2023/09/21 - 2023/09/25

From USD $3250.00 price per sharing person

APhotographic Tour
Designed to take your photography from
Good to Great

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.

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ITINERARY

This safari will consist of an itinerary as such:

Day 1

You will arrive at Mashatu at midday. Your professional photographer and host 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

Over the next few days the daily activity will be the same as day 2

05h30 Early morning Game drive/Photo Hide
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 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!

 

Day 5 - Final Day

After breakfast and your final game activity, you will be transferred back you to your vehicle. This is ufortunately, the end of your safari!

who'sGUIDING YOU?

21 September 2023 - 25 September 2023

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.

 

 

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.

21 September 2023 - 25 September 2023

Aubrey Tseleng

Botswana born and raised, Aubrey Tseleng qualified as a teacher of Art. In 2006 he studied at the University of Cape Town towards a BA Fine Arts, majoring in Photography. His work has been recognised through several awards including The Katrine Harries Purchase Award and the Tierney Fellowship.

 

We look forward to hosting you!