Zimanga Private Game Reserve

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Zimanga Private Game Reserve

Zimanga Private Game Reserve
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Christine K
Richards Bay14 contributions
An addictive experience
Jan 2021 • Couples
We have wanted to visit Zimanga for a long time. All I can say is it exceeded our expectations. As keen photographers were were excited to see the many carefully crafted hides and we were not disappointed. To be allowed free rein where things like light direction and reflections have already been thought about and catered for gives so much more opportunity to experiment and improve, the results almost guaranteed. The spaces are also well equipped and comfortable.

Add to this the excellent service from the lodge staff and guides. The food was amazing, the staff attentive and friendly. Our guide Jono was a perfect companion on our drives, excellent knowledge and also a talented and enthusiastic photographer. Who could ask for more.

It was our first visit but will definately not be our last. Thanks Mariska and Charl for your vision and attention to detail. It is much appreciated.
Written 21 January 2021
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Pieter G
Johannesburg, South Africa24 contributions
The absolute best
Mar 2020 • Couples
One of the best. A photographers paradise and it was an honor to ride with Calvin our guide and a brilliant photo teacher/expert. My photos are great, thanks Zimanga. The opportunity to spent some time in the various hides also helped.

The hotel/lodge side also need some mention, the food is fantastic and the people make the stay very easy. Well done this was worth every minute.
Written 31 March 2020
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Thank you so much Pieter, we highly value and appreciate your positive review about our guides, staff and facilities. Hope that you thoroughly enjoy your images and kind regards from Zimanga
Written 1 April 2020
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Seyms
Johannesburg, South Africa5 contributions
Photography Heaven
Oct 2019
I have now done over 10 trips to Zimanga and every time I leave, I can't wait to get back!

A conservation success story, Charl and the team have really created a piece of Photography Heaven on Earth.

World-Class Hides and fantastic Rangers, combined with great accommodation, makes for the perfect Photography getaway.

