Wildlife Safari Photography Course

Wildlife is probably the most challenging subject for photographers. Invariably the subject is erratic and elusive, but pursuing this precious image is what makes it so fun and rewarding.

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Expert Guidance

We accommodate small groups of photographers per day up to a maximum of 8. Aimed at photographers aged 17 and over, you can improve your wildlife and nature photography, learning handy tips and techniques throughout the day, under the expert guidance of a knowledgeable and successful wildlife photographer.

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Port Lympne Itinerary

Port Lympne Sample Itinerary

Port Lympne Reserve is home to over 80 species of wildlife so there will be outstanding opportunities for you to capture realistic "wild" photographs of the residents, unimpeded by mesh, bars and fencing.

  • 09.00 - Tea and Coffee along with a Health and Safety introduction at Basecamp
  • 09.00 - 09.30- Take a specially constructed open-sided Land Rover to enable you to get that right shot. Travel through the African Experience Safari stopping at every available opportunity to photograph Zebra or Wildebeest grazing quietly, watched intently by rhino, giraffes, and ostrich to name a few
  • 12.00 - Arrive at the greatest of the apes enclosure; The Western Lowland Gorillas, where the now famous Ambam the walking gorilla resides
  • 12.30 - Stop for lunch at Base Camp (lunch not included) and then go on foot to see the Black and white Colobus Monkeys, Baboons & Tapirs which are always popular
  • 14.30 - 15.00 A visit to the Palace of the Apes – another favourite
  • 15.30 - 16.00 - A visit to the Tigers at the top of the Park marks the end of the day when you are free to roam around the other enclosures until the park closes

Howletts Itinerary

Howletts Sample Itinerary

Over 50 species and 400 animals await you at Howletts Wild Animal Park.

  • 09.00 - Tea or coffee, meet and greet, Health and Safety briefing in the Education centre
  • 09.30- Behind the barriers - a chance to see the black rhinos beyond the first barrier which helps provide a clearer & closer shot
  • 10.00 - Big Cat close up
  • 11.00 - Meet the gorillas
  • 11.30 - Visit the Tapirs. The keepers will help entice these shy animals closer for a better shot
  • 12.30 - Stop for lunch (not included)
  • 13.30 - Monkey business - taking photos within the enclosure helps you get closer clearer pictures
  • 14.00 - Travel on a tractor/trailer to view our hoof stock animals - Antelope and Deer in the Deer Park
  • 15.00 - Elephant encounter
  • 15.30 - 16.00 - Walking with Lemurs. This marks the end of the day when you are free to roam around the other enclosures until the park closes.

Dave Rolfe

Dave Rolfe

Dave Rolfe has been photographing the animals at Howletts and Port Lympne for over 25 years and will be on hand throughout your day to give advice and explain some of the fascinating history and unique stories behind the parks and animals. Both British and foreign publications have sought Dave's wildlife photos including Time, Life and National Geographic, as well as newspapers and magazines. He continues to expand his photographic library and, in keeping with the times, now focuses on digital photography.

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Port Lympne Reserve and Howletts Wild Animal Park have many more activities to enhance your experience to create a memory that will last forever.

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Course Dates & Booking

Course Dates & Booking

2016 Dates - Port Lympne

Courses will run from 9am to 4pm at Port Lympne on Saturdays from 2nd April - 24th September 2016 inclusive and costs just £195 per person. Includes entrance to the park. Numbers are limited to 8 for each day so early booking is essential to avoid disappointment.

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2016 Dates - Howletts

Courses will run from 9am to 4pm at Howletts on Sundays from 3rd April - 25th September 2016 inclusive and costs £195 per person. Includes entrance to the park. Numbers are limited to 8 for each day so early booking is essential to avoid disappointment.

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Sun 17th April
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Sun 29th May
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information and booking

Please note that the course is available to over 17's only and excludes lunch. Photographers should wear comfortable clothing, the appropriate footwear and be prepared for inclement weather. Times and animal encounters are subject to change due to the nature of being an outside experience and working with animals.

Please email us or call on 01303 264647 for more details. Gift vouchers are available for all Experiences for those special surprise gifts.

Customer Reviews

Karen S


I would thoroughly recommend this experience. I was slightly apprehensive before going as I wasn't sure if I would have enough basic knowledge. I needn't have worried, I was made to feel very comfortable from the start and the photographer, David Rolfe, passed on his knowledge and experience in a very friendly and positive way. I came away feeling like I knew my camera a whole lot better, with a lot more confidence and I was extremely pleased with the photographs that I took.

Tracy & Rebecca Brewer


Anyone who likes photography should do this day - it's a life experience to be close to the content and happy animals, and is a life memory not just a day out!