2022 – Bengal Tigers of Kanha Photography Holiday

Join Pui Hang for this 7 night nature photography holiday to Kanha National Park; Kanha National Park is a tiger reserve located in in Madhya Pradesh, India.
Kahna National Park with its beautiful landscapes of lush sal & bamboo forests, rolling grasslands & ravines is the inspiration behind Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of varied wildlife including, of course, the Bengal Tigers of Kanha, in India, during the Bengal Tigers of Kanha photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £3999 per participant.
This wildlife photography tour takes you to one of the premier tiger reserves in India, wild dog, jackal, sloth bear, bison, hyena, python & the elusive leopard can also be found here – of course, much of our time will be spent locating the beautiful Bengal Tigers of Kanha.
Kanha National Park is also the only park where you can see the Barasingha, “the jewel of Kanha”, also known as the Swamp Deer. The Barasinghas inhabit the large open grass zone amidst the bamboo & teak forests & were all but extinct twenty years ago. Thanks to a holistic conservation approach & effective management practices, this symbolic deer species is thriving again & during their mating season, their rutting calls echo throughout the forest.
Approximately 300 species of birds call Kanha National Park home, including Black Ibis, Bee-eaters, Cattle Egret, Pond Heron, Drongos, Blossom-Headed Parakeets, Common Teal, Grey Hornbill, Crested Serpent Eagle, Indian roller, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Little Grebes, Lesser Adjutants, Lesser Whistling Teal, Minivets, Pied Hornbill, Woodpecker, Pigeon, Paradise Flycatchers, Mynas, Red Wattled Lapwing, Peafowl, Red Jungle Fowl, Steppe Eagle, Tickell’s Flycatcher, White-eyed Buzzard, White-breasted Kingfisher, White-browed Fantail Flycatcher, Wood shrikes & more.
One of the most popular beauty spots within Kanha is Bamni Dadar, popularly known as Sunset Point as it provides the most awe-inspiring backdrop for sunsets against grazing Samba Deer & Indian Gaur. Small wonder that Kanha is recognised as one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in Asia.
If you are looking for an Indian tiger safari experience with a picturesque backdrop, why not join us in Kanha National Park?
For the duration of this 7 night wildlife photography adventure, you will be housed in exquisite accommodation on a full board basis, providing you with comfort & excellent hospitality when you return from the game drives to relax, unwind, & look over your images. We have designed this photography holiday to maximise time in the park spent spotting & capturing editorial quality photographs of tigers while minimising travel time.
With this in mind, airport transfers, jeep fees & park fees are also included in the cost of the photography tour, making things simple for you so that you can focus on making the most of your nature photography trip.
Photographable Species: Indian peafowl, barking deer, bee-eater, black ibis, blossom-headed parakeet, cattle egret, common teal, crested serpent eagle, four-horned antelope, grey hornbill, indian roller, jackal, jungle cat, langur, leopard, lesser adjutant, lesser whistling teal, little grebe, malabar pied hornbill, mouse deer, paradise flycatcher, pond heron, red junglefowl, red-wattled lapwing, sambar, sloth bear, spotted deer, steppe eagle, striped hyena, swamp deer, tickell's blue flycatcher, tiger, white-breasted kingfisher, white-browed fantail, white-eyed buzzard, wild boar, wild dog, wood shrike

Bengal Tigers of Kanha Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

arrive to jabalpur & transfer to kanha

day 2

morning safari & afternoon safari in one of the areas of kanha national park

day 3

morning safari & afternoon safari in one of the areas of kanha national park

day 4

morning safari & afternoon safari in one of the areas of kanha national park

day 5

morning safari & afternoon safari in one of the areas of kanha national park

day 6

morning safari & afternoon safari in one of the areas of kanha national park

day 7

morning safari & afternoon safari in one of the areas of kanha national park

day 8

transfer to jabalpur

2023 – South Luangwa Wildlife Photography Holiday

A group of elephants preparing to cross a river photographed at the lodges bushcamps used during the Natureslens South Luangwa Wildlife Photography Holiday
Join Pui Hang in the South Luangwa National Park. Over 60 different species of mammal call this National Park their home, drawn by the diverse range of habitats from sandy seasonal river courses to the mineral-rich alluvial floodplains that stretch out to distant blue hills. Predators such as lion, leopard & wild dog stalk the smaller game, whilst primates such as yellow baboons & vervet monkeys swing through the trees. Down on the river, huge densities of elephant, hippo & crocodile enjoy the cool waters.
It is exactly this environment that we are inviting you to join Pui Hang in for a fantastic tour that will blow your mind & fill your photographic portfolio.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of stunning wildlife of South Luangwa, in Zambia, during the South Luangwa Wildlife photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 13 night/14 day duration on a Full Board with Drinks Included, Shared basis & costs £9999 per participant.
From the moment you enter the South Luangwa National Park, elephants, baboons & vervet monkeys seem to be everywhere. Antelopes, zebra & other plains game congregate on the open floodplains & grasslands along the River & its numerous tributaries that course through the Park. Large herds of buffalo roam the park, the impala is ubiquitous, the puku rarely seen outside Zambia is almost as common & there are plenty of waterbucks & bushbucks too. The endemic Thornicroft’s giraffe is indigenous to the park, as are Crawshay’s zebra & Cookson’s Wildebeest.
The South Luangwa has become one of the best places in Africa to see wild dogs, with numerous resident packs requiring large traversing areas to hunt. Night drives are renowned for sighting lion on the hunt & leopard (the density of leopards is among the highest in the world). Even rarely seen nocturnal animals like the honey badger, porcupine & civet, are often seen by spotlight.
Birdwatching is superb in the Luangwa Valley; with over 400 species of birds such as Carmine Bee-eaters, Malachite Kingfishers, Lilac-breasted Rollers, Bateleur Eagles, Saddle-billed Storks, Crowned Cranes, Pel’s Fishing Owls & Fish Eagle.
In this remote setting, free from other vehicles, sightings of leopard, elephant, hippo, lion & wild dog are not just rare experiences, but commonplace.

