|LOCATION||Knowsley Safari Park, Merseyside|
|TIME||13:00 t0 16:00|
|Guide for Event||David and Janet|
|Fitness Level||Light walking, little walking is needed as you are taken round in vehicles for the majority of the session|
|Camera Experience||Beginners: suitable for all levels|
|Disability Access||You will need to be able to walk short distances, sometimes over rough ground and get in and out of a 4×4 vehicle|
|Suitability||Wild Arena workshops are not suitable for children under the age of 14 years old and a full paying adult must accompany any under 16’s.|
|Time of year||March to November (weekends and school holidays are only available in October, November and March, excluding Easter should that fall in March)|
|What we aim to cover||We try to tailor all our sessions to suit our guests, so we do not always cover all the topics depending on the individual needs. Typical topics we can cover in this session are: Coming off Auto, exposure modes, auto focus modes, white balance and composition ideas.|
OK so we appreciate it’s not quite ‘real’ Africa but for those of us who can’t make it there or even for guests planning a safari, this is a great workshop to try your hand at photographing large impressive animals from vehicles. The real beauty of safari park photography on these sessions is the unrivalled access to the animals in large open enclosures, whilst being fully supported by an experienced keeper and photography guide.
So, if you hanker after those wonderful pictures of animals in far off continents or really want to get some good advice from experienced photographers, before taking that dream holiday, then this really is a must for you.
Wild Arena has long had ties with a number of Safari Parks and Zoo’s as we are just as passionate about animals as we are the photography. This long history gives us the knowledge and experience to make these days run smoothly plus the ability to concentrate on those subjects we believe will make the best images on each individual event.
The Wild Arena/Safari Park guides will be on hand throughout the session to ensure everyone has the support they need and will be happy to answer questions on the photography challenges or the animals we are meeting. The group will enjoy special VIP access to the animals to ensure we get the best chance for pictures throughout the session.
The focus for the session will be looking to get into the best possible situations for photography and the guides will work hard to put everyone in the right position. With the help of the keepers, off road Land Rovers and special access, we will be able to deliver opportunities simply not accessible to normal park visitors. This is a very small group event with the photographic guides driving the 4X4s with just the 3 guests in each of the vehicles.
During our Safari Photography Workshop, we will visit a variety of animals starting with a special session in the walk around area with the Tapirs, Capybara, Red River Hogs and Giraffe. When we are happy, we have spent enough time here we’ll load into the vehicles and head out onto the reserved to see Rhino, various Deer, Antelope and Bison. All our sessions have been organised as afternoons to give us this special access, but the day also includes entrance to the park, and you will be free to spend the morning exploring the park before your event begins. Please note it is possible that during the winter season, the park may not be open to the public, so non escorted access outside of the event timings will not be possible at these times.
Knowsley Safari Park
Knowsley Safari Park is situated between Liverpool and Manchester and has a fantastic range of species in over 400 acres of parkland. Opened in 1971 the Derby family has a long historical interest in nature and the 13th Earl of Derby was the founding member of the Zoological society of London in 1826. The park supports many worthwhile projects including the Wild Camel Protection Foundation and Wildlife Alliance.
13.00: Arrival at the main Safari Park entrance. Tea/Coffee and a briefing on getting the best from your pictures.
13.30: Photography session on the walk around area with Tapirs, Capybara, Red River Hogs and Giraffe.
14:30 Head onto the drive, with Rhino, Deer, Antelope and Bison.
16:00 Summary and close.
Guests will have the start of the day to spend at leisure in the park, if it is open. (It is possible that during the winter season, the park may not be open to the public, so non escorted access outside of the event timings will not be possible).
PLEASE NOTE: Our itineraries are listed as a guide and we may need to alter them depending on unforeseen circumstances, weather conditions or the availability of the subjects. Start and finish times are fixed to enable transport planning.
Group events are currently on hold
Please note we cannot run these events on weekends or School holidays between April (or Easter if it is in March) and September, due to the high visitor numbers at the parks.
How to Book
To book one of these dates, please select it from the drop-down calendar icon on the right-hand side ‘Book Now’ tab. Please scroll through the months to find the highlighted available dates (which have been listed above), then add your choice to the cart.