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CLIENT TESTIMONIALS
LINDA CAPPELLO, Australia

I recently did the Lions and Leopards of Mala Mala trip plus the 2 night reptile extension with Wild4 which far outweighed any expectations that I had! Wow what a trip. There was a great variety of animals, Stu has extensive knowledge of the animals and their habitat and was always mindful of us getting the best shots possible. My friend and I had our own bench seats in all the vehicles, which was great as we both had 2 DSLRs with numerous lenses, each vehicle is equipped with beanbags to steady your camera / lens, pockets and enough room to take a camera bag. We had fantastic opportunities to watch the cats for a good period of time and learn a little bit about their life, rather than taking a photo and moving on. I loved that we could sit and watch the lions at Mala Mala play in the Sand River, it was a fantastic opportunity.

Stu provided us with some great tuition, I certainly learnt a lot of new photo techniques which I look forward to using back home. I hired a 500mm lens from Stu which was great, I think I used that about 85% of the time and used a 70-200mm for the rest. We had many opportunities for night photography, silhouettes, time lapse, low light etc

At the end of our trip we did the 2 night reptile extension at Khamai Reptile Centre. We went behind the scenes at the centre and had one of Africa's leading reptile specialist spend the day talking about the reptiles, spiders, scorpions we were about to take pictures of. Donald and his team certainly made for a very safe photo shoot, they were extremely patient positioning some of the reptiles for better light or different background. I learnt a lot from Donald, living in Australia we do have some venomous snakes, the day certainly gave me a renewed appreciation for the reptiles.

I would highly recommend the Wild4 team for your next photographic safari you will not be disappointed.

Linda Cappello

HELEN CLARKE, New Zealand
"I did the Lions & Leopards of Mala Mala trip with the 2 Night Forest Lodge extension. This was my third photographic trip to Africa, and I have to say the best! Stu has great knowledge & passion for wildlife and photography that he is willing to share: I certainly learnt a lot. The setup for photography in the vehicles is extremely well thought out.

There was an amazing variety of great photographic opportunities and I really enjoyed time spent with the animals, but the unexpected bonus for me was the day spent at the reptile centre (part of the Forest Lodge extension). I am very pleased with the results!

After coming away with the renewed enthusiasm for photography, I am planning to do another trip with them."

Helen Clarke
ROB PELLE, Netherlands
www.robpelle.nl

When two photo trips organised by my Netherlands based tour operator were cancelled. I looked around and found Wild4.
Justyna was extremely helpful in putting together a private tour for me.

I opted for 8 nights Kruger, 2 nights Big Cats & the 2 night Vulture / Reptile extension. Some emails later and all was booked and paid for.

In Nelspruit I met up with Jaco Venter, one of Stu's partners in crime for photo safaris. Jaco and I got on very well and we even talked, on occasion, a mixture of Afrikaans and Dutch, lots of fun there!

Like Stu, mentioned in another testimonial, Jaco has the eyes of an eagle !! .His knowledge and patience are seemingly infinite, he is also very service and safety minded.

I tend to shy away from flash but as we were doing a night shoot at the Big Cat Reserve, Jaco quickly taught me what to do (and not to do) and the photographs turned out wonderful. Fortunately he had a second flash with him. I'd brought along 2 pocket wizards to run one flash and we pulled it of by using slave mode on the other. In short, Wild4 Photographic Safaris is the one you want to book with to get the best opportunities.

This is not the last time I will make use of their services. Thank you Justyna, John and Jaco for a wonderful time.

Rob Pelle

GEORGE CATHCART, United States
www.finsfeathersfoto.com

Shopping for a travel adventure on the Web is somewhat risky, but when I wanted to go on an African photo safari, I really had no choice. I looked around and finally picked Wild4 Photographic Safaris for one reason: the vehicle.

