The Timbavati Game Reserve was formed in the 1950s when a group of conservation-minded private game park owners decided to pool their resources for their mutual benefit & that of the wildlife in the area. The individual farms were joined to form a wilderness area that is today privately owned by 48 individual members.
The reserve is situated on the Western boundary of the Kruger National Park & lies between the Klaserie, Umbabat, Manyeleti & Sabi Sands Reserves. The fences separating Timbavati from the Kruger National Park were removed to form a pristine wilderness area of approximately four million hectares.
Our base for this 8 night South African wildlife adventure is a beautiful, classic African safari camp, situated in the heart of the Timbavati, offering our guests a vast sanctuary of more than 10,000 ha of the unspoilt African wilderness.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of Africa's Big Five, in South Africa, during the Africa’s Big Five of the Timbavati photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 8 night/9 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £3999 £3749 per participant.
Our itinerary is designed to offer you the best wildlife photography opportunities when the African light is at its very best. The morning game drives will commence at dawn when the wildlife are at their most active. The evening safaris will leave in the late afternoon to take advantage of the warm African light. At some point, you will stop for “sundowner” drinks in the middle of the bush before continuing with your night safari.
The local guides are expert rangers who will keep you informed & entertained with their extensive knowledge of all the animals, including Africa’s Big Five, everything large & small & flora found in the reserve. These rangers are also highly skilled trackers who will go out of their way to bring you closer to nature.
There will be opportunities to have close encounters with some of Africa’s Big Five, plus giraffes & zebra, providing you with an impressive portfolio of wildlife images.
Upon your return to camp, you will be treated to pre-dinner drinks in a traditional boma around the fire, followed by a delicious dinner either in the candle-lit dining room or out in the open riverbed surrounded by flares & cauldron fires.
Experience the real magic of Africa in this South African photography holiday, offering intimate & thrilling wildlife encounters & a chance to reconnect with nature in one of Africa’s world-renowned, unspoilt wilderness reserves.
For photographic direction, David & Pui Hang will be on hand, leading the trip & spending time in the vehicles to ensure that you get the most from this holiday.
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 non-shared basis (with no single supplement payable)
All in-trip transportation
All photography sessions & appropriate permits
Food on a full board basis
Guidance & advice from our Photography Holiday Guides
Transportation between photographic locations
Any activities not listed on the itinerary
Meals not listed on the itinerary
Personal expenses of any type
Tips & Gratuities
Transportation to start location
What our clients say
Mark - Japan - February 2018
At no point did I have to wait for any guidance or assistance, which was freely and generously given.
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Sorry, all the available places for this photography holiday, Africa’s Big Five of the Timbavati, 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 photography holiday event page & our Booking Terms & Conditions. If you have any doubts regarding your suitability for this photography holiday, 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 photography holiday, 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.
A deposit of 20% is required at the time of booking unless you are booking less than 90 days before departure. In this case, full payment of the photography holiday price is required.
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, for while you are out on safari. It is essential that you pack a wide angle lens if you want to do any astro-photography.
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.
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!
NaturesLens photography holidays do not include flights unless it is explicitly stated on the event page. When it is time to book your flights, we will send you the details in plenty of time to allow for bookings at the best available price.
The photography holiday itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.
NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants in order to be viable. If this minimum number is not met, the photography holiday may not go ahead. This photography holiday has a minimum participant level of 9 plus NaturesLens guide(s).
In the event that the minimum number for a photography holiday to go ahead is not reached, NaturesLens reserves the right to cancel any given photography holiday. 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.
Please note the cuisine on many of the NaturesLens photography holidays is authentic & typical of the region in which you are travelling. International or western cuisine is often NOT available. If you have any concerns over the food arrangements or have any special dietary requirements, please contact us prior to making a booking.
All personal luggage are the responsibility of the owner & we request that photography holiday participants limit their luggage to the equivalent of one suitcase, one flight bag, one camera bag & tripod. We do not wish to appear dictatorial in this matter & the request is made to ensure space & comfort for everyone in our vehicles.
NaturesLens & its agents act only as agents for the passenger in all matters relating to travel arrangements, & as such, do not assume responsibility for injury, accident, damage, loss, delay or irregularity which may occur via defect of transportation or any other cause.
NaturesLens reserves the right to substitute hotels, & other previously outlined arrangements as necessary, to either improve or equal the travel experience.
NaturesLens reserves the right to pass on to photography holiday particpants any additional & unplanned expenditure incurred during a photography holiday, via events beyond the control of NaturesLens.
NaturesLens reserves the right to accept or decline any person as a member of any photography holiday.
Payment of deposit by photography holiday participants or their representative constitutes their acceptance of all conditions contained herein.
It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical & personal accident risks. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the photography holiday. We also strongly recommend you take out cover for cancellation & curtailment & baggage cover.
We have made use of the services of Campbell Irvine Insurance in the past, Campbell Irvine has policies which are specially designed for adventure holidays & are underwritten by AXA Insurance. As an alternative, check your standard travel insurance, many bank accounts include suitable insurance as part of a packaged deal.
Personal Travel Insurance can be arranged directly at Campbell Irvine.
For photographic insurance, we highly recommend the services of Glover & Howe. We have made use of their policies for a number of years now, adjustments, policy maintenance & claims are handled in an easy & professional manner by them.
Africa’s Big Five of the Timbavati Photography Holiday Summary
The Africa’s Big Five of the Timbavati photography holiday is a photography holiday of 8 night/9 day duration, that costs £3999 £3749 per participant & takes place in Sabi Sands in South Africa, between the dates of 25th June - 3rd July 2022. It is ideal for photographing buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, rhino & more. This photography holiday is led by David & Pui Hang Miles for NaturesLens. The photography holiday is offered on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis. Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 9 participants & a maximum of 9, plus David & 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 photography holiday starts & ends at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport. Transfers between Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport & Sabi Sands are included in the cost of this photography holiday, this photography holiday requires a deposit of £400 to secure a place.
Africa’s Big Five of the Timbavati Photography Holiday Payment Details
Deposit required to secure a place: £400 payable upon making a booking.
Final balance payment due: March 25th, 2022*. Bookings made after this date will require the full payment to secure a place.
Bookings close: March 11th, 2022.
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.
Join Clint Ralph in Sabi Sands for this 7-night photography trip to South Africa taking photo opportunities with the legendary Big Five; buffalo, elephant, lion & rhino – with a particular focus on the leopards