Eagle Eye Safaris
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Eagle Eye Safaris offers affordable small group boutique safaris with professional photography guides Ernest Porter and Karen Blackwood. Our safaris feature personal photography instruction including optional Lightroom/Photoshop instruction--we'll help you get the photos you want. We can create a custom safari for you and your family, or you can come along on one of our multi-day, all-inclusive affordable package safaris. Choose from Big 5 Safaris in Sabi Sands, Kruger, and Kgalagadi in South Africa, Botswana, and Namibia, Gorilla Treks in Uganda, Migration in Kenya, Birthing Season in Tanzania, Madagascar, Peru, and the USA. Ernest and Karen are award-winning photographers and have been published in Africa Geographic, National Geographic Your Shot, Best of Africa, Tamron South Africa, numerous books and magazines, and gallery shows. Check out our FB page. We are responsive to your needs as a traveller and guest, and we'd love the opportunity to share the Africa we love with you!
Roodepoort, South Africa
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Deanne C
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May 2022 • Friends
Jordan and Egypt were Amazing!!
I was able to have an experience of a lifetime this past month with my son, Adam, traveling with Eagle Eye Safari tours through Jordan and Egypt.
Jordan was amazing with the beautiful desert landscape of Wadi Rum and the ancient beautiful city of Petra and the experience of floating on the Dead sea. Driving through the country, we loved all the camels we met along the way!! Sampling the camel milk was awesome and of course we loved our Camel ride! Our accommodations were excellent and the food was delicious! We appreciated our Eagle Eye tour guide Karen (Thanks Karen with your help taking pictures)! We really enjoyed our local tour guide Ramses, a life long resident of Petra who was very knowledgeable and also very kind keeping me, a senior, on my feet on walks through bumpy terrain. Ramses introduced us to some some of friends along the way who shared their delicious food including fresh off the vine watermelon and cantelope. He also did some skillful driving in the desert sand dunes that was very fun as we drove to a spectacular Wadi Rum desert outlook. If you love an adventure, I would highly recommend this tour!!
Next we went to Egypt, again with Eagle Eye Tours and of course the sights were mind blowing as we expected!!! Our local tour guide, and Egyptologist, Emann brought everything to life with her passionate knowledge of Temples, Kings, pharaohs, pyramids, tombs and her expansive Egyptian history knowledge. Emann and Marwa saw to our every need and desire. We appreciated the thoughtful planning of our Eagle Eye tour by owners Karen and Ernest who accompanied us. The accommodations, the food, the Nile cruise and the amazing Hot Air Balloon ride snd so much more were first class. I’m sure King Tut would approve! Thank you Eagle Eye Safari for an incredible experience!!!
Written June 20, 2022
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ReinerM
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Jul 2022
Our 7-day Great Migration Safari in Kenya was simply amazing, Karen and Ernest did a fantastic job making the trip memorable, comfortable, and most importantly, fun; not to mention the great photos this novice photographer took with their ever-patient help. Their knowledge of the animal kingdom was exceptional and greatly deepened our safari experience. They made sure that their safari guests were always in the most optimal position to see and photograph the plethora of wildlife that one can witness in their natural habitat. I would highly recommend Eagle Eye Safari's for anybody thinking of going on a safari, photographer or non-photographers alike.
Written August 1, 2022
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Carrie S
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Aug 2022 • Couples
We booked the Big 5 Traditional Camp safari with Eagle Eye Safaris. This trip was everything we dreamed it could be, as Karen and Ernest leave no detail overlooked. They are both very talented photographers and are eager to help you develop your own skills with photography and Lightroom. For a beginner like me, they were able to explain photography at a basic level that I could understand and patiently assisted me as I practiced with my camera. Not only that, they are very knowledgeable about wildlife, and they are also just lots of fun to be around whether you are on a game drive or sitting at camp.

As for the camp, our accommodations were very comfortable, the staff was very friendly, and we had an abundance of delicious food each day. Listening to animals call in the distance each night as we went to sleep is an experience I will never forget.

