Combine Botswana and South Africa for an incredible photographic safari. Begin in Mashatu, with its wonderful waterhole hides and expert photographic tuition, before exploring the fascinating landscapes of the northern Kruger, in search of big and small game.
This journey focuses on wildlife and photography, combining one of Botswana’s lesser known gems with – arguably – South Africa’s greatest natural wonder. The photographic experience begins instantly, with two days of focussed tuition at Mashatu Tented Camp. Learn from the camp’s expert photographic guide whilst out in search of wildlife or whilst waiting patiently in wonderfully constructed hides. Mashatu is renowned for the photographic opportunities it provides, with numerous species of birds and game – big and small – to be spotted in this lost corner of Botswana.
Following two days of tuition and time spent in specialised hides, set out with more freedom to explore. Take a walking safari; get closer to nature and have the chance to photograph from a different perspective. Led by a knowledgeable walking guide, hike across the harsh terrain of the Mashatu Reserve, part of the Tuli Block. Stop to discuss and photograph the microfauna, plant species and animal tracks.
Afterwards, leave Botswana behind for the acacia thickets, baobab-dotted grasslands and mopane forests of the northern Kruger. Staying at the stunningly positioned Outpost, which looks out over the beautiful Luvuvhu River Valley, spend time exploring the park on foot and by 4x4.
The terrain particularly attracts curious leopards – who love the craggy, rocky landscape – but is home to a wide variety of wildlife. This combination of excellent game viewing and wonderful backdrops makes for excellent photography. With four nights at The Outpost, opportunities for capturing incredible photos abound and the luxurious accommodation allows for relaxation away from the camera.
This photographic safari combines indulgent comfort with African wilderness, and big game with captivating landscapes. Mashatu’s photographic focus provides a fantastic experience for photographers of all levels, whilst The Outpost offers the chance to capture the riches of the Kruger through the lens.
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Fly London to Johannesburg overnight
Drive from Johannesburg to Tuli Block (Road Journey)
Tuli Block is an area of reclaimed farmland, allowed to return to its natural habitat, and where native wildlife has been carefully re-introduced. Now one of the biggest private parks in southern Africa, the block offers outstanding beauty, sites of historical interests, well-habituated wildlife and the 'Grey Giants' - the elephant and grand baobab trees.
You will be staying at Mashatu Tented Camp
Wildlife Photography CourseBegin a two-day wildlife photography course, led by the by the camp's expert photographic guide. Wake at dawn and set out in search of the reserve's early-rising wildlife. Either explore by game vehicle or head to one of the exclusive photography hides. Return for a late breakfast, before spending the hottest part of the day focussing on the technical aspects of photography. After a presentation on light and composition, discuss exposures. Finally, critique some of the morning's images.Following High Tea, set out on an afternoon game drive, staying out until the sun sets. This allows for a wide range of light conditions, include the beautiful dusky hue of the setting sun.
Wildlife Photography CourseAgain wake at dawn, with the rest of the day structured similarly to the preceding day. The early-afternoon presentation today focuses on special wildlife photography techniques. Discuss animal behaviour, camera technique, the benefits of stealth and the use of impactful angles. Critique a selection of the day's images, before setting out another afternoon game drive.
Mashatu Walking SafariEscape the confines of vehicles and hides to get closer to nature. The focus of a walking safari is less about big game, and more about an in-depth, intimate experience. Explore the landscape surrounding the Mashatu Camp; learn more about the terrain and the flora that decorates this dry environment. This an excellent chance to get a very different array of photographs, including close-up shots of plants, insects and animal tracks.
During the afternoon, either relax in camp or set out on another game drive.
Drive from Tuli Block to Kruger National Park (Road Journey)
Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa, and one of the oldest, most diverse parks in Africa. Stretching 350 kilometres from north to south, the park is home to the largest array of wildlife in Africa, including the 'Big Five' - lions, leopards, black rhinos, Cape buffalo and elephants.
You will be staying at The Outpost
Activities at The OutpostExplore this wonderful part of the Kruger National Park by vehicle or on foot. Set out on game drives in the early morning or late afternoon, led by experienced guides in open 4x4 vehicles. Exploration is not limited to public roads at The Outpost and the highly trained guides make use of tracks that were formerly reserved for official use.Alternatively, get closer to nature and take guided bush walks through the landscape of the park. Appreciate the smaller intricacies of this fantastic habitat, whilst also keeping an eye out for larger game.
Another day searching for wildlife by vehicle or on foot.
Last day on safari. Take a final game drive or spend some time relaxing back at camp.
Drive from Kruger National Park to Phalaborwa (Road Journey)
Fly Phalaborwa to Johannesburg
Fly Johannesburg to London overnight
Arrive into London Heathrow
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