2018 – Atlantic Puffins of Skomer Photography Holiday

Example of the type of image that you will have the opportunities to capture during the NaturesLens Atlantic Puffins of Skomer Island WIldlife Photograhpy Holiday
Join Robin on wild Skomer, photographing the ‘clowns of the sea’; puffins, as they thrive within their unspoilt island habitat. We offer amateur & semi-professional photographers the chance to stay overnight on the island, spending mornings, afternoons & evenings within the landscape, making the most of the scenic backdrop & varied light conditions that the island offers.
During this trip of 4 nights duration you will be led by NaturesLens guides, navigating the island & using prime viewpoints to capture stunning imagery to add to your portfolio.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of the large population of Atlantic puffins, in United Kingdom, during the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer past event. This past event is of 4 night/5 day duration on a Half Board, Shared basis & costs £665 per participant.
Join Robin, our photography guides, on a remote wildlife adventure, getting up close to puffins on the unspoilt island of Skomer, where their population thrives. These special birds are considered by many to be a national treasure. Their behaviour & characteristics are hugely exciting to photograph, such as their short wings that they use to dip & dive underwater, ‘flying’ to catch fish. The large population of puffins has been able to flourish here thanks to minimal disruption of the island environment by humans, as well as the lack of threat from native predators.
We have designed this trip to give individuals the best possible exposure to these island birds, spending hours navigating the few paths which exist on Skomer to capture impressive images of the puffins surrounded by dramatic cliffs & crashing waves. Staying overnight gives you the opportunity to photograph these birds in a wide variety of lighting conditions, & your photography will also benefit from the calm that falls when the day-trippers leave the island. This unrivalled access to the island environment provides opportunities to experiment with light & be more creative with your photography, as well as witness late night visits from Manx Shearwaters.
The island environment & surrounding coastline are home to a wide range of species other than puffins, including razorbills, guillemots; who make their home in the cliffs & headlands which border the island. These contrast with the more sheltered inlets that border the island, which are home to seals & other mammal populations. You will have extensive opportunities to witness these additional species within their rugged & unspoilt island home, whilst maintaining the puffins as the focus of photography excursions.
We have taken care to make things as simple for you as possible to ensure you enjoy the trip. Therefore we organise the boat to & from the island, plus breakfast & dinner are provided. This trip gives individuals the chance to experience ‘off the grid’ living; to really escape, relax, & become immersed within this unique & remote environment.
Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment!
Photographable Species: atlantic puffin, little owl, short-eared owl

Atlantic Puffins of Skomer Photography Holiday Itinerary

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2020 – Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

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NaturesLens invites you to spend this 13 night/14 day tour travelling throughout the wonderfully diverse landscapes of Japan, specifically Central Honshu & Northern Hokkaido, getting up close to a wide range of native species which thrive in harsh winter conditions. Our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday, which we have been leading for the last 6 years, covers a variety of areas, providing you with unique opportunities to undertake wildlife photography of the highest quality.
Guided by David & Ian, you will visit Central Honshu & Northern Hokkaido & gain an insight into the variety of landscapes & wildlife which exists throughout the country, made even more photogenic by dramatic winter conditions. The photographic opportunities on our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography tour are always without parallel – with opportunities to photograph the red-crowned cranes, Steller’s sea eagles, white-tailed sea eagle, whooper swans, & of course, the Snow Monkeys, during this photography holiday.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of red-crowned cranes, Steller’s sea eagles, white-tailed sea eagle, whooper swans, & of course, the Snow Monkeys, in Japan, during the Winter Wildlife of Japan photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 13 night/14 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £5749 per participant.
Join David & Ian to travel deep into stunning snow-covered landscapes, capturing beautiful images of wildlife which thrives during harsher seasons in Japan. Our group will travel throughout several different regions, including the mountainous area around Yudanaka in central Japan, & north of the mainland to the island of Hokkaido, giving you an insight into the variety of landscapes & wildlife which exists throughout the country, made even more photogenic by dramatic winter conditions.
A Pair Of Sika Deer On One Of The Penninsulas   Photographed During The Winter Wildlife Of Japan Photography Holiday
Our trip offers enthusiastic wildlife photographers the opportunity to rise early for two dawn visits to the famous red-crowned crane roosting sites of the Tsurui region of Hokkaido; spend two days at the Akan red-crowned crane feeding centre; & spend two days observing the beautiful whooper swans which inhabit Lake Kussharo, a frozen caldera lake in the eastern region of Hokkaido.
Not only this, but our trip is unique in offering six boat trips on the drift ice of the Nemuro Strait to photograph Hokkaido’s fabulous Steller’s sea & white-tailed eagle populations as they fly, feed, dive for fish & fight over scraps. These excursions will give you unique access to the native wildlife at each location, providing ample opportunity to obtain incredible images.
Our tour begins in Tokyo; from there we immediately transfer to Hokkaido, the most northerly island of Japan, which holds the most remote & only true wilderness in Japan. North of the island, the Shiretoko Peninsula is recognised for its world heritage site status, as the landscapes of dramatic coastline & soaring mountains are stunning, giving you the perfect backdrop to achieve editorial quality images of the wildlife inhabitants. As we travel across the island, you will have the opportunity to photograph a vast selection of Japanese Winter Wildlife, including red-crowned cranes, black-eared kites, whooper swans as well as white-tailed & Steller’s sea eagles as we cruise through drift ice environments which surround the island & across additional feeding sites on the Nemuro Peninsula to the east of the island.
A Trio Of Japanese Cranes In The Mist Rising Off The River At Their Roosting Site   Photographed During The Winter Wildlife Of Japan Photography Holiday
We will then move onward to Yudanaka & spend two days at the Jigokudani snow monkey site with the Japanese Macaque, also known as the Snow Monkey, in the mountains, at their thermal spa, as they bathe & feed in the area. We give you the second day here so that you have the chance to fine-tune your photography having become more familiar with the environment & the behaviour of this species. After spending the morning with the snow monkeys of Jigokudani Yaen Koen, we will travel to Lake Yamanaka.
Lake Yamanaka is a new location for 2020, & now the last stop on our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday is Lake Yamanaka; Lake Yamanaka is located in the village of Yamanakako in Yamanashi Prefecture near Mount Fuji, Japan. Lake Yamanaka is the largest of the Fuji Five Lakes in terms of surface area, & is the highest of the Fuji Five Lakes in terms of elevation. Due to its high altitude & its relatively shallow water depth, Lake Yamanaka often freezes completely in the winter.
The view of Mt. Fuji across Lake Yamanaka is breathtaking with the mountain forming its distinctive shape – all making for an iconic image. From mid-October to February, a beautiful phenomenon called Diamond Fuji occurs when the rising or setting sun aligns with the peak of Mt. Fuji, causing Mt. Fuji to shine bright like a diamond, hence its name. Winter is actually the best season to see Mt. Fuji from this location as the weather conditions are more stable & the mountain is covered with snow.
Japan is an extraordinary country, & our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday provides wildlife photographers with unrivalled opportunities to capture uniquely beautiful photographs.
A Red Fox Makes An Escape With A Fish   Photographed During The Winter Wildlife Of Japan Photography Holiday
Group size is limited to between 4 & 5 participants, this is due to the nature of the photography excursions & the type of hotel that we prefer to make use of, so booking early is essential.

Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - saturday - 8th february, 2020

flight to tokyo from home location

day 2 - sunday - 9th february, 2020

meet at haneda domestic terminal & transfer to hokkaido

day 3 - monday - 10th february, 2020

early morning location shoot for red-crowned crane roosting site, full-day photography of red-crowned cranes in tsuri

day 4 - tuesday - 11th february, 2020

early morning location shoot for red-crowned crane roosting site, half-day photography of red-crowned cranes in tsuri & transfer to kussharo

day 5 - wednesday - 12th february, 2020

full-day photography of whooper swans

day 6 - thursday - 13th february, 2020

half-day photography of whooper swans & transfer to rausu

day 7 - friday - 14th february, 2020

two early morning boat trips for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles, possible afternoon photography on notsuke penninsula

day 8 - saturday - 15th february, 2020

two early morning boat trips for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles, possible afternoon photography on notsuke penninsula

day 9 - sunday - 16th february, 2020

two early morning boat trips for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles, transfer to notsuke penninsula

day 10 - monday - 17th february, 2020

early morning location shoot for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles plus foxes & black-eared kites, late morning or afternoon cruise for eagles & sea-birds on the nemuro coast

day 11 - tuesday - 18th february, 2020

early morning location shoot for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles plus foxes & black-eared kites, afternoon transfer to tokyo

day 12 - wednesday - 19th february, 2020

drive from haneda to yudanaka

day 13 - thursday - 20th february, 2020

snow monkey photography

day 14 - friday - 21st february, 2020

½ day of snow monkey photography & transfer to yamanakako - sunset at yamanakako lake looking towards mount fuji

day 15 - saturday - 22nd february, 2020

sunrise at yamanakako lake looking towards mount fuji, ½ day of swan photography alongside the lake & return to haneda - trip concludes

A Young Snow Monkey Peers Over The Edge Of The Thermal Pool   Photographed During The Winter Wildlife Of Japan Photography Holiday

2021 – Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

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NaturesLens invites you to spend this 13 night/14 day tour travelling throughout the wonderfully diverse landscapes of Japan, specifically Central Honshu & Northern Hokkaido, getting up close to a wide range of native species which thrive in harsh winter conditions. Our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday, which we have been leading for the last 6 years, covers a variety of areas, providing you with unique opportunities to undertake wildlife photography of the highest quality.
Guided by David & Ian, you will visit Central Honshu & Northern Hokkaido & gain an insight into the variety of landscapes & wildlife which exists throughout the country, made even more photogenic by dramatic winter conditions. The photographic opportunities on our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography tour are always without parallel – with opportunities to photograph the red-crowned cranes, Steller’s sea eagles, white-tailed sea eagle, whooper swans, & of course, the Snow Monkeys, during this photography holiday.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of the red-crowned cranes, Steller's sea eagles, white-tailed sea eagle, whooper swans, & the Snow Monkeys, in Japan, during the Winter Wildlife of Japan photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 13 night/14 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £5749  £5499 per participant.

