Mini report: Madikwe photo safari with Wild Eye

In November this year I went on my first organised photographic safari with Wild Eye. This was very different to my usual trips, no camping this time.

With each Wild Eye safari you are accompanied by a Wild Eye guide/host. They are all previous rangers and photography experts so my goal for the trip was to leverage his knowledge and to try and learn as much possible. As the focus of the trip was improving my photography I went solo. There is no single supplement for this trip which is a BIG bonus for a single traveller.

It was with a little bit of trepidation that I arrived at Nkurru Lodge, Madikwe to meet Johan (our Wild Eye host) and the other 5 guests for the trip. Fortunately we all shared an easy going attitude and a passion for photography and African wildlife – needless to say we all got on just fine!

The accommodation at Nkurru was first class and to describe the waterhole in front of camp as prolific is an understatement. In the course of our 6 night stay all of the big five were spotted at the waterhole! Game drives take place twice daily (morning and afternoon) but are completely flexible as the lodge is effectively yours during your stay. In the capable hands of Nick (the resident ranger) and Johan we were rewarded with excellent sightings including all of the big five as well as cheetah.

Sundowners – an essential part of any game drive!

Johan was hugely helpful out in the field, explaining the settings that would get the best results for each situation and giving tips on composition. Back at the lodge his guidance with Lightroom helped us all to get the best out of our images. The rest of our days were spent chilling at camp – there is no better way to spend a day than lazing on a day bed on enjoying the view of the waterhole.

Typical Madikwe scene – there is a LOT going on here

In summary there are a lot of things to love about a Wild Eye safari to Madikwe:

  • Luxury accommodation
  • Big five game reserve in a malaria free location less than 5 hours from Joburg
  • Expert photographic advice
  • Meeting new people who share your passion for wildlife photography

So while I’m not about to put my camping gear up for sale – as an occasional treat – a safari with Wild Eye is a fantastic option. In the gallery below I’ve selected from of my best images of trip. Let me know think and if you have any questions please get in touch!

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