2023 – Wildlife of South Africa & Namibia Photography Holiday

One of the leopards of Sabi Sands draped over a fallen tree photographed on the reserve used for the NaturesLens Leopards of Sabi Sands Photography Holiday
You are invited to join NaturesLens during April 2023 for a fabulous photography holiday to photograph the wildlife of South Africa & Namibia – with a particular focus on the leopards.
We will be staying within a private reserve with a fantastic lodge in an area of Sabi Sands; Vuyatela Lodge is the flagship luxury lodge of Djuma reserve, & is quite simply one of the most breathtaking & refreshing safari destinations in South Africa. Located on a small rise overlooking a dry river bed & dam where an endless variety of wildlife comes to drink every day, Vuyaltela is shrouded in the wilderness & embodies the essence of what it is to be African.
Vuyatela Lodge in all its splendour is arguably one of the most luxurious African bush experiences available, & towers above its bushveld counterparts with a unique & extraordinary combination of modern luxury & traditional African culture.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of the amazing wildlife of both Sabi Sands & the Etosha Pan, in South Africa, during the Wildlife of South Africa & Namibia photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 15 night/16 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £7999  £7499 per participant.
You will be accommodated in one of five luxury suites, all with en-suite bathrooms, Vuyatela has redefined the meaning of an African safari, breaking the mould of “traditional” colonial-style décor by combining sleek modern design with innovative, funky African art & lots of vibrant colours. Collectively these suites can accommodate ten people, but we will not be filling the lodge, we will have a maximum of 7 photographers, including any guides, in the safari vehicle so for that reason we will have a maximum of 7 people only in Vuyatela.
Each guest suite has a private plunge pool, expansive viewing deck & freestanding “khaya” – a lounge with a tea & coffee station & wood-burning stove for those cold winter’s mornings & evenings.
The main lodge area features a cosy indoor lounge & enormous fireplace (perfect for cold winter’s evenings), fabulous dining room with its hallmark chandelier made from Coke bottles opening onto an extended deck & boma area, complete with firepit, swimming pool & funky steel & timber viewing “tower” overlooking the dam. If we’re lucky, we might spot one of Djuma’s famous leopards stalking here!
For the duration of our stay, between the dates of 29th April - 14th May 2023, we will have the services of a chef on-site, who will be preparing some delicious meals for our group!
Djuma offers more than 7000ha of private land, bordering right onto the western boundary of the Kruger National Park. This part of the African bush is a hidden gem, offering some of the most beautiful game viewing in Africa. This is the home of the legendary Big Five which roam these unspoilt lands, Lion, leopard, elephant, rhino & buffalo can be spotted from the comfort & safety of our open game viewing vehicles, accompanied by some of the most experienced safari guides & trackers in the business.
As the dawn begins to break at the start of another magical day in the African bush, we will head to the vehicle & it is time to head out into the wilds to see what’s happening, making the most of the coolest part of the day & the magical early morning light.
At the end of the day, as the sun begins to dip, & the heat of the African day decreases, we will head out as this is the perfect time to spot the predators that call Djuma their home, taking in the magical “golden hour” of light for the ideal photographic opportunities.
For photographic direction, NaturesLens are incredibly pleased to have Clint Ralph leading this tour for us, Clint is a South African wildlife photographer of some note, who knows the Djuma reserve & the larger surrounding area very well.
NaturesLens offers keen wildlife photographers the chance to capture images of the impressive wildlife of Etosha National Park, you will be photographing the wildlife of this massive area as they thrive in their natural habitat; the waterholes offer the area’s best opportunities for both large & small game sightings.
Etosha National Park is home to some of the most common & at the same time some of the rarest wildlife species. Etosha means “place of dry water” & refers to a flat pan of about 5000 square kilometres which can be seen from space!
Join NaturesLens to capture images of the amazing wildlife of both Sabi Sands & the Etosha Pan, in South Africa, during the Wildlife of South Africa & Namibia photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 15 night/16 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £7999  £7499 per participant.
The massive pan, that makes up Etosha National Park, provides a stunning, parched, silver-white backdrop of shimmering mirages to an area of semi-arid grassland & large camel thorn trees mixed with Mopani trees.
The park boasts numerous waterholes, including both natural springs & fountains & others fed by human-made boreholes. During the dry winters, the wildlife relies on these waterholes scattered throughout the park, so sightings are far more reliable than anywhere else in Africa. Extensive treks of zebra & springbok can be seen mingling with oryx & bathing elephants at the larger waterholes. If we are lucky, we may even see rhino, elephant & lion drinking from the same pools.
Four of the Big Five can be seen amongst the Wildlife of Namibia within Etosha National Park. The areas with thicker vegetation are home to elephants, black rhino & even leopard. The lions are camouflaged in the pale-golden colour of the savannah.
The fleet-footed cheetah, rare black-faced impala, hyena, jackal, bat-eared fox, warthog & giraffe are just some of the other species that can be found here.
We will stay in an intimate tented camp that is a study in contrasts. Textures such as stone, suede, linen & steel have been used to create a setting that is sleek & modern but also inherently of the earth. All the tents are situated around a busy waterhole, where the wildlife come to quench their thirst directly in front of your tent.
The surrounding nature lends itself to long lazy afternoons spent relaxing on the sofas in the lounge watching the wildlife go by. When things heat up, cool down in the sparkling rim-flow swimming pool.
With a stunning main building & just seven luxury tents with en-suite bathrooms providing private, exclusive accommodation for our guests, coupled with the warmest of hospitality, sumptuous meals & first-class guides, this is the perfect trip for photographers wishing to capture images of the wildlife of Namibia.
The activities will be a mixture of traditional safari game drives & use of their fabulous water-level hide which has been placed in front of a waterhole offering a pretty impressive viewpoint & some fantastic photography of the wildlife of Namibia that comes to visit.
Photographable Species: bat-eared fox, buffalo, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, hyena, impala, jackal, leopard, lion, oryx, rhino, springbok, warthog, zebra

