South Africa’s Timbavati with Penda Photo Tours


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This photo safari is set in the Timbavati, a collection of private game reserves that borders Kruger National Park. The game viewing here is incredible; some of the best in Africa! The wildlife is exceptionally relaxed around game drive vehicles, allowing for phenomenal photographic opportunities. You can expect to photograph the Big Five with ease, including the often elusive leopard. It’s also a brilliant area for spotting the endangered white rhino.

I am leading this wildlife photography safari which is operated by Penda Photo Tours.

Leopard, Timbavati Wildlife Photography Safari Alan Hewitt Photography

Female Leopard

Dates, Availability & Prices

20th – 26th July 2021 Good availability £2450

Recommended Equipment

I recommend a interchangeable lens mirrorless or digital SLR camera with a lens of 300mm or more. A 70-300mm or 100-400mm is ideal for photographing the diverse large mammals of the Timbavati. A bridge camera with an equivalent focal length lens will also be a good option. I’d also recommend a wider lens to take in the amazing habitat and. Spare batteries and memory cards are absolutely essential. We’ll be able to charge batteries daily at our accommodation.

Longer lenses may need a bean bag or monopod for support on the vehicle. I’d also recommend a method of backing up your photography, for example a laptop and portable storage device. We’ll have access to a Macbook which can be used if you have a USB storage device but I’d advise bringing your own for extra security.


July 2020 Details
20th Arrival at the airport in Hoedspruit, where we’ll be waiting to welcome you. We’ll take you on the short drive to our lodge in the Timbavati. After settling in, I’ll will give an introduction to wildlife photography, and go through the itinerary of the coming week.
21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th & 25th We’ll enjoy full days of being in the African bush, and photographing wildlife. Our days start early, with a 3-hour game drive at the first African light. This is a great time to be out; animals are at their most active, and the light is at its best. When we return, a delicious breakfast awaits us. Afterwards, there is time to relax, to review images, and to talk in-depth about wildlife photography with Alan. Late afternoon, after lunch, we’ll head out on another 3-hour game drive, this time at the last of the warm African light. During the game drive, we’ll stop for ‘sundowners’, drinks in the middle of the bush. After the game drive, dinner will be served, and there is time to relax.
26th After a last game drive in the morning, we’ll pack up and make our way back to the airport in Hoedspruit.
Male Lion Alan Hewitt Photography

Male Lion

What our clients have to say…

In 50 years of travelling I have never been as happy as I was for that week. Everything and everyone was just perfect. Our guide and tracker were brilliant at consistently finding so many exciting close encounters. Alan Hewitt was endlessly patient and helpful with his advice. The accommodation was of a good standard and the food exactly to my taste! My fellow travellers were good company. Plus I came back with great memories and lots of good photos.

There is nothing I would change (other than the fact that I wish I were still there!)

Alan Meek

I can’t stop talking about the experience. We were so blessed to see so much wildlife in such a short space of time. Every game drive held an incredible experience. The entire experience, the helpful staff, the incredibly talented guides, Alan, the people participating, such good service, and the abundance of wildlife is absolutely priceless.

Bianca Lyness


We’ll be staying at a lodge in one of Timbavati’s game reserves – and we’ll have the whole place to ourselves. The lodge is a traditional African farmhouse, rustic and charming. The house has several communal spaces, an outside dining area, and a viewing tower overlooking a dam. Since we’ll be in the middle of a game reserve, you can expect to be able to do some game viewing right from your bedroom!

What is Included?

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Airport transfers
  • Transport on the ground
  • Game drives
  • Guidance by expert local guide and tracker
  • Photographic tutoring and advice
White Rhino mother and calf

White Rhino mother and calf

What is not Included?

  • Flights. For your finaincial protection and practicality reasons I cannot include these
  • Additional accommodation if required
  • Tips / Gratuities
  • Personal Items
  • Travel Insurance
  • Anti-malarials and innoculations
  • Additional meals and drinks


Sorry, this trip is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with very poor mobility due to frequent mounting and dismounting on to 4wd vehicles.

Ask a Question

Taking part in a photography trip like this is an incredible experience, many have described their experiences with us in Africa as life changing!

Understandably, there is also a huge amount to talk about and many, many questions. If you’d like to talk to me about this trip please feel free to contact myself or Penda Photo Tours.

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