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10 of the Best African Photo Safari Companies in the World

Jeep in the Masai Mara lion is in front -safari Packing List
A classic safari moment

Do you dream of photographing wildlife in Africa? One of the best and most economical options (relatively speaking) is to join a group on an African photo safari led by a professional wildlife photographer whose job it is to help you make the best images possible.

10 of the Best African Photos Safari Companies

To make finding one easier, I’ve put together a list of 10 of the Best African Photo Safari companies in the business.

Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know some amazing professional wildlife photographers as well as passionate enthusiasts who’ve raved about their photo safari experiences. Together, these relationships helped me to create a directory of companies that deliver grand adventures, spectacular photographic opportunities, and life-long memories––each with their own spin. It’s up to you to decide which is right for you.

A mokoro we will go - Duba Explorers Camp Okavango Delta, Botswana-African Photo Safaris

To make the task easier, I asked each company to fill out a questionnaire covering topics such as what they believe differentiates them from their competitors, destinations, lead photographers, vehicles, types of instruction (ie.. do they offer photo safari workshops or only tours, are they proactive, etc.) sample accommodations, starting costs, and for more conscientious travelers, conservation efforts they are strongly affiliated with ––details you’ll want to consider when choosing.

I’ve included images of the photographers (if provided), their bios and links to their individual wildlife galleries, plus a small collection of images each company feels best represents the experiences they offer. (FYI- all of the companies offer private African photo safaris as well.)

Lions heading toward a woman in a vehicle taking their picture - African Photo Safaris

Most importantly, if a company piques your interest, contact them sooner than later–– ask as many questions as you need. While some spots may be open closer to the departure date most fill up months in advance.

I have no paid relationship or commission structure with any of these companies. PLEASE NOTE: The list is ordered alphabetically, not by rank.

(If you need some direction on how to choose a company that’s right for you, I wrote this primer: Seven Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing A Photography Tour. While it’s not specifically focused on African safaris, everything still holds true.)



Andy Biggs Photo Safaris

LIon walks in front of a safari vehicle on an African Photo Safari

Andy Biggs Photo Safaris itineraries are the result of many years in the field and are designed to offer the best wildlife experience for photographers”~Andy Biggs

Headquarters

USA

Years in Operation

17

Countries Where Photo Safaris Are Offered

Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Additional Focuses Besides Wildlife Which May Be Offered

Landscape, Culture


Photographers

Experience

Andy Biggs

Andy is an avid adventurer, conservationist, teacher, and outdoor photographer whose photography celebrates the African landscape and its rich wildlife, people, and culture. With a deep respect and understanding for African wildlife, Andy unfolds the world of the Serengeti, the Okavango Delta and other wildlife-rich destinations onto our doorstep with striking emotional depth.

Paul “PJ” Joynson-Hicks

Paul was born in the UK and moved to Africa in 1993 when he began working on a travel photography book on Uganda. He then lived and worked in Dar es Salaam for the next 15 years with his photography business. In that time he published two more books, ‘Safari Dreaming – An African Adventure in The South Luangwa Valley’ Paul also founded the Comedy Wildlife Awards and guides photographic safaris all across the African continent.

Jane Michaelides-Smith

Jane was born in Tanzania, the descendant of Greek immigrants to East Africa. She lived there until age three when her family transitioned to Kenya to manage a coffee farm they lovingly referred to as Kianzabe Estates. Seven years later they emigrated again, this time to the United States, taking up residence in Idaho. Jane, always a wandering soul, eventually settled in Arizona. Despite having lived in the U. S. for many years now, East Africa remains her spiritual home.


Safaris Start at

$8,000 USD per person

Number of Nights (Range)

8-12 days, on average, with pre and post safari options

Type of Accommodations

Mid-Level, Luxury, Ultra-Luxe: Examples include Mara Plains, &Beyond Sandibe and Sanctuary Chief’s Camp.

Maximum Number of Guests Per Safari

7

Number of Lead Photographers Per Safari

1-2

Guests Per Vehicle

3

Types of Vehicles Used (may be different depending on country and environment)

We always have camera support options available for guests, no matter where we are. Our standard vehicle is an open vehicle with no windshield to impede visibility.

Other Forms of Transportation (Location Dependent)

Helicopters in Botswana and northern Kenya, flat bottom boat on the Chobe River, Hot Air balloon in the Serengeti and Masai Mara.

Type of Photographic Instruction Available

Proactive instruction including post-production

Skill Level Required

Beginner thru professional

“All of my safaris are general in nature and will accommodate any skill level” Andy Biggs.

