Mashatu Photo Workshop 2022

22 November 2022 - 26 November 2022 Space Available

With in the Northern Tuli game reserve tucked away into the most eastern corner of Botswana lays Mashatu privately owned game reserve.  This is a land unlike anything else in Botswana, it is drier than the Delta, yet has large river courses unlike anything in the Kalahari. Straddling the Shashe, Motloutse and Limpopo Rivers, which serve as natural boundaries with Zimbabwe and South Africa, the Northern Tuli Game Reserve (NTGR) comprises 71,000 hectares of remarkably diverse habitat, including Mophane bush land, riverine woodland, and marshland, punctuated by towering sandstone cliffs, basalt formations and unusually shaped kopjes – making for truly breath taking scenery.

It is not uncommon to find leopard reclining in one of the large Mashatu trees, which makes Mashatu one of the best Predator viewings especially in winter months. The 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 riverbeds for water, which lies just below the surface. At the waterholes, doves and guinea fowl come down each day to drink. This attracts birds of prey and gabar goshawk 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 hyena, 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 Note: The Notice on the ban of irregular-shape bags at OR Tambo International Airport. Details can be found under the 'Logistics' tabs.


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 exclusive access to the photo hides.



  • 4 nights accommodation at Mashatu Tent camp.
  • Clouds in the sky make for lovely skies and excellent landscapes.
  • Exclusive use of a 2 x private vehicles with 4 guests on each vehicle.
  • 2 x C4 Photo Safaris specialist photo guides to accompany and guide you.
  • The opportunity to spend long amounts of time with predators and elephants in beautiful backdrops.
  • Use of the Hide while at Mashatu.


Photography Highlights

  • Close quarter photography of Predators such as lion, cheetah and leopard.
  • Excellent, open sightings and photography of very relaxed elephants.
  • General game is relaxed and easy to photograph.
  • Beautiful plains areas interspersed with rocky kopjes.
  • Beautiful sandstone rock formations on the Limpopo River - excellent for landscapes.
  • Archaeological ruins in the Limpopo valley- part of the Mapungubwe society.
  • Rhodes baobab perched precariously on the edge of a rocky hill.
  • Viewing is generally open and clear - allowing for easier photography.
  • Large Baobabs and Mashatu trees dominate the skyline- providing excellent photographic subjects.

About your host, Shem Compion

Shem Compion is the co-founder and co-owner of C4 Photo Safaris. He uses his intricate knowledge of travel in Africa, its wildlife and fantastic photographic locations to give you the best photographic insight into Africa you can get. Shem runs the daily operations of C4 Photo Safaris, which includes managing the team and safaris in order to produce consistently excellent safaris for our many guests. Having personally travelled across many parts of Africa for the last 22 years, Shem brings his extensive travel, logistics and operations experience into planning your safaris and expeditions across Africa.

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About your host, Andre Cloete

André grew up in the African bush with literally one hand on his binoculars and the other hand on the camera. An avid birdwatcher at that young age, he was given his first SLR in 1990. The passion of birding turned into one of photography and in 2004 Andre co-founded C4 Photo Safaris with Shem Compion.

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Day 1

Arrival at Midday.

You will arrive at Mashatu at midday. Your professional photographers and hosts will open proceedings with a short talk on what we can expect over weekend.

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/Photo Hide
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/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



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.

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.

Mashatu Safari

There will be 2 x private vehicles for photographers: usually four photographers and 1 guide per vehicle. Non-Photographers are allowed to join on the photographic vehicle if numbers allow- if not, Non-photographing partners will be on their own vehicle with a ranger. 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.

Mashatu Tented Camp

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.


Travel Insurance is mandatory for all of our safaris. Please read more about our policy at the bottom of this page and also in our Terms and Conditions.

R31†500.00 price per sharing person

R34†000.00 price per single person

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

 Max 8 people. 

Please note: These rates are for African residents only. International guests are welcome on the SADC safaris. Please feel free to contact us for these rates.


The above costs include

  • Transfers to and from the Border post from Mashatu.
  • Entrance and accommodation (2 persons per tent).
  • Game activities.
  • The services of 2 of our photographic guides.
  • 2 x exclussive Hide sessions.
  • All meals.
  • Photographic Vehicle.
  • 2 x private vehicles (4 guests per vehicle).

The above costs don't include

  • Gratuities to staff and guides.
  • Extra activities not included.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Travel visas.
  • Non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks.
  • Transport to and from the Pont Drift border post. A return road/flight transfer from Johannesburg can be arranged.


Travel Insurance

Is vital for any tour anywhere in the world. The foresight to protect not only the experimental investment of the safari i.e trip cancellation, travel interruption/ban, flight cancellation, but also the traveller themselves when in need of primary medical care, evacuation to the hospital of choice most of the time in nearby countries is one of the most important decision you can make to assist in a stress free trip. Please speak to your travel agent/insurer for available options that will best suite your needs. Please note that when travelling with C4 Photo Safaris, that Travel Insurance is mandatory for all of our tours.

Day 1

Park vehicles at secure area at border if self driving. A Ranger will meet you there and transfer you to camp. Arrival time 13h00.

Day 5

Road transfer at 11h00 to border post on last morning.


