Wilderness and Astrophotography: 7-days in Magical Botswana

Wilderness and Astrophotography: 7-days in Magical Botswana

This Tuli Wilderness Photography Workshop gives photographers something uniquely different to other wildlife workshops. 

We don’t concentrate on wildlife photography per-say, rather, we place emphasis on creative ‘wilderness photography’. To us, this is the photography that marries the landscape and wilderness genres into concentrated nature photography.

So to give you the best possible Tuli Block experience we have partnered with Tuli Wilderness Safaris and their talented, skilled and knowledgable staff. With our uniquely crafted itinerary planned specifically for photographers that include bush camps so you can literally sleep next to your camera locations as you capture the night sky! 
We want you to immerse yourself into the Tuli landscape, soak it up, make it part of you. This is the best way to experience the Tuli Wilderness. 
 

Key Information

  • Price €2300
  • Duration 6+ days
  • Group Size 3

Highlights

  • The night sky in one of the cleanest light-pollution free areas close to South Africa
  • Iconic Shepherd's trees that stand like solitary wise men in the landscape
  • Roaming herds of elephant that crisscross the Tuli landscape
  • The magnificent rock outcrops of Eagles Rock, the Great Tuli Wall and Solomon's Wall
  • Majestic baobabs that command the view over the Tuli landscape

Itinerary

Day 1

We meet at Oliver Tambo (Johannesburg International) Airport and depart at around 10:00am for our (approximately) 5 hour journey to the Botswana border, where we will meet our gracious hosts from Tuli Wilderness Safaris at the Pont Drif border crossing. Thereafter we will be transported to the luxury Serolo Safari Tented Camp near the edge of the Limpopo River. We shall have a relaxed evening and meal whilst getting to know one another and discussing our days ahead to get a feel for the planned photography sessions.

Day 2

Our first morning is a relaxed start with an early game drive to orientate ourselves with the reserve around us. Upon which we will return for breakfast and a few classroom type teaching sessions at Serolo Camp. Post lunch, we head out for a photo-shoot nearby Serolo Camp close to the Limpopo River. It is a relaxing day so the photographers can get comfortable into a creative composition mindset and get a feel for the days ahead.

Day 3

We start day 2 with a dawn shoot near the Limpopo River and return to Serolo Camp for post editing followed by our first critique session. These sessions are important as it is here that photographers get a chance to review their images and discuss how to improve both their composition and technical skills.
After lunch and some resting time, we head out on our first bush-walk along with our Tuli Wilderness Safaris guide. The idea is to experience this wonderful place slowly, on foot, so that the opportunity to create images arises out of this distinct landscape with its incredible trees. We will close with a sunset shoot location in the bush which also happens to be our resting place for the night. 

This kind of ‘camping’ is one of the highlights of this workshop, to be out in the wilderness beneath the amazing night sky.

Day 4

This will be a later start after the previous evening’s late hour, with a leisurely breakfast to begin the day. Then off on another morning bush-walk to the Mashatu River where we hope to photograph the environmental landscape images and with any luck, the famous Tuli Elephants!
A well-deserved rest is in order thereafter back at camp and depending on weather and other situational factors, we will spend our afternoon at Serolo Camp or at another bush location. 
For the late afternoon we head to Eagles Rock, an astounding outlook over Tuli Block, where we will enjoy a few sun-downers and the evenings photo-shoot. Eagles Rock is also our nights bush camp so that we are ideally situated to shoot the impressive night sky from this aerial view.

Day 5

Early dawn shoot from the Eagles Rock outlook and after breakfast we make our way back to Serolo Camp for edits and a critique session. 
After a hearty lunch it is another bush-walk (or drive for those feeling tired) to a spot where we can capture the golden twilight hours and photograph the iconic baobab trees of Tuli Block. 
Our night will be spent close to the trees so as to photograph them against the backdrop of the starry night sky.

Day 6

Our final dawn shoot will again find us with the baobabs of the night before and after breakfast we return to Serolo for editing and critique. 
After a restful lunch period we drive out to the Great Tuli Wall for our final photo-shoot. This stack of impressive boulders floods the Tuli landscape and are a wonder to see. 
At day’s end we head back to Serolo Camp for a wonderful last dinner and stories from the guides.

Day 7

Our last day is essentially a travelling day. We need only to leave at a reasonable hour to return to Oliver Tambo International Airport on time for flights, etc., (roughly a 6-7 hour drive) including a lunch stopover en route. 
 

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