Trip Report: Sabi Sabi Seminar Bolt On

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Following on from an incredible five day Sabi Sabi Wildlife Photography Seminar at Bush Lodge with the entire Wild Eye team of guides, six guests were transferred to Little Bush Camp, the chosen destination for the five day Seminar Bolt-On safari experience.

Nestling in the shade of indigenous riverine trees on the banks of the Msuthlu river lies the private and secluded Little Bush Camp, the newest, and recently re-vamped addition to the Sabi Sabi collection of 5 star safari lodges.

Little Bush Camp offers intimate and luxury accommodation for family, friends, or small groups. Offering 6 luxury suites, our guests enjoyed exclusive use of the camp for the duration of the 5 night stay, allowing us the freedom to tailor the experience, and to operate as we saw fit.

The Sabi Sands Private game Reserve is well known for its close encounters with the Big 5, and Sabi Sabi is certainly no exception. Guests were treated to numerous sightings of lion and leopard, and frequent interactions with buffalo, rhino and elephant. General game was also abundant, enjoying the lush green vegetation following recent rains in the area.

The months of October, November and December are dramatic times to experience the Sabi Sands, during the height of the lowveld areas’ pre-rain season. Cool mornings and hot daily temperatures meant that our game drives were focused around seasonal watering holes and pan systems, in the hopes of encountering animals approaching these areas to drink, including predators who stake out the areas surrounding these watering holes, hunting opportunistically.

One of the highlights of the trip, was following the movements of a pride of lions, who had been advancing toward a large herd of buffalo for most of the afternoon. After settling down in a thicket awaiting the cover of darkness under which to hunt, the lions eventually got up and once again advanced in the direction of the herd. Unfortunately for the lions, the herd, possibly having smelt the lions nearby, had moved on at an alarming rate and away from the lurking lions, too far for them to actively continue their pursuit. All was not lost however, as we continued to follow the pride to a nearby watering hole where all 9 lions proceeded to line up alongside each other for a drink of water. A truly fantastic photo opportunity!

With photographic opportunities being the primary focus of the safari, a typical days events was as follows:

  • 05:00am wake-up call and meet on deck for morning tea and coffee
  • 05:30am depart on morning safari
  • Circa 09:30am, return to camp for full breakfast depending on the activities of the morning drive
  • Following breakfast, guests had the opportunity to download images and have individual Lightroom editing sessions with Gerry and Alistair
  • Lunch from 13:00pm, following which, guests had the opportunity to rest and recharge and enjoy the luxury of their rooms
  • Meet on deck at 15:00pm for high-tea and departure for afternoon game drive
  • Circa 19:30 return to camp for dinner depending on the activities of the afternoon drive

Over and above the photographic experience, eating lunch overlooking the Msuthlu river, and dinners outside underneath the stars and gently lit trees were daily highlights. The magnificent cuisine surpasses all expectations and would certainly rival any other five star establishment.

Our guests were always in the best possible positions in sightings, the result of which was that everyone captured phenomenal images throughout the safari. Our guest images simply speak for themselves, so keep a lookout for a blog post to follow soon featuring our guest images from the trip, it will be one you won’t want to miss.

Overall, an amazing photographic safari, with an incredible bunch of people









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