Throughout the trip, you will stay in secluded, intimate camps that are listed in National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, set in glorious surroundings & can accommodate a maximum of just eight guests. Together with the warmest of hospitality, sumptuous meals & first-class guides, these carefully selected bush-camps are the perfect gateway for photographers wishing to explore the spectacular wildlife of the South Luangwa.

Accommodation for this holiday is on a shared room, full-board basis but single supplement is available at a cost. At the bush-camps, drinks are included & there is even a free laundry service.
During our 2 week trip, we will stay at Mfuwe Lodge, plus three of their remote, but beautiful, bush-camps.
Photographable Species: antelope, bateleur eagle, buffalo, bushbuck, carmine bee-eater, crocodile, crowned crane, elephant, fish eagle, giraffe, hippo, impala, leopard, lilac-breasted roller, lion, malachite kingfisher, pel's fishing owl, puku, saddle-billed stork, vervet monkey, waterbuck, wild dog, wildebeest, yellow baboon, zebra

South Luangwa Wildlife Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

late-afternoon flight to dubai or nairobi

day 2

flight to lusaka - flight to mwufe - transfer to mfuwe lodge - late-afternoon game-drive - overnight at mfuwe lodge

day 3

morning game-drive - late-afternoon game-drive - overnight at mfuwe lodge

day 4

morning game-drive - transfer to our next bush-camp - late-afternoon game-drive - overnight at bush-camp

day 5

morning game-drive - late-afternoon game-drive - overnight at bush-camp

day 6

morning game-drive - late-afternoon game-drive - overnight at bush-camp

day 7

morning game-drive - transfer to our next bush-camp - late-afternoon game-drive - overnight at bush-camp

day 8

morning game-drive - late-afternoon game-drive - overnight at bush-camp

day 9

morning game-drive - late-afternoon game-drive - overnight at bush-camp

day 10

morning game-drive - transfer to our next bush-camp - late-afternoon game-drive - overnight at bush-camp

day 11

morning game-drive - late-afternoon game-drive - overnight at bush-camp

day 12

morning game-drive - late-afternoon game-drive - overnight at bush-camp

day 13

morning game-drive - transfer to mfuwe lodge - late-afternoon game-drive - overnight at mfuwe lodge

day 14

morning game-drive - transfer to mfuwe airport for the flight home

An elephant wades one of the rivers near the lodge photographed at the lodges bushcamps used during the Natureslens South Luangwa Wildlife Photography Holiday

