In September 2018 we hosted a Namibia Photo Tour with the marvellous Art Wolfe. The Tour commenced on a high note as the group travelled to the south of Namibia to photograph Quiver tree forest and the Ghost town of Kolmanskop. We were treated to beautiful light conditions, which were perfect for p...


Nature has the most beautiful way of circulation, rhythm and precision. We have become fascinated with the phenology of life and the human race cannot resist asking questions with the sole purpose to find answers, trying to confirm our position as the smartest species on Earth. Nowhere could this be...


This was my second Mara Trip, both times with C4 Safaris and both times staying at Entim Main Camp. The team at C4 are all really nice people, very professional but still down to earth, friendly and they look after you. Their wildlife and photographic knowledge is first class and you get basically ...


C4 has been the perfect means to merging photographic theory with practice. A combination of outstanding photographic instruction given by Trevor Kleyn and the expertise of Jakes, our guide/driver, made my most recent trip to the Tented Camp Mashatu, a huge success.   Image and text by...


This was not the first time I went for a Photo safari with C4. I expected the same high standards that C4 provided and I was not wrong. The Masai Mara photo safari was just brilliant. The lodging at Entim Camp was just superb and I had everything in the tented camp to relax and refresh with. The...


I had high expectations before my recent trip to Kenya. The C4 team exceeded those expectations and I hope to travel with them in the future - either back in the Masai Mara or elsewhere in Africa or even the Arctic. The accommodations at Entim was nice and well-located. I cannot underscore ho...


We all know that the Mara is home to the ‘greatest show on earth’. So C4 decided to run the best photo safari we could muster in the heart of the greatest show. Its simple really - find a camp in the middle of the action. Hennie and Elna van Greuning joined C4 Photo Safaris on our Ma...


The word safari originates form the Swahili word for ‘journey’. Safari travel in modern Africa naturally implies that the journey will include game viewing and some time spent in wilderness areas. A traditional African safari is usually focussed on seeing Africa’s wildlife, but saf...


The name says it all: when building this safari, we used all our experience to find and locate the three best locations to find Lion, leopard and cheetah in Africa. The conditions were to stay away from the crowds and also to try and view them at the season they are most active. The safari was lead ...


Last year I decided to enter a competition by C4 to celebrate their 10th year in business. The prize was a Photographic Safari to the Maasai Mara with the extra bonus of having Jonathan Scott spend a day with us on safari. Having never entered a competition before I thought I would give it a try and...


When C4 offered a Photography expedition to Mahale, on the Tanganyika Lake, in Tanzania with Greg Du Toit I signed up immediately. The idea of experiencing the area where Dr.Livingstone was tracked down fascinated me. Not to mention the idea of climbing through a jungle to track down Chimpanzees! T...


Inimitable Tanzania 2018 Our journey really began with the transfer from Kilimanjaro airport when we were immediately thrown into the interesting and colourful street life, with cattle, goats, markets and scenes of local life. We spent the first night at the beautifully appointed Olerai Bush House ...


A beautiful array of images taken by Trevor Kleyn on one of our recent workshops hosted by him at Mashatu Game reserve. Our workshops are designed to get photographers into the best areas to ‘get the shots’. Here is where you take your wildlife photography from ‘good...


Africa is visited by so many people and sadly; they often visit the same places over and over again. For this safari, we wanted to go to new destinations to experience new ways of seeing what Africa is about. It also meant going to places like the Serengeti in the quieter time, when no vehicles are ...


Maasai Mara Predators ranks as one of my favourite trips. Entim Camp excels in understanding photographers’ needs. Its location, in the centre of the Mara, is excellent - we could readily explore in any direction. Tents are comfortable, with power strips for charging batteries downloading ...


Trevor Kleyn recently hosted a workshop for C4 Photo Safaris at Mashatu Game Reserve.  The guests got to use the specially adapted PhotoMashatu Vehicle on drive and had ample opportunity to photograph from our well known photographic undergound hides. On the vehicle sightings were up to Mashat...


