Sabi Sand Photo Safari
The Sabi Sand safari to Elephant Plains Game Lodge is one of our best value for money products we have at Tusk Photo. You get to experience this top rated luxury lodge in the heart of South Africa’s Greater Kruger National Park, with our own private photographic vehicles. You can expect to photograph Leopard as you have never done before with our Professional Tusk Photo host photographers sharing their intricate knowledge and secrets on how to capture and work with Big Cats at night. Our amazing volume of work is unrivaled in the industry and speaks for itself.
Elephant Plains Game Lodge is one of the best photographic destinations in Southern Africa. What makes this lodge even more spectacular is the unrivaled opportunity to photograph wild leopard. Elephant Plains Game Lodge has to be the premier leopard lodge in the world…!
The Sabi Sand private Game Reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park, with which it shares an unfenced border. The wildlife is thus able to wander freely between the two reserves.
The 65000 acre reserve has developed a reputation internationally and locally as one of the best wildlife destinations in the country.
In addition to the possibility of photographing the Big 5 in only one drive, the Sabi Sand has a well-deserved reputation as being the best place in the world to view and photograph leopard. The Sabi Sand leopards ignore vehicles as they carry on with their daily activities, unhindered and unperturbed allowing humans to view these secretive animals like no other.
The Reserve is also rich in biodiversity and teems with game. Two large rivers, the Sabi and the Sand rivers intersect in the Park. This divides the reserve into sections, each with an abundance of antelope, predators, scavengers, birds and more.
All game drives are scheduled for the dawn and dusk hours. This is when the vast majority of animals are most active, and you get the opportunity to see crepuscular, nocturnal and diurnal wildlife. All game drives are conducted on our private open game viewers each equipped with specialized camera brackets with gimbal heads making light work of even the heaviest camera equipment.
Elephant Plains Game Lodge is a comfortable, well appointed lodge where friendly staff make your stay that much better.
DAY 1: Arrival and First Game Experience
After arrival at the Lodge, refreshments and a short briefing, your first afternoon drive leaves the lodge at around 16h00.You will start taking photographs almost immediately as you encounter any of the vast array of wildlife species. Your Expert Sabi Sand Wildlife Photographer will guide, advise and make suggestions as you frame your shots and then take images as never before.
The Guides and Trackers in the area are expert at following different species, guaranteeing some wonderful encounters, and before you know it, the time has arrived for sundowners.
You will enjoy this amazing experience deep in the bush, as the sun approaches the horizon, creating vivid, spectacular skyscapes. After the area has been checked carefully for predators, you alight from the vehicle to stretch your legs and enjoy a variety of delicious snacks, and sundowners, with the smell and feel of the bush all around.
Then back on the vehicle, and in the gathering darkness, you will search for crepuscular and nocturnal animals.
There are few sights more awe – inspiring and heart – stopping than a lion or leopard suddenly appearing out of the darkness, an arms length away from you, marching haughtily to some destination, totally uncaring of your presence or your shaking, clicking camera.
These memories will be etched on your heart and soul, and you will recapture the grandeur of that moment as you relive the time again and again with your images.
Your return to camp, where a meeting with your fellows in the bar area is followed a gourmet meal served around a blazing fire, under the starry, starry African Sky. The only sounds you will hear are the crackling of the fire, maybe a hyena, hippo or lion not too far away, an owl, or other nocturnal creatures settling down for the night. The murmur of voices around the fire is subdued as people instinctively listen to and absorb the sounds of Africa.
After supper, you have the choice of some in-depth photography lessons and advice from the Renowned Wildlife Photographer who accompanies you on the drives, and then gives tutorials between these times.
Your accommodation is so inviting that you will find yourself wondering if you shouldn’t spend a few more days here – just to enjoy the comfort.
DAYS 2 to 5: Morning Safaris and Photography
At around 04h30, a knock at your door gets you springing from your bed.
Yes! A day of adventure awaits!
The vehicles leave at 05h00 – the best time for animal activity, and to increase the chances of an encounter with nocturnal and crepuscular species.
