Mashatu Game ReserveMASHATU Photo Safari in Botswana

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COST

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09 to 13 May 2018 (5 days)
03 to 07 October 2018 (5 days)

R23,950 (US$ 2,300) per person sharing

Isak Pretorius + 1

Wildlife, birds, and landscape

6 photographers

Mashatu Game Reserve
With the dry season starting to take effect, the colours of Mashatu have changed to red and yellow, interspersed with soft greens. Along the rivers however, it remains very green and it is not uncommon to find leopard reclining in one of the large Mashatu trees. Predator viewing is at its best now. Thee soft rays of the winter sun make lion, leopard and cheetah really glow. As usual, the cheetah are found on the open areas, allowing for easy, close up viewing. Water is starting to become a premium and it is not uncommon to find elephants digging in the riverbeds for water, which lies just below the surface. At the waterholes, doves and guinea fowl come down each day to drink and attracts birds of prey and gabar goshawk (also melanistic) and tawny eagles are commonly seen. With the birth of giraffe in May, there are always a few deaths – this always attracts black-backed jackal, spotted hyaena, white-backed vulture, lappet-faced vulture and even cape vultures. The water bath in camp is a hive of birding activity and offers probably the most comfortable bird photography ever from the lounge, 3m away!

This photo safari is designed to get photographers of all levels into the best areas to ‘get the shots’. Here is where you take your wildlife photography from ‘good’ to ‘great’. By learning the tips, techniques and methods of taking great wildlife images with professional photographers, you will gain great insight and knowledge while improving your wildlife photography.

* On this photo safari guests will have access to the photo hides

 

  • Highlights

    * IMPROVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY – The main aim of the safari is to show you great sightings and teach you both technical and artistic skills to elevate your own photography

    * AMAZING SIGHTINGS – Mashatu offers some of the best elephant, leopard and cheetah viewing in Botswana, as well as great sightings of lion, hyena, eland, zebra and the other general game

    * ALL LEVELS OF PHOTOGRAPHERS WELCOME – We cater for all levels of photographers, from beginners to the experts – everyone will feel welcome

    * SMALL GROUP – Three photographers per vehicle means you have your own row of seats to photograph in all directions

    * ACCESS TO ALL THE HIDES – Our photographic hides are world famous and you’ll have access to all the hides during the entire safari

    * THE REAL AFRICAN WILDERNESS – Unfenced with free roaming animals, Mashatu is the closest real wilderness to Gauteng

    * THE COMFORTS OF A LUXURIOUS CAMP – Mashatu tent camp offers all the comforts that photographers need

    * GREAT TIME OF THE YEAR – At the start of Winter it is not too cold yet but the dry conditions are great to find animals concentrated along the water sources

     
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    What People Say

    Absolutely amazing, awesome, wonderful… I dont really have the words! As a beginner I found the workshop the perfect opportunity to develop my skills and I learnt so much that I cannot wait for the next opportunity to practice. Meeting like-minded people with a passion for the bush and photography was a pleasure and I can only commend Mashatu for their patience, knowledge and willingness to accommodate photographers request. Isak Pretorius is a very talented, passionate photographer who was willing to share his knowledge and experience, and it was a privilege to learn from him. I found the course very well organized and can highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in photography and the bush. Very happy memories that will last a lifetime.Thank you all.

    Marjoelein Jansen

     

    I was especially fascinated by the elephant hide and the fact that we could stay there for a whole day. I’ll never forget the marching up of baboons, impalas, kudu, a herd of elephants and finally the leopard in the twilight. I was happy with my tent and the friendly staff in the camp. All in all the four days topped my expectations. Many thanks!

    Peter Raimann

     

    Composition, settings, information about animals behaviour and what photos we could maybe get from the situation… when to be prepared… which lenses… made it fantastic. The enthusiasm of our guides, who did the workshop with passion, made the Mashatu trip unforgettable. They cared a lot for everybody and were happy when all could get the best out of it. Mashatu is a place one has to come back to.

