LOCATION Woburn Safari Park, Bedfordshire
TIME 09:30 to 12:30 or 13:00 to 16:00
Group Size  7
Guide for Event David
Fitness level Light walking, little walking is needed as you are taken round in vehicles for the majority of the session
Camera Experience Beginners: suitable for all levels
Disability Access You will need to be able to walk short distances and get in and out of a 4×4 vehicle
Suitability Wild Arena workshops are not suitable for children under the age of 14 years old and a full paying adult must accompany any under 16’s.
  •  Fully Escorted session with VIP access to the safari park animals
  • Small group ensuring each guest has a window seat
  • Entrance to the Safari Park
  • Refreshments
  • Photographic Guide
  • PDF Handout
Not Included
  •  Camera
  • Spectators unavailable to join the group
Time of Year March to November (weekends and school holidays are only available in October, November and March, excluding Easter should that fall in March)
What we aim to cover We try to tailor all our sessions to suit our guests, so we do not always cover all the topics depending on the individual needs. Typical topics we can cover in this session are: Coming off auto, exposure modes, auto focus modes, white balance and composition ideas.

There can be few subjects in animal photography as popular as Big Cats and Carnivores.  These iconic predators are not only wonderful subjects for pictures but are also the source of many amazing animal encounters.  By holding this event in a safari park, we hope to achieve some great looking pictures within the natural environment of the park.  This really is a great way to hone your skills before going on a big holiday and of course, a fantastic way of saving airmiles by seeing these lovely animals right here in the UK.

Our half-day sessions will begin with a briefing from your guide about the planned itinerary together with an introduction on how we might achieve the best images of the animals we might see. We will then split the group into 2 and rotate between the keeper driven vehicle and the vehicle driven by your photography guide. This gives you time to spend talking through photography whilst putting this into practice and then time with the keeper looking at the big cats

The Wild Arena/Safari Park guides will be on hand throughout the session to ensure everyone has the support they need and will be happy to answer questions on the photography challenges or the animals we are meeting. The group will enjoy special VIP access to the animals to ensure we get the best chance for pictures through the session.

The focus for the session will be looking to get into the best possible situations for photography and the guides will work hard to put everyone in right position.  With the help of the keepers, off road Land Rovers and special access, we will be able to deliver opportunities simply not accessible to normal park visitors.  This is a small group event with the photographic guide driving a vehicle with just 2/3 guests and the keeper driving the long wheelbase Land Rover with 4/5 guests.

These events include admission to the Safari Park, so you will be free to spend the start or remainder of your day exploring the rest of the exciting animals they have to offer. (NB; it is possible that during the winter season, the park may not be open to the public, so non-escorted access outside of the event timings will not be possible at these times).

In line with Wild Arena’s on-going commitment to conservation, we also make a donations to ‘The Safina Lion Project’ for every guest booking we receive. Safina work actively on various projects supporting Lions in the Wild. For more information, follow this link.

Woburn Safari Park

Woburn Safari Park is situated just south of Milton Keynes and has a fantastic range of species in over 300 acres of parkland. Opened in 1970 the safari park is part of the EEP (Endangered Species Programme) and ESB (European Studbook) breeding and housing endangered species among others.  The park supports many worthwhile projects including the International Elephant Foundation and Wildcats Conservation Alliance.

Woburn Safari Park, Bedfordshire

AM Session

09.30: Arrival at the main Safari Park entrance.

09.45: Tea/Coffee and a briefing on getting the best from your pictures.

10.15: Photography session around the reserves with special time allocated for the Lion Pride and Amur Tigers. We also hope to see Bears, Wolves, Rhino, Antelope, Giraffes and Monkeys.

12.30: Summary & Close

Guests will have the remainder of the day to spend at leisure in the park, if it is open. (it is possible that during the winter season, the park may not be open to the public, so non escorted access outside of the event timings will not be possible).


PM Session

13.00: Arrival at the main Safari Park entrance.

13.15: Tea/Coffee and a briefing on getting the best from your pictures.

13.45: Photography session around the reserves with special time allocated for the Lion Pride and Amur Tigers. We also hope to see Bears, Wolves, Rhino, Antelope, Giraffes and Monkeys.

16.00: Summary & Close.

Guests will have the start of the day to spend at leisure in the park, if it is open. (It is possible that during the winter season, the park may not be open to the public, so non escorted access outside of the event timings will not be possible).

PLEASE NOTE: Our itineraries are listed as a guide and we may need to alter them depending on unforeseen circumstances, weather conditions or the availability of the subjects. Start and finish times are fixed to enable transport planning.