Gear Rentals

No

Conservation Initiatives

“Our initiative is informal in nature. We are taking people to more remote places in the safari world that need conservation dollars, raised through park fees and local employment. We also contribute to the Shedrick Wildlife Trust and have built many itineraries around their private homes in the bush so travelers and donors can witness first-hand what elephant conservation initiatives are in Kenya.” ~Andy Biggs

Social Media

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Atkinson Photography and Safaris

Atkinson Photography and Safaris - lions fighting on an African Photo Safari

“We dedicate ourselves as photo leaders to making sure that our guests are in the best positions and well prepared to take high-quality wildlife images every time such opportunities present. Getting our own photos will always come second.” ~ Grant and Helena Atkinson

Years in Operation

7

Headquarters

Cape Town, South Africa

Countries Where Photo Safaris Are Offered

Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania

Additional Focuses Besides Wildlife Which May Be Offered

Editing/processing instruction for print and web use


Photographers

Experience


Photos: Grant Atkinson

Grant Atkinson

Grant is from South Africa, living in Cape Town with his wife Helena Atkinson. Formerly a guide in northern Botswana for 12 years, Grant enjoys photographing all kinds of wildlife, as well as the technical aspects of camera setup. His work has been published in many wildlife and conservation magazines.

Helena Atkinson

Helena is also from South Africa, living in Cape Town. She met Grant working with him in Northern Botswana. She has strong conservation qualifications and background and passionate about human-wildlife conflict and the role eco-tourism can play in alleviating this.


Safaris Start at

$10,000 USD per person

Number of Nights (Range)

8-12 days

Type of Accommodations

Mid-Level, Luxury: Examples include Kicheche Bush Camp, Kenya, Selinda Explorers Camp, Botswana, Namiri Plains Camp, Tanzania.

Maximum Number of Guests Per Safari

6

Number of Lead Photographers Per Safari

2

Guests Per Vehicle

3

Types of Vehicles Used (may be different depending on country and environment)

Botswana and South Africa, open jeeps we supply supports for gimbals at some locations. Kenya open jeeps also closed vehicle with large window openings and platforms for cameras, also pop up roof. Tanzania closed vehicle with large window openings and platforms for cameras, also pop up roof.

Other Forms of Transportation (Location Dependent)

Houseboat on Chobe River

Type of Photographic Instruction

Proactive instruction in addition to photographer image critiques on a voluntary basis in the periods between wildlife activities

Skill Level Required

Beginner thru professional – “No safaris for one specific skill level. Our groups are small enough that we can accommodate all skill levels comfortably.” ~Grant Atkinson

Gear Rentals

No

Conservation Initiatives

Helena Atkinson is the Conservation Projects Manager at the non-profit conservation organization Pangolin.org which is dedicated to saving African pangolins.

Social Media

Facebook, Youtube


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C4 Photo Safaris

“We have a reputation for crafting safaris that are unequivocal about getting the clients into the right location, in the right season. I unashamedly look after my clients’ needs first. From there onwards, it is about attention to detail and making sure that every need, comfort and photographic, is looked after. We only use the best guides- highly awarded and published to lead our safaris, who know how to impart their knowledge and experience to the clients in a manner that is more like osmosis rather than a hammer. This has lead to a repeat client rate of 75%, with more than 60% of our business custom safaris this is affirmation that what we do works for our clients.” ~ Shem Compion

Headquarters

Pretoria, South Africa

Years in Operation

15

Countries Where Photo Safaris Are Offered

Botswana, Chad, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Uganda

Additional Focuses Besides Wildlife Which May Be Offered

Landscape, Culture, Aerial


Photographers

Experience


Photos: C4 Safaris

Greg du Toit

Greg is a Wildlife Photographer of the Year overall award winner, who is simply gripped by Africa’s beauty. Greg’s specialty is photographing predators. If you are looking for a unique point of view with regards to large mammals, predators, and action-based photography: Greg is your guide.

Isak Pretorius

Isak was born to be a photographer. Multi international award-winning and a sold-out book to his name, Isak is a nature photographer who has an innate attraction to birds. What sets Isak apart as a photographic guide is his ability to get clients to take their own top photographs.

André Cloete

grew up with one hand on his binoculars and the other hand on the camera. His specialty is using his deep natural history and bird knowledge to predict animal movements and anticipates positioning in place so you can get your images in time.

Shem Compion

Shem is the founder and owner of C4 Photo Safaris. Shem’s intricate knowledge of a variety of photographic subjects is his greatest photographic asset. His love of sharing means he has published 7 books: an indication of how much he enjoys sharing the love of the photographic medium with clients. With a deeply embedded passion for conservation and the wilderness in Africa.

Kyle de Nobrega

Kyle has spent the last decade exploring and guiding across the continent, sharing the formless intricacies, wonders, and stories embedded in the wilderness with guests on Safari. His Speciality has become the rain forests of Africa- a wonderful Eden to visit.


Safaris Start at

$3,200 USD per person

Number of Nights (Range)

4 to 21 days.

Type of Accommodations

Mid-Level, Luxury, Ultra-Luxe: Examples include Mashatu Main Lodge, Mala Mala, Chitabe, Londolozi, Entim Camp, Rekero Camp, Selinda Explorers Camp.

Maximum Number of Guests Per Safari

Between 8 and 10

Number of Lead Photographers Per Safari

1 lead photographer per three clients

Guests Per Vehicle

One per row. For example: if it’s a three-row vehicle, then three. If it’s a two-row vehicle, then two

Types of Vehicles Used (may be different depending on country and environment)

Each location uses different vehicles. In Mashatu we have our own dedicated photographic vehicle that is open, has swinging arms and gimbal heads. Other locations have vehicles so vastly different that it is hard to define. What we do is chose and select camps that have vehicles optimal for photography.