You will leave the camp in the darkness, and soon the first faint hints of the coming sunrise are apparent. But not before your Guides and Trackers have pointed out an array of animals and birds for you to photograph in these unique surroundings and conditions.
When the sun has risen over the horizon, a stop for a welcome cup of hot coffee or tea, with delicious rusks, biscuits and other home-made treats is enjoyed as you listen to the dawn chorus of birds.
Back on the vehicle, you will again have the opportunity to capture wonderful shots of a variety of wildlife in their natural habitat. Hippo, cheetah, hyena, giraffe, impala, kudu, waterbuck, bushbuck, Vervet Monkeys, baboons, and a seemingly endless list of wildlife in addition to the lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant that make up the Big 5.
A splendid breakfast back at the lodge is followed by a few hours for you to choose an activity.
Would you like to join the Professional Photography group for tutorials on your images, including the use of Lightroom? Would you like a quick nap during this peaceful, quiet time of day – when many of the animals in the bush are slumbering, too. Would you like a quick swim? A massage? A workout in the gym? A game of billiards or table tennis? A guided walk through the bush?
Or would you like to pull up a strategically placed deckchair and keep an eye on the activities at the water hole – and the valley overlooked by the Lodge?
DAYS 2 to 4: Afternoon game drive
Somehow, whatever your choice, the time, including a delicious lunchtime spread seems to fly past, and you find yourself clambering back onto your vehicle, heart pounding with excitement, for your afternoon adventure.
Your game drive is punctuated by a brief stop for sundowners and snacks as you watch the sun dip majestically to the horizon.
Back on your vehicle you look out for the many animals that are most active at this time, followed by a return to the Lodge for your evening activity and meal.
And this is how you will spend your 5 wonderful days, deep in the African Bush, with a superb blend of Africa experienced at its most luxurious.
DAY 5: Final Game Drive and Farewells
The final day finds you heading back to civilization after your morning game drive and breakfast, confident that you will be back, and with your memory cards filled with photographs for you to relive the amazing time you enjoyed here.
So what are the Safari highlights:
- Unrivaled Leopard photography
- Unrivaled night photography and tuition using different light sources
- Private Photographic vehicles with camera supports and gimbal heads
- Photographic workshops everyday between game drives
- Luxury lodge with gym, spa, bush walks and more
- All rooms have air conditioning
- Professional Tusk Photo host photographers with intense knowledge of the area and photography.
How do I get to the Lodge:
- Option 1 – You can drive to the lodge. From Johannesburg its 6 hrs tar road with the last 60km on dirt road
- Option 2 – You can fly into the Sabi Sand with Fedral Air and land at Elephant Plains airstrip
- Option 3 – You can fly to Arthusa airstrip which is next to Elephant Plains and transfer 20min to the lodge
- Option 4 – You can fly with your own aircraft
- Option 5 – You can fly to either Hoedspruit or Nelspruit (KMIA) and arrange transfers from there to the lodge
- Option 6 – You can fly to Skukuza and depending on times arrange a transfer to the lodge.
- Option 7 – You can fly to Hoedspruit or Nelspruit and rent a vehicle and drive to the lodge. Hoedspruit 1.5hrs / Nelspruit 2.5hrs
- Option 8 – You can arrange a transfer from Gauteng / Johannesburg to the lodge and back again.
Please let us know if you need any help in arrange flights / transfers or other arrangements.
- Services of Tusk Photo hosts
- All meals, teas & coffees
- 4 nights’ accommodation
- All activities
- Photographic workshop and tuition
- Telephone calls
- Purchases of a personal nature.
- Travel costs to Elephant Plains either driving or International flights.
What Animals can I expect to Photograph?
- Leopard, leopard, leopard
- White Rhino
- Spotted Hyena
- Possible sightings of: Cheetah, Wild Dog, Serval, Honey Badger, Genet, Porcupine, Pangolin, Aardvark
What Birds can I expect to Photograph?
- Large selection of eagles including Martial and Tawny Eagle
- Francolins and spurfowls
- And many many more.
