Premier Predator Safari 2021

TOUR DETAILS
TOUR DATES
2 June 2021 - 10 June 2021 1 Single space available

Experience the ultimate predator viewing, with the ultimate predator photographer. Greg du Toit 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: Greg is the guide for you.

 

Please Note: The Notice on the ban of irregular-shape bags at OR Tambo International Airport. Details can be found under the 'Logistics' tabs

 

 

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 Greg du Toit 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.

 

About your host, Greg du Toit

In a world populated with excellent wildlife and nature photographers, some stand a little to the side with their own view and a completely different style of imagery. When those images take the world by storm, with exhibitions in the National geographic Store, London and in Conneticut, USA, people start to take notice.

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Day 1 - 5

Mala Mala, South Africa

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.

 

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Day 5 - 9

Mashatu Euphorbia, Botswana

After your last game drive and breakfast at Mala Mala you will be taken back to the airstrip for your flight transfer (midday) to Mashatu Game Reserve. A Mashatu representative will meet you at the airstrip and transfer you to exclusive Mashatu Eco camp: Euphorbia 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.

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Day 9

International flight 

After breakfast you will be transferred back to the Limpopo Valley Airfield in time for your scheduled flight back to Lanseria. A complimentary road transfer has been arranged to take you back to OR Tambo International Airport. This is the end of the safari. When travelling to Johannesburg from Mashatu on the scheduled Angel Gabriel flight it is strongly advised that international connecting flights to not be booked before 20:00.

Mala Mala Sable Camp

MalaMala Game Reserve is the Safari Industry’s blueprint to the luxury photographic safari. This enormous tract of land offers unparalleled wildlife viewing.  MalaMala is the only game reserve in this region where the benefits of tourism directly support adjacent communities.


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.

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Mashatu Euphorbia Villas

Mashatu Euphorbia is set high up on a cliff face amongst a forest of euphorbia succulents which open up to reveal exquisite vistas of the Majale River and endless plains below. With a maximum of 16 guests, an intimate ambiance is created, where warm and engaging Batswana staff are on hand to make this a safari of a lifetime. The dramatic dining experience of sitting in a boma of up-lit euphorbias, makes dinner a magical affair. Expert guides (who have an average of 12 years of experience on Mashatu alone) will host a maximum of 4 guests per safari vehicle, showcasing the daily sightings of lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, hyena and a vast diversity of Africa’s plains game.

Guests are welcomed into their own private villas with heated plunge pools overlooking the ravine below. The villas are inspired by the curves and shape of the local Mopane tree, which is the lifeblood and main food source for many of the general game species at Mashatu during the predominantly dry months of the year. The 8 secluded villas exude an earthy glamour, boasting both inside and outside showers, an inside W.C and second “loo with a view” and are spacious with numerous relaxation and ‘unplug’ areas. This camp is the perfect place to live out adventure on a mountain bike, walking, horseback riding or in an underground photographic hide, while returning each evening to an aura of natural elegance and comfort.

 

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$0.00 price per sharing person

$21200.00 price per single person

30% deposit confirms your booking. Balance payable 8 weeks prior to departure.
Maximum of 3 single clients


The above costs include

  • Pickup and transport for the entire Safari and drop off at your destination.
  • Entrance and accommodation to all reserves.
  • All meals, local drinks, snacks, teas/coffees.
  • Game activities.
  • The services of our guide: Greg du Toit.
  • Hide sessions at Mashatu.
  • Private vehicle.

Not included

  • Gratuities to staff and guides.
  • Extra activities not included.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Travel visas.
  • International flights.

Day 1

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.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 Sable Camp for 4 nights stay.

Day 5

After your last game drive and breakfast at Mala Mala you will be taken back to the airstrip for your flight transfer (midday) to Mashatu Game Reserve. A Mashatu representative will meet you at the airstrip and transfer you to exclusive Mashatu Eco camp: Euphorbia for your 4 nights stay.

Day 9

After breakfast you will be transferred back to the Limpopo Valley Airfield in time for your scheduled flight back to Lanseria. A complimentary road transfer has been arranged to take you back to OR Tambo International Airport. This is the end of the safari. When travelling to Johannesburg from Mashatu on the scheduled Angel Gabriel flight it is strongly advised that international connecting flights to not be booked before 20:00. 

 

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!

Premier Predator Safari 16 - 24 November 2016

"Firstly, I think wed forgotten just what a great guide Greg is. His wildlife and photographic experience are incontrovertible, but its 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 Malas photo car, which works very well with its bean bag supports, and of course, a row each there and in Mashatu. Its difficult to find any complaints about the accommodation etc in both MalaMala and Mashatu - theyre 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 weve found to look at them! "

Michael Parker & Lisa Poncent
16 November 2016


South Africa and Botswana Predator Workshop

"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
25 May 2016


Premier Predator Tour

"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
24 May 2014


Premier Predator Tour, independent travel in Sossusvlei

"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
24 May 2014


Premier Predator Tour, MASHATU AND VARIOUS OTHER

"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
23 April 2014


Premium Predator Safari

"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
03 July 2013


Mashatu + Mala Mala









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