# U P C L O S E I N A F R I C A
Wildlife and nature #upcloseinafrica from an unfenced, off the grid wild bush camp!
This is a unique experience for wildlife photography enthusiasts. The workshop is at a wild bush camp exclusive for the workshop, completely off the grid, and is suited for campers and over-landers with their own tents, camping gear, and food. You can combine the pleasures of camping in the wild and wildlife photography with ongoing photographic instruction from a Professional Photographer. All photographic sessions are done on game viewers provided (it is not a self-dive reserve). Non-photographers (partners, spouses) are more than welcome to join at a reduced cost and will also have the opportunity to participate in game drives. Depending on numbers and the combination of photographers and non-photographers, non-photographers may be on a separate game viewer from the photographers.
About the Inkululeko Bush Camp
Nestled in a Tamboti Grove the Inkululeko Bush Camp is on the Makongo Hills Private Game Reserve within the 15,000-hectare Mkuze Valley Wilderness in KwaZulu Natal. This unique unfenced bush camp offers an authentic, off-grid experience. Located in a malaria-free area, the camp ensures remarkable wildlife sightings right from your tent. With no fences, it seamlessly integrates with the natural habitat, allowing animals to roam freely. Capture unforgettable moments with excellent photographic opportunities. This workshop perfectly combines wildlife photography with a genuine bush experience.
3-7 May 2024
18-22 October 2024
4-8 May 2025
from R14,960 per Photographer
from R7,880 per Spouce
SADC prices only
Makongo Hills Private Reserve


Are you a small group and would like other dates, let us know::
Min 4 Guest Photographers.
Non-photographers, partners, or spouses are welcome.
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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Up Close with nature.
UN-fenced and off-grid camping experience.
An intimate wildlife experience with Big Cats and Big Five photo opportunities.
Ongoing photographic instruction with a Professional Photographer covering all aspects of bird and wildlife photography. 
Post-processing tips and guidance (editing, retouching, workflow) with Lightroom and Photoshop.
Big-5 Game Reserve.
Exclusive use of the Wild Bush Camp for our Group.
Completely off-grid.
Hot water.
Campsite costs.
Gate, conservation/community levies, and fees.
All game drives as described in the itinerary.
Blankets and ponchos are provided on the game drives.
Daily bottled water.
Gratuities and Tips.
Not Included
Travel to/from the venue.
Meals, cold drinks, and alcohol.
Personal purchases.
Travel and medical insurance.


  • Bring your own roof-top tents, ground tents, camping trailers, and off-road caravans.
  • The spacious campsite is on a level camping area surrounded by Tamboti Trees.
  • The ablution area has 2 flushing toilets, 2 basins, and 2 open-air showers with hot water.
  • There is a safe monkey-proofed thatched kitchen area with a basin for washing up and a working countertop. 
  • Also, there is a thatched dining area with a rustic dining table on a raised and protected platform.
  • Hot water is supplied by a Jet Donkey Boiler.
  • In the center of all activities is a fire pit and braai for sitting around while watching the stars and experiencing the amazing wilderness.
  • Ample firewood is supplied.
  • Each Photographer and Non-photographer will bring their own supplies for meals each day. Typically it would include morning coffee, brunch and dinners.
  • My Photo Safari will have a supply of rusks for guests to consume anytime including for the morning game drive.
  • My Photo Safari will provide ample bottled water for each guest every day for consumption at the camp and game drives.
  • Each guest is to bring the cold drinks and alcohol they wish to consume.


Note activities can change slightly depending on conditions at the time of the workshop.
Day 1
Guests should arrive at Inkululeko Bush Camp around mid-day to set up camp.  There is a lot of space available for all modes of camping. Once all our guests have arrived we will get together for an orientation, safety, and emergency briefing from the Mkuze Valley Wilderness staff. The My Photo Safari guide will also discuss the proceedings for the next few days concerning our activities and workshop.
Following our self-prepared lunches we’ll head off for our first photography game drive, guided by a local professional Safari Guide. Depending on time we will enjoy a sundowner in the bush or back at the camp.
In the evening we will enjoy a drink around the fire and self-prepare our dinners which will more than likely include a braai accompanied with other favorites!
Day 2 - 4
Each morning we will rise early before we head out on our morning photography session. Coffee and rusks will be provided on the drive to enjoy when we do a coffee break along the way.
When we return to camp, we will self prepare a brunch, each as we choose. This will be followed by a workshop session where we download our photos and discuss them and resolve any technical issues with respect to photography.
After the workshop session, we will take a rest or photograph birds around the camp until we head out for the afternoon game drive guided by a local professional Safari Guide.
With the afternoon game drive, we will enjoy a sundowner either in the bush or back at the camp. In the evening we will enjoy a drink around the fire and self-prepare our dinners which will more than likely include a braai of some sort accompanied by other favorites!
Day 5
We rise early for a final morning game drive with self-prepared coffee along the way. On our return we can have one last discussion of our experiences before we pack up and head on back to our home towns. Those heading to Durban may want to stop off at the Baobab for a light lunch!


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