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Canon Collective African Photo Safari

Elephant Herd Gathers to Drink - taken from Mashatu underground hide by Jay Collier

Elephant Herd Gathers to Drink - taken from Mashatu underground hide by Jay Collier

Canon Collective Joins Iconic Images on African Photographic Safari

We invite you to join us, and the Canon Collective team on this once in a lifetime small group photographic safari.

Canon Australia in conjunction with Iconic Images International invites you to join the team from The Canon Collective (www.canon.com.au/collective) on a once in a lifetime photographic safari in Botswana and South Africa.

 What makes this photo safari unique? The Canon high performance camera equipment included for you to try out and use !!!! 

All guests will have shared access to cameras including the 5D-S, 5D-SR, 1DX, 5D Mk III and 7D Mk II, as well as lenses which will include the EF 200-400mm f4L IS, EF 500mm f/4 Mk II, EF 600mm f/4 Mk II, EF 400mm f2.8L IS, EF 300mm f2.8L IS, EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS, and EF 100-400mm f3.5-5.6L IS II and much more. 

 Each guest will be provided with at least one super telephoto lens, 70-200mm or 100-400mm lens and camera body per game drive as well as shared access to a range of wide angle and other specialty lenses throughout the tour. The equipment will be rotated between guests after each game drive to ensure each guest has equal opportunity to access each lens. 

This cost effective photo safari provides a rare opportunity for you and your friends to experience the African safari of a lifetime as you photograph alongside three professional photographers. Irrespective of your existing photography expertise or experience you will be taught how to capture the expanse of African landscapes to photographing the smallest details in wildlife. While you learn about camera technique and approaches to composition, our aim is to transform your photography, not merely add to it.

This small group photographic safari (a maximum of TWELVE participants ) has been created for photographers and emerging photographers who have a passion for photographing Africa’s culture and its wild animals in their natural environments.

The main focus of the photographic safari is to give you every assistance to capture iconic images of Africa’s “Big Five”, including leopards, lions, cheetahs and photograph elephants up-close from a unique underground hide, to which the group will have exclusive access. You can be assured of coming home not only with very special memories of an outstanding photographic journey but also a collection of stunning images.

Two of the very best locations to photograph Africa’s predator cats and largest mammals have been selected:

  • Mashatu Tent Camp in Botswana – home to the underground hides for photographing herds of elephants, other animals and birds up-close.
  • Tanda Tula Safari Camp in the heart of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, forming part of the Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa – a true African tented lodge safari experience.

To find out more about the camps we have selected, click on the individual links above.

Linger for a while on the uniqueness of each, imagining you were there.

You will appreciate the high standard of accommodation we have chosen.

You will experience two of the best of African camps; they are world class.


  • Three accomplished professional photographers and some of the best trackers and drivers to help you

You will be accompanied by three professional and passionate wildlife photographers to provide every assistance to you – Andre Cloete (C4 Images & Safaris, South Africa), Jay Collier (Canon Collective, Australia) and Colin Baker, (Canon Collective, Australia). Our aim is to ensure you return with the best possible images and unforgettable memories. If you are a beginner or emerging photographer, do not worry – we will teach you. The photo safari is suitable for photographers with only a little experience. We also ensure experienced photographers will capture some stunning images and learn some enhanced skills.

  • Have access to Canon professional series camera equipment.

We are travelling with our own supply of Canon top end gear for you to ‘play with’ and try out to your heart’s content. To ensure everyone has an opportunity to use this exclusive gear, we will rotate it through the group. Have you ever used a 5D-S, 5D-SR, or a 1DX? A 200-400mm lens with its own built-in 1.4X converter? A new Canon 500mm or 600mm  f/4 Mk II? The new Mk2 100-400mm lens? There will be much more for you to use.

  • Photograph the most elusive predators – leopards

Leopards are the most elusive and arguably the most beautiful of the African predator cats! They seem to choose who photographs them! Our experienced drivers/guides will track them and if  they find them, you will be astounded how close you can get to photograph these magnificent animals.

  • Experience the arrival of a herd of elephants as they pass within three metres of your camera lens

Did you ever think you might photograph an elephant herd from a perspective similar to that lying on your stomach with the nearest elephant not more than a few metres from your lens? To get a feel for what this photographic experience might be like, play Video 1 in the next tab! Videos 2 & 3 are also worth viewing.

  • Four photographers per vehicle

With not more than four photographers/persons per vehicle you will appreciate the extra space whilst photographing. This arrangement works well for photographers using larger telephoto lenses and yet allows enough space for spouses/partners who just wish to sit and enjoy the special spirit of Africa. The tour leader in each vehicle will be required to sit in the passenger seat beside the driver.

  • Experience the roar of lions from the African wilderness in your private luxury tent

Each of the luxury tents at Tanda Tula is completely private and surrounded by lush riverine bush overlooking the riverbed, epitomising the ultimate African wildlife experience. With a little luck you may fall asleep listening to the lions roar!

  • If we are lucky, photograph the unique white lions of Timbavati.

A white lion is a normal healthy lion which displays the effects of a recessive gene known as the chinchilla or colour inhibitor. The condition displayed is known as “leucism’ and is distinct from albinism. These lions are not albinos and have normal eyes. In fact, white lions are born from tawny parents – ‘normal’ lions – who carry the recessive white lion gene. Three white lions are known to frequent the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, where we will spend five days.

  • Travel with a small group of like-minded photographers and lovers of nature

The photographic safari is confined to a maximum of twelve (12) participants, excluding the three professional photographers.

Dates, Accommodation & Summary Itinerary

The photo safari commences on 16 August 2015 and finishes on 26 August 2015, starting and ending in Johannesburg, South Africa. Direct links to the hotel and lodges are provided below.