 With a new updated & extended Itinerary for 2021

After 5 years of successfully running our tour to capture images of the snow monkeys, the red-crowned cranes, the Steller’s & white-tailed sea eagle on pack ice & the whooper swans on their frozen lake, we have decided to amend our itinerary, we are taking nothing away, we are adding extra days to the photography holiday. Several new days follow on from the second day with the snow monkeys of Jigokudani Yaen Koen, we will travel to Matsumoto, to view & capture images of Matsumoto Castle. Matsumoto Castle is one of five castles designated as ‘National Treasures of Japan’ & the oldest castle donjon remaining in Japan.

Our second new location, & now the last stop on our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday is Lake Yamanaka; Lake Yamanaka is located in the village of Yamanakako in Yamanashi Prefecture near Mount Fuji, Japan. Lake Yamanaka is the largest of the Fuji Five Lakes in terms of surface area, & is the highest of the Fuji Five Lakes in terms of elevation. Due to its high altitude & its relatively shallow water depth, Lake Yamanaka often freezes completely in the winter.
The view of Mt. Fuji across Lake Yamanaka is breathtaking with the mountain forming its distinctive shape – all making for an iconic image. From mid-October to February, a beautiful phenomenon called Diamond Fuji occurs when the rising or setting sun aligns with the peak of Mt. Fuji, causing Mt. Fuji to shine bright like a diamond, hence its name. Winter is actually the best season to see Mt. Fuji from this location as the weather conditions are more stable & the mountain is covered with snow.
Join David & Ian to travel deep into stunning snow-covered landscapes, capturing beautiful images of wildlife which thrives during harsher seasons in Japan. Our group will travel throughout several different regions, including the mountainous area around Yudanaka in central Japan, & north of the mainland to the island of Hokkaido, giving you an insight into the variety of landscapes & wildlife which exists throughout the country, made even more photogenic by dramatic winter conditions.
A Pair Of Sika Deer On One Of The Penninsulas   Photographed During The Winter Wildlife Of Japan Photography Holiday
Our trip offers enthusiastic wildlife photographers the opportunity to rise early for two dawn visits to the famous red-crowned crane roosting sites of the Tsurui region of Hokkaido; spend two days at the Akan red-crowned crane feeding centre; & spend two days observing the beautiful whooper swans which inhabit Lake Kussharo, a frozen caldera lake in the eastern region of Hokkaido.
Not only this, but our trip is unique in offering six boat trips on the drift ice of the Nemuro Strait to photograph Hokkaido’s fabulous Steller’s sea & white-tailed eagle populations as they fly, feed, dive for fish & fight over scraps. These excursions will give you unique access to the native wildlife at each location, providing ample opportunity to obtain incredible images.
Our tour begins in Tokyo; from there we immediately transfer to Hokkaido, the most northerly island of Japan, which holds the most remote & only true wilderness in Japan. North of the island, the Shiretoko Peninsula is recognised for its world heritage site status, as the landscapes of dramatic coastline & soaring mountains are stunning, giving you the perfect backdrop to achieve editorial quality images of the wildlife inhabitants. As we travel across the island, you will have the opportunity to photograph a vast selection of Japanese Winter Wildlife, including red-crowned cranes, black-eared kites, whooper swans as well as white-tailed & Steller’s sea eagles as we cruise through drift ice environments which surround the island & across additional feeding sites on the Nemuro Peninsula to the east of the island.
A Trio Of Japanese Cranes In The Mist Rising Off The River At Their Roosting Site   Photographed During The Winter Wildlife Of Japan Photography Holiday
We will then move onward to Yudanaka & spend two days at the Jigokudani snow monkey site with the Japanese Macaque, also known as the Snow Monkey, in the mountains, at their thermal spa, as they bathe & feed in the area. We give you the second day here so that you have the chance to fine-tune your photography having become more familiar with the environment & the behaviour of this species. After spending the morning with the snow monkeys of Jigokudani Yaen Koen, we will travel to Matsumoto, to view & capture images of Matsumoto Castle. Our final location is on the shores of  Lake Yamanaka; the view of Mt. Fuji from the lake is breathtaking & has a distinctive shape – making for an iconic image to complete your Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday.
Japan is an extraordinary country, & our Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday provides wildlife photographers with unrivalled opportunities to capture uniquely beautiful photographs.
A Red Fox Makes An Escape With A Fish   Photographed During The Winter Wildlife Of Japan Photography Holiday
Group size is limited to between 4 & 5 participants, this is due to the nature of the photography excursions & the type of hotel that we prefer to make use of, so booking early is essential.

Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - saturday - 6th february, 2021

flight to tokyo from home location

day 2 - sunday - 7th february, 2021

meet at haneda domestic terminal & transfer to hokkaido

day 3 - monday - 8th february, 2021

early morning location shoot for red-crowned crane roosting site, full-day photography of red-crowned cranes in tsuri

day 4 - tuesday - 9th february, 2021

early morning location shoot for red-crowned crane roosting site, ½ day photography of red-crowned cranes in tsuri & transfer to kussharo

day 5 - wednesday - 10th february, 2021

full-day photography of whooper swans

day 6 - thursday - 11th february, 2021

½ day photography of whooper swans & transfer to rausu

day 7 - friday - 12th february, 2021

two early morning boat trips for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles, possible afternoon photography on notsuke peninsula

day 8 - saturday - 13th february, 2021

two early morning boat trips for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles, possible afternoon photography on notsuke penninsula