Situated above the vast tract of the Congo- Guinean rainforest is an extended network of remnant savannah that lingers with endless and ancient tales of mega-herds, massive Ivory drawn elephants numbering in the tens of thousands, mythical Giant Eland and since pretty recently (1970’s to be pr...


The Suri people are part of the famous Surma tribe, known for the lip disks. During the slave trade, the Surma started using the lip disks to disfigure themselves so that the Arab slave traders would not take them away. Over time, the practise became a sign of beauty and hence it remaining in their...


2017 has quickly come to an end. As always, the last part of the year becomes a time for reflection.  Fortunately it was a very busy year for us at C4 and this means we have a wonderful array of images to help stimulate those memories of wanderlust, travel, adventure, beautiful wildlife s...


The Masai Mara Game Reserve was established in 1961 to protect wildlife from hunters, and is the reason many visitors come to Kenya and its beauty and abundant wildlife won’t disappoint. Designated as the seventh New Wonder of the World because of the amazing spectacle of more than 1 million...


Summer is now in full swing at Mashatu. Some of the summer migrant birds begin to arrive.  It is not uncommon to find leopard reclining in one of the large Mashatu trees, which makes Mashatu one of the best Predator viewings.   The soft rays of early morning and late afternoon sun make li...


The Chobe Riverfront is one like no other in Africa. At first glance, the large expanse of water that is the Chobe River meanders and flows languidly and peacefully through islands on towards its confluence with the Zambezi. It is a calm and peaceful scene if there ever was one. Yet on the islands a...


Mischa Ehlers was on one of our Masai Mara Safaris this year and this is what she had to say about her experience: "It has been an unbelievable experience with your perfect photographers Ruth, Kyle and Isak as well with very nice participants. Already after 15 minutes after arriving in Entim Ca...


The Mara is home to the ‘greatest wildlife show on earth’, and C4 are proud to be offering the best photo safari at the heart of the action. C4 guides have more than 30 seasons in the Mara and they have mapped their own special places and secret spots to share with you. &...


Jambo! A warm hearted welcome greets you in the heart of Africa. A year ago, I would never have imagined that I would be heading out to the original Safari country – is this a dream? Why yes, I am talking about the mighty Masai Mara! The vast open plains of the Masai Mara has wildlife roaming...


This was my first trip to the Mara, it was long awaited and I was very excited to be there. Whilst we didn’t get to see a crossing we had some amazing sightings of Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Elephants, Black Rhino’s and of course many hundreds of Wildebeest and many Zebras, Eagles, an...


We have safely returned home after a very successful safari. Everything went according to plan including the last minute changes. We were last at Entim Camp 7 years ago when it was a bit smaller. It brought back fond memories as it was then our 1st C4 trip. The Mara is a special place and always de...


Thanks for all your "behind the scenes" organizing to make this superb trip possible for us!  It has been a dream of a lifetime and a WHOW trip to Kenya.    I'll gladly go back tomorrow if I can!  Africa is so in my blood...     Images & text b...


A few months back we posted a variety of great photography tips over multiple blog posts. Our guides shared the tricks of the trade, which they've learned over many years of photographing nature and wild animals. We then decided to put everything together for those of you who might have missed it. ...


Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana is a vast wilderness area and home to ancient migratory elephant routes.  For centuries these majestic animals have traversed these lands, passing down information from one generation to another.  There is no better place to observe and photograph elephant in...


Zakouma National Park in the South-eastern corner of Chad hosts a myriad of vast floodplains and a network of otherworldly looking rivers that look as if they where painted on set during the making of The Jungle Book. Watch the VIDEO HERE. It is exactl...


C4 Photo Safaris arranged a private safari for a special client of ours, Mr. Wood in the beautiful and wildlife abundant reserves of Mashatu and Mala Mala. On his return he sent us a testimonial on how his experience was at both camps, the service of the guides and the wildlife viewing. Also have...


