Zimanga: The Ultimate South African Photography & Film Making Safari
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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
Peter Haygarth - wildlife photographer, aerial cinematographer on BBC's Top Gear, Bake Off & C4's The Unbreakables
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 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.
11 - 16th July
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.