day 9 - sunday - 14th february, 2021

two early morning boat trips for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles, transfer to notsuke penninsula

day 10 - monday - 15th february, 2021

early morning location shoot for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles plus foxes & black-eared kites, afternoon transfer to tokyo

day 11 - tuesday - 16th february, 2021

drive from haneda to yudanaka

day 12 - wednesday - 17th february, 2021

snow monkey photography

day 13 - thursday - 18th february, 2021

½ day of snow monkey photography & transfer to matsumoto - sunset shoot at matsumoto castle

day 14 - friday - 19th february, 2021

sunrise shoot at matsumoto castle - transfer to yamanakako - sunset at yamanakako lake looking towards mount fuji

day 15 - saturday - 20th february, 2021

sunrise at yamanakako lake looking towards mount fuji, ½ day of swan photography alongside the lake & return to haneda - trip concludes

A Young Snow Monkey Peers Over The Edge Of The Thermal Pool   Photographed During The Winter Wildlife Of Japan Photography Holiday

2019 – Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

One of the Young Snow Monkeys of the Jigokudani Valley Photographed During the Natureslens Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

NaturesLens invites you to spend 11 night/12 day travelling throughout the wonderfully diverse landscapes of Japan, specifically Central Honshu & Northern Hokkaido, getting up close to a wide range of native species which thrive in harsh winter conditions. The NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday, which we have been leading for the last 6 years, covers a variety of areas, providing you with unrivalled opportunities to undertake wildlife photography of the highest quality.

Accompanied by David & Ian, you will visit Central Honshu & Northern Hokkaido & gain an insight into the variety of landscapes & wildlife which exists throughout the country, made even more photogenic by dramatic winter conditions. The photographic opportunities on our Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday are always without parallel – with opportunities to photograph a variety of species including the red-crowned crane, snow monkey, Steller’s sea eagle, white-tailed sea eagle, whooper swan, plus more.

Join NaturesLens to capture images of the red-crowned crane, snow monkey, Steller's sea eagle, white-tailed sea eagle & whooper swans, in Japan, during the Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 11 night/12 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £5499 per participant.

Join David & Ian of NaturesLens to travel deep into stunning snow-covered landscapes, capturing beautiful images of wildlife which thrives during harsher seasons in Japan. You will travel throughout several different regions, including the mountainous area around Yudanaka in central Japan, & north of the mainland to the island of Hokkaido, giving you an insight into the variety of landscapes & wildlife which exists throughout the country, made even more photogenic by dramatic winter conditions.

One Of The Bathing Snow Monkeys Of Jigokudani Yaen Koen  Photographed During The Winter Wildlife Of Japan Photography Holiday

This 11 night/12 day trip offers enthusiastic wildlife photographers the opportunity to rise early for 2 dawn visits to the famous red-crowned crane roosting site; spend 2 days at the Akan red-crowned crane feeding centre; & spend 2 days observing the beautiful whooper swans which inhabit Lake Kussharo.

Not only this, but our trip is unique in offering 6 boat trips on the drift ice of the Nemuro Strait to photograph the Steller’s sea & white-tailed eagle populations as they fly, feed, dive for fish & fight over scraps. These excursions will give you unrivalled access to the native wildlife at each location, providing ample opportunity to obtain incredible images.

Our tour begins in Tokyo; from there we transfer to Hokkaido, the most northerly island of Japan, which holds the most remote & only true wilderness in Japan. Hokkaido is undoubtedly the star location during our Japanese winter wildlife photography holidays, the North of the island, the Shiretoko Peninsula is recognised for its world heritage site status, as the landscapes of dramatic coastline & soaring mountains are stunning, giving you the perfect backdrop to achieve editorial quality images of the wildlife inhabitants. As we travel across the island, you will have the opportunity to photograph red-crowned cranes, black-eared kites, whooper swans as well as white-tailed & Steller’s sea eagles as we cruise through drift ice environments which surround the island & across additional feeding sites on the Nemuro Peninsula to the east of the island.

We will then move onward to Yudanaka & spend 2 days at the Jigokudani snow monkey site with the Japanese Macaque, also known as the Snow Monkey, in the mountains, at their thermal spa, as they bathe & feed in the area. Our itinerary is designed to give you the second day here so that you have the chance to fine-tune your photography having become more familiar with the environment & the behaviour of this species.

Japan is an extraordinary country, providing wildlife photographers with unrivalled opportunities to capture uniquely beautiful photographs.

Group size for the Japanese Winter Wildlife photography holiday is limited to 4 participants, this is due to the nature of the photography excursions & the type of hotel that we prefer to make use of, so booking early is essential.

Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - sunday - 10th february, 2019

arrive tokyo haneda airport & transfer to hokkaido

day 2 - monday - 11th february, 2019

early morning location shoot for red-crowned crane roosting site, full-day photography of red-crowned cranes in tsuri

day 3 - tuesday - 12th february, 2019

early morning location shoot for red-crowned crane roosting site, half-day photography of red-crowned cranes in tsuri & transfer to kussharo

day 4 - wednesday - 13th february, 2019

full-day photography of whooper swans

day 5 - thursday - 14th february, 2019

half-day photography of whooper swans & transfer to rausu

day 6 - friday - 15th february, 2019

two early morning boat trips for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles, possible afternoon photography on notsuke peninsula

day 7 - saturday - 16th february, 2019

two early morning boat trips for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles, possible afternoon photography on notsuke penninsula

day 8 - sunday - 17th february, 2019

two early morning boat trips for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles, transfer to notsuke penninsula

day 9 - monday - 18th february, 2019

early morning location shoot for photography of steller's & white-tailed sea eagles plus foxes & black-eared kites, afternoon transfer to tokyo

day 10 - tuesday - 19th february, 2019

transfer to yudanaka for snow monkey photography

day 11 - wednesday - 20th february, 2019

full-day photography of snow monkeys

day 12 - thursday - 21st february, 2019

half-day photography of snow monkeys or matsumoto castle, afternoon transfer to tokyo haneda airport

A Trio Of Japanese Cranes In The Mist Rising Off The River At Their Roosting Site   Photographed During The NaturesLens Winter Wildlife Of Japan Photography Holiday

2020 – South African Wildlife of Zimanga Photography Holiday

A Hippo Yawning Captured During The African Wildlife Of Zimanga Photogrpahy Tour As Run By NaturesLens
The South African bushveld is a territory famed for its diverse range of wildlife, & the outstanding safari experience it can provide for wildlife photography enthusiasts. Join NaturesLens photography leaders on an African wildlife experience, delving deep into sub-tropical bushland; photographing incredible native species from both jeep & specially designed hides which are embedded within the landscape.
This is a trip you’ll never forget, & will have you leaving with both stunning images & memories which you will treasure for a lifetime.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of varied African wildlife, in South Africa, during the South African Wildlife of Zimanga photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £4499 per participant.
NaturesLens invites amateur & semi-professional photographers on a wildlife adventure which will take you into the heart of African bushveld territory, photographing a wide range of native species including impressive predators; such as leopards, wild dogs & cheetahs, as well as magnificent elephants & over 400 bird species. The photography safaris & hide sessions all take place within a pristinely preserved wildlife reserve, which provides the animals with a protected habitat while allowing photographers to come & observe these animals thrive, & capture awe-inspiring images.
This wildlife reserve offers 6000 hectares of unspoilt sub-tropical bushveld, fever tree forests & hilly terrain, providing you with opportunities to capture the best images of birds & wildlife alike from every possible angle. The reserve has a huge diversity of South Africanwildlife including mammals such as black-backed jackal, buffalo, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, hippo, impala, kudu, leopard, lion, nyala, rhino, spotted hyena, waterbuck, wild dog, wildebeest & zebra; & birds such as babbler, barbet, bee-eater, firefinch, fish eagle, hamerkop, kingfisher, lemon breasted canary, mousebird, plover, Rudd’s Apalis, sandpiper, twinspot, vulture & waxbill. The animals live side by side in an almost self-contained ecosystem, with both predators & prey relying on this environment to survive. This is the first reserve of its kind; one which has been specifically designed for photographers, while allowing the animals to live as naturally as they would in the wild with some added protection.
Our trip offers you five traditional game viewing drives from open safari vehicles, with no more than two photographers per row to ensure maximum comfort & access to the best angles for photography. These are not limited to tracks so that off-roading will give you maximum photography opportunities. You will also have at your disposal a range of water-level hides, which are perfectly positioned to capture images of the animals at eye-level. These hides have been created with the photographer in mind, providing the optimum structure & positioning throughout the park.
One way glass means you will be invisible to the animals, enabling you to photograph their entirely natural behaviour within the reserve. You will also benefit from the solar-powered air conditioning & comfortable interiors within the hides; included to make your wildlife experience as comfortable & enjoyable as possible.
Two birdbath hides in the heart of the reserve offer you the opportunity to photograph the wide variety of bird species which inhabit the region, including the pink-throated twinspot, kingfishers, barbets & mousebirds to name a few. But that’s not all. These hides may also give you the opportunity to photograph other visiting species, such as warthog, banded mongoose & monkeys.
A final pair of hides is provided for overnight use which you will use one of each on two nights, providing you with a completely different experience of the reserve, observing a variety of species as they carry out their night time activities. The overnight hides are furnished with a kitchenette, flushing toilet, beds & wi-fi to ensure maximum comfort while gaining unrivalled exposure to the wildlife & their behaviours at night.
Accommodation & internal transport is included within the price of the trip & Pui Hang will provide photography guidance as needed.
This is a trip you will never forget. Book now to avoid disappointment!
Photographable Species: babbler, banded mongoose, barbet, bee-eater, black-backed jackal, buffalo, cheetah, cormorant, cuckoo, elephant, fire finch, fish eagle, giraffe, hamerkop, hippo, hoopoe, impala, kingfisher, kudu, lemon breasted canary, leopard, lion, mousebird, nyala, plover, rhino, roller, rudd's apalis, sandpiper, spotted hyena, twinspot, warthog, waterbuck, waxbill, wild dog, wildebeest, zebra

South African Wildlife of Zimanga Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - friday - 1st may, 2020

arrive king shaka international airport, durban, transfer to zimanga & afternoon game drive or hide photography

day 2 - saturday - 2nd may, 2020

morning & afternoon game drive or hide photography

day 3 - sunday - 3rd may, 2020

morning & afternoon game drive or hide photography

day 4 - monday - 4th may, 2020

morning & afternoon game drive or hide photography

day 5 - tuesday - 5th may, 2020

morning & afternoon game drive or hide photography

day 6 - wednesday - 6th may, 2020

morning & afternoon game drive or hide photography

day 7 - thursday - 7th may, 2020

morning & afternoon game drive or hide photography

day 8 - friday - 8th may, 2020

morning game drive or hide photography, transfer to transfer to king shaka international airport, durban

