We are delighted to host a number of wildlife photographic safaris across Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, India and Canada. To assist in providing more information about these please find below a list of frequently asked questions that cover many aspects of our photographic safaris. For each photographic tour we provide a detailed PDF brochure that provides additional detail. To receive these please do drop us an email . Please do of course contact us for more details or if you have any specific questions.
1. Tell me a little bit more?
We currently host a number of small group wildlife photographic safaris to Kenya, Botswana, Tanzania, India and Canada. With over thirteen years experience of visiting Africa and multiple trips to Canada we visit locations that we have travelled to many times and during this time have gained a vast knowledge of the area and the many animal species that roam the vast plains of this magnificent continent. We would love for you to join us in our travels to the most wildlife rich areas of the globe, where the wildlife is prolific with an abundance of photographic opportunities to match. Do also keep regularly checking our website for new dates and destinations.
Our hosted small-group wildlife photographic safaris are generally based on groups of only 6-8 people and we operate with at least 2 game viewing vehicles for these group sizes. This ensures plenty of space for each person in game viewing vehicles and a more personalised experience overall. We always provide a good amount of time in each location, rather than a ‘whistle stop tour’. Our safaris operate in areas where outstanding game viewing and photographic opportunities exist and are open to both photographers and also non-photographers. We encourage anyone to join who has a genuine interest in wildlife as well as both amateur and experienced photographers. We spend lots of time out in the field and therefore we welcome those along who are prepared to be flexible and patient out in the field. This certainly reaps dividends of providing good wildlife sightings and ultimately increases photographic opportunities.
Our focus on our safaris is to provide a high level of service and ensure the utmost satisfaction for our guests. On all of our private and group wildlife photographic safaris we ensure we work with the local guides to ensure we are well positioned at sightings to ensure the maximum potential available for both wildlife viewing and photographic opportunities. In addition to maximising the available light opportunities to the best photographic advantage.
We provide plenty of photographic tuition out in the field to ensure maximising all photographic opportunities to their best advantage and we share our vast experience of photographing the endemic mammal & bird species. Providing advice at both a basic or a more advanced level, the extent of which is very much dependent on each individual guest preference. We always discuss with each guest what they wish to achieve from their safari or tour and as such cater our advice at a bespoke level for each person.
Our common goal is that all guests have an interest in wildlife and a willingness to stay out in the field for long periods to maximise all wildlife sighting opportunities, regardless of photographic knowledge or equipment.
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2. Do we also use local guides on our wildlife safaris?
We believe having the additional knowledge of local guides is paramount for a good safari and importantly assists in benefiting tourism on a local level. On all of our wildlife photographic safaris we use friendly local registered field guides, who have a vast knowledge of the area and its endemic wildlife. In addition many of these guides are also keen photographers themselves and are used to hosting photographic groups and therefore understanding the importance of vehicle positioning to maximise opportunities.
We work with the local guides during your safari to ensure we are well placed at sighting to maximise the photographic and light opportunities available and together with the experienced local guides we share insight into the many interesting behaviours we witness. Occasionally we feature a ‘special guest on our tours, where either one of us will co host with this guest host. We have been delighted to have worked on numerous occaisons with some of Africa’s most renowned and highly rated field guides. Such as the former BBC Big Cat Diary presenter Jackson Looseyia, and another ones of Kenya’s finest guides Paul Kirui. Having an excellent and highly rated local guide is an important factor we ensure on all of our safaris .
3. What locations do we currently offer for our wildlife photo tours?
We currently run wildlife photographic safaris to Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, India and Canada. All offering incredible wildlife and photographic opportunities and areas where we have a vast travel experience. We are continually adding new destinations so please do let us know if you wish to be put on mailings as we launch new safaris for 2018 and beyond.
4. Where can I find dates and details for the tours?
For 2018 dates please CLICK HERE. Please do check back regularly as we are often adding new trips to our current tour portfolio. Our 2019 trips will be launched in late 2017/early 2018. We generally strive to launch all tours a minimum of one year in advance of the tour start date.
