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Client Testimonials

Peter Farmer UK

Thank you Stu for such a memorable photo safari.

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.

Bud Ralston United States

I've been traveling the world and taking pictures since 1966. Several weeks ago, I was privileged to join Stu Porter and Mamai John of Wild 4 African Photo Safaris in Kenya for eight days of the great migration. As expert photographers, they lined me up for the best angle, lighting, and vantage point available on EVERY shot! They are experts in the zoology of the area, knowing every bird and mammal, their behaviors, estrus cycles, life spans, etc. Mention the desired photo opportunity, and they will take you to it. Camp Entim is a priceless jewel. The lodge, restaurant, and individual tents all have views overlooking the Mara River. The "tents" were more excellent than most five-star hotel rooms. The food here was Michelin Three Star quality. Being a fussy eater, I've learned not to expect much, especially from remote locations. Was I wrong. I ate every bite of every meal, unfortunately gaining the accompanying weight. Worth every bite! The service was exceptional. I would go back there again just for the hedonistic pleasure of the visit. Stu Porter and Mamai John are class acts. They provide the best possible photographic experience to their clients. When I return to Africa, I will only look to them and Wild 4 Africa Photo Safaris to arrange my trip. Bud Ralston

Dan Dimaggio USA

Stu ... Cannot say enough great things about Wild4.  The entire Porter family is #1 in my book.  I shall recommend you to friends as often as possible.  

You made my trip the very best and one that I'll always remember.  

Thanks again.

Doug Croft USA

I found Wild4 through an article in Popular Photography magazine.   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 organisation.


I can say that Wild4 met and exceeded all expectations on all points.

We used one vehicle for three photographers.  Being a trained photographer himself, Stu always got us into the best position with the best light.  Three on the tour meant plenty of room for equipment and the ability to shoot from either side of the vehicle.

The three places we visited, each provided a unique experience and wonderful variety in scenery and wildlife viewing.

Stu's tuition was excellent but never pushed. Tips, reminders, anecdotes, all given with patience and good humor.

From the first email, the communication was timely & clear.  Justyna was a joy to work with.

Wild4 didn’t provide the wildlife or the spectacular sunsets that we experienced, but they put us in a position to enjoy and capture them with our cameras and in our memories.  Our safari was amazing and I would not have changed a thing.

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.

George Cathcart USA

Wild4's photo safari to Botswana featured two expert guides, Stu Porter and Nkosi Sibanda and the abundant wildlife of four different Botswanan hot spots. Those features alone are worth the price of admission, particularly since they include vehicle modifications that ensure the best possible photographic experience.

We spent the first ten nights in expedition-style mobile camps, “roughing it” with bucket showers and drop toilets and listening to the leopards, elephants and hyenas wandering in and around the camp at night.  However, the expert staff made "roughing it" a pleasure, preparing perfect meals, including fresh-baked bread and cakes and ensuring that the camp was safe and clean. 

We finished the 12-night trip in a luxury lodge on the Chobe River, where we photographed from a boat customised to accommodate serious photographers, in a waterway full of hippos and elephants and lined with Africa's most iconic birds.

If you can only go once to Africa, go to Botswana with Wild4 Photographic Safaris.  They will take care of every detail of your safari.  If you are an old Africa veteran, ditto.  You just can't go wrong with Wild4.

John & Marie Holding AUSTRALIA

Our 14 days with Wild4 Safaris was the best learning experience we have ever embarked on. 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 passion for wildlife and photography. It was an unbelievably rewarding learning experience, raising our skill levels significantly.

Stu and his team were able to teach us about our equipment and the application of new skills. This sharing of skills, along with the excellent booklet (which became Marie's bible) is world-class. It ensured we got to places that others didn't and that we were always in the best position to shoot. Stu didn't disappoint and was able to put together some memorable opportunities to get many excellent shots.

The whole package was first class, from the pickup, through 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.

James Smith USA

We recently joined a Wild 4 African Photographic Safari. To put things simply, we were completely blown away.  Compared with others I’ve been on, this exceeded anything we had imagined, in so many ways.

Justyna handled all our travel and trip details with exceptional professionalism and always responded to even our most basic questions quickly and in a very detailed manner.  We were met by our photo guide Stu Porter, who I cannot say enough good things about.   His spotting ability and anticipation, together with his understanding of animal behavior and the ecosystem, produced an amazing wildlife experience.  He went to great lengths to ensure that we had the best chance of capturing a great photo, without compromising the rules of the park or the integrity of the animals. This made the trip so much more than just a “drive around and snap at whatever we see” kind of experience.

In all honesty, I can’t imagine a better guide than Stu Porter.  We will be doing our future trips to Africa with Wild 4 and cannot recommend them highly enough.  Thank you so much for what a lot of people call “the trip of a lifetime”, although we feel that this is only the beginning of many trips of a lifetime.  Thank you, Wild 4!!

Colleen Sullivan USA

Wild4 Photo Safari gave me much more than an average safari tour.  The experiences, friends, and information gathered from my trip will stay with me forever.  My anticipations were greatly exceeded, beyond anything I could ever have dreamed of.  I Love Wild4!!

David Austwick UK

On arrival, we were treated as part of the family by the Wild4 Team.  We had everything we needed for the task – a specially equipped “Hide on Wheels”, a dedicated and professional approach to photography and plenty of time.

The initial sighting would be accompanied by the excited, rapid firing of shutters, but then we would settle and wait as long as necessary in the hope of getting something different.  Stu’s awareness of animal behaviour and camera settings was very useful in planning our shots.

His knowledge of African wildlife 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, contact Stu Porter at Wild4.

Maureen & Trevor Lovegrove UK

From the moment we contacted Wild4 we were impressed with the prompt, friendly, enthusiastic way our queries were answered by Justyna.  Nothing was too much trouble.

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

The wildlife sightings were awesome, amazing, exciting - just a few words that come to mind.

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

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