From the Field
Greg du Toit
Africa Photo Workshop
Botswana and South Africa Predator Workshop|
This 9 day Africa photo workshop takes you to two of the best safari locations in Southern Africa, and to the best place in all of Africa to photograph the elusive and beautiful African leopard. Learn to skillfully photograph in low light conditions, to master your flash and to photograph wildlife in action on this exceptional Botswana and South Africa photo workshop. Accommodation is comfortable and the travel is easy going. This safari promises to deliver a world class predator and photographic experience...
This is a 9 day (8 night) Botswana and South Africa photo workshop itinerary that has space for only 3 photographers.
There are a number of exciting options to extend your workshop including photographing meerkats. These extension options are listed at the end of this itinerary but are booked only upon request. Please enquire about them when booking to receive more information.
2018 Tour Dates:
16-24 May Fully Booked.
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2018 tour price: US$17,950 per single photographer. US$13,950 per sharing photographer.
The above rates includes all accommodation; meals; all transfers; all three internal flights including meet/greet and airport drop off; park fees; private safari drives; photographic tuition, guiding services of an internationally acclaimed professional African wildlife photographer; exclusive use of photographic hides.
Not included in the cost are visas; purchases of a personal nature; alcoholic drinks; personal health and travel insurance; your international flights.
30% deposit confirms your booking. Only spaces available for a total of 3 photographers on this exclusive workshop. The above cost only applies if the tour is fully booked with 3 participants.
|Why this is the workshop for you...|
- The entire workshop caters for only 3 photographers. This affords you personalized photographic tuition that regular scheduled tours are unable to. For every single safari drive you take, you will benefit by having a professional African wildlife photographer on board who will share with you his own unique recipe for photographing Africa's wildlife.
- This workshop offers a feast of unique and spectacular photographic opportunities. As such, we cannot expect you to leave any of your equipment at home so we have arranged an extra luggage allowance.
- Mala Mala Game Reserve is not only one of Africa's finest game reserves but it also forms part of one of Africa's largest ecosystems, in excess of 30 000 square kilometers (almost the size of the country of Holland). The predators we will photograph are carrying out a free and wild existence in an area double the size of the Serengeti National Park. This is where the 1st leg of our South Africa photo workshop takes place.
- No one wants to see loads of vehicles and hordes of tourists when on safari! On this exclusive safari, the only other vehicles you will see, will be vehicles from our own camps. This workshop is run on private land and is therefore as exclusive as it gets.
- Your host and expert safari guide, Greg du Toit, is a specialist in low-light photography. He has been commissioned by both the BBC and Geo magazines to assemble portfolios on leopards in the same locations where this workshop is hosted. On this workshop you will learn his secret recipe for photographing predators at night. You will not only learn how to use your flash but also how to shoot in low light conditions without your flash. See a leopard portfolio here. All the images that appear in this portfolio where taken on the same locations as this workshop.
- You will not only broaden your personal photographic horizons on this trip, but you will also push the boundaries of modern day digital photography as we photograph predator action in exceptionally low light conditions.
- If your flash has remained a mystery, then don't miss this workshop as you will learn how to use your flash skillfully.
- Off road driving allows us maximum freedom on this safari. Not only will we see Africa's big predators up close and in person, but we will follow them through the bush as they go about their business of hunting, patrolling, mating and roaring.
- This part of Africa also offers you the very best opportunities to witness predator interaction. World famous National Geographic documentary filmmaker Kim Wolhuter filmed his leopard and hyena interactions at Mala Mala and Mashatu is where he made his hyena documentary.
- While the focus of this safari is on predators, you will also enjoy regular big game sightings as Mala Mala is also one of the best places in all of Africa to view the prehistoric looking rhinoceros. Mashatu on the other hand offers some of the best elephant viewing in all of Africa.
- We are allocated our own private vehicle for these workshops allowing us to spend quality time at each sighting and also allowing us maximum freedom to ensure that we capture exceptional wildlife images.
- Our lodgings for this workshop lie right in the heart of predator action which means that the action happens in close proximity to the camp, so we do not spend hours traveling to photographic locations.
- This exclusive workshop caters for a maximum of only 3 photographers per vehicle. This means that your photography will be unhindered, more creative and will yield better results. You are able to shoot out of the left or the right side of the vehicle with plenty of space for your gear.
- Photographers of all levels are welcome and you will receive expert tuition based on your level of experience.
- We use hides on this workshop that have been especially built for photographers. This low angle view is exactly what photographers are looking for and in 2013, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year's winning shot came from the same hide that you will visit on this workshop. Click here to see a short documentary on how the winning shot was captured. Leopards are now regular visitors to these hides and there is a chance of getting eye-level shots of predators drinking.
- Mala Mala offers one of the best chances you have in Africa of seeing and photographing wild dogs while Mashatu is currently an excellent location for cheetah with 7 resident cheetah in the area.
- This is a 'Big Five' workshop so you will see Africa's iconic lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino but without seeing other vehicle traffic.
- Mashatu is an excellent place to see Africa's smaller and rarer creatures like civets, genets, owls etc. Night safari drives are conducted throughout this workshop and take place immediately after the sunset when the nocturnal creatures are stirring.
- This workshop offers you a well rounded African safari experience and zebra, giraffe, hippo, baboons, warthog and birds are all a part of the experience as are baobab trees and other iconic elements of Africa.
- The vehicles used throughout this workshop are all open style safari trucks which means you are not shooting from a top down angle. There are no bars, windows or roofs to get in your way.
- For those of you wanting to experience real Africa there is an option of sleeping out on this workshop and photographing an ancient Baobab tree, plus having the opportunity to listen to roaring lions and the other African night sounds. Ask about the sleep-out option when booking, it is highly recommended.
Read a full itinerary complete with photographs taken on this tour on pg 2...