"Leopard" - Canon 1Dx mkII with EF 300 f/2.8 L IS II USM

f/2.8, 1/1250 sec, ISO 1000, 300mm - Photographed in Greater Kruger

Thornybush Photographic Safaris

2019 Black Rhino Private Game Reserve Dates now available

R12450 - All inclusive*

Thornybush Game Reserve - Greater Kruger

Join us on an exciting Wildlife Photographic Safari Workshop in the world famous Thornybush Game Reserve. The entire trip is focussed on learning the finer details of wildlife photography. It is an amazing opportunity for photographers who would like the opportunity to photograph wildlife in their natural habitat and learn all the features of their equipment while doing so. You will also have the opportunity to photograph some species at more favourable angles as we will spend quality time at the sightings. Between drives there will be some theoretical tuition to make sure you understand all the features of you camera along with one on one time with your professional wildlife photographer, Michael Tucker. We will also take time learning how to get the best out of your landscape images along with (weather permitting) understanding night time photography including star shots and trails. We have managed to secure a private lodge in the Thornybush Game Reserve. 


  • Open safari vehicle without a roof so you are open to all photographic opportunities
  • Underground hide at the lodge overlooks a water hole. Get some awesome low angle images a few meters from your bedroom
  • "Off-road" driving is permitted in this reserve, so we have great opportunities to get closer to the game to get some awesome angles
  • The entire lodge is for our own use and we are on a private consession with traversing rights to other properties should the need arise

2019 Bookings now open

Available Dates:

4 -7 March, 2019 (3 nights) - Sold out

7 - 10 March, 2019 (3 nights)  - Sold out

8 – 11 April, 2019 (3 nights)

11 - 14 April, 2019 (3 nights)

Double up on the date options above an we'll give you the second three nights for R9850 per person sharing. 

15  - 18 July, 2019 (3 nights)

18 - 21 July, 2019 (3 nights)

Double up on the date options above an we'll give you the second three nights for R9850 per person sharing. 

7 - 10 November, 2019 (3 nights)

10 - 13 November, 2019 (3 nights)

Double up on the date options above an we'll give you the second three nights for R9850 per person sharing. 


R12450 per person sharing - 3 nights

R22300 per person sharing - 6 nights

To book please fill in the form at the bottom of the page.

Rates include accommodation, meals & all "soft" beverages, game drives & photographic activities. 

Excludes transfers to and from Thornybush game reserve, Thornybush game reserve conservation fee (R125pppd) and gratuities. 6 night workshops must be used in the same month. 

Safari Summary:


  • Run exclusively for small groups of no more than 6 people
  • Hosted by professional wildlife photographer, Michael Tucker
  • Develop your wildlife photography skills and techniques with on the spot training and tuition
  • Learn how to process your images using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
  • Game drives on open safari vehicles with a  side of the vehicle guaranteed
  • Brunch and dinner with plenty of snacks between, teas, coffees along with soft drinks are included
  • Please supply your own alcoholic beverages should you so require

What you will learn:


  • The finer details of Wildlife Photography
  • Learn all techniques, including detailed understanding of Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO
  • Understand exposure and what shooting modes to use in different circumstances
  • High key and Low key photography
  • Star photography - Photograph the Milky Way, Star Trails and the Moon (weather permitting)
  • Lightning photography should the weather turn sour
  • The finer details of autofocus modes, autofocus points and techniques
  • Animal behaviour in Wildlife Photography - Making your photos stand out
  • Learn how to process your images using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

The accommodation:

En suite chalets that step out into the bushveld will make you feel a part of nature for the duration of your stay. Marula Lodge is set within the Thornybush Game Reserve in the greater Kruger  Park. It forms part of a private consession in Thornybush and no general public may access or traverse on the property. The lodge is set in the bushveld and being in the greater Kruger Park, always boasts awesome birds whoe make the bushveld their home. It is the perfect place to launch your search for the Big 5 along with African Wild Dogs and Cheetahs. All of them are well represented in the area with great sightings all year round.

The well spaced out  and unfenced camp (apart from "Ele" strands) with rooms in the bush with a central entertainment area where meals and sightings are shared around the roaring fire at night. With the camp being unfenced, we get some interesting visitors from time to time...

Lens & camera rental for the trip:

Why not rent that lens you have always had your eye on?  The guys at Foto Rental will take care of you.  

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