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South Africa


South Africa

South Africa: Wildlife, Whales and Winelands


Join Photo Quest Adventures for a truly unique South African Quest and experience this amazingly diverse country in luxurious style. Enjoy 5-star hotels and lodges as we track the Big Five on our own private safari through the Sabi Sands Game Reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park. Travel along the continent of Africa’s southern-most coastline to explore colorful port cities, world-renowned wineries, wildlife-rich national parks and endless “bella-vista” landscapes.

South Africa is the ideal destination for those seeking to photograph the "Big Five" - both of land and sea - with the opportunity to experience excellent food and wine and jaw dropping scenery.

South Africa has been called “a world in one country” and for good reason - it truly offers the ideal destination for those seeking variety in their journey to Africa.




  • Photograph the world famous breaching great white sharks, whales, nesting penguins, coastal wildlife and scenery
  • Photograph the Penguins at Boulders Beach
  • Photograph spectacular views of Cape Town from both land and sea
  • Photograph Africa’s Big Five during a three day luxury safari (with only three photographers per vehicle)


  • Leopards are one of the main attractions in the Sabi Sands. They are accustomed to African safari vehicles and hardly take notice of them giving you unparalleled close-up photography opportunities
  • At Grootbos, take an optional scenic coastal flight, enjoy a private whale watching cruise, dive with great white sharks (from the protection of a steel cage) in Gansbaai and photograph the best land based whale watching in the world


  • Camera settings
  • Use of filters
  • Digital Workflow 
  • Location lighting
  • Packs, soft boxes, reflectors, and gels
  • Portrait lighting techniques using one flash 
  • How to tell a story with your images 
  • Light painting (weather permitting)
  • Night photography out on safari



SEPT 2018  •  $9200

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Day 1:  Depart USA for Cape Town, South Africa (CPT)

Leave the US on your flights to Capetown, South Africa (CPT).

Day 2 :  Arrive Cape Town, South Africa

Transportation from the airport will be provided. Transfer to Victoria and Alfred Hotel, your home for the next 3 nights. Enjoy the amazing hospitality and prime waterfront location while you explore Cape Town. Nestled under Table Mountain and ringed by rugged beaches, Cape Town is one of the world’s most dramatically beautiful cities. (D)

Day 3:  Cape Town-Table Mountain-Robben Island

In the morning, take a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain. The main feature of this mountain is a level plateau of 3km, bordered to the east by Devil's Peak and to the west by Lion's Head. Table Mountain is one of the most recognizable natural landmarks in the world. The cable car ride, which lasts about 5 minutes, offers exceptional photography of the Cape Peninsula. If the skies are clear, you can see the city and Robben Island (home to Nelson Mandela for many years), the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, mountain ranges, ravines, the inland Plains and all the way down to Cape Point. (B,D) 

After lunch, depart for the historic side of Cape Town during a tour of Robben Island where Nelson Mandela spent 27 years of his life. We will be able to shoot great images from the ferry. (B)

Day 4:  Cape Town-Cape Point

We will depart after breakfast for an all day trip to Cape Point. Highlights include: one of the world’s most spectacular drives, Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak, Noordhoek Beach, the Cape Point Nature Reserve, two lighthouses on the tip of Africa, Boulders Penguin Colony, Simonstown and Kalk Bay. We will also visit and photograph South Africa’s most famous wine region, Stellenbosch. (B,L,D)

Day 5:  Whale Coast-Hermanus

After breakfast, we make our way to Hermanus, traveling through the towns of Rooi Els and Betty's Bay and following one of the most scenic coastal routes in South Africa. Several stops are made at various vantage points to enjoy the spectacular scenery. We will arrive at our lodge late afternoon and will shoot our first sunset. (B,L,D)

Day 6:  Shark Cage Diving Tour

This morning, we will leave for the Shark Cage Diving Tour. You will photograph the Great White sharks near the Geyser and Dyer Islands from the safety of a cage. You could get close and personal in the cage or photograph them from the deck of the largest and most stable boat operating from Gansbaai Harbour. 

