Workshop Overview


Starting from per person sharing

Best place for big cats

Panthera Photo Safaris workshops are designed to get photographers into the best areas in order to get great photographs. Here is where you take your wildlife photography from ‘good’ to ‘great’. By learning the tips, techniques and methods of taking great wildlife images with professional photographers, you will gain great insight and knowledge while improving your wildlife photography.

This workshop is specifically designed to offer the most affordable way to experience a photo safari experience of a lifetime in one of the most productive pieces of wildlife real estate in Africa. This safari is limited to 6 clients only. There will be one Panthera Photo Safaris photo guide with you on the workshop. This equates to two photographers per row on a vehicle, which is the ultimate way to run a photographic safari- guaranteeing you space and flexibility to make your images.


Elephant Plains Game Lodge is situated in the northern part of the world-famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park. Elephant Plains endeavours to offer our guests the opportunity for excellent Big 5 game viewing, combined with luxurious accommodation and sumptuous cuisine. The lodge caters for the discerning traveller, with a variety of accommodation options, varying from Rondavels and Luxury Suites to the Manyeleti Honeymoon Suite.


Elephant Plains Game Lodge is world-renowned for excellent Big 5 game viewing and guests can enjoy two game drives and a bush walk per day. The property has been in the family for the past 57 years and Elephant Plains Game Lodge opened its doors in 1998. The lodge is owner run and accommodates a maximum of 24 guests. This guarantees personal service and attention to detail. With the help of our remarkable team of staff members, our unpretentious style ensures that guests regrettably leave, after creating a lifetime of memories!

Worshop Summary


5 days, 4 nights


Elephant Plains Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa


Not Included

Topics covered

These will be for discussion, critique and learning purposes. Aimed at beginner/intermediate as well as advanced photographers.


Four Nights

5th – 9th November 2022 – Sold Out

15th – 19th December 2022 – 6 Spaces 

R26,500 Per person sharing.

R36,500 Per Single (Limited to two)

N.B, minimum 4 spaces required for the trip to run.


Travel Insurance is mandatory for all of our safaris. Please read more about our policy in our Terms and Conditions.

Covid 19

Please read our Covid-19 protocol to familiarise yourself with South African tourism protocols. These policies are subject to change. 


Elephant Plains Private Game Reserve




The lodge is approximately 6 hours drive from Johannesburg and you must enter via Gowrie Gate. 


You will be met by your guide, Lance, upon arrival.


The lodge is situated right in the heart of the Northern Sabi Sands Game Reserve, and shares traversing of approximately 5,000 hectares. A game fence keeps the dangerous animals from entering the camp, however a small number of bushbuck, nyala and monkeys do call the lodge grounds home. There is views of a very busy waterhole right from the main deck and many species, including the big 5, are often spotted.


After checking in and receiving a briefing, lunch will be served before the first game drive. On the first drive Lance will assess the levels of photographic skill and knowledge, as well as chat about the planning of future images you may try and take.


The game drive will be approximately 3-3.5 hours long, stopping to photograph interests along the way, but geared towards predators.


After the drive you will return to the lodge to freshen up before dinner is served.

Day two starts off early, with a coffee or tea up at the main lodge deck. This is normally always filled with excitement as guests compare what animal species they heard calling in the night.


Once ready, we then depart on our second game drive in search of big cats and great photographic opportunities. We will spend the morning photographing anything of interest we find along the way, making sure we try new and different techniques when appropriate.


After the morning safari (approximately 3 hours) we will return to the lodge for breakfast, a short teaching session, a dip in the pool, some relaxation time and a light lunch. This is also a great time to download your images and prepare for the afternoon drive.


We will then depart on the afternoon drive again.


After the pm drive we will once again return to camp where we will enjoy a well deserved dinner before heading in for the night in preparation for the next day.

Day five is check out day, but not before getting in one last morning game drive.


After the drive we sit to have one last breakfast together, before departing for home.

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Luxury Game Lodge


Elephant Plains Game Lodge is situated on the dry Manyeleti riverbed, overlooking an open area and watering hole. The main lodge houses the reception, dining room, bar, lounge & wine cellar, as well as a small library and curio shop. Facilities include two swimming pools, a gym and games room. The lodge caters for the discerning traveller, offering different types of accommodation to cater for a variety of needs.


Mealtimes are sumptuous affairs, with a combination of international cuisine and South African specialities. Breakfast and lunch are enjoyed in the dining room, or on the pool deck, overlooking the open area. Dinner is served around a log fire in the boma, whilst enjoying the mystical nocturnal sounds under the African sky.


The Rondavels are set in the beautifully landscaped garden of the original family holiday camp and one can still feel their old bushveld charm upon entering. The Rondavels have been renovated and redecorated to pay tribute to Oupa Dries and Ouma Anna Steyn, without whom Elephant Plains Game Lodge would not have existed.


The Rondavels feature sundecks, air conditioning, overhead fans, mosquito nets, electronic safes, as well as mini bars and tea & coffee facilities. While being elegant and luxurious, the Rondavels offer great value for money and affordable game lodge accommodation.

Room Facilities:

  • King Sized bed/ Double Bed(s)
  • Air – conditioner
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • All linen & towels (including swimming towels) are provided
  • Amenities – soaps, lotions, toilet paper etc are provided

What to bring with you:

  • Binoculars
  • Hat and Sunblock
  • Camera/lenses/memory cards/chargers
  • Swimming costume


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