Mashatu Photo Workshop May 2018

13 May 2018 - 17 May 2018

Safari Introduction

GUIDES: Kyle de Nobrega and Isak Pretorius


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!


Leopard forest


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.



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


Have images taken during the weekend critiqued by professional photographers.


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


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


Mashatu Game reserve, Botswana (Passports Required).

Not included

Transport to Pontdrift border post.


Elephant landscape


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.


Pont drift border


Day 2

05h30 Early morning Game drive/Photo Hide
10h00 Brunch
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.


Masahtu Tent 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.


Tent camp

Tent camp


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 10h00 on last day

General Info

R24 950.00 per person sharing

R29 500.00 per single supplement

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 2018. 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. Shem Compion will be your host over the weekend. He is an award-winning photographer who will share his knowledge of wildlife photography on drives and during talks at camp.

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 and booking

To book this safari, please e-mail us or book online on C4 Images and Safaris

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