BIG FIVE PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI TOURS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

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Join us for amazing Big Five photographic safari tours in Southern Africa to either Timbavati or Madikwe in South Africa, or to Chobe in Botswana. Our trips are a wonderful way to relax, enjoying the peace and quiet of the bush at the same time as learning to use of your photographic equipment.

We offer seven-night safari trips in Timbavati and Chobe at premium times in the bush which enable our clients to spend a whole week doing game drives and learning photography with us.  One thing is for sure! You will certainly know your camera very well and understand a great deal more about its capabilities when photographing wildlife after eight days of practical tuition and guidance. It is also optional to break these into the standard four-night or optional three-night trips which offer great value for money for those busy folk who cannot afford more time away. 

The wildlife experience of one of these Big Five photography safari tours in Southern Africa cannot be compared with any other! The game rangers we use are photographers themselves, always striving to position the vehicle or boat for the best possible light. They also safely get us to within a few meters of elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard, as well as possibly wild dog and cheetah. Only two to three game vehicles are allowed at each sighting and private vehicles are not allowed to traverse these reserves at all. We spend ample time at each sighting and regularly follow the Big Five into the bush as they stalk their prey or just wander around looking for a high tree to climb or a quiet place to rest.

The lodges are wonderful, with comfortable accommodation and great food two to three times a day.  You most certainly don’t leave hungry!!

Each venue has its own beautiful and unique charm, supplying a wonderful experience when it comes to relaxing and enjoying all of the wildlife on offer.

In between photo workshops and game drives, guests can relax in their rooms or on the comfortable couches back at the camp, while watching the game that visit one of the water holes located a few meters away or take photos of the selection of animals, birds and insects who are ever present in the camps.

After a tasty supper, guests may relax around around the bar or at the camp fire in comfortable bush chairs, while everyone reflects on the events of the day whilst sipping a drink of your choice and allowing the magical sounds of the bush to soothe all your senses. For the energetic and curious, there is ample opportunity to experiment with “star trail” or “painting with light” photography. Alternatively, everyone is free to retire to the comfortable accommodation to recharge personal batteries in the spacious comfortable beds and to get ready for another game drive at first light the following day.

Please note that all of the locations has weak or no cell phone signal. The Timbavati and Chobe camps offer limited-speed wi-fi connection.

Our “Big Five photographic safari tours in Southern Africa” packages include:

  • individual photographic assistance on any of the game drives and at any other time throughout the safari
  • coaching on all your camera settings to make sure you maximise your camera equipment
  • discussion and review of your photographs to suggest and demonstrate alternative camera settings for super photographs
  • advice and suggestions on how to improve your photography techniques
  • guests leave our safaris with a greatly improved knowledge of how to consistently capture quality wildlife photographs
  • tuition on the “all important post processing and workflow” of your photographs
  • we will show how an ordinary photograph can turn into a memorable and eye catching one, with just a few clicks of a mouse.

 

We offer the following on each “Big Five photographic safari tours in Southern Africa” trip:

  • six, eight or fourteen guided vehicle or boat game drives (depending on the safari location selected)
  • a maximum of six guests
  • our own exclusive game vehicle or photographic boat
  • a “window” seat for every guest
  • room on the vehicle or boat for second camera and equipment
  • a game ranger
  • two to three meals a day, along with eats and soft drinks for each game drive
  • an experienced wildlife professional photographer who is on hand to offer advice and assistance as needed, on and in between the game drives
  • photography tuition in the camp as well as during each game drive (as required)
  • post processing tuition
  • review of photographs
  • full access to our LOVE and PASSION for photography!

If you don’t want to bring a camera, our trips are not just for the photographer! Just pack your binoculars.

So how does one choose which trip to join? There is no one “right” answer to this question as that totally depends on what YOU are looking for!

 Big Five photographic safari tours in Southern Africa!!

