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The professional photographer and qualified field guide, Douglas Carr, founded African Memory Photo Safaris in 2013 with the aim of offering photo safaris and private guided Namibian 4×4 overland tours.
The thorough understanding of animal behaviour of Douglas, gives photographers the opportunity to take incredible photographs in the best possible light and from the best position. African Memory creates and hosts customised wildlife photo safaris for photographers of all levels. Specialising in developing beginner’s skills, African Memory teaches everything from camera setup, photograph composition, and editing skills in Adobe Lightroom. As every safari is tailored to the guests’ abilities, lessons are easy to follow and dictated by the individual photographer’s ability, leaving guests with their own amazing African Memories.
Douglas Carr will be your tour operator, host, guide and personal photo tutor.

About AMPS
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Photographic Safaris

Tailor-made Trips Taken

4
Years Open

Established in 2013

25
Years Experience

Professional photographer since 1992

photographic safaris

Douglas Carr

Tour operator & host and personal photo tutor

For as long as I can remember I have been the family photographer. My early interest in photography was cemented when I bought my very own SLR, a Minolta x100, and two lenses when I was 16 years old, which led to the announcement of my desire to be the school photographer. My ambition didn’t end after graduating from high school, and I went on to become a photographer in South African army. In 1992 I began studying photography at the Western Cape Technical College, Cape Town and went travelling in 1995 to test my newfound skills.

After living in London for seven years, undertaking freelance work and practicing my craft, I became a professional photographer. In 2002 I moved to Norway and bought my first D-SLR the Fuji S2 Pro. I opened a portrait and wedding studio in Narvik in 2003, with a second studio being established in Harstad in 2007. I was also a franchise owner for the Norwegian chain, Fame Photography, for three years.

After a three-year break in 2010, I decided that I wanted to pursue a different avenue for my photography. Rather than taking portraits of people, I wanted to concentrate on wildlife and I wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. As a result African Memory Photo Safaris was born in 2013. It’s more than just my photography as the aim of African Memory Photo Safaris is to offer photographic safaris and to share my experiences with others. 2015 saw my return to South Africa and a decision to live in the bush in order to be as close as possible to the nature I wanted to photograph, whilst continuing to develop the photo safari company, African Memory. In 2016 I became qualified as a professional Field Guide from (FGASA) and began working at a lodge inside the Kruger National Park as a field guide whilst offering photographic services to guests.

Award wining portrait/wedding photographer 2003-2010 – Norway. Here receiving picture of the year 2005 for one of his portraits.

We Offer:

Photo Safaris in Kruger National Park & Etosha Namibia as well as 4×4 private guided overland tours.

African Memory Photo Safaris offers photo safaris to experienced and amateur photographers the opportunity to hone their skills, and learn new ones, during customised photo safaris in South Africa and in Namibia.

Our Kruger National Park photo safaris takes place on a private reserve bordering on both of the famous Sabi Sands and Timbivati. The reserve has no fences allowing animals to roam freely.

The breath-taking scenery of the Kruger National Park and the clean crisp blue backgrounds of Etosha provides the setting for photographers to develop their portfolio of wildlife photographs, whilst being hosted on a private vehicle.

African Memory will help amateur photographers out of auto mode, developing their creativity and ability to frame stunning photographs. For beginners, one lesson will be devoted to teaching some basic photographic principles; so that the memories you take home will reflect the reality of your experiences. Skilled wildlife photographers can opt out of this lesson. Photographers of all levels are welcome to join us on photographic safaris.

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Difference between a normal safari & photo safari with us

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Normal Safari:

Typically lodges will host game drives with up to 10 guests on each vehicle. As a photographer you may be sharing space with people whose interest is not taking the best pictures, but seeing as much as possible in as short a space of time as they can!

Additional load in the vehicle, as well as the extra movement of passengers will ultimately have a significant effect on the photographs you take, and the opportunities you encounter.

Photo Safaris:

Game drives with African Memory Photo Safaris will only be open to photographers, or people who are interested in photography. Vehicles are limited to six guests, but smaller groups can be arranged on request. Each drive is tailored to meet the expectations and skills of the guests on board, teaching beginners how to take photos like a professional, and helping professionals get close to the action.

African Memory takes the time to ensure that the vehicle is in the best position, with the best light possible. The pace is dictated by the photographers on the drive, and rather than rush from animal to animal, the time to take the best photographs possible is granted to everyone on board.

Safety will always be of paramount concern, and the host will take every opportunity to give photographers a memorable and exciting experience without crossing nature’s lines or putting guests in any potential danger.

Safaris run throughout the year, contact us  to discuss your trip.

Our Process

Why Choose Us

We are unique

There are many operators to choose from, across a range of budgets. African Memory Photo Safaris offer photo safaris and private guided 4×4 overland trips made for photographers by a photographer and qualified field guide. We only offer tours to individuals or small groups and aim to spend as much time as possible taking photos and improving each guest’s skills is what makes us different.

