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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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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

6 Images at 600mm on the Canon EOS R6

I recently hosted guests on our very first Madikwe Safari and Marataba Conservation Experience and was fortunate enough to take the wicked combination of the Canon EOS R6 body and 600mm F4.0 IS III lens for a spin (Check out the full trip report and highlights video here). This was, to an extent, by design [...]

Trip Report: Madikwe Safari and Marataba Conservation Experience | February 2021

This was a first of a kind safari which combines a focus on photography in Madikwe Game Reserve (6 nights) with an incredible opportunity for guests to contribute directly to the conservation activities in Marataba Contractual National Park (4 nights). Despite the challenges associated with travel during this difficult time we hosted guests from both [...]

The Green Season on Safari

The Green season on safari is seen by many as a time to avoid game viewing destinations, given the fact that the vegetation is quite dense and the possibility of rain is ever present. Last week some of the Wild Eye team went on an assignment to Simbambili, situated in the Northern Sabi Sands and [...]

Behind The Frame Episode 34

The Behind the Frame series takes RAW wildlife images, works through the technical specifications of the image and then looks at how the image is edited in Lightroom. In this episode I share a moment from a late afternoon game drive at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve and touch on what to look for when [...]

Why Choose a Photographic Safari

What is the difference between a safari and a photographic safari? And why should you choose a photographic safari? To many the mere words ''Photo Safari'' can be quite intimidating and automatically off putting if the individual isn't photographically inclined. If you are one of those individuals, I hope that this blog puts your mind [...]

Behind The Frame Episode 33

The Behind the Frame series takes RAW wildlife images, works through the technical specifications of the image and then looks at how the image is edited in Lightroom. In this episode I look at how to combine two images of a Forest Elephant shot in landscape orientation in the Odzala-Kokoua National Park to create a [...]

No Light Photography

No light photography... You must be wondering what mind altering parasite has found its way into my brain. I'm pleased to say that my brain is still in good health and that no light photography is a possibility. Wait, let me rephrase; almost no light photography is a possibility. When it comes to photography, light [...]

What is Panning and Radial Blur?

What is Panning and Radial Blur? Why would we want to do it? Panning and Radial blur are photographic techniques which revolve around slow shutter speeds and movement. It requires a lot of practice and patience but is really fun to play around with especially when light is not on your side. In this blog, [...]

Behind The Frame Episode 32

The Behind the Frame series takes RAW wildlife images, works through the technical specifications of the image and then looks at how the image is edited in Lightroom. In this episode I share some moments and an image from a very special sighting in the Mara Triangle Conservancy in November 2020. Schedule 1:1 Tuition Join [...]

Patience is Key

This Blog is the perfect example as to why patience is key When I was growing up, patience was not my strong point at all, but I am sure that is most kids. Patience is something that affects each of us in our daily lives and jobs, when it comes to safari and the bush, [...]

Photo Merge

Have you ever found yourself wishing that you could capture more of a scene you find yourself in? I do not have the lens for the job, or the animal is too close etc. Well, making use of the photo merge tool in Lightroom might just be your solution. Your answer might have been no [...]

Places We Love: Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge

Sculpted into a slope of the earth, the organic architecture of Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge awakens the senses with a masterful use of texture, space and light. Everywhere there is evidence of nature at work, with almost every facet of the lodge inspired by the surrounding environment. The clean lines and natural finishes are the [...]

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