    Judith Gawehn

    Itinerary

    DAY 1   |   09 MAY 2018

    * Meet at Pontdrif Border Post
    * Transfer to Mashatu Tent Camp
    * Afternoon game drive
    * Accommodation at Mashatu

    DAY 2 – 4   |   10 – 12 MAY 2018

    * Morning game drive
    * Afternoon game drive
    * Accommodation at Mashatu

    DAY 5   |   13 MAY 2018

    * Morning game drive
    * Transfer to Pontdrift Border Post
    * Journey home

     

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    Land of giants

    Mashatu Game Reserve is located in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve of Botswana which is situated between the Tuli Safari Area, a national park in Zimbabwe and the Mapungubwe National Park, a World Heritage Site in South Africa. Mashatu comprises 40% of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve and it shares unfenced borders with both the South African and Zimbabwean national parks in the south and north respectively. This vast area forms part of a cross boundary wildlife conservation area protecting the substantial biodiversity of fauna and flora in this region.

    Mashatu is the epitome of all that defines wilderness areas in Africa. Visitors are charmed by the vast open spaces; the biodiversity of wildlife from the gigantic to the miniscule; the majestic skies unfettered by smog; the tranquility interspersed with birdsong and sounds of the wild. Part of this charm is the unexpected adventure safari over and above the game drives: horse-back safaris, cycling safaris and walks in the wild. Photographic hides add an aspect to the adventure safari which is unique and thrilling to their patrons be they professional photographers or lovers of wildlife. These added adventures are all tailored to bring visitors into intimate contact with this remarkable wilderness.

    The Mashatu Game Reserve camps are an expression of the warm hospitality of Africa’s people. Relaxation is key, that why we chose the intimate bush experience of Mashatu Tent Camp.

    Early morning and evening game drives every day bring visitors into close contact with the fascinating wildlife which inhabits Mashatu, promising a different nature experience with each drive.

    Mashatu Game Reserve is a place to connect you to the soul of what life on earth is meant to be.

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    Photographic destination

    * We have been leading photo safaris to Mashatu since 2005 and know the reserve very well

    * Mashatu is a semi-arid area. This means animals are attracted to water in the dry season (June – October), making it an excellent location to allow animals to come to you

    * Drying pools in the rivers attract flocks of storks and herons late in the rainy season (February – May), where the semi-permanent hides will be in use

    * Excellent elephant sightings at the elephant hides

    * Excellent birdlife for the bird photographs

    * Open landscape that makes for easy photographing of wildlife

    * Excellent and healthy predator population

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    Hides

    Hides are structures built to specifically maximise the photographic potential of the subjects that visit them. These hides can be used to view animals in the normal manner, but have been positioned to con- sider the angle of the sun, the background as well as the angle you are to the animals and birds. If you are a photographer you will notice all of these things immediately and it will enable you to get some absolutely stunning photographs. The results of the images taken form the hides have been published in many maga- zines and books as well as have won some major awards. This is an indication of just how well the hides are built for photographers. A C4 Photo Safaris’ wildlife photographer will accompany you in the hides. They will help tutor you with the various camera techniques to ensure you get your great images.

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    m4MATABOLE HIDE

    Located in an ecotone between mopane grasslands and the thicker central game viewing region of Mashatu.This unique combination of these two habitat types creates a wide diver- sity of bird and mammal species which reside this area. Ele- phants in this region migrate daily in the dryer season, heading north in the evenings to feed and south in the mornings.The Matabole Hide is situated along these main daily migratory routes, making their visits to the hide very frequent.
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    m4VALLEY HIDE

    Set in a far more arid environment to the Matebole Hide, and is enclosed by ridges on either side.The valley system chan- nels the elephants walking to their feeding areas right past the hide. Water is sparse in this region, making it an almost essential drinking stop over spot for the elephants, especially in the drier months.
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    m4REFLECTION HIDE

    Situated in amongst mopane grasslands along the banks of a drainage line.The area is dotted with large Leadwood tree’s, which attract an array of bird life but predominately grain eat- ing birds. The hide is built at eye level, with the edge of the pool ‘disappearing’ into the distance creating an illusion of the water flowing into infinity. Here you can expect to capture intimate bird portraits, bird in flight images as well as those beautiful reflection photographs in the still water. All with lovely clean backgrounds.
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    m4BEE-EATER HIDE

    Perched on the side of the Mojale River this hide overlooks the goings on of a white -fronted bee-eater colony.The birds are resident, so photography is possible all year round.This is the place for the bird in flight photographer, with the aerial antics of the birds providing the ultimate challenge to capture in camera. When they are photographed though, their sheer brilliance in colour makes all the effort very worthwhile. A nearby perch provides the opportunity for beautiful portrait images too.

