The photo safari to Botswana is an absolutely amazing experience! The two main reasons it’s so incredible are the diversity and abundance of wildlife, and the tour operators, Sarah and Andy Skinner. On this tour in July 2018, we saw leopards for six days straight (admittedly exceptional luck), wild dogs and their pups, lion prides and cubs, young lions and male lion coalitions, elephants in amazing numbers, with adorable youngsters, giraffes, zebras, hippos, lechwe, kudu, impalas, wildebeest and buffalo. And the bird life was fascinating too – everything from rare wattled cranes and ostriches, saddle-billed storks, African fish eagle and other eagles, down to skimmers and kingfishers. Andy and Sarah are amazing, too. From the first contact I made with questions about the tour, they answered in great detail with descriptions, suggestions where I requested them, and such a cheerful openness that I was confident I had made the right choice. And that confidence was borne out every day on tour. Sarah and Andy made sure of every detail, and advised each of us about photography according to our skill level and our objectives. They are absolutely there for the guests, forgoing what could be wonderful photographic opportunities for themselves to make sure the guest have good views, the right exposures, and insights and information about the animals. I just can’t say enough good things about them – they are all about their guests, all the time. The local guides were very good and quite knowledgeable, cheerfully answering questions, positioning the vehicles for good photography conditions, and tracking wildlife for early sightings in wonderful morning light to sunset silhouettes. The support team provided a variety of great food and very comfortable tent accommodations set up for us in the three sites – Moremi, Savuti, and Khwai. The last night, with a boat trip on the Chobe River, is icing on the cake, featuring swimming elephants and other mammals, plus a wide variety of birds. The trip as a whole can be tiring, because you are up before dawn for early morning sightings, out until lunch, taking a short rest break before the afternoon game drive, then out again until sunset. Back at camp before dinner, there’s always a great fire to relax around with a choice of drinks, sharing stories and thoughts from the day. Then a good dinner, and a comfortable camp bed, as good as beds I’ve had in some hotels, to be honest. I don’t begrudge a minute of the lost sleep, as everything is organized to maximize photo opportunities in the field. Take LOTS of memory cards!! If you choose this trip, prepare to be amazed!
Martin and I had an amazing adventure on safari in Masai Mara with Andy and Sarah. Although I'm not a photographer, I loved being out seeing the animals and ended up taking 1000 photos on my Lumix! The trip was so well-organised, we really got the most of our time in the Mara. Andy and Sarah are great hosts, easy-going and knowledgeable about the wildlife and photography. Martin and I haven't stopped talking about the safari and are already hoping to book another one with Andy and Sarah - possibly Botswana 2020? Earlier if we win the lottery 🙂 Many thanks for giving us such a fantastic experience.
This was our second tour with Sarah and Andy, and both times they have been excellent. Their knowledge of photography, using the right camera settings, and encouraging us to try new skills was second to none. They are really friendly, always happy to help, and ultimately want you to get the best out of your trip. I honestly don’t think that I’ve laughed so much on a group holiday , it was such fun! I couldn’t fault anything about this trip, from the guys that meet you at the airport, to the hotel in Nairobi, the amazing flight to the Maasai Mara, the fabulous Intrepids Camp, the drivers, the food……. But above all, Sarah and Andy and the animals of the Maasai Mara. Quite simply, once you have been to the Mara, it will call you back again and again! Each time I go, I find it harder and harder to leave
This was not the first photographic safari that I have been on, but it was definitely the best. Sarah and Andy were always on hand to give advice on the best exposure / shutter speed to use. They also encouraged us to try new techniques to make our pictures stand out. Even when we were back at base they were happy to take time to help me with a problem I was having in using Lightroom. I’d definitely recommend them if you want to go on a safari, even if you are only a beginner with a basic camera.
This trip was absolutely amazing and a once in a lifetime experience to see tigers in their natural habitat. We were lucky enough to see tigers on 10 out of 11 of our drives, sometimes as close as in front of our jeep. Andy and Sarah are fantastic hosts and photographers, helping wherever necessary in terms of camera settings and editing. The hotel was great too, with delicious food, fabulous staff and a lovely pool for relaxing in-between drives. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.