2022 – Hummingbirds & Wildlife of Ecuador Photography Holiday

Join David on a nature photography tour to Ecuador where you will encounter one of the highest diversity of birds in the world. The number of different bird species, especially Hummingbirds, is simply mind-boggling.
Ecuador means ‘equator’ & it runs through this country attracting birds from both the northern & southern hemispheres. Some people refer to the climate in Ecuador as eternal spring, as there is little variation in the annual daily temperature, making the climate very comfortable. The Andes mountain range provides a variety of elevations for photo opportunities including beautiful valleys & majestic active volcanoes.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of Wildlife of Ecuador, in Ecuador, during the Hummingbirds & Wildlife of Ecuador photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 15 night/16 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £4749  £4499 per participant.
This nature photography trip is designed to visit very safe tourist areas in the provinces of Pichincha, Napo & Orellana which are some of the best places for bird photography & far away from the areas highlighted by the Foreign Office. In addition, David & our local guide are always looking for new places to provide the best photography experience.
With 1600 different birds species, Ecuador is a mega-diverse country & one for the bucket list for any bird photographer.
There will be opportunities to photograph hummingbirds on feeders & visit a refuge famous for its rare birds such as the Cock-of-the-rock (yes, it is a bird!!), Rufous-fronted Wood-Quail, Yellow-breasted Antpitta, Moustached Antpitta, Ochre-breasted Antpitta & Choco Trogon. If you are lucky, you may even witness a Cock-of-the-rock lek!
In Ecuador’s rainforests, you can see flocks of oropendolas, aracari, tanagers & euphonias as they roam the forest canopy in search of fruit. Plum-throated Cotingas glow from the treetops & raptors perch on vantage points to dry off in the morning sun while White-browed Purpletufts & Crowned Slaty Flycatchers sally for insects. If there is a fruiting tree nearby, you may even see numerous parrots & macaws fly by or drop-in, & many other species flying past.
Our first stay will be at Mindo Loma; Mindo Loma is a great place for photography of Hummingbirds & Tanagers at feeders & is located approximately 1 ½ hours from Quito in the middle of the Cloud forest on the west slope of the Andes. This will be our base & the starting point for all the photography locations & lodges that we will visit this side of the Andes Cordillera.
While staying in Mindo Loma, we will visit Mashpi, a location that is a significant area for bird photography. Mashpi is part of the Chocó area, in the Amagusa reserve. Many species arrive to feed at the banana laden feeders. Species we hope to be able to photograph at this location include Glistening-green Tanager, Moss-backed Tanager, Lemon-rumped Tanager, Golden-collared Honeycreeper, Green Honeycreeper, Purple-bibbed Whitetip Hummingbird, White-throated Quail-dove.
Another location we will visit while staying in Mindo Loma is Refugio Paz de las Aves. Here, we should be able to capture images of the Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Ochre-breasted Antpitta, Rufous-breasted Antthrush, Giant Antpitta, Moustached Antpitta, Yellow-breasted Antpitta, Orange-breasted Fruiteater.
Moving on from Mindo Loma, we head to an area of the country dedicated to conservation & eco-tourism. The area has the highest likelihood of being able to observe & photograph the Umbrellabird. Aside from the Umbrellabird, we hope to be able to photograph Black Solitaire, Long-wattled Umbrellabird, Rufous Motmot, Chocó Toucan, Pale-mandibled Araçari, White Necked Jacobin Hummingbird, White-whiskered Hermit Hummingbird, Green Thorntail Hummingbird, Green-crowned Brilliant Hummingbird, Green-crowned Woodnymph Hummingbird, Rufous-throated Tanager, Silver-throated Tanager, Golden-winged Manakin, Club-winged Manakin.
Next, we find ourselves at Yanacocha, a Reserve of the Jocotoco Foundation & is at 3200 – 3400 meters above sea level. This is the only forest on the West Andean Slope that has feeders available, & of course, we will make the best use of these opportunities.
We will spend several days undertaking photography in the Ecological Reserve of Antisana located in the East Andean Slope with an excellent opportunity to find Condors, & the area has several lakes which we may make use of to obtain images of some of the region’s aquatic birds.
We will make use of the grounds of the Guango Lodge, located near to the hot springs of Papallacta & a paradise for a variety of species of hummingbird. It is a fantastic location to capture images of these tiny birds.
Our next location is Puerto Misahualli near the Napo River. Misahualli is a community that is located next to the Napo River, one of the main tributaries of the Amazon River. Next to this community is the Paikawe lagoon, which is an excellent environment for photography of a wide variety of species. We will spend the night at Wildsumaco Bird Lodge.
The Andes’s Eastern Foothills is currently encountering severe problems. The rainforest in the renowned birding locale of Sumaco is rapidly being logged & converted into farmland. Habitat for birds & other animals requiring primary forest is being lost, but small reserves are being established to halt this devastation.
In this rainforest, we hope to be able to photograph Wire-crested Thorntail Hummingbird, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Violet-fronted Brilliant Hummingbird, Black-throated Brilliant Hummingbird, Gould’s Jewelfront Hummingbird, Golden-tailed Sapphire Hummingbird.
While staying at the Napo Cultural Center, we will take boat trips to three amazing destinations, to photograph the parrot clay licks or saladeros. During these boat trips, we hope to see the most beautiful natural spectacle with more than 11 different species that show up in these locations.
Our final location is the Cabañas San Isidro which is located in the East of the Andean Cordillera, in the foothills close to the Amazon. Cabañas San Isidro has Hummingbird feeders & natural trails. Upon our arrival in the morning, we will have the possibility of seeing different species of insects feeding.
We will also be taking opportunities with macro subjects such as frogs & reptiles, butterflies, other mammals & literally anything else that crosses our path during the 16 days.
Photographable Species: andean cock-of-the-rock, andean condor, andean coot, andean gull, andean teal, andean tit-spinetail, black solitaire, black-billed mountain-toucan, black-capped tanager, black-chested buzzard-eagle, black-chested mountain-tanager, black-faced ibis, black-mandibled toucan, black-throated brilliant hummingbird, black-winged ground-dove, blue-backed conebill, blue-crowned manakin, blue-winged mountain-tanager, bronzy inca, brown inca hummingbird, capped heron, carunculated caracara, chestnut breasted coronet, chocó toucan, club winged manakin, collared inca hummingbird, empress brilliant hummingbird, fawn-breasted brilliant hummingbird, flame- faced tanager, giant antpitta, glistening-green tanager, glowing puffleg hummingbird, golden- collared honeycreeper, golden-breasted puffleg hummingbird, golden-headed quetzal, golden-napped tanager, golden-tailed sapphire hummingbird, golden-winged manakin, gould’s jewelfront hummingbird, great potoo, great sapphire-wing hummingbird, green honeycreeper, green thorntail hummingbird, green-crowned brilliant hummingbird, green-crowned woodnymph hummingbird, hoatzin, hooded mountain tanager, inca jay, lacrimose mountain-tanager, lemon-rumped tanager, long-wattled umbrellabird, macaw, magpie tanager, moss-backed tanager, mountain-tanager, moustached antpitta, ocellated tapaculo, ochre-breasted antpitta, orange-breasted fruiteater, orange-eared tanager, pale-mandibled araçari, parakeet, parrot, pavonie quetzal, powerful woodpecker, purple-backed thornbill hummingbird, purple-bibbed whitetip hummingbird, páramo ground tyrant, rainbow-bearded thornbill hummingbird, red-billed parrot, rufous antpitta, rufous motmot, rufous-breasted antthrush, rufous-throated tanager, scarlet- bellied mountain-tanager, shining sunbeam hummingbird, silver-throated tanager, silvery grebe, stripe-headed brush-finch, sword-billed hummingbird, swordbill hummingbird, torrent duck, toucan barbet, tourmaline sunangel hummingbird, turquoise jay, velvet-purple coronet hummingbird, violet-fronted brilliant hummingbird, violet-headed hummingbird, violet-tailed sylph hummingbird, wattled guan, white capped dipper, white necked jacobin hummingbird, white-capped tanager, white-throated quail-dove, white-whiskered hermit hummingbird, wire-crested thorntail hummingbird, yellow-billed pintail, yellow-breasted antpitta