Dates & Prices
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|24 September 2022||28 September 2022||ZAR 19990||N/A||5||Elephant Plains||Book|
|28 September 2022||2 October 2022||ZAR 19990||N/A||FULL||Elephant Plains|
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|26 October 2022||30 October 2022||ZAR 19990||N/A||4||Elephant Plains||Book|
|12 November 2022||16 November 2022||ZAR 19990||N/A||7||Elephant Plains||Book|
|16 November 2022||20 November 2022||ZAR 19990||N/A||9||Elephant Plains||Book|
|18 March 2023||22 March 2023||ZAR 21990||N/A||11||Elephant Plains||Book|
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|23 September 2023||27 September 2023||ZAR 21990||N/A||FULL||Elephant Plains|
|27 September 2023||1 October 2023||ZAR 21990||N/A||12||Elephant Plains||Book|
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Marco Dagnolo from South Africa wrote
The recent Sabi Sands trip was very enjoyable.
Santie Quanjer from South Africa wrote:
I have just returned home after the Safari I booked with you. It was an amazing 4 nights. Everything was superbly organised. Very happy with my photos which is greatly due to the instructions given by guides Brendon and Dawie. Thank you TUSK! Next adventure will have to be the Namibia Safari after recovering from this one of course!
Frik van Wyk & Petri from Centurion, South Africa wrote:
Baie, baie dankie vir wonderlike en onvergeetlike ervaring saam met Tusk. ....wat n voorreg om deel te mag wees van julle interaksie met die natuur; God se skepping. Hierdie was vir hom nr 15 en staan verseker uit bo al die voriges. Ons sien uit na Oktober 2021.
Angela Pass from South Africa wrote:
Firstly I must mention I had an amazing 4 days with Tusk at Elephant Plains. It was special in every way.
Freddie & Antoinette Janse van Rensburg from Pretoria South Africa wrote:
Thank you very much for the arrangements pertaining to the Safari. As usual for EP and Tusk the bookings In and Out were seamless. Food, accommodation, Rangers, Trackers, Bar Tenders and Management could not be faulted at EP ! Brendon and Dawie, please give them both a pat on the back !! Never holding back any information, patience (our vehicle group’s average age about 70) , courtesy, clear instructions, numerous times repeating the same information, individual tuition, etc. This is what you want to see from Hosts ! Well done Tusk ! Thank you again for a superb photo safari. If we did not get “brag” shots, that was not your fault.
Francoise Cloete from Queenswood, South Africa wrote:
It is a Sunday evening and I am sitting in my studio and looking at the memories we captured this last week. A week ago around this time we sat down for dinner at Elephant Plains. I do not have the words to express the joy and the thrills of the experience. However, I do want to thank Tusk Photo for the opportunity and a special word of thanks to Dawie and Brendon for their patience, the tutoring and the effort they put in. Their knowledge of the animals, the reserve and the tips they gave and shared freely was invaluable. They checked and constantly offered advice and asked if we were getting the shots we wanted. Having met them and our fellow photographers was a special experience. The lodge is great, the food was absolutely sublime and we came back with not a single photo of an Impala but with loads of leopard photos, lions, hyenas and wild dogs. I know I drove you mad with our calendar challenges….Thank you for assisting us. This is a trip I can recommend to anyone who wants great photos of leopards….and Brendon and Dawie as guides are 2 people I would like to have as guides and tutors again.
Hinesh Patel from South Africa wrote:
I learnt so much over the last 5 days and I’m now really inspired to get better... the patience and individual attention you both (Brendon and Dawie) displayed was far above my expectation and really made the trip worth while (so did the leopard in a tree 😁 )! Thanks again for an amazing 5 days and look forward to seeing you guys again at EP!
Dharmesh & Maya Kessow from Gauteng, South Africa wrote
Just a short thank you message for the wonderful time we had at Elephant Plains with Wim and Brendon-just amazing.
Laura Virgili from Italy wrote:
thanks so.much for all.Sabi Sand was great and Tusk created some new addicted to photographic safari!!
