South Africa
Photography Field Workshop
Dates on Request


Tembe Elephant Park, Ndumo and Kosi Bay are situated in the remote Tongaland region of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, an area of immense natural and cultural diversity. Tembe is Big Five country and the sand forests and swamp areas are home to some big tuskers that are part of this region’s only surviving indigenous elephant population. Kosi Bay is a World Heritage site, famous for its pristine lakes, birdlife and the age-old fish kraals of the Tonga people. Scenic Nyamithi and Banzi Lakes, surrounded by fever tree forests, fall within the Ndumo flood plains, a haven for bird and nature photography.

Tembe Safari Lodge is our base for six days and five nights. Accommodation is in secluded, tented pavilions with en-suite bathrooms. The thatched open-plan lodge has a lounge, dining room, a well-stocked bar and a swimming pool.

Please visit www.tembe.co.za for more information .

Photographic opportunities include wildlife, landscape, nature and culture.


  • Booking for this field workshop is on request.
  • To ensure availability, booking 8 – 12 months in advance is advisable.
  • Groups between two to twelve photographers can be accommodated.
  • The ideal duration is five nights, but this is flexible to suit the photographers’ preferred duration.
  • Total cost depends on the size of the group and the duration of the field workshop.
  • The programme includes presentations, field instruction, evaluation and feedback on participants’ work.
  • Field trips include game drives, a boat excursion and photographing from the safety of hides.
  • Photographers have the opportunity to work under the guidance of a professional photographer


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

Lex Hes is one of South Africa’s foremost wildlife and nature photographers and natural history experts. His extensive knowledge of Africa’s ecosystems and wildlife, and his passion for photography are encapsulated in several books like the acclaimed Leopards of Londolozi and The Complete Book of Southern African Mammals

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  • The cost (to be advised on request) is per person and includes accommodation, meals, game drives, boat excursion and workshop fees.
  • Excluded are transport to and from Tembe, entrance fees to the Parks, beverages other than tea, coffee and tips.
  • 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.
  • For cancellations received more than 60 days prior to the first day of the field workshop, 50% of the deposit is refundable. For cancellations less than 60 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 participants.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER. CONTACT ANITA: adevill@iafrica.com . +27 82 873 7345


  • 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 and a waterproof cover to protect your equipment on the boat (a towel and plastic bag will do)
  • Camera & lens cleaning kit
  • A laptop or notebook computer with a recent version of 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


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


Note that the roads in northern Maputaland have many potholes, so please drive carefully.
Participants must preferably arrange their own transport to the Park. We will help in coordinating arrangements if necessary.
Tembe is only accessible to 4x4 vehicles. Your vehicle can be parked in a secure facility inside the Park from where you are transported to the Lodge.
Tembe Elephant Park is about 7 - 8 hours’ drive from the OR Tambo Airport (Johannesburg) and 4 hours from Durban’s King Shaka Airport.


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 and stay on N2 to Pongola. About 48 km past Pongola, turn left onto the Jozini / Pongola Poort road. Drive across the dam wall and continue on this road, past the turn-off to Ndumo Game Reserve and on to Tembe Elephant Park on your left.


From Durban Airport, take the N2 north for about 260km. Take the Hluhluwe turn-off, turn right to drive over the N2 and continue to the small town of Hluhluwe. Drive through town and at the T-junction turn left, then take the first turn to the right (Sodwana / Phinda Road). Continue on this road (R22) for about 120 km until you get to a T-junction where you turn left. Tembe Elephant Park is on this stretch of road on the right.

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