LOCATION Woburn Safari Park, Bedfordshire
TIME 13:00 to 16:00
Group Size  7
Guide for Event David
Fitness level Light walking, some walking slightly uphill is needed at the elephant paddock and then guests will be taken around in vehicles for the remainder of the session
Camera Experience Beginners: suitable for all levels
Disability Access You will need to be able to walk short distances over rough ground and up a slight incline as well as 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 Elephant paddock with your guides
  • Private Land Rover tour of the safari park reserves
  • Small group ensuring each guest has a window seat in the vehicles & individual attention
  • Entrance to the Safari Park
  • VIP access to
  • Refreshments
  • Photographic Guide
  • PDF Handout
Not Included
  •  Camera
  • Spectators unavailable to join the group
Time of Year May to July
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.

Woburn Safari Park is one of our most popular venues, and our Elephant Safari Photography Workshop combines an exclusive opportunity to photograph the beautiful group of Asian Elephants with a VIP, Land Rover tour of the extensive animal reserves.

After arrival at the park and a briefing from your guides