Ted Swindon from South Africa wrote:
We have had a great trip to Elephant Plains, Dawie was an excellent host! He is so talented!! & We had an excellent trip to Djuma as well as Elephant Plains thank you. I really have learnt a lot from Dawie, my photographic mentor. He is such an amazing young man with excellent hosting and organisational abilities. He’s a credit to the Tusk team.
Kobie-Marie Kritzinger from Pretoria, South Africa wrote
Ons Elephant Plains ervaring verlede week was heerlik, van die beste nog. Daar aangekom en onmiddellik tuis gevoel .... Brendon is so 'n natuurlike gasheer en Dawie altyd gretig om te help. Baie dankie vir 'n heerlike herinnering op ons kerfstok.
Asgeir Westgård from Norway wrote:
Had an absolutely amazing 8 days back to back trip to EP. Lots of leopards and lions. The guys are true pros and you will learn a lot! Brendon and Dawie are amazing hosts and great guys. It was a pleasure! Thx a lot, see you again. I want to thank you all for an absolutely fantastic trip to elephant plains now in November, it was everything i dreamed of, and more! That said, it's important to start looking forward to next time, so what better then to sign up for another jorney to my new favourite place 🙂 i see you have 8 days back to back next november also, so write me up for that trip 👍👍
Pamela Knowles from USA wrote:
We had an amazing time with Tusk at Sabi. I do hope to book again one day. Thrilled with my night shots.
Clint Ralph from Gauteng, South Africa wrote:
Also, just want to thank you, Slim-Wim and Ben for the most incredible trip to EP. Ben is a STAR. Tusk is really fortunate to have such amazing guides as Wim, Ben, Henry and Brendon.
Tracy Oats from New York, USA wrote
I had a fantastic time at Elephant Plains - thanks again for all of your help with that.
John Corsiglia from Atlanta,USA wrote
Loran, just got back from Elephant Plains Safari and it was wonderful! Thank you for all your help. Dawie with just terrific.
Frik van Wyk from South Africa wrote:
Baie geluk en dankie met nog ‘n suksesvolle safari. Byde Hendri en Dawie was baie geduldig en ondersteunend met die gaste. Dit was nou nommer sewe vir ons. Steeds wonderlik . Dankie,
Evelyn Gibson from SA wrote:
....but it was great as always, Henri and Dawie were great and the group did all get on well together, We enjoyed it as always and yes I have some good images.
Ifham Raji From Sri Lanka wrote:
We have arrived in our homes now, after a very enjoyable and memorable trip in the elephant plains. Everything went well , even the car drive, we did not get lost ;-).. anyway, i thank you very much for the well organized tour, Brendon was extremely nice and very helpful and conducted the tour well,sharing his knowledge and experience. The Hotel was very good ,enjoyed the hospitality and the food. Morné, our driver did a good job with Dione and Chris, the Trackers and they all made sure we got some very interesting and exciting sightings and made us get the most of the situation. Photographically, it was a good experience too, being with Brendon , a very fine and talented photographer, learnt a lot about flash photography with him. Always, kind to answer any questions and give valuable advice. Sure looking forward to doing more tours with you in the future. Anyway, thanks again for everything and for the well organised tour..
Lizet Grobbelaar from Gauteng, South Africa
Ons het regtig baie lekker by EP gekuier! Die kids het dit net so geniet!
Pauline van der Spuy from Gauteng, South Africa wrote
This is just a note to say how much we enjoyed the EP safari led by Brendon and Dawie. We had a really great time and it was a wonderful celebration of Dennis' birthday. Brendon and Dawie went out of their way for all the guests and their knowledge, skill and patience is admirable. I think we were extremely lucky in terms of what we were able to see and photograph and Elephant Plains really excelled as usual in terms of food and service.
Malie van der Vyver from Pretoria, South Africa wrote:
Dear Brendon and Dawie. I would like to thank you for an wonderful safari. This was our 3rd Photographic Safari to Elephant Plains and yet again it exceeded all our expectations. You gave me the opportunity to photograph from the big cats to chameleons. Throughout the safari you never failed to give advice, tips and tricks and to call out the settings in order to put me in a position to get the best possible photographs. The workshops between the game drives were most informative and I learned a lot. Thanks for being such wonderful hosts. We enjoyed our EP safaris so much that our booking for next year has already been made.
