THE BEST HIDES
OF SOUTH AFRICA
ELEPHANT, CHEETAH, LEOPARD
HYENES, RHINO ...
ALL SMALL AND LARGE
WILD SPECIES OF AFRICA
400 BIRD SPECIES
THE BEST HIDE IN THE WORLD
2 DAYS TRAVEL - 9 DAYS PHOTO!
FOR WILDPIX GUESTS
WILDPIX TRAVEL PHOTO TRIP IN THE HIDE OF BENCE MATE
REWARDED BY THE PRESTIGIOUS CONTEST OF BBC WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR ....
If there is a world-famous name in nature photography, it is that of Hungarian photographer Bence Maté. He spent his childhood photographing with extremely creative, original images never seen before. This has earned him an incredible list of awards over the past 15 years. 5 times the title of Hungarian photographer of the year, in 2010 he won the BBC Wildlife Photographer Award, the most prestigious award. In addition, he works for National Geographic. A gigantic reference for a man who creates images that make you dizzy.
He is an authority on photo hide. Always inventing the most thoughtful techniques and creative positions in his many photographic cabin, in the basement or almost submarine. Everything is thought to make incredible images.
7000 HECTARES OF WILD AND NATURAL RESERVE
... DEDICATED TO CONSERVANCY AND PHOTOGRAPHY
From Zimanga, in the heart of KwaZulu Natal, it is the first African reserve entirely designed for nature photography, for both safari lovers and photographers. The possibilities are incredible, according to the standard Bence Maté, the highest level of creativity.
A gigantic reserve, rolling countryside and forests near the Mkuze River are home to an impressive mass of animals. From leopard to cheetah, from lycaon to giraffe and elephant, almost all species are present here, as well as 400 species of birds. It is here in the middle of this very varied wild life that Bence Maté has built these best cabins.
Wildpix Travel, for a long time, maintained privileged relations with Bence Maté and that is why we now have the opportunity to propose Zimanga. And good news for you as a photographer, we can also take you to these fantastic places to discover and use these luxuary hide.
A stay of one week in exceptional carriages, with the advice of a professional photographer guide, you will make your most beautiful shots. A unique experience !
THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF COMFORT AND ATTENTION
In the greatest comfort, enjoy an exclusive reserve that only articulates around the photography. See and seize the most beautiful African species under the best conditions. With guides who know perfectly how photography works and do everything to allow you to take the most beautiful pictures. You will certainly learn from other photographers and the guides will give you the necessary advice. A unique photo experience is the purpose of this trip.
DESIGNED HIDE FOR A UNIQUE PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPERIENCE.
Over the years, Bence Maté has perfected these carriages so that you can make extremely creative photos. The positions are unique and according to the best angle. Great comfort and the latest technical gadgets make it a very special experience for nature photography. In addition to the different possibilities you will get, you can also photograph them by being perfectly hidden. In short, the best cabins in the world.
HIDE THEATER IN THE LAGOON
An astutely submerged hide on the peninsula was built on a lake of 40 ha, on the model of the theater:
Tinted glass of 6 meters in the east and west directions.
Underwater construction, glazing at the water level.
Enough power needed to charge the batteries, from a 3000 W solar panel, air-conditioning
60 meter corridor and a 30 meter tunnel for a non-disturbing approach.
Swivel and rolling chairs, mobile tripods arca-swiss fixing system.
MKHOMBE & BHEJANE DRINK-STATION
Tinted glass of 3 meters.
Automatic water level controller.
Compatible tripods and wheelchairs Arca Swiss.
PROBABLY THE BEST HIDE IN THE WORLD !
These nocturnal hide in Zimanga are probably the most beautiful and the most innovative in the world. Concrete structures completely buried with a large mirror that overlooks a large water point. Very comfortable, you will sit in luxurious armchairs and you will face a magnificent panorama. During the day, many species of birds will drink, but it will become spectacular when the lights of the sunset will appear and you will be waiting enthusiastically for the animals that will refresh themselves at night. Sometimes buffaloes, elephants, warthogs, rhinos ... But if you are really lucky, you will meet hyenas, lions or even a rare leopard in front of you!
