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Gallery: Aerial Photographs from the Okavango Delta

Scenic helicopter flights over Botswana's Okavango Delta is an opportunity you cant afford to miss. Moments after departing you’ll enjoy the breath-taking views seen only from a helicopter. Experience the crystal-clear water channels meandering their way through lagoons, while journeying deep into the lush green flood plains to explore the abundant wildlife of the Okavango [...]

Three Destinations I can’t wait to return to in the next year

With travel starting to open up, I wanted to let you in one three destinations I can't wait to return to in the next year. After a lot of thinking, here are the three that I am most looking forward to... 1.  The Mara Season It is no secret that the Mara season makes up [...]

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 [...]

Places We Love: Chitabe Camp | Okavanago Delta | Botswana

Situated on a beautiful old tree-island in a prime wilderness locale in the south-east of the Okavango Delta, Chitabe Camp is built on raised decks to provide superb views across an expansive floodplain. Thanks to its mosaic of habitats, a plethora of plains game is seen on day and night drives as well as guided [...]

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 [...]

The Canon RF 800mm F/11 for Wildlife Photography

800mm - hooray! F/11 - say what? It is certainly not the most conventional or expected combination of focal length and maximum aperture but the new Canon RF 800mm F/11 piqued my interest from the very first moment I heard it was in the pipeline. I feel that many photographers have immediately dismissed this lens [...]

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 [...]

Always Be Ready

Always be ready are three words that I cannot stress enough when it comes to wildlife photography. I say his because the words; "missed it" is something I hear quite regularly. In fact, too often. If I can give you a small bit of advise today, it pays to always be ready. When I host [...]

Expressing Appreciation

Take a moment to think back. How often do you find yourself sitting back, expressing appreciation for the many blessings in your life? Not enough right? Lets take a moment for some clarity; appreciation noun 1. recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something. "I smiled in appreciation" synonyms: valuing, respect, prizing, cherishing, treasuring, admiration, regard, esteem, high opinion "appreciation [...]

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 [...]

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