PRIVATE PHOTOGRAPHIC GUIDING

WE FACILITATE A PRIVATE PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPERIENCE FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS THAT ARE GOING ON SAFARIS DESIGNED AND ARRANGED BY TRAVEL AGENTS AND SAFARI LODGES.

 GET THAT SHOT YOU ALWAYS WANTED

Photographic Guiding, is an experience that photography enthusiast are increasingly looking for in their safari destinations. There has been an notable increase in the demand for this niche experience, that has seen a growth in the amount of private photographic safari operators that photography enthusiast can book with. It would help travel agents and safari lodges that are not photography orientated, to cater to their clients.

HOW CAN WE HELP?

Africa Photographic provide just that photographic guiding service to the Safari Industry. We are not a travel agency, so travel agents can plan their client’s tour as they normally would and we only facilitate the private photography experience. We guarantee a high standard of photographic safari guiding that is well respected in the industry. All our photographers come from the hospitality and safari industries and good understanding on how to the flow of a safari works.

Our guides & tutors have extensive knowledge in both guiding and wildlife photography with a combined experience of over 45 years in the hospitality industry, a safari facilitated by one of our guides assures you of a privately guided experience that is world class.

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PRIVATE GUIDING FEES

HALF DAY

R 5,850

3-4 HOURS

RATE PER GUIDE

FULL DAY

R 8,850

8 HOURSRATE PER GUIDE

MULTIPLE DAYSMOST POPULAR

R 7,850

PER DAYRATE PER GUIDE
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CAMERA & LENS RENTALS

So if you unsure what photographic equipment would be best for you, please contact us and we will help you get the gear to maximize your safari and photography.

Africa Photographic is the leading camera and lens rental hire Agent in the safari Industry, we provide the best photographic camera and lens rental solution for your safari.  We are perfectly situated close to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, where we can meet our clients for the collection or return of our camera and lens rental equipment.

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LIVE YOUR PASSION

Thank you Hilton for explaining to me how to do a firmware update for my camera. Easy to follow instructions. Appreciate it!

Helouise MaritzFebruary 14, 2019

I had the opportunity to have a quick beginners course. The hour spent was so insightful and informative. They are able to explain everything you need to know, in such simple terms and extra help was provided by a PowerPoint presentation that is shown at the same time. Definitely going back for the next few steps in my new found hobby. Thank you!

Tania HattinghJuly 17, 2019

Etienne Oosthuizen was a delight to work with. He joined my family on our safari and was able to capture priceless moments. He blended into the background and yet still connected with us seamlessly. His eye for detail was greatly appreciated. We were so pleased with the photographs and would highly recommend his work.

Maya Louise TichioJuly 3, 2018

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who would enjoy private tuition?

Our private guides are available to all photographers of any skill level from beginner to advanced, the tuition offered is tailored to the individual needs of each photographer. Whether you are just starting out, like we once did, or a professional, we believe you never stop learning, it is our aim and promise to you to improve your photography while learning how to listen, and watch for the tell tale signs mother nature will show you, this will help you to understand your subject just that much more, which is one of the key elements of wildlife photography and just as important as the camera skills we will teach you.

A private guided workshop is ideal for individual travellers as well as small groups of up to 6 travellers per guide.

What will I learn?

Your private guide will show you how to use different light sources individually and in combination with each other to add impact to an image, ambient light, flash and spotlight, side lighting, back lighting and direct light which can all add great drama to a photograph. He will go through all the possibilities of scenarios and settings, giving you a usable workflow that will work for you in the field. Being highly experienced and knowledgeable wildlife guides as well, he will teach you how to watch and listen to nature as she will give up her secrets to you as you observe your chosen subject so you can start to build a picture of what is happening around you and use these skills in the future. The use of these skills will arm you with the best opportunities to photograph the natural beauty, expressions and behaviour of our diverse wildlife.

Your private guide will also assist and advise you on post processing programmes such as Adobe’s Lightroom and Photoshop. He will assist you in managing your photographs in a library format which will enable you to find and display your images quickly and easily. Your photographic guide will assist you with editing images in a way that will bring them to life, adding impact and getting the best out of them, making you want to hang them in your own home.

What photographic equipment should I bring?

We recommend you bring your DSLR body and lenses. Any lenses in the range from 200mm to 600mm. For wildlife we prefer 100-400mm lenses with f stop ranges from 2.8 to 4. We also do rent out gear if you are needing equipment.

Is there any use for a small lens?

Absolutely, we call them animals in their environment shots. Where an image of the whole scene is captures from a distance such as the whole tree with the Leopard in it. Not only close up images with large lenses.

How much memory do we need for a safari?

We recommend at least 2(two) x 64 GB memory cards per person. This will give you enough space to shoot freely without worrying about a full memory card. We also suggest you bring an external hard drive with so you can clear your cards each evening after dinner.

Do I need to bring my laptop?

We do suggest it. This allows you to clear your memory cards and do some editing between safaris.

What about post processing (editing) - What software do you suggest & do I need prior knowledge?

We prefer Adobe Lightroom Classic Version 9 or latest. You don’t need prior knowledge of the software, our trained tutors and photographic hosts will show you the ins and outs of the software. We usually do editing after breakfast and between morning and afternoon safari.

What vehicles will be using & how many people will be on the vehicle?

Our safaris are exclusively for small groups of no more than 6 people per vehicle. Game drives on open safari vehicles with a side of the vehicle guaranteed.

How much does it cost & how does your payment work?

Rate is calculated on a per guide basis and is based on a maximum of 6 guests per guide.
Many variables would influence the cost of a privately guided safari, including length of stay, number of countries, private flights and amount of people on the safari would all affect the total cost. However don’t let this concern you, contact us today for the experience of a lifetime, and you might just be surprised.

We require a 50% booking fee at the time of booking to secure your spot, the remainder is due 1 month prior to the safari.

Travel trade partners, Lodges, agents and tour operators are welcome to contact us regarding preferential rates.

What if we need to cancel or reschedule our safari?

If you’d like to reschedule, please note that our booking fee is legally non-refundable, however, if we are available for your new date, we would be happy to reschedule. As for cancellations, the booking fee is unfortunately legally non-refundable.