Informative and challenging photography safaris
Making good photos not only depends on one’s own talent but also depends on creating the best photo opportunities in the right environment. Van Bommel Safaris knows the best photo locations in the most photogenic safari areas en works together with world class professional wildlife photographers who can teach you all the ins and outs of nature and wildlife photography. Both day and night time photography will be covered extensively. Guides, especially trained in photography trips, can make the difference by knowing where and when to position the car to provide you with the most optimal photo opportunities. Especially constructed photo hides also offer unique opportunities. Van Bommel Safaris can offer photo safaris for any level of photographer, ranging from amateur to semi professional.
Safari photography from a game drive vehicle is ideal. Driving in a private game reserve with a guide, his tracker and an experienced photographer gives you the very best of opportunities to photograph wildlife. In the early morning and late afternoon the light is nice and soft and that gives great results. During twilight hours you may have to use a flash to get the best out of your photographs. Professional photographers are at hand to give you advice whenever you feel you need it. You will also be given the opportunity to do special evening photography in which these photographers are specialised, Using large spotlights two cars can, in turn, light up the animals from the rear or from the side. This play of light and shadow gives you the opportunity to make unique photographs.
Drinking elephants, buffalo, antelopes and sometimes even lions or wild dogs, but above all colourful birds such as all kinds of kingfishers, rollers and bee-eaters form perfect objects for photography from a small boat on the water. As are the African Fish Eagle, waders and other waterfowl. Here, a small boat on the river can get you closer than anything else, and thereby provide you with unique photo opportunities. Pelicans in flight, surfing sea lions, or jumping dolphins are photography moments that you can encounter at sea. Rise to the challenge and capture these beautiful moments.
Taking photographs from a helicopter with an open cockpit is a unique experience. Landscape photographs taken with a short lens, as well as long distance shots of animals will have that something special that makes them unique. The spectacular view the helicopter provides is breathtaking. You’ll not only get fantastic photos you’ll get a thrilling adventure as well. To be able to freely take good photographs from a helicopter it is essential that its doors are removed. This of course is not standard practise but will be taken care of during the photography trip to Namibia.
Hide photography is something completely different. Hides are especially constructed for photography of mammals, waterfowl, small birds, bee-eaters and vultures. These hides provide unique opportunities for both daytime and night time photography. Van Bommel Safaris can offer you choices to incorporate these special places into your tailor made safari. Would you like a guided photography trip or would you rather spend some time on your own in the various hides? Van Bommel Safaris can realise your wishes.
From an open game-drive vehicle you get to photograph the wildlife at Sabi Sand. The focus will be on leopards and lions, but every possibility of taking a great picture will be taken. Professional photographers will aid and assist you whenever needed and you’ll get the opportunity to practise special night time photography.
Zimanga is the very first game reserve in Africa that is completely tailored to photography. It has quite a few bird-hides and wildlife-hides, designed and build in cooperation with hide photography specialist Bence Mate.
This fourteen day safari trip in Namibia is aimed at the nature and wildlife photographer looking for the very best photography opportunities in Namibia. A trip especially designed to take anyone’s photography to a higher level. Although primarily tailored towards photography this trip is also very suitable for non photographing partners.
A five day photography safari on board the luxurious Pangolin Voyager Houseboat at the Chobe River in North Botswana. This small scale and intimate photo safari offers unique photographic opportunities from the water.
A nine day photo safari in the very heart of the Okavango Delta. You will be staying at lodges at Duba Plains and Selinda, situated in the most pristine parts of the Okavango Delta.
Every year we travel a total of 3 to 4 months to Africa for safaris to the best and most special areas. There we visit amongst others Londolozi. If you want to know more about photography and/or maybe just visit some of the best safari areas, then join us at one of our journeys.
The new photography trip agenda of 2019 can already be booked. There are a few spectacular photo safari trips going to Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Tanzania. A number of short trips can also be combined or incorporated into a non-safari holiday to Africa. Contact us for exact dates, prices, and further details of the photography trips. There are photography safaris in every price range and for every budget. Each and every one of them well thought out, fully catered and under the guidance of the best photographers. But hurry, all trips only have a limited availability.
Because Van Bommel Safaris is not limited to working with just one photographer almost every wish a client has can be accommodated. By taking our client’s needs as our starting point we can find a tailor made solution to all his or her wishes.Next to our wide range of small scale group photo tours there is also the option of a private photography lesson during your safari journey. A professional photographer joins you in your game drive vehicle and literally looks over your shoulder when you use your camera. All secrets that safari photography holds will be revealed to you. Then, back at the lodge, the lesson will continue with a session of Photoshop / Lightroom. This is the most complete way to increase your knowledge and insight of photography.
We want you to know that everything we show you is real. All the photographs on this website are the result of our own private safari trips. Therefore this level of quality is what you may expect when you book a safari trip with us. A small sample from our photo collection: