Experience the ultimate predator viewing, with the ultimate predator photographer. Shem Compion is an award winning professional wildlife photographer and predators are one of his specialities. Photographing them in a new light is another. If you are looking for a unique point of view with regards to large mammals, predators and action based photography: Shem is the guide for you.
We have composed this itinerary to meet the exact needs of a premier predator safari. Combining Mashatu’s open ruggedness- perfect for leopard- and Mala Mala’s notoriety on the big cat front you will have access to the best there is to offer on a big cat photo experience. Adding the services of Shem Compion completes the ultimate predator focussed trip you can expect. Being a Premier C4 Photo Safaris tour, there will be only three photographers on this trip.
The intention is to keep the group intimate so that you can get the ultimate tutorship and attention from your professional photographer. Enhancing your experience, improving your images and enjoying the company you are travelling with.
Meet and greet at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. An Airlink representative will take you to the scheduled flight (early afternoon) to Mala Mala. On arrival at the airstrip at Mala Mala you will be transferred to Mala Mala Main Camp for 4 nights stay.
Mala Mala Game Reserve lies strategically sandwiched between the Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sand Wildtuin. The unfenced borders between Mala Mala and the Kruger National Park on one side, and the Sabi Sand Wildtuin on the other allow animals to migrate unhindered to the perennial Sand River which flows north to south through Mala Mala for 20 kilometres (13 miles). This well-preserved wilderness is a “honey-pot” to the most sought-after wildlife species, as well as a host of smaller creatures. Mala Mala’s accommodation is discreet, classic and elegant African opulence.
The ochre-coloured buildings of Mala Mala Main Camp are clustered amid shady trees and manicured lawns overlooking the Sand River. The individually decorated, spacious and comfortable rooms under traditional thatching offer spectacular views of the river and the wild- and bird life that are attracted to the water for refreshment and refuge from the hot African sun. The rooms are equipped with “his-and-hers” bathrooms, 24 hour temperature control, insect proofing, direct dial telephones, a mini-bar and a mini-safe. Despite the comfort offered, Mala Mala retains an authentic bushveld camp atmosphere, where the attention to detail for which Mala Mala is world-famous shines through.
After you last game drive and breakfast at Mala Mala you will be taken back to the airstrip for you flight transfer (midday) to Mashatu Game Reserve. A Mashatu representative will meet you at the airstrip and 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.
After an early morning game and breakfast you will be transferred back to the airstrip for your scheduled flight back to O.R. Tambo International Airport, South Africa, in time for your international flights home. This is the end of the safari.
Mala Mala Game Reserve is the Safari Industry’s blueprint to the luxury photographic safari. In existence since 1927, this massive thriving tract of land produces the most exciting wildlife experience this side of the equator. Mala Mala Game Reserve is the largest private Big Five game reserve in South Africa. Comprising 13 300 ha (33 000 acres), Mala Mala shares a 19 km (12 mile) unfenced border with the world-renowned Kruger National Park, and lies strategically sandwiched between the National Park and the Sabi Sand Reserve.
Mala Mala Cuisine
South African Cuisine. The breakfasts usually consist of cereals and a hot English breakfast. Buffet lunches are usually light with a variety of salads and always a meat option. Dinners are traditional English affairs usually with a soup starter and freshly baked camp bread. The main course will usually be a roast of sorts, with vegetables. Dessert is usually a simple affair consisting of fruit or a baked pudding.
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.
30% deposit confirms your booking
Maximum of 3
Meet and pick-up at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Flight transfer to Mala Mala Game Reserve in the early afternoon.
Flight transfer to Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana.
Depart for your flight transfer to Johannesburg International Airport.
