Final prices vary, subject to factors such as exchange rates, time of year and availability. Contact us to fine-tune these prices and to tailor-make your dream safari.
We do not charge you for our services. We generate revenue from our lodge suppliers, based on the volume of business that we generate for them.
Join award-winning photographers Ernest Porter and Karen Blackwood on a private 6-day photographic safari at the luxurious Nkorho Bush Lodge in Sabi Sands Game Reserve. We’ve limited this safari to 12 guests, and with only 6 people per safari vehicle, Ernest and Karen will be able to provide personal attention and coach your photography to a new level.
Together they will focus on making sure that you are taking great photos and learning about every animal and bird spotted. Close encounters, approached in a manner that always ensures the best shooting angles and lighting, will guarantee your ratio of “keepers”. And the best part? In the Sabi Sands you are never competing with dozens of other vehicles vying for a sneak peek of the same sighting – only two vehicles are allowed at any sighting.
Not a photographer? We’ll take the photos and make them available to you after the safari so that you can relax in the moment.
The iconic Sabi Sands Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger is the best place to consistently watch and photograph leopards in South Africa! With eight territories overlapping the area, leopards are regularly encountered. And of course the rest of the Big 5 are also seen regulalry (leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo). Even highly sought-after species such as wild dogs, cheetah and even pangolin are seen in the area, and Nkorho’s rangers and trackers are the best at finding the wildlife you want to photograph.
Back at the lodge, your charming two-person chalet has all of the touches you require: en-suite bathroom, tasteful African decor, comfortable beds overlooking your private porch and waterhole, turndown service, and friendly, attentive staff to make your stay relaxing. Add a pool, luxurious spa, amazing meals – including candlelit three-course gourmet dinners under the stars around the fire – and a well-stocked wine cellar and top-shelf bar, and you’ve got the safari you’ve dreamed of at a price you can afford.
Indication Price (from):
per person sharing
Departure Dates: to be advised
|13 – 17 July 2018 FULLY BOOKED|
|07 – 12 August 2018 LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE|
|24 – 29 August 2018 LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE|
|29 August – 02 September 2018 LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE|
Accommodation, all meals starting with lunch on arrival day, and ending with breakfast on departure day. Morning and evening game drives, personal photography and Lightroom instruction from Ernest Porter and Karen Blackwood, all transport in the reserve and guided game viewing and walking activities, pro-photographer guiding fees and informal photo processing sessions, tea and coffee, wi-fi, conservancy levies and gate fees and 24/7 office support.
International and domestic flights, transportation to/from the lodge, visas (should your country require one), excess baggage charges, sodas and alcoholic beverages (full bar service available), gratuities (gratuities for the ranger and tracker are mandatory; please plan approximately $10-20/R130-260 per day]); all other gratuities are optional), spa services, laundry service, travel and medical insurance, personal calls, gate fees if self-driving, and any other personal expenses or activities not specified in the itinerary.
He is Canon-sponsored, and published in numerous magazines and wildlife books and guides including Animals of the Greater Kruger. Ernest is a staff photographer for the Black Eagle Project Roodekrans based in Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden in South Africa and has documented the development of four fledglings at the gardens, from hatching to training to departure. Ernest offers privately guided photo tours to the gardens and the black eagles’ nest. He is a sought-after speaker in the avian and wildlife photography community. Ernest is an expert instructor in Lightroom and Photoshop.
Karen Blackwood is a USA-based airline pilot, wildlife photographer, and world traveller. She volunteers as a Bald Eagle monitor for the Raptor Education Foundation in Colorado, tutors children through Reading Partners, teaches young equestrians basic horsemanship, and has coached many people in the effective use of their camera.
Karen’s photography credits include: January 2018 NOW Photo Awad, published in the 2017 Africa Geographic Yearbook, 2nd-runner-up in Nature’s Best Photography Africa 2017 contest and published in the coffee-table book, April 2017 Best Photo in Nature Photographers, finalist in Best of Africa’s 2017 contest, finalist in Kodak Moments contest, multiple times featured photographer in Naturalist’s Notebook and in NatureGraphy, 1st Honorable Mention in the Kodak National Photo Contest, multiple winners in the Amigo Airshow Photo Contest, gallery showings in Colorado including selection for the exclusive year-long Healing Arts exhibition and fund-raising cards, and the use of her photos in promotional videos and specialised publications.
Your private thatched chalet overlooks the waterhole set in an open plain with unobstructed views of the visiting wildlife. A massage at the spa, a dip in the pool, or a glass of wine from its well-stocked wine cellar will ensure that your down-time is relaxing. After your scrumptious, candlelit dinner in the traditional leadwood boma, you’ll retire to a comfortable bed with turn-down service for a night’s sleep lulled by the gentle sounds of the bush. With only seven chalets, including a romantic Honeymoon suite, guests receive personal attention in a quiet, intimate setting.
Transportation between Johannesburg and Nelspruit is not included but we can recommend flights.
Round-trip airfare from Johannesburg to Nelspruit is approximately R4,000 to R4,500 and varies with the number of guests choosing this option (contact us for more details). You can also rent a car and drive to the lodge from Nelspruit (approximately 3 hours), or from Johannesburg (approximately 7-8 hours).
Difficulty: You will be on the safari vehicle during game drives. We offer an optional nature walk that lasts 30-45 minutes and is on mostly level ground. Access to chalets and the deck is via 3-5 steps. Pathways are gravel and lit at night.
Group size: Limited to a maximum of 12 guests (6 in each safari vehicle). Solo guests can be accommodated at an additional cost; please enquire. Ernest and Karen will rotate between the vehicles daily.
Booking and payment: Once you have decided to join this safari, you will need to contact us for a booking form, which will include details relating to deposit and final payments, etc. As our groups are small they fill up quickly. We accept credit card payments and direct bank transfers. This tour is priced in South African Rands; please check the conversion rate for your currency for your cost.
Exchange rates fluctuate daily, so your final price may vary should you choose to carry a balance during the booking period.
We are happy to answer any questions you have, make recommendations about your travel plans, and help make your dream vacation as easy and relaxing as possible! We will also create a private Facebook group for every safari. It’s a great way to get to know each other before the safari, to share suggestions and recommendations prior to your trip, and to share photos and memories after the trip.