After a late lunch at Grootbos, you can go on the optional scenic flight over the ocean to photograph whales or sharks, or go on a guided tour to photograph the wonder and mystery of the ancient coastal caves along the rocky shores of De Kelders. Photograph the beauty of limestone cliffs crumbling onto white sand beaches battered by the surging waves and salty sea breeze. Photograph sunset from a special vantage point. (B,L,D)


Day 7:  Whale Coast-Hermanus

After breakfast we will go on a private boat tour to photograph the Marine Big 5 whales, dolphins, African penguins, Cape Fur Seals and Great White sharks. Late afternoon, we will do a guided Fynbos Walk. Photograph sunset from the lodge (B,L,D)

Day 8:  Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

After breakfast drive back to Cape Town to catch our flights to Sabi Sabi. The flight departs at 10:30 am and arrives at 1:00 pm. This afternoon depart on your first game drive in an open 4x4 safari vehicle. Enjoy sundowners in the bush, as you witness the multi-hued African sunset.

Afterwards, return to the lodge where a delicious dinner is enjoyed, along with the camaraderie of fellow Questers. Game drives are conducted twice daily. An experienced tracker accompanies each game vehicle to enhance the experience and interaction with the wildlife. The lodge also offers the option of joining midday walking safaris and thrilling night game drives where we will be shooting star trails. (B,L,D)

Days 9, 10, 11:  Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

The wildlife sightings in the Sabi Sand are amongst the finest in Africa and it is especially notable that this private reserve offers the greatest frequency of leopard sightings on the African continent. The highlight of the morning drive will be the chance to observe members of the Big Five in close proximity. Lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino all grace this wilderness area and the frequency of sightings is unparalleled. Even the leopard, which is the most elusive of Africa's predators, is spotted on a daily basis.

Return to the Lodge for a scrumptious breakfast before allotting some time for relaxation and to download images. The afternoon safari stretches into the evening. Large predators are at their most active during the late afternoon and early evening and the possibility of sighting one of the large cats going for the kill is sure to make for interesting campfire conversation. (B,L,D)

Day 12:  Depart for your flight leaving Cape Town

Itinerary is subject to change.





Accommodations based on double occupancy.

A single supplement is paid by participants who specifically request single accommodations, subject to availability.



Quest Leaders

Quest Leaders


Najat Naba

Born in Brazil, Najat grew up in between the mountains of Lebanon and the skyscrapers of New York. Her diverse upbringing helped shape her desire to travel the world. Leading workshops, she has introduced many groups to photography while still exploring the cultures and diversity of the more than 40 countries she's visited. Her gift for languages (she speaks Arabic, Spanish and English fluently and a bit of Dutch and Portuguese) has enabled her to put people at ease through out her travels. She enjoys the opportunity that workshops give her to meet different types of people and introduce them to the beauty and marvel of the world. A huge believer in giving back, she is dedicated to supporting local charities throughout her travels. Her work has appeared in NY Times Magazine, American Photo, Financial Times, Interior Design, Popular Photography, The Editor at Large, HGTC.com, Trail of Inspiration.com, mocoloco.com and Oprah.com.

Najat's website


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ABOUT Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

This unique and highly-regarded private game reserve is considered one of the best game-viewing arenas on the continent. It is certainly Big Five country and, coupled with the luxurious lodges, the shared border with the legendary Kruger National Park and the knowledgeable and friendly staff, a visit to this reserve is worth the money and time spent.

Sabi Sand covers 65 000 hectares of Mpumalanga bush with two established rivers and enjoys the highest and most bio-diverse animal and bird populations in Africa. Sabi Sands is the place in South Africa to easily see all of the Big Five in a short period. With a good population of highly habituated leopards, Sabi Sands is one of the best places in Africa to see these normally elusive cats. Lions and cheetahs are also easily seen.

Through historical ideals and modern practice, Sabi Sand leads the way in the conservation of rare and endangered species, wildlife and habitat monitoring, anti-poaching efforts and wild-fire control. It provides a haven for the eco-tourist who desires only the best game viewing opportunities.

This safari experience is aimed at the discerning photographer who wishes to enjoy only the finest that South Africa has to offer.


Hermanus offers the most dramatic coastal scenery in South Africa. Reputed to be the best place in the world for land-based whale watching, it's the ideal destination for your whale route tour. During whale season Southern Right Whales come to the coast to mate and calve, with calving usually happening during August and September, and the height of the whale season between August and October. It's also home to the world's only Whale Crier, who signals whale locations using a kelp horn.

