Simbavati Wildlife photography workshop 28 September to 02 October

There is always alot of excitement for any safari at the end of the dry months, with increased activity around water holes and the bush being “thinner” finding and keeping track of wildlife becomes easier … in thoery.

This was the expectation for my first wildlife photography workshop that I was hosting for Africa Photographic Services. However the weather man had other plans for my 5 days at Simbavati River lodge, in the heart of the Timbavati Game reserve. We had a mixture of rain, cloudy, windy and sunny days. However this did not dampen the game viewing by any stretch of the imagination and actually provided our group of photographers with plenty moody and atmosphere for our photography.

There were 3 photographers on the workshop, Julia, Danielle, Amit and his wife Anna, who was a non photographer. I am absolute admire Amit, who had bravely convinced Anna to do a photo safari on their honeymoon … lovely! Our group was a fantastic mix, all of whom were beyond the novice stages and it allowed me to concentrate on getting them to capture wildlife behavior at the “decisive moment” and help with compositional idea’s here and there … below are few of my images while guiding this fantastic group of friends.

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It was a really productive few days, even thou the weather gods blessed the bush with rain … we had some remarkable Hyena interactions with Wilddogs, Rhino and impala. I just want to thank the whole of the Simbavati team for looking after us so well and especially our Guiding team of Stefan (Fourie) and Nicholus for a really good job well done.

Regards

Etienne