• annual winter elephant & wildlife
    photography workshop
    Up close with Africa's wildlife including Big Five opprtunities every day.
    Daily open photography game drives
    Tips and how best to approach wildlife and bird sightings.
    5 days of photographic coaching with professional photography guides.
  • annual winter elephant & wildlife
    photography workshop
    Up close with Africa's wildlife including Big Five opprtunities every day.
    Daily open photography game drives
    Tips and how best to approach wildlife and bird sightings.
    5 days of photographic coaching with professional photography guides.

Annual Winter Elephant & Wildlife Photography Workshop

Photography Workshop Highlights:
  • Up close with Africa's wildlife inclding Big Five opprtunities every day.
  • Daily open game drive - getting the best our of what you see with framing, composing, settings and more. 
  • Night | Astrophotography | Star Trails (weather dependent).
  • Tips and how best to approach wildlife and bird sightings.
  • Learn post processing tips (editing, retouching, workflow) with Lightroom and Photoshop.
  • 5 days of photographic coaching with professional photography guides Rory Baker and Alan Nixon.

This Elephant & Wildlife Photography Workshop offers you an exciting opportunity to spend 4 nights / 5 days at Tembe Elephant Park, home to The Big Five including some of Africa's bigest Tuskers. Also there are more than 340 bird species and myriad of other plants and animals. It is a world of hot silence and white sand, where the busy modern world ceases to exist and only the rising and setting of the sun marks the passage of time. It is also the ancestral home of the Tembe people

Tembe Elephant Park is a place where wild elephants still roam, and part of the legendary Ivory Route where the great tuskers still tramp their ancient pathways through dense sand-forest and tall yellow grass. The park is a 300 square kilometer reserve between Zululand and Mozambique, home to some of Africa's largest elephants as well as the smallest antelope, the suni.

This workshop does not require any strenuous hiking.

This workshop is limited to 8 guests and is guided by Rory Baker and Alan Nixon with a maximum of 4 guests per guide making this an ideal opportunity to learn and be guided by professionals to take your photography to new levels and achieving magnificent images and memories of this workshop.

KwaZulu-Natal (kw? zu lu n? t? l) is also referred to as KZN and known as "the garden province", is a province of South Africa that was created in 1994 when the Zulu Bantustan of KwaZulu ("Place of the Zulu" in Zulu) and Natal Province were merged. It is located in the east of the country, enjoying a long shoreline beside the Indian Ocean and sharing borders with three other provinces and the countries of Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho. Its capital is Pietermaritzburg and its largest city is Durban. It is the 2nd most populous province in South Africa.

Day 1: Arriving at Tembe:

All guests to arrive at Tembe Elephant Park by 12:00pm with own transport.  All details including map (click here) will be provided when making a booking.
After settling in we will meet for a pre-lunch short presentation and introduction what will be done over the coming days. After lunch in the main dinning area we head off on our first open photography game drive session.
Weather conditions play a huge roll in the actual day-to-day activities schedules, we wait until we know what the weather is going to do and then decide on the next day's itinerary.

Day 2 ~ 4: Daily Workshop Schedules:

Some of the photographic coaching will be done at the lodge some in the field where we are photographing and both Rory and Allan will be looking over your shoulders and shooting with you to guide you all the way. We also will break into smaller groups on some of the shoots. Each day we will do photography talks and editing sessions in a private area in the camp.
Early mornings and evenings in the field or on game drives will include coffee and rusks with adequate water available during the daytime excursions in the bush.
Each day we will have breakfast, lunch and dinner at the main dining area or in an exclusive area are set aside for our workshop. On the days when we may be out for early sunrise or night photography arrangements will be made to compensate with a snack or meal in the bush.
Each evening we discuss the next days activities based on weather conditions.
Here is what you can expect from the indoor and outdoor sessions:

  • Camera modes, dials and settings.
  • Exposure, metering and focusing.
  • Composing your shots / framing your shots.
  • Creative nature / scenic shots; low light, long exposures, panning, using DOF, bracketing, etc.
  • Landscape techniques and tips.
  • Understanding exposure compensation and when to use it.
  • Astrophotography and star trails.
  • Post processing and workflow tips in LR and PS.
Day 5: Final day:

We start with an early morning photo session then head back to the lodge for one more photography talk wrap up before a late breakfast.  After lbrunch we bid farewell until next time.

My Photo Safari understands that a photo safari or tour is probably a once in a lifetime experience and traveling with a lot of equipment may be cumbersome. We therefore offer a rental service either of our own equipment or hired from a third party on your behalf.

To view more about eqyipment rental visit the Equipment Rental Page.

R16,500 pp sharing
If you book as a group of 4 or more please discuss a group discount.

Single Suppliment upon request (subject to available beds).

Maximum 8 Guests with 2 professional photography guides.

Note: If there are 4 or less guests then it will be at the discretion of My Photo Safari to have one or two professional photography guides.

Note: If there are sufficient Guests interested we will arrange group transport leaving Durban and returning to Durban with costs divided evenly amongs all Guests. You will be informed about this closer to the time.

Photography Workshop price includes:
  1. All Accommodation expenses at hotels, lodges and camps described in the workshop introduction and itinerary.
  2. All game drives, hides, boat trips, other activities and guides as indicated in the Itinerary.
  3. Gate entry fees and or permits required for entry to the areas we visit.
  4. All meals, non-alcoholic beverages and refreshments as indicated in the Itinerary.
  5. WiFi connectivity where there is reception.
Photography Workshop price does not include:
  1. Transportation to or from the workshop destination.
  2. Gratuities and tips - see gratuities in FAQ’s.
  3. Alcoholic beverages.
  4. Any activities not included in the Tour Itinerary.
  5. Personal purchases and souvenirs and room service items at the hotel or camp.
  6. Telephone - see telephone communications in FAQ's.
  7. Travel and medical insurance - click here to see Insurance in Terms and Conditions.
How to confirm your seat:
  1. Complete online booking inquiry – Booking Inquiry.
  2. My Photo Safari will send you a Booking Form plus all relevant information about the workshop for you to complete.
  3. Once we receive completed Booking Form and it is approved we will invoice you for the deposit.  
  4. Your seat on the workshop is only confirmed once we have received your completed booking form and your deposit.
  5. A non-refundable deposit of 50% is due to confirm your booking this workshop.
  6. Full payment is due 75 days before the start date of the workshop.
  7. See cancellation policy in our Terms and Conditions, which we will send to you with the booking package.