Zimanga: The Ultimate South African Photography & Film Making Safari
04 -11th July 2021
Availability: 4 spaces left
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
Monika Seyffer - passionate photographer & patient teacher, fluent in German & English, proficient in French & Spanish
South Africa Ultimate Photography and Film Making Safari highlights
private conservancy with abundant wildlife and 100% exclusive access - no other visitors during our stay!
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 DSLR videography with a BBC trained wildlife film maker
restricted numbers to maximise space per photographer in game drive vehicles: usually 2 photographers per vehicle, occasionally 4 max by consent
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 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. 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.
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 Trai Anfield and Peter Haygarth 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
tracking African wild dog as the pack hunts and capers in the early mornings
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 hide - 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 on 9th July, and an overnight stay here, so that you are well rested and in time to catch the transfer to Zimanga the following morning. We will assist with Durban 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.
Home of the Big Five and much much more, Zimanga Private Game ReserveZimanga 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 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 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.
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 both of the accommodation options, is pretty swish. The Homestead was just completed when we last visited and looked absolutely lovely. The Lodge, which is being finished off now, is set to be even more plush. Here's what they are saying:
The Homestead has:
3 x twin/double rooms
1 x single room
These rooms open onto a passage, leading to a central dining / living area overlooking a deck, rim-flow pool and a view of Zimanga.
Zimanga Lodge will have:
6 x twin / double rooms
2 x single rooms
These rooms will be more luxurious than Doornhoek Homestead, with separate chalets, each with a private deck.
The boardroom available for workshops will be in the lodge.
Both accommodation options are fully catered and fully serviced.
The Homestead and the lodge are close together and a shuttle service will be available between the two for workshops or meetings during daylight hours.
Dates and Rates
04 - 11th July 2021 Availability: selling fast - 4 spaces left
Basic Homestead Accommodation £3695 per person
Luxury Lodge Accommodation £4595 per person
No single supplement
Optional supplement of £115 per person for fully inclusive drinks package - wine, beer, local spirits, soft drinks
Inclusive of South African ground transfers between Durban and Zimanga, all reserve fees, game drives, access to state of the art hides, experienced wildlife guides, expert photography tuition, 7 nights luxury accommodation and food at Zimanga.
Excludes international flights to Durban, Durban overnight accommodation, personal travel insurance, gratuities, drinks.
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 4th July 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 11th July.
*BOOK SAFELY & WITH PEACE OF MIND: OUR COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
A personal note from Trai
"The safety of my guests has always been uppermost in my mind, and I have given much thought to appropriate social distancing measures for my safaris. Though these will be mandatory for the foreseeable future, you can still be assured of a wonderfully intimate experience with the wildlife we encounter.
Thank you in advance for your adherence to the measures below, and for keeping us all safe while we continue to explore new places and enjoy our photography!"
*COVID19 PROMISE & PRECAUTIONS
Fairness and flexibility are always our watchwords when it comes to our client experience. Our partner agent Wildlife Trails also understand the financial as well as practical uncertainties our guests face when arranging travel in the time of Covid19 and together we are responding with our Covid Promise:
Wherever possible we will ask for a smaller deposit than usual and will also defer the balance payment to as close to departure time as possible. We will always talk with you before requesting balance payments to review the latest advice and make sure you are comfortable with all your arrangements for travel. If not we will offer a comprehensive range of flexible alternative options.
Our clients this year have highly praised our performance, which in terms of fairness, flexibility, transparency and responsiveness has outshone many major companies.
"Such a shame that we are not at Zimanga....hopefully next year!! I have certainly been more than happy with the service from Alan and yourself. Absolutely brilliant." P Duncan
"We were more than happy with the way and speed that you and Allan dealt with the cancellation and are only sorry we had to go down that route. Hopefully we can arrange something in the future" J Crook
"The service from yourself and Allan has been great with both of you being very understanding in these difficult times" J Shield
Please do not attend the safari if you or your family are showing any symptoms of Covid 19.
Social distancing measures are expected to still be required for this safari, though you can still be sure of the usual wonderfully intimate experience with the animals and birds.
Please note that your booking constitutes acceptance of the need to prioritise safety for yourself and all others associated with the safari at all times. This means you agree to adhere strictly to the relevant government's current Covid19 advice throughout, which may include the wearing of a mask when necessary.
- Safari well away from other people - we have booked the entire reserve & lodge for our group's exclusive use
- Places are strictly limited - we have smaller group numbers than other operators offering this destination
- Strict Covid distancing, cleaning and food preparation protocols in place at Lodge
- Only 2 photographers per hide at any time, plus tutor
- Negative Covid test required within 72 hours of travel
- Participants should travel to Durban using all possible personal protection
- Please do not greet anyone by shaking hands and avoid physical contact at all times
- Only touch your own photography equipment
- Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth
- Guests are asked to please arrive with your own masks (N95, R95, KN95 or surgical masks) and they must be worn according to WHO safety standards.
- Hand sanitiser will be available at all times
- 1m+ distancing will be maintained
- Masks will be worn whenever necessary
- Trai will also be wearing gloves when helping with guest cameras
Please note that your booking constitutes acceptance of the need to prioritise safety for yourself and all others associated with the workshop at all times. This means you agree to adhere strictly to your own government's current Covid19 advice and local regulations throughout, which includes the wearing of masks when necessary. Anyone not complying with safety measures will be asked to leave the workshop. No refund will be offered in this circumstance.
We cannot accept responsibility for any subsequent infection.
Other than that it will be business as usual with the incredible animals and birds, and of course the most wonderful and creative photographic opportunities!