US$ 9,600 Sharing
US$ 10,900 Single
US$ 3,000 Deposit
PLACES VISITED: Lewa Conservancy and Samburu National Reserve - Kenya
SKILL LEVEL: Any level from beginner to advanced - photo tuition and guidance is offered on this safari.
**COMBO TRIP** We have scheduled this trip to allow those who are interested in doing a longer safari in Africa, to combine this trip with the BIG CATS of the SERENGETI trip, creating a 26 night photo safari in four of Africa's most photo productive reserves.
** Please ask for more details of how the back to back trip logistics will work if you are interested in doing both trips **
This 11-day photo safari includes a three night stay at the LEWA Conservancy, famous for its successful breeding of both Black and White Rhino, and a further 6 nights at the amazing Samburu National Reserve with its unique and unusual diversity of wildlife.
This time of year is the dry season in Kenya and it always provides great photo opportunities. What makes this photo safari different to others is that it will take us to the beautiful rolling hills of Lewa and the more arid and dry country of Samburu. Both locations however are home to a unique set of animals we like to call "The Jewels of the North" - these species can only be photographed in this part of Kenya. So if you are after photos of Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk, Grevy's Zebra, Desert Warthog, Somali Ostrich, Beisa Oryx, Vulturine Guineafowl, the big Cats and Black and White Rhino, then this is the safari for you.
The safari begins in Nairobi with a 1-night stopover.
After breakfast we head north by road, crossing the equator and passing Mount Kenya on our way to Lewa Conservancy. The reserve offers some stunning and very different scenery - rolling yellow grass hills, marshland as well as woodland areas, all of these make Lewa a very photogenic location. The reserve is home to the big 5 but most notably it has very good populations of both Black and White Rhino and this makes Lewa one of the best places to photograph these endangered species. It is also home to the magnicifent Reticulated Giraffe and boasts the largest number of Grevy's Zebra in Kenya. A Lewa ranger will accompany us on our drives and allow us to go off road in designated areas of the reserve.
After a short morning drive on our final morning at Lewa, we will continue north towards Samburu National Reserve. This is a beautiful and very different reserve with the main feature being the stunning Ewaso Nyiro River, which in the dry season attracts a multitude of different animals which need to slake their thirst on a daily basis in this harsh environment. The predators of course know this and are never too far from the river. Along with the unique species found in this area, Samburu is also known for its large herds of Elephants that travel to and from the river in herds of up to 40 individuals.
On our final morning we will enjoy a short game drive as we head back towards Nairobi, arriving in the mid afternoon to enjoy a day room at an airport hotel to freshen up and prepare for your international flight home.
This is an exclusive small-group photo safari with a maximum of 4 participants in 2 private vehicles (2 participants per vehicle). You will have plenty of space for equipment and guaranteed access to both sides of the safari vehicle.
You will have a good chance to see and photograph the following animals:
Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Reticulated Giraffe, Beisa Oryx, Gerenuk, Grevy's Zebra, Black Rhino, White Rhino, Spotted Hyena, Jackal, Plains Zebra, Wildebeest, Thompson's Gazelle, Grant's Gazelle, Olive Baboon, Vervet Monkey, Waterbuck, and an excellent variety of birdlife.
Day 1 Arrive in Nairobi Kenya at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where you will be met and transferred to a Nairobi Hotel for an overnight stay (1 night)
Day 2 Meet up with the rest of the group and depart after breakfast. Drive North towards Lewa Private Reserve arriving in time for lunch and our first afternoon game drive (overnight in Lewa for 3 nights)
Day 3 Morning & Afternoon game drives in Lewa
Day 4 Morning & Afternoon game drives in Lewa
Day 5 Depart Lewa after a morning drive and travel by road to Samburu Reserve arriving in time for lunch and our first afternoon game drive (overnight in Samburu for 6 nights)
Day 6 Morning & Afternoon game drives in Samburu
Day 7 Morning & Afternoon game drives in Samburu
Day 8 Morning & Afternoon game drives in Samburu
Day 9 Morning & Afternoon game drives in Samburu
Day 10 Morning & Afternoon game drives in Samburu
Day 11 Short morning photo shoot before we drive back to Nairobi arriving in the mid afternoon. Freshen up in your day room at an airport hotel before departing on your international flight home. **PS there is also an option to fly back to Nairobi from Samburu at extra cost**
- 1 night in city hotel in Nairobi
- 3 nights Lewa
- 6 nights Samburu
- 1 Day Room in Nairobi
- All park entrance fees
- All road transfers
- Private use of 4x4 Land Cruisers with qualified guides
- Professional photographic tuition
- all meals
- all drinks (local beer, house wine, soft drinks, juice, bottled water) ** PREMIUM BRANDS NOT INCLUDED **
- Tips / gratuities for camp / lodge staff and for your driver / guide - see FAQ's
- Personal medical, travel & equipment insurance
- Visa fees
- INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
- Internal flight from Samburu to Nairobi if you do not want to drive back with the group
- Any extra nights of accommodation before or after the safari - we can arrange these for you and add it to your statement.
