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On the wildlife photojournalism program participants explore a variety of reserves and sanctuaries throughout the 28 day photographic training safari

Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve

Mount Camdeboo (“Place of green hills or pools” in ancient Khoisan) Private Game Reserve lies a short way to the east of Graaff-Reinet in the heart of the Great Karoo. Learn more about this beautiful reserve on the website

Privately owned and with a passion for conservation, Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve is home to numerous endangered species that have been successfully rehabilitated and reintroduced into South Africa’s malaria-free Great Karoo. Experience a stay in a region that is steeped in history and culture.

The reserve rests at the foot of the Sneeuberg Mountain Range in South Africa’s dynamic Karoo region. This is a place of sweeping panoramas and undulating escarpments, extraordinary plant and animal diversity and a deeply rooted cultural heritage – from its early Bushmen dwellers to its Dutch settlers. The reserve’s pristine 14,000 hectares traverse a myriad of habitats: thorn scrub valleys and succulent hillsides, plunging gorges and vast mountain grasslands teeming with game.

Mount Camdeboo’s is committed to continue restoration and preservation of this important region through sustainable eco-tourism.

Species List

  • Cheetah
  • White Rhino
  • Lion
  • Cape Buffalo
  • Giraffe
  • Elephant
  • Mountain Zebra
  • Wild Cats
  • Warthog
  • Sable
  • Antelope
  • Smaller animals
  • Birds of prey

Monkeyland

Monkeyland is the worlds first free roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary. It’s mission is to educate and foster greater understanding of our primate cousins and the threats and challenges they are facing.

Monkeyland, just outside of Plettenberg Bay, is the world’s first free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary. Over the course of our tours – which we call “monkey safaris” – you’ll be able to see over 550 primates of various species – Capuchin Monkeys, Ring-tailed and Black-and-white Ruffed Lemurs, Gibbons and Howler Monkeys, to name a few.

The 128-metre suspension bridge, which runs through the forest canopy, gives you the chance to see these primates from another perspective – and not only literally. In addition to the tour itself, Monkeyland has a restaurant, a souvenir store and a viewing deck.

Monkeyland was founded by Tony Blignaut, who dreamed of and saw the need for a forest sanctuary that could restore the freedom of ex-captive primates. In his research he found that many of South Africa’s captive primates lived in terrible conditions in people’s homes. The owners of these animals are often overwhelmed by and unprepared for the difficulties of keeping intelligent, wild animals as pets and, before Monkeyland, there was nowhere they could turn to find a more appropriate home.

Species List

  • The Black and White Ruffed Lemur (Varecia variegata)
  • The Ringtail Lemur (Lemur catta)
  • The Black Howler Monkey (Alouatta caraya)
  • The Bolivian Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri boliviensis)
  • The Geoffroy’s Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi)
  • The Tufter or Brown Capuchin (Cebus apella)
  • The Red-backed Barded Saki (Chiropotes chiropotes)
  • The Vervet Monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus)
  • The White-Handed or Lar Gibbon (Hylobates lar

Birds of Eden

Birds of Eden’s unique two hectare dome (the world’s largest) spans over a gorge of indigenous forest. Currently it is home to over 3,500 birds from over 220 species, with the main focus being African birds. Visits to Birds of Eden are usually self-guided, however guided walks are offered on request.

The award winning bird sanctuary provides a forever home where previously caged birds can live a life of free-flight in a habitat as large and natural as is possible.

The feathered inhabitants of the aviary are comprised of a mixture of exotic, as well as African birds. This includes previously caged pets, hand reared and imprinted individuals, which in turn explains why some of our inhabitants, mainly being the parrots, (of which we have 60 different species) are unafraid of human beings and seemingly tame. All new arrivals at Birds of Eden go through a process of rehabilitation before their final release into the main aviary. Most of the birds that arrive at Birds of Eden have a history of being caged in small environments.

Many of the birds we home have never encountered other birds. Therefor the main rehabilitation process involves socialization with other birds in large outdoor pre-release aviaries. Here they are given the chance to build up flight muscles, flight control, i.e. practicing landings, change of direction etc. The rest of the release process is based on instinct and it is rather remarkable – all the birds instinctively know which area of the aviary suits their needs, how and where to look for, and find food, water and shelter from the weather. Species recognition is generally immediate, for e.g. when a new Ringneck is released into the aviary, all the other Ringnecks gather to have a look at the newcomer! Releasing new birds into the main aviary immediately without them going through rehabilitation would be tantamount to running a marathon without any training.

Species List

Over 220 species of indigenous and exotic birds

full list here

Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary

At Jukani our mission is to maintain and manage a sustainable wildlife sanctuary, with the focus on creating widespread awareness about the plight of large predators in captivity, in South Africa and all over the world.

If you’re looking for things to do in Plettenberg Bay – you can admire the majestic big cats of the world – Lions, Tigers, Leopards, Pumas and Jaguars. The animals – at their forever home – Jukani, have been rescued or re homed from facilities that could no longer care for them. At Jukani they can now explore their large natural habitat, designed and built around each individual animal’s needs. They are free of exploitation and the stress caused by human interaction. They can be appreciated and photographed in all their magnificence.

On your 80-minute walking safari with one of our knowledgeable guides you will also find Raccoons, a Honey badger, Caracal, an African polecat, some Zebra and Springbok and predators such as the Spotted Hyena. The lightning fast Cheetah and agile tree climbing Pumas are a delight to see. You will find hope in #TrueSanctuaries and be made aware of the plight of these animals – realising that through lifestyle changes and choices you can contribute to a chance at a better future for them.

Jukani has secured the future of all its predator cats and wildlife. The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (PBO Number 200/060 667/08), is the sole custodian of all the Jukani inhabitants. Our funds itself by means of responsible wildlife eco-tourism and we strive to achieve an effective balance between conservation and economic reality.

Species List

  • Cheetah
  • Zorille
  • Racoon
  • Honey Badger
  •  Hyena (spotted)
  • Tawny Lion
  • White Tiger
  • Siberian Tiger
  • Bengal Tiger
  • White Lion
  • Leopard
  • Jaguar
  • Caracal
  • Serval
  • Puma

White Shark Africa

White Shark Africa staff have a proud history in White Shark
research, conservation, filming and education so you can be sure that we have a passion and love for these animals and their environment.

Great White Sharks have always fascinated humans. Perhaps it is their imposing size, their graceful beauty perfectly adapted to their environment, patrolling our oceans since the beginning of time…

If you would like to come just that little bit closer, to experience the Great White Shark in its natural environment above or under water or perhaps just learn a bit more about them. You have come to the right place.