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How to choose the right photographic safari


Africa is magical for photographers, whether you’re an amateur, a professional or just like posting great shots on Instagram. Where else on Earth can you find such dramatic scenery, intense colours, diverse cultures and iconic wildlife, including the fabled Big Five?

And then there’s the light. Ah, the light in Africa; it’s magnificent and like nowhere else. It’s a photographer’s dream at just about every time of the day, from early mornings when the sun reveals majestic landscapes as it slowly rises, to the exquisite light of late afternoons and magical, colourful sunsets.

It’s for all of these reasons that photographic safaris in Africa are so legendary. They offer the chance to hone your wildlife photography skills while shooting (with cameras!) unique subjects in truly spectacular surroundings. The end result? Amazing photos to remind you of an unforgettable holiday.

Thanks to our network of incredible photographic guides in Africa and Australia, and our partnerships with properties geared especially towards photographers, we offer three distinct types of photographic safari holidays.

Whatever style you choose, we’ll only take you to the most photo-productive destinations, where you’ll stay in the greatest camps and lodges and enjoy unrivalled service, delicious food, private travel and absolutely everything sorted for you.

So the only question is, what sort of photo safari style suits you the best? Take a look at the options below or get in touch for a chat today!



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A photographic safari tour


Travelling in a small group, you’ll stay at superb properties in photo-productive destinations, getting expert help from a professional wildlife photographer who will travel with you all the way.

How you’ll know if it’s right for you:

  • You want to work with an incredible photographer who will help take your photography to the next level
  • You want to travel with like-minded people, just as passionate about photography as you are
  • You like having a set itinerary, with everything organised for you
  •  You like the social aspect of a group tour, or just feel safer travelling with others


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A photographic safari holiday tailor-made to suit you


You’ll travel at your own pace, visiting the destinations you want to go to, and staying at luxury properties set up perfectly for photography enthusiasts.

How you’ll know if it’s right for you:

  • You prefer to go at your own pace
  • You don’t want to go on a group tour and you don’t want a private guide – you just want to take amazing photos under your own steam
  • You’re happy to go on game drives with other people, but with the ability to book a private vehicle with a private guide if you wish
  • You want to stay somewhere set up beautifully for photographers


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A photographic safari with a private photographer


This is the Rolls-Royce of photographic safaris. With an itinerary designed exclusively for you, you’ll travel with your own personal photographer by your side, dedicated solely to giving you expert tuition throughout your trip.

How you’ll know if it’s right for you:

  • You want one-on-one expert help from a leading wildlife photographer
  • You want a truly private experience
  • You want to choose which countries or regions you visit, rather than following an existing itinerary
  • You want to travel at your own pace while you’re travelling, especially on game drives, lingering longer wherever you choose


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The EA Guide to Photographic Safaris

If you’re considering Africa as your next photographic holiday destination, you’ll find helpful advice in this guide, including answers to commonly asked questions, top tips and other essential info.
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Exclusive new photographic opportunities with Encompass Africa and Michael Snedic

For more than 10 years, Encompass Africa has been creating fantastic photo tours for groups of photography enthusiasts keen on reaching Africa’s remote and stunning photo-productive destinations.

And now we can announce two exciting new initiatives, featuring Michael Snedic, owner and operator of WildNature Photo Expeditions, and one of Australia’s most accomplished and talented wildlife and nature photographers.

We’ve been working with Michael since 2014, and with several photographic safari tours under our belts, felt it was time to provide guests with even richer experiences and more ways to get that perfect, iconic shot of Africa while on safari.

We’re now working with Michael to offer what we call the “Rolls-Royce” of photo safaris, as it’s the ultimate way to travel. You’ll go on a once-in-a-lifetime safari, following an itinerary designed exclusively for you, and with Michael by your side as your own personal photographer. For the entire trip he’ll be dedicated solely to giving you expert tuition and helping you reach the next level in your photography.

Whether you book one of these tailor-made private tours with Michael or one of his fantastic group tours, all Encompass Africa guests will now be offered exclusive private tuition prior to departure. Guests living in south-east Queensland will be invited to attend a face-to-face session with Michael, while anyone living further afield will be able to embrace modern technology and enjoy private tuition via FaceTime or Skype.

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