For the duration of this photo safari we will be travelling in 4x4 TOYOTA Land Cruisers that have a seating capacity of 7 passengers. There will be a maximum of 2 safari vehicles on this tour with only two photographers per vehicle allowing you to have plenty of space for equipment. You will be allocated a vehicle and guide for the entire trip. Stu will be seated next to the driver / guide to offer photographic assistance and will alternate between the vehicles.
The vehicles are equipped with WILD4's own professional beanbag system designed by Stu to allow for a comfortable shooting position, from both the roof and the window.
LODGING IN NAIROBI
On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta Int Airport you will be met by one of our safari representatives and you will be taken to NAIROBI COUNTRY LODGE for an overnight in comfortable en-suite rooms. Due to the groups different arrival times, we will not meet for dinner, but instead we will meet up at 6:00am on the following morning for a short tour briefing before breakfast. We depart for Lewa at around 07:00am
LODGING AT LEWA
Accommodation will be inside the park at LEWA SAFARI CAMP in comfortable en-suite rooms.
LODGING IN SAMBURU
Accommodation will be inside the park at ELEPHANT BEDROOM in comfortable en-suite rooms.
There are no internal flights on the safari, but a flight from Samburu back to Nairobi can be arranged at extra cost.
The weather at this time of year in Kenya is very pleasant, cool mornings (especially in Lewa) might warrant a fleece top for a few hours before the day warms up to around 30 C or 85 F. This is the dry season and although rain can be expected at any time, it is generally a dry and dusty time of year.
We would recommend a warm fleece as well as a wind breaker jacket. Long trousers / shorts.
We have a more detailed clothing & equipment list which we will send out to you at time of registration.
All the accommodations you will be staying at on this safari will have electric points for recharging your batteries and laptops.
We will send out a detailed plug and power document during the registration process.
Days out in the field are similar at both the locations. We usually meet up for a cup of tea / coffee in the lodge / camp reception area and then head out just before sunrise. We always take a packed breakfast with us and stop at a convenient time during the morning drive, or we eat in the vehicle whilst waiting at a sighting.
If there is something really interesting we want to stay with then we are able to stay out all day, otherwise we will return to the lodge at around midday for lunch and a short break. We head out again in the afternoon and return to camp at around 7pm. Dinner will be at 8pm.
There is off road driving allowed in the Lewa Conservancy, but only at the discretion of our local Lewa Ranger who will accompany us in the vehicle. There is NO off road driving allowed in the Samburu National Reserve.
You can be assured that your driver / guide wants to show you the animals and get you as close as possible but we will have to use common sense and respect the rules of the reserves, the environment and the comfort levels of the wildlife.
On all our safaris it is preferable to use a duffel type bag for your main luggage (not hard suitcases) as these are easier to pack into vehicles and planes. There are no scheduled flights on this safari so your main luggage can weigh around 20kg and your camera equipment can be around 15kg. ** PLease note that while on safari you will not need to carry your luggage, there is always somebody on hand willing to help
Bare in mind that if you decide to fly back to Nairobi then we will have to purchase an extra seat to allow you to carry this much weight on the plane back to Nairobi.
Please try to keep to these limits.
The safari begins in Nairobi with a 3 hour drive to Lewa Conservancy.
The drive from Lewa to Samburu is also around 3 hours.
The total drive time from Samburu back to Nairobi on the final day is around 6 hours, but there is an option to fly back to Nairobi to avoid this drive. The flight time is around 1hr 20 mins. ** please not that this flight in NOT included and if you chose this option the cost would be added to your statement.
