Zimanga: Specialist Day & Night South African Photography & Film Making Safari
04 -11 July 2022 - Sorry - sOLD OUT
15 - 22 July 2023 - 4 places available
Outstanding 7 day specialist photography and film making safari with unique day and night opportunities
Trai Anfield - wildlife photographer, film maker, travel writer and presenter of BBC's The Living World
South Africa Ultimate Photography and Film Making Safari highlights
private conservancy and 100% exclusive access in 2022 - no other visitors during our stay!
abundant wildlife with Africa's BIg Five possible at incredibly close range
unlimited time to observe animal behaviour and create your shots
unrivalled opportunities for experienced photographers looking for new possibilities
beginner-friendly atmosphere to learn new and creative techniques with experienced tutors
exclusive use of Africa's best network of cutting edge wildlife photography hides, designed by Bence Máté
unique opportunity to learn wildlife film making with a BBC trained film maker
restricted numbers to maximise space per photographer in game drive vehicles: only 2 /3 photographers per vehicle: full row each
luxury en-reserve accomodation and cuisine
no malaria medication required
partners interested in wildlife welcome
On this unique South African safari experience we are as near to guaranteed as possible to encounter all of Africa’s Big Five, plus an abundance of prey species and a dazzling array of birds. Using classic safari game vehicles, and making full creative use of a network of specially designed hides, we will create shots that simply aren't possible anywhere else.
And what's more, on this bespoke photography safari we have no crowds to contend with, as we have secured exclusive use of the reserve throughout our stay in 2022. That means there are no constraints on our time with each species, allowing us to observe their way of life, explore appropriate photographic techniques and craft unique images which capture the essence of each animal, their behavior and interactions.
“ Zimanga Private Game Reserve has the finest set up for specialist African wildlife photography I've experienced.
We have the freedom and facilities here to get shots that we could only dream of elsewhere. ”
Trai Anfield, tour leader
We have a terrific mix of photography opportunities here, including guided walking and game drives, with the piece de resistance being exclusive access to all of the reserve’s incredible hides. These have been painstakingly designed and constructed in collaboration with Bence Máté, widely regarded as most creative wildlife photographer in the world. It is truly inspiring to benefit from the immense amount of time, effort and care that Bence puts into working out his globally award winning shots.
For this year's safari we have booked exclusive use of the entire 6000 hectares of pristine bushveld, fever tree forests and rolling hills for the next week – there will be no other visitors to share sightings with, or get in our way! Having Zimanga as our own private reserve means we can plan our days flexibly and use the hides whenever light conditions are optimum for each one.
During the week we will also have the chance to get up close to macro subjects on foot, and create amazing images of the stars at night, as our tour leaders and tutors take us through techniques to make the most of every photographic opportunity.
So for the next seven days we have free run to spend our time as we choose:
creating unique images of the reserve's major predators - lion, leopard and cheetah - often on a kill
observe and capture the behaviour of all the reserve's bird, mammal and reptile species at close quarters in the hide network
Hide sessions include:
Lagoon hide – this is where the fish eagles, crocs and kingfishers come to feed, elephants play and drink and water birds gather.
Reflection bird hide – smaller mammals such as mongoose, monkey and warthog drink here, alongside a kaleidoscope of colourful small birds
Woodland bird hides - dazzling colours and challenging quick flight
Bee eater hide – bag a perfect shot of this charismatic bird
Vulture / scavenger hide – mayhem and carnage for the strong of stomach
Overnight hides x 2 – built for night time mammal photography, these hides offer beds and kitchen and bathroom facilities as well as the ability of lighting night time subjects to gain stunning dramatic shots. If the conditions are right you could even get the milky way as a background!
macro photography sessions
astro photography sessions: with no light pollution and fine weather Zimanga offers stunning opportunities for Milky Way and other night time photography.
The Perfect Location for Wildlife Videography
As a former BBC film-maker and presenter, and a factual production trainer for Channel 4, Trai also offers you the unique opportunity to learn wildlife filming techniques, with optional tuition in how to produce and shoot video sequences.
As Trai says 'There’s far more to wildlife film-making than just switching your camera to video mode! We'll look at how to storyboard, shoot for the edit, and produce wildlife films that will really impress on your return home'
Full South Africa Ultimate Photography + Film Making Safari Itinerary
We suggest an international flight to Durban that arrives the day before your Zimanga safari starts, and an overnight stay here, so that you are well rested and in time to catch the early transfer to Zimanga the following morning. We will be happy to assist with booking convenient, comfortable accommodation.
