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A Big Five bonanza!


Guests were treated to a host of Big Five viewing at Cheetah Plains Private Nature Reserve in the Sabi Sand.

Photographic challenges and opportunities in Etosha

After enjoying a drink and mud bath at Nebrownii Waterhole, this elephant decided to put on a show for the onlookers.

The tricks to taking great photos in Etosha National Park.

A new app helps wildlife photographers


A professional photographic safari guide’s top 50 wildlife photography tips are delivered seamlessly in an affordable new app.

Watch out, there’s a pride of lions behind you!


An epic lion hunt is caught on camera in the Luangwa Valley.

Photographing the elusive leopards of Kruger


One guide has a knack for finding and photographic the rarely spotted leopards of Kruger. Here are his photos.

The ‘Big 5’ tips for great wildlife photography


Take great photos on your next safari and build your skill level with these tips from wildlife photographer Heidi Watson.

You don’t always need to leave camp to enjoy the wildlife


Madikwe Game Reserve provides ample photo opportunities, both on game drives or in camp, as wildlife doesn’t always respect fences.

From amateur to pro: A wildlife photographer’s humble beginnings


Every photographer starts out as an amateur, it only takes the right teacher to grow your skills.

First MaYdikwe Photo Festival celebrates wildlife photography


Guests flock to Madikwe Game Reserve to learn some valuable lessons in wildlife photography.

Reflective photography: reality is not always what it seems


Master the art of reflective photography with these pro tips.

Are you making the most of natural light?

A Cape fox in soft light in the Namib. Photo competition entry by Sanet Rossouw.

Take your wildlife photography to the next level by making the most of natural light.

How to photograph on manual mode with auto ISO

A stunning entry by Simon Cox showing simplicity in tranquility in Chobe, Botswana

All you need to know about photographing wildlife on manual mode while using auto ISO.

A photographer’s dream leopard sighting


After having no luck on safari, a group of photographers almost gave up hope until a call on the radio signaled the chance for the perfect shot.

Why a morning safari is worth the 5am wake-up call


Wake up with the wildlife and discover a world of unrivaled beauty in the bush.

Natural beauties and tips that do the trick


Get top beauty tips from some of Africa’s most beautiful inhabitants.

Get out of auto mode when taking wildlife photos

Master exposure and make your subjects stand out from the background, like these lions drinking at night in Ongava Game Reserve, Namibia. Image by Andrea Galli.

How to graduate out of auto mode when taking wildlife photos, and why this is important.

A photographic feast in South Luangwa


Beautiful South Luangwa offers photographers an abundance of opportunities to get the perfect shot. Here are the top 11 wildlife photographs from the diverse region.

7 tips for planning your photo safari to Africa


Be 100% prepared for your next photographic safari and capture some amazing wildlife with these seven essential lessons.

Lessons learnt in wildlife photography


Jaci’s Lodges guide, Anja went to find out more about wildlife photography in order to better help her guests. Here’s what she learnt.

The secret to taking wildlife photos like a pro

An evocative image off an elephant in Amboseli National Park, Kenya, entered into the competition by Kathleen Ricker

Will Burrard-Lucas lets us in on the secret to taking wildlife photos like a pro, using some great entries into our competition to demonstrate his point!

5 tips for mastering the magic of Africa’s golden hour

Greg du Toit

Learn to take amazing shots of Africa at its finest under the guidance of 2013 Photographer of the Year, Greg Du Toit.

Top tips to building your wildlife photography portfolio

rhino feature

Learn how to create your own wildlife photographic portfolio in just one safari trip.

Top 5 leopard photos of the year at Madikwe Game Reserve


Etali Safari Lodge showcases their top five leopard pictures from the past year at Madikwe Game Reserve.

Getting the perfect focus in your wildlife photographs

Its all in the eyes in this image by Sean Cresswell featuring the gaze of a king in the Sabi Sand, South Africa

Understanding camera focus to enhance your wildlife photography.

5 key points that will help you take better photos while on safari


Understand these 5 things about photography and you’re on your way to capturing great images while on safari.

Tips for hide photography


Why you should photograph from a hide while on safari, and tips and tricks to improve your hide photography.

12 technical things you need to know for photography


12 technical things to think about to improve your photography.

All you need to know about shutter speed

A baby white rhino runs towards the camera ©Jofie Lamprecht

How to improve the sharpness of your images through shutter speed.

10 things to think about in order to master wildlife photography


Some informative ‘hands-on’ know-how so that you can enjoy shooting better images and making the most of your wildlife photography!

9 things to look for when buying a lens for wildlife photography

You have to be quick to capture action in the bushveld like these lions seen at Balule Nature Reserve, South Africa © Des Jacobs

Here are 9 key things to look for when selecting a lens for wildlife photography.

10 tips to prepare your camera for wildlife photography


10 top wildlife photography tips that could help you on the way to becoming the Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year 2016.

Do you need a DSLR?

A hornbill with lunch in the Kruger National Park by Massimo Da Silva: One of the fabulous entries that we have received so far in the Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year 2016 competition.

With plenty of alternatives to DSLR cameras on the market, including super-zooms and mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras, Will Burrard-Lucas answers the question of if you even need a DSLR?

8 things to look for in a camera for wildlife photography

Photographing a  southern ground pangolin in Musina, Limpopo, South-Africa © Joseph-Healy-Rennison

Will Burrard-Lucas explains what camera features are important if you want to get into wildlife photography.

10 things you can do right now to improve your wildlife photography

A simple edit like converting an image to black and white can really make all the difference as evidenced in this image of an elephant mother and calf by Tom Stenner

A summary of Will Burrad-Lucas’ tips for instantly improving your wildlife photography to set you on your way to becoming Africa Geographic’s Photographer of the Year!

An interview with shark researchers: Monique and Chris Fallows

Chris Fallows has pioneered the photography and research of the flying Great White Sharks of False Bay near Cape Town.

An interview about African wildlife experiences with the husband and wife team who have pioneered the research and photography of the breaching great white sharks of False Bay.

5 tips for taking photos on safari


5 tips for taking great photos in the bush.

Capturing that something special in a photo

Adding that something extra to your wildlife photography.

7 tips for improving your wildlife photography

Some good advice for all you aspiring wildlife photographers!

Natural Splendours of South Africa

Planning a holiday to South Africa? Find out all you need to know about the rainbow nation according to renowned photographer Gerald Cubitt.

Appreciating South Africa through photos

Will Kent talks about some of the experiences he had in South Africa as a volunteer.

Kruger – lions, kingfishers and on foot with ellies

Scott Ramsay’s travels take him to the Kruger National Park, a landmark area in the history of wildlife conservation.

Wildlife photography – leave nothing to chance

A good wildlife photograph is produced by leaving nothing to chance – know your stuff with these great photography tips.

Think before you click

Wildlife photography has never been so popular, so here are some tips to keep you ahead of the rest of the pack.

A word about composition

Chris Martin gives us some tips on how to take care in the initial composition when photographing a variety of subject matters…

Shooting with a dinosaur

A wildlife photographer tells us how using old DSLR cameras can be just as rewarding as using modern cameras.

Mother and leopard cub get unwanted visitors

By the time we neared the sighting spot, the two leopards disappeared into some incredibly thick bush along the river. I asked Kevin what my best approach was and he said that I should try get down into the river.

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