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African Big Five

All our African photo safaris are designed to bring you closer to the iconic ‘African Big 5’ (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo). Whether it is your first time or tenth, Africa never fails to bring new photographic opportunities. From the Maasai Mara to Botswana, your days will be filled with game drives, walking safaris, photography workshops and unforgettable wildlife encounters. All our photo tours in Africa are designed with you, the photographer, in mind; small groups for uninterrupted views and expert guides to take you to all the right places so you can focus on capturing stunning wildlife photography.

Highlights of an African Big Five Photo Tour

elephant face close up in south africa photo safari

  • Enjoy high quality wildlife encounters, including big cats and herds of elephants 
  • Photograph wildlife with a striking backdrops
  • Enjoy photographic tutoring from Alan Hewitt, a renowned wildlife and conservation photographer 
  • Be part of a small exclusive group, allowing plenty of personal guidance

African Big Five Photo Tours

Tanzania Photo Safari

Tanzania Photo Safari

African Big Five, Wildlife

Southern Tanzania is a hidden gem with a welath of wildlife for you to capture.

Oct 2 - 13, 2024
Maasai Mara Wildlife Photography Workshop

Maasai Mara Wildlife Photography Workshop

African Big Five, Wildlife

Photograph the iconic Big 5 of wildlife in Africa on a tour to the Maasai Mara.

Aug 26 - Sep 2, 2024
South Africa Photo Safari

South Africa Photo Safari

African Big Five, Wildlife

Witness incredible wildlife on a private game reserve with our South African photo safari.

Aug 8 - 14, 2024

Jul 25 - 31, 2025

Botswana Photo Safari

Botswana Photo Safari

African Big Five, Wildlife

See what Botswana has to offer, from its lush landscapes to a wealth of wilderness.

Aug 1 - 7, 2024

Aug 15 – 21, 2024


African Big Five FAQs

QUESTION:Do I need professional-quality photo equipment?

Yes! Our safari tours require you to bring your own photography equipment. Of course, you’ll need your camera, a couple of lenses, and a laptop for editing. Aside from that, it might be beneficial to bring additional equipment to our safaris to maximize the quality of your photography, depending on the specific trip you’ll be joining. Get even more useful advice from our wildlife photographer, Alan Hewitt, who recommends what to bring on a photo safari.


This depends on the specific workshop, but we only work in small groups – the average being about 6 participants per photography workshop. This ensures a lot of individual attention from our workshop leaders, so that we can cater for people with different skill levels. It also ensures that the photography opportunities are exclusive, and that we have the personal and relaxed dynamics that come with a small group.


Absolutely! While our photo tours are built with photography in mind, they all offer incredible experiences that will be enjoyable to non-photographers as well. You’ll just have to be happy to be surrounded by a lot of conversations about photography!


Our photography workshops are designed to allow photographers of different levels to develop their skills, and come away with mind-blowing images. The photographic tutoring depends on the workshop, the workshop leader, and your skill level, but in general, we’ll cover most technical aspects of your camera, as well as creative composition and post-processing. All workshops have dedicated time to photography tutorials, and during most offer the opportunity to share and review everyone’s work, allowing for a constructive learning space. You can find more detailed information on tutoring during specific workshops in the section called ‘the photography,’ which you’ll find when you click on the different workshops. And if you’d like to know even more, just give us a shout!


Anyone with an interest in photography and a desire to travel can join our photo workshops! We create experiences for photographers of different levels, for photographers with different passions, and for anyone keen to explore an incredible place through their lens. We’ll be happy to assist you in finding the perfect photo tour for you.

QUESTION:What to wear on an African safari?

The clothes you wear on a safari are important to think about. Keep in mind the season of the country you’re visiting when packing. Wearing long pants is beneficial to protect your legs from any scratches or bug bites that can occur when on a safari, and neutral-colored clothes are a great way to blend into your surroundings. Closed shoes are important for your comfort when walking on terrain, as well as a hat to protect yourself from the sun. 

QUESTION:When is the best time to go on a safari in South Africa?

The most optimal time to go on a safari in South Africa is during the dry season, which runs from May to September. These months are perfect for capturing some incredible wildlife photography. This is due to the vegetation thinning out, which makes spotting wildlife easier, as they tend to gather around water holes. 

QUESTION:What is a day on a Photo Safari like?

A day on a photo safari consists of going on game drives, where you’ll encounter a range of African wildlife, from elephants to big cats, and countless other species for you to photograph. Apart from game drives, you might also have the opportunity to go on walking safaris, and of course, elevate your photography skills through tutoring by an expert.  

Explore Our Photography Tours

What would you like to photograph? Find your favourite type of photography and discover your ideal trip. Simple as that.

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Wildlife Photography Tips from a Pro

We’ve compiled some wildlife photography tips by Alan Hewitt, a UK-based wildlife photographer, conservationist, writer, and workshop leader. Because we all know photographing wildlife isn't easy!

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