It's a long afternoon session in the morning, about 20 hours! However you can live comfortably to the point of forgetting the long hours of waiting. Air conditioning, 4 double beds, a kitchen and a bathroom, reading corner, WiFi, everything is there. A dinner and breakfast will be served. It's easy to get warm in the microwave, there's a fridge and coffee / tea as much as you like. There are 4 large photo sites with a tripod. If you wish to sleep, there is even a detection system that indicates by a sound when an animal passes.
Animals that come to drink can be admired from 2-3 meters and even with a wide angle photograph is recommended.
A unique experience you will never forget!
Designed for night photography
Automatic water level controller.
Compatible tripods and wheelchairs Arca Swiss.
- Panoramic glazing of 3m, in one piece
- AIR CONDITIONING
- Arca-swiss compatible wheelchair and tripod
BEE-EATER MOBIL HIDE
HIGHLIGHTS JULY 2018
LUXUARY LODGE ACCOMODATION
Wildpix wants to give you a unique and unforgettable experience during this trip. So that your comfort and your contact with Nature are optimal, we have reserved the entire reserve, exclusively for our customers. Wildpix welcomes up to 14 people, we have unlimited access to the incredible wealth of these 7,000 acres of wilderness that Zimanga has to offer.
- No other customers **, everything is according to our group.
- Only 3 people per vehicle, which is a great luxury, you have a complete seat for you and your camera equipment.
- More space in the hides, more comfort.
- More hide sessions possible.
- No time limit during visits, you stay with an animal as long as you want. In other reserves, it is very different and much more restrictive.
- If you wish, photo discussions and information sessions and shooting tips can be organized in groups or individually on a big screen.
- In September, life is in full swing in South Africa, with many other bird species coming in and very active!
- Much more intimacy and sharing within the group. Warm environment.
** Logically, this only applies in case the trip is complete, otherwise our group will be filled with other guests, maximum 14 people.
70KM2 EXCLUSIVELY DEDICATED TO WILDPIX GROUPS!
arrival Durban airport in the morning + transfer. Arrival in Zimanga around 1 pm + lunch.
Afternoon immediately photo activity.
Full photography every day
The entire reserve is exclusively available to our Wildpix group. Everything is organized according to your wishes.
morning photo activity until 9 am
transfer around 10 am to Durban and return journey
You have 7 days photo + 2 half-days, that is 8 days in total, of which every usable minute will be dedicated to the photo.
The guides are divided into groups of 3-4 people for the activities of the week.
The days are always divided into half-day safaris and half-day hike sessions. These hours
pre-established ensure everyone has maximum opportunities in all hides.
You are asked to comply with this organization because it would be too complicated otherwise. In any case, everything is planned to give everyone a chance.
GAME DRIVE AND HIDE SESSIONS
The day starts with a light breakfast around 5.30am.
Activities always take about 3 hours. Back around 9 o'clock. Then you come back for a well deserved breakfast. You can order a gourmet English breakfast if you wish!
Free time until 13h, then lunch. And between 2.30pm and 5.30pm it's time for the second session! You will stay until the last light of day to make the best photos.
Dinner is then around 18:30. Excellent food will be served, if you wish, you can order a wine (which is simply will be counted on your private account).
Safaris are tours in which you can search for specific animals in real safari jeeps. The target species that suits you together will be determined before departure. With 3 or 4 participants, nobody is embarrassed.
The guides stop at any time if you wish. You have all the time you need to make each photo. You can indicate if you simply want light, backlight or silhouettes on an evening sky. The drivers do everything to give you a perfect angle.
There are 6 cabins, all very interesting. Drink-station, hides of birds of prey. Depending on the lighting conditions, you go in the morning or evening.
There are also 2 superb nocturnal hides, sessions start from 14h until the next morning from 9h. During the night, you have a chance to watch mammals quench their thirst. Very spectacular.
This can range from buffaloes to elephants, or some lucky lions, hyenas or leopards. It is a long session but the cabins are fully equipped with bathroom, beds, kitchen, wifi, in short a small apartment.
For each participant, 2 night sessions are planned, one in each cabin.
