Photographic Safaris

The Great Outdoors has teamed up with Justin Fisher of JF Photography to offer an exciting range of specialist photographic safaris

Upcoming Safaris

Walkers River Camp
1st – 5th October 2019

Walkers River Camp
1st – 5th November 2019

Scroll down for more details and email us at to book your place

An amazing opportunity to hone your photographic skills in the world famous Timbavati

Walkers River Camp

Situated at the south western end of the 1065ha Schoongezicht farm in the western corner of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, the idyllic setting of Walkers River Camp makes you believe that you’re in the middle of nowhere. The lodge shares a common unfenced border with the Kruger National Park allowing animals free range and ensuring guests to the area the opportunity to view the greatest diversity of wildlife that Africa has to offer. Guests are able to view the big game from open vehicles, on foot or from the comfort of your room as you experience timeless Africa. Walkers River Camp accommodates a maximum of 8 people in private suites all with baths, outdoor showers, separate toilets and enclosed mosquito nets covering the beds. The open plan lounge and dining areas include a fireplace for those cooler evenings, open air dining and a fire pit, the perfect place to end the day with stories around the campfire.

Safari Itinerary and Details


*Itineraries are subject to change:

Day 1:

  • 14h00 Arrival & Check-in

Your photographer and professional guide will open proceedings with a brief introduction on what can be expected throughout the Safari.

  • 15h30 First Afternoon Safari

The initial game drive is for guests to take photos as you would usually to provide a benchmark against which photos from the end of the safari can be compared.

  • 19h30 Dinner

Day 2 – 4

  • 05h30 Wake-up call and coffee
  • 06h00 Departure for morning safari
  • 09h30 Breakfast
  • 11h00 Practical /Theory/ Processing Session at Walkers River Lodge (one-on-one)
  • 13h00 Lunch
  • 14h00 Practical /Theory/ Processing Session at Walkers River Lodge (one-on-one)
  • 16h00 Game Drive
  • 19h30 Dinner
  • 21h00 Images of the Day & Feedback Session

During & after dinner, your photographer will give a short presentation showing a variety of images taken during the day and how, by using specific aspects, one can alter and change an image dramatically.

Photographing the Night Sky (optional)

Day 5:

  • 06h00 Game Drive
  • 09h00 Breakfast
  • 10h00 Check Out & Departure

Photographic Course Details

Photographic Skills:

All skills levels and photographic interests are welcome, including hobbyist, wildlife, birding, landscape and travel photographers.

Location Highlights:

  • High probability of predators such as lion, hyena, wild dog and leopard.
  • Game in general are relaxed and easy to photograph
  • A variety of landscapes – open plains, grasslands and riverine glades etc
  • Varied tree species including Acacia Thornveld and Marula Trees
  • Vast watering holes of easy viewing game

Photography Skills Highlights Include:

  • Understanding all your camera equipment
  • Preparing for a photographic safari
  • Presentations on Light & Composition
  • Use of Lenses for various effects
  • Landscapes, sunrises & sunsets,
  • Exposure and how to balance light in Manual Mode
  • Shutter Speed workshop
  • Low Light and painting with light
  • Bird photography
  • Depth of field
  • Macro photography
  • Benefits of using a tripod
  • The importance of good composition
  • Parallel lines in the tree lines avenues
  • Different light conditions and how light reacts to natural elements (ie dust)
  • Post-processing of images in Photoshop & Lightroom Tutorials
  • Movie night and feedback on images

Justin Fisher

Our charismatic photographic specialist combines an in depth knowledge with a passion for photography. With an innate ability to pass on both to our clients he goes out of his way to ensure that you get the most out of your time on safari with us.

Megan Smith

With 13 years of experience guiding and running lodges in South Africa and Botswana, our Head Guide’s knowledge of the local fauna and flora and her welcoming personality combine to ensure an unforgettable safari experience, both on the open game viewing vehicle and back in camp.

Safari Details


  • All accommodation
  • Meals
  • Select house drinks
  • Game drives and walks
  • Photographic and editing instruction


  • Transport to and from Walker’s River Camp
  • Special ordered drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • All extra items available on request

Available on Request:

  • Camera Equipment Rental
  • Transfers between Hoedspruit and Walkers River Lodge


  • R30 500 / person sharing
  • R35 500 / person as single

Drop us an email on to book your place