WHY CHOOSE A PHOTO SAFARI IN SOUTH LUANGWA WITH ME?

When choosing a photographic safari in Africa, the range of options can be daunting. Even narrowing down which country to visit is a challenge in itself! By landing on this site, you are already getting closer to choosing a world-class safari destination, with many advantages over better-known safari parks. You have also found a safari guide with many years' experience both as a guide and a photographer. Read on to find out more about why you should choose a photo safari in South Luangwa with Edward Selfe.

WHY CHOOSE EDWARD SELFE AS YOUR GUIDE?

NEARLY 10 YEARS' GUIDING EXPERIENCE IN SOUTH LUANGWA
I am the only photographic guide living year-round in the South Luangwa National Park. I choose to make it my home, with my small family, rather than be a "fly-in expert" leading a couple of tours during the busy months. In this way, I have seen the seasons come and go and watched the park through its annual cycle of desperate dry and lush green.

SAFARI GUIDE & PHOTOGRAPHER
Many photographic safaris are led by two people: a guide and a photographer. By filling both of those roles, I am able to read animals' behaviour and position the vehicle accordingly without having to communicate this to a driver/guide. This is particularly important in a high-speed situation such as a lion hunt or wild dog sighting.

ACCOMPLISHED NATURALIST
First and foremost, my love is for the bush, its inhabitants and the pleasure of being immersed in the park's wild places. But I have built a loyal following of guests who like to be guided by a naturalist who holds both of South Luangwa's coveted guide qualifications, so can share a wealth of knowledge of the park and its subtleties, but is also a professional photographer.

INTIMATE KNOWLEDGE OF THIS ECOSYSTEM
After thousands of hours guiding in the National Park, my understanding of this area is personal, rather than book-based. I know many of the animals individually, having watched them on a daily basis - from birth in some cases! When I am not leading photographic safaris, I am often to be found guiding a specialist birding group or taking visitors to some of the less-well-known areas of the National Park.

PHOTO SAFARI OPTIONS FOR SINGLE PHOTOGRAPHERS
With links to all the camps in Luangwa, I am well-placed to craft a private itinerary for single photographers or small groups seeking the exclusivity that they need to prioritise their photography. With someone on the inside of the booking process, prices may also be more competitive than you would think!

ALWAYS SMALL GROUP SIZES
I think that guests on a photographic safari should have constant and direct access to their guide to ask questions when they come up. That's why I always keep my group size to a maximum of 6 (usually 4) and drive/guide at all times rather than dividing the group into two vehicles. I am also the host and your initial contact is with me so I can guide you through the booking process and answer all your queries.

15 YEARS BEHIND A CAMERA
I started taking photographs in 2000, when I bought my first film SLR. Since then, I have progressed through various cameras, settling on Canon's excellent system. I have done portraits, weddings, sports and wildlife photography, and helped hundreds improve their camera skills.


WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT SAFARIS IN THE SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK?

ONE OF THE FINEST WILDLIFE DESTINATIONS ON EARTH
The South Luangwa National Park is one of the most densely populated game areas in Africa. The meandering Luangwa River carves an ever-changing course leaving ox-bow lagoons which support vast quantities of wildlife. There are not many national parks where there is a sighting "on every corner" but the South Luangwa is one.

THE LUANGWA IS A FANTASTIC LOCATION FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
Safaris have been running in this area for over 50 years, so the game has become very accustomed to vehicles and visitors. This allows photographers to spend time at sightings and discuss ideas with a guide. We use open-topped safari vehicles which give a 360 degree view and the most immersive experience of the park.

OUTSTANDING BIG GAME SIGHTINGS
The South Luangwa boasts an impressive list of large mammals which includes lions, wild dogs, plentiful elephants, Thornicroft's giraffes and Cookson's wildebeest. The last two are Luangwa endemics, found nowhere else on Earth. Added to all this, there is certainly nowhere better in Africa to photograph leopards.

ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PARKS IN AFRICA
Visitors to Luangwa always comment on the park's beautiful and varied landscapes. The diversity of habitats is astonishing, from riverine forest and groves of Ebony trees, to dry floodplains and meandering riverbeds. Perhaps most dramatic of all are the natural drainage gullies which give predators ideal cover when hunting.

THIS AREA IS STILL WILD AND REMOTE
The Luangwa ecosystem is remote and undeveloped, giving visitors an insight into safari of years-gone-by when explorers were first pulling back the veil of Africa's vast wildernesses. Some areas of the park are getting a little busier, but in the more remote areas - like Lion Camp, Nsefu & Kafunta - it's possible to spend hours in the bush and meet few other people.

ZAMBIA IS A SAFE AND WELCOMING DESTINATION
Zambia's people are known to be among the most friendly on the continent, always pleased to meet visitors and show off their wonderful nation. With a stable government and minimal crime, it's an easy place to travel around.