Photograph so much more than just the big 5. We will visit a countless number of eco-systems, in which we will have close encounters with the big cats, birds, big game, small animals and amazing scenery.
Spend daily one-on-one time with your photographic guide, for ultimate photographic instructions. You will be amazed how quickly your photography skills improve!
Visit the area with the highest density of leopards in the world. Many leopard territories overlap in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, allowing for unparalleled and spectacular leopard sightings!
A helicopter flight takes us high above the beautiful South African low field and on a spectcular flight through the Blyde River Canyon, making for sensational aerial photography!
Daily workshops & masterclasses: from basic wildlife and nature photography to taking nighttime photos of the milky-way and star-trails, and from photo editing to mastering your photo organization!
Feel small when we photograph the milky-way & star-trails. The African continent is one of the best places in the world for astro photography. Almost zero light pollution allows for the brightest stars!
See spectacular African sunrises and sunsets, and photograph the deep orange skies from hilltops overlooking valleys, or frame them with the silhouettes of trees, giraffes or elephants!
Why waste time driving in between lodges? We will fly you from lodge to lodge, with a total of 4 flights (1 flight is the helicopter flight). This way we don’t waste any of our precious photography time. A fast and scenic way to travel!
The best hospitality: indulge in sensational food, fabulous wines and smiles wherever you look, and be surprised by amazing dinner locations!
All accommodation (based on twin-share rooms) from the day you arrive until the day you leave
1 night in Hilton Sandton and transportation to and from the hotel
3 nights in a colonial 5* luxury safari lodge in Ngala Private Game Reserve
3 nights in a historical 5* luxury lodge in Sabi Sands Game Reserve located on a ridge overlooking the park
4 nights in a private 5* luxury safari lodge, set on the game rich plains of Phinda Private Game Reserve
All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks)
All drinks, both alcoholic (basic beers, wines and spirits) and non-alcoholic
A spectacular helicopter flight through the Blyde River Canyon, for once-in-a-lifetime photography opportunities
4 flights in between the lodges
Local transportation by private busses
VAT, bed levies, tourist taxes & landing rights (subject to change as per our T&C’s)
Two private photography guides, with daily one-on-one instructions, masterclasses and workshops
The Krijn van der Giessen photography “Guide to Utimate Wildlife & Nature Photography"
International flights to and from Johannesburg
Visa (free for most nationalities, but may has to be arranged in advance)
Tips for guides & lodge staff
Spending money for personal expenses
Premium wines, beers & spirits. All basic wines, beers & spirits are included.
Travel insurance (compulsory for all tour guests) and vaccinations
Photography equipment (we have some loan equipment - first come, first serve)
€15 p.p. guarantee fund scheme
No hidden fees!
€ 9,850 per person sharing
€ 1,500 single supplement, if you prefer to have your private room. This charge gives you a private room for the first 6 lodge nights only, since the last lodge in Phinda doesn't have the capacity to offer single rooms.
We start where others stop:
The reasons why you should join one of our Photo Tours are endless. When you travel with us, you are guaranteed loads of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We focus fully on photography, and pride ourselves on the fact that we start where others stop.
We travel in small groups (8 people maximum, though smaller) of like-minded photographers. This ensures plenty of focus on you as an individual, and gives us the opportunity to ensure you’ll always have a window seat in our vehicles. We book small and exclusive accommodation which allows for uninterrupted views and plenty of candid photography opportunities.
We absolutely love great food and luxury accommodation, so our Photo Tours are filled with it! Your personal photographic guide Krijn doesn’t have the title of the best photo tour operator for nothing. Although he has over 15 years experience as a nature, wildlife and culture photographer, Krijn also has over a decade of international hospitality management under his belt.
For these reasons combined we go the extra mile to ensure we stay in unique lodges and serve up something delicious and, where possible, local. Picture seafood buffets on the beach, spit grills in the bush, home-made breads and some great bottles of wine and you’ll get an idea of the food we usually enjoy. We also cater to any dietary needs and requirements you may have.
We always travel with local and highly experienced guides and rangers. This not only ensures you will be treated to the finest and ‘off the beaten track’ locations, but it also gives us the opportunity to customise the experience for you.
Learn from Krijn's experience as travel photographer. In the past years he travelled through over 50 countries, in search of the perfect photos and exciting new locations for our photo tours.
At the end of each day, we will share our opinion about the photos taken that day. Professional advice is given to help you improve your skills, or just to help you get that second pair of eyes to encourage a different angle. How much advice you’d like to receive, as well as how in-depth you’d like to go is completely up to you.
Our tours are mainly focused on photography, but what is life without a bit of fun? It’s one of the most important reasons we want you to travel with us! Together we will share our experiences around a bonfire, we’ll shoot star trails, engage in light painting, fly in open-door helicopters and, once the day is done, unwind with a hot beverage and a board game or two.
Sustainable & ethical:
Sustainable travel is key: wherever we go, we only leave our footprints. As much as possible, we try to offset carbon emissions and work together with local specialists. Besides that, we believe in ethical travel: we never feed animals to lure them in our direction, but rather go to areas with naturally high animal populations.
All skill levels:
We love to travel with all levels of photographers, from beginners to experts. At the end of the day it is all about the overall experience, and not about how good your photography skills may be. We encourage the group to assist each other in attempting and experimenting with new techniques. Krijn will personally help you become a more confident photographer – building on your strengths and helping you improve your weak points.
We understand it’s not every day you embark on a journey like this: so lets make most of it! We jam pack our tours with interesting content, and don’t waste any time with irrelevant gaps in the program. We will fly you where possible from location to location, to not waste time driving. We have a well though-through itinerary from early morning until bedtime, to offer you only the very best the destination has to offer! Guaranteed no hidden fees gives you peace of mind when it comes to the financial side of things!