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AMAKHOSI GAME RESERVE
KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa
Photography Field Workshop
24 - 28 July 2013
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THE WORKSHOP

  • Amakhosi Game Reserve in the heart of Zululand. The varied landscape is home to the Big Five and cheetah sightings is a regular occurrence. With abundant plains game and more than 400 bird species, the reserve is a prime wildlife destination.
  • The workshop is structured to accommodate both advanced and beginner photographers. A maximum of 12 attending photographers ensures individual attention from the two presenters and maximum shooting opportunities during the game drives.
  • The presenters are both professional photographers who specialize in wildlife and nature photography. They are also equipped to assist in Photoshop post-processing.
  • Field instruction and audio-visual presentations equip participants with photography know-how and daily evaluation enhances their photographic experience.
  • Wildlife photography is an art and the wildlife photographer’s vision matures with his or her growing passion for nature. For that reason, the workshop is as much about photography as it is about immersion in the bush experience

 

LOCATION

Amakhosi Game Reserve is situated in northern KwaZulu-Natal, half an hour from the town of Pongola.

The five-star AmaKhosi Lodge overlooks the Mkuze River where elephants and hippo are regular visitors. The six luxury river suites with their private viewing decks, each accommodates two adults in separate air-conditioned rooms. Each suite has a full bathroom, separate shower and toilet, safe, mini-bar and a tea and coffee tray. For more information please visit www.amakhosi.com

GPS Co-ordinates
Airstrip. S 27 degrees 40.237' / E 31 degrees 40.377' Lodge. S 27 degrees 39.239' / E 31 degrees 38.030'
By road, the reserve is approximately 5 hours from Durban and 6 hours from Johannesburg
By air, it is approximately 1 hour from Durban or Johannesburg

PRESENTERS

Greg du Toit is a professional wildlife photographer and specialist photographic safari guide. His work has recently been exhibited by National Geographic in London and his image titled 'Golden Rhino Forest' is currently part of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition in London's Natural History Museum.

Anita de Villiers is a professional photographer and freelance photojournalist, specialising in nature and wildlife photography.

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BOOKING AND COST

  • 11 450 per person.
  • The cost is per person and includes accommodation, brunch, high tea, dinner, two game drives per day and workshop fees.
    Excluded are transport to and from AmaKhosi,tips and beverages other than tea, coffee.
  • A deposit of 50% secures a reservation. Please note that bookings cannot be held without the payment of a deposit. The balance is payable 30 days before commencement of the workshop.
  • Internet bank payments are preferred.
  • Payment by credit card can be arranged. Please request a credit card authorization form from adevill@iafrica.com
  • To register, please request a Registration Form from adevill@iafrica.com or register online
  • For cancellations received more than 30 days prior to the first day of the workshop, 50% of the deposit is refundable. For cancellations less than 30 days prior to the workshop, no refund is payable, unless the vacancy is filled, in which case 50% of the deposit will be refunded. If the workshop is cancelled for any unforeseen reason, you will be notified and your deposit will be fully refunded. Anita de Villiers Photography does not accept responsibility for any other costs incurred by participant

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PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT

  • SLR Digital Camera
  • Tripod (preferably Manfrotto #190or #055)
  • Bean Bag
  • Lenses that will provide a range from wide angle (28 mm or less) to tele (300 mm or more)
  • A sturdy camera bag
  • Dust cover to protect your equipment on the game drive vehicle
  • Camera & lens cleaning kit
  • A laptop or notebook computer with Photoshop (CS4 or CS5) or Photoshop Elements 8, 9 or 10 loaded
  • A card reader for faster downloading
  • Memory cards, batteries and battery charger
  • An electrical extension lead and multi-plug
  • Flash drive/memory stick

WHAT TO BRING

  • Day temperatures range between 16C – 30+C and night temperatures between 8C – 20C.
  • Early mornings can be chilly. Warm clothes are essential for the early morning drives
  • Cotton, khaki and denim clothes are recommended and it is advisable to dress in layers
  • A swimming costume
  • A hat or cap
  • Sun block, mosquito repellent and stuff for ticks (Bayticol)
  • This is a medium risk malaria area. Please consult your physician about the appropriate preventative medication
  • A torch

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS & DIRECTIONS

From Durban (5 hours)
Take the N2 North, past Empangeni to Pongola. In Pongola, turn down the R66 to Nongoma. Continue for ± 22 km. Turn right at the R69 towards Vryheid. Continue for 2 km & turn left down the gravel road. Follow the AmaKhosi Lodge signs.

From Johannesburg (6-7 hours):
The recommended route is JHB is on the N17 (part of it is already Toll road) via Bethal to Ermelo, then follow the N2 to Piet Retief (eMkhondo) and stay on N2 to Pongola. From Pongola take the R33 to Vryheid. From Vryheid turn onto the R69 to Louwsburg / Pongola. Drive about 100km on the R69 and turn off onto the dirt road at the KwaZulu Private Game Reserve. From here follow the AmaKhosi Lodge signs. Participants must preferably organize their own transport to the Reserve. We will help in coordinating arrangements if necessary.

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