A Lone Cape Buffalo Under A Starry Sky As Captured During The NaturesLens African Wildlife Of Zimanga Photography Holiday

2019 – South Africa’s Wildlife of Zimanga Photography Holiday

A Lone Cape Buffalo Under A Starry Sky As Captured During The NaturesLens African Wildlife Of Zimanga Photography Holiday
The African bushveld is a territory famed for its diverse range of wildlife, & the outstanding safari experience it can provide for wildlife photography enthusiasts. Join David on an African wildlife experience, delving deep into sub-tropical bushland; photographing incredible native species from both jeep & specially designed hides which are embedded within the landscape.
This is a trip you’ll never forget, & will have you leaving with both stunning images & memories which you will treasure for a lifetime.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of the varied African wildlife within the Zimanga Game Reserve, in South Africa, during the South Africa’s Wildlife of Zimanga photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Full Board, Shared basis & costs £4399  £3999 per participant.
NaturesLens invites amateur & semi-professional photographers on a wildlife adventure which will take you into the heart of African bushveld territory, photographing a wide range of native species including impressive predators; such as leopards, wild dogs & cheetahs, as well as magnificent elephants & over 400 bird species. This tour is the perfect blend of traditional safari game drives coupled with some extraordinary hide sessions. There was something for everyone from majestic mammals to stunning raptors & colourful little birds.
This wildlife reserve offers 6000 hectares of unspoilt sub-tropical bushveld, fever tree forests & hilly terrain, providing you with opportunities to capture the best images of birds & wildlife alike from every possible angle. The reserve has a huge diversity of wildlife including mammals such as black-backed jackal, buffalo, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, hippo, impala, kudu, leopard, lion, nyala, rhino, spotted hyena, waterbuck, wild dog, wildebeest & zebra; & birds such as babbler, barbet, bee-eater, fire finch, fish eagle, hamerkop, kingfisher, lemon breasted canary, mousebird, plover, Rudd’s apalis, sandpiper, twinspot, vulture & waxbill. The animals live side by side in an almost self-contained ecosystem, with both predators & prey relying on this environment to survive. This is the first reserve of its kind; one which has been specifically designed for photographers, whilst allowing the animals to live as naturally as they would in the wild with some added protection.
Our trip offers you 5 traditional game viewing drives from open safari vehicles, with no more than 2 photographers per row to ensure maximum comfort & access to the best angles for photography. These are not limited to tracks, so off-roading will give you maximum photography opportunities. You will also have at your disposal a range of water-level hides, which are perfectly positioned to capture images of the animals at eye-level. These hides have been created with the photographer in mind, providing the optimum structure & positioning throughout the reserve. Manfrotto tripods & Benro gimbal heads are provided in all the hides so no need to pack your tripod.
Cape Buffalo Drinking At Water Hole At Night Photographed During The African Wildlife Of Zimanga Phtography Tour Run By NaturesLens
One way glass means you will be invisible to the animals, enabling you to photograph their entirely natural behaviour within the park. You will also benefit from the solar-powered air conditioning & comfortable interiors within the hides; included to make your wildlife experience as pleasant & enjoyable as possible.
2 birdbath hides in the heart of the reserve offer you the opportunity to photograph the wide variety of bird species which inhabit the region, including the pink-throated twinspot, kingfishers, barbets & mousebirds to name a few. But that’s not all. These hides may also give you the opportunity to photograph other visiting species, such as warthog, banded mongoose & monkeys.
The scavenger hide is regularly visited by vultures, tawny eagles, bateleurs & other species like jackal & hyena. All the perches are set at exactly the same focal distance from the hide so no change of lens is required unless you are after a tight portrait shot.
A final pair of hides is provided for overnight use which you will use one of each on two nights, providing you with a completely different experience of the reserve, observing a variety of species as they carry out their night time activities. The overnight hides are furnished with a kitchenette, flushing toilet, beds & wi-fi to ensure maximum comfort while gaining unrivalled exposure to the wildlife & their behaviours at night.
Accommodation & internal transport is included within the price of the trip & David will provide photography tuition as needed.
This is a trip you will never forget. Book now to avoid disappointment!
Photographable Species: babbler, banded mongoose, barbet, bee-eater, black-backed jackal, buffalo, cheetah, cormorant, cuckoo, elephant, fire finch, fish eagle, giraffe, hamerkop, hippo, hoopoe, impala, kingfisher, kudu, lemon breasted canary, leopard, lion, mousebird, nyala, plover, rhino, roller, rudd's apalis, sandpiper, spotted hyena, twinspot, warthog, waterbuck, waxbill, wild dog, wildebeest, zebra

