Through Wild Eye, a company I co-founded back in 2012, I host a range of small group departures over set dates. Destinations include South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, The Republic of The Congo and Antarctica. Travelling in a group is one of the most cost effective ways of experiencing some of the most spectacular destinations in the world with like minded people and with me as your host.
Private and Custom Tours
With more than 15 years of experiencing as a professional guide and tour operator you can rely on me to assist you in crafting the ideal itinerary to suite your specific needs and budget. Every safari arranged through Wild Eye will provide you with:
Peace of mind: From the moment you start planning your private safari until you say goodbye your private guide will be there every step of the way, so you don’t have to worry about anything other than enjoying your experience.
Experience: Whether you are travelling to different destinations or you are returning for a second or third safari the continuity provided by a private guide will make for a much more enjoyable and in-depth wildlife experience.
Education: Whatever your level of photography you can be assured of leaving your Wild Eye private guided safari with new skills, techniques and inspiration. All our guides are involved in our various photography courses and workshops and this forms a part of the offering on every private safari.
Qualified: Every one of the Wild Eye private guides are qualified and having all worked at 5-star lodges they understand the importance of collaborating with the local guide and lodge staff in order to create your perfect safari.
Enjoyment: The Wild Eye ethos has always revolved around the enjoyment of the safari experience and when you mix this with a relaxed professionalism and true passion for nature you can be assured of an incredible and fun adventure with more than a few laughs.
Continuity: Whether you are traveling to different destinations or you are returning for a second or third safari the continuity we will provide will make for a much more enjoyable and in depth wildlife experience.
Special Interests and Goals
I have only had the privilege of viewing these incredible creatures in the Congo's Odzala-Kokua National Park and believe this is one of the best opportunities from an experience point of view. With a maximum of 4 guests per trek it is as about as exclusive an experience as one could wish for. Other options include Uganda and Rwanda.
Leopards feature high up on almost every photographers bucket list and rightly so. These photogenic subjects are best viewed in South Africa's Sabi Sands and MalaMala, Botswana's Mashatu Private Game Reserve, and Zambia's South Luangwa National Park.
Elephants offer an incredible array of photographic opportunities, especially if they're in the right kind of environment. My personal favourite destinations for photographing these gentle giants would include Amboseli National Park, Chobe National Park, Namibia's Hoanib River and Zimbabwe's Mana Pools and Hwange National Parks. The Congo provides excellent opportunities to photograph the Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis).
Black Rhino are notoriously difficult to find, let alone photograph and thats why Namibia's Palmwag Concession provides the best experience and opportunities as we track these magnificent animals on foot in conjunction with the Save The Rhino Trust Trackers. Kenya's Masai Mara can also provide good photographic opportunities.
Botswana's Okavango Delta and Namibia's Sossusvlei provide ideal opportunities for aerial photography from a Helicopter with the doors completely removed. Hot air ballooning in Kenya's Masai Mara also affords one with aerial photography opportunities but variables such as height, speed and direction are not within our control. Nonetheless, it is an incredible experience!
Photographing nocturnal wildlife with the ethical and sensitive use of a spotlight can produce spectacular images. This is especially true when one is sharing a sighting with a second vehicle, allowing us to make use of directional lighting to achieve dynamic side-lit and backlit images. South Africa's Sabi Sands and MalaMala are without a doubt the most productive areas for this type of photography and the abundance of leopards and lions in this areas ensures that photographic subjects are never too difficult to find.
There is no doubt that the African continent provides guests with some of the most spectacular night skies imaginable. Obviously the more remote one gets, the less light pollution one is exposed to. Namibia as a whole along with Botswana's Okavango Delta and Zimbabwe's Mana Pools rank as some of my favourite areas for photographing the night sky in the cold winter months when there tends to be less cloud cover.