We do have a Canon 200-400 f4 lens with 1.4 TC available for hire - please ask at the time of your registration if it is available and for the latest hire rates. This lens is rented out on a first come first serve basis.
Each Participant will have the complimentary use of one VISUAL ECHOES PANNING PLATE for the duration of the safari (**PLATE only - you need your own mounting plate - ARCA SWISS TYPE lens plate)
I firmly believe that having a stable shooting platform on the safari vehicles is a crucial element to the success of a photo safari. You need to be comfortable when shooting so that you can concentrate on the image and not how to balance a telephoto lens on a wobbly monopod or on your knees ! We will often sit and wait patiently for long periods for a shot to present itself so being comfortable is paramount.
I have invested in a professional beanbag system which we use in the vehicles in Kenya. This will offer a comfortable shooting position from both sides of the safari vehicle and from the roof. I personally like to use the Visual Echoes Panning plate along with beanbags as it allows a smooth panning motion from left to right and it lifts the focus ring of the lens off the bag allowing you to focus manually if necessary.
The general rule for all the places is that you can leave just before sunrise and return just after sunset.
Yes there is a laundry service available at all locations. Laundry costs unless otherwise stated are for your own account
(Please note that at some places you have to wash your own underwear and socks)
Kenya has a very good cell phone network and both locations have wifi in the camp.
Tipping is a safari tradition in Africa. We politely recommend you try to follow our guidelines regarding tipping as it helps to set a standard.
Firstly, even though it is expected, it is not compulsory. If you feel that you have not been given excellent service then you do not have to tip. I personally feel that if somebody goes above and beyond their job description then it is polite to tip them and I am more than happy to do so.
We do our utmost to source quality safari companies / lodges and guides who have a similar work ethic and passion to us. The staff and guides / rangers work extremely hard to make sure we have a good time and they are incredibly patient and flexible.
Please ask us to send you our detailed recommended tipping policy for this photo safari if you would like more details. It will also be in your Arrival Information Document, which will be sent to you 2 weeks before the start of your photo safari.
YES, any level from total beginner to experienced wildlife photographers can enjoy our photo safaris. Having a small group allows me to accommodate the different levels very easily. The amount of tuition and approach is tailored to the needs of individual clients on each trip.
As far as equipment goes, this can make a difference in your overall enjoyment of the safari. If you are concerned you might not have the appropriate equipment then please contact me to discuss this in more detail.
It is best to contact the embassy of the country you will be travelling to; to double check and see what their latest policies are with regards to Visas and whether you should apply for them before you travel or if you can obtain them at the port of entry.
Smoking is not allowed in the safari vehicle and generally it is not a very good idea to smoke in the bush as the grass is often tinder dry and bush fires can start easily. We do not take specific breaks for smoking either, but we will stop at relevant times for everyone to have a break and stretch their legs or have a cup of coffee. This would be your opportunity to have a smoke break. We ask you to respect the environment and carry your cigarette ends away with you.
Spending long hours in the safari vehicles will inevitably end up in folks needed a bathroom stop. We have to respect the rules of the different parks when it comes to this and these rules will be explained before the start of each safari. Generally the safari saying of "any tree is a lavatree (lavatory)" goes. We will make sure we stop in a safe location for the comfort break.
The Kruger National Park is the only location that has proper washroom facilities at designated picnic sites or in the camps, and as per the rules of the park we are required to stop at these specific places, not anywhere in the bush. Botswana, Kenya and Tanzania do not have such facilities, and stopping at an appropriate place in the bush is allowed.
All of our safaris have emergency procedures in place. We will have contact with the office via either radio, cell phone or satellite phone. The office would then dispatch the relevant help - be it medical or otherwise. In the case of medical assistance, the initial recovery from the field to the most relevant medical facility would be covered by our safari insurance. Your medical insurance would need to cover you for all other expenses.
From a photo tuition perspective, we have two options available to potential clients.
When I personally lead any photo safari, there will be photo tuition and guidance available. On some of our extensions and Bespoke Photo Safaris we really hit the photo tuition hard and work through as many elements of nature photography as we can in a "workshop" style. This is because it is at the request of the particular clients who have asked for a high level of tuition and because we have a good deal of time available to focus specifically on certain aspects.
