With the dry season starting to take effect, the colours of Mashatu have changed to red and yellow, interspersed with soft greens. Along the rivers however, it remains very green and it is not uncommon to find leopard reclining in one of the large Mashatu trees. Predator viewing is at its best now. Thee soft rays of the winter sun make lion,leopard and cheetah really glow. As usual, the cheetah are found on the open areas, allowing for easy, close up viewing. Water is starting to become a premium and it is not uncommon to find elephants digging in the river-beds for water, which lies just below the surface. At the waterholes, doves and guinea fowl come down each day to drink.jpgs attracts birds of prey and gabar goshawk (also melanistic) and tawny eagles are commonly seen. With the birth of giraffe in May, there are always a few deaths- this always attracts black backed jackal, spotted hyaena, white backed vulture, lappet-faced vulture and even cape vultures. The water bath in camp is a hive of birding activity and offers probably the most comfortable bird photography ever from the lounge, 3m away!
Please have a look under the the Flights tab for information on how to get to Mashatu and the transfers C4 can arrange for you.
This workshop is designed to get photographers into the best areas to 'get the shots'. Here is where you take your wildlife photography from 'good' to 'great'. By learning the tips, techniques and methods of taking great wildlife images with professional photographers, you will gain great insight and knowledge while improving your wildlife photography.
On these workshops guests will have access to the photo hides.
12 people. 6 photographers. If more than 6 photographers, bookings will close. Minimum of 3 photographers required for workshop to run.
Have images taken during the weekend critiqued by professional photographers.
All levels - group sizes are small enough for individual attention.
Digital SLR's. Have at least a 200mm lens. Laptop if you have one.
Mashatu Game reserve, Botswana (Passports Required).
Transport to Pontdrift border post.
Your professional photographer and host will open proceedings with short talk on what we can expect over weekend. Drive 1 is about enjoying and relaxing. Drive 2 is used to take photos 'as you are used to', so that it sets the benchmark to measure the images taken at the end of the weekend against. Before Dinner, the guide will give a short presentation showing a variety of images and how, by using specific aspects, you can alter and change an image dramatically.
|05h30||Early morning Game drive/Photo Hide|
||Presentation on light and composition with regards to wildlife photography. Technical discussion on how to maximise your use of light with regards exposures.|
|13h00||Rest and own time|
|16h00||Game drive/Photo Hide|
|20h00||Dinner in the outdoor boma and then retire to bed for another day of more great photography!|
Over the next few days the daily activity will be the same as day 2
Without stealing away any luxuries, accommodation is in a tented camp situated in the northern reaches of the reserve. Twin luxury safari tents offer you a luxurious rest in bush surrounds. Each tent has two large single beds, an en-suite bathroom with flushing W.C and its own private veranda to relax on. Breakfast and lunch are served in a main dining area whilst dinner is served in an out door boma overlooking an adjacent waterhole. There is a central lounge area to relax in, a plunge pool and a bar. A hide overlooks the waterhole next to the camp.
40% Deposit confirms your place.
All prices are VAT inclusive.
Please note: These rates are for African residents only. International clients are welcome on the SADC safaris. The rates for international clients are USD $2300 sharing and USD $2900 single for 2017. Please feel free to contact us for any additional information.
Aimed at beginner/intermediate as well as advanced photographers, this workshop brings like-minded people together to enjoy nature and learn more about improving their photography.
On all our tours and workshops we may ask participants to rotate seats in the vehicles, taking it in turn to sit in the more popular seats in the front and the less popular ones in the rear. The requirement applies to everyone. If there is some reason why you can't take your turn in the back of a vehicle (e.g. a bad back or travel sickness) please inform our office at the time of booking to see if we can accommodate you. We regret that anyone failing to inform us of such limitations before the tour will be expected to rotate seats in the same way as everyone else.
Park vehicles at secure area at border. A Ranger will meet you there and transfer you to camp. Arrival time 13h00.
Depart 11h00 on last day.
1. Self-drive and rental car
You have the option to rent a car from various rental car companies. You can then drive yourself to the Pont Drift Border post. Directions to the Border post will be sent to you. The drive is approximately 6 hours.
2. Road transfer which C4 can arrange
C4 Photo Safaris can make arrangements for you to be transferred from O.R. Tambo International Airport to Pont Drift Border post. The road transfer is approx. 6 hours.
3a. Flight details which C4 can arrange
If you prefer to fly, we can make arrangements for a flight transfer from O.R. Tambo International Airport to the Limpopo Valley Airfield on Mashatu:
3b. Scheduled flights and road transfers option
There are also DAILY flights between O.R. Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) and Polokwane Airport (approx. 1 hour) and the option of a road transfer from Polokwane to the Pont Drift Border post (approx. 2 hours).
If you would like to make use of any of the road or flight transfer options, please contact us and we can build it onto your workshop.
On arrival at the Pont Drift border post
"It might have been the toughest possible test for Trevor and for C4 Photo Workshops! Its October, suicide month in Botswana. Its so hot and so dry there is not a of water to drink in the rivers and there are no mud holes. Most of the animals must make a visit to the water holes at the photo hides in order to drink ... normally in October. But the rains came early, and it rained long and hard, and there was a lot of water in Mashatu. Trevor and the whole staff at Mashatu stepped up to the challenge to ensure that our Mashatu Photo Workshop was an outstanding experience, regardless of the weather. The workshop sessions were interesting and enlightening, and Trevors grasp of animal behavior and strategy for photographing it are exceptional. Daniel and Trevor made sure we had birds, cheetahs, leopards, lions, elan, kudu, impala, baboons, etc. available to photograph. And lets not forget, babies! The Mashatu Tent Camp was very comfortable with an experienced staff that fully understands warm and friendly hospitality. The food was outstanding, and its wise to plan to gain a few pounds in the experience. Daniels tracking skill and his ability to confidently find his way around the reserve, even in the darkest, wettest night, are extraordinary, as are his relaxed charm and continual natural smile. Having experienced multiple photo safari adventures in Africa, this was our second C4 safari. We understand that the outcome when things dont go as planned, such as unseasonable weather, is probably the most important photo safari evaluation standard. Certainly, C4 will continue to be our choice to ensure a successful photo safari in the future."Larry and Carmen Stunkel
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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 ex