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Kapama photographic workshops

Taking photos during Kapama photographic workshop

Kapama Private Game Reserve is delighted to host world-class photographic training by leading South African wildlife photographers - hands-on in the African bush.

Kapama Private Game Reserve is offering this three-night photographic workshop package at luxurious River Lodge and Kapama Southern Camp. Hosted by professional wildlife photographers Heinrich van den Berg and Isak Pretorius, the workshop is aimed at beginner and intermediate photographers. It also aims to bring together like-minded people who enjoy both nature and photography. During the workshop, you will learn everything from operating a camera to how to compose and spot evocative photographs. You will also be able to put your newly acquired knowledge into action, and hone your skills during private game drives through the bush.

Whether you have never picked up a camera before or just want to learn to use the one you have better, the emphasis of the weekend is on learning both the technical and artistic sides of photography in a relaxing natural environment. All appropriate genres of photography will be discussed, and the theoretical aspects will be taught during two sessions hosted in the River Lodge conference room. The six game drives during the weekend are aimed at putting knowledge into practice, with guidance from the professional photographer on your vehicle. Groups are kept small to ensure personal attention. A maximum of six people are accommodated per game drive vehicle, to ensure all participants have ‘window’ seats.

This photographic package is for River Lodge, but can be customised for any of Kapama’s lodges and for any number of days. Kapama is happy to quote on and accommodate specific guest requirements.

Photographic workshop details

Capacity: 12 people

Activities: Two classroom theory training sessions, and six hands-on game drives

Feedback: Images taken during the weekend will be critiqued by the professional photographers

Experience: All levels - group sizes are small enough to provide individual attention

Equipment: Bring along a digital SLR camera, a 200 mm lens, a wide-angle lens, a tripod, a flash and remote release if you have, as well as a laptop. However, any necessary equipment can also be rented for the duration of the course. See details below.

Course includes: Hard-copy notes and a CD of the notes, images and presentations, full board and lodging and game drives.

Other: Private game viewing vehicles are allocated to host six photographers and one professional photographer guide per vehicle. Non-photographer partners are welcome to accompany game drives. Participants may be asked to rotate seats in the vehicles, taking it in turns to sit in the more popular front seats and the less popular rear seats. This requirement applies to everyone.

Photographic workshop itinerary

Day 1

  • Arrive at River Lodge in Kapama Private Game Reserve
  • Check-in and orientation
  • Afternoon game drive
  • Dinner

Day 2

  • Morning game drive
  • Breakfast
  • Photo workshop
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon game drive
  • Dinner

Day 3

  • Morning game drive
  • Breakfast
  • Photo workshop
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon game drive
  • Dinner

Day 4

  • Morning game drive
  • Breakfast
  • Check-out and goodbyes

Accommodation and dining

Within the expansive Kapama Private Game Reserve, River Lodge epitomises five-star safari accommodation. The majestic northern Drakensberg mountains form the backdrop to 64-suite River Lodge, which is positioned along a bend of the seasonal Kapama River. It’s the largest luxury game lodge in the Greater Kruger National Park area, and is stylishly furnished to ensure an unforgettable African safari experience.

All suites at River Lodge have uninterrupted views over the Big Five game reserve from private patios, and all feature full, en-suite bathrooms with lavish amenities replenished daily. Decorated to reflect old Africa in a luxury game lodge setting, all suites are air conditioned and have beverage stations for early morning coffee in suite. Minibars for sundowners on your private patio are standard in all rooms.

At River Lodge, suite styles are diverse and include standard luxury suites, spa suites, royal suites and family rooms - depending on your preference. All are beautifully appointed. The main lodge area, under double-volume thatch, hosts the plush lounge and a bar area that overlooks the inviting swimming pool flanked with sun loungers.

Dining is in true luxury African safari style. Breakfasts and lunches are served in the Siyatla Lounge, with glass stack doors opening up to the surrounding bushveld for an open-air dining experience. In classic old Africa style, evening meals are often enjoyed seated around a roaring fire in the Rhino Boma. Here, buffet meals are served under open-sided thatch and showcase authentic pan-African dishes prepared from fresh local ingredients. A candlelit romantic dining option is hosted in the dry riverbed before the lodge, under a star-studded African night sky.

At Kapama, all cuisine is prepared using fresh seasonal ingredients and herbs grown in the lodge gardens. Traditional South African dishes and accompaniments, such as mealie pap (African-style polenta) and chakalaka (a hot, spicy relish) further enhance the luxury game lodge experience by giving a taste of real Africa. While venison dishes are extremely popular, vegetarians, vegans and various other dietary requirements are also easily catered for. An extensive selection of prized local wines and French champagne are available.

Media room

To keep in touch with the rest of the world, River Lodge Media Room has satellite television and a DVD player, as well as guest Internet facilities, should you wish to connect with family and friends back home.

Costs include

  • Three nights luxury accommodation at River Lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Photographic tuition, notes and other training material
  • Soft drinks, fresh juices, teas and coffees
  • Daily game drives
  • Laundry
  • Conservation area entrance fees

Not included

  • Travel to and from the workshop at Kapama Private Game Reserve
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks not specified
  • Gratuities to the driver, guide and lodge staff
  • All expenses of a personal nature

Camera and lens rental

Don't have all the equipment you need? The latest camera models and lenses are available for hire at Kapama. Contact us for further information regarding your requirements and hire costs.

How to book

Please email: res@kapama.com to receive a booking form for completion.

About your photographic workshop hosts

Heinrich van den Berg

As the official photographer for Kapama Private Game Reserve, Heinrich has photographed and published the reserve’s coffee-table books and brochures. He is an international award-winning wildlife photographer, as well as being an accomplished writer and publisher, and is well known for pushing the boundaries of photography to create explosive images.

A civil engineer by profession, in 1998 Heinrich relinquished a career in engineering to pursue wildlife photography full time. In order to portray his images as accurately as possible to readers, he acquired all the necessary book-publishing skills and was a founding member of HPH Publishing. Since 2001, HPH Publishing has produced and published 21 wildlife coffee-table books.

Isak Pretorius

From a young age, Isak has had a passion and natural flair for nature photography. An accomplished wildlife photographer, his photos are regularly published in a range of wildlife and outdoor magazines and calendars. He specialises in photographic training and wildlife photographic guiding, which sees him travelling to the finest wildlife locations across Africa for much of the year.

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