2018/11/10 to 2018/11/18

Boundless Botswana 10-18 Nov 2018

Experience Botswana’s most prolific and productive wilderness regions on opposite and contrasting ends of this amazing country. The Okavango Delta has stolen the safari limelight in Botswana, but there are 2 regions which offer some of the best wildlife viewing not only in Botswana, but across the whole of Africa, Mashatu Game Reserve and the ancient Linyanti Eco-System.

Famous for its atmospheric scenes, exceptional predator viewing and our custom designed photographic hides, the first 4 nights of this safari will be spent at Mashatu. The second leg of the safari will be spent in the Linyanti, home to one of the largest concentrations of elephants in the world as well as prolific predator viewing. The triangle that nestles between the Linyanti floodplain and the notorious Savuti Channel is a magnet for Leopard, African Wild Dog and Lion.

During the late dry season, Mashatu and the Linyanti form one of the most exciting and dramatic wildlife stories in Africa. The recently established flight between Mashatu – Maun has finally created a quick and easy mode of travel between these 2 wilderness destinations.

The Xigera extension is an optional extra after the Boundless Botswana Safari.

 

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To encapsulate the 3 most productive wildlife viewing areas in Botswana, we have created a 3 day add on to this safari. Xigera is situated right in the heart of the Okavango Delta. This camp epitomizes the aquatic and on-land wildlife experience that the Okavango is so famous for. Xigera is the best place to see Pels Fishing Owl and the elusive and highly sought after Sitatunga antelope, that resides in the Papyrus lines water channels. In recent years predator sightings have increased, leopard in particular, and a game drive here will also include Red Lechwe, Elephant and exceptional birdlife.

Xigera is located on the palm filled Paradise Island surrounded by tall stands of riverine woodland. From here we can experience this serene landscape by boat or by vehicle. However, a morning on a Mokoro floating over the crystal clear waters lined with water lilies, Painted Reed Frogs and the striking colours of a Malachite Kingfisher might be the best way to get a feel for this aquatic paradise.

This safari will be personally guided by Kyle and Ruth De Nobrega who currently reside on the banks of the Okavango Delta on the outskirts of Maun. In 2017, they traversed the Okavango Delta in a traditional dugout canoe (Mokoro) to gain an in depth understanding of this fascinating eco-system. Prior to moving to the northern wilderness regions of Botswana, the couple spent 3 years managing the C4 photographic concession within Mashatu. Here, they managed, designed and built some of the photographic hides as well as hosted specialized photographic and wildlife safaris at Mashatu. Their combined experience and knowledge allow for a unique opportunity to experience these highly photogenic regions.

 

Highlights:

  • Dramatic, dusty scenes with exceptional light at Mashatu.
  • Unique and specialized Photographic hides at Mashatu with high concentrations of wildlife during the late dry season.
  • A very unique landscape at Mashatu dotted with giant Mashatu Trees, home for resting leopard
  • Very good leopard and cheetah populations at Mashatu.
  • The Linyanti is acclaimed to have the largest concentration of elephants in Africa during the dry season.
  • The famous Savuti Channel forms a wedge for prolific wildlife viewing between the Linyanti floodplain.
  • Excellent Wild Dog and Lion viewing, escalated by the dry season attraction towards the vast open floodplains.
  • During the late dry season, species frequently seen include both Roan and Sable near DumaTau.
  • A safari that encompasses the 3 most productive wilderness regions in Botswana.
  • An opportunity to explore the Xigera region in the very heart of the Okavango, and the opportunity to see the elusive Sitatunga antelope as well as the rare Pels’ Fishing Owl.

 

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About your host, Kyle de Nobrega

A naturalist guide by trade, a wildlife photographer by passion, a birder at heart, Kyle has truly dedicated his life and time to wilderness regions and the natural world. He is constantly on a mission to explore, find and ultimately share the fascinating jewels of the bush. From taking photo’s of the spoor left behind by a beetle grub to painstakingly lying on a rock waiting for a certain bird to fly by, he thrives.

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About your host, Ruth Nussbaum

With an innate love for travel and wildlife her passion for photography was bound to work hand in hand. Her photographic career began in the form of Fine Art at Rhodes University and has since adapted and taken on new forms during her many travels over the past few years. Naturally, moving to the bush her subject focus shifted to the wildlife around her.

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Day 1 - 5

Mashatu, Botswana

Arrive at Maun International Airport in Botswana. You will walk over to the domestic departure side for your flight transfer to Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana. A Mashatu representative will meet you at the Airstrip to transfer you to Mashatu Main Lodge for your 4 nights stay.