The secluded, rock-sheltered coves and the long, pristine beaches are perfect for strolling. The mountains behind Hermanus offer a range of hikes through fynbos with beautiful views of Walker Bay Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, located 2 hours from Cape Town in one of the most beautiful locations on the Garden Route, known for some of the most distinct and unique plant, bird and animal life. Explore the area with specialized guides and include land-based whale watching, flower safaris, cave and beach exploration.

Other exciting activities include boat-based whale watching, shark cage diving, scenic flights, birding and wine tours. After a busy day relax with fine wine, cuisine, spectacular sunsets and luxurious spa treatments.


Shark cage diving in South Africa has grown greatly in popularity and we have just the location to view these incredible monsters of the deep - Gansbaai. Your adrenaline is sure to pump as you come almost face to face with the sea’s most awesome predators. Shark cage diving is absolutely safe and you need not have any diving experience at all. You will photograph the Great White sharks near the Geyser and Dyer Islands from the safety of a cage. You could get close and personal in the cage or enjoy photographing them from the deck of the largest and most stable boat operating from Gansbaai Harbour.

August to November is usually the best time to see the Southern Right Whale on a full day whale tour. Hermanus is the best place for land based whale watching. These mammals, which often come as close to 50 metres from the shore, are given to displays of breaching, lobtailing, spyhopping and courtship rituals.



South Africa is a multi-lingual country and there are 11 official languages including: English, Afrikaans, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga. Composed by Enoch Sontonga in 1899, the Xhosa hymn 'Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika is South Africa's national anthem.


South Africa's currency is the rand, which offers visitors great value for money. The rand comes in a range of coins (R1 = 100 cents) and note denominations of R10, R50, R100. All of our hotels and lodges accept major credit cards




South Africa requires a valid yellow fever certificate from all foreign visitors and citizens over 1 year of age travelling from an infected area or having been in transit through infected areas. U.S. passport holders visiting the Republic of South Africa for ninety (90) days or less do not need visas. A valid passport with 2 blank pages is enough




Please note that Sabi Sabi is situated within a malaria area. It is recommended that guests consult their physician/travel clinic regarding easily administered malaria prophylaxis before embarking on any safari travel to South Africa. Always stick to bottled water and wear sunscreen.


The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ.


Quest Gear

Quest Gear


Recommended gear

Computer / Digital Accessories

  • Laptop with charger and Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom or Photomechanic (not mandatory)
  • Portable hard drives 
  • Card reader
  • All cables for drives, computer, card readers, storage devices, etc.
  • Power converters/adapters for all international quests


  • Leatherman pocket tool
  • Flashlight
  • Tripod
  • Hat/baseball cap
  • Raincoat/umbrella
  • Bug repellant spray/anti-itch lotion

Camera Gear

  • Digital SLR with back up camera that will fit your lenses
  • Battery charger
  • A few extra batteries
  • Memory cards (bring plenty)
  • Sensor cleaning supplies
  • Flash with plenty of batteries


  • 24-70 mm or similar
  • 70-200mm lens
  • 80-400 mm lens
  • Polarizing filter(s)
  • Lens hoods for all lenses
  • Lint-free cloth to clean lenses and blower ball for dust





Cost per person

$9200 based on double occupancy. Single supplement is an additional $1800.

PQA will try to match you with a roommate if you do not opt for a single supplement. However, if a roommate is not available, you will be charged the additional single supplement fee.

Limited to 12 participants.

Not included

  • International airfare to/from Cape Town, South Africa
  • Comprehensive insurance coverage, including medical, evacuation, baggage loss/delay, cancellation insurance, etc.
  • Any hotels transiting from USA to South Africa
  • Beverages during meals and alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Scenic flight at Grootbos
  • Gratuities for your guides and drivers
  • Additional expenses resulting from the delay or extension of the trip due to causes beyond our reasonable control
  • Medical and trip insurance (highly recommended)


  • Quest workshop Fee
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodations in five-star hotels based on double occupancy
  • English speaking guides/drivers
  • All ground transfers
  • Domestic flights
  • All breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Private whale watching cruise
  • Shark cage diving tour
  • Cable car journey to photograph sunset at Table Mountain
  • Excursion by ferry to Robben Island

We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance.


SEPT 2018  •  $9200

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