Not Your Average Kruger Photo Safari

Johan van Zyl All Authors, Johan 2 Comments

Kruger National Park is most certainly a name that needs no introduction to any wildlife photographer or enthusiast.  One of the largest National Parks in Africa, Kruger National Park attracts people from all over the world to experience the beauty and abundance of wildlife this Park has to offer.

It is in the popular South Eastern part of the park, close to Crocodile Bridge Gate, where we run our Kruger Photo Safari.  The 15 000 hectare Private Concession known as Shishangeni, has the best of both worlds with the Crocodile River and Lebombo Mountains running through the concession.

Camp Shawu is where we will be staying during this Photo Safari.  Camp Shawu gets its name from one of the most famous Elephant Bulls that roamed this area and was part of the “Magnificent Seven”; the “Shawu Bull”.  The Shawu Bull roamed these Valleys for approximately Sixty years.  With the longest tusks ever recorded in South Africa, the Shawu Bull commanded respect and instinctive admiration from all who gazed upon him.

Only 5 rooms make up Camp Shawu, which means that during this Safari we will have exclusive use of the Camp.  This not only means flexibility of meal times, but more importantly gives us the opportunity to maximise time out in the field, without impacting on anyone else’s experience.

The Camp also overlooks Mpanamana Dam, (pronounced Mpa-na-ma-na) which is water source that attracts huge amounts of game, ranging from Zebras and Impala, to predators such as Lions and Leopard.  It is not uncommon to sit on your verandah between Safaris and have animals coming down to the water to drink.

The Game viewing in this area is up there with some of the best in South Africa if not Africa, and sighting are quite often not too far from camp either.  Being in a private concession, a lot of the time is spent with minimum or no presence of other vehicles, ensuring minimal stress on the animals as well as providing you with even greater photographic opportunities.

Below is a territorial male lion of which we had the opportunity to spend an unlimited amount of time with before an unanimous decision was reached to move on for a coffee stop.

Highlights for this Safari include:

  • The Exclusive use of the Camp and Vehicle
  • Maximum of 4 Guests, ensuring quality personal time with one of our Guides.
  • Exciting high profile species sightings, usually on a daily basis
  • Situated in a Private Concession, with minimal vehicle impact
  • Situated next to a very productive dam.

The next scheduled dates for 2017 are 15-20 August and 21-26 September 2017 so don’t miss out on this trip! It is a great time of the year to be on safari in the Kruger!

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I look forward to welcoming you on this incredible Safari.


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Johan van Zyl


The opportunity of visiting some of the wildest, undisturbed areas and sharing my passion for wildlife, conservation and photography with like minded people is a privilege that I am forever grateful.

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