Mashatu Game Reserve is a wholly preserved and untainted wilderness in eastern Botswana, at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers. The ample plains range from savannah, to riverine forests, marshland, and sandstone outcrops.

Mashatu, “Land of Giants” takes its name from the locally-sacrosanct Mashatu tree and the giants that roam the terrain. As one of the largest private game reserve in southern Africa, Mashatu is, at 25 000 ha (75 000 acres), a fitting setting for the world’s largest land mammal (the elephant) - with the largest herds on privately owned land on earth. Mashatu also provides sanctuary to the world’s tallest mammal (the giraffe); the world’s largest antelope (the eland); the world’s largest bird (the ostrich) and of course, the world’s heaviest flying bird (the kori bustard). Add the lion, the king of the beasts and the iconic baobab - and you have Africa’s Big Seven.

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Day 5 - 9

DumaTau, Botswana

After your last game drive and breakfast at Mashatu you will be taken back to the airstrip for your flight transfer back to Maun International Airport. On arrival at Maun Airport, you will be met and assisted by a Wilderness Safaris representative to your light aircraft for your flight transfer to DumaTau. A DumaTau representative will meet you at the airstrip and transfer you to camp for you 4 nights stay.

Situated in the wedge between the notorious Savuti Channel and the Linyanti floodplain, the DumaTau area is known as one of the most productive wildlife areas in Botswana. This 5 star tented camp overlooks the beautiful Osprey Lagoon which becomes a highway for swimming elephants during the dry season as they cross back and forth between the woodlands and floodplains.

The surrounding region becomes totally devoid of surface water from October and the daily pulsation of wildlife, elephants in particular, to and from the woodlands and water makes the location of DumaTau ideal within the Linyanti. The early morning light that penetrates the tall stands of forest that fringes the waterways creates surreal photographic scenes. The astounding concentration of elephants is overwhelming towards the end of the long dry season, seriously making DumaTau one of the best places on earth to view abundant elephant herds.

Along with elephants, the beautiful tall stands of mixed woodland create the perfect open understory for predators moving through the area. This area is famous for African Wild Dog as they move in-sync in search of prey at dusk and dawn. Leopards frequent these woodlands and the vegetation that fringes the open floodplains become the perfect platform for them to scan for Red Lechwe and Impala. The great location of the camp on the edge of the Linyanti and close to the Savuti Channel is also the perfect area for lion prides to establish their territories. Late dry season species also include the chance of seeing both Roan and Sable Antelope.

 

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Day 9

DumaTau, Botswana

After your last game drive and breakfast at DumaTau you will be transferred back to the airstrip for your scheduled flight back to Maun International Airport, Botswana in time for your International flight. This is the end of the safari.

Mashatu Main Lodge

For the client who is accustomed to luxury, this camp will meet every expectation. 14 luxury suites lie along the camp’s perimeter, and are designed to allow absolute privacy and a communion with the bush and its inhabitants. Each of the air-conditioned suites at Mashatu Main Lodge is tastefully decorated, and includes impressive black and white prints of Africa’s most beautiful animals. A double bed and an extra-large single bed, together with a seating area that includes a single day bed, comfortably accommodates families with younger children.

The ample en-suite bathroom with both bath and shower facilities and a separate W.C. complete the well-appointed suites. This is the ideal camp for the family traveller. A large swimming pool is a focal point where visitors cool down and relax between game activities. The Discovery Room is the portal through which curious visitors get a glimpse of another world – one that existed long before the appearance of man. The animal specimens and relics will fascinate and educate visitors of all ages, as will the resident crocodiles – both great and small.

 

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DumaTau Camp

DumaTau Camp is a ten-roomed (eight twin and two family) luxury tented camp located in the private Linyanti Wildlife Reserve that borders the western boundary of Chobe National Park. It is situated close to the source of the Savute Channel on Osprey Lagoon, one of the many lagoons within the Linyanti Swamp system, and between two elephant ‘corridors’ - all of which makes for a plethora of wildlife on game drives along the Savute.

The camp is raised off the ground to take advantage of the sweeping dramatic river views. Each en-suite tent is spacious, spreading out under a canvas roof, with clear-storey sliding doors and windows that allow for wide-angled views of the riverfront. There is an airy, expansive dining and lounge area and a pool, all overlooking the lagoon and its denizens.

 

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$10†950.00 per person sharing

$14†950.00 per single supplement

30% deposit confirms your booking. Balance payable 8 weeks prior to the safari.
Maximum of 6 clients.


