September 28th - October 10th, 2024

Photograph and learn alongside one of the world’s leading wildlife photographers—join Daniel and Tanya in the most pristine, private game reserves in all of Africa! Our past South Africa photo safaris have been a huge success—so many leopard and lion pride sightings that we lost count! The lodges we’ll be staying at are some of the best in the world for the big cats and the Big 5—you will be spoiled! This tour is spectacular, the trip of a lifetime.

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  • 2024 South Africa Ultimate Cat NE Explorer Reunion II Travel Plans

    Saturday, September 28

    Depart US/Canada

    Sunday, September 29 (D)

    Arrive in Johannesburg (JNB). An airport shuttle is provided by the hotel. Welcome dinner and drinks this evening. Overnight Intercontinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport

    Monday, September 30 – Friday, October 4, 5 Nights (B, L, D, Bev, Lau)

    After breakfast, depart from Johannesburg and take a private charter flight (55 minutes) to Londolozi Game Reserve. Here we’ll be escorted by rangers to the Londolozi Varty Camp where we’ll stay for five nights. Luggage will go by road, meaning no weight restrictions for domestic travel.

    Londolozi Wildlife Archive
    The Leopards of Londolozi

    Daily, we’ll head out early on safari for the best light. Dan will rotate between safari vehicles to help each guest with camera gear questions and settings. Midday, when the light is harsh, we’ll have time for workshops, downloading memory cards, or relaxing near the pool. There will be a second game drive beginning in the late afternoon until dusk. Some nights we’ll stay out late for a “spotlight night safari,” another way to view the wilds of Africa. Evening drinks and gourmet dinners.

    Londolozi is famous for its abundant leopard population but also boasts home to high concentrations of white rhinos and lions. Herds of elephant and buffalo along with zebra, hyena, cheetah, giraffe, and a vast variety of antelope may be seen. Since it is privately owned, Londolozi is not bound by the strict rules of Kruger National Park. We can drive off-road into the heart of the bush and take guided walking safaris with their excellent team of rangers and trackers. We can stay out for sunsets until after dark, unlike Kenya reserves. Londolozi has two of the 17 master trackers in South Africa. With over 42,000 acres to explore, no two game drives will be the same! Londolozi has camera lenses available to rent (must be arranged before the tour) and grants guests access to their photography multimedia center.

    Londolozi Video by NE Explorers Susan and Ken Case

    Saturday, October 5 – Tuesday, October 8, 4 Nights (B, L, D, Lau)

    A short drive between reserves from Londolozi to &Beyond Kirkman’s Kamp. Here we will stay for four nights.

    Take a journey back in time! Homesteaded by ranger Harry Kirkman between 1933 and 1958, &Beyond Kirkman’s offers the historic atmosphere of an authentic South African homestead. Kirkman’s sits on a ridge, offering incredible views of the Sand River below. African wildlife, especially warthogs, are known to frequent the manicured grounds. Each suite features a private veranda, a secluded spot for you to enjoy a drink and the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you.

    Each day, we’ll take an early morning and late afternoon/evening game drive in open 4×4 safari vehicles. Like Londolozi, Kirkman’s is in the heart of Sabi Sand Game Reserve and is also renowned for leopard sightings, providing us with even more opportunities to spot and photograph these big cats! Other members of the Big Five (lion, rhino, elephant, and Cape buffalo), spotted hyena, various antelope, and hippos also frequent this area. We will have this camp to ourselves!

    Kirkman’s Kamp Video by NE Explorers Susan and Ken Case

    Wednesday, October 9 (B)

    Fly to Johannesburg late morning; luggage will arrive by road. Fly home at 6:40 p.m. or later today.

    Thursday, October 10

    Arrive home.

    If you have time, please read Tanya’s My First South African Experience letter about her visit to South Africa in the fall of 2013.



    • Guest Limits

      Minimum 10 Guests
      Maximum 16 Guests

    • Trip Cost

      17,000 pp, DBL occupancy

      Single sup: 2,550 (limited space available)

      All pricing in USD

    • Deposit

      $4000 Per person due at time of booking
      Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, Discover, or check accepted

      Deposits are non-refundable. If cancellations are necessary, we require this request in writing. We will do our best to resell your space. Only if we can resell your space, we will refund (minus deposit and discounts given to sell your space). No partial refunds are possible for unused services.

    • Installments

      July 15, 2023: $8,000 pp first installment
      May 1, 2024: Final payment

      Check only for first and final installments. Please make checks payable to Natural Exposures and mail to:

      Natural Exposures
      810 N. Wallace, Suite E
      Bozeman, MT 59715

    • Included

      • Private small group travel with Daniel J. Cox
      • Accommodations for 1 night in Johannesburg and 9 nights at safari camps – exclusive
      • Private charter flights as noted in itinerary
      • Welcome dinner in Johannesburg
      • All game drives, max 3-4 guest per vehicle
      • Meals where indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
      • Beverages where indicated (Bev)
      • Laundry services where indicated (Lau)
      • Purified drinking water
      • $100 credit at Londolozi to use for printing services, spa, or gift shop
      • Entrance fees to all locations
      • Domestic flight as specified in itinerary
      • Luggage by road transfer (no weight restrictions)
      • Expert rangers/trackers/guides at all locations
    • Not Included

      • International airfare
      • Miscellaneous personal expenses including alcohol, soft drinks, and laundry where not indicated
      • Vaccinations
      • Tourist visas
      • Gratuities
      • Travel insurance
      • Airport transfers on unscheduled itinerary days
      • Extra nights at lodges/hotels
    • Flights to Book

      September 28, 2024
      Depart US/Canada

      September 29, 2024
      Arrive Johannesburg (JNB) any time of day

      October 9, 2024
      Depart Johannesburg (JNB) at 6:40 p.m. or later.

