“I have been taking photos ever since I can remember. I was our high school photographer when I grew up in Pretoria, photographing everything from sports events and socials to stage shows and class photos.
My camera never left my side in the seven years after school when I completed my Masters Degree in Nature Conservation, focussing on leopard movement patterns and densities in Botswana’s majestic Northern Tuli Game Reserve. It was here, in Mashatu Game Reserve where I was based and constantly surrounding by animals, where my love for wildlife photography bloomed.
After completing my studies in 2008 I started my own photography business, Vision Photography, and embarked on another exciting seven-year journey, this time as a freelance travel writer. I published over a 100 feature articles on Africa’s wildest and most beautiful game reserves and national parks, focussing on South Africa and its neighbours. With the backing of South Africa’s top travel publications, Getaway, go!, DriveOut and Country Life, I was able to experience and photograph the best this extraordinary region has to offer.
My love for people and teaching made adding photographic safari guide to my repertoire in 2010 a natural evolution for me as photographer. There are few things as fulfilling as sharing a great sighting with my guests, and even more so when I’m able to help them capture those memories through the lens of a camera. I also love taking marketing photos in between photographic safaris and being able to capture the beauty of the Lowveld’s lodges and guesthouses is immensely satisfying.
In January 2020, I started a YouTube Channel called The Safari Expert on which I share all my safari adventures. The videos I post at least once a week are very diverse and contain everything from wild destinations, awesome sightings and exciting trip reports to photographic gear reviews, Lightroom tutorials and even interviews with other safari experts. You can check out the channel by clicking HERE."
- Villiers Steyn