Depart Durban King Shaka International Airport at 9am prompt and transfer directly by road 3 hours to Zimanga private game reserve. Here we will have lunch and settle into our en-reserve luxury accomodation, which will be our home for the next week. Afternoon game drive & hide sessions.
5 -10th July
Home of the Big Five and much much more, Zimanga Private Game Reserve is a photographer and film maker’s paradise. Owner Charl Senekal’s vision is to make Zimanga reserve second to none for African wildlife photography, and there aren’t many that can even come close to challenging him.
We have a terrific mix of photography opportunities here, including both game drives, and exclusive access to all of the reserve’s incredible hides. These have been painstakingly designed and constructed in collaboration with Bence Mate, widely regarded as most creative wildlife photographer in the world. It is truly inspiring to benefit from the immense amount of time, effort and care that Bence puts into working out his globally award winning shots. The owner is also always developing new ways of getting close to the wildlife, with the addition of low level boat photography a welcome addition since our last visit.
We have booked exclusive use of the entire 6000 hectare reserve for the next week – there will be no other visitors to share sightings with, or get in our way! Having Zimanga as our own private reserve means the guides can plan our days flexibly to use the hides whenever light conditions are optimum for each one.
After our final game drive we tear ourselves away from Zimanga, and head back to Durban, arriving in time to connect with your overnight international flights home... or perhaps onwards to your independent South African adventures?
Accomodation at Zimanga
Everything at Zimanga, including the food and accommodation options, are extremely high quality
The Main Lodge accomodation is exceptional. Rooms are both spacious and practical, with huge double suites featuring well-equipped work areas for editing photographs and films etc. Each double suite is in its own discreetly spaced out chalet with a private deck overlooking the reserve. The lodge also has its own pool and sun deck.
We have the following accomodation options reserved for our party:
2 x twin / double suites
2 x single rooms (available on request on a strictly first come first served basis)
For more information on Zimanga Main Lodge accommodation please visit
The boardroom space for workshops, is situated in the Lodge and accessible to all.
Everyone also has access to the lodge pool, deck, shop, bar and restaurant areas.
Dates and Rates
04 - 11th July 2022 Sorry - Sold Out
15 - 22 July 2023 4 places left
Basic Homestead Accommodation £3695 per person:
2022 only - SOLD OUT
Luxury Lodge Accommodation £4595 per person
2022 - Sold Out
2023 - 4 spaces
Includes: South African ground transfers between Ballito and Zimanga, all reserve fees, game drives, access to state of the art day and night hides, experienced wildlife guides, expert photography tuition, 7 nights luxury accommodation and food at Zimanga Main Lodge.
Excludes: international flights to Durban, Durban overnight accommodation, personal travel insurance, gratuities, alcoholic and soft drinks in 2022 (Zimanga has switched to all inclusive in 2023).
The closest major airport to Zimanga is Durban King Shaka International (DUR).
Major airlines including British Airways, South African Airways, KLM, Emirates, Turkish and Virgin
fly to Durban from the UK.
Our transfer from Durban will leave at 9am prompt on 4 July 2022 / 15 July 2023, so that we reach Zimanga in time for our first afternoon game drive. We therefore recommend arriving in Durban on 3rd July and making an overnight stay in an airport hotel.
Our departure from Zimanga will take place after our last morning game drive and breakfast, so we advise
booking return / onward flights no earlier than 17:00 on 11 July 2022 / 22 July 2023.
Go BIG in 2023!
Combine Uganda with Zimanga back to back for the ultimate African wildlife experience!
“ Uganda is a real African gem, and our journey here allows us to experience the finest gorilla treks with the most experienced and charismatic guides, to seek out the full range of Ugandan primates including chimpanzee, colobus and red monkey, and to search out many other mammals, birds and reptiles that share their complex and rewarding ecosystems. Most notable of these are the legendary tree-climbing lions and the extraordinary Shoebill.
On this comprehensive Uganda photography safari we tour the most beautiful regions of this spectacular country, including Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth II National Park and the wetlands of Mabamba. We will also have the opportunity to photograph some superb Rift Valley scenery, and discover Uganda's upbeat culture along the way.
Trai Anfield, tour leader