Wildlife Photography Safari 2019
with Julie Lovegrove
Dates: April 7th-21st 2019. Limited to a maximum of 6 guests.
This South Africa wildlife photography holiday is fantastic value for money. From the early hours in the morning when the coolness of the air gives no indication of the heat to come, to that magical dusk time when the colours around you change and the night sounds begin, Africa steals a piece of your heart. Unlike other safaris based in one place, the game drives will incorporate different reserves including the Kruger National Park, giving a diversity of experiences.
Wildlife Photography Holiday Group size:
Minimum of 3 guests. Maximum of 6. (plus tour leader Julie)
Dates: 7th – 21st April 2019
Price: £2,600 / pp sharing. £3,100 / pp single.
Deposit: £500 / pp
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- 14 nights full board* accommodation on a twin room basis. (A single room may be available for a £500 supplement)
- 2 x full day game drives in Kruger National Park
- Photography session at Kinyonga Reptile centre, with a dedicated member of their staff at our disposal.
- Visit to Blyde Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world
- Day trip along the Panorama Route – a beautiful scenic route along Mpumalanga Escarpment with Blyde River Canyon.
- 1/2 day visit to Jessica the Hippo
- Visits to the nearby town of Hoedspruit
- Game drives and 2 x overnight camping in Klaserie private nature reserve
- Additional drives on nearby Buffaloland and other properties (tbc)(one per day if not on other trips above)
- Guided bush walks at the lodge
- Macro and ‘challenge’ photography sessions if desired
What’s Not Included
- Flights to and from Hoedspruit airport
- Wifi is available for an additional fee (approx £20 for two weeks)
- Laundry Service (available at approx £5 per load)
- Soft drinks/Alcohol
- Personal travel insurance
- Any visas that are needed depending on your country of origin
- Lunch will be at own expense on full day trips to Kruger and Panorama Route
The two week wildlife photography holiday is based in the world-famous Greater Kruger Area – famous for the Big 5 and amazing scenery. It is world renowned and known for protection efforts to save species and to preserve their natural habitat.
In this impressive setting, you will have the opportunity to use and enhance your photographic skills and encounter some of Africa’s iconic wildlife and landscapes. If you have always wanted to take amazing wildlife pictures, there is the place to be!
These two weeks will focus on getting out as much as possible with your camera. From photographing a myriad of wildlife, the night stars, insects and the landscapes on offer – you’ll never want to put the camera down! The heat of the day (roughly 11 am to 3 pm) is not the best time for game viewing as the animals will be lying low, seeking out any available shade to rest in. If not on a day trip, this is the time when we can either have additional photography sessions, or relax, edit our images, swim in the pool at the lodge, and enjoy the company of other like minded people.
In private reserves where our game vehicle is allowed off road and to make bush stops, our guide will find a nice (and safe) vantage point where we can stop, enjoy sundowners, and watch the sun set – a special and spectacular sight!
Back at the lodge, an inviting campfire is often lit. Join your fellow safari goers, guides and volunteers to chat about the day’s highlights, safari anecdotes and the possibilities that await you the next day. The African night sounds and skies (weather permitting) will be remembered forever.
Do I need to be an expert photographer?
Not at all. This holiday is open to anyone – photographer or not, as the excitement and enjoyment of seeing animals in the wild is not restricted to those with a camera! However, if you are keen on photography you’ll be in your element. In addition, if you’re a beginner and don’t have super long lenses or expensive cameras Julie will show how it’s possible to take great photographs with what you have. 🙂 If you have no idea what those settings on your camera actually do, or are lacking in confidence, Julie will teach and help you ‘on the go’, as you take your camera off ‘auto’ and start to take full control. Equally, if you are already competent Julie will happily just give tips and feedback as desired.
Behind the scenes
African wildlife is Julie’s passion. Once you’ve experienced being out in the bush, never knowing what is around the next bend in the road is addictive. Julie has spent nearly 6 months in this location near the Kruger National Park and she still hankers to go back. She has used her contacts, knowledge of the area and its possibilities to put together this two week holiday. Tried and tested, the only surprises should be amazing ones, such as seeing a leopard draped over the bough of a tree with its paws crossed!
Rooms will be in traditional en-suite Rondavels at a spacious lodge that is home to wildlife conservation and photography volunteer projects. Whilst the lodge is fairly basic, it boasts a large swimming pool, indoor and outdoor eating areas and is situated on 18 hectares of land where guests are able to walk freely during daylight hours. The grounds serve as home to impala, bush buck, warthog and a great diversity of birdlife. Here, you will dine, relax and socialise.
To secure your place we are asking for a deposit of £500.00. A further instalment of £1,000 is due by 30th October. The final balance is due by 30th January 2018
“Julie has the patience of a saint! I couldn’t get my head around the workflow process in lightroom and made a complete mess of things. She spent ages sorting me out and wasn’t going to give up on me until I knew what I had to do. It also took me a long time to understand what I was doing with aperture, iso and shutter speed, and at no point did I feel that any question was too stupid to ask” – Jess
“I had the pleasant experience of joining one of Julie’s photography trips.
