Coast and Castles Landscapes
Northumberland has more castles than any other English county, and they make for spectacular landscape subjects, especially along the magnificent coastline at sunrise. We offer the added opportuity to try out aerial photography, with our

dual operator Inspire drone, weather permitting of course.  

 

 

Birds of Prey 

Native raptors and owls, static and in flight,

in a range of glorious and exclusive wild

Northumberland settings.

 

Plus

Optional Reptiles and Macro Taster 

Spectacular Svalbard In Style

 

 

Unique Arctic landscapes and species

Six Star expedition cruising

Exclusive use of zodiac craft for photographers

Perfect trip to bring partners along

Unbeatable offers when you book this trip of a lifetime in 2016!

 

THIS EXPEDITION HAS NOW CLOSED - 2017/18 EXPEDITION DESTINATIONS & DATES RELEASING SOON!

 

in partnership with

Mountain Gorillas & Highlights of Rwanda

 

Intimate encounters on this stunning 5 day photography + video safari 

Gorilla and Golden Monkey trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Chimpanzee and colobus monkey trekking in Nyungwe forest

Explore Kigali

Visit Lake Kivu

Apres trek cultural activities  

in partnership with

Details and Booking

South African Ultimate Photography & Film Making Safari

 

  • Our most-requested safari

  • Exclusive use of the entire reserve - no other visitors! 

  • Unrivalled quality of wildlife encounters 

  • Superb hide network as well as game drives 

  • Night and day photography 

  • Unique photographic opportunities 

  • No yellow fever or malaria medication required 

  • Aerial photography taster

  • Connoisseur choice for African wildlife photography & film making

 

 

2017 DATES RELEASING SOON!

 

Kids n GrownUps Wildlife Camera Craft Day

 

 

A unique chance for you and your youngster to learn about wildlife photography together.  During a fun and fact-filled day you will meet, learn about and photograph our super team of friendly owls and wriggly reptiles in the glorious natural setting of Northumberland. You can even try camouflage and field craft!

 

  • Beginner friendly - come and learn new techniques

  • Use a DSLR, bridge, compact camera or even a smart phone

 

SORRY - SOLD OUT 

why not join us in SPRING 2017?

Southwest Scotland Safari - Autumn 2016

 

 

2 day photography / video workshop

 

  • Learn to photograph native British wildlife in autumn settings 

  • Opportunity to learn fundamentals of wildlife videography from BBC film maker and presenter Trai Anfield

  • Exclusive use of professional hides featured in BBC Autumnwatch 2015

  • Ideal environment and subjects for beginners

  • Excellent rare opportunities for those with more experience


 

 

 

South African safari extensions: beach, active adventures or city life, the choices are endless.

 

 

After a wonderful week of game photography in Kwazulu Natal, relaxing on the sands and soaking up the exotic atmosphere of one of South Africa’s luxury coastal resorts could be the perfect way to round off your journey and recharge your batteries before flying home.

 

Or you may choose even more adventures in this land of active opportunities, including diving with sharks or heading for some city time in Cape Town, Durban or Johannesburg.

 

Whatever your ideal post safari experience SA can provide your perfect extension.

 

Please contact us for further details.

 

Recommended Combinations for 2016

 

SAVE OVER £750 when you combine South Africa's Super Six with Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda for one of the world’s most incredible wildlife experiences in 2016.

 

Complete your African wildlife experience by combining our South Africa and Rwanda photographic safaris, and add in the wildlife encounter of a lifetime: mountain gorillas.

 

Our tour of Rwanda begins in Kigali with cultural and community highlights. We then head through the most beautiful regions of Rwanda including Lake Kivu, and Nyugwe forest where we will encounter rare chimpanzees and spectacular black and white colobus and golden monkeys along the way.

The climax of any Rwanda tour must be meeting and photographing mountain gorillas.  We always make time for two gorilla treks to allow you to exerience different families, dynamics and personalities of these most human of animals.  This also ensures you will create the most captivating images possible, reflecting the emotion, movement and interactions of the gorillas as they socialize in their family groups. Here we also trek to meet the region's charming golden monkeys.