5. Will my tour be hosted by both Andy & Sarah Skinner?
We both host the safaris, with one photographic host in each game vehicle. In Africa we generally occupy the seat next to the local guide/driver and therefore this ensures that we do not encroach upon the main space for guests in the game vehicle. Where group sizes fall below a certain number (Usually below 3 or 4 people – this detail is always specified in the tour brochure) then your tour will be accompanied by either Andy or Sarah Skinner. Providing a photographic host in each vehicle ensures an excellent guest to host ratio and allows us to provide high levels of service for each client. To find out more about us CLICK HERE
6. Do we offer privately hosted tours ?
Yes, absolutely, so if you do not see any tours that fit your needs below then please do contact us if you wish to arrange a personalised and privately hosted wildlife safari. We are also able to organise bespoke wildlife safaris that are non- hosted. We are able to cater for any number of guests, from solo travellers to larger groups and can customise your private safari as you wish using our travel expertise and relationships with local camps and lodge accommodation across East and Southern Africa and North America.
7. Where can I find client feedback from previous tours?
Client feedback is very important to us and we are delighted that we welcome back many repeat guests on our trips. We have dedicated page on this website that lists some of the client feedback received from our guests as well as trip advisor reviews that Sarah has gained throughout her time also guiding in the Arctic as a Northern Light photographic guide. Please CLICK HERE to view these.
8. How do we cater for single travellers?
Many of our guests are single travellers and we recognise that on many other tours in the market single supplements can be very high. We have therefore worked to secure very competitive agreements with many of the local operators and camps to ensure we can keep the supplements as low as possible (at present varying from only £75 – £355). Where a single supplement is paid this will guarantee sole occupancy throughout your stay. Please note this is all based on availability at the time of booking. Where you are a single traveller but wish to share we will do our best to partner your with another single traveller wishing to share.
9. How many people do we allocate per vehicle?
We recognise through our vast travel experience that the number of people per vehicle can greatly effect your overall wildlife safari experience, especially for photographers. We therefore ensure on all of our tours that there is ample room for every guest in a vehicle, only using those vehicles that we feel will provide space and room for both guest and camera equipment.
The number of people per vehicle does vary depending on the location. However, it is never more than 4 guests per game viewing vehicle. For example our Botswana and Kenya wildlife safaris ensures no more than 4 guests in a 8- seater vehicle, therefore providing ample space for everyone. In Tanzania and on selected Kenya tours we feature just 3 people per vehicle which allows a whole row of seats for each guest. All of our games viewing vehicles used offer excellent visibility for wildlife viewing and photography. Generally with open roofs and also open/canvas sides. Please see the individual tour brochures that provides detail of the safari vehicles used.
10. Do I need to be a serious photographer to join one of the trips?
In short the answer to this one is no! we absolutely welcome anyone with a keen interest in wildlife, whether you are a keen or serious photographer or not. Also welcoming both amateur and the more seasoned photographers. The main concept of all of our tours is all about maximising wildlife viewing, photographic and light opportunities.
We therefore welcome anyone who is prepared to be flexible throughout the day according to wildlife opportunities and spend as much time in the field as possible to maximise light, photographic and wildlife viewing potential. We focus on providing a less hurried experience, spending ample time at sightings in line with our guests requests. So although sometimes our days can be long with early starts it certainly brings huge rewards of a portfolio of great images and wildlife experiences. Together with great memories embedded for many years to come.
11. What pre-trip advice do we provide?
Our support and advice starts from the moment you book your safari with us. We will be happy to assist with any pre trip advice on what lenses are best suited to your trip, where we can share ample experience to ensure you feel you are well equipped prior to your trip. In addition to providing packing advice on other items that will ensure you can make the most of your safari.
