Places we love: Kutali and Chula Camp, Lower Zambezi, Zambia

Situated in Zambia's Lower Zambezi National Park lies two perfectly located camps owned and run by Classic Zambia namely Kutali and Chula Camp.  Without any super over the top luxury components, both of these camps deliver an experience which is a luxury in its own right, with the main element being the breathtaking location and [...]

Places We Love: Bisate Lodge, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Bisate Lodge is a luxury eco-lodge located in Rwanda, near the renowned Volcanoes National Park and is known for its unique design and stunning location, nestled in the natural beauty of the Virunga mountains. Bisate Lodge is strategically situated to offer breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes, including the volcanic peaks. It provides an ideal [...]

Trip report: The predators of South Luangwa

The Best of South Luangwa tour this year delivered once again, like it always does.  This trip, which takes place during the month of September/October which is considered the dry season, is an absolute dream for wildlife photographers, especially if you love predators. South Luangwa National Park in Zambia is a hidden gem for nature [...]

Crafting the perfect safari

Quite often our team gets asked how we go about crafting the perfect safari and choose the destinations and locations that we host safaris to.  As you can imagine, there are numerous factors taken into consideration before a particular trip is finalized and advertised on our website. In this edition of our monthlynewsletter, we wanted [...]

Behind the frame: Gorilla in Uganda

In this episode of the Behind the Frame series, Johan van Zyl shares an image of a gorilla in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.  This moment was captured during the Best of Uganda tour in July 2021. Spending time with our distant cousins and locking eyes with them is one of the most humbling experiences you [...]

First week in the Mara for 2023

Our first week in the Mara for 2023 has just recently come to an end and what an incredible start to the season it has been.  The build up to the Mara season is often filled with excitement and a certain level of stress as our team gets everything ready for what is set to [...]

Behind the frame: Wide angle Amboseli Elephants

In this episode of Behind The Frame, Johan Van Zyl shares a Lightroom Edit of a photo taken in Amboseli National park of a herd of elephants on the dry lake bed. Amboseli is one of the most amazing photographic destinations in Africa and arguably one of the best places to view and photograph elephants [...]

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 [...]

Best Of Serengeti Trip Report 2023

We have decided to put a slight twist to this particular trip report. Instead of us writing about the experience and flooding this blog with images, we as the hosts of the trip decided to record a video and speak you through the incredible safari we recently returned from. Overlayed in the video of Johan [...]

The future of photography

The future of photography...  Now that is a scary thought! The world of photography is constantly evolving with new technologies and advancements being made every day. As photographers, it's important to stay informed about the latest trends and developments in the field in order to stay ahead of the game. One of the biggest trends [...]

Why South Luangwa should be on your bucket list

South Luangwa National Park in Zambia is a true gem in the African wilderness, and has become one of my favourite safari destinations which should be on your bucket list.  Over the past few years I have shared some incredible moments with clients in this amazing park.  South Luangwa should be on your bucket list [...]

Madagascar – A hidden paradise

Madagascar is a hidden paradise that is not necessarily on every photographers top list, but having just returned from this magical island I really think it needs to be given more consideration. The great thing about Madagascar and a big drawing card for me personally is that you get to view and photograph animals that [...]

Why the Northern Serengeti and Masai Mara offers you the best of both worlds

The Great migration is without a doubt one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on the planet.  The movement of the wildebeest herds can be extremely unpredictable, with it all depending on seasonal rains. Combining the Northern Serengeti Migration with the Great Migration in Kenya will offer you the best of both worlds and also maximize [...]

A Private Guided safari in the Okavango Delta and MalaMala

A Private Guided safari in the Okavango Delta and MalaMala is right up there with some of the best experiences that can possibly be combined, especially from a game viewing and photographic perspective. Recently, a guest and myself embarked on this epic 12 day journey to explore these two incredible destinations. The Okavango Delta was [...]

Experiencing the beauty of the Pantanal

Experiencing the beauty of the Pantanal and having the opportunity of seeing a jaguar in the wild has been something I've been dreaming about for some time. The mystery thereof, the massive rainforests and meandering rivers is something that certainly appeals to me, as it does to so many wildlife photographers around the world. A [...]

Photo Safari vs Photo Workshop – What is the difference?

What is the difference between a Photo Safari and a Photo Workshop you might ask? They sound fairly similar don't they? Well, whilst both types of tours contain the word 'photo', there are indeed a number differences between a standard photo safari and a photography workshop. This blog aims to address these differences, in addition [...]

The best places in Africa to photograph African Wild Dogs

A question that comes around quite often is what are the best places in Africa to photograph African Wild Dogs? Personally I've been very fortunate to travel extensively throughout Africa and wild dogs just happen to my favourite animal to photograph, so I thought I would share with all of you what I feel the [...]

Mana Pools and Lower Zambezi – How do they compare?

Mana Pools and Lower Zambezi - how they compare, being on opposite sides of the Zambezi river? The Zambezi River.  The 4th longest river in Africa, forming the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia.  This mighty body of water is a haven for wildlife on both sides of the border.   On opposite sides of the [...]

The 2021 Masai Mara Top 100

The Mara Top 100 is a blog post that we include every year to not only reflect on the season in the Masai Mara, but also to showcase the incredible diversity and sightings that this park has to offer. This year was extra special for all of us at Wild Eye, having not being able [...]

South Luangwa truly is the Valley of Leopards

South Luangwa is the valley of leopards, of that there is little doubt.  Having just returned from two weeks in a piece of paradise, it once again reminded me why I love South Luangwa so much. South Luangwa was initially established in 1904 with British conservationist Norman Carr being extremely influential in setting up the [...]