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Explore Botswana’s wilderness during this exclusive photo safari

With stunning rocky landscapes, prime opportunities for big cat sightings, large herds of elephants, crystal clear starry nights and a vast array of bird species, the Tuli Block in Botswana is the perfect photo safari destination.

Join us for a weeklong adventure in this river-side wilderness, and photograph a wealth of wildlife under the guidance of wildlife and conservation photographer Alan Hewitt. You will stay at a safari-style camp in the heart of the game reserve and your days will be filled with game drives, walking safaris, photography workshops and meals under the stars. Along the way, you’ll receive photographic tutoring by Alan Hewitt, who will help you sharpen your skills, at whichever level you are as a photographer.

If you’re up for a longer wildlife photography adventure, you can combine this trip with our South African photo safari. Based in the Timbavati, a collection of exclusive private game reserves, this safari offers an incredible Big Five experience and it compliments the photo safari in Botswana in a great way.

Quick Facts

Tuli, Botswana

Aug 1 - 7, 2024

Aug 15 – 21, 2024

Wildlife Photography
Photography Guide: Alan Hewitt
Group Size: Max 6
All Photography Levels

Tour & Destination Highlights

  • Enjoy high quality wildlife encounters, including big cats and massive herds of elephants 
  • Photograph wildlife with a striking backdrop; vast rocky landscapes, huge dry riverbeds, and endless vistas 
  • Have a true wilderness experience; our camp (which is exclusively ours) is based in the heart of the game reserve 
  • Enjoy photographic tutoring from Alan Hewitt, a renowned wildlife and conservation photographer 
  • Try your hand at astrophotography and dine under the stars

Quick Facts

Tuli, Botswana

Aug 1 - 7, 2024

Aug 15 – 21, 2024

Wildlife Photography
Photography Guide: Alan Hewitt
Group Size: Max 6

PRICING OVERVIEW

USD $3730GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $
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At the current exchange rate. Please note final quote might vary slightly


per person sharing

INCLUDING

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Airport transfers
  • All game drives and walking safaris
  • Photographic tutoring
  • All entrance fees

EXCLUDING

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
EXPLORE

Photography in Botswana

The breath-taking vistas of the Tuli Block provide a unique backdrop for your wildlife photography

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WHAT TO EXPECT IN BOTSWANA

Your Photographic Experience

Described by Lonely Planet as ‘Botswana’s best kept secret’, Tuli Block is a nature reserve marked by far-stretching and striking landscapes: vast moon-like rocky plains, large river beds lined with giant trees, and stark blue skies. The dry winter season offers prime game-viewing and exceptionally clear starry nights, whilst the rainy summer season sees carpets of wildflowers spring from the ground: refreshed by spectacular thunderstorms. It is a land populated by lions, leopards, cheetahs, large herds of elephants, hippos, hyenas, wild dogs, and cheetahs. But we’ll also focus on smaller wildlife during your photo safari, both during game drives and on foot, like jackals, honey badgers, different antelope, and birds of prey.  And speaking of birds - if you’re a bird photography enthusiast, you’re in for a treat; Tuli is home to an impressive variety of bird species, including (but certainly not limited to) Meyer’s Parrot, African Scops-Owl, Meve’s Starling, Southern Black Tit, Little Sparrowhawk, and a mating pair of Verreaux Eagles.  The far-stretching vistas of Tuli provide a unique backdrop for your wildlife photography and, for those keen, also offer exciting landscape photography opportunities. The bright, clear, and expansive night skies offer a chance to explore astrophotography too.  Alan, an experienced wildlife photographer, will be there to assist you throughout your photo safari and to help you take the best possible wildlife images. His tuition will be tailored to everyone’s level; you’ll be able to get as much or as little guidance as you would like. Tuition will most likely include camera settings, exposure, aperture, creative techniques, as well as post-processing. The tuition will happen both during game drives and other activities, and during sessions at our accommodation; it’s flexible and adaptable to everyone’s needs. If there’s anything in particular you would like to learn – be sure to ask! It is our hope that you’ll return home from your Botswana photo safari with an enriched portfolio and improved photography skills that you can implement in all your future photographic expeditions.
SEROLO SAFARI CAMP

Your Accommodation

For the 7-day itinerary, you’ll stay at Serolo Safari Camp. Sheltered by Mashatu and Apple-leaf trees and only a few hundred meters from the banks of the Limpopo River, Serolo sits right in the heart of the wilderness you journeyed here to photograph. You will spend your nights in a comfortable two-bed safari-style tent, fully serviced with hot running water, en-suite showers, and flush toilets. There are electric fans and lamps in each tent and bedding, towels, and soap are supplied. You’ll enjoy three meals a day with your fellow attendees in the camp’s beautiful open air dining area, which also features a fire pit and a splash pool to help you unwind and cool off after a day of breath-taking wildlife photography under the African sun.

If you’re joining us for the longer itinerary in May 2025, you’ll divide your time between Serolo Safari Camp and the neighbouring Mohave Bush Camp; a camp with permanent safari tents and a similar authentic African feel. Mohave is off the grid, but solar power will charge all of our equipment. This camp is exceptionally well-positioned for game viewing, and you’ll enjoy some great photographic opportunities from the comfort of your tent. Both camps have splash pools, communal areas, and lovely outside dining areas, where you’ll enjoy three cooked meals a day.