It was obvious that this was an outfit that understood the needs of serious wildlife photographers. With a capacity for 10 passengers, the vehicle takes just three photographers and one non-photographer companion, who rides up front with the guide. The three photographers' benches feature padded platforms to steady big lenses on both sides of the vehicle, and loads of storage space and pockets for lenses, bodies, accessories, binoculars, field guides, water, etc. I can not imagine a better platform for photography in the bush veldt.

What is not as obvious in the on-line description is that the vehicle comes equipped with Stu Porter, the Wild4 owner and guide. Stu, who bears a striking resemblance to movie actor Matt Damon, is a deceptively shy young man with an encyclopedic knowledge of Kruger National Park, its animals, geography, geology, climate, seasons, and, of course, rules. He also has the eyes of an eagle and is the best leopard spotter in South Africa.

Stu's knowledge and patience are seemingly infinite, and he somehow manages to be aware both of his passengers' needs and everything around us. He does everything humanly possible to give you the opportunity to get the best shot. And if you need more than just the opportunity, he can instruct even the most seasoned photographer on technique.

Stu grew up next to Kruger National Park, and his mother (who does the meal preparation for the safari) started taking him there as soon as he was old enough. He has been accumulating his knowledge of the park and its animals all his life, and that comes in very handy when you need to know something about animal behavior.

In short, Wild4 Photographic Safaris is all about the vehicle, with spacious seats, shooting platforms and Stu Porter as standard equipment. You can't do better.

Thank you, Stu!

George Cathcart

DOUG CROFT, United States

I found Wild4 through an article in Popular Photography magazine about how to choose a photo safari. They were one of five or six recommended in the article. After checking them all out, I saw that Stu and Wild4 offered the kind of experience that I wanted: 1) Small groups of dedicated photographers 2) Variety in wildlife viewing 3) Tuition on photography and wildlife behavior 4) Good communication and organization. Having just returned from the Lions and Leopards of Mala Mala tour, I can say that Wild4 met and exceeded all expectations on all points (and then some).

1) We used one vehicle for three photographers. Stu is a trained photographer himself, so his goal was always to get us into the best position with the best light. Having only three on the tour meant plenty of room for equipment and the ability to shoot from either side of the vehicle when surrounded by a herd of elephants! It also gave us the flexibility to be patient and wait for the shot.
2) The three places we visited: Big Cat Reserve, Kruger, and Mala Mala each provided a unique experience and wonderful variety in scenery and wildlife viewing.
3) Stu's tuition was excellent. It was there if we needed it but never pushed. Tips, reminders, anecdotes on wildlife behavior. All given with patience and good humor.
4) From the first email, the communication was timely & clear. Justyna was a joy to work with and handled the back-office part of the tour seamlessly. It can't be as easy as she makes it seem.

Wild4 didn't provide the wildlife or the spectacular sunsets that we experienced, but they put us in position to enjoy and capture a little piece of it in our cameras and in our memories. Our Safari was amazing and I would not have changed a thing...well, maybe I would have eaten a little less.

If you're looking for a Photo Safari, there is nothing to consider. Just go ahead and contact Wild4 Photographic Safaris. You will not be sorry.

MICHAEL & TONI , United States

We were very lucky to have found the Wild 4 Team in 2010 when we were able to take a short photographic safari as part of a business trip to Cape Town. So when we could plan a photography trip overseas, naturally we contacted Stu and Justyna. Based on on our 2010 experience, we were very excited to book a 2012 Lions and Leopards of Mala Mala Photo Safari. We also brought along a good friend who wanted to do her first photo safari. To say the three of us had a blast would be to underestimate the experience.

I wonder how many other photographers have been a few feet from a cheetah taking down an impala only to share the kill with a caracal. Other highlights included a rare king cheetah, mating leopards, a den of wild dogs with their pups, photographing and touching a boomslang, green mamba and black mamba, and being surrounded by a herd of elephants.

But perhaps the best part of all was being back with friends whom we know and trust. We know a good thing when we experience it. When we are ready for our next African adventure, you can bet we will contact the Wild 4 Team.

