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COVID-19 Safety Protocol
Dear ORYX Photo Tours Guests
With the COVID-19 pandemic in mind our tours will operate under strict regulations for the foreseeable future. It is required that ALL guides and guests adhere to the following measures:
Please do not greet anyone by hand and avoid physical contact at all times.
Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth.
Masks are to be worn for the duration of your tour. For example, on vehicles, airports, planes and in any social situations where social distancing is difficult. Your guide will authorize when not wearing a mask is acceptable such as in open situations when social distancing can be implemented. Guests are asked to please arrive with their own masks (N95, R95, KN95 or surgical masks) and that they must be worn according to WHO safety standards.
We encourage everyone to wash hands at every opportunity in public situations and use the provided sanitizer regularly – guides will carry hand sanitizer with them throughout the tour.
Please adhere to social distancing as best as possible. A minimum distance of 2 meters (6.5 feet) is generally required however we realize this will be situationally dependent.
Please keep all personal belongings in the vehicle in protective covering or on your person.
The ORYX Photo Tours team will spray or wipe down all equipment with disinfectant after every use and/or trip.
ORYX Photo Tours staff
ORYX Photo Tours pledges to brief and educate our guides on the protocols and are ready to assist you with your photographic experience and requirements.
Staff are instructed to maintain social distancing at all times. We at ORYX Photo Tours take pride in our work and in our ability to keep our staff and guests happy, safe and healthy at all times.
We trust that the above information has given you peace of mind. We also wanted to provide assurance that we are ready to assist you once the lockdown has been lifted. Please feel free to contact us if you need any additional information or have any recommendations.
– The ORYX Team
ORYX is proud to announce an initiative in celebration of our 10th year, one that will provide participants a chance to photograph a number of big cats while creating lifelong memories and simultaneously enjoying significant monetary savings.
Women Only Photo Tours
By Penny Robartes
Joining a photo tour with other similarly independent, creative women is motivating and empowering as you share, learn and create experiences, memories and photographs together. No matter your marital status or age, whether you are a seasoned traveller or embarking on your first photo tour, many women feel more comfortable and confident traveling with other women as they explore new destinations together.
Featured Photo Tours
Recommended by our photo tour leaders
Polar Photo Expeditions
Russia – Wrangel Island Photo Expedition 2022 US$8,500 - US$12,000
Antarctica, Falkland Islands & South Georgia Photo Co-Charter Expedition 2021 US$12,995 - US$22,495
Ross Sea & Sub Antarctic Islands Photo Expedition 2022 US$21,995 - US$32,995
ORYX the company was conceived after Marius Coetzee and Adam Riley converted a thought, a dream, into reality. ORYX has been in the business of delivering outstanding photographic experiences to our guests for the past 10 years – transforming our guest’s dreams into experiences that will remain with them in abstract form as memories, and also in many cases as digital ones in the form of millions of pixels depicting a moment in time as displayed on a screen or as a print. The ORYX way is to make sure both these versions are as exceptional as possible.
Since the end of 2019, our reality as a species has been altered irrevocably, and currently, many of our dreams have evaporated and have instead been replaced with a reality that seems to be a bit of a nightmare. The effects of Coronavirus pandemic have been catastrophic, and it is safe to say that the world will never be quite the same from this point on. The scars of previous global crises serve as reminders of their occurrence, and within these memories lie the lessons. Our office team has amassed over a century of experience in the travel industry, and we are using the collective lessons learned both individually and as a company since we opened ORYX’s doors a decade ago to move forward, stronger and wiser. To paraphrase an oft used quote – it is not the strongest that survive, nor the most intelligent, but those most adaptable to change. ORYX prides itself on its dynamism and adaptability, and we are working smart to ensure that we will be ready to offer you, our esteemed client, our world-class photo tours when global travel restarts. One thing at ORYX that we will strive to maintain unchanged is our relentless desire to deliver a world-class photographic and holiday experience to our guests.
We look forward to welcoming you on an ORYX photo tour! #ORYXliveyourdreams
Marius Coetzee, Adam Riley
& the Team at ORYX
Donations & Conservation Contributions
Biodiversity Protection & Donations:
(Mar ’18 – Current)
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PHOTO TOUR LEADERS
Our photo leaders and partners are carefully selected for their exceptional photographic, tutoring and hosting skills. They are highly experienced and skilled photographers, as well as passionate and patient teachers, all of which are essential skills for ensuring a well-run and enjoyable photo tour.