When visiting a location for the sixth time, I thought long and hard about what makes Svalbard and the high Arctic so special. There are of course many highlights that are easy to share with clients. The vastness and drama of the landscape, the magic of sailing through a white desert of pack-ice, th...


A traditional Jembe drum disrupts the serenade of hippo calls that emanate from the Luangwa River. A few moments after the drum roll, Mopane wood smoke from a small fire is absorbed into your winter jacket whilst having a cup of coffee that has been boiled over a traditional coal oven. Upon departin...


Alarm calling, sightings, and “watch out for the bushes” are some of the words that come to mind when I think of my visit to Mashatu. It has been said that once a year, one should go some place that you have never been before, which is a little more difficult when you’re juggling y...


Having lived at Mashatu for 3 years together we have studied very closely the tides of each season and the beautiful way they smoothly transfer into on another. This has left us with a deeper understanding of season dynamics and how rainfall, surface water, grass cover and the stages of leaf phonolo...


It was just wonderful! I don’t think we could get better guides than Ruth and Kyle and the photo opportunities were awesome. I never thought that I would enjoy a “non-self-drive” trip so much. It was an experience that I will never forget and we are already talking about a next ti...


The Workshop was just brilliant - both Isak and Janet were so helpful teaching and guiding us throughout. They were both professional and at the same time very friendly so we were constantly learning and improving our images as the week progressed! I love Cheetahs and we were lucky to have an amazi...


2017 marks C4 Photo Safaris 10th consecutive year of leading photographic safaris in the Masai Mara. The Masai Mara causes a stutter and a pause, but then the surge comes, and millions of animals cross the Mara River in one of the most spectacular wildlife scenes on earth.In celebration of our 10th ...


My first visit to the Masai Mara was in 2002. It was with two friends, one who is now the co-owner of C4 alongside myself. For that first trip, we drove up all the way from South Africa and the Mara visit was part of a 7-month photo trip through Africa. Over the years I have returned many times, in ...


So today is the day! We are finally announcing the winner of our #C4ExploreMore Competition! We'd like to say a big thank you to everyone that entered! It has been a great pleasure receiving your inspiring and beautiful images! Yvette Holzbach, you are the #C4ExploreMore winner. So pack your bags...


The Masai Mara is known for being one of the best wildlife photography destinations, with so much to see, experience and photograph. Our guides have all teamed up to share with us the most unforgettable moments that they have experienced from photographing in the Mara over the last 10 years and we&...


10 Things to take with to the Masai Mara – #C4ExploreMore Our professional guides have all teamed up to provide you with the most important things that they always take with when they travel to the Mara. Laptop and a Kenyan Adapter. A long lens from 500mm or 600mm as well as a wide angle ...


Capture something close-by to go really far. Taken a picture of your cat that could rival the sharpest close-up of a leopard? Snapped a pigeon majestically diving for a slice of bread? Your best ‘everyday extraordinary’ photo could help you win two places on a 7-day luxury photo safa...


There is so much to see and photograph in the Masai Mara. However, some of our expert guides have also made some mistakes when it comes to photographing in the Masai Mara. Our professional guides have all teamed up to provide you with the most important mistakes that they have learned from photogra...


There is so much to see and photograph in the Masai Mara and with the C4’s expert wildlife photographers as your guides; you will always have the best positions available. Our professional guides have all teamed up to provide you with the most important lessons that they have learned from pho...


Is experiencing the Wildebeest Migration on your bucket list? If it is not then we would suggest that you add it to your bucket list! We all know that the Mara is home to the ‘greatest show on earth’. Between the C4 guides there are more than 30 seasons in the Mara and they have mapped ...


This is C4 Photo Safaris tenth consecutive year operating photo safaris in the Masai Mara. To celebrate this milestone we have joined forces with an absolute Icon of the Mara: Jonathan Scott. Jonathan Scott is a broadcaster, illustrator, writer and teacher, but he primarily sees himself as a wildli...


