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

2020 – Wildlife of Costa Rica Photography Holiday

One Of The Keel Billed Toucans Found In The Boca Tapada Region Of Costa Rica   Image Captured During The NaturesLens Costa Rican Wildlife Photography Holiday
Join NaturesLens on an exciting photography holiday to capture images of the diverse bird species & other Costa Rican wildlife; this trip is ideally suited to amateur & semi-pro wildlife photographers. With a wide selection of locations included within the itinerary for this photography holiday, we will provide you with the best bird, mammal, amphibian, butterfly & invertebrate photography opportunities possible, capturing birds in flight, frogs within their habitats & various species interacting with one & other.
Costa Rica truly is a wildlife photographer’s dream come true! Literally meaning ‘rich coast’ in Spanish, Costa Rica has a wealth of natural diversity & wildlife, making it one of the most bio-diverse places on earth.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of the massive number of bird species & other wildlife of Costa Rica, in Costa Rica, during the Wildlife of Costa Rica photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 15 night/16 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £3999 per participant.
The range of photographable species which thrive in Costa Rica is a sight to behold. From the red-eyed tree frog to king vultures, the species we will encounter are diverse, but they all live side by side making up a large proportion of the delicate local ecosystem which exists in this region.
The various birds, that we will encounter can provide some of the most exciting wildlife photography opportunities, as their quick, unpredictable behaviour keeps us on our toes & enables captivating movement & in-flight imagery to be captured.
Our 15 night/16 day photography holiday to Costa Rica offers opportunities to photograph a huge range of native species, including sloth, as well as many others. We offer a package of accommodation on a non-shared basis (with no single supplement payable) & food on a half board basis, to ensure that all you need to worry about is taking unique & mesmerising photographs.
Sunrise & sunset are often considered the prime times of day for creative photography, so unlike other holidays & tours, during our Costa Rican wildlife photography tour, we will ensure that our photography sessions make the most of these times of the day. This provides unrivalled exposure to the variety of species & the environment which inhabits the various regions included within our offering.
This trip will be packed with photography opportunities, we will cover many miles taking in Costa Rica’s famously diverse wildlife … mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects & birds will ensure that this a trip that will make a huge impression.
Our photography tour ventures first to the Boca Tapada region, home to up to 350 different species of birds, among them the Collared Aracari, the Keel-billed Toucan & the Great Green Macaw; to Sarapiqui to photograph the various frogs, snakes & hummingbirds that our local guides will locate for us, then to a rainforest lodge, with stunning panoramic views of the famous Arenal Volcano & Lake Arenal, the lodge is set within 2000 acres of rainforest filled with exotic birds, wild animals & tropical vegetation.
On to the San Gerardo De Dota Valley, where we will be seeking out the Resplendent Quetzal, this bird is considered to be the startling emerald jewel of the cloud forest. Finally, we head to, Selva Verde, here we can expect to photograph up to 3 species of toucans & other colourful birds of Costa Rica like Tanagers, Motmots and Trogons.
The weather can vary between different times of day in this region at this time of year, so we advise that you bring layers & prepare for somewhat unpredictable weather conditions. Join NaturesLens for an amazing trip to photograph the diverse & startling Costa Rican wildlife, this is a wildlife photography experience you will never forget.
Places are limited, so book today!
Photographable Species: collared aracari, glass frog, green macaw, hummingbird, keel-billed toucan, king vulture, red-eyed tree frog, resplendent quetzal, sloth

Wildlife of Costa Rica Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

arrive san jose airport, overnight at hotel villa tournon

day 2

hummingbird photography on way to san gerado valley - 2 hour drive, overnight in san gerado valley

day 3

quetzal photography followed by hummingbird photography, overnight in san gerado valley

day 4

quetzal photography followed by hummingbird photography, then drive to sarapiqui - 3 1/2 hour drive - with a stop for hummingbird (snowcap & coquete) photograpjy, overnight in sarapiqui area

day 5

full-day frog photography, overnight in sarapiqui area

day 6

hummingbird & other bird photography at copes, overnight in sarapiqui area

day 7

feeder photography at tico rainforest - 2 hour drive, overnight in tico rainforest area

day 8

travel to boca topada - 2 hour drive, overnight in boca topada area

day 9

feeder photography followed by king vulture photography, overnight in boca topada area

day 10

feeder photography followed by optional king vulture photography, overnight in boca topada area

day 11

travel to arenal - 2 hour drive, overnight in arenal area

day 12

spider, reptile & snake photography, overnight in arenal area

day 13

caño negro boat tour, overnight in arenal area

day 14

travel to monte verde - 3 1/2 hour drive, overnight in monte verde area

day 15

photography walk at selvatura & hummingbirds, followed by travel to san jose - 3 1/2 hour drive, overnight at hotel villa tournon

