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Greg du Toit
Africa Photo Workshop
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with acclaimed African wildlife photographer GREG DU TOITIf you are a photographer wanting to experience the best photographic safari or workshop in Africa then you are on the right page! The African Photo Safaris and African Photography Workshops listed below do not only guarantee you full memory cards but exceptional photographs too. Not only do they offer you the very best predator and wildlife action available on the continent but you will enjoy an authentic African experience, not a contrived or touristy one...
Visiting Africa is costly and being a photographer, I know what photographers want and need to make sure that they get maximum bang for their buck. You want to be in the right position at the right time to capture that incredible moment. You want to spend quality time in quality locations on quality wildlife sightings and you want to return home with exceptional photographs, and not the clichéd
type either. You also want maximum freedom and you do not want to see too many other vehicles, nor do you want too many other photographers on your own vehicle. If you join me on any one of the below safaris or workshops, I offer you an authentic photographic experience, one that will yield unique, inspiring and award winning photographs. I offer you a trip of a lifetime! Read recent comments from guests hosted on my African photographic workshops and safaris
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Read full and detailed itineraries of my Africa Photo Safaris
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Kenya Rift Valley and Great Migration Safari
2017 Tour Date: 12-21 July 1 space left!
Email me here now to place your name on the 2018 waiting list.
Ten years ago I discovered a remote and little-known corner of Africa. It is a place that's ancient and wild, a place where man and beast still coexist and where the scenery, sights, sounds and smells transport you back in time. It is here that I found a waterhole close to the wall of Kenya's Great Rift Valley and where I spent 16 months photographing the wildlife of the south rift valley. The project lead to a sell out National Geographic
exhibit as well as an Africa Geographic
cover story titled 'Living on the Edge'.
I recently went back to this isolated corner of Kenya and what I discovered astounded me. It is still wild and wonderful and when I was there, there were only 10 lion in the area and now there are 50. This is a corner of Africa that is yet to be photographed by anyone else, a place so wild and free that time has stood still. It is a true wilderness, guarded and kept by the traditional Maasai tribes-people.
After revisiting my waterhole and finding not only my lion again, but prolific wildlife too, I have decided to share this beautiful place with you. As such, I have designed a unique one-of-a-kind safari to the south rift valley of Kenya. You will experience the most traditional Maasai left in East Africa and you will even help them to herd their cattle. You will get to see and photograph their customs and traditions and you will learn the true meaning of the word 'conservation' from Africa's own original conservationists. You will also track down free-ranging lion with lion researchers and you will visit the wild frontier that is Lake Natron, the largest breeding ground for Lesser Flamingo in the world. You will gaze upon the beasts and plains of Africa's Great Rift Valley and you will explore wild rivers and wetlands. Your camp is situated in splendid isolation on the banks of a hidden river and from this base, you will explore the floor of the rift valley. You will also undertake a night safari drive to discover the numerous but shy nocturnal denizens of the African bush. You will do all this without seeing other tourists; it will be like stepping back in time as you experience a true 'Out of Africa' safari. I invite you to come and experience 'real Africa', the way it once was. Join me on this special safari to one of the last remaining wildernesses in Africa and come find out why this is one of the only places in Africa where lion numbers are on the increase.
Our second leg of this special safari sees us flying over the wall of the Great Rift Valley and into a secret and remote location in the Masai Mara. We have timed this safari to coincide with the arrival of the migration, and not with the arrival of the tourist hordes. You will have access to both sides of the river so you can photograph crossings coming towards you. The Masai Mara is the wildlife mecca of Africa and I have chosen the best camp and time of year to be there. Come and see 'the greatest wildlife show on earth'.
Full itinerary details of the unique and specially designed activities on the link at the bottom. This safari really offers it all from the grassy plains of East Africa to the dusty floor of the rift valley. The experience includes lakes; rivers; wetlands; lions; research; cultural photography; bird photography; landscape photography; predator photography; plains game photography; mountains; kayaking; nocturnal animals; predators; migration and possible river crossings; wilderness; rare animals and much much more. Only space for a maximum of 6 participants and only one departure per year.
