conservation photography holidays
South Africa Wildlife & Conservation Photography Course

22 Feb – 6 March 2021 | Kwantu Game Reserve, South Africa | £3860 per person

Learn about the importance of photography in conservation during this South Africa Wildlife & Conservation Photography Course. You will directly help to promote the protection and survival of Africa’s Big 5 in this beautiful conservation area, whilst gaining practical experience in nature photography and help raise awareness of environmental and conservation issues.

Why a South Africa Photography Course?

The Kwantu South Africa Wildlife & Conservation Photography Course is the most comprehensive wildlife photography qualification in South African Wildlife, where students get the opportunity to learn new skills with an award-winning professional photographer, in a ground-breaking conservation project.

This conservation photography holiday see’s you join a fantastic conservation project, near Port Elizabeth, in their mission to save Africa’s Big 5 – Elephants, Lions, Rhino, Cape Buffalo and the elusive Leopard. Improve your skills as a photographer and learn about how photography is important in conservation, all whilst working with the wildlife that calls this location home.

Our extensive curriculum covers many aspects and techniques, from basic to advanced, including wildlife portrait, animal behaviour, fine art, documentary and camera trap photography.

During the course you will gain practical experience in wildlife photography, while contributing to the conservation of South Africa’s wildlife. Using your new skills, you will support NGO’s and help raise awareness of environmental and conservation issues throughout Africa.

Each day will bring a new challenge and new skill to learn, progressively getting more advanced, until you finally achieve Kwantu African Wildlife & Conservation Photography Qualification.

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 22nd February 2021
Departure day: Sat 6th March 2021

What’s Involved?

During the first couple of days you will be introduced to the game reserve, whereby you’ll learn what wildlife is living here. During these game drives you’ll spend time photographing various species of mammal, birds and reptile. After your familiar with the reserve and its residents, you’ll immerse yourself into the course modules.

Each day will start before sunrise for a dawn game drive. We’ll return for breakfast, whereby during the harsh lighting conditions will allow you to relax, swim or complete the course module workbook. We’ll return to the reserve before sunset to take advantage of the stunning golden hour light.

We’ll highlight a species each drive to focus our efforts on to produce a through portfolio of images of the animal.

Modules of the course will include, but are not limited too:

  • Photography skills such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, metering, focusing, etc.
  • Photo editing with Lightroom & Photoshop
  • Field Craft and safety in the field
  • Species identification
  • Understanding animal behaviour
  • Photographing for fine art & creative perspectives
  • Telling stories through conservation documentary photography and words
  • Video blogging
  • Camera trap & wide angle remote photography
  • and lots more.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to get hands on with conservation at the reserve and visit the local school for community outreach.

*Please Note: Participants are not required to undertake the course workbooks, however, you will not receive the qualification if they are not completed.

Why should I join this Expedition?

This wildlife & conservation photography course 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 professional nature photographer.

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 course really does offer the perfect once in a lifetime opportunity.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation
  • Award-Winning Photographer Tutor
  • 20 Dawn/Dawn Game Drives, Full Photography Tutoring, Lightroom & Photoshop Editing Sessions + Lots more (see details above)
  • 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
  • Qualification in African Wildlife & Conservation Photography

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)
  • Camera equipment & Laptop

We stay within the reserve in a fantastic apartment or lodge.

The lodge has a swimming pool, tennis courts and gardens to enjoy throughout your stay.

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

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

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 Saturday, will be a fairly intensive time during the course.

However, Sunday’s will be rest days.

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: £3110

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