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This 5 night South African photography workshop is unique in many respects. Not only will you enjoy world class hospitality in one of Africa’s finest and oldest safari establishments but you will visit the very home of the African leopard. Londolozi has been the location for numerous documentaries on the big cats of Africa and famous books like ‘Leopards of Londolozi’ have also been produced there. With expert tuition, a grand total of only three people per workshop, comfortable vehicles with effective support and the opportunity to rent your ultimate dream equipment, you are guaranteed to go home with exceptional photographs. Keep reading for full itinerary details...




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This 6 day (5 nights) South Africa photo workshop is a highly exclusive product designed especially with photographers in mind.

This safari is booked on a pvt request basis only and the best months to run this Safari are Dec and Feb each year.



Tour Price:


Tour Price

The price of the safari will depend on whether you are traveling on your own, with a partner or in a group. Please email me for an exact costing here.

There is no single supplement charge
. Cost includes all accommodation; meals; laundry; drinks (excluding premium brands and selected wines); park fees; internal flights; meet and greet service with transfers; an additional luggage allowance; private safari drives with exclusive vehicle use; photographic tuition and the guiding services of professional and African wildlife photographer Greg du Toit.

Not included in the cost are visas; purchases of a personal nature; staff gratuities; personal travel and medical insurance; your international flights and adhoc activities not included on the itinerary.

All deposit and payment details will appear on the booking form which you will receive upon enquiring.




Why this is the workshop for you...


- You will benefit from having a professional wildlife photographer on board for every safari drive.

- Londolozi is an industry leader when it comes to safaris. Not only is their hospitality and cuisine of the finest quality but we have maximum freedom with no restrictive or set meal times. We are also able to drive off road. Freedom and flexibility is what photographers need to capture award-winning imagery and that is what this workshop offers you.

- Vehicles are an incredibly important part of any photo safari and Londolozi have extremely comfortable vehicles with soft suspension and no roof or poles to get in the way. Londolozi are also working on a brand new electric Land Rover, which will be completely silent, imagine that!

- The vehicles at Londolozi have custom-built bean bags set on brackets allowing for easy and effective camera support (so no clumsy monopods).

- The guides at Londolozi love their job and this means that they spend many years working at Londolozi. Not only are they friendly and polite but they are highly skilled and passionate.

-  Londolozi have their own tracking school and with our own dedicated tracker we will track down and photograph Africa’s big cats. Tracking big cats is a skill and art form, making this an authentic safari experience and not a touristy one.

- Most safari locations are really good for only two of Africa’s big cats but Londolozi has such a diverse habitat that it offers all three big cats on one location, not to mention the rest of the big five which is almost a guarantee.

- This is a highly exclusive workshop making it an experience of a lifetime. As such, you do not want lots of cars at animal sightings and at Londolozi you will seldom see other vehicles. Animal sightings are limited to only three vehicles per sighting and animals are treated with the utmost respect.

-  I have spent the last five years documenting the African leopard. This has resulted in published portfolios in both the BBC Wildlife and Geo magazines. On this workshop I will share with you my recipe for photographing predators in low-light.

- The time of year has been carefully chosen for this workshop so as to visit Londolozi in the summer months. Almost all safaris to Africa run in our winter months and this results in almost all photographs looking similar. For this workshop we have chosen a time of year when there are dramatic storm skies and beautiful backgrounds. The air is clean and the light is crisp. There might be thunder showers but this should not hinder our photography, it will actually aid it as the lighting in and around these afternoon storms is simply sublime.

- Photograph leopards with beautiful green backgrounds!

- Londolozi is a premium safari destination and for this one of a kind workshop they have agreed to very special terms, allowing us to have waived single supplements.

- This workshop does not just encompass photographing in the field and once back in camp you will be taught how to select an image to edit. Knowing which image to edit is the first step in producing award-winning imagery.

- Learning how to edit a file so that it is print ready is an art form in and of itself. On this photo workshop we will not only prepare an image for print but we will actually print one of your own photographs, which you will take home.

- The aim of this workshop is to get you incredible wildlife photos. But, often the most hindering obstacle in achieving this goal is that guests on safari do not have the latest camera bodies or the fastest lenses. That is why for this safari you can rent your dream equipment and we will have it delivered to your room at Londolozi. After the workshop, we will return the equipment for you.