Wildlife of South Africa & Namibia Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

flight from home location to hoedspruit - transfer to djuma reserve - overnight vuyatela lodge

day 2

morning & afternoon safaris within djuma reserve - overnight vuyatela lodge

day 3

morning & afternoon safaris within djuma reserve - overnight vuyatela lodge

day 4

morning & afternoon safaris within djuma reserve - overnight vuyatela lodge

day 5

morning & afternoon safaris within djuma reserve - overnight vuyatela lodge

day 6

morning & afternoon safaris within djuma reserve - overnight vuyatela lodge

day 7

morning & afternoon safaris within djuma reserve - overnight vuyatela lodge

day 8

transfer to hoedspruit, flight to johannesburg, overnight johannesburg

day 9

mid-morning flight to windhoek, transfer to etosha national park, arriving at etosha national park for 6pm, overnight etosha

day 10

activities at etosha national park, overnight etosha

day 11

activities at etosha national park, overnight etosha

day 12

activities at etosha national park, overnight etosha

day 13

activities at etosha national park, overnight etosha

day 14

activities at etosha national park, overnight etosha

day 15

activities at etosha national park, overnight etosha

day 16

early departure from etosha national park, early afternoon flight to johannesburg

One of the lionesses of the area – photographed from within the hide used during the NaturesLens Wildlife of Namibia’s Waterholes Photography Holiday

2023 – Wildlife of Namibia’s Waterholes Photography Holiday

NaturesLens offers keen wildlife photographers the chance to capture images of the impressive wildlife of Etosha National Park, you will be photographing the wildlife of this massive area as they thrive in their natural habitat; the waterholes offer the area’s best opportunities for both large & small game sightings.
Etosha National Park is home to some of the most common & at the same time some of the rarest wildlife species. Etosha means “place of dry water” & refers to a flat pan of about 5000 square kilometres which can be seen from space!
Join NaturesLens to capture images of Wildlife of Namibia, in Namibia, during the Wildlife of Namibia’s Waterholes photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 8 night/9 day duration on a Full Board with Drinks Included, Non-Shared basis & costs £3999 per participant.
The massive pan, that makes up Etosha National Park, provides a stunning, parched, silver-white backdrop of shimmering mirages to an area of semi-arid grassland & large camel thorn trees mixed with Mopani trees.
The park boasts numerous waterholes, including both natural springs & fountains & others fed by human-made boreholes. During the dry winters, the wildlife relies on these waterholes scattered throughout the park, so sightings are far more reliable than anywhere else in Africa. Extensive treks of zebra & springbok can be seen mingling with oryx & bathing elephants at the larger waterholes. If we are lucky, we may even see rhino, elephant & lion drinking from the same pools.
Four of the Big Five can be seen amongst the Wildlife of Namibia within Etosha National Park. The areas with thicker vegetation are home to elephants, black rhino & even leopard. The lions are camouflaged in the pale-golden colour of the savannah.
The fleet-footed cheetah, rare black-faced impala, hyena, jackal, bat-eared fox, warthog & giraffe are just some of the other species that can be found here.
We will stay in an intimate tented camp that is a study in contrasts. Textures such as stone, suede, linen & steel have been used to create a setting that is sleek & modern but also inherently of the earth. All the tents are situated around a busy waterhole, where the wildlife come to quench their thirst directly in front of your tent.
The surrounding nature lends itself to long lazy afternoons spent relaxing on the sofas in the lounge watching the wildlife go by. When things heat up, cool down in the sparkling rim-flow swimming pool.
With a stunning main building & just seven luxury tents with en-suite bathrooms providing private, exclusive accommodation for our guests, coupled with the warmest of hospitality, sumptuous meals & first-class guides, this is the perfect trip for photographers wishing to capture images of the wildlife of Namibia.
The activities will be a mixture of traditional safari game drives & use of their fabulous water-level hide which has been placed in front of a waterhole offering a pretty impressive viewpoint & some fantastic photography of the wildlife of Namibia that comes to visit.
Photographable Species: bat-eared fox, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, hyena, impala, jackal, leopard, lion, oryx, rhino, springbok, warthog, zebra

