Eagle Eye Safaris trips are designed to watch and photograph wildlife in the most fascinating corners of the planet.  Ernest and Karen guide every trip and are there to coach your photography skills in order to improve from “snapshots” to “Wow! Hang it on the wall!” Everyone is welcome, from iPhone beginners to advanced DSLR photographers to non-photographers who just want to watch the animals while the others click away.

Our private safaris have dedicated local rangers and guides to ensure the best possibility of seeing the widest variety of birds and wildlife—and getting into position for dramatic, one-of-a-kind photographs. We are passionate about photographing, promoting, protecting and preserving the natural world around us, while educating guests about photography techniques, conservation efforts and wildlife habits. Our small group safaris ensure that you will receive personal attention from us. At the end of your trip, we want you to know how to capture the images you envision.

Once you arrive, our safaris are almost all-inclusive: comfortable accommodations, attentive staff, meals, morning and evening game drives, nature walks, photography instruction, basic workflow and editing skills in Lightroom and Photoshop CC, and once-in-a-lifetime memories. Don’t forget the FUN! We share a lot of laughs on Eagle Eye Safaris trips!

Adventure trips can be daunting, but don’t worry—we will advise you on travel, equipment, packing and more. We can book your accommodations before and after the safari, as well as your transportation to the Lodges, so all you have to do is book your flights.  We can also make recommendations if you’d like to extend your vacation and keep it affordable!

Eagle Eye Safaris photography has been featured in Africa Geographic and Wild Card Magazine (April 2017). We are regular contributors to NatureGraphy and Naturalist’s Notebook, which feature the best wildlife photos and stories in the world. We’ve been featured in Best of Africa, NatGeo YourShot, and more! Keep track of us through our Facebook page and Instagram!



Ernest Porter is an award-winning renowned bird and wildlife photographer from South Africa. His achievements include: 2017 Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year Top 5 finalist, 2015 and 2016 Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year Top 15 finalist, winner of the July 2016 Tamron South Africa photography contest, Best of Africa featured photographer, prominently featured in Yahoo’s “Animals in Flight” Photo Gallery, and multiple VotoArt wins. He is Canon-sponsored, and published in numerous wildlife books, magazines, and guides including “Animals of the Greater Kruger.”  Ernest is a staff photographer for the Black Eagle Project Roodekrans based in Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden in South Africa and has documented the juvenile development of four fledglings at the Gardens, from hatching to training to departure. Ernest offers privately guided photo tours to the Gardens and Black Eagles’ nest. He is a sought-after speaker in the avian and wildlife photography community. Ernest is an expert instructor in Lightroom and Photoshop.


Karen Blackwood is a USA-based airline pilot, wildlife photographer, and world traveler. With over 20 years of teaching experience, she is able to break down the most complicated subjects into easily understood modules. She volunteers as a Bald Eagle monitor for the Raptor Education Foundation in Colorado, tutors children through Reading Partners, coaches young equestrians in basic horsemanship, and has coached many people in the effective use of their camera. Karen’s photography credits include: 2017 Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year Yearbook finalist, featured in April 2017 Best Photo in Nature Photographers, Finalist in Best of Africa’s monthly contests, finalist in Nature’s Best Photography Africa contest, Kodak Moments contest, multiple features in Naturalist’s Notebook and in NatureGraphy, 1st Honorable Mention in the Kodak National Photo Contest, multiple winners in the Amigo Airshow Photo Contest, gallery showings in Colorado, and the use of her photos in promotional videos and specialized publications.