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A Privately Guided Safari to Mjejane Private Game Reserve

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I have recently returned from hosting an incredible Private Guided Safari for a great group of people to Mjejane Private Game Reserve, South Africa.

Mjejane is a 4000 hectare Big 5 Game Reserve, positioned between the Malelane and Crocodile Bridge gates of the Kruger National Park, on the southern bank of the mighty Crocodile River. Situated along the river, and enjoying 10km’s of pristine river views, Mjejane is believed to be among the list of premier game reserves that border the Kruger National Park.

The safari took the form of an extended Wildlife and Digital Photography Course that we offer as a full-day course at our Johannesburg offices, with the luxury of covering the course material at a comfortable pace over four days, including two game drives per day for practical application.

The first-hand application following on directly from the course lecturing proved to be very effective, and resulted in a group of novice and beginner photographers walking away with a set of truly fantastic images.

We enjoyed sightings of the rarely encountered black rhino, countless incredible elephant sightings, a lion pride on a fresh buffalo kill, zebra, giraffe and more! Unfortunately, despite fresh signs of leopard on the property, the rosetted cats eluded us, which I suppose is just the way that the bush works sometimes.

The reserve has a strict no off-roading policy and the grasses were long following late seasonal rains in the area, which at times hindered our game viewing experiences, but we used the opportunities to our advantage and tried new and exciting techniques of shooting through vegetation with narrow depth of fields to render your subject sharp and in focus amongst the foliage and grasses and the results were pleasing for all.

I’ve included a video report of the trip below, including a few favorite images, and I hope you enjoy viewing these moments, as much as we did experiencing them.


Until next time,


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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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