Hummingbirds & Wildlife of Ecuador Photography Holiday Itinerary

To be confirmed

2022 – Sabi Sands Leopards Photography Holiday

Photographed as the sun sets this is one of the leopards of the private reserve photographed on the reserve used for the NaturesLens Leopards of Sabi Sands Photography Holiday
You are welcomed to join NaturesLens during June 2022 for an amazing nature photography trip to photograph the wildlife of Sabi Sands – with a particular focus on the leopards.
We will be staying within a private reserve with a fantastic lodge in an area of Sabi Sands; Vuyatela Lodge is the flagship luxury lodge of Djuma reserve, & is quite simply one of the most breathtaking & refreshing safari destinations in South Africa. Located on a small rise overlooking a dry river bed & dam where an endless variety of wildlife comes to drink every day, Vuyaltela is shrouded in the wilderness & embodies the essence of what it is to be African.
Vuyatela Lodge in all its splendour is arguably one of the most luxurious African bush experiences available, & towers above its bushveld counterparts with a unique & extraordinary combination of modern luxury & traditional African culture.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of Leopards of Sabi Sands, in South Africa, during the Sabi Sands Leopards photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £3999  £3749 per participant.
You will be accommodated in one of five luxury suites, all with en-suite bathrooms, Vuyatela has redefined the meaning of an African safari, breaking the mould of “traditional” colonial-style décor by combining sleek modern design with innovative, funky African art & lots of vibrant colours. Collectively these suites can accommodate ten people, but we will not be filling the lodge, we will have a maximum of 7 photographers, including any guides, in the safari vehicle so for that reason we will have a maximum of 7 people only in Vuyatela.
Each guest suite has a secluded plunge pool, expansive viewing deck & freestanding “khaya” – a lounge with a tea & coffee station & wood-burning stove for those cold winter’s mornings & evenings.
The main lodge area features a cosy indoor lounge & enormous fireplace (perfect for cold winter’s evenings), remarkable dining room with its hallmark chandelier made from Coke bottles opening onto an extended deck & boma area, complete with firepit, swimming pool & funky steel & timber viewing “tower” overlooking the dam. If we’re lucky, we might spot one of Djuma’s famous leopards hunting here!
For the duration of our stay, between the dates of 25th June - 2nd July 2022, we will have the services of a chef on-site, who will be preparing some delicious meals for our group!
Djuma offers more than 7000ha of private land, bordering right onto the western border of the Kruger National Park. This part of the African bush is a hidden gem, offering some of the most beautiful game viewing in Africa. This is the home of the legendary Big Five which roam these unspoilt lands, Lion, leopard, elephant, rhino & buffalo can be spotted from the comfort & safety of our open game viewing vehicles, accompanied by some of the most experienced safari guides & trackers in the business.
As the dawn begins to break at the start of another magical day in the African bush, we will head to the vehicle & it is time to head out into the wilds to see what’s happening, making the most of the coolest part of the day & the magical early morning light.
At the end of the day, as the sun begins to dip, & the heat of the African day decreases, we will head out as this is the perfect time to spot the predators that call Djuma their home, taking in the magical “golden hour” of light for the ideal photographic opportunities.
For photographic guidance, NaturesLens are incredibly pleased to announce that we have a new guide joining the team, specifically for this & hopefully other South African adventures too, Clint Ralph is a South African wildlife photographer of some note, who knows the Djuma reserve & the larger surrounding area very well.
Photographable Species: buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, rhino

