Isak Pretorius

Full time Specialist Photo Guide


Isak was born to be a photographer, but before he discovered this, he became an engineer. Once he picked up a camera, his engineering career came to an end and Isak has now established himself as one of the top bird photographers in Africa. The benefit of his engineering training is his flawless technical knowledge of camera systems and the post processing software that accompanies them.

He combines these skills to focus on bird-in-flight photography; where he has excelled to the point of being awarded an unprecedented 8 awards in the FujiFilm-Getaway Photo Competition in just one year. His highest accolade arrived in 2013 when he was winner of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year in the Bird Behaviour category, which undoubtedly proved that he's one of the world's best wildlife photographers.

Today, Isak is a sought-after specialist wildlife photographic guide and full-time professional wildlife photographer. His passion for nature is fuelled by the reminiscence of a classic Africa and his aim is to create conservation awareness for his continent's natural wonders. His discovery of nature's special moments at a young age shaped his aspirations of today: to showcase the beauty of his continent's pristine wonders in a creative way. He believes that this is the best way to protect Africa’s natural heritage.

"We protect what we care about, so my objective is to get enough people to care about African wildlife by showing them how beautiful nature is."

What sets Isak apart as a specialist wildlife photographic guide is his ability to get clients to take their own top photographs. If you want to improve your bird photography, Isak will guide you from approaching your subject all the way through to managing your files and editing them to produce the highest quality image possible. Isak's simple and structured approach when tutoring clients enables immediate understanding of techniques and concepts. Other than birds, Isak has excellent knowledge of mammals and has photographed extensively across the continent on photo workshops and tours.

Isak is very involved in presenting photo workshops and leading photo safaris for C4 Photo Safaris. He has taken a keen interest in educating photographers about their surroundings as well as teaching them the art of photography. He uses his knowledge of post-processing and cataloguing techniques to clearly show you how to get the best out of your RAW image. His teaching manner is so well regarded that he has been flown across the continent to present post-processing talks and workshops.

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Tours hosted by Isak Pretorius:

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Serengeti Calving and Predators 2022

Tour Dates
6 March 2022 - 12 March 2022   Space available

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South Luangwa Emerald Season Special

Tour Dates
17 January 2021 - 24 January 2021   Space Available

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South Luangwa Exclusive Secluded Safari

Tour Dates
24 January 2021 - 31 January 2021   Space Available

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Mashatu Photo Workshop 2021

Tour Dates
5 November 2021 - 9 November 2021   Space available
18 April 2021 - 22 April 2021   Space available

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Mashatu Green Season 2021

Tour Dates
9 February 2021 - 13 February 2021   Space available
12 March 2021 - 16 March 2021   Space available

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Gabon Africas eden 8 - 15 April 2021

Tour Dates
8 April 2021 - 15 April 2021   Fully booked

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Masai Mara Exclusive Safari 2021

Tour Dates
11 September 2021 - 18 September 2021   Space available

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Dzanga Sangha Safari 2021

Tour Dates
17 April 2021 - 25 April 2021   Space available

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Gabon Africas Eden 30 March - 6 April 2021

Tour Dates
30 March 2021 - 6 April 2021   Space available

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Gabon Africas Eden 2022

Tour Dates
8 April 2022 - 15 April 2022   Space available

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Ultimate Predators of South Luangwa 2021

Tour Dates
3 July 2021 - 11 July 2021   Space available

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Masai Mara Classic Safari 2021

Tour Dates
17 September 2021 - 24 September 2021   Space available
2 October 2021 - 9 October 2021   Space available

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Best of Zambia 2021

Tour Dates
15 July 2021 - 25 July 2021   Space available

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Pantanal Photo Safari 2021

Tour Dates
9 August 2021 - 18 August 2021   

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Masai Mara Predator Photo Safari 2021

Tour Dates
21 February 2021 - 27 February 2021   Space available

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Mala Mala Photo Workshops 2021

Tour Dates
17 February 2021 - 21 February 2021   Space available
18 March 2021 - 22 March 2021   Space available

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