Ever dreamt of a wild Africa? To experience grassland plains like no other, meet a unique tribe of people like none other, and expand your senses of spotting zebra, eland, lions, cheetahs and gnu’s under a warm, hazy sun? Then the Masai Mara is your next destination.Established in 1961 to prot...


It is always a pleasure for me to lead safaris in the Masai Mara, one reason is because I know the eco system very well and the other is that C4 makes sure that our clients have a great time experiencing the beauty of the Masai Mara. I discovered this wonderland in 2002 and from 2007, have been comi...


For a long time, the age old adage of ‘the secret season’ has been said. Truth be told, it is no longer the secret season and rather common knowledge that Mashatu during the summer, the green season, is a spectacular sight. The rains flush the dry undulating savannah and a lifeless wint...


The year that is 2016 is drawing quickly to an end. As always, it becomes a time for reflection and remembrance. At C4, we have a wonderful array of images to help stimulate those memories of wanderlust, travel, adventure, beautiful wildlife sightings and wonderful interactions.   W...


We arrived at the border to be met by our Mashatu rangers, it was instantly clear that they were filled with passion and knowledge and that the next few days would be wonderful. On route to the camp, our eyes were treated kindly by the amazing habitat and left our minds dreaming about the possible ...


It was an intrepid group of guests that came to brave the heat in November at Mashatu Game Reserve for our last C4 Photo Safari’s workshop of the year.  Despite the heat, the rewards were well worth it. Thanks to the late rains, predator sightings were at an all time high while general ga...


The photography on our recent October Mashatu Photo Workshop in Botswana was just as hot as the temperatures I thought we were going to experience. Our photo workshops are all about learning and helping guests improve their own photography, in a stunning wildlife reserve, while having a lot of fun. ...


Spring in October enthusiastically brings upon new life in the form of flowering Sheperds Tree’s, migratory bee-eaters and the characteristic buzz of Cicada bugs.  The surface water that attracts wildlife along the riverbeds has largely dried up and anxiety builds in anticipation for the ...


The Mara River - A place where wildlife meets conflict: in its millions. The migration is a constant dynamic. But at one point during the cycle, a major obstacle stands in the way of the momentum. At first it causes a stutter and a pause, but then the surge comes, and millions of animals cross the M...


Sitting in the Serena Hotel lounge, enjoying the local Tusker beer or a welcomed glass of wine, the intermittent light rains that characterise the climate of Nairobi, a conversation with our newly appointed family of guides and guests, does very little to dampen the excitement of what will follow fo...


The Mara always offers amazing wildlife sightings but it is very difficult to capture new scenes from the Mara. The latter comment was our goal on this private safari in the heart of migration season. Dan and Denise are both experienced wildlife photographers, so the emphasis was not to get as many ...


The Mashatu staff serving brunch to the guests arriving back from a morning session in one of the PhotoMashatu hides are often confronted with excited guests and their stories of the exceptional sightings and photographic opportunities.  For many this is a highlight of their visit to Mashatu. &...


There’s no doubt that Mashatu is a magical place for photography. Mashatu is know as the ‘Land of the Giants’ which comprises of the elephant, lion, giraffe, eland, Ostrich, Kori Bustard and the iconic baobab tree. But that’s not all that Mashatu has to offer.During the past ...


On Sunday morning we set off to the Valley Hide to see what the morning had install for our Mashatu guests. On arrival to the hide, we saw very little sign of elephant activity in the valley. We did however, find a drag mark dotted with hyena tracks which led straight into the waterhole and out the...


Angie & Jimmy Sandoval recently travelled with C4 Photo Safaris to the raw wilderness of Mana Pools with the photographic expertise of Shem Compion, Andre Cloete and Humphrey Gumbo. Angie and Jimmy first joined a photo workshop with a group of other C4 clients based on the banks of the Zambezi. ...