FRANK & ANNETTE LEUNG, Canada

We just came back from our 10 nights, 11 days Safari adventure with Wild4 African Photographic Safaris. From our first email exchange with Justyna, to being dropped off at Hoedspruit airport, everything was handled professionally and well organized. Our wonderful guide, Jaco, picked us up at Nelspruit Airport. What we did not expect was we were also greeted by Stu and Justyna, together with their 2 beautiful daughters, 3 yrs old Molly and 1 yr old Jenny. Stu and Justyna came just to make a point to meet us and ensured that we were in good hands.

Over the next 10 days, we were enriched so much by Jaco's knowledge and experience towards wildlife. I will always remember, but could never understand, how 4 lions made a kill, a cape buffalo, but were chased away by 4 hyenas. But that was exactly what we were told by our guide even before the story was unfolding in front of our eyes. This can only interpret as excellent knowledge of animal behaviour.

The sightings are superb, accommodations are great, though not 5 star, but much more than adequate.

We have no hesitation in recommending Wild4. They are genuine, personable and will try their absolute best to make sure that your trip is going to be a memorable one.

Thanks again, Wild4, for an amazing trip.
Frank & Annette

SALLY WOOD, United Kingdom Non-photographer
For a non photographer, the thought of two weeks in a vehicle with a bunch of avid photographers was rather daunting. However, thanks to Stu and his family I had an unforgettable experience.

From the time we met Stu & Justyna at the airport until the time John & Justyna waved us goodbye I was included as one of the group and made to feel at least as important as the photographers. Stu & John's knowledge and understsanding of all the animals and birds (between them they saw and identified 97 different birds) made it a real pleasure and privilege to sit beside them in the truck. Everyday I learnt something new and they were endlessly patient with all my questions. From choice I spent a day by myself in Lower Sabie Camp, which I thoroughly enjoyed. There are loads of birds and lizards in the camp and I sat on the cafe balcony and watched a herd of elephants cross the river below me - magical.

Ann's catering was amazing, beautifully packed breakfast & lunch and lots of snacks followed by a delicious meal in the evenings. All this was mixed with lots of fun and good natured banter with our fellow travellers, special thanks to John & Marie.

So, to anyone who is hesitating about joining their spouse I would say 'go, you will have an unforgettable experience'.
PETER FARMER, United Kingdom
'Thank you Stu for such a memorable safari to the Kruger.

WILD4 provided a totally professional service, from the pre-safari preparation to the sighting and photographing of so many animals and birds, at all stages your team provided first class support and advice. The package you provide is superb and that is why I am booking another safari with you.

Pete Farmer
JOHN & MARIE HOLDING, Australia

Our 14 days with Wild4 Safaris will always be remembered as the best learning experience we have ever embarked on. Not only for the improvement in photographic skills and knowledge, but also the animal behavioral knowledge that we gained. We were totally immersed in the world of wildlife photography in the best place in the world with one of the best pro photographers around. Stu genuinely enjoys sharing his knowledge and passing. More than a holiday, it was an unbelievably rewarding learning experience and has taken our skill level up significantly.
Stu and his team were able to help us learn about our equipment and coach us to apply these new skills quickly. Their sharing of knowledge, expertise in photography, and being able to read wildlife behaviour along with the excellent booklet (which became Marie's bible) are world class. This ensured we got to places that others didn't and that we were always in the best position to shoot. We also booked the 2 night Forest Lodge extension ( done at the beginning of the trip) and were most impressed with the "behind the scenes" access we gained at each Reserve. Stu didn't disappoint and in fact was able to put together some memorable opportunities for us to get many excellent shots.

The whole package was first class, from the pick up at Nelspruit, accommodation, food and day trips, to the people (now friends) who we met on the trip. This is one of those bucket list adventures that we will be doing again with WILD4.

John and Marie

Matthias & Bastian Freund, USA

Bastian and I enjoyed the safari very much. We realize that we have been very fortunate to see so many crossings and animals in such a short period of time.

The safari was well organized, all accomondations were first class and the food certainly a nice surprise. One could not have expected such good food in the wilderness! James and Julius took good care of us and were one reason that we saw so much different and exciting wildlife. You picked a great support team for this safari!