12. What photographic tuition do we provide?
On all of our private and group tours we provide plenty of photographic tuition out in the field to ensure maximising all photographic opportunities to their best advantage and we share our vast experience of photographing the endemic mammal & bird species. Providing advice at both a basic or a more advanced level, the extent of which is very much dependent on each individual guest preference. This can be discussed with each guest at the beginning of a safari or prior to travelling as to what your specific needs are.
We can offer a wide scope of advice which of course includes the use of light and also how to use your camera settings to achieve different results in the field. As well as providing many tips and tricks to improve your photography. Back in camp we will be happy to provide image review sessions as a group or individually, using programs such as Lightroom and Photoshop CC. In which we can provide advice and recommended workflow of post processing your images. We travel with our own mac laptop and have this software loaded on to assist with live examples. Once you are back home were are also happy to provide any help with advice on your images from the trip. Our mantra is focused on ensuring a relationship that continues after the trip has finished and most importantly a personalised experience for all, whatever you level of photographic knowledge.
13. Do we provide power charging facilities?
In all of the permanent tented camps and lodges used there are ample charging facilities for your camera batteries and electronic equipment. This will either be in your room or in a central lounge area. In many of the game viewing vehicles used there are also power charging facilities. On our mobile camping safaris in Botswana an inverter is provided at camp that will allow you to charge all of our items so that you can remain fully charged during our trips. In addition the game vehicles feature power charging facilities available for use while on the go.
14. Can we supply photo bean-bags?
We have a supply of good quality photo bean bags (suitable for small & large lenses) that we are happy to loan to guests free of charge for the duration of the safari or alternatively we can prearrange the filling material needed for our own bags that you wish to bring yourself. We will gather this information prior to your safari as to which option you would like to take.
15. Can I hire camera equipment?
We do not ourselves provide camera or lens hire. However, as of April 2016 we are delighted to have partnered with the UK’s market leading lens hire company Lenses for Hire to offer a 25% discount! to UK based guests who have booked one of our wildlife photo safaris. If you wish to take advantage of this please contact us after booking to receive your dedicated and exclusive code that you can enter at the check out with Lenses for Hire and receive your 25% discount. Click here to view the Lenses for Hire website.
16. What other benefits can we provide guests?
On many of our wildlife photographic safaris we are also able to offer an additional free extra luggage allowance on the internal bush flights (where included in your trip). At present this applies to all of our flights into the Maasai Mara where we provide 8kg of extra allowance so you do not have to worry about bringing your camera equipment.
17. What type of accommodation & camps do we use?
On all of our wildlife photo safaris we always use accommodation that is of a high standard and in locations that have excellent and well-renowned reputations. The types of accommodation used varies on the location and a brief overview is detailed below. In short ranging from smaller and more intimate bush camps or mobile tented camps to medium sized lodges. All accommodation used are in the centre of the action with an abundance of wildlife opportunities. Together with well maintained game viewing vehicles. We ensure that all the camps used are operated by experienced safari professionals with knowledgeable locally qualified field guides and camp staff. Most of which employ staff local to the area and therefore befitting local communities. Detail of accommodation used for each tour is provided in detail within each PDF tour brochure.
In Botswana we generally use mobile tented camps whilst in the wildlife areas/national parks. These are fully serviced mobile-tented Meru style safari tents. This accommodation provides an authentic safari experience where you will spend your nights under the canvas, usually in private mobile campsites. Each campsite location is carefully chosen to optimize game viewing potential and centrally located. Ahead of our arrival to the camp the tents are set up by a team of dedicated support staff to ensure that the camp is ready upon arrival with comfortable tents, washing facilities and a dining area in which to enjoy lovely meals under the African sky. Together with our own private chef to prepare all meals. Each tent has its own ensuite bathroom tent attached with a toilet and a shower that is filled up with hot water upon your request. For a full detailed description of this accommodation type and what to expect please contact us to request the individual tour brochure for Botswana.
On our Kenya and Tanzania wildlife photographic safaris our accommodation type is either a luxury permanent or seasonally located tented camp or on some occasions in lodge accommodation. This type of accommodation features either double or twin beds, within individual luxury safari tents or safari rooms. Featuring a separate en-suite washroom area with a basin, flushing toilet and hot showers.