This was my 6th trip with Andy and Sarah - so I think that speaks volumes - and I have more lined up - so again, I would recommend them in a heartbeat (and have done so to a number of people already!) . Seeing tigers in the wild is my passion, so my expectations were high and this trip met them! Andy and Sarah are passionate about wild-life and are keen to share that passion with their clients. They are attentive, good with detail and nothing is too much trouble to ensure that their clients get the best experience possible. They use excellent local contacts and each trip is well researched beforehand. They are knowledgeable about cameras and post-production too; and are more than happy to share their knowledge - while on the trip and even afterwards - which is great! They are very good with all clients and camera types 🙂 and more importantly - fun, and a pleasure to be with! So, if you've read this, then what are you waiting for - check out a trip now!
This is my second trip with Sarah and Andy, and I cannot recommend them highly enough. Being a novice with a DSLR, I feel that I learn a lot from them both. Their knowledge and patience with me is not something I come across often, and I feel very lucky and fortunate to have met them. They create a safe environment to develop my photographic skills in my own time. No pressure at all from their side on me to learn x, y and z during the trip. Therefore, if you’re a novice like me, don’t hold back. You will be taken very well care of. During our Tanzania trip we stayed in wonderful lodges/camps where the food was excellent, and the staff was caring and attentive. When we returned after a game drive they would be there with fresh juice and a damp cloth to wipe away all the dust. It was very easy to forget about time, worlds affairs etc. during our 10 day trip, especially also because we had some amazing sightings. The sightings were all incredible - the lioness and her two young cubs on the koipje, the bat-eared foxes which looks like Gremlin on a bad day, two male lions patrolling the Serengeti early morning, a pregnant lioness and her lady-in-waiting etc. I could go on and on! I’m sure if you join Sarah and Andy on one of their trips, you will have an amazing time. They attract very nice clients with a great sense of humour so the laughs are abundant
I have just returned from Sarah & Andy’s British Columbia Wildlife holiday and what a fantastic trip it was. Whales galore, bearz and so much more. Sarah and Andy’s attention to detail ensured optimal time was spent out in the field. I learnt so much both in the field with my camera and in Lightroom as well. Nothing was to much trouble and they were so much fun. Unbelievable experiences that i will never forget. A trip to remember and cannot wait to travel again.
Andy and Sarah are both excellent guides and hosts. Their knowledge and passion for both photography and wildlife really show in everything they do. Their ability to track wildlife and work with guides to set our group up for the best shots provided an excellent experience throughout our trip. They are both always willing to miss a shot themselves to help their group, and they accommodate different skill levels as well as different goals for each member of the group. They provide a very fun, welcoming, and productive experience, and I will 100% travel with them again
Andy and Sarah are absolutely fabulous! Not in the sense of the famous TV series ?, but in every way they run their trips. Every level of photographer will learn something from them and they manage the organisation of the trip very well too, which is a rare and very good combination. They are great company too; we’ve had lots of laughs and all in all a fantastic time. Thanks guys; we’ll definitely meet up again in the future!
Dear Andy and Sarah. Thank you for an amazing time in Botswana. I have been an admirer of your photography for a while, however your professionalism, attention to detail and willingness to provide guidance when required led to a very enjoyable and productive trip which ran so smoothly and everyone enjoyed. I have done various trips with other tour companies, but your knowledge of the subjects and the area puts you head and shoulders above the rest! I would always recommend you to anybody that wants to improve their photography.
Travelling to Botswana was my second trip with you both, Andy and Sarah, the first being the Masai Mara in June which was excellent. The stay in Kenya at Mara Intrepids was very good and both the accommodation and staff excellent. Both Jay and Dickson were excellent guides and drivers, very knowledgeable and always knew where to find the animals. The Botswana trip was my first experience of camping. Unlimited Safaris were amazing. How they managed to achieve the standards that they did was miraculous. Eddie’s meals were something special and the rest of the crew were so helpful and polite. Cruz and Moses guiding knowledge was the very best. You both always put your clients first providing helpful advice and suggestions as and when it is required. Thank you both for two amazing experiences and for your helpful advice and total professionalism. I shall look forward to travelling with you both again.
