MalaMala & Londolozi Photo Safari

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The north eastern corner of South Africa, is an area known as ‘the lowveld’, which is home to a world famous private game reservce steeped in history, rich in wildlife diversity, and blessed with safari camps offering wildlife experiences like no other – The Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve.

An exciting new Wild Eye photo safari experience will showcase the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve to you like no other has done before. In November 2018, two of the finest camps in the reserve will play host to this unique safari – Mala Mala & Londolozi – camps that go above and beyond what’s expected to produce the finest game viewing experiences possible.

MalaMala Private Game Reserve

MalaMala Game Reserve was the very first safari camp dating back to as early as 1927, who laid the foundation to what the safari industry is today. It is now the largest private big five game reserve in South Africa comprising 13 300 ha (33 000 acres), sharing a 19 km (12 mile) unfenced border with the world-renowned Kruger National Park. It lies strategically sandwiched between the National Park and the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve offering the most spectacular game viewing South Africa has to offer.

For nearly nine decades, the custodians of the MalaMala land have remained focused to preserve and protect this special piece of Africa. Allowing nature to move to its innate rhythm, guests experience today what the forefathers of the African Safari would have experienced at the turn of the century. This philosophy has paid off, as experienced by a veritable collection of photojournalists and film-makers who have made MalaMala their destination of choice to capture footage of unrivaled wildlife viewing and breathtaking animal encounters.

Londolozi Private Game Reserve

Londolozi, which is also one of South Africa’s original private game reserves, is considered to be a a pillar of global ecotourism. As a proudly family run business, the Varty family of Londolozi emphasize a commitment to luxurious accommodation, fine cuisine and exceptional service. Yet it’s the leopards of Londolozi that make this safari destination world famous for its wildlife. Over the course of three decades, a unique relationship has developed between rangers and trackers and generations of wild leopards. Intimate leopard sightings are frequent, an experience that many would agree is a pinnacle life experience.

The Londolozi photographic safari is where ancient wisdom, modern technology and nature converge. Londolozi has long been recognised as a superb location for wildlife photography and film-making, specialising in the big cats. Incredible light, diverse scenery and a plethora of African wildlife set the stage for unsurpassed photographic theatre.

Across the 10 night, 11 day trip, we’ll spend quality time with many of Africa’s most sought-after animals.

The Sabi Sands is well known for incredible Big 5 viewing, including sightings of cheetah and wild dog, and this is most evident at Mala Mala & Londolozi alike. Several lion prides call the region home, and leopard are particularly abundant. Elephant herds are often found along the banks of the Sand River, large herds of buffalo often found moving through the open plains, and the reserve is one of few remaining strongholds for ever-decreasing rhino populations.

In addition to this, the safari has been strategically scheduled so that it takes place during the height of the lowveld area pre-rain season. This is a dramatic time of year to experience the Sabi Sands as animals are dependent on drinking water on a daily basis. With water supplies at an all time low, every game drive has the ability to produce something exciting. Predators stake out remaining waterholes, hunting opportunistically, which will be a key focus of our daily safaris.

Safari Highlights

  • 5 Nights Sable Camp MalaMala

Imbued with the spirit of MalaMala, the Sable Camp is a more intimate version of the Main Camp and the choice for those seeking a more private and intimate safari. Situated at the southern end of the MalaMala Camp, Sable Camp is in a prime elevated position overlooking the Sand River and surrounding bushveld.

  • 5 Nights Founders Camp Londolozi

Founders Camp honours past guests and staff who contributed to building Londolozi Game Reserve. Enchanting and intimate, Founders Camp is ideally situated to provide an insider’s view of the secrets of the Sand River. Ten idyllic superior chalets repose in the shade of ancient matumi trees along the banks of this magnificent river.

  • Enjoy the height of luxury and exclusive use of lodges

Both MalaMala and Londolozi are the epitome of luxury when it comes to safari lodges. MalaMala Game Reserve is the Safari Industry’s blueprint to the luxury photographic safari. Sable Camp is an intimate choice of camp for those seeking a more private and intimate safari.

Londolozi, being the first game reserve in the world to be accorded Relais & Châteaux status, thrives on a commitment to luxurious accommodation and exceptional service.

  • Return flights (JHB – Skukuza) and Transfers Included
  • Two Sabi Sand Specialist Wild Eye Guides

Both Mike Laubscher and Alistair Smith have had extensive guiding experience in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve and surrounding areas, and Alistair at Londolozi specifically. Their knowledge of the area, and experience within, would prove extremely useful when guiding Wild Eye guests on this Photo Safari.

  • Flexible Game Drives Times (With the Potential for Full-Day Safari’s) and enjoy Close and Personal Sightings with the Big Cats of the Sabi Sands

Having private vehicles, and exclusive use of the camps, allows for the opportunity to spend as much time out in the field as possible, taking full advantage of a variety of photographic opportunities, without the pressure of having to return to the lodge within the designated game drive times.

  • Enjoy Limited Vehicle Pressure With No Time Limit in Sightings
  • 1X On Site Complimentary Large Fine Art Canvas Print Included at Londolozi Creative Hub

The Londolozi Photographic Studio is a place where you have the opportunity to print your own images on wide-format, fine art canvas. This Safari Package includes one complimentary large canvas print per guest.


If you’ve ever dreamed of experiencing an action-packed photo safari, an adventure where something exciting awaits around every corner, there’s no need to look any further. There’s a reason why this incredible private reserve has built the quality reputation it has become known for – it simply delivers unsurpassed game viewing.

Wild Eye has designed this unique photo safari to bring you the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve at its very best, at its most dramatic, and at the finest camps possible. Don’t miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime!

Join us at MalaMala and Londolozi

If you’ve ever dreamed of experiencing an action-packed safari, an adventure where something exciting awaits around every corner, there’s no need to look any further. There’s a reason why this incredible private reserve has built the quality reputation it has become known for – it simply always delivers.

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Alistair Smith

I left a corporate career in pursuit of a burning passion for the great outdoors and all things wilderness. Following a relatively short professional guiding career, I arrived at the realisation that my true passion was for adventure and wildlife photography. It is in this pursuit of adventure, that I would like to continue to share my passion for photography with others. I look forward to changing the way you see the world!

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