"Firstly, I think we’d forgotten just what a great guide Greg is. His wildlife and photographic experience are incontrovertible, but it’s the fact that he devotes his time and efforts to us as clients, and give as much information and help as you want. He is also so good at directing the drivers to the ideal photographic spot for each sighting. His seminars during the day, may theoretically be stuff we should know, but there is always something to learn, and he explains and talks very well. We were also lucky to have Mala Mala’s photo car, which works very well with it’s bean bag supports, and of course, a row each there and in Mashatu. It’s difficult to find any complaints about the accommodation etc in both MalaMala and Mashatu - they’re really both excellent, and both guides, Roan and Bashi were excellent too. Flying between them is a great luxury after our times of driving up to Mashatu, but as you know the luggage was the only issue on that front. It was frustrating that really there was plenty of space on all 3 flights for us to have taken the 2 extra small bags we had, but Fed Air were obviously keen that we left them behind. Many many thanks for organising Herman to come and sort us out afterwards - that was a great relief, otherwise we would have had the hassle and cost of arranging a taxi to Fed Air and back, while worrying about the time. So much appreciated. Mala Mala was strangely devoid of leopards after all the hype that everyone gives it, but the lions provided substantial compensation, as well as lots of other wildlife, so I think we came back with decent shots once we’ve found to look at them! "Michael Parker & Lisa Poncent
"We booked our recent trip through C4 Images travelling with Greg Du Toit to South Africa Mala Mala and Botswana Mashatu for a Predator workshop. We loved every minute ten out of ten on all levels. We had some amazing sightings cheetahs on a hill silhouetted by a magnificent sunrise, eleven leopard sightings including some with kills, the incredible hide at Mashatu waterhole with so many elephants coming into drink, a week-old rhino with its mother, sable, buffalo and, of course, lions were all that we came to Africa to see and photograph. Finding a leopard with her cubs playing outside the thicket on our last morning was about the best sighting one could get. Thank you to Minette for her great organisation and communication."Georgie and Dave Smith
"Our safari exceeded our expectations! Gregs companionship, leadership instruction was outstanding. It was clear that C4 engaged the best drivers in Bashi and Roan.jpgy amazed us in their ability to find wildlife the lengths to which they go to ensure we were in the right spot. We appreciated Gregs bush school where he reiterated basic photography techniques. Gregs reminders of the starting point settings while on location was also very helpful. We also had great fun photographing predators by spotlight flash. Mashatu was outstanding in all respects. Mala Mala is excellent too. Thee variety quantity of wildlife could not be bettered! "Tom and Pam Holmes
"Our safari exceeded our expectations! Greg Du Toits companionship, leadership instruction was outstanding. It was clear that he engaged the best drivers in Bashi and Roan.They amazed us in their ability to find wildlife the lengths to which they go to ensure we were in the right spot. We appreciated Gregs bush school where he reiterated basic photography techniques. Gregs reminders of the starting point settings while on location was also very helpful. We also had great fun photographing predators by spotlight flash. Greg even taught us to photograph the night sky. Mashatu and Mala Mala were outstanding in all aspects. The variety quantity of wildlife could not be bettered! We greatly appreciated Vernon Swanepoel in Sossusvlei. Vernon is very adept at dealing with the park bureaucracy. He also willingly shared his in depth knowledge of natural human history. At the end of 3 days we had our fill of dune photography from the road so on the 4th day we took two walks into the dunes for a closer look.jpgs was fun showed a very different side of the Namib Valley. We were pleasantly surprised at the amount of wildlife we saw in the dunes oryx, jackal, springbok, ostrich many bird species. We even saw a bat eared fox family an aardwolf. Of course the photo opportunities were much better on safari. Shems recommendations assistance for our independent travel were invaluable. He even helped us obtain a rented ball head because Pam left hers at home. If hopefully when we return to Africa, we will certainly choose C4 and Greg Du Toit again."Tom and Pam Holmes
"Just a short note to Shem and Team, thanks to all for the way you all are willing to share your photographic and other knowledge with all who go on your workshopssafaris. I have been on a few and never been disappointed, starting with the admin and organising of the trip to getting back home with loads of knowledge and great images. Thanks all at c4 you can be truly proud....Margaret Olivier 31st October 2014"Margaret Olivier
"This was our most amazing safari ever, never before did we have so many, and such fantastic photo opportunities. A big thank you to Greg for getting us from average to good photographers, teaching us where to focus, to read the light and see with our eyes and heart."Astrid Juerg Bluemel