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This Elephant & Wildlife Workshop at Tembe Elephant Park offers a diverse and intimate experience of some of Africa's best, from the largest African elephants to exciting close encounters with birds and other wild animals. Our photo workshops cater to beginners to advanced photographers with small groups so everyone gets full attention.
Your photographic guide will be at your service throughout, guiding you through camera techniques, lens choices, and composition and helping you bring your images to life with editing techniques. But it won’t be all work and no play, there will be downtime where you can enjoy the ambiance of the African bush in your room, at the pool, or in the lounge relaxing.
26-30 October 2024
2-6 March 2025
from R23,940 pps
4 guests
Tembe Elephant Park


Are you a small group and would like other dates, let us know:
Max 8 Guest Photographers (max 5 per game viewer).
Non-photographer, partner/spouse price on request and is subject to availability.
A non-refundable deposit of 30% is required to confirm a booking.
Full payment is due 45 days before the start date.
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All-inclusive price, just show up, learn, and enjoy.
Ongoing professional coaching in the field and classroom covering all aspects of photography.
Photograph Africa's largest elephants as well as the Big 5, zebra, buffalo, giraffe, and many other animals and birds.
Post-processing tips and guidance (editing, retouching, workflow) with Lightroom and Photoshop.
Stay in luxury bush tents.
All-inclusive, accommodation and all meals.
Beverages, soft drinks, local beers, and house wines
Gate, conservation/community levies, and fees.
All game drives, boats, and hides as described in the itinerary.
Gratuities and Tips.
Not Included
Travel to/from the venue.
Personal purchases and in-room services.
Travel and medical insurance.


The itinerary outlined may undergo slight adjustments due to factors beyond our control, such as weather conditions or unexpected road closures.
Day 1
Guests are to arrive at Tembe Elephant Park around 12:00 pm. After settling in, we'll convene for a brief pre-lunch presentation, providing an introduction to the upcoming days. Following lunch in the main dining area, we’ll head off for our first photography game drive, guided by a local professional Safari Guide. We'll enjoy a sundowner in the bush before returning to the lodge for dinner and a restful night.
Day 2 - 4
Each morning, a light breakfast is available for early risers. Our sunrise photography sessions on a game viewer may vary in departure times. Coffee and rusks will be enjoyed during the session.
Upon returning to camp, a full breakfast will be served, followed by a 2-hour photography discussion in a private camp area. There's time for rest, freshening up, and optional self-booked massages before lunch at 2:00 pm.
Afternoon sunset photo sessions commence at 3:00 pm, including a sundowner stop. We return, freshen up, and prepare for dinner at 7:00 pm. Evening discussions about the next day's activities precede a night's rest in our rooms.
A wonderful experience to spend time with Rory Baker, a professional photographic guide, on game drives, and the technical aspects of photography, as each varied opportunity arose. Rory is patient, relaxed, encouraging, and interested in each photographer in his group. He has an easy and good relationship with the lodge staff, which puts one at ease. He has extensive knowledge of cameras, photography, and editing, and is an experienced teacher. Time was set aside, after game drives, to discuss photography technically, with ideas for composition and artistic aspects. Patricia Beaumont
Day 5
We rise early for a final morning game drive at Tembe. Upon return, a full breakfast is served, followed by a concluding photographic discussion. The itinerary wraps up around 12:00 pm for departure.
Tembe Lodge


Tembe Elephant Park is a place where wild elephants still roam, and is 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 kilometers reserve between Zululand and Mozambique, home to some of Africa's largest elephants as well as the smallest antelope, the suni.
Tembe Elephant Park is home to all the ‘Big Five’ and more than 340 bird species and a 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.


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