Woburn Safari Park, Bedfordshire

Please note we cannot run these events on weekends or School holidays between April (or Easter if it is in March) and September, due to the high visitor numbers at the parks.

05.07.22 am – fully booked

06.07.22 am – fully booked

21.09.22 am – fully booked

21.09.22 pm – fully booked

22.09.22 am – fully booked

14.10.22 am – fully booked

14.10.22 pm – fully booked

15.10.22 am – fully booked

18.03.23 am

19.03.23 am

22.04.23 am – last place

23.04.23 am

How to Book

To book one of these dates, please select it from the drop-down calendar icon on the right-hand side ‘Book Now’ tab. Please scroll through the months to find the highlighted available dates (which have been listed above), then add your choice to the cart. 

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 27 reviews
July 15, 2017

Hi Janet

Just wanted to thank you and Mike for the photography tour around
Knowsley Safari Park on 7th July. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot.
Still going through my photos and cleaning up some of the better ones.

Many thanks again


July 31, 2017

Subject Big Cat photography 18/07/17 AM session Woburn Safari Park
Message Hi David Just wanted to thank you for an amazing morning it was so great to get up close and personal to the animals and we learnt a lot from your tips.

September 2, 2017

Hi, I’d just like to say a massive thank you to David Southard for making my experience at Woburn Safari park a day to treasure.
David’s knowledge of the wildlife surpassed all my expectations and more importantly, the help/tips/advice he gave me whilst I tried to get to grips with a new camera were invaluable.
Thank you once again and I have attached a few pics that I’m personally happy with….. for a novice. J

September 7, 2017


Just a note to thank Dave and Emma for the experience yesterday at Woburn. It was truly amazing to see so many different animals exhibiting so many different behaviours.

Thanks once again for a great day!

Kind regards,


September 7, 2017

Dear sir, These are some of the photographs that I took on Tuesday 6th, September 2017. Dave and Jenny gave me a wonderful mornings viewing of the animals. I have been on Safari in Sabi Sabi game reserve in South Africa so was prepared to be disappointed, but the experience was great.

Many thanks to Dave for his technical advice and to Jenny for the driving and animal information.


September 12, 2017

I attended the Big Cat Photography workshop at Woburn last Thursday (7th Sept) and had a very good day out in a Landrover with Emma . . . at the end of the session the very informative instructor called Dave mentioned that you would like to see some of the images taken during the session so having processed the first batch I thought I would send you a selection of them.

The majority of the pics were shot on a Canon EOS 5D Mk.ll using a 100 – 400mm zoom and a 400mm f2.8 prime lens.

So in conclusion I just wanted to say thank you once again for a great day and a great experience . . . it’s something that I will remember for a very long time . . .

yours sincerely


November 7, 2017

Good Afternoon,

I thought I would email to say what a great day I had yesterday. The morning Safari was amazing. Thank you so much for enabling me to be able to get so close to all of the animals to take photos of them.

I have attached my favourite photo of the day. This is the JPG version and not the RAW version. This will be put onto a large canvas and hung proudly in my home. The photo is of Mishka, the Amur Tiger.

Thank you to everyone involved and please pass on my thanks to Jenny who was an amazing host in the 4×4 and full of knowledge.

November 20, 2017

Had a great day today at Knowsley and would recommend the big cat safari to anyone. I am already planning which workshop I will come to next. I have only had an initial look at my photos but and looking forward to some good results.

My thanks to everyone involved.

November 27, 2017

I attended a Big Cat Photography day on the 25th Nov 2017 it was a freezing cold day so the briefing was kept short. I can’t rate this experience enough Dave was so informative and knowledgeable about both the Animals and the Camera, and everyone was given enough time to capture the shots. Sadly the Tigers were too frisky to get shots of but on the whole the Lions made up for that. I would love to do this on a snowy day but that I suppose is the luck of the day

November 30, 2017

Hi. I had a fantastic day at Woburn (Big Cat workshop) on Sunday Nov 26th 2017. Thank you for superb execution, and a memorable event. David was very atuned to the best spots, and was very helpful in every way.

Lars Erlandsen.

January 22, 2018

Hi. I had a fantastic day yesterday (despite the weather). Thank you for a great experience, getting up close to the Tapirs and Giraffes was amazing. I will definitely be doing this again.

