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South Africa – Madikwe: The Big 5 & Hides Photo Safari 2021

South Africa – Madikwe: The Big 5 & Hides Photo Safari 2021

ZAR69,995 per person sharing

Spaces Available

27 May 2021 – 1 Jun 2021

Madikwe Game Reserve lies close to South Africa’s international border with Botswana and offers some superb Big 5 game viewing and photography in its Malaria-free reserve. It is currently the 5th largest reserve in South Africa and its grassland, forest and rocky Tshwene Tshwene hills are home to a variety of wildlife such as Elephants, Lions, Leopards and Rhinos, plus endangered Wild dogs. Hundreds of bird species include Ostrich, Vultures and the large Kori Bustard. This South Africa photo safari also offers opportunities to photograph game from an underground hide at the lodge’s private waterhole, as we well as on game drive. With an excellent selection of photographic subjects, this photo tour will act as the perfect introduction to the wildlife wonders of South Africa, and is sure to provide you with a wonderful portfolio of images. Join us on this fabulous South Africa photo safari that promises a range of superb habitats and photographic opportunities!

Why this Photo Safari is for You


Visit a sunken ‘underground’ photographic hide to photograph wildlife from ground-level. The hide is open 24/7 and is exclusive to the lodge.


Limited to only 4 participants with a private open safari vehicle.


Madikwe Game Reserve is found against the Botswana border close to the Kalahari Desert and being one of the lesser known parks, it is a hidden- gem that offers the Big 5 viewing in a malaria-free zone.


The end of May marks the beginning of winter, which is the best time for wildlife viewing as vegetation begins to thins and animals gather around water sources. Winter also offers more favourable lighting during the golden hour.

Penny Robartes

Penny Robartes

6 Days
4 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
  • Destination
  • Departure
  • per person sharing
  • Single Supplement
  • Photographic Highlights
    African Wild Dog, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Spotted & Brown Hyaena, Cape Buffalo, Southern Oryx
  • Guide

Day 1: Flight from Johannesburg to Madikwe Game Reserve

After meeting at OR Tambo International Airport, you will fly to Madikwe Private Reserve to begin your South Africa photo safari.

Day 2 to 5: Madikwe Private Game Reserve

Madikwe Game Reserve’s 75,000 hectare is home to a wealth of mammals species including the much sought-after photographic opportunities that the Big Five are famous for – Lion, Cape Buffalo, Elephant, Rhino and Leopard. As Madikwe is in a transition zone between the arid Kalahari Biome and the more mesic woodland areas that fall to the east, it has a varied mammal and bird population, with 66 recorded mammal species including the handsome Sable, Eland and Giraffe, and Kalahari beauties such as Springbok and Southern Oryx (Gemsbok). It can profess to be an excellent site to view the Endangered African Wild Dog, and other predators we could encounter include Spotted Hyaena, and its rarer cousin the Brown Hyaena, and Cheetah. Our accommodations offer an underground hide in close proximity to their private waterhole and along with game drives, the photographic opportunities will surely be endless!

Day 6: Fly Madikwe Game Reserve to Johannesburg

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.  
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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