Sabi Sands Leopards Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

flight from home location to hoedspruit - transfer to djuma reserve - overnight vuyatela lodge

day 2

morning & afternoon safaris within djuma reserve - overnight vuyatela lodge

day 3

morning & afternoon safaris within djuma reserve - overnight vuyatela lodge

day 4

morning & afternoon safaris within djuma reserve - overnight vuyatela lodge

day 5

morning & afternoon safaris within djuma reserve - overnight vuyatela lodge

day 6

morning & afternoon safaris within djuma reserve - overnight vuyatela lodge

day 7

morning & afternoon safaris within djuma reserve - overnight vuyatela lodge

day 8

transfer to hoedspruit, flight to home location

One of the leopards of Sabi Sands draped over a fallen tree photographed on the reserve used for the NaturesLens Leopards of Sabi Sands Photography Holiday

2022 – Zimanga Wildlife Hides & Safaris Photography Holiday

A backlit portrait of a yawning lion photographed during the NaturesLens Zimanga Wildlife Hides and Safaris photography tour

Now includes all drinks in addition to being full board – also free laundry throughout the stay at Zimanga!

The South African bushveld is a territory famed for its diverse range of wildlife, & the outstanding safari experience it can provide for wildlife photography enthusiasts. Join NaturesLens photography leaders on an African wildlife experience, delving deep into sub-tropical bushland; photographing incredible native species from both jeep & specially designed hides which are embedded within the landscape.

Our Wildlife Hides & Safaris photography holiday in the Zimanga reserve is a trip you’ll never forget, & will have you leaving with both stunning images & memories which you will treasure for a lifetime.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of varied African wildlife, in South Africa, during the Zimanga Wildlife Hides & Safaris photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Full Board with Drinks Included, Shared basis & costs £3999  £3749 per participant.
NaturesLens invites amateur & semi-professional photographers on a wildlife adventure which will take you into the heart of African bushveld territory, photographing a wide range of native species including impressive predators; such as leopards, elephants & cheetahs, as well as magnificent elephants & over 400 bird species. The photography safaris & hide sessions all take place within a pristinely preserved wildlife reserve, which provides the animals with a protected habitat while allowing photographers to come & observe these animals thrive, & capture awe-inspiring images.
The Zimanga wildlife reserve offers 6000 hectares of unspoilt sub-tropical bushveld, fever tree forests & hilly terrain, providing you with opportunities to capture the best images of birds & wildlife alike from every possible angle. The reserve has a huge diversity of South African wildlife including mammals such as black-backed jackal, buffalo, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, hippo, impala, kudu, leopard, lion, nyala, rhino, spotted hyena, waterbuck, wildebeest & zebra; & birds such as babbler, barbet, bee-eater, firefinch, fish eagle, hamerkop, kingfisher, lemon breasted canary, mousebird, plover, Rudd’s Apalis, sandpiper, twinspot, vulture & waxbill. The animals live side by side in an almost self-contained ecosystem, with both predators & prey relying on this environment to survive. This is the first reserve of its kind; one which has been specifically designed for photographers, while allowing the animals to live as naturally as they would in the wild with some added protection.
Our Wildlife Hides & Safaris photography holiday in the Zimanga reserve offers you five traditional game viewing drives from open safari vehicles, with no more than two photographers per row to ensure maximum comfort & access to the best angles for photography. These are not limited to tracks so that off-roading will give you maximum photography opportunities. You will also have at your disposal a range of water-level hides, which are perfectly positioned to capture images of the animals at eye-level. These hides have been created with the photographer in mind, providing the optimum structure & positioning throughout the park.
One way glass means you will be invisible to the animals, enabling you to photograph their entirely natural behaviour within the reserve. You will also benefit from the solar-powered air conditioning & comfortable interiors within the hides; included to make your wildlife experience as comfortable & enjoyable as possible.
Two birdbath hides in the heart of the reserve offer you the opportunity to photograph the wide variety of bird species which inhabit the region, including the pink-throated twinspot, kingfishers, barbets & mousebirds to name a few. But that’s not all. These hides may also give you the opportunity to photograph other visiting species, such as warthog, banded mongoose & monkeys.
A final pair of hides are provided for overnight use which you will use one of each on two nights, providing you with a completely different experience of the reserve, observing a variety of species as they carry out their nighttime activities. The overnight hides are furnished with a kitchenette, flushing toilet, beds & wi-fi to ensure maximum comfort while gaining unrivalled exposure to the wildlife & their behaviours at night.
Accommodation & transfer to & from Durban airport is included within the price of the trip & David will provide photography guidance as needed.
This is a trip you will never forget. Book now to avoid disappointment!
Photographable Species: babbler, banded mongoose, barbet, bee-eater, black-backed jackal, buffalo, cheetah, cormorant, cuckoo, elephant, fire finch, fish eagle, giraffe, hamerkop, hippo, hoopoe, impala, kingfisher, kudu, lemon breasted canary, leopard, lion, mousebird, nyala, plover, rhino, roller, rudd's apalis, sandpiper, spotted hyena, twinspot, warthog, waterbuck, waxbill, wild dog, wildebeest, zebra

