Small Group Safari

Botswana Photographic Safari with Shaaz Jung

Join professional wildlife photographer, naturalist and big cat expert Shaaz Jung in one of Botswana’s lesser-known reserves for this specialist photographic safari. With Shaaz and a team of photographic guides providing tuition every step of the way, you'll learn key techniques that will allow you to capture remarkable wildlife images both on game drives and in underground hides.

Duration 6 Days
Price From $6,457
When Aug 2020
Destination Botswana

Safari Overview

This trip is ideal for those safari-goers who, having already seen the vast floodplains of the Okavango Delta, wish to instead venture off the beaten track in Botswana. Vast open spaces, incredible vistas, breathtaking night skies and prolific wildlife make the Mashatu Game Reserve a photographer’s paradise, and there are plenty of amenities available for guests to make best use of the natural wonders on offer here. While on safari you can enjoy photographic lectures, capture stunning low-angle shots of wildlife from photographic hides, and revel in stargazing once night falls in this area of low light pollution. Your specialist photographic leader, Shaaz Jung, is a renowned wildlife photographer and big cat expert with a strong focus on using ecotourism as a tool for conservation. Under his tutelage you can learn more about the animal residents of Mashatu and how best to capture them on camera.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Receive expert photographic tuition and inspiration from Shaaz Jung, supported by Mashatu's expert in-house guides.
  • Immerse yourself in the varied wildlife experience of the game-rich Mashatu Reserve.
  • Search for photographic subjects like lions, leopards, cheetahs, painted dogs, and the largest population of elephants on private land in the entirety of Africa (over 1,000 individuals strong).
  • Enjoy exclusive use of Mashatu Camp and its photographic facilities.
  • Attend occasional photographic lectures led by Shaaz.
  • Capture stunning low-angle images from one of Mashatu’s underground hides.
  • Look up at the night sky and stargaze following a day of safari activities.
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Day by day

Day 1

Aug 1: Arrive Polokwane – Mashatu Game Reserve

On arrival into Polokwane Airport (daily flights from Johannesburg, please note this flight is not included in the price of the safari) you will be met and transferred by road about 2.5 hours north into Botswana and the Mashatu Game Reserve. Enjoy the evening at leisure settling into your new surroundings.

Overnight: Mashatu Tented Camp D

Days 2-5

Aug 2 - 5: Mashatu Game Reserve

Spend your days out on game drives accompanied by Shaaz, receiving expert photographic tuition to help you capture your perfect shot. Between game drives you will be able to relax around camp with your camera poised in the hide to capture the animals as they come to drink. There is plenty to spot at Mashatu with lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes and spotted hyenas all found on the reserve. Additionally, there are a number of less well-known species to go in search of, including the black-backed jackal, brown hyena, aardwolf, eland, bat-eared fox, African wildcat and the elusive pangolin. Half-day walking safaris are also on offer at an additional cost – please let your destination specialist know in advance if this is something you are interested in including. With exclusive use of the camp, you will have the full resources available to you in order to maximise wildlife sightings and photographic opportunities, including the photographic hide and a specially adapted photographic vehicle. Shaaz will be also be available for occasional photographic workshops, which will ensure you leave with a wonderful portfolio that captures your time on safari.

Overnight: Mashatu Tented Camp B, L, D

Day 6

Aug 6: Mashatu Game Reserve – Depart Polokwane

On the last day you will set off from camp after a hearty breakfast, back to the airport at Polokwane (approximately 2.5 hours transfer time) from where you will connect to Johannesburg (daily flights – please note this flight is not included in the price of the safari) in time to catch your international flight home.

Trip Details

Trip Information

This is a small group photographic expedition with photographer Shaaz Jung departing on a single set date in August 2020. 

Dates and Prices

2020 Departure

 Date   Price (Per Person Sharing)   Price (Single Occupancy) 
 Aug 1 - 6  £5,220  £6,400
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