Photography Wildlife Holidays 2022

Wildlife Trails has several wildlife photography tours in some of the most beautiful and wildlife-rich locations on this planet. We work with the award-winning wildlife photographer, Trai Anfield, to bring you safari photography holidays designed to get you close to the action and also to support local charities which are active and effective in the field at protecting big cats, gorillas and wild bears.

What to Expect with Wildlife Trails

Our wildlife photography tours with Trai Anfield focus on quality time at the best locations for photography, a low number of photographers per safari vehicle, purchasing extra seats for luggage where required and expert photographic tuition to suit all abilities from Trai. This is given both while out on safari and of course back at the wildlife lodge or camp when editing and processing images. In some cases as with our Iberian Lynx tour, or Zimanga Ultimate South African photography safari.

Wildlife Photography holidays in Europe 2022

We have two wildlife photography tours led by Trai Anfield in Europe for 2022. The first departure is in January for the chance to photograph the Dalmatian Pelican in Greece and it is possible to combine this photography trip with an extension to Spain where you can join Trai in specially designed photographic hides on our Iberian Lynx tour which is limited to 4 clients only. Later in the year, we try to time our Finland wildlife photography tour just as the brown bears wake from their hibernation and you have a chance to photograph them in the snow, as well as wolves and wolverines.

Wildlife Photography holidays in Africa 2022

Both Wildlife Trails and Trai Anfield have a long history of organising bespoke and small group wildlife photography tours in Africa. We have used our mutual knowledge to focus on the destinations which we feel offer some of the most exciting wildlife to photograph while on safari. Experience the thrill of an Uganda gorilla trekking holiday with the chance to photograph Silverbacks and baby gorillas or join Trai in the world-famous Zimanga reserve in South Africa for night-time hide photography, with nocturnal visits by lions and leopards. We are also immensely proud to support Big Cat conservation in Kenya with our Mara Predator Big Cat conservation safari, which donates 1000 USD for each photographer on safari.

Wildlife Photography holidays in North America 2022

Our Alaska photography tours visit both Kodiak Island and Katmai National Park for the chance to photograph the largest brown bears in the world. Trai takes a small group of 6 photographers from Anchorage to Kodiak and then after a private fly-in bear viewing safari to Kodiak Island you will make a stunning floatplane journey to the only permanent accommodation permitted in Katmai, the world-famous Katmai wilderness lodge with its access to world-class bear viewing in Alaska and opportunities for stunning photographs as you ‘Walk with the giant bears of Katmai’.

Safari photography holidays in South America 2022

There are many opportunities on this beautiful wild continent to take part in wildlife photography tours. We organise Orca watching wildlife holidays in Patagonia, Argentina to see Orca whales hunting seals on the beach, as well as our small group Puma safaris in Torres Del Paine. Brazil is no doubt one of the most epic countries for wildlife photography holidays and in 2022, Trai will be leading a Maned Wolf and Wild Jaguar safari in the Cerrado and Pantanal.

Safari photography holidays in Asia 2022

Both India and Borneo offer stunning options for safari photography holidays in National Parks such as Bandhavgarh tiger sanctuary, Nagarhole National Park to see the legendary Black Panther and Deramakot or Tabin wildlife reserve in Borneo for the chance to see Clouded Leopard. One of the favourite small group India photography holidays is combining the colourful festival of Holi with visits to the Taj Mahal, Kaziranga National Park for Rhinos and an Indian tiger safari at Bandhavgarh National Park.

Botswana Zebra Migration

This is a Botswana safari I have been thinking about designing for years and I am so excited that it has finally come to fruition. The annual Zebra migration through Botswana does not attract as much attention as the famous Wildebeest migration in East Africa, but in its own way it is equally special and also attracts the attention of many of Botswana’s apex predators.

Once the rains end and the salt pans at Makgadikgadi dry up (around April/May), tens of thousands of zebra migrate across the National Park to the banks of the Boteti River valley and remain there until the rains start again in late October/early November.

Our beautiful Botswana wildlife lodge, Leroo La Tau, is located on the banks of the Boteti River Valley so this significant and overwhelming migration arrives on their ‘doorstep’ during April/early May (depending on the years rain) and will remain in that area for the next 6 months or so.

As well as 4 nights at Leroo La Tau to witness the Zebra migration, we will also spend 3 nights at Camp Xakanaxa which is located on the boundary between the Okavango Delta and the world famous Moremi game reserve. It is one of the few camps which allows the perfect balance of water based activities and game drives at the same time. Moremi is one of the best places in Botswana to see lions, leopards and African wildlife dogs.