On our scheduled photo safaris you will soon find that the days are long and tiring, we get up early, return late and barely have time to download the days images before getting to bed at a sensible time only to do it all over again on the following day. The tuition format is therefore very informal, I like to approach topics as they become relevant and we will do these in the field in front of real live situations - this is the best way to learn. There will be times when we are waiting patiently at a sighting and can discuss any topic that you feel you would like help with. Siesta times at midday are usually well used for that exact reason, but I am personally available at any time of day or night. I have sat up until midnight on many occasions running through workflow, camera technique and doing night photography with those who are keen.
I am on the safari so that you can pick my brain, ask questions, watch my workflow and teach me a new technique that you might like or find useful yourself !- there is always room to learn and I always learn a lot on each trip myself.
I like to pick up on elements that would be relevant to each photographer. I adjust the level of tuition to the needs of each individual, again this is the beauty of having a small group. I like to talk my way through scenarios as they unfold in front of us and let you know what I am trying to achieve.
If you are a more experienced wildlife photographer, this option would suit you better. During the past 14 years I have met and worked with many excellent safari guides who are not necessarily professional photographers. However they know what the needs of photographers are and how to position the vehicle and predict animal behaviour. They are also very keen photographers themselves and I can highly recommend them as specialist photographic guides. If you are a confident & experienced photographer you can confidently book a safari with one of our specialist guides in the knowledge that they will always be looking out for photographic opportunities, and not simply trying to show you african wildlife, which would be the case on a regular safari with a regular safari guide.
In this option you would then not receive any specialist photo tuition or assistance with setting up your camera or which settings to use etc.., but you will be in very capable hands as far as getting photographs would be concerned. These safaris are also better priced compared with the scheduled trips that I personally lead as I do not have to build my own accommodation, travel and personal costs into the safari.
Regardless of which safari you register for, I will also send you my own set of PDF Photo Tuition Documents which include a pre-safari Camera Set-up guide and my "Seven Top Tips". Reading these before the safari begins will help to prepare you for the types of things you will be doing on safari.
Yes, myself and the guides I use do take photos and I feel that it is important for us to do this. We are constantly looking for the best angle for a good photograph. We have many years of experience in the African bush and can predict a lot of animal behaviour. Getting the vehicle into position where we feel it would make a good photo often helps others who are unsure of where to park, which lens to use, how to compose, which settings to use and what behaviour might follow.
We all have an interest in photography but our passion is our business; which is guiding people on a photo safari. We want to make sure you achieve the best photos possible.
Our main aim is not to sell our portfolios, it is to sell our photo safaris. We do need good photos of animals to do this, but more importantly we want our clients to go home with the best portfolio possible.
Yes we can cater for special medical dietary requirements, but you need to inform us of these requirements when you register. We will then be able to inform the lodges / camps we will be staying at about your requests well in advance.
Depending on what your special requirements are there may be a surcharge for this service.
Your time on safari is YOURS, you can feel free to use it as you wish. However I can confidently say that very few people have ever opted to sleep in or spend time at the pool. This is a photo safari after all. Our main reason for being on the safari is to spend every possible minute doing photography so leisure time is not something people normally request.
On occasion people have wanted to sleep in on one day or skip an afternoon game drive, this is entirely up to you. However please note that we will not change our usual schedule to accommodate "leisure time" If for example you decided to sleep in, you would not have the right to request the vehicle to come back and collect you at a more convenient time.
The photographers who go out with the vehicle can decide when to return. If you have a private vehicle to yourself then you can do as you please.
Credit Cards are by far the most convenient 90% of the time. Bringing along some cash as a backup is also a good idea. US$ are readily accepted in most African Countries and can also be used in some local shops (**Please note that there are some exceptions like South Africa and Namibia - both of these countries DO NOT ALLOW the use of US$
** If you are unsure please ASK us about which option is most suitable for the safari you are doing.
As far as tipping goes (more on the tipping section) you could separate it into the following two scenarios:
1) Your Local Driver / Guide / Ranger: - this can be done in US$ - CASH only
2) Lodge / Camp staff
> Kenya - this can be done in US$ - CASH or CARD
> Tanzania - this can be done in US$ - CASH only
> Botswana - this can be done in US$ - CASH only
> South Africa - this can be done in US$ - CASH or CARD ** this depends on the actual accommodation used - please ask us for clarity **
> Namibia - this can be done in US$ - CASH or CARD ** this depends on the actual accommodation used - please ask us for clarity **
Any other major foreign currency will also be readily accepted (EURO, GBP)
If you have any concerns please contact us and we will clarify it for you further.