 

We will continue to hone our photographic techniques, and extend our creativity, during our week at Zimanga in South Africa, where the photographic opportunities are endless and varied.

 

Please contact us for further details and savings

Southwest Scotland Safari 

 

 

3 day photography / video workshop

 

  • Learn to photograph native British wildlife in spring settings 

  • Opportunity to learn fundamentals of wildlife videography from BBC film maker and presenter Trai Anfield

  • Exclusive use of professional hides featured in BBC Autumnwatch 2015

  • Ideal environment and subjects for beginners

  • Excellent rare opportunities for those with more experience


 

 

Booking fast -

last 3 places available

 

Fast Action + Creative Portraiture

  • A thorough grounding in the techniques of capturing fast action of birds in flight and creative wildlife portraits

  • Birds of Prey: native raptors and owls, static and in flight, including all the British owls, hovering kestrel, buzzard, peregrin falcon, jay

  • Small mammals: our subject for this workshop will be the native and increasingly rare harvest mouse

  • Reptiles and insects: exotics including monitor lizard, chilean rose tarantula, scorpion

 Pay your deposit & secure your place now!

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Best of Botswana & Victoria Falls

 

 

Explore the vast and dramatic wilderness of Botswana through your lens.

 

  • Okavango Delta

  • Makgadikgadi Pans

  • Kubu Island

  • Plus Victoria Falls

10% discount before 31.05.17

Only 2 places left

 

 

India: WIldlife & Culture 2018

 

  • Two different tiger reserves, Ranthambore and Tadoba

  • Bespoke leopard safaris

  • Smaller reserves for birdlife & species which don’t reside in the major parks

  • Diverse range of game drives, walks and boat cruises

  • Rural villages where tribal life hasn’t changed for centuries, and old towns with wonderful history, architecture, temples, forts, craft traditions and markets

  • Accomodation includes ancient forts and havelis

  • Experience Indian cultural & traditional village life

  • Photograph Holi festival in the enchanting city of Udaipur   

  • ​Max group 5 photographers

 

 

Optional Extension: Magical Agra

 

  • Sunset & sunrise photography at the Taj Mahal

  • City highlights tour

  • Wildlife rescue sanctuaries

Just 1 Place Left in 2018

Snap it up now!

Southwest Scotland Safari 

 

 

3 day photography / video workshop

 

  • Learn to photograph native British wildlife in spring settings 

  • Opportunity to learn fundamentals of wildlife videography from BBC film maker and presenter Trai Anfield

  • Exclusive use of professional hides featured in BBC Autumnwatch 2015

  • Ideal environment and subjects for beginners

  • Excellent rare opportunities for those with more experience


 

 

KENYA

Kenya's Mighty Mara Migration Special

All that Kenya's Masai Mara has to offer in one incredible safari!

  • private conservancy with abundant wildlife and strictly managed
    numbers - no tourist crowds

     

  • two centre safari gets you to the heart of all the migration action in the
    Masai Mara National Reserve too

     

  • multi award winning camps and guiding team
     

  • unlimited time to observe animal behaviour and create your shots
     

  • experienced tutor and beginner-friendly atmosphere to learn
    new skills and techniques
     

  • creative challenges for for more experienced photographers
     

  • opportunities for walking safaris
     

  • off road access and night drives
     

  • macro and astro photography sessions
     

  • option to try DSLR videography with a BBC trained wildlife film maker
     

  • vehicles fitted with bespoke photography platforms
     

  • max 3 photographers per vehicle - unrestricted access to both sides
     

  • our safaris support conservation and communities

NEW for 2019

  • 2 iconic reserves: Hwange and Mana Pools
     

  • classic game drives plus walking and canoeing safaris
     

  • use of exclusive photography hides 
     

  • off-road access and night drives in private concession
     

  • time to observe animal behaviour and create your shots
     

  • experienced tutor and beginner-friendly atmosphere to learn
    new photographic skills and techniques