The above costs include

  • Pickup and transport for the entire Safari.
  • All internal flights.
  • Entrance and accommodation to all reserves.
  • All meals.
  • Game activities.
  • The services of 2 of our guides.
  • 3 x hide sessions at Mashatu.
  • 2 x Private vehicles at both camps.
  • Extra freight seat.

Not included

  • Gratuities to staff and guides.
  • Non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks.
  • Extra activities not included.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Travel visas.


Day 1

Arrive at Maun International Airport in Botswana. You will walk over to the domestic departure side for your flight transfer to Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana. A Mashatu representative will meet you at the Airstrip to transfer you to Mashatu Main Lodge for your 4 nights stay.

Day 5

After your last game drive and breakfast at Mashatu you will be taken back to the airstrip for your flight transfer back to Maun International Airport. On arrival at Maun Airport, you will be met and assisted by a Wilderness Safaris representative to your light aircraft for your flight transfer to DumaTau. A DumaTau representative will meet you at the airstrip and transfer you to camp for your 4 nights stay.

Day 9

After your last game drive and breakfast at DumaTau you will be transferred back to the airstrip for your scheduled flight back to Maun International Airport, Botswana in time for your International flight. This is the end of the safari.

 
Thank you for your Testimonial, it's much appreciated!

Mashatu Photo Workshop

"The Workshop was just brilliant - both Isak and Janet were so helpful teaching and guiding us throughout. They were both professional and at the same time very friendly so we were constantly learning and improving our images as the week progressed! I love Cheetahs and we were lucky to have an amazing cheetah experience with the four young females that decided to play "chasey" around a couple of trees just in front of us. They ran and leapt at each other and wrestled in the grass like kittens. It was a beautiful experience and one I will always remember! (I will add two more photos of the cheetahs playing). My other favourite part of the workshop was watching the elephants from the hide - the babies were just so cute slipping and sliding in the mud around the waterhole and watching the interaction between the babies and the older elephants was very special! Richard and Justice were our Driver/Guides and were very keen to get us in the correct position for photographing the animals and birds - they were both terrific! Mashatu Tented Camp was superb - comfortable tents and we were certainly very well fed and looked after!"

Sally Hinton
09 May 2017


Mashatu Photo Workshop with Kyle and Ruth

"We had a fantastic Photographic Workshop with Kyle, Ruth. Their knowledge of photography, birds, wildlife and the veld is outstanding and we learned a lot from them. Richard, the Mashatu staff member/guide also shared a lot of his knowledge with us. The elephants at the hide were an experience that I will treasure for ever. We had a wonderful four days at Mashatu. The Mashatu Photographic Workshop is tops Ė Thanks C4 Photo Safaris!!!"

Bennie Vivier
09 May 2017


Mashatu

"Having been fortunate enough to have visited Mashatu on several occasions over the last ten years it was fascinating to experience it from a new angle, in particular hide photography. The intimacy with the animals added a new perspective to photography. When you add to this the expertise and enthusiasm of Isak and Kyle there are insufficient superlatives to describe the workshop. I have already booked my next one! Thanks must go also to all the Mashatu Lodge staff. Our ranger Dan Sasebola after 28 years on Mashatu demonstrated his knowledge of birds, animals and the bush in general with feeling. I cannot recommend the experience too highly, the photography opportunities and tuition were first class, thanks to you all!"

Sue Goodman
14 July 2016


Awesome Experience @ Mashatu

"This was my first photo safari and I must say, I have throughly enjoyed myself! Isak and Kyle were most helpful and obliging. They shared very generously on photography tips and often make the effort to check that we are doing fine. It was such a wonderful experience having them with us on safaris and getting us into the best position for pictures. So much that I missed having them terribly on the vehicle during my extension stay. The review sessions on our pictures were also very fruitful and provided many insights on what makes a desirable photograph. The safaris were awesome. There were many big cat sightings and the rangers here are knowledgeable and are very good trackers. You get to spend plenty of time watching and observing the animals. This serves very well when you are trying different approaches to composing your pictures and capturing action scenes. The hides also offer very impressive views and photographic opportunities. I would highly recommend anyone to join the Safari @ Mashatu. Its definitely a worthwhile experience!"

Serene Chew
23 June 2016


Absolutely brilliant

"Mashatu with C4 has been on my bucket list for quite awhile and finally in June I had the opportunity to do a 4 day workshop with Isak and Andre. My expectations were more than met. The whole experience was brilliant and one that has once again been placed on the bucket list as a revisit is a definite. Out driver Jakes was a magician at the wheel and also in predicting animal behavior. We had so many magical sightings and the photo opportunities were fantastic. And Mashatu itself is just a dream. Awesome luxury tented accommodation and delicious food. This workshop should be on everyones bucket list. Amazing!"