      October 10, 2024
      Arrive home

    • Travel Insurance

      Travel/emergency medical evacuation insurance is not required for this photo tour, but we always recommend purchasing it for any trip. Emergency medical evacuation insurance is affordable and can be purchased for each trip or an entire year and can even be bundled with your regular travel insurance! We recommend one or more of the following, depending on your needs:

      Global Rescue
      (use code natexp)

      Allianz Global Assistance 
      (use travel agency ID F203564)

      Insure My Trip

    • Terms & Conditions

      Natural Exposures cannot control nor is responsible for abnormal weather, natural disasters, or any other disaster that might affect the trip. Travel insurance should be purchased to cover any missed flights or medical problems that may affect/delay your travel. National Parks have the right to change our itinerary.

      By booking a trip with Natural Exposures, you agree to the following CANCELLATION AND LIABILITY POLICY

  • Accommodations for 2024 South Africa Ultimate Cat NE Explorer Reunion II

    September 29, 1 Night
    Intercontinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport
    This Johannesburg airport hotel provides convenience, style, and all of the upscale facilities you’d expect from an award-winning hotel, including a spa, business center, and Quills African restaurant.

    September 30 – October 4, 5 Nights
    Londolozi Varty Camp
    Londolozi is the Zulu word for protect and means “protector of all living things.” This private reserve is situated on the Sand River in the heart of Sabi Sands Game Reserve and is world-renowned as one of Africa’s premier game lodges. This rich, wild wonderland has some of the highest recorded concentrations of white rhinos and lions in Africa and is also famous for its viewing of leopards. Londolozi is truly one of life’s treasured experiences. Each African-style chalet in the Founders Camp comes with an en suite bathroom and private plunge pool.


    • Accommodation
    • All meals, teas, and coffees daily
    • Soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers
    • Two game drives daily in open land rovers
    • Nature walks accompanied by experienced armed trackers
    • One group yoga class per day at Varty Camp
    • Fitness room at Varty Camp
    • Emergency medical evacuation insurance (transport to the nearest hospital)
    • Laundry and VAT

    October 5-8, 4 Nights
    &Beyond Kirkman’s Kamp
    The original homestead of Harry Kirkman has been beautifully restored. Twelve charming cottages overlook the bushveld and beautiful lawns surround the lodge and swimming pool, with spectacular views of the unspoiled landscape surrounding the Sand River. The moment you walk into the main guest area at Kirkman’s Kamp, you’ll think you’ve been transported back in time. The fact that the lawn has warthog grazing on it instead of a neatly dressed party playing croquet does nothing to dispel this illusion; in fact, it all adds to the ambiance of this 1920s South African homestead. Impeccable and gracious service completes the old-world atmosphere, as the spirit of safari comes alive at this evocative camp, set in one of the most renowned wildlife regions in the world.


    • Accommodation
    • All meals, tea, and coffee daily
    • Soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers
    • Two game drives daily
    • Refreshments on game drives
    • Laundry
    • Nature walks accompanied by experienced, armed trackers
    • Emergency medical evacuation insurance (transport to the nearest hospital)
    • VAT
  • Helpful Information for 2024 South Africa Ultimate Cat NE Explorer Reunion II


    As we tell many of our guests, if you want to experience Africa, do it now! The price is only increasing (rates climb 5-20% per year). There will never be more animals than there are now, and things are always changing—safety, politics, poverty, climate change—now is the time to go!

    Our wildlife photography tours are not the least expensive, but we aim to do it right. If this is your only trip to Africa, we want you to experience the private reserves and their quality of service, guides, and accommodations. As the adage goes, “You get what you pay for.”

    While touring, we allow only 3-4 guests per safari vehicle. If you go with a larger company that offers lower rates, you could get stuck with up to NINE guests in a safari vehicle (we have seen this often in the field). It seems 12-16 guests on a tour offer a variety of personalities to enjoy during the trip. If a group is too small, you could get stuck with someone you don’t want to be on safari with, share meals with, etc., every day—it does happen! Photography is the main focus of our tours, but we also feel the need to have a friendly and fun group atmosphere. We think highly of our guests and feel fortunate to know most of the good people who travel with us.