South Africa’s Wildlife of Zimanga Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - saturday - 14th september, 2019

arrive king shaka international airport, durban, transfer to zimanga & afternoon game drive or hide photography

day 2 - sunday - 15th september, 2019

morning & afternoon game drive or hide photography

day 3 - monday - 16th september, 2019

morning & afternoon game drive or hide photography

day 4 - tuesday - 17th september, 2019

morning & afternoon game drive or hide photography

day 5 - wednesday - 18th september, 2019

morning & afternoon game drive or hide photography

day 6 - thursday - 19th september, 2019

morning & afternoon game drive or hide photography

day 7 - friday - 20th september, 2019

morning & afternoon game drive or hide photography

day 8 - saturday - 21st september, 2019

morning game drive or hide photography, transfer to transfer to king shaka international airport, durban

A Lion Cub Resting In A Tree Photographed During The NaturesLens African Wildlife Of Zimanga Photography Holiday

2019 – African Wildlife of Zimanga Photography Holiday

An Oxpecker Sat On A The Neck Of A Giraffe   Photographed During The NaturesLens African Wildlife Of Zimanga Photography Holiday
The African bushveld is a territory famed for its diverse range of wildlife, & the outstanding safari experience it can provide for wildlife photography enthusiasts. Join Pui Hang on an African wildlife experience, delving deep into sub-tropical bushland; photographing incredible native species from both jeep & specially designed hides which are embedded within the landscape.
This is a trip you’ll never forget, & will have you leaving with both stunning images & memories which you will treasure for a lifetime.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of diverse range of wildlife found within the Zimanga Game Reserve, in South Africa, during the African Wildlife of Zimanga photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Full Board, Shared basis & costs £3749 per participant.
NaturesLens invites amateur & semi-professional photographers on a wildlife adventure which will take you into the heart of African bushveld territory, photographing a wide range of native species including impressive predators; such as leopards, wild dogs & cheetahs, as well as magnificent elephants & over 400 bird species. The photography safaris & hide sessions all take place within a pristinely preserved wildlife reserve, which provides the animals with a protected habitat whilst allowing photographers to come & observe these animals thrive, & capture awe-inspiring images; photography guidance is provided by Pui Hang where needed.
This wildlife reserve offers 6000 hectares of unspoilt sub-tropical bushveld, fever tree forests & hilly terrain, providing you with opportunities to capture the best images of birds & wildlife alike from every possible angle. The reserve has a huge diversity of wildlife including mammals such as black-backed jackal, buffalo, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, hippo, impala, kudu, leopard, lion, nyala, rhino, spotted hyena, waterbuck, wild dog, wildebeest & zebra; & birds such as babbler, barbet, bee-eater, fire finch, fish eagle, hamerkop, kingfisher, lemon breasted canary, mousebird, plover, Rudd’s apalis, sandpiper, twinspot, vulture & waxbill. The animals live side by side in an almost self-contained ecosystem, with both predators & prey relying on this environment to survive. This is the first reserve of its kind; one which has been specifically designed for photographers, whilst allowing the animals to live as naturally as they would in the wild with some added protection.
Our trip offers you 5 traditional game viewing drives from open safari vehicles, with no more than 2 photographers per row to ensure maximum comfort & access to the best angles for photography. These are not limited to tracks, so off-roading will give you maximum photography opportunities. You will also have at your disposal a range of water-level hides, which are perfectly positioned to capture images of the animals at eye-level. These hides have been created with the photographer in mind, providing the optimum structure & positioning throughout the park.
A Lone Cape Buffalo Drinking At Night   Photographed During The NaturesLens African Wildlife Of Zimanga Photography Tour
One way glass means you will be invisible to the animals, enabling you to photograph their entirely natural behaviour within the reserve. You will also benefit from the solar-powered air conditioning & comfortable interiors within the hides; included to make your wildlife experience as comfortable & enjoyable as possible.
2 birdbath hides in the heart of the reserve offer you the opportunity to photograph the wide variety of bird species which inhabit the region, including the pink-throated twinspot, kingfishers, barbets & mousebirds to name a few. But that’s not all. These hides may also give you the opportunity to photograph other visiting species, such as warthog, banded mongoose & monkeys.
A final pair of hides is provided for overnight use which you will use one of each on two nights, providing you with a completely different experience of the reserve, observing a variety of species as they carry out their night time activities. The overnight hides are furnished with a kitchenette, flushing toilet, beds & wi-fi to ensure maximum comfort while gaining unrivalled exposure to the wildlife & their behaviours at night.
Three Banded Plover Photographed During The African Wildlife Of Zimanga Photography Holiday Run By NaturesLens
Accommodation & internal transport is included within the price of the trip & Pui Hang will provide photography tuition as needed.
This is a trip you will never forget. Book now to avoid disappointment!
Cape Buffalo Drinking At Water Hole At Night Photographed During The African Wildlife Of Zimanga Phtography Tour Run By NaturesLens
Photographable Species: babbler, banded mongoose, barbet, bee-eater, black-backed jackal, buffalo, cheetah, cormorant, cuckoo, elephant, fire finch, fish eagle, giraffe, hamerkop, hippo, hoopoe, impala, kingfisher, kudu, lemon breasted canary, leopard, lion, mousebird, nyala, plover, rhino, roller, rudd's apalis, sandpiper, spotted hyena, twinspot, warthog, waterbuck, waxbill, wild dog, wildebeest, zebra