The lodge is brand new and absolutely beautiful. There is always coffee and drinks in the main lodge and staff at your disposal. You have a single room, which are beautiful bungalows with a beautiful view of the reserve.
You can see elephants and giraffes strolling from your balcony. Every morning, someone at the front desk is there when needed. You can always contact your usual guide.
During safaris, you can easily put a large photo bag next to you to easily change lenses. The tripod is not necessary. A beanbag is recommended.
There are always 4 places in the hides. Also a professional tripod with patella per person. So no need to clutter with your own tripod and kneecap!
All tripods come with an Arca-Swiss mount. So check if your lens plates are adaptable.
All cabins are equipped with perfect windows and air conditioning. The guides will give you all the necessary explanations.
During this trip, you will be guided by a Wildpix guide and by professional guides of the reserve themselves trained by Bence Maté. They know perfectly the most beautiful places and the most beautiful animals, in the best conditions to realize the best photography. Also, the optimal hours in terms of light and animal activity are used.
PERIODES AVAILABLE & GUIDES
9 TO 17 OCT 2022
17 TO 25 OCT 2022
ATTENTION DEADLINE REGISTRATION
FOR THE TRIP IN 2022 DEADLINE: 01 JULY 2022
TRAVEL AND GUIDE
Martin Steenhaut - Michel d'Oultremont
During the mentioned period, the reserve is entirely dedicated to our Wildpix group until 14 pers.
Zimanga Private Lodge & Doornhoek Homestead *****
Elegant luxury rooms with every comfort. WiFi, bathroom with walk-in rain shower, private safe, USB plugs, European power outlets, air conditioning, terrace overlooking the reserve, hairdryer, ...
FLIGHTS AND TRANSPORT
You can arrange the flights yourself. We try to travel in groups, but the best option is often to meet us in Durban. Who can and wants to travel together, but in total 14 will arrive the same day in South Africa. We then go by bus to the reserve. It is important that you can travel with the group on arrival due to transfer fees. You must therefore adjust your flights accordingly. If you choose different flights, you may have to pay extra taxi fares to get there. Of course, we will plan this transfer. So you should follow our instructions that you receive after your booking. On site, all transfers and transport are of course organized.
WHO IS THIS TRAVELING FOR?
All levels of photographers can enjoy it. Recommended lenses between 14 and 600 mm. The animals are usually close to the photo carps. On safaris, you need longer lenses, 100-400 or 200-500, which is ideal.
FOOD AND DRINKS
FULL BOARD: breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hotel. Water and hot drinks are included.
All non-alcoholic beverages and alcoholic beverages are on own account, you pay on departure.
You can pay everything on the spot with a credit card. The money is partly needed because the local tradition is that tips should be given to the staff. We do this in a group at the end of the trip. They treat you there so well that they deserve it. This can be done in local currency or euros.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
Max 14 photographers - 4 places available !!!
Price per person in single room and full board, 8 photo days € 4745,- for the group trip in 2022
Price per person in single room and full board, 8 photo days € 4950,- for the group trip in 2023
!! IMPORTANT AND GOOD TO KNOW !!
FULL TRAVEL AMOUNT MUST BE PAID BY DEFINITIVE RESERVATION
After booking, you will receive a payment request and pay the total amount in advance via bank transfer.
This way, everything is organized and your trip is booked. You will receive an invoice from this.
In the event of cancellation of the organization's on-site trip due to exceptional and unpredictable circumstances, such as extreme weather conditions, death, war conflicts, aviation failures, no reimbursement is possible for these reasons. You can always go to your travel insurance.
WHAT IF I HAVE TO CANCEL THE TRIP ?
In case of cancellation, you must always inform us as soon as possible. Since we also have to pay cancellation fees with our partners, we also pay a cancellation fee.
Below, in the general conditions and in the travel information you receive, this is explained in detail each time.
You can always contact your cancellation insurance for this.
ATTENTION: For this trip, cancellation periods and very specific refund conditions apply:
You can cancel up to 6 months before departure with a refund of 25% of the total amount of the trip.
Less than 6 months before departure, you must pay the total amount of the trip and no refund is possible.