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    Photography and Tutoring

    IDENTIFYING PERSONAL REQUIREMENTS

    As we kick off the safari, your guides will spend one-on-one time with each participant to identify what level they are at and what areas they would most like to focus on. We will then explore the different components of photography with them as we get different light and travel to various destinations. There is no better learning opportunity than photographing so many world-class wildlife sightings day after day, in the ideal season, under professional guidance. The constant presence of a guide guarantees that your questions are answered immediately and this ensures a fast learning curve. Shooting day after day also ensures that all these lessons are fresh in the mind and are applied until programmed into your subconscious.

    SUBJECTS TO BE COVERED

    We will look at the basic technicalities like shutter speed, aperture and focus and how these should be creatively manipulated in certain situations. E.g.to get the right amount of blur in golden grass. Composition is always the most important subject and it is best taught in the sighting, where the learning can be applied instantly. Your guides will always be available to point out how you can improve your composition and give you the technical breakdown behind their chosen advice. As we are presented with different weather and light conditions they will teach you to study the skies and how to make a pre-emptive decision on where to shoot when the light peaks. One of the great aspects of Mashatu is that it is a world dark sky reserve, meaning that we will spend plenty of time shooting at night. Shooting the Milky Way and star trails can be daunting, but we’ll show you how easy it actually is when you’re in the right place.

    PRESENTATIONS AND EDITING

    During middle of the day on days 2, 3 and 4 we will sit down for an informal presentation on editing or any other subject. The digital darkroom has become a crucial part of photography and the guides will present various techniques using images taken by the participants of the safari. Your guides have extensive experience with Photoshop, Lightroom, Bridge and Nik Color Efex, but they will also do their best to help with your program of choice.

    ONE-ON-ONE ATTENTION AND CREATIVE FREEDOM

    The fact that there will only be a maximum of 6 photographers means that over the course of 5 days, each client will get plenty of assistance, guidance and tutoring from the guides. This also means that there will be far less lenses pointed at the same subjects than on normal safaris. This gives you a better chance to explore your creativity and to shoot the subjects from all angles.

    OUR GOAL

    On every safari we always discuss everything from the most fundamental principles, through to the philosophical and abstract. Whatever it is you would like to learn, were happy to help out. Our goal is to send you home with great images, new knowledge, fond memories and feeling inspired.

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    Isak Pretorius

    Why travel with us

    Our guides are sought-after photographic guides, well known and highly acclaimed in the industry. Their awards and published work in the world’s leading landscape and wildlife publications is a testament to their knowledge, skill and creativity. We believe we are the best in the industry and are continuously looking to improve our skill and safaris.

    Mashatu was hand-picked as our “local” photo safari destination because of its open terrain, variety of wildlife, birds, and landscapes, it’s proximity to Johannesburg, and the exclusivity and comforts that photographers enjoy. We know Africa, and we’ve been using Mashatu as a photo safari location since 2005, so we know it well. With our good relationship with the lodge and staff we are able to be at the right places and find the right sightings in the best light for your photography.

    This photo safari was designed to fine tune the typical photo safari itinerary to create the best product in the market that excels in quality on every level – from the moment you are picked up from the border, the quality of the accommodation, the photographic sightings, activities like hide photography, and a photo safari schedule that will help to improve your own photography. The goal is to take you to the best spots and get you to take your own great photographs while enjoying the best comfort and hospitality that Botswana has to offer.

    We specializes in wildlife, bird and landscape photography exclusively and this is the biggest differentiator from other safaris. This means we selected the best time of the year and photographic locations to get you the best wildlife, bird and landscape photographs.

    Our guides are at least 6th generation African. Who better to show you the African continent than people who live there? They have explored their home and neighbouring African countires as travellers even before digital photography and safaris became popular, and with a camera have spent more than 10 years chasing the best light in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya. Therefore they know the people, the culture and we have developed relationships with the local people that gains them access to special places.

    With a client repeat booking rate of 80% it means they must be doing something right!

