Harmlessly 'shoot' an unsuspecting leopard as he lounges in the branches of an acacia tree and then boast about it to all your friends back home. South Africa is home to some of the finest wildlife in the world; capture the memories on a South African photo safari.

Did you know?

Polish photographer Wlodzimierz Puchalski first coined the phrase 'the bloodless hunt' to refer to wildlife photography.

The unsuspecting impala sips slowly at the water. Nearby a hippo cools herself in the muddy wetness as a hammerhead stork picks small insects off her ample back. Suddenly from out of the long grass a coil spring of black spots explodes. The impala has only a moment to raise its head before the cheetah is upon her.

You fumble for your camera but the lens cap is still on. You struggle to get it off, dropping the camera in your haste. Finally as you manage to lift the lens to get your shot the cheetah is dragging its kill back into the safety of the long grass, the shot gone forever.

Don't let this be the story of your South African safari. There is a choice of photographic safaris in South Africa aimed at both the amateur and the expert. Allow trained photographic guides, skilled at wildlife photography, to share with you all their hints, tips and years of experience. Learn the best places to shoot from and how to get in close for those truly amazing shots.

There is a wide choice of tours, from a one-day trip up to the Pilanesberg, only two hours from Johannesburg, to a five-day, north-to-south tour of the Kruger Park where you can capture the Big Five in all their majesty. If wild cats are your thing then possibly take a trip to the Timbavati big cats reserve or tailor-make your own tour to fit your budget, your tour group or the duration of your visit.

There is nothing quite like the thrill of your friends asking where you got that amazing poster and being able to reply in a nonchalant tone that you took that shot on the banks of the great, green Limpopo.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Shamwari
Tel: + 27 (0)41 407 1000
Email: reservations@mantiscollection.com

Wild Wings Photo Safaris
Tel: + 27 (0)44 871 4070
Email: reservations@wild-wings.co.za

How to get here

There are game parks all over South Africa. Consult the photographic safari guides, travel agents or tour operators for more details.

Best time to visit

Summer is the best time in most regions as rainfall makes the landscape greener and the watering holes fuller – but the animals are more difficult to spot.

What will it cost

Costs vary depending on the length of the tour and the luxury you require.

Length of stay

Entirely up to you. Book a package tour or plan your own

What to pack

A camera, binoculars, sun cream, mosquito cream, a good hat