MalaMala Lions & Leopards Photographic Safari | South Africa | 2022
US$ 15,800 Sharing
US$ 17,150 Single
US$ 3,000 Deposit
LOCATION: South Africa
PLACES VISITED: Jock Safari Lodge / Kruger National Park / Mala Mala Private Game Reserve
SKILL LEVEL: Any level from beginner to advanced - photo tuition and guidance is offered on this safari
This 13-day photo safari begins in Johannesburg, South Africa, and takes in three of the very best photographic locations that the Kruger area has to offer.
You will fly into Skukuza Airport where you will be met by Stu Porter. With cameras at the ready we head through the park to a private concession area along the Biyamiti River. Here we will check in to Jock Safari Lodge and head out with their guide on our first afternoon game drive.
The attraction of this private concession is that we will have access to a private area of Kruger as well as the regular tourist roads, this offers the best of both worlds. Southern Kruger is well know for African Wilddog, Lion and leopard.
After 3 nights at Jock Safari Lodge, we head north to Satara Camp for 3 nights followed by Lower Sabi Camp for 3 nights, both camps are located inside the Kruger National Park.
Along with a healthy predator population, Kruger consistently produces some of the best opportunities for photographing "general game”—Zebra, Giraffe, Wildebeest, Impala, Kudu, Elephant, Hippo, White Rhino, and Crocodiles. It also has a fantastic variety of birds. Photographing the great variety of "general game" and exploring this vast untouched wilderness will be the focus of our stay while in Kruger.
Our final destination is the Mala Mala Private Game Reserve. This is the oldest private game reserve in South Africa, and the place where numerous award-winning National Geographic wildlife documentaries have been filmed, such as "Beauty and the Beast", “Predators at War", and "Tjololo the Leopard".
Here our focus changes, as we aim to track down and spend quality time with the reserve's wild Lions and Leopards. This is one of the best places in the world to see these cats and offers unrivalled photographic opportunities. At Mala Mala, we will also have the opportunity to go in search of the predators at night. All of the skills of night photography and how to capture the nocturnal world will be explained by Stu, offering a different set of experiences and photo opportunities.
You will fly from Skukuza Airport to Johannesburg, where the tour will end.
This is our most exclusive small-group photo safari with a maximum of 3 participants in 1 private vehicle. There is plenty of space for equipment and guaranteed access to both sides of the safari vehicle.
Stu will lead the tour and offer photo tuition and guidance.
Being our most exclusive photo safari, each photographer will have the complimentary use of a professional tripod, Wimberley version 2 tripod head, and a Visual Echoes panning plate.
WILD4's specially designed photo bars will attach to the vehicle we use at Mala Mala. These bars offer a very stable shooting platform. (for more information, please see the photos in the "TRANSPORT and LODGING" tab).
Along with an impressive variety of birds, you will also have a good chance to see and photograph the following:
Lion, Leopard, African Wild Dog, Cheetah, Elephant, Cape Buffalo, White Rhino, Hippo, Spotted Hyena, Jackal, Crocodile, Giraffe, Waterbuck, Greater Kudu, Bushbuck, Nyala, Zebra, Wildebeest, Chacma Baboon, Vervet Monkey, and Warthog.
We were very lucky to have found the Wild 4 Team when we were able to take a short photographic safari as part of a business trip to Cape Town. So when we could plan a photography trip overseas, naturally we contacted Stu and Justyna. We brought along a good friend who wanted to do her first photo safari. To say the three of us had a blast would be to underestimate the experience. I wonder how many other photographers have been a few feet from a cheetah taking down an impala only to share the kill with a caracal. Other highlights included a rare king cheetah, mating leopards, a den of wild dogs with their pups, photographing and touching a boomslang, green mamba and black mamba, and being surrounded by a herd of elephants. But perhaps the best part of all was being back with friends whom we know and trust. We know a good thing when we experience it. When we are ready for our next African adventure, you can bet we will contact the Wild 4 Team.
Michael & Toni Anderson, USA
This was the second trip I have booked through Wild4 and one of the most memorable and pleasurable trips I have ever been on in my life. We were blessed with incredible sightings from a frenzy of feeding wild dog to mating black mambas. The list is endless and the memories will linger for ever in the form of some great images shot from the customised vehicles driven by expert drivers. The camps chosen were great and there was a real and genuine feeling of being a part of your surroundings. A truly African experience. Botswana certainly came up trumps when delivering us such great sightings. From the bush to the Chobe river and the specially adapted photographic boats, you could not have asked for more. I must extend an enormous thank you to you Stu, for your endless patience and professionalism in everything you did for us. Thank you. Also a big thank you to Justyna who’s meticulous planning ensured a seamless trip to and in between each of our camps and destinations. Good job!
Stephen Tattersall, UK