We often refer to this as the “Big Cats Africa Safari” due to the frequent sightings of leopards and lions at this location.
Hosted Jointly by Magnum Excursions and Road Runner Photography Tours
Cost of the Trip: $5,495 per person based on double occupancy, Contact us if you are a single and need a room mate or if you prefer a single room and are willing to pay a single supplement.
Number of Participants: 12 (4 spaces remaining)
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Group Leaders: Buddy Eleazer, Don Schroder and Denise Silva
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This will be our sixth trip to Timbavati Private Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park System. There is a good reason for this. Timbavati has been extremely dependable for us on seeing leopards and lions, hence the safari nickname “Big Cats”. While this is not a zoo, we often see both leopards and lions on a daily basis in Timbavati.
We also expect to get great sightings of the other members of the Big 5: elephant, buffalo and rhinoceros. We often see other predators including hyena, wild dog, cheetah. In addition, expect to see impala, waterbuck, kudu, steenbok, giraffe, zebra and other species throughout our day.
This trip is designed for both photographers and lovers of nature that want a special opportunity to be close to the wildlife. We negotitated the use of two private vehicles for our group. While typical safari vehicles are designed for 3 people per row, we have made special provisions so that we will have a maximum of 2 people per row. This extra space also means unobstructed viewing. Also, part of the Timbavati experience is the opportunity to go off-road tracking wildlife and Timbavati allows our vehicles to off road track lions, leopards, wild dog, rhinoceros, elephants Cape buffalo and cheetah as well as any other special sightings. If you love wildlife you will love this experience!
Our Lodges While in Timbavati:
Kambaku Safari Lodge, Eastern Timbavati
For this safari, we have booked the entire lodge for 4 nights. We initially visited Kambaku in search of the white lions. Timbavati is world famous for the ‘White Lions of Timbavati’. The white lion are not albino, but are a rare color mutation. More specifically, the lions prides that patrol this section of eastern Timbavati carry the white lion gene. While we are not guaranteed that we will see them, most of the sightings over the last few years have been in and around the Kambaku game drive area. We were luck enough to photograph the white lions in 2017.
Yes, the white lions are what brought us to Kambaku and yes, we have seen them; however, that is no longer our only reason for using this lodge.
Simbavati River Lodge, Western Timbavati Private Reserve
We have been going to this part of Timbavati for years. In this region, we find Marula and Mopani trees. These trees are the favorite food of elephants. This setting is also preferred by kudu and se see large herds of impala and Cape buffalo. The leadwood trees provide excellent safe havens for leopards. As a result, this region is unusually rich in leopard sightings and has many elephants and Cape buffalo. Of course, when you have a lot of buffalo, you also commonly have a number of lion prides and that’s definitely true for this area. In addition to the predators, there are a large number of antelope species in this region also including kudu, Nyala, waterbuck, impala and Steenbok.
Like Kambaku, Simbavati is a lodge that has an excellent staff and experienced rangers. Simbavati River Lodge is also a favorite because of:
Cost of the Trip: $5,495 per person based on double occupancy. There is a supplemental charge for singles of $1,200. If you are a single and willing to share a room, we will make best efforts to pair you up with an appropriate roommate.
Group Size – Maximum group size is 12
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Cancellation Policy: Provided upon Request
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If you love nature and wildlife, this trip is for you. Yes, it’s a photo workshop, but on game drives, what that really means is that you will have more room and a better view. Furthermore, you want be as rushed to get to the next sighting. In the evenings, you’ll have the option of see some of the photos taken by others during the trip. Additionally, beyond the wildlife, the lodges have swimming pools and often have spa options. From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day there is plenty of time to go on a walking safari, read a book or just enjoy the sounds around you.
At least a third of those traveling on safari with me in the past have traveled with a non-photography spouse. I believe all of these non-photographers have had a great time seeing wildlife. Beyond the wildlife, the lodges have swimming pools and often have spa options.
If you are traveling alone and want to avoid the supplemental fees charged for non-sharing rooms, we will make our best efforts to pair you with other singles.
On this safari, we will be able to track wildlife off road. This allows us to get very close. A zoom of up to 400mm equivalent on a full frame camera is plenty of lens for all of the major animals. Those that are seriously into birding may want to have more lens capability. This is a broad subject and hard to cover in a brief note. I will send more info on this prior to the trip; however, feel free to contact me via email (Buddy@MagnumExcursions.com) or by phone [(610) 751-7259] to further discuss your specific photo goals.
Yes, regarding photo equipment as well as general packing. We always get excellent feedback on our pre-trip preparation materials. We have checklists we will provide with key items highlighted.
A large reason we go at this time of the year is related to the weather and insects. June/July is winter and the dry season in the southern hemisphere. The last rains fell in April and it is very dry. This leads more game to the water holes for excellent viewing. This cooler weather and dry conditions also lead to a bug free time to be on safari. Mornings are quite cool (mid-40’s to mid-50’s at sunrise) but heat up fast with expected weather in the high 70’s or the 80’s by 10 a.m. The key is to dress in layers which one can shed as the day warms.
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If you have questions, we can be reached at (610) 751-7259 or via email at buddy@MagnumExcursions.com.