Madikwe Photo Workshop 2020

TOUR DETAILS
TOUR DATES
1 October 2020 - 5 October 2020 Space available
22 October 2020 - 26 October 2020 Space available

EXCLUSIVE ONCE IN A LIFETIME SPECIAL FOR SOUTH AFRICAN TRAVELLERS!

Exclusive once in a life time special for South Africa travellers!
Nestled between the Marico river in the east and the Botswana border in the west, lies the Madikwe
Game reserve. An area immortalised by the writings of Herman Charles Bosman, It still retains the
charms of the famous stories. A 75,000 ha game reserve with incredibly contrasting and diverse habitats.
From Riverine forest along the Marico river, Kalahari Sandveld in the north to western Bushveld
with intermittent massive open plains in the south and west. These are all bisected by the 2 mountain
ranges that cut through the reserve, the Dwarsberg in the south and the Rant Van Tweedepoort in the
centre. The diversity of species is the real drawcard of Madikwe, this is where east meets west!
The Red sands of the north, glow as if the earth is on fire, through the filterered sun. The large Pachyderms
silhouette against this dramatic light. Along the Rant Van Tweedepoort, sandstone cliffs offer the
Baboon troops a refuge to sun themselves on a cold winters morning. GIraffe’s tower over the scrublands
in the central parts of the reserve. In the afternoon, the game congregate around natural salt licks
to supplement their diet, while taking the time to dust themselves as well.
Predators abound in Madikwe, with a healthy Lion population, Cheetah, African Wild dogs, Leopard and
2 species of Hyena, the Spotted and Brown. More than 400 species of bird are found in the reserve, with
many eastern and western species living side by side. Both Southern Pied and Arrow-marked Babblers,
White-fronted and Swallow-tailed Bee-eaters. Sandgrouse will also be a mouthwatering possibility for
the bird lover, with all 4 of the species found in Southern Africa, found on the reserve.
At Jaci’s Lodges, a submerged hide puts you in the middle of a water hole, at times you’re surrounded
by game coming through for their mid morning drink, the best possible way for photographers to enjoy
their time between drives.

Nestled between the Marico river in the east and the Botswana border in the west, lies the MadikweGame reserve. An area immortalised by the writings of Herman Charles Bosman, It still retains thecharms of the famous stories. A 75,000 ha game reserve with incredibly contrasting and diverse habitats.From Riverine forest along the Marico river, Kalahari Sandveld in the north to western Bushveldwith intermittent massive open plains in the south and west.

These are all bisected by the 2 mountainranges that cut through the reserve, the Dwarsberg in the south and the Rant Van Tweedepoort in thecentre. The diversity of species is the real drawcard of Madikwe, this is where east meets west!The Red sands of the north, glow as if the earth is on fire, through the filterered sun. The large Pachydermssilhouette against this dramatic light. Along the Rant Van Tweedepoort, sandstone cliffs offer theBaboon troops a refuge to sun themselves on a cold winters morning. GIraffe’s tower over the scrublandsin the central parts of the reserve. In the afternoon, the game congregate around natural salt licksto supplement their diet, while taking the time to dust themselves as well.

Predators abound in Madikwe, with a healthy Lion population, Cheetah, African Wild dogs, Leopard and2 species of Hyena, the Spotted and Brown. More than 400 species of bird are found in the reserve, withmany eastern and western species living side by side. Both Southern Pied and Arrow-marked Babblers,White-fronted and Swallow-tailed Bee-eaters. Sandgrouse will also be a mouthwatering possibility forthe bird lover, with all 4 of the species found in Southern Africa, found on the reserve.

At Jaci’s Lodges, a submerged hide puts you in the middle of a water hole, at times you’re surroundedby game coming through for their mid morning drink, the best possible way for photographers to enjoytheir time between drives.

 

N.B. Please read our Covid-19 protocol to familiarise yourself with South African tourism protocols. These policies are subject to change. C4 Photo Safaris PTY LTD is a facilitator of Safaris and the right of admission is at all times reserved to the guests of our lodge partners by prior booking.