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  • Being far away from city lights we always try to take startrail and starscape photos in the evening

    Being far away from city lights we always try to take startrail and starscape photos in the evening

    Spotlight photography with Mashatu's predators is popular for its creative effects

    Spotlight photography with Mashatu’s predators is popular for its creative effects

    Landscape photography is one of the genres we teach on this safari

    Landscape photography is one of the genres we teach on this safari

    With lion, leopard and cheetah around we have a great chance to get stunning photos of Africa's predators

    With lion, leopard and cheetah around we have a great chance to get stunning photos of Africa’s predators

    Mashatu is known as the "Land of Giants" and is famous for its relaxed breeding herds of elephants

    Mashatu is known as the “Land of Giants” and is famous for its relaxed breeding herds of elephants

    The advantage of  a private game reserve is that we can get off the vehicle when it is safe, to get that low-angle photos

    The advantage of a private game reserve is that we can get off the vehicle when it is safe, to get that low-angle photos

    Our aim is to find great photographic opportunities that does not necessarily have to include big game

    Our aim is to find great photographic opportunities that does not necessarily have to include big game

    Mashatu's hides are world famous for the low angles of elephants around a waterhole amongst others

    Mashatu’s hides are world famous for the low angles of elephants around a waterhole amongst others

    The open landscape at Mashatu offers great quality bird photography

    The open landscape at Mashatu offers great quality bird photography

    Sunrise and sunset photos remains a favourite for the stunning opportunities that the Mashatu landscape offers

    Sunrise and sunset photos remains a favourite for the stunning opportunities that the Mashatu landscape offers

    We believe that good "light" is the most important element in wildlife photography and that's why we are out in the field during the best light of the day

    We believe that good “light” is the most important element in wildlife photography and that’s why we are out in the field during the best light of the day

    DAY 1 – Arrival and First Game Drive

    Arrival at the Pontdrif border crossing between South Africa and Botswana at 12:30. This photo safari starts and ends at this border, so it is your responsibility to arrange your own transport. If you need transport to be arranged for you please email me at isak@theafricanphotographer.com for a quote and options. There is a secure parking area at the border where you will leave your vehicle.

    Your professional photographer and host will meet you at the border. From there it is roughly and hour’s drive to Mashatu Tent Camp. Once you’ve arrived at camp there will be a short orientation and a chance for you to settle into your tent to unpack and get your photographic equipment ready. We will meet at the terrace for high-tea from where we will leave on our first afternoon game drive.

    The first drive is about enjoying, relaxing and to get familiar with the photography from the vehicle and to get familiar with the Mashatu landscape and photographic opportunities. On this drive the aim is to take photos ‘as you are used to’, so that it sets the benchmark to measure the images taken at the end of the photo safari against.

    Before Dinner, the guide will give a short presentation showing a variety of images and how, by using specific aspects, you can alter and change an image dramatically.

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    DAY 2,3,4 – Morning and Afternoon Game Drives

    During the next three full days the daily schedule will remain more or less the same. The times are flexible and might vary slightly depending on the sunrise times, the sightings and our activities (e.g. we might decide to have an extended morning in the hide). Generally we follow this schedule:

     
    05:00 Wake-up and meet for coffee and a small meal

    05:30 Morning game drive or photo hide

    10:00 Brunch

    11:00 Rest and own time

    14:00 Photo presentation, workshop and guest photo feedback (not compulsory)

    15:30 Meet for high tea

    16:00 Afternoon game drive or photo hide

    20:00 Dinner in the outdoor boma and then retire to bed for another day of more great photography

     
    The topics of the photo presentation and workshops are not fixed and will be altered to meet the specific requirements of all the guests. These could include the following:

    * Understanding light

    * Understanding composition

    * Tutorials on advanced photo techniques

    * Use of Lenses for various effects

    * Post processing your images in Lightroom or Photoshop

    * Cataloguing images

    * Startrail and starscape photography

    * Flash use and advanced flash use

    During the photo workshop sessions there will be a chance for guests to bring their own photos for feedback and critique by the guides. Typically three photos from each guests per session are enough to not only see what different photos we all got from the same sightings but the feedback the critique on your photos is one of the best ways to improve your own photography.

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    DAY 5 – Last Game Drive and Homeward Bound

    Our last day begins with an early morning game drive as usual after which we have brunch and then a drop off at the border at around 12:00. This is unfortunately the end of your photo safari. We say goodbye at the border and wishes everyone a safe journey back home.

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    What you can expect to photograph on this photo safari

    * Close quarter photography of Predators such as lion, cheetah and leopard.

    * Excellent, open sightings and photography of very relaxed elephants

    * Dry riverbeds breaking up the landscape. Elephants and other animals are often found drinking in these riverbeds.

