2022/10/18 - 2022/10/22

From USD $3 360.00 price per sharing person

Undertake a Journey to Magical Mashatu

Photographically, it is a great season. Most of the devil thorns flowers have died down,and the mopane is just starting to turn a beautiful rusty-green colour. The Limpopo valley sandstone kopjes at this time of year are a beautiful sight and excellent for landscapes.jpgate rains will have filled up the pools of water in the Mojale River, keeping the game concentrations high in the reserve. Grass cover is only about afoot in height; excellent for photographing animals. The numerous grass seeds attract large flocks of nomadic finch larks and sparrows. Plains game concentrations are high and the impala herds tend to stay near the major water sources. This keeps the leopards very happy and sightings along the riverbeds are common. Cheetah and lion are regular occurrences, with cheetah being seen more in the open areas. The lions are attracted to the birthing of the Giraffes in May, meaning action and sightings are good.jpg elephant breeding herds are still in strong numbers, enjoying the purple pod terminalia seeds. Days are mild and evenings cool. The sun is starting to dip lower in the sky, allowing longer shooting hours. As per usual, the viewing is intimate, close up and as always, action packed.

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ITINERARY

This safari will consist of an itinerary as such:

Day 1 - Arrival Day

Your professional photographer and host will open proceedings with short talk on what we can expect over weekend. Drive 1 is about enjoying and relaxing.  Drive 2 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 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

After your final game drive you will be transferred back to your vehicle. This is the end of the your safari!

who'sGUIDING YOU?

18 October 2022 - 22 October 2022

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.

18 October 2022 - 22 October 2022

Trevor Kleyn

African wildlife is where his main interest lies and to gain a better understanding of this subject Trevor trained as a nature and trails guide while simultaneously completing a diploma in digital photography. He’s been on photographic safari throughout most of Southern and East Africa.

 

We look forward to hosting you!