2015 09 Photo Safari in South Africa

South Africa Photo Safari

With Professional Wildlife Photographer

Paul Renner

September 16-October 03, 2015

This photographic safari will showcase South Africa’s tremendous wildlife together with it’s superb scenic splendor. We will spend our first three nights on safari in Madikwe Private Reserve located along South Africa’s northern boarder with Botswana. The vast assortment of vegetation and eco zones here, allow for the rich diversity of wildlife and bird species that inhabit the reserve. We will be focusing our lenses on elephant, both black and white rhino, buffalo, lion, cheetah, wild dog, and a myriad of other plains game species. From Madikwe we fly south spending the following nine nights in three different private reserves surrounding South Africa’s world renowned  Kruger National Park. With exclusive use of our 4×4 safari vehicles we will enjoy access to the Sabi Sabi, Timbavati and Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserves. These are some of the best reserves in South Africa for wildlife photography! We will enjoy the thrill of photographing abundant wildlife in the African bush during early morning, afternoon and nighttime game drives. This is a photo safari that is not to be missed!

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Tour Price includes:

•          Round trip International (from LAX) and domestic airfares.

•           Accommodations in standard room

•           Meet & Assist at Johannesburg on arrival

•           Transfers to/from airport/hotel/camps

•           Professional English-speaking tour guides and drivers

•           Game drives in open safari vehicles

•           All National Parks and Game Reserve entrance fees

•           Meals as listed per itinerary


Safari Price: $11,130  

Single room supplement: $2750



•           Departure taxes

•           Local Airport tax

•           Beverages other than specified

•           Tips for driver/guides, gratuities to porters and waiters

•           All items of a personal nature and everything else not mentioned

•           Travel insurance, applicable visas, all items of a personal nature

             (e.g. telephone, fax, etc.)

•           Price quoted is valid only for dates specified and subject to availability at time of booking.


Safari Daily Itinerary:


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South Africa Photo Safari

Tour Leader is Professional Wildlife Photographer

Paul Renner

September 16-October 03, 2015

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Wed/Thu: 16/17 September 2015                             Depart Home/Enroute

Let the adventure begin when you board your flight to Johannesburg and travel across the Atlantic.

Friday: 18 September                                                         Johannesburg

On arrival at Johannesburg International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transfer to your hotel. (D) Overnight: Southern Sun Tambo Hotel

Saturday: 19 September                                         Madikwe Game Reserve

The adventure to the bush starts after breakfast as we drive to Madikwe Game reserve, situated in the North-West province of South Africa, on the border with Botswana. The vast variety of vegetation and eco zones allows for a rich diversity of wildlife and bird species to inhabit the reserve. The reserve is home to 28 different mammal species which were released into the park through a relocation process called Operation Phoenix. This was the largest game translocation exercise in the world, with more than 8 000 animals being released into the reserve, starting in 1991 and the project was completed in 1997 and included the release of species such as elephant, both black and white rhino, buffalo, lion, cheetah, wild dog, and other plains game species.

Arrive in time for lunch and afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.  (BLD) Overnight: Impodimo Game Lodge

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A luxury 5 star game lodge, is situated in Madikwe Game Reserve.  Daily game drives give you the opportunity to view a wide variety of wildlife species, including the Big 5 mammals. 

Impodimo Game Lodge is set along a rocky ridge commanding stunning vistas of the reserve. It is also located at the source of a natural spring, which provides the lodge with elevated views as well as riverine serenity. The lodge offers dawn and dusk safaris. The safaris are carefully timed to ensure optimal seasonal comfort.

Each of the suites have been carefully positioned to ensure absolute privacy. Spacious in design, each includes a closed system fireplace, climate control air conditioner, mini bar fridge, tea & coffee making facilities and full en-suite bathroom and outside shower. Your private deck allows uninterrupted views of the Madikwe Game Reserve.

The team has gone to great lengths to ensure that guests have as much choice as possible in enjoying their experience, 7-seater landrovers are used. Impodimo is the first lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve to have qualified Shangaan trackers as part of the team. This adds a different dimension to the safari experience ensuring consistent big game sightings.    

Sun/Mon: 20/21 September                 Madikwe Game Reserve

Set out before breakfast by 4×4 safari vehicle for your morning game drive. Return from the excitement of the bush to a sumptuous breakfast or brunch and then relax at the pool or the sala overlooking the waterhole where game may come to quench their thirst. In the afternoon, when the heat of the African sun has diminished and the shadows are longer, head out again on a sundowner safari, where you will stop to watch the sun set on this bushveld paradise.
Once the sun has set and darkness descends, continue the safari where the more nocturnal creatures now rule the bush. Return to the lodge where you will be treated to the finest Pan-African cuisine with your hosts in the open air boma, and share your days adventures. (BLD) Overnight: Impodimo Game Lodge


Tuesday: 22 September                              Cheetah Plains

After breakfast, fly on a specially chartered flight to Hoedspruit Airport, a gateway to the Kruger National Park. Situated in the northern regions of the famous Sabi Sands Game Reserve and in an area renown for big cats, again arriving in time for lunch.

At Cheetah Plains, you’ll be blown away by the abundant wildlife and unparalleled game viewing. The famous Sabi Sand reserve is world renowned for the Big Five – leopard, elephant, black & white rhinoceros, cape buffalo, and lion – but at Cheetah Plains you’ll see so much more. Think leopard, hyena, cheetah, hippopotamus, impala, lions, jackals, zebras, giraffes, elephants, and kudu – don’t forget the birds and fauna as well! (BLD) Overnight: Cheetah Plains

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The eight traditionally-thatched chalets at Cheetah Plains melt into beautiful indigenous gardens, which in turn are surrounded by pristine African bushveld. All rooms have air conditioners as well as overhead fans to ensure your comfort – day and night. Breakfast at Cheetah Plains is a full English buffet whilst lunch is a simple affair, with hot and cold dishes. Afternoon tea includes fresh bakes and the 4 course dinners are either served in the dining room or around a roaring fire in the boma.


