Private Kruger Photo Safari

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Kruger Safari - Stuff Dreams Are Made Of

You have a private safari jeep open to the elements as you scour the dirt tracks for elusive members of the Big Five. You are accompanied by an experienced wildlife guide and photography expert. He knows the best spots to find that lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo that will make up your personal Big Five photographic portfolio.

He halts the jeep, touches his lips for silence and indicates something moving in the brush. You hold your breath as he helps to set up your camera. Suddenly, a leopard bursts out of the undergrowth. One quick click and later, in a darkroom, you discover a perfectly framed and exposed shot of that magnificent creature.
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Rates and inclusions for a full day Photo Safari

ONE PHOTOGRAPHER

PLUS one non-paying non-photographer guest
Two GIMPRO arm brackets fitted to the vehicle
Professional Guide
Exclusive Open-Air Safari Vehicle for up-close-and-personal game viewing
ZAR 5500
(For the day)

TWO PHOTOGRAPHERS

PLUS two non-paying non-photographer guests
Two GIMPRO arm brackets fitted to the vehicle
Professional Guide
Exclusive Open-Air Safari Vehicle for up-close-and-personal game viewing
ZAR 2900
(Per Photographer for the day)

THREE PHOTOGRAPHERS

PLUS three non-paying non-photographer guests
Two GIMPRO arm brackets fitted to the vehicle
Professional Guide
Exclusive Open-Air Safari Vehicle for up-close-and-personal game viewing
ZAR 2100
(Per Photographer for the day)
Private one day Kruger Park Safaris for amateur photographers. Perfect for Wildlife Photographic enthusiasts

Private One-Day Kruger Safari

Our Private Kruger Park Photo Safaris are strictly for amateur photographers. Our safari packages are streamlined to suit the needs of wildlife photographic enthusiasts. With us, amateur photographers are assured of capturing images of at least one, if not all, members of the Big Five on the one-day safari that begins at sunrise and ends at sunset. Accompanied by a professional guide and photographer, amateur enthusiasts are helped every step of the way to ensure they capture perfect images of the wildlife. Not only will your guide set up your camera for that perfect shot, but he will also take you off the beaten track to the best wildlife hotspots.
Your private safari includes state-of-the-art camera equipment that is attached to your viewing jeep. This includes a mounting bracket on which to rest your lens, as well as a bean bag to stabilise your camera.

Private Safari

Your private safari includes state-of-the-art camera equipment that is attached to your viewing jeep. This includes a mounting bracket on which to rest your lens, as well as a bean bag to stabilise your camera.
Our drivers collect guests from the town of Hazyview, about 15kms from the Kruger Park, or the Skukuza and Pretoriuskop camps inside the reserve. These daily safaris operate seven days a week.

Private and Guided

PLEASE NOTE: Our rates exclude standard conservation fees. Please enquire about applicable conservation fees.

Private Photography

Our Kruger Photo Safari one-day drives information and rates:
1. Depart from the town of Hazyview, or Skukuza and Pretoriuskop campsites. Please speak to us for recommendations about accommodation options in Hazyview
2. Duration of Safari: From Sunrise to Sunset
3. Where: The Kruger National Park Game Reserve
4. Time: 5 am (October to March) and 5.30 am (April to September)
5. Package: All day Photo Safaris in the awe-inspiring Kruger National Park
Kruger Park - Private and Guided Private Photography
This is your chance to add to your portfolio with members of the Big Five – lion, rhino, leopard, elephant and buffalo

Photo Safari

Our Photo Safari guarantees that you will be overwhelmed by different and exciting photographic opportunities. Our sunrise to sunset timetable assures wildlife enthusiasts ample time and opportunity to snap that perfect frame. This is your chance to add to your portfolio with members of the Big Five – lion, rhino, leopard, elephant and buffalo.
Sunrise to sunset

Photo Safari

The sunrise and sunset hours give you a window into spotting elusive and sought-after species. For example, you will seldom see a lion or leopard during the heat of the day. You will have a far better chance of seeing these Big Five members up-close-and-personal during the cooler early morning and late afternoon hours.
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Kruger Park kingfisher from South Africa. Get your chance to photograph some of the worlds most colorful birds in the wild

