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...