Wed/Thu: 23/24 September                      Cheetah Plains

Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve is one of the best locations for a riveting and exciting Photographic Safari. The area is brimming with photographic opportunities, which will thrill everyone from the experienced photographer to the complete novice.

Cheetah Plains in the prestigious Sabi Sand Game Reserve – an area world-renowned for game, especially big cat photographic opportunities. This experience promises a lifetime of special memories and unforgettable wildlife experiences. (BLD) Overnight: Cheetah Plains 

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Friday: 25 September                                  Sabi Sand Game Reserve

After the morning safari activity you will be picked up and transfer by road to the next game lodge situated within the southern regions of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve arriving in time for lunch

The Sabi Sands is part of the largest Conservation area in South Africa and is the oldest of all the private reserves. It comprises of some 20 privately owned game lodges whose owners formed the association to promote and conserve the wildlife, fauna and flora of the reserve – there is no hunting allowed. It is part of the Greater Kruger National Park and there are no fences between the two reserves and game moves freely through this enormous reserve. A late afternoon game drive has been planned for today. (BLD) Overnight: Nottens Bush Camp 


At Nottens you can enjoy superb game viewing on game drives and bush walks, or find a spot on the lodge deck and keep a look out for movement at the waterhole. This Sabi Sands accommodation features paraffin lamps and candles, which replace electric lighting and create an authentic, romantic bush experience. Each suite has an open plan bedroom with an en-suite bathroom. All the suites have indoor and outdoor shower facilities and overhead fans. The windows and sliding doors are fitted with screens while insect coils are also provided. Each suite has a private deck providing guests with the ideal place to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Each suite also has electrical outlets for charging computers and camera batteries.


Sat/Sun: 26/27 September                        Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Early morning game drive as the sun rises and as the bush stirs into life. The ranger and tracker teams search for animals by tracking the spoor and listening to the sounds of the bush. Late afternoon game drive start as the sun moves over towards the horizon. The animals are now getting more active, many preparing for their hunt after dark. Sundowners in the bush are enjoyed and then the drive continues with the aid of powerful spotlights to reveal the world of the nocturnal species.

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Monday: 28 September                             Timbavati Game Reserve

After the morning game drive activity transfer by road to the next game lodge, Simbavati River Lodge located in the Timbavati Game Reserve.  Arrive in time for lunch and later board your 4×4 safari vehicle for a photographic opportunity into the African bush. (BLD) Overnight: Simbavati River Lodge

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SIMBAVATI RIVER LODGE is a intimate and friendly camp built on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River and shaded by ancient Jackal berry and Leadwood trees, with a generous contemporary design with accommodation for guests in luxury tented rooms or thatched chalets. Simbavati takes its name from the local Shangaan language and means “ the place where lions come down from the stars”

The design of this 4-star lodge is contemporary, warm and welcoming. Guest common areas offer a generously proportioned lounge, bar, boma and extensive decks with breathtaking views overlooking the Nhlaralumi river where regular wildlife sightings take place and guests can unwind. The luxurious tented accommodation offers generous bush or water views from your own private viewing deck. Tents are spaced adequately far apart to ensure privacy, and they have all of the amenities to ensure a luxurious and comfortable stay.

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Tue/Wed:  29/30 September                        Timbavati Game Reserve

Bordering the northern regions of the Kruger National Park and with no fences between the two reserves the animals move freely. Timbavati Private Game Reserve is renowned for its great wildlife sightings; these include the famed wild white Lions of the Timbavati, leopard, wild dog, cheetah and many more. You will have two daily excursions into the bush with some down time in between to relax and enjoy the lodge. (BLD) Overnight: Simbavati River Lodge 

 Thursday: 01 October                                Timbavati Game Reserve

Our last full day in the game reserve provides more photographic opportunities with morning and later afternoon game drives. An evening farewell dinner to bid goodbye to South Africa (BLD) Overnight: Simbavati River Lodge

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Friday : 02 October                                     Timbavati to Johannesburg – Departure

A final game drive this morning is scheduled before returning to the lodge for breakfast. After breakfast, transfer to airstrip for flight to Johannesburg to connect with your evening flight home.  (B)

Saturday : 03 October                                Arrive Home

Arrive home today to share fond memories and photographs of South Africa with family and friends.  



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Fabulous safari extensions are available to Cape Town or Victoria Falls:
 Cape Town Extension – from $1265 per person sharing. Single extra.

4 Days / 3 nights with airfare from Johannesburg, accommodation, tours and transfers.

Cape Town, South Africa’s most popular travel destination has rightfully earned its reputation as one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Transfixed between Table Mountain and seven spectacular ocean beaches, it is a rare blend of cosmopolitan sophistication with superb cuisine and African culture.  Included are guided tours of the city, Table Mountain, Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Simon’s Town and penguins at Boulders Beach.  


Victoria Falls Extension – Zambia – from $1370 per person sharing. Single extra.

4 Days / 3 nights with airfare from Johannesburg, accommodation, tours and transfers.

The Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) is situated in southern Africa on the Zambezi River between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The falls are, by some measures, the largest waterfall in the world. You will enjoy a private guided tour of the falls, as well as a sunset cruise on the Zambezi river.


For more information and reservations, contact:

Paul Renner at 949.295.3136
or call
Prem Sharma or Gaby Gurrola at Best Safaris – 800.757.6625
e-mail:  info@bestsafaris.com

CST # 2073854-40


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