Big 5 Safaris
Gorilla & Chimp Trekking Safaris
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Is an African Safari on your bucket list? Do you want to see the Big 5 (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, Cape buffalo) in the wild African Bush while you still can? What about sitting quietly, face-to-face, with endangered Mountain Gorillas and chimpanzees in August? Would you like to watch the northern-most primates in the world, the Japanese Macaques, sitting in an onsen (geothermal pool) to stay warm or playing in the snow like children next February? See the excitement of the Great Migration? Would you like to be mentored by two award-winning, published wildlife photographers–Ernest Porter and Karen Blackwood? We are a lot of fun, passionate about wildlife, and we love teaching people how to take terrific photos while sharing our love of Africa’s greatest treasures.
Did you know that our photos were published in the 2017 Africa Geographic Yearbook? Did you know that Karen’s photo, Mom Loves Me Best, won second runner-up out of over 26,000 entries in the 2017 Nature’s Best Photography Africa competition? That Ernest’s photo of a hoopoe in flight won the Tamron South Africa competition? We know how to get the great shots, and we’ll show you how!
Ernest and Karen personally lead small group safaris on amazing adventures. We specialize in finding and photographing the Big 5, big cats, and beautiful birds in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, USA, Japan, and Peru. Ernest and Karen offer instruction, coaching, and guidance so that you can master your camera in any mode, and improve your photography skills. You spent the money on the cameras and you want to get out of “P”–we can do that. You want the WOW factor in your photography; we can help you find it! We go where the action is, so that every safari is exciting as well as educational.
Not a photographer? Just want to watch animals? Just want to shoot with your iPhone? We have room for you, too, and we welcome you! We are all on safari to watch wildlife, to relax, and to come away with beautiful, once-in-a-lifetime memories, whether in print or in our mind’s eye. We can make our photos available to you if you want to just enjoy the moment yet still want to hang the memory on the wall when you get home.
We will help you plan your entire trip, including travel to the lodge from anywhere in the world. We can usually accommodate solo travelers; ask for details and solo supplement pricing. Be sure to see our Travel Tips page for helpful hints, too. Join a scheduled safari or let us plan one custom-tailored to your group’s wishes.
We also offer daily local tours from Johannesburg, lasting 3-5 hours. Would you like to see the iconic Black Eagles flying over the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens? The Eagles have done it again in 2018 with another new chick, so from July through December you can photograph the adults bringing prey to the nest. If you want to plan for November and early December, the fledgling will be learning to fly and fight–how exciting! Ernest is a staff photographer for the Black Eagles Project and can help you photograph Makatsa and Thulane, the resident Black Eagle pair, at any time of the year. Ernest can also take you on a mini-safari to the Lion and Rhino Nature Reserve to see African wildlife on the reserve as well as play with lion cubs and pet a cheetah. How about the Cradle of Mankind and Sterkfontein Caves, where the earliest human fossils were found? Our local tours include pick up and drop off service in Johannesburg.
Our prices are set in South African Rand. You may see a fluctuation in price in your currency; this is due to the daily changes in the conversion rate. Please also watch our deadlines for booking, which are usually 2 months prior to our photo safaris–and you can always contact us to see if we can include you on short notice. You may book up to 24 hours prior to our local tours. Find more info and see more pictures about each safari on its respective page.
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