Kruger Park Birds

But do not for one minute think that your Photo Safari relies only on those two windows of opportunity for your wildlife experience. During the day you are given the chance to view the countless species of birdlife that frequent the Kruger National Park. Never before or again will you have such an opportunity to photograph a magnificent bird of prey such as the Fish Eagle. Also active during the heat of the day are animals such as zebra, giraffe, hippo and elephant.
South Africa Safari typical day with an early start to capture wilflife photos as the animals move around

Private Photo Safari

The advantages of taking part in a Private Photo Safari are numerous.
Your guide is an experienced professional. Apart from helping you with your photography, he is also a fountain of information. He will relate the history of the world-renowned Kruger National Park, its vegetation and topography. And, most importantly, he will take you to spots off the tourist-track at which you can take full advantage of game spotting.

Photography leisure

Your day does include some leisure time. Apart from rest-stops, your guide will also take you to one of the bigger safari camps where you can enjoy lunch in a restaurant. If you visit the Skukuza camp you will be able to step into history in the fascinating museum. You will also be able to memorialise your safari adventure with a purchase from a curio shop.
Leisure in the Kruger National Park
Safari Packing is so much fun. Completely check your check list first

What should I pack for my photo safari?

• Personal or rented (from us) camera with a 200mm to 400mm lens
• Sufficient batteries and extra memory cards
• Binoculars
• Maps, books and reference guides
• Sunscreen
• A hat, broad-brimmed
• Comfortable hiking boots
• Loose-fitting clothing, preferably cotton
• A jacket to keep out the early morning and late afternoon chill
• Cash to cover the cost of meals, curio shop purchases and gate entry fees
Air Charter

Kruger Park

Most of our overseas guests travel from the OR Tambo International Airport or Lanseria Airports outside Johannesburg to the Skukuza camp airstrip inside the Kruger National Park in a light aircraft. Their first taste of Africa is the heat that envelops the plane as the door is opened after touch-down. The heat alerts their senses to the vast wilderness waiting to be explored.
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Flying over the Kruger Park can give you the opportunity to see it from a birds eye View

Kruger by light aircraft

If you are planning a safari to the Kruger National Park, you will realise the enormity of this world-renowned game reserve as your light aircraft navigates its way across the savanna and scrub covering the park – all 19 485 km² of it!
Be amazing at the African bush as you first arrive and get transferred to your Lodge

Kruger transfer

You will be amazed by the diversity of the unique fauna and flora of this African bushveld as your guide transports you to one of 24 lodges and camps. Tourists are offered a variety of accommodation options – from five-star safari lodges to sleeping under the stars in a modest tent. There are also accommodation options available in nearby towns. Talk to us for guidance based on your personal needs and budget.

Kruger National Park History and Facts

The Kruger National Park is a staggering 19,633 km² or 7,580 miles². It was first proclaimed as the Sabie Game Reserve in 1898 by the President of the Transvaal Republic, Paul Kruger. The park is situated in South Africa’s north-eastern corner and incorporates parts of Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces. The Kruger National Park is one of the most extensive game reserves in Southern Africa. It is as big as Israel, only fractionally smaller than Belgium and about one-third of the size of Ireland.

The Skukuza camp is the hub of the Kruger National Park. Its name is taken from the Tsonga language and refers to the park’s first warden, James Stevenson-Hamilton. Skukuza means “he who sweeps clean”, referring to Stevenson-Hamilton’s undying efforts to put an end to poaching. Ironically even today poaching in the reserve remains a massive problem, particularly the slaughter of rhinos which are fast becoming an endangered species.

Originally known as Sabie Bridge, the camp was renamed Skukuza in 1936. It is interesting to note that the old railway bridge can still be viewed at the rest camp. The Skukuza rest camp can accommodate more than 1 000 visitors.

It is a popular place to stay because of its proximity to one of the top routes for game watching in the Kruger National Park. Visitors travel on open-air safari jeeps, ensuring panoramic views of wildlife at the surrounding rivers and water holes. The reserve is served by a well-maintained road system. Most main access roads are tarred, while the more obscure dirt tracks are also easy to navigate.
The diversity of animals housed within the boundaries of the Kruger Park has made this game reserve one of the best-known worldwide.

