Big Cat Photographic Safari

Big Cat Photographic Safaris



Big Cat Photographic Safaris

 Safari experiences while creating memories for a life time.

Big Cat Photographic Safaris : Yes there’s no doubt that the Kruger has a lot to offer and anyone can experience photographic opportunities of the big cat’s, lion and leopard and the rest of the big 5 on a self drive, but on a big cat photographic safaris with African Memory Photo Safaris in my secret Greater Kruger destination the experience is on another level. Yes after researching and working in the Kruger for over two years I have found my secret spot where I like to go for my Greater Kruger bi cat photographic safaris where you’ll have the opportunity to get closer to nature than you ever though possible. It’s about the experiences of photographing the big cat’s in private while making memories of a life time. Where the game viewer is parked in the best light and angle with the engine turned of so that one can only here nature as it unfolds in front of you. It’s a escape from the world as you know it to a place you’ve dreamed about. There will be a limited number of other game viewers, no tar roads and you will not be sitting in traffic jams every time an animal is in the near vicinity. The animals are relaxed as the public is not aloud in this area. You will be accompanied by an experienced, qualified FGASA trained field guide and we have the possibility to drive off–road which allows us to get closer to the Big Cat’s and take as much time as needed to get your best photos and even follow them on a hunt. This big cat photographic safaris experience is unique to private reserve and is not possible to experience in the Kruger National Park.

My big cat photographic safaris take’s place on a private reserve of 23 000 hectares bordering onto Kruger National Park and the famous Sabi Sands where there’s no fences and animals can roam freely. There we have the opportunity to go out before sunrise and to return to the lodge with a fire burning from drives late in the evening, using a spot light on nocturnal animals so that we can experience the best light.

The Kruger National Park is the 7th largest game reserves in Africa, but with it’s incredible diversity of animal species making it a very special and unique place to visit. It’s located in north eastern part of South Africa. The Kruger National Park is home to some 147 species of South African mammals. The Kruger is famous for the Big 5: elephants, rhino, lions, leopards and buffalo and there’s more than 500 bird species and the Approximately 200 of these are migratory birds from Eurasia and North Africa. African Memory offers photo safaris all year round from the Greater Kruger National Park to Namibia with each season bringing its own highlights. See our Tour page for more details.

It's about getting great photographs while experiencing Africa

5 day 4 night Big Cat Photographic Safaris Itinerary

We also offer fully customisable photographic safaris to suite your groups or individual needs.

Big Cat Photographic Safaris 2018/19


Big Cat Photographic Safaris takes place on private reserve which form part of the Greater Kruger. The camp is situated on a Savanna grassland surrounded by indigenous trees where animals can roam freely. The lodge has a very relaxed atmosphere yet luxury feel and is surrounded by five en-suite, air-conditioned bedrooms.

This safari is designed from 1 photographer (private vehicle & single supplement) up to 6 photographers sharing (1+1) with the aim of photographing the big 5 and all that the bush has to offer. See some photos of the big 5 visit my gallery.


The Experience
Operate on private reserve
Off-roading permitted
2 game drives per day morning & afternoon
Private safari vehicle
One-on-one photographic help as well as group tuition.
Excellent photo opportunities
Expert qualified field guide
Trips are tailor made
Committed to excellence

All safaris are completely customizable according to your/groups needs. Below is a price example according to those group bookings.


Cost in South African Rand.


1 Photographer – private single supplement & private vehicle to suite only your needs  – R59,950

(approx. $4500 – € 3816 – £3354)

2 Photographers – private single supplement each & private vehicle to  share  –  R41,950 per person

(approx. $3149 – €2671 – £2347)

3 Photographers – private single supplement each & private vehicle to  share  –   R36,950

(approx. $2774 –  €2352 – £2067)

4 Photographers
4 people sharing R34,950 per person (2+2)

(approx. $2624 – €2225 – £1956)

6 Photographers
6 people sharing R32,950 per person (2+2+2)

(approx. $2474 – €2098 – £1844)

Your Sabi Sands Big 5  Photo Safaris luxury accommodation.

Cost to be paid in South African Rand, 50% deposit and balance latest 14 days before safari start date!



