• From: R23,950pps
  • Duration : 5 Days
  • Highlights : Great predator sightings, Top photo hosts.
  • Location : Sabi Sands
  • Types of Photography : Wildlife, Birding, Big Cat
  • Group size : Maximum 18 (6 per vehicle)


he Sabi Sands is an amazing reserve renowned for its big cat, and especially leopard sightings, and this will be the focus of this Pangolin Photo Festival hosted by Grant and Helena Atkinson along with Nelis Wolmerans . The festival will be hosted at Cheetah Plain in the heart of the reserve as well as the recently opened Jaci’s Sabi House which is the neighbouring lodge.


31st May to 4th June 2017


As with the Madikwe Pangolin Photo Festival this event will take place over 5 days at the fantastic Cheetah Plain in the Sabi Sands. This smaller lodge only has room for 12 guests so to make this more of a festival (and to raise a bit more money) we have also taken over Jaci’s Sabi house next door to allow for 6 more to stay there.

The photo guides hosting the festival (Grant and Helena Atkinson and Nelis Wolmarans) will rotate among the guests who will be a maximum of 6 per vehicle during the game drives. As we know traversing rights in the Sabi Sands can be a bit restrictive so the advantage of taking over two lodges considerably increases the area in which we can drive.

The Sabi Sands is hugely productive photographically and especially when it comes to the big cats. In between the game drives there will be group editing sessions at the lodges with the photo hosts imparting knowledge on the images that you have taken so far as well as offering advice on post production.

In the evenings there will be plenty of socialising and we will alternate dinner to different locations each night between the two lodges. There will also be a series of brief presentations by the photo hosts on their imagery and personal techniques they employ in the field.

As with the other Pangolin Photo Festivals for each person joining us we will be making a R5000 donation to the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife in Trade project that we are sponsoring. 

Photo Tip

You should never be despondent when photographing big cats in overcast conditions. Predators like Leopards and Lions have rather thick set eye sockets which can cast deep shadows across the pupils when the sun is at its brightest. When its slighly overcast there is a better opportunity to capture the detail in the animals eyes.


  • 4 nights at Cheetah Plains or Jaci’s Sabi House
  • All meals during your stay
  • Conservancy fees
  • Expert tuition from the photo hosts
  • R5000 donation to The Endangered Wildlife Trust Wildlife in Trade Project
  • Tea, coffee and bottled water


  • Gratuities, laundry and items of a personal nature
  • Getting to and from Sabi Sands
  • All drinks not mentioned in inclusions
  • Single supplement of R7500 (if applicable which includes a further R5000 donation and contribution to guide travel costs)

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