Carol Darby
16 June 2016


Awesome Mashatu

"I had heard about Mashatu from a friend and when I discovered that C4 did a workshop there it quickly hit my bucket list of places to visit. And last month that wish became a reality. What a fantastic 4 plus days. Kyle and Andre were awesome photo guides and the tips we received were so helpful in getting great wildlife images. The Mashatu guides were brilliant and were second to none at locating wildlife and getting us into the best position for the wildlife interaction and best light. It was so great I hope to repeat the experience. Thank you everyone."

Carol Darby
16 June 2016


Fantastic Mashatu

"Isak and Kyle was wonderful with lots of patience. Wonderful tips given to all of us. What a wonderful place Mashatu is. Thanks again to the staff- drivers, spotters etc and specially to Isak and Kyle for a wonderful time we had."

Sue Anton van Langelaar
07 June 2016


Mashatu Magic

"Kyle and Trevor have endless experience which they apply to all the unique situations which arise during a Photographic Workshop, from making students aware of changing lighting conditions, teaching us to think ahead to plan for the best possible shot, ensuring that the theory and the practical come together in many ah ha moments, and added to this just being fun and engaging to be with. A magical time in a magical place with the added benefit of concrete photographic learning having taken place. Thank you and baie gracias. "

Yvonne Smuts
06 May 2016


MASHATU APRIL 2016

"This has to rate as one of the most exceptional experiences of my life. Mashatu offers the photographer absolutely everything in the way of wildlife - from the herds of elephants and other game, to the magnificent landscapes and the evening skies. Thank you to Kyle de Nobrega and Trevor Kleyn for their unending patience, talent and passion for what they do. I came home having learnt so much about my camera, first and foremost, to lighting, position and angle to get just the best shot. I will certainly be back for more of the same stuff!"

Glynnis Wood
04 May 2016


Mashatu

"My main purpose for visiting Mashatu was to visit the under ground hides. We were royally entertained by two groups of elephants and numerous birds. I got my images from there that I wanted. The trips on the vehicle was also very enjoyable and seeing leopard every day was special. The lodge and staff at Mashatu tented camp was, as expected, exemplary. Oh and how can I forget, Trevor, from C4 Photo Safaris, was a fantastic host. Hint to other prospective travellers to Mashatu, ask Trevor to make coffee. Only reason is that the animals come out of the bush when he does. Cannot wait for my next trip to Mashatu!!!"

Francois Venter
12 April 2016


Mashatu workshop

"We were beginner photographers and after four days left feeling we we could go and do it all. There is still a lot to learn , but thanks to Andre and Kyle we have a good understanding of the principles of good photography. You are passionate about photography , sharing your knowledge in a patient and effective way Thank you very much."

Andries and Yvonne Ferreira
19 March 2016


Mashatu

"We can only be grateful that guys like Shem and Kyle are willing to offer time to spend with us novices. Their knowledge made this an exceptional experience. Their patience made us feel special. Exceeded all our expectations. THANKS"

Leo and Alta van Vuuren
19 November 2015


Elephant Hide - Mashatu

"We have once again made use of the Elephant hide. This time we had a few guests with us. Needless to say they loved the experience. I would like to compliment Kyle for his patience, knowledge and excellent service. He really was an ambassador for C4 and photographic guides as a whole! 1010! He pointed out shots to the people. Helped with not only DSLR cameraís but even Sony video cameras and iPhone time lapses! Thanks very much for the excellent service! "

