Photographers Travel proudly introduces you to an 8-day photographic safari adventure in a single location that will make you face to face with some of Africa’s most famous and ferocious residents, the “Big Five”. The experienced rangers and trackers will get you closer than you have ever been to all of these wild animals and many other species found in the region. This will be undoubtedly one of the most successful and well-loved photographic safaris you will never be missed.
Tladi Lodge is a sprawling thatched lodge set on 2 acres of well tended tranquil gardens with a tennis court and a swimming pool located in Sandton, Johannesburg. You will stay at this lodge on your first day of safari trip.
You will stay at this lodge from day 2 to 8. There are 6 thatched luxury suites which have their own private viewing deck overlooking the Msuthlu Riverbed along with a jacuzzi. There is also a filtered swimming pool just on the other side of the river, an outdoor boma where you will be dining, plus a centrally positioned lounge and bar where informal photography chats as well as daily image reviews on a projector are conducted. The amenities are as follows:
On day 1, you will arrive in Johannesburg and meet up with fellow travelers at Tladi Lodge in Sandton, Johannesburg. In the evening, you will have welcome barbecue dinner
On day 2, you will leave at about 08:00 for a road transfer to Sabi Sabi Little Bush Lodge. You will arrive there approximately at 14:00 to check in. After that, you will savor your lunch and relax. In the evening, you will have a game drive approximately at 16:00 followed by dinner.
You will have an early morning game drives and savor breakfast. Afterward, you can enjoy an optional walking safari. After having lunch, you can relax or socialize with other travelers at a bar or by the pool. Then, you will do evening game drives followed by dinner.
On this last day, you will enjoy a morning game drive and have breakfast. Then, you will check out of Sabi Sabi Little Bush Lodge and be transferred to Nelspruit Airport (NLP) with the flight to Johannesburg or you can join official safari extensions.
From novice to expert, all levels of photographers are welcome to join this safari. Your tour leaders, Dallas and Pepe, will help you out by answering any question you may have about photography such as the best settings to use for any particular subject matter found on safari or how to post process your images using Lightroom. Dallas now shoots with Olympus while Pepe shoots with Canon equipment. Dallas has been using DSLRs (Canon and Nikon) since 2001. Thus, if you have something to know, he will definitely be able to help you figure it out regardless of the type of camera you are using.
You’re going to get really close to the animals on this safari. Ideally, you should bring two cameras on this trip, one for closer stuff and the another one for stuff that’s not so close. A full sensor DSLR with a 70 - 200 millimeters f/2.8 zoom for the closer stuff is good. Moreover, a second body with a 200 - 400 millimeters f/4 zoom or a fast prime with a teleconverter for the stuff that is further away will have you well-covered. You do not need flashes unless you’re planning on using them at the dinner table.
Photographers Travel uses open Land Rovers for game drives and these have three rows of elevated seats behind the driver. There are swing arms built onto the sides of each vehicle that allow you to clamp your gimbal head to them (if you have one) or alternatively you should use a monopod. Bean bags will be of no use to you in this kind of safari vehicle.
Unlike photo safaris conducted in national parks throughout parts of Africa where you’re jostling for road and viewing space with hundreds of other travelers and photographers, Photographers Travel guarantees you an uncrowded vehicle that is allowed to travel off road to get you as close as possible and into the best and safest viewing positions for photography.
This trip is all about the Africa’s “Big Five” animals which include lions, leopards, buffalos, elephants, and rhinos. They are known as the “Big Five” because, in the old colonial times, these were the most dangerous animals to hunt. There’s a good chance you’ll also get to see cheetahs plus many other species including zebras, giraffe, wildebeests, and a large number of antelopes. Among the birds, you’ll see lilac breasted rollers, eagle owls, green pigeons, eagles, bee-eaters, and many more.
Dallas is the founder and host at Photographers Travel. He is also the founder of the original Nikongear.com website which was renamed Fotozones in 2014. It is an excellent photography forum and creative platform with over 13,000 registered members from around the globe. He is a full-time photographer and website designer / entrepreneur specializing in websites for photographers and other creative businesses. He lives in Durban, South Africa with his wife Nikki.
Pepe is a qualified environmental scientist and archeologist living in Cape Town, South Africa. She runs the logistics and financial aspects of all Photographers Travel activities as well as carrying out the duties of official tour guide for safaris. Pepe is a genuine travel guru and there aren’t many places in Southern Africa that she has not been to yet.
Sabi Sabi Game Reserve is located adjacent to the south western corner of the Kruger National Park in South Africa. This game reserve is situated within one of the oldest and largest proclaimed private reserves in Africa namely the Sabi Sands Wildtuin. There are no fences between Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands and around the lodges themselves. Thus, the game is literally allowed to roam freely from place to place.
Sabi Sand Game Reserve is widely acknowledged as a premier destination for wildlife safaris in South Africa and has been ranked in the top 10 of Travel & Leisure’s World’s Best 100 Hotels for the past 5 years. This place has also received numerous accolades from various publications and marketing associations dealing with world travel.
During this safari trip, you will get daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In addition, you will savor welcome barbecue dinner on day 1 at Tladi Lodge. Tap water is perfectly safe to drink and bottled water is also provided in each suite. If you have any dietary requirement, please inform Photographers Travel.
During this safari, you can enjoy an optional walking safari at an additional cost.
Photographers Travel will transfer you from O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) and it is included in the price.