Lee-Anne Robertson from Port Elizabeth in South Africa wrote:
Awesome thank you!!! Tusk are the best in the business...
Doug Pritt from USA wrote:
We, a group of six Americans, recently enjoyed a four day Photo Safari at Elephant Plains, South Africa with Brendon. It was an exceptional experience and exceeded all our expectations. Brendon was a true professional and was completely familiar with the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and the wildlife we photographed. We could not have asked for more. The variety and quantity of wildlife we experienced was exceptional and would not have been possible with Brendon and his keen eye. Brendon also has the ability to anticipate the events before they unfold. He was able to get us in the perfect position to photograph the animals with the best possible lighting and effects. Brendon also knew more about our cameras than we did and was always willing to assist us in learning about our equipment. At our request, he gave us some training and suggestions about the finer arts of photography which we greatly appreciated. We were delighted with Brendon and our overall experience and we will be taking other trips with Tusk and Brendon in the near future.
Thomas Werner from Pretoria, South Africa wrote:
Wim Nogmaals dankie vir die trip en die bereidwilligheid om ons te help. Vir my was dit baie leersaam – het nog nooit die voorreg gehad van iemand wat help waar nodig!
Sandra Lamprecht from Ballito, South Africa wrote
I just wanted to let you know I really enjoyed my time at Elephant Plains recently. I met some wonderful people and the game viewing was fantastic. Hendri and Ben were also excellent hosts.
Thinus Schoeman from South Africa wrote:
....dit was n great trip....die lodge was eersteklas, so ook die kos. Ons was baie gelukkig met baie goeie fotogeleenthede op luiperds... Beide Hendri en Ben is baie goeie gidse, en dit was sommer n lekker groep mense. Tot volgende keer!
Lynn Thomas from Gauteng, South Africa wrote:
..thank you for all your help with our trip to Elephant Plains. The trip was all I dreamt of and the elusive leopards were definitely not shy on this trip. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely recommend it to anyone who may want to go on it.
Teresa le Roux from Gauteng, South Africa wrote:
Thanks for a lovely trip, Dawie was outstanding as usual!
Nigel Legge from Gauteng, South Africa wrote:
IT WAS AWESOME. Brendon and Ben were fantastic and Dawie our ranger was just on another level. It’s not often you go back somewhere and it’s as good as or even better than before. Thanks again for organising everything I am sure you will hear from us again soon as we already working on our next trip.
Dharmesh Kessow from Sandton South Africa wrote:
We've just returned from the photo tour at Elephant Plains and really enjoyed our trip. The experience last year and this year was excellent. Great game drives , knowledgeable rangers and good quality meals I really had a good time and we enjoyed ourselves .... The Tusk photo team was excellent. Fanus and Kobus were great Would love to do it again next year ... I will keep my options open for next year , but really want to be with your group again.
Marc de Chalain from KwaZulu Natal wrote
Just so you know we are having a great trip, seeing lots and great photo opportunities. Also learning new things. Brendon and Ben are great. Could not be happier.
Delwyn McLennan from Dowerglen, South Africa wrote:
I want to thank everyone for the fantastic photo safari. I learnt so much. I would like to enquire about the Pangolin Tour.
Jennifer Ludlum from USA wrote:
We had been looking forward to our Elephant Plains experience for so long and it was more than we could have imagined! Thank you for all your help, knowledge and expertise. I feel that I came home with a whole new tool kit and can’t wait to continue to put what you taught us into practice. We look forward to our next Tusk Photo adventure! Thanks for everything!
John Creese from Otario, Canada wrote:
We had an absolutely outstanding time at EP with Ben and Brendon. Fabulous. They were both great hosts, easy to talk to and fun to be with - and expert photographers of course. Thank you for making all the arrangements. We enjoyed it so much that we are thinking about next year already. We would really like to do both safaris back to back.