C4 Photo Safaris had the privilege of hosting the Osborn’s on a Private safari in the Okavango Delta and Mashatu Game reserve in June 2016. Wayne and Pamela Osborn are seasoned photographers that have been travelling with C4 Photo Safaris for years. On their latest Private safari they had som...


Its been a really good winter for the hides so far. The reserve has dried up extremely quickly this year due to the assumingly low water table. Although it is sad to see all the grass and tree’s dry up it bring upon a new cycle of change and life. The elephants have begun moving on their regu...


During the past week at Mashatu Game Reserve, I had the privilege of taking out yet another group of wildlife photographic enthusiast on the C4 Photo Vehicle. Included in the photo vehicle experience where a few mornings at the underground hides, which added a unique flare to the entire photo experi...


12 - 16 May 2016 Mashatu Photo Workshop 2016 Francois Venter recently joined C4 Photo Safaris on one of our Mashatu Photo Workshops with Trevor Kleyn as guide and had this to say about his experince there... "My main purpose for visiting Mashatu was to visit the under ground hides. We we royally ...


It is wonderful being a wildlife photographer out in the field. The joy of the anticipation, the capture and the result combine to make it a very rewarding pastime. What is even more pleasing to see is how photography ignites passion and enthusiasm in other people. Two people I know who have bucket ...


There are no direct flights to Reykjavik for us in winter, because all the "normal" people go there in summer. We leave on January 29th, the sun will rise at around 10:00 and set at 17:00 and won't get higher than 10 degrees above the horizon. The bad thing is we can't pronounce any of the names of ...


Last month Trevor Kleyn spent a few weeks heading up C4’s photographic concession at Mashatu Game Reserve. After some late rains, the reserve was left looking lush and the wildlife, healthy as ever.  Trevor spent a few days guiding guests from our customised photographic vehicle, and thes...


A selection of images by trip host Andre Cloete, from our first week of the Serengeti calving season safari 2016. Some feedback from Andre, "Staying in our private camp set up just for our group of photographers, we were able to be right in amongst the migration herds. This meant full...


Anita recently travelled with C4 Photo safaris to the wonderful wonderland of Iceland. Under the experienced landscape photographic guidance of tour hosts Isak Pretorius and Hougaard Mala, Anita and the rest of the group had the opportunity to capture the mythical landscapes of Iceland at its very b...


There are no direct flights to Reykjavik for us in winter, because all the "normal" people go there in summer. We leave on January 29th, the sun will rise at around 10:00 and set at 17:00 and won't get higher than 10 degrees above the horizon. The bad thing is we can't pronounce any of the names of ...


Many companies look back at the year that passes and review what went wrong and what was good. At C4 Photo Safaris, we like to work it the opposite way round where we offer our clients our outlook for the upcoming year. Here is our preview for 2016. With the influx of mass tourism and congestion o...


Part 2, of Shem Compion’s Antarctica 2016 image gallery. If you would like to take photographic journey with us, take a look at our website for 2016 destinations!     Photographs by Shem Compion


When you are surrounded by icebergs, glaciers and mountains that dwarf the size of any human built structure on earth you know you are in Antarctica. The sheer enormity of this wilderness prompts an immediate rethinking of your significance on this world. Then to top it all you take the first cruis...


In June 2015, Joy Thomas joined award winning photographer, Greg du Toit on a C4 Photo Safari Premier Predator Tour. The tour saw the small and exclusive group of 3 clients travel to Mashatu Game Reserve, Mala Mala Game Reserve and finally end off at Tswalu Kalahari. What a fantastic combination of...


Join wildlife photographer, Shem Compion and Nikon South Africa for a talk on what is means to run a successful business in wildlife photography. Shem, the owner of C4 Photo Safaris, is an internationally recognized award winning photographer with an expansive knowledge on nature and brand building....


Recently photo guide Trevor Kleyn returned from a private guided safari to Tswalu Kalahari.  An incredibly unique safari experience can be had Tswalu, with the opportunity to view and photograph some of Africa's rare species including meerkats, aardvark, pangolin, cape fox, aardwolf, brown hye...


