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What are photographic hides

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 following video which gives you a beautiful overview of what you can expect at the Matebole Underground Elephant hide.

Pricing (US Dollar)

 Photographic rates 2017 2018
 Hide Session – Half Day (Morning or Afternoon session) $70 $75
 Hide Session – Full Day (Morning & Afternoon session)
$130 $140
 Tutoring at camp. Not included in hide fee     
$50 $60
 Exclusive use of Photographic Hides (per day – maximum 4 pax) $500 $600
 Exclusive use of Photographic vehicle (per day) $500 $600


Persons per hide (excluding photographic guide)
Matebole Hide
4 photographers
Valley Hide                      
4 Photographers
Semi-permanent hide (Bee-eater Hide)
3 Photographers


  If group is greater than 4 persons, the rate is $500 for hide useage plus $50 per person attending the course per day. This ensures exclusive use of the photo hides. Clients can also book exclusive use of the hides if they are less than 4 people. This is $500 a day. The rate of $50pppd still applies for day-time tutoring if they require it.


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 all hides during that day. If you are a group of 4 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 include the mobile hide and one of the elephant hides, subject to availability.

All guests using the hide have to be accompanied by a PhotoMashatu wildlife photographer or a Mashatu guide.

We recommend that photographic hides are pre-booked prior to guests arrival.

The hides will be closed for maintenance at year end. Please contact our reservations team to enquire about availability and hide closure dates.

Guests will be required to sign an indemnity form before using the hides. This is separate to the Mashatu indemnity.

All the hides are seasonal and activity may change due to a climatic, or other reasons. You will be notified upon making your reservation if the hides selected are not active.


Read about the hides on our blog

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Matebole Photo Hide Valley Photography Hide Bea-Eater Bird Photo Hide

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