LOCATION Woburn Safari Park, Bedfordshire
TIME 09:30 to 12:30 or 13:00 to 16:00
Group Size   7
  •  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

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 also are the source of many amazing animal encounters. Our ‘Big Cat Photography Workshops’ are held at 2 great safari park venues where you will have the chance to photograph a variety of predator species including African Lions and Amur Tigers.

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 head out in the Land Rovers to spend time looking at a variety of Safari Park animals with a special focus on the Lions, Tigers and carnivore areas. 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.

Photographic topics covered by the guide in this session are likely to include; coming off full auto mode, appraising exposures, using exposure compensation, working with the cameras auto focus settings, effecting the look of resulting images with picture style and using the white balance control. We will also summarize some creative thoughts on composition and storytelling in images.

These events include admission to the Safari Park, so you will be free to spend the 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).

Woburn Safari Park

Woburn Safari Park is situated just south of Milton Keynes and has a fantastic range of species in over 400 acres of parkland. During our ‘Big Cat Photography Workshop’ we will focus on the Carnivore section that includes an African Lion pride, a breeding group of Amur Tigers, Wolves and North American Black Bears. If time permits we will also visit the Rhino and Antelope reserve and possibly the Giraffe or Monkey section to add variety to our sessions subjects. Access to the park reserves on our sessions, is via VIP Land Rovers driven by the guides for the day. The Woburn events usually have 2 vehicles, one driven by a safari park guide and the other by a Wild Arena photography guide. During the session, the guests will be rotated across both vehicles to provide everyone equal opportunity to get both animal information and photographic advice.

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 March and October, due to the high visitor numbers at the parks.

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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 to add to your cart. Please scroll through the months to find the highlighted available dates which have been listed above.

Voucher Bookings

If you are trying to use a voucher from BuyAGiftRed Letter Days, In to the blue, Virgin, Last Minute please follow this link

Purchasing a Gift Voucher

If you are looking for a gift for a photographer then why not consider a gift voucher, our gift vouchers are valid for a year and along with our membership are sent as standard with an e-voucher, gift packs are available and these can just be added to your basket from the shop. We currently sell the gift vouchers in £50, £25 or £10 denominations or you can buy an event specific voucher. Simply click through to our shop here to see what is available.

Redeeming a Gift voucher

Wild Arena Vouchers

Your code should work at the checkout so please enter the code when prompted.

Red Letter Days, Virgin, Last Minute, Exhilaration and In To the Blue Vouchers

These vouchers cannot be used on line as we have no way of validating them, please look at the event the voucher is for, under each event there is a date tab at the top of the page, choose a date from the list and remember it (or write it down) and follow the link that is given within the dates tab under the heading Voucher Bookings.

You can also access the voucher booking page by clicking here but you will need to know the chosen date from the ones available.


Wild Arena is delighted to offer an annual membership scheme with many benefits to reward our regular customers and encourage new guests to participate on our wide range of different events. We offer 2 types of annual membership, at different prices, the details of which are listed in the below.

Annual Membership – £19

Provides our regular customers with a discount of 20% on all our one day workshops, £50 off every tour booking, a quarterly newsletter, priority notice on all new events and special offers on late availability! All the memberships prices are listed next to the standard price on all products on the website. Each new member receives a welcome pack vie email, but if you would like a gift pack please select this from the shop and add to your cart.

Annual Membership Benefits:​

  • 20%  discount on all one day events.
  • £50 discount on every tour booking.
  • Priority notice of discounted late space availability and new events.
  • Quarterly Newsletter.

Annual Membership Plus – £99

Not only provides all the benefits of normal membership, but also the opportunity to book a free workshop from the list below:

Members can choose one of the following events as your free workshop (1 session per year):

  • Macro Photography Workshop
  • Macro Exotic Mini Beast Session.
  • Big Cat Photography Workshop.
  • Safari Photograph Workshop.
  • Summer Evening Safari Photography Workshop.
  • Summer Evening Owl Photography Workshop.
  • Wild Red Kite Photography Workshop.
  • Butterfly Photography Workshop.
  • Butterfly Photography Masterclass.
  • Landscape Photography Workshops.
  • Getting Started with your Camera

Not only does this make ‘Membership PLUS’ outstanding value, it also makes a perfect gift for anyone interested in photography. Each new member receives a welcome pack vie email, but if you would like a gift pack please select this from the shop and add to your basket.

To receive your members discount on website orders, simply use your membership number in the voucher section of the basket and for special offers use the code given on the promotion.

(Please note membership discounts cannot be used in conjunction with Tesco vouchers or other ad-hoc, generic offers as specified).

To purchase members simply click here to go through to our shop.

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 17 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.

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