Kruger Safari

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Kruger Safari

Duration - Full day from sunrise to sunset - Private Kruger Park Photo Safari.
​This tour is not for professionals. These Photo Safaris are aimed at amateurs and nature lovers that want to photograph wildlife in general and the Big 5 of Africa in their natural environment. Book an exclusive photographic day tour for if you are a wildlife-photography-enthusiast. This is a South Africa tour you wont forget. We make South Africa travel, easy.

The private game drive leaves from the town of Hazyview (outside the Kruger Park) Skukuza and Pretoriuskop every day.
Your guide will be able to assist with the basic settings on your camera and will focus on your needs for the day.
Your experienced guide will help to get the best photo opportunity at each sighting by positioning the vehicle as best as possible and getting you in the best position for the best Kruger safari photo.

Your private Photo Safari includes your own
GIMPRO that is mounted to bracket and a soft bean bag all attached to the vehicle. This is essential for any Photo Safari holiday. Ask your guide how these have impacted previous photo safaris. Secondly ask your safari Guide how you can improve using your photography equipment.
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Private Photo Safaris in the Kruger National Park is what many photographers are looking for. This image is of our Safari Vehicle equipment and ready for wildlife photography. This picture was taken in the Kruger National Park, South Africa.Rare wildlife photography images like this one make the photographer smile. Private Wildlife Photography is the best way to get unique photography shots. This photo was taken in the Kruger National Park, South Africa

Rates and inclusions for a full day Photo Safari

ONE PHOTOGRAPHER

One FREE non-photographer
Two GIMPRO arm brackets fitted to the vehicle 
Professional Guide
Exclusive Safari Vehicle to get close to the wildlife
ZAR 5500
For the day

TWO PHOTOGRAPHERS

Two FREE non-photographers
Two GIMPRO arm brackets fitted to the vehicle
Professional Guide
Exclusive Safari Vehicle to get close to the wildlife
ZAR 2900
Per Photographer for the day

THREE PHOTOGRAPHERS

Three FREE non-photographers
Two GIMPRO arm brackets fitted to the vehicle
Professional Guide
Exclusive Safari Vehicle to get close to the wildlife
ZAR 2100
Per Photographer for the day
Private and Guided

Private Photography

Kruger Photo Safari drives information and rates
Depart: Hazyview & Surroundings. Speak to us for recommended accommodation options in Hazyview
Duration: Full day / Sunrise to Sunset
Place: Kruger National Park game reserve
Pick up time: 05:00 am (October to March) / 05:30 am (April to September)
What: Photo Safaris in the amazing Kruger National Park

Come and enjoy a real African Safari with us. Our Photo Tours are to write home about.

RATES exclude standard conservation fees. Ask about updated conservation fees.

Photo Safari

The photo safari is a full day of Photo opportunities and starts before sunrise. We are in a perfect position to view the big 5 like Buffalo, Rhino, Leopard, Elephant and Lion.

Book your Kruger photo opportunity today!
Early in the morning is when we view most animals. Lions and Leopards sleep during the hot hours of the day. Bird life is more active during the day and lets not forget favorites like Giraffe, Hippo and herds of Elephant and Zebra.

The Photo safari guide is experienced and will not only give sound advise about your camera he will also advise on the Kruger National Parks history, vegetation and the natural environment. There are many rest-stops and camps that might be visited, this all depends on the game viewing and Photo Safari opportunities.

The Safari vehicle will stop for meals and rest stops. Please bring cash for your meals and drinks. Restaurants and shops are available when we stop at the camps like Skukuza rest camp

What should I pack?
Personal or rented (from us) camera with a 200mm to 400mm lens
Enough batteries along with extra memory cards
Field glasses
Desired maps, books and reference guides
Skin protection
Clothes and shoes that are comfortable
Cash for meals and entrance fees

Kruger National Park

After your flight from Johannesburg international to Skukuza airport within the Kruger reserve gates, you will immediately know you have arrived when the Airplane door is opened. The warm African air will let your senses know that you are in a vast wilderness, one of the worlds best known National Parks. The vastness of this park can be seen from the air. Each day new travelers from all over the world arrive at this Skukuza airport to experience the unique fauna and flora of the South Africa bush on a Safari holiday.

