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The Ultimate Photographic Safari Experience

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  • best african photo safari
    5 Nights - 6 Days
  • african safari photography
    Group : 2-10 People
  • best african photo safari tours
    Pickup: Kruger National Park

This is the ultimate Kruger National Park Safari!

Covering the park in 15 days, you will see most of the park.  We will be spending 14 nights in the Kruger National Park in 6 different camps in the Southern, Central and Northern Regions of the park. Covering the entire park from North to South and traversing all its different habitats, will increase your chances of finding most of the animals and birds with some spectacular sightings. This package is also perfect for you to do some additional optional activities like bushwalks, night drives etc (Please see Optional activities sheet).

We typically (if accommodation availability allows) stay 2 or 3 nights in a camp. This means you can unpack, relax, and enjoy each camp for what it is. Normally we suggest we do every second day a full day game drive and the day in between a morning and afternoon drive, allowing you to enjoy the pool or catch an afternoon nap to recharge those batteries.

The camps themselves offer great opportunities to walk around and enjoy the sceneries, birds, sounds and smells. At night you can walk along the fence line with your flashlight and look for Hyenas or any other nocturnal animals that might come and visit the camp fence. You also have a chance of seeing owls at night in camp, which are very difficult to find during the day. As a photographer the camps offer the perfect opportunity to photograph birds and nocturnal animals as they are very habituated to people and allow you to get quite close (please remember these are still wild animals and a safe distance should always be given)

On these packages we are quite flexible when it comes to times for example game drive times etc. We leave it up to the guests and their guide to decide on how their day will commence.

Because wildlife photography is our priority and we would like you to get the best opportunity to capture unique photos, we will send you a questionnaire prior to your safari to understand what you are expecting from this safari. This will give the guide an opportunity to prepare beforehand and thus maximise the chances of getting what you wish for. Please also communicate with your guide while on safari of what your expectations are.

Mornings and late afternoons are the best time for photography, and we usually plan our safaris accordingly so that we are out there at the best times of the day. However, we are flexible and if we have a possible good sighting or we would like to go to another area we adapt and can stay out the whole day. We are there to get those photos and we will do what needs to be done to get them.

We offer optional activities that can be done at various camps. Please let us know in advance if you are interested in doing some of these to secure your spot. Otherwise, you can also talk to your guide while on safari about these options and where they are best to do, however there is then a good chance that these activities might be fully booked already.

Optional Activities Include

  • Morning & Afternoon Bush Walk (3hrs)
  • Night Drive (2hrs)
  • Bush Braai (BBQ in the Bush)

For more info on Optional Activities and their pricing, please click here

Your guide will also assist with tutoring on the vehicle where needed and with post-processing of images.

The camps we stay in will depend on the time of the year and availability. We do however try to book 5 different camps spread out over the entire park for 2 nights at each camp. The reasoning behind this is because animals have seasonal movements, and we would like to be in the best areas possible for us to have the best chance in finding them. We also opt for 2 nights at each camp, this is because of off check-out and check-in times. When we move from one rest camp to the next, we need to check out by 10Am, and we can only check in back at 14:00. We normally use these days to do a full day game drive and spend our time searching for animals. By having 2 nights at a rest camp, allows us more flexibility and time to change it up by doing an early morning drive and late afternoon drive. This gives you some time during the middle of the day when its at its hottest, to rest, enjoy the swimming pool or even to enjoy a cold beer at the restaurant overlooking a river.

Some of the camps that we enjoy staying in but not limited are

  • Berg-en-Dal
  • Skukuza
  • Lower Sabie
  • Satara
  • Letaba / Olifants
  • Mopani
  • Bateleur
  • Shingwedzi
  • Punda Maria

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The Equiptment Included on a Private Photographic Safari 

Price Includes

  • All our Photographic Safaris are conducted in an Open Safari Vehicle. Closed SUV’s are available on request.
  • Professional Nature and Photographic Guide that will enhance your experience
  • Photographic Tutoring on the vehicle while busy photographing.
  • Pack of snap cards that can be used as “cheat sheets” to remember some vital information for certain photographic scenarios.
  • Experienced Guide that knows animal behaviour along with the photographer’s needs will get you ready and in position to maximise your chances to get stunning photos.
  • Conservation Fees
  • Private Accommodation with bathroom and small kitchen
  • Bottled water on the vehicle
  • Transfer to and from the park (This is done in the open safari vehicle with drop down sides), however an enclosed vehicle can be organized at extra cost for the transfer.
  • Binoculars for the guest to utilize
  • Beanbags to use as camera stabilizers.
  • Charging port on the vehicle to charge camera batteries while on the game drive
  • Morning coffee and rusks on the vehicle.
  • Wild Photo Africa Gift Pack

