Tour Name: Zimanga Private Game Reserve
This workshop is full, please contact Barbara for other dates
Dates: June 25 - 30, 2018
Where: Zimanga Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Price: $2,500 USD per person, single supplement upon request
About: I am so thrilled to be offering this workshop. It is one of the most spectacular destinations in Africa for the wildlife photographer. It is also incredibly popular and I have had to make reservations two and three years in advance. I feel very fortunate to be able to offer spaces for 4 people in 2017 as 2018 is fully booked. We will be at Zimanga during the wild dog denning season and hopefully be able to spend time with and photograph the daily activities of the wild dog pack, to include darling images of the puppies! If you have ever thought if a safari in Africa but were hesitant about the heat and long dusty drives, then this is the trip for you. You will see all the animals and birds you would see in the game parks, have air-conditioned hides to capture some stunning images while staying in luxury accommodations.
Where we will go:
Zimanga Private Game Reserve - Mkuze, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa - Our starting and ending point is Durban, South Africa. Durban is approximately and hour's flight from Johannesburg, South Africa.
Where we will stay:
Lodging will be at the new luxury Zimanga Main Lodge, on the grounds of Zimanga Private Game Reserve, brand new and having six air-conditioned rooms with en-suite baths. Enjoy a fabulous view while lounging in a rim-flowed pool. We'll have our own private driver/guide which enables us to plan our own itinerary each day. The very professional owners and staff are dedicated to the very best in management of the wildlife. They are also award winning photographers who truly know what wildlife photographers need are and how best to accommodate them. All rooms have separate desks for your laptops so you can edit images with ample space and a variety of electrical couplings to make sure you equipment stays charged. Free WiFi is also available.
One of the most spectacular things about Zimanga is their photographic hides, many of which are also air-conditioned. The owner's worked with world class photographer Bence Mate from Hungry to help them create state of the art photographic hides, one of which ( Umgodi Overnight Hide) the is an overnight hide complete with beds, kitchen and bathroom. All the hides allow the photographer to shoot from eye level, with a clean background and a reflection pool which provides some incredible shots.
Fly to Durban International Airport, South Africa the morning of June 25, 2018, we drive three hours by car to Zimanga Game Private Reserve, arriving in time to settle into our rooms and go on an afternoon game drive. Many people arrive in Johannesburg in the evening the evening before the safari and choose to spend their first night close to the airport. Barbara can help with reservations in Johannesburg.
Each day for the next 4 days you will have a 6 am departure game drive, returning to the lodge for brunch and an afternoon break. Following high tea, we again depart the lodge at 3 pm, returning after dark at 6 pm, Time for a shower and sundowner before dinner and bed.
Our last day, June 30th, depending on your return flight time, we have one last morning game drive. Transfer to our vehicle and return to Durban International Airport. Many stay in Johannesburg one night before flying home. However you can choose to fly back the day you leave Zimanga as most international flights from Johannesburg to Europe and the US are evening flights.
Arrival June 25, 2018 at Durban International Airport, South Africa
Day 1, June 25: Meet and greet at the Durban airport and transfer three hours by car to Zimanga Game Reserve. We will be greeted at the gate, taken to the lodge, setting into our rooms and depart for an afternoon game drive. Sundowners and dinner upon our return and bed
Day 2 - 5, June 26, 27, 28, 29: Early 6am departure for game drive, return for brunch and break until afternoon game drive at 3pm. Return to lodge at 6pm for sundowners and dinner.
Day 6, June 30: Early morning game drive if time permits, travel by car back to Durban airport and connecting flights home.
What is not included:
International flights from your starting point, to Durban, South Africa which is our starting/ending point
Personal expenses to include laundry, gifts and alcohol
Tips for our driver/guide and lodge staff
What is included:
-All food and lodging
-All game drive fees
-All photographic hide fees
-Transportation from Durban, South Africa to Zimanga Game Reserve, round-trip
-Photographic instruction upon request