We will have large well-equipped game vehicles for a maximum group size of 6 people so each guest has a window seat and plenty of room for their camera equipment. This tour will be characterized by maximising time in the field to take advantage of all available wildlife viewing opportunities.

 

Style - Small Group Photographer
Duration (Excl. Flights) - 10
Activity Level
When to Go
  • Jan
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Price (Excl. flights)
£5600
Finland small group winter photo safari

Wildlife Trails first visted Finland in April 2012 with the quest to see three of Finlands apex predators in the atmospheric winters snows. The trip was a huge success with great sightings of Wolverine, Brown Bears and Wolf. Expect your body clock to be completely reversed as you adjust to sleeping through the day and photographing in the late evening and dawn when these iconic predators are at their most active.

Style - Small Group Photographer
Duration (Excl. Flights) - 8
Activity Level
When to Go
  • Jan
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Price (Excl. flights)
£2970
Galapagos Small Boat Cruise

A Galpagos cruise will be a one off lifetime event for most visitors to the most famous natural history islands in the world, so your choice of not only the boat, but the structure of your itinerary is critical to the success of your Galpagos small boat cruise. Yes, choosing a small boat provides access to several island where the larger boats are not allowed due to strict environmental laws, but it is the day to day structure, overnight long journeys between islands and often being the first to arrive at the key sites that makes this Wildlife Trails Galapagos cruise really stand out.

Style - Small Group Photographer
Duration (Excl. Flights) - 10
Activity Level
When to Go
  • Jan
  • Feb
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  • Apr
  • May
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  • Nov
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Price (Excl. flights)
£3850
Iberian Lynx Tour Led by Trai Anfield

Iberian Lynx Wildlife Tour – one of the rarest cats in the world and have generally been regarded as very challenging to view in the wild. However a combination of recent conservation initiatives in Spain, depopulation of rural Spain and a strong passion for this beautiful cat from local wildlife guides, has resulted in increased knowledge of its few remaining strongholds. Wildlife Trails has teamed up with a local Spanish wildlife company with many years of leading successful tours to this beautiful region. So join Wildlife Trails on this specialist winter Iberian Lynx safari with Trai Anfield.

In addition to Iberian lynx you will have the chance to use a specialist hide to photograph golden eagles against majestic mountain backdrops, and other iconic Andalucian species including Spanish imperial eagle, black vulture and griffon vulture. We will also have access to a bespoke hide for red deer, carefully designed and situated to optimise your chances of gaining backlit shots against the sunrise. To stretch our legs after a couple of days in the hides we will head out on foot along the river to track local otters, which seem far more accommodating for photographers than many we have encountered elsewhere.

Style - Small Group Photographer
Duration (Excl. Flights) - 7
Activity Level
When to Go
  • Jan
  • Feb
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Price (Excl. flights)
£2940
Mara Predator Big Cat Conservation Safari

‘In 20 years if nothing is done, there will be no Lions left in Kenya’ Neils Morgensen, Mara Predator Conservation Program.

Niels Mogensen, Senior Programme Scientist at the Mara Predator Conservation Programme, and award-winning natural history photographer and film maker Trai Anfield invite you to join them on a truly unique wildlife photography safari and survey experience, focussing on the two most iconic predators of Kenya’s Maasai Mara: lion and cheetah. Leopard will also be likely, alongside the prey species that make up this complex ecosystem. Should African wild dog be in the vicinity during our stay, then of course we will prioritise this species too.

Style - Small Group Photographer
Duration (Excl. Flights) - 9
Activity Level
When to Go
  • Jan
  • Feb
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  • Oct
  • Nov
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Price (Excl. flights)
£4790
Musk Ox Safari Winter Holiday

Sleep out with the Muskox in Norway under the Northern lights in this short 3-day tour from Oslo to Oppdal.

Style - Small Group Photographer
Duration (Excl. Flights) - 8
Activity Level
When to Go
  • Jan
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Price (Excl. flights)
£2300
Red Panda wildlife holiday

Our Red Panda wildlife holiday is meticously designed to maximise your time in the field for observation and photography. Using superb local trackers and guides in a similar fashion to the gorilla trekking guides in Africa, we first locate the Red Panda’s, transmit that information back to our private group in the homestay and then sensitively approach them to enjoy an intimate and productive wildlife viewing session in the company of these amazing mammals. Most of the Red Panda trekking on this India wildlife holiday will take place on the India/Nepal border in Singalila National Park.

