Saturday, December 13, 2014

C4 Photo Vehicle

Designed and built by the same wildlife photographers who built the world famous underground photo hides at Mashatu, the C4 photo vehicle is a fully customised vehicle built exclusively for Mashatu Game Reserve. Its design and concept stem from wanting to give clients unparalleled access to the excellent wildlife of Mashatu and allow them to photograph uninhibited and unconstrained. Our many thousands of hours on safari vehicles have been the best research and combined with our photographic experience we have produced a specialist photo vehicle that is simply the ultimate experience in photographing from a vehicle.
C4 Photo Safaris has been hosting photo safaris across Africa since 2005. Over this time we have seen thousands of game drive vehicles, each one with its advantages and pitfalls. No one vehicle was ideal for photography, so we went forth and built the definitive photo vehicle that caters perfectly for wildlife photographers. Using our extensive experience of driving on vehicles in the field whilst taking photos, we used this knowledge to design a vehicle that is unique in its kind and that offers you unparalleled photographic ease, speed, stability and comfort. No element of design was left out. We designed this vehicle to be our perfect photographic vehicle and we demanded perfection based on our many years photographing in the field.  Only once it was good enough for us, did we allow it to be enjoyed and used by our clients.

C4 Photo Vehicle

What is it?
The vehicle is a totally customised design, equipped with sliding gimble heads allowing for comfortable, quick and well supported photography in a 270 degree radius for each photographer. Bean bag arches allow you even faster access to get the initial shot. Cushioned, dust and waterproof bag storage compartments allow for fast access to your lenses and other photographic equipment. The vehicle comes with your specialised photographic guide and a Mashatu field ranger. There are two rows of seats in the back of the vehicle, one row for each photographer.

Why a photo vehicle?
C4 Photo Safaris realised that all game drive vehicles are a compromise for photographers, so we decided to build our own one that has zero compromise. Using our many many years of game drive experience and photograophing from vehicles we bought a brand new Toyota Land cruiser which we then proceeded to design and customise into the best photographic vehicle possible. We then went to the top vehicle conversion company and got them to build the vehicle to our exact specifications. The end result is a vehicle that offers an enriching photographic experience maximising all the photographic opportunities on a game drive.

With the expert knowledge from the photographic guide you will be assured that the vehicle will be positioned with expert consideration for the best light and perspective. The vehicle offers all the perks of a private vehicle, coupled with a unique, top of the range, personal photographic experience.

Where does it operate?
The C4 Photo vehicle only operates on the predator rich Mashatu Game Reserve and is available for all lodges and syndicates within the Mashatu property.

When can I go on drive?
The game drives will be as per normal to lodge game drive times, this will include a morning and afternoon drives per day with an option to take a picnic box with you if you would like to stay out later during the day.
Designed to accommodate one photographers per row of seats

Custom designed swivel arms with a gimbal head mount

Spacious shooting, swivel arms adjustable for all heights

One can shoot with ease from either side of the vehicle

Ideal for 2 photographers

Cushioned storage compartments, large enough to fit anything up to a 600mm lens

Cushioned storage compartments for ease of access to lenses and other camera accessories 

Under seat stow away, for camera bags

Adjustable seats

How can I book?
The C4 Photo vehicle can be booked through Mashatu reservations via the C4 office or Mashatu’s office Clients in camp can book on an ad hoc basis at the lodge subject to availability.
Come and enjoy with us!

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