16 August Arrive Johannesburg – start of photo safari Waterkloof Guesthouse, Pretoria
17 August Transfer to Mashatu Tented Camp – private coach Mashatu Tent Camp – 5 nights
22 August Transfer to Tanda Tula Camp  – private coach Tanda Tula Safari Camp – 4 nights
26 August Transfer to J’burg Airport – private coach N/A

You can download the more comprehensive itinerary by clicking the DOWNLOAD ITINERARY button in the sidebar.

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Costs, Terms of Payment, How to Register & Separate Canon Deed Poll


The cost is: US$9,950.00 per person, twin share, (or the equivalent in AU$ at the time of making the final payment).

A single supplement of US$1,950 (or the equivalent in AU$ when registering) applies, if specifically requested. Please note this single supplement is payable, in full, at the time of registration. There are only two unshared rooms/tents available in each camp.

Please note, the cost is in US dollars.

For your convenience and to minimize currency exchange risks, payments should only be made (in US dollars) to the US dollar bank account of the travel agent, Our World Travel.

For details of this account please contact either Janet or Nick Missikos on +61 8 9221 997 or send an email to janet@owtravel.com.au or nick@owtravel.com.au

Should you wish to use your credit card for payment in US dollars please check with your bank or financial institution to determine the most cost effective way to do so.

Terms of Payment

Terms of Payment are as follows:

1. A non-refundable 25% deposit at the time of submitting a completed Registration Form.

2. A second non-refundable payment of 25% on or before 30th April 2015.

3. A final payment of the remaining 50%, on or before 31st May 2015.

How to Register

To register, you are required to complete two forms:

  1. An Iconic Images International (III) Registration Form (3 pages).
  2. A Canon Deed Poll Form (1 page).

To download the III Registration Form and the Canon Deed Poll Form click the “REGISTRATION FORMS” button in the sidebar, download and print a copy of each form, complete all three pages of the III Registration Form and the one page Canon Deed Poll Form. When you are satisfied you have provided all the information requested, return both forms, together with payment of the first 25% deposit, to:

Our World Travel, Shop 1/113 Royal Street, East Perth, Perth WA 6004, Australia, attention Mr Nick Missikos.

If You Would Like More Details

If you would like to discuss any aspect of international flights or the obligatory travel insurance for the photographic safari, please contact the booking agent, Our World Travel – East Perth, on o8 9221 9977 and request to speak to Mr Nick Missikos. Alternatively you can email Nick Missikos at Nick@owtravel.com.au

If you would like to discuss any aspect of the photographic safari, including queries on camera equipment, before making a decision to join us, please contact either:

Denis Glennon AO on 0418 923 103 or denis@denisglennon.com or Jay Collier on o410 608 790 or Jay.COLLIER@canon.com.au

Please ensure you download the comprehensive itinerary containing most of the information you will initially need, by clicking on “DOWNLOAD ITINERARY’ in the box on the right hand side.

If this photographic safari is not for you, perhaps you might consider forwarding the information to a friend, who may like to know about it.

Pre-departure Information & Checklists

To assist you prepare for this photographic safari we have compiled a comprehensive, downloadable and printable PDF. It contains helpful information on:

  1. Travelling with and looking after photographic equipment in Africa.
  2. Downloading and backing-up images every day.
  3. Power supply in Botswana and South Africa for charging batteries, laptop, mobile phone, etc.
  4. Vehicle etiquette and consideration for fellow passengers and photographers.
  5. Keeping healthy in Africa.
  6. Money Matters in Botswana and South Africa.
  7. Immigration and Customs at Johannesburg International Airport, South Africa.
  8. Arrangements to meet you on arrival at Johannesburg International Airport.
  9. Travel documents, personal items & clothing checklist
  10. Personal medical items checklist.
  11. Camera equipment checklist – this is a comprehensive list and you should not be overwhelmed by its comprehensiveness.
  12. Summary itinerary.
  13. Guide to paying gratuities on this photographic safari.
  14. Denis’ choice of lenses and other camera equipment for this photographic safari.

The information in this PDF will help you to remember to pack your selection of camera equipment and other essential items so that you return home with a great collection of iconic images, and many magnificent memories. A copy of this PDF will be forwarded to all registrants approximately 30 days before departure from Australia.

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Botswana - Mashatu


If you would like to discuss any aspect of international flights for the photo safari, please contact the booking agent, Our World Travel – East Perth, on 08 9221 9977 and request to speak to Mr Nick Missikos. Alternatively you can email Nick Missikos at Nick@owtravel.com.au

If you would like to discuss any aspect of the photo safari, before making a decision to join us, please contact either:

Denis Glennon AO on 0418 923 103 or denis@denisglennon.com or Jay Collier on 0410 608 790 or Jay.COLLIER@canon.com.au.


Download the PDF containing full details on payment terms and registration, the itinerary, what is/is not included, cancellation policy and fees, compulsory travel insurance, health considerations, responsibility, liability, and packing camera gear for travel.



To reserve a place, download, print a copy of each form, complete and return both the III Registration Form and the Canon Deed Poll Form to Our World Travel.




Iconic Images is the exclusive representative/agent for C4 Photo Safaris, South Africa, in Australia & New Zealand.

C4 Photo Safaris provides the on-ground logistics for Iconic Images' photo safaris/tours in Africa and is a SATSA member. The SATSA logo signifies that C4 Photo Safaris offers services that are of the highest quality and the company is deemed to be a credible and reliable provider of services to the tourism industry in South Africa. These services are independently audited on an annual basis. SATSA members are bonded, providing a financial guarantee of deposits held against the involuntary liquidation of a SATSA member.

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