Photo 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.

Tanzania: a 10-day classic safari experience in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater

Saturday 4th to Monday 13th February 2017

Blue Wildebeest, Brindled Gnu, Connochaetes taurinus (White Bearded Gnu, C. taurinus albojubatus), herds against the setting sun, Ndutu, Tanzania

This 10-day photographic safari in Tanzania gives you the opportunity to photograph a large variety of Africa’s most iconic wildlife and to witness the vast migration herds in the region for the calving season. It is open to photographers of all abilities.

The northern part of Tanzania is home to some of Africa’s most famous reserves, two of which we visit on this safari. The timing of this adventure should enable participants to witness the amazing spectacle of the Great Migration herds of wildebeest and zebra grazing on the fertile plains of the Ndutu Reserve where we head to first. At this time of year the wildebeest should be calving and the large predator populations will also be active to make the most of the passage of these herds through their territories. We then move into the southern part of the Serengeti renowned for its open landscapes and abundance and variety of wildlife. Finally we visit Ngorongoro Crater and descend into the floor of this massive caldera to drive around one of the most game-rich reserves in the world.

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.
Non-photographer travelling companions 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


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


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