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WORKSHOP LEADER

Alan Hewitt

Alan Hewitt

WORKSHOP LEADER

Alan Hewitt

Alan Hewitt is a wildlife and conservation photographer, writer, and workshop leader. Mainly driven by his appreciation for and fascination of wildlife, Alan’s aim with his photography is to document our natural world and use this as a tool for conservation. His work has been used to support wildlife conservation organisations in Kenya, as well as ones closer to his home in the UK, including campaigns to save nature reserves that are home to iconic and endangered species. Alan is an official UK ambassador for FUJIFILM.

EXPERIENCE

Your Photo Tour Itinerary

Day 1Welcome to Tuli Game Reserve
Touch down in Botswana! We’ll collect you OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg and take you on the 6-hour drive to Tuli Game Reserve. Once there, you can settle into your tent, enjoy your first meal under the riverine trees and let the hum of the African bush lull you to sleep, ready for an unforgettable week.
Day 2 - 6 Game Viewing & Photography Experience
You’ll spend the next five days enjoying game drives, walking safaris, photography workshops and once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounters. Alan will be with you every step of the way, offering tailored tuition, feedback, and guidance on all things photography.
Day 7Good Bye & Departure
It’s time to head home, or to wherever you’re off to next. We’ll drive you back to Johannesburg airport with a portfolio filled with photographs of the stunning wildlife, landscapes and skyscapes to be witnessed in beautiful Botswana.

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Feedback from our guests

It was such an inspiring experience. I’ve definitely come along way not only as a photographer but as a whole, the experience really enriched me on a personal level. The opportunity to photograph things that most people would never get the privilege of; walking into rural communities and truly feeling welcomed and wanted there, engaging with the local people was something that maybe initially felt a little bit daunting but turned into the best part! Faces and hugs I’ll never forget. It’s definitely made me think harder about what I want to do in the future.

Heidi Hughes

Heidi Hughes

Alan was a friendly supportive professional guide throughout keeping us aware at all times. Wildlife – better every day! Leopards with kill up trees, lions female and male doing what they do, big five in first 24 hours, bee eaters and roller birds, close proximity overnight to wild sounds, great colleagues, and friendly staff. I really enjoyed the overall experience.

Derek Bridel

Derek Bridel

The wildlife was amazing and photo opportunities were many and varied. For my first safari it was incredible. There were three highlights. Firstly the silence being remote from human intervention, secondly eagle rock and the crossings we witnessed of elephants, giraffe, wildebeest, impala, baboons and storks across the dry river bed and thirdly the lions and leopard with an impala kill up a tree. And of course lots and lots of memorable elephants. A truly memorable experience. Thank you.

Keith Mead

Keith Mead

I cannot say enough positive things about my workshop experience. Every aspect was absolutely superb — shoot locations and time of day, attention, help and extremely valuable feedback from our leader Emil, logistics, organization, and communication. Hands down, I’ve never learned so much from a photo workshop before. Also, Emil’s passion, enthusiasm, and energy are infectious and, coupled with his eagerness to share a deep knowledge of photography (creative AND technical) and of the places we visited, made the workshop an experience of a lifetime.

Richard Silver

Richard Silver

This trip definitely reached my expectations; I got exposed to much more than I expected. The particular care and attentiveness of the instructors was a couple steps above my previous experiences with photo workshops. I would recommend Penda.

Val Mahan

Val Mahan

Extraordinary experience – trip of a lifetime. Thank you for everything. Highlights were all the animal encounters, and just being immersed in the bush with nice people.

Axel Elfner

Axel Elfner

Without doubt it was one of the best photographic trips and adventures that I have undertaken in the last 15 years. Emil was outstanding as the lead for the group and the other two members were really good as well so all in all it made for a fabulous journey. The variety of both animals and landscapes made the trip so interesting and we had one or two wow moments when we encountered something really special.

MIKE HALL

MIKE HALL

I had fun, met new people from different parts of the world, saw many wonderful animals, was well taken care of and felt safe within each of the two lodges. Photography workshops were full of good help and advice where it was needed. I left this holiday with a light and satisfied heart.

Chris McConnell

Chris McConnell

This trip far surpassed my expectations. Having such good guides/trackers, and such an experienced approachable photographer ensured that we saw plenty of wildlife and photographed them in the best conditions and positions. Had such a wonderful time.

Annette O’Connell

Annette O’Connell

It was FANTASTIC! The food was plentiful and delicious and the accommodations were quite comfortable. Sam is an excellent teacher and I would HIGHLY recommend his workshop to photographers of any skill level. It’s truly amazing what we accomplished in one short week. I just wanted to let you know, it was an unforgettable experience and I’m very grateful to Penda Photo Tours.

Suzanne Evans

Suzanne Evans

The game drives were first rate and the opportunities they presented plentiful. In particular the number and variety of leopard sightings were simply outstanding. Alan Hewitt was a first rate tutor and coach as well as being an engaging and committed host.

David Callaghan

David Callaghan

The whole experience was exceptional from start to finish. Everyone involved was amazing, especially Marleen, Andrew and Andy. I would not hesitate in doing it all again. A highlight for me was conquering my fear of taking street portraits.

Trevor Bancroft

Trevor Bancroft

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