Had the most fantastic holiday with Sarah and Andy in Botswana this year. Both Botswana and the Safari delivered in every way possible, from animals to countryside to sunsets to the experience of the Devil’s Pool in Victoria Falls, Zambia. Moses and Cruise from Ultimate safaris got us into the absolute best position to get our viewings and photos and Sarah and Andy showed us how to get the best shots, my life is now spent cataloging my shots and going WOW. Thanks for the Lightroom tutorial too.I could almost say BEST HOLIDAY EVER. Sarah and Andy expect to see us again in the future
This trip was amazing – from start to finish. The wonderful position of Thamalakane Lodge, the 9 nights in mobile camps and a great finish on Chobe River. I actually wanted to go straight back to the mobile camps and the wonderful sightings we had there. Wild dogs aplenty, lions swimming, the beautiful leopard in a tree and the list goes on. I would honestly recommend this trip to anyone who has a slight sense of adventure. To have lions. leopards, wild dogs etc just wandering through our camp at night, with nothing between us but a canvas tent, was awesome. I loved all the drives, even the transfer ones over bumpy ground. Apart from great wildlife sightings, wonderful food, sitting round the campfire at night exchanging stories etc., I was actually blown away by the night sky. To have the opportunity to try photographing this was amazing and is something I shall definitely do in future. I appreciated very much the fact that both Sarah and Andy were so helpful, showing us new techniques to use without the need to go into Lightroom etc. I always think it’s wise to get the best image you can in camera and not have to manipulate it afterwards. I can honestly say you both gave us so much attention, more so than any other photography trip I have been on. Can’t wait until I can do it all over again
How do you describe paradise? Not easy, right?! However, I’m sure I’ve found it in Botswana. 10 days of camping in the Moremi Game Reserve, Khwai and Savute concession areas and witnessing the wildlife at Chobe River, we were constantly surrounded by wildlife and in huge numbers. Our amazing guides Andy & Sarah Skinner as well as Moses and Cruz from Unlimited Tours & Safaris always got us in the right place at the right time to witness the wildlife from front row seats. Were we not chasing wild dogs on the hunt or the ever elusive leopard, we were taken so well care of at the campsite. Three times we moved to a different location which meant 15 tents, food supplies and furniture etc. had to be taken down, moved and put up again. Rest assured by the time we got back to the new camp everything was up and running and dinner was ready. I don’t know how Eddie and his team did this, but they never failed and we were always welcomed back with a smile. A HUGE heartfelt thanks for taking such good care of us. Everybody went above and beyond! I’ll definitely come back to Botswana with these guys or anywhere else in the world. Also thank you to my fellow travellers who were such fun to be around. Thanks for all the laughs! Hope to see you again some day!
As I head back I have to say I love the passion Sarah and Andy have for the conservation of the wildlife in Africa and this passion allows neophytes like me to take some spectacular pictures of the wildlife up close. Looking forward to going out into the bush with them again.
Caring, capable and competent – No efforts spared to make each guest feel supported and involved. A really nice personal touch to the environments they host.
I would just like to say a quick thank you to Andy and Sarah Skinner of Images of Wildlife for a fabulous recent Big Cat trip to the Masai Mara. It certainly lived up to its name with Cheetah, Lions and Leopards galore – in trees, on kills, hunting and with cubs a plenty. You want a Leopard in a tree – we got TWO! We even got a Lion in a tree! You want Leopard cubs – again, we got TWO! You want a Leopard hunting and on a kill – we got it! Of course, there was plenty of other wildlife and as I have only just downloaded my images I’ve just realised how much. Many thanks Andy and Sarah and looking forward to Botswana!
