Dreaming of the World’s Big Cats
You may ask yourself, why have we created a wildlife photography program designed to see a number of the world’s big cats? What is it about big cats that makes them so special?
As anyone who has spent time with a big cat will tell you, they exude a number of qualities that magnify their allure, and it is safe to say that a feline sighting is often the crescendo of a day’s wildlife photography. Their sheer size is on its own a drawcard for ecotourists and wildlife photographers, and a big cat is often the largest terrestrial carnivore in the area that it lives in. That they display a range of physical attributes that appeal to many of us is beyond reproach – strength, athletic ability, speed, stealth and even grace could all be applied when describing big cats. We anthropomorphise them – to us humans, they embody many favourable qualities such as power, beauty or regal disposition. Man has long been enamoured with these mammals, and a quick check of family heralds will reveal how often big cats are included; their cultural popularity to Homo sapiens is long-standing and significant.
It is obvious that a great number of wildlife photographers are addicted to seeing, studying and photographing big cats during photo safaris. For many people, the attraction is based on many of the aforementioned attributes, and as you sit on an open game drive vehicle with, say, a 400 pound black-maned Lion padding past you, you may consider many of these traits very appropriate indeed. On reflection, the thrill may have a more obscure root, and as the amber, predatory eyes glance up at yours there may be a strange attraction related to a residual fear, a retained memory that lurks in our collective subconscious from the days where we foraged through the landscape by day, and at night huddled in fear as big cats prowled through the darkness…
India – Tigers of India Photo Tour
By Marius Coetzee
Whatever your reason for liking these apex predators, we have developed the ORYX Big Cats of the World Photo Club in order to allow those that join to potentially see seven of these remarkable mammals while achieving significant monetary savings while doing so. The disparate habitats that they live in, from snowy mountain slopes in India to humid tropics in Brazil, mesic woodlands in South Africa or India to open plains in Kenya also feed into the appeal, as one gets to travel widely and experience a smorgasbord of other animals, landscapes and cultures while searching for these mammals.
How it Works
Sign up for one of our Big Cat Photo Tours in 2021 or 2022 and you qualify for a 5% discount off that tour (existing bookings are not eligible).
Thereafter you have to join a Big Cat Photo Tour each year to receive a stacking discount on each new tour. This means that your savings can easily equate to the cost of a free tour!
- Year 1 – 5%
- Year 2 – 7.5%
- Year 3 – 9%
- Year 4 – 13.5%
- Year 5 – 15%
Totals 50% over time!