Here you will find:
• The Big Five
• 147 species of animals – more than any other game reserve in Africa
• 500 species of birds
• 118 species of reptiles including agamas, chameleons, crocodiles, geckos, lizards, monitors, snakes and tortoises
• 404 species of trees
• Five specific eco-system zones that attract different animals based on climate and vegetation
Heard of Zebra look great in most light conditions. South Africa Safari light conditons change everyday and so your guide can advise what is best to you on the day.White Rhino in the Kruger National Park. As a Photographer on your own private safari vehicle, these photos will be unique.South Africa Travel Leopard with beautiful black spotsLions on a private Photo Safari allow the photographer to take their own, private photos. This photo was taken in the Kruger National Park, South Africa
Rhino on a photo safari, very rare to see the Rhino calf tooSouth Africa photos Leopards MatingSafari Lodge Hippo in the day time, this is very rare

Kruger Park Topography

The topography of the Kruger National Park is mostly flat with gentle undulations. On average, the area is 260 metres (853 feet) above sea level. The most mountainous regions are situated along the eastern boundary.

Zone 1
This area, north of the Olifants River and across to the Limpopo River, is the hottest and driest region of the Kruger National Park. The vegetation is dominated by Mopane trees whose branches and leaves are among the favourite food of elephants, buffalo, giraffe and buck such as kudu, eland and nyala.
Zone 2
The area south to the Olifants River, on the eastern sector of the Kruger National Park, is dominated by acacia thorn trees. Its sweet grasslands offer excellent grazing and support animals such as buffalo, impala, giraffe, wildebeest and zebra.
Zone 3
This is the largest zone in the game reserve and lies between the Crocodile and Olifants Rivers. The area’s ecosystem also offers sweet grazing and is a firm favourite of antelope.
Zone 4
Situated between the Sabie and Crocodile Rivers, this area enjoys about 760mm of rain annually. It is thickly wooded with a large variety of trees including acacias, the giant sycamore fig, maroela and kiaat. It is in this zone that visitors can view the spectacular red and orange blossoms of the coral tree and White Pear. This is not a favoured grazing area.
Zone 5
The smallest zone in the park, it is situated in the valleys of the Limpopo and Luvuvhu Rivers, along the northern boundary. The area consists of a tropical, riverine forest which houses trees such as the Wild Fig, Fever, Ebony, Mahogany, Ironwood, Seringa and Boabab.

Safari Lodge Views are more than breathtaking. Let us help with a private photo safari. This picture was taken near a Safari Lodge in Africa

African safari expedition

Undoubtedly, the Kruger National Park has much to offer the eager tourist - wildlife enthusiasts, birders, fans of reptiles and lover of flora, this game reserve has something to satisfy all tastes.

After a hectic day in the African bush, unwind in a luxury safari lodge or comfortable tented campsite. Dine under the stars, listen to the sounds of the wild, and exchange adventures around the campfire while enjoying a nightcap. Quite frankly, there is simply nothing to beat an African safari expedition. The experience will forever remain embedded in your mind.
South African Safaris

Weather Conditions

South Africa is a country that basks in sunshine most of the year. For that reason, a safari holiday in Southern Africa can be planned for any time of the year.
The peak season for the Kruger National Park is during the dry months. This is particularly appealing to overseas visitors as the dry season is the game reserve’s winter months – from April to September. Temperatures are cooler but nevertheless can reach 27°C during the day. Early morning and evening temperatures are a chilly 12°C. This dry season thins out the bushveld vegetation, making it easier for tourists to spot animals in the wild.
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Private Photo Safaris allow you to take unique photos. Our Guides can show you where the Wildlife is and get you in a position to take unique photos. This Picture was taken in the Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Tips for a Successful Photo Safari

1. Always ensure that you have sufficient digital storage. Extra memory cards are an absolute necessity if you want to avoid the possibility of missing out on a great photo because of lack of space.
2. Patience is a key element if you want to be rewarded with great photo opportunities. Pick a spot in the bushveld, turn off the safari jeep’s ignition and wait for the action before becoming trigger-happy.
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