This one-of-a-kind 5-night workshop has been specifically designed around big cats. You will be taken to the home of the big cats, Londolozi Private Game Reserve in South Africa. Londolozi is where big cat safaris began and it is still the best location in Southern Africa to photograph the three large cats of Africa – the lion, leopard and cheetah.
To make this workshop truly special, you will not only receive expert one-on-one photographic tuition from a professional African wildlife photographer but you will also receive a signed copy of his book ‘Phototips – Getting it right in camera‘. Even more exciting is that Londolozi has a photography studio and you will be taught how to edit photographs for print as this is an art form in and of itself. You will then print a canvas photograph from one of your own images taken on the workshop, which you will take home as a gift, all included in the cost.
Only three people per workshop means that this is a highly exclusive workshop and one that is very different to others in that it has been purposely timed to coincide with the green season of Africa. This is a time of plenty, a time of spectacular storms and light, a time when the bush bursts forth and all forms of life emerge.
This 6 day (5 nights) South Africa photo workshop is a highly exclusive product designed especially with photographers in mind.
14-19 Feb FULLY BOOKED!
14 – 19 March – only 3 spaces available
11 – 16 March – only 3 spaces available
10 – 15 March – only 3 spaces available
Place your name on the 2021 waiting list now by completing the contact form at the bottom of this page
2020 tour price: ZAR215,995 per person. Price is fixed in South African Rand (ZAR), exchange rate fluctuations apply. Visit Oanda for estimated exchange rates.
2021 tour price: TBA but we are taking provisional bookings now as this trip is super popular and fills up fast. Once the cost is finalized, you will then have the option of confirming your place. But I suggest you place your name on the waiting list now by completing the contact form at the end of this page.
This tour can be booked as a private safari in which case we will revise the cost and recommend extending to Mala Mala for more predator action or up to the Okavango Delta.
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; 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.
Reservations for this photographic safari require a deposit of 40% of the tour fee. Payment of the balance is due 4 months prior to departure. All deposit and payment details will appear on the booking form which you will receive upon enquiring.
This tour can be booked on a private basis in which case it will be re-costed based on the number of participants.
A one hour flight on a light aircraft 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 cookbooks.
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).
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 Africas finest game lodges, Londolozi was the first game reserve in the world to be awarded Relais & Chateaux 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 Travelers 2014 Readers Choice Award. To wet your appetite some more, Londolozi run a very active blog here.
Our days begin early with a 5am 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 Africas 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 Africas 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 Londolozi will print a large fine art print 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 spa!).
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. 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 days worth of photography out of it.
– 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.
– 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 Africas big cats. Tracking big cats is more than a skill, it’s an art form, making this an authentic safari experience and not a touristy one.
– Most safari locations are really good for only two of Africas 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.
– 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 Londolozi will actually print one of your own photographs, which you will take home.
– 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 Africas safari country so for those of you wanting to extend your stay there are lots of easy and exciting options.