Meet Your Guide

During your trip in Africa you will be accompanied by Max and some experienced local drivers and guides.

Max Waugh

Max Waugh, photographer
© Jeff Larsen
Max's first African experience came in 2007, on an epic trip to Rwanda and Tanzania. Though he knew he'd return one day (within three years, as it turned out), Max never imagined he'd be leading photo tours there. After returning to the continent twice, it was time to share the great experience with others. Max was proud to lead groups to Kruger National Park and his favorite African destination, MalaMala Game Reserve, in 2014 and 2016.

For the last decade, Max has been photographing wildlife, travel and sports subjects professionally. He is a two-time winner of the annual MalaMala photo competition, has been a multiple finalist in the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, and his work has appeared in such publications as Africa Geographic and ESPN the Magazine. When he's not traveling to exotic overseas destinations with a camera, Max can often be found in Yellowstone National Park. He also leads photography workshops and classes near his home in the Seattle area. To see more of Max's work, check out our photo gallery or visit MaxWaugh.com.

Max is First Aid and CPR certified. As your tour leader and photo advisor on this trip, he will not only be taking you to some of his favorite spots in Africa, but will lend advice and guidance on how to photograph the wildlife that lives there. He also lends his expert wildlife spotting skills to supplement those of our local guides during game drives. To learn more about what we'll photograph on the trip, read more about the tour or view the full trip itinerary.

To view a list of Max's other photo tours, including such destinations as Yellowstone, Costa Rica, and more, please click here.

Learn more about our local tour partners:

Tanzania: Roy Safaris

Roy Safaris has been running personalised, tailor-made and small group tours to Tanzania for over two decades. Their considerable experience and knowledge ensure they can offer you a unique, exciting and unforgettable African safari experience. I first worked with Roy Safaris for private guiding in 2007.

South Africa: Safaris Direct

Safaris Direct is a company based in Hazyview, Mpumalanga, South Africa. The owners have over 30 years experience in the tourism industry and pride themselves in being able to offer guests from all over the world a world class affordable quality experience. Safaris Direct is our exclusive guided transportation partner during our stay in Kruger National Park.

South Africa: MalaMala Game Reserve

Regardless of how big a game reserve is and how many animals inhabit its plains, you may still not see the "elephants for the trees" unless you are accompanied by experienced game rangers.

The MalaMala Game Reserve rangers are employed for their knowledge of the African bush and their ability to communicate with people from all over the world. These highly qualified individuals are fascinating company, and are the ideal ambassadors from whom to experience the animals and the seemingly invisible language of the bush. Apart from conducting informative game drives, the ranger also acts as host within the camp, discreetly reading the needs of his guests whilst at the same time sharing his stories, knowledge and passion of the bush with safari enthusiasts.

Learn More About the South Africa Tour

Tour Itinerary & Prices