Eagle Eye provides an A++ travel experience and works hard to make each trip the trip of a lifetime. I am 100% positive we will book with them again.
Written August 15, 2022
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J Spensley
Denver, CO2 contributions
Nov 2019
We recently did a five day safari with EagleEye safari from Denver. It was one of the most incredible experiences in our lives. The accommodations in our bush lodge Nkorho on a private reserve, Sabi Sands, adjacent to Kruger National Park in South Africa was superb. We had a private bungalow and gourmet meals every day. We spent almost 40 hours cruising this private reserve and saw lions, leopards, rhinoceros hippopotamus, cape buffaloes, zebras, giraffes and many other wildlife species. The lodge staff were always helpful and even provided some entertainment at dinner. I would highly recommend using this moderately The lodge staff were always helpful and even provided some entertainment at dinner. I would highly recommend using this moderately priced safari-priced EagleEye Safari.
Written January 27, 2020
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Thank you so much for your kind words, Skip! We did have some wonderful sightings, especially the hippo's territorial display while the hyena lurked around the edge of our coffee stop! We are so happy that you enjoyed your safari! It was a pleasure hosting you & Carol on your epic trip.
Written January 28, 2020
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Adam C
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May 2022 • Friends
Eagle Eye Safaris plans an absolutely incredible travel experience. I had the amazing opportunity to join them on back to back trips to Jordan AND Egypt (highly recommend combining the two)!!!

Jordan was an amazing experience seeing Petra, Wadi Rum, The Dead Sea, and Wadi Mujib. We were accompanied by Eagle Eye Safaris owner Karen, and their local Jordan guide, Ramzi. They provide an incredible experience meeting locals, seeing the beautiful landscape and sights, and camels for days! Have you ever drank camel milk!? Neither had I, but they made it happen! They even arranged special lunches and experiences with natives who made us amazing meals! We ended our Jordan trip by jumping on a plane to Cairo to start our next adventure in Egypt!

Egypt was an incredible experience organized by Eagle Eye Safaris. We were joined by Eagle Eye owner’s Karen and Ernest, who make everything run smoothly and were able to provide camera tips and tricks for beginners and advanced photographers. They’ll even arrange special time to teach you photography courses in your down time. The local Egypt guides Eman and Marwa were absolutely incredible. Eman is a hilarious firecracker of a person! She is a wealth of knowledge and can tell you everything you could ever want to know about Egypt. She was an absolute delight to have guide us around this incredible country and to share her knowledge about the history!

