Overview

At Natures Images, we always select the right time and the right locations, working with the best wildlife photographers and guides in the business.

Just the name of the Greater Kruger sets the pulses racing when it comes to anticipation as this huge ecosystem in eastern South Africa is among the top photographic safari destinations on the continent. It is also one of the very best places to photograph probably the most sought-after of the felines too – leopard.

With this in mind, we have employed the services of one of the top photographer guides in the region, Albie Venter and booked for our exclusive use one of the best bushcamps in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve for what promises to be an outstanding experience. All the so-called Big 5 species are here as well as cheetah and potentially even wild dogs and we will certainly achieve a very varied portfolio in this key dry season. Leopards will be our main priority throughout though and with the opportunity to work after the sun has gone down too on night drives we will be looking to capture a diverse portfolio during what will be a full-on safari.

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Day 1: We will look to catch our overnight flights to Johannesburg – full details/recommendations for this will be advised nearer the time.

Day 2: On arrival in Johannesburg we will look to catch our short domestic flight to Hoedspruit, situated on the edge of the Greater Kruger and from where we will transfer to our bush camp base, which is exclusive for our use for the entire trip. We should be in time to settle in and enjoy a first afternoon game drive that afternoon and evening.

Days 3 – 9:  The Timbavati Private Nature reserve where the rustic and charming Walkers River camp is based offers the full array of wildlife that you would expect from this exceptional area for a photographic safari, with all of the so-called “Big 5” to be found here as well as cheetah and wild dogs. We also have access to much of the Greater Kruger Park as well.  The area is probably best known though for its higher than average density of leopards and although we will of course work with all photographic opportunities, this magnificent feline will be our main priority for the duration of the trip.  Being a private reserve we are not restricted to working between sunrise and sunset and so the opportunity to work after the sun has gone and look to capture some nocturnal images using torchlight add a very different dimension to the opportunities of the trip.

The pattern of our days will be similar throughout, with early morning wake-up followed by a morning game drive and returning to camp for a late breakfast, rest in the middle of the day and then an afternoon drive through to sunset and night drives on our return to camp.

With the services of renowned local guide Albie Venter for the duration of our time here we can be sure of the best possible encounters and photographic opportunities

Day 10:  After a final morning drive we will transfer to Hoedspruit once more for our return domestic flights to Johannesburg and from where we will catch our overnight flights back to Europe.

Day 11: Arrive back in the UK/Europe.

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What our customers say

“I liked the liberty we had in being able to stay after dark and enjoyed the night drives. I think this was nailed down pretty well to be honest, we had adequate time to rest up in the afternoon too.”

“The vehicles used were well equipped and comfortable. Drivers were well experienced too.”

“It exceeded my expectations!  The number of individual leopards and sightings was amazing.  I got a few images that had been on my wish list ticked off!  Everyone involved in running the trip from Natures Images to Umlani staff made it really special.”

“Yes, we had opportunities in morning light, daylight, evening light and by torch light, meaning a varied portfolio of images.”

“Everyone was warm and friendly (always smiling) with wicked sense of humours.”

“Yes, the guides gave us tuition at the beginning of drives and when at sightings, then over meals and downtime during the day.

 

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