Timbavati Photo Workshop 2020

TOUR DETAILS
TOUR DATES
12 November 2020 - 16 November 2020 Fully Booked

THE TIMBAVATI IS THE HEART OF THE LOWVELD REGION OF SOUTH AFRICA, IN THE MPUMALANGA PROVINCE.

The Timbavati is the heart of the Lowveld region of South Africa, in the Mpumalanga province. The reserve
is located at the border line between Hoedspruit and Acornhoek, north of the Sabi Sand Private
Game Reserve on the western edge of Kruger National Park and is a combination of the Ngala (meaning
‘lion’ in Tsonga) and Motswari game reserves and is home to Over 40 mammals, Over 360 bird
species, 79 species of reptiles, 49 species of fish and 85 listed species of trees.
This part of the Timbavati is the southern edges of the Mopani belt of the northern Kruger area and is
mixed with the typical Bushwillow woodlands of the southern Kruger, creating a diverse and interesting
area to explore. This in turn attracts a number of herbivore species, and in particular massive herds of
Buffalo and Elephant. The massive Buffalo herds, are the attractant to the Lions in the area. The Buffalo
are attracted by the three massive dams on the property, which also attract an array of water birds,
including numerous Stork and Heron species, as well as a very healthy population of Hippo and plenty
of Crocodiles.

The reserve is located at the border line between Hoedspruit and Acornhoek, north of the Sabi Sand PrivateGame Reserve on the western edge of Kruger National Park and is a combination of the Ngala (meaning‘lion’ in Tsonga) and Motswari game reserves and is home to Over 40 mammals, Over 360 birdspecies, 79 species of reptiles, 49 species of fish and 85 listed species of trees. This part of the Timbavati is the southern edges of the Mopani belt of the northern Kruger area and is mixed with the typical Bushwillow woodlands of the southern Kruger, creating a diverse and interestingarea to explore. This in turn attracts a number of herbivore species, and in particular massive herds ofBuffalo and Elephant. The massive Buffalo herds, are the attractant to the Lions in the area. The Buffaloare attracted by the three massive dams on the property, which also attract an array of water birds,including numerous Stork and Heron species, as well as a very healthy population of Hippo and plentyof Crocodiles.

 

Predators are well represented in the area, with a good Lion population, a more than average Leopard population and very strong Spotted Hyena numbers. This area is also favoured by several of the African Wild dogs packs of the central Kruger. All of these predators are attracted by the bounty of the  Nhlaralumi.

 

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, 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 Machaton Camp
Arrival time 13h00.

TIMBAVATI GAME RESERVE, SOUTH AFRICA

You will arrive at Timbavati Game Reserve at midday. Your professional photographers and hosts will open proceedings with a short talk on what we can expect over this workshop.

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 - 5

 

TIMBAVATI GAME RESERVE, SOUTH AFRICA

05h30 Early morning Game drive.

10h00 Brunch.

11h00 Presentation on light and composition with regards to wildlife photography. Technical discussion on how to maximise your use of light with regards to 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 above.

 

TOPICS TO BE COVERED WHILE ON SAFARI INCLUDE:

• Presentations on light and 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 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.

 

MACHATON CAMPS
Set on the banks of the famous Nhlaralumi dry river in the northern Timbavati, is the private Machaton
camp. The breath taking scenes of the river, with the massive Jackalberry, sycamore figs and Leadwoods,
immediately dip into the atmosphere of the surrounding area. The diversity along this stretch
of the Nhlaralumi is incredible. From long stretches of sandy river bed, to huge boulder of bedrock
exposed by years of flooding. This in turn is the home of the famous Timbavati Leopards, who use the
main artery of the Timbavati, with a honed natural skill. These animals and the beauty of the Nhlaralumi
river create incredible moments and unbelievable scenes.
MACHATON CAMPS

Set on the banks of the famous Nhlaralumi dry river in the northern Timbavati, is the private Machatoncamp. The breath taking scenes of the river, with the massive Jackalberry, sycamore figs and Leadwoods,immediately dip into the atmosphere of the surrounding area. The diversity along this stretchof the Nhlaralumi is incredible. From long stretches of sandy river bed, to huge boulder of bedrockexposed by years of flooding. This in turn is the home of the famous Timbavati Leopards, who use themain artery of the Timbavati, with a honed natural skill. These animals and the beauty of the Nhlaralumiriver create incredible moments and unbelievable scenes.

 

 

R17 000.00 price per sharing person

R24 000.00 price per single person

Please read our Covid-19 protocol to familiarise yourself with South African tourism protocols. Thesepolicies are subject to change. C4 Photo Safaris PTY LTD is a facilitator of Safaris and the right ofadmission 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 declarationform.

• All guests will be required to practice social distancing when in camp. Masks or face shields are compulsoryin areas where social distancing is not possible.Full payment required 30 days prior to arrival.Minimum of 4 and maximum 6 clients.A detailed pre-departure document detailing climate, clothing, travel logistics, travel information, cameragear and other safari information will be sent to you 6 weeks prior to your departure date.

There are only 3 rooms at this workshop, a single booking takes 1 room

 

40% deposit confirms your booking. Balance is payable 8
weeks before workshop start date.
Max 6 people.

40% deposit confirms your booking. Balance is payable 8 weeks before workshop start date. Max 6 people.

 

THE ABOVE COSTS INCLUDE

• Accommodation (2 persons per suite).

• 2 Game drives per day.

• The services of 1 of our photographic guides.

• All meals.

• 2 x private vehicles, one person per row.

• Timbavati Conservation Fee

 

COSTS NOT INCLUDED

• Drinks, house wines, local beers, non alcoholic beverages and

soft drinks. You are welcome to bring your own along.

• ZAR 100 per vehicle entrance gate fee

• Extra activities not included.

• Personal expenses.

• Travel insurance.

• Travel visas.

• Premium drinks

• Transport to and from Machaton Camp.

• Guest Conservation Contribution and gate fees for Timbavati

Game Reserve


DAY 1

 

TIMBAVATI GAME RESERVE, SOUTH AFRICA
You will arrive at Timbavati Game Reserve at midday. Your professional photographers and hosts will open proceedings with a short talk on what we can expect over this workshop.

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.

Self drive to Machaton CampArrival time 13h00.

 

DAY 5

Self drive departure at 11h00 on last morning

 

 
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