Guest Testimonials


Wildlife safaris and especially African wildlife safaris have always been popular. With the advent of digital photography, African photographic safaris or African photography workshops are now even more popular and these are exactly my area of specialty...

Both my unique experience as an ex-safari guide and my photographic expertise as a professional wildlife photographer, allow me to combine the concept of a traditional safari with an Africa photographic workshop, seamlessly. When on safari with me as your host and guide, we will conduct traditional safari drives and you will enjoy all the excitement, information and experiences of a traditional safari (non photographing partners and friends are therefore welcome). You will however also receive expert photographic guidance and tuition! I travel with an entire Africa Photography Workshop on my mac-book and I will teach and guide you on any and every aspect of wildlife photography. You are able to ask me any photographic questions that you have and I can also give you feedback on your own images! See a list of my upcoming Africa Photo Safaris and I look forward to being your safari and photographic host!

Here follow testimonials from recent guests that joined me on safaris….

Bespoke Private Safaris

'I have traveled several times to Africa, but my recent trip with Greg to Mahale and the Serengeti has been a never-to-be-forgotten experience. Greg's photo workshop was amazing. I feel much more comfortable with my camera now. The greatest wisdom I carried away from Greg is this: I am the photographer not the camera, I can be in control and not depend on the  camera's interpretation of what I see. His tips and advice put me on the right direction to being in control! Beyond the camera, Greg's passion for the natural and his immense knowledge of the Serengeti from the predators to the birdlife and to the smallest flower in that never-ending expanse, gave me a privileged glimpse into the heart of Africa. Thank you Greg. See you on the predator tour!'

Punam Anand Kumar (India)
'Good morning Greg. I trust you got home safely. Eric and I had an uneventful journey home. Surprisingly, Eric found his extender in his camera bag! 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)
'Greg, thanks so much for the outstanding private safari in the Okavango Delta, Botswana that you led for us. The itinerary that you and C4 Photo Safaris 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 and especially to the Rebuilding the Pride project run by Masai landowner group SORALO in the South Rift Valley of Kenya. We look forward eagerly to joining you in the Masai Mara next year and in the South Rift Valley in 2018!'

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 to the Whole Oryx Team!'

Nicola Cappelletti (Italy)
 

Botswana & South Africa Predator Workshop

'Hi Greg! I wanted to tell you that I had the most incredible time on our African safari. I have such a hard time explaining the experience to my friends, since no words ever seem to do it justice. It was far beyond terrific! I am in the process of writing a review for you, which I hope to have done sometime soon. I have the same problem with the review, as I do describing the trip: no words ever seem fantastic enough.'

Adrienne Waltman (USA)
'I had a hard time writing this review. After having spent almost two full weeks with Greg, he has become a friend. And as much as it sounds odd to say, I expected to grow as a photographer, but did not expect to grow as a person like I did as well. Greg was able to take my photography to the next level in more ways than I can express. My understanding of both camera mechanics as well as animal behavior, from start to finish, was incredibly improved. He is beyond knowledgeable in both and it made the game drives interesting, and exciting. Getting to a good sighting, and being able to ask what settings we needed, or what to look for, made the whole process seamless. There was little guessing, shots just started to look good. Then, after a day or two, they started to look very good. I was almost always in the right position! We are already planning future trips with Greg, and I can see this becoming an annual destination. I can not recommend him enough!'

Chris Fischer (USA)
'Greg, Thank you for making possible an unending number of opportunities for us to be part of African nature and wildlife experiences that have have changed our lives and touched our souls. We anxiously await our next adventure with you. With our sincere and heartfelt thanks, Clinton and Rae-Anne Jammer.'

Rae-Anne Jammer (Canada)
'Hi Greg, At last we found time to send you a message! We're so busy editing photo's! Thank you very, very, very much for sharing these amazing two places with us! That was the best safari we did, EVER. And I'll never forget the baobab, still makes me cry when I think of it, sooooo beautiful! And of course thanks for all the foto lessons and your patience, explaining and setting my camera. Please let us know when your book is on the market, as said, we'll take about 5 copies! Bye for know, we'll be in touch, have fun on your next trip!'

