Frequently Asked Questions

No problem, we cater for all skill levels of photographers from beginners to professionals. On any photo safari you will be guided by full time professional photographers who love to teach and share knowledge and each guest will benefit no matter what skill level they are. You will have the opportunity to learn a lot and you will leave with some great images.

This is always a million dollar question and is a challenge for all of us. The biggest obstacle is strict weight and size restrictions of airlines and if you can carry your expensive gear onboard the flight or does it go in the hold. Ensure you check with your airline what their restrictions are before traveling to prevent additional casts when you get to the airport.

We recommend that you pack clothes that are comfortable and that will be well suited to the activities and climate. Travel as light as possible but make sure you have adequate; laundry services will be available at some destinations. Prior to your photo safari, we will provide you with this information specific to the photo safari.

Firstly, do not be obligated to purchase a bunch of new gear! My Photo Safaris can assist you with equipment rentals to lesson the load and risk you need to travel with. Visit our Equipment Rentals page for more details.

Typically on a photo safari you will achieve good results with a telephoto lens of 300mm or more, a 100-400mm zoom and even a 70-200mm are great lenses coupled with extenders. A wide-angle lens for scenic and scapes shots and a spare body and macro lens will add to your arsenal.

A good camera bag is essential and one that can endure some dust and perhaps a little rain if (most good bags have a built in rain jacket). Hard cases (Pelican) are also good but you must consider your baggage restrictions.

Memory cards, you can never have enough! It is also recommended you bring your laptop already loaded with you post processing software (preferably Lightroom and/or Photoshop) with adequate hard drive space and a portable drives as a backup.

Also bring spare camera batteries and a charger, although there is power at the destinations you will never be sorry for carrying an extra camera battery.

Filters are very handy, a polarizing filter will be used often and for landscapes a ND filter will be handy. A flash is not essential but is some cases it can help as a fill-in flash for shadows in low light. Tripods, mono pods and beanbags will be supplied by My Photo Safaris.

  1. Navigate to the photo safari you are interested in and click on the "Brochure" tab and download the.
  2. Send an email to admin@my-photo.co.za requesting more information for a particular photo safari or workshop and we will email the brochure to you.

Booking is simple.

  1. On My Photo Safaris website, navigate to the photo safari you are interested in and click on the "Booking Inquiry" link.
  2. Complete the online Booking Inquiry.
  3. Shortly thereafter and after availability is confirmed you will receive via email a Photo Safari Booking Confirmation form.
  4. Return the completed Photo Safari Booking Confirmation, pay a 30% deposit to reserve/confirm your seat.
  5. Balance of payment to be made 75 days prior to commencement of photo safari to confirm your seat.

Alternatively send an email to admin@my-photo.co.za requesting a booking form for a particular photo safari.

Booking a Workshop is simple.

  1. On My Photo Safaris website, navigate to the workshop you are interested in and click on the "Booking Inquiry" link.
  2. Complete the online Booking Inquiry.
  3. Shortly thereafter and after availability is confirmed you will receive via email a Workshop Booking Confirmation form.
  4. Return the completed Workshop Booking Confirmation, pay a 50% deposit to reserve/confirm your seat.
  5. Balance of payment to be made 75 days prior to commencement of photo safari to confirm your seat.

Alternatively send an email to admin@my-photo.co.za requesting a booking form for a particular workshop.

After you have confirmed your booking you will receive a welcome pack with information pertaining to your specific photo safari; destinations, packing tips, camera gear, etc. Prior to your departure date you will be updated with relevant information to help you prepare for your trip.

It is simply because is about a passion for photography while respecting and enjoying the nature around you. Our photo safaris cater for the needs of photographers:

  1. Maximum 4 guests per professional photographer guide.
  2. Photographic instruction at all skill levels and a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
  3. Researched photographic opportunities; sceneries and wildlife.
  4. Positioning of vehicles in best light for the shot.
  5. If we come across a great sighting we will spend as much time as it takes to get photos.
  6. Post processing sessions with advice and instruction.
  7. On top of all this is having fun!

My Photo Safaris provides a portable modem that can accessed by guests wherever there is reception at anytime while on a photo safari. We cannot guarantee upload or download speeds, as this is dependent on cell phone signal strength. Some destination lodges / hotels do provide free WiFi.

My Photo Safaris does not provide telephones except if there is an emergency.

Cell / mobile phone connectivity is restricted to where there is reception. Most of the lodges where we stay do have cell phone coverage albeit at times signal is weak.

My Photo Safaris will on request arrange prepaid international phone cards.

Most certainly!

Whether you are alone, a couple or small group we can tailor a photo safari that meets your requests and budget. A private / custom photo safari is normally more expensive than a scheduled photo safari especially if you are alone or in a small group. In any event you will receive the full attention of a professional photographer during the whole trip providing guidance and tutoring and sharing knowledge.

All costs of accommodation, transits, gates, food and drinks (including alcohol) are fully covered while on a photo safari. The only cash you will need is to cover your personal costs that you may incur; souvenirs, curios, gifts, other personal items and gratuities.

Gratuities and tips are not included in the photo safari price.

It is customary and polite to pay a gratuity / tip to service providers engaged on the photo safaris, drivers, hostesses, staff at lodges etc. It is entirely up to you on the amount you pay but as a guide you can budget on $10 - $20 per day while on a photo safari.

Yes we do. After you have made your booking you will receive an information package that includes a form with your dietary requirements and refreshment preferences (including alcohol), which you will send back to us. About 15-20 days before your scheduled departure date you will receive a summary of your booking, if there is any changes there is still time to accommodate them.

At My Photo Safaris your safety is of our utmost concern. As such we have subscribed to Africa's leading critical incident management team, SATIB24 Crisis Call. This provides us with immediate access to a team of specialist doctors and facilitators who have been re-writing the way incidents are managed in Africa. Dr. King and his team take immediate control of the situation, whilst accessing and coordinating multiple resources, service providers, assistance companies, hospitals and your travel insurers to ensure the smoothest and best outcome each and every time. This does NOT replace your travel insurance but works alongside it.

It is imperative that you purchase appropriate travel insurance and declare full travel plans and are comfortable with the cover limits on the policy to ensure you are not left out of pocket. You will be asked about details of your travel insurance when you make the booking.