Visitors are then transported by Safari vehicle to one of 24 lodges and camps. There are a number of accommodation options just outside of the park too. Maybe you want to check into a Safari Lodge which always promotes game viewing!

​ In 1898 a small area between Sabi and crocodile river was designated as a National Wild Animal reserve and so the Kruger National Park is South Africa's oldest national Sanctuary. The Orpen gate was given its name from a family who gave large areas of their farm to the Kruger National Park game reserve.

The Skukuza camp is the organisational centre to the Kruger reserve and can accommodate over a 1000 guests. The Sabi river flows to the north of the camp. In 1902 the Skukuza camp was the base for the co-founder of the Park, Kernal James Stevenson-Hamilton. I wonder if he would have loved a wildlife photography course or what he would say about Kruger photographic safaris.

The Skukuza camp is located on the Lions safari road. The is labelled on the top five best routes for observing animals and plants in the reserve. Thanks to the Parks caretakers many animal species have been saved from extinction and some culling is necessary to keep the Kruger Parks complex ecosystem in check. 

Panoramic views from your safari vehicle while on game drives, allow for fantastic views of rivers lined with mahogany and wild fig trees. Well, maintained roads allow for easy driving in the Park. The main roads are tared and have simple road names that are easy to follow. the side, gravel or dirt roads are also easy to drive on. 

White and Black Rhino are often close to the road, they are curious creatures and it is best to stay clear of these enormous animals. The diversity of the Kruger Parks animals makes it world famous. The area is about 20 000 square kilometres. 350 km's long north to south and on average 50km's wide. The park is home to over 120 animal species and over 500 bird varieties. There is also over 110 reptile species. The park also has a rich tree population with over 320 tree species. There is so much to entertain any professional photographer. 

The flora of the park offers shade in the day and camouflage to those animals who need it. One such animal is the Hyhena. The Spotted Hyena has the strongest jaws in the entire animal kingdom. This scavenger conveniently disposes of decaying animal carcases. 

Five meters up into the trees the leaves are reserved for the Giraffe. With their long necks, they can effortlessly graze from the treetops. The succulent leaves provide them with much-needed moisture and sustenance. Each animal has its own individual defence system. Even a Lion fears the potentially fatal kick from a Giraffes hind leg. The Giraffe can, on average, weigh 800kg's. 

Today there is around 300 cheetah living in the park. These cheetahs are mostly shy but occasionally are observed and spoken of among visitors and game rangers alike.
The midday heat can easily reach 30 degrees Celsius. After a midday siesta many returns to the bush for an afternoon of Photo Safari opportunities. It is always time for a photo tour. The afternoon also seems to have the best light for your photographer of the year opportunity. 

 The rainy season lasts from November to March with an average of seven days of rain in each month.
The icebird or better known as the kingfisher can very often bee seen near rivers and waterholes. it catches fish easily in the rich waters of the Kruger National Park. Waterholes are favorite meeting places for many types of animals. Waterholes often are home to Hippos. Nearly always submerged under the river water, only the eyes of the head are visible of this 3-ton giant.
Take a break at one of the many viewpoints and dedicated stop areas. Often a waterhole is nearby. The lizards are out and lazing about soaking up warm from the African sun and warm rocks.

Elephants are the worlds largest living animal and a true highlight to see these animals in their natural environment. Fully grown Elephants require around 250kg's of food and around 120litres of water each day for survival.
After your daily activities and photo taking on our photo tour, a welcome retreat to your bungalow or safari lodge outside the park, can allow you and your equipment to recharge. Small museums within the camps offer great knowledge about the Park history. Enjoy a great meal before calling it a day.

The Kruger park is divided into three regions. The North is mostly Mopane trees and bush-land, the centre area is mostly wide open grass plain patches. The southern part is mostly bushland and acacia trees. Landscapes do appeal to many a wildlife photographer. Just picture an Elephant under an acacia tree. Back in the day when there were no fences, this land could be likened to the great migration that happens every year in East Africa.

Photo Safari Africa would love to show you the bush and perhaps find an event for you to photograph privately with no interruptions and you can stay as long as permitted.

