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The Big Cats

July - August - September

South Africa

2013 DATES

15 Jul to 22 Jul

12 Aug to 19 Aug

2 Sep to 09 Sep

ZAR 34500   per person sharing

ZAR 34500   per person single

         30 %   deposit per person


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Open to the western edge of Kruger National Park, south to the Sabi Sands Game Reserve and playing host to Africa's Big Five is Motswari Private Game Reserve. One of South Africa's jewels nestled within the Timbavati Nature Reserve, this family-owned and operated luxury safari lodge prides itself on its warm atmosphere and luxurious accommodation.The name Motswari means "to conserve and protect" in Tswana and the owners have held the name to be a promise to each of their future friends who arrive to share in the splendor of an African sunset at this vintage bush lodge. For more about Motswari click here

A huge Highlight of this photographic safari is The Xakubasa Pride which is the name of the most special pride of lions in the Timbavati, and the name says it all. ‘Basa’ means ‘white’ in Shangaan, and as such Xakubasa is a reference to the two extremely rare and special white lions that are part of this pride that we hope to track, find and photograph. Leopards are abundant in this area so there will be plenty of photographic opportunities. This area is arguably the best place in the world for leopard photography.

Your safari starts in Johannesburg after a good night sleep in a selected airport hotel. You will be transferred to OR Tambo Intn’l from where you will depart on a 1hr 15 min light aircraft charter flight to Timbavati’s private airstrip.

A typical day at Motswari will include and early morning Game Drive ( 3.5 hours ) followed by a hearty breakfast. Then it’s time relax at until lunch time or meet with your safari leader who will be available during this time to discuss photo techniques and review images. Lunch at 13:00 and then some more time to relax, work on images or meet again with your safari leader for more photography talk . At approximately 16:00 we will depart on our evening game drive until the sun goes down. At our return to the lodge dinner will be ready to finish off a perfect day. All times are flexible and will depend on sightings.

This photographic safari accommodates a maximum of 6 photographers distributed in 2 vehicles allowing each photographer to have one complete row in order to facilitate shooting from both sides without disturbing other fellow photographers. Those photographers accompanied by their non-photographer spouses/partners will share their row of seats. Discounts are available for non-photographers accompanying a photographer.

  1. 1 night in JHB Airport hotel on arrival from Int’l  flight

  2. Charter flights Johannesburg - Motswari - Johannesburg

  3. 6 nights in Full Board accommodation in Motswari Lodge

  4. All meals and selected beverages in Motswari Lodge

  5. All park and conservation fees Timbavati Game Reserve

  6. 2 Game Drives daily ( early morning and evening )

  7. Private use of open 4x4 safari vehicles with guides

  8. Bottled water during Game Drives

  9. Photographic guidance and workshops

  1. International flights to Johannesburg

  2. Travel Insurance

  3. Visa fees if applicable

  4. Tips for lodge staff and guide

  5. Extra nights of accommodation before or after safari

Arrival at Johannesburg International Airport where you will spend the night in a selected nearby airport hotel and meet your safari leader and all the other participants. The days ahead will be discussed over dinner. This night, after your long-haul flight, will be perfect for those that need to adjust to a new time zone.

After breakfast you will be transferred to OR Tambo Intn’l Airport for your 1hr 15 min flight to Timbavati’s private airstrip where you will be picked up and transferred to Motswari Lodge on a short game drive. Look out for your first sightings. After check-in lunch will be served during which we will provide more information on the exciting days ahead. After lunch it is time for a final check of your photo equipment and ask any specific questions in preparation for your first Game Drive that will take approximately 3.5 hours although this time is flexible depending on sightings. On our return after sunset dinner will be waiting for us to finish off your first day in the African Bush. Mario will be available after dinner should you want to recap on the day’s sightings.

Each day begins with an early morning coffee before going out on our morning drive. Depending on sightings we will return around 09:30 for a hearty and well deserved breakfast. After breakfast you will have the morning to relax in the lodge, photograph resident birdlife or participate in a casual photographic workshop to discuss darkroom techniques, workflow and review images with Mario. Lunch will be served at around 13:00 after which you will have more time to relax and indulge in the comfort of Motswari. During this time Mario will be available for any photography related questions or 1 on 1 meetings. At around 16:00 we leave on our afternoon Game Drive in search of the “ Perfect Moment “ until the sun goes down and only then we will return to the Lodge for dinner and comment the day’s sightings around a fire.

We leave before sunrise on our last early morning Game Drive which should last no less than 3.5 hours. Return to the lodge at around 09:30 to enjoy a late but hearty breakfast. Check-out at 12:00. Air transfer to OR Tambo Intn’l Airport to connect with your International flight back home

Image by Mario Moreno


Photographic Highlights

Timbavati’s White Lions

Incredible Leopard sightings

Over 350 Bird species

Amazing Kruger scenery

Led by Mario Moreno & Marina Cano

Max number of participants : 6

Use of private vehicles

Number of 4x4 vehicles : 2

Non photographers welcome


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