Bastian and I learned a lot of new photo techniques from you, which we will use in the future to improve our photographic results. Bastian for sure got hooked on time lapse, I'm sure he will be back in touch with you, sharing some of the work I expect he will create soon. Thanks to you and all your preparation, your guidance and support, this was a once in a life time experience. We will never forget these fantastic sightss and animals and our photographs will always remind us of you and the great time we spent together.

Now we have the difficult task to sort through thousands of images. One day it will be done and I hope my DVD will do justice reflecting the beauty of Masai Mara. Not an easy task but a welcomed challenge.

MAUREEN & TREVOR LOVEGROVE, United Kingdom
From the moment we contacted Wild 4 we were impressed with the prompt, friendly, enthusiastic way our queries were answered.

Stu is a passionate wildlife photographer eager to pass on skills, ideas, techniques and information.

The wildlife sightings leopards, lions with cubs, rhinos, elephant herds the list goes on - Awesome, Amazing, Exciting are just a few words that come to mind. Thanks to Stu and guides Jaco, Iwan and Yuri. Not forgetting the support of John, Ann (excellent food) and of course Justyna nothing was to much trouble for them.

We have had many safaris in various countries but this surpassed them all.

The only decision now is not if, but when we return

LIONS & LEOPARDS OF MALA MALA JULY 2011
GREG MORGAN, United Kingdom
The Wild 4 team made my trip to South Africa a truly memorable experience. Photographing some of the orphaned captive animals at the private game reserve was a great way to start the holiday, and Stu's tuition on techniques, composition and familiarity with your gear was the foundation for the rest of the trip.

In Kruger we had some wonderful sightings - including the 'Big 5' all in one day on two consecutive days! The highlights were spending 20 minutes with a leopard cub in a tree no more than 30 metres away, and on the last day watching a pride of 14 lions stalking a herd of zebra for more than an hour - just wonderful experiences! I'm sure the quality of the shots I took was infinitely better than if I'd gone on a regular safari, as the whole focus of the experience is expertly designed to maximise photographic opportunities - including the small number of people in the specially designed vehicle.

Stu's knowledge, enthusiasm and patience were boundless, and Ann's spotting and catering skills were also priceless! I hope to visit Africa again soon, and without doubt Wild 4 will be my first option.


BEST OF KRUGER PLUS BIG CATS
SUE GREEN, United Kingdom

Many thanks to Wild 4 for a truly memorable trip .
Stu’s guidance and photography skills provided excellent opportunities to get some great shots. His professionalism and commitment to the trip made the safari ‘special’. Having limited persons per vehicle made an incredible difference. Committed time to ‘get the shot’ was very rewarding. Time to just observe animal behaviour was of great joy for me too.

Watching the many elephant families in Kruger their social interactions and sometimes zany behaviour….those memories will stay forever.

The accommodations and meals were excellent .Many thanks to Justyna for her wonderful culinary skills and of course John and Molly.

I have been on trips before but none quite so enjoyable as this one.

Would I go again ? definitely yes…… spaces allowing !

Would I recommend to  friends ? A big yes to that one….. in fact I already have !

Sincere thanks again to you all

SHARRON FRANKS, United Kingdom
As a return customer I can't recommend enough the experience of these trips as well as photographic opportunities that surpass all expectations.

In addition I have now visited the reptile centre, as part of the Forest Lodge extension, twice. Both times I have been delighted with the skill and expertise of the rangers there.

The opportunities set up for photography are exceptional and that coupled with Stu's masterclass in close up and macro provides a day to remember.
If you get the opportunity to do the Forest Lodge extension, take it as it's worth every minute.
NEIL STEWART, United Kingdom

I would like to express my thanks to you for your excellent tuition on the "Lions & Leopards of Klaserie" photographic safari. During the course of a few days, you lifted my photographic skills to greater heights by introducing me to additional techniques and making me work with my camera to achieve extremely pleasing results.

