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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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It ain’t all about the Cats!

A safari is a magical thing, it really is! And a photographic safari gives us the opportunity to focus on capturing images of animals in the wild, exactly as they should be and exactly as they are. It’s a great time, to talk shop with different photographers from all around the world and of course [...]

The Life of a Leopard

When it comes to becoming a full time guide, there are a number of different qualifications needed. I am not going to get into detail with those requirements, but I am going to mention, in order to start out with some knowledge, there are a number of textbooks to read. This helps to give a [...]

Best Of Mana Pools Trip Report

Even though I’m still currently hosting a private safari in Hwange National Park, I’ve decided to find the time to share a brief Best of Mana Pools trip report. Now when I speak of “finding the time”, let’s share a bit of recent history here… I’ve been on the road, hosting safaris for just over [...]

The Magic of Amboseli

Where do I even begin, Amboseli National Park, to put it simply, what a special place. I recently returned from hosting a private safari in Amboseli and what a safari it was. Amboseli National Park was formerly known as the Maasai Amboseli Game Reserve, this Reserve in terms of size is not very big and [...]

Meeting a Gorilla Face to Face

For those of you that follow me on Instagram ( @trevormccallpeat ) you would have seen that I have shared quite extensive information around my Gorilla trekking experience. In this blog, I would like to try and describe what it is like to be face to face with a wild mountain gorilla. The first fact [...]

Unusual Landscapes for Lions

Lions have indeed undergone catastrophic declines since the commercialization of livestock ranching and agriculture in Africa, and are now only secure in a handful of and are on the brink of extinction in all but the largest and best-managed protected areas. Outside of these places, lions are in grave trouble. However, with funding, capacity improvement [...]

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 [...]

Sigma Contemporary 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS – Lens Review

My name is Trevor McCall-Peat, I am one of the Sigma South Africa Ambassadors and over the past couple of years I have been afforded the opportunity to work with a variety of their new sports and contempered lenses. I recently hosted a private safari to Uganda to photograph the gorillas and then onto Amboseli [...]

5 Ways to Capture Something New on Your Return to the Masai Mara

It is that time of the year when all eyes are on the hundreds of thousands of zebra and wildebeest that are currently dominating the northern reaches of the Masai Mara & Serengeti eco-system. It's a phenomenon that has captured the imagination of both wildlife enthusiasts and wildlife photographers from around the world with many [...]

The Best Of Uganda Trip Report

I know this is well overdue. Rather late than never they say. With that said, please allow me a few minutes of your time to share the Best of Uganda trip report with you. On 24 May 2021, I set off on a three week adventure into Uganda. I had hosted one of our 11 [...]

The Start Of The 2021 Wild Eye Mara Season

The wait is over!!! Today I am privileged to let you all know that the 2021 Wild Eye Mara Season is a go! In the same breath, what a phenomenal start it was. The special moments our guests were blessed with; both in the field and in the camp, were numerous and pretty much endless, [...]

This is why you should be excited to travel to the Masai Mara

Having never been to the Masai Mara myself, one day seeing everything that there is on offer is a thrilling thought  for me. When one thinks about the Masai Mara, immediately your first thought is the great migration. Hundreds and thousands of animals in line of sight is enough to make anyone feel overwhelmed. All [...]

Travel to South Africa with Wild Eye

South Africa attracts millions of travellers to its shores with its unique blend of old and modern Africa. It has an abundance of wildlife and scenery – from the sandy beaches, forest-covered cliffs, amazing marine life on its coastline to arid deserts, peak-filled mountain ranges and open bushveld savannah. One of the main attractions is [...]

Luke Street – This Is Me

It’s been a while since I wrote something about myself, we as guides are so often writing about the sightings we saw or the camera setup we use or the perfection of a Land Rover Defender in comparison to the imperfection of a Land Cruiser (that’ll ruffle some feathers!). In fact, it’s been so long [...]

Private Mana Pools and Tswalu Experience

A Private Mana Pools and Tswalu experience combines two of the most iconic and unique parks in Southern Africa. The walking experience you get in Mana Pools is unmatched to any other destination in Africa and gives you the unique ability to view and photograph potentially dangerous game on foot. One of the main attractions [...]

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 [...]

Michael Appalsamy – I’m just living out my boyhood dream

In short, I am just living out a young boy’s dream.  Now, for a little bit of detail. Growing up as a young boy I use to go to the bush on many occasions with my father. Whether it was taking the dogs to the local dam to do some fishing or going away on our [...]

Travel to Kenya with Wild Eye

Kenya is acclaimed as one of Africa’s premier safari destinations. With a population of approximately 47.6 million people (reported figures as of 2017) and over 40 tribes, Kenya spans the equator in East Africa and is bordered by Tanzania (south), Uganda (west), Sudan (northwest), Ethiopia (north) and Somalia (north-east). Its 550 kilometre (341 mile) coastline [...]

Does the camera you use really matter?

Does the Camera you use really matter? Something that has come up quite a bit recently is camera gear. Technology is constantly changing in our every day lives and camera gear is no different. As humans, it is only natural for us to want to keep up with the times and have the latest phone [...]

Iceland in winter vs Iceland in summer

Often when speaking to people about safaris and tours the conversation naturally goes to destinations they've visited and destinations that would still like to visit.  I find it pretty sad that people will say often something like "no, I've already been to the Mara / Madikwe / Svalbard so I'd rather go somewhere new". The [...]

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