Andrew and Lucy Stephens
17 October 2015


CANON COLLECTIVE/ICONIC IMAGES PHOTO SAFARI 2015

"I actually left you a message on Facebook already, but if you donít check that as often you may not have seen it yet. Firstly, I want to say a HUGE thank you to you for the organization and logistical know-how you provided for our trip. It was truly the most rewarding and amazing experience of my life, and something Iíve only dreamt about since I was a little girl. Every day provided us something new in regards to sightings etc, and the structure was perfect for me to get me up and going. I loved being busy and having something to get up every day for, it made each and every day just as exciting as the last and I felt like no time was wasted (the down time in the middle of our days was perfect to relax and backup images, and eat, to then get going again for the afternoon). Mashatu felt like home, we loved all of our trackers and drivers, so friendly and willing to explain to us about everything Mashatu had to offer, and also so happy and willing to have a laugh with us, as you well know how a group of Aussieís can be! The food was beyond expectation and was often so full to the brim I could literally not eat another bite. And the beautiful hides were such a unique experience, making Mashatu somewhere Iíd definitely like to visit in future. Ngala I believe was a first time experiment for one of your tours, and I can definitely attest to the fact that the accomodations, and everything about the stay was exquisite. The food, the staff, the rooms were all top notch and surpassed everyoneís expectations. Our drivers and trackers in particular I want to commend above all. Andre and Joseph, Dan and Sam were all so enthusiastic, so knowledgable, and extremely willing to provide us the best experience they possibly could. (They made killer Morning drinks too!) The Ngala wildlife sightings as well were incredible, lion prides every day, numerous Leopard, A Rhino! such amazing diversity and while different to Mashatu, we saw something new and exciting daily. I for one, was never disappointed. A big thankyou to you Denis, for allowing us to go at the expense of your own pocket, Iím so grateful to you for ensuring we were able to have the best experience possible. Onto C4 and Andre (and Ruth and Kyle), what an amazing host Andre is. Always lovely, patient, so ready to teach and inform us of the intricacies of African culture and wildlife and BIRDS! Andre was incredibly knowledgeable and ready to answer every one of our possibly inane questions. I feel like we all became wonderful friends, and he was absolutely an asset to the tour and would not have been the same without him. Iím sure I can speak of the group when I say that we all miss him already, we had the best laughs with him, and he graciously put up with our Australian And last, but in no way least, the Canon boys, Jay and Colin. Having known Colin previously from other collective events and having met Jay before coming, it made my experience so much richer having a familiar face there and having them there to give pointers about the gear, give me anything I wanted to try out for the day, from a wide angle to a super telephoto lens, to the awesome new 5DS. I absolutely would not have been able to capture the images I did without both of their expertise, and the gear they provided. I feel very lucky to have been apart of this group, Iíve never laughed so hard and so often in my life, really awesome guys that Iím glad and grateful to call mates. So thatís basically it Denis! Trip of a lifetime, Iím literally now saving to come back as soon as I can, hopefully 2017, and will absolutely be having Iconic Images as my number 1 for when I return."

Gemma Ortlipp
01 September 2015


CANON COLLECTIVE/ICONIC IMAGES PHOTO SAFARI 2015

"Well well well, what an experience. To summarise into a few paragraphs I cannot do, Iíll simply have to tell all over and over again in person. Everything went really well, many of the attendees went from never using a SLR before to manual mode in the first 3/4 days. The mini classroom sessions held during the break time in the middle of the day were very popular and fit in nicely in those downtime periods. Their thirst to learn was as strong as their eagerness to get back into the car for the next game session. A measure of a successful event is the staging of a dozen or more people together who donít know each other and by the end of the trip are exchanging email, phone numbers and Facebook requests. A bond has been formed and life long friendships have sparked. From my eyes its great to see such a well oiled operation, I wouldnít change a thing and I congratulate you & C4 on an impeccable offering. Although I work with Jay often and he does a great job here at home, it was great to see him in his natural environment, he really shines in Africa. I learnt quite a few new things and got to spend some quality time with the new 5DS which is an absolute gem of a camera. Although we do experience events weekly its rare we do more than a week with a single group and the value is exponential. I believe this trip if proof of itís merits and gives me the confidence to inform Steve/Canon that a highly professional, enjoyable and valuable adventure was had by all. Mashatu is so very special, I want to take my wife and kids to show them first hand myself (just got to wait for the kids to grow up a little). The whole camp, the people, the tents even has a vibe of being very homely. The hot water bottles for example is a simple touch that brings so much happiness to an already amped up & excited photographer. I understand why you choose Mashatu as a regular rotation for Iconic Images adventures, its simple African heaven. Ngala was also very good, I felt it was important to see two different game reserves and having been now I appreciate this even more. The wildlife at the two locations were quite different along with the altitude and topography which gave me a sense of a far more rounded Africa. Ngala has a lot of luxuries even the fussiest traveller would appreciate and I would love to return there also. I would highly recommend both game reserves without a doubt and I thank you for going the extra mile with the last minute change to Ngala to ensure our journey was tailored to be the best it could. In other good news, Iíve already had some discussions about the 2016 photo safari to Namibia with a few interested parties and I believe I have 4 people whoíd be likely to confirm and pay deposits when the safari goes live. Iíll let Jay know a bit of background on the interested parties, all proficient photographers and local Brisbane collective members whom just want to jump in and grab a piece of the action we experienced this year. I had a flutter of private Facebook messages after posting an album and some stories on Sunday evening. I plan on holding a collective member night called ďA night in AfricaĒ with Jay & Colin to share our stories from this yearís trip to the greater collective community to inform people about the 2016 photo safari. Thank you again Denis, I had a ball and will have decades of satisfaction from this adventure."

