Under An African Sky

Exclusive Photography Safari at Mashatu, Botswana

Dates: 19th April (travel day); Safari 20th - 29th April, 2018 inclusive

Photographic Hosts: Alan Barker & Gavin Slabbert

Join Alan and Gavin on an outstanding wildlife safari and photography workshop geared to the wildlife photographer, at one of the highest rated lodges in Africa, not only for intimacy, seclusion and luxury, but more importantly quality, quantity and variety of game viewing.

The photo safari and photographic workshop has been specially designed around Southern Africa’s predators and big game. This is a Photo & Wildlife Safari that not only promises Big Cat close encounters, but will provide a wildlife rich experience for the spouse or non-photographer partner. You will head home with additional photography skills as well as unbelievable images of Southern Africa’s big cats, including images of Southern Africa’s elusive and iconic leopard.

Additionally you will encounter many of Southern Africa’s spectacular critters such as Lion, Cheetah, Elephant, Hyena, Giraffe, Zebra, Baboons, Warthog, Kudu and Impala, just  to name but a few.

But with all of the big predators you will experience on the safari, do not lose sight of the amazing range of smaller creatures and bird-life that exists within the region

Alan and Gavin will be on hand to provide instruction before, during and after each shoot, and will share their secrets to capturing the elusive “dramatic moment”.

Immerse yourself in the diverse wildlife while you enjoy and experience the all inclusive deluxe accommodation, service, hospitality and ethnic cuisine.

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Mashatu is the epitome of all that defines wilderness areas in Africa. Visitors are charmed by the vast open spaces; the biodiversity of wildlife from the gigantic to the miniscule; the majestic skies unfettered by smog; the tranquility interspersed with birdsong and sounds of the wild. Photographic hides add an aspect to the adventure safari which is unique and thrilling to their patrons be they professional photographers or lovers of wildlife. These added adventures are all tailored to bring visitors into intimate contact with this remarkable wilderness.

For the client who is accustomed to luxury, this camp will meet every expectation. 14 luxury suites lie along the camp’s perimeter and are designed to allow absolute privacy and a communion with the bush and its inhabitants. Watch elephants splashing at the waterhole, listen to the lyrical melody of the woodlands kingfisher on a branch overhead, smell the grassy scent of the bushveld, and touch the bark of an ancient tree and inhale a breath of air so pure, it’s intoxicating.

Each of the air-conditioned suites at Mashatu Main Camp is tastefully decorated and includes impressive black and white prints of Africa’s most beautiful animals. A double bed and an extra-large single bed, together with a seating area that includes a single day bed, comfortably accommodates families with younger children. The ample en-suite bathroom with both bath and shower facilities and a separate W.C. complete the well-appointed suites.

All the suites include a bath-tub, indoor and outdoor shower, fireplace, minibar, fan, hairdryer, tea coffee making facility and an iPod docking station.

This is the ideal camp for a family or photographer and or spouse. A large swimming pool is a focal point where visitors cool down and relax between game activities. The Discovery Room is the portal through which curious visitors get a glimpse of another world – one that existed long before the appearance of man. The animal specimens and relics will fascinate and educate visitors of all ages, as will the resident crocodiles – both great and small.

Meals are a sumptuous celebration of traditional African Cuisine – flavoursome, but lacking in ostentation. Fresh fruits, vegetables, home-made breads and pies, succulent meat dishes and delicious desserts will appeal to a guest who appreciates home cooking at its best.

Mashatu not only luxurious creature comforts, but a host of adventures as well. Tracking Africa's big game in open vehicles by day and at night accompanied by qualified game rangers and trackers, and going off road for exceptional close wildlife encounters, make for a truly memorable experience .

Mashatu facilities:

  • Air-conditioned safari bar, dining-room & Bungalows
  • A large wooden safari deck - the ideal vantage point from which to observe the steady flow of animal life at the waterhole in front of the lodge
  • A filtered swimming pool nestled in the flood plain below the camp
  • A fully stocked wine-cellar houses a selection of some of South Africa’s finest wines
  • The safari boutique & fitness facility.
  • Limited Wireless internet connectivity.

What's Included:

  • Private Accommodation for each couple at Mashatu. (Singles supplement additional)
  • Accommodation for your arrival night of April 19th in Polokwane
  • 2 private safari vehicles and all safari activities at Mashatu
  • Maximum two people per row on the game drive vehicles. *Non-photographer partners must share a row with the partner.
  • All road transfers to/from the airport and the hotel in Polokwane
  • All meals
  • Tourism Levies, and the 14% VAT (Value Added Tax)

Vehicles:

The configuration of the vehicles is key to the quality and effectiveness of each safari and at each facility we have reserved 2 private vehicles.

  • Each vehicle has 3 rows of seats for guests.
  • Max. two photographers per row of seat.*
  • Each vehicle will have a ranger, wildlife tracker/spotter and photographic guide
  • All game drives are off-road and we go and track the animals
  • The vehicles have no tops, no sides, no poles or windscreen to obscure the view or the shot

Safari Highlights:

  • 2 private game vehicles and each photographer and or spouse will be assigned 1 row of seating.
  • The Safari is limited to 6 photographers and 4 spouses.
  • Professionally trained and certified guides will help us to find the wildlife we intend to photograph.
  • This safari offers unbelievable game viewing and photography opportunities at one of the most luxurious settings in the Botswana bush.
  • Top quality accommodation for each photographer and or couple.

Food:

  • Guests will enjoy sublime cuisine prepared by an executive chef,vintage South African wines, fireside dinners in the boma and sundowners out in the bush.
  • We focus on freshly produced meals in wonderful surroundings - complimenting the friendly and attentive service, all of which is included.

* Please make us aware of any food allergies and or special dietary requirements

Target Audience:

This luxury photo safari is specifically targeted at the photographer, game viewer and their spouse. We've booked, 2 private game vehicles each with 3 rows of guest seating. The safari is limited to 10 persons (6 photographers & 4 spouses).

What's Not Included:

  • International airfare and other transportation between your place of departure and Polokwane airports
  • Laundry and any extras
  • All gratuities
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal purchases (including curios, spirit liquors, telephone calls etc.)

 

Hmmm ... is This Safari For me:

Here are some highlights to assist in your decision making process:

  • Photographers of all skill levels are most welcome.
  • This safari is all about learning, enjoyment and includes instruction that should fulfill each photographers requirements.
  • Our "classroom sessions" are optional, and are highly recommended.
  • Non-photographer spouses / companions / assistants will love the luxury while the photographers indulge in their passion.
  • Professionally trained guides lead all safaris and any of the available optional activities.

Pricing:

  • For Deposit and Pricing information please call Alan on (61) 421 633 788 or use our 'Contact Us' form
  • Deposit is required at time of booking to reserve your spot on the safari.

So ... what's next:

Our groups are kept to a maximum of 6 photographers, thus space is very limited. If this spectacular photo safari piques your interest, then register now.
Remember, there is limited space for this safari and when it's filled - that's it!