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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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Trip Report: Hwange Safari, October 2016

Do you love elephants? Read on… Do you love lions? Absolutely read on… Do you love staying at a safari camp where animals constantly visit? No doubt the trip report for you… I have been to Hwange several times over the last few years, but no single visit could compare with what I found this […]

It’s all about the eyes

There are many contributing factors that make a good wildlife image a great one.  The light, the subject, the background and for me one of the most important factors are the eyes. Often when filtering through a particular scene or sighting you will immediately notice that the images that have your subject’s eyes open are […]

Update from Hwange National Park and The Hwange Lion Conservation Safari Initiative

During last years’ Hwange Lion Conservation Safari our guests visited the Ngamo Primary School located on the outskirts of Hwange National Park where we spent some time with members of the Children in The Wilderness Eco Club. What is an Eco-Club you ask? Eco-Clubs are an initiative of Children in The Wilderness, a non-profit organisation […]

Adopting the SAFE mode in Wildlife Photography

Have you recently started your photographic journey and found it tough to know where to start? Heard all these technical terms such as Aperture, ISO, Shutter Speed etc but no idea what it is? GREAT!  This will help you! On a recent Privately Guided safari I hosted to Madikwe Game Reserve, Hwange National Park and […]

Converting an Image into Black and White

Do you struggle to decide when to convert an image from colour to black and white? Or even struggle with why would you even want to in the first place? In this blog, I’m going to tackle this very topic and walk you through my own way of thinking when I approach each image. What […]

The Best Of Kenya Highlight Video

Hi everyone I have decided to put together a safari highlight video of one of my all time favourite itineraries; The Best Of Kenya  [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THcm1uYv7aU[/embedyt]   I hope you enjoyed a few of my highlights & do hope to share more incredible moments like this with YOU in the near future! Until then; Happy […]

Best Of Serengeti: Trip Report 08 March 2019 – 20 March 2019

A trip like no other! In March, I headed up to Tanzania to host our Wild Eye - Best of the Serengeti Safari with Johan van Zyl. This is a safari that we have hosted over the last couple of years, but my first time hosting this specific safari and what an experience it was [...]

What One Can Expect On A Private Guided Safari In Botswana

Benefits of a Private Guided Safari with Wild Eye Peace of mind:  From the moment you start planning your private safari until you say goodbye your private guide will be there every step of the way, so you don’t have to worry about anything other than enjoying your experience. Experience:  Whether you are travelling to […]

Trip Report – Amboseli & Lake Nakuru Safari 2019

I’ve been back in office for 2 days now & I am still sitting here trying to find words to describe this incredible adventure myself & 3 guests embarked on. Not only is the exclusivity of a small group size a highlight but so is spending ample time in two of Kenyas most iconic wildlife […]

Trip Report – Amboseli & Lake Nakuru Safari 2020

I've been back in office for 2 days now & I am still sitting here trying to find words to describe this incredible adventure myself & 3 guests embarked on. Not only is the exclusivity of a small group size a highlight but so is spending ample time in two of Kenyas most iconic wildlife [...]

Trip Report: Incredible India 4-16 April 2019

For a very very long time India has been one destination that has fascinated me and has drawn my attention on many occasions. But what is it about this country that attracts visitors from all over the world? Is it the culture?  The food?  The magical forests?  The possibility of seeing a Tiger in the […]

Trip Report: The Odzala-Kokoua National Park Expedition, Mboko Camp

This is part 3 of 3 in a series of posts outlining the highlights of the 2019 The Odzala Expedition. Be sure to read Part I and Part II before reading this post. We had some down time to unpack, shower and change from our wet muddy clothes from the morning walk in Lango. We […]

Trip Report: The Odzala-Kokoua National Park Expedition, Lango Camp

This is part 2 of 3 in a series of posts outlining the highlights of the 2019 The Odzala Expedition. Be sure to read Part I and Part III. Raphael, Mboko Camp Manager, welcomed us warmly to his camp. He is a lovely young man and under his discreet supervision we were spoilt for service […]

Trip Report: The Odzala-Kokoua National Park Expedition, Ngaga Camp

Panoramas from Namibia

Creating Panoramas has never been easier and is literally a couple of clicks away when using Lightroom. In my experience hosting safaris, the most difficult part is recognising when the opportunity to capture a panorama arises. believe it or not its not just about capturing breathtaking landscapes. During the recent Desert Wildlife of Namibia Tour […]

Behind The Frame Episode 30

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, Trevor takes us through a black and white conversion, sharing his thoughts on what makes a good black and white image and what to […]

Behind The Frame Episode 29

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 Michael takes shows us how to create a sepia image. He uses an image of an Elephant in The Amboseli National Park. Michael Laubscher

About Wild Eye

History Established in 2012, Jono Buffey, Gerry van der Walt and Andrew Beck set out with the intention to refresh the photographic travel and private guiding industries by focusing on providing a professional service that is both fun and relaxed, whilst ensuring guests enjoy amazing travel experiences and world class service. From the most humble […]

Behind The Frame Episode 28

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 Andrew takes us through the edits applied to an image of a Western Lowland Gorilla taken in The Republic of The Congo. Andrew Beck

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 [...]

My Top Ten Favorite Travel Apps

The way we travel has changed and I cannot imagine how I would do what I do now without my iPhone. In this new video I share my ten favorite applications that I use when I travel.  You’ll see I didn’t include any social media apps as, nice and awesome as they are, they don’t […]

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