South African Safari

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What is Included?

  • Round Trip Airfare from Atlanta GA to Johannesburg South Africa (15 hr non-stop flight)
  • Overnight Stay at Hotel D’Oreale Grande, in Johannesburg
  • Transfer to Makutsi Game Reserve
  • 7 Nights, 8 Days
  • Daily Game Drives
  • Breakfast and Dinner Included, Lunch is on your own at restaurant on site
  • Lodging in a South African Rondavel (bungalow), including 2 natural spring pools, bar and restaurant.
  • Dedicated Photography Instruction, including post processing and critique
  • No Single Supplement Charges!
  • Non-Photography Spouses/Travelers Welcome

Join us on an amazing photography Safari in South Africa. We will be in a setting where your opportunity to photograph lions, leopards, elephants, rhino, and buffalo (Big 5) are amazingly accessible to our photographers. Giraffe, hippos, crocodiles, cheetah, and many other hoofed and clawed animals will be on show during this excursion. Our visit in late August is during the dry season where the grasses are short and the wildlife congregates around water. There will be ample opportunities to capture the rich diversity of nature from our open top Safari vehicles to the back porch of your Rondavel. Our lodging is a unique private reserve with over 9,000 hectares or roughly 22,000 acres of vast African nature, about an hour drive west of Kruger National Park. The surreal camp is not fenced, which allows wildlife to roam and offers client’s unique possibilities to photograph from their deck. Whether you are an experienced or hobbyist photographer, this trip will afford you incredible opportunities to capture wildlife photographs of a lifetime. During this trip, Tom will be instructing you on both the technical and creative aspects of wildlife photography while at the resort and on Safari. He will spend time supporting you and your attempts to capture amazing pictures, regardless of subject and setting.

Tripod Travelers offers this spectacular trip in partnership with Makutsi Wildlife Safari which is a family owned nature preserve with over 30 years of servicing customers. We will be guided on several unique Safari scenarios tailored for photographers over our 6 days on their game reserve. By working with our partners, we can bring this package to you with significant savings when you add up all that is included in our price.

Objectives for the Trip:

  • Create a learning environment where we get both you and your camera ready for the many types of wildlife and nature photography opportunities we will experience. There will be several working sessions in the field to help you improve your photography skills and practice anticipating and reacting to both animals and the environment you are shooting in. Post processing training and critique by request.
  • 6 days of photography in the wild, including low light conditions at dawn and dusk. Work with photographers on both the technical and creative approaches to wildlife photography.
  • Advice on camera settings on each scenario to ensure exposure, aperture and shutter speeds are correct. Work with each photographer on capturing animals at rest, in motion, in flight, and hopefully at play.
  • Landscape, sunrise, sunset photography sessions.

Important Details

Weather: Avg. day temps: mid 70’s. Evening temps: Mid 40’s.

Clothing: Pants, shorts, and comfortable shoes. Bring 1 heavy coat, beanie, gloves for early mornings. Be prepared to dress in layers.

Equipment: Most wildlife will be close to the vehicle, while some may need extended reach. If you have 2 camera bodies, bring both as its good to have a backup or you may want two different set ups, 1 telephoto and 1 for close ups. Gear: DSLR or Mirrorless Camera, Wide Angle, Zoom (min 300mm), and Standard

Lenses. Tripod, Monopod, protective case to store your equipment. Bring enough Memory and back-up batteries to last a full day of shooting, it is not uncommon to shoot over 1000 photos a day on our trips. Always bring weather proofing protection for your camera and lens. Optional, ND filters. If you plan on photographing Stars, please bring your own head lamp and flashlight.

Activities: Driving in Open 10 Seat vehicles (be prepared for the elements). We will be driving to several locations.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner are included in the price. Lunch is at your own cost. There is also a bar service available. A tab is kept for all paid for items and the bill is taken care by each individual client at the end of the trip. Alcohol is not included in the price, but available.

Passport: Every passenger must have a valid passport which does not expires within 180 days of the date of entry into South Africa. The passport must have 2 empty pages for stamps.

Visa Requirements: US passport holders traveling into South Africa for 90 days or less for tourism or business do not need a Visa.

Lodging: Spacious Rondavels, twin or double beds, air conditioned, in suite bathroom, hot/cold water, shower, private terrace. WIFI is available for nominal charge. 220/230 voltage, US clients will need to purchase an adapter. No TVs or radios to distract you. Simply look out your window or sit on your terrace. Once we land in Johannesburg, we have an overnight stay at a hotel.

Flights: Once your payment is received, we will begin the process of booking flights out of Atlanta. Our goal for all domestic passengers is to book everyone on the trip on the same flight. This will assist with coordinating our group and help keep your costs down. You need to make sure your flight is coordinated with our flight, meaning you will need to purchase (if necessary) a flight before our departure time into Atlanta. We will work with each of you along the way to ensure all flights line up correctly.

Trip Highlights

Dates: Aug 24th - Sept 2nd, 2018

Departure: Aug 24: Atlanta Hartsfield/Jackson Airport, before our flight to Johannesburg.

Return: Sept 2: Johannesburg International Airport to Atlanta GA

Total Photographers: 8

Airports: Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson and Tambo International Airport

Hotel Cities: Johannesburg, South Africa and Matkutsi Safari Springs, Hoedspruit South Africa

Photography Subjects: African wildlife and landscape.

Key Learnings: Capturing Wildlife, Subjects in Motion, Composition, Landscapes, Exposure, Shutter Speeds, Aperture, ISO, Depth of Field, Histogram, Raw vs. JPEG, Camera Settings, Post Processing, and more.

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Itinerary: A more detailed will be emailed after payment is received and flights booked.

Friday 8/24: Inflight Atlanta to Johannesburg, South Africa – 15 Hour non-stop flight.

Saturday 8/25: Arrive in Johannesburg, overnight stay

Sunday 8/26: Drive from Johannesburg to Makutsi Resort, orientation and dinner at resort

Monday 8/27: In Safari

Tuesday 8/28: In Safari

Wednesday 8/29: In Safari

Thursday 8/30: In Safari

Friday 8/31: In Safari

Saturday 9/1: Transfer back to Airport, Inflight from Johannesburg, returning to Atlanta.

Sunday 9/2: Land in Atlanta, transfer to flights home.

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