Let’s be honest. Many of us – hell, most of us – who are keen on trips to game parks just long to take that one perfect shot … the one fabulous photo which captures our trip and which we will treasure (and boast about) for years to come. But we don’t necessarily have the experience, or the equipment, to do so. There is also the time factor – we do not want to be the one guest on the game drive begging to stay a little longer at a sighting.
So we are hugely excited about the new specialist Photographic Safaris, which have just been introduced at Tintswalo Safari Lodge in the private Manyeleti Game Reserve, which shares unfenced borders with the Kruger, Timbavati and Sabi Sand game reserves, and is well known for its excellent game-viewing.
These safaris are led by rangers who are wildlife photography experts. You will be in a vehicle dedicated to photo enthusiasts (so you can be alone or with up to a maximum of six photographers) with a wildlife tracker. Not only will you have the Tintswalo experts seek out the best sightings and vantage points, but they will also let you spend as long as it takes at any of the sightings, ensuring you have time to get that perfect shot.
What’s more, the on-site Photo Hub at the lodge has a selection of cameras and lenses that you can rent, so no drama for those who do not have the correct equipment (don’t you just hate being the only one on the drive who’s snapping away with a cellphone, while everyone else brings out the show-off, uber-powerful lens?). The Photo Hub also has a Mac computer, set up with a Canon canvas printer, Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop programmes, and tutorials are offered if you want to learn how to edit your own images. You can download and edit your images and print them on paper or canvas in A2 or A3 sizes, which are then rolled and packed for safe transportation home. And if you don’t get the shot you want, photographs taken by guides at the various sightings are also available for sale and can be printed to take home with you (hmmm … cheating a little, but we won’t tell).
Tintswalo Lodge has a choice of accommodation … you can stay in one of the eight suites (each authentically designed to evoke the adventures of the 19th century explorers after which they are named), and there’s also a five-bedroom Manor House, which is fully catered and perfect for families or a group of friends keen to experience a tailor-made stay.
It’s not cheap … the rates are R12 000 a person a day, which excludes accommodation, meals and drinks. But the opportunity is priceless … such a huge treat for someone who’s passionate about wildlife and photograpy.Details: tintswalo.com.