Photographic Safaris

Having been brought up in East Africa, the abundant wildlife and majestic landscapes of this part of the continent have left their impression on Richard and he returns whenever possible. By leading photographic safaris, he is able to share his enthusiasm for ‘the safari experience’ with others. The excitement expressed as the group gathers around a camp fire or the dinner table each evening to talk about the amazing things they have witnessed is a joy to behold.

Richard has opted to limit the group sizes to 5 – 6 participants to ensure better individual attention and tuition if required. Unless otherwise stated, transport for the game drives will be in long-wheel-base 4×4 vehicles with either open sides or pop-up roof hatches, which are the ideal for photographers. There will be a maximum of 3 participants per vehicle allowing plenty of space for you and your equipment and options to photograph freely to both sides through the side windows and roof hatch. The drivers are top class experienced local guides with extensive knowledge of the reserves and wildlife.

Itineraries have been well thought-out and tested to maximize time spent in game-rich areas at the right times of day to give you the best photographic opportunities. In each itinerary he has also included some variety of locations and camps to enable you to encounter a variety of species and landscapes. The lodges and camps all have a good level of luxury, enabling you to recharge both your camera and your own batteries overnight.

On most days Richard will give a short illustrated talk, aiming to cover most of the important aspects of safari photography during the course of the trip. He will also be readily available throughout to answer questions and give any individual guidance required.

Scroll down to see a selection of client testimonials and trip reviews. Richard sends out regular newsletters by email which include details of any new safaris on offer. If you would like to receive these simply use the ‘Contact’ tab to request that you are added to the newsletter contacts list.

Tanzania: an 8-day classic safari experience

Friday 16th to Friday 23rd June, 2017

On this photographic safari we visit three of Tanzania’s most famous reserves – the Serengeti, Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. It gives you the opportunity to photograph a large variety of Africa’s most iconic wildlife in a variety of spectacular habitats.

This adventure is timed for the early part of the dry season when there will be plenty of colour in the landscape and the Great Migration herds of wildebeest and zebra will be slowly making their way northwards through the central Serengeti region, where we spend the bulk of our time. The large predator populations will be active making the most of the passage of these herds through their territories. Before heading there, we start the safari by warming ourselves and our cameras up with an extended game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. This park is known for its tree-climbing lions. There’s also a good chance of spotting a leopard in one of the trees of the forested shores of the lake. It also offers great opportunities for photographing a variety of birdlife, elephants, blue monkeys, baboons and many other species. We then move on to the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater Reserve and descend early the following morning into the floor of this massive caldera to drive around one of the most game-rich reserves in the world. The following day is spent in the Ndutu Reserve in the Serengeti ecosystem. This reserve also boasts a terrific concentration of game, including all the big cats and is popular with film crews due to the freedom it provides for driving off-road to get in optimal positions. Finally we move on to the central part of the Serengeti to spend the rest of the safari exploring this fabulous National Park.

Book soon – group size is limited to 6 people. There will also be a maximum of 3 participants per safari vehicle, ensuring that you will have a row to yourself with freedom to photograph through either side-window or the roof-hatch. Richard will be on hand throughout to offer photographic instruction, review your images with you individually or to help you with any challenges you might be facing. He will also offer a presentation each day on various relevant aspects of the art. The adventure is open to photographers of all abilities. Non-photographer travelling companions are welcome but they will have to be committed to some early starts and put up with some talk of f-stops and so on!
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Kenya: the prime reserves of Amboseli and the Maasai Mara

Thursday 5th to Friday 13th October 2017

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On this 8-day safari you will visit two of Africa’s most famous reserves, which provide unrivalled opportunities to photograph the continent’s most iconic wildlife in wonderful and, at times, dramatic settings.

Accommodation is in luxury safari camps ensuring that you have all the amenities and comforts you might want whilst relishing a truly authentic safari experience in prime locations. The first is in the private Kitirua Concession, which provides us with a wonderfully natural and private safari experience. The camp and much of this reserve have magnificent views of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, which also provides a wonderful back-drop for many a photograph. During our stay here we will explore the area on our morning and afternoon game drives and also the neighbouring Amboseli National Park, into which we have unrestricted access.

The second part of the safari is spent deep in the Mara North Conservancy, the heart of the Masai Mara ecosystem. Here we have the perfect base from which to explore the wonders of the Mara. The migration herds should still be in the region at this time of year offering an added bonus. Continue reading

Namibia: a photographer’s paradise

Wednesday 1st to Sunday 12th November 2017

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This 12-day safari in Namibia gives you the opportunity to capture some fantastic wildlife photographs in unique environments. It is open to photographers of all abilities.

Namibia offers unique opportunities to both wildlife and landscape photographers. It is a vast country with a population of only 2 million. Large parts are desert with much of the rest being open savannah country dotted by dramatic mountain ranges. Its colour palette of blue skies, orange sand mountains and yellow grasslands contributes to some unforgettable vistas. Much of its wildlife is uniquely adapted to this arid environment and wonderfully photogenic.