The ingenious assortment of cool climate, generous precipitation and the right mix of warmth and humidity throughout the year have shaped the unique eco-system of Singalila National Park in the northern most reaches of Darjeeling district of West Bengal and the adjacent forest in Ilam, Nepal. The wide range of vegetation ranging from subtropical forests and temperate coniferous forests which exists in the altitude range 2000 to 3500 meters has made the Singalila National Park a prominent biodiversity hotspot. This sub-temperate Himalayan broadleaf ecosystem is home to wide array of elusive Himalayan wildlife such as Red Panda, Asiatic Black Bear, Clouded leopard, Common Leopard, Melanistic Leopard, Leopard Cat, Himalayan Sherow, Himalayan Musk deer, Melanistic Barking deer, Himalayan Brow Goral, Yellow-throated Marten, Himalayan Palm Civet, Bhutan Giant Flying Squirrel and many more.

Style - Small Group Photographer
Duration (Excl. Flights) - 12
Activity Level
When to Go
  • Jan
  • Feb
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  • Apr
  • May
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  • Oct
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Price (Excl. flights)
£3100
Scotland Wildlife Holiday to Skye and Mull

If you were taking your first Scotland wildlife holiday and hoping to see some of the iconic marine and terrestrial wildlife, the locations that would be on the top of your list, would be the Isle of Skye and the Isle of Mull; located in the spectacular landscape of Scotlands Western Isles. With luck on our side and some gentle Scottish summer weather, we hope to see and photograph animals such as Sea Otters, Golden Eagles, Sea Eagles, Red Deer, Grey Seals and both whales and dolphins. We have chosen comfortable mid-range accommodation and the services of expert local, friendly guides, to get a glimpse into the secret wildlife world of these spectacular rugged islands.

Style - Small Group Photographer
Duration (Excl. Flights) - 9
Activity Level
When to Go
  • Jan
  • Feb
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  • May
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  • Aug
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Price (Excl. flights)
£2400
The Dalmation Pelicans of Lake Kerkini

5 day specialist photographic safari in northern Greece, focussing on Dalmatian pelicans, with other birds species including pygmy cormorant, spoonbill and many birds of prey, such as the Lesser Spotted and Bonelli’s Eagle, Great Spotted Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Eurasian Hobby, Levant Sparrow Ηawk and Northern Goshawk plus resident coypu and Greece’s largest herd of water buffalo. Glorious land, lake, mountain and sky scapes. Tour leader:  Trai Anfield – award winning wildlife photographer,  film maker, travel writer and broadcaster.

Style - Small Group Photographer
Duration (Excl. Flights) - 5
Activity Level
When to Go
  • Jan
  • Feb
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Price (Excl. flights)
£1630
Tiger and Rhino safari in Nepal

Imagine an Asian wildlife holiday which combines amazing and diverse jungle experiences with a spectacular view of the Himalayas and the chance to take a tiger safari and stay at the legendary Tiger Tops jungle lodges. If this is your dream then we have created the perfect Nepal wildlife safaris for you, with 2 nights in Kathmandu at the fabulous Dwarika’s Hotel, before staying 5 nights at Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge and then 5 nights at Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge for 5 nights, where we should have our best chance to see tigers.

Style - Small Group Photographer
Duration (Excl. Flights) - 12
Activity Level
When to Go
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
Price (Excl. flights)
£4700
Ultimate Alaska Bear Photography Tour with Trai Anfield

The real jewel in Alaska’s wildlife crown is Katmai National Park, which lies across Shelikof Strait from Kodiak at the base of the Alaska Peninsula. Katmai is home to the largest protected population of Brown Bears in the world, and for the past two decades it has been the subject of a hugely successful and innovative approach to organised bear viewing involving small groups of bear watchers (maximum 6 people) encountering the bears on foot in the company of an expert guide. This has produced a unique situation whereby something akin to a mutually observed, inter-species truce exists between humans and bears. Accessible by floatplane or wheeled bushplane from Kodiak or the Kenai Peninsula, the Katmai Coast is every aspiring bear watcher’s dream ticket where giant Coastal Brown Bears can be observed grazing on estuarine sedge grasses or digging for clams at low tide in spring (May & June) or catching salmon where river meets ocean in summer (July thru September). Nowhere else on the planet will you see more and bigger bears, up close and personal, than you will in Katmai where the bear viewing experience is all about being on the ground with these magnificent animals, with very few people around.

Style - Small Group Photographer
Duration (Excl. Flights) - 12
Activity Level
When to Go
  • Jan
  • Feb
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  • Nov
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Price (Excl. flights)
£8000
Ultimate Polar Bear tour to Churchill

In November this year a group of 7 Wildlife Trails clients and I enjoyed one of the best polar bear viewing tours in recent history, with close to a 100 different sightings of bears over an actioned packed 7 days. Rather than rest on our laurels, we are looking at ways to make this peak season Churchill polar bear tour even more special in 2022 and one of the key factors is to limit the number of people inside the Tundra Buggy. So, we have teamed up with a North American photographer and for November next year we will be offering three days of private Tundra Buggy tours with only 11 clients inside the vehicle. We will also include three additional half days of vehicle based viewing which also proved to be very successful for polar bear encounters on the outskirts of town; particularly along the scenic coastal road which followed the Hudson Bay shoreline.