    * General game is relaxed and easy to photograph

    * Beautiful plains areas interspersed with rocky kopjes.

    * A marsh area, when wet attracts all manner of waterfowl.

    * Beautiful sandstone rock formations on the Limpopo River – excellent for landscapes

    * Archaeological ruins in the Limpopo valley- part of the Mapungubwe society

    * Rhodess baobab perched precariously on the edge of a rocky hill.

    * Viewing is generally open and clear- allowing for easier photography.

    * Large Baobabs and Mashatu trees dominate the skyline- providing excellent photographic subjects.

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    The concept

    Aimed at beginner/intermediate as well as advanced photographers, this safari brings likeminded people together to enjoy nature and learn more about improving their photography. Isak Pretorius will be your host over the weekend. He is an award-winning photographer who will share his knowledge of wildlife photography on drives and during talks at camp.

    There will be 2 x private vehicles for photographers: usually three photographers and 1 guide per vehicle. Non-photographers are allowed to join on the photographic vehicle if numbers allow – if not, non-photographing partners will be on their own vehicle with a ranger. On all our safaris we may ask participants to rotate seats in the vehicles, taking it in turn to sit in the more popular seats in the front and the less popular ones in the rear. This requirement applies to everyone. If there is some reason why you can’t take your turn in the back of a vehicle (e.g. a bad back or travel sickness) please inform our office at the time of booking to see if we can accommodate you. We regret that anyone failing to inform us of such limitations before the tour will be expected to rotate seats in the same way as everyone else.

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    Mashatu Tent Camp

    Without stealing away any luxuries, accommodation is in a tented camp situated in the northern reaches of the reserve. Twin luxury safari tents offer you a luxurious rest in bush surrounds. Each tent has two large single beds, an en-suite bathroom with flushing W.C and its own private veranda to relax on. Breakfast and lunch are served in a main dining area whilst dinner is served in an out door boma overlooking an adjacent waterhole. There is a central lounge area to relax in, a plunge pool and a bar. A hide overlooks the waterhole next to the camp.

    A 30 minute vehicle transfer from Mashatu Main Camp is a refuge that is very different. The Mashatu Tent Camp is almost one with the environment; blink and you might miss it! This tented camp is the leisure choice for the guest who seeks the ultimate one-on-one bush experience and who prefers a more intimate environment (and no children under the age of 12).MSH Tent Camp

    Eight completely private tents are tucked under the branches of enormous trees, accessible via meandering pathways. The tents themselves are spacious and comfortable and large enough that adults need not duck to move around in. Each is mounted on a concrete platform and has its own private outdoor en-suite facilities, including W.C. and shower. Imagine showering under the stars!

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    Instant camaraderie is the norm at this unique camp. Meal times are shared without pomp and ceremony, either in the open-air thatched gazebo, or in the boma (enclosure) overlooking the floodlit, well-populated waterhole. The camp’s plunge pool invites guests to cool off and escape the relentless heat typical of the summer months. The sturdy and shaded hide also overlooks the waterhole, and here bush enthusiasts can sit quietly and witness animals going about their day, completely unaware that they are being watched. It is humbling indeed to be an observer, to be part of the perfect, natural world. (The camp also offers the best lemon meringue tart in the world! This is Isak’s favourite and will be one of the highlights of your stay!)

     

  • Costs

    R23,950 (US$ 2,300 international guests) per person sharing

    * R10,000 (US$ 600 international guests) per single supplement
    * 40% deposit confirms your place
    * Balance payable 4 weeks prior to the trip for final confirmation
    * For the October 2018 Safari only the US$ rate applies

     
    THE ABOVE COSTS INCLUDE:

    * Entrance and accommodation
    * All meals
    * Game drives
    * The services of our photographic guides

     
    COSTS DO NOT INCLUDE:

    * Non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks
    * Gratuities to staff and guides
    * Extra activities
    * Personal expenses
    * Travel insurance
    * Travel visas
    * Transport to and from Mashatu Game Reserve

     
    * Terms and conditions are clearly described in the PDF brochure under “Booking Information”

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  • Camera Equipment

    * Camera bodies
    * Lenses
    * Tele-converters
    * Body and lens caps
    * Plastic zip lock bags
    * Filters (UV, Polariser and graduated)
    * Batteries
    * Battery chargers
    * Camera bag
    * Binoculars
    * Digital card wallet
    * Cable ties
    * Flash-gun
    * Batteries for flash gun
    * Big Blower brush
    * Sensor cleaning fluid
    * Laptop/External hard drive
    * Power for external hard drive
    * Power adaptors
    * Camera manuals
    * Tripod
    * Tripod head and quick release plate
    * Lens cleaning cloth/s
    * Camera vest
    * Digital memory cards

    * You don’t need to own the latest cameras and the longest lenses! Email me at isak@theafricanphotographer.com to enquire about rental options.