Wildlife of Namibia’s Waterholes Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

overnight flight from london to johannesburg

day 2

mid-morning flight to windhoek, transfer to etosha national park, arriving at etosha national park for 6pm, overnight etosha

day 3

activities at etosha national park, overnight etosha

day 4

activities at etosha national park, overnight etosha

day 5

activities at etosha national park, overnight etosha

day 6

activities at etosha national park, overnight etosha

day 7

activities at etosha national park, overnight etosha

day 8

activities at etosha national park, overnight etosha

day 9

early departure from etosha national park, early afternoon flight to johannesburg

One of the elephants – photographed from within the hide used during the NaturesLens Wildlife of Namibia’s Waterholes Photography Holiday

2022 – Wildlife of the Namibian Waterholes Photography Holiday

Please note: this trip is intended as an extension to the Sabi Sands Leopards photography holiday – not a fully-featured trip in its own right, you are more than welcome to join this trip, however; but, if you want a fully-featured trip to Etosha, we are running one in 2023 – all the 2023 event details are here.
NaturesLens offers keen wildlife photographers the chance to capture images of the impressive wildlife of Etosha National Park, you will be photographing the wildlife of this massive area as they thrive in their natural habitat; the waterholes offer the area’s best opportunities for both large & small game sightings.
Etosha National Park is home to some of the most common & at the same time some of the rarest wildlife species. Etosha means “place of dry water” & refers to a flat pan of about 5000 square kilometres which can be seen from space!
Join NaturesLens to capture images of Wildlife of Namibia, in Namibia, during the Wildlife of the Namibian Waterholes photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 6 night/7 day duration on a Full Board with Drinks Included, Non-Shared basis & costs £2499 per participant.
The massive pan, that makes up Etosha National Park, provides a stunning, parched, silver-white backdrop of shimmering mirages to an area of semi-arid grassland & large camel thorn trees mixed with Mopani trees.
The park boasts numerous waterholes, including both natural springs & fountains & others fed by human-made boreholes. During the dry winters, the wildlife relies on these waterholes scattered throughout the park, so sightings are far more reliable than anywhere else in Africa. Extensive treks of zebra & springbok can be seen mingling with oryx & bathing elephants at the larger waterholes. If we are lucky, we may even see rhino, elephant & lion drinking from the same pools.
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Four of the Big Five can be seen amongst the Wildlife of Namibia within Etosha National Park. The areas with thicker vegetation are home to elephants, black rhino & even leopard. The lions are camouflaged in the pale-golden colour of the savannah.
The fleet-footed cheetah, rare black-faced impala, hyena, jackal, bat-eared fox, warthog & giraffe are just some of the other species that can be found here.
We will stay in an intimate tented camp that is a study in contrasts. Textures such as stone, suede, linen & steel have been used to create a setting that is sleek & modern but also inherently of the earth. All the tents are situated around a busy waterhole, where the wildlife come to quench their thirst directly in front of your tent.
The surrounding nature lends itself to long lazy afternoons spent relaxing on the sofas in the lounge watching the wildlife go by. When things heat up, cool down in the sparkling rim-flow swimming pool.
With a stunning main building & just seven luxury tents with en-suite bathrooms providing private, exclusive accommodation for our guests, coupled with the warmest of hospitality, sumptuous meals & first-class guides, this is the perfect trip for photographers wishing to capture images of the wildlife of Namibia.
The activities will be a mixture of traditional safari game drives & use of their fabulous water-level hide which has been placed in front of a waterhole offering a pretty impressive viewpoint & some fantastic photography of the wildlife of Namibia that comes to visit.
Photographable Species: bat-eared fox, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, hyena, impala, jackal, leopard, lion, oryx, rhino, springbok, warthog, zebra