  • All guests will be required to complete a C4 indemnity form together with a medical and travel declaration form.
  • All guests will be required to practice social distancing when in camp. Masks or face shields are compulsory in areas where social distancing is not possible.

About your host, Isak Pretorius

Isak was born to be a photographer, but before he discovered this, he became an engineer. Once he picked up a camera, his engineering career came to an end and Isak has now established himself as one of the top bird photographers in Africa. The benefit of his engineering training is his flawless technical knowledge of camera systems and the post processing software that accompanies them.

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About your host, Darren Shaun Donovan

 

Darren spent his childhood glued to wildlife documentaries on television, and knew that a life in the bush was his calling. His passion of sharing that love of the natural world has kept burning since.
He started his career as a safari guide in South Africa’s Sabi Sands, where he specialised in birding and animal behaviour. After witnessing the most amazing sightings on his game drives with guests, he quickly realised that he was missing a camera. His photographic journey began with him being drawn to the unusual and artistic depiction of wildlife through photography. He believes in capturing the mood and emotion of a moment in time, and that keeps fuelling his passion. He constantly pushes the boundaries of what he knows and experiments with the unknown! 
With 13 years of guiding in some of the top lodges and reserves in South Africa, Darren not only has the experience of hosting photographers, but also perfected his craft in teaching others to take their own amazing photographs through technical and artistic application. These include teaching guests the camera settings, designing the frame, and anticipating the moment that may be coming by watching the behaviour of the subject. These skills, enthusiasm and a profound professional respect for the bush has made him a sought-after bird and photography guide in the industry.

Darren spent his childhood glued to wildlife documentaries on television, and knew that a life in the bush was his calling. His passion of sharing that love of the natural world has kept burning since.


He started his career as a safari guide in South Africa’s Sabi Sands, where he specialised in birding and animal behaviour. After witnessing the most amazing sightings on his game drives with guests, he quickly realised that he was missing a camera. His photographic journey began with him being drawn to the unusual and artistic depiction of wildlife through photography. He believes in capturing the mood and emotion of a moment in time, and that keeps fuelling his passion. He constantly pushes the boundaries of what he knows and experiments with the unknown! 


With 13 years of guiding in some of the top lodges and reserves in South Africa, Darren not only has the experience of hosting photographers, but also perfected his craft in teaching others to take their own amazing photographs through technical and artistic application. These include teaching guests the camera settings, designing the frame, and anticipating the moment that may be coming by watching the behaviour of the subject. These skills, enthusiasm and a profound professional respect for the bush has made him a sought-after bird and photography guide in the industry.

 

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About your host, Isak Pretorius

Isak was born to be a photographer, but before he discovered this, he became an engineer. Once he picked up a camera, his engineering career came to an end and Isak has now established himself as one of the top bird photographers in Africa. The benefit of his engineering training is his flawless technical knowledge of camera systems and the post processing software that accompanies them.

View Profile >


About your host, Darren Shaun Donovan

 

Darren spent his childhood glued to wildlife documentaries on television, and knew that a life in the bush was his calling. His passion of sharing that love of the natural world has kept burning since.
He started his career as a safari guide in South Africa’s Sabi Sands, where he specialised in birding and animal behaviour. After witnessing the most amazing sightings on his game drives with guests, he quickly realised that he was missing a camera. His photographic journey began with him being drawn to the unusual and artistic depiction of wildlife through photography. He believes in capturing the mood and emotion of a moment in time, and that keeps fuelling his passion. He constantly pushes the boundaries of what he knows and experiments with the unknown! 
With 13 years of guiding in some of the top lodges and reserves in South Africa, Darren not only has the experience of hosting photographers, but also perfected his craft in teaching others to take their own amazing photographs through technical and artistic application. These include teaching guests the camera settings, designing the frame, and anticipating the moment that may be coming by watching the behaviour of the subject. These skills, enthusiasm and a profound professional respect for the bush has made him a sought-after bird and photography guide in the industry.

Darren spent his childhood glued to wildlife documentaries on television, and knew that a life in the bush was his calling. His passion of sharing that love of the natural world has kept burning since.