Zimanga Wildlife Hides & Safaris Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

arrive king shaka international airport, durban, transfer to zimanga & afternoon game drive or hide photography

day 2

morning & afternoon game drive or hide photography

day 3

morning & afternoon game drive or hide photography

day 4

morning & afternoon game drive or hide photography

day 5

morning & afternoon game drive or hide photography

day 6

morning & afternoon game drive or hide photography

day 7

morning & afternoon game drive or hide photography

day 8

morning game drive or hide photography, transfer to transfer to king shaka international airport, durban

An elephant silhouetted against the skyline image captured within Zimanga Game Reserve in Kwazula Natal South Africa

2022 – African Wildlife of the Maasai Mara Photography Holiday

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NaturesLens is proud to offer keen wildlife photographers the chance to join David & Pui Hang & take opportunities with the fabulous & diverse wildlife of Africa’s Maasai Mara. Here you will find lions, leopards & cheetahs & all the other iconic animals of Africa like elephants, buffalos, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles, hyenas, jackals, warthogs, baboons, zebras, wildebeest & other antelopes such as Thompson’s gazelles, impalas, grants & topis – among many other species.  The black rhino is more tricky, but can sometimes be spotted in the Mara Triangle & if you are lucky, you may even see the serval cat. The Maasai Mara is also super-rich with birdlife including eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, vultures, kingfishers, cranes, hornbills, the Secretary bird, ostrich, to name but a few.
The Maasai Mara National Reserve is an area of preserved savannah wilderness in southwestern Kenya, along the Tanzanian border. It is one of the best parks for big cats, but sightings of smaller predators like bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal & spotted hyena are also rewarding.
We have designed an all-encompassing photography experience, ensuring that splendid safaris & comfortable accommodation are organised for you to ensure that you can focus on making the most of opportunities to capture editorial quality images..
Join NaturesLens to capture images of wildlife of the Maasai Mara, in Kenya, during the African Wildlife of the Maasai Mara photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 10 night/11 day duration on a Full Board, Shared basis & costs £5999 per participant.
Our base is located within a genuine Maasai village, where you will also have the unique opportunity to experience the Maasai people’s traditional & famous culture. This will give you the extraordinary chance to get to know the proud Maasai people & their culture from the inside. Their hospitality is great – when you arrive, the children come running to greet you; Jambo!
Our drivers & naturalists are highly skilled & respected. More importantly, they understand what it means to work with professional & demanding wildlife photographers, & always work hard to give you the best opportunities to get your shots whether it is from inside the car, or from the ground or on foot – from the early mornings to the late evenings. They are exceptionally good in finding animals, reading what will happen & positioning the vehicle optimally for photography.
Our base, an eco safari camp, is located in Mara North Conservancy, just five minutes’ drive to the border of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Accommodation is offered in spacious safari tents furnished with en-suite bathroom including shower, washbasin & flush toilet. There is also a dining tent where the camp’s chef & staff will serve us with delicious food. In the dining tent, we will also be able to charge camera batteries, phones & computers.
Breakfast & lunch will be taken on the game drives so that you can enjoy full day safaris with picnic breakfast & picnic lunch on the open savannah, in the shade under a tree or by the Mara or Talek rivers overlooking hippos & crocodiles.
The full-day safaris mean you will be out before sunrise & until after sunset, photographing in the very best light. There will also be opportunities to photograph from outside the car on foot or from the ground. Driving off road is also possible, subject to the appropriate licences being obtained.
This trip is best suited to those of you with mid-level to advanced photography skills looking for a new challenge. We pride ourselves in offering something unique to clients in comparison to other trip providers, so we have arranged for the game drives to be carried out in safari vehicles which have been specially modified for wildlife photography.
The safari vehicles, based on 4WD Toyota Landcruiser Long Edition, have been modified for the purpose of giving the best working conditions for photographers. They allow you to stay low & get strong & powerful low-angle shots of the wildlife, shooting both ways from the vehicle. They have no back doors, & the floor is extended to 180 cm in width & covered with a soft rubber mat making it comfortable to lie on. Also, the wide-open sides with shallow window frames, no bars & no glass are very convenient for panning & action photography. The vehicles have a pop-up roof, so shooting from the roof, for instance, birds, a leopard in a tree or a cheetah hunting is very convenient. The pop-up roof also provides shade from the sun. Last but by no means least, the cars also have 4-6 power outlets for charging cameras, phones, laptops etc. on the go.
We will have exclusive use of these vehicles & with our driver/guides, we can go where we like, stop & have the car positioned as we like, waiting for as long as we like & be in the right place in the early mornings, catching the sunrise, or wait for the right moment & the best light in the evenings. What’s more bean-bags will be provided.
David & Pui Hang, cofounders of NaturesLens, will lead you throughout this photography tour, providing guidance & advice as needed & helping you develop your skills. They will help you capture images of the diverse wildlife in both wide-angle & close up shots; capturing them in motion or static, interacting with each other or with other species all with the impressive backdrop provided by the African landscape.
Photographable Species: african elephant, cheetah, giraffe, hippo, hyena, leopard, lion, vulture, wildebeest, zebra
All images provided by & are copyright works of Arnfinn Johansen – used by permission.

