Safaris - James Gifford

"Excellent instruction. I leave with a new vision of what I want to achieve in my own photography."                         Jackie Deely 

Fancy Yourself as a Pro?

If you would like to take your photography to the next level, then you can't beat some intensive hands-on tuition while on location. Whether you are a beginner with your first DSLR or a seasoned hobbyist who is ready to emulate your award-winning idols, we are here to help. The benefit of learning in the field is that you can practice what you have learnt straight away - our classroom is the African wilderness with subjects around every corner.

All my safaris cater for every level of photographer and are unique in having a professional photographer as well as a local guide (with decades of combined experience), ensuring individual attention and guaranteeing you will return home with spectacular professional images. In addition to covering the whole gamut of photographic skills from technical fundamentals to different lighting techniques, creative shutter speeds, landscapes, stars and much more, my goal is to share all my photographic secrets with you garnered from many years  in the field. 

Private Safaris

From offering advice over your perfect itinerary to ensuring you get the best possible shot whilst on safari and teaching you everything I know along the way, this is about as close as you can get to guaranteeing the perfect safari of a lifetime and of course you will end up with some jaw-dropping images to make all your friends ridiculously jealous, while every aspect of the safari will be tailored to your every whim.. 

"Truly memorable trip of a lifetime.....could not find any faults...."                   Agneta Winston 

"Your ability to talk to all levels of photographers was amazing. You were creative, responsive to people’s needs…you pushed our skills to the next level.”                  David Newman

"You went far beyond teaching us about wildlife photography and your sense of hospitality is incredible....we've learned so much."                       Detlev & Jonquil Hackenberg 

Scheduled Trips

East Africa

A Photographer's Dream Safari           

Kenya's Masai Mara & Uganda's Impenetrable Forest

Days: 12   

2020: Jul 22  - Aug  2   3 Spaces left

Max guests: 6

Price: $13, 000 pp sharing                

This is possibly the ultimate photographer's safari. First we will spend 7 days soaking up the magic of the Masai Mara, with all its predators and potentially thousands of wildebeest, where our time will be split between two luxury camps.

After a short flight, we venture into Uganda's pristine rainforest, where we will embark upon  two mountain gorilla treks, staying at a luxury lodge located just a few metres from the start of the treks.  The limited spaces were snapped up  just a few days after I launched the itinerary in 2019, so please advise soon if you are interested. 

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Masai Mara Great Migration with Amazing Views 

Kenya's Masai Mara 


2019: Aug 7 - Aug 14   1 space left 

Max guests: 3

Price: $7,400 pp sharing  (at current exchange rates)             

Timed to coincide with the anticipated height of the wildebeest migration, this exclusive trip (max. 3 guests) allows you to take advantage of all the magnificent wildlife of the Mara from the comfort of our own exclusive camp. With opportunities to see all the big cats as well as  thousands of herbivores, this is an incredible opportunity to capture some unique images of this famous wildlife mecca. 

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Southern Africa

Botswana Wildlife Explorer with Amazing Views

Botswana: Moremi | Khwai | Savute | Chobe River


2019: Oct 6-Oct 17  FULLY BOOKED              2020: Oct 4 - Oct 15

Max guests: 8 (4 per vehicle)

Price: $8,990 pp sharing  (2020: $9,510) (at current exchange rates)            

Surely the best itinerary available in Botswana's National Parks, we will be spending 3 nights on a mobile safari in each of Moremi, Khwai and Savute – amongst the top  game-viewing destinations in the country, followed by 2 days based at a lodge in Kasane,  photographing on the famous Chobe River. Both vehicles and boats will be specially kitted out for photographers. 

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Botswana's Northern Highlights with Letaka Safaris

Botswana: Moremi | Khwai | Savute

Days: 10   

2019:  Nov 12  - Nov 21  3 spaces left                2020: Nov 15 - Nov 24

Max guests: 6

Price: $5,720

Travel through Botswana's most impressive game and predator rich habitats with 3 nights at each location on a mobile safari, finishing with a boat cruise on the Chobe River. You are guaranteed to come away with jaw-dropping images courtesy of a vehicle kitted out for photographers and expert and exclusive tuition.

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Untouched Africa with Amazing Views   

Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls | Hwange National Park | Mana Pools

Days: 11     

2019: Sep 15 - Sep 25     FULLY BOOKED    2020 Aug 28 - Sep 7

Max guests: 6   

Price: CHF8990 pp sharing  (2020: CHF9510)

You will learn all manner of photography skills whilst on this remarkably diverse itinerary with the opportunity to practice landscapes at Victoria Falls before the game-rich excitement of Hwange (3 nights) and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mana Pools (6 nights, 2 locations) - widely regarded as one of Africa's greatest parks. Accommodation is in luxury lodges. 

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