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2 Day Underground Photographic Hide Experience

Tour Focus

Unique Photographic Opportunities
White Lions of the Timbavati
Big 5
Eco Bush Experience
Stars & Landscapes
Reconnect with Nature
Flexible Photographic Program

We invite you to join us on this exclusive guided photographic safari for 6 in the tranquil Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa.

Spend a memorable 5 days with a specialist photographic guide in the tranquil Timbavati. A chance to unwind and relax while connecting with nature is what awaits guests lucky enough to get a spot on this exclusive photographic safari.

Who is this Tour for?

Everyone & anyone is welcome, whether you are a non-photographer, an amateur photographer, somewhere in-between or a professional.

Photographic Opportunities:

Big 5, Cheetah, African Wild Dog, Bird Photography, General Game, Landscapes, Nightscapes

What to Expect:

There are so many things one can get from the undisturbed, peaceful and homely place Umlani is. It is not only a perfect place to get some fantastic images but also to re-connect with nature.

Meet new people, make new friends, learn about the African bush, grow your photography and experience some special moments including the chats around the camp fire under a blanket of stars!

Each drive is unique and photographic opportunities beckon. You will spend time enjoying and growing your passion for the bush.

We limit the number of guests to a maximum of 6 per safari, providing ample space for camera equipment on drive, the comfort to move freely and the ability to get the best possible angle at each sighting.

Your safari experience is enhanced by the use of highly skilled trackers, knowledgeable game rangers, and an experienced specialist photographic guide on the vehicle.

We love Africa & can’t wait to share it with you!

The Timbavati:

The Timbavati Reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park and lies nestled between the Kruger National Park on the east, the Klaserie and Umbabat Game Reserves in the north and the Thornybush Game Reserve in the west. There are no fences between the Timbavati and the Kruger National Park which allows free movement of wildlife between the reserves. The world-famous Kruger National Park is a conservation area of more than 20,000 square kilometres.

The Timbavati is, in particular, well known for its amazing game sightings. Leopard, the most elusive of the Big 5, are frequently spotted when going on a game drive in the reserve. After a trip to Timbavati, you can be certain to return home with some absolutely stunning images and memories. Besides the Big 5, other game species occur in great numbers, among which are more than 350 bird species. Timbavati is one the best South African safari destinations for wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and bird watchers alike.

Lions with a recessive gene causing their coats to be snow white (though not albino) re-appeared in the Timbavati in 2006 after an absence of many years. When the white lions of the Timbavati were discovered in the mid-1970s they became the subject of much interest and debate. The story of the “White Lions of the Timbavati” has been told by many people. 

The Timbavati is typified by lowveld savannah bushveld, undulating river beds and large tress. It is truly a magical place rich with game, stunning landscapes and the chance to see wild white lions.




Experience the real magic of Africa at Umlani Bushcamp. The beautifully designed eco lodge is off the grid and beaten tourist track, offering intimate and thrilling wildlife encounters, award-winning meals and a chance to reconnect with nature in one of Africa’s world-renowned, unspoilt wilderness reserves.

Umlani is located in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park. This is true Big Five territory and guests have an opportunity to see lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino on safe, expertly guided game drives and bush walks. The area is also home to more than 40 mammal species and 350 bird species.

As an ethically operated and Fair Trade certified safari camp, Umlani is dedicated to conserving the African wild and uplifting the local community. This gives our guests an opportunity to have a more meaningful experience of Africa and a holiday that makes a real difference.


Dates & Prices

Your booking includes:

  • 4 nights accommodation at the beautiful Umlani Bushlodge located in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve.
  • All meals, snacks and local alcoholic beverages.
  • Tea, coffee, fruit juice & water.
  • 8 game drives on a private vehicle
  • All post-processing training in Adobe Lightroom.
  • All photographic training.
  • A field guide, specialist photographic guide & tracker per vehicle.
  • A chance to sleep in a treehouse in the bush.

Enquire / Book Safari

Available Dates:
27-31 May 2017 (02 of 06 spots available)

Per Person: ZAR18500

Book Now:

Please select the safari dates you would like to enquire about.

Lodge & Safari Gallery


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a Photographer?
No, whether you are a photographer or not, we would love you to join us for an incredible experience where you can relax, enjoy some amazing sights & learn from some of the best guides!

How do I get to the lodge?
You can access the Timbavati via road in a normal non 4×4 vehicle or by air. On booking we will provide you with everything you need to know about getting to Umlani.

What do I need to bring?
On booking we will provide you with a list of items to bring as a guideline.

What can I expect?
We want you to experience Africa at close quarters & learn more about the bush as well as your photography. You can read more about what you can expect from this tour by clicking on the detail tab. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to drop us a message.

The Timbavati is a Malaria area with the higher risk during the rainy season from October-February. We advise you to wear long pants after dark and use mosquito repellant as well as take all necessary precautions before your trip. Mosquito nets are provided in each room.We also advise you to chat to your local health specialist for advice.

There is no threat of Ebola/Zika viruses in South Africa and there have been no reported cases within the country.

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