African Wildlife of the Maasai Mara Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

flight from home location to jomo kenyatta international airport

day 2

arrive jomo kenyatta international airport, transfer to mara olkiombo airstrip & half-day of photography of the wildlife of the maasai mara

day 3

full-day of photography of the wildlife of the maasai mara

day 4

full-day of photography of the wildlife of the maasai mara

day 5

full-day of photography of the wildlife of the maasai mara

day 6

full-day of photography of the wildlife of the maasai mara

day 7

full-day of photography of the wildlife of the maasai mara

day 8

full-day of photography of the wildlife of the maasai mara

day 9

full-day of photography of the wildlife of the maasai mara

day 10

full-day of photography of the wildlife of the maasai mara

day 11

half-day of photography of the wildlife of the maasai mara, transfer to jomo kenyatta international airport & flight to home location

A Lioness Photographed Against The Setting Sun In The Locations To Be Used For The NaturesLens Wildlife Of Africas Maasai Mara Photography Holiday

2022 – Bears, Eagles, Whales & Glaciers of Alaska Photography Holiday

Example of the Type of Image That You May Have Opportunities to Capture During the Natureslens Glaciers, Whales, Eagles & Bears of Alaska Photography Holiday
Southern Alaska boasts some of the most beautiful & dramatic scenery to be found in all of North America. This fabulous location is home to a diverse range of wildlife species, in the air, on the land & in the water, all these species thrive in the harsh, dramatic climate & the varied habitat that Alaska offers – this is the amazing setting for our Glaciers, Whales, Eagles & Bears of Alaska Photography Holiday.
Join Ian Roberts on an amazing photography experience, based in the heart of Alaska’s mountainous south. This photography tour includes a week packed with photographic opportunities in the area surrounding Juneau, southern Alaska. You will have the opportunity to capture images of the impressive bald eagle as it feeds at a creek that sees these impressive raptors grabbing salmon from the water, to photograph bears as they fish for salmon, spend time capturing images of humpback whales &, hopefully, orca during 3 days on our exclusively charted boat that takes us far out into the channels that surround Juneau &, finally, spend time travelling to the glaciers & fjords that have carved the mountainous landscape.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of amazing wildlife of Southern Alaska, in United States, during the Bears, Eagles, Whales & Glaciers of Alaska photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £4499 per participant.
The wildlife, paired with dramatic snow-tipped mountains, salmon-filled creeks, glacier-fed water channels & more, ensures that there is no other setting & subject pairing for photography quite like this. Throughout the trip, you will have abundant opportunities to capture both “in the environment” & frame-filling images of bald eagle, black bear, grizzly bear, harbour seal, humpback whale, orca, sea lion.
You will spend 2 separate days – the first early in the week, the second on the final day – cruising down the Tracy Arm Fjord to see Alaska’s greatest combination of mountains, waterfalls, wildlife, glaciers & icebergs. The ice in Tracy Arm interferes with the sonar of whales, so it is the perfect place for hundreds of harbor seals to have their pups in the summer months.
The face of Sawyer Glacier is a little over half a mile wide & is an active tidewater glacier, which means it “calves” or breaks off. Pieces of ice ranging from the size of a small car to a cruise ship can fall off the face of the glacier, hitting the water with a thunderous roar.
The water at the end of the fjord is nearly 600 feet deep & when underwater calving takes place, the ice remains intact, creating Alaska’s largest icebergs. In other glacier areas, the calved ice generally crumbles but not here. Underwater calvings surface like giant submarines that rise over 250 feet & then settle into the water like large, blue ships! The icebergs are framed by sheer mountain peaks that reach over 7,000 feet.
You will also spend 3 days humpback whale watching in seas bordered by towering mountains with hanging glaciers as your backdrop. If you are lucky, you may also see sea lions, eagles & seals. Our exclusive chartered boat is skippered by the best captain in the Juneau area for whale watching. He will be in touch with all the other boats, so you have the most up to date locations of where the action is happening. With just 6 of us on the boat, there will be plenty of room to move around.
Pack Creek is the best place in Southern Alaska to see bears, during one day of the week, you will spend 5-6 hours exploring a half-mile of beach & a meadow where Pack Creek emerges from the mountains & forest to meet the sea, photographing the bears as they hunt, fish & play. This day will start with a scenic flight by floatplane to what is considered to be some of the most prime bear country on earth where dozens of salmon streams help maintain over 1,500 Alaskan brown bears.
The schedule for this trip has been designed to allow you to make the most of the photography opportunities available in the area. You will return with images of the bluest glaciers & the wildlife that lives on & adjacent to these towers of ice. Images of humpback whales &, hopefully, the transient orcas that feast on fish in the area; photographs of the bald eagles as they pounce on the salmon that swim in the cold waters of their creek & of course the bears as they attempt to fish for salmon in Pack Creek.
This is a photography holiday designed by photographers for photographers to ensure that every element of the experience enables you to achieve photographs that you will be proud to add to your portfolio.
Spaces are limited, so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment!
Photographable Species: bald eagle, black bear, grizzly bear, harbour seal, humpback whale, orca, sea lion