I must also compliment you on the organisation of the trip, the logistics were seamless, the food and staff excellent and without exception, every game drive provided great animal encounters, allowing us to put into practice our new found skills.

Once again, many, many thanks for a wonderful trip.

Sincerely,

Neil

ANDREW OLIVER, Toronto, Canada
For thirty-five years I had dreamed of going on a photographic safari in South Africa. This year I finally realized that dream and it is fair to say that my hopes and expectations were surpassed in every way.

I had done extensive research on African photographic safaris on the Internet before settling on Wild 4 photo safaris. What an inspired choice that turned out to be! This family company run by Stu Porter and his wife, Justyna, and aided by Stu’s parents, John and Ann, provides the perfect safari experience for photographers of every skill level.

Stu is one South Africa’s finest wild-life photographers and a first-class teacher into the bargain. His and John’s knowledge of the habitat and habits of the animals and birds to be found in Kruger National Park is simply encyclopedic. Both are excellent spotters and photographic opportunities are constantly identified by these eagle-eyed guides. I was accompanied on the trip by my 25 year-old daughter, Amy, and we eagerly adapted to the early morning wake-up call to go off into the wilds in one of Stu’s specially fitted jeeps to photograph animals at sunrise.

Every day brought its special moments whether the spectacle of lions mating just a few metres from the jeep, or leopards lying lazily in the grass digesting a meal, or elephants and hippos frolicking in a river. The days sped by and we returned home with thousands of photographs of birds and animals to sort through and cherish for the memories they bring back.

A safari with Wild 4 is more than a photographic experience with a master photographer: it is an initiation into the wonders of South Africa – its wild-life and spectacular landscapes - and, above all, an experience of friendship as everyone aboard the jeep bond in common purpose.

Everything about Wild 4 is first class: organization is superb, accommodations excellent, choices of locale perfect. Our safari with Stu and John, Justyna and Ann was truly the experience of a life-time.
MICHAEL & TONI ANDERSON, Atlanta, USA
This was our first out of country photography trip. We were very excited and nervous. We did our research. Could this be for real? Was it too good to be true? Where was the catch?

Let us give you a clue…there was no catch! We were treated in a warm and friendly manner from our first inquiry to our final wave goodbye at the airport. Everything was handled totally professionally! It was like a dream come true….days spent on wildlife photography…and being tutored by someone who really knows how to do it. Obviously Stu, Justyna, Ann and John love what they do.

The only downside is sorting out several thousand photos in Lightroom when we get home. There are just some tasks you don't mind doing. It will be a labor of love.

Will we go on photo safari again? Only with Wild 4 folks!!!
MAL MACGOWN, England
This was simply an outstanding photographic safari all round – by far the best that I have been on! As a keen enthusiast photographer, looking to step up a level with view to entering 2 competitions later in the year, I could not have hoped for more. Excellent !

The family based Wild4 team is personable and friendly and went the extra mile all the way through. They are very well organized and their prompt and helpful responses to queries pre-trip ensured they were easy and a pleasure to deal with.

Stu Porter can pitch his photographic tuition at any level and his attention to detail and enthusiasm was spot on throughout this trip. I was surprised by just how much I learn’t because I was quite comfortable with my photo technique on arrival. I have easily adopted his full-on manual approach, every bit of which he was able to justify - a revelation! I am quite picky, but I cannot praise these guys enough and I will be back.

Very many thanks to the whole team.
Mal.

DOM & JULIE KAVANAGH, England

Many thanks for a fantastically organised photo safari. The attention to detail, not to mention your patience & enthusiasm (and humour) has made the trip superb. We're delighted we chose Wild4.
Kind regards
Dom & Jules

GRAHAM & CAROLINE CLARK, Scotland www.wildimage.co.uk

Dear WILD4 Team, thanks a lot for making our anniversary holiday so special. The sightings were superb and your company was very enjoyable. We cannot wait for the next trip to arrive.
All the best
Graham & Caroline

DAVID AUSTWICK, England

On arrival we were treated as part of the family by Stu Porter, his wife Justyna, and parents John and Ann. The conditions for finding and photographing everything from small birds to large game was perfect – a 500mm lens on hire from Stu, a specially equipped vehicle, which was referred to as a hide on wheels, a dedicated and professional approach to photography and plenty of time.