Wildlife of the Namibian Waterholes Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

overnight flight from london to johannesburg

day 2

mid-morning flight to windhoek, transfer to etosha national park, arriving at etosha national park for 6pm, overnight etosha

day 3

activities at etosha national park, overnight etosha

day 4

activities at etosha national park, overnight etosha

day 5

activities at etosha national park, overnight etosha

day 6

activities at etosha national park, overnight etosha

day 7

activities at etosha national park, overnight etosha

day 8

early departure from etosha national park, early afternoon flight to johannesburg

One of the lionesses of the area – photographed from within the hide used during the NaturesLens Wildlife of Namibia’s Waterholes Photography Holiday

2022 – Wildlife of Namibia’s Waterholes Photography Holiday

Please note: this trip is intended as an extension to the Sabi Sands Leopards photography holiday – not a fully-featured trip in its own right, you are more than welcome to join this trip, however; but, if you want a fully-featured trip to Etosha, we are running one in 2023 – all the 2023 event details are here.
NaturesLens offers keen wildlife photographers the chance to capture images of the impressive wildlife of Etosha National Park, you will be photographing the wildlife of this massive area as they thrive in their natural habitat; the waterholes offer the area’s best opportunities for both large & small game sightings.
Etosha National Park is home to some of the most common & at the same time some of the rarest wildlife species. Etosha means “place of dry water” & refers to a flat pan of about 5000 square kilometres which can be seen from space!
Join NaturesLens to capture images of Wildlife of Namibia, in Namibia, during the Wildlife of Namibia’s Waterholes photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 6 night/7 day duration on a Full Board with Drinks Included, Non-Shared basis & costs £2499 per participant.
The massive pan, that makes up Etosha National Park, provides a stunning, parched, silver-white backdrop of shimmering mirages to an area of semi-arid grassland & large camel thorn trees mixed with Mopani trees.
The park boasts numerous waterholes, including both natural springs & fountains & others fed by human-made boreholes. During the dry winters, the wildlife relies on these waterholes scattered throughout the park, so sightings are far more reliable than anywhere else in Africa. Extensive treks of zebra & springbok can be seen mingling with oryx & bathing elephants at the larger waterholes. If we are lucky, we may even see rhino, elephant & lion drinking from the same pools.
Four of the Big Five can be seen amongst the Wildlife of Namibia within Etosha National Park. The areas with thicker vegetation are home to elephants, black rhino & even leopard. The lions are camouflaged in the pale-golden colour of the savannah.
The fleet-footed cheetah, rare black-faced impala, hyena, jackal, bat-eared fox, warthog & giraffe are just some of the other species that can be found here.
We will stay in an intimate tented camp that is a study in contrasts. Textures such as stone, suede, linen & steel have been used to create a setting that is sleek & modern but also inherently of the earth. All the tents are situated around a busy waterhole, where the wildlife come to quench their thirst directly in front of your tent.
The surrounding nature lends itself to long lazy afternoons spent relaxing on the sofas in the lounge watching the wildlife go by. When things heat up, cool down in the sparkling rim-flow swimming pool.
With a stunning main building & just seven luxury tents with en-suite bathrooms providing private, exclusive accommodation for our guests, coupled with the warmest of hospitality, sumptuous meals & first-class guides, this is the perfect trip for photographers wishing to capture images of the wildlife of Namibia.
The activities will be a mixture of traditional safari game drives & use of their fabulous water-level hide which has been placed in front of a waterhole offering a pretty impressive viewpoint & some fantastic photography of the wildlife of Namibia that comes to visit.
Photographable Species: bat-eared fox, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, hyena, impala, jackal, leopard, lion, oryx, rhino, springbok, warthog, zebra

Wildlife of Namibia’s Waterholes Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

overnight flight from london to johannesburg

day 2

mid-morning flight to windhoek, transfer to etosha national park, arriving at etosha national park for 6pm, overnight etosha

day 3

activities at etosha national park, overnight etosha

day 4

activities at etosha national park, overnight etosha

day 5

activities at etosha national park, overnight etosha

day 6

activities at etosha national park, overnight etosha

day 7

activities at etosha national park, overnight etosha

day 8

early departure from etosha national park, early afternoon flight to johannesburg

