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Photography Safari South Africa

Zimanga is the only game reserve in Africa specifically designed for wildlife and bird photography. On this unique safari, you will experience high-tech photographic hides and satisfying game drive, which will ensure you get the perfect shots for your expanding portfolio and return home with pictures worthy of a photography trip of a lifetime. The whole safari is designed to be as practically applicable as possible so that clients can improve their photography while on safari and enjoy the experience at the same time.


  • Daily game viewings
  • 3 photography workshops
  • A professional photographer guide
  • Local transfers to and from Zimanga
  • 5 nights’ camp accommodation
  • Daily brunch and dinner
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


6 activity days in English
Spoken languages: English
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Your accommodation will be at Nkonkoni Fishing Camp. There are 3 double rooms and 4 single rooms available. A single, optional supplement for single travelers who want their own room is available at an additional cost, please send an inquiry to iCapture Photo Safaris for more information. Otherwise, single travelers are paired with another single traveler of the same gender.

iCapture Photo South African Safari Program

On this safari, iCapture Photo Safaris welcomes photographers of all levels, as it will be conducive to learning from one another and offer an experience that will suit everyone’s photographic needs. Most of the hides are equipped with top quality tripods set on wheeled dollies, so switching photographic direction is easy! Some of the hides are Umgodi Hide and Semi-permanent Bee-Eater Hide.

At the Overnight Hide, you can capture the photos of animals such as giraffe, buffalo, rhino, and elephant from ground level. This is a perfect photographing location to capture these animals drinking and occupying the waterhole.

Semi-permanent Bee-Eater Hide has been built to be moved from one location to another, enabling viewing from the best seasonal locations within the reserve. For this reason, the hide is only erected once every few months. The semi-permanent hide can accommodate up to 2 photographers.

The game drive guides at Zimanga are all highly experienced as well as accomplished photographers in their own right, meaning they will be able to position the vehicle in the best light as well as anticipating any action that is about to occur. Should a subject be inaccessible from one of the tracks, Zimanga Private Game Reserve guests are permitted to off-road in order to get you into perfect shooting positions.

You will be accompanied at all times by iCapture photographers who are on hand to tutor both aspiring and experienced photographers in camera techniques which will contribute toward the quality of your images, as well as your safari experience. iCapture photographers are also available for any queries and workshop content ahead of time.


Day 1

  • 10:00 Departure from Durban International Airport (DUR) to Nkonkoni Fishing Camp
  • 15:30 Game drive
  • 20:00 Dinner

Day 2

  • 05:30 Morning tea and meeting for morning game drive or hide session
  • 11:00 Brunch
  • 14:00 Workshop 1: Presentation on Wildlife Photography Techniques
  • 15:30 Game drive
  • 20:00 Dinner

Day 3

  • 05:30 Morning tea and meeting for morning game drive or hide session
  • 11:00 Brunch
  • 14:00 Relax
  • 15:30 Game drive
  • 20:00 Dinner

Day 4

  • 05:30 Morning tea and meeting for morning game drive or hide session
  • 11:00 Brunch
  • 14:00 Workshop 2: Importing and Editing Your Images in Lightroom
  • 15:30 Game drive
  • 20:00 Dinner

Day 5

  • 05:30 Morning tea and meeting for morning game drive or hide session
  • 11:00 Brunch
  • 14:00 Workshop 3: Image Discussions
  • 15:30 Game drive
  • 20:00 Dinner

Day 6

  • 05:30 Morning tea and meeting for morning game drive or hide session
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Transfer back to the Durban International Airport (DUR) and return home


Anna-Mart Kruger
Anna-Mart is passionate in wildlife and bird photography and specializes in macro and landscape photography. To get up close and personal with nature and wildlife is an exquisite experience on more than one level for her.
Helene Wiggett
Helene is a part of iCapture Photo Safaris team her favorite wildlife photography genre is the night photography (landscapes).
Estelle Ackermann
Estelle Ackermann is one of the iCapture's photographers who loves landscape photography and rhino.
Petri Ackermann
Petri is a part of iCapture Photo Safaris and he specializes in landscape and animalscapes photography genre.


Zimanga Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa is the first reserve in Africa that has been specifically designed to satisfy the needs of today’s wildlife photographers and nature enthusiasts who have a deeper appreciation for an unhurried and exclusive bush experience.

Spread over 6,000 hectares of pristine bushveld, fever tree forests, and rolling hills, Zimanga is bisected by the Mkuze River and home to a huge variety of animals and birds. From leopards to wild dogs and elephants to cheetah, nearly every sought-after sighting is accounted for. Even more, there are over 400 bird species recorded at the reserve.


You will be served daily brunch and dinner during your safari. During each game drive, there will also be an opportunity to stop for refreshments. In the morning tea and coffee are served with rusks. Meanwhile in the afternoon, drinks, beers, wine, or selected spirits are served shortly after sunset.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 2 3-hour game drives on Zimanga Private Game Reserve
  • 3 workshops on camera techniques and Lightroom
  • 4 3.5-hour hide sessions
  • 5 nights’ accommodation at Nkonkoni Fishing Camp
  • A professional photographic guide
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily brunch and dinner
  • Local transfers between accommodation and Zimanga Private Game Reserve
  • Refreshments during all activities

What's not included

  • Alcohol and refreshments not served during activities
  • Flights
  • Gratuities, laundry, and items of a personal nature
  • Medical / travel insurance
  • Visas / travel documents

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to Durban International Airport (DUR), South Africa on June 21, 2017 and no later than 10 a.m. Thus your incoming flights must be organized accordingly to ensure that iCapture Photo Safaris can transfer you from the airport at 10 a.m. The transfer is included in the price.

Cancellation Policy

  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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