South Africa is a picturesque destination that has enthralled visitors around the world for decades with its multitude of cultures, colours and magnificent natural wonders. If offers an array of photographic opportunities, especially in its spectacular reserves, which hold some of the densest concentrations of wildlife in Southern Africa.

With the pandemic changing the world around us, we need to find the positives and look to the future. The weakening currency of certain African countries, and low airfare specials are making future travel bookings more affordable, and offering our guests a premium ORYX product at a much lower rate.
Dollar and Euro earners are able to take advantage of the weakened value of the Rand. Thereby enjoying the same world-class photo experience at a lower price. For example, if you had booked the below South Africa - Sabi Sands: The Big 5 Photo Safari a year ago it would have cost US$4,978. However, the price for our 2021 tour at today's exchange rate is US$3,763. That’s a saving of about US$1,215!
So come and enjoy prime time game viewing in two of South Africa’s renowned game reserves that differ in locale and topography but regularly enchant photographers with its “Big 5” sightings and juxtaposition of predator as well as prey – a sure bucket list for all photo safari enthusiasts!


Sabi Sands: The Big 5 Photo Safari 

Dates: 04 - 09 March 2021; 21 - 26 May 2021 (6 days / 5 nights)
Cost: ZAR96,395 per person sharing

Deemed as one of Africa’s ultimate wildlife photographic destinations, South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve is an incredible photo safari destination with its fascinating wildlife. The “Big 5”, which comprise of Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and Rhino, thrive here and our lenses will be focused on these animals as their lives play out on the bushveld stage.


Madikwe: The Big 5 Photo Safari 

Date: 27 May - 01 June 2021 (6 days / 5 nights)
Cost: ZAR69,995 per person sharing

Madikwe Game Reserve is currently the 5th largest game reserve in South Africa and offers some excellent Big 5 game viewing in its Malaria-free setting. It is a haven for predators, which include Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, the Spotted and the rarer Brown Hyaena, as well as the African Wild Dog. With a private underground hide at the lodge along with morning and afternoon game drives, this safari will act as the perfect introduction to the wildlife wonders of South Africa, and is sure to provide you with a wonderful portfolio of images. 
The first two weeks of our #ORYXescapetheisolation photo contest has brought in some spectacular images. See below for some of those submitted during our 'Night-time' theme!

This week's theme (starting today) is 'Life indoors'! If you haven't submitted anything yet, don't panic, you have two weeks left (and can submit as many times as you like)!
Staffing for many Tanzania camps comes from the local communities. They are able to use generations of knowledge to interpret and educate travellers on their way of life. However, COVID-19 is causing communities to revert back to traditional methods to feed their families, and so the rise of snaring in the bush has increased.

How do we combat this and make a difference?

The Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) Serengeti de-snaring program is a unique partnership between FZS, Serengeti Park management and tour operators working in the area. The program has now opened up by deploying many of the tour operators' skilled employees to further supplement the de-snaring teams already in place and thereby provide a critical presence while undertaking anti-poaching and de-snaring work. 

How you can help...

Every dollar counts in making a difference to protect our wildlife and the people who fight on their behalf daily. Click below to find out what your donation would be contributing towards.

Let's keep inspiring each other, and remember to keep dreaming!
Marius Coetzee & The ORYX Team

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