An action-packed safari in search of great white sharks and Africa’s big cats
FiveZero’s Predators Photographic Safari in South Africa gets you up close to South Africa’s notorious hunters. This action packed adventure takes you into the depths of False Bay, just off the coast of Cape Town, to look for great white sharks and continues onward to Greater Kruger National Park in search of Africa’s big cats.
Each day, we’ll head straight to ‘Shark Alley’, the famous stretch of Cape Town’s Ocean, known for its incredible great white shark activity, to photograph the powerful and massive sharks as they swim within inches of your lens! Photograph the sharks from the boat, or be more adventurous and get in the water from the safety of a cage.
After our thrilling adventures at sea with the sharks, a diverse range of species of whales, dolphins, and seals, and don’t forget those adorable penguins-we’ll head to Greater Kruger National Park – the most densely populated leopard habitat in the world. Here, you’ll explore the African bush in open air Land Rovers to search for and photograph these secretive predators and come within touching distance of lions, leopards and cheetahs. Also, capture unique photos of elephants, rhinos, buffalos, hippos, zebras, and giraffes.
This safari often extends into the evening. As you return to the luxurious camp – a 5-star private lodge perfectly situated on the banks of the Sand River – it is not uncommon to see wildlife well into the night. And, with unobstructed views of the river’s flood plains, the Big Five are often seen from the camp.
Every Five Zero safari can be fully customized – from group size to dates and duration. For those looking to extend your stay in South Africa, we have several options to enhance your experience. Let FiveZero help you design your dream vacation.
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Itinerary for The Predators Safari in South Africa
Day 1: Arrive in Cape Town
Upon your arrival at Cape Town International Airport, a representative will greet you and drive you to the lodge.
Only 70 meters away from the world famous Boulders Beach African Penguin colony, the location of the quaint 12-room lodge is unbeatable. The penguins are so close, they often venture into the lodge, so keep a camera nearby.
Days 2 – 5: False Bay
For the next four days, Chris and Monique Fallows – internationally acclaimed shark experts – will take you on-board one of four exclusively chartered morning shark safaris in search of the unique breaching behavior the sharks of False Bay display during the winter months.
With an early start to the day, you’ll meet your host, Kurt Jay Bertels, and the great white shark crew at the boat launch site for breakfast and daily briefing. We’ll head straight to ‘Shark Alley’, the famous stretch of Cape Town’s Ocean, known for its incredible great white shark activity. Photograph the sharks from the boat, or get adventurous and get in the water from the safety of a cage (no scuba qualifications are required). Our small group size means extra time in the shark cage, which means extra photographs.
With a bit of luck, we will witness and photograph natural predation, as the daily battle between the hunter and the hunted, the great white sharks and Cape Fur seals, plays out in front of us. While out at sea, we’ll search for other marine life that frequent the Bay, including Common Dolphins, Southern Right Whales, Brydes Whales and of course the 65,000 strong colony of Cape Fur Seals.
After a good morning of Great White Shark photography, we will meet back at the lodge restaurant to recharge and go through the morning’s adventures. Afternoon photographic sessions will be dedicated to exploring some of Cape Town’s other gems – the African Penguins and Cape Point.
Day 6: Arrive at Kruger’s Sabi Sands region
After breakfast at the lodge, a driver will bring us to Cape Town International Airport to catch a domestic flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival at O.R. Tambo International airport, a charter flight representative will transfer us to the charter flight’s lounge for a short flight to a private airstrip in the Kruger’s Sabi Sands region. Our private ranger will be waiting at the airstrip to drive us the short distance to the lodge, which will be our base for the following 4 nights.
Our 5-Star, private lodge is perfectly situated to make the most of the beautiful surrounds. The camp is unfenced, has thatched roofs and sits comfortably amongst the greenery of the riverbanks, where luxury meets nature. From an elegant and modern design to a luxurious, heated swimming pool in each suite, no detail has been overlooked.
Days 7 – 9: Sabi Sands Private Reserve
The Sabi Sands region is famous for it’s exception Big 5 spotting and abundant wildlife. The habituated nature of the area’s wildlife allows us incredible photographic opportunities, and a chance to view their natural behaviour from close quarters.
