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10 Days Guided Photography Safari South Africa

  • Limpopo - Kruger National Park - Sabi Sand Game Reserve

10 Days Guided Photography Safari South Africa

  • Limpopo - Kruger National Park - Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Breathtaking South African Safari

Join Africa Wild Safaris on their 10-day wildlife encounters and breathtaking wildlife photography in South Africa. Hosted by an expert guide and photographer, Gregory Sweeney, this safari will allow you to experience great game viewing in the areas in and around Kruger, Limpopo, and Sabi Sands Reserve. Africa Wild Safaris ensures that you get the best moment and angle of the wildlife to capture!

Highlights

  • Game drives
  • A walk with lions
  • Boat ride to Blyde Canyon
  • Animal rehabilitation center visit
  • Airport pick-up and drop off
  • 9 nights’ accommodation
  • Safari transport
  • Daily meals
  • 9 activity days
  • English
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You will be staying in some lodges as your base during the safari, including The Tree House Game Lodge. Each lodge that you will be staying at is small and has friendly staff, great food, and excellent ranger guides. The lodge is unique and will make you feel comfortable, relaxed, and taken care of. Africa Wild Safaris also take into account the quality of the wildlife and choose only the best.

Facilities

  • A guest room with linens, pillows, storage shelves
  • En suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water, toilets, inside and outside showers, tubs
  • Balconies with chairs, common areas with pool, lounge areas
  • Personal safe
  • Many power points (remember to bring an adapter or two)
  • Kettles with coffee / tea facilities
  • Mosquito nets over the bed
  • Some of the lodges have internet (for an extra charge)

Professional wildlife photographer, Gregory Sweeney, is your guide on this safari to private reserves in the Limpopo area, Kruger National Park which are some of the most game-rich areas of South Africa. Each day, you will have 2 photo sessions that will get you closely to the animals including big cats, elephant, and rhino. Every activity is about getting the best photo opportunities possible and taking time to get the shot. You will explore the national park, as well as some private reserves where you will be able to go off road to track animals. Africa Wild Safaris use open safari vehicles so you can have wide views and get the best shot.

You will finish the trip with a visit to a unique big 5 bush lodge. Down time is spent informally discussing digital workflow, animal behavior and how to use it in photography, and processing techniques to store and enhance your photos. You will not only return with great photos, but new friends, and skills as well. Africa Wild Safaris will immerse you in safari experience with discussions about the ecosystem and the animals that surround you.

Day 1

If you depart from Hoedspruit, you will either arrive into Johannesburg on this day or have arrived the afternoon before. You will take a short flight to the town of Hoedspruit where you will meet the group and Africa Wild Safaris will transfer you to the Tree House Lodge (located about 45 minutes away).

You will check in after a brief orientation then you will have time to unpack before your first dinner under the stars. Enjoy a great sleep listening to the sounds of the bush and lions in the distance.

Day 2 - 7

You will wake up early to prepare for a morning game drive. On the way, you will stop for a morning tea time and return in late morning for a breakfast. The time after breakfast is for processing photos, group or one on one mentoring, or relaxing. After a light meal in the late afternoon, you will head to the reserve again and return after sundown. Africa Wild Safaris often pack drinks with them so you can to enjoy the drinks while you watching and photographing the sunset. Dinner is served around an open fire. Africa Wild Safaris will review the day and plan for the next day.

On your day in Kruger, you will enjoy game drives in Africa Wild Safaris' private vehicle for the short drive to Orpen Gate entrance. Today, you will explore the areas of the park. You will stop at the camp grounds and tourist plazas. Kruger closes at sundown, so you will return in the late afternoon.

After a day in Kruger, Africa Wild Safaris schedule a slower day where you will take a boat into the Blyde Canyon with hippopotamuses and crocodiles. You will have an educational visit to a wildlife rehabilitation center and photographic opportunities. The open canyon vistas are beautiful and you will have the chance to get really close to raptors, hyenas, and other species which are ready to be released into the wild.

The elephant encounter is a favorite of the guests. You will learn about elephants and the conservation closely. Africa Wild Safaris often invite guests to do a zipline canopy tour on the same day for an exhilarating, active day.

Day 8 - 10

Today, Africa Wild Safaris will transfer you to Sabi Sand Reserve. You will follow a similar schedule and you will head out on a game drive for more photography just after your late lunch.

After your second night in Sabi Sand Reserve, you will be leaving back to Johannesburg. Don't pack everything up yet because you will have a very special morning activity plan. In breakfast time, you will exchange the pictures that you took with other guests.

After that, you will board the transport back to the airport with some interesting stops on the way if time permits. Most people will fly out in the evening so you will have time to get food and shop for gifts.

During the safari, you will also go on a boat trip to Blyde Canyon to see hippopotamuses and crocodiles.

This safari will take place in Limpopo, Kruger National Park, and Sabi Sands Reserve.

  • 9 nights’ accommodation
  • A walk with lions
  • Airport transfers
  • Animal rehabilitation center visit
  • Boat ride to Blyde Canyon
  • Breakfast, lunches, and dinners
  • Coffee and tea
  • Game drives
  • Parks fees
  • Professional guides and drivers
  • Safari transport
  • Wildlife photographer host and guide
  • Airfare, visa, airport fees, and extra luggage charges
  • Any surcharge necessary to meet medical or dietary needs
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, gift shop purchases, phone or internet charges
  • Snacks / meal outside the lodge
  • Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, and bar tab
  • Tips to drivers, guides, and lodge staff of approximately 200 USD in local currency
  • Travel Insurance
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Mike and Sophie Meyerson from Australia
    9 out of 10

    "I grew up in South Africa and wanted to share this experience with my daughter - Africa Wild Safaris exceeded my expectations. We had wonderful and fun travel companions, excellent and unique accommodations, and the wildlife was exceptional. "

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  • Review by Mike and Stacy Dunn from Florida
    9 out of 10

    "Thank you for making this dream of safari even better than what I expected! The wildlife was way more than I expected and I liked that you and other rangers educated us about the animals, their role in the environment, and the overall challenges of conservation in this area. I can not wait to come back again. "

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  • Review by Markus Davids from California
    9 out of 10

    "Even better the second time around. The highlight was being in the swimming pool with the giraffes coming right up to us close enough to touch. Wonderful food and each lodge was unique."

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