Mark Uhlmann from British Columbia, Canada wrote:
Just wanted to say thanks for all your help getting our last tour arranged - Samantha and I had a great time! ....we really enjoyed ourselves and I am already looking at our next tour that we would like to book with you...
Peet Strydom from Jeffreysbay, South Africa wrote:
Elephant Plains was fantasties en foto geleenthede was uitstekend. Ons stel baie belang in die Safari by Khwai River Lodge.... Elephant Plains was fantastic and photo opportunities were excellent. We are very interested in the Safari at Khwai River Lodge ....
Lize Cronje from Pretoria South Africa wrote:
Ek wil net vir jou baie dankie sê vir ŉ fantastiese toer !! Jy was reg – Villiers en Kobus was puik.
Lee-Anne Robertson from Sunland, South-Africa wrote
I just wanted to say thank you to Tusk safari for a wonderful experience at Elephant Plains! I had a fantastic time and everything was so well organised and planned. The hosts were wonderful and of course the leopard sightings incredible!!! A truly great experience and I'm going home with wonderful memories and full memory cards!!! So thanks to the whole tusk team!! You guys rock!
Jackie Badenhorst from Gauteng, South Africa wrote
The trip was really awesome, we had lots of fun and great sightings. I will certainly recommend Tusk to all my friends.
Francois & Rene Bruwer van Limpopo wrote:
Ons is terug van n onvergeetlike safari – dit was heerlik en die fotos is pragtig.
Tertia van Weers from Knysna, South Africa wrote:
Had a great time. Elephant Plains was good....
John Lamont from Cape Town, SA wrote
The room was perfect, thank you. All on all it was a wonderful trip and we hope to return in June next year. Thank you for all your help.
Joe Pieterse from Edenvale, SA wrote:
As usual I had a great trip thanks. I had no problem sharing ..... Thanks once again for the opportunity! I had a great time!
Robert Greenstein from Gauteng wrote:
The trip was superb. Villiers was a fantastic host and made it all that more enjoyable. His knowledge is outstanding and he’s also so willing to share it. We were fortunate with the game viewing and overall I think it was great value in terms of what we expected. I’m sure you’ll see us again on another trip!
Prem Moodley from KwaZulu Natal wrote:
Elephant Plains was another good experience for me. The staff, food and accommodation at Elephant Plains were excellent.
Sonja Myburgh from Bleomfontein, South Africa wrote:
Soos jy weet kruip EP in mens se bloed!! Terwyl ons tussen drives sit en chill... Sal jy asb weer ons naam opsit vir .... Ons het 'n great tyd!!!
Robert Novaczyk from Poland
....The Elephant Plains Safari was one of the best experiences so far and we wish to stay on ....
Robert Novaczyk from Poland wrote:
...thank you very much. The Elephant Plains Safari was one of the best experiences so far and we wish to stay on the second tour
Charles Bell from Arkansas USA wrote:
The photo workshops were absolutely fantastic. I came home with better photos than I have even taken before. ... Both Brenden and Villiers were excellent leaders as was Morné. And the transport back was excellent. Pieter was fascinating to talk to and made for a very enjoyable ride back. Thanks to everyone at Tusk (ODP) Safaris for such a super trip. We want to join you again
Peter Sandyford from Australia wrote:
I had a great time at Elephants Plains. Learnt a great deal from Brendon and Villiers who were both knowledgable and approachable. The EP staff were as well polite and helpful and really added to my time there. Cannot fault the food, just had to show resistance and not eat everything presented to us! In addition we were able to observe some great game viewing which just added to my time in EP. Just got to process all of the photographs now including the one of the Leopard in a tree with her prey - No1 on the bucket list for the trip.
Jos van Bommel from the Netherlands wrote:
Just to let you know that my client enjoyed himself very much with Wim at EP! Thanks for taking care of him....
Jean Paul Balvay from France wrote:
This trip in South Africa was great experience for us and we have taken beautiful pictures with the help of ODP. Elephant Plains course has been particularly nice. Brendon and Steyn were friendly and have supported us all time. We have learned a lot of thing and got beautiful pictures. We are completely satisfied by this experience. Thanks again for this organization.
