Leopard vs Ugandan kob

On my recent trip to Uganda, myself and my guests were fortunate to witness what is probably a once in a lifetime sighting. While we were staying at Ishasha Wilderness Camp, we headed out early one morning for game drive. Our plan was to go looking for lions as Queen Elizabeth National Park is very [...]

Gentle Giants

Having recently visited Amboseli, I can say with certainty that elephants are right up there with my favorite animals. I have had the fortune of visiting a variety of wilderness areas across Africa in my life and have seen many elephants, but what I love about elephants, is that they give me this sense of [...]

That time a leopard almost ate me

Back when I was a young warthog (and believe me that was only about 5 years ago), when I was a bright eyed and bushy tailed safari guide. I had the pleasure of working day in day out in the vast wilderness of the Timbavati which is part of the Greater Kruger National Park. What [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

A moment I Will Always Remember

Do you ever think back to a specific photograph or series of photographs and reminisce what happened and the events that led up to those photographs? I know we all have a portfolio of our favourite images, I know that even though I have that portfolio, there are certain images or a series of images [...]

Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword, A Male Lions Life

“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” This isn't neccessarily the most incredible image of a male lion, but I was going through some of my older images and stumble onto this image. I sat for a while, reminiscing and remembering the whole sighting I had that [...]

My thoughts on conservation in a nutshell

This is a rather broad topic with a variety of different opinions, it’s a topic that is debated by many all over the world. From my point of view, unless you have been out in the field, and actively seen what is going on, understanding the operations that are under way and the daily tasks [...]

Keep The Momentum Going

Every journey in life must start with the first step. From that point onwards, it's crucial to keep the momentum going. Now for any movement to gain momentum, it must start with a small action (the first step). This action becomes multiplied by the masses, and is made tangible when leadership changes course due to [...]

A Memorable Moment In Mana Pools

A couple of years back, I went on holiday to Mana pools. This was during the time that I was still working at Londolozi. After hearing some of the other individual’s stories about Mana Pools, it didn’t take much to persuade us to make the journey to Mana Pools and to experience this magical place [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Logistics Update from the Wild Eye Office

Dear valued guest, We do hope this communication comes to you all in good health. Here in South Africa, we have experienced the second wave of COVID and we have had additional lockdowns and restrictions, alcohol sale bans and delays in schools opening for the new school year. With these measures, the spread of the [...]

Sacred Nature Volume 2: Reconnecting People to Our Planet

Internationally acclaimed wildlife photographers and conservationists Jonathan & Angela Scott are launching a Kickstarter campaign on 2 February 2021 to produce a stunning wildlife photography book highlighting the wonder and fragility of nature. Sacred Nature Volume 2: Reconnecting People to Our Planet (HPH) presents an array of thought-provoking words and evocative images from around the [...]

What trip am I looking forward to the most?

This is a tough one to decide on after a year of not really traveling much… Before South Africa went into full COVID Lockdown in March, I was about to fly out to India to host a safari, one that I was very excited for and was merely days away from getting onto the plane [...]