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November Thula Thula Wildlife Photography Course

It's the magical season of spring here at Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve... with the promise of a new season, it is an exhilarating time of the year when nature has no shame in showing off! Blooming bush flowers, singing birds and landscape turning the most beautiful shades of green...

Below is a view to your Thula Thula studio for this wildlife photography course.

Escaping to the bush is refreshing and being in the presence of the Thula Thula elephants, learning to photograph them and taking your photography to the next level is simply an exception and unforgettable experience.

Starting with the basics of photography we balance the theory with extra ordinary game drives to put this theory into practice, giving you and a hands-on experience AND you get to go home with your own unique portfolio of the Thula Thula wildlife.

This photography course is suitable for beginners and intermediate photographers.

The next Thula Thula Photography course is running from the 13th – 18th November 2021 at the Thula Thula Volunteers Academy hosted by myself, Kim Mcleod – Resident Thula Thula Photographer.

With over 12 years of photography experience and being based at the Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game Reserve since 2015, I will teach you all the tips and tricks,

you will literally see your photography improve day by day.


P.s A special rate for South African Citizens is available.

Rates are fully inclusive of food, accommodation and game drives.

Equipment Required:

DSLR Camera & Laptop, you can bring a tri or monopod but it is not essential. Post processing in Lightroom is included in the course.

For bookings and more info:

Elephants never forget, but we take photos as a return ticket to precious moments and how we felt in that moment.

On the Thula Thula Photography Course you will learn how to capture these moments perfectly!

Thula Thula Photography course review by Nikki Relph

Worth every cent! An extra Bonus - the money helps the Thula Thula South African Conservation Fund!

I can't recommend this experience enough! After reading the Elephant Whisper it had been my dream to visit the elephants of Thula Thula. However, the Ellie experiences during the photography week with Kim McLeod, far exceeded my 'dream'. I arrived having only used a digital camera on Auto, Point and shoot. The photos from my first day and the ones over the next few days were like chalk and cheese! Kim taught us how to capture a great wildlife shot and I can't believe how quickly our photos improved. The game drives were an absolute treat. Kim patiently helped us with settings and composition while our guide managed to get us up close for the perfect shot in the best light. He had also done Kim's course so, not only does he have brilliant knowledge of how the animals will behave, he makes sure the vehicle is perfectly positioned!

We had met some of the herd on our first game drive and Mabula had really come up close to see who the new visitors were. Kirsty, my fellow photography student, got a ‘sniffing” from his huge trunk. Maybe he recognized her because this was her third visit to Thula Thula in as many months! She is also smitten with this wonderful place. We were just getting ready to retire after our exciting day when Kim heard a loud 'crack' beyond the fence. She said "the ellies are here!" We dashed to our tents to see that the entire herd had come up to the enclosure of the academy. We had the pleasure of their company just a few meters from our tents! It was as though they had officially come to welcome us. We took some video footage and then got into our comfy beds and listened to them calmly munching away. What a fantastic way to drift off to sleep! Then the next morning our guide called to say that the herd was still close by so we left the theory in the classroom and got out to practice. We were rewarded with some beautiful "Noah's ark' like shots with the rhino, giraffe, zebra and various antelope.

The photography course is comprehensive and the notes are easy to follow but the best part was being out with Kim and putting the theory into practice (a whole different ball game!). The time spent doing close ups with the tortoises, seeing just born impalas, getting aperture settings right for flowers and getting to know the individuals in this special herd of elephants heals one's soul. I felt a 'glow' that I hadn't felt for a long time. This was the perfect escape from the crazy year we have all been through. I left feeling energized, motivated again and I now have new friends and a new hobby. I can't wait to be back for a refresher course!

Highly recommended! Thank you to all the hard-working individuals who give their all to keep these amazing animals protected.


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