Joe Pieterse from Edenvale, South Africa wrote:
As always, the trip was fantastic! Brendon and Villiers were fantastic hosts, guides, and instructors. Elephant Plains is really good value to me, particularly from the photographic aspect, and I will be going back there in the future with ODP. Thanks again to all at ODP, the Lodge, and the great bunch that I shared a vehicle with! Fond memories!
Nico Botha from South Africa wrote:
Ons het ‘n heerlike safari gehad. Dankie vir die puik reelins wat dit moontlik gemaak het....
John Nesser from Idaho, United States wrote:
Best time of our lives! We plan to return for another safari probably sometime next year
Ingeborg Loseth from Algard, Norway wrote:
We had two awesome safaris with ODP at the Elephant Plains! Great drivers (we were with Dawie - great man, great driver and a great ranger!), trackers and photo guides from you made it perfect.…. Lovely to meet the great persons Brendon and Wim…..We will love to go with you again … ….We enjoyed!
Fanie van Wyk from Gauteng, South Africa wrote:
Was baie lekker. Het ook goeie foto geleenthede gekry....
Liesel Kuhn from South Africa wrote:
Ek het pas terug gekom van my safari en WOWOWOWOW!!! Ek wil sommer dadelik weer my volgende safari bespreek
Kobie-Marie Kritzinger from Preroria, South Africa wrote:
Just a short note to thank you and the ODP team for an absolutely wonderful safari at Elephant Plains last week. Brendon and Andrew were both excellent hosts and we learnt so much from them without feeling intimidated. …….. and taking the most amazing night time photographs. After discussions with both Andrew and Brendan, we are keen to join ODP on other safari's in 2016
Tobie Oosthuizen from Pretoria, South Africa wrote:
Thank you very much. It was an excellent Safari with two good hosts in Villiers and Brendon....
Joshua McPhail from Randburg, South Africa wrote:
We had a fantastic trip thank you. Having been on 3 ODP Safaris to Elephant Plains now, I was throughly impressed by Villiers. He was a fantastic host...
Luigi Carta from Maputo, Mozambique wrote
I really (but REALLY) enjoyed the safari, the training, the other participants, the structure and, last but not least, our hosts Brendon and Villiers. All were very professional and very caring
Ines Potgieter van Pretoria, South Africa wrote:
Ja dit was awesome gewees en ons het dit baie geniet. Sal graag weer gaan maar sal daarna moet kyk in 2016. … ons het n paar nice foto’s gekry
Dean Baird from California, USA wrote
Just wanted to say thanks for all your help with my "Grand Tour of Southern Africa" last year…..and I had an absolute blast…. I'd say it was totes lekker! I really do appreciate all your assistance in making it happen, and I wanted you to know it. …….on the last days at Elephant Plains because I don't want that trip to really be over!
John & Linda Nesser from Idaho, USA wrote
....got back on Monday from a superb photography safari at Elephant Plains. Thanks so much for all your help in arranging everything; it could not have been better. You can be assured that we will be looking in the future at another ODP safari. Further, we will recommend ODP to anyone looking for a great safari trip.
Peter Cavanagh from Witbank, South Africa wrote
...thank you for an awesome safari. Andrew and Fanus were excellent. I learnt so much from them and they are both very patient and helpful. Looking forward to my next Safari.
Preeti John – from KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Just wanted to let you know that we had a great time at Sabi Sands. So glad it worked out in the end 🙂
Prem Moodley – from KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Just to let you know that I had a wonderful time at Elephant Plains. It was a great experience and a wonderful appreciation of nature at it’s best. Saw leopard/lions/hyenas/hyena cubs/wild dogs/elephants/rhino/buffalo – I have some good memories captured from this trip.
Carl Stovell – from York, UK
Just a quick but huge 100% thank you for all your help arranging my trip. The lodge was great and I really enjoyed spending time with the hosts and all the South African guests. Everyone was really welcoming and friendly. Only problem is I realise now one trip isn't nearly enough..
