We're Australia's largest and most-loved photo safari operator for a reason. We offer the highest quality, small-group, unique operations focused on providing the access and luxuries the others don't - such as exclusive charter of ships, planes & helicopters (doors-off for better photography) along with off-road & special access permits to get you closer - so we can give you what we know you want. For example, while other operators might book you a spot on a busy, regular scenic cruise, we'd privately charter the whole boat, relaxing the pace, giving you plenty of space and modifying the route for the best photogenic locations and timings. We delight in welcoming you to beautiful accommodation and providing fantastic local seafood and other luxuries to ensure the safari is as much a wonderful holiday as it is a photographic experience.
Unlike most, we're fully licensed and insured, registered as a travel agent, obtain all the proper permits, respect and give back to the communities and environment, and employ industry best-practices such as holding your payments in a trust-fund, and have been awarded the T-QUAL tick (Australian Government's national symbol of tourism quality).
Perhaps one of the key differences our guests keep saying is how we - unlike so many other operators - always put YOU and YOUR photos first, always there to help out with any issues or check your images and suggest ways you could improve - never getting in your way or even taking any photos ourselves unless every single guest is content. Our friendly pro photography guides are all young, energetic and up-to-date (unlike some old has-beens out there!) and are a pleasure to be around. Our goal is to help YOU have the best experience possible, improving YOUR photography, and helping YOU take the best photos!
If you're still not convinced, then ask anyone who's come away with us - our repeat guest rate speaks for itself: We've had entire safaris sell-out solely with repeat guests.
For each of our safaris, we've carefully prepared (and keep updated) a detailed information document covering everything including what to bring (in terms of camera gear, clothes, what type of power plug, etc), what currency they use, what the climate is like, language tips and plenty of other information to help answer all your questions! We'll send you a copy of this information document when you book, or you can email us for one in advance.
Simply contact us and let us know which safari you're keen to join us on, and we'll send you a deposit invoice to secure your spot, along with the safari information document and our Booking Terms and Conditions.
Don't worry - more than half of our safari guests travel solo. To help you make friends before you even leave and to be reassured and aided by the advice of your fellow-travellers (and those who have gone before you), we've created an interactive Facebook group for our CBP Voyager Club members (that's anyone who's been on, or is going on any of our safaris, which also gives them 10% OFF any future safaris!). You can find out who's coming from your area, perhaps even meet up beforehand or fly together. This is a great resource and we encourage you to make the most of it if you're on Facebook! Anyone can read the CBP Voyager Club Facebook page, but you can only interact once you've paid your deposit.
We recommend that you book your flights and travel insurance with our dedicated, friendly travel agent Luke as he can try and put you on the same flights and accommodations as your fellow travellers pre/post safari. Before you depart you'll be told exact details for who will be meeting you at the airport, holding what sign, and also give you contact phone numbers to call in the unlikely event that you are delayed or plans need to change.
And don't worry that most accommodation is twin-share - we're good at pairing you up with a roomie who you'll get along with - it has been the start of long-term friendships for many! We can't guarantee that we'll always be able to have you sharing with someone of the same sex - it depends on the gender split, but we do our best. You can request to purchase a single supplement (a room to yourself) if you really need to (subject to availability) though keep in mind that you're usually only in your rooms to sleep as we fill your waking hours with plenty to do, and the couple of times we have had guests request rooms to themselves, they end up regretting it when they see the amazing friendships that form between the other roomies.
Rest assured that we do not travel through any of the major danger hot-spots in the world like those highly warned against in travel advisory boards etc. For example, in Kenya, we do not even pass through downtown Nairobi, and we operate completely away from the coast / Mombasa region and the Northern Somali border which are the danger-zones. We spend minimal time in busy, built up areas or large tourist attractions where thieves or terrorists might be more likely to target - most of the places we stay at are quite rural and private, and you'll quickly feel right at home & safe.
It doesn't matter! To be honest, one of the main reasons many people come on our safaris is to improve their photography! Our photo safaris are enjoyed by everyone from non-photographers, iPhone and happy-snap photographers right up to serious professionals. We start each safari with a quick photography crash-course, and our expert photography guides are there to help you throughout the whole safari. There is no better way to improve your photography than spending a solid week or two practicing, surrounded by amazingly inspiring subjects, with a small, friendly group of like-minded people. You will be amazed how much your photography will improve.
Of course we can - even in places like Kenya we've successfully catered for vegan, gluten-free, lactose-intolerant and vegetarian guests, and all have had a wonderful time.
Yes! It really doesn't matter if you're going to a place like say Kenya or Galapagos to take photos, or as a holiday - in the end, it's all about finding and getting as close as you can to as many of the amazing wildlife species as possible, experiencing the local food and culture, admiring the landscapes, breathing the fresh air and enjoying the whole unforgettable experience with a small group of soon-to-be (if not already) friends. Whether or not you shove a camera in front of your face doesn't really change this. We've had many 'non-photographers' come on our safari, enjoying just spotting animals, identifying them, or watching their behaviour through binoculars and by the end of the trip many of them do start picking up a camera (or borrowing one of ours) and start getting excited about the photographs too! Some have later gone on to become full-on photographers, to the delight of their partners! Either way, they'll have a ball.
The level of physical activity varies for each of our safaris, however none involve strenuous hiking or anything like that. In Kenya, for example, the hardest thing you'll have to do is walk to and from your safari vehicle, other destinations involve optional snorkelling and may include short walks or humid conditions. We've had 83 year old guests, guests with bad knees and even heart-conditions do even what we consider our most strenuous safaris, so rest assured the safari you're looking at is very likely achievable. If you're concerned, just ask us. The safari information document we provide for each safari gives a clearer indication of what's involved for each destination.
Our cancelation policies are in line with other leading tourism operators, and you can read all about them here in our Booking Terms and Conditions. We are proud to employ industry best-practices such as holding your payments in a trust-fund and have been awarded the T-QUAL tick (Australian Government's national symbol of tourism quality).
The Voyager Club is our photo safari loyalty program! As our photo safaris apparently can be very addictive (we've had several guests come to more than five of our safaris!), we created the Chris Bray Photography Voyager Club, giving guests 10% OFF all future safaris after their first!