Astrid & Jurg Bluemel (Switzerland)
'Our safari exceeded our expectations! Greg's companionship, leadership & instruction was outstanding. It was clear that he engaged the best drivers in Bashi & Roan. They amazed us in their ability to find wildlife & the lengths to which they go to ensure we were in the right spot. We appreciated his "bush school" where he reiterated basic photography techniques. His reminders of the starting point settings while on location was also very helpful. We also had great fun photographing predators by spotlight & flash. He even taught us to photograph the night sky. Greg, I hope we can travel with you again in East Africa. Words cannot express how happy & excited we are with you, your team & our images!'

Tom and Pam Holmes (USA)
'Having done several photo safari's in East Africa en Botswana this was by far the best photo safari. It was outstanding! Being in the midst of the predators actions was thrilling. Greg's coaching during the game drives results in my best images I ever shot. Your personality and knowledge of the African bush was amazing. It makes an unforgettable experience.'

Arthur Lim (The Netherlands)
'I have done numerous safaris in Africa, in fact this was my twentieth over a period of about 15 years. And it was absolutely one of the very best. The quality of the sightings and the photographic opportunities they gave us was superb. Greg was the perfect guide, host and tutor, having time for everyone, his tutorials in the middle of the day were very well presented. In particular his special use of flash in certain situations was a revelation to me. All in all a fantastic experience, and for wildlife photographers a must-do safari.' (See a gallery of photos that Richard took on his safari here...)

Richard Barrett (England)
'I think we had forgotten just what a great guide Greg is. His wildlife and photographic expertise are without question, but its the fact that he devotes his time and efforts to us as clients, and give as much information and help as you want. He is also so good at directing the drivers to the ideal photographic spot for each sighting. His seminars during the day, may theoretically be stuff we should know, but there is always something to learn, and he explains and talks very well.'

Michael and Lisa Parker (England and France)
'Hi Greg, It was a great pleasure to again share a photo safari with you. I saw some great things and picked up a few more tips on how to improve the technical aspects of my photography. While I aspire to take photos that are as good as yours, it would probably take a miracle to achieve it!! Hopefully I will be able to join you on more safaris in the future and continue my Canon education. Warm regards, Graham'

Graham Adkins (Australia)
Hi Greg, From the bottom of my heart, thank you for creating such an amazing experience and for being so kind and thoughtful on the trip. Thank you also for sharing your knowledge so generously and elevating my photography practices, it was so exciting when I took a good photo! I hope to continue with an upwards trend and put it all to good use and improve much more in the future. I loved every minute of being back in Africa, learning from you about the flora and fauna and it brought great joy to me. Thank you so much again. Kate Jenvey

Kate Jenvey (Australia)
 

Kenya Great Rift Valley Helicopter Safari

'This safari; my first; was simply put, both amazing and breathtaking and overwhelming! I was going for only one word so going to stop before I use all the emphatic English words I know 😉 Doing such a voyage with Greg insured that I got the most of the journey, more than once he rescued me from a camera that did not want to cooperate, or was it my clumsiness in an exciting moment 😉 But, more importantly, I believe I have a better grasp of the photographic process as a whole, a better understanding of what is entailed in taking a photograph. Coming home, I feel a renewed excitement for the still's medium!'

Nancy and Pierre Nadeau (Canada)
'Thanks so much for the amazing trip to Shompole and the Masai Mara. The photographic opportunities are just too many to capture. Add the big five in 24 hours, with the accompanying wonderful birdlife and beautiful landscapes, all filled with light and sounds. We appreciate you sharing these very special places and your knowledge with us, particularly your photography advise as it has allowed us to start to capture the wildlife in a way that begins to do their wild beauty, life and land some justice.'

Gavin and Jayne Erasmus (Hong Kong)
'Dear Greg, We wanted to thank you once again for guiding us in Kenya and sharing that special part of Africa with us. We loved our time at Shompole, I think our favourite pictures will be of the local people. Being in the midst of the migration was also very special. Hope to meet up again before too long. Kind regards, Maggie and Peter.' (See a portfolio of 'Life in Kenya's Southern Rift Valley' by Peter here & Maggie here)

Maggie Manson and Peter Farmer (UK)
'I thoroughly enjoyed this trip, we set out to do something off the track and you delivered in spades. Amboseli was magical, especially the time we spent with Tim the tusker! The South Rift was special on so many fronts, as a geologist, as a photographer and as a human being - seeing the work that Samantha, Guy and others are doing to help protect a working model of human-wildlife coexistence, to help preserve a way of life while helping to guide it into the future and to educate the residents of the valley and those around the world interested in this magical corner of Africa was something I will never forget, and of course finishing up with a photographic feast in the Mara was the cherry on the cake. I think this some of my best work to date and I attribute this to your tutelage, your inspiration and your willingness to share your view of Africa with me, thanks my friend.'