Accommodation as described

All meals, bottled water, soft drinks and local alcohol beverages

Airport transfers


Not Included:

International airfares + flight to Hoedspruit, passport or visa fees

Travel & Medical insurance

Guide/Staff tips

Meals, accommodation, transport before or after the tour

  • Fly to Johannesburg
  • Transfer to Hoedspruit
  • Airport pick up in aircon. bus and transfer to lodge
  • Light lunch and Relax a bit.
  • 15:00 1st Photography lesson
  • High tea and cake
  • 16:00 – 19.00 1ste game drive
  • 20:00 dinner
  • bed time
  • 4:45 wake up call
  • 5:00 coffee
  • 5:15 – 9:00 game drive before sunrise
  • 9:30 breakfast
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Photo review Editing &introduction to Lightroom & one-on-one tutoring.
  • 12:00 – 15:30 free time to relax
  • 16:00 – 19:30 game drive
  • 20:00 dinner
  • bed time
  • 4:45 wake up call
  • 5:00 coffee
  • 5:15 – 9:00 game drive before sunrise
  • 9:30 breakfast
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Photo review editing & one-on-one tutoring.
  • 12:00 – 15:30 free time to relax
  • 16:00 – 19:30 game drive
  • 20:00 dinner
  • bed time
  • 4:45 wake up call
  • 5:00 coffee
  • 5:15 – 9:00 game drive before sunrise
  • 9:30 breakfast
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Photo review editing & one on-one-tutoring
  • 12:00 – 15:30 free time to relax
  • 16:00 – 19:30 game drive
  • 20:00 dinner
  • bed time
  • 4:45 wake up call
  • 5:00 coffee
  • 5:15 – 9:00 game drive before sunrise
  • 9:30 breakfast
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Photo review editing & one-on-one tutoring
  • 12:00 – 15:30 free time to relax
  • 16:00 – 19:30 game drive
  • 20:00 dinner
  • bed time
  • 4:45 wake up call
  • 5:00 coffee
  • 5:15 – 8:00 game drive before sunrise
  • 8:30 breakfast
  • 9:30 departure to Hoedspruit
  • Fly to JHB

If you’re interested in Big 5 photo safaris with African Memory then email us or send us a message via Facebook so we can start to plan your next adventure of a life time. One where it’s about the experience you’ve been dreaming about.

Climate for KNP

The Kruger Park has a hot, sub-tropical climate and most of the year it is hot during the day (above 25 ° C). The average daily temperature is 88°F (31°C) and average minimum is 57°F (13.7°C).

Summer: The Rainy Season:

The rains are always welcome after the dry season filling the rivers and waterholes, resulting in the bushveld looking lush. Game viewing is sometimes a bit more difficult in the summer season because the vegetation is dense, making it bit harder to locate and observe wildlife, but then towards the end of November early December the new borns arrive which create great photographic opportunities, with the young playing or as nature has it become pray to others. Bird photography is excellent during this time as the summer migrant birds arrive.

The summer months in Kruger Park are very hot and humid with either continual rains or occasional afternoon thundershowers.

November Temperature:(+/-) 16 – 32 °C

December Temperature:(+/-) 18 – 34 °C

January to April are normally drier months with very hot days and April is autumn period and the vegetation starts changing from thick lush green bush to a slightly sparser browning bush. The temperatures start cooling down at night but daytime is still warm. Scattered thunder showers can be experienced in the afternoons.

January Temperature:(+/-) 18 – 34 °C

February Temperature:(+/-) 18 – 33 °C

March Temperature:(+/-) 18 – 33 °C

April Temperature:(+/-) 13 – 28 °C

Dry Season: Winter 

Now we are going into winter with colder temperatures at night and at dawn. The bushveld is more open allowing for better visibility. The vegetation becomes totally brown, the grass is low and trees start losing leaves and visibility during game drives is enhanced due to sparser vegetation due to no rain and we are starting to focus more on wildlife photography. The wildlife will migrate towards the water. Water holes, dams and rivers become a hive of activity and you are more likely to spot wildlife in the morning and evening as they come for a drink of water. The day temperatures in winter are pleasant but it can get quite chilly during the night-time so make sure you pack something warm when going on your afternoon/night photo drives.

May Temperature:(+/-) 13 – 28 °C

June Temperature:(+/-) 9 – 26 °C

July to October is the end of the dry season and the malaria-carrying mosquitoes are dormant, but the best time for wildlife photography.

July Temperature:(+/-) 9 – 26 °C

August Temperature:(+/-) 12 -28 °C

Spring is the height of the dry season with hot dry winds and colorless, sparse vegetation. Because the rivers and dams are low, high concentrations of game can be viewed at these areas and game viewing in general is good. The first rains may start towards the end of October and the signs of spring and a new wet season are evident.

September Temperature:(+/-) 12 – 28 °C

October Temperature:(+/-) 16 – 32 °C

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