Bespoke Best of Africa


I have designed incredible private African photography safari itineraries for almost every African country, so get in touch via the contact form at the end of this page to design your very own bespoke private African photography safari. Included on this page are luxury African photo safari options as well as adventures like a Zambia private photo safari, a private Namibia wildlife photo safari and a Zimbabwe private photo safari, and lots more.

What follows is a synopsis of each country and a portfolio of images from each.

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Bespoke Best of Kenya

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Kenya blends an adventurous private African photography safari with a luxury African photo safari better than any other country. It also offers photographers the most diverse array of photo opportunities and full memory cards are simply the order of the day. There is no country better suited to a bespoke private safari adventure and if you looking for the most authentic traditional safari experience in Africa then I suggest booking a fully mobile Kenyan safari. This will allow you access to the best concessions and private locations in the country. Your camp will move every few days and you will experience a safari like Ernest Hemingway and Karen Blixen did. You will leave invigorated, having been touched by Africa’s soul! Kenya is a country blessed with an incredible abundance of wildlife, so all Kenya luxury photography tours always include exceptional wildlife encounters. But Kenya offers a lot more than just a luxury African photography safari as it is the home of safari and no one has perfected the ‘art of safari’ like Kenya has. If you only going to do one private African photography safari in your lifetime, then nothing beats a Kenyan mobile photographic safari experience. This is also one of the ultimate countries for aerial photography safaris. A Kenya aerial photography safari or a Kenya private helicopter photo safari is an experience you will never forget and one that will take your breath away.  Rift valley lakes, with their associated scenery, are simply otherworldly – not too mention the millions of flamingoes that inhabit them. Cultural encounters are also second to none on a Kenya private photo safari as you get to photograph and spend time with some of the most authentic indigenous cultures left in Africa, like the famed Maasai and colourful Samburu people. On your Kenya mobile camp photo safari you will go in search of elephant tuskers in remote and large parks and you will photograph rhino and other creatures like Reticulated Giraffe and Grevy’s Zebra, found nowhere else. Using a combination of game reserves, national parks, ranches, community land and concessions, on your Kenya private photo safari, you will unlock and see an Africa of yesteryear. Staying in luxury boutique lodges, family-run ranches and fully mobile canvas camps, you will come to understand that the very word ‘safari’ originated here, and it means to ‘take a journey’. Besides just a Kenya luxury photography tour, you will have an incredible Kenya mobile camp photo safari adventure and you will run out of card space in your camera.

Your Kenya private photo safari will include a Kenya luxury photography tour and a Kenya mobile camp photo safari, making this the ultimate East Africa private photo safari. You can also book a Kenya private helicopter photo safari or we can include  some Kenya aerial photography elements in your bespoke itinerary. The photography on a Kenya private photo safari is so dynamic and visually stimulating that it is effortless and every lens in your bag will be exhausted.

A Kenya mobile camp photographic safari experience cannot be beat, so just do it! Fill out the form at the end of this page to receive your bespoke itinerary.

* See this Masai Mara photo safari which can be booked as a private safari and add these exciting extensions to make it the best Kenya photo safari.


Bespoke Best of Kenya photographic safari possibilities

Bespoke Best of Tanzania

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There are very few countries as diverse as Tanzania making it one of the ultimate countries for a private African photography safari. A Tanzania private photo safari offers it all, from remote islands and deep sparkling lakes, through to some of the largest and remotest parks and game reserves on the continent. Mountains, craters, great apes, vast plains and remote bush are all combined in this country and this is what sets it apart from any other. The famed Serengeti is a diverse park and by combining various elements and parts of it, you will be exposed to incredible predators and ‘predators within vistas’. The Ngorongoro Crater is quite simply the 8th natural wonder and a short visit is all that is required to obtain incredible photographs and memories. The Mahale Mountains are home to the largest wild population of Chimpanzee in the world and a Mahale chimpanzee photo safari experience is hard to beat. The camp, aptly named Greystoke, is widely acknowledged as one of Africa’s most sublime safari destinations. Then, as if this is not enough, the Tanzania southern circuit photo experience which includes a combination of a Selous photo safari, a Ruaha photo safari and a Katavi photo safari is all about wild bush country. You will explore the far-flung corners of Ruaha with one of Africa’s finest safari guides. A Tanzania southern circuit photo safari is all about combining a luxury African photo safari with canvas camping, fly camping, boating and walking. Photographing baobabs and stars in Ruaha is a must! This country has such a wide dynamic range that it is recommended that you divide it into a northern and southern circuit, with each requiring about two weeks of travel time. Of course we can combine the two circuits into one ultimate Tanzania private photographic safari for you, selecting the best of both the north and the south.