Keys for marvelous Safari Photo's

Discovering wildlife on safari and also watching wild animals in their all-natural environment is a breathtaking experience as well as to catch this experience photographically is specifically satisfying.

When you're on safari in Africa, you can anticipate to take the majority of your images from within a Safari Vehicle, Boma or boat because a safari vehicle permits a secure approach to getting close to wild animals. We do private safaris with a guide, but photographing wildlife on foot is extra hazardous and also does not permit the close distance of a vehicle or safari boat. Keep in mind that tracking and approaching wildlife is potentially hazardous. Although many animals do not anticipate a vehicle as a threat, most will run away from human beings walking. Therefore, photographing wildlife on foot is far more difficult plus, you have to bring all your devices. On walking safaris, we recommend bringing just your finest zoom lens for across board photography.

When photographing from a safari vehicle, it is best to turn off the engine before trying to take any pictures. Although the vibrations from the car's engine might seem insignificant, they will eventually be visible in your images, particularly if you are making use of a telephoto lens. Utilizing a tripod from an open-air vehicle or safari boat is fairly feasible. We provide Gimpro and bean bags, feel free to bring your own monopod.

Tips for getting started

The following are some suggestions to get you started on your safari photo experience:

If you plan to be on safari for several days, make certain to bring adequate digital storage. You never ever want to be confronted with skipping a superb photo opportunity or needing to delete excellent pictures.

Know your video camera - you do not intend to miss a shot! Due to the fact that several scenes, especially those with a high degree of comparison, can trick your electronic camera's automatic metering, technique using your cam's direct exposure settlement and additionally the various metering alternatives (spot, center-weighted and evaluative).

Explore shooting relocating objects and also expecting the action. Several of your best photos will be of wildlife interactions as well as wildlife moving (birds flying, zebras running, hunting lions).

Hold your horses and also wait on things to occur - you'll be awarded with amazing chances. Likewise, when you get to a new location, really take time to listen as well as observe - the majority of my best discoveries have actually come when the safari vehcle switched off and paying attention.

Attempt to include something in the foreground to boost the sense of deepness when photographing landscapes. Something as easy as a rock, a termite mound or a shrub will properly add scale and passion to your structure.

Always be sure to focus on eyes whenever feasible. Having the eyes in sharp emphasis will make the distinction in between an image which works as well as one which is a throw-away.

Wildlife don't remain in one location for very long, so be prepared. Always relocate very carefully, gradually as well as efficiently and also remain the suggested distance when photographing or observing wildlife. ALWAYS be respectful of wildlife and also never stress them.

Don't be reluctant to head out on "negative" weather days-- some of the most striking pictures are captured throughout inclement weather conditions.

In summary, for lots of people digital photography is one of the most essential parts of a Private Kruger safari. Pictures are a lot more than simply a record of where you have actually been and what you have actually seen - they are something to review in later years or a means of sharing your experience with loved ones back at home. Additionally, lots of people get as much satisfaction out of taking the pictures themselves as they do in seeing wildlife as well as views as well as they will certainly take great complete satisfaction in their photos for years ahead.

South Africa Safari weather influence

Safari holidays can be throughout the year. The seasons of the year do have an impact on the experience of your South Africa Safari. Seasons also contribute to an African Safari cost. The dry season is a more difficult time for African wildlife as some rivers and water holes dry up. The wildlife then have to change their daily drinking spots to where the water is. Vegetation is less due to the dryer conditions. The dry season is also normally the winter months in South Africa. The cold temperatures are worth noting when packing for your African adventure. Sometimes this is also a dusty time of the year and the dust should be considered when choosing your camera and equipment for your South Africa Safari. This time of the year is however a fantastic time to see more animals.


The rainy season and wet season is a much greener time as all the flora is lush. This is coincidentally the birthing season for many animals. This is a very different dynamic for a photographic safari. The predators have to really hunt their prey and try to take advantage of the newborns. The rain and moisture must be considered when packing for your Kruger National Park Photographic Safari.
The rainy season is a harder time for predators and wildlife can hide away in the lush bush. A South Africa Safari at this time is very different to a dry season photographic safari. This picture was taken in the Kruger National Park.
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