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Big Cat Photographic Safari - 5 Days

Big Cat Photographic Safari

Explore the world-renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve from a different angle, and let your experienced guide get you in position for the perfect photo of the elusive big cats, regardless of the level of photography.

Guests will be taken care of by registered field guides who have over 40 years of experience in photography among them. Guests are briefed on arrival at the lodge, to agree on safari and photography expectations, and to determine the level of photographic experience of each guest.  The photographic guides are available to teach and guide guests throughout the photography process, from start to finish, irrespective of the different levels of experience. They assist the safari vehicle driver and game tracker with vehicle positioning at a sighting so that guests can get the best shot. Guests are required to rotate seats in the vehicle for each safari, to ensure all guests get equal opportunity to sit in front or at the back of the vehicle.

The professional photographers are proficient in the major camera brands, and are able to assist clients with their specific cameras. (The photographers may change – subject to availability at time of booking).

Lance van de Vyver

Lance is from New Zealand, and majored in photography at UCOL New Zealand. He has previously worked as a full time ranger in the Sabi Sand and at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, and for Tusk Photo as a photographic guide for under a year. He has numerous photography accolades – a finalist in the Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017, was highly commended in Nature’s Best 2018 and has Gold and Silver distinctions in the NZIPP awards (New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography). He is a trained, registered guide by profession, and has been a professional photographer since 2005.

Villiers Steyn

Villiers has been a professional photographer since 2008, previously worked at Mashatu in Botswana as a leopard researcher. He is also an online lecturer for Udemy.com, one of the world’s largest and most popular online universities, is a registered guide, and worked for Tusk Photo as a photographic guide for 2 years.

Departure Days:  

Selected Saturdays and Wednesdays

Mar        21, 25

May       09, 13

Jun         13, 17

Jul           18, 22

Aug        08, 12

Oct         03, 07

Highlights:

  • Photographic and editing tuition by award-winning photographers
  • Over 35 hours of game viewing time
  • 'Big 5'game viewing in world-renowned game reserve
  • Exclusive use of lodge

Day 1
Johannesburg to Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Board a shared transfer from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit via Dullstroom.

Lunch is enjoyed en route (own account). Guests arrive at Hoedspruit/Eastgate Airport in the afternoon and will be transferred to the lodge within the Sabi Sand Wildtuin.

Photographic safari guests will have exclusive use of the lodge, which allows for flexibility of mealtimes, and time spent at sightings. Djuma Private Game Reserve enjoys a wealth of diverse wildlife, treating guests to some of the best game viewing opportunities in Africa. The team at Djuma are long-serving and dedicated to providing friendly and professional service.

Guest will receive a briefing on arrival at the lodge in the late afternoon. The briefing will assist both guides and guests to meet expectations and explain how the game drives are run. There are 2 vehicles, with up to 6 guests per vehicle, so that everyone gets a ‘window seat’. The 2 vehicles also allow the professionals to put the less experienced photographers together, On each drive, the guests will rotate to different seats, allowing everyone to get a new perspective, from either the front of the back of the vehicle. The photographers also rotate vehicles (group number dependent), allowing guests the opportunity to gain experience from both professionals.

Guests will head out on game drive on an open safari vehicle in search of big cats and the other animals that call Sabi Sand home. A stop for sundowners is included, if sightings allow. Return from the game drive for dinner which is a superb fine-dining experience.

Overnight at Djuma Private Game Lodge – Dinner, lunch, breakfast, and activities

Day 2
Day 2 to 4 Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Guests are woken up early, and coffee is provided on the deck before heading out on the morning game drive. Guests are able to spend as much time on a sighting as they like, as the drives are not set to a strict schedule. The photographic guide is able to help the game ranger position the vehicle in such a way so that guests can get the best photo possible. A coffee stop in the bush breaks up the morning.

The Sabi Sand Wildtuin is the oldest private game reserve in South Africa and is adjacent to the Kruger National Park, with no fences along the eastern and northern boundaries. The reserve is unparalleled for its ‘Big 5’ game viewing and diversity.

Guests return to the lodge for breakfast. They will then have the opportunity to interact with their photographic guides for a training group session (1-2 hours), which includes assistance from the basics up to post-processing techniques. Guests will also have the opportunity for one-on-one sessions if required.

Guests will have the opportunity to visit the SafariLive headquarters during their stay. This includes a tour of the Final Control room, meeting the presenters and crew, as well as watching the countdown to the live drive and photo opportunities with the presenters.

After a light lunch, guests board their open safari vehicles for the late afternoon/evening game drive. Both vehicles have two-way radios so that they can communicate between them. This also allows the vehicles to help each other by providing backlighting for each other when on the same sighting after sunset.

Return to the lodge for dinner.

Overnight at Djuma Private Game Lodge – Dinner, lunch, breakfast, and activities

Day 5
Sabi Sand Game Reserve - Day of Departure

Guests are woken up early, coffee is provided on the deck before heading out on the morning game drive for their last opportunity to photograph the wildlife of Sabi Sand.

Return to camp for breakfast, before checking out and connecting with your transfer back to Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport. Guests may select one of the four complimentary online photography courses to apply their newly acquired knowledge at Djuma.

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What online course can I pick from?

o Digital Photography for beginners o Advanced Digital Photograph o Lightroom CC o How to sell your images on Shutterstock

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Trip Facts

  • Min 2 / Max 12
  • 4 Star