African Wildlife – The best just got better

Zimanga Private Game Reserve, in South Africa, is the first reserve in Africa to be designed specifically for photographers. After our hugely successful private photo safari in 2015 we are returning in July with the news that the best just got better.

‘Big 4’ just became the ‘Big 5’


Zimanga already boasted four of Africa’s ‘Big 5’ – leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo. Now it can claim the full compliment with the recent introduction of a pride of lions, meaning more photo opportunities than ever before

New Umgodi overnight hide

  Zimanga’s purpose-built photographic hides are world-renowned and a spectacular part of our photography experience. Now, theRhino b two existing hides have been added to. 

The Umgodi ‘overnight’ hide is built into the side of a waterhole with a large optical-quality glass window giving a panoramic, water-level view. The drinking edge, where birds and mammals congregate, is just 4-meters away, creating the most extraordinary photo opportunities – both during the day and, incredibly, at night, too!

Photographers enter the hide in the afternoon to make the most of the afternoon backlighting.
Then, after sunset, LED floodlights, installed at water level, beautifully illuminate any wildlife that approaches. At dawn, the golden morning light bathes the drinking edge, giving you yet another dimension to your photographic experience. 

This is state-of-the-art hide photography. The hide includes comfortable seating for three photographers, camping-style beds for overnight occupants, a library, kitchen area and toilet, all within a ventilated unit. Wifi is available along with a VoIP telephone for communication with the guides. There is also a CCTV camera covering the waterhole, so you can easily monitor wildlife activity while relaxing.

This private safari is perfectly timed for the new moon, to get the best night and low light photo opportunities.

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Brand new Lagoon hide

The Lagoon hide is another new addition, diversifying viewing and photographic opportunities on the reserve. The hide is situated on a modified natural peninsula that juts into the large Hlambanyathi dam.

This is by far the largest hide on Zimanga, seating 5 photographers, and gives all-day photo opportunities under variable natural lighting conditions. Like all of Zimanga’s hides, each seat is equipped with a top-quality tripod. In the Lagoon Hide these tripods are set on wheeled dollies, which makes following the action quick and easy.

The mostly shallow waters of the Lagoon draw in a variety of waterbirds, from tiny plovers and sandpipers, to large birds like herons, storks and fish eagles. In the summer months crocodiles are regular visitors, with large specimens basking on the shoreline and smaller growing crocs actively catching fish at night.

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Leopard cubs on the way?


Zimanga’s resident leopard is thought to be pregnant, which means that during the time of our private photo safari, it’s highly likely there will be a litter of new born cubs to photograph as they play together and with their mother, learning and honing the predatory skills they will need to survive.

Claim you 10% discount. Don’t miss out!

The Zimanga African Wildlife Private Safari is one of our most popular tours. To make the trip even more inviting, we are offering a £300 discount for bookings made between now and the end of April. To get the discount, enter the code magicafrica in the shopping cart.

Have the whole reserve all to yourself – from 2nd – 8th July 2016.  Join us on this amazing adventure. Hurry! Not long to go…

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