The world-renowned Sabi Sand Wildtuin is undoubtedly one of, if not the best place in Africa to view leopards. Add to this, a healthy lion population, wild dog, cheetah, abundant Big Five and other game and over 300 bird species and you have a recipe for unrivalled game viewing in South Africa.
It is from this magical private game reserve that At Close Quarters hosts its Big Cat Photographic Safaris. The winner of the 2017 Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year Competition, brought to you by Land Rover and Canon, will walk away with a host of fantastic prizes, including a Big Cat Photo Safari provided by At Close Quarters. The prize is inclusive of four nights accommodation and all meals at Djuma Vuyatela Lodge in the Sabi Sand, daily game drives and photographic post-processing training. The prize also includes domestic return flights from Cape Town or Johannesburg to Skukuza or Nelspruit (provided by Airlink) as well as airport transfers.
As the name suggests, big cats are the focus of this At Close Quarters offering and this safari does not disappoint in the quest to get guests their dream big cat photographs. Mornings and afternoons are spent in the reserve, on drive, tracking and photographing the leopards, lions, cheetah and various game species that call the Sabi Sand home. At Close Quarters photographic guides are available on the vehicles to assist guests with all their photographic needs while making sure the vehicles are well-positioned for photography at all times.
The luxurious lodge is booked out for the exclusive use by At Close Quarters and their guests for the duration of the safari. Between drives, guests can relax at the pool, train in the gym or attend photographic post-processing training hosted by the At Close Quarters team. The training covers both the basics of post-processing RAW images in Adobe Lightroom as well as some of the more advance processing techniques in Adobe Lightroom. The At Close Quarters team are available at all times to assist with any photography related questions or assistance. This safari is all about the guests.
Meals are served al fresco, weather permitting, and nights end off around a large fire in the boma, capturing dazzling star-scapes or at the editing table sharing images from the day with one another.
This experience promises to leave guests with better photographic knowledge, amazing wildlife images, new friends and a hunger to return for more.