Seseka female Leopard - Canon 5D mkIV with Canon EF 200-400 IS USM L lens with 1.4x extender engaged

f/5.6, 1/500 sec, ISO 800, 560mm - Photographed in Thornybush Game Reserve

Thornybush Photographic Safaris


Book now for 2021 & pay 2019 rates!

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 milky way photos and star trails along with moon photography. We have managed to secure a private camp in the Thornybush Game Reserve and will have sole use of the facilities for the duration of our stay. 


  • 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
  • Extremely high game densities with great photographic opportunities

  • We cater for all levels of photographer, from newbie to pro

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


Thornybush, April 2019

2021 dates available at 2019 rates 

We understand what took place in 2020, and the less said about that the better. So to take care of our valued guests, we have kept our rates the roughly same as our opening year in 2019!  Every trip has been sold out since we started the Thornybush experience, they are extremely popular. All bookings received during the remainder of this year for the 2021 dates will be done at 2019 rates, so book now to avoid disappointment. 


The longer you stay, the better the rate. Please check out our rates and dates below:

Per peron rates for 2021 on special

Please enquire about our camp "book out" prices. If you book the entire camp out, you can save up to 35%. Ask us how...

Southern African Resident Rates:

​​​​​​​R13500 per person sharing - 3 nights (normal price R14700)

R17200 per person sharing - 4 nights (normal price R19600)

R20500 per person sharing - 5 nights (normal price R24500)

R23400 per person sharing - 6 nights (normal price R29400)

International Rates in US Dollars

US$1140 per person sharing - 3 nights 

US$1520 per person sharing - 4 nights

US$1900 per person sharing - 5 nights

US$2280 per person sharing - 6 nights

Please note 3 night options form part of the 6 night dates. So either the first 3 nights or the last 3 nights of a 6 night option. 


Single supplement rates are normally at 100% of the rate due to the lodge only having 4 bedrooms. This can be negotiated depending on the make up of the other bookings. For example, if two couples book, two other rooms will be available. The single supplement rate will then come down to 50%

19 - 25 February 2021 - 6 nights

Sold out

14 - 19 March 2021 - 5 nights

Sold out

13 - 19 April 2021 - 6 nights

Sold out

23 - 27 May 2021 - 4 nights

Sold out

6 - 10 June 2021 - 4 nights

Postponed to 2022

30 June - 4 July 2021 - 4 nights

Postponed to 2022

21 - 26 July 2021 - 5 nights

Sold out

8 - 12 August 2021 - 4 nights (Monday 9 public holiday)

Sold Out

7 - 13 September 2021 - 6 nights

Availability (4)

28 September - 4 October 2021 - 6 nights

Availability (6)

26 - 31 October 2021 - 5 nights

Availability (6)

If you are interested in joining one of our Thornybush Photo Safaris in 2021, please send us an email using the form at the bottom of this 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 staff gratuities. 

E&OE excluded.

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. Our accommodation is in a private camp 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 camp is set in the bushveld in the greater Kruger Park. The camp boasts some awesome resident birds who make the bushveld their home. Our favourite is the Barred Owl family who make one of the large Marula trees their home. It is the perfect place to launch your search for the Big 5 along with African Wild Dogs and Cheetah. All of them are well represented in the area with great sightings all year round.


The well spaced out rooms face into the bush and some special sightins can be observed from the comfort of your bed. The central lounge and dining area is where meals are enjoyed. The boma next to the pool is a favourite spot where the days experiences are relived around the roaring camp fire. Even though the camp has a small electric fence, we do get some very 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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