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African Memory

 Your Small Safari Tours Operator

Destination – South Africa and beyond – Personalised Standard & Taylor Made Safaris, Bush and Beach Safaris & Wildlife Photo Safaris for Individuals & Small Groups in a variety of accommodations to suite your needs and budget, Amateur, Skilled & groups of none Photographers are Welcome – Total Experience 26 Years – Many Happy Clients.

Where Adventure begins & Memories are Made

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About African Memory Photo Safaris

Small Safari Tours with my Personal Touch

Small Safari Tours

African Memory Photo Safaris was created in 2013 by me Douglas Carr. I’ve always been adventures and bit of a “nomad” and decided to give up on my day job (wedding photographer) to continue my adventures by 4×4 on dirt roads while camping under the African sky. I’m a professional photographer and qualified field guide with a passion for African hospitality, cuisine, nature and wildlife. My aim is to create and offer Personalised custom made Small Safari Tours like Bush and Beach Safaris to small groups as well as specialised photographic safaris to photographers of all levels. My thorough understanding of animal behaviour, helps to give photographers the opportunity to take incredible photographs in the best possible light and from the best position. On every safari I help everyone to improve their photography from camera setup, composition, and photo editing skills, starting with your smart phone.

 I’ll will be your tour operator, host, guide and personal photo tutor on Personalised Safaris Experience of a life time. African Memory Photo Safaris is also represented on Safari Bookings.

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Satisfied Clients

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Photographic Safaris

Tailor-made Trips Taken

5
Years Open

Established in 2013

26
Years Experience

Professional photographer since 1992

Small Safari Tours

Personalised Safari Adventure Experiences

African Memory offers Bush to Beach Safaris to individuals and small groups.

Where:  The ultimate holiday where you’ll experience the best of both worlds. Our tours runs from Nelspruit to Mozambique via the Blyde River Canyon on the Panorama Route through the Kruger National Park, Swaziland to the beautiful beaches of Mozambique and back.  It’s a bush and beach nature, culture and wildlife experience.  Your adventure begins with your group, who are they and how many are you.

Cost: The cost get’s determined by your needs and budget. How many days, distance, accommodation camping or lodging 1 or 5 star or a combination of both. Self catering or fine dining. What attractions or other activities do you want to visit or experience along the way.

 Examples of Bush and Beach Safaris 

9 days 3 Countries SA – Swazi – Moz

 

We offer a standard tour, but every tour could be customised to suite your groups needs and budget. This is your holiday and we’ll not be rushing from destination to destination as we want you to experience the journey.

Start Nelspruit on Panorama Route to Blyde River Canyon 2 days sleeping in the Canyons to experience sunset and sunrise there. From here we travel to experience the best of the Kruger 3 days. On the 4th day we travel to Swaziland for 1 night and day 5 we travel to Mozambique. We normally stay 4 days at the beach as there’s so much to experience and to just relaxant return on day 9.

Your Adventure awaits. Let’s go and experience all Africa has to offer.

Tours

Why Choose African Memory

Personalised & Unique

Small Safari Tours Operator

African Memory’s mission is to create and offer a personalised safaris experiences and adventures of a life time to individuals and small groups so that my clients become my friends and that they’ll come back year after year for new experiences with me. All my safari destination and itineraries are handcrafted from my firsthand experiences, my goals and desires of what the perfect African safari  adventure & wildlife photographic experience must be like and I’ll be joining you every step of the way to ensure that your needs are met while ensuring it’s a personal experience.  On a African Memory safari with me my aim is for you to experience as much of Africa as possible, to take some amazing photos, to have fun while feeling well looked after, and that your expectations are exceeded. Making your safari a personalised experience is what makes African Memory Photo Safaris different and special. I’m looking forward on seeing you and sharing my Africa with you.

Personalised Experiences

Our Process for Specialised Photo Safaris

Difference between Normal Safari & Kruger Photo Safaris with African Memory

African Memory

Normal Safari:

Typically lodges and other safari tour operators 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.

Kruger Photo Safaris:

Game drives with African Memory Photo Safaris will only be open to photographers of all skills levels, 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, rather than rushing from animal to animal sighting. Time to take the best photographs possible is granted to everyone on board.

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

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

Photo Safaris

Specialities

Specialities

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. The bush is alive with a huge variety of smaller creatures and if conditions allow, I’ll be 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

I’ll provide 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 I’ll suggest what your camera settings you should be on to take a specific kind of photo. Adding that personal touch.

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 and it’s personal.

Support

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

Committed to Excellence

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

Total Experiences

I’m a award winning photographer with over 25 years of photographic experience, a FGASA qualified field guide with a lot of experience guiding in big 5 reserves and 5 years experience in the safari industry.

Why Choose Us

Kruger Photo Safaris

With

African Memory Photo Safaris

African Memory – Kruger Photo Safaris is offered in the Kruger National Park – South Africa and you can choose between a variety of  accommodations to suite your needs and budget. See itineraries for more details and contact me for any questions and to start to plan your Kruger Photo Safaris.

Bush to Beach Tours and

Kruger Photo Safari – Itineraries

                                          

Kruger Photo Safari

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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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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. Now I’m offering the BEST Kruger National Park experience out there – Kruger Photo Safaris

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

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