We use both centrally located bush camps and well appointed lodges in prolific wildlife areas that offer lounge and bar areas with plenty of outside space, usually with a cosy camp fire where you can relax and listen to the night sounds after a day in the field. To ensure you are kept charged for your game drives we ensure that our camps all offer charging facilities, with some also offering wifi access (please note this varies by location)
During our India and Canada wildlife safaris we generally used lodge based accommodation, that can range from small to medium sized properties. All accommodations selected are those that offer good standards of accommodation and facilities.
18. Will I have access to wifi/internet on safari and/or mobile phone reception?
This very much varies upon the country and location. In most tented camps in Kenya our camps have both wifi access and also a good mobile phone signal. However, in locations such as Botswana we are often in remote locations and where there is generally no wifi or phone signal. However, your hosts will carry a satellite phone for emergency use. In Canada and other countries the provision of wifi and phone signal varies for each property.
19. How do I book a place on the tour & what is the deposit required?
To make a booking on one of our wildlife photo safaris or to simply enquire for more detail please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To guarantee a space we ask for between 25-30% deposit (amount varies by safari) at the time of booking with the remainder of the balance due 12 weeks prior to departure. You can pay by either credit or debit card, and also via bank transfer. All payments made are financially protected.
20. Do we also arrange non-hosted bespoke safari itineraries?
Absolutely. In addition to the group wildlife photographic safaris and photo tours above we are also able to arrange and design a private and bespoke itinerary for your wildlife (non-hosted) safari. We are able to cater for any number of guests, from solo travellers to larger groups and can customise your private wildlife safari as you wish. Arranging and booking all components of your tour as needed and where you will benefit from our vast knowledge of East and Southern Africa and North American destinations. Together with benefiting from our local contact base and the excellent rates that we enjoy with local ground operators and accommodations. We focus on ensuring your experience will meet all of your expectations and delivers a carefully planned itinerary that is suited to your preferences and budget. Should you wish to also be hosted by Andy and/or Sarah Skinner we can also put together your own privately hosted group. For groups sizes of 4 or more people we can often price at the same price as one of the group trips above. We can work with you to design your perfect itinerary, with accommodation and duration to suit all of your requirements and budgets, plus offering you a choice of who you would like as your photographic tour leader.
21. Is my booking financially protected?
Yes – from the moment your deposit is paid for your wildlife photographic safari all monies you pay to us are financially protected in line with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations and we hold the relevant tour operator insurances to provide you with complete peace of mind. Our company is registered as a limited company trading as Images of Wildlife Photo Tours & Safaris and we are a member of Protected Travel Services (Membership Number: 5221)
As full members of Protected Travel Services all monies you pay to us are financially protected in line with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations via a trust account. This means that your funds are secure in an independent account and will be protected against our failure from the moment you pay to the day that you return from your trip. This includes protection for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies paid to the trust account, arising from cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Images of Wildlife Ltd or any of our local suppliers and paid from the trust account.
We also work and collaborate on some of our safari departures with prominent wildlife UK tour operators. Where this is the case (stated in brochures) your booking is made direct with that tour operator but offers the same level of financial protection and insurance.
22. How can I make my deposit and final payments?
On all of our photographic safaris we are able to take payment by either credit or debit card and bank transfer
23. Where can I find Terms & Conditions?
To view our terms and conditions that apply to all bookings made direct with us for 2018 wildlife photographic safaris please click to access HERE.
24. Can I add extensions to my tour?
Yes – this can in most cases be easily arranged and a quote can be provided should you wish to add an independent extension before or after the tour.
25. I have more questions who should I contact?
We are happy to answer any questions about any of our wildlife photographic safaris and can be contacted at email@example.com or use our contact form to drop us a line.
We look forward to arranging your photographic wildlife safari tour or private bespoke wildlife itinerary.