Enjoy close encounters with lions and leopards, photograph herds of elephants and buffalos, drink sun-downers under acacia trees, and hone your photography skills during professional tutoring.
Set in an exclusive private game reserve, this photo safari is a wildlife photography dream. The area is known for the high frequency of close encounters it offers with the African Big Five, including the elusive leopard. During two three-hour game drives a day, you’ll photograph an impressive array of wildlife, and improve your skills along the way. Throughout the trip, you’ll be accompanied by wildlife photographer Alan Hewitt, who will help you become the best photographer you can be.
This photo safari is set in the Timbavati, a collection of game reserves that borders Kruger National Park and offers truly unique safari experiences; nowhere else in Africa do you spot the Big Five with such ease. You can prepare yourself for some exciting close encounters with lions, leopards, elephants, rhino, and a wealth of other wildlife, as the animals have been habituated to the safari vehicles after many years of game drives in the area. The area is particularly famous for its remarkable sightings of the otherwise elusive leopard.
We have the luxury of having a lodge to ourselves, and the opportunity to build the whole experience around getting the very best photographs. Game drives are a twice-a-day treat. Early in the morning and in the late afternoon, when the African light creates its magic, we’ll set off to pursue the best photo opportunities the bush has to offer. The drives will be in open game drive vehicles, with no more than six photographers per vehicle. You will be guided by expert rangers and trackers.
Expect to photograph the Big Five; lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, and rhinos. Together with antelope, zebra, and giraffe, they will create a constantly evolving tableau of African beauty. The combination of close encounters with wildlife, lush African bush, and warm light will provide incredible opportunities for wildlife and landscape photography.
- Price £2450
- Duration 6+ days
- Group Size 5+
- Date 20/07/2021 - 26/07/2021
- Enjoy exclusive Big Five game drives twice a day
- Photograph a great variety of wildlife, including lions, elephants, and the otherwise elusive leopard
- Receive personal tutoring by Alan Hewitt, a professional wildlife photographer
- Enjoy a fully inclusive trip, and stay in the middle of the African bush
July 20: We’ll pick you up from Hoedspruit airport, where we’ll pick you up and welcome you to South Africa! After a short drive to Timbavati, you’ll have time to settle in at the lodge. In the evening, there will be time for everyone to get to know each other and for Alan to introduce the itinerary for the week.
July 21 - 25: The coming week will be fully focused on photographing the incredible African wildlife you’ll be surrounded by. Days will start quite early with a 3-hour game drive at the first African light; one of the best times to encounter and photograph wildlife in action. A rich breakfast will await you on your return to the lodge, followed by some rest time and a chance to review the images and talk more in-depth about wildlife photography with Alan. Another 3-hour game drive will take place in the late afternoon, allowing you to enjoy the last moments of warm African light. Throughout the game drive, we’ll stop for drinks in the bush, the so-called “sundowners”. At the end of the day, dinner will be served and you’ll have some time to relax.
July 26: The last morning game drive will take place, then we’ll get ready to head back to the airport in Hoedspruit.
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An outstanding experience. The wildlife was exceptional and the opportunity to refine existing photography skills and learn new ones coupled with gaining a greater insight into the habits of the extensive wildlife from Alans comprehensive knowledge and experience made for a rewarding trip.
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This was a fantastic trip, where we lost count of the number of Leopard sightings. In addition the private reserve is home to Lions and Elephants making it a great destination for photographers and wildlife lovers alike. Alan is a great photographer, always on hand to lend assistance, both in the field and back at base.