Malamala and Mashatu, South Africa and Botswana – August

23 – 31 August 2019 (9 nights)  

In August 2019 Grant and Helena Atkinson will lead a private group of photographers into South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Botswana’s Tuli Game Reserve.  This safari and workshop combines some great wildlife areas, with extensive photographic and digital workflow instruction, together with very comfortable and spacious accommodation. Predators occur at high densities thoughout the Sabi Sands.  Malamala, our camp, is perfectly situated within the Sabi Sands reserve with a view onto the Sand River, which is prime leopard habitat.  Lions, elephant, buffalo, and rhino may also be found here.  For the second part of this safari, we focus on the Tuli Game Reserve, located in the east of Botswana.  We will base ourselves out of Mashatu Main camp.  Game viewing around Mashatu is excellent with a high density of elephants being just one of the highlights.  The terrain, which is a mixture of dry riverbeds, rocky outcrops and plains, provide superb habitat for leopards.  Other predators present here include lion, cheetah and spotted hyaena. Our stay at Mashatu also incorporates time in their ground-level, special photographic hides.  All photos were taken on recent trips to these areas. 

 Trip summary?

  • Cost: ZAR178 000 (US$14 240) per person sharing with single supplement of ZAR41 875 (US$3 350) (ZAR prices are an estimation linked to the exchange rate and exact price will be confirmed via invoice.)
  • 6 participants
  • 2 trip leaders
  • 2 vehicles
  • Each participant will have own row in vehicle
  • Ability to drive off-road for better photography 

How do I signup?

We have partnered with Eyes On Africa on this safari.  Our group size is a minimum of 3 participants and a maximum of 6 participants.  If this exciting safari sounds good and you are thinking of joining this trip, please get in touch with any questions.   

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Highlights

  • Ten days on safari in some of the best private game viewing areas in South Africa and Botswana 
  • We welcome photographers with all levels of experience.  This safari will be conducive to learning from one another and include instruction that will suit everyone’s photographic needs.  
  • We focus on photographing in the field.  We spend most of our time and effort on photographic activities and getting images.
  • Non-photographer or videographer spouses / travel companions  will also have fun on this safari.  The wildlife places we visit will appeal to anyone with a love for animals and nature.  
  •  The photo leaders are experienced naturalists with rich backgrounds in conservation and field guiding and the region’s natural history and wildlife.  
  • A maximum of 3 photographers per vehicle, means that there will be plenty of space to have your gear at the ready, and the opportunity to access both sides of the vehicle.
  • We use 4 x 4 vehicles, Landrover Defenders at Malamala, and Toyota Landcruisers at Mashatu.  The vehicles have 3 rows of seats within, and are without canopies.  The sides of the vehicles are open.  The open design of the vehicles provide no obstructions to photography.  Each photographer can access both sides of the vehicle easily.
  • The group size is limited to 6 participants and we will make use of 2 vehicles.  The photographic leaders will switch between the vehicles.
  • With 2 photo leaders and only 6 participants we focus on individual attention. 
  • Extra luggage allowances to accommodate the special needs of our photographic equipment on the charter flights
  • Semi-luxury style safari accommodation with air-conditioned rooms, and power points for charging.
  • Camp locations are specifically chosen to maximize photographic opportunities by being in private game-viewing areas
  • Two morning hide sessions booked for our group in the purpose-built, low-angle photographic hides

The Itinerary: 23 – 31 August 2019 (9 nights)

This safari represents a fantastic combination of superb wildlife photography experiences, comfortable accommodation and expert guiding.  As always, we will spend lots of time out in the field, and you will be with like-minded photographers who are happy to put in the time to get the images.  We will be staying in comfortable lodges, with spacious, air-conditioned rooms.  For big parts of the safari, we will have the ability to go off-road (not in environmentally sensitive areas) in order to get the best photographic angles of our subjects.  

D’Oreale Grande, Emperor’s Palace, Johannesburg, South Africa

23 August 2019 (1 night)

Stay close to the airport at the D’Oreale Grande at Emperor’s Palace.  On your arrival at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International airport, and after clearing customs and collecting your luggage, you will be met by an Eyes On Africa representative, who will transfer you by road to the D’Oreale Grande. 

View D’Oreale Grande hotel website

Next morning, after breakfast (included) our group will transfer back to OR Tambo (Jhb) or Lanseria (Jhb) airport where we will catch our scheduled plane flight to Malamala airstrip.  From the airstrip it is just a few minutes drive through the reserve to our camp for the next four days.

 

MalaMala Main Camp, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa 

24, 25, 26 and 27 August 2019 (4 nights)

MalaMala regularly provides some of the finest game viewing in Southern Africa.  It has been the location for a large number of acclaimed international and local wildlife documentaries (including National Geographic).  Aside from buffalo, elephant and rhino, we can expect to see lion and leopard.  Other large carnivores like spotted hyaena, cheetah and African wild dogs are also sometimes encountered here. The game drives will take us through a variety of habitats, with the Sand River and its tributaries being focal points of the wild environment. We will spend 4 nights at MalaMala Main Camp, which has 18 rooms.  Here we will have our own guides and vehicles for the duration of our stay. We will have 3 guests per vehicle.