-  If you have not visited Africa in the Summer months, then you are in for a treat as the bush is simply bursting forth with life. The migrant birds are all here, butterflies and dung beetles are the order of the day, as are wild flowers. Bring your wide-angle lenses and macro lenses along too.

- Although the chief objective of this workshop is big cats, we have a full five nights and plenty of time to capture the full diversity of life. There are no long distances to cover at Londolozi as the camp is situated in the heart of the reserve, which means that you have lots of opportunity to enjoy your photography. The Summer days are long which means more time in the field and more photo opportunities!

-  Londolozi lies at the heart of South Africa’s safari country so for those of you wanting to extend your stay there are lots of easy and exciting options.




Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Johannesburg

From Johannesburg airport it is a short 10 minute drive to a small private airport and your transfer is prearranged. Unlike other small airports in Africa this one is pleasant and luxurious. With no long lines, you will soon be seated in a comfortable air conditioned lounge with snacks and coffee on offer. Remember that on this workshop you can rent camera equipment which will be waiting for you at Londolozi, this makes your travel experience refreshingly stress and hassle free.

A one hour flight on a light aircraft which will seat 12 or 24 passengers (depending on how busy they are) will see you land at Londolozi, the home of the leopard. This dedicated airstrip is only five minutes from camp and you will have time to settle in and enjoy a delicious lunch. The food at Londolozi is so good that they have even published their own cookbook.

After lunch we will get our cameras and lenses ready for the first safari drive. I will go through a few key checks with you so that you are ready to capture award-winning imagery from the very first drive. On this workshop we cater for all types of photographers from the very beginner to the very advanced and skilled. I will help the beginner photographers with one on one tuition and in such a way that the photographic opportunities for the more advanced photographers are not in any way hindered.

Our first safari drive will not be a mere introduction as the photography will start in earnest and will only end in the dark, when we pull out the spotlights and continue photographing.

Our day will end around a fire and with an incredibly delicious buffet. For the health conscious there is a divine salad bar at Londolozi with their own 'sexy Londolozi salad dressing'. For the carnivores among you, Londolozi sources its meat from the finest butcheries in South Africa and we do meat very well. In fact it is said we do meat better than almost anyone except for the Argentinians.

Our night will end with you returning to your air-conditioned and very comfortable room. The rooms have full power so charging is not an issue at all and neither are other luxuries like hairdryers (not that I use one).




Day 2, 3, 4, 5 - Londolozi Game Reserve

These 4 full, long and beautiful summer days will be spent indulging in wildlife photography at Londolozi, which is one of the original pioneering private game reserves of the eco-tourism industry in South Africa, and is an unashamedly family run, stand alone operation. The root of the word Londolozi is a Zulu word meaning “protector of all living things” – an ambitious conservation ethic that Londolozi embraces in its sensitivity to the natural world.

The reserve is internationally recognised for its far-sighted and progressive management of land and wildlife rehabilitation as well as productive community involvement. We will be staying in Varty Camp which is the original safari camp of Londolozi steeped in history and with an exceptional safari culture.

World renowned as one of Africa’s finest game lodges, Londolozi was the first game reserve in the world to be awarded Relais & Châteaux status, reinforcing its commitment to luxurious accommodation, fine cuisine and exceptional service. Londolozi was recognized the #1 Hotel in the World with the Conde Nast Traveler’s 2014 Readers’ Choice Award. To wet your appetite some more, Londolozi run a very active blog here.




Our days begin early with a 4h30am wake up call where tea/coffee and some fruit will be brought to your room. At 5am we head out into the wilderness that is Londolozi. Some days we will head south to the large open plains that are the preferred habitat of the cheetah and rhino. Other days we will cross the river and head into the north where beautiful koppies (rocky outcrops) are home to some of the finest leopard viewing in all of Africa (read more about the leopards here). We will hardly see any other cars as we track down Africa’s big game.

 Londolozi is a private game reserve within the Greater Kruger National Park. Not only are there no fences but this is one of the largest ecosystems in Africa, bigger even than the Serengeti National Park, and in which we have our own private concession. The animals we will track are wild - no bait, collars or tracking devices are used. This is the real deal and you will photograph numerous leopards in their wild habitat.