day 16

flight to home location

2021 – Wildlife of Costa Rica Photography Holiday

One Of The Keel Billed Toucans Found In The Boca Tapada Region Of Costa Rica   Image Captured During The NaturesLens Costa Rican Wildlife Photography Holiday
Join NaturesLens on an exciting photography holiday to capture images of the diverse bird species & other Costa Rican wildlife; this trip is ideally suited to amateur & semi-pro wildlife photographers. With a wide selection of locations included within the itinerary for this photography holiday, we will provide you with the best bird, mammal, amphibian, butterfly & invertebrate photography opportunities possible, capturing birds in flight, frogs within their habitats & various species interacting with one & other.
Costa Rica truly is a wildlife photographer’s dream come true! Literally meaning ‘rich coast’ in Spanish, Costa Rica has a wealth of natural diversity & wildlife, making it one of the most bio-diverse places on earth.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of the massive number of bird species & other wildlife of Costa Rica, in Costa Rica, during the Wildlife of Costa Rica photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 15 night/16 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £3999 per participant.
The range of photographable species which thrive in Costa Rica is a sight to behold. From the red-eyed tree frog to king vultures, the species we will encounter are diverse, but they all live side by side making up a large proportion of the delicate local ecosystem which exists in this region.
The various birds, that we will encounter can provide some of the most exciting wildlife photography opportunities, as their quick, unpredictable behaviour keeps us on our toes & enables captivating movement & in-flight imagery to be captured.
Our 15 night/16 day photography holiday to Costa Rica offers opportunities to photograph a huge range of native species, including sloth, as well as many others. We offer a package of accommodation on a non-shared basis (with no single supplement payable) & food on a half board basis, to ensure that all you need to worry about is taking unique & mesmerising photographs.
Sunrise & sunset are often considered the prime times of day for creative photography, so unlike other holidays & tours, during our Costa Rican wildlife photography tour, we will ensure that our photography sessions make the most of these times of the day. This provides unrivalled exposure to the variety of species & the environment which inhabits the various regions included within our offering.
This trip will be packed with photography opportunities, we will cover many miles taking in Costa Rica’s famously diverse wildlife … mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects & birds will ensure that this a trip that will make a huge impression.
Our photography tour ventures first to the Boca Tapada region, home to up to 350 different species of birds, among them the Collared Aracari, the Keel-billed Toucan & the Great Green Macaw; to Sarapiqui to photograph the various frogs, snakes & hummingbirds that our local guides will locate for us, then to a rainforest lodge, with stunning panoramic views of the famous Arenal Volcano & Lake Arenal, the lodge is set within 2000 acres of rainforest filled with exotic birds, wild animals & tropical vegetation.
On to the San Gerardo De Dota Valley, where we will be seeking out the Resplendent Quetzal, this bird is considered to be the startling emerald jewel of the cloud forest. Finally, we head to, Selva Verde, here we can expect to photograph up to 3 species of toucans & other colourful birds of Costa Rica like Tanagers, Motmots and Trogons.
The weather can vary between different times of day in this region at this time of year, so we advise that you bring layers & prepare for somewhat unpredictable weather conditions. Join NaturesLens for an amazing trip to photograph the diverse & startling Costa Rican wildlife, this is a wildlife photography experience you will never forget.
Places are limited, so book today!
Photographable Species: collared aracari, glass frog, green macaw, hummingbird, keel-billed toucan, king vulture, red-eyed tree frog, resplendent quetzal, sloth

Wildlife of Costa Rica Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

arrive san jose airport, overnight at hotel villa tournon

day 2

hummingbird photography on way to san gerado valley - 2 hour drive, overnight in san gerado valley

day 3

quetzal photography followed by hummingbird photography, overnight in san gerado valley

day 4

quetzal photography followed by hummingbird photography, then drive to sarapiqui - 3 1/2 hour drive - with a stop for hummingbird (snowcap & coquete) photograpjy, overnight in sarapiqui area

day 5

full-day frog photography, overnight in sarapiqui area

day 6

hummingbird & other bird photography at copes, overnight in sarapiqui area

day 7

feeder photography at tico rainforest - 2 hour drive, overnight in tico rainforest area

day 8

travel to boca topada - 2 hour drive, overnight in boca topada area

day 9

feeder photography followed by king vulture photography, overnight in boca topada area

day 10

feeder photography followed by optional king vulture photography, overnight in boca topada area

day 11

travel to arenal - 2 hour drive, overnight in arenal area

day 12

spider, reptile & snake photography, overnight in arenal area

day 13

caño negro boat tour, overnight in arenal area

day 14

travel to monte verde - 3 1/2 hour drive, overnight in monte verde area

day 15

photography walk at selvatura & hummingbirds, followed by travel to san jose - 3 1/2 hour drive, overnight at hotel villa tournon