    The lodges on this trip are the best of the private game reserves. You could go to Kruger National Park, but since this park is open to everyone, there is the possibility of having dozens of vehicles around a leopard or lion kill. The private reserves do have some rules regarding how many vehicles can sit around a cat, however, we have never had any issues. There is a limit to the number of vehicles on each reserve where game viewing is the best. Londolozi started monitoring the leopards in their area about 25 years ago. The population has increased generation by generation. You will not be disappointed! Often we’ll do an evening game drive back to the lodge with spotlights—what an experience to see the big cats at dusk! We do not have this opportunity in Kenya due to park regulations.


    South Africa is very different than Kenya when it comes to vehicles and reserves. The safari vehicles are limited at each lodge, and the lodges are smaller and more exclusive than most lodges in Kenya. The vehicles are “tiered” with three rows of seating, two people per row equals six to eight passengers per vehicle. We have leased extra vehicles for our group to have 3-4 guests per vehicle at each lodge. The benefits of these smaller private reserves include no off-road restrictions or restricted distance from the animals. Game viewing is also limited to guests staying at their lodges only. Vehicle seating cannot be determined until we know how many people are booked on the trip. This has always been an issue in South Africa and is unavoidable at these private reserves. Please know that we will do everything in our power to accommodate each guest with as much space as possible for the duration of the trip.


    Any time is good in South Africa! They have their young year-round. We’ll be visiting during the dry season before the November rains, so often we’ll encounter cats at the watering holes which will give us an extra advantage to photograph them. All of the reserves are private, so we’ll have the freedom to explore areas on and off-road.


    US, Canadian, and UK citizens DO NOT need tourist visas if staying for less than 90 days in South Africa. Please make sure to have multiple empty pages in your passport before traveling to South Africa—it is required! For visa requirements for all other nationalities, please visit the South Africa Department of Home Affairs.


    It’s always best to make sure you’re up to date with your routine vaccinations and to check in with your doctor or a medical professional ideally 4-6 weeks before travel. Recommended (but not required) are:

    • Routine such as MMR, DPT, Polio
    • Hepatitis A and B
    • Typhoid
    • Rabies
    • Yellow Fever (optional)

    Despite traveling during the dry season, Malaria prevention is suggested.


    For international flights there are usually no problems with luggage allowance; you just pay extra if needed. We highly recommend camera gear is carried onto the plane with you, so make sure to bring a bag that is within the carry-on size allowance. It will most likely weigh more than allowed, so if possible keep your carry-on away from the ticketing area when checking in to avoid having them weigh it or give you any hassles. All personal luggage needs to be in “duffel-like” bags whether it is with or without roller capabilities. Make sure all of your bags have name tags on them, please!

    Domestically, we’ll be flying on small commuter planes which will have luggage allowances (20kg per guest), so the bigger luggage will travel by road. This way we won’t have to deal with these weight restrictions. We’ll take our camera bag on the flight and larger luggage will travel by road. Upon arrival and departure into South Africa, it is suggested to use TSA locks or plastic wrap for your luggage. Keep all prescriptions, camera chargers, and valuables in your carry-on.


    Closer to the tour departure, Daniel will give each guest a call to say hello and see if you would like any guidance on what camera gear to bring. We’ll also include a list of camera gear Daniel will be bringing in the itinerary that we’ll send out pre-trip. The lodges may have lenses available to rent. Please inquire with us if you would like to reserve a lens at a lodge, and we will send you the details. There will be plenty of room on the safari vehicles for your camera bags.


    All tipping can be put on a credit card for guides, trackers, and lodge staff if you prefer. We will provide you with tipping suggestions for each lodge.


    The currency unit in South Africa is the Rand, denoted by the symbol R, with 100 cents making up one Rand (R1). Foreign currency can be exchanged at local banks and Bureaux de Changes. Most major international credit cards such as American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa, and their affiliates are widely accepted


    Internet is available at all of the lodges free of charge and is reliable most of the time.

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    Have a question about this tour? We're happy to answer any queries you may have.

  • Testimonials from Natural Exposures' Explorers

    • "Jim and I want to thank you both for one of the best trips we have ever had to Africa. Everything was really wonderful - the camps, the whole schedule, the group (loved meeting all of the folks on the trip) and of course, the animals were Over The Top (especially the sloth bear, joke) . Thanks again to both of you for all of your hard work to make the trip an incredible journey."

      Jim and Lynne Edwards, California

    • "I loved my Bhutan trip two years ago, but South Africa exceeded the Bhutan trip by orders of magnitude. It was worth waiting 55 years for!!! The leopard in the tree over my head gave me that wilderness experience I'll never forget. It was amazing to just be a part of. Thanks again for an incredible trip!!! A trip of a lifetime that I will never forget; a 55 old dream that finally came true...."

      Tom Dietrich, Wyoming

    • "Anyone who joins you on the Mala Mala - Londolozi photo safari is in for a treat. What an incredible itinerary. Doug and I spent our first safari at Mala Mala and saw our first leopard there. And Christmas in Londolozi. Wow! Tom Emri and the Varty couple Shan and Dave were wonderful. We both came home with loads of very special photos and memories. We only wish we could join you on your tour. Bummer! I know you and your fellow photographers will not be disappointed."

      Jan Baldwin

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