Colin Baker
01 September 2015


Mashatu Workshop

"As a new photographer with a passion for wildlife, safaris and such, I tagged this workshop onto the end of a family visit to South Africa. I was keen to learn and experience as much as I could in as short a time as possible and this workshop ticked all the boxes I wanted ticked! We had jammed packed action from the moment we arrived. Droves of elephants on land and in the river, hundreds of birds, cheetah cubs, lion cubs, jackal cubs, hyena cubs, witnessing a cheetah kill and seeing how the mother was teaching her cubs to fend for themselves, observing the animal behaviour and hierarchy of hyenas around their kudu kill, experiencing the underground hide and being so close to the ellies, even the little things like the chameleon in the tree...I had the time of my life. We arrived in boiling hot weather, had a massive thunderstorm with lightening, thunder and torrential rain that night and then it cooled down...but nothing dampened our spirits. We were there for the experience and we sure got it. Tented camp catered beautifully and caringly. I have some serious food sensitivities which were no problem to Hilda and Montys team. Jake and Justice were fantastic guides and Kyle and Trevor were marvellous as our photography teachers! Had the time of my life and hope to be back at Mashatu sooner rather than later. "

Judy Miller
13 November 2014


Mashatu Workshop

"Who says miserable weather is not for photography workshops Clouds, thunder, lightning, rain and mud did not dampen our spirits - this workshop was the most enjoyable time I have had in the bush in a long time. The sightings were spectacular. From the first line of ellies making their way back on to Mashatu, the cheetah kill from start to finish, the cubs practising killing techniques, elephant bulls sparring in the river, lionesses and cubs, mating dragonflies, rain-escaping froglets to the 16-strong hyena clan feasting on a huge male kudu they brought down - AWESOME stuff!!! Kyle and Trevor were the patient teachers and photography mentors and with the sightings we had it was impossibly not to learn loads. Monty, Hilda and team from Mashatu Tent Camp were fantastic and the food delicious **burp**"

Janet Wilkinson
13 November 2014


Mashatu Workshop September

"Thank you to everybody at C4 ! We had a great workshop. Everything was perfectly organised, the camp was lovely, the food really good and the game viewing spectacular ! The time spent with the cheetah mum and her 4 cubs was the absolute highlight of this trip, they are so adorable ! The photography part was great to many thanks to Andre and Kyle for their help in settings, composition advice and creating absolutely cool photo moments. For instance the time we were at the hide, and no elephants showed up. Andre got us photographing sparring guinea fowls which turned out to be one of the favourite pics of this trip. Or when Kyle got us to photograph the sky in very cloudy weather, that turned out spectacular too. As for the first two cloudy days, well at least the cubs were totally active and running around instead of sleeping in the shade as would be on a hot and sunny day. So we learnt theres even something positive about cloudy weather and diffuse light. We made new friends and got home with full memory cards and lots of happy memories ! Thanks and we look forward to travelling with you again next May in Svalbard ! For those who want to have a look, theres lots of pics on our webpage www.bluemelphoto.ch"

Astrid Juerg Bluemel
24 September 2014


Mashatu workshop

"We had a great time at Mashatu. We learned a lot from Andre Kyle and we saw lots of lions, leopards, a cheetah with her 4 cubs, giraffes and all other wildlife. Learning how to make pictures of the stars and a singel baobab was also amazing. Thanks for a fantastic photo workshop with also lots of fun. Marc Karin - The Netherlands"

Marc Karin Scheltens
24 September 2014


Mashatu Workshop

"We just want to let you know we had a great time at Mashatu. Special thanks to Andre Kyle, we learned a lot, but still need to practise a lot. We were so lucky seeing lots of lions, leopard and of course the cheetah with her 4 cups. Another great experience was making photos of the stars and a baobab tree. Hope to get back one day."

Marc Karin Scheltens
20 September 2014


Mashatu Safari

"Thank you for what was most probably one off my best bush experiences ever. Besides the great sightings what also made it so nice was Heinrich van den Berg and Trevor Kleyns way of sharing their photographic and field knowledge so willingly. Shem you and all the people at C4 can really be proud on what your are doing. Hope to join you again soon on another great bush experience."

Dewald van Breda
28 July 2014


Mashatu Workshop

"I just want to a quick mail to thank you for a great Mashatu Workshop. I booked the workshop as a non-photographer and I left there completely hooked! It is now my husband and my new found hobby to do together. Absolutely loving it! It was everything we expected and so much more. We enjoyed it thoroughly and really learned a lot. We will definitely see you again on a future workshop!"

