South Africa is truly a paradise for photographers with its spectacular scenery, cultural contrasts, vibrant cities and, not least, its abundant and amazing wildlife. For all the nature photographers out there (present and in the making!), SW Africa offers a range of specialized photographic safaris for all levels, both in South Africa as well as in neighbouring Botswana.

The photo safaris typically combine comfortable safari accommodation with game drives on customized photographic vehicles, under the guidance of a professional photographer. These packages are a fantastic way of getting up close to the wildlife and nature while developing your photo skills through personalised and hands-on instruction and tips from a professional photo safari guide.

As an example, check out our 13-night Photographic Safari in the Greater Kruger Park, set in the world-renowned Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which borders on the Northern region of the Kruger National Park and is easily accessible via Hoedspruit Airport. There are no fences between the Timbavati and the Kruger N.P and the animals move freely within more than 20 000 km2 of the wilderness area. The area is very rich in wildlife and therefore well known for its excellent sightings, including the possibility to see the endangered white lion, leopard, wild dog, cheetah and much, much more – the perfect stage for a photo safari!

Accommodation is offered at the exquisite Simbavati River Lodge, a small and welcoming safari camp built on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River in the heart of the Timbavati. Shaded by an age-old Jackalberry and Leadwood trees, the lodge is warm and friendly with a generous contemporary design and accommodation for guests in 8 luxury tented rooms or 3 thatched chalets which are perfect for families or a group of friends who want to stay together.

The package includes 13 nights’ luxury safari accommodation,  daily meals, photographic tuition by a professional wildlife photographer and game drives in a custom-built photographic 4×4 vehicle. The groups are small; only 4 photographers per vehicle, with 3 additional spouse seats available. All makes of cameras are welcome, and as the groups are very small, individualized attention is guaranteed, meaning that all levels of photographers would be catered for. The professional photographer will ensure that you benefit from one-on-one instruction on everything from how to achieve the best position for the ultimate wildlife shot to professional tips on image editing, including both a pre-game drive and post-drive briefing.

What better environment to enjoy the African bush while perfecting your photo skills and aiming for that once-in-a-lifetime pic?

The photo safari packages, as our other safari packages, are easy to incorporate into your South Africa holiday and perfect to combine with for example Cape Town, Johannesburg & the Panorama Route or the KwaZulu-Natal coast. Contact us for more information and ideas for a tailor-made itinerary – an unforgettable experience awaits you!