During my trip with you to Botswana last year I learned so much about wildlife photography and just enjoying wildlife moments such as the elephant that come to lunch and many more. You set the standard very high indeed for my more recent trip to the Masai Mara with you both. Well I have to say that you exceeded my already very high expectations, not just seeing animals but the quality of sightings and all the animal behaviour moments. Very well done indeed.
Yet another successful and fantastic trip with Andy and Sarah. They are experts at seeing the possibilities at sightings and getting us into the perfect position to capitalise on the photographic opportunities. They are both excellent tutors ready to give as much or as little advice as needed. And last but certainly not least they are really great people you can have a lot of fun with. I’ve already booked my next trip with them!
What an experience! Andy and Sarah always go the extra mile. They provide photographic advice and instructions based upon your knowledge level. We started the safari with little to no experience. We quickly learned and we have thousands of fantastic photos. Sarah and Andy will continue to help you long after your trip is over too. They sincerely care. Their expertise doesn’t stop with teaching photography and positioning the vehicle for the best photo. They understand the animals and the environment. We learned about the history of several lions and leopards, in particular, because they have been following them for years. Not only are they true experts in their field, they are warm, caring, and fun people. Our safari wouldn’t have been half as fantastic without them. We already have two more trips with them on the horizon.
I have now had the pleasure of having done 3 trips with Andy and Sarah to Kenya and Botswana and would have no hesitation in recommending their tours. The preparation, planning and attention to detail means that everything runs smoothly and ensures one can relax and enjoy the safari. Nothing is too much trouble and individual requests and requirements are always accommodated. I have travelled with other guests with a range of photographic experience and all have been given a level of support and advice tailored to their needs and wishes. With their knowledge and help I have become much more confident with using my camera and my photography has improved as a result. They work hard with local guides to deliver fantastic sightings and great positioning for the best shots. And there are always lots of laughs and fun along the way. I am shortly to leave on my fourth trip with them and have another two booked so that says it all- wonderful hosts, amazing wildlife and fantastic photography!
I recently went on the Big Cat Safari in the Masai Mara with Andy and Sarah. I have previously done many safaris through Southern Africa but nothing as amazing as this. Mara Intrepids is a fantastic camp set in the best location for wildlife sightings, with great food and staff, including our amazing guides Dickson and Jay. Each morning and evening we set off on our game drives, with either Andy or Sarah in the car with us giving us guidance on the settings to use to capture the best photos and making sure the car was in the optimal position for taking such photos. We had so many fabulous wildlife sightings including lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants (they even came close to camp) and the wildebeest migrations. I would definitely recommend booking this trip especially if you love wildlife photography. I have already booked my next adventure with Andy and Sarah
We’d like to give a HUGE thank you to Sarah for organising the most amazing Safari that we have experienced. I found Andy and Sarah through their incredible photography and approached Sarah about leading a private tour through the Mara Conservancy. From beginning to end we were able to leave all the planning and organisation in her very capable hands and the whole experience flowed perfectly. Combining this with her very generous sharing of photography knowledge, guidance and advice gave us the best opportunity to capture the beauty of all that surrounded us. We thoroughly recommend anyone thinking of heading to Africa to consult with these guys either through a workshop that they have listed or for a private photo tour. You couldn’t possibly ask for anyone better. Thank you and looking forward to our next adventure
Coming back from Botswana on a photographic safari hosted by Andy and Sarah Skinner, with thousands of photographs, amazing memories and new friends. It was truly an adventure of a lifetime, we had the trifecta of sightings, wild dogs with puppies at a den, a leopard with her almost fully grown cub and a large pride of lions. As well as elephants, left, right and center, including at our lunch table, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, antelopes etc.. all the things that make an African safari. Andy and Sarah were excellent photographic tutors and mentors, always willing to answer any questions, they always made sure everyone was comfortable with their cameras, settings and techniques as well as double checking that everyone had the right view for their shots. Moses and Kane were incredible at finding the animals and getting us to the right spot for photographic opportunities. The crew who looked after us were fantastic, making the wild camping seem almost homey. I’ve made memories that will stay with me forever!
