Trip Report: Madikwe May 2024

One of my all time favourite places to visit here in South Africa is the one and only Madikwe Game Reserve. In May, 2024 I had the privilege of hosting one of our Madikwe Safari for a week with a group of 5 guests and in this trip report I am going to share some [...]

Places We Love: !Khamab Kalahari Reserve, South Africa

When I hear the word 'Kalahari,' it evokes visions of endless sand, mystery, and pure wilderness. This alone stirs feelings of wonder and discovery in those lucky enough to visit. The Kalahari Desert, which is a phrase that comes from the Tswana word Kgala, meaning 'the great thirst,' is a canvas of massive skies, stars [...]

Northern Serengeti 2023 Trip Report

Having just returned from this tour that takes you to one of the most iconic African National Parks, The Serengeti National Park, 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 [...]

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 [...]

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' [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Creating silhouette photo opportunities on safari

When heading out on your Safari, you should take every opportunity to capture unique images that create a diverse portfolio of images. If you’re looking to add some creative flair to your photos, consider trying your hand at capturing the perfect silhouette photo. In this blog, I'll go over some tips to help you create [...]

How to break the Rule of Thirds…

Ask any photographer or have a look through any photography book, and I am sure that The rule of thirds will pop up at some point! So what is The rule of thirds and how can we use it in our photography? The rule of thirds is a guideline used in photography to create a [...]

Trip Report – Exclusive Amboseli & Mara Kicheche Safari, 2023

Having just returned from this tour that takes you to two of the icons of Kenya, The Masai Mara and Amboseli, this is my trip report where you can get an idea of what to expect on this incredible experience. In this video below, I talk you through the trip as well as share some [...]

NEWS FLASH: Double The Value on Your Masai Mara Experience Safari

The Masai Mara offers incredible photographic opportunities outside of the typical migration period. In fact, many an award winning image has been captured during the shoulder season either side of the migratory movements. Whilst our 6 Night Mara Experience Safaris have always been popular, we have made some exciting changes to the itinerary which sees [...]

Different seasons on Safari

Different safari seasons can give you totally different experiences, many of which a lot of people are not aware of. In short, there is no bad time to be on safari, but certain areas tend to peak at different times of the year. Here is a breakdown on which places might be best to visit [...]

What does a safari cost?

“The only man I envy is the man that has not yet been to Africa, for he has so much to look forward to.” This is one of the quotes that we truly stand by at Wild Eye. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the joy on guests' faces when they visit Africa for [...]

International Leopard Day

In life and certainly in nature, each species on earth has its unique role to play in maintaining an extensive environmental balance. Every year on the 3rd May is the celebration of International Leopard Day. In an ongoing attempt to increase awareness of the importance of this species, this is a day that celebrates leopards and attempts [...]

Experiencing The Masai Mara for the first time

The first time that I experienced The Masai Mara as well as The Wild Eye Mara Camp are memories that I will cherish forever. From the quality of wildlife sightings, the vastness of the open plains, the abundance of animals and certainly the experiences with our East African family, its hard to sum up what [...]

Where to start with your photography

Photography can be a frightening hobby to take on in the beginning... Shutter Speed, Aperture, Iso, Metering modes. These are just a few of the basic terms that one should know in photography and they are intimidating words when you don't know what they mean! Well, to make you feel better we all had to start [...]

11 Points you should know about the Canon Mirrorless system

Roger Machin is the head of marketing for Canon South Africa and has been working for Canon for more than 25 years. He recently came to the Wild Eye office to give the guides a presentation on the Canon Mirrorless System. I thought that I would share a few things that I learnt about the [...]