Other Forms of Transportation (Location Dependent)

Boats on the Chobe and Okavango. In Mana Pools, we do a lot of walking

Type of Photographic Instruction Available

Workshops, proactive instruction, and post-production

Skill Level Required

Beginner thru professional

“We have no prejudice and cater for every single person on safari: From iPhone through to D5’s, we love sharing with our clients the power of the photographic medium regardless of the equipment they have. This for us is the real joy of photography, the power to see as a photographer.”

Gear Rentals

Yes. They have access to every level of camera and lens available

Conservation Initiatives

C4 has supported a number of initiatives into which it can specifically add value. Examples are, sponsoring a VHF collar for a leopard and a cheetah in support of these free-ranging predators in the northwest province. Sponsoring the Kayak for the “One Lake One Rhino” project to raise funds for the translocation of a black rhino from Zimbabwe to the protection of Botswana. Supporting Children in the Wilderness Foundation.

Social Media

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Images of Wildlife Photo Tours & Safaris

Images of Wildlife - Andy and Sarah Skinner

“We offer a unique experience to travel with an award-winning friendly husband and wife professional photography team. We have extensive experience leading photographic safaris in Africa and in-depth knowledge of each of the countries visited and the endemic wildlife.

Our primary focus is on ensuring and maximizing guest enjoyment. We feature small groups and provide an excellent host to guest ratio on each tour. Enabling us to provide a high level of attention to each and every guest. Our tours feature extensive time spent out in the field to maximize all photographic opportunities. We ensure we cater our tuition for each guest on a bespoke level according to his/her level of photographic knowledge. We discuss with each person at the start of their trip what they are looking to achieve during their time with us, both in the species they are looking to spend time with and also what they want to achieve with their photography. We welcome both beginners to photography, as well as the more experienced photographers who are looking to push their photography to the next level.” ~Sarah Skinner Co-Founder

Headquarters

United Kingdom

Years in Operation

3

Countries Where Photo Safaris Are Offered

Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

Additional Focuses Besides Wildlife Which May Be Offered

Astro/Night skies photography (Botswana only)


Photographers

Andy and Sarah Skinner - African Photo Safaris
Andy and Sarah Skinner

Experience


Andy Skinner

Andy Skinner is an award-winning professional wildlife photographer with 15 years’ experience of photographing wildlife and extensive experience hosting wildlife photographic safaris. Andy has a passion for using light and applying creative techniques in his photography and imparting this knowledge with his guests. Together with Sarah he also regularly contributes to leading photographic magazines.

Sarah Skinner

Sarah Skinner is an award-winning professional wildlife photographer with extensive experience hosting photo safaris and a qualified FGASA Field Guide. In 2017 Sarah was awarded overall winner of the mammal’s category in the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year. In the winter Sarah also works as a photographic guide in the artic region.


Safaris Start at

$4000 USD per person

Number of Nights (Range)

8 – 13 days

Type of Accommodations

Mid-Level, Luxury: Examples include Zebra Plains Camp, Entim Camp, Nasikia Camps, fully serviced private mobile camps (Botswana)

Maximum Number of Guests Per Safari

9

Number of Lead Photographers Per Safari

2

Guests Per Vehicle

Kenya & Tanzania safaris: 3 x guests (1 x guest per row) Botswana & Uganda: 4 x guests

Types of Vehicles Used (may be different depending on country and environment)

Large quality camera bean bags are provided for each guest for all safaris/all destinations. All vehicles in Kenya & Tanzania feature customized extended game vehicles (Land Cruiser) with large open sides and large open roof access. Each guest provided with their own row. Tanzania game vehicles also feature onboard charging facilities. Uganda safaris feature 7-seater extended land cruiser with a large pop-up roof and opening windows. Botswana safaris feature large open-sided game vehicles with 8-seats across three rows (Land Cruiser). Botswana vehicles are modified for photographers with wooden camera mounts of each row and each side, drop down windscreen and with on board charging facilities.

Other Forms of Transportation (Location Dependent)

Private 15-20 seater boat used for Chobe River cruises during Botswana Safaris

Type of Photographic Instruction Available

Workshops and proactive instruction

Skill Level Required

Beginner thru Professional

They cater to each client according to their skill level and what they are looking to achieve from their time with us.