A wonderful image gallery by C4 Photo Safari guest Charlotte Blanchet. Charlotte, recently traveled with C4 and Greg du Toit to Mashatu Game Reserve, Mala Mala and finally ended off at Tswalu Kalahari.   These are a selection of images from Mashatu Game Reserve, allot of which where captured a...


With the threat of drought and the presence of its unforgiving hand, the reserve is stuck in the middle of a transformation. The early rains in September have conned the trees into prematurely using up vital energy, and the contrast of the barren soil lying lifeless beneath a canopy of sprouting lea...


Recently, photo guide Trevor Kleyn spent some time manning the C4 Photo Hides. We have come to realise that October, being the buffer month between winter and summer, is the month that the wildlife pluck up the courage to get themselves properly involved at the waterholes. To escape the soaring temp...


Africa has many beautiful places in it to visit that many people know about. Yet there are a few places in Africa that are extremely beautiful and offer brilliant wildlife encounters. Recently Shem Compion led a group of photographers into the Mahale Mountains to find wild chimpanzees in the forests...


With the Cape Town event going down a huge success, the bar has been set high for the Johannesburg Wild Shots Event which will be held later this month. The day was truly inspirational, show casing a wide variety of topics including our very own C4 Photo Safaris Underground Hides, fine art in wildl...


C4 Photo Safaris has over 13 years of experience in the Maasai Mara, hence why we take the utmost pride in sharing this wilderness wonderland with our valued clients, nature lovers and co wildlife photographers. 2015 did not disappoint, from season start to finish our clients where entertained by a...


Yet another successful photographic workshop hosted at the prime wildlife destination, Mashatu Game Reserve. The C4 Photo Safaris group where hosted at the beautiful Tent Camp by photo guide Trevor Kleyn. Here are a few of Trevor’s shots from the workshop:  


Much to our groups dismay, 7 days in paradise flew by in no time at all. This may have been due to the fact that every single game drive was filled with some sort of action packed wilderness theatre. To start off the string off exciting events that where to follow our arrival, we were treated to an...


The Great Migration takes place in East Africa between Tanzania and Kenya and is the largest migration of mammals in the world. Our iconic Masai Mara season started early September well into October and we had back to back Masai Mara safaris booked to take our clients to photograph this spectacular ...


This coming weekend 28 - 30 August C4 will be at the 2015 Getaway show in the TicketPro Dome. It has been a while since we've exhibited and we are extremely excited. The last time we were there it was a great success and a wonderful experience meeting new and existing clients. Our stand number is R3...


Part 2 to our gallery of our epic photographic experience at Mashatu Game Reserve, thank you to ranger Fish for the fantastic sighting! See more about the C4 Photo Vehicle     All eyes on the leopard in the tree, as the hyena casually strolls past a game drive vehicle   Slow ...


Mashatu Game Reserve guest Karin Braby shares some amazing snaps from her outstanding morning spent in the C4 Matabole Hide this month. Karin and friends were treated to an array of mammal species at the hide, starting off with a blood strewn hyena that was in desperate need of some water to wash do...


by Kyle

Just a few days back Mashatu resident photographer Kyle de Nobrega hosted guests on the C4 photo vehicle for an awesome four day experience.   The four days where jam packed with world class sightings and photographic opportunity. Everything from mating lions, new born hyena relocation, multi...


On a remote island in the frigid North Atlantic, lies the world’s most popular landscape photography destination; Iceland. Join Isak Pretorius and Hougaard Malan on this Ultimate Iceland photo safari. Hougaard spent three weeks in Iceland in 2015 scouting the location to ensure that the trip i...


Many companies look back at the year that passes and review what went wrong and what was good. At C4 Photo Safaris, we like to work it the opposite way round where we offer our clients our outlook for the upcoming year. Here is our preview for 2016. With the influx of mass tourism and congestion o...