Having been born in South Africa and having visited this region my entire life, I have very carefully selected Londolozi to host this workshop. Not only has Londolozi done more in terms of catering for photographers than other lodges but their land lies at the heart of a highly productive game viewing area. We are right in the middle of numerous lion territories and this is arguably the best place in Africa to see and photograph Africa’s three big cats as well as the big five, and all the other general game including the exciting possibility of seeing wild dogs. We have maximum freedom and exclusivity making this a sublime workshop that will see you go home with full memory cards and memories to treasure for life.



We will have breakfast sent out to us each morning as we are here to photograph! When the the sun is too harsh we will head back to camp and enjoy a leisurely lunch and choice South African wine (but not too much as VR and IS only work up to a point).

We will then have the workshop component of the safari where we will meet for ‘bush school'. I have a number of relevant lessons on wildlife photography, which I will share with you. You will be able to ask me any questions that you might have and my tuition will be personally tailored for you. What makes this workshop unique is that we will actually prepare one of your images for print and we will print a large fine art print together, and one which you will take home. This workshop will therefore encompass all aspects of nature photography from capturing the image in the camera through to editing and printing. Of course attending ‘bush school’ is not compulsory for those wanting to enjoy the swimming pool or a massage (not given by me but by the camp masseuse!).




After a cup of tea, coffee or cappuccino and some delicious cake, we head out on the afternoon drive at 4 pm. It is Summer time here in Africa and the afternoons are long  which means that the light just gets better and better. Its our Summer solstice so you getting maximum light for photography! We will again search out photographic opportunities of many different kinds and we will continue into the night using a spotlight and our flashes. Low-light photography is my specialty and I look forward to helping you photograph predators, owls and chameleons at night.

We will arrive back in time for a delicious dinner around the campfire followed by nightcaps for those who still have energy to reminisce about the day. After turning in, the good news is that we wake the next day to do it all again. With the long summer days it means that although this workshop is 5 nights long, you will get 7 day’s worth of photography out of it!



Day 6:

After one last safari drive, you (and your fine art print) will take a 1 hour flight back to Johannesburg for your onward travels. For those of you not wanting to head home there are a number of exciting options to extend your stay in Africa. You can either continue with a safari to another destination (we have a ‘best-kept secret' regarding a camp and concession in the Northern Kruger National Park). Alternatively it is just a 1 hour flight from Johannesburg to the Okavango Delta. These private extensions are handled on a per request basis and should you wish to extend, we will be happy to make suggestions and compile a bespoke itinerary and costing for you. Please enquire about extending your stay when you book your place on this workshop. The advantage of first doing a photo workshop and then continuing with your safari is that you will be more ready and better equipped to capture those special all-to-often fleeting moments. Another option is for your family to join you and you spend Christmas in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the opportunity to photograph penguins.




Remember that for this unique workshop not only can you rent your camera gear and we will have it delivered to Londolozi but we will also return it on your behalf. For a list of equipment and prices please enquire when booking.

Your Guide:

Greg du Toit has worked extensively at Londolozi and the surrounding bush. In the late nineties he served as an apprentice walking guide in the area. Since those early days, he has gone on to photograph the region extensively and this lead to commissions from both the BBC and Geo resulting in published portfolios documenting the secret and nocturnal lives of leopards. Greg will be your host and photographic mentor every step of the way on this unique workshop.

Still got safari questions that you want answered, see my FAQ page..

Summary: Londolozi is a Zulu word meaning “protector of all living things". This workshop is unique in many respects but not least of these is the time of year that these workshops run. You will be exposed to a full bounty of Africa’s creatures both big and small. This is a photographer’s dream as you will be able to use every lens in your bag and the lenses that you don't have, you can rent and they will be waiting for you at Londolozi. From dung beetles and butterflies to lions, leopards, cheetahs and all of Africa’s other creatures, this promises to be a veritable buffet of photographic opportunities. With a definite focus on predators it is my hope that you will leave astounded at the beauty and diversity that Africa offers at this time of year. Although this workshop offers air conditioners and wonderful cuisine, it has been designed around the exclusive and excellent photographic opportunities which Londolozi offers.

To book your place on this highly exclusive and special workshop email me here.




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