Price Excludes

  • Items of personal nature
  • All meals are excluded. All the camps have fully stocked shops as well as very good restaurants. Clients can thus decide to make their own food in their little kitchen or make use of the restaurant facilities.
  • Gratuities (If you had an amazing experience you are welcome to give the guide something small to show appreciation however this is completely optional and up to the guest)
Things to remember
  • Camera equipment or else we have the option to hire your equipment from us. This makes traveling easier.
  • Please dress warmly as it gets extremely cold on the back of the vehicle. We do provide small blankets & ponchos, but they might not be enough.
  • Camera & Binoculars
  • Flashlight for walking in camp at night
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • And most important ENTHUSIASM!! We like to have fun while taking photos and we encourage you to do the same. We are all about the photos, but without the fun it will be just another photo and not an experience worth remembering! Lets Make Some Memories while capturing Africa at its finest!
We also offer
  • Camera and Lens rentals
  • Camera support rentals
  • Packed Breakfast Packs
  • Packed Lunch Packs
  • Traditional South African Braai (BBQ). If you want to experience a true South African Experience and good food, then this is something that you will enjoy! More info on request.

Food & Drinks on the Safari

There are multiple options available in this regard, please see below

  • No Meals Included in the Package, guests are responsible for their own food and drinks. The parks restaurants are of exceptional quality and the park shop has all the basics to cook for yourself at your unit if you would wish to do that. Most of the park’s camps have shops and restaurants.
  • All meals included
  • Partially Included. We cater for certain meals, and you are responsible for the rest.

When we cater, we always include a Traditional South African Braai (BBQ). If you want to experience a true South African Experience and good food, then this is something that you will enjoy!

A partial Itinerary for the 10 Night Kruger Park Safari

You can have a look at the below example on how our days will be spent. This is just a rough idea, and your guide will plan the days with you. This itinerary is designed to be flexible. Our guides are experienced and will be able to advice you on the best options with taking your wishes into consideration. He will also be able to advice you on where to do which optional activities. This is a photographic safari, and we will adapt on the go to allow us maximum time to photograph our subjects. For example, if we see an opportunity where we might witness a kill, we might stay out much longer than normal.

Rates for Day Trips are as Follows
The Following rates are including of the Conservation Fee which is R400.00 p/p
  • The Complete Kruger National Park Photo ExperiencePrices start from R55 000.00 p/p/s depending on inclusions and exclusions.
Itinerary

Day 1The Ultimate Photographic Safari Experience

• Arrival at OR Tambo International Airport / Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport / Skukuza Airport
• Transfer to the Kruger National Park
• You will be picked up by your Guide and taken to the Kruger Park
• A Short afternoon drive on your way to the camp before check-in

Day 2 The Ultimate Photographic Safari Experience

• Early morning wake-up with coffee, tea, and rusks before departure
• Depart for a 3-4 – hour game drive and return to camp for breakfast
• Time at leisure to explore the camp site with all its amazing birdlife
• Depart for an Afternoon Game Drive until gate closing (3hrs)
• This will be a perfect opportunity to do an optional night drive from camp.

Day 3 The Ultimate Photographic Safari Experience

• Early morning wake-up
• Coffee, tea, and rusks before departure
• Depart on game drive when the gates open with luggage packed
• Stop for breakfast and lunch at one of the picnic or camp sites
• Lunch at the next camp with check in at 14:00
• Depart for an afternoon game drive at 15:30/16:00 & return at gate closing.

Day 4The Ultimate Photographic Safari Experience

• Early morning wake-up
• Coffee, tea, and rusks before departure
• Depart on game drive when the gates open
• Stop for breakfast and lunch at one of the picnic or camp sites
• Back in camp at gate closing

Day 5The Ultimate Photographic Safari Experience

• Good Option to do a Morning Walk for example.
• Early morning wake-up
• Coffee, tea, and rusks before departure
• Depart on game drive when the gates open with luggage packed
• Stop for breakfast and lunch at one of the picnic or camp sites
• Lunch at the next camp with check in at 14:00
• Depart for an afternoon game drive at 15:30/16:00 & return at gate closing.

Day 6The Ultimate Photographic Safari Experience

• Early morning wake-up with coffee, tea, and rusks before departure
• Depart for a 3–4-hour game drive and return to camp for breakfast
• Time at leisure to explore the camp site with all its amazing birdlife
• Depart for an Afternoon Game Drive until gate closing

Etc…
For more in-depth info, please contact us.