    Travel documents

    * Passport
    * ID Documents
    * Flight ticket/s
    * Itinerary

    Accommodation and travel

    * Foreign exchange
    * Credit card/s
    * Cash

    Personal items and clothing

    * Hat
    * Sunscreen (one low factor and one higher factor SPF)
    * Sunglasses
    * Cotton shirts
    * Warm top/s
    * Wind breaker/rain jacket
    * “Inners” thin light gloves to wear on cool early mornings

     

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  • What should I know about vehicle etiquette?

    On all our tours we may ask participants to rotate seats in the vehicles, taking it in turn to sit in the more popular seats in the front and the less popular ones in the rear. This requirement applies to everyone. If there is some reason why you can’t take your turn in the back of a vehicle (e.g. a bad back or travel sickness) please inform our office at the time of booking to see if we can accommodate you. We regret that anyone failing to inform us of such limitations before the tour will be expected to rotate seats in the same way as everyone else.

     
    There is also other vehicle etiquette that we would like to ask you to adhere to. We give these guidelines to ensure a positive experience for all when on safari:

    * Please keep noise levels low at an animal sighting. This allows people to enjoy the setting and listen to sounds that the animals may be making. Often these alert us to some behaviour and allows us to anticipate any action that may occur.

    * If you are seated in the front of the vehicle, please have consideration for the people behind you. A pre-arranged chat at the start of the safari is an excellent way to work out how you will be photographing and working around each other. It provides a positive working environment and allows everyone to photograph happily in the vehicle.

    * When photographing, keep movement to a minimum. If you are going to shift places, then alert the others and do so as swiftly and directly as possible.

    * Please do not do anything to effect the behaviour of the animals.

    * Your driver/ranger has to adhere to certain rules and etiquette at sightings that you may not be aware of. This may mean you cannot stop exactly where you would like. Please bear this in mind at sightings, especially when there are other vehicles from other camps around.

    What technical equipment or requirements do I need for the safaris?

    For safaris a Digital SLR camera is recommended, with at least a 200mm lens to capture wildlife im- ages. A laptop for downloading is also helpful, although we can download image if necessary. On a Photo tour, two DSLR camera bodies and lenses are advised. The type of lenses you take depend entirely on the destination. We will advise according to each tour should you need advise.

    Are there any extras I need to bring on a trip?

    Most of our tours are all inclusive and we offer advice as to what to bring along. This is due to the differ- ent seasons and conditions of each safari. C4 Photo Safaris will always advise if you will be traveling in a Malaria area. If the tour is not all-inclusive, it will be clearly stated.

    Why do you choose such specific destinations for the Tours and Work- shops?

    Each destination is hand picked by us for the beauty and photographic potential it holds. C4 Photo Safaris only travel to destinations that offer the best of what we are looking to photograph. If we know an area holds excellent wildlife, we will take tours there. There are many factors to consider- Seasonal variation can have a large impact on wildlife movements, animal and bird migrations, localalised animal movements etc. We of course take all this into consideration, ensuring that our tours are going to the best locations at the best times.

    Is there any cell phone reception in the areas?

    In most game reserves and wild areas there is no cell/mobile phone reception.

    How safe am I in the game reserves in Africa?

    C4 Photo Safaris only operate with lodges and reserves that use the best rangers. They ensure your safety whilst on safari and use very strict procedures when dealing with dangerous animals. Each lodge has a safety briefing on arrival which, if adhered to, makes your stay very safe.

    What insurance/coverage do I need?

    Your normal travel insurance covers you for safaris in Africa. C4 Photo Safaris are comprehensively in- sured for medical emergencies on safaris.

    For Malaria, which tablets should I take, if any?

    C4 Photo Safaris are not allowed to prescribe medical advice to clients. We will advise if the area visited is in a malaria area. You will need to consult with your local GP for medical advise on Malaria and prevention.

    What about allergies?