Randall Bacon (USA)
 

Leopards of Londolozi Signature Workshop

'Everything was perfect and I hope to see you again in another workshop. Thank you for all of your advice which came in very useful. We saw everything that was on my wish-list! Leopard chasing, another one lying in a tree with his morning food and then going down. Will never forget seeing the mating leopards and cheetah and wild dogs, woah!!!'

Brigitte Bourger (France)
'Hi Greg, we safely back in Denmark we just want to thank you so much for another incredible trip. It has been just amazing and we have really enjoyed your company, all your stories, all your knowledge, especially on birds. Me in particular, all your photographic advice on settings, composition, light etc. which has resulted in some great photos. We are already looking forward to our next trip in May next year.'

Anders & Lisa (Denmark)
 

Masai Mara Signature Predator safari

'A journey for my soul. Wild as I always wanted it to be. Everlasting memory. Grazie Greg.'

Silvia Leonardi (Italy)
'It was a great pleasure to discover that Greg is an outstanding naturalist and birder as well as a world-class photographer. Birders and naturalists who lack an interest in photography would certainly be interested in Greg's other skills. Greg played a very large role in assuring the success of our Safari in many ways.'

Bob and Sue Purcell (USA)
'On behalf of Kim and myself, I wanted to thank you for a superlative vacation. Although we have not finished going through all of our photos yet (so many!), we can say that any single day of our safari exceeded our expectations for the entire trip. We saw that much! And the credit is due to Greg and our local guides David and Patrick, who were kind enough to share their knowledge of the natural history of East Africa, as well as insights into the Maasai culture. Kim and I are both trained as anthropologists, so understanding the dynamic of the Maasai and their landscape was important to us. We were very excited to learn about how the conservancies work, as this sounds like an important innovation in conservation. We also greatly appreciated the opportunity to take a walking safari! In closing, the last thing we expected to see was a leopard somersaulting over a dead Caracal, but the attached photo proves me wrong. Thanks again!'

David and Kim Purcell (USA)
'Our experience on this trip has far exceeded each of our expectations. The abundance and diversity of wildlife in Masai Mara was spectacular (ranging from some serious herds of wildebeest and zebras, prides of lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, giraffes and a rhino etc), providing numerous photographic opportunities. We also witnessed impressive crossings of wildebeest and zebras. Greg was great not only because of his wealth of knowledge in wildlife, he also gave invaluable advice as to how to best capture the amazing scenes happening in front of us from both a technical perspective and also a art/creative perspective. He was generous to share with us his take on different subjects on location, and his award-winning technique and creativity. The camp selection and the guides at the camps were great (the guides had eagle-eyes to spot animals from a serious distance). All in all, it was a great trip and we hope to come back to Africa as soon as we can!'

Simon Pang (Hong Kong)
'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 to the Whole Oryx Team!'

Nicola Cappelletti (Italy)
 

Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti Signature Safari

'I have traveled several times to Africa, but my recent trip with Greg to Mahale and the Serengeti has been a never-to-be-forgotten experience. Greg's photo workshop was amazing. I feel much more comfortable with my camera now. The greatest wisdom I carried away from Greg is this: I am the photographer not the camera, I can be in control and not depend on the  camera's interpretation of what I see. His tips and advice put me on the right direction to being in control! Beyond the camera, Greg's passion for the natural and his immense knowledge of the Serengeti from the predators to the birdlife and to the smallest flower in that never-ending expanse, gave me a privileged glimpse into the heart of Africa. Thank you Greg. See you on the predator tour!'

Punam Anand Kumar (India)
'Many thanks for a wonderful trip to Tanzania, it could not have been better. It was as if we had the crater and the plains all to ourselves, with all their wonders in most splendid view, along with great lodgings too. I thought your passion for what you do shone through magnificently, it inspired me. Fantastic to see you wielding your camera so expertly accompanied with your brilliant and timely suggestions as to what the best shot might be. The company was great, your colourful stories, excellent guiding, your encyclopaedic wildlife and photography knowledge, which rounded things off perfectly.'

Gavin Erasmus (Hong Kong)

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Each safari is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the beauty of Africa.

Both signature safaris & custom designed safaris are hosted by Greg du Toit.