Join Photo-Africa as we set out to photograph one of the most endangered animals in Africa!
The Madikwe Game Reserve is, apart from being one of the premiere Big 5 reserves in South Africa, one of the best places to see and photograph the charismatic African Wild Dog in the wild.
From 5 to 9 May 2011, Tuningi Safari Lodge will play host to our photographic safari with the main goal of photographing Madikwe’s Wild Dogs. For many years the reserve, situated in the North West Province, has been known for it’s great sightings of the ‘painted wolf’ and offers wildlife photographers a great chance in photographing these amazing mammals.
With nature being unpredictable at the best of times, should it happen that we not find the Wild Dog, Madikwe offers amazing sightings of Africa’s Big 5, general game and more than 300 bird species so we will definitely not have a problem finding quality photo opportunities. This photographic safari will be led by Gerry van der Walt. Gerry is a wildlife photographer, lodge manager and field guide who combines a passion for nature photography with an in depth knowledge of African wildlife. We will not only be taking over the entire lodge but we will also have full use of two vehicles, guided by fantastic field guides who are also keen photographers, so we will have the freedom to take our time in finding and working various photographic opportunities.
Please note that this safari is limited to 12 photographers.
Our main goal during this safari is to find and photograph Madikwe’s African Wild Dogs but we will also focus on:
• Big 5, including truly amazing lion sightings.
• Huge amounts of general game.
• Various landscapes including open plains, mountains and dams.
• Bird photography.
• African sunrises and sunsets.
Apart from the above you will also have ample time to enjoy the luxury of the Tuningi Safari Lodge and in between drives and in between the photography and relaxation there will find the opportunity to discuss photographic techniques, the technical aspects of wildlife photography and do informal photo crit sessions with the photo leaders on the safari.
Arrival in Madikwe. We start off with lunch during which we will provide more details on the trip. You will have the opportunity to ask specific photography related questions to prepare you for your photo safari as we discuss our photographic goals for the week. After lunch we have an hour or so for final equipment check before we head out in search of the ‘painted wolf’. After returning from the drive we recap the afternoon’s shoot before we share dinner and then off to bed.
Day 2 – 4:
Each day we start off with an early cup of coffee before heading out on safari. Depending on sightings and photographic opportunities we will return to the lodge for breakfast after which you will have the day during which to either relax or photograph the mammals and birds around the lodge. There will be lots of time during the day for us to look through images and discuss photographic techniques. After lunch we will head out again to continue our quest of photographing the Wild Dogs.
On our last morning we head out on our last morning of photography. This will afford us our last chance of photographing the Wild Dog or you can focus on getting those last few grabs shots to complete you picture of Madikwe.
• Safari Cost: R15,000 per person.
• A 25% deposit is payable to confirm your booking.
• Balance is due 30 days before safari.
• Rates are based on double occupancy so please contact us for details on single supplements
• Luxury accommodation at the Tuningi Safari Lodge.
• Three meals per day and game drive snacks.
• All game drives and wildlife activities.
• All park and government fees.
• Professional field guides &Photographic guides
• Transfers to and from Madikwe (Photo-Africa can book transfers either by road or chartered flights).
• Drinks (alcoholic and soft drinks).
• Items of a personal nature.
• Travel insurance.
• Visas (if applicable).
• Equipment rental (if applicable)
We look forward to hosting you in Madikwe!