed for having the best views, and active residents. Elephants casually wander through the camp as you read a book, stargaze, or swim in the pool after a long day out on safari. Despite the wild setting, luxury can be expected here at Chongwe Camp.
Chongwe House is unique in every way. This stunning two storey, four bedroom private house is set on a tranquil stretch of the Chongwe River against a beautiful mountainous backdrop. The Chongwe area is famous for large elephants, and they will frequently wander past in search of seed pods from the winterthorn trees or cross the river right in front of the house.
Effortlessly blending into the tranquil river setting, the Flintstone-like design flows through its curves, bending and evolving into open living spaces that celebrate the surrounding wilderness. Waterfall showers, private open air bathtubs, furniture carved from a winterthorn tree and ceilings studded with river pebbles complete the inspired design. Throughout your stay, a dedicated staff and guiding team will ensure your experience is wonderfully relaxing and enjoyable.
During your stay, enjoy our impressive variety of safari activities, created for the ultimate exploration of this magnificent African paradise. By land, you can enjoy game drives and walking safaris, or take to the rivers and explore with boat cruises, canoeing safaris and tiger-fishing. At the nearby main camp, a brand new wildlife hide is great for photography, especially rare nocturnal creatures. To compliment your tranquil and remote view, you can expect warm hospitality and extraordinary culinary delights.
Miavana is a masterpiece in castaway luxury, designed to celebrate the island’s natural beauty. For 5-nights, embrace an intimate setting of 14 villas offers pioneering beauty, as guests step out onto powder-soft sands. Complete with butler, your stay is all-inclusive covering the extensive wine-cellar to the boundless adventures on your doorstep. Venture through tropical rainforests, explore culture-filled villages and stroll along untouched beaches, all accessible by Miavana’s private helicopter - all with your Mission 05 photographic guide.
By sea, dive the deepest depths, explore untouched reef and neighbouring islands as you perfect your skills beneath.
Founder and creator of Mission05 is awe-inspiring photographer, intrepid traveler and marketer of 30 years, PETE WEBB, Merci Visual. Named one of Europe’s leading lifestyle & adventure artists, Pete‘s style originally emerged from surf and mountain, and now boasts some of the most prestigious clients and brands in a multitude of sectors. Capturing the perfect shot in challenging environments, Pete holds an innate ability to tell a story through his images. Through Mission05, he now creates the opportunity to educate and explore the world through a lens, with the most discerning of clients.
Head of our travel and VIP services, meet REBECCA PUTTOCK - with a world of experience in the travel and concierge sectors, Rebecca boasts 13 years as a luxury travel planner to the top 1% wealthiest in the world, celebrities and royalty, and has visited over 65 countries across 05 continents. Specialising in superyacht, private jet and bespoke tailor-made, she designs, curates and manages every bespoke itinerary from scratch to ensure Mission05's experiences are not only educational, but life-changing for our clients.
The key-holder to the unimaginable limits clients experience on their Mission05 adventures, Steve boasts over 20 years as an adventurer, professional photographer, editor and author, including three international bestsellers. Highly regarded in his field, Steve's industry knowledge is showcased across all media platforms, leading him to become one of the best spokespersons, educators and judges in the photographic field. Steve shall be leading our missions for the ultimate next generation photography experiences.