Tanzania, of all the countries, has the best ability to combine iconic destinations like the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, with remoter destinations like the Selous and Ruaha. Fill out the form at the end of this page now and let’s begin designing your Bespoke Best Of Tanzania safari itinerary.

* See this incredible Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti safari and book extensions to make it the best East Africa private photographic safari.


Bespoke Best of Tanzania photographic safari possibilities

Bespoke Best of Zambia

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Zambia private photo safari: Whether it be a South Luangwa photographic safari, a Busanga Plains photography safari or a Lower Zambezi photography safari, any Zambia private photo safari offers a remote and timeless bush experience. This is the official ‘off the beaten track’ safari to do in Africa. With remote flood plains like on a Busanga Plains photography safari, wild bush like on a South Luangwa photographic safari, meandering rivers teaming with hippo, crocodiles and elephants like on a Lower Zambezi photography safari, Zambia will steal your heart. When you think of a Zambia private photo safari, think of secret forests and untamed wilderness. A Zambia photo safari by private charter gives you access to incredible photo opportunities and to an Africa from long ago. All the parks you visit on a Zambia private photo safari are very remote and a Busanga Plains photography safari is like having a little Okavango Delta all to yourself. If the words Lechwe, Oribi and Puku are not familiar to you, then a Zambia private photo safari is what your portfolio needs. A South Luangwa photographic safari offer you one of the highest leopard densities in Africa plus huge rafts of hippo, basking crocodiles and pink bee-eaters. The best kept secret on any Zambia private photo safari is a remote little bush camp, situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River in the far south of the country. From this base you will explore the river, photographing swimming elephants and yawning hippos on a Lower Zambezi photography safari. You will canoe secret channels and explore and photograph remote hidden forests, filled with wild animals and nothing else. Starting or ending your Zambia private photo safari at Victoria Falls is a lovely way to imbibe your safari adventure.

 

Do you want to do something wild and different, a private African photography safari that is not on the main tourist circuit in Africa? Get in touch now by filling out the form at the end of this page, and let’s design your very own Zambia private photo safari itinerary. The safari season is short in Zambia so you are aiming for a window between June and October and a 14 day Zambia private photo safari will mean that you see the best and secret locations.


Bespoke Best of Zambia photographic safari possibilities

Bespoke Best of Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe private photo safari: Zimbabwe is a country that defies odds and despite suffering a destroyed economy and anarchy, the wildlife is surviving and the country has arguably the best safari guides on the continent which you will experience on any Zimbabwe Mana Pools photo safari, Chitake Springs photo safari or Hwange photo safari. A Zimbabwe private photo safari is the most adventurous safari you can do because you will get to see and photograph large wild animals, while you are out of the safari truck. Not being in a vehicle on a Zimbabwe private photo safari really changes things and elevates adrenaline levels and no more so than on a Chitake Springs photo safari or a Zimbabwe Mana Pools photo safari. It is not that it is dangerous, the Zimbabwe private photo safari guides are some of the best trained in Africa. In fact, it is because they are so well trained that you will get to experience wildlife on foot on your Zimbabwe private photo safari. A Zimbabwe photo safari will see you taking in the vast plains of Hwange National Park where you will be gently introduced to the wild environment as photography is mainly done from a vehicle on this leg of your Zimbabwe private photo safari. Your Hwange photo safari includes herds of Roan and Sable antelope and this is an indication of just how remote and wild this park is. A Hwange photo safari is also the best chance of seeing lion hunt elephant! Exploring Lake Kariba and photographing wild sunsets filled with dead trees is a classic Zimbabwe private photo safari experience. Heading further east on a Zimbabwe Mana Pools photo safari, your safari will take a truly wild turn. Photographing elephants and wild dog on foot is simply the norm on any Zimbabwe Mana Pools photo safari. Staking out remote wild pans and springs like on a Chitake Springs photo safari, you will experience Africa’s wildlife in a new way. Your heart will race and you will feel like you have experienced the ultimate in terms of wildlife experiences. The camps can be basic on a  Zimbabwe private photo safari but the wild encounters are simply exhilarating. The wildest place I have ever camped is in the backwaters of Mana Pools National Park and on a bespoke Chitake Springs photo safari itinerary, we will spend a night or two fly camping at this special location on your Zimbabwe private photo safari.