Onguma, Lodge photography, David Rogers, 2018

2023 – Wildlife of Sri Lanka Photography Holiday

A Leopard asleep on rocks in Yala one of the many locations found on the NaturesLens Wildlife of Sri Lanka Photography Holiday
Join David & Pui Hang in Sri Lanka for the new 15-night Sri Lankan Wildlife Photography Holiday to capture images of the diverse & varied birds, mammals & marine life of Sri Lanka. Over 60 different species of mammal call this South Asian island home, in addition, Sri Lanka currently contains 183 species of reptiles, 122 species of amphibians, 227 species of birds & the surrounding waters are home to 28 species of Cetaceans.
Sri Lanka is an island paradise lined with amazing golden sandy beaches & turquoise blue waters. The oceans are rich with life, & amazing coral reefs. The deeper waters are home to marine giants such as the Blue Whale, the largest animal to have ever lived. It is a country that boasts a rich natural heritage, with amazing wildlife & biodiversity & incredibly, for an island of its size can boast of iconic megafauna such as leopards, elephants & sloth bears. Sri Lanka is also regarded as a biodiversity hotspot teeming with endemic birds, reptiles, amphibians as well as plant species found nowhere else on earth.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of amazing wildlife of Sri Lanka, in Sri Lanka, during the Wildlife of Sri Lanka photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 15 night/16 day duration on a Full Board, Shared basis & costs £7499  £6749 per participant.

Our Sri Lankan Wildlife Photography Tour will be of 15 nights/16 days duration in order to see the best of what this incredible country has to offer, from safaris to Yala & Wilpattu for leopards & sloth bears; Udalwe for jungle cats & Asian elephants; boat trips to see the super pods of Spinner Dolphins & also pods of Sperm Whales, Orcas, Short Finned Pilot Whales, Pink Dolphins & other beautiful cetaceans. We’ve even arranged to take a floatplane out to sea to do aerial photography of blue whales!  And if this wasn’t enough, we will also spend one-night photographing sea turtles as they come ashore to lay their eggs.

This photography holiday truly is the ultimate Sri Lankan Wildlife Safari experience!

We spend several days on the West Coast, the first in search of the elusive Indo-Pacific Humpbacked Dolphin, also known as the Pink Dolphin. The following day, we set out early to sea to look for more marine mammals including the massive super pods of Spinner Dolphins. These acrobatic cetaceans are a sight to behold. Further deeper into the ocean, & you will have the opportunity to see pods of Sperm Whales & possibly Orcas, Short Finned Pilot Whales, Risso Dolphins, Brydes Whale & other species.
Over four days in Wilpattu, we will be taking jeep safaris to spot Leopard & Sloth Bear. Other larger animals seen regularly include Asian Elephant, Jackal, Mugger Crocodile, Sambar, Spotted Deer & Buffalo. A variety of raptors such as Crested Serpent, Changeable Hawk & White-Bellied Sea Eagles, Brown Fish Owl can also be seen here along with a large number of water birds & waders. Two of these days are full-day safaris.

Our lodge in Yala is located at a completely different entrance from the main entrance & so it is far less crowded. We will enter the core leopard areas first where most sightings are great with little crowds. Other residents in the park include Sloth Bear, Asian Elephant, Jackal, Sambar, Spotted Deer & Grey Langur. In Yala, we will experience some spectacular game viewing across 6 early mornings & afternoon game drives.

Upon leaving Yala, we drive to the South Coast for a spectacular river cruise where you will be able to photograph giant Saltwater Crocodiles at eye level. These saurian remnants of the prehistoric era can be found in numerous numbers on this riverine ecosystem, from young hatchlings barely a few inches long to giant males who exceed 15 feet!

Whilst the following day sees us up early for a whale watching tour in the deep ocean to look for the Blue Whale, Spinner Dolphins, Bryde’s Whale, Sperm Whale, Orca, Risso Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphin & Striped Dolphin. Afterwards, we return to dry land & head back to the hotel for a late lunch.

As dusk arrives, we will head to the beach for a nighttime spotting of sea turtles. Five of the world’s seven species of sea turtles have been recorded coming ashore to lay their eggs at the beach we will be visiting. The Green & Olive Ridley Turtles are the most routinely encountered species, while the Hawksbill, Leatherback & Loggerhead Turtles are also seen intermittently.

After seeing the marine life at sea level, the next day sees you boarding a seaplane to fly over the ocean to photograph blue whales from the air. This is the best way to photograph these enormous leviathans! The flights are 45 minutes per round trip on average, & the plane can take 3 people per flight. After the whole group have taken their flights, we will get back on the road & head towards the lowland rainforests.

During our last two days, our naturalist & local tracker will show us the wide variety of endemic flora & fauna to be found in the main forest reserve. 28 of Sri Lanka’s 34 endemic species may be found here, including the recently discovered Serendib Scops Owl & other rarities such as the Sri Lanka Spurfowl, Chesnut-backed Owlet & White-faced Starling. Other species we may encounter during our rainforest walks include Purple-faced Leaf Monkey, Giant Squirrel, Kangaroo Lizard, Hump-nosed Lizard & Sri Lanka Keelback. We will also be keeping an eye out for reptiles such as Green Pit Viper & Hump Nosed Lizard.

