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2019 – African Wildlife of Zimanga Photography Holiday

May 2, 2019 - May 9, 2019

An Oxpecker Sat On A The Neck Of A Giraffe Photographed During The NaturesLens African Wildlife Of Zimanga Photography Holiday
  • African Wildlife

    of Zimanga

    Join Pui Hang Miles, one of the co-founders of NaturesLens, in Zimanga Wildlife Reserve on this 7 night photography trip to 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.

    2nd - 9th May 2019

    £3749 per participant

    Group size: 6 participants - fully booked.

    Bookings closed: Fully booked.

    Fully booked

    African Wildlife of Zimanga - £3749 per participant

    2nd - 9th May 2019
    £3749 per participant
    fully booked
    £3749 per participant - fully booked
  • 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 past event. This past event 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.
    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.
    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!
    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

  • 25%

    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.

    • Accommodation on a shared basis
    • Airport Transfers
    • All hide sessions & appropriate permits
    • All in-trip transportation
    • All photography sessions & appropriate permits
    • Food on a full board basis
    • Guaranteed Window Seat
    • Guidance & advice from our Photography Holiday Guide
    • Transportation between photographic locations
    • All Drinks
    • Any activities not listed on the itinerary
    • Flights
    • Meals not listed on the itinerary
    • Personal expenses of any type
    • Required Insurances
    • Sundries
    • Tips & Gratuities
    • Transportation to start location
    • Visas

    What our clients say

    • Trevor - Finland - June 2017

      The location & wildlife were stunning combined with some great people & new friends; I cannot recommend this team enough & five stars do not seem enough for the experience.

    Make a Booking Enquiry
    Sorry, all the available places for this past event, African Wildlife of Zimanga, have already been reserved; however, if you would like to be placed on a waiting list in case of any cancellations or to be notified should we decide to run another of these trips, please fill in the form below.
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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 6 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 £3749 per participant

    & takes place in Zimanga Wildlife Reserve in South Africa, between the dates of 2nd - 9th May 2019. 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, roller, 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 6 participants & a maximum of 6, 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 King Shaka International Airport, Durban. Transfers between King Shaka International Airport, Durban & 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 2nd, 2019*. Bookings made after this date will require the full payment to secure a place.
    • Bookings close: February 1st, 2019.
    • 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 The Travel Vault in conjunction with Towergate Travel through Zurich Insurance PLC.

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  • Details

    2nd - 9th May 2019
    £3749 per participant
    Event Category:


    South Africa
    Zimanga Wildlife Reserve, South Africa + Google Map


    Pui Hang Miles