Highly recommended for any photography, birding and wildlife enthusiast.
Written 27 February 2020
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Thank you so much Seyms, we appreciate your feedback tremendously! See you again soon
Written 28 February 2020
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swayam92
Mumbai, India42 contributions
A Paradise for Wildlife Photography
Mar 2019
There isn't much to say or praise about Zimanga, to be honest.
The very fact that the place was handcrafted by Bence Mate shows their dedication to wildlife photography.
From Day 1 of our arrival in March this year, everything was centered around making things smooth so that we may click pictures. Our appointed ranger and guide was Tyler or "Ty". Ty was a wonderful spotter with immense knowledge of the wildlife in South Africa (& beyond to be honest again). His spotting almost made our day.
Again coming to the very reason why photographers visit Zimanga- the hides. Everything in the hide is as depicted on their website. Shooting pictures was never more exciting than in any of the hides.
We spent 4 nights staying at Zimanga and we returned with a hard drive filled with shots I would want to print.
All thanks to the Senekal family (the owner personally visited all guests on a Sunday taking their feedback!) , Ty and the entire Zimanga staff
Written 3 December 2019
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Hi Swayam92, we all thank you kindly for such a positive review. Bence has indeed assisted with great care, and we are just as proud of the entire contingency of our brilliant staff who make it tick every day, from our rangers and lodge staff to our security and maintenance divisions. We really hope to diversify our offering not only on Zimanga as a base but to take this concept further and perhaps even to other destinations in future... We will be forwarding your compliments to our staff and thank you again for the kind words
Written 4 December 2019
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yolc
Sydney, Australia159 contributions
Wildlife photographer paradise
Sep 2019 • Friends
We have visited Africa many times over the years and nothing compares to the Zimanga offering. The ability to view birds and animals very close and from ground level gave us new perspectives on all the wildlife. Other reviewers have covered the hides in detail. The beautiful modern accomodation was perfect for photographers. 2 desks, multiple power points. The full glass window in the shower is fabulous. Being able to look out into the bush and not be eaten by insects- perfect! Staff were really lovely. A special call out to Sepo( I probably misspelt his name) who would ask us what we would like him to cook for dinner, and to Elizabeth, Pat and Tabby. Plus to Jono our guide on the drives.
Note: I am not a photographer but I am a birder and wildlife lover. Therefore Zimanga was fabulous for me. If your partner is not really keen on critters and birds they may find it tedious sitting quietly in the hides.
Written 20 October 2019
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Hi yolc, it is extremely gratifying to read that some of our touches made the Zimanga experience a positive one even from a non-photographer's point of view. We are in full agreement that it should be a paradise for nature lovers and not just wildlife photographers. Your compliments will be passed on to our staff and we hope to welcome you back here with open arms one day. Thank you for the positive review!
Written 22 October 2019
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BongoBickford
Auckland, New Zealand296 contributions
A Wildlife Photographers Dream Come True!
Jul 2019
This year was our third visit and won't be our last. Zimanga gives a whole new dimension to wildlife photography and is available to all who visit. To maximise the opportunities a 7 day package is a must as there is ample time to experience all the photographic hides and get those' once in a lifetime spectacular images'. Southern African wildlife 'up close and personal' like you cannot imagine. We love this place!
Accommodation is first class along with the restaurant. Staff vey obliging, friendly and helpful. Great game drives as well.
Written 13 October 2019
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Atheris81
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa11 contributions
Outstanding place for shooting wildlife photos
Nov 2018
Stayed here three years ago but looking forward to coming back and stay inside the reserve.Best place to shoot cheetah and painted dog pics.The staff is absolutely outstanding depending wildlife and photographie.
Written 10 October 2019
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Thank you so much for the kinds words Atheris. Sadly after constant breakouts of the painted dogs (they were fighting with an adjacent pack) we had to make the decision to move them for their own well-being. It is our aim to introduce a new pack in future. Kind regards from Zimanga
Written 11 October 2019
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Marieg
12 contributions
Most Amazing Experience
Aug 2019
I visited Zimanga as part of a photography goup in August, to say was amazing would be an understatement. From the moment I arrived to moment I left I did not stop smiling. Everything about the holiday was wonderful:
The animals and photographic apportunities are second to none, I really thought I would have an outright favourite (big cat) however I came back loving everything I saw.
The staff and I mean all staff were attentive and so friendly and nothing was too much trouble. For me this was so reassuring, this was my first holiday since being diagnosed coeliac, so I was concerned about food. I had absolutley nothing to worry about they even made gluten free muffins for me each day. Everyday I was greeted with a smile.
Or guide Calvin was insightful and gave great tips for some shots, he always made every effort to ensure our experience was the best it could be.
I can honestly say I cannot wait to go back.
Written 13 September 2019
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Thank you so much gower666, we appreciate your feedback and would love to welcome you back. We will pass on your compliments to our staff! Kind regards from Zimanga
Written 14 September 2019
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MartinL
London, UK86 contributions
Awesome wildlife photography experience
Jul 2019 • Couples
It is hard to find words to capture our Zimanga experience without the risk of understatement. On arrival a pride of lions Inc cub were waiting by the dam for us, lined up ready for photos. The accommodation food and team are incredible from rangers to dining team. Animal sightings of the Big 5 and much more are awe inspiring in game drives night hides and day hides. Totally awe inspiring unforgettable experience.
Written 8 July 2019
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Thank you for the positive review Martin, and we are happy that members of our marketing team were waiting on the dam wall upon your entry ;) Thank you for being part of a great group of guests and we'd love to host you here again! Kind regards from Zimanga
Written 10 July 2019
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Grrranville
Blackburn, UK15 contributions
Most amazing trip of my life
Jun 2019 • Friends
This reserve is such a special place. Completely geared towards wildlife photography. I am a novice and after a week here with two professional wildlife photographers, Steve and Ann Toon, I was taking the most incredible photos, which I am extremely proud of. The animals are respected and plentiful.
The accommodation is luxury, beautiful place to stay. The food is endless and delicious, such a great.
Our guide Hendri was knowledgeable and a talented tracker.
The staff are friendly, enthusiastic and helpful. I will definitely be returning... I can't recommend highly enough.
Written 21 June 2019
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Thanks a ton for the incredible review Grrranville. It is humbling to know that you thought so highly of your visit here and we appreciate the kind words towards our guides and all the staff. We will continue innovating and truly hope to have several new options available upon your return. Kind regards and a huge thanks from team Zimanga
Written 22 June 2019
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