African Photo Safari

Another year in Africa is coming to a close, and our family will end it in pretty much the same way it began last January (let’s just hope without the emergency room): In the bush on a safari. This one will be in Kruger Park rather than Madikwe, and we’re very excited to see this most eminent of national parks.

Going on a game drive in the African bush is one of the most rewarding experiences in life. And it’s even better if you bring a decent camera and a good lens as your companions. If you weren’t into photography before, you will be afterwards, trust me. The absolute best treat you can give yourself is going on a photo safari with an experienced photographer, like I did in October of 2010 with Colin Mead. If you live in Johannesburg, check out his stall at the Bryanston Organic Market on Thursday and Saturday mornings. The pictures I took on that trip to Madikwe still rank among my favorites, and I’ve taken a bazillion since then (hence the need for Christmas present number one, a new external hard drive!). See for yourself:
Madikwe Photo Safari 2010 Part I
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Madikwe Photo Safari 2010 Part II

Colin’s rates are very reasonable, but therefore the spots for his regular trips to Madikwe and Timbavati (and the occasional excursion to even more exotic locales like Uganda) go very quickly, so it pays to plan well in advance. Here is his schedule for 2012, followed by his contact details:

Timbavati (Kruger Park): 

  • March 4-7 
  • April 15-18,
  • May 6-9
  • June 3-6
  • July 22-25
  • August 26-29
  • October 7-10
  • November 4-7


  • March 25-28
  • May 20-23
  • June 17-20
  • August 12-15
  • September 16-19
  • October 21-24

Colin also offers photographic courses, consisting of four nights at two hours each held at his house on Ashley Ave in Bryanston. Please contact him at 082 456 2984 or, or visit his website at