Gear Rentals

They have a reciprocal agreement with a UK company ‘Lenses for Hire’ to offer 25% discount offered for guests booking with Images of Wildlife Photo Tours & Safaris

Conservation Initiatives

No Initiatives at this time

Social Media

Facebook, Instagram


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ORYX Photo Tours

Oryx Photo Tours: African Photo Safaris

At Oryx Photo Tours “Our Tour Leaders are all award-winning and passionate photographers who genuinely love sharing their expertise with others. Our team is amongst the most accomplished wildlife and photographic professionals available, with many years of field guiding experience that is complemented by a wide range of fauna, botanical and cultural expertise. Whilst we guarantee that our Photo Safari Leaders have impeccable photographic skills, they also strive to be personable, professional, friendly, attentive and dedicated to delivering a rewarding and successful photo safari, ensuring you emerge with an incredible portfolio of images from every tour!” Marius Coetzee, Founder & CEO

Headquarters

Originally South Africa now Mauritius

Years in Operation

9

Countries Where Photo Safaris Are Offered

Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Madagascar, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Note: Oryx offers private tours in Uganda and Republic of Congo

Additional Focuses Besides Wildlife Which May Be Offered

Landscape, Culture


Photographers

Experience

Photos: Oryx Photo Tours


Marius Coetzee

Marius an award-winning photographer and widely traveled, having led photographic safaris to many of the planet’s most celebrated photographic areas, and thus has a unique grounding with which to keep ORYX at the cutting edge of the photographic industry. Marius’ easy manner and deep connections with his photographic subjects’ relays instantaneously to his clients, making him a decidedly sought-after photographic leader and highly respected within the industry.

Dale Morris

Dale has produced more than 500 nature, travel and photography-oriented magazine articles and has worked on numerous wildlife documentaries with clients as prestigious as the BBC, National Geographic and the Discovery Channel. His photographs have appeared on high profile front covers and he has won several awards with global publishing companies. His sense of humor and relaxed demeanor ensure that he is a hit with all the people he guides. 

Kirsten Frost

Kirsten’s work began at a young age and soon became recognized in the South African photography scene. By the age of 16, he was sponsored professional-level equipment and before the age of 18, his work was seen gracing the covers of national magazines. Kirsten has also been awarded in numerous international photographic competitions, such as the 2017 Botswana’s Wildlife Photographer of The Year award for his captivating portfolio created at Mashatu.

Penny Robartes

Penny Robartes is a professional fine art wildlife photographer whose images are easily recognized by her iconoclastic work that is recalibrating the way the world sees wildlife. Her stunning creations breathe life into natural encounters with the deftness of an artist’s brushstrokes and the enthralling narrative of the best storytellers. Continuing to promote awareness of the fragility of wildlife and their habitats, Penny regularly donates her fine art wildlife prints to conservation initiatives in Africa.

Samantha Reinders

Samantha Reinders is an award-winning photographer and multimedia producer which has, among other things, allowed her to chase penguins, fly on Air Force One, swim with sharks and meet a collection of interesting people. She’s explored remote islands, teeming cities, and untouched landscapes. Sam’s passion for photographing people from around the world makes her the perfect Photo Tour Leader for our cultural photographic tours to Ethiopia, Mongolia, India, Bhutan and more.


Safaris Start at

$2,995 USD per person

Number of Nights (Range)

4 to 20 days

Type of Accommodations

Luxury, Ultra-Luxe: Examples include Zarafa Camp, Mara Plains, Hoanib Skelton Coast Camp

Maximum Number of Guests Per Safari

6

Number of Lead Photographers Per Safari

One but it depends on tour size and requirements

Guests Per Vehicle

One photographer per row (ie. two vehicles for a group of six)

Types of Vehicles Used (may be different depending on country and environment)

Customized Landrover / Landcruiser (depending on the area). Vehicles are modified to suit the area in which they operate. Bean bags would be a standard accompaniment on vehicles on scheduled tours. Gimbal heads would only be offered on specific vehicles at some properties. All ORYX tours focused on wildlife and operate in wildlife dedicated reserves would use open-sided vehicles to aid photography (an exception is Ngorongoro Crater, where vehicles have large windows but have side paneling and are thus not open-sided).

Other Forms of Transportation (Location Dependent)

Helicopters may be used for aerial photography.

Type of Photographic Instruction Available

Workshops, proactive instruction, and post-production

Skill Level Required

“Scheduled tours cater to photographers of every skill level, from beginner all the way through to advanced. Small-group departures mean the lead photographers are able to offer tuition to all guests based on their skill level and they will tailor their advice accordingly.”

Gear Rentals

Yes: They offer a wide range of camera bodies, lenses, and flashes based Canon, Nikon and Sony systems

Conservation Initiatives

Oryx Conservation Fund.

With every ORYX photo tour booked at a Great Plains property a percentage of our profit is donated to an organization that lies close to our hearts: Rhinos Without Borders.

Social Media

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Pangolin Photo Safaris

Pangolin Photo Safaris - African Photo Safaris

Pangolin Photo Safaris welcomes photographers of all levels of experience to our home in the Chobe. We firmly believe that everyone has the capacity to take great images given the right opportunities and assistance”

“We also own and manage our own properties rather than just using other 3rd party properties. – Toby Jermyn (Director)

Headquarters

Botswana

Years in Operation

Nine

Countries Where Photo Safaris Are Offered

Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Additional Focuses Which May Be Offered

Landscape photography; Cultural opportunities


Photographers

Experience

Charl Stols

Charl Stols was born and raised in South Africa. He began his journey in photography on a cruise vessel as a resident photographer in 2003. He not only discovered a passion for photography on the ship but it was also the place where Charl met his wife Sabine who now shares that passion with him.