All of our scheduled photo safaris (except for Namibia) are vehicle based for the majority of the time. You will need to be in reasonable health but we will not undergo any long walks or hikes unless you personally choose to do so, or unless it is detailed in the safari description. Our extensions and custom safaris might warrant a different fitness level - please ask us for more details about the fitness level required for your specific custom photo safari or chosen extension.
Our Landscape tours of Namibia do require a fairly good level of fitness to get the most out of them. There is a lot of sand in Namibia and walking in this sand and up sand dunes is part of the trip. If you have more questions about fitness levels PLEASE ask us before signing up on any of our safaris.
On any trip to Africa there is a risk of getting Malaria. Some areas have a higher risk than others. As we are not medical doctors we cannot advise you about whether or not you should take malaria medication. Our advice is to consult your local doctor or travel clinic.
This is also a question you would need to consult a doctor or travel clinic about as details of these change on an ongoing basis. Be sure to ask your doctor or clinic about YELLOW FEVER as it is relevant in some of the countries we visit.
Lions, Leopards and Cheetahs do not have a specific birthing season and give birth at anytime. The short answer to this question is "anytime" it really depends on your luck at the time of your visit.
Yes we do spend time on photographing birds but we have two safaris which are truly dedicated to bird photography - the "BIRDS of KRUGER" photo safari and the "BIRDS of KENYA" photo safari, both of these usually run every November.
On our other scheduled photo safaris we will be stopping for "the large and colourful birds". If you would like to try and cover the birds and the mammals in detail then we recommend you travel with a like minded photographer or that you book out a private safari vehicle so that you can go entirely at your own pace.
The pace of a regular photo safari compared with a bird photo safari is very different. If you want to stop for every single bird no matter the distance or size, you will fall far behind the other vehicles who might find other sightings that you might not be able to get to in time. You would need to understand this and know that you cannot be everywhere at the same time.
In general we would recommend that you stick to bottled drinking water on all the safaris. In Kenya and Tanzania this also includes brushing your teeth with bottled water. In South Africa it is possible to drink the local water and brush your teeth with it, so the risk of getting ill is small, however we still recommend you drink bottled water.
Yes the vehicles in our group are in radio contact with each other and we do pass on relevant information about photo opportunities to each other.
Each country has its own electrical and plug system. After you have registered to do a safari with us, we will send out the "PLUG & VOLTAGE" document which will explain this topic in more detail
YES it is possible to add on an extension to any of our safaris if you wanted to stay longer or visit a different place. There are some extension suggestions on the photo safari pages under the "EXTENSIONS" tab. Please ask us if you need help with this or if you would like to tailor a specific extension.
Yes this is possible to arrange for you - please ask at the time of registration
Yes this is possible to arrange, there will of course be a surcharge for the exclusive use of the safari vehicle, please ask us what this would be for the safari you are interested in.
Having worked with many different guides in different locations I have found that it is always nice and refreshing to have a guide with new ideas and suggestions and work together to achieve new images. It is also important though that the basics are understood by all the guides we use on our photo safaris which is why my training manual came to be.
The manual covers the basics of how to guide photographers, looking at the light, the distance from the subject and parking in a position to predict the animals next move. The manual also illustrates "in the field examples" so that guides know what we photographers are talking about when we say "can we move 1 meter forward, my background is not good from this position, etc etc..." !!
The manual has a big section on communication - this is the key to a successful safari. both guides and photographers need to know what is going on so that they can prepare for potential situations, never assume, always ask, it will allow you to achieve more successful images.
We secure the use of "Private Safari Vehicles" on all of our safaris. This is a very important element of a successful photographic safari. Essentially it means that you will not share the vehicle with other guests staying at the lodge / camp who are not part of our group. Regular safari clients and nature photographers do not mix very well. You will want to stay for extended periods at a sighting waiting for the best photo opportunities.
Many regular safari clients just want to see an animal, take one picture and leave to go and look for more animals to tick off their list. We avoid this by securing private safari vehicles at all locations. Understandably there is a surcharge to hire these vehicles as the lodge or camp has to issue a specific vehicle and guide for our group and the vehicle is not filled with up to 9 people as it often is on regular safaris. In our case there will only be a maximum of 3 photographers per vehicle.
