South Africa - Kwa Zulu Natal Wildlife Photographic Safari

South Africa - Kwa Zulu Natal Wildlife Photographic Safari

South Africa - Kwa Zulu Natal Wildlife Photographic Safari

South Africa - Kwa Zulu Natal Wildlife Photographic Safari

Expedition details

Available Dates: March/April 2018, September 2018, April 2019

Cost: USD $3999.00 per person – based on double/shared occupancy.

Hosted by: Alex Roldan

Maximum number of photographers: Six

Cost includes: Eight nights on safari – accommodation and three meals per day whilst on safari.
Internal connection flights and ground transfers.
Two game drives/wildlife photography sessions per day (usually sunrise and sunset).
Personal tuition by our professional wildlife photography guide.
Group review sessions and post production workflow discussions.

Exclusions – Please see below for a list of exclusions

Overview

This expedition will be hosted by Alex Roldan – co-founder of Earth Art Creative Expeditions, qualified and professional wildlife field guide and photographer, He will be with you throughout your trip, adding his professional experience to your journey. Whatever your level of photographic experience, whether you are a beginner looking to improve your technique or a seasoned professional looking to expand your portfolio – This journey is aimed at giving you the opportunity to observe behaviour and capture images of African fauna in its natural environment.

We will spend time focusing on various endangered species, without rushing from sighting to sighting. This considered approach is designed to enable you to learn about a species’ habits, relationships with each other and also other species they share the wilderness with – giving you more thought-provoking, emotional and storytelling images.

Our expedition will be situated in the heart of Kwa-Zulu Natal – one of South Africa’s most diverse regions and take us to three different reserves. All three are located within a reasonable distance from each other – meaning less time is spent travelling and more time is spent doing what you love, capturing images of stunning wildlife.

Read more about Alex Roldan

Alex Roldan Wildlife Photographer

An avid ethologist, with a keen passion for conservation and the natural world – that’s how I would describe myself.

I have been fortunate to have trained, qualified and subsequently worked as a professional Field Guide and Ranger in various game reserves around South Africa – including the world renowned Sabi Sands.

Intrigued by textures, light, shapes and colours; I strive to let each of my images tell a story – encapsulating the character of the subject – this is the ethos behind my photography endeavour to stay true to this vision as closely as possible with each image I capture.

One of my main goals with my work as a wildlife and nature photographer has never been for personal recognition but to highlight the plight of what remains of the natural world around us. Using my passion and understanding, I aim to show more than just a fleeting moment captured but also tell a story, bringing the image alive and giving it greater depth.

Highlights

  • Eight nights on safari
  • Three different game reserves
  • Opportunity to observe and photograph the magnificent seven
  • Six guests maximum – for a more personalised and exclusive experience.
  • Use of state of the art photography hides (including overnight) at Zimanga Private Game Reserve
  • On-foot walking safari with a trained, professional guide for a natural perspective of the African wilderness
  • Mentorship, guidance and insightful behaviour information with our qualified professional, wildlife photographic safari guide.
  • Includes all meals, reserve conservation fees and accommodation
  • Two wildlife photography activities daily*
  • Game drives conducted on open-air safari vehicles

Disclaimer: Scheduled itinerary and activities may be subject to change due to external factors beyond our control. Every effort will be made to provide suitable alternatives where ever possible.

Cost

USD $3999.00 per person based on sharing/double occupancy. Single occupancy may be arranged at appropriate venues.
A deposit of USD $500.00 per person is payable at time of booking. Which may be refundable – please see your T&C’s.

Inclusions

First night’s accommodation and breakfast at a tranquile location close to OR Tambo Airport
Eight nights on safari – accomodation and three meals per day whilst on safari.
Internal connection flights and ground transfers.
Two game drives/wildlife photography sessions per day (usually sunrise and sunset).
Personal tuition by our professional wildlife photography guide.
Group review sessions and post production workflow discussions.

Exclusions

Cost does not include international flight and appropriate visa requirements. Snacks or alcoholic beverages, tips/gratuities, side excursions, laundry and personal costs (when available). Personal and equipment insurance. Photographic kit and equipment hire – we can assist with this through reputable rental companies in South Africa.

Full Itinerary

Day One – Arriving in Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport. We will spend the first evening relaxing at the accommodation in Johannesburg, discussing the itinerary, any last minute details or queries. This will also be an opportunity to check through any equipment you may have hired in South Africa.