Sabine Stols

Born and raised in Germany, Sabine Stols met her South African husband Charl during a summer job on a cruising vessel. Traveling the world together for several years as a photography and videography team they both fell in love with the diversity and richness of nature.

Charl and Sabine were offered positions as photographic hosts by Pangolin Photo Safaris in 2015.

Danielle Carstens

Danielle is a born and bred South African and has a deep-rooted love for Africa and the world’s wilder places and growing up, no opportunity was missed to explore the hidden treasures of South Africa and its’ neighboring countries on vacations with her family. After completing the New York Institute of Photography’s Professional Photography course, her passion grew into a career and in 2019 she was offered a position as one of Pangolin’s full-time photographic hosts.

Janine Krayer

Janine is originally from Germany and has been with Pangolin Photo Safaris from 2013 having left the world of high finance for a life of adventure and beautiful imagery in Botswana.

Janine’s passion for wildlife and her keen eye for the finer details of her subjects has transformed into an award-winning photographer during her time in The Chobe and she now leads several expeditions to other iconic photo destinations further afield throughout the year along with her partner Guts.


Safaris Start at

$1,500 USD per person

Number of Nights (Range)

From three to twenty-eight days

Type of Accommodations

Mid-level – Examples include Pangolin Chobe Hotel, Pangolin Voyager Houseboat, Bushman Plains Camp

Maximum Number of Guests Per Safari

Eight

Number of Lead Photographers Per Safari

One

Guests Per Vehicle

Four

Types of Vehicles Used (may be different depending on country and environment)

Open and closed vehicles with bean bags and camera rests

Other Forms of Transportation (Location Dependent)

Photographic boats with gimbals. Houseboat.

Type of Photographic Instruction Available

Workshops, proactive instruction, and post-production

Skill Level Required

Beginner thru professional

Gear Rentals

Pangolin Chobe Hotel offers the use of Canon 80d and 150-600mm lenses for free.

Conservation Initiatives

Pangolin.Africa is a non-profit organization dedicated to the survival of the most highly trafficked wildlife species on the continent – the African Pangolin.

Through their three-pronged approach of Publicity, Participation, and Protection, Pangolin works with partners in the tourism, conservation, and corporate fields to increase education and awareness around all four African pangolin species; contribute towards much-needed research, and implement protection and rehabilitation projects on the ground.

They also play an integral role in bringing together and supporting other individuals and organizations across Africa who are working in the pangolin conservation space. (Source: Pangolin Africa)

Social Media

Facebook, Youtube


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Piper Mackay Photography

Piper Mackay Photography - African Photo Safaris

Piper Mackay Photo Safaris is a boutique company not obligated to sell guest into their properties or contracted properties. Each itinerary is uniquely and passionately designed from the experiences of a photographer specializing in African wildlife photography and tribes for the past 16 years. Having traveled from the US to the African continent for many years before living in Kenya, Piper Mackay thoroughly understands a safari is a large investment. She strives to ensure that you not only have the best photographic opportunities but have an African safari experience that you will reminisce about for decades to come.


Headquarters

Los Angeles, USA

Years in Operation

10

Countries Where Photo Safaris Are Offered

Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe

Additional Focuses Besides Wildlife Which May Be Offered

Culture


Photographer

Piper Mackay - African Photo Safaris

Experience

Photos: Piper Mackay


Piper Mackay

Piper Mackay is the lead photographer. Piper Mackay’s intrepid journey as an African wildlife and tribal photographer has taken her on adventures spanning the African continent for 16 years. Her images have won numerous awards, are published regularly, represented by Getty images and international galleries. She is an inspirational speaker for Nikon.

Note: Each year, professional guest photographers are handpicked to lead /co-lead safaris for their specialized skills that add value to the clients.


Safaris Start at

$9, 400.00 USD per person

Number of Nights (Range)

10-16 days

Type of Accommodations

Luxury: Examples include Kenya – Mara Bush Camp, Elephant Bedroom Camp Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge

Maximum Number of Guests Per Safari

8

Number of Lead Photographers Per Safari

1 or 2 depending on the size of the group

Guests Per Vehicle

3

Types of Vehicles Used (may be different depending on country and environment)

Kenya/Tanzania/Uganda (East Africa)- Custom extended Land Cruisers with open sides and an open roof with rollback top so there are no obstructions.

Botswana/Zimbabwe(Southern Africa) – full open-sided vehicles with canvas top cover. Bean bags supplied.

Angola/Ethiopia (Tribal Area’s) Comfortable closed Land Cruisers with A/C

Other Forms of Transportation (Location Dependent)

Houseboat and custom photo boats low to the waters level with seats that rotate a full 360 degrees, each with a fluid mount for your big lens.

Type of Photographic Instruction Available

Proactive instruction as well as post-production during a mid-day break.

