Wildlife, Conservation
& Cultural Photo Safari

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With three incredible destinations, this photo safari offers variety and the opportunity to experience and document wildlife conservation and Zulu culture, as well as spend a few days in a private game reserve photographing some of Africa's best wildlife.
safari dates
16-25 July 2024
2-11 September 2024
22-31 July 2025
PRICE
from $7,125 pps
4 guests
destinations
Durban, South Africa
Manyoni Private Reserve
Makongo Hills Private Reserve

OVERVIEW

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Guests
Max 5 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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Highlights
Photography opportunities every day.
Experience an exclusive opportunity to photograph Zulu dancers in a rural setting, and visit a rural homestead.
Be part of a Rhino de-horning operation.
Experience monitoring endangered species with a conservation group and photographing animals (wild dogs and/or cheetahs, leopards, and vultures).
Big 5 plus a huge diversity of other animals and birds.
Stay in beautiful bush lodges.
A private professional photographic guide for the entire photo safari assisting with photography and post-processing.
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.
Non-Photographers, Spouses and Partners
We welcome non-photographers, spouses, and partners to join this tour subject to availability. Non-photographers will be able to accompany the group on most activities including the cultural, and de-horning sessions but may be in a separate vehicle to photographers on the wildlife sessions to keep the number of photographers on a vehicle low. However, joining in on social gatherings and all meals is encouraged.

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
This photo safari begins at Durban King Shaka Airport. On the first night, we stay at an upmarket hotel in Umhlanga Ridge (Durban) and explore the streets and malls based on your arrival time. In the evening, we gather for dinner and then head off for a good night's sleep.
Day 2
The day begins before sunrise as we venture to a rural location to meet Zulu Dancers. We'll capture individual and group dance moments, followed by an early lunch in the valley of 1000 Hills. In the afternoon, we explore cultural points of interest for some street photography. Late afternoon, we return to the hotel for dinner.
Day 3
After breakfast on day 3, we head to Bayete Zulu Homestead Lodge on the Manyoni Private Game Reserve, settling in by noon. A photo session on our game viewer vehicle and guide awaits, with additional vehicles if the group exceeds 4 guests. Dinner follows the game drive
Day 4
On day 4, we are introduced to the Conservation Team. Meeting their de-horning team, we gain insights into the de-horning process. Following the vet's helicopter, we track their journey until they locate and dart the rhino. With the freedom to document the entire process, including participation, we return to the meeting point for debriefing. After lunch and a little rest, we once again head out with the conservation team to experience a wildlife monitoring session which would typically be wild dogs, cheetahs, pangolins, or lions but this all depends on the conservation team. This exciting day concludes with dinner at the lodge before retiring to bed.
Day 5
On day 5 we again head out early in the morning to meet up with the team who will escort us to a rural village where we will be able to visit a homestead and get a first-hand account of Zulu culture. On return to the lodge, we will have lunch followed by a little rest. After lunch on day 5, we again head out with the conservation team to monitor a species of wildlife and thereafter will come back to the lodge and enjoy dinner before getting a sleep.
Day 6
On day 6 we head early for a photo session on our exclusive game viewer vehicle and guide. On return to the lodge we will have breakfast pack up and get ready to head out to the next destination, Makongo Hills Private Game Lodge. After checking in we will have a light lunch and discussion of what to expect in the days while we are there. we will have lunch followed by a photo session with our exclusive vehicle. On our return to the lodge, we will have dinner and retire to our rooms.
Day 7-9
We start with an early coffee before we set out for the morning photo session. On return, we will have breakfast followed by a little rest before lunch. In the afternoons, we will head out on our private game viewer for more guided photo sessions. On return to the lodge, we will have a relaxed dinner followed by a restful sleep.
Day 10
We start with an early coffee before we set out for the morning photo session. On return, we will have breakfast followed by a short discussion on our time on the tour. After breakfast, we will pack up and prepare to depart from Makongo Hills Private Game Lodge back to King Shaka International Airport where we wish each of our safe onward journeys.
Note
During the intervals between morning and afternoon activities, guests have the freedom to rest or engage with photography guides, review photos, and ask questions.
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