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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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Full Frame vs Crop Sensor Cameras

The endless debate between full frame vs crop sensor cameras will never die. Each to his own budget is what I always say. There are pros and cons to each and I hope this blog clarifies this for you somewhat. Let us start at the very beginning… A full frame camera and a crop sensor [...]

Back to Basics blog series

If you are wanting to start out in Photography, or you are a seasoned pro looking to brush up on your photographic knowledge, then this is the perfect "Back to Basics" blog series for you! Shutter Speed, Aperture, Iso, Metering modes. These are just a few of the basic terms that one should know in photography [...]

Madikwe Trip Report: 26 May 2023 – 01 June 2023

I have just returned from an incredible week at Nkurru Lodge in Madikwe. Nestled in the North West Province of South Africa, Madikwe Game Reserve offers a wilderness sanctuary like no other. Here, wildlife thrives, and the landscape paints a stunning backdrop for your safari experience. Throughout our stay in Madikwe, we were immersed in [...]

Back to Basics: Metering modes & Exposure compensation

Okay, so there is one more pretty technical piece that we need to cover in the Back to Basics series before moving on to the more exciting stuff. That is Metering modes & exposure compensation. I'm going to try and make the various metering modes simple to understand using a couple of "out of the box' [...]

Behind The Frame: Langur monkey

In this episode of the Behind The Frame Series, Michael Appalsamy shares some insight into one of his favourite images of all time while hosting the Incredible India Tour. Incredible India 2023 Just incase you missed my trip report from the 2023, you can watch my updates about it all here including some of our [...]

Back to Basics: ISO

So, we are comfortable with the numbers on the front of our lens, we understand what aperture is and how we can use it creatively. We are able to use (and manipulate) our autofocus to ensure that we are focusing in the right region, and finally we understand how important shutter speed is in obtaining [...]

Unique Leopard behaviour in the Lower Zambezi

Leopards are without a doubt one of the most sought after animals on safari and recently my guests and I witnessed some unique leopard behaviour in the Lower Zambezi. Leopards, although primarily solitary animals, exhibit a complex social structure that is shaped by their need for territories and breeding opportunities. Understanding the social dynamics of [...]

The Treasures of the Lower Zambezi

Michael Laubscher and I recently returned from hosting the Treasures of the Lower Zambezi and what an incredible experience it was. This 8-day tour which is split between two Classic Zambia camps namely Kutali and Chula camp, offered our guests both amazing photographic opportunities but also unforgettable experiences. The Lower Zambezi National Park is without [...]

Back to Basics: Shutter Speed

Now that we have been able to achieve autofocus on our subject and have selected the correct aperture to ensure that the we render our subject sharp and in focus, there is really only one other variable in the equation that can go wrong - Shutter Speed. Quite simply, shutter speed refers to the duration that [...]

Back to basics: Autofocus

Autofocus is far more complicated and involved than most people understand. For the purposes of this series, I am going to try and keep things as simple as possible. Essentially, Autofocus allows the camera to make use of a number of Autofocus (AF) sensors to shift a series of elements inside the lens in such [...]

Behind The Frame: Lion in the Okavango Delta

In this episode in the Behind The Frame series, Andrew Beck shares the story behind one of his all time favorite images captured in Botswana's Okavango Delta. Join our Botswana Wilderness Safari The Okavango Delta, the Jewel of Africa. Can there be any place more unique than an oasis in the Kalahari Desert filled to [...]

Returning To Magical Madikwe

Some information about Madikwe Game Reserve and the beautiful Nkurru Lodge that we use... Nkurru Lodge, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of the breathtaking Madikwe Game Reserve. As you embark on an unforgettable safari experience, Nkurru Lodge invites you to immerse yourself in this incredible wilderness area and encounter the majestic wildlife that [...]

Private Safari to Sabi Sabi & Mala Mala

It's not all that often that I am out in the field, being predominantly office based since a change in roles a few years ago. There are however two safari's in particular that I look forward to hosting every year, the first being our Great Migration safari's at our Wild Eye Mara Camp in the [...]

Places We Love: Beagle Expeditions Kweene Trails Camps

There is no better way to experience a true African Safari than in the comfort and privacy of your own exclusive mobile safari camp. A journey through the wilderness with the intimacy and flexibility of your own camp, guide, safari vehicle and staff compliment. This unique Beagle Expedition is designed to explore one of Botswana’s [...]

Back to basics: What is aperture and how can I use it in my photography

In the first of the Back to Basics series of posts we looked at what the numbers on the front of your lens stood for and we came to the conclusion that these help us to understand the lens' focal range and maximum aperture at any given focal length. This led to the question of [...]

Back to basics: What are those numbers on my lens???

Photography can be a challenging subject to take on and understand when starting out. Even someone who has been doing photography for a while may have skipped past some of the most basic topics to get to a point where they are happy with their level of understanding and have never looked back. The best [...]

Behind The Frame: A Portrait of a Male Lion taken at Sabi Sabi Last year

In this episode in the Behind The Frame series, Trevor McCall-Peat shares a lightroom edit of an image of a male lion captured at Sabi Sabi Last year while hosting a Private safari in October 2022. Sabi Sabi is very well know for its big cat activity, Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve borders the Sabi [...]

Incredible India 2023 Trip Report

Having just returned from this tour that takes you to four National Parks within India, this is my trip report where you can get an idea of what to expect on this amazing experience. Instead of reading what I have to say about this, I have put together this video below, where I talk you [...]

Photographing Gorillas and Chimpanzees

When you go on a normal safari in Africa you stand the chance of seeing and photographing around 20 mammals during your time in the field.  As awesome as this is it can be overwhelming to head out on drive without a clear photographic goal in mind. The way you would, for example, approach a [...]

Focus Modes vs Focus Areas

          I know just how messy Focus Modes vs Focus Areas can get in one’s head. I think back to my early days with camera in hand... so many things to remember right? Well I am here to hopefully provide simple clarity. The two (modes & areas) are very different concepts [...]

First Aid Qualification

By law, all field guides in South Africa need to have a valid first aid certificate in order to legally guide. We are proud to say that our guides have always been and still hold a valid first aid qualification. Last week we had Andrew Miller, founder and owner of S.M.A.R.T. Response in the Wild [...]

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