    Most safari camps are able to handle food allergies but not with the degree of skill that five star hotels do. The best way to handle an intolerance, is to simply avoid eating that particu- lar food as the menus in camp are quite diverse. If you have a more uncommon allergy, like being allergic to eggs, and you know of a solution (like a powder substitute), then bring it along on sa- fari. If you have a deadly allergy, then be sure to travel with your own medication and request in camp that that ingredient be removed from the kitchen and the store. As a side note, it is helpful to remember that many safari camps have to fly produce in or truck it in, over hundreds of miles. Furthermore, the camps, although impressive looking, actually have minimal infrastructure behind the scenes. If you assist the camp in managing your allergy, it will be a great help.

    What about medicine, diseases and vaccinations?

    Please check in with your local travel clinic or doctor for advice. From my experience, a yellow fever and hepatitis vaccination is a must, while the plethora of others are optional. Our safaris are conducted in low risk malarial areas but for your own peace of mind, we recommend that you take a prophylactic. In areas where you get tsetse flies in East Afri- ca, humans are not the primary disease carries, and contracting Tryps is very rare. There is nothing you can do about these flies except to dress appropriately (keep reading) and to apply mosie-guard. None of our current safari destinations carry significant amounts of tsetsi flies. The camps do have medicine kits and there is always an evacuation plan.

    We do however find it practical to always travel through Africa with the following items:
    * Immodium (keep this handy when traveling)
    * Buscopan (for tummy cramps)
    * Pain killers (that contain par- acetamol and a muscle relaxant)
    * Antihistamine cream and tablets for any allergic reactions
    * Melatonin to help speedy recovery from jetlag
    * Any medicine or ointments that you would normally take at home
    * Mosquito repellant
    * A product called Mosie-guard for areas where Tsetsi Flies occur (manufactured in the UK and Deet does not work)
    * Tweezers for any thorns or splinters
    * Re-hydrants sachets (very important)
    * Disinfectant or antibiotic cream (just for nicks, cuts or grazes)
    * Plasters (to cover nicks, cuts or grazes)

    Can I drink water and eat fresh produce on safari?

    We advise that you only drink bottled water, which is always available in camps. Avoid ice as this is often made from local water which although is generally safe to drink, your foreign tummies might disagree! It is safe to eat fresh produce.

    What about food on safari?

    Both East and much of Southern Africa was a British colony and as such, you can expect that type of cuisine. The breakfasts usually consist of cereals and a hot English breakfast. Lunch- es are usually light with a variety of salads and always a meat option. Dinners are traditional English affairs usually with a soup starter and freshly baked camp bread. The main course will usually be a roast of sorts, with vegetables. Dessert is usually a simple affair consisting of fruit or a baked pudding. You will not go hungry! (A side note to mention is that between meals there are often not snacks readily available and breakfast is often only later in the morning. You might want to bring a few snacks or energy bars if you have a problem keeping your sugar levels up.)

    Any luggage restrictions?

    The reality is that on any scheduled charters in Africa, there will be luggage restrictions. Short of charter- ing your own flight (which we can do), our advice is to bring only the essential camera equipment. Having too much equipment can actually hinder your photography. Also, you can get washing done in camp and with a fairly moderate to hot climate, you can afford to pack light. In short, bring fewer clothes so that you can bring more camera gear! Depending on the safari you book, we will be able to advise you on exact weight restrictions.

    What amount of spending money should I bring along?

    Our tours cover all travel, food and accommodation costs (unless otherwise stated). This means that spending money can be kept to souvenirs, curios and books. This normally amounts to Euro 10.00 per person per day.

    Commercial representation and wildlife photography consulting

    C4 Photo Safaris has the full capacity to plan and run commercial photo shoots for professional clients. We are able to supply you with the best guides in the wildlife photography industry as well as organize and run all your ground handling logistics for the shoot. Our knowledge of African travel logistics combined with our specialized knowledge of wildlife and the best places to photograph them, places us in the perfect position to plan and run your commer- cial shoot. Please contact Shem with your request. Additionally we can supply photographers for the shoot where they would work under the production name. On all tours with c4 images and safaris, our guides have the right to take photographs. Their goal is to get you into the right position and tutor you into getting the best photograph. Once they have done so, they have full rights to take their own photographs. The rights of the guides and all of their images remains with the individual guide who took the photographs. No other person has any rights over the photographs taken by a guide representing C4 Photo Safaris.

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