Mashatu – Hides & Predators Photo Safari

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This Botswana photo safari focuses on photographing big cats and shooting from a unique underground photo hide at Mashatu […]
Workshop Type: Small group wildlife photography workshop
Date: 25/07/2024 – 30/07/2024
Duration: 6 Days
Group Size: 3
Skill Level: Open to all levels
Accommodation included?: Yes
Price: USD 7695 pp sharing
Instructor(s): Mike Dexter
Fitness level: Low-mid fitness level required as some walking on rocky ridges may be needed for landscape photography.

Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana is one the best wildlife photography destinations in Africa, there’s no question about it. This Botswana photo safari takes you to a very special corner of southern Africa, at the point where Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe meet. It is a place steeped in tangible history; from the enormous Mashatu trees (which are very popular with the Reserve’s numerous leopards) and majestic baobabs, to the winding river beds and towering sandstone cliffs, this truly is a photo safari destination with a difference.

Back in 2011 Mike was employed full time at Mashatu to assist with getting the underground photo hide set up and operational. He and his wife called the reserve home for 2 years and came to know its secrets, its ancient rhythms and the habits of its wildlife. Since then the hide has become world famous and has produced many a award winning images.

This Botswana photo safari focuses on photographing Mashatu’s relaxed and numerous big cats (leopard, lion and cheetah) and on shooting from the legendary underground hide.

What will I learn?:

Equipment setup: camera body, lenses, flashes, tripods etc.
Discussing envisaged photographic subjects and hot to photograph them
Learning to use light
Storytelling with your images (Mike is a qualified photojournalist)
Processing of images
Discussing wildlife behaviour in order to anticipate the shot
Bird photography
Photography at night (night drives and astrophotography)
Environmental portraits and landscapes

Additional info:

Tour price includes…

– 5 sessions at the famous Matabole Hide
– 5 nights’ accommodation at Mashatu Lodge
– Return road transfer Polokwane to Mashatu
– All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 6
– Tea, coffee and snacks while on game drive and in the hide
– A contribution of US$25 to the Oryx Conservation Fund
– Complimentary WIFI at The Bush House
– Mashatu daily conservation levy
– A private-use safari vehicle for 3 participants allowing each guest their own row
– The services of a local driver/guide and tracker
– All costs and hands-on photographic tutoring by Mike Dexter


And excludes…

– Any flights (international and Johannesburg – Polokwane return)
– Gratuities
– Visa costs
– Laundry
– Travel, medical and cancellation insurance
– Personal expenses such as souvenirs, telephone calls etc.
– Any beverages aside from those mentioned in inclusives
– Anything not mentioned in inclusives above

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