2018/09/20 to 2018/09/24

Timbavati Photo Workshop 2018

Tour Dates

Established in 1956, Timbavati Nature Reserve comprises of 53 392 hectares of unfenced pristine wilderness, and is bordered by the Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sands Private Reserve. The Reserve is home to over 40 mammals, including the African Big Five: lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros and over 360 Bird species. This workshop will be hosted by Photographer and guide Trevor Kleyn. Trevor is a professional wildlife photo guide and over the course of the workshop he will be will be tutoring you on subjects such as, “planning your shots, lighting, composition as well as post processing in lightroom”. This wil be in addition to you heading out each morning and evening to find some of the exciting subjects that the Timbavati offers. Trevor has worked in the Timbavati over many years and knows the terrain exceptionally well. He is well versed with the area and has mastered animal behavior- this combines to ensure that you get the best positions and ultimately, the best photographs.

This mini workshop is aimed at beginner and intermediate photographers who would like a giant step up in their ability and skill.

Reasons to travel to Timbavati: 

  • Over 40 mammals, including the African Big Five: lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros.
  • Over 360 bird species.
  • Trevor has worked in the Timbavati and know the area well with a full understanding of animal behavior ensuring that you get the shot.
  • Tutoring from Trevor on subjects like: Planning your shots, lighting, lightroom and many more interesting subjects.



Day 1

Arrival at Midday.

You will arrive at Shindzela at midday. Your professional photographer and host will open proceedings with a short talk on what we can expect over the following days.

Drive 1 is about enjoying and relaxing. This drive 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 photo 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.



Day 2

05h30 Early morning Game drive
10h00 Brunch
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
15h30 High Tea
16h00 Game drive
20h00 Dinner 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.




Topics to be covered while on safari:

  • Presentations on light, composition.
  • Tutorials on advanced photo techniques.
  • Use of Lenses for various effects.
  • Post processing your images in Lightroom or Photoshop.
  • Cataloguing images.
  • Review selected images. These will be used for discussion, critique and learning purposes.
  • Flash use and advanced flash use.

Shindzela Tented Camp

Shindzela (named after the Honey badger in the African Shangaan language) is an authentic tented Safari camp set on wooden decks under thatch (grass) roofs each with their own en-suite shower, toilet and hand basin. Shindzela Tented Safari Camp is nestled within the Greater Kruger National Park, Timbavati Private Game Reserve, South Africa.

It is from here that Shindzela brings you an affordable wildlife safari, where you can explore the African wilderness on game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles and on foot during our walking safari trails. Safari activities are conducted by professional and knowledgeable safari guides. The camp has an informal, relaxed atmosphere, and is alive with warm African hospitality. Shindzela offers guests a greater Kruger wildlife safari, in an unfenced wilderness environment. We make use of solar powered lights & gas geysers (for hot showers). We are undisturbed by some of the modern conveniences such as television, preferring to immerse ourselves in the African wilderness. Shindzela also has a swimming pool in camp where guests can relax and overlook our small watering hole. The camp accommodates just 16 guests, and offers both walking safaris, and game drives twice daily.

Shindzela is a comfortable tented bush camp, set on the banks of a dry riverbed, facing a small watering hole. We offer an authentic African safari experience in an unfenced, private and natural.



R15 500.00 per person sharing

R0.00 per single supplement

Maximum 6 Photographers 

40% deposit confirms your booking. Balance payable 8 week before tour start date.

There will be 1 x private vehicle for photographers. Non-Photographers are allowed to join on the photographic vehicle if numbers allow. 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. This 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.


Above costs include

  • Entrance and accommodation (2 persons per tent).
  • Game activities.
  • The services of our guides.
  • Game drives.
  • All meals.

Costs not included

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

Day 1

Flight transfer to Tswalu. 

Day 4

Flight transfer to Johannesburg.

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