Big 5 Wild Bush Camp & Wetlands  Photo Safari

# u p c l o s e i n a f r i c a
The first of two destinations is Makongo Hills Private Game Reserve, 15,000 hectares of Big Five wildlife in the Mkuze Valley Wilderness. The second destination is the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, the largest estuarine system in Africa (St. Lucia Estuary), which provides fantastic photo opportunities on land and water. iSimangaliso means “a place of wonder, miracles, and wildlife”.
safari dates
12-20 August 2024
11-19 August 2025
PRICE
from $4,720 pps
4 guests
destinations
Makongo Hills Private Reserve
Isimangaliso Wetlands Park

OVERVIEW

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Price
Min 4 Guest Photographers.
Non-photographer, partner/spouse price on request and is subject to availability.
Payment
A non-refundable deposit of 30% is required to confirm a booking.
Full payment is due 90 days before the start date.
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Included
Transfers from Durban (airport) to all destinations and returns.
All-inclusive, accommodation and all meals, beverages, soft drinks, local beers, house wines, conservation, and community levies.
All activities, game drives, boats, and hides as described in the itinerary.
Gratuities and Tips.
Not Included
Personal purchases and in-room services.
Travel and medical insurance.
Forward and onward travel from Durban.
Highlights
Photography opportunities every day.
9 days and 8 nights of photography in the African bush!
Max 4 guests per photographic guide.
Photograph a host of birds and hippos on the St Lucia Estuary.
Use of exclusive game drive vehicles and boats.
Take a photographic bush walk with a professional wildlife guide.
Big 5 plus a huge diversity of other animals and birds.
A private professional photographic guide for the entire photo safari assisting with photography and post-processing.

DAILY ITINERARY

The itinerary below may change a little if there are circumstances out of our control like weather, road closures, or others.
Day 1
Depart the Durban area or King Shaka Airport to arrive at Makongo Hills Bush Camp around midday. After checking in, and settling down we meet at the Boma for a light lunch and discuss the next few day's activities. This includes a safety talk by the Reserve Manager about the time we spend at the Bush Camp.
In the afternoon we will have our first game drive session followed by dinner on return to the Bush Camp.
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 enjoy a hearty prepared brunch. After brunch, Guests can explore the area around the camp or take a rest. 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 enjoy a dinner prepared by our Cook after which we will conclude the day with a restful night's sleep.
Day 5
In a similar style to Day 3, 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 enjoy a hearty prepared brunch. After brunch, we will pack up and transfer to St Lucia. After checking in and settling down we depart on an exclusive photo tour in the Eastern Shores with sundowners along the way. On our return, we freshen up and enjoy a dinner at one of the many restaurants in St. Lucia.
Day 6-8
The day starts with early coffee before we set off on a sunrise boat cruise along the St. Lucia estuary. Capture stunning shots of hippos, crocodiles, and a diverse array of birds, it is a real birders' and photographers' delight. The cruise comes complete with a light Continental breakfast. Back on the shore, we'll take a moment to freshen up and relax before indulging in lunch at a local village restaurant. In the afternoon, we return to the estuary for another round of sunset boat cruise photography. After our nautical endeavors, dinner awaits at a village restaurant, concluding the day with a restful night's sleep.
Day 9
The day starts with early coffee before we set off on a sunrise boat cruise along the St. Lucia estuary. Capture stunning shots of hippos, crocodiles, and a diverse array of birds, it is a real birders' and photographers' delight. The cruise comes complete with a light Continental breakfast. On our return to the Lodge, we will transfer back to King Shaka International Airport where we wish each of our guests safe onward journeys.
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