 

If getting up close and personal with Africa’s wild animals is what you want then a Zimbabwe private photo safari is the one for you. Book your bespoke Zimbabwe private photography safari now by filling out the form at the end of this page.


Bespoke Best of Zimbabwe photographic safari possibilities

Bespoke Best of Botswana

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Botswana Private Photo Safari: Botswana is quite simply the bespoke safari destination for connoisseurs blending a wilderness experience with a luxury African photo safari. The country is relatively small and flat. The human population is tiny, yet the wilderness areas are vast. The entire country is basically one giant wildlife concession and as such a Botswana private photo safari offers the most remote and exclusive wildlife viewing of any country. If you wanting to really get away from it all and escape deep into the wilderness but still enjoy a pure luxury African photo safari, then Botswana is the country for you. There is no other safari that blends exclusivity and luxury like a Botswana private photo safari does. A Botswana private photo safari will no doubt see you exploring vast and remote private concessions in the heart of the Okavango Delta and these concessions are as large as game reserves and parks in other countries but have just one or two camps in them. Driving for hours on end and seeing nobody else is what makes this private African photography safari unique. This is the closest you will get to photographing like a National Geographic documentary maker – in splendid wild isolation. The Okavango is one of Africa’s last great wildernesses, a place where the water, desert and sky meet to offer you a truly immersive experience. It is the furthest place you will get from civilization and yet the camps are small and intimate, offering a true luxury African photo safari experience. A Botswana private photo safari is also one of the very best ways to combine big cat and wild dog photography. There are a number of different camps and concessions to explore on this private African photography safari and some camps are uber-luxurious, offering you the ultimate luxury African photo safari. But you can also do an Okavango expedition-style camp, transecting the Okavango by boat and exploring hidden gems. This offers you a more traditional private African photography safari experience.  If you like the sound of taking a dip in the cool refreshing waters, of picnic lunches on islands, of camping under starry skies, then a Botswana mobile camp photo safari is the one for you. Doing and expedition-style Okavango safari and ending at an uber-luxurious camp makes this the ultimate private African photography safari destination. Aerial photography safaris in Botswana are also incredible and if you book a Botswana private helicopter photo safari it will include an Okavango Delta helicopter photo safari and a Makgadigadi pan helicopter photo safari. Flying over the salt pans with flamingoes and zebras below on an aerial photography safari are two experiences that will keep your shutter button firmly pressed. If you enjoy cultural experiences then a Bushman reenactment from a bygone era is also an incredible photo opportunity that takes place in the Kalahari Desert on your Botswana private photo safari. Add in meerkats, sleep-outs and some of the best elephant photography anywhere, including a custom-built hide for photographers, and you have a country that might just clinch the ultimate title for a private African photography safari. I will go as far as to say that if you only have time for one safari, then I would say that a bespoke best of Botswana private photo safari is the one to do. The reason I say this is because this is a private African photography safari that offers you the opportunity to be all alone in one of Africa’s last great and untouched wilderness areas – the Okavango.

 

A Botswana private photo safari allows you to combine pure wilderness with a luxury African photo safari. Get in touch now to design your immersive Botswana private photo safari by filling out the form at the end of this page.

 

* See an Okavango Delta photo safari which can be booked privately and add exciting extensions to make it the best private Africa photo safari.