This was my second trip with Eagle Eye Safari’s (technically second and third with the Jordan and Egypt combined trips). My first was the Luxury Big 5 Safari in 2019, another incredible experience which inspired me to continue using Eagle Eye Safari’s for my future world travel. I look forward to more trips with them in the future! 10/10 recommend!!!
Written June 18, 2022
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Peeper
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Nov 2019
I did not know what to expect on safari, and this experience was terrific. We stayed at Nkorho Lodge in Sabi Sands, a game reserve on the edge of Kruger national park. The tracker and ranger on our game drives had extensive knowledge of the animals and birds that we saw, and in our open jeeps we had close up views of leopards, lions, giraffes, rhinos, hyenas and smaller animals like the dwarf mongoose. The animals are used to the vehicles, and allow for great photography. Our safari was arranged by Karen Blackwood and Ernest Porter, who are expert photographers anxious to share their expertise. The lodge was luxurious, the food wonderful and the staff gracious and helpful. We traveled to Nelspruit from Capetown, staying in Loeri's Call in Nelspruit overnight (also wonderful), and were transported to Sabi Sands by Seasons in Africa, all arranged by Karen/Ernest. The experience could not have been better!
Written February 21, 2020
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We enjoyed having you on safari with us so much! We're glad you enjoyed this trip. You got to see a lot and get great photos. We hope to see you again in the future!
Written February 22, 2020
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P.j. M
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Aug 2017 • Friends
A BIG shout out to EAGLE EYE SAFARIS for a fantastic South African trip to Sabi Sands private game reserve, near Nelspruit, South Africa .... The BEST affordable vacation EVER !!!! It is mostly for photographers, but even for those who are not, it is a trip of a lifetime. It is the easiest, most carefree vacation I've ever booked ... They take care of all your arrangements, and make it very E.Z. and fabulous accommodations at Nkorho Bush Lodge .... go to their website if interested. You WON'T be sorry !!!! Slots open for June, July, August 2018 ... Hurry !!! These tours fill up FAST !!!
Written August 15, 2017
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Thank you so much for your kind words, P.j.! We were so happy to meet you--what fun group! You got your Big 5 certificate with the dagga boys (solo bull buffalo), and you got to walk with giraffes on the bush walk. Who can ever forget the biggest leopard in Sabi Sands, Mr. Anderson, stealing his warthog kill back from the hyena! Or laughing at the antics of the lion cubs. We hope you'll come again on an Eagle Eye Safaris trip soon!
Written August 16, 2017
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Patricia D
Davis, CA13 contributions
Aug 2017 • Friends
If you are thinking about a safari and would also like to document your experience in pictures, look no further. Karen and Ernest will guide you through every step of the way to document this once in a lifetime trip! The lodge and area they have chosen to conduct their safaris in, is teeming with wildlife. The setup provides for close encounters and the enthusiasm and relaxed care is the perfect combination.
Written August 14, 2017
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Thanks, Patricia, for your kind words and for the hilarity you brought to the safari. Non-stop laughter is the best way to spend a vacation, isn't it? We hope to see you again, soon!
Written August 16, 2017
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Maria Brady
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Jul 2022 • Family
This was a postponed trip from 2020 so I was very excited to finally get to Kenya!!
The safari was the most amazing experience and I am so happy I didn’t wait to go.
Karen and Ernest are so knowledgeable. I have no idea how they remember everything! I am not a photographer, but with all their lessons along the way I was able to take some amazing shots of the animals. It definitely makes you feel proud to take a good shot!!

The lodges exceeded my expectations. Just what you would want on a safari. Amazing food and welcoming staff.

The animals up close was breathtaking. From feeding the giraffes at a sanctuary, to seeing the lioness and lions, elephants leopards and cheetahs!! It’s very hard to put into words the feeling you have when you get to see all the animals up close. It leaves you speechless.

Thank you karen and Ernest for making a trip of a lifetime with my son so special.
Written August 2, 2022
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sara s
Los Angeles, CA15 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
I booked a 5 days safari with Karen and Ernest and I cannot believe I waited this long to do it. it was an incredible experience. I stayed at the Pungwe bush camp just outside of Kruger which was just amazing. the trip had 7 guests and we were arranged in two vehicles for all the game drives. that was very nice because we had a lot of room to move in the car. I chose them because I wanted to learn how to take photos of wild life (I am a decent amateur landscape photographer) and because they offer safaris with smaller groups (<12). I was very happy with my choice. Ernest and Karen are incredibly knowledgeable and beautifully coached me during the game drives when the situation needed for me to be quick at taking a shot but not only. In addition Ernest helped me configure my camera to take photos of birds which I was able to practice quite a bit. he is the master of bird photos. also they rented a lens for me and that was such a good service to have. I would strongly recommend them to anybody who wants to improve their wildlife photography skills.
Written July 29, 2019
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Thank you SO much for your kind review, Sara! It was absolutely our pleasure to host you! We loved your quick wit...you had us laughing all the time! You got some terrific photos...wow! The cheetah shots were incredible, the lions were fantastic, and we are so happy you got some wonderful bird shots. Ernest is amazing at photographing birds in flight, and he loved sharing his tips with you! We always strive to give our clients the best experience, and it sounds like we exceeded our goal. We hope you'll come to Kenya or Tanzania, or on our Gorilla Trek for another experience, and we'll have the hot water ready for you. :)
Written July 29, 2019
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