How to get to Mashatu:

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:

  • The service will facilitate guests’ transit through the international terminal at OR Tambo.
  • Meeting time at OR Tambo is 10:45am, and guests will arrive back from Mashatu’s Limpopo Valley Airfield at OR Tambo between 14:30 and 15:30.
  • The flights are non-stop into Limpopo Valley Airfield, which is on Mashatu Game Reserve.
  • Sunday and Thursday flights are subject to a 2-passenger minimum, and flights operating on any other days are subject to a 4-passenger minimum.
  • Guests clear customs and immigration into Botswana at Limpopo Valley Airfield on Mashatu.
  • A late morning departure from OR Tambo to Limpopo Valley Airfield and an early afternoon departure from Limpopo Valley Airfield to OR Tambo will enable guests to co-ordinate most connections with international and domestic flights.
  • The flight takes approximately 60 minutes one way.

  • All flights are in a pressurized turbo-prop aircraft.
  • On completing Botswana immigration formalities clients will be transported via a transport vehicle for up to 60 minutes to respective camps. Please note that this transfer is done in an open safari vehicle.

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

  • We will all meet 12h30 to go through the border.
  • Cars will be parked in the secure parking lot between the two border posts.
  • A Mashatu ranger will meet us at the parking and transfer us to camp.
  • If there is water in the river we will cross with the cable car. Cost is 50 pula one-way and will be added to your bill at Mashatu.
  • If the river is dry we will drive through.
  • From there it is a 60 min drive to the camp.
Notice on the ban of irregular-shape bags at OR Tambo International Airport

OR Tambo International Airport has announced new rules for checking in bags of irregular shape and size has come into effect at the Airport from, Monday 25 March 2019.

The new rules are aimed at preventing blockages and breakdowns in the baggage handling system caused by bags that do not have any flat surfaces or that have long straps or grips as per the International Air Transport Association (IATA) guidelines.

1.    Only regular-shaped bags will be allowed at check-in counters;

2.    This means that the bags must have at least one flat surface to be accepted on the check-in system;

3.    Round or irregular-shaped bags will not be allowed at check-in counters; and

4.    Bags with longs straps will not be allowed at check-in counters.

Clients trying to check in bags that do not conform to the above rules will be offered the option of having their baggage wrapped with one flat side at the airport approved baggage wrapping stations.

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

Wonderful trip

"C4 organized our trip to Mashatu, which was fantastic. All the information was spot on, and Angelica patiently answered all questions we asked. We loved the safari drives with such knowledgeable guides and our session at the hide. Mashatu has so many animals, most with young to see - lions, cheetahs, leopards, giraffe, elephants, etc. We were able to get very close to all. And the accommodations and food were excellent. We highly recommend the destination and C4s great support. We would love to return."

Doria Gordon
27 August 2019

Another great Mashatu workshop

"As soon as I knew I was planning on returning to Africa I just had to do the C4 Mashatu workshop again. It was a no brainer. As in 2016, Isak was our wonderful guide. He is so sharing and I never fail to come away without having learnt new ways to shoot and even features of my camera that I didnt know that I had. I love that the workshops are only small and with just 4 of us 3 returnees plus Isak and our fantastic driverguide Richard we were able to make the most of our stay at Mashatu. We had three sessions at the hide and each was awesome. We had elephants galore plus many birds, warthogs, mongoose, monkeys, impala, giraffe, eland, kudu and much more. And out in the conservancy we were lucky to see leopards on three occasions plus cheetah and lion and many other animals. One thing you do not go to Mashatu for is to lose weight. The camp is so comfortable and the dining fantastic. Brunch and high tea are the ultimate yum, especially the lemon meringue pie. If you are thinking about this workshop think no longer. Do it."

Carol Darby
09 May 2019

Third time lucky

"This was my third Mashatu workshop with Isak, the first two were outstanding but this one exceeded all expectations, it really was third time lucky. Sadly for the other couple who were booked they had to cancel leaving me in a privileged position, the only participant. The benefit of one on one tuition was significant both in photographing and in post processing. Spike Mooketsi our ranger and Ephraim Ramonwara the tracker were skilled and professional giving us wonderful views particularly of the well known and handsome male lion. At this time of year there was little activity in the hide, we visited one morning, the morning it rained! Mashatu Tent Camp is run by dedicated staff and management, nothing is forgotten."

Sue Goodman
04 April 2019

First steps off auto

"My wife and I had a great time last week finally moving off our cameras auto setting under the guidance of Andre from C4. The combination of theory iteratively combined with an application on the game drives worked well and we never got close to testing the depth of Andres skill and experience. Much yet to learn, but a great start made. We were also blessed to see by far! the best leopard and cheetah sightings of our lives."

Andrew le Roux
17 January 2019

Mashatu Workshop

"C4 has been the perfect means to merging photographic theory with practice. A combination of outstanding photographic instruction given by Trevor Kleyn and the expertise of Jakes, our guide/driver, made my most recent trip to the Tented Camp Mashatu, a huge success."

15 October 2018

Private Mashatu Safari

"We have been travelling with C4 for many years now and the C4 crew has become not only friends but family. They share our love and philosophy for the bush and that makes all the difference. We return to Mashatu every year and it is one of our most favourite destinations and doing it with C4 makes all the difference. Last year we had Andre with us on the vehicle and in the hide and this year Janet spent time with us - what a blessing!"

Barbara Jensen Vorster
20 July 2018

Great Workshop in Spite of Unseasonable Weather

"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
18 October 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 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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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

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"

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

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

"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

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

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

Photo Workshop at Mashatu with C4 Images and Safaris

PhotoMashatu by Julia Wood

The Mashatu Hide - An Elephant Bazaar

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