Style - Small Group Photographer
Duration (Excl. Flights) - 8
Activity Level
When to Go
  • Jan
  • Feb
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  • Nov
  • Dec
Price (Excl. flights)
£6900
Visiting Ruaha, Mikumi & Selous

After a nice nights sleep in a quality hotel in Dar, it’s time to start the adventure with your private naturalist with a visit to the world-famous Selous game reserve – famous for big cats and the chance to see African wild dogs. From Selous, we visit Mikumi and it’s large lion prides, before ending up in a beautiful camp on the Great Ruaha River, where big game regularly walks through the camp to the excitement of all visitors.

Style - Small Group Photographer
Duration (Excl. Flights) - 12
Activity Level
When to Go
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
Price (Excl. flights)
£3750
Wildebeest migration safari February 2022

The Wildebeest Migration through the Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem is one of the largest mass movements on earth. Thousands of wildebeests, zebras and Thompson’s gazelles migrate throughout the year always seeking for fresh grass and water. They follow an annual pattern through both Ecosystems, with broadly predictable timing, however their movement does depend on rain.

Tanzania has two rainy seasons – the ‘long rains’ between March and May and the ‘short rains’ between November and December. After the short rainfalls, the wildebeest migration is expected to arrive from the north in late November / early December on the short-grass plains of the south. These grass plains include southern Serengeti, located in Serengeti National Park; and Ndutu Area, located inside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Through January, February and March, the wildebeest migration is expected to stay on these southern plains as the grasses are very nutritious and most wildebeest calves will be born in a coordinated bound of calving during February and into early March. Many regular safari goers to Tanzania consider this the best time to visit Tanzania for wildlife.

Style - Small Group Photographer
Duration (Excl. Flights) - 14
Activity Level
When to Go
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
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  • Nov
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Price (Excl. flights)
£7390
Yala National Park Photography Tour

Sri Lanka leopard safaris in Yala national park remain one of the best big cat experiences found in Asia. On an island where they are the top predator bar none, they are much more diurnal in behaviour than in India’s wildlife sanctuaries, which thus provides much better opportunities for our wildlife photography holidays to Sri Lanka.  We have been travelling to Yala since 2002 and the safari camp we have hand picked has been chosen because it allows us to access the park from other gates and not have to queue at the main entrance gate which serves the larger hotels. Although we are likely to experience a Yala national park from decades ago, when there were only 10 to 12 jeeps driving around the 5 different zones. Each traveller will have access to a window seat and plenty of space for their camera equipment in a vehicle adapted for wildlife photographers. Ten jeep safaris in Yala will allow us to experience the entire park and focus on leopards, wild elephants and sloth bears.

Yala National Park consists of dry-mixed evergreen forests and scrublands along with open grasslands, water holes, brackish water lagoons and riverine forests. This park’s diverse habitat supports large numbers of mammals, such as spotted, barking and mouse deer, sambar, wild boar, water buffalo and the endangered sloth bear. This is also one of the best places in the country to see wild elephant and the rare leopard. Large water holes and lagoons support the high density of endangered crocodiles. You can also see large flocks of migratory and resident birds—142 species of birds have been recorded in the park. Of particular note is the rare black-necked stork, the largest bird in the country.

Please note, that this tour can easily be extended on a private basis to visit other wildlife sanctuaries or cultural locations of personal interest.

Style - Small Group Photographer
Duration (Excl. Flights) - 9
Activity Level
When to Go
  • Jan
  • Feb
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  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
Price (Excl. flights)
£2650
Zimanga: The Ultimate South African Photography Safari

On this unique South African safari experience we are as near to guaranteed as possible to encounter all of Africa’s Big Five, plus an abundance of prey species and a dazzling array of birds. Using classic safari game vehicles, and making full creative use of a network of hides, we will create shots that simply aren’t possible anywhere else.

And what’s more, on this bespoke photography safari we have no crowds to contend with, as we have secured exclusive use of the reserve throughout our stay.  That means there are no constraints on our time with each species, allowing us to observe their way of life, explore appropriate photographic techniques and craft unique images which capture the essence of each animal, their behavior and interactions.

Style - Small Group Photographer
Duration (Excl. Flights) - 9
Activity Level
When to Go
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
Price (Excl. flights)
£3695