day 16

flight to home location

2020 – Costa Rican Wildlife Photography Holiday

A Perched Keel Billed Toucan As Found In The Boca Tapada Region Of Costa Rica   Image Captured During The NaturesLens Costa Rican Wildlife Photography Holiday
Join NaturesLens on an exciting photography holiday to capture images of the diverse bird species & other Costa Rican wildlife; this trip is ideally suited to amateur & semi-pro wildlife photographers. With a wide selection of locations included within the itinerary for this photography holiday, we will provide you with the best bird, mammal, amphibian, butterfly & invertebrate photography opportunities possible, capturing birds in flight, frogs within their habitats & various species interacting with one & other.
Costa Rica truly is a wildlife photographer’s dream come true! Literally meaning ‘rich coast’ in Spanish, Costa Rica has a wealth of natural diversity & wildlife, making it one of the most bio-diverse places on earth.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of the massive number of bird species & other wildlife of Costa Rica, in Costa Rica, during the Costa Rican Wildlife photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 15 night/16 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £3999  £3599 per participant.
The range of photographable species which thrive in Costa Rica is a sight to behold. From the red-eyed tree frog to king vultures, the species we will encounter are diverse, but they all live side by side making up a large proportion of the delicate local ecosystem which exists in this region.
The various birds, that we will encounter can provide some of the most exciting wildlife photography opportunities, as their quick, unpredictable behaviour keeps us on our toes & enables captivating movement & in-flight imagery to be captured.
Our 15 night/16 day photography holiday to Costa Rica offers opportunities to photograph a huge range of native species, including sloth, as well as many others. We offer a package of accommodation on a non-shared basis (with no single supplement payable) & food on a half board basis, to ensure that all you need to worry about is taking unique & mesmerising photographs.
Sunrise & sunset are often considered the prime times of day for creative photography, so unlike other holidays & tours, during our Costa Rican wildlife photography tour, we will ensure that our photography sessions make the most of these times of the day. This provides unrivalled exposure to the variety of species & the environment which inhabits the various regions included within our offering.
This trip will be packed with photography opportunities, we will cover many miles taking in Costa Rica’s famously diverse wildlife … mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects & birds will ensure that this a trip that will make a huge impression.
Our photography tour ventures first to the Boca Tapada region, home to up to 350 different species of birds, among them the Collared Aracari, the Keel-billed Toucan & the Great Green Macaw; to Sarapiqui to photograph the various frogs, snakes & hummingbirds that our local guides will locate for us, then to a rainforest lodge, with stunning panoramic views of the famous Arenal Volcano & Lake Arenal, the lodge is set within 2000 acres of rainforest filled with exotic birds, wild animals & tropical vegetation.
On to the San Gerardo De Dota Valley, where we will be seeking out the Resplendent Quetzal, this bird is considered to be the startling emerald jewel of the cloud forest. Finally, we head to, Selva Verde, here we can expect to photograph up to 3 species of toucans & other colourful birds of Costa Rica like Tanagers, Motmots and Trogons.
The weather can vary between different times of day in this region at this time of year, so we advise that you bring layers & prepare for somewhat unpredictable weather conditions. Join NaturesLens for an amazing trip to photograph the diverse & startling Costa Rican wildlife, this is a wildlife photography experience you will never forget.
Places are limited, so book today!
Photographable Species: collared aracari, glass frog, green macaw, hummingbird, keel-billed toucan, king vulture, red-eyed tree frog, resplendent quetzal, sloth

Costa Rican Wildlife Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

arrive san jose airport, overnight at hotel villa tournon

day 2

hummingbird photography on way to san gerado valley - 2 hour drive, overnight in san gerado valley

day 3

quetzal photography followed by hummingbird photography, overnight in san gerado valley

day 4

quetzal photography followed by hummingbird photography, then drive to sarapiqui - 3 1/2 hour drive - with a stop for hummingbird (snowcap & coquete) photograpjy, overnight in sarapiqui area

day 5

full-day frog photography, overnight in sarapiqui area

day 6

hummingbird & other bird photography at copes, overnight in sarapiqui area

day 7

feeder photography at tico rainforest - 2 hour drive, overnight in tico rainforest area

day 8

travel to boca topada - 2 hour drive, overnight in boca topada area

day 9

feeder photography followed by king vulture photography, overnight in boca topada area

day 10

feeder photography followed by optional king vulture photography, overnight in boca topada area

day 11

travel to arenal - 2 hour drive, overnight in arenal area

day 12

spider, reptile & snake photography, overnight in arenal area

day 13

caño negro boat tour, overnight in arenal area

day 14

travel to monte verde - 3 1/2 hour drive, overnight in monte verde area

day 15

photography walk at selvatura & hummingbirds, followed by travel to san jose - 3 1/2 hour drive, overnight at hotel villa tournon

day 16

flight to home location

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