EARLY BIRD SPECIAL (AVAILABLE UNTIL JAN 1ST 2023)
Per Person Sharing: GBP £3,950
Single Supplement: GBP £4,450
Per Person Sharing: GBP £4,450
Single Supplement: GBP £5,450
4 - 6
7 Nights / 8 Days
START DATE & END DATE
26th August - 2nd September, 2023
START DATE & END LOCATION
Durban, South Africa
Zimanga, South Africa
Zimanga is a premier photographic reserve designed specifically for incredible encounters and photographic opportunities not possible elsewhere.
Home to Africa’s first purpose built photographic hides. The reserve is home to nine hides in total including two overnight hides.
Varied itinerary of game activities including traditional game drives, photographic hides and optional photographic boating activities.
Possible (but not guaranteed) on foot cheetah encounters for truly unique photographic opportunities
Home to large array of animals including the Big Five plus
Minimal restrictions for off-road traversing, meaning you won’t miss out on getting close up sightings
Over 400 species of birds have been recorded in Zimanga
Attentive guidance throughout from your private professional photographer, providing tuition in-the-field and back at the homestead
Zimanga stands head and shoulders above the norm when it comes to a photographic safari – not only giving you access to Africa’s first purpose built photographic hides but also providing you the opportunity to spend time on foot with cheetah (sighting permitting, this is not guaranteed but not uncommon), giving an abundance of unique photographic moments, particularly those at a low angle.
Elephants, rhinos and buffalo amongst the diverse landscape of plains, rolling hills and mountainous backdrop will offer excellent wide angle opportunities in addition to regular lion sightings keeping you alert and capturing all the action.
All game activities are conducted throughout the year at optimum viewing times when game activity is typically more active. Morning activities will depart at sunrise and evening drives leave late enough in the afternoon for guests to enjoy a bush sunset and the opportunity to view nocturnal animals after dark. On a typical evening drive guests enjoy a sundowners drink and break in activity. Whilst this can be arranged, for this trip we choose to skip the occasion to maximise the opportunity to photograph during some of the most spectacular light of the day. Overnight hide sessions comprise of a full 16 hours in the hide – allowing you to make the most of all lighting conditions from afternoon to sunset to night and finally sunrise.
For the duration of our stay we will be utilising a private 4x4 landcruiser and field guide along with private hide sessions, meaning we have complete control and maximum flexibility to get the best photographs possible. Our photographic group will comprise a maximum of six guests but may split into two smaller groups at times to ensure extra space and comfort on all game activities including time spent in the ground level hides where extra space can feel at a premium in order to be inconspicuous to the wildlife that approaches.
There are currently nine photographic hides across Zimanga including two overnight hides. Each has been designed with a specific set of species in mind, whether it be large mammals like giraffe, elephant or rhino or the smallest of birds such as waxbills and sunbirds. Once in the hide you are invisible to your subjects, situated behind special one-way glass in order not to startle the subject with any movement or sound.
The location of each hide has been selected specifically with photography in mind and adjusted to the smallest degree in order to ensure the lighting, focal lengths, backgrounds and potential animal behaviour all fall into place to allow you to produce images of startling quality and originality.
The safari starts in Durban where you will be met at arrivals in the King Shaka international Airport and taken to Coco De Mer Boutique Hotel.
This will be the place where you will meet Sophie and get to know everybody in your small group. Take the time to relax after your long flight and enjoy a dinner with new friends before getting a good night sleep. *Breakfast is included, but drinks, lunch and dinner is not included in the price.
After a relaxed start to the day and and a hearty breakfast, we will then start the journey to Zimanga. After a relaxed start to the day and and a hearty breakfast, we will then start the journey to Zimanga. The drive is appproximately three to four hours, and there will be a short break midway for a coffee / leg stretch. We aim to arrive in Zimanga just after noon.
Upon arrival you’ll be welcomed and given the tour of your new home away from home. You’ll have the opportunity to settle into
the homestead, before enjoying a light lunch and our first afternoon game activity which could be a drive or a hide session.
The activity will see us exploring and being introduced to the Zimanga game reserve or getting to grips with hide photography. We’ll get back to camp around 19:00 to enjoy drinks before a hearty dinner shared with quality conversation.
Day Three - Seven
Morning game drive or hide session. Having a private vehicle means the world is our oyster and we’ll decide as a group what’s the best focus for each game drive.
The hide sessions give us the luxury of time with our subjects, often giving more time for creative photography and experimentation alongside capturing your hero shots. Either way, you will be in the best position to capture any action as it unfolds.
We’ll get back to the homestead in the mid to late morning for a delicious breakfast and some time to relax. This is also the perfect time to work with Sophie on your photography and editing skills and questions. Our afternoon activity will either see us following up any sightings or information from previous drives or utilising the different hides.
We’ll head out for our game activity in Zimanga before returning back for breakfast. We aim to head out by 11am so as to arrive back at King Shaka airport for mid afternoon, so it’s a good idea to pack the night before to save time and further enjoy your final hours at the lodge.
HOSTING THIS TRIP
Sophie is captivated by the unique diversity that African wildlife has to offer and
is passionate about using the art of photography to showcase this. She believes
that meaningful photography has the power to change the world. Therefore, she
also believes it is important that her photography is used to glorify her subjects
and aid conservation initiatives for them and their habitats.
Since 2018, she has been based in the Greater Kruger of South Africa, within a
photography team teaching conservation wildlife photography, providing people
of all abilities a platform to develop their skills and educate them on an ethical
approach to photography that can support wildlife conservation.
1x night accommodation in Durban at Coco De Mer Boutique Hotel
Return ground transfers from Durban to Zimanga
6x nights exclusive accommodation at The Homestead, Zimanga
All meals and local beers, spirits, soft drinks and house wine at Zimanga
Five game drives and Three hide sessions with private vehicle & guide
Two 16hr overnight hide sessions
- Photographic tuition and guidance throughout
All conservation and park fees
Any accommodation or transfers not specified in the itinerary
Meals and drinks at Coco De Mer Boutique Hotel
Imported Spirits and Speciality Wine
Any visa related costs
Tips and gratuities
Any items of a personal nature
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BOOKING AND PAYMENT
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