Need some enticing? Click here
to watch a mini-documentary of the area (its about 18 minutes long so get a cup of tea or coffee).
Click here for itinerary details...
South Africa and Botswana Predator Workshop
2017 Tour Dates:
24 May - 1 June FULLY BOOKED!
22-30 November FULLY BOOKED!Email me here now to place your name on the 2018 waiting list.
Limited to only 3 participants, this workshop has been specifically designed around predators and big game. This is an Africa photo workshop that promises to deliver on all fronts. You will return home not just having furthered your personal photographic skills but also with awesome images of Africa's big cats, including exceptional photographs of Africa's shyest big cat, the leopard! You will also see the endangered rhinoceros as well as all of Africa's wonderful and iconic creatures like giraffe, zebra, hippopotamus, baboons and warthog to name but a few. This is also a 'big five safari' which means that you will photograph lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo all carrying out a wild existence in one of Africa's largest remaining ecosystems.We have timed this workshop to coincide with what is traditionally the best time to photograph and you will be taught how to photograph in super low light conditions, using flashes and spotlights at night. You will also be taught how to capture predator action, as we push the boundaries of modern-day digital photography. Accommodation is wonderfully comfortable in air conditioned suites with electricity to charge cameras and batteries in your room. Did I mention the three eye-level hides we will be using, built exclusively for photographers. One hide is for predators another for elephants and a third for bee-eaters.Watch a video of a leopard kill we saw on one of our predator workshops here...Click here
to see a portfolio of leopard images taken on the same locations as this workshop. I look forward to teaching you my personal recipe for low-light photography.
An extension to this safari will see you photographing both big cats and meerkats on the same safari. Great white sharks, flowers of Namaqualand and the sardine run are also offered as extensions to this workshop (all details on the link below).If the sound of this big cat safari grabs you, then click here for a detailed 2017 itinerary...
Serengeti Migration Calving Safari &Mahale Chimpanzee Photo Workshop:2017 Tour Dates:
8-13 March Chimpanzee Photo Workshop 2 spaces available.
12-18 March Serengeti Migration Calving Safari Only 4 spaces available.
The Serengeti is in my opinion Africa's top wildlife park (click here
for a second opinion). The word 'siringet' means 'vast' in the language of the Maasai and as its name suggests, the Serengeti is indeed endless. Not only is it vast but it is diverse, offering a mosaic of woodland, grassland and rocky koppie habitats. But, like anywhere else in Africa, the time of year and where you choose to base yourself is critical to making your photographic safari a success. I have spent the last five years searching for the right location for this safari and I have finally found it. You can now enjoy the very best of the migration calving season, in a private camp and far away from the maddening crowds around Lake Ndutu. This is one of the best the best places in Africa to witness predation, so if you wanting a take-down kill shot, then this safari offers you the best chance of getting it. If you want to experience real, wild, remote and expansive Africa then look no further.
In a special pre-trip extension, you have the option of journeying to the wild Mahale Mountains to trek chimpanzees and to have an 'in-the-field' camera workshop. Again the time of year I have chosen has been carefully selected so that the chimpanzees are close to the camp, meaning there are not long trekking times, leaving time in the afternoons for our workshops. The camp we stay in is my personal favourite camp in all of Africa and is situated on the remote shores of lake Tanganyika. Both the camp and the location are the very definition of the word 'enchanting'. By having a workshop before the Serengeti leg, you can iron out any difficulties or concerns that you have and you can get your camera set-up and tweaked, so that you will be able to capture the action of the Serengeti. Customizing your camera's autofocus and having a correct focusing technique, specifically for cheetah hunts, forms a part of this workshop.
If you need some persuading to join the pre-trip workshop then see this short YouTube video from the camp that we stay in click here
Enjoy this bird's-eye view of the location of our camp by clicking here* For the more adventurous and those wanting to make this an ultimate Tanzania exploration, we offer an extension to the Ngorongoro Crater and then down to Tanzania's Ruaha National Park for landscapes, macro and more wildlife photography (details on the link below).
To join me in Africa's top park click here for more details...