Thanda Safari - Luxury Private Game Reserve - Hluhluwe, KwaZulu Natal, 3915, South Africa

Photographic Lessons and Safaris @ Thanda

Wildlife Photography Lesson

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It is not enough to talk about your African experience, because some of the experiences you’ll have will seem completely unbelievable to others. That's why your trip requires visual evidence, and photographs communicate what words can’t. Thanda’s resident wildlife photographer, Christian Sperka, is an expert in the art of catching the perfect moment. In a complimentary 90-minute session, he’ll teach you how to set up your digital camera for wildlife photography and introduce you to the art of motion photography, ensuring you capture the very best of your stay. 90 minutes, available daily, included in your stay, subject to availability.

Bush Photography Session

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Ideal for those looking to put into practice out in the bush what they have learned during the Wildlife Photography Lesson (above). The session includes a morning or evening game drive in a private safari vehicle, accompanied by Thanda's wildlife photographer/guide and a Zulu tracker. 3 hours, R2,500 per vehicle (up to six guests), subject to availability.

Private Photography Safari Vehicle

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For serious photo enthusiasts, this safari includes two game drives (evening/morning) with the use of a private safari vehicle and accompanied by Thanda's wildlife photographer/guide and a Zulu tracker. 2 x 3 hours, R4,400 per vehicle (up to six guests), subject to availability.

Photo Shoot in the Bush

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Whether on honeymoon, away with your family or with just your loved one, this is for all those who would like a photo shoot and some fun portraits professionally taken of them in the bush. Exchanging one of the evening game drives for the 90-minute photo shoot, you will enjoy photos taken in a variety of locations and backgrounds. The shoot includes transport (SUV), photographer and delivery of images in high resolution, downloadable from a password-protected library. R2,500 per photo shoot (up to three guests), subject to availability.

Photo Shoot during a Game Drive

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Similar to the above, but includes a photo session during a 3-hour game drive, a private safari vehicle, a photographer/guide and a Zulu tracker as well as an online download library with the high-resolution images of the photo shoot. R4,500 per vehicle/photo shoot (up to eight guests), subject to availability.

Wild Wedding Photography Package

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For those tying the knot in the safari surrounds, this package includes the coverage of the wedding day (from the bride’s preparation to the evening reception), a photo shoot in the bush following the wedding ceremony, the coverage of the wedding party’s game drives and a high-resolution portfolio (at least 150 images). Photos will be delivered via an online password-protected image gallery. All photos are provided royalty-free. This service is offered to wedding couples booking any one of the three wedding packages. R11,000 per wedding, subject to availability.

* Please note: Prices are subject to change without prior notice.

All photography services listed above are provided by Christian Sperka Photography. Christian is the resident wildlife photographer at Thanda Private Game Reserve. He works as a Specialist Photography and Field Guide on Thanda and also teaches wildlife photography at the reserve. Christian teaches photography according to his “Basic Rules of Wildlife/Motion Photography” under the motto “keep it simple”. Since 2001, he has travelled the world photographing animals in game reserves of South Africa and Namibia, the jungles of Costa Rica, in Yellowstone National Park in the USA, as well as zoos in Europe and the United States. His work has been featured in wildlife magazines, books and many zoo publications. Since his arrival at Thanda in 2012, he has instructed over 600 guests in Wildlife Photography.

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