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The Photographer's Safari

The Photographer's Safari combines two of the top game-viewing areas in southern Africa, with unrivalled opportunities for "close-up" shots of Africa's most iconic species (including the "Big Five"). Whether from open safari vehicles or purpose-built hides, participants will see and photograph an abundance of savanna wildlife in the contrasting habitats of Botswana's Tuli Enclave and South Africa's Kruger National Park.

The safari includes two full day photographic workshops, with personal instruction from a professional photographer. Non-photograhers too will have ample opportunity to see and experience the African bush on day and night game-drives, with the option to enjoy walking safaris, mountain biking, and even horse-riding.

The Photographer's Safari is very flexible, with two departures per week, and availability at the properties being the only constraint. This safari is also family friendly, with children older than 6 welcome.

Days 1 to 4: Tulie Enclave (Mashatu Main Camp)

On arrival at the Johannesburg Airport (before 10am), you will be met and transferred by shared charter flight to Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana's Tuli Block (roughly 1.5 hours). You will spend the next three nights at Mashatu Main Camp, including all meals and snacks, Park fees, and game-drives in specially adapted open safari vehicles. Guests also have the option to participate in some of the many adventure activities that Mashatu has to offer (at additional cost) - horseback safaris, mountain bike safaris, walking safaris, and/or cultural safaris.

 
 

 

Days 2 and 3: Photographic Workshops

The highlight of your stay at Mashatu will be two days of photographic tuition with a professional photographer, with each workshop customised to photographers' level of expertise and interests. You will spend the morning and afternoon at a photographic hide, with tutoring back at the lodge between hide sessions.

 

 

05h30                Wake-up call/ Morning Tea/ Early morning Photo Hide with a professional photographer

During these sessions either in the vehicle or in a hide, presentations will take place on the subjects of light, composition and position with regards to wildlife photography. Discussions will comprise animal behaviour, camera technique and use of stealth and angles to improve the impact of images

10h00                Breakfast

14h00               Technical discussion on how to maximise the use of light with regards to exposures. Select images from each participant will be reviewed and discussed for critique and learning purposes. Presentation on special wildlife photography techniques

15h00               High Tea

15h30               Guided hide visit with a professional photographer

C0ntinue working with your photographer on putting into practice the theory and techniques that you have been addressing through the day

20h00                 Dinner

Day 4: Transfer to Kruger

Today you will be collected and transferred by shared charter flight to MalaMala Main Camp (via Polokwane for customs and immigration), departing around 1:30pm and arriving around 4:00pm.

 

Days 4-8: Kruger National Park (MalaMala Main Camp)

Spend four nights on safari are at MalaMala Main Camp in the game-rich Sabi Sand sector of Kruger, including all meals and snacks, game-drives and walking safaris, laundry, and Park/Conservation fees. The MalaMala Reserve is famous for its very high concentration of 'high profile' species, and regular sighting of the 'Big Five' (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, and rhino). Game drives are conducted by highly qualified game rangers in open 4x4 vehicles, with the freedom and flexibility to drive off-road to track down game. After dark, spotlight safaris provide the opportunity to view nocturnal creatures and carnivores on the hunt, and walking safaris with an armed ranger provide a uniquely intimate encounter with the African bush.

Day 8: End of Safari

After your morning game-drive and brunch, you will be collected and transferred by shared charter aircraft to Johannesburg International Airport, where the safari ends.

Luxury Room - MalaMala

Luxury Room - Mashatu

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Dates and Rates 2019

Safari Starts On: Safari Starts and Ends At: US$ Price
Thursday Johannesburg Airport 1 Jan to 15 Dec
US$ 8,575


* Rates for single travelers available on request.

* Age Limits - There is a minimum age limit of 6 years. Children under 12 are not permitted in the photographic hide.

INCLUDED

Accommodation on a sharing basis, meals, scheduled lodge activities (game-drives and night drives, as well as nature walks at MalaMala), services of a professional guide at each lodge, two days of photographic workshop at Mashatu, park fees, all internal charters and transfers as described in the itinerary.

NOT INCLUDED

Flights other than specified, drinks, laundry at Mashatu, visas (if applicable), travel insurance, personal purchases (e.g. curios, telephone calls, etc.), gratuities, optional extra activities at Mashatu.

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