We would set off at sunrise, find a group of lions as they were beginning to yawn and stir from sleep, or a pair of saddle-billed storks building a nest, and quietly move our cameras into position. The initial sighting was accompanied by the rapid firing of shutters, but then we would wait as long as necessary in the hope of getting further shots. Stu was very sensitive to our needs and would only make suggestions about the best camera settings if he thought we needed his advice. His awareness of how animals behave was very useful in planning our shots.

Stu’s knowledge of Kruger National Park and skill as a wildlife photographer is second to none, and I have learned a lot from his expertise. I am delighted with my photos !!

This was the trip of a lifetime, good accommodation, delicious food and great company. It was altogether a wonderful, challenging and thrilling experience and, if you are looking for a photo safari in Africa, I too recommend you contact Stu Porter at Wild4.

DAVID & MARY CANTRILLE, England
Dear Wild4,

Very many thanks to all of you Stu, Ann, John, Justyna and Molly - for a wonderful trip.

We really enjoyed our two weeks with you - the organisation was superb, the food was excellent and the guiding and photographic advice from you. Stu, was invaluable. I am sure that without your expertise we would never have seen as many animals or got as many images as we did. Several photographic friends have already contacted us to enquire how our trip went and we have highly recommended you to them.

With many thanks from us both,
David and Mary
ARNOUD & LYNSEY VAN FOREEST, Holland http://photo.forestus.net
We couldn’t have enjoyed our trip with Wild 4 more. We were made to feel extremely welcome right from our very first e-mail contact, something which continued throughout our trip and beyond. We’d like to thank Stu, Justyna, Ann, John and Molly for being such wonderful and enthusiastic hosts. Being looked after by such a friendly and caring family was a delight and we were very reluctant to leave after two weeks.

Stu is a very knowledgeable, hard-working and helpful guide, always on hand with useful pointers and offering us plenty of encouragement to experiment with our photography. Having a whole row each of a specially adapted safari vehicle was a real find, ensuring we didn’t miss out on any of the action. Being able to stay out in the bush all day was also a real bonus. While many other vehicles drove off after only a few minutes, we were able to spend hours observing groups of lions and other wildlife.

As this was our first African safari, Stu suggested we spend the first few nights at the Big Cats reserve and this proved to be a magical experience, with some great close-up action that resulted in some beautiful shots.

Given the opportunity we would go again tomorrow without any hesitation. Simply perfect!

ROB & SUE BROOKS, England
If anyone is contemplating a photo trip to Africa, then we would have absolutely no hesitation in recomending Stu Porter and Wild4 Photographic Safaris. It doesn't really matter what your level of skill is you will get as much or as little help and advice as you wish to receive. Nothing is thrust down your throat and Stu doesn't spend all his time taking his own photographs as some do.

Stu has taken a huge amount of time and trouble in customising and setting up the vehicles used by his company and the effort he's put in makes the whole experience so much more enjoyable. Tethered bean bags are provided and secure plate mounts on the side of the vehicle will also take your tripod head ensuring a rock steady platform and Stu most certainly knows where the animals are. Particularly enjoyable is the time spent at the Big Cat Reserve which is an unbelieveable photographic experience.

Many thanks WILD4 !!
SLIM & BARBARA CALLAGHAN - England
Any aspiring photographer who has not yet been on a wildlife safari should join a WILD4 SAFARI with Stu and Justyna Porter in Kruger National Park. You will be guided by a graduate professional photographer who is also a highly-qualified South African field guide.

Stu's knowledge of photography and his understanding of Kruger's wildlife are exceptional. He is also blessed with an amazing spotter's eyesight. I often thought to myself, how on earth did he see that!

