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About Us

We are Stella and Marc de Chalain. We live in the East of South Africa and are passionate about Africa and its nature. Africa is, we believe, the nature capital of the world, and blessed with a rich variety of scenic places and varied and beautiful, wild, unrestrained animals.

The apex predator, the African Lion, the shy elusive and sleek Leopard, the fast running Cheetah, the pack living African Wild Dog, also known as the Painted Dog, the social African Elephant, the plains game, the herbivores, the varied and abundant bird life, and so many other species large and small, make up the inhabitants of this Wild Africa. We are proud to invite you into this magnificent place and to show its inhabitants to you, up close. To hear the lion roar by night, the hyena whoop or the African Fish Eagle's haunting call as it sweeps over waters is what "our" Wild Africa is all about. To experience and capture images of this amazing place and its animals, with passion and assisted skill, in a fun atmosphere with likeminded persons is what we bring to you. Our aim is to see YOU get the shots or that footage you thought was only for the others.

Our brief philosophy on ethics and conservation

It is acknowledged that people view this important matter in different ways and we respect other peoples views. We assure all visitors to our page that our photography is free of animal exploitation and abuse. We do not subscribe to baiting animals and birds, we do not photograph captive animals and birds or animals and birds which depend on man feeding them for their survival. None of our images are shot in "sanctuaries" which operate for human entertainment. We do capture animals which have been spot lit in a judicious manner and sparingly. Flash photography, which we use judiciously and sparingly, is not harmful to animals eyes based on scientific research which we have followed. Our approach is that ethics and best for subject is to be placed above the capture of those subjects. 

While we are not scientists, so our views may be inadequate in this regard, we disapprove of practices which we feel undermine principles of good conservation and distance ourselves from them. Our photography is therefore free of images from places which we know to support such practices. We actively support a number of initiatives which contribute to sound conservation practices and we are associated with the Centre for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW).

If you would like to read one of the articles which was written about us, click on https://outandabout.africa/wild-about-photography/.

Please Note: All our images are strictly copyrighted to Marc and Stella de Chalain and/or Wild1s and/or fotoart de Chalain. Do not use them in an unauthorised manner, which is ILLEGAL. The images on this site and our other images are available for sale as digital images, printed onto archival papers or canvas, subject to terms and conditions as may be agreed to for their use.

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“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.”

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Photo Safaris

What is a photo safari and how does it differ from any other safari? Seems like a silly question, right? Maybe, maybe not, but let's take a look anyway. We have been on numerous photographic and non photographic safaris over a number of years as guests, and so have got a great feel for them. A normal safari is often one where the guests are together in a group size which does not really meet the needs of the photographer, it's just too large, by which we mean it's not uncommon for a standard game viewer or OSV vehicle to have 9 passengers seated 3 per row, which will just not work well for photographers. So we limit this to 2 per row or 6 persons per vehicle and only use one vehicle. We do not do this full time or depend on it for a living, an advantage to you, the valued guest, as revenue and profitability is not of primary importance to us. The photographers requirements differ from those of the general safari guest. The general guests tends to struggle with the early rising, cold, wind and later on, the sun, on morning drives and cold and wind later on evening drives and heat earlier on, on such drives , while the photographer understands the need to use early and late light to get those breathtaking images. The general guests can sometimes be happy to just "view and move" while the photographer tends to know that it is better to wait out a scene and watch it develop in terms of light and often, the animals behaviour. This calls for patience, sometimes in heat, sun and the other factors photographers have to put up with. General guests also tend to have needs for a better lodge and leisure experience as well as a more "smooth" off road experience while photographers priorities tend to be more on what brings the amazing images or footage (videographers). So in summary, a photographic and general safari guest differ in terms of their needs. That is not to say that we only go to rough, uncomfortable places, in fact, quite the contrary. 

The question of cost sometimes comes up, usually when someone has read of a well advertised "special". We look for real specials and when we find them, with YOU, our valued guest in mind, we look into them very seriously. The difficulty with so many of these "specials" is that they often have limited availability (not in the ad), for limited (least best selling, also not in ad) time periods and operators sometimes use them to market trips aimed at high volumes (i.e 8 on a vehicle, not too prominent in the ad) with poor catering (not in the ad). Wild1s is unapologetically more about VALUE than about COST. Our uncompromising aim is to get you, the guest, to great places, which are comfortable and enjoyable, well catered, reasonably priced, amongst likeminded persons, where your experience will be great in every way and allow you to take home great memories in the form of amazing images and footage, of which you can be proud. 

The Adventures

“Africa changes you forever, like nowhere on earth. Once you have been there, you will never be the same. But how do you begin to describe its magic to someone who has never felt it? How can you explain the fascination of this vast, dusty continent, whose oldest roads are elephant paths? Could it be because Africa is the place of all our beginnings, the cradle of mankind, where our species first stood upright on the savannahs of long ago?” Brian Jackman

The Adventures The Adventures

We commit to giving you the best deal possible. For that reason, we constantly look for great deals from lodges and establishments and update our prices accordingly, with YOU in mind. All pricing is available by sending us a mail on hello@wild1s.co.za at the best price presently available.

We offer a "BESPOKE-IT" service on the adventures below and others. On BESPOKE-IT, we can add additional nights to the any of destinations below (Availability dependant) or to other great destinations suitable you to these dates. We can also design a totally BESPOKE-IT itinerary for you. Terms and Conditions apply. Contact us on hello @wild1s.co.za or 031-2660242 and let us tell you more.

Date fromDate toDestinationHighlights and informationAvailability?

23 Apr '2127 Apr '21ZimangaHide and land based photography. FREE NIGHT, pay for 4, stay 5. FULLY BOOKED

15 May '2118 May '21Djuma Sabi SandPredators  and other game, leopards a speciality. Can be booked back to back. FULLY BOOKED

18 May '2121 May '21Djuma Sabi SandPredators  and other game, leopards a speciality. Can be booked back to back. FULLY BOOKED

5 June '2110 June '21Savanna Lodge Sabi SandPredators  and other game, leopards a speciality.  Luxury Room.FULLY BOOKED

2 July '216 July '21Elephant Plains Sabi SandPredators  and other game, leopards a speciality. Can be booked back to back. FULLY BOOKED

6 July '2110 July '21Elephant Plains Sabi SandPredators  and other game, leopards a speciality. Can be booked back to back. FULLY BOOKED

29 Sep '216 Oct '21Chobe/Vic FallsBoat and land based bird extravaganza as well as elephants, hippos, Yes. Special price. 

crocs, predators and other game at the best time of year. 

25 Oct '2129 Oct '21Djuma Sabi SandPredators  and other game, leopards a specialityYes


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