The Pantanal, Brazil

In preparation for my first trip to the Pantanal as a guide, I figured that I would share some of my learnings and findings with you in blog form in hopes that you may be as excited as I am. I based these Q&A style points from a video chat and vlog that I recently [...]

Male Lion Coalitions Explained

I remember a story told to me by trackers that has sat in the forefront of my mind and filled my heart with pride every time I think of what it must have been like to witness it. Now the details of the story have changed from tracker to tracker over the years and it [...]

My Recent South African Safari

For those of you who have never been on safari or perhaps those of you who are looking for a new safari, perhaps consider a full out diverse and game packed South African trip. Our country has an incredible amount of diversity and its all very accessible and easy to get to visiting all the [...]

My Mala Mala Moments

In my guiding career I have spent a lot of time in Sabi Sands area situated on the border of the Kruger National Park. Mala Mala is the biggest private concession in the area which also borders the Kruger National Park but of course because of traversing agreements we could only explore a small portion [...]

3 Golden Nuggets of Wildlife Photography

3 golden nuggets to look out for when shooting on safari. Actually, when shooting anywhere. These are three techniques or clues that you want to be on the lookout for when shooting all styles of photography that will take your pics to a new level. Before I begin I would also like to point out [...]

My Lightroom Shortcuts

For those of you who have read my blogs until now have probably noticed how much emphasis I put on workflow. The quicker and easier we perfect the workflow the more time we spend editing rather than looking for files or getting bogged down on downloading and sorting etc. On the safaris I have guided, [...]

Bot Removal For Instagram

If your Instagram was anything like mine where no matter what you did to try gain followers or traction, it all seemed in vain. I have spent hours on my phone (which I want back now as it was a waste of time) trying to figure out the Instagram algorithm. Well I haven't really cracked [...]

The Magic of the Mara – Things to Think About When Traveling

Traveling to the Masai Mara, Kenya during these tumultuous times can be quite intimidating and confusing. One might often not know where to even begin with paperwork and things you need to know. Luckily the Wild Eye team have their finger on the pulse and have simplified all of the nasty paperwork missions and made [...]

Lightroom – Clean Up, Keyword & Workflow

I love fresh starts and new beginnings and what better time to do just that with your Lightroom than now? If you are anything like me then you probably let your Lightroom catalogue get a little messy and very unorganized. Don't worry too much! It's difficult when life gets busy and also who cares less [...]

Madikwe is a Must!

I have been dying to share an opinion on our Wild Eye Madikwe Safari at Nkurru Lodge and having recently returned from this Wild Eye scheduled safari, I figured now would be a better time than any. Whether you make it your only safari destination or perhaps use it as an add on to your [...]

The Secrets of the Sand Forest

When describing the Sand Forest, one might find themselves describing a fantasy world found only in story books and written by an author with a wild imagination. A forest that has more secrets than we can discover and more questions than answers. A forest so old that when you walk among the ancient trees you [...]

What’s In My Bed?

Over my years as a guide I have been in some hairy situations (all puns intended). Lions charging me on foot, being chased up a tree by a buffalo and surrounded by an angry breeding herd of elephants while on a walk. Although they were adrenalin filled and tense moments, I readily and willingly put [...]

Stampedes and Showers

I would choose a tent over a 5-star room any day in the bush. I love that feeling of intimacy with nature, being able to hear the sounds of the bush as you lie in bed. On my first visit to the Wild Eye Mara Camp I was very much in my element when I [...]

Mixing Up The Mara – Different Photographic Ideas

For those who have travelled with me in the past will know how much I love to mix it up in the field with fine art photography styles. I always keep an eye out for different opportunities, to push the boundaries and try something new. Fine art is definitely my favourite style of photography as [...]

SD Cards Explained

The SD card... A seemingly small and insignificant piece of equipment is a must have in your photography arsenal but it can quickly become a thorn in your side.Why? Well, in the early days of my photography journey, I would walk into any old shop, ask for a SD card, the assistant might give me [...]

Easy & Powerful Pano’s in Lightroom

Easy and powerful panos in Lightroom. I find panos such a useful and extremely powerful tool but not only to capture mountain ranges and sunsets but to use this skill for much more than you can imagine! It's no longer an iPhone camera option but a photo skill of epic proportion. The best part of [...]

Matt Yardley – Where It All Began

I clearly remember that day that I decided to throw in the clipboard at my comfortable retail job and walk out the doors to pursue a career as a safari guide.  It was a really hot and humid day and I was dressed in formal wear which was required by the company. I had to [...]