’m back from the bush in Botswana. A bit fatigued from the many long flights, and my feet may never come clean!. Big thanks to Andy Skinner and Sarah Skinner for putting together an awesome and memorable safari and getting it right from start to finish. Met some good people, had wonderful sightings and learned about photography as a bonus. Many laughs were shared. Grateful for the experience and also to our wonderful guides Kane Motswana and Moses for sharing their skills and knowledge. Grateful for new friends and looking forward to the next adventure. I would add that I would not hesitate to travel with you again.
We have recovered after a world class Holiday in Africa. Botswana was by far the highlight, Sarah and Andy did an amazing job to make it a special time for us. Well arranged, good company, fine accomodation and not least – wildlife showing itself at it’s best. A warm thank you also to you both for being so generous in sharing your knowledge and experience in the field of photographing – we really learned a lot out there and our pictures bares witness to that!! The only downside is that we feel that this hobby will cost us a fortune
Sarah and Andy helped us to create our dream honeymoon, The big cat tour exceeded both of our expectations! We got up close and personal with so many animals and we saw a cat on every drive! Sarah and Andy’s knowledge of both photography and the wildlife on the Maasai Mara was truly inspirational. Sarah and Andy were patient, friendly and approachable. Making us feel important, even though we were novices with the camera. We came away with the knowledge of how to get the most out of our cameras and a passion for wildlife photography. Overall it was a wonderful, life changing experience. I cannot recommend Sarah and Andy enough…. Thank you!!
After I met Sarah last winter in Abisko, it was soon very clear that we had apart from aurora photography another common interest: Africa! Seeing that Sarah is a natural in hosting groups, I checked my calendar and other plans and was happy to take the final spot on the Big Cat Photography safari. It was all perfectly arranged, all preparation information clear and complete and as soon as I met Andy and Sarah at the reception after pickup from Nairobi airport the game was on. Some minor hiccups from the side of the hotel in Nairobi were quickly solved by Sarah and Andy and the domestic flight brought us quickly to Mara Intrepids Camp. I was used to more basic safari, but the luxury in Mara Intrepids Camp, the great tents, the friendly staff and the good food is a real treat after a day out on the plains. The last night was absolutely great where Sarah and Andy had arranged a bush dinner. While the thunder was rumbling in the distance, a few raindrops were falling, we had such a great evening with good company, good food and great laughs. The photography safari itself was absolutely perfect! Being a bit nervous about my level of photography, I was quickly re-assured by Sarah that I should not worry at all. Andy was a great tutor and I truly feel I made a huge improvement on my photography skills because of his clear explanation. Both Andy and Sarah had great suggestions for the daily program, and together with the driver/guides were a star in spotting cats and other wildlife and positioning the vehicle that had sufficient space for all our big and smaller lenses. Being back home now, I already start thinking about on which other trip I can join them. Absolutely recommended for all level of photographers and of course also other Africa lovers who want to spend as much time as possible out on a drive
As soon as I stumbled across a photography Big Cat Safari trip that was being organised to Kenya, I knew we had to get on board! Our very first trip to Africa, my dream come true and I wanted to be sure that we were with a travel agent and tour guides in the know, and we hit the jackpot with Andy and Sarah Skinner! We knew nothing about photography!, we purchased a camera a week before we arrived in Kenya and by the end of the trip we had learnt so much through the constant guiding and patience of Andy and Sarah, boy do they know their stuff!. Not to mention the mutual respect and rapport between them and the local guides (who have outstanding knowledge and passion and who liase beautifully with Andy and Sarah) the rangers and the camp site staff where we stayed at the Mara Intrepids, magnificent place!. I cried when I said goodbye to the staff! I cannot express enough love and emotion I feel for our amazing Big Cat Trip, everything was perfect, big fun and the wildlife, out of this world! From the first day to the last which I never wanted to end! We’re already saving to do another trip to Africa with Sarah and Andy, we wouldn’t go with anyone else, we recommend them so highly