Thoroughly enjoyed my safari........It was brilliant and Brendon and Fanus were superb hosts! I will be joining ODP again.
Trudie van Zyl – from Gauteng, South Africa
Net 'n kort briefie om te sê hoe baie ek die paar dae by Elephant plains geniet het. Dankie vir die geleentheid wat julle skep vir ons. Ben en Brendon was uitstekend met hulle raad en wenke. Dit was voorwaar 'n tydjie wat ek vir altyd sal onthou….
Brett Pearson – from Australia
…she attended my last ODP safari in 2010 but unfortunately is unable to make it this year…she loved it though…especially Wim’s jokes
Chris Litschka – from Northcliff, Gauteng, South Africa
Thank you so much for an absolutely amazing trip. I had so much fun and your help and advice en enthusiastic approach was so inspiring….
Giulio Zanni – from Bosnia/Italy
…we are back from Elephant Plains. The trip was awesome and everything went smooth. Brendon and Andrew did a great job. We would like to thank you for your efforts in putting all together for us…
Joe Pieterse – from Edenvale, Gauteng, South Africa
Hierdie brief is basies net om te se hoe veel ek en my vrou Cheryl, ons ODP Safari Elephant Plains toe geniet het! …..dit was fantasties en baie meer as waaraan ons gewoond is wanneer ons gewoonlik bos toe gaan! Ons ‘ranger’, Willie, en spoorsnyer Conny, was uitstekend, en het graag my baie vrae beantwoord. Hilton was n uitstekende gasheer. Hy werk natuurlik maklik met mense en was altyd op sy hoede om seker te maak dat elke persoon in ons groepie altyd gelukkig was. Sy kennis van die omgewing, omgewing sake, natuur bewaring en die diere wat ons elke dag gaan soek het, was eerste klas! Klop gerus Hilton op die skouer! Hy is n baie waardige lid van jou span en n goeie ambassadeur vir ODP. Al sal ek graag n voetuig met al die ander fotograwe in julle span eendag wil deel en hulle leer ken, en leer wat hulle ken, hoop ek ek is binnekort weer op safari saam met Hilton! Dit was baie lekker gewees!
Johan Strydom – from Noordheuwel, Gauteng, South Africa
….Ons het die Elephant Plains Safari baie geniet _ Wat n' ondervinding !....
Geoff Peatling – from KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Just like to say how FANTASTIC our trip was. We so enjoyed it and I certainly learnt a lot about photography. I am now hooked and you will be seeing us again next year! I must say Brendon was great and very patient in answering my silly questions. I think the way the whole trip was planned was first class and rewarding. I am very happy with my photos…. AND Just a short note to thank you for making our trip so memorable. We so enjoyed our experience that we will definitely do another one with you guys. I learnt so much about my camera and photography that I am hooked and cannot wait to get out there again.. Thanks again for everything and your patience and advice over those four days. Look forward to meeting up again on one of the ODP safaris…
John & Brenda Bell – from West Yorkshire, UK
Elephant Plains and the ODP safari far exceeded our expectations. The game lodge was wonderful with food to match. The game drives were superb and thoroughly enjoyable. We enjoyed all the sightings and were delighted to have opportunities to photograph a wide variety of species. We were privileged to spend time in the company of such special animals. We managed to take photos that we could have only dreamed about before. We loved the frequent encounters with elephants, hyenas and eventually leopards. The last drive, where we viewed two leopards devouring an impala, with a supporting cast of hyenas hoping for scraps, will always remain firmly embedded in our minds (and in our photos!). The ODP safari was truly excellent. The help and support given by the two leaders was most appreciated. We learned many new skills and gained greater confidence in the use of our cameras. …everyone was friendly and seemed to want us to do well. This made our visit to South Africa so much better. As tourists you don’t often spend much time with local people. It was great to spend time with such a wonderful group. We left at the end of the safari thrilled with the whole experience but sad to be leaving such an exceptional place amongst such great animals and people. We hope to book an ODP safari again in the future. We enjoyed every minute….