Photo Safari in Limpopo & Kruger with Sabi Sands
I guide you on a 9 day photographic safari in private reserves in Limpopo, South Africa and in Kruger National Park, with three nights in the famous Sabi Sands reserve. This safari is hosted by photographer Gregory Sweeney and for part of the safari you will stay at our tree house lodge on a private reserve. This safari will highlight all of the great game viewing in the areas in and around Kruger. Photographers will also enjoy the river and wooded areas of Sabi famous for being good leopard territory.
All safaris arrive and depart via Hoedspruit, South Africa (a short flight from Johannesburg)
2019 Dates Available
May 4 - 12
Aug 27 - Sept 4
Oct 1 - 9
|Where:||Limpopo, Kruger National Park, & Sabi Sands Reserve|
|Participants:||Limited to 6 - 8|
Contact us for 2019 prices
$1,500 deposit due at booking
About this Safari
Join us for 9 days of wildlife encounters and breathtaking wildlife photography. Professional wildlife photographer Gregory Sweeney is your guide while on safari to private reserves in the Limpopo area of South Africa and Kruger National Park; one of the most game-rich areas of Africa. Each day you have photographic opportunities that will get you up close to the animals including big cats, elephant, and rhino. Every activity is about seeing wildlife and getting the best photo opportunities possible as we take the time to get the shot. We will be in the National Park, but also in private reserves where we are able to go off road to track animals. We use open safari vehicles so guests have wide views and the ability to pivot to get a shot.
For part of your stay we will have exclusive use of my tree house lodge perched on a hillside in a nature conservancy. We finish the trip with 3 nights in the famous Sabi Sands Reserve. Down time is spent informally discussing digital workflow, animal behavior and how to use it in photography, and processing techniques to store and enhance your photos - topics guided by what guests would like to learn. You will be very busy since we pack in as much photography time as possible. You will not only return with great photos, but new friends and skills as well. We like to immerse our guests in a conservation experience with discussions about the ecosystem, poaching, and the animal and plant life the surrounds us.
|Game drives on private reserves and Kruger from an open vehicle where you will see why Limpopo is the premiere area for wildlife.|
|Expert photographer host who is with you to help you learn in the field and one on one or group Photoshop and workflow mentoring. Sessions are informal and optional and can be tailored to the guests' interests|
|Great Accomodations : Exclusive use of the tree house lodge while we use it as our base. The other lodges on the itinerary are small and comfortable with excellent service. Our group will stay together for drives and activities. More About Accommodations|
|Adventures such as an up-close elephant encounter, canyon boat ride to see hippos and crocs, animal rehabilitation center with rapters, and a walk with lions.|
|Photographers of all levels welcome. Non-photographers will enjoy this safari if they want an active, wildlife adventure filled trip, we welcome everyone with a camera: you can get great images with any camera and we can teach you some things so you can get the most out of what you have. Large Lens welcome too!|
|Search for leopards and other big cats in the famous Sabi Sands Reserve, Learn about the wildlife and ecosystem from your host, guides, and trackers.|
The Safari Schedule
(this is a sample itinerary - your actual schedule may differ)
First Day - Departing from Hoedspruit
You will either arrive into Johannesburg this day or have arrived the afternoon before. You will take a short flight to the town of Hoedspruit where we will meet the group and transfer you to the tree house lodge about 45 minutes away. We will get you checked into your rooms and after a brief orientation you will have time to unpack before our first dinner under the stars. Enjoy a great sleep listening to the sounds of the bush and lions in the distance.
Day 2 - Day 5
We typically rise early to prepare for a morning game drive. Along the way we stop for morning tea and return in late morning for a large breakfast. The time after breakfast is for processing photos, group or one on one mentoring, or relaxing. After a light meal in the late afternoon we head out into the reserve again and return after sundown. We often pack drinks with us to enjoy while we watch and photograph the sunset. Dinner follows our return and is served around an open fire. We review our day, plan for the next, and enjoy some great conversation.
On our day in Kruger we will ride in our private vehicle the short drive to the Orpen Gate entrance. This day we are in the park all day exploring active areas. We will have stops at the camp grounds and tourist plazas. Kruger closes at sundown so we will return in the late afternoon.
After a day in Kruger we schedule a slower day where we take a boat into the Blyde Canyon with hippos and crocs. After we have an educational visit to an wildlife rehabilitation center. Photographic opportunites are not missing this day: the open canyon vistas are beautiful and you will have the chance to get really close to raptors, hyenas, and center residents who are being readied for rerelease into the wild.
The elephant encounter is a favorite of the guests. We learn about elephants and their conservation while getting up close. We often do a zipline canopy tour on the same day for an exhilarating, active day.
Day 6 - Day 9
Today we transfer to the Sabi reserve south of us. They will follow a similar schedule and we will head out on a game drive for more photography just after our late lunch.
After our second night in Sabi we will be leaving back to the Timbavati area to a big 5 lodge where we will experience more wildlife game drives. On the last morning we will depart for the Hoedspruit airport and flights back to Johannesburg, but we have one more morning game drive or walk planned and breakfast where we will exchange pictures we took of each other, and say our goodbyes. Most people will have evening flights out Johannesburg so you will arrive there in time to get food and shop for gifts.
What is the next step?
We only take a maximum of 6 people per trip in order to provide a personal and uncrowded experience (and our small family lodge only holds 8!). If you want to take part in this trip of a lifetime, do not hesitate because spaces will fill. We are happy to talk to you and answer your questions.