Kruger Wildlife Photography Workshop

Experience the magic of the African bush & enjoy incredible wildlife photography opportunities
Kruger Wildlife Photography Workshop, SA
Enjoy close encounters with lions and leopards, photograph large herds of elephants and buffalos, drink sun-downers under acacia trees, and get professional photographic tutoring at the same time; experience it all during this exclusive wildlife photography workshop in South Africa. Set in the exclusive Sabi Sands collection of private game reserves, this photo safari is a wildlife photography dream. The area is known for the high frequency of close encounters it offers with the African Big Five, including the elusive leopard. During two three-hour game drives a day, you’ll photograph an impressive array of wildlife, and improve your skills along the way. In addition, we’ll visit several wildlife centres in the Kruger area, where you’ll have some unique photographic opportunities, and we’ll photograph the grandeur of Blyde River Canyon. Throughout the trip, you’ll be accompanied by wildlife photographer Alan Hewitt, who will provide personal photographic tutoring and will help you become the best photographer you can be.
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Get incredible photographic opportunities in Sabi Sands, an area particularly known for its remarkable leopard viewings
  • Receive constant photographing tutoring by professional wildlife photographer Alan Hewitt
  • Enjoy a small group size, allowing plenty of personal guidance
  • Photograph rescued animals from up close at a wildlife rehabilitation centre
  • Get unique photographic opportunities of crocodiles, chameleons, snakes, and other reptiles at a reptile centre near Kruger
  • Visit the Blyde River Canyon, an impressive canyon with vast vistas, and enjoy some exciting landscape photography
  • Stay in a gorgeous lodge in the middle of the African bush, regularly visited by elephants, different antelope, and other animals
QUICK FACTS
  • Where: Greater Kruger, South Africa
  • When: July 3 - 11, 2018
  • Focus: Wildlife Photography
  • Workshop Leader: Alan Hewitt
  • Price:  £3295 per person
  • Photography Level Required: Suitable for photographers of all levels
  • Group Size: Max. 6
The Destination

Djuma Game Reserve is a wildlife photographer’s dream. The game reserve is set within Sabi Sands, a collection of game reserves that borders Kruger National Park. Sabi Sands offers truly unique safari experiences; nowhere else in Africa do you spot the Big Five with such ease. You can prepare yourself for some exciting close encounters with lions, leopards, elephants, and other wildlife, as the animals have been habituated to the safari vehicles after many years of game drives in the area. The area is particularly famous for its remarkable sightings of the otherwise elusive leopard.

Game drives will be a twice-a-day treat. Early in the morning and in the late afternoon, when the African light creates its magic, we’ll set off to pursue the best photo opportunities the bush has to offer. The drives will be in open game drive vehicles, with no more than six photographers per vehicle. You will be guided by expert rangers and trackers.

On top of our five-day stay at in the game reserve, we’ll spend three days exploring some unique photographic opportunities in the Greater Kruger area. We’ll visit a wildlife rehabilitation centre and a reptile centre, where we will encounter a variety of animals, learn about conservation issues in the area, and photograph the animals from interesting and unique angles. Mixing it up a little, we’ll spend a full day exploring the stunning Blyde River Canyon, a 30-kilometer long natural wonder that offers breathtaking views of steep cliffs and green lowveld far below. One of the world’s largest canyons, Blyde River Canyon is outstanding for landscape photography.

Accommodation:

Apart from offering you amazing game viewing, Djuma also provides comfortable accommodation in the middle of the bush and great service. You will stay at Galago, an private and fully serviced lodge with comfortable rooms and a pool, which we will have all to ourselves. While we’re exploring the Greater Kruger area, we’ll be staying at a comfortable bush lodge just outside of Hoedspruit, which will offer homey comforts and a great space for photography lectures and review sessions.

 

Kruger Wildlife Photography Workshop, SA
Itinerary (July 3 - 11, 2018)

Day 1

Arrival at Hoedspruit Airport, where you will be met by one our team members and driven to our first accommodation, a bush lodge not far from Hoedspruit. After settling in, Alan will do a introductory photography session.

Day 2

We'll treat you to a full day of driving an impressive panorama route around Blyde River Canyon, where you can get a good feel of the area and explore some exciting landscape photography options.

