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Our team post regular content about exciting destinations, photographic tips & tricks, recent trip reports, ‘how to’ guides, wildlife and more.

Whether you’re a regular safari goer, a wildlife photography enthusiast, keen traveler, someone with a sense of adventure, or just looking to learn a little more about wildlife, our blog is for you!

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An Adventure In Namibia

It is quite crazy to think that I have just returned from an adventure in Namibia that only went into planning about six months ago. To provide some context, I received the following mail a few months back from the guest I recently hosted on this private guided safari in Namibia; "Hi Michael, So lovely [...]

The use of artificial light

What are your thoughts on the use of artificial light? A lot has been made about photographing with the use of artificial light in wildlife photography, mainly spotlights.  The first thing that jumps to mind is ethics.  One has to be very careful not to overstep the boundaries, and have the approach of the animals [...]

The best places in Africa to photograph African Wild Dogs

A question that comes around quite often is what are the best places in Africa to photograph African Wild Dogs? Personally I've been very fortunate to travel extensively throughout Africa and wild dogs just happen to my favourite animal to photograph, so I thought I would share with all of you what I feel the [...]

How to prepare for your Svalbard expedition

Svalbard is without a doubt the quintessential bucket list destination.  It is a beautifully harsh place that holds your fascination from the moment you arrive. For an expedition of this nature you need to pack and prepare well so in order to assist the guests travelling with me soon, I have put together a video [...]

Mana Pools and Lower Zambezi – How do they compare?

Mana Pools and Lower Zambezi - how they compare, being on opposite sides of the Zambezi river? The Zambezi River.  The 4th longest river in Africa, forming the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia.  This mighty body of water is a haven for wildlife on both sides of the border.   On opposite sides of the [...]

6 Reasons Why Mana Pools Should Be On Your Bucket List

Mana Pools is a hidden Gem which lies in the Northern parts of Zimbabwe bordering Zambia. The Reserve is very remote and therefore untouched and still very wild. The beauty of Mana Pools its that it is a walking concession with massive flood plains and, with the prominent Zambezi River flowing, it boasts a number [...]

What is the best safari destination in Africa?

When people begin to plan their perfect safari, it often leads them to the age old question - "What is the best safari in Africa?" Now, the answer isn't always as easy as The Wild Eye Mara Camp but there are a few things that people should consider when deciding on where to go. Some [...]

International Leopard Day

In life and certainly in nature, each species on earth has its unique role to play in maintaining an extensive environmental balance. Every year on the 3rd May is the celebration of International Leopard Day. In an ongoing attempt to increase awareness of the importance of this species, this is a day that celebrates leopards and attempts [...]

All things Canon and Mirrorless with Roger Machin

Canon South Africa's Product Marketing Manager Roger Machin recently visited the Wild Eye office and shared a very informative presentation and training session with our guides. With camera technology advancing at a rate of knotts it is vital that our guiding team stay up to date with the latest developments in an effort to deliver [...]

Experiencing The Masai Mara for the first time

The first time that I experienced The Masai Mara as well as The Wild Eye Mara Camp are memories that I will cherish forever. From the quality of wildlife sightings, the vastness of the open plains, the abundance of animals and certainly the experiences with our East African family, its hard to sum up what [...]

Where to start with your photography

Photography can be a frightening hobby to take on in the beginning... Shutter Speed, Aperture, Iso, Metering modes. These are just a few of the basic terms that one should know in photography and they are intimidating words when you don't know what they mean! Well, to make you feel better we all had to start [...]

11 Points you should know about the Canon Mirrorless system

Roger Machin is the head of marketing for Canon South Africa and has been working for Canon for more than 25 years. He recently came to the Wild Eye office to give the guides a presentation on the Canon Mirrorless System. I thought that I would share a few things that I learnt about the [...]

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 [...]

Leopard vs Ugandan kob

On my recent trip to Uganda, myself and my guests were fortunate to witness what is probably a once in a lifetime sighting. While we were staying at Ishasha Wilderness Camp, we headed out early one morning for game drive. Our plan was to go looking for lions as Queen Elizabeth National Park is very [...]

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 [...]

The Best Of Serengeti Trip Report

Johan & I recently returned from one incredible adventure in Tanzania. This time round we've decided to do things a bit different. Usually trip reports feature guide images but we're changing it up for once. The Best of Serengeti trip report will be more of an external perspective. Speaking of perspective, the following list will [...]

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 [...]

Is This The End of Travel Related PCR Testing?

I'll never forget that moment when, during the height of the Covid 19 Pandemic, the world started to open up through PCR testing and that a negative PCR test quickly became your ticket to ride! It was a massive relief to think that things could be starting to return to normal. Then came the realisation [...]

Places We Love: River Lodge | Dulini | Sabi Sand Game Reserve

The Dulini Collection presents the signature safari experience with exhilarating wildlife encounters, luxury accommodation and sincere hospitality, all of which resulting in an unforgettably enriching experience. The tranquil Dulini River Lodge, embraced in the riverine grandeur of ancient ebony trees, exudes a sense of indulgence true to the long-standing safari tradition. The positioning of the [...]

Why I Return to the Wild Eye Mara Camp: A Guest’s Perspective

You've heard our entire team talk about just how special the Wild Eye Mara Camp in Kenya's Mara Triangle Conservancy is - if not then where have you been hiding? I thought i'd look at sharing a guests perspective on how special the camp, the staff and the experience is. Silke Hullman is from Germany [...]

Destinations We Love: Uganda

Having just returned from Uganda and having been there a few times now, I can honestly say that it is very fast becoming one of my favorite safari destinations. Uganda is a very unique and diverse country and from the moment you arrive, no matter who it is that you speak to, will always say [...]

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