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South Africa – Sabi Sands: The Big 5 Photo Safari 2021

South Africa – Sabi Sands: The Big 5 Photo Safari 2021

ZAR96,395 per person sharing

Spaces Available

4 Mar 2021 – 9 Mar 2021

ORYX Photo Tours is proud to present a carefully crafted journey to one of Africa’s ultimate wildlife photographic destinations, South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve.This area is prime time game viewing at its best and it has for decades enchanted wildlife enthusiasts the world over with the remarkable sightings it routinely produces.


The “Big 5”, which comprise of Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo & Rhino, thrive here and our South Africa Photo Safari will be focused on these animals as their lives play out on the bushveld stage. Dubbed as a “big cat paradise”, Lion, Cheetah and Leopard are routinely seen, as well as the Endangered African Wild Dog and Spotted Hyena, which rounds up the quintet of Africa’s large carnivores.


Come and enjoy a South Africa photo safari experience par excellence that will leave you with a plethora of images, maxed out memory cards and memories to last a lifetime.

Why this South Africa Photo Safari is for You

Destination Allure

Come and enjoy this South Africa photo safari in the heart of the Sabi Sands at a private & luxurious game lodge. As this reserve is not open to the general public, exclusive and intimate game viewing opportunities abound.


The Sabi Sands is home to one of the densest concentrations of wildlife in Southern Africa, with numerous predators & a healthy herbivore population. It represents some of the finest opportunities in Africa to photograph the Big 5, specifically the elusive Leopard.

Small Group Departures

Limited to only 4 participants with an open & private safari vehicle for the duration of the photo safari.

Guided Experience

Local knowledge of the region and its inhabitants is key to crafting the ultimate photography tour experience. Combined with the photographic expertise of your ORYX Photo Tour Leader, and you are in for an adventure that will further fuel your excitement for photography and the destination.

Penny Robartes

Penny Robates

6 Days
4 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
  • Destination
  • Departure
  • per person sharing
  • Single Supplement
  • Photographic Highlights
    Leopard, Lion, Cheetah, Spotted Hyaena, Cape Buffalo, Elephant
  • Guide

Day 1: Fly from Johannesburg to Sabi Sands Game Reserve

After meeting at OR Tambo International Airport, you will fly to the Sabi Sands Game Reserve to begin your South Africa photo safari.south africa photo safari

Days 2 to 5: Sabi Sands Game Reserve

The Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a vast and growing area, currently covering 6 million acres and incorporating the famous Kruger National Park. Habitats vary from Acacia thornveld dotted with Marula trees, to open savanna grasslands, and dense riverine woodland lined with majestic Jackalberry and Fig trees. The reserve has a dense concentration of wildlife and is home to the Big 5 – Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo. These subjects, and more, will the focus of your South Africa photo safari for the next few days.

Day 6: Fly from Sabi Sands Game Reserve to OR Tambo International and depart

After a final morning’s game drive and another scrumptious breakfast, we will fly back to Johannesburg, where this incredible South Africa photo safari comes to an end.south africa photo safari
Botswana & South AfricaNell Dickerson, USA

How to Win:

Amateurs seek luck. Professional plan. Artists envision. I had a clear vision and set a goal to photograph big cats at night. To accomplish that goal, I hired the best guide and mentor, one with extensive experience capturing night cats and a stellar wildlife record including Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the fantastic Greg du Toit. His outfitter, ORYX, is the best. Photographers only. Prepare to work and only work. Marius Coetzee takes care of everything else. Everything.

Although this trip was my first wildlife photography experience, I accomplished what I set out to do and much more. Greg took me to private, mystical locations and arranged for the most knowledgeable ranger/tracker in each region. Because they were also photographers, they knew where to position their vehicles for the optimum shot. And not just any ordinary tourist-crammed transport, but a custom vehicle modified for photography. Mount camera, lock, load, shoot until you drop. Long days. Night time magic hour. Excellent photography.

The result? I won the wildlife series category for the 10th edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers, a division of the international Gala Awards. My series is “Night Growl.”

A series is a story told with a minimum of five shots, each one able to stand on its on, but part of a cohesive synchronic whole. The secret to success is in the editing. How to shoot a winning series? Envision, plan, hire ORYX, show up, and work.

South AfricaMargaret Yufera -Leitch, Canada

I’m not sure if I can adequately express my enthusiasm for our tour through South Africa. Sharing time with some of the most exotic animals on the planet will continue to be one of my most treasured memories. What I loved most, was the proximity and intensity of the experience with leopards. Although I am not a wild life photographer, I am an adrenaline junkie, and hearing the hiss of an adult leopard is one of the most exciting times I can remember. In my most spectacular day dreams, I could not have thought up lodges like Kings Camp or Leopard Hills. ORYX group put together a trip that was virtually bespoken to both my husband and my tastes. We were able to share an adventure together, and this was possibly the best trip we have taken together. This was achieved by a seamless set of logistical operations, not a hint of a problem with travel, accommodation, food, or even photography opportunities. Mother Nature may be unpredictable, but ORYX seems to have managed a way to make her a little happier.

South AfricaTrevor and Lesley Collins, Australia

A fantastic safari experience from pre-travel through the safari to post travel – all the little details necessary for our comfort and enjoyment were taken care of with the minimum of fuss. We had a great time helped by the professionalism and friendliness of the ORYX team. All our needs were anticipated and attended to but most importantly every day was fun and an adventure.

South AfricaCody Linde, United States of America

Oryx Photography is a world class company. The members bend over backwards to get you the results you desire, and make sure your experience goes off without a hitch. Their customer service is so extraordinary it’s hard to put into words; the closest I can come is they treat you like family. The photographic results and experiences you take away from the field will leave you breathless. If you are on the fence as to whether or not you should book through Oryx – hop off – I promise, you will not regret it.

Private South Africa, Kenya & Rwanda TourSusan and Lou Matusiak, United States of America

We share such deep gratitude to you, Marius and everyone at ORYX for arranging such a memorable, remarkable trip recently to S. Africa, Kenya and Rwanda…absolutely first class! You all made our trip so painless with all the personal touches!

Also, big thanks for the shirts and caps! We’ll wear them with pride! Justin, John and Soddy were just delightful guides who made us feel like “royalty”, and were so informative!

Perhaps someday we’ll be able to arrange another trip through ORYX. Meanwhile, be well, and know you are all doing phenomenal work!
With extreme gratitude!

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