SAFARI PACKAGES

LEADWOOD

  • in Limpopo province, north of Johannesburg
  • a comfortable six-hour drive from Johannesburg
  • part of the Greater Kruger National Park (20 million hectares)
  • big five plus wild dog and white lions
  • two game drives daily
  • low risk malaria area
  • all bedrooms fitted with mosquito nets
  • air conditioned and thatched individual rondavels
  • bathroom en suite
  • fully filtered water system
  • splash pool
  • unrestricted view of the bush from the open air “lounge”
  • electricity (a back up generator on site)
  • free wi-fi in the camp, rooms and other strategic locations
  • exclusive use of the camp by our group
  • accompanied by an experienced tracker on the game vehicle
  • cost includes soft drinks, tea and coffee (bring own alcoholic beverages)

Tour Cost – 4 days and 3 nights  – R9,750
Tour Cost – 5 days and 4 nights – R13,000
Tour Cost – 8 days and 7 nights  – R22,000

KNOBTHORN

  • in the North West province, north west of Johannesburg
  • a comfortable four-hour drive from Johannesburg
  • in the fourth largest game reserve in South Africa (75,000 hectares)
  • big five game reserve plus wild dog and cheetah
  • two game drives daily
  • four hundred bird species
  • malaria free area
  • accommodation in an eco-lodge (rustic wooden thatched cabins)
  • unfenced camp (other than elephant wire)
  • hot water for showers heated by a “donkey boiler”*
  • no electricity (storm lanterns are used for lighting)
  • solar panels for charging of equipment
  • bathrooms are outdoor – communal but private
  • bucket showers
  • all meals are prepared on an open fireplace
  • the camp is shared with a few other guests
  • an honesty bar, at reasonable prices for all drinks is available

Tour Cost – R8,500

TEAK

  • in Chobe, Northern Botswana
  • under two-hour flight from Johannesburg
  • in an area known to have the largest population of African elephant herds in the world
  • excellent bird photographic opportunities due to the variety and number of species available
  • abundant opportunities to photograph hippo, crocodiles and other game close to the river
  • custom designed, flat bottomed photographic boats allow you to view everything from eye-level
  • each photographer has their own swiveling photographic chair with a “tripod” column equipped with a Wimberley head
  • two daily boat drives
  • recently renovated luxury db&b accommodation at Chobe Safari Lodge
  • rooms with en-suite bathrooms
  • swimming pool for cooling down and relaxing
  • internet connectivity
  • choice of bars and other relaxation activities
  • includes airport transfer and park fees

Tour Cost – 4 days and 3 nights  – R14,000**
Tour Cost – 5 days and 4 nights – R18,000**
Tour Cost – 8 days and 7 nights  – R30,000**

** NOTE – NOT including travel / flight costs or single supplements

The above prices do not include the petrol, toll fees, vehicle entrance fees to the parks and gratuities for camp staff.

*  “Donkey boiler” – A water-heating system for domestic use, consisting of a drum of water mounted above a fire.

2017 SAFARI TOUR DATES

Timbavati Game Reserve

  • 17 – 21 March 2017 **
  • 9 – 12  April 2017
  • 7 – 10  May 2017
  • 2 – 6  August 2017 
  • 6 – 9  August 2017 
  • 5 – 8  October 2017 FULL
  • 8 – 12  October 2017 FULL
  • 15 – 19  Nov 2017 FULL
  • 19 – 22  Nov 2017 FULL
  • 7 – 10 December 2017 **FULL

** Includes a weekend.

Madikwe Game Reserve

  • 5 – 8  March 2017
  • 21 – 24  April 2017 **
  • 21 – 24  May 2017
  • 25 – 28  June 2017
  • 17 – 20  September 2017
  • 22 – 25  October 2017

** Includes a weekend.

Chobe National Park

  • 11 – 14 June 2017 ** FULL
  • 14-18 June 2017 FULL
  • 20 – 23 July 2017 ** FULL
  • 23 – 27 July 2017 FULL

** Includes a weekend.

OUR 2018 SAFARI DATES will be available SOON!

SAFARI CAMP PHOTOS

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Click on this www.rockfig.co.za link to see more details of the Timbavati camp

Click on this www.thebushcamp.com link to see more details of the Madikwe camp

 

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