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? 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 have Best of Africa honors in 2018 and 2019, and that we already have photos published in National Geographic’s Daily Dozen in 2019? We were published in the 2017, 2016, and 2015 Africa Geographic Yearbooks. 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. 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? 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. The Eagles should start refurbishing their nest in March, and you can get great photos of them carrying nesting material.  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 and Sandton.

Our prices are 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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We invite you to follow our adventures, and join us for one of your own. Remember, there are 7 days in a week, and ‘someday’ isn’t one of them.

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February 2019