Bears, Eagles, Whales & Glaciers of Alaska Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

arrive juneau

day 2

full-day of photography with the bears of pack creek

day 3

½ day of whale photography, ½ day of eagle photography

day 4

full-day of photography whilst sailing up tracey arm fjord

day 5

½ day of whale photography, ½ day of eagle photography

day 6

½ day of whale photography, ½ day of eagle photography

day 7

full-day of photography whilst sailing up tracey arm fjord

day 8

depart juneau

Orcas Playing In The Sea   Photographed During A NaturesLens Wildlife Of Alaska Photography Holiday

2023 – Bald Eagles of Alaska Photography Holiday

Example of the type of image that you may have opportunities to capture during the NaturesLens Bald Eagles of Alaska Photography Holiday

Southern Alaska boasts some of the most beautiful & dramatic scenery to be found in all of North America; home to diverse wildlife species, both predator & prey, who thrive in its harsh climates & varied habitats. NaturesLens invites mid-level & experienced wildlife photographers to join Ian & David for photography challenge which involves navigating the waterside territory surrounding Haines, southern Alaska, to track & photograph the impressive bald eagle as it soars & settles within its beautiful natural habitat.

The locations that will be made use of during the trip have been chosen carefully by Ian & David to give you the best possible eagle photography experience, as the Chilkat Valley is home to more than 3000 eagles as they feed on the abundant supply of spawning chum salmon. Over the course of this tour, you will have the opportunity to photograph eagles in flight & “in the environment”, giving you the chance to capture both wide-angle images & up-close shots. Group size is limited, book your place today!

Join NaturesLens to capture images of spectacle of the Bald Eagles at their Council Grounds, in United States, during the Bald Eagles of Alaska photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Half Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £3999 per participant.

Join NaturesLens on an exciting photography experience, based in the heart of Alaska’s mountainous south, capturing stunning images of the bald eagle to add to your portfolio. The eagle is the national bird of the USA for a reason; they are strong, majestic & impressive. The ultimate predator of the sky, making them the perfect subject for adventurous wildlife photographers. Paired with dramatic snow-covered landscapes, there is no other setting & subject pairing for photography quite like this.

Throughout the trip, you will have abundant opportunities to capture images of bald eagles perched in the trees, diving & fighting for fish, or soaring overhead as they scour the ground below for their next meal. Ian & David will lead you to the optimum positions from which to capture both close up shots, highlighting their beady eyes & dramatic features, & wide-angle shots which take in eagles alongside other bird species within the outstanding landscape which surrounds them.

The Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve was created by the State of Alaska in June of 1982. The preserve was established to protect & perpetuate the world’s largest concentration of Bald Eagles & their critical habitat. It also sustains & protects the natural salmon runs & allows for traditional uses; provided such uses do not adversely affect preserve resources. The boundaries were designated to include only areas important to eagle habitation. Virtually every portion of the preserve is used by eagles at some time during the year.

The schedule for this trip has been designed to allow you to make the most of the photography opportunities available in the area. This includes six days of photography sessions specifically targeting bald eagles in the Chilkat Valley, with guidance available to help you tailor your technique to obtain the best images within a challenging environment. The eagles flock to this valley because an upwelling of warm water prevents the Chilkat, Klehini & Tsirku rivers from freezing, which encourages a salmon run this late in the year. The sight of hundreds of birds perched in tress which line the river waiting for their chance to catch fish is remarkable.

There may be opportunities for some Astro or Aurora photography, however, these are dependent on clear conditions & aurora activity, but there is the chance that you will be lucky enough to witness this true natural wonder unique to remote areas of the northern hemisphere. Group size is strictly limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

Photographable Species: bald eagle, elk, moose

Bald Eagles of Alaska Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1 - overnight juneau

travel from uk to juneau, arrival in juneau & overnight

day 2 - overnight haines

early ferry to haines (4.5 hours), transfer to hotel followed by an afternoon of bald eagle photography

day 3 - overnight haines

bald eagle & other wildlife photography along the banks of the chilkat river

day 4 - overnight haines

bald eagle & other wildlife photography along the banks of the chilkat river

day 5 - overnight haines

bald eagle & other wildlife photography along the banks of the chilkat river

day 6 - overnight haines

bald eagle & other wildlife photography along the banks of the chilkat river

day 7 - overnight haines

bald eagle & other wildlife photography along the banks of the chilkat river

day 8 - overnight haines

bald eagle & other wildlife photography along the banks of the chilkat river

day 9 - overnight juneau

morning of bald eagle photography & ferry transfer back to juneau

day 10 - travel to uk

A Congregation Of Bald Eagles Photographed Within The Conservation Area Outside Of Haines   Photographed During The NaturesLens Bald Eagles Of Alaska Photography Holiday
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