KRUGER WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP 2018
7 NIGHTS $3,999pp (AUD) | max 6 rooms | 8-15th April 2018
If you’ve been following the travel blog you would know that last December (2016) we spent a week exploring Kruger National Park in South Africa. We knew it was going to be spectacular but what we didn’t expect was that it would inspire us to immediately re-book for 2018; this time taking an exclusive group of photographers looking to hone their wildlife photography skills. Kruger National Park is the biggest game reserve in South Africa and is home to thousands of different species of animals ranging from the small and exotic to the giant and majestic. On our recent trip we were greeted by countless elephants, rhinos, lions, cheetahs, hippos, crocodiles, painted dogs, hyenas, countless bird species and so much more! I can’t wait to get back there with you!
For those who have not been on a workshop with me before you might be wondering “why Matt Krumins Photography?”. I pride myself on putting fun and adventure first and not letting the technical-jargon side of photography get in the way. I teach with fun analogies, beam with enthusiasm and put your comfort, learning and safety above all else. If you are after a heavy and serious workshop this probably isn’t for you, but if you want to walk away from an amazing holiday in South Africa inspired, rejuvenated and excited about your photography then read on…
Where are we going? Kruger National Park – Crocodile Bridge Gate
Our workshop is being hosted at the 4.5 start rated Neeldes Lodge, just 20 mintues from the Kruger gates within Marloth Park, a private game reserve. All breakfasts and dinners are inclued in the package and let me tell you, the three-course meals at Needles are nothing short of mind-melting. With only 7 rooms, Needles Lodge is the perfect setting for our workshop with a range of wildlife visiting the communal decking at sundown. Picture yourself flicking through the images from your days photography with a glass of wine watching the zebras and kudu at the waterhole off the deck just meters in front of you. As an added bonus Needles is situated right near the Kruger fence-line giving you the opportunity to walk down to Crocodile River in the evening and safely view the park by foot (this is where we met face to face with a giant bull elephant!).
About our safaris
Our safari guide, Dylan from My Africa Safaris is an absolute expert in the wildlife around Kruger having spent the past 10 years running private tours. From his ability to interpret a bird’s behaviour to predict the location of big cats to his impeccable animal knowledge and appreciation for photography he is the perfect fit to not only find our animals but provide the perfect viewing angle to capture beautiful photos. Our safari days kick off at 5:00am to catch the early light and animal activity, delivering us back to Needles at approximately 4pm each day. We were simply amazed at the proximity and diversity of the animal encounters with every day uncovering something different and unique. To break up our safari days we have organised a landscape day-trip in the surrounding mountains. Check out the itinerary below for full details of our safari and workshops.
We have chosen April 8th-15th 2018 for our workshop as it is a prime pick between warm comfortable weather as well as the shoulder of the greener wet season which helps to keep our photos looking colourful and vibrant.
What is included?
-7 nights accommodation at Needles Lodge
-Breakfast & Dinner daily
-3 full day safaris and one 1/2 day safari (Private safari truck)
– landscapes day trip
-All workshops as detailed in itinerary
What isn’t included?
-Flights to Johnanasberg (giving you full trip-flexibility)
-Transfers to Needles Lodge (workshop commences from the lodge)
-Lunch (approx $10-12 per day)
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Needles Lodge is in the bush setting of Marloth Park, just 20 minutes away from the Crocodile Bridge gate in Kruger.
Sunday 8th April
Arrive in the afternoon at Needles Lodge, get settled, relax with a wine on the deck and meet the team
Monday 9th April
Morning Photography workshop followed by afternoon sundowner safari drive along Crocodile River
Tuesday 10th April
Full day safari (5am – 4pm) with Matt on hand to help put your skills into action! Evening Lightroom Workshop & image review
Wednesday 11th April
Full day safari (5am – 4pm) with Matt on hand to help put your skills into action! Evening image review & feedback session
Thursday 12th April
Day trip to the surrounding mountains for some landscape photography then an evening image review & feedback session.
Friday 13th April
Half day safari into Kruger with an afternoon to relax, revive and get some one-on-one photography tuition
Saturday 14th April
Full day safari (5am – 4pm) with Matt on hand to help put your skills into action! Celebration drinks and awards night!
Sunday 15th April
Workshop concludes with breakfast and 10am checkout
Our workshop kicks off and concludes at Needles Lodge where all accommodation, breakfast’s and dinners are included. They have immaculate food and very comfortable rooms with communal dining on the large decking area. The workshop includes all safaris, park entrance fees as well as a day trip to photograph the incredible landscapes in the area. All safaris and day trips will include photography tuition as we go to ensure you get the best results and can translate your theory sessions into practical shooting. Each evening we will have optional image editing sessions as well as a formal workshop in Lightroom editing for wildlife.
What isn’t included?
If you are traveling across the globe you are likely wanting to stay on to visit other locations either before or after the workshop and so flights and transfers to Needles Lodge are not included in our workshop giving you full flexibility to plan your trip. Flights with most airlines will not become available until 12 months prior to departure date, however we have found flying at a similar time this year is approx $1400pp (this is an approximation). There are plenty of transfer options from Johannesburg or Nelspruit however on our recent trip we rented a car for less than $35 per day and had no troubles driving as it is predominantly highway the entire trip. As a rough guide, lunches in Kruger cost around $10pp and drinks at Needles Lodge roughly equated to $15 for a bottle of wine and as little as $2 for a beer.