Photo Safari Zimanga in Focus

Photo Safari Zimanga in Focus

The Zimanga Game Reserve enjoys a fantastic reputation among photographers for its state-of-the-art photo hides. There are several hides for photographing birds and mammals. You can also spend two nights in one of the hides and photograph the night wildlife from the best possible angle. Besides the photo sessions in the photo hides you can also photograph on game drives in the reserve. You will spend all together six nights in the reserve.

The photo hides allow you to photograph the animals from the "eye level". In this way you will always succeed in taking extraordinary and spectacular pictures. The photo hide for a night photography is specially illuminated and has beds and toilets.

Zimanga Game Reserve has a splendid variety of wildlife (including lions, elephants, leopards and cheetahs). In addition, over 400 different bird species have been documented in the area.

This trip is perfect for ambitious nature photographers who wants to expand their portfolio with unique images.

5. – 13.5.2021

8 days / 7 nights, from / to Durban

max. 6 guests

Durban – Zimanga -Durban

English speaking photo guide
Zimanga Photo Safari tour offers several extraordinary photographical highlights
  • You will visit a spectacular private game reserve with a great variety of animals and birds.
  • You will have a chance to photograph several times from spectacular photo hides "at eye level" with the animals (two of them are night sessions). Complete your portfolio with unique, unusual animal photographs.
  • On this photo tour you will be accompanied by the renowned professional wildlife and nature photographer Hannes Lochner. Learn to take pictures like a professional and benefit from Hannes' practical tips and tricks!
  • Less is more: Six nights at the same lodge gives you plenty of time for the wildlife observation and photography.
  • Every guest has a guaranteed "window seat" in the safari vehicle.
Fotosafari Südafrika
Fotosafari Südafrika


Day 1- Arrival to Durban
After your arrival in Durban you will meet Hannes Lochner in our Guest House. After an introduction for the program of the coming days you will enjoy a dinner together.
Day 2 – Zimanga Game Reserve
Right in the morning you will take a drive in a comfortable van towards Zimanga Game Reserve. You will reach the reserve around noon. The first game drive or the first photo-hide session is on the program for the afternoon.

The Zimanga Game Reserve is specialized in nature and wildlife photography. The Game Reserve has built several photo hides together with renowned wildlife photographers. These enables the animals to be observed and photographed undisturbed. All photo hides are equipped with comfortable chairs, tripod devices and gimbal heads.

The Game Reserve has splendid variety of animals. In addition to the coveted Big Five, there are opportunities to photograph cheetahs, hippos, giraffes, hyenas, zebras and many more. There are also over 400 bird species in Zimanga, many of those are found almost exclusively in Southern Africa.

Besides Hannes Lochner you will be looked after and mentored by the resident guide and photographer Calvin Kotze.
Fotosafari Südafrika
Fotosafari Südafrika
Day 3-7 Zimanga Game Reserve
There are two activities on the program each day. You will have a chance to photograph the great variety of wildlife and birds from underground hiding places and safari vehicles. Guest has also the opportunity to spend two nights in the "Overnight Hide". This underground hideaway offers fantastic conditions for unique, unusual wildlife shots. The Overnight Hide is located at a small waterhole and is specially illuminated at night. The animals visiting the waterhole drinks only a few meters away from the photographers! Comfortable chairs, tripod devices, toilet and beds ensure a comfortable stay.

Your photo guide Hannes Lochner is always at your disposal with tips and tricks. Between the game drives you can relax in the camp. Depending on your wishes and needs, Hannes offers short tutorials on different areas of photography. Of course, he will also discuss with you about the photos you have already taken and help you how to take even better pictures on the next game drive.
Day 8 – End of a photo tour
After the last morning activity, you will be driven back to Durban where you will start your individual journey home or onward travel. Departures from Durban should not be booked before 3pm.


You will spend the night in an elegant Bed and Breakfast near the beach. In the evening you will be spoiled with a delicious dinner.
Zimanga Game Reserve
The comfortable rooms have a bathroom with shower, air conditioning, refrigerator and a desk with electricity connections.

There is a small souvenir shop at the lodge, a meeting room for photo discussions, a swimming pool and a spacious main building with a small library. Wifi reception is available at the lodge.
Fotosafari Südafrika
Fotosafari Südafrika
Fotosafari Südafrika
Fotosafari Südafrika

Photo Guide

Hannes Lochner leads this scheduled photo tour, or if he is unavailable, another guide from our team will take over.

Hannes Lochner
Hannes Lochner is a renowned, award-winning wildlife photographer and has been taking pictures professionally since 2007. He has long been fascinated by the arid zones of southern Africa, which of course includes the Kalahari. His name is now synonymous with the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and the leopards in the park in particular.

learn more about Hannes
Who is this photo tour suitable for?
This photography trip is perfect for both beginners and advanced photographers. The small group sizes enable Hannes Lochner to attend to the varying needs of the photographers.


USD/CHF 6'610.-

Photo Safari Zimanga in Focus

  • Price per person in a double room
  • *limited number of single rooms available at no extra charge. Thereafter single room surcharge on request
  • from / to Durban

Included in the price
  • Photographic support by professional photographers
  • 1 overnight stay in hotel in Durban
  • Dinner and breakfast in Durban
  • 6 overnight stays in in Zimanga
  • All meals and drinks in Zimanga
  • 2 Game drives / Hide sessions per day
  • All transfers from/to Durban Airport (for flights recommended by us)
  • Comprehensive travel information, checklists, Tipps and more
Not included in the price
  • International flight connection
  • Premium and imported beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities/Tips
  • Any visa application fees
  • Cancellation cost insurance, travel insurance
  • Any airport taxes
We reserve the right to change prices (especially due to exchange rate fluctuations)

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