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Mashatu Photo Workshop SADC 2017

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Introduction

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 river-beds for water, which lies just below the surface. At the waterholes, doves and guinea fowl come down each day to drink.jpgs 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 workshop is designed to get photographers 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 these workshops guests will have access to the photo hides.

 

Availability

12 people. 6 photographers. If more than 6 photographers, bookings will close. Minimum of 3 photographers required for workshop to run.

Feedback

Have images taken during the weekend critiqued by professional photographers.

Experience

All levels - group sizes are small enough for individual attention.

Equipment

Digital SLR's. Have at least a 200mm lens. Laptop if you have one.

Location

Mashatu Game reserve, Botswana (Passports Required).

Not included

Transport to Pontdrift border post.

 

 


Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival at Midday.

Your professional photographer and host will open proceedings with short talk on what we can expect over weekend. Drive 1 is about enjoying and relaxing.  Drive 2 is used to take photos 'as you are used to', so that it sets the benchmark to measure the images taken at the end of the weekend 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.

 

 

Day 2

05h30 Early morning Game drive/Photo Hide
10h00 Brunch
11h00     
Presentation on light and composition with regards to wildlife photography. Technical discussion on how to maximise   your use of light with regards exposures.
13h00 Rest and own time
15h30 High Tea
16h00 Game drive/Photo Hide
20h00 Dinner in the outdoor boma and then retire to bed for another day of more great photography!

 

Over the next few days the daily activity will be the same as day 2

 

 

Topics to be covered while on safari:

  • Presentations on light, composition.
  • Tutorials on advanced photo techniques.
  • Use of Lenses for various effects.
  • Post processing your images in Lightroom or Photoshop.
  • Cataloguing images.
  • Review selected images. These will be used for discussion, critique and learning purposes.
  • Flash use and advanced flash use.


Highlights to and what to photograph:

  • 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.
 


Acommodation

Mashatu Tented 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.

 

 


Flights

Day 1

Park vehicles at secure area at border. A Ranger will meet you there and transfer you to camp. Arrival time 13h00.

Day 5

Depart 11h00 on last day.

 

How to get to Mashatu:

1.         Self-drive and rental car

You have the option to rent a car from various rental car companies. You can then drive yourself to the Pont Drift Border post. Directions to the Border post will be sent to you. The drive is approximately 6 hours. 

2.         Road transfer which C4 can arrange

C4 Photo Safaris can make arrangements for you to be transferred from O.R. Tambo International Airport to Pont Drift Border post. The road transfer is approx. 6 hours.

3a.       Flight details which C4 can arrange

If you prefer to fly, we can make arrangements for a flight transfer from O.R. Tambo International Airport to the Limpopo Valley Airfield on Mashatu:

  • The service will facilitate guests’ transit through the international terminal at OR Tambo.
  • Meeting time at OR Tambo is 10:45am, and guests will arrive back from Mashatu’s Limpopo Valley Airfield at OR Tambo between 14:30 and 15:30.
  • The flights are non-stop into Limpopo Valley Airfield, which is on Mashatu Game Reserve.
  • Sunday and Thursday flights are subject to a 2-passenger minimum, and flights operating on any other days are subject to a 4-passenger minimum.
  • Guests clear customs and immigration into Botswana at Limpopo Valley Airfield on Mashatu.
  • A late morning departure from OR Tambo to Limpopo Valley Airfield and an early afternoon departure from Limpopo Valley Airfield to OR Tambo will enable guests to co-ordinate most connections with international and domestic flights.
  • The flight takes approximately 60 minutes one way.

  • All flights are in a pressurized turbo-prop aircraft.
  • On completing Botswana immigration formalities clients will be transported via a transport vehicle for up to 60 minutes to respective camps. Please note that this transfer is done in an open safari vehicle.

3b.       Scheduled flights and road transfers option

There are also DAILY flights between O.R. Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) and Polokwane Airport (approx. 1 hour) and the option of a road transfer from Polokwane to the Pont Drift Border post (approx. 2 hours). 

 

If you would like to make use of any of the road or flight transfer options, please contact us and we can build it onto your workshop.

 

On arrival at the Pont Drift border post

  • We will all meet 12h30 to go through the border.
  • Cars will be parked in the secure parking lot between the two border posts.
  • A Mashatu ranger will meet us at the parking and transfer us to camp.
  • If there is water in the river we will cross with the cable car. Cost is 50 pula one-way and will be added to your bill at Mashatu.
  • If the river is dry we will drive through.
  • From there it is a 60 min drive to the camp.


40% Deposit confirms your place.
All prices are VAT inclusive.

Please note: These rates are for African residents only. International clients are welcome on the SADC safaris. The rates for international clients are USD $2300 sharing and USD $2900 single for 2017. Please feel free to contact us for any additional information.

 

Aimed at beginner/intermediate as well as advanced photographers, this workshop brings like-minded people together to enjoy nature and learn more about improving their photography.

On all our tours and workshops 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. The 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.

 

The above costs include

  • Entrance and accommodation (2 persons per tent) to all reserves.
  • Game activities.
  • The services of our guides.
  • Hide sessions.
  • All meals.

The above costs don't include

  • Gratuities to staff and guides.
  • Extra activities not included.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Travel visas.
  • Transport to Mashatu.
  • Non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks.
 

Costs

R20650.00 per person sharing
R23500.00 per single suppliment

Single Suppliment - Booking Deposit 40% Qty R9400.00




Per Person Sharing Booking Deposit - Booking Deposit 40% Qty R8260.00




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