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Photographic Workshop and Wildlife Monitoring in South Africa

November 1-8 2016, organized by LEO Africa in collaboration with “Africa” Magazine

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A week dedicated to photographic safaris, nature conservation and wildlife monitoring accompanied by the professional photographer Marco Garofalo, contributor to the “Africa” magazine, and by Sabrina Colombo, ranger and manager of LEO Africa. LEO is a great volunteer programme whose aim and focus is to contribute towards conservation and wildlife monitoring of the lion, white and black rhino, elephant, leopard and hyena populations of the Marataba Section of the Marakele National Park, in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.

The Marataba Section of the Marakele National Park is a beautiful wild and secluded area of 24000 hectares surrounded by the Waterberg Mountains and crossed by lakes and rivers. It hosts all the big 5 (lions, black rhinos, elephants, leopards and buffaloes) and other several mammals species as zebras, giraffes, wildebeests, bat-eared foxes, and pangolin.

Bird-watching lovers will also have the chance to take a lot of pictures of water species and colourful birds.

Besides the photographic activities, you will support and follow the job of a monitoring centre engaged in the protection and conservation of South African wildlife, including anti-poaching work, to combine the passion for photography and nature with an active engagement in conservation.

You will also visit the Marakele National Park, the “neighbour” national park, which is home of a huge variety of wildlife and flora, located in a transition area between the dry western and the eastern humid regions of South Africa. The park hosts, besides the breathtaking landscapes, rare plants as the Yellowood and the cycads up to 5 metres tall. The park also hosts the world’s largest breeding colony of cape vultures (currently classified as an endangered species), roosting in the mountains.

Invite reserved to maximum: 6 people.

Participation fee: €1150 which includes:

Transfer from Johannesburg OR Tambo (airport) to LEO and viceversa, full board at LEO base in shared rooms (reserved for the photography team), tour to the Marakele National Park, personal insurance, photographic workshop with Marco Garofalo, and a private field guide.

Extra: flight, alcohlic beverages, tips and other extra, restaurant meals, other optional excursions and activities, everything else not mentioned in the programme.

DOCUMENTS YOU NEED: passport valid for at least six months from the date of departure and with two free pages. The tourist visa is issued at Johannesbug airport.

There are no mandatory vaccinations. The Marakele National Park is located in a Malaria-FREE area.

NB: the programme may be changed due to organization, meteorogical or environmental reasons, without compromising its value and validity.

For more information:

- Sabrina Colombo +27.798772717 - -

- Marco Garofalo +39.393.9140523 -



DAY 1: arrival at Johannesburg, transfer to LeoAfrica in minibus*, LeoAfrica introduction, dinner.

DAY 2: game drive 1, lunch, photo-editing, game drive 2, dinner, photographic discussion.

DAY 3: game drive 1, lunch, photo-editing, game drive 2, dinner,photographic discussion.

DAY 4: Excursion to the Marakele National Park **.

DAY 5: game drive 1, lunch, photo-editing, game drive 2, dinner, photographic discussion.

DAY 6: photo-editing, lunch, game drive 2 , dinner, photographic discussion.

DAY 7: game drive 1, lunch, photo-editing, game drive 2, dinner, photographic discussion.

DAY 8: breakfast, transfer to Johannesburg at 7.30 AM.


GAME DRIVE 1: safari from 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM

GAME DRIVE 2: safari from 15.00 PM to 20:00 PM

All the planned activities during the game drives, may include: drives on the 4x4, bush walks with a ranger, koppie climbing, camera traps maintenance, reserve management activities, data collection, animal monitoirng and tracking, use of the GPS to collect data, veterinary actions if necessary, breeding projects, and so forth.

* directly planned by LEO Africa.

** leaving at 6.30 AM, extra lunch, return around 9.00 PM, dinner in town, return to LEO Africa.



  • Sleeping bag, sleeping bag liner, sleeping mat (for sleep-outs etc.)
  • Shirts, t-shirts
  • Warm hoodies / jumpers
  • Shorts
  • Long trousers (for walks/evening drives)
  • Hat, gloves and scarf (during winter)
  • Walking socks/thick socks
  • Walking boots/sturdy shoes
  • Comfortable shoes (nights out/time off)
  • Sunglasses (highly recommended)
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Small rucksack/bag for bringing out on drives
  • Water bottle/camelback (at least a 1 litre capacity)
  • Sun cream (SPF 30+) and after sun lotion
  • Insect repellent□ Binoculars (recommended, x 7 magnification or higher)
  • Head torch, torch, batteries (really useful!)
  • Camera
  • Battery charger
  • Spare batteries
  • Memory card(s)
  • Towel
  • Alarm clock
  • Mosquito net
  • Plug adapter – South African three pronged and two pronged plug sockets available