 We looking forward to seeing you and sharing Africa with you.

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Operate on Private Resere

Kruger National Park

A lack of public vehicles adds to the peaceful atmosphere and the quiet solitude of the bush on our photo safaris. There will be nothing between you and nature, and nothing to disturb the peace of the animals, giving you the opportunity for the most natural photographs possible. Operating on a private reserve also allows African Memory the luxury of game drives at the best times for the animals, the option to go on early morning and late evening drives means the best chances of encountering animals.

Off-roading permitted

As African Memory operate within a private reserve we are allowed to go off-road to get up-close and personal with the animals something that’s otherwise not allowed in Kruger National Park, giving all our guests the opportunity for some magnificent photographs.

Night drives with spot light and bush walks.

There’s always the possibility to do a special night drive or go for a bush walk with qualified trails guides in order to get close to the ground and experiment with macro photography. The bush is alive with a huge variety of smaller creatures and if conditions allow, we are happy to arrange this as part of your trip.

Open safari vehicle

We will be using a open safari vehicle and depending on the type of booking you make there will be only one or two photographers per row. The usual vehicles have three. This gives us a lot more freedom to take our photos.

Expert qualified field guides

All filed guides are specially trained and experienced to give you the best opportunity to capture the Big 5 on camera during our photographic safaris.

Learn Photography

Douglas Carr provides group tuition as well as one-on-one photographic lessons. Sessions include teaching photographers how to edit and review their photos as well as providing guidance to help improve their creative thinking. During the game drive he’ll suggest what your camera settings you should be on to take a specific kind of photo.

Trips are tailor made

African Memory provides customisable photographic safaris specifically for photographers. We offer a standard 6 day 5 nights photographic safaris packages, or the flexibility to customise the safari to meet your needs and budget.

Committed to excellence

African Memory operates at a very high standard in order to meet the individual needs of every guest, ensuring customer satisfaction every step of the way. It is not just the game drive that’s important, or that our guests have the opportunity to take amazing photos; it is the whole experience.

Support

Even after the sun has set on your trip with us, we hope that you will keep in touch. We are always happy to help with photography questions from previous guests, and to provide online support over the years.

Great experiences

We want to make sure that every memory of your trip to Africa is perfect. From your enquiry to seeing you off at the airport; every moment of your stay is just as important as the next in developing your own African memories.

Excellent photo opportunities

The Kruger National Park offers photographers amazing opportunities for some truly unique photos. Visit our Facebook and Instagram to see what we manage to to photograph on a regular basis on our photo safaris.

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Photo Safaris

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Overland Safaris 4×4

 

Specialist. We offer photo safaris in the Kruger National Park – South Africa and Etosha and other National Parks – Namibia.
We are 4×4 specialists and offer a choice of routes throughout Namibia. See info and itineraries for more details.

Classic Namibia

Classic Namibia

Southern Namibia

Etosha - Caprivi

Kruger National

Ready to book your photo safari or private guided Namibian overland tour?

Contact us to book your very special photo safari or private guided Namibian overland tour with African Memory Photo Safaris.

Recommended Equipment

  • DSLR
  • extra batteries and all chargers
  • Telephoto lens (300mm or more + 1.4 converter) or Zoom lens like Sigma 150-600.
  • a wide angle lens/standard zoom preferably on a separate camera body.
  • Tripod/monopod/bean bag
  • Good light camera bag that complies to hand luggage regulations with rain cover always a bonus
  • Camera sensor cleaning kit
  • Any extra camera equipment like external flashes, filters…
  • Laptop with already installed Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop as an extra optional (and a good tip is to store all existing photos on a drive at home to have more space on your laptop.
  • Plenty of extra memory cards instead of just 1 very big one
  • Memory card reader
  • External travel Harddrive 500Gb + like this LaCie

Equipment Rentals

Any equipment could be rented just let me know in advance and I’ll recommend the best setup for your needs.

What to Pack

  • Passport & Visas if needed (make colour copies of all your documents and keep them in a different place than your documents.
  • Travel & Medical insurance
  • Get some SARands currency on landing in JHB from a cashpoint.
  • Appropriate shoes (hiking boots that’s already warn in)
  • Comfortable shoes/sandals for around the camp/lodge
  • Neutral colored clothes for field trips
  • Warm clothes for winter (June – September) as nights & early mornings can be quite chilly
  • Wide-rim hat to protect your face & neck from the African sun
  • Sunblock (high SPF)
  • Insect & tick repellent
  • Your personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste etc.)
  • Torch/headlight (incl. extra batteries)
  • Little note book and 2-3 pens
  • Light raincoat
  • Laptop with pre installed Adobe Lightroom
  • Alarm clock
  • Sunglasses
  • Electrical adapter (make sure it’s for South Africa as well as SA has their own system)

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