Our expert office staff has the capacity necessary to keep abreast of the complex arrangements that efficient and organized travelling requires. Our hard-working and passionate team are dedicated to making your photographic travel dreams a reality – there is no task too big or small!
Want to know what it’s like to be on an ORYX photo tour? Check out our Behind the Scenes images, read our Client Testimonials, Client Blog Posts, and more from guests who have had incredible experiences taking photographs in their dream locations. This can be your experience!
Our Promise To You
ORYX PHOTO TOURS IS RENOWNED FOR ITS INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO THE CREATION AND HOSTING OF DEDICATED PHOTOGRAPHIC TOURS THAT SPAN THE GLOBE.
All our tours are created and conducted with the guarantee that when you choose to travel with ORYX, your dreams will be made a reality. We will not only reach your travel and photographic expectations, but hope to exceed them in more ways than you ever imagined.
Each individual member at ORYX wholeheartedly believes in our collective ethos and takes it very seriously to ensure that it is applied to every avenue of our company and work tasks.
Reward yourself and live your dreams with an ORYX Photo Tour today!
Reviews by ORYX Guests
Feedback from our fans
Mongolia was fascinating, a trip which I will always remember with a smile on my face. Lovely group, Sam was just beautiful, tour guides and drives endlessly helpful and kind, I cannot praise everybody enough. We would happily recommend this tour to everybody, who wants great company, interesting people and see a totally different and interesting way of life. Thanks for arranging it so beautiful, you and your team deserve all the recognition! Sam was not just the prefect hostess, but also was extremely patient with us and taking photographs. Hope to go on another trip with your team soon. Keep well and successful (as you deserve!)
Kenya - Mara Migration
This was my first experience with ORYX Photo Tours and I came on this trip with high expectations, especially on the migration and river crossing part. What struck me most was the massive wildlife in the area and how close we came to it at various sightings. It is almost unreal to get to see close ups of Lion kills, Cheetah kills and a Leopard in only 3 days. The local Maasai scouters in great cooperation with our ORYX photo tour guide, Penny Robartes, did a fantastic job and kept the energy up throughout 12-14 hours day trips. Excellent photo coaching by Penny on site was also a great contribution for higher quality images… Well done!! I have now added several thousands of new great images that I will enjoy reviewing in the months ahead.
Having travelled with ORYX Photo Tours on two previous occasions when I decided to visit India again they was the first choice company to arrange it for me .I wanted some culture to sit alongside an Indian wildlife experience. The trip was perfect – great hotels, great sightseeing and best of all wonderful wildlife. Our tiger sightings were phenomenal and I we really could not have asked for more. The local guides were excellent and Marius Coetzee (our ORYX photo tour leader) could not do enough for us and improved everyone’s photography over the course of the trip. We have all decided to travel with ORYX Photo Tours in India again next year and look forward to another great trip.
Nancy and I had an absolutely fabulous time travelling and photographing with Dale in Borneo. We came home with some spectacular images of primates, and with so many of them it’s going to take us weeks to get through them all and process all the ones we want to. We were very impressed with all of the arrangements ORYX Photo Tours made to assure that this was a very high quality trip. The ground agents, the lodges, the local guides, the transportation, were all absolutely first class. Thanks again for such a superb photo tour. We hope to travel with ORYX again soon!
Hi Nicolette, Thanks to you and the entire ORYX Photo Tours team. This was truly the experience of a lifetime. My only wish was that my wife was there to share it with me. Having said that Penny did everything possible to make this trip the absolute best it could be. She was so attentive – to both shooting and post production, that I know my photography skills took a big jump forward. I have been on many photo expeditions over the last 6 or 7 years and Penny’s instruction and attention were well beyond what I have experienced previously.
I travel overseas 18 times a year, many of these being photo tours. Ethiopia is not an easy destination – truly beautiful but definitely hard roads and weather conditions. This is a trip that I had been planning for 2 years. I went through every single Tripadvisor review on Ethiopia and looked at many webpages of travel agents and photographers offering photo expeditions to this place. During our trip, we bumped into a few other travel expeditions by other travel companies. It is clear that the deal given to me by ORYX Photo Tours was the best. Everything was carefully planned, we did not have to compete with other tour groups. Very happy with this trip altogether…my highest recommendations. Thank you Marius once again for making all this possible!