Bespoke Best of Botswana photographic possibilities

Bespoke Best of Namibia

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Private Namibia wildlife photo safari including a Skeleton Coast photo safari – Namibia is like no other country and it is therefore an easy decision to add a private Namibia wildlife photo safari to your safari bucket list. It is a country that is sparsely populated and the Namibian sky seems extra big which is perhaps why a Namibia helicopter photo safari is one of the finest aerial photography safaris in Africa. A private Namibia wildlife photo safari is like visiting another planet, one where the silence can be deafening and where the feeling of being ‘out there’ is no greater. A private Namibia wildlife photo safari will include seeing the fossilized trees of Sossusvlie’s Deadvlei Pan before taking a Namibia helicopter photo safari over one of the most rugged coastlines anywhere in the world. Where the hot Namib Desert meets the cool Atlantic Ocean is where the photographic magic happens on your private Namibia wildlife photo safari. Continuing up along the coast your Namibia photo safari by private charter or your Namibia private helicopter photo safari, you will make a stop in the Namibia desert for macro photography as well as pelicans and flamingoes. From there it will get really remote on your private Namibia wildlife photo safari as you explore Damaraland for desert-adapted Black Rhino as well as desert elephant and giraffe on the Hoanib Skeleton Coast photo safari leg. You will follow ancient riverbeds all the way to the coast where you will picnic before flying back to your camp in the middle of nowhere on this private Namibia wildlife photo safari. You will then journey to the land of the Himba in the remotest north of the country where you can end your private Namibia wildlife photo safari in the remotest safari destinations and perhaps the best place for a Namibia private helicopter photo safari.

 

A private Namibia wildlife photo safari is all about space and freedom, and starry starry nights. If you are searching for remote desert vistas in the middle of nowhere then book your Bespoke Best Of Namibia safari now by filling out the form at the end of this page.


Bespoke Best of Namibia photographic safari possibilities

Bespoke Best of South Africa

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Luxury African photo safari: South Africa is in many ways the perfect country for a safari holiday, especially for those who want exceptional photographs but without any fuss and difficult traveling. A luxury South Africa photo safari combines big cat photography in the Kruger National Park with an urban wildlife experience in Cape Town. If you wanting a luxury African photo safari and a holiday, then South Africa is the place. Your luxury South Africa photo safari will start in the Kruger area where on privately owned land; you will photograph the Big 5 and stand a very good chance of seeing wild dog too. Just because the camps are luxurious and the vehicles are comfortable does not mean that this is not wild Africa. Kruger is one of Africa’s largest and greatest ecosystems and the animals you will be photographing are as wild and free as anywhere else in Africa. In fact there is nowhere else in Africa that offers up as many leopards as South Africa does and there is no place else that can guarantee regular Big 5 sightings like South Africa can. Gourmet food and wine are the order of the day on your luxury African photography safari. You will stay in three different wildlife concessions in the Kruger area and all are private and as such you will not see many other cars. The sightings on a luxury South Africa photo safari are limited to a maximum of 4 vehicles, so there is no congestion. You can photograph the only wild white lion left in the world as well as all of Africa’s other large and general game. This is the best place in Africa for leopard photography. After exploring three special parts of Kruger you will fly to Cape Town to continue your luxury African photo safari. Here the wildlife part of your safari does not end but rather, it takes a fascinating turn. You will enjoy a combination of scenic helicopter flights and hikes up beautiful mountains for sundowners and moon rises on this luxury African photo safari. You will kayak in the sea and photograph penguins. Imagine seeing penguins and giraffes on the same safari! You will dive with Great White Sharks (if you want to?) and explore the hidden natural gems of one of the most beautiful city settings in the world. Think of this as a the ultimate urban safari as you experience Cape Town like other tourists do not. The city offers an incredible culinary safari and we know all the best restaurants. You will enjoy art and culture in Africa’s most beautiful city on this luxury South Africa photo safari and you will also explore beyond the boundaries of Cape Town, visiting the very best local spots and secret locations in the surrounding mountains.

If you love leopards then South Africa is the country for you. If 3’rd world airports and travel is not your favourite part of going on safari and if you want regular Big 5 sightings, then book your South Africa luxury photo safari now by filling out a form at the end of this page.