Some of the reasons for the phenomenal wildlife sightings at MalaMala are that there is a very low number of people actually living within the reserve and only guests staying at one of the MalaMala camps can enjoy this land. Wildlife is free to roam between the Greater Kruger Park and private reserves like the Sabi Sands that share a boundary with the park. Sound environmental management policies have also long been practiced at Malamala.

Photographic safaris are conducted in open 4-wheel drive vehicles, allowing for total freedom of movement and the ability to leave the road and track down some of the more unique sightings such as lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo.

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Mashatu Main Camp – Mashatu Game Reserve, Tuli Block

28, 29, 30 and 31 August 2019 (4 nights)

After our morning game drive at MalaMala we depart by air from MalaMala to Mashatu (we will clear customs in the town of Polokwane to transit from South Africa to Botswana). We will spend the next four nights at Mashatu Main camp. The main camp has 14 rooms. Here we will have our own guides and vehicles for the duration of our stay. We will have 3 guests per vehicle.

Mashatu Game Reserve is a place rich in natural and cultural history, and offers some of the most exciting game viewing in Africa. It is a place of exceptional beauty where one can explore the rugged, unspoiled African landscapes in open 4-wheel drive vehicles driven by the expert camp guides and experienced trackers.

 Mashatu is home to large herds of elephant,  giraffe, eland and wildebeest.  There are leopard, prides of lion, packs of spotted hyaena and sometimes cheetah.  Along the river courses, huge Mashatu trees dominate the ribbon of forest and provide shade and shelter for wildlife.

Mashatu provides a refuge for the largest single population of elephant on privately-owned land.  Known as the relic herds of Shashe, these elephants are the last living testament to the great herds that once populated the meandering Limpopo valley. Today, the population on Mashatu Game Reserve alone, is estimated to number in excess of 700.

During our stay at Mashatu, we will also make two morning visits to their well-known photographic hides. These hides are designed with high-quality photography in mind, and as such, allow for safe, ground-level shooting opportunities. Mammal species which are most often encountered here are elephants, impala, baboons, warthog, eland and rarely spotted hyaena. Many bird species also visit the hide, and they can sometimes be photographed at close proximity.

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Safari Ends 

1 September 2019

Today after our final morning at Mashatu, we will be transferred to the airstrip for our flight to Johannesburg

 NOTE:

Air travel and customized extensions to this safari, can be arranged through Eyes on Africa.  Ask us for further information.

Detailed costs

This trip will run with a minimum of 3 participants and a maximum of 6 participants.

ZAR178 000 (US$14 240) per person sharing

ZAR41 875 (US$3 350) single supplement

ZAR prices are an estimation linked to the exchange rate and exact price will be confirmed via invoice.

This fee includes all in-country ground and air transportation as well as all accommodation and all meals (except as noted above and in exclusions below).

Please note: We will attempt to adhere to this itinerary as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or wildlife migrations) may necessitate changes in the itinerary. We reserve the right to alter any itinerary at any time, if necessary. We will attempt to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible. Costs incurred by such changes will be the responsibility of the participant.

What is included

  • Accommodation on a shared basis, however should you want single accommodation on the safari, please get in touch and enquire if this is possible 
  • 2 x Trip leader (Grant and Helena Atkinson)
  • Private safari vehicles throughout trip
  • Luggage allowance for air charters (extra freight seats have been arranged): 70 pounds per person in total.
  • All safari activities and transfers to/from the airports and the hotels
  • Small quantities of laundry can be done at Malamala for no fee, bigger quantities can be at done at a small fee

What is NOT included

  • International airfare and / or other transportation between your home and the airport 
  • Dinner / drinks in Johannesburg on Day 1
  • Drinks at Mashatu 
  • Discretionary gratuities for hotel staff in Johannesburg and safari camps
  • Discretionary gratuities for local guides 
  • Laundry at Mashatu can be done for a small fee
  • Visas, travel insurance, personal purchases (including curios, special spirit liquors, telephone calls, etc).
  • Optional pre- / post safari tours and meals or accommodation before or after the safari

General information 

  • Please read our Safari Code of Ethics and Conduct.
  • During the safari we will share our workflow and processing techniques on the computer. To make the most of this opportunity you are advised to bring a laptop and card reader as well as enough external storage for these sessions as well as the editing software you are most comfortable with. Grant and Helena both use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CC.
  • Air travel and customized extensions to this safari may be arranged through Eyes on Africa as desired.  Ask us for further information.
  • Discretionary gratuities for driver guides are recommended at USD $25 to $30 per person per day.
  • Discretionary gratuities for camp and hotel staff are recommended at USD $15 to $25 per person per day.
  • Any discretionary gratuities for guides, staff and trip leaders should be paid out in cash.
  • Our group size is a maximum of 6 participants.
  • Note also that some of the safari camps will only accept cash for private purchases.
  • Although most safari lodges offer complimentary internet access, connections are unreliable and extremely slow.  
  • Special dietary requirements can be accommodated if sent through beforehand. 

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