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Slim & Barbara Callaghan UK

Any aspiring photographer looking for a wildlife safari should go with Stu and Justyna Porter at Wild4.  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 understanding of African wildlife is exceptional.  He is also blessed with an amazing spotter's eyesight.  Each day his talents are passed on with sincerity and quiet enthusiasm.  Nothing is ever too much trouble and his positioning of the vehicle for the best light and animal profile is always his first consideration.

Any successful safari relies on a good backup team. This family company is most ably supported by Stu's wife Justyna who is the drive behind the scenes and efficiently arranges the accommodation and all the logistics.

This trip was most rewarding in both personal and photographic terms and one of the best we have ever enjoyed.  Sincere thanks to you all.

Murray Richards AUSTRALIA

This was my 3rd memorable trip with Wild 4.  The wildlife in Tanzania put on a show for us from dawn till dusk.  Cheetah's, lion prides, leopards, the birth of a gazelle and zebra.  Migrating herds of wildebeest and zebra's - this trip had it all!

Superb locations, great accommodation, amazing food and unique scenery.  I'll definitely be going back with Wild4!

What sets Wild4 apart is their attention to detail to support photographers and videographers.  Small groups, well-selected locations, high-quality camps/lodges and well-trained guides makes for a very well organised and intimate photographic safari experience. 

They provide not just a beanbag, but a beanbag 'system' for each photographer!  They provide panning plates, and photographic platforms designed by an experienced wildlife photographer.  The Wild4 team understand the needs of photographers on safari.

I can't recommend them highly enough for your African wildlife photographic experience.

John & Lorraine Carnemolla AUSTRALIA

This was our second trip with Stu and our first in Tanzania.  The sightings exceeded all our expectations. One of many highlights was seeing 22 lions drinking at a stream in the Ngorongoro crater.

The accommodation was once again first class, even the tented camps. 

Stu, together with our local guides, James and Jeremiah, always managed to have the vehicle in exactly the right position for the best pictures.  Can't wait to go again.

Stephen Tattersall UK

This was the second trip with Wild4 and one of the most memorable and pleasurable I have ever been on.

We were blessed with incredible sightings, from a frenzy of feeding wild dog to fighting black mambas. The memories will linger forever through some great images shot from customised vehicles driven by expert drivers. 

The camps chosen were great and there was a real and genuine feeling of being a part of your surroundings.  A truly African experience.  From the bush to the Chobe River and the specially adapted photographic boats, we could not have asked for more. 

I must extend an enormous thank you to you Stu, for your endless patience and professionalism.  Also a big thank you to Justyna who’s meticulous planning ensured a seamless trip.  Good job!

Marcia & Phil USA

We loved our custom trip to Namibia, with Wild4 African Photographic Safaris. Stu and Justyna planned every detail for my husband, me, and a good friend we met on a prior trip with WILD4.

We covered much of the country and had a mind-blowing variety of looks at a very interesting country. Our accommodations, meals and experiences could not be surpassed. Based on our preferences, we toured Sossusvlei in a fixed-wing plane/ the images we got there were breathtaking! We also did a balloon tour which was lovely and peaceful. Our 4x4 desert creature tour was intimate and revealed small animals that we'd have otherwise never seen. A 4x4 Sandwich harbor tour took us to yellow sand dunes, close-ups with 2 shipwrecks, close encounters with jackals, seals, birds, and the dunes themselves. We did a boat tour in Walvis Bay, where we were joined by pelicans & seals on board. A walking tour at Deadvlei was exhausting but worth it. Each tour was more incredible than we had imagined. What an unforgettable experience!!! And that's not even talking about Etosha - the animals were different and it was really enjoyable. Sebastian, our guide. was patient, knowledgeable, and helpful. 

This was our second tour with WILD4, and we are about to sign up for another. You can't go wrong with Stu and Justyna. Worth every penny! 

Thanks,

Marcia & Phil

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!!

Andrew Oliver CANADA

For thirty-five years I have dreamed of going on a photographic safari in South Africa.  I have finally realised that dream and my hopes and expectations were surpassed in every way.

I researched extensively before settling on Wild4 Photo Safaris.  What an inspired choice that was!   This family company provides the perfect safari experience for photographers of every skill level. 

Stu is a fine wild-life photographer and a first-class teacher.  His knowledge of the habitat and habits of the animals and birds to be found in Kruger National Park is simply encyclopaedic.  My 25-year-old daughter and I eagerly adapted to the early morning wake-up call, to go off into the wilds in one of Stu’s specially fitted jeeps, to catch the sunrise. 

Every day brought its special moments and we returned home with thousands of photos to sort through and cherish for the memories they’ll bring back.

A safari with Wild 4 is a photographic experience with a master photographer, an initiation into the wonders of South African wildlife and spectacular landscapes - and an experience of friendship as everyone aboard the jeep bonds in common purpose.

Everything about Wild 4 is first class.  The organization is superb, accommodations excellent, choices of locale perfect.  Our safari with Stu and Wild4 was truly the experience of a lifetime.

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.

Greg Morgan UK

The Wild4 team made my trip to South Africa a truly memorable experience.  Stu's tuition on techniques, composition and familiarity with your gear was the foundation for the rest of the trip. 

We had some wonderful sightings - highlighted by spending time with a leopard cub in a tree no more than 30 metres away and watching a pride of 14 lions stalking a herd of zebra for more than an hour - just wonderful experiences!   The quality of my shots was infinitely better than on a regular safari, as the whole focus is expertly designed to maximise photographic opportunities.

Stu's knowledge, enthusiasm and patience were boundless, and Ann's spotting and catering skills were priceless!  I hope to visit Africa again soon, and without a doubt Wild4 will be my first option.

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.