Sabi Sand peak season budget safari

Images in Africa Safaris

 

Peak season Photography Workshop – Safari at off season rates

Images in Africa Safaris offer
10 day Safari & Photography Workshop

1 photographer per row of seating in Game Drive Vehicle

Join wildlife and adventure photographer Gavin Slabbert for this 10 day action-packed photography workshop and safari at the spectacular Arathusa lodge in the heart of the world renowned Sabi Sand Private game reserve which is in the heart of South Africa’s big cat country.

Gavin will provide instruction before during and after each shoot, and will share his secrets to capturing the elusive “dramatic moment”.

Track the big five as you become immersed in the diverse wildlife and unique cultures of Southern Africa. Enjoy and experience the all inclusive deluxe accommodation, service, hospitality and ethnic cuisine catered by our private chef.

Accommodation:

The lodge is situated in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve in South Africa, and shares an un-fenced border with the Kruger National Park, an African jewel, with a diverse abundance of wildlife. Set in a comfortable environment, and offers a combination of luxury, affordability and a true safari experience where guests become one with nature and all of this at off season rates.

Each of the individually decorated suites opens onto a private deck with its own private plunge pool, framed by a spacious timber deck. All of the suites are spacious and are individually decorated in a custom motif.

All the suites include a bath-tub, indoor and outdoor shower, fireplace, minibar, fan, hairdryer and tea coffee making facility
As you experience the awakening of the bushveld, your experienced ranger and tracker set you out on a drive to endure the smell of the bushveld as a fresh encounter unfolds before your eyes. The day is filled with opportunity as you are beckoned into the heart of Africa.

In their own words:

Arathusa Safari Lodge is located in Mpumalanga, South Africa, within the northern sector of the coveted Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to the world-renowned Kruger National Park. This region has a long and reputable history within the South African tourism industry due to the presence of incredible concentrations of wildlife, which is accessible via high quality private game safaris.

The lodge at Arathusa overlooks a large waterhole (approximately 250m x 150m), with a 180-degree view of the water. Here guests are often treated to 24-hour entertainment from between five and 20 resident hippos, and myriad sightings of other game that comes to drink!

While on safari, visitors can expect to see a large variety of wildlife – including the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant).

Game drives, in an open safari vehicle, are conducted in the early morning and late afternoon every day in search of animals – both large and small.

Experienced, knowledgeable and personable rangers are paired with local trackers, and together they ensure a first class safari experience. Trackers sit up at the front of the vehicle looking for fresh animal tracks, while rangers skillfully navigate into ravines and through thickets in pursuit of fantastic game sightings.

Close encounters are guaranteed, and the animals are not threatened by our presence thanks to our sound conservation management policies. Expect one-of-a-kind photographic opportunities of The Big Five, and much more – including over 300 bird species. A treat for keen birders!

Guided walks with an armed ranger may also be arranged. Walks are usually arranged in the early hours during the summer months, when temperatures are more moderate. Being on foot affords a unique and altogether different view of the bush.

Arathusa prides itself on its leopard viewing. As leopards are territorial, their regular appearance in our area allows us to plot their movements, and to observe their behavior. Many of the animals become familiar and are easily recognized, which enables us to name them. Approximately 14 leopards are seen in the area in which Arathusa operate, six of which are seen on a regular basis.

Large herds of buffalo, numbering in excess of 300, often find their way to the waterhole in front of the lodge. One need not move far to enjoy the safari experience! Elephants are also seen in numbers.

Dates:

August 18 – 27, 2015

Current availability:

This safari is sold out for 2015. – Please contact me if you would like to be wait-listed.

Food:

We focus on freshly produced meals in wonderful surroundings – complimenting the friendly and attentive service, all of which is included.

Number of Guests / Photographers:

We limit the safari to 3 photographers plus their partners

Workshop includes:

  • 9 morning game drives in our private game vehicle
  • 9 afternoon / Evening game drives in our game drive vehicle
  • 8 Ranger led Game walks (one per day)
  • 10 days accommodation in Private Luxury Suites in the Game Reserve
  • Breakfast lunch and dinner provided by our Private chef
  • 3 Photography workshop sessions each 3 hours in duration (formal or informal as is required)
  • 1 late night workshop session on shooting star trails and astro-photography and long exposures
  • Personalized training in the field for those that require it
  • Transportation to and from Hoedspruit airport to Arathusa
  • All tourism levies
  • VAT (South African Sales tax)
  • All entry and gate fees to the reserves

Location:

On a Private Game Reserve in Sabi Sand, South Africa

What you will gain from the workshop:

  • Composition techniques for action photography
  • Stunning images of Leopard, Lion, Cheetah, and the balance of the Big 5
  • Photographing moving subjects in a variety of lighting situations
  • Panning techniques to create the sense of movement
  • Lens selection and composition to create emotion and impact in your images
  • Workflow tips and techniques to improve images
  • Critiques to open your eyes to different possibilities & improve your photographic skills

Pricing:

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Deposit is required at time of booking to reserve your spot on safari.

Payment in full is required no later than 160 days prior to the safari.

Refund and Cancellation Policy:

If you must cancel your reservation, Images in Africa Safaris will assess a cancellation charge to cover loss of nonrefundable advance payments we have made on your behalf to ground operators and government agencies, communication expenses, and the loss of time that may permit resale of your space.  Exceptions to our cancellation policy cannot be made for any reason, including weather, terrorism, civil unrest, or personal emergencies.  There is no refund for arriving late or leaving a trip early.  No refunds will be given for unused hotel rooms, meals, or sightseeing trips for any reason whatsoever.  Percentage charges are calculated on total trip cost.  The following cancellation charges will apply:

All deposits are fully refundable up to 90 days from the date of the reservation, unless the reservation is made within 6 months of the safari commencement date.  If the reservation is made less than 6 months of the safari commencement date, then the following refund policy will apply:  After 90 days from the date of the reservation, 50% of the deposit is refundable up to 6 months prior to the safari commencement date.  Within 6 months of the safari commencement date, and up to 90 days prior the safari commencement date, 100% of the deposit is forfeited but all other funds are refundable.  There are no refunds for no shows or cancellations made within 90 days of the safari commencement date.

We recommend obtaining trip cancellation/ interruption and baggage loss insurance which is available from various providers. This coverage may offset cancellation charges in the event of illness before or during the trip and/or if you need to cancel for work reasons depending on the coverage provided by the plan.

Disclaimer:

  • We cannot guarantee that you will view and experience every species as wildlife behavior patterns are unpredictable, however the dates selected and the region selected will provide the best opportunity for the ultimate wildlife experience.
  • Spouse, partners, assistants share the photographers row of seating.