As each day begins all these talents are passed on with sincerity and quiet enthusiasm to each photographer's needs. Nothing is ever too much trouble and his positioning of the vehicle for the best light and animal profile is always his first consideration. On our tour there were times for laughter and many times when action and adrenalin ran high.

Any successful safari is only as good as its backup team. This small company is most ably supported by Stu's wife Justyna who is the drive behind the scenes and efficiently arranges the accommodation not to mention the early morning hot water bottles! Justyna and Ann Porter provide excellent food for the day in the park and around the campfire at night. Both are qualified field guides and their spotting abilities add greatly to each day's safari.

This particular trip was most rewarding in both personal and photographic terms and one of the best we have ever enjoyed. Sincere thanks to you all.
DEL HUNTER, England
I've recently returned from a "Wild 4 Photo Safari" and can recommend them without reservation. Their skill, professionalism and expertise is excelled only by the standard of excellence shown in every aspect of the trip. From the logistics to the accommodation, the food to the transportation, their inside knowledge of African wildlife to their passion for what they do, every aspect SUPERB!! If you are looking for the ultimate "Photo Safari", this is it! I will definitely book again!!!
MIKE NEEDHAM, England
In July 2008 I did a photo safari in and around Kruger National Park with Wild4. At the end of the trip I could not think of one significant thing that I would have changed to make the experience better.

I have travelled to various parts of East and Southern Africa many times to photograph wildlife and I have to say that this was THE most photographically productive trip of them all. Not simply the volume of pictures, but the quality and variety of images that I returned home with was simply awesome. Key to this was Stu’s knowledge, enthusiasm and patience. Most days we were photographing from first light until sunset, and beyond on some occasions. I quickly learned not to worry about getting the vehicle into the best position for background, light, etc. We would see an animal and I'd start to assess where I would like to be for a shot, no sooner would I have done this I would realise that Stu was already getting us into that very position. The man is a first class guide AND an excellent photographer. Perfect.

But these trips are not just for photographers, anyone with a real interest in observing wildlife and experiencing nature will not be disappointed. It is hard to imagine a better way to see Kruger, its wildlife, and the surrounding area.

The whole trip, from start to finish, ran like clockwork. The camps were comfortable, the food was great (especially the meals prepared by Justyna) and the company delightful. Going on Safari with Stu and Justyna was like being with friends, I had a truly unforgettable time.

Photographic safaris do not come any better than this.

LEE & DORIS WIESE - Upper Nyack, New York USA
"If you are serious about nature photography, you can't do better than booking with Wild 4.

Wild 4's itinerary, a mix of wild park (Kruger) and private game parks provides sun-up to sundown quality photo-ops, and you feel you are traveling with good friends who are showing you their favorite spots.

This was our fourth African photo safari (three others in East Africa) and we could not believe what a difference it makes, when a professional photographer, who understands light and animal behavior, just happens to be your driver, in a photo vehicle he designed himself. There was super spotting work from Justyna and Ann from a separate radio equipped vehicle. We were the first on a leopard / impala kill thanks to one of Ann's incredible sightings, resulting in a sensational series of images shot over 45 minutes of the leopard dragging her prey to her den.

After an exciting, productive day in the field, we were treated to friendly conversation, sitting around a campfire, and wonderful feasts magically prepared by Justyna and Ann.

Wild 4 is a totally professional and very special company.

Thanks Stu, Justyna and Ann for a sensational safari."
TOM HARRIS - England Non-photographer
Dear Wild4,

Thank you so much for a fantastic safari experience, we all had a wonderful time due in no short measure to your enthusiasm and tireless efforts to ensure it was a success. As a non photographer I was initially a little anxious that I could get bored or feel left out but this was not at all the case. I would recommend the trip to anyone with an interest in nature whether a photographer or not. Having the time to absorb what is going on, to watch the animals relax and get on with their lives and to experience their behaviour at their pace was fascinating. The enjoyment was greatly enhanced by Stu’s knowledge and contagious enthusiasm for the wildlife around us. His easy manner meant that everyone was included whether they held a camera or not.