Day Two – After breakfast we return to OR Tambo Airport to catch our connecting flight to Durban followed by a ground transfer to Zulu Nyala Private Game Reserve. We aim to arrive a little after lunch, allowing time to have a light bite to eat, relax, take a breath and then head out for our first game drive.

Day Three – An early morning game drive, followed by a mid-morning bush walk – enabling you to experience the African wilderness the way nature intended – on foot. Then returning to the lodge for lunch and a mid-day rest. We will head out for our second safari of the day towards the latter stages of the afternoon.

Day Four – Early morning game drive. Then, after breakfast, checkout and transfer to our next facility, Bayete Zulu which is situated on Zululand Rhino Reserve. It is an approximate 45 minute transfer, but we will aim to leave by 09h30 to get you there in plenty of time to check in to your new accommodation. You will have time to relax in your surroundings before heading out on a late afternoon game drive.

Day Five – We will head out to explore the vastness of Zululand Rhino Reserve for the duration of the day – taking a packed lunch, supplies and plenty of water. The day will be ours, spending valuable observation time with the species which we encounter, potentially including a little landscape photography. Depending on sightings, we may well be back at the lodge after dark.

Day Six – An early morning drive – returning to the lodge for breakfast and check out before catching our transfer to our final location; Zimanga Private Game Reserve. We aim to be there before 13h00 which will enable you to relax a little before we head out on our afternoon activity.

Activities on Zimanga Private Game Reserve will consist of vehicle based game drives and photography hide sessions. We will delegate activities thereby ensuring a fair-use policy for everyone. Game drives and the majority of hide sessions are between 3-4 hours duration. The overnight hide experience is between 15-18 hours with catering and rest facilities provided.

Day Seven – Either an early morning game drive or hide session. The afternoon activity will be dependant on the availability of Zimanga’s overnight hide. Part of the group will head out on an afternoon activity and the others will spend the night in the hide.

Day Eight – Either an early morning game drive or hide session (those spending the night in the hide may be excused from this morning activity if they choose!). Afternoon game drive or hide session for the people that spent the first night in the hide and the other group will head to the overnight hide.

Day Nine – Early morning activity, either a game drive or a hide session with the afternoon activity in the same format. The last evening we would like to invite you to a farewell group dinner.

Day Ten – Early morning drive before check out, ground transfer to Durban airport and catching connecting flights home from Johannesburg OR Tambo.

If you would like to extend your stay, we are more than happy to make recommendations and assist with the organisation of additional itineraries.

*Disclaimer: Scheduled itinerary and activities may be subject to change due to external factors beyond our control. Every effort will be made to provide suitable alternatives where ever possible.

Accommodation

Zulu Nyala Private Game Reserve
Heritage Safari Lodge
Two nights
Website – 
Zulu Nyala

Grand colonial building with modern accommodation, free WIFI, a welcoming veranda and swimming pools. There is also a traditional Zulu cultural village. Smaller reserve allowing for closer wildlife encounters.

Zulu Nyala has been endorsed by Jack Hanna – Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Ohio.

Jack Hanna

“This is a very exceptional place. We’ve been filming animals in Africa for more than 25 years, this has been one of the top places to see wildlife.” Jack has filmed several episodes of his top wildlife TV series “Into the Wild” at Zulu Nyala Game Reserve.

Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge

Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge veranda at dusk

Heritage accommodation

Twin room at Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge

Little Bayete Homestead  – Bayete Zulu
Zululand RR/
Manyoni Game Reserve
Two nights
Website – Bayete Zulu

Homestead style lodge with comfortable, well appointed  en-suite accommodation. Free wifi and each room has air-conditioning. Self-catering  with cook to assist – we will arrange and organise supplies.  Situated on a very large and diverse reserve.

Bayete game drive vehicle

Bayete game drive vehicle

Little Bayete accommodation

Little Bayete accommodation


Zimanga Private Game Reserve
Doornhoek Homestead
Four nights
Website – Zimanga

Elegant, intimate accommodation with free WIFI. Outside deck with panoramic over the reserve. State of the art photographic hides, including a unique overnight hide.

Zimanga Lagoon Hide

Zimanga Lagoon Hide

Zimanga Doornhoek accommodation

Zimanga Doornhoek accommodation

Kwa Zulu Natal Wildlife Photography Gallery

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