These are structures built to specifically maximise the photographic potential of the subjects that visit them. These hides can be used to view animals in the normal manner, but have been positioned to consider the angle of the sun, the background as well as the angle you are to the animals and birds. If you are a photographer you will notice all of these things immediately and it will enable you to get some absolutely stunning photographs. The results of the images taken form the hides have been published in many magazines and books as well as have won some major awards. This is an indication of just how well the hides are built for photographers. The PhotoMasahtu wildlife photographer will accompany you in the hides. They will help tutor you with the various camera techniques to ensure you get your great images. Have a look at the PhotoMashatu website which gives you a beautiful overview of what you can expect at the Matebole Underground Elephant hide.
C4 Photo Safaris chose Mashatu for a number of reasons:
Pricing is in US Dollar.
|Hide Session – Half Day (Morning or Afternoon session)||$80||$80||$90|
|Hide Session – Full Day (Morning & Afternoon session)
|Exclusive use of Matebole Hide – Half Day (Morning or Afternoon session – 8 pax)||$560
|Exclusive use of Matebole Hide – Full Day (per day AM to PM Morning & Afternoon session – 8 pax)||$960||$960||$1150|
|Tutoring at camp. Not included in hide fee
|Lens Rental (per day)
|Canon 7D body (per day)
Persons per hide (excludes photographer guide):
|Matebole hide: 8 clients|
PhotoMashatu Vehicle: (per day - maximum 4 pax, but ideally suited to 2 pax. This includes 1 optional tutor session per day & 1 x hide session subject to availability upon booking. For dates 1 December - 1 June each year: "book 3 days, pay 2" and "book 4 days, pay 3" special on photo vehicle.)
The PhotoMashatu vehicle can be booked through the reservations office (firstname.lastname@example.org). Clients in camp can book on an ad hoc basis at the lodge subject to availability. Please see above for the relevant pricing.
Conditions of Use
Exclusive use is for groups or single photographers who would like the hides for their own private use. The rate is a per day cost and gives clients access to the booked hide during that day ($960 for 2020 and 2021). If you are a group of 8 photographers or more it is usually more cost effective to use the exclusive use rate than the per person rate. Exclusive use of the photographic hides is only applicable to the Matebole hide, subject to availability.
PhotoMashatu will have resident wildlife photographers based at Main camp to help guest photographers when they are at camp. They can hire out the use of the photographer to join them on game drives as well as for the photographic hides. He/she will also be available for tutor sessions in camp during the day. Additionally, you can hire out the PhotoMashatu vehicle, in which you will be accompanied by your own personal photographic guide. All guest photographers booking and using the photographic hides will be booked through Mashatu reservations as an additional activity. This will be charged as per the photographic concession rates. Guests at Mashatu may use the hides for normal game viewing purposes as well as photography, but still accompanied by the PhotoMashatu guide.