The support crew were also excellent, after a long day observing in the park, it was great to return to the various camps, to find our bags already in the rooms and a hot meal waiting for us. There was obviously a lot of hard work going on behind the scenes to prepare all the meals and picnics and it made a real difference.

In conclusion thank you for a fantastic trip, we hope very much to repeat the experience with you again and once again I will only bring my binoculars.

Very best wishes
ROB & ANNARIE SHALLENBERGER - Hawaii, USA www.shallenbergerphoto.com
Our trip was awesome....made so, in large part, by WILD4. The wildlife at Kruger was terrific. But, it was your teamwork in the field, your uncanny ability to spot wildlife and your willingness to accommodate our EVERY need that made the trip a resounding success. Stu...you are an extremely knowledgeable guide and a superb photographer. You even taught this old dog some new tricks. Justyna...you made a huge contribution to this trip, with your role as a "spotter," your wonderful meals and your exceptionally positive attitude.

We could not have asked for a more talented, thoughtful and gracious pair of folks to spend our vacation in South Africa with. We wish you the very best success in your endeavor. Please let us know how we can help to market Wild4 to folks who share our love for wildlife and photography.
Dr GRAEME GUY, Singapore FAPS, EPSA www.grguy.net
I am a Molecular Biologist by profession and a serious amateur nature photographer and have been on a number of organized trips over the last 10 years with the dual aims of enjoying nature and getting the best images possible.

The organization of a two week trip with Wild 4 Photographic Safaris through Kruger National Park I shared with two other photographers and their wives was as good as I have ever experienced. The Porter family was friendly, knowledgeable and intuitively supportive. Stu really knows his subjects and spared no effort in getting the photographers into the best situation. He has a very pleasant, calm personality and is an accomplished nature photographer and naturalist which means he knows where the light or action is best and often what is about to happen.

His vehicle is also well set-up for discriminating photographers. Justyna was just brilliant in getting things organized and making sure we were well and sensibly fed. Her bubbly personality made everyone relaxed and happy around the campfire at night.
Having our own scout vehicle to report activity in the area while we pursued other subjects, worked well, and on a number of occasions provided photo opportunities we would have missed otherwise.

In summary; rating out of 10…….no doubt a 10.

CON FOLEY, Singapore
We are all reasonably experienced nature photographers, a couple of us have been to Africa before, and one of our members is a very experienced nature photographer.

We have a particular affinity for bird photography, but also enjoy the African game animals. I'm pleased to say we are all thrilled with the entire trip. Stu met us at the airport on day 1, and what was to have been a quick couple hour drive to camp, took all afternoon until sunset, we found so many things to shoot.
Then we wanted to do something slightly off the itinerary on day 2, and Stu again accommodated us. It was like that throughout the entire trip, the Porter family was very accommodating. From Justyna's great cooking to the private spotting vehicle.
Even though we were in a big national park using public facilities, the Porter family made us feel like we were in our own private game reserve, and the animals were there just for us.

Stu's local knowledge of the birds and game is just great, he's a walking guide book. And because he's in Kruger so often, he knows where the best spots are. Also he knows all the other guides, and they share information. And most importantly if you are considering a photo safari, Stu is an accomplished nature photographer himself. He knows the light and how to position and approach for the best shot. He knows what photographers want and how to get it. The experience might be quite different if just any guide were to drive you around. And having a spotting vehicle out searching for game really helped us see some extra animals we wouldn't have seen.

The results were outstanding. We saw and photographed all the of the big five, and several seldom seen animals totaling 33 mammal species and 164 bird species. All in all, the trip was great value for the money, highly recommended!
DAVID WESSELY - England www.davidwessely.com
"I spent a wonderful time with Stu, photographing from sunrise to sunset in and around the Kruger Park, and it was without doubt the most productive trip in terms of photography that I have ever experienced.

Stu is a professional photographer and understands light, and it was a pleasure to be taken to his favourite photographic locations, based on his experience over many years".
 
 
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