April 18, 2018

Many Thanks to David and Emma for giving such an unforgettable experience. They tried so hard to position us so that we could get angles that the general public would not be likely to get. Their knowledge and experience of the animals made it a relaxing experience. Thanks again so very much

July 5, 2019

Dear Janet,

I thought I'd write to say how much I enjoyed my recent Big Cat event at Woburn. I really enjoyed the opportunity to hear from both the photographic expert and the safari guide. My thanks to you and David for such an enjoyable visit.

Although it was a big cats event and I have plenty of such shots and I'm sure you do, I've enclosed two other pictures that I took. I hope you like them.

Kind regards,

July 5, 2019

Hi there

Just wanted to say thanks for the Big Cat experience on Monday… Love it! Really enjoyed the access to the animals, and we got some great feedback and tips on our photos. I would have liked the weather a little brighter, as I don't have a very bright lens, but I guess that's out of your control…

Anyway, here are my top 4 from the morning (I took about 350, of which a good 100 or so were usable, so picking my faves wasn't easy…)

Many thanks,


July 5, 2019

Amazing morning at Woburn with Harvey and David. Tremendous value for money, thank you.
A brilliant day – thanks again!
Dave. 28/6/2019

July 17, 2019

I attended the morning session of the Big Cat Photography day at Woburn safari park on 4th July 2019 and would like to thank all involved for a memorable experience. The guides are very knowledgeable about all the animals and David’s in session camera expertise has finally got me off full auto mode so a big success there. It was a very hot day and most of the animals weren’t very active but have enclosed some of my shots from my day. Once again many thanks. Susan

August 13, 2019

Had a great morning of photography at Woburn Safari Park on Thursday 18th July.
I can recommend it for getting close up shots of the animals.
Both of our guides were friendly, helpful and informative on both photography and the animals.
I attach some shots from the day as suggested.

August 18, 2021

I was very pleased with the organisation of the morning and we were well attended to by both David and Richard. David’s photographic knowledge and guidance was well received. Richard demonstrated excellent knowledge of the animals that we met and, as he said, his interest in photography has developed as a result of being involved in these sessions. A huge thank you to both of them.

August 19, 2021

My husband and I attended the above event on Monday 16th August 2021.
We really enjoyed it and felt it was really well organised. It was a really super experience.
Thank you so much to David for is patience and willingness to explain things.
Thank you to both David and Richard for their skill in getting us close to the animals and in good positions to take photos.

August 23, 2021

I just wanted to say that the photography safari was brilliant and I am still going through a multitude of shots captured on the day.

Many thx to Richard and especially David for their knowledge and guidance regarding the photography.

I have already recommended the workshop to several friends.

August 29, 2021

Had a fantastic morning at Woburn with David and Richard whose knowledge of the animals was second to none. Photographic opportunities were plentiful and I am over the moon with my photographs. Thank you so much.

September 3, 2021

I'd like to thank you for a great morning at Woburn. I have some great close-up images of the animals that I wouldn't have been able to achieve without the knowledge of David and Richard. They knew the best places to stop to enable everyone to take their photographs.

September 16, 2021

I just want to say a massive 'Thank you' for my experience at Woburn on Saturday, it was amazing! I thoroughly enjoyed myself.
I've only just starting going through the photos I took and I'm really pleased, I realise I've got a long way to go in improving the quality of my pictures but thanks to David's excellent help and advice that journey has begun, he gave me the confidence to use my larger lens on the day and I will continue to practice and try to improve further, his knowledge and understanding (not just photography but the animals too) is inspiring and his enthusiasm is infectious.

October 25, 2021

To all A great half day session with the option to say in the park for the whole day. Thanks to Dave, from Wild Arena for his expertise on the different cameras and lenses we had with us and the coaching of all the participants to get the bests shots available and his expert placement of the vehicle we were photographing from. And to Helen, from Woburn Safari for guiding us through the Lions, Bears and Tiger enclosures. In all a fantastic and well organised day. Ian

October 25, 2021

Just wanted to say thank you to David for the fantastic workshop yesterday at Woburn. He was a brilliant teacher, really inspired me to think more creatively and was an overall excellent teacher and guide.
I really enjoyed the off-road experience at Woburn and getting up close to the animals, especially the cats. I’d love to come to another workshop – maybe the mountain ponies.

May 25, 2022

Thanks for a great session this morning Dave. We both learned a lot I feel a lot more comfortable switching settings on my camera.

May 25, 2022


I would like to express my thanks for a great afternoon’s photography and shared experiences at Woburn last Saturday afternoon.

David (I hope I have his name right – my memory is dreadful) asked us to send a few of our shots which I attach below – all images were shot with a Nikon D800E and Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary lens.

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