     

  • creative challenges for for more experienced photographers
     

  • macro and astro photography sessions, weather permitting
     

  • option to try DSLR videography with a BBC trained wildlife film maker

  • small group - max 6 

  • interested partners / travel companions welcome
     

  • our safaris support conservation and communities

RECOMMENDED  ADD-ON

 

Umlani Leopard-Focussed MiniSafari

We are delighted to offer an optional add-on at Umlani Bushcamp, which is the perfect complement to Zimanga.  This beautiful eco lodge sits within Timbavati Game Reserve, which borders the Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands, and is one of South Africa's premier spots for leopard-focussed safaris.

As with Zimanga, we have booked out exclusive use of Umlani for our group, so there will be no other visitors intruding on our wildlife encounters and - importantly for this area - nobody shifting us off our sightings after a few minutes, which sadly is routine in nearby reserves.  It also means we have exclusive access to Umlani's treehouse, where it is possible to book an overnight stay as well as use it as a waterhole hide.

This 3 day extension includes:

  • transfers from Zimanga & to outbound airport

  • 3 nights accommodation

  • award-winning food and local drinks on full board basis

  • reserve fees

  • morning and evening game drives in dedicated photographer vehicles

  • optional walking safaris each day

  • exclusive use of Umlani's waterhole tree house hide (a limited number of 3 overnight stays are available here on a first come basis)

  • all photographic tuition

  • all safari guiding


Of course there will be an incredible range of South Africa's iconic wildlife to photograph, but leopards are a particular draw here, along with reputedly the best birding in South Africa - over 500 species, including many large raptors, are recorded in the Greater Kruger area.

So all in all we reckon this is the perfect way to round off our Zimanaga 2018 photographic safari!

Dates: 13-16 July 2018
Rates: £1290 per person

 

Why November?

 

For photographers this is a wonderful time of year to be in Botswana.  The crowds of high season have all gone home, and yes it can be pretty hot, but the light is nothing short of sensational so we photographers tend not to mind it too much!  

 

At this far end of the dry season the bush is sparse, making wildlife visibility good.  Many different species are concentrated around remaining areas of water, often leading to unusual behaviour and dynamic interactions.  And when it does finally rain the reactions of individual animals are a joy to photograph: Trai is a big fan of a little rain on Safari!

Mount Kinabalu

Our final location takes us upwards, from tropical rainforest through varied habitats to cooler montane forests of oak, rhododendron, and conifer.  Mount Kinabalu is a birding and flora paradise, where improbably brilliant colours flit through the canopy and light up the forest floor.

 

We set out early on the mountain walking trails, peering through the clearing mist for tree pies, whistling thrushes and drongos as they feed on insects attracted to the lodge lights during the night.  Straying further afield, we will also hope to see hornbills, trogons, wren-babblers, flowerpeckers, sunbirds and the endemic spiderhunter.  Birds of prey are never far away either, including the mountain serpent eagle.

The park's flora is a also a delight. One of the world’s largest flowers, the gigantic 1.7m rafflesia grows here, along with over 800 orchid species and the world’s richest collection of pitcher plants (nepenthes). 

As well as birds, flora and terrific mountain landscape photography, we will still keep an eye out for elusive orangutan, the three deer species that live on the mountain, Malayan weasel, oriental small-clawed otter, and leopard cat.

Availability: sorry, you've missed your chance!

  • 3 iconic reserves: Khwai, Savute, Chobe Riverfront
     

  • classic game drives plus walking, mokoro and photo boat safaris
     

  • time to observe animal behaviour and create your shots
     

  • experienced tutor and beginner-friendly atmosphere to learn
    new photographic skills and techniques

     

  • creative challenges for for more experienced photographers
     

  • macro and astro photography sessions, weather permitting
     

  • option to try DSLR videography with a BBC trained wildlife film maker

  • small group - max 6 

  • interested partners / travel companions welcome
     

  • our safaris support conservation and communities