Photographable Species: Asian Elephant, Blue Whale, Bottlenose Dolphin, Brydes Whale, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Chesnut-backed Owlet, Giant Squirrel, Green Pit Viper, Grey Langur, Hump-nosed Lizard, Humpbacked Dolphin, Kangaroo Lizard, Mugger Crocodile, Pink Dolphin, Purple-faced Leaf Monkey, Risso Dolphin, Saltwater Crocodile, Sea Turtle, Serendib Scops Owl, Short Finned Pilot Whale, Sperm Whale, Spinner Dolphin, Sri Lanka Keelback, Sri Lanka Spurfowl, Striped Dolphin, White-Bellied Sea Eagle, White-faced Starling, brown fish owl, buffalo, crested serpent eagle, elephant, jackal, leopard, orca, sambar, sloth bear, spotted deer

Wildlife of Sri Lanka Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

flight to bandaranaike international airport, colombo - transfer to katunayake - overnight in katunayake

day 2

boat trip for humpbacked dolphin - overnight in kalpitiya

day 3

boat trips for various types of whale & dolphin - transfer to wilpattu - afternoon safari in wilpattu - overnight in wilpattu

day 4

full - day safari in wilpattu - overnight in wilpattu

day 5

full - day safari in wilpattu - overnight in wilpattu

day 6

morning safari in wilpattu - transfer to katunayake - overnight in katunayake

day 7

transfer to yala - afternoon safari in yala - overnight in yala

day 8

morning & afternoon safari in yala - overnight in yala

day 9

morning & afternoon safari in yala - overnight in yala

day 10

morning safari in yala - transfer to udawalawe - afternoon safari for asian elephant & jungle cat - overnight in udawalawe

day 11

morning safari for asian elephant & jungle cat - transfer to mirissa - river cruise for saltwater crocodiles - overnight in mirissa

day 12

boat trip for various types of whale - nighttime spotting of sea turtles - overnight in mirissa

day 13

seaplane trip to photograph blue whales from the air - transfer to sinharaja - overnight in sinharaja

day 14

rainforest walks seeking a wide variety of endemic flora & fauna - overnight in sinharaja

day 15

rainforest walks seeking a wide variety of endemic flora & fauna - overnight in sinharaja

day 16

transfer to bandaranaike international airport, colombo

A pair of Mating Leopards on rocks in Yala one of the many locations found on the NaturesLens Wildlife of Sri Lanka Photography Holiday

2022 – India’s Leopards of Bera & Jawai Photography Holiday

A solitary leopard on the rocky cliffs photographed in Bera Jawai the location for the NaturesLens India’s Leopards of Bera Photography Holiday
NaturesLens offers keen wildlife photographers the chance to capture images of the rock-dwelling Leopards of Bera & Jawai, you will be photographing the small population of this species as they thrive in their picturesque natural habitat.
We have designed a very special photography experience, ensuring that internal travel & comfortable accommodation are organised for you to ensure that you can focus on making the most of opportunities to capture editorial quality images. Our trips fill up quickly so ensure that you book early to avoid missing out!
Join NaturesLens to capture images of Leopards of Bera & Jawai, in India, during the India’s Leopards of Bera & Jawai photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Full Board, Shared basis & costs £3599 per participant.
Our photographic holiday to capture images of the Leopards of Bera & Jawai is a very special encounter indeed. We will stay in the rocky region of Bera & Jawai in the centre of the Aravalli range, which is home to a small but important population of leopards; Bera & Jawai truly are the heart of leopard country.
Despite the fact that this is a short visit to the area, we will fit in ten safaris to take photographic opportunities with the leopards of the area, with only two photographers per jeep, you are assured of not being squeezed whilst capturing images of these elusive cats.
The Rabari villagers who live in this locale are, for the most part dairy cattle farmers & goat herders. They with their unmistakable clothing of white dress & red turbans tend to their livestock on similar slopes to those on where the Leopards live.
Our main local guide & spotter, Shatrunjay Pratap is a passionate photographer, leopard-lover & an ardent conservationist; Shatrunjay has dedicated his life along with his family to live with these leopards & has made his home among the boulders of Bera & Jawai; Shatrunjay has spent time learning about the leopards, their movement patterns & habits. He knows many individuals & tracks them on a daily basis. He spends days in the field & is a treasure trove of information on individual animals & their life stories.
Photographable Species: crane, crocodile, flamingo, leopard

