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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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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 [...]

100-400mm ONLY in the Botswana’s Okavango Delta

The 100-400mm focal range has to be one of the most popular, versatile and accessible focal ranges to buy into. Whether you shoot Canon DSLR (100-400mm) Mirrorless (100-500mm RF), Nikon (80-400mm or 200-400mm) or prefer to use third party lenses like Sigma (150-600mm) on your choice of camera brand, the chances are that you have [...]

Wildlife photography with the Olympus mirrorless system

I have always believed that it's not about the gear you use but rather what you do with it.  The reality is that you can create amazing wildlife images with any camera brand and, to me, the more important thing the last is the experience of my photography. For the last 6 years I have [...]

Iceland as a destination

Since the first time I set foot in the Arctic I knew I found a place that speaks to me.  I'm not sure if it was the cold air on my face, the dark, rough mountains contrasting with the soft white snow or something deeper than that. Either way, I knew I liked it. A [...]

Lets Chat About: Amboseli

A safari to Kenya's Amboseli is like no other on earth! There is a fair sized chunk of my heart out there at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, slowly drifting between the dry lake beds and the wetlands, stopping every once in a while to appreciated the dry scrub land and open plains while constantly [...]

Let’s Chat About: The Wild Eye Mara Camp

In this video, I chat to you about the mind blowing experience of visiting the Wild Eye Mara Camp. For those of you that have already been, I hope this sheds some new light on the experience for you and for those that have never been before then please settle in, make a cup of [...]

How to “Sharpen” with the Brush Mask

In this Lightroom tutorial, I show you how you can use your Brush Masking tool to "sharpen" your images. It works particularly well for creatures that are rather hairy and have a good number of whiskers and eye lashes. However, I am sure you will find many uses for this once you dig into your [...]

A Safari In April

Has your dream been to go on safari in April? Or perhaps to just go on a safari? You're in luck! The Amboseli & Lake Nakuru safari is around the corner (19-29 April 2022) and we have only one space left on this safari. Over the past four years, this safari has produced absolute magic [...]

What Should My ISO Be?

This is a question I get asked a lot on photo safaris and there is just no hard and fast answer. For some reason many people get stuck on ISO and the role it plays while out on safari.  If you find yourself asking this question, it might be worth your while to take a few [...]

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