“We spend most of our time in the field. I do not want to pull guest from the field to return to the camp for a post-production lecture.” ~Piper Mackay

Skill Level Required

Beginner thru Professional – “Most of my safaris are best suited for passionate photographers with an intermediate level of experience or higher.” ~Piper Mackay

Gear Rentals

No

Conservation Initiatives

Piper Mackay Photo Safaris are built around supporting numerous conservation projects, researchers, and local communities. We also lead campaigns, such as the Generosity Campaign (on the website), to raise money spontaneously when there is a desperate need such as in a time of drought.

Social Media

Facebook, Instagram


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Squiver Photo Tours

Squiver - African Photo Safaris

At Squiver Photo Tours, “We are famous for our organizational skills – our tours are überefficient and productive. We know our gear, but we are not gear freaks. We never take guests to a place we haven’t been to before. We love what we do, and it shows. We have a positive mindset and like to laugh. We have the highest return customer rate in the industry ~ Marsel van Oosten

Headquarters

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Years in Operation

12

Countries Where Photo Safaris Are Offered

Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Additional Focuses Besides Wildlife Which May Be Offered

Landscape


Photographers

Photos not provided

Experience


Marsel van Oosten

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018. South Africa-based professional nature photographer from The Netherlands. Travels around the world with his wife Daniella to find new places for unique photo tours. His images are known for their graphic compositions, light, and simplicity. Marsel is the world’s only photographer to have won the Grand Slam: the grand titles Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Travel Photographer of the Year, and International Nature Photographer of the Year.

Greg du Toit

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 South Africa-based professional wildlife photographer with a ton of experience in the African bush and an unrivaled passion for its wildlife. Greg once spent days in a waterhole to get the shot, and he got bilharzia in the process. He won the overall title ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ and his work is published around the world.

Ignacio Palacios

AIPP Master of Photography. Australia-based professional landscape photographer from Spain with a passion for travel. While his primary focus when traveling is people in their natural environment, landscapes, and wildlife, he also enjoys photographing other subjects like festivals, food, markets, and architecture. Ignacio is an AIPP Master of Photography.

Ryan Dyar

US-based professional landscape photographer en post-processing wizard. Famous for his big, bold and dramatic scenes with his own signature style. Ryan is a cool dude to travel with, and when you do, you get his processing videos for free!

Georg Popp

Austria-based professional landscape photographer with a great love for the outdoors and his Toyo Field large format camera. One of his images that he shot in the Cypress swamps in the US was awarded in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, so he’s the perfect guy for our swamps tour.


Safaris Start at

$7,300 USD per person

Number of Nights (Range)

9 – 15 days

Type of Accommodations

Mid-level, Luxury, Ultra-Luxe: Examples include: Chiawa Camp, Old Mondoro, Londolozi.

“We get the best accommodation available based on where we want to photograph.”

Maximum Number of Guests Per Safari

6 – 9 (depending on destination)

Number of Lead Photographers Per Safari

1 or 2

Guests Per Vehicle

3 (each their own row of seats)

Types of Vehicles Used (may be different depending on country and environment)

Mostly open vehicles

Other Forms of Transportation (Location Dependent)

Houseboat with gimbals, microlight airplanes

Type of Photographic Instruction Available

Workshops; Proactive instruction including post-production

Skill Level Required

Beginner thru professional

Gear Rentals

No

Conservation Initiatives

No Conservation initiatives at this time

Social Media

Facebook, Instagram, 500px, Flickr


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Tusk Photo

Leopard Mother and cub Photo: Brendon - Cremer- African Photo Safaris
Photo: Brendon Cremer

“There is no other photo company out there that continually searches for new techniques and ways to photograph wildlife and share these with our clients, from flying bats at night to jumping fish, from the polar regions to the wildlife diversity of Africa. At Tusk Photo you will learn from photographers at the top of their game, not only are our tour leaders great photographers but they are passionate about sharing their knowledge and experience with our guests”. – Brendon Cremer


Headquarters

Pretoria, South Africa

Years in Operation

14

Countries Where Photo Safaris Are Offered

Botswana, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Additional Focuses Besides Wildlife Which May Be Offered

Landscape


Photographers

Experience


Brendon Cremer

Brendon is a professional wildlife photographer and pro guide. Brendon Guides and hosts’ photographic safaris, workshops and photo tours around the world. With Brendon’s deep respect and understanding for wildlife and nature and through his profound knowledge gained over nearly two decades of experience in the African wilderness, Brendon’s guests will not only enhance their photographic skills and vision but also gain a lifelong admiration for Africa’s wildlife and culture.

Wim van den Heever

I have had an interest in both photography and nature for as long as I can remember. I come from a family where photography is more a lifestyle than a hobby, and we never missed an opportunity to visit the Southern African Game Parks. So, from an early age, my interest in both photography and the natural world were stimulated and facilitated. It was a natural progression to combine the two when life conspired to ensure that I was placed in a situation to enjoy Wildlife Photography as a profession and lifestyle rather than a hobby. Initially, I did do a lot of commercial photography to supplement my income as a wildlife photographer but I very quickly realized that my true passion was with wildlife and nature photography and my efforts were concentrated in making this a reality. Today I am the owner of Tusk Photo and as a company, we supply almost 3000 photographic bed-nights to various destinations in Africa and abroad.