On this exciting tour the focus is on the wildlife, but there will also be opportunities to capture some stunning landscape photographs along the way. We travel as a small group of 3-4 participants plus your photography guide, Richard Garvey-Williams, and our local driver/guide in a spacious 10-seater vehicle driven by our local guide. When we are not exploring locations on foot, the large side windows and roof hatch allow freedom to photograph from the vehicle in all directions. Richard will be on hand throughout to offer photographic instruction and will also offer a presentation each day on various relevant aspects of the art. Continue reading

Client Testimonials

I was lucky enough to go on one of the safaris to Kenya organised by Richard.  He did an excellent job of selecting the best destinations and putting together a varied package with a wide range of photography opportunities.

This was my first visit to Africa and I was amazed by the experience.  The abundance and variety of wildlife made it difficult to put the camera down.  Even when not on safari the wildlife around the lodges meant you couldn’t rest as there was always something to photograph.

The real advantage of going on one of these trips is that you are travelling with fellow photographers who share the same aims.  Travelling in these groups everyone is happy to shoot early and late in the day to make the best of the light and it is possible to not just see the animals but position the vehicle and wait to get the best photographs.

All of the lodges and hotels were full board and I have never eaten so well!  The lodges were all comfortable and well located, far exceeding my expectations.

If you are serious about wildlife photography then there is no better way to improve than to go out and take pictures.  This trip was the ideal way to do this and unlike in the UK you don’t have to spend large amounts of time just finding and approaching your subject as most of the animals can be approached closely in the vehicle, guaranteeing frame filling shots.

An unexpected bonus of the trip was seeing the country and it’s people.  As many of the reserves are separated by fairly long drives we got to see large areas of Kenya with varied landscapes.  Seeing people go about their daily lives as we drove along the road was absolutely fascinating and in many ways I enjoyed this as much as the wildlife reserves.

I ended up taking 1000s of photographs and look forward to reliving the experience as I go through them over the next few months.

Philip Gill
(advanced amateur)

 

Joined Richard on a two week action packed safari in Kenya’s national parks with no pre-conceptions but did wonder if I would get bored with potentially similar wildlife sightings day after day on the plains of Africa.  Although a successful photographer I was not prepared for what was to come.  The shared pleasure of being in the presence of the magnificence of the ‘Big Five’.  It was a real privilege.  The big five were really just a backdrop to an ever changing panorama and observation of the daily lives of so many mammals and birds.  To see so many different species was awe inspiring.  But what made this trip was Richard’s enthusiasm and his choice of local tour group and especially driver.  Having our own driver for the whole time and being a small group was some luxury but at an affordable price.  Being picked up and dropped off again at the end of the trip and after another full day’s tour made for a hassle free and very enjoyable experience.

The diversity of habitats visited within the 16 days made sure that we would never be bored.  Couple this with some excellent accommodation in between, ensured that all our time could be channeled into photography.  Having a driver who ‘knows’ his territory and his wildlife and eyes like a hawk, was the key to our success.  To see the very rare wild dogs on our very last game drive was the icing on the cake.

Now all remains is to sift through the 000s of images taken between sunrise and sunset.  That was another bonus – having companions and a driver who all wanted the same – maximum time in the field and at the ‘right’ locations for those prize winning shots.  Every drive was a new experience and one never knew what might appear.  Working with like-minded individuals meant we could all learn from each other and share tips and even equipment.  A great trip and highly recommended.

Chris Marsham

 

Thank you so much for leading such a great Photographic Safari. I really enjoyed every minute of it. I was delighted to get the benefit of your creativity, experience and inspirational guidance. I have had a first pass look at my images and I¹m happy I got some great

shots. I will keep in touch and would love to do another photo shoot with you in the UK or Africa.

John McColgan (Multi-award-winning Producer and Director)

 

I was first introduced to Richard through his book Mastering Composition. As a complete novice this proved to be the most useful reading I did in my early days of photography.

Since then I’ve had one to one tuition on Dartmoor looking at improving my landscape photography skills which has proved to be a great investment and following this I joined Richard on a truly amazing adventure to Namibia on one of his Wildlife Photography Safaris.

Richard is a great teacher. He’s really good at balancing when to teach and offer advice and when to let you put new techniques into practice. He’s helped me gain confidence in a wide variety of challenges such as challenging light, night photography, wildlife portraits, fast moving birds and animals as well as teaching me the huge range of capabilities of my camera. I’ve now had over 12 days tuition from Richard and my photography skills have advanced significantly. I’m already looking at when and where my next Wildlife Photography Safari is going to be and I’ve got one or two photos Richard considers good enough for entry into competitions. Whilst I’m flattered it’s down to his expert tuition my skills have come on so far in such a short space of time.

I am delighted to offer this testimonial and would thoroughly recommend him as a great teacher with an amazing knowledge of photography and wildlife and of course best of all Richard is great company to be with.

Gordon Sheret