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Mike Dexter

Mike Dexter is a professional photo guide, renowned wildlife photographer and  widely published travel journalist, not surprising given the context.

More unexpectedly, at one point or another he has been an outdoor education instructor in Tasmania, an English teacher in Thailand, a photojournalism student in South Africa and even an official theatre photographer. But these were sideshow chapters as there was never any doubt that it was in the wild places of the earth that his future lay. True to form, for over a decade now he has been photographing and exploring the most wild and remote corners of Africa, often with his zoologist wife and intrepid canine at his side, each adventure fuelling the fire for the next.

Nurtured in his training as a photojournalist is his belief that photographers are first and foremost storytellers and that no matter if it’s wildlife, portraiture or landscapes, a photograph’s role is to tell a true and tangible tale. This guiding principle resonates through his images which are not digitally manipulated but rather are enhanced by an in-depth understanding of the subject gained from a mix of empathy and experience.

With a FGASA level II guiding qualification and more than a few years of experience under the belt he is able to tell compelling stories of the natural world through his images. More importantly though he has a penchant for passing on this knowledge and instilling in others the value of authenticity, creativity and originality in their photographs. 

Mike’s images are regularly published in leading travel and wildlife magazines, he has had a solo exhibition for Amnesty International and his work has graced the walls of the Smithsonian Natural History Museum.

Client Testimonials

  • BotswanaBarry and Veronica Winterbourn, Australia

    We were lucky enough to have Mike Dexter as a guide during our recent trip to Mashatu. During the five days we were with Mike he shared his great knowledge of animal behaviour and the environment. It was a pleasure to work with someone who understands photographers and who instinctively knows the best place to position the vehicle. He was incredibly patient and was never in a rush to move on or to take his own photographs even when there were incredible sightings. Mike was very generous with his knowledge and if you had a query on anything that he was unsure of, he made sure he found the answer. For us Mike is the best guide we have encountered in several trips to Africa. Knowledgeable, interesting and a really nice guy to spend hours with. Barry and I would have no hesitation in recommending Mike for any guiding experiences.

  • Private Botswana TourBarry and Veronica Winterbourn, Australia

    We were lucky enough to have Mike Dexter as a guide during our recent trip to Mashatu. During the five days we were with Mike he shared his great knowledge of animal behaviour and the environment. It was a pleasure to work with someone who understands photographers and who instinctively knows the best place to position the vehicle. He was incredibly patient and was never in a rush to move on or to take his own photographs even when there were incredible sightings. Mike was very generous with his knowledge and if you had a query on anything that he was unsure of, he made sure he found the answer. For us Mike is the best guide we have encountered in several trips to Africa. Knowledgeable, interesting and a really nice guy to spend hours with. Barry and I would have no hesitation in recommending Mike for any guiding experiences.

  • Private South Africa TourDr Timothy Schacker, United States of America

    I had a truly outstanding experience with Mike. We spent a lot of time talking about technique, equipment and critiquing photos. He obviously has a wealth of experience in wildlife photography and does a great job sharing that with his clients. I would highly recommend him!

  • Private TourRonak Thakrar, United Kingdom

    This was an amazing experience from start to finish. Mike provided some vital guidance prior to our trip, assisting me in buying the right equipment and correct setting for our first photographic safari. Mike is an excellent wildlife photographer, working well with the guides to ensure we had the best spot for photographs. Not only did we return with some amazing pictures we also learnt a lot about safari photography and post-processing in lightroom. I can’t recommend Mike highly enough!

Upcoming Tours with Mike

Kenya Great Migration Spaces Available
 
6 Sep 2021 - 13 Sep 2021
8 Days
6 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
botswana photo safari New Tour
5 Days
4 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
mashatu photo tour FULLY BOOKED
 
28 July 2021 - 02 Aug 2021
6 Days
3 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
mashatu photo tour3 Spaces Available
 
14 June 2022 - 19 June 2022
6 Days
3 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
Suri Tribe Ethiopia Enquire Now
 
3 Dec 2021 - 11 Dec 2021
9 Days
6 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
omo valley photo tour Enquire Now
 
1 Nov 2022 - 9 Nov 2022
9 Days
6 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
Ethiopia culture photo tour 2 Spaces Available
13 Days
4 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
ethiopia photo tours Spaces Available
12 Days
4 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
omo valley tour Spaces Available
12 Days
4 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader

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