Julie is a great wildlife/portait/wedding/wildlife photographer, and a great teacher. She was always there to help you with any photographic problems you might run into. She really helped me extend my knowledge of Lightroom and what to look for in a scene when setting up a shot. There was a game drive everyday which really helped to deepen you knowledge about what you were actually doing.
The Lodge we stayed in was great, it had a pool, the staff there was the nicest i have ever encountered and all of that made it a tough good bye.
Considering the price and what you get for the money, this has to be the best bang for your buck, Julie is the best mentor in photography I ever had the pleasure to encounter, the group was thanks to Julies constant engagement really one group where everybody could work with each other, and the photographic opportunities where endless.
If you want to deepen your knowledge about photography or just have an amazing time with awesome trips, go for it. You won’t regret it.” – Till
“Julie was very respectful of our individual abilities and we certainly benefited from her presence giving us on the spot instructions and ideas for different photographic opportunities. She is a very fun person to be with and I am looking forward to traveling with her again on photography trips. During my time there were many opportunities to photograph not only the wildlife in local game reserves, but also learn or improve our skills in macrophotography(on bush walks around the lodge), close up photography at a local reptile sanctuary (including black mambas!), landscape and water related photography at Blyde Canyon, and astrophotography on overnight camp outs as well as various photographic challenges around the lodge. One of my favorite activities was camping out at Klasserie Game Reserve. It was very basic and definitely not ‘glamming’ but such a special opportunity to stay in the park at night amongst the animals.
Dumela Lodge was a wonderful place to stay. It is fairly basic compared to the luxury (and very expensive) safari lodges but it was clean, comfortable and safe. My rondoval was very nice.” – Angela
“Julie has the patience of a saint and nothing is too much trouble and no question disregarded. Often she would have to go over the same thing a few times and never showed frustration, although she must have felt it. Julie has probably had to live in the shadow of her more famous husband, but she is more than a capable photographer in her own right. A superb portrait /wedding photographer, she has now spent several years concentrating on wildlife/ landscapes.” – Gordon
Leader: Julie Lovegrove
Who is Julie?
Well, she’s the other half of better known Damien, and this is what she says about herself:
“I didn’t ever know what I wanted to be ‘when I grew up’, so for pretty much all of my adult life I’ve fallen into jobs. I always had a hankering to travel to exotic and far flung places, and ‘do something’ with wild animals. I used to dream of being brave and adventurous like Joy Adamson, Jane Goodall or Diane Fossey, and it was the film ‘Born Free’ that grabbed my imagination all those years ago. Ever since then I had a yearning to go to Africa. In December 2010 I went on the internet, and found a Gap Year volunteer programme where I could go and do just that. So I went. In my 50s. All on my own. Not knowing anybody. And I LOVED IT.
So many people describe something that happens to them as ‘life changing’, but in reality for most people it only changes something in their life for a very short period of time. This really did change mine, as over the years I’ve done more and more volunteering and traveling on my own, to the extent of leaving my family to fend for themselves and working in South Africa teaching photography for several months at a time. Seeing and photographing the various countries of Africa, its wildlife and landscapes is now a huge passion and I escape there as often as I can!”
This is what Damien says about Julie:
“Julie is first and foremost modest. She is strong, brave, sensible and clear thinking. Julie knows what she likes and is true to herself. She has developed a keen eye for detail and composition in her photography, a skill honed on the 400 or so fabulous weddings she shot alongside me, the numerous portrait commissions she has done as a full time professional photographer, and through her many trips to photograph the African wildlife. Julie has a true passion for Africa and it runs through her veins, so it’s probably a good thing that she has a great sense of adventure. Julie is firm but fair, extremely patient and calm, and perfect for leading this kind of holiday.
Learn more about Julie’s Namibia photography tour on her blog post here
The Small Print
We reserve the right to change some details if circumstances are out of our control. A deposit of £500 is required to secure your place. The remaining balance is due by 30th July.
As our fixed costs remain the same regardless of how many guests attend, like any pre-booked tickets for the theatre, concert, flights etc, we are unable to give a full refund in the event of non-attendance, regardless of the circumstances. The exception to this is if we have prior notice and are able to put a cancellation place back online AND your place is resold. In this event we will of course make a full refund or credit to you.We recommend that you take out travel insurance as soon as you book this trip, and ensure that it will cover you for cancellation in the event of illness.
We also reserve the right to cancel this trip if there is insufficient demand, especially if it means that our costs would be higher than our income. Please note that we cannot be liable for any other costs incurred by yourself, so please check with us before booking any non-refundable flights to and from Hoedspruit.