We must receive a formal written notification of your cancellation.
Deposits are non-refundable.
All Photo Safaris:
In the case of a cancellation, we must receive written notification, at which time the following fees will apply:
* Deposit is non-refundable
* 89 to 60 days before departure: 75% of tour fee
* 59 or fewer days before departure: 100% of tour fee.
We highly recommend that you take out travel insurance at the time of booking your tour with us to cover any eventualities relating to having to cancel your safari.
Authentic photo safaris, by their very nature have to be flexible. We do our utmost to accommodate our clients needs and requests which are often very different from a regular safari. We take each day as it comes and yes we are able to be flexible and stay out all day if a particular situation warrants it.
If we are far from camp and are patiently waiting for a Leopard to descend a tree, a Cheetah to hunt or a group of Wildebeest to cross the Mara River then we most certainly stay out. It is always a good idea to bring along some snack bars or take a piece of fruit with you in case we do not return for lunch. On most occasions our packed breakfasts have enough food in them to last the full day anyway.
If there is nothing to wait for and the day is particularly hot with animals resting in the shade, it would not be sensible to stay out and so we do return to camp on such occasions for a midday break, some lunch and then we head out again when the temperature drops and the animals become more active.
Tipping is a safari tradition in Africa. You are welcome to stick to your regular personal tipping policies but we politely recommend you try to follow our guidelines regarding tipping as it helps to set a standard.
Firstly, even though it is expected, it is not compulsory. If you feel that you have not been given excellent service then you do not have to tip. I personally feel that if somebody goes above and beyond their job description then it is polite to tip them and I am more than happy to do so.
We do our utmost to source quality safari companies and guides who have a similar work ethic and passion to us. The staff and guides work extremely hard to make sure we have a good time and they are incredibly patient and flexible.
Please ask us to send you our detailed recommended tipping policy for the specific photo safari you are interested in joining. It will also be in your Arrival Information Document, which will be sent to you 2 weeks before the start of your photo safari.
- First contact us to confirm that there are spaces available on the photo safari that you are interested in - (please use the enquiry form on this page)
- Once we confirm with you that there is space available, and you would like to make a booking, these are the steps you would follow:
We will send you a link that will take you to the photo safari that you want to join. Along with the link we will send a detailed PDF document that will guide you though the booking process.
We only accept International Bank Transfer as method of payment / or PayPal **
** PayPal - please note that an additional 4% handling fee will be added to all payments made through PayPal
Please note that ALL bank charges are for your account
Once this is complete, will update your "outstanding balance" amount which will be due 90 days before the start date of the safari.
Please note that it is recommended that you take out your own travel insurance to cover unexpected trip cancellation, medical, personal and photographic equipment. WILD4 will not be held responsible in any way for the loss of or damage to any photographic equipment or personal belongings, nor for any medical expenses. Our medical insurance will only cover you for evacuation from the field to the closest most appropriate medical facility, at which point your medical insurance would take over.
- We must receive a formal written notification of your cancellation
- Deposits are non-refundable.
- Tour fees are not transferable.
- If for any reason a participant ends a tour early or does not make use of a service that has been included in the price of any scheduled tour, tailor-made tour or tour extension, no refund for this unused portion or service will be made.
- Full payment of the tour fee is due 90 days prior to the departure date. We must receive written notification of your cancellation, at which time the following cancellation fees apply:
- 89 to 60 days before departure: 75% of tour fee
- 59 or fewer days before departure: 100% of tour fee
- If due to circumstances out of our control, we are not able to run the photo safari, we are entitled to either cancel the trip, in which case clients will be entitled to a full re-fund. Or, with the clients permission and consent, we might modify the itinerary, which could also mean modifications to the price.
US$ 9,600 Sharing
US$ 10,900 Single
US$ 3,000 Deposit
2nd - 12th Oct 2021
4 places available
- 2nd - 12th Oct 2021
- 10 nights / 11 days
Tour Led By
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 his safari vehicle 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 was the time we spent at the Big Cat Reserve (part of the 4 night extension) which is an unbelieveable photographic experience. Many thanks WILD4 !
Rob & Sue Brookes, UK
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 behavioural 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 passion for wildlife and photography. 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 extension and were most impressed with the "behind the scenes" access we gained at each Reserve. Stu didn't disappoint and 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, AUSTRALIA