You are going on safari to the Pilanesberg National Park, also known as ‘the volcano that gave birth to a game reserve’ and you have dreams of capturing your fantastic wildlife experiences on camera and returning home with impressive images to show friends and family.
You get home with magnificent memories, but boring photographs that have not captured the essence of the Pilanesberg. You are so disappointed with the photographs that you show nobody.
The above scenario is played out by many people each year. You are unsure of what photo equipment to bring with, you don't know where the animal hot-spots are and you don't know what to expect from the animals if and when you do find them.
And just by the time you are getting 'acclimatized' to the park, it's time to go home.
For many people, an African safari is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and you don't have the time or money to repeat the trip in order to rectify mistakes you made on your first trip.
the solution to your problem is The Photographers Guide to the Pilanesberg National Park - an affordable eBook (US$27.20) that you can download today (no postage costs) and either print out or keep on your laptop, ipad or smartphone.
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The plan is that when you arrive at an area covered in this eBook you'll know where to go when and what to expect and you will know what equipment and techniques will be most effective.
From the first day you arrive at the Pilanesberg you can be photographing the key animal species like a Pilanesberg veteran!
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Written by three wildlife photographers who collectively, have spent over three years on photo safaris just in the Pilanesberg.
We are confident this eBook will immensely improve your Pilanesberg photo safari:
ABOUT THE AUTHORS 3
How to Use this Book 9
Photographic Equipment 12
Making the Most of Your Pilanesberg Safari 14
Traveling tips for your Pilanesberg trip 15
SECTION 1 - NE PILANESBERG 16
Ivory Tree Lodge 17
Photographic Lesson 1: Photographing on a Guided Game Drive 22
Guided Game Drives 22
Bakgatla Camp 29
Photographic Lesson 2: Macro Photography 31
Ratlhogo Hide 35
Kgabo Pan 38
Tau pan 41
Photographic Lesson 3: Anticipating Bird Behaviour 44
Malatse Hide 48
Salt Pan / Salty Spring 51
Dithabaneng Dam 54
Suggested Drives in the North East Area 56
SECTION 2 - SE PILANESBERG 61
Manyane Resort 62
Photographic Lesson 4: Using the Sighting Consoles 64
Suggested Drives from Manyane Resort 67
Tilodi Dam 71
Tshwene Pan 74
Mankwe Hide / Lake 77
Photographic Lesson 5: Patience and Lighting 84
Hippo Loop and Letsha Viewpoint 87
Balloon Safaris 92
Photographic Lesson 6: Photographing from a balloon 94
Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge 99
Photographic Lesson 7: Photographing from the Kwa Maritane Hide 103
Nkakane Dam 108
Suggested Drive from Kwa Maritane Lodge 111
Photographic Lesson 8: Back-Lighting 116
SECTION 3 - SW PILANESBERG 119
Bakubung Bush Lodge 120
Suggested Drives from Bakubung Lodge 123
Lengau Dam 125
Kubu Dam 129
Tshukudu Bush Lodge 130
Photographic Lesson 9: What to Do With Disappointing Photos!? 135
Photographic Lesson 10: Shooting Silhouettes 138
Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge 140
Photographic Lesson 11: Photographing on a Night-Drive 145
Ruighoek Hide 151
SECTION 4 - NW PILANESBERG 154
Makorwane Hide 155
Photographic Lesson 12: Photoshop – Getting Rid of Unwanted Distractions 158
Tlou Dams 160
Sable Pan / Dam 163
Batlhako Hide 166
Suggested Drive in the North West Area 169
Lenong viewpoints 174
Photographic Lesson 13: Photographing Landscapes 175
Pilanesberg Private Lodge 182
Photographic Lesson 14: Walking Safaris 188
Leeu Pan Hide 193
Photographic Lesson 15: Using a Polariser 198
MORE ABOUT THE PILANESBERG 200
Pilanesberg Seasons 200
Finding Animals in the Park 204
Accommodation in the Pilanesberg: 216
Day Visitors 217
Technical Details of the Photographs 219
FINAL WORDS 234
Photographer's Resources 235
Mario & Jenny Fazekas have, since 1995, spent over 800 days on self-drive safaris in African National Parks in Southern & East Africa and much of that time has been spent in South Africa’s Pilanesberg National Park.
Many of their photographs have been published and they have won a number of photographic contests.
Edward Peach has been photographing nature since 2002 and during that time he spent nearly eighteen months in the Pilanesberg National Park as a Field Guide for Ivory Tree Lodge, which allowed him to gain an intimate knowledge of the animals and capture some stunning wildlife images.
Who better to than these three people to advise you on how best to find and photograph the Pilanesberg's wildlife!
The Photographers Guide to the Pilanesberg National Park costs only US$27.20.
That's about what a campsite in the Pilanesberg costs for one night!
Remember, you are spending thousands of dollars on safari accommodation, travel and photographic gear - ensure that you get value for money from your photo safari by investing in The Photographers Guide to the Pilanesberg National Park, so that you can make certain that you return home from your safari with images you are proud of.
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PS: We are confident that this eBook will be a huge help to you, but should you really disagree, then we will refund you immediately. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. If at any time within 30 days from buying this eBook you decide that you made a mistake, that the photographers guide to the Pilanesberg is not what you expected, then just email me and we return your money instantly, no questions asked.
"Having a passion for the region myself and having had to learn about all the dynamics, waterholes and ideal routes to drive over a period of 6 years - I wish I had this guide on my first trip already!" - Morkel Erasmus, Secunda, South Africa
"Mario and Jenny take you to spots that are not always visited, and their descriptions of the more remote camps will allow you to make an informed decision without wasting time and money" - Bob & Sherry Shepardson, DeBary, Florida, USA
"Your time and money are valuable and the information in this book will help you save both." - Don Stilton, Florida, USA
"I highly recommend the book to anyone visiting Etosha National Park to photograph the animals - or anyone considering an African photography safari in the future." - Anne Darling, Cognac, France
"As a photographer and someone who has visited and taken photographs in the Pilanesberg National Park, I can safely say that with the knowledge gained from this eBook, your experiences and photographs will be much more memorable." - Alastair Stewart, B C, Canada
"This work is so much more than an eBook, because it is also a guide, a tutorial, an inspiration and a must-have for anyone interested in wildlife photography" - Findtripinfo.com, USA