Open to the western edge of Kruger National Park, south to the Sabi Sands Game Reserve and playing host to Africa's Big Five is Motswari Private Game Reserve. One of South Africa's jewels nestled within the Timbavati Nature Reserve, this family-owned and operated luxury safari lodge prides itself on its warm atmosphere and luxurious accommodation.The name Motswari means "to conserve and protect" in Tswana and the owners have held the name to be a promise to each of their future friends who arrive to share in the splendor of an African sunset at this vintage bush lodge. For more about Motswari click here

A huge Highlight and at the top of the wishlist of “ The Big Cats “ photographic safari is The Xakubasa Pride which is the name of the most special pride of lions in the Timbavati, and the name says it all. ‘Basa’ means ‘white’ in Shangaan, and as such Xakubasa is a reference to the two extremely rare and special white lions that are part of this pride that we hope to track, find and photograph although it will be a very hard task as a sighting of these rare cats cannot be guaranteed. Leopards are very abundant in this area so there will be plenty of photographic opportunities of these elusive felines. This area is arguably the best place in the world for leopard photography.

Your safari starts in Johannesburg after a good night sleep in a selected airport hotel. You will be transferred to OR Tambo Intn’l from where you will depart on a 1hr 15 min light aircraft charter flight to Timbavati’s private airstrip.

A typical day at Motswari will include and early morning Game Drive ( 3.5 hours ) followed by a hearty brunch. Then it’s time relax at until lunch time or meet with your safari leader who will be available during this time to discuss photo techniques and review images. Lunch at 15:00 and then some more time to relax, work on images or meet again with your safari leader for more photography talk . At approximately 16:00 we will depart on our evening game drive until the sun goes down. At our return to the lodge dinner will be ready to finish off a perfect day. All times are flexible and will depend on sightings.

This photographic safari accommodates a maximum of 6 photographers distributed in 2 vehicles allowing each photographer to have one complete row in order to facilitate shooting from both sides without disturbing other fellow photographers. Those photographers accompanied by their non-photographer spouses/partners will share their row of seats. Discounts are available for non-photographers accompanying a photographer.



Arrival at Johannesburg International Airport where you will be transferred to the charter company terminal for your 1h 15min flight to Motswari's private airstrip. Transfer to the lodge for check in followed by lunch. At around 15:30 you will leave on the first game drive of this safari. It will last around 3,5 hours depending on last minute photo opportunities. Dinner will be served at around 20:00 after enjoying drinks around a campfire.

Each day begins with an early morning coffee before going out on our morning drive. Depending on sightings we will return around 09:30 for a hearty and well deserved breakfast. After breakfast you will have the morning to relax in the lodge, photograph resident birdlife or participate in a casual photographic workshop to discuss darkroom techniques, workflow and review images with Mario. Lunch will be served at around 15:00 after which you will have more time to relax and indulge in the comfort of Motswari. During this time Mario will be available for any photography related questions or 1 on 1 meetings. At around 16:00 we leave on our afternoon Game Drive in search of the “ Perfect Moment “ until the sun goes down and only then we will return to the Lodge for dinner and comment the day’s sightings around a fire.

We leave before sunrise on our last early morning Game Drive which should last no less than 3.5 hours. Return to the lodge at around 09:30 to enjoy a late but hearty breakfast. Check-out at 12:00. Air transfer to OR Tambo Intn’l Airport to connect with your International flight back home

August - September 2017
USD 4,800.00 per person sharing
USD 375.00 single supplement

December 2017
USD 5,300.00 per person sharing
USD 375.00 single supplement

June - September 2018
USD 5,300.00 per person sharing
USD 400.00 single supplement

December 2018
USD 5,600.00 per person sharing
USD 400.00 single supplement



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