While each day is tailored to your requests, a typical day includes two safari outings. These morning and afternoon safaris are where the real magic happens! Driving in open-air Range Rovers, an experienced ranger guides us through this magnificent area, and works closely with your host, Kurt Jay Bertels, to find the best subjects in the best light, for the best photograph. The never-ending search for the Big 5 is top priority, but nothing goes unnoticed or un-photographed.
Not to be outdone, meals on safari offer a unique experience all on its own with stunning backdrops and tantalizing flavors. Meals are prepared by the lodge’s culinary team, with organic ingredients locally grown or from the resort’s garden, free-range game, and seafood selections guided by South Africa’s Sustainable Seafood Initiative. Enjoy classic and innovative dishes complimented with South African wine or cocktail creations.
Lunches are served on the main deck beneath the trees, overlooking the beautiful Sand River or on occasion enjoy breakfasts in the Bush. Each evening, we’ll meet for pre-dinner drinks in the bar, before dinner is served, mostly, in the Boma, or outdoor dining room, around the campfire.
Day 10: Depart
Enjoy one final, early morning safari followed by a fortifying breakfast. Our ranger will drive you to a private airstrip to catch your charter flight back to Johannesburg where you can connect with your onward flight.
Please note: The above day-by-day Itinerary is only a guideline. The daily itinerary is weather-dependent and sightings-dependent, it could vary slightly.
Extend Your Stay in South Africa
If you would like to extend your trip, FiveZero can arrange this either before or after the above safari itinerary. Not to miss spots include:
Cape Town: Cape Town is a vibrant city that will get under your skin no matter what time of year. While walking through the city’s streets and meeting its people, you will fall in love with its natural beauty and incredible spirit. Cape Town is a city where the unexpected is always just around the corner and the beautiful province of the Western Cape lies ready to be explored beyond the city border. There are endless activities including:
- Wine tasting tours of South Africa’s top wine-producing regions
- Enjoy a Helicopter ride for breath-taking views of Cape Town’s coastline
- Go cage diving with the famous Great White Sharks
- Climb Table Mountain to catch panoramic views of the city
- Go kite surfing or relax in the sun at Blaaubergstrand Beach
- Swim with the penguins at Boulders Bay
- Visit the historical landmark and political prison during the apartheid era Robben Island
- And, so much more!
Victoria Falls: Victoria Falls is a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River and forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800’s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’.
In more modern terms Victoria Falls is known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world. The wide, basalt cliff over which the falls thunder, transforms the Zambezi from a placid river into a ferocious torrent cutting through a series of dramatic gorges. Facing the Falls is another sheer wall of basalt, rising to the same height, and capped by mist-soaked rain forest. A path along the edge of the forest provides the visitor prepared to brave the tremendous spray, with an unparalleled series of views of the Falls.
There are a host of activities to do at the falls. For the more adventurous, bunji-jumping, elephant back safaris and walking with lions; and for the more relaxed guests, enjoy gentle sundowner cruises and bird watching.
Highlights from The Predators Safari in South Africa
Customised safari dates between June and mid-september.
9 nights/10 days
Beach-front lodge in Cape Town; 5-star/luxury, private lodge in Kruger’s Sabi Sands region
OR Tambo International Airport
Number of guests:
Maximum 4; however, FiveZero can accommodate larger groups for private group bookings.
Lions, Leopards, Rhinoceroses, Elephants, Buffalo, Cheetahs, Hyenas, Hippopotamuses, Zebras, Giraffes, and more than 300 species of birdlife
All internal flights & transfers
Accommodation - Half board (breakfast & lunch) in Cape Town; Full board in Sabi Sands
Personal photographic tuition
Cape Town Includes:
Scheduled daily shark safari boat trips
Snacks & drinks on the morning boat trips
Wet suits & snorkeling
All entry permits into Boulders Bay & Cape Point Nature Reserves
Sabi Sands Includes:
Scheduled safari activities
A La Carte:
Customized vacation (holiday) options/holiday extension options
Suggested activities may have additional fee
Recommended camera equipment:
Camera equipment can be rented through FiveZero. For those looking to purchase or bring their own equipment, Kurt Jay Bertels, your photographic safari host, recommends the following equipment for The Predators Safari in South Africa:
- D-SLR camera body
- Zoom lens Should ideally be no smaller than 200mm
- Wide angle lens 18-55mm or 24-105mm
- Memory cards and spare batteries