This year, renowned wildlife photographer Sperka is bringing his 'masters series' photo workshop to South Africa from July 1 to July 5, in a...

Luxury-safari specialist African Portfolio is offering a safari experience this summer that will feature Christian Sperka, a renowned wildlife photographer.

Sperka, a German-born photographer who now resides in Nashville where he has a gallery, has created an extensive library of wildlife portraits and conducts photo workshops on African safaris. He is the resident professional photographer at the Nashville Zoo, where he teaches classes for amateurs and professionals and Sperka is also an avid animal conservationist.

This herd of elephants was photographed by Christian Sperka, the Nashville Zoo's residential photographer and animal conservationist, during a photo safari in Africa

This year Sperka is bringing his ‘masters series’ photo workshop to South Africa from July 1 to July 5, in a program created especially for African Portfolio’s safari customers. The workshops will focus on how to photograph animals in the wild, whether in flight or on the run, regardless of skill level. Sperka recommends using a digital SLR camera with at least a 300mm lens to get the best results.

The program for the one-off safari vacation was created by Diane Lobel, founder and president of African Portfolio.

This photogenic grouping of four giraffes was captured by Christian Sperka during an African photo safari

African Portfolio guests will join Sperka at Waterbuck private lodge at Kings Camp in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve and he will accompany the group in the open-air vehicles during twice-daily safaris in the bush. The Timbavati reserve covers about 60,000 hectares of pristine African bush and is part of the world-famous Kruger National Park.

Waterbuck at Kings Camp features an air-conditioned four-bedroom private villa with a personal butler and chef. According to African Portfolio, the private and exclusive lodge will serve to enhance the educational experience for all participants and will maximize time with Sperka. The camp is situated on a dry river bank and affords excllent views of game and plenty of photographic opportunities.

Photographer Christian Sperka made this image of a leopard family while on photo safari in Africa

“This program is designed for anyone who wants to turn their safari adventure into a memorable educational experience,” says Lobel. “They will travel for five days with one of the world’s best wildlife photographers, who will help them fine tune their skills to get the most out of photographing animals in their natural habitats.”

African Portfolio’s five-day, four-night program with Sperka costs $3,775 and includes deluxe accommodations at the Waterbuck lodge at Kings Camp; all meals; most drinks; and daily safari trekking on foot and in open-air vehicles with Sperka, as well as a professional safari guide.

Wildlife photographer Christian Sperka, the resident professional photographer at the Nashville Zoo and an avid animal conservationist

The five-day photography program is part of a 10-night trip. The remaining five nights of the trip can be arranged either before or after the Sperka Safari. African Portfolio says it will work with guests individually to custom-design those nights to feature whatever the guests wish. This could include more game-viewing, or traveling outside the game reserves to visit Johannesburg or Cape Town for shopping, sightseeing, golf, and visiting South Africa’s wine country near Cape Town.

For more information and to book, contact African Portfolio at 800-700-3677, or visit