Best of the Mara Migration - Small Group TourDestinations: Maasai Mara, Kenya
Highlights: The migration dubbed "The Gretest Show on Earth", river crossings, big cats, iconic Africa
Overview: Anyone with an inkling of an interest in wildlife photography knows about the annual migration of 1.5 million wildebeest, 200 thousand zebra, 500 thousand thompson's gazelle and 18 thousand eland in the Maasai Mara. This safari is specifically designed to place you n the thick of the migration and all of the action that comes with it. Predators, particularly lion and cheetah, are abundant in the Masaai Mara, making excellent big cat photography opportunities almost gauranteed. The vast open tree-studded plains are the very picture of iconic Africa. If you want to see and experience a truly classic photographic safari then this is the photo tour for you. The mobile camp is set only meters from the bank of the Mara river itself, a true 'out of Africa' experience.
Cost: US$ 8 895 pp sharing
Dates: 11 - 18 August 2022 spaces available
Mashatu Hides & Predators Photo Safari - Small Group TourDestinations: Mashatu Game Reserve, Malamala Game Reserve.
Highlights: Excellent predator viewing, large elephant herds, famous photographic hides, unique habitats
Overview: This 6 day/5 night safari centres exclusively on Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana. Mashatu's custom built photographic hides present an experience that is unrivalled in Africa, particularly in the dry season when huge numbers of elephants and other wildlife converge on the small waterhole, often coming within touching distance. There will be a mix of game drives and photographic hide sessions, ensuring that the most is made of every opportunity. Mike called Mashatu home for 2 years and was instrumental in installing the now famous photo hide so, needless to say, he knows the lay of the land and the wild inhabitants that live there on an intimate level that can be gained only through familiarity and experience. This tour is limited to only 3 participants.
Cost: US$ 6 975 pp sharing
20 - 25 June 2022 fully booked
12 - 17 August 2023 2 spaces available
Madikwe: The Big 5 & Hides Photo Safari - Small Group TourDestination:Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Highlights: Wild dogs, 'Kalahari' lions, elephants and hide photography.
Overview: Madikwe Game Reserve lies close to South Africa’s international border with Botswana and offers some superb Big 5 game viewing and photography in its Malaria-free reserve. It is currently the 5th largest reserve in South Africa and its grassland, forest and rocky Tshwene Tshwene hills are home to a variety of wildlife such as Elephants, Lions, Leopards and Rhinos, plus endangered Wild dogs. Hundreds of bird species include Ostrich, Vultures and the large Kori Bustard. This South Africa photo safari also offers opportunities to photograph game from an underground hide at the lodge’s private waterhole, as we well as on game drive.
Cost: ZAR 69 995 pp sharing
Dates: 27 May - 1 June 2022 1 space available
Mashatu Green Season - Private TourDestination:Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana
Highlights: Big cats, elephants and general game in green open plains covered with yellow devil thorn flowers
Overview: This unique photo safari to Botswana’s Mashatu Game Reserve has been designed to coincide with the incredible transformation of the reserve from the dry and dusty plains of winter to the verdant green landscape that comes with the summer rains. Mashatu is renown for excellent cheetah, leopard and lion sightings and is one of the best destinations in Africa for elephants. This photo safari is your opportunity to photograph these animals and more in a landscape reminiscent of eden. Mike has been leading photo safaris to Mashatu since 2012 and was the photographer in residence for two years so there are few more experienced to guide you through this wild corner of Africa.
Dates: Flexible from February to April
Tanzania Calving Season - Private TourDestinations:Ngorongoro Crater, Ndutu, Southern Serengeti
Highlights: The unrivaled beauty of the Ngorongoro Crater, wildebeest calving and tens of thousands of wildebeest in Ndutu and the Serengeti
Overview: This 10 day photo safari to Tanzania has been specifically designed to take you to some of the best and most iconic wildlife photography destinations in Africa. Think vast open plains studded with picture perfect Acacia trees, wildebeest herds of unimaginable numbers, zebra, giraffe, gazelle and the big cats that hunt them. This exclusive safari is timed to coincide with the start of the wildebeest calving season which sees approximately 8000 births each day, no where do you stand a greater chance of witnessing the spectacle of new life than you do on this safari.
Wild Zambia - Private TourDestinations: Lower Zambezi National Park, South Luangwa National Park, North Luangwa National Park
Highlights: Wildlife in and around the Zambezi River, excellent predator and general game viewing, true wilderness experience, photographing wildlife on foot
Overview: This safari encompasses some of the most pristine and remote wilderness areas in Africa. The trip starts off with a 4 night stay in Lower Zambezi National Park. The broad swathe of the Zambezi River winds its way through the reserve, an epicentre of wildlife activity in this pristine environment. Opportunities abound for images of wildlife drinking, wallowing and otherwise interacting with the river and the environment it creates. The second destination is Tafika Camp on the banks of the Luangwa River adjoining South Luangwa National Park. The game viewing here is exceptional as are the photographic opportunities. The final destination is Mwaleshi Camp in North Luangwa National Park. This is one of, if not the most, remote safari camps in Africa and all game viewing is done on foot as this is a true wilderness area where driving is not permitted. Stalking and photographing wildlife on foot can truly be a life changing experience as it engages all of the senses, bringing you face to face with your subject. Mwaleshi's guide is highly experienced and knowledgeable and puts guest safety above all else.
Namibia & South Africa - Private TourDestinations: Little Kulala, Malamala & Londolozi
Highlights: This safari has been hand-crafted to offer some of the best landscapes and wildlife viewing available in southern Africa.
Overview: This diverse safari begins with 3 nights at Wilderness Safaris’ Little Kulala in Namibia’s Namib Desert. The Namib is the oldest desert in the world and lays claim to the highest sand dunes in the world. The famous Dead Vlei, where one can see ancient dead trees against a backdrop of the world’s biggest dunes, is truly a bucket list destination for many and a rite of passage for any keen landscape photographer. From Namibia we will head to the Sabi Sands Game Reserve adjoining Kruger National Park in South Africa. The first stop is Malamala where the focus is on tracking down leopards and lions, many of which are relaxed around the game viewing vehicles allowing for incredible photographic opportunities. Malamala is not about predators alone, having a high density and diversity of 'general' wildlife and it is not rare to see all members of the famous 'Big 5' in a single drive. From Malamala it is a short 15 minute drive to our final destination, Londolozi’s Tree Camp. This exclusive camp epitomises luxury and style in every detail. From the private swimming pools, all-weather dining and contemplation decks to the Ralph Lauren wallpaper and plaited leather beds. The game viewing at Londolozi is also exceptional, rivalled only by Malamala as the best place to view leopards in Africa.
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