Learn to Use Your Camera in Zimbabwe

Aspiring wildlife photographers will love our Zimbabwe Photography Safari! Africa has wildlife and landscape photography opportunities that photographers dream of, and this special safari will help you take your skills to the next level. You will explore some of Zimbabwe’s top wildlife areas with specially trained guides, seeing incredible wildlife while learning from individuals who are in the field capturing incredible images every day. You will be provided with the same equipment as your guide - the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera - so you won’t even need to pack your own equipment!

This photo safari kicks off in a private concession in a remote corner of Hwange National Park. Zimbabwe’s largest park, Hwange is best known for its massive elephant population - some 45,000 strong. Its diverse terrain is also home to species ranging from African wild dog to honey badgers and lions. Game drives and walks from Little Makalolo Camp are filled with excitement, but you don’t even have to leave camp for great sightings. The resident wildlife know that Little Makalolo is the sight of a reliable waterhole. Another great in-camp game viewing option is the log-pile hide, which affords thrilling close-up views of elephants. These varied settings provide for many different photographic scenarios, allowing you to experiment and learn how best to use your camera in different situations.

From Hwange, you will head to Mana Pools National Park. You’ll be based at Ruckomechi Camp on the banks of the Zambezi. It’s a beautiful place with spectacular views of the broad flowing river, the adjacent woodland and the mountains of the Rift Valley escarpment, making for amazing photographic backdrops or landscape photography. This ecosystem is teeming with game, and our favorite way to see it is out on the water. Whether on a river cruise, or for the more intrepid, by canoe, photographing Mana Pools’ hippos at eye level is a unique thrill. Day and night game drives, bush walks and fishing round out ways to capture imagery in this remarkable park. We also recommend that you take advantage of the chance to sleep out in the ‘star bed’ next to the waterhole. You could practice star photography, or just kick back and soak in Africa’s dazzling night skies.

We suggest booking a private vehicle and guide at an additional USD 600 per day at each camp. One of our favorites at Ruckomechi is Nyengedzayi Kazingizi, a Pro Guide with a canoeing and boat license who is also an Olympus camera expert.

Should you wish to purchase Olympus equipment after your safari, you will receive a 10% discount on any photo or binocular equipment via the Olympus online shop (Get Olympus), and in turn Olympus will donate 10% of the purchase value of their equipment to a scholarship fund for secondary education.

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Price

From $5652 pp to $7353 pp
Additional $1800 per person for a private vehicle and guide

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