IN SEARCH OF LEOPARDS
S A B I S A N D S
6 nights / 7 days
START DATE & END DATE:
25 - 31 July, 2023
START & END LOCATION
Eastgate Airport, Hoedspruit
Sabi Sands Game Reserve
Premium location for excellent encounters with the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo) and much much more!
Renowned for a high density of leopards, often resulting in common sightings of this elusive big cat.
Set during the winter period; where animals are more active and easier to spot.
Potential for off-road driving and night drives, to ensure best game viewing.
Private vehicle and field guide for entire duration.
Small and intimate group size for maximum comfort and space.
Photographic guidance and tuition throughout.
The Sabi Sands is in particularly well known for its amazing leopard sightings. The most elusive animal of the Big 5 is frequently spotted when going on a game drive in the reserve. As such, Sabi Sands offers the ultimate photographic safari one can think of. You can be certain to return home with some absolutely stunning pictures and memories. Besides the Big 5, other game species occur in great numbers, among which are over 300 bird species. Sabi Sands possibly makes the best South African safari destination for wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and bird watchers alike.
This photographic safari will have you based in the heart of the Sabi Sands reserve amidst all the action and beauty that wild Africa can offer. Have yourself an early morning coffee on your private deck while experiencing the blissful first rays of sun filtering through the thorn tree leaves. Renew your spirit by spending an afternoon on our elevated deck overlooking the bushveld planes and witness wildlife drinking from nearby waterholes. On those sunny South African days we've got you covered - take a splash in our swimming pool or read a book by the poolside.
Of course, the main focus of this trip is on the photography - and we'll be out every morning and afternoon during peak times with an expert field guide. In between game drives there's plenty of time to relax, although we recommend utilising the time to develop your photography with Sam as he conducts editing tuition and one-on-one private tuition.
Meet at Nelspruit airport and drive to lodge (approx 1hr30min)
Upon arrival, take a moment to settle in, have a drink and get used to your new surroundings before heading out on your first drive.After your first outing, you'll return back for celebratory drinks and a hearty dinner before bed.
Day Two - Six
Early morning game viewing activities are followed by breakfast back at the lodge. Time in between activities is your free tinme to relax; take a nap, read a book or keep an eye out for birds and other animals that wander by. This is also a perfect time to reflect upon your images, and Sam will be at hand and ready to conduct editing sessions and private critiques. Once again, the afternoon will come by and you'll be off on the search for game before returning back for dinner.
Early morning game drive and breakfast will be followed with checkout and departure.
You'll be transported back to Nelspruit airport and we aim to arrive early afternoon, so people can catch connecting flights back to Johannesburg or carry on with their travels.
HOSTING THIS TRIP
Sam has been a professional photographer for over a decade, starting off locally in England with wedding photography. His lifelong love for Africa eventually had him move out and taking on the role of teaching and managing photography projects in the Greater Kruger region of South Africa. He's seen his images and writing published in National Geographic, Africa Geographic, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Travel Africa and more.
Sam's core belief is that great photography is not hard to come by, but meaningful photography is, and his aim is to teach photographers the potential importance and impact their images can have in aiding and assisting the health and growth of our natural biosphere.
Jason Blow was grabbed by photography in his mid-twenties, being fascinated by the possibility of capturing moments for eternity. However, he didn't just want to take emotionless pictures, his goal is to capture the feelings that are there at that moment. This drove him to develop his photography skills and to keep learning. Having the freedom and the ability to portray the world as he see it is what excites him and through photography he has learned to see his surroundings in fresh and exciting new ways.
6 nights accommodation
Exclusive use of luxury bush lodge
All meals, tea and coffee
All game viewing activities
Local airport transfers
All conservation and gate fees
Travel / Health insurance
Soft drinks and alcohol
Any travel or expenses
outside of itinerary
Tips for lodge staff and guides
BOOKING AND PAYMENT
All bookings are considered provisional until a non-refundable deposit of 40% is paid. Payment is required within two weeks of booking, and must be done via bank transfer. Final payment is need no later than 8 weeks before tour start date. Please make sure to read our Terms and Conditions here for more information.
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