Day 3

In the morning, we'll visit Moholoholo Rehabilitation centre, which rescues and rehabilitates a wide variety of animals. Being very close to the wildlife will offer us some exciting photographic opportunities. After lunch, we'll head to Kinyonga Reptile Centre, where our group will be lead by a professional reptile handler, so that we can get some unique shots.

Day 4

We'll spend the morning doing photography sessions at our lodge; reviewing our images, doing some theory work, and preparing for the photographic adventure we're about to embark on in Sabi Sands. Late morning, we'll drive to Djuma Game Reserve, where we'll have toe to settle in before heading out on our first game drive.

Day 5-8

We'll enjoy four full days in Djuma Private Game Reserve. We’ll start each day with a three-hour game drive. As the African sun shines its first light, we’ll be tracking the Big Five as they are at their most active. You’ll be guided by an experienced ranger and tracker, and accompanied by Alan for photographic guidance. A full and delicious breakfast will be waiting for you at the lodge when you return, and there will be time for photography workshops, editing, and relaxing afterwards. After lunch, at the end of the afternoon, we’ll head out for another three-hour game drive. This time we’ll photograph in the last warm light of the day, and experience the bush as night is falling. The day will be concluded by an indulgent dinner.

Day 9

After wrapping up our photo safari, we'll head back to Hoedspruit Airport to catch our flights home.

The price includes:
  • Accommodation at Galago Lodge in Djuma Private Game Reserve and a bush lodge near Hoedspruit. We will have exclusive use of both lodges. (Accommodation is on a double occupancy basis. Please enquire about single supplements – they might be available.)
  • Three meals a day on day 5 to 9, and breakfast and dinner on day 1 to 4
  • All game drives at Djuma in private open game drive vehicles, accompanied by professional guides and trackers
  • Photographic tutoring by Alan Hewitt
  • All entrance fees
  • Professional guidance by a reptile handler at Kinyonga
  • Airport transfers from Hoedspruit Airport
  • An indirect contribution to the Penda Trust, as part of our proceeds go towards funding the running costs of our charity
  • A tree that will be planted on your behalf by Greenpop, as a way to help compensate for your carbon footprint
The price doesn’t include:
  • Flights to Hoedspruit Airport
  • Travel insurance
  • Any items of a personal nature
The Photography

Everything during this photo safari will be about photography. At Djuma, we’ll be fully focused on the incredible wildlife photography opportunities around us. We will have the luxury of having a lodge to ourselves, and the opportunity to build the whole experience around getting the very best photographs. Throughout the experience, our guide and tracker will ensure high quality game viewing, and Alan will help you hone your wildlife photography skills. Expect to photograph the Big Five; lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, and rhinos. Together with antelope, zebra, and giraffe, they will create a constantly evolving tableau of African beauty. The combination of close encounters with wildlife, lush African bush, and warm light will provide incredible opportunities for wildlife and landscape photography.

On top of this, the first few days of our photography workshop will add an exciting variety of wildlife photography opportunities. Being so close to the different animals at both Moholoholo and Kinyonga will allow you play around with composition and camera settings, and allow you to get that perfect shot of a chameleon catching a fly, or a dangerous snake slithering towards you.

 

Kruger Wildlife Photography Workshop, SA
Kruger Wildlife Photography Workshop, SA
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS

Alan, an experienced wildlife photographer, will be there to assist you throughout the workshop and help you take the best possible wildlife images. His tuition will be tailored to everyone’s level; you’ll be able to get as much or as little guidance as you’d like. Tuition will most likely include camera settings, exposure, aperture, creative techniques, as well as post-processing. The tuition will happen both during game drives and other activities, and during sessions at our accommodation; it’s flexible and adaptable to everyone’s needs.

WORKSHOP LEADER
Alan Hewitt
More about Alan Hewitt

Alan Hewitt is a wildlife and conservation photographer, writer, and workshop leader. Mainly driven by his appreciation for and fascination of wildlife, Alan's aim with his photography is to document our natural world and use this as a tool for conservation. His work has been used to support wildlife conservation organisations in Kenya, as well as ones closer to his home in the UK, including campaigns to save nature reserves that are home to iconic and endangered species.

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

Alan recommends the following gear:

  • SLR camera
  • Range of lenses; ideally ranging from wide angle for landscape to telephoto for wildlife
  • Tripod or bean bag
  • Sturdy camera bag
  • Laptop if you’re keen to improve your post-production skills, and/or if you’d like to review your images with Alan