India’s Leopards of Bera & Jawai Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

flight to new delhi

day 2

flight to maharana pratap & transfer to lodge in bera

day 3

morning safari & afternoon safari in the rocky terrain of bera & jawai

day 4

morning safari & afternoon safari in the rocky terrain of bera & jawai

day 5

morning safari & afternoon safari in the rocky terrain of bera & jawai

day 6

morning safari & afternoon safari in the rocky terrain of bera & jawai

day 7

morning safari & afternoon safari in the rocky terrain of bera & jawai

day 8

flight to new delhi & onwards flight to home location

Wildlife silhouetted against the horizon photographed in Bera Jawai the location for the NaturesLens India’s Leopards of Bera Photography Holiday

2022 – Majestic Tigers of India Photography Holiday

One Of Bandhavgarh's Beautiful Bengal Tigers In The Cooling Water Of A Pool   Photographed During The NaturesLens Tigers Of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday
NaturesLens invites you to join Pui Hang & take the opportunity to journey into the heart of India, in the pursuit of capturing the elusive Indian tiger on camera as it thrives within a protected national park. Open to both amateur & semi-professional wildlife photographers, our trip has been designed to offer guests unrivalled opportunities to photograph these amazing big cats within the national park, whilst also looking out for other native species such as the Indian gaur & langur monkeys.
Refined, using personal experience gained through visits to the reserve, over the past 8 years, our trip includes full board accommodation, jeep fees, park fees & airport transfers to make things as straightforward for you as possible, to ensure that you can make the most of this fantastic wildlife photography experience.
NOW INCLUDES A FULL-DAY JEEP SAFARI ACROSS ALL THREE ZONES OF BANDHAVGARH TIGER RESERVE!
Join NaturesLens to capture images of rich jungle dwelling wildlife, in India, during the Majestic Tigers of India photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 8 night/9 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £3999 per participant.
The majestic Indian tiger, a creature so magnificent & elusive, which has been suffering as a result of illegal poaching to the point of becoming an endangered species. NaturesLens invites you to experience these beautiful creatures first hand within a beautiful & mysterious Indian parkland, in a reserve famed for having the highest density of Tigers in India. The landscape offers dense jungle environments & open grassland intertwined with narrow tracks that you will navigate whilst capturing stunning images. You will encounter a range of other native species on the trip, such as leopards, Indian gaurs, langur monkeys & sloth bears as well as an array of beautifully colourful birds.
The park is located in a region of India steeped in complex history, with evidence of the political past of the area lying in ruins & monuments within the park. If you want to maximise your photographic opportunities, we can arrange a full day’s safari in private jeeps. Unlike the public, who are restricted to 3hr sessions in the park in the morning & afternoon, you will benefit from earlier entry & later exit, & an entire day within the park without having to leave, to ensure that you are able to make the most of tiger spotting opportunities at times when the park is quietest.
Many wildlife photography tours in these environments cram 3 or more people into one jeep, forcing individuals to lean over each other to take photographs, therefore compromising the quality of the images & the experience for individuals. However, we have ensured that only 2 guests travel in each jeep, giving you maximum freedom of movement to capture images from the optimum angle, as you experience the wonders of the park over the course of the day. Photography tuition will be provided as needed by Pui Hang, a NaturesLens leader, with knowledgeable wildlife guidance provided by a local expert.
Our guests are also housed in exquisite accommodation on a full board basis, providing you with comfort & excellent hospitality when you return from the game drives to relax, unwind, & look over your images. We have designed this tour to maximise time in the park spent spotting & capturing editorial quality photographs of tigers, whilst minimising travel time. With this in mind, airport transfers, jeep fees & park fees are also included in the cost of the tour, making things simple for you so that you can focus on making the most of your wildlife photography experience.
During these months, the parks have dried out. Temperatures will likely be above 30℃, & nudging towards 40℃. Meadows previously covered with lush grass have died back to expose landscapes covered in thick dusk, where water is scarce. Whilst it is tough, in our opinion, this is the best time of year time to visit, less foliage means the wildlife is more exposed, & little water allows our wonderful local guides & driver to predict tiger behaviour as they seek water out from the few remaining water sources in the reserve. For many, the landscapes don’t feel as picturesque, & drives can be uncomfortably hot.
Group size is limited, so book now to join us on this amazing adventure to come face to face with the majestic Indian tiger.
Photographable Species: asiatic jackal, bengal fox, black kite, black vulture, brown fish owl, crested serpent eagle, dhole, egyptian vulture, gaur, grey mongoose, indian roller, jungle cat, langur monkey, leopard, little egret, little grebe, red jungle fowl, rhesus macaque, sambar, sloth bear, spotted deer, striped hyena, tiger, wild pig

