Photography at Thanda
All photography services at Thanda Safari are provided by Christian Sperka Photography. Christian is the resident wildlife photographer at Thanda Safari. He works as a Specialist Photography and Field Guide and also teaches wildlife photography at the reserve. Christian teaches according to his “Basic Rules of Wildlife/Motion Photography” under the motto 'Keep it Simple'. He has travelled the world photographing animals in game reserves of South Africa and Namibia, the jungles of Costa Rica, in Yellowstone National Park in the USA, as well as zoos in Europe and the United States. His work has been featured in wildlife magazines, books and many publications.
Free Photography Lesson
Your African safari will reveal the most incredible sightings that you will want to keep alive in your memory. What better way to do this than with your own magnificent photographs. To help you capture your time at Thanda, we offer a complimentary photography lesson to teach you more about the art of catching the perfect wildlife moment. During the 90-minute session, Christian Sperka will teach you how to set up your digital camera or smartphone, introduce you to the basic rules of wildlife photography and the art of motion photography.
Safari on the Green Mamba
Thanda Safari and Christian Sperka Photography now also offer a luxury photography game viewing vehicle, called the Green Mamba 1. A Land Rover Defender was converted into the ultimate wildlife safari vehicle which can take two photographers, with an additional three guests, in ultimate comfort. Some of the speciality features include a Marine sound system for playing bird sounds, a 12.9″ Apple iPad Pro with various nature apps, a Nespresso coffee machine and a Thanda-style bush bar.
Photography in the Wild
After a complimentary 90-minute wildlife photography lesson or professoinal discussion, you head out on a 3-hour evening game drive in a private safari vehicle to put into practice what you have learned during your lesson, or to hone your skills without being rushed. Wildlife photography takes skill and patience and what better way to practice than to go in your own time on your own private vehicle.
Bush Photo Shoots
Thanda offers you to have your own private bush photo shoot. Whether you are getting married, are on honeymoon or on safari with your friends, we offer you the opportunity to have your very own photo shoot at any of our properties or a variety of exciting locations in the wild. Christian will take professional portraits of you, which will forever remind you of this special time and experience in the African bush. This can be arranged between game drives, but you can also opt to have your photos taken on a private three-hour game drive.
This wonderful offering for birders and non-birders alike allows you to choose between a half-day and a full-day excursion to the nearby Mkhuze Game Reserve, which features some of the most active hides in South Africa, visited by hundreds of animals and a large number of bird species.