Project Description

Big Cat Photographic Safari

5 Days

Johannesburg to Sabi Sand

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING TOUR
TISD 09

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TRAVEL WITH A PURPOSE

Explore the world-renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve from a diff erent angle, and let your experienced guide get you in position for the perfect photo of the elusive
big cats, regardless of the level of photography.

Languages English
Departure days Selected Saturdays and Wednesdays
Departure locations Rosebank hotels ±05h00
Sandton hotels ±0h30
O.R Tambo Airport Bus Terminal Building 06h45
Collection time will be confirmed with the guest, the day before departure
Group size 8 guests per vehicle
Additional Touring Options

Private tour: Itinerary is available on a private basis subject to availability to host a minimum of 6 guests  • On request and subject to availability (not available on Freesell) • Departure on any other day is subject to availability to host a minimum of 6 guests  • Other language tour guides are not available

Accommodation 4-star private game lodge
Meals 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners
Entrance Fees
Sabi Sand Game Reserve gate and GCC fee
Transfers Johannesburg to Hoedspruit English shared transfer
Hoedspruit to Sabi Sand English shared return transfer
Excursions
2 open safari vehicle game drives per day
Green Seat
SANParks Honorary Rangers, Endangered Wildlife Trust, Trees for Tourism
Excluded: Photographic equipment hire • Travel insurance • Flights • Transfer back to Johannesburg • Porterage • 2 lunches • Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks • Gratuities • Personal expenses

Departure Dates – Saturdays 

Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
20 24 12 17 7 18

Departure Dates – Wednesdays 

Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
24 28 16 21 11 22
  • Photographic and editing tuition by award-winning photographers
  • Private game lodge exclusive to photographic safari guests
  • Over 35 hours of game viewing time
  • Big 5 game viewing in world-renowned game reserve
  • Visit the SafariLive headquarters

Day 1

JOHANNESBURG to SABI SAND GAME RESERVE via HOEDSPRUIT (±470km)

Guests enjoy breakfast (own arrangements and for own account) at the hotel. They then board a shared transfer from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit (included) via Dullstroom. Lunch is enjoyed en route (own account). Guests arrive at Hoedspruit/Eastgate Airport in the afternoon, and will be transferred to the lodge within the Sabi Sand Wildtuin. Photographic safari guests will have exclusive use of the lodge, which allows for flexibility of meal times, and time spent at sightings. Djuma Private Game Reserve enjoys a wealth of diverse wildlife, treating guests to some of the best game viewing opportunities in Africa. The team at Djuma are long-serving, and dedicated to providing friendly and professional service. Guests will receive a briefing on arrival at the lodge in the late afternoon. The briefing will assist both guides and guests to meet expectations, and explain how the game drives are run. There are 2 vehicles, with up to 6 guests per vehicle, so that everyone gets a ‘window seat’. The 2 vehicles also allows the professionals to put the less experienced photographers together, On each drive, the guests will rotate to different seats, allowing everyone to get a new perspective, from either the front of the back of the vehicle. The photographers also rotate vehicles (group number dependent), allowing guests the opportunity to gain experience from both professionals. Guests will head out on game drive on an open safari vehicle in search of big cats and the other animals that call Sabi Sand home. A stop for sundowners is included, if sightings allow. Return from the game drive for dinner which is a superb fine-dining experience.

Overnight at Djuma Private Game Lodge – Dinner, lunch, breakfast, and activities.

Day 2 – 4

SABI SAND GAME RESERVE

Guests are woken up early, and coffee is provided on the deck before heading out on the morning game drive. Guests are able to spend as much time on a sighting as they like, as the drives are not set to a strict schedule. The photographic guide is able to help the game ranger position the vehicle in such a way so that guests can get the best photo possible. A coffee stop in the bush breaks up the morning. The Sabi Sand Wildtuin is the oldest private game reserve in South Africa and is adjacent to the Kruger National Park, with no fences along the eastern and northern boundaries. The reserve is unparalleled for its ‘Big 5’ game viewing and diversity.Guests return to the lodge for breakfast. They will then have the opportunity to interact with their photographic guides for a training group session (1-2 hours), which includes assistance from the basics up to post-processing techniques. Guests will also have the opportunity for one-on-one sessions if required. Guests will have the opportunity to visit the SafariLive headquarters during their stay. This includes a tour of the Final Control room, meeting the presenters and crew, as well as watching the countdown to the live drive and photo opportunities with the presenters. After a light lunch, guests board their open safari vehicles for the late afternoon/evening game drive. Both vehicles have two-way radios so that they can communicate between them. This also allows the vehicles to help each other by providing backlighting for each other when on the same sighting after sunset.Return to the lodge for dinner.

Overnight at Djuma Private Game Lodge – Dinner, lunch, breakfast, and activities.

Day 5

SABI SAND GAME RESERVE – Day of departure

Guests are woken up early, and coffee is provided on the deck before heading out on the morning game drive for their last opportunity to photograph the wildlife of Sabi Sand. They return to camp for breakfast, before checking out and connecting with their transfer back to Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport. Guests may select one of the four complimentary online photography courses to apply their newly acquired knowledge at Djuma, or to learn a new skill at their own leisure.

Overnight at Madison Manor or similar – Breakfast.

Professional photographers

Guests will be taken care of by registered field guides who have over 40 years of experience in photography among them. Guests are briefed on arrival at the lodge, to agree on safari and photography expectations, and to determine the level of photographic experience of each guest. The photographic guides are available to teach and guide guests throughout the photography process, from start to finish, irrespective of the different levels of experience. They assist the safari vehicle driver and game tracker with vehicle positioning at a sighting so that guests can get the best shot. Guests are required to rotate seats in the vehicle for each safari, to ensure all guests get equal opportunity to sit in front or at the back of the vehicle. The professional photographers are proficient in the major camera brands, and are able to assist clients with their specific cameras.

RECOMMENDED PRE-TOUR HOTEL

Protea Hotel by Marriott O.R Tambo

Location: Kempton Park

  • Aviation-themed decor
  • Free airport shuttle
  • On-site dining at The Warehouse

RECOMMENDED POST-TOUR LODGE

Makalali Main Lodge

Location: Makalali Private Game Reserve

  • ‘Big 5’
  • Game drives
  • Guided bush walks
Guests travelling on this tour support GREEN SEAT to conserve South Africa’s

PEOPLE

PLANET

WILDLIFE

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