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About Our Photographic Safaris

Unmatched in the wildlife photographic industry is our specialized photographic game drive vehicle – based in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve bordering the Northern region of the Kruger National Park. With no fences between the two reserves the animals move freely within more than 20 000 square kilometers of wilderness area.

The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is renowned for its great wildlife sightings some of which are the endangered white lion, leopard, wild dog, cheetah and many, many more – combined with our photographic vehicle, a professional wildlife photographer and Simbavati River Lodge – it promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Our professional photographer will ensure that you benefit from one on one instruction on everything from how to achieve the best position for the ultimate wildlife shot to professional tips on image editing, including both a pre-game drive and post-drive briefing.

We offer guaranteed Photographic Safaris on set departure dates. Keen photographers can join a Professional Photographer for all game drives who will assist you with taking better wildlife shots. You can bring your own equipment but some equipment is also available for hire at the lodge.

The photographic safaris use our specially adapted photographic vehicles with four swivel seats, special camera mountings and low sides for maximum photographic opportunities.

Guaranteed Departure Dates and Rates

Set Departure Dates Per Person Sharing Rate Single Supplement Rate
20 - 24 March 2019 R44 000 R52 580
01 - 05 May 2019 R44 000 R52 580
19 - 23 June 2019 R44 000 R52 580
 18 - 22 September 2019 R44 000 R52 580
 13 - 17 November 2019 R44 000 R52 580

Photographic Package Inclusions

  • 4 nights luxury accommodation
  • All meals daily
  • Tuition by a professional photographer
  • Specialised photographic vehicle
  • Daily game viewing activities
  • Post production / editing tips

     Beverages, personal items, gate fee and conservation levy

     Please note:
  • Spouse and child packages are available

Photographic Equipment Rental

We have everything you need to bring your photography to life.
The following equipment is available at the lodge for hire:
R750 per day (body and lens)
R 400 per day (lens)

Choose between the Canon or Nikon Kit.

Canon Kit: Canon EOS 7D body with Canon 100-400mm 1:4.5-5.6

Canon Camera

18 megapixels
APS-C 1.6 crop sensor
8 fps
Video 1080p
19 focus points

Canon Lens

Min focus distance 1.8m
Image stabilisation
Weight 1380g

Nikon Kit: Nikon D300 body with Nikon 28-300mm 1:3.5-5.6

Nikon Camera

12.3 megapixels
APS-C 1.5 crop sensor
7 fps
51 focus points

Nikon Lens

28mm - 300mm
Min focus distance 0.5m
Vibration reduction
Weight 800g

Do you require different equipment to what is available at the lodge?
We have a full online rental store for you to choose from :

General Information

Simbavati Photographic Safaris are run in association with Africa Photographic Services and are open to novices, keen amateurs as well as experienced photographers. Any make of camera may be used and a survey is sent out prior to each safari to determine specific interests, type of equipment and level of experience. This in order to enable a tailor-made photographic experience specific to each guest's needs. Photographic equipment of Nikon and Canon can be rented by prior arrangement and a limited range of accessories, including memory cards, is available to purchase at the lodge.

As the course will also cover editing photos taken, it is recommend to bring a laptop, notebook or tablet, card readers and sufficient memory cards.

The groups are very small, which means individual attention is guaranteed; therefore all levels of photographers would be catered for even in a varied group.

Dates outside the guaranteed departures can be booked at the same rates with a minimum of 4 paying photographers.

Private use: The specialised vehicle can also be booked privately on a daily basis with or without a professional instructor. Please request a quotation via e-mail, phone or the form on this website.

Professional host: Professional wildlife photographers wanting to host their own group on the specialised photographic vehicle are welcome to do so. Kindly contact the reservations office to obtain a rate.