Ben Cranke

Ben is a Namibian-born South African, who lives in London, UK. His passion for photography began as a young boy when his father gave him a second-hand camera. His Veterinary Science degree strengthened his affiliation with the animal world and his desire to photograph them in their natural environment. Ben’s penchant for the outdoors and his insatiable wunderlust has, amongst others, seen him climb mountains, inaugurate the Red Ape Trail in Borneo, sail across the Drake Passage and winter-ski across Norway’s snowy countryside. Ben now combines both passions by leading specialist photographic tours to incredible destinations.

Dawie Jacobs

Dawie was born and raised in South Africa. Growing up in a family that has a keen interest in wildlife and photography. Dawie traveled through Southern Africa regularly and so his love and passion for wildlife developed. With his keen interest in wildlife, he decided to start working as a guide in the world-renowned Sabi Sands Game Reserve, where he could share his passion for animals and photography with his clients. Having the knowledge to read animal behavior and anticipate their movement is a great benefit for his clients to get the best possible experience and images.

Jackie Badenhorst

Jackie Badenhorst is a wildlife photographer from South Africa with a deep love for nature, wildlife, and adventure. She worked as a field guide in a number of private game reserves and still enjoys the thrill of tracking big game. Her love and addiction for the wild drives her to get out into the wilderness areas of Africa and abroad as often as she can. Wildlife photography is not only challenging and highly rewarding for her on a personal level but also means of conveying the beauty of these wild places for others to see, in the hopes that they may be conserved for generations to come.


Safaris Start at

$1800 USD per person

Number of Nights (Range)

5 – 30 days

Type of Accommodations

Luxury Examples include: Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge, &Beyond Phinda Forest Lodge

Maximum Number of Guests Per Safari

8

Number of Lead Photographers Per Safari

2

Guests Per Vehicle

4

Types of Vehicles Used (may be different depending on country and environment)

Open game drive vehicles as often as possible on all of our safaris and tours including east Africa

Other Forms of Transportation (Location Dependent)

Luxury Houseboats on the Chobe river

Type of Photographic Instruction Available

Proactive instruction and post-production

Skill Level Required

Beginner thru professional – “We cater for all levels of photographers ”

Gear Rentals

Yes: Partner is ODP rentals

Conservation Initiatives

No conservation initiatives at this time

Social Media

Instagram


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Wild Eye Destinations and Photography

Wild Eye vehicle on Safari - African Photo Safaris

“At Wild Eye, we have an unrivaled stance on ensuring the best possible guest experience. Its simply guest first, always! Our professional guides ensure that guests are comfortable, happy, ready and prepared to photograph whatever the moment may be long before they consider the opportunity to photograph for themselves. The foundation of our business is built on repeat clients who travel with us time and time again for reasons nonother than what’s been described above. We live the guest experience in everything we do!” ~Alistair Smith, Business Development Manager, Private Guide


Headquarters

Johannesburg, South Africa

Years in Operation

8

Countries Where Photo Safaris Are Offered

Botswana, Congo, Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Additional Focuses Besides Wildlife Which May Be Offered

Landscape; Culture

Note: Cultural visits can be arranged on request for Private Guided Safari’s


Photographers

Experience

Gerry Van Der Walt

By combining a passion for nature photography with his education and more than 15 years of experience as a field guide, Gerry’s goal is to assist people in capturing the sheer beauty of nature. Through Wild, Eye Gerry has created a vehicle which merges the raw beauty of traveling in Africa with the ability to not only capture these moments on camera but also to teach and inspire people along the way.

Andrew Beck

Andrew was fortunate that his love for the bush and conservation took him on a journey which allowed him to explore the African continent whilst sharing his passion with others. Andrew’s unique background and experience in conservation and field guiding provides a wealth of information extending beyond just that of photography, adding to each one of the photographic safaris he leads.

Marlon Du Toit

Passion, enthusiasm and an unquenchable thirst to explore and introduce people to the wonders of wildlife perfectly sums up Marlon’s ambitions. Marlon simply couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Thanks to a deep love for nature and photography, instilled by his dad at a young age, Marlon grew up with the constant desire to be as close as possible to wildlife.

Andrew Danckwerts

Born and addicted to Africa’s beauty and wildness and an insatiable need to explore led Andrew into a decade of work as a guide of various sorts in some of Africas most remote camps to some of the most luxurious and prestigious lodges. Andrew got into private photographic guiding for the purpose of taking others on these unforgettable adventures with him, whose goal is to connect you to Africas limitless space, mystery and wildness.

Johan van Zyl

Nature and outdoors is something that was instilled in Johan from a very young age having grown up close to the Kruger National Park. Following time spent living in Uganda, Johan’s guiding dreams became a reality and he went on to guide and later manage various lodges and camps in Southern Africa. Johan continues to be driven by delivering exceptional guest experiences.

Michael Laubscher

Michael often refers to himself as a hunter-gatherer of natural light and candid moments, with an appetite for African adventure, and he’s not wrong! Thanks to a background in conservation and five-star lodge-based guiding experience, Michael continues to deliver fun, exciting and adventurous safari’s much to the delight of many of Wild Eye’s repeat clients.

