MOZAMBIQUE and SOUTH AFRICA
July 16 - 27, 2022
$2,900 per person sharing
12 Days / 11 Nights
Join award-winning photojournalist Tate Drucker on this exciting trip through southern Mozambique and South Africa's Kruger National Park.
Hone your skills as a photographer in this immersive, hands-on workshop that takes you from sea, to city, to savanna. Sail through the iconic Bazaruto Archipelago, search for giant manta rays and whale sharks in Praia do Tofo, practice your documentary photography in the dynamic cities of Inhambane and Maputo, and capture South Africa's incredible wildlife on a classic safari in the world-renowned Kruger.
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One-on-one mentoring, end-of-day photo critiques, and portfolio reviews with a professional photographer who has a decade of experience shooting in the region
Have hands-on and in-the-field help while photographing a number of varied and exciting situations
Capture the epic landscapes and unique island culture of the Bazaruto Archipelago
Photograph the dynamic and colorful cities of Inhambane and Maputo
Search for Tofo Beach's famous giant manta rays, whale sharks, dolphins, and humpback whales on an adrenaline-pumping ocean safari
Capture the night sky during an astrophotography lesson
Experience a real African safari in the world-renowned Kruger National Park
Search for lions, elephants, rhinos and leopards at sunrise and sunset
Walk away with a curated portfolio of your top images from the trip
12 Days / 11 Nights
Welcome to Mozambique! Your guide and photography expert for the trip, Tate Drucker, will be waiting to greet you as you arrive at the Vilanculos Airport, followed by a transfer to our boutique hotel for the next two nights. Become acquainted with beautiful Mozambique and get excited for the trip ahead as we jump straight into our first photography workshop. At sunset we’ll kick off the trip by setting out with our cameras on a traditional Mozambican dhow boat.
Today we’ll hit the ground running by exploring the stunning Bazaruto Archipelago, a chain of six idyllic islands boasting epic sand dunes, diverse birdlife, and endless views of the archipelago’s iconic turquoise ocean. As we keep our eyes peeled for the elusive dugong, colonies of flamingos and other marine animals, we’ll sail from island to island, snorkeling at iconic reefs, climbing Bazaruto’s white-sand dunes for spectacular landscape shots, and learning about the unique culture embraced by the people who live on these islands.
At the end of the day we’ll regroup at our hotel for workshopping and photo critiques.
DAY THREE to SIX
Praia do Tofo
From Vilanculos we’ll set out for Praia do Tofo, a vibrant beach town and our base for the next four days. Tofo is known for its incredible ocean wildlife and offers the chance for us to have some spectacular sightings. In Tofo we will have the opportunity to do the following:
Explore nearby Inhambane, a small city that looks and feels as if it’s frozen in time. Boasting 70s-style Portuguese-colonial architecture, colorful buildings, and bustling markets, we’ll learn all about this small city’s vibrant and dynamic history and culture as we take an informative photo walk down its intricate streets
Set out on one of Tofo’s legendary ocean safaris. Search for whale sharks, giant manta rays, dolphins, impressive schools of fish and humpback whales from our cruising dinghy. If you don’t have an underwater camera, a simple one will be provided for you to make the most of your underwater adventure
Photograph the stars during an astrophotography lesson
Participate in a Mozambique cooking lesson, where you can practice your food photography and your hand at making traditional delicacies such as matapa, chamussas, feijoada and more
Visit a nearby functioning machamba to see how people farm and harvest local produce
Enjoy Tofo's thriving music scene
Have the unique opportunity to explore a nearby island and have a close look into what life is like there
Praia do Tofo to Maputo
After a morning in Tofo, we’ll head to Inhambane Airport for our quick 1-hour flight to Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. After arriving at our guesthouse, we’ll set out on an afternoon walking tour of this bustling city. Photograph the old Portuguese railway station and the nearby covered market. Take a walk down the famous Costa Do Sol, where fisherman come in with their daily haul and locals lounge in the fading afternoon light.
DAY EIGHT to NINE
Marloth Park | Kruger National Park
Say goodbye to Mozambique as we cross the border into South Africa, bound for Kruger National Park. Here we’ll switch gears as we prepare for four days on safari in the Kruger. For our first two days we’ll use the classic African safari lodge Bushwise Lodge as our base, giving us the opportunity to explore the park's flourishing southern region.
Our early sunrise and sunset game drives will give us the opportunity to search for some of Kruger’s most exciting sights, such as lions, elephants, rhinos, cheetahs, leopards and countless more.
In between game drives we’ll head back to our lodge for workshopping, photo critiques, and lounging on the top deck as we look for wildlife from the comfort of the pool.
DAY TEN to ELEVEN
Manyeleti Game Reserve | Kruger National Park
From Bushwise we’ll head deep into the park to our next base, the Shalati Kruger Lodge. Located adjacent to the Manyeleti Game Reserve within Kruger, we’ll be fully immersed in the bush as we spend our nights in luxury ensuite safari tents, having fireside dinners under the stars and falling asleep to the iconic sounds the African wilderness around us.
In addition to sunrise and sunset game drives, we’ll have the opportunity to set out on a guided walking safari. Search for zebra, buffalo, antelope and giraffe as we meander on foot through the savanna, camera in hand.
Kruger to Johannesburg
From Shalati we’ll take a private road transfer to Nelspruit, where we’ll then take a shuttle bus to Johannesburg for our flights home or onward to the next destination.
This workshop is open for photographers of all levels, from beginners looking to learn the basics and to have the assistance to take the photos of their dreams, to advanced photographers wanting to work on specific skills or goals.
This trip is expertly arranged through Travel to Mozambique, a Fairtrade Certified tour operator based in Mozambique for the past 14 years.