He started his career as a safari guide in South Africa’s Sabi Sands, where he specialised in birding and animal behaviour. After witnessing the most amazing sightings on his game drives with guests, he quickly realised that he was missing a camera. His photographic journey began with him being drawn to the unusual and artistic depiction of wildlife through photography. He believes in capturing the mood and emotion of a moment in time, and that keeps fuelling his passion. He constantly pushes the boundaries of what he knows and experiments with the unknown! 


With 13 years of guiding in some of the top lodges and reserves in South Africa, Darren not only has the experience of hosting photographers, but also perfected his craft in teaching others to take their own amazing photographs through technical and artistic application. These include teaching guests the camera settings, designing the frame, and anticipating the moment that may be coming by watching the behaviour of the subject. These skills, enthusiasm and a profound professional respect for the bush has made him a sought-after bird and photography guide in the industry.

 

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DAY 1

Self drive to Jacis's Tree Lodege. Arrival time 13h00. 

DAY 2-5

The next few days will consist of game drive/photo hide sessions as well as technical discussions and workshops with regards to wildlife photography.

DAY 5

Self drive departure at 11h00 on the last morning.

Madikwe

MADIKWE - JACIS'S TREE LODGE TREEHOUSE SUITES
Recently finished lodge in Arusha, a great addition the other two Wildlife Explorer tented safari camps.
The modern chalets have three rooms with a semicircular entrance and views over the landscaped gardens
which are all shaded by mature yellow barked acacia trees. The interiors are modern, combining
metal lamp shades, exposed wooden ceilings and a well thought out fabrics.
The communal and dining area with open fire, candle light and table settings for plenty of guests, where
Merci the chef can prepare and more sophisticated cuisine that is not available in the tented camps. A
real farm to plate experience with home grown vegetables and herbs.

Jaci’s Lodges are run by a team of 50 people, most of whom live in the local community. Each person who works at the lodges contributes to the daily running, management, maintenance and outstanding service that have made Jaci’s Lodges famous throughout the years.

Jaci and Jan van Heteren are the owner-manager couple behind Jaci’s Lodges. A dynamic duo, they work together in creating and sustaining a luxury wildlife and safari experience that surpasses guest expectations. Their partnership is a successful one based on trust, love and support. While Jan focuses on the cuisine, hospitality and financial side, Jaci’s passion is marketing and interiors. Additionally, Jan and Jaci are committed to empowering and uplifting the individuals who make the Jaci’s Lodges experience so special.

Jaci’s Lodges are testament to the Van Heterens’ insight into the needs of couples, groups and families looking for an authentic upmarket safari getaway in the exceptional beauty of Madikwe Game Reserve.

R32 500.00 price per sharing person

R38 500.00 price per single person

TERMS & CONDITIONS
  • 30% deposit due upon confirmation. Balance payable 8 weeks prior to departure date.
  • A detailed pre-departure document detailing climate, clothing, travel logistics, travel information, camera gearand other safari information will be sent to you a 6 weeks prior to your departure date.
THE ABOVE COSTS INCLUDE
  • Accommodation (2 persons per suite).
  • Game activities including night drives.
  • The services of 1 of our photographic guides.
  • Access to the submerged Terrapin photographic Hide.
  • All meals.
  • Selected house drinks, house wines, local beers, non-alcoholic beverages, soft drinks as well astea and coffee.
  • 2 x private vehicles.
• Accommodation (2 persons per suite).
• Game activities including night drives.
• The services of 1 of our photographic guides.
• Access to the submerged Terrapin photographic Hide.
• All meals.
• Selected house drinks, house wines, local beers, non-alcoholic beverages, soft drinks as well as
tea and coffee.
• 2 x private vehicles.

 

COSTS NOT INCLUDED
  • Gratuities to staff and guides.
  • Extra activities not included.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Travel visas.
  • Premium drinks
  • Transport to and from Jaci’s Tree Lodge.
  • Guest Conservation Contribution and gate fees for Madikwe Game Reserve

DAY 1

Self drive to Jacis's Tree Lodege. Arrival time 13h00. 

DAY 5

Self drive departure at 11h00 on the last morning.

 
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