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2018 – African Wildlife of Zimanga Photography Holiday

May 4 - May 11

£3599
  • African Wildlife

    of Zimanga

    Join Pui Hang Miles on a 7 night wildlife photography adventure with a difference in South Africa.

    With photography opportunities in traditional open jeeps & specially designed hides at water level, including an overnight hide, this tour will give you unrivalled exposure to the wildlife.

    4th - 11th May 2018

    £3599 per participant

    Group size: 7 participants - fully booked.

    Bookings closed: Fully booked.

    Fully booked

    African Wildlife of Zimanga - £3599 per participant

    £3599 per participant - fully booked
  • 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 varied African wildlife, 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

  • 10%

    Discount from Lenses For Hire on any lenses, or other camera equipment, that you require FOR this wildlife photography holiday.

    NaturesLens have partnered with Lenses For Hire to give you an exclusive discount on any lenses hired for any NaturesLens Wildlife Photography Holiday or Workshop.

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    How to Book

    Before booking, it is important that you read the relevant past event event page & our Booking Terms & Conditions. If you have any doubts regarding your suitability for this past event, please contact us.
    To book, simply click the relevant link from the event page on our website. You will then be sent a booking form & a copy of our terms & conditions. In order to secure your place on the selected past event, simply complete the booking form with details of all persons travelling & holiday indemnity, in relevant cases, & return to us (either by email or by post) with confirmation that the deposit has been paid. Payments should be made via bank transfer.

    Recommended Equipment

    Recommended Camera Equipment

    For this photography holiday, we would recommend that you bring along a wide angle lens such as the 16-35mm or 17-40mm, a 300mm & 500mm lens. An intermediate telephoto lens such as the 70-200mm or 100-400mm would also be very useful, especially while you are out on safari. It is essential that you pack a wide angle lens if you want to do photography in the overnight hides.

    If you own a lens with an aperture of f/2.8 within the recommended focal length, bring it! These will allow you to focus on your subject faster & will also be useful in low light conditions.

    There are tripods with gimbal heads provided in the hides but you should pack your own tripod for the astro photography session.

    Recommended Clothing

    For this photography holiday, we recommend that you pack thin neutral coloured t-shirts & blouses teamed with neutral coloured long trousers for the game drives & dark coloured long sleeved t-shirts & blouses for when you are in the hides. You should also bring a hat, preferably a safari style hat with a broad rim all around the edge, to protect your head & scalp from getting burnt whilst you are out on safari. The early mornings & late afternoons can be cool so be sure to bring a warm fleece with you.

    For the overnight hide, you will also need to pack black silk gloves & a black hat or scarf to cover your head if you do not have dark hair. This is to prevent reflections in the glass while you are photographing from this hide.

    Sandals or easy shoes are great for the lodge but you will need sensible shoes for when you are out & about.

    Don't forget to pack your sunglasses, plenty of sunscreen & insect repellent!

    Additional Notes

    The past event itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.
    NaturesLens past events require a minimum number of participants in order to be viable. If this minimum number is not met, the past event may not go ahead. This past event has a minimum participant level of 7 plus NaturesLens guide(s).
    In the event that the minimum number for a past event to go ahead is not reached, NaturesLens reserves the right to cancel any given past event. In that event 100% of monies received will be returned. However, NaturesLens is not responsible for expenses incurred by its customers.
    Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.
    NaturesLens reserves the right to accept or decline any person as a member of any past event.
    Payment of deposit by past event participants or their representative constitutes their acceptance of all conditions contained herein.
    All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.
    Travel Insurance Requirements

    African Wildlife of Zimanga Photography Holiday Summary

    The African Wildlife of Zimanga past event costs £3599 per participant

    & takes place in Zimanga Wildlife Reserve in South Africa, between the dates of 4th - 11th May 2018. It is ideal for photographing 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 & more. This past event is led by Pui Hang Miles for NaturesLens. Group size for this past event is a minimum of 7 participants & a maximum of 7, plus Pui Hang. We consider this to be an event of Easy level of exertion, if you have any questions about your suitability for this event, please contact us prior to making a booking enquiry. The past event starts & ends at Durban Airport. , although you may be able to travel on the same flights as Pui Hang, if you are travelling from London. Transfers between Durban Airport & Zimanga Wildlife Reserve are included in the cost of this past event.

    African Wildlife of Zimanga Photography Holiday Payment Details

    • Deposit required to secure a place: £750 payable upon making a booking.
    • Final balance payment due: February 4th, 2018*. Bookings made after this date will require the full payment to secure a place.
    • Bookings close: April 4th, 2018.
    • No-interest payment plan: we offer a no-interest payment plan for our photography holidays. Please enquire for details.
    • * Unless stated otherwise on our event booking form.

    Financial Protection

    Financial Protection provided by the Travel Vault

    NaturesLens Limited is a company committed to customer satisfaction & consumer financial protection. We are therefore pleased to announce that, at no extra cost to you, & in accordance with ''The Package Travel, Package Tours Regulations 1992'' all passengers booking with NaturesLens Limited are fully insured for the initial deposit, & subsequently the balance of monies paid as detailed in your booking confirmation form.

    The policy will also include repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of NaturesLens Limited.

    This insurance has been arranged by Towergate Chapman Stevens through Zurich Insurance PLC.

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  • Details

    Start:
    4th - 11th May 2018
    Cost:
    £3599 per participant
    Event Category:
    Website:
    https://natureslens.co.uk

    Location

    South Africa
    Zimanga Wildlife Reserve, South Africa + Google Map