Majestic Tigers of India Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

depart london heathrow, arrive indira gandhi international airport

day 2

flight to jabalpur from new delhi & transfer to bandhavgarh

day 3

morning safari & afternoon safari in one of the three zones of bandhavgarh tiger reserve

day 4

morning safari & afternoon safari in one of the three zones of bandhavgarh tiger reserve

day 5

morning safari & afternoon safari in one of the three zones of bandhavgarh tiger reserve

day 6

morning safari & afternoon safari in one of the three zones of bandhavgarh tiger reserve

day 7

morning safari & afternoon safari in one of the three zones of bandhavgarh tiger reserve

day 8

morning safari & afternoon safari in one of the three zones of bandhavgarh tiger reserve

day 9

transfer to jabalpur & flight to indira gandhi international airport

A Tiger Rests Amongst The Fallen Leaves   Photographed During The NaturesLens Tigers Of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday

2023 – Leopards of Sabi Sands Photography Holiday

One of the leopards of Sabi Sands draped over a fallen tree photographed on the reserve used for the NaturesLens Leopards of Sabi Sands Photography Holiday
You are invited to join NaturesLens during April 2023 for a fabulous photography holiday to photograph the wildlife of Sabi Sands – with a particular focus on the leopards.
We will be staying within a private reserve with a fantastic lodge in an area of Sabi Sands; Vuyatela Lodge is the flagship luxury lodge of Djuma reserve, & is quite simply one of the most breathtaking & refreshing safari destinations in South Africa. Located on a small rise overlooking a dry river bed & dam where an endless variety of wildlife comes to drink every day, Vuyaltela is shrouded in the wilderness & embodies the essence of what it is to be African.
Vuyatela Lodge in all its splendour is arguably one of the most luxurious African bush experiences available, & towers above its bushveld counterparts with a unique & extraordinary combination of modern luxury & traditional African culture.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of Leopards of Sabi Sands, in South Africa, during the Leopards of Sabi Sands photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £3999 per participant.
You will be accommodated in one of five luxury suites, all with en-suite bathrooms, Vuyatela has redefined the meaning of an African safari, breaking the mould of “traditional” colonial-style décor by combining sleek modern design with innovative, funky African art & lots of vibrant colours. Collectively these suites can accommodate ten people, but we will not be filling the lodge, we will have a maximum of 7 photographers, including any guides, in the safari vehicle so for that reason we will have a maximum of 7 people only in Vuyatela.
Each guest suite has a private plunge pool, expansive viewing deck & freestanding “khaya” – a lounge with a tea & coffee station & wood-burning stove for those cold winter’s mornings & evenings.
The main lodge area features a cosy indoor lounge & enormous fireplace (perfect for cold winter’s evenings), fabulous dining room with its hallmark chandelier made from Coke bottles opening onto an extended deck & boma area, complete with firepit, swimming pool & funky steel & timber viewing “tower” overlooking the dam. If we’re lucky, we might spot one of Djuma’s famous leopards stalking here!
For the duration of our stay, between the dates of 29th April - 6th May 2023, we will have the services of a chef on-site, who will be preparing some delicious meals for our group!
Djuma offers more than 7000ha of private land, bordering right onto the western boundary of the Kruger National Park. This part of the African bush is a hidden gem, offering some of the most beautiful game viewing in Africa. This is the home of the legendary Big Five which roam these unspoilt lands, Lion, leopard, elephant, rhino & buffalo can be spotted from the comfort & safety of our open game viewing vehicles, accompanied by some of the most experienced safari guides & trackers in the business.
As the dawn begins to break at the start of another magical day in the African bush, we will head to the vehicle & it is time to head out into the wilds to see what’s happening, making the most of the coolest part of the day & the magical early morning light.
At the end of the day, as the sun begins to dip, & the heat of the African day decreases, we will head out as this is the perfect time to spot the predators that call Djuma their home, taking in the magical “golden hour” of light for the ideal photographic opportunities.
For photographic direction, NaturesLens are incredibly pleased to have Clint Ralph leading this tour for us, Clint is a South African wildlife photographer of some note, who knows the Djuma reserve & the larger surrounding area very well.
Photographable Species: buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, rhino

Leopards of Sabi Sands Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

flight from home location to hoedspruit - transfer to djuma reserve - overnight vuyatela lodge

day 2

morning & afternoon safaris within djuma reserve - overnight vuyatela lodge

day 3

morning & afternoon safaris within djuma reserve - overnight vuyatela lodge

day 4

morning & afternoon safaris within djuma reserve - overnight vuyatela lodge

day 5

morning & afternoon safaris within djuma reserve - overnight vuyatela lodge

day 6

morning & afternoon safaris within djuma reserve - overnight vuyatela lodge

day 7

morning & afternoon safaris within djuma reserve - overnight vuyatela lodge

day 8

transfer to hoedspruit, flight to home location

A young lion poses oon top of a mound photographed on the reserve used for the NaturesLens Leopards of Sabi Sands Photography Holiday
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