Boutique Hotels We Love: The Silo Hotel | Cape Town

The Silo is an exclusive five-star hotel towering above the V&A Waterfront surrounded by the natural wonder of South Africa’s Mother City. This magical hotel is a celebration of art, style, architecture and design. A tribute to timeless glamour and contemporary luxury offering the highest levels of personalised service synonymous with The Royal Portfolio. The Silo [...]

Places We Love: Thorntree River Lodge | Zambia

Thorntree River Lodge is set in Zambia’s Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, just a short distance from the famous Victoria Falls. Thorntree River Lodge has been completely rebuilt with an environmentally-conscious design. Drawing inspiration from local customs and culture, it is a modern contemporary design with tented roof structures to maintain the feel of authentic Africa. The [...]

Planning a Custom Tour in Africa

Planning a custom tour to Africa can seem like quite a daunting task at first. Where do we go? How long do we spend in each destination? What will we see? What time of year is best? How do we get form point A to point B? Thats where we step in to assist you [...]

My Favourite Image of 2020

A large dose of luck and a lot of patience came together one evening at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve. The story begins earlier in the morning when we found a male leopard that had killed a kudu. He had eaten a fair amount of the kill - sharing willingly with a couple of hyaenas [...]

My Favourite Moment from 2020

Believe it or not I was fortunate enough to have hosted two Safaris before the world as we knew it changed and the Pandemic triggered worldwide travel restrictions. It was on one of these safaris that I identified my favourite moment. Here it is. Here, in the wild and remote reaches of the Republic of [...]

None of the Gear but Some Idea | A Guest Blog by James Evans

My name is James Evans and I’m a 23-year-old student studying a master’s degree in architecture in the UK. I have loved photography for as long as I can remember, taking pictures with basic point and shoot digital cameras with little understanding of the technical or artistic aspects. My dad is an enthusiastic photographer and [...]

Stepping Out After Lockdown: An Adventure to Amboseli and the Masai Mara

If you'd asked me back in April whether I would have the pleasure of hosting another safari in 2020 I would have been very pessimistic. However, as things across the globe changed and evolved, the lockdown restrictions here in South Africa were eased in October and prospects of travel were starting to become a reality. [...]

The Canon RF 800mm F/11 for Wildlife Photography

800mm – hooray! F/11 – say what? It is certainly not the most conventional or expected combination of focal length and maximum aperture but the new Canon RF 800mm F/11 piqued my interest from the very first moment I heard it was in the pipeline. I feel that many photographers have immediately dismissed this lens […]

Moving to Mirrorless on Canon: The EF- EOS R Adapter Explained

With the recent announcement of the new Canon EOS R5 and R6 there has never been more interest in mirrorless technology amongst Canon users. Whilst the initial release of both the R, RP and the range of dedicated RF lenses showed that Canon were committed to mirrorless, its only now that serious wildlife photographers have […]

Canon EOS R5 Animal Eye Autofocus | First Impressions

I've been fortunate to have spent some time behind the viewfinder of an early production unit of the Canon EOS R5 in South Africa's Sabi Sabi private Game Reserve and I have been very impressed. In this short clip I share some footage of the much anticipated and sought after Animal Eye Autofocus. The speed [...]

Upcoming Review: The Canon EOS-1DX MKIII

My name is Andrew Beck and I am lucky enough to have gotten my hands on the brand new Canon EOS-1DX MKIII. The 1D X has always been Canon's flagship DSLR and they have not held back on cramming some incredible technology into new the MKIII. For most wildlife photographers the promise of 16 frames [...]

Upcoming Webinars | 10 to 17 April

This week the Wild Eye team will be hosting a range of webinars for you to connect and join in on. Simply click on the featured image for the webinar you’d like to join and register for the event. Its as simple as that! Can’t make it? No problem, we will record each webinar and […]

Places We Love: More Quarters and Cape Cadogan

Cape Town remains one of the most visited cities in South Africa, in Africa for that matter. It is truly a special place, boasting of the world’s most iconic places, including a World Heritage site, Table Mountain. For someone travelling to Cape Town, dependent on their purpose, accommodation is almost always a requirement.  On my […]

Places We Love: Umlani Bushcamp | Timbavati Private Nature Reserve | South Africa

Located in the North Eastern section of South Africa, know as the Lowveld, Umlani is part of the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, which borders the Kruger National Park. With no fences between the private sector and the Kruger it is known as the Greater Kruger National Park. Umlani Bushcamp is situated in the heart of […]

Places We Love: Tintswalo Atlantic | Cape Town | South Africa

Located on Chapmans Peak drive in the famous Table Mountain National Park overlooking Hout Bay, lies this jewel of a place. Tintswalo Atlantic is one of my favourite places that I have been to in a very long time. Tucked away right on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, a stay here will be in […]

When Lion Cubs Meet a Leopard Tortoise in Hwange National Park

During a recent safari to Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park we were treated to a very special afternoon with a group of 6 young lion cubs around the Ngweshla Waterhole. As we arrived we saw the curious cohort gathered around a small Leopard tortoise. Given their interest levels, I’m pretty sure they had only just discovered […]

Three Videos to sum up the Odzala Experience

I've just returned from another very special expedition through the Republic Of Congo's Odzala-Kokua National Park. Our 8 night journey saw us spending a night at the wonderful Radisson Blu hotel in Brazzaville before boarding our internal flight to the Odzala-Kokua National Park. For those of you not familiar with the details of our Odzala [...]

MalaMala and Mashatu Safari | southern Africa’s Predator Haven

As a photographer you are always looking to put yourself in an opportunity rich environment in order to increase the chances of lady luck delivering something extraordinary. I can say with honesty and first hand experience that the MalaMala and Mashatu safari itinerary does exactly that. Two iconic destinations, 8 nights, 2 photographic hide sessions, […]

Changing the way you see Green Season Safaris

I've just returned from a two week long safari through the Southern regions of Tanzania as we explored the Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserve (now Nyerere National Park). This safari was scheduled at this time of the year specifically to make the most of the green season and provide a sharp contrast to [...]

The Odzala Expedition | Odzala-Kokua National Park

If you think you know Africa, come to the Congo for a perspective-altering experience. The Odzala Expedition. Here, your mind is blown by the sheer vastness of the Congo Basin and your lungs are filled by the freshest air in the world. Between rainforests, savannahs, rivers, mineral-rich baïs and swamps, you undertake an epic adventure […]

The Botswana Wilderness Safari

It took me a long time to craft the Botswana Wilderness Safari itinerary. I wanted to make sure that the itinerary was going to proivide guests who would possibly on ever epxlore this region once in their lifetime got a true sense of the diversity of the Okavanago Delta. Eventually, I was able to find a […]