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Special moments in Madikwe


Born and bred in South Africa, photographer Francois van Heerden developed his passion for wildlife while assisting in managing a small reserve on Makhado Air Force base. After spending time in the UK, Francois returned to South Africa and qualified as a professional field guide in 2007. He then bought his first DSLR camera and started photographing nature’s beauty, which he is so privileged to see on a daily basis. He has guided tourists through the South African bush, working in the greater Kruger area, the Eastern Cape and currently in Madikwe Game Reserve as a photo safari guide. He now guides for Africa Geographic Travel on one of their most popular photographic safaris in Madikwe, and on a spectacular Savuti predator safari.


He believes that to take your photography to the next level, you have to know your subject intimately – to be prepared for that split second that defines that once-in-a-lifetime photo. To Francois, photography is not just about taking a great photo but also about building memories and sharing nature’s beauty and diversity. He believes that it’s a great tool to broaden people’s imaginations and awareness of our precious wildlife.



Travel in Africa is about knowing when and where to go, and with whom. A few weeks too early / late and a few kilometres off course and you could miss the greatest show on Earth. And wouldn’t that be a pity? Contact an Africa Geographic safari consultant to plan your dream vacation.


Navigation: to view Francois' gallery of magical Madikwe moments, click on the arrow buttons next to each image.