Frances Snyman
11 June 2014


Mashatu Hides

"I wanted to express what an awesome trip I had to Mashatu and working with Kyle and Ruth while there.jpg experience at the photographic hide was incredible and an experience I will never forget. Kyle and Ruth were great ambassadors for C4 Images. I cant wait to return to Africa and hope to cross paths with C2 again!"

Anne Jennings
31 May 2014


Mashatu Photo Workshop

"From the very first minute I was so impressed with the absolute professional and friendly way in which things were conducted. One of the biggest attractions at Mashatu was the Elephant hide where it is possible to photograph elephants standing just a few meters away. This was maybe one of the most spectacular and exiting experiences in my more than 40 years of photography. Then most important was Isak Pretorius and Mike Dexter. These two gentlemen were absolutely outstanding and also their knowledge and insight were very impressive. Again I would like to thank C4 Images and Safaris for hosting such a wonderful and inspiring experience. You have certainly changed my life forever. Thank You, Johan Kloppers. FPSSA, APSSAVers PSSA Regional Director, Western Cape. "

Johan Kloppers
18 July 2013


Mashat Photo Workshop

"I was especially fascinated by the elephant hide and the fact that we could stay there for a whole day. Iíll never forget the marching up of baboons, impalas, kudu, a herd of elephants and finally the leopard in the twilight. I was happy with my tent and the friendly staff in the camp. All in all the four days topped my expectations. Many thanks!"

Peter Raimann
18 July 2013


Mashatu Photo Workshop

"Amazing experience with C4 at Mashatu. Shem & Andre taught us so much, to better our photography,added to this,unbelievable sightings,almost as if C4 managed to "set up" these sightings in a studio. They got us into the best possible position to enhance our photographic experience. C4 are professional & are fantastic hosts,always willing to share their knowledge of photography,the bush & animal behaviour. Mashatu delivered on the quality of the sightings. Not our 1st trip with C4 & will not be our last."

Deepak Daya
13 June 2013


Mashatu Photographic Safari

"I would like to a quick note to say thank you for a great photographic safari. Shems photographic knowledge and willingness to share his skills with us made this trip well worth it. The sightings and the opportunities that were presented to us were spectacular, from the first game drive to the last drive. "

Prakash Bhikha
12 June 2013


Botswana 2011

"Thank you for a wonderful experience in Botswana. I have visited Southern Africa several times over the last 10 years and this was without a doubt the highlight. The abundance of wildlife was truly amazingThis coupled with the green landscape and cloudy skies made for some fantastic images. Your team worked extremely well together and each shared a wealth of photographic knowledge and a passion for Africa and wildlife.jpg organisation of the trip was exemplary and I look forward to joining you again in 2012."

Daniel Clozza
01 January 2011


Botswana 2011

"Thanks for what was a fabulous wildlife photographic experience. My thanks to Shem and Jay as well. I learned far more about photography than I expected, and as a result of good camp choices, saw far more wildlife than hoped for.Thee camps, their staff and the food were all first class.jpg software education class was a hit and I have now purchased Adobe Lightroom 3 as a result. I hope to join you all on another African wildlife Safari at sometime in the future."

Chris Hilton
01 January 2011


Botswana 2011

"The organisation of this trip was simply amazing, creating a foundation for the unique blend of opportunity and expertise we had access to. Spending all this time surrounded by encouraging colleagues photographing the Okavango has improved my skills, in particular my ability to manually control the images I want. I have had several trips to Africa but never have I returned with so many keepers. Timing our trip just as the wet was beginning was a master stroke and to see the Okavango under big skies was magnificent.jpg selection of camps and the wealth of local knowledge combined to make this trip the magical experience it was. Ive been home a month and still think about our adventure every day."

Graham Morgan
01 January 2011


Botswana 2011

"I arrived in Botswana a complete novice with my camera however with the endless patience and time that you Shem and Jay where prepared to give to me I developed an understanding of my camera (that the book of instructions did not help me achieve.) Time and encouragement led me to see things differently, now I see many good things to photograph. I was impressed by the organisation, flexibility and communication with the drivers and spotters that allowed a ladies car to go out. I enjoyed every minute of the experience and want to thank you, Shem and Jay for all the help I received."

Heather Dey
01 January 2011


Mashatu 2011

"Being a novice photographer I found both Shem and Gregs openness to share their skills, knowledge and experience in the subject as excellent and has certainly inspired me to improve myself in photography as a serious amateur."