Alistair Smith

Alistair left a corporate career in pursuit of a burning passion for the great outdoors and all things wilderness. Following a relatively short professional guiding career, he arrived at the realization that his true passion was for African exploration and wildlife photography. It is in this constant pursuit of authentic African adventure, that Alistair continues to share his passion for wildlife and photography with guests the world over.

Trevor McCall-Peat

Having grown up in a small town near the Kruger National Park, Trevor had a burning desire to pursue a passion and love of wildlife. Following school, Trevor set his sights on becoming a professional field guide, who now has in excess of 9 years experience working at some of South Africa’s most prestigious safari lodges. Having been with Wild Eye close on 2 years now, Trevor continues to part with his knowledge, passion, and experience with guests.


Safaris Start at

$2,900 USD per person

Number of Nights (Range)

6 – 14 Days

Type of Accommodations

Mid-Level, Luxury, Ultra-Luxe: Examples include Wild Eye Mara Camp, Kings Camp, Somalisa Camp

Maximum Number of Guests Per Safari

12

Number of Lead Photographers Per Safari

Dependent on group size. Usually 2 guides for large groups (Mara), but a maximum 5:1 guest to guide ratio

Guests Per Vehicle

3-5

Types of Vehicles Used (may be different depending on country and environment)

Kenya – pop-up roof Landcruisers converted for photography (large bay windows, bean bags, space for gear etc. Landrovers & Landcruisers elsewhere in Africa (Standard safari vehicles)

Other Forms of Transportation (Location Dependent)

Luxury Houseboat and Photographic tender boat for Chobe River. Walking Safari’s in Mana Pools, Photo boat in Pantanal, Expedition Ship on Svalbard Arctic Expedition

Type of Photographic Instruction Available

Workshops, proactive instruction, and post-production

Skill Level Required

Beginner thru professional

“All of our safari’s cater for photographers of all levels of experience.”

Gear Rentals

Yes: A wide variety of Nikon and Canon bodies & lenses, and can source other brands as well (mirrorless, etc)

Conservation Initiatives

Wild Eye, in conjunction with Panthera, co-hosted the worldwide premiere of the new Lion King movie in the interests of raising awareness of the plight of lions across the African continent. Furthermore, Wild Eye facilitated the raising of significant funds for the ongoing big cat conservation programs run and managed by Panthera all over the African continent.

The company recently sponsored and managed the installation of a borehole facility in the Mara Triangle Conservancy in Kenya, not only for the purposes of providing safe, clean drinking water for all of the Mara Triangle’s conservancy staff, and mobile camping operators, but also to use within the conservancy as and when current water supplies are low. The use of the borehole facility also raises funds for the Mara Triangle Conservancy, to assist them in their ongoing efforts to protect and conserve the Mara Triangle.

Social Media

Instagram


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  1. Why is the cover photo Game Watchers / Porini Camp In Kenya but they don’t feature on the list ? We has the most fantastic stay at their camp. The Masai guides especially Wilson were outstanding. The photograph opportunities boundless. The photo on your cover should be acknowledged as their company?

    • Hi Fiona – Thank you for your thoughtful question.

      I’ll tackle your question in parts. The main reason I used that photo is it depicts a classic safari moment, the side of the jeep with the logo is illegible. I understand that you recognized it but I think it’s likely that the majority won’t and the purpose is to provide a beginning ambiance to the post.

      Game Watchers specifically was not included for a few reasons.
      1. I’ve never heard of them and I only include those companies that through my own experience or were suggested by veteran photo safari-goers I trust.
      2. Game Watchers is not a photo safari company – which all the others are. And while I’m sure your guide was fantastic, all the companies I listed have professional wildlife photographers that lead their group tours.
      3. Game Watchers is not a group tour outfit.

      I hope this helps to answer your questions. If not, I’m happy to clarify further. Have a great day!

      • Thanks for your reply.
        Unfortunately the Masai guide at Porini saw your piece. He was upset the photo was used and no mention of the company especially as he is an enthusiastic and an accomplished photograher.
        I absolutely can recommend them. We stayed at the Amboseli Conservancy and the Masai Mara Conservancy. The guides were very knowledgable and the photography opportunities endless. Our photos were stunning. I hope you get to stay at one of their camps ..you will love it !
        Best Wishes. Fiona

  2. What’s a great read, clearly a lot of research and personal experience was shared. Will be very helpful to any visitor looking to maximize their African photography experience with any of these great companies. Regards Etienne

  3. Thank you so much for the feature and for including the Wild Eye team Susan!

    One trend I picked up on was that very few companies are involved in any conservation initiatives. I hope that this is something that will change over time and I hope that those that are already involved in some sort of conservation initiative will be inspired to do even more!

  4. Well done Susan! What an enormous amount of effort and focus. Great information on the tour companies that will help many with their decisions. As you know, once you go to Africa, you are addicted to Africa.

    • Thank you so much, Patricia! I’m glad you feel it rates. I hoped you would since you know what it’s like. 🙂

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