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What you should expect from an operator and guiding team

A few years ago I joined the Wild Eye Team, after working for a very small photographic company, I decided it was time to move on and look for new growth. There were a number of reasons why I wanted to join the Wild Eye team. I want to become the best individual I can [...]

What To Do When Shooting In Harsh/Tough Light

Having been to the Masai Mara a couple of times, it inspired me to write this blog on - What To Do When Shooting In Harsh/Tough Light. The reason I want to chat about about this, is because it is a topic that comes up all the time when out on safari and there are [...]

Keep The Momentum Going

Every journey in life must start with the first step. From that point onwards, it's crucial to keep the momentum going. Now for any movement to gain momentum, it must start with a small action (the first step). This action becomes multiplied by the masses, and is made tangible when leadership changes course due to [...]

One of my favorite moments from the Serengeti

The Serengeti is one of the best safari destinations to visit. Before I visited the Serengeti, my thoughts were or my vision of the Reserve was just big open spaces of nothing but grass. Oh how I was so wrong, it is an extremely diverse area with regards to animals and landscape. It has big [...]

Places we Love – Mosethla Bushcamp

History Mosetlha Bushcamp was started in the early 1990s as a rustic camp with basic facilities, a place where rangers-in-training and other wilderness enthusiasts came to learn about wildlife conservation during Operation Phoenix, a codename for the project to reintroduce wildlife into the Madikwe area. As more and more lodges were built in the reserve [...]

How to Photograph Animals on Safari Using a Spotlight

Night drives on safari can make for an amazing experience and will give you a glimpse into what happens under the cover of darkness in the African bush.  On top of that you will have some amazing opportunities of photographing nocturnal animals - like lions and leopard - with the use of spotlights where the [...]

A Memorable Moment In Mana Pools

A couple of years back, I went on holiday to Mana pools. This was during the time that I was still working at Londolozi. After hearing some of the other individual’s stories about Mana Pools, it didn’t take much to persuade us to make the journey to Mana Pools and to experience this magical place [...]

The Jao Concession in Botswana’s Okavango Delta

The vast Jao Concession consists of 60 000 hectares (150 000 acres) and lies in the north-western area of the Okavango Delta, situated just below the Okavango Panhandle. The Moremi Game Reserve forms the eastern boundary of the Concession. The Jao Concession is found in the heart of the wetlands of the Okavango Delta. Here [...]

Gallery: Aerial Photographs from the Okavango Delta

Scenic helicopter flights over Botswana's Okavango Delta is an opportunity you cant afford to miss. Moments after departing you’ll enjoy the breath-taking views seen only from a helicopter. Experience the crystal-clear water channels meandering their way through lagoons, while journeying deep into the lush green flood plains to explore the abundant wildlife of the Okavango [...]

Three Destinations I can’t wait to return to in the next year

With travel starting to open up, I wanted to let you in one three destinations I can't wait to return to in the next year. After a lot of thinking, here are the three that I am most looking forward to... 1.  The Mara Season It is no secret that the Mara season makes up [...]

What do I think about Hyenas

This blog was inspired by a recent picture that I posted, its been a long time since I have sat, looked at a photograph and really think in-depth about it. Yes, this may sound absolutely ridiculous because we look at our photos all the time and reminisce or remember that specific moment, but what I [...]

My favorite photograph from the Masai Mara

As we start to head towards the middle of the year, I find myself reminiscing and thinking of my past experiences I have been fortunate enough to have in the Masai Mara. In this blog, I thought I would share my favorite photograph from the Masai Mara, it may not be my best picture that I [...]

Leopards of the Timbavati

It is no secret that I love leopards, they are my absolute favorite animal and there are many reasons as to why. Yes, they share similar characteristics to the other big cats, but to me, there is just something about a leopard that really gets me. I recently hosted a private safari to Umlani Bushcamp [...]

Places We Love: Chitabe Camp | Okavanago Delta | Botswana

Situated on a beautiful old tree-island in a prime wilderness locale in the south-east of the Okavango Delta, Chitabe Camp is built on raised decks to provide superb views across an expansive floodplain. Thanks to its mosaic of habitats, a plethora of plains game is seen on day and night drives as well as guided [...]

Forest and Savanna Elephants receive separate classifications by the IUCN

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has just published a new red list of animals threatened with extinction. It shows that poaching and deforestation have put the African forest elephant in "critical" danger of extinction, with the population of the pachyderm falling by 86 per cent in 30 years. As the new symbol [...]

Why the best time to travel is now

When is the best time to travel? It has been just over a year since the "normal" world as we have come to know it has changed dramatically.  Overnight travel restrictions were put in place, and many experiences that we have come to love, became impossible. Fast forward one year and there seems to be [...]

Gallery: Odzala-Kokoua National Park

Odzala-Kokoua National Park has always intrigued me from the moment I first heard about it back in 2011. Ever since my first visit I simply cannot get enough of this very special piece of Africa and the Congo Basin. On the 16th of March 2020, the Directors of Congo Conservation Company and SPAC (Sabine Plattner [...]

A Magical Safari To Umlani

I recently visited one of my favourite camps, Umlani Bush Camp in the Timbavati. I hosted an amazing guest, Emmie on a 4 night private safari and what am amazing time we had. The weather was a bit tricky at times, but luckily the weather never really interfered with our safaris. Our plan for the [...]

Happy Moments

Speaking of happy moments, when was your last? Thinking back...I have been so blessed over the past year. Happy moments have been numerous considering this unprecedented situation we have all been navigating. Remember, you and only you are responsible for your happiness. Waiting for someone else to make you happy is the best way to [...]

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 [...]

Experiences We Love: Starbeds and Sleep-outs

Spending a night in a star bed, with nothing between you and the night sky, has become increasingly sought after as travellers search for authentic, unfiltered experiences immersed in nature. Star beds and sleep-outs are now offered at many authentic and luxury camps throughout Africa and these experiences come highly recommended. I have been fortunate [...]

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