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At Shamwari Private Game Reserve, we want to ensure that your stay with us is magical, educational and memorable. One of the many ways in which we do this is by providing a vast selection of entertainment, for hobbyists and professionals alike. That’s why we’ve created the comprehensive Photographic Safari package

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Two-Day Photographic Safari

The 2-day experience costs R6,500 per person per day, excluding
accommodation. You and your party have a selection of six luxury lodges to
choose from, situated around the reserve.

What will you get?

To make your photographic experience as effortless as possible, we provide the following:

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Game viewing vehicle

Access to a game viewing vehicle specifically rigged for photographic equipment.

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Photographic tuition

This covers equipment selection, image composure, capture and post editing.

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Editing equipment

Use of editing equipment and selected editing software packages.

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Hire Professional Equipment

All of our photography products, available for hire, are subject to
availability at the time of booking.

Nikon equipment

R2,530 per day for 1 body and 1 lens, either:

  • 1 Nikon 200mm – 400mm telephoto lens
  • 1 Nikon 300mm telephoto lens
  • R630 per day for 1 flash
  • R630 per day for 1 converter

We also offer Canon equipment for hire. Pricing is available on request.

Meet Our Guides

Iky and Ryan Plakonouris

Iky and Ryan Plakonouris are a father and son duo whose photographic journey began in the early 70’s when Iky worked in downtown Johannesburg as a photographic camera technician for the South African Nikon agency. At the same time, he would spend hours photographing his passions; motorsport, street photography, wildlife and media.At the young age of 8 years, Ryan would accompany his father on weekends to watch and experience motorcross. It was here that Iky decided to hand Ryan a camera and said, “start shooting”.

Ryan initially did not pursue a career in photography but rather in wildlife conservation. This was brought about by the wonderful opportunities the Plakonouris family experienced in the beautiful parks of Southern Africa. In 2003, Ryan and his wife were welcomed into the Shamwari team as lodge managers after spending a few years in Kenya gaining hospitality experience.

In 2009, Ryan combined his knowledge of the environment, hospitality and photography and began offering his photographic skills in media marketing, shooting hospitality interiors as well as photographic tutoring on wildlife and landscapes. This also opened the opportunity for Ryan to co-found WorldPix, an NGO in which Ryan, who holds the position of CEO, curates a gallery of photographic art by many professional photographers in aid of charities all around the world.In 2014 Shamwari Private Game Reserve introduced Pro Photo Safaris. This 2-day photographic adventure is guided by Iky and Ryan, who have 50 years experience between them in addition to being awarded an Agfa Wildlife photography award.

When booking a Pro Photo Safari, you’ll be exposed to the skills of two professionals, who will show you around the game reserve to capture the wonders of African nature. Ryan’s years of wildlife guiding and his additional skill sets of photography and hospitality perfectly complement Iky’s in-depth knowledge of photography, technical skills and repairs. Coupled together, this presents a truly unique and memorable photographic journey for guests.

Important Information

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Stay on site

Shamwari Private Game Reserve requires all photographic safari guests to stay on site.

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Pre-booking

Pre-booking is essential as photographic safaris are subject to the availability of Iky’s time.

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2 Nights stay

The photographic safari is subject to a
minimum of 2 nights stay

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Recommended stay

To get the most out of your photographic experience, we recommend a 3-night stay.

Book a stay at one of our lodges

To get the opportunity to visit these centres, book your 5-star luxury accommodation at one of our lodges.

Do you need more information?

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Or call us directly +27 (0) 42 203 1111