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.
This was our second trip with Stu and our first in Tanzania, the sightings exceeded all our expectations including a selection of births, deaths, and marriages with a variety of wildlife. One of many highlights was seeing 22 lions drinking at a stream in the Ngorongoro crater . The accommodation was once again first class, even the tented camps. Stu, together with our African guides James and Jeremiah managed to always have the vehicle in exactly the right position for the best pictures. Can't wait to go again.
John & Lorraine Carnemolla, Australia
The Wild 4 team made my trip to South Africa a truly memorable experience. Photographing some of the orphaned captive animals at the private game reserve on the extension was a great way to start the holiday, and Stu's tuition on techniques, composition and familiarity with your gear was the foundation for the rest of the trip. In Kruger we had some wonderful sightings - including the 'Big 5' all in one day on two consecutive days! The highlights were spending 20 minutes with a leopard cub in a tree no more than 30 metres away, and on the last day watching a pride of 14 lions stalking a herd of zebra for more than an hour - just wonderful experiences! I'm sure the quality of the shots I took was infinitely better than if I'd gone on a regular safari, as the whole focus of the experience is expertly designed to maximise photographic opportunities - including only 3 photographers in the specially designed vehicle. Stu's knowledge, enthusiasm and patience were boundless, and Ann's spotting and catering skills were also priceless! I hope to visit Africa again soon, and without doubt Wild 4 will be my first option.
Greg Morgan, UK