Check Off Your Bucket List!
Join us on an amazing Safari designed specifically for photographers in South Africa. We will be in a setting where your opportunity to photograph lions, leopards, elephants, rhino, and buffalo (Big 5) are amazingly accessible to our photographers. Giraffe, hippos, crocodiles, cheetah, and many other hoofed and clawed animals will be on show during this excursion. Our visit in May is during the dry season where the grasses are short and the wildlife congregates around water. There will be ample opportunities to capture the rich diversity of nature from our open top Safari vehicles to the back porch of your Rondavel. Our lodging is a unique private reserve with over 9,000 hectares or roughly 22,000 acres of vast African nature, about an hour drive west of Kruger National Park. The surreal camp is not fenced, which allows wildlife to roam and offers client’s unique possibilities to photograph from their deck. Whether you are an experienced or hobbyist photographer, this trip will afford you incredible opportunities to capture wildlife photographs of a lifetime. During this trip, Tom will be instructing you on both the technical and creative aspects of wildlife photography while at the resort and on Safari. He will spend time supporting you and your attempts to capture amazing pictures, regardless of subject and setting.
What is Included?
In-Country round trip airfare Johannesburg to Hoedspruit
Overnight Stay at Hotel D’Oreale Grande, in Johannesburg, welcome reception and breakfast.
Transfer to Private Game Reserve
7 Nights, 8 Days
8 total game drives, plus a photo shoot at Blyde River Canon.
Breakfast and Dinner Included, Lunch is on your own at restaurant on site (very affordable)
Lodging in a South African Rondavel (bungalow), including 2 natural spring pools, bar and restaurant.
Dedicated Photography Instruction, including post processing and critique.
No Single Supplement Charges!
Non-Photography Spouses/Travelers welcome, $250 discount.
All Game Drives designed and managed by Tripod Travelers, meaning only our photographers in the vehicle, only 6 photographers per safari!
Flight to Johannesburg, South Africa
Tips for Safari Guides or Staff
Travel Insurance or Medical Assistance Insurance
Weather: Avg. day temps: mid 80’s. Evening temps: Mid 50’s.
Clothing: Pants, shorts, and comfortable shoes. Bring 1 heavy coat, beanie, gloves for early mornings. Be prepared to dress in layers.
Camera and Lenses: DSLR or Mirrorless. Lenses: Wide Angle, Zoom (min 300mm), and Standard. Most wildlife will be close to the vehicle, while some may need extended reach. If you have 2 camera bodies, bring both as its good to have a backup or you may want two different set ups, 1 telephoto and 1 for close ups.
Gear: Tripod (lanscapes and blind), Monopod (in vehicle safari), protective case to store your equipment. Bring enough Memory and back-up batteries to last a full day of shooting, it is not uncommon to shoot over 1000 photos a day on our trips. Always bring weather proofing protection for your camera and lens. Optional, ND filters. If you plan on photographing Stars, please bring your own head lamp and flashlight.
Activities: Driving in Open 10 Seat vehicles (be prepared for the elements). We will be driving to several locations.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner are included in the price. Lunch is at your own cost. There is also a bar service available. A tab is kept for all paid for items and the bill is taken care by each individual client at the end of the trip. Alcohol is not included in the price, but available.
Tips: It is customary to tip our driver(s) and staff, $50US is ample for the entire trip.
Passport: Every passenger must have a valid passport which does not expires within 180 days of the date of entry into South Africa. The passport must have 2 empty pages for stamps.
Visa Requirements: US passport holders traveling into South Africa for 90 days or less for tourism or business do not need a Visa.
Lodging: Spacious Rondavels, twin or double beds, air conditioned, in suite bathroom, hot/cold water, shower, private terrace. WIFI is available for nominal charge. 220/230 voltage, US clients will need to purchase an adapter. No TVs or radios to distract you. Simply look out your window or sit on your terrace. Once we land in Johannesburg, we have an overnight stay at a hotel.
Flights: We can help you coordinate your flights into Johannesburg, we recommend Delta that has one of the few direct flights to Johannesburg. We will book your in country flight that is included in the price.
South African Photography Safari May 3rd- May 11th 2020
Dates: May 03 - May 11, 2020
Departure: May 03, Arrive and Meet in Johannesburg after 6p.
Return: May 11: Depart Johannesburg International Airport after 5p
Total Photographers: 6
Airports: Johannesburg International Airport.
Hotel Cities: Johannesburg, South Africa and Hoedspruit South Africa
Photography Subjects: African wildlife and landscapes.
Key Learnings: Capturing Wildlife, Subjects in Motion, Composition, Landscapes, Exposure, Shutter Speeds, Aperture, ISO, Depth of Field, Histogram, Raw vs. JPEG, Camera Settings, Post Processing, and more.
Itinerary: A more detailed will be emailed after deposit is received.
Thu May 16: In-Flight
Fri May 03: Arrive in Johannesburg, overnight stay. Reception
Sat May 04: Breakfast, fly to Hoedspruit, SA., late afternoon Safari
Sun May 05: In Safari
Mon May 06: In Safari
Tues May 07: In Safari
Wed May 08: Blyde River Canyon
Thur May 09: In Safari
Fri May 10: Flight back to Johannesburg, Flight back to home.
Sat May 11: Return Home.