*See this Africa photo safari to South Africa which can be booked privately. Extend your safari and make it the best Africa photo safari.


Bespoke Best of South Africa photographic safari possibilities

Bespoke Specialist Safaris

 

Exploratory photo safaris – Africa is a big place and if you wanting to explore and photograph Africa beyond the boundaries of the above listed safari countries, then I also offer a bespoke private guiding and exploratory photo safari service. If you wanting to photograph Gelada Baboons and Ethiopian Wolves, or if you wanting to photograph bats in Zambia or stake out a remote forest bai in the Congo Basin, then simply get in touch on the form below and we can make your exploratory photo safari dream a reality. If you would like to photograph any African or international destinations with me on an exploratory basis, then please get in touch below. If you would like me to share with you my exploratory photo safari bucket list, then I am happy to.

 

Is there a destination you have always wanted to visit or an animal you have always wanted to photograph?  Get in touch below and let’s see if we can make your exploratory photo safari dreams come true.


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Bespoke Photographic Safari Guest Testimonials

'Greg, thanks so much for the outstanding private safari in the Okavango Delta. The itinerary that you developed gave us a terrific mix of magical Delta experiences, with fine camps and excellent local guides. The most important ingredient in this terrific experience, however, was you. On the photographic front, we were inspired by your commitment to artistic creativity and excellence, as well as ethical practices, in the capturing of wildlife images and greatly appreciated your graciously shared world class photographic expertise. We were delighted to find that you are also a knowledgeable naturalist, with wide-ranging expertise and engaging stories (and a voluminous reference library on your phone!) about both the fauna and the flora of Africa. We were encouraged by your commitment to conservation! We look forward eagerly to joining you in the Masai Mara next year and in the South Rift Valley!'

Mark and Bonnie Overgaard (USA)
'Since our very first contact, Greg gave me lots of advices about safari destinations and about photography. He always answered my hundreds mail (sorry Greg 😉 ) helping me to find and book the best travel for shooting hippos and to buy some photographic stuffs I have never seen before. I have known a man who really loves Africa and wildlife and most important, who knows lot of things about Africa and wildlife, but at the same time you can talk to him as you talk to one of your friend. I dont write about his knowledge of photo gears and technique as it would be superfluous. I can only say that my skill level is increased by several steps. His advices during safaris were, in my opinion, the best part of my entire time spent in Kenya. During my time spent in the bush, I really feel myself like a photographer, not like a tourist. Thank you, thank you so much!'

Nicola Cappelletti (Italy)
'We all really enjoyed our family photographic safari with you in Zambia. The Lower Zambezi is a beautiful destination and the most scenic we have seen so far. Robin and I have improved our photographic capabilities which we hopefully won't lose till we see you again😁. Thank you for the personal message in your wonderful AWE book. Have fun with your next trips and hope to see you again soon.' See the adventure on YouTube

Ute, David and Robin (Germany)
'Good morning Greg. I trust you got home safely. Thanks for being such an incomparable guide and company. See you in February, if not before (maybe October).'

Stephen and Eric Cheek (UK)
'It was such a privilege to spend a week with Greg. On all levels he is a joy to spend time in the bush with. Its really apparent through his passion, knowledge and talent why he was The Wildlife Photographer of the Year. We had some amazing sightings. From following mating leopards for 5 hours on my birthday to packs of wild dogs, cheetahs, and 19 different leopards. Oh, and two snakes! And of course, spending some time with Claire was very special to us.'

Deborah Keener Brown (USA)
'Dear Greg, the training and experience with you has been even better than we expected. You bring out the best of Africa as you teach us each day to appreciate the animals and capture the best moments with pictures. You are patient and professional and we look forward to another journey with you. Best to you, Bob 'the camera caddy' and Jacquie.'

Bob and Jacquie Paul (USA)
'Hey Greg, It took three days to download and organize my 5412 files! You blew me away with your kindness, graciousness, and expertise. Okay, so now I am bit and I can't wait to go back. The wild is the only thing that makes sense and I understand what motivates you. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for introducing me to your world and for sharing your experience, strength, and hope for the future of conservation.'

Nell Dickerson (USA)