Clive and Debra Townsley
01 January 2011


Mashatu 2011

"As a Canadian and a beginner photographer, I had some doubts if I would really benefit from the workshop and at the same time enjoy it. All my doubts quickly disappeared after the first working meeting that followed our fun evening and morning game drives. Shem and Greg are not only superb photographers, but also excellent gentle teachers and coaches, who generously shared their knowledge and encouraged us to be critical of our skills and to experiment and be creative.jpgevel of knowledge and skills within our group were vastly different, but the critiques were never harsh and the environment was highly supportive even for baby steps that some of us were taking."

Maria Stuchly
01 January 2011


Mashatu 2011

"I wanted to thank you again for such a great trip. I had an awesome time and it has just sparked my enthusiasm to get back out there (not that I know when that will be possible). Your discussion topics were spot on for me and I left feeling like I had a good sense on where my photography was at and what I need to work on to take it to the next level. Will definitely be planning to get on one of your trips again and hope to catch up for a beer when you are in Oz later in the year. I am so impressed by what you are doing in the industry over there and all the new projects - keep up the good work. Hoping our paths cross again in the not too distant future."

Josh Watts
01 January 2011


Mashatu 2011

"Thank you for an amazing couple of days in the bush. We were fortunate to enjoy great sightings and we benefited from Shems vast experience and knowledge about both wildlife and photography. Shem is a genuinely nice guy and a very good teacher. I would recommend this course to anyone looking to improve their photography."

Florian Ruff
01 January 2011


Mashatu 2010

"Composition, settings, information about animals behaviour and what photos we could maybe get from the situation... when to be prepared... which lenses... made it fantastic. The enthusiasm of our guides, who did the workshop with passion, made the Mashatu trip unforgettable.jpgy cared a lot for everybody and were happy when all could get the best out of it. Mashatu is a place one has to come back to."

Judith Gawehn
01 January 2010


Mashatu 2010

"We had a truly wonderful time on the workshop. We have been to Mashatu several times and the time spent with Shem enhanced an already wonderful experience. His photographic knowledge and ability to confer that knowledge made for a fantastic learning opportunity. However his familiarity with the area and love and passion for nature made it a truly unique trip and one we hope to repeat."

Mike and Vicky Morford
01 January 2010


Mashatu 2010

"Mashatu is a very nice Game Reserve, specially in this period of year, April. Green colours all around and yellow flowers patches provides a surprisingly contrast to the game sights. Landscape is astonishing. Rangers are very experienced and keen to support u on getting perfect picture positions. A very good experience, that must be repeated."

Jordie Ferdandez
01 January 2010


Botswana 2009

"We had previously had a wonderful trip to Botswana in June and this second visit in December did not disappoint. We had several unforgettable wildlife encounters. We would recommend a C4 Images and Safaris photo tour if you want a well organised trip where photographic opportunities are maximised, there is good camaraderie and the extremely knowledgeable guides are also great company."

Maggie and Peter Manson
01 January 2009


Mashatu 2009

"Absolutely amazing, awesome, wonderful... I dont really have the words! As a beginner I found the workshop the perfect opportunity to develop my skills and I learnt so much that I cannot wait for the next opportunity to practice. Meeting like-minded people with a passion for the bush and photography was a pleasure and I can only commend Mashatu for their patience, knowledge and willingness to accommodate photographers request. Isak Pretorius is a very talented, passionate photographer who was willing to share his knowledge and experience, and it was a privilege to learn from him. I found the course very well organized and can highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in photography and the bush. Very happy memories that will last a lifetime.Thank you all."

Marjoelein Jansen
01 January 2009


Mashatu 2009

"An excellent destination to conduct a field workshop. At the current price I wont hesitate to join again.jpg experience and sightings will always be part of my memory. Thanks Shem for yet another few beautiful days out in nature!"

Johann Mader
01 January 2009


Mashatu 2008

"The course is highly recommended for anyone wanting to know how to achieve the most from their camera when it comes to wildlife photography. Mashatu is an excellent place to view wildlife in big open wide spaces.jpg tented camp is great and has wonderful and friendly staff and is a very relaxing place to spend time at."

Allan Elliot
01 January 2008


Mashatu 2008

"I was so lucky to be there and to share in the pixel shedding!! This was an absolutely amazing adventure.jpgks to Shem Compion and Andre Cloete who made it really worthwhile as well as the friendly staff of Mashatu. This workshop is a must for every keen photographer, with or without experience. I took literally thousands of images and it will take me a long, long time to properly work through it. Thanks once again for this magnificent experience!"

Piet Smit
01 January 2008


African Wildlife Cinematography Workshop with Abraham Joffe



Leopard and porcupine hunt, C4 Images and Safaris, Mashatu photo workshop- © Guy Larin



Photo Workshop at Mashatu with C4 Images and Safaris



The Mashatu Hide - An Elephant Bazaar









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