African Wildlife of Zimanga Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - thursday - 2nd may, 2019

arrive king shaka international airport, durban, transfer to zimanga & afternoon game drive or hide photography

day 2 - friday - 3rd may, 2019

morning & afternoon game drive or hide photography

day 3 - saturday - 4th may, 2019

morning & afternoon game drive or hide photography

day 4 - sunday - 5th may, 2019

morning & afternoon game drive or hide photography

day 5 - monday - 6th may, 2019

morning & afternoon game drive or hide photography

day 6 - tuesday - 7th may, 2019

morning & afternoon game drive or hide photography

day 7 - wednesday - 8th may, 2019

morning & afternoon game drive or hide photography

day 8 - thursday - 9th may, 2019

morning game drive or hide photography, transfer to king shaka international airport, durban

2018 – African Wildlife of Zimanga Photography Holiday

The African bushveld is an environment famed for its variety of wildlife, & the unique safari experience it can provide for wildlife photography enthusiasts. Join NaturesLens photography leaders on an African wildlife experience, delving deep into sub-tropical bushland; photographing incredible native species from both jeep & specially designed hides which are embedded within the landscape.
This is a trip you’ll never forget, & will have you leaving with both stunning images & memories which you will treasure for a lifetime.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of the incredible native species found within the Zimanga Game Reserve, in South Africa, during the African Wildlife of Zimanga past event. This past event is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Full Board, Shared basis & costs £3599 per participant.
NaturesLens invites amateur & semi-professional photographers on a wildlife adventure which will take you into the heart of African bushveld environments, photographing a wide range of native species including impressive predators; such as leopards, wild dogs & cheetahs, as well as magnificent elephants & over 400 bird species. The photography safaris & hide sessions all take place within a pristinely preserved wildlife reserve, which provides the animals with a protected habitat whilst allowing photographers to come & observe these animals thrive, & capture awe-inspiring images.
This wildlife reserve offers 6000 hectares of unspoilt sub-tropical bushveld, fever tree forests & hilly terrain, providing you with opportunities to capture the best images of birds & wildlife alike from every possible angle. The reserve has a huge diversity of wildlife including mammals such as black-backed jackal, buffalo, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, hippo, impala, kudu, leopard, lion, nyala, rhino, spotted hyena, waterbuck, wild dog, wildebeest & zebra; & birds such as babbler, barbet, bee-eater, fire finch, fish eagle, hamerkop, kingfisher, lemon breasted canary, mousebird, plover, Rudd’s apalis, sandpiper, twinspot, vulture & waxbill. The animals live side by side in an almost self-contained ecosystem, with both predators & prey relying on this environment to survive. This is the first reserve of its kind; one which has been specifically designed for photographers, whilst allowing the animals to live as naturally as they would in the wild with some added protection.
Our trip offers you 5 traditional game viewing drives from open safari vehicles, with no more than 2 photographers per row to ensure maximum comfort & access to the best angles for photography. These are not limited to tracks, so off-roading will give you maximum photography opportunities. You will also have at your disposal a range of water-level hides, which are perfectly positioned to capture images of the animals at eye-level. These hides have been created with the photographer in mind, providing the optimum structure & positioning throughout the park.
One way glass means you will be invisible to the animals, enabling you to photograph their entirely natural behaviour within the reserve. You will also benefit from the solar-powered air conditioning & comfortable interiors within the hides; included to make your wildlife experience as comfortable & enjoyable as possible.
2 birdbath hides in the heart of the reserve offer you the opportunity to photograph the wide variety of bird species which inhabit the region, including the pink-throated twinspot, kingfishers, barbets & mousebirds to name a few. Not only this, but these hides may also give you the opportunity to photograph other visiting species, such as warthog, banded mongoose & monkeys.
A fourth hide is provided for overnight use which you will use for 2 nights, providing you with a completely different experience of the reserve, observing a variety of species as they carry out their night time activities. With beds provided inside, you have the freedom to use this hide at your leisure, gaining unrivalled exposure to the wildlife & their behaviours at night.
Accommodation & internal transport is included within the price of the trip & NaturesLens leaders will provide photography tuition as needed.
This is a trip you will never forget. Book now to avoid disappointment!
Photographable Species: babbler, banded mongoose, barbet, bee-eater, black-backed jackal, buffalo, cheetah, cormorant, cuckoo, elephant, fire finch, fish eagle, giraffe, hamerkop, hippo, hoopoe, impala, kingfisher, kudu, lemon breasted canary, leopard, lion, mousebird, nyala, plover, rhino, rudd's apalis, sandpiper, spotted hyena, twinspot, warthog, waterbuck, waxbill, wild dog, wildebeest, zebra

African Wildlife of Zimanga Photography Holiday Itinerary

To be confirmed

Day 1 - overnight flight

Travel from UK to Johannesburg

Day 2 - overnight Zimanga

Arrival in Johannesburg, connecting flight to Durban, onward travel to Zimanga & overnight

Day 3 - overnight Zimanga

Photography hide or game drive

Day 4 - overnight Zimanga

Photography hide or game drive

Day 5 - overnight Zimanga

Photography hide or game drive

Day 6 - overnight Zimanga

Photography hide or game drive

Day 7 - overnight Zimanga

Photography hide or game drive

Day 8 - overnight Zimanga

Photography hide or game drive

Day 9 - Travel to UK

Photography hide or game drive, transfer to local domestic airport, & onwards to Johannesburg for travel to UK