conservation photography holidays
South Africa Photography Holiday

14-26 Oct 2019 | Kwantu Game Reserve, South Africa | £2000 per person

Get involved and be part of life of an assistant game ranger during my South Africa photography holiday. You will directly help to promote the protection and survival of Africa’s Big 5 and the flora and fauna in this beautiful conservation area along the Bushman’s River.

Why a South Africa Photography Holiday?

Immerse yourself in the lifestyle of a game ranger and reserve keeper on a secluded game reserve near Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

This conservation photography holiday see’s you join a fantastic conservation project in their mission to save Africa’s Big 5 – Elephants, Lions, Rhino, Cape Buffalo and the elusive Leopard.

Get hands-on with conservation, working with the wildlife that calls this location home, while creating a photography documentary of the conservation work and wildlife photography images.

You will be working with local ecologists and conservation teams to conduct research on a variety of conservation tasks and projects, all while witnessing close up the animal herds & species in the wild and documenting, via photography, the natural history in the area and the work of the conservation teams.

In addition to the Big 5, the reserve is home to 100s of species such as Zebra, Hippos, Giraffes, Monkeys and Baboons plus over 250 species of birdlife. The reserve and work undertaken here is at the forefront of conservation, with 20,000 trees per year planted to enhance the many habitats found within the park.

Travel Arrangements

Airport: Port Elizabeth (PLZ)
Arrival day: Monday 14th October 2019
Departure day: Saturday 26th October 2019

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What will I be doing?

Known for its dedication to conservation and the environment this project will see you get hands on with improving conditions for the wildlife. In addition to this, the park works closely with the local community, giving you the opportunity to immerse yourself in local life and to contribute to a worthwhile scheme helping local school children.

Life on a reserve is very changeable, and that means no day will ever be the same. Whilst you are working hard on this conservation and conservation photography expedition, you will also be getting incredible close up opportunities to some of the world’s most endangered species. Tasks that you might help out with can include, but are not limited to:

  • Lion tracking, Game drives and monitoring
  • Habitat enhancement
  • Game captures for health checks, predator care & animal management
  • Fence patrol, repairs and maintenance
  • School community projects (during the school year)

The hands on work on the reserve takes place from Monday to Friday, with the weekends free for your own leisure and exploring. You could even head in to Port Elizabeth City for the weekend to enjoy the sea, sun and sand.

Accommodation can be provided whilst in the city at no extra cost, although food is not provided here.

Alternatively, you could remain at the reserve to enjoy the facilities at the lodge or cram in even more photography of the birdlife and wildlife around the accommodation.

Why should I join this Expedition?

This conservation photography expedition blends getting stuck in to the heart of conservation whilst enjoying an unforgettable wildlife photography experience. It’s much more than simply doing a photo safari, and allows you to get total immersion in the life of a game reserve.

Rather than simply witnessing the Big 5 and other wildlife, along with the knowledge you will learn into the lives of predators and other endangered species this expedition really does offer the perfect once in a lifetime opportunity.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation
  • Award-Winning Photographer Tour Guide
  • All transportation in destination location
  • Full Board Meal basis at the project site
  • Full training, Orientation and Briefings
  • Pre-departure information covering medical, safety and placement advice
  • Local support in South Africa from English speaking staff
  • Certificate of Recognition (on request)

Price Excludes

  • Flights
  • Insurances
  • Sundries, Meals out of Project Location & Alcoholic Drinks
  • Any activities not listed on the itinerary
  • Any additional costs such as extra trips, snacks, entertainment (allow maybe £20 per week depending on lifestyle)

We stay within the reserve in a fantastic lodge in shared single-sex dormitories.

The lodge has a swimming pool, tennis courts and gardens to enjoy throughout the holiday.

For those wishing to visit, Port Elizabeth during the weekends, Basic dormitory accommodation can be provided at no extra charges.

Breakfasts, Lunches and dinners are all provided during the holiday.

A huge array of cuisines are on the menu including western, African and Asian foods.

If you do choose to leave the reserve at the weekend, you will need to provide your own food.

During the first few days you will receive a thorough induction and supervised training at the project site.

I will be on hand at all times to help with photography or any other tasks.

If you have issues, I will be available 24hrs a day during your time with me.

Monday to Friday, will be a fairly intensive time during you holiday.

However at the weekend there is loads to do.

You can to head in to Port Elizabeth to enjoy the sea, surf and sand, with accomodation provided free of charge.

Alternatively, you can remain at the reserve to enjoy the fantastic facilities and simply relax

Port Elizabeth offer loads to do with water sports, shopping and leisure facilities, bars and restaurants.

No visa is necessary for under 90 days from UK and most western European countries. You will receive a tourist stamp upon arrival allowing you stay in the country for free for up to 90 days.

You need to make sure your passport is valid for a minimum of 30 days after you leave South Africa.

You should visit your doctor or travel nurse to find out what vaccinations you will need.

Your routine vaccinations will need to be up to date; hepatitis A and Typhoid are likely.

You should follow your doctor’s advice.

This holiday is not located in a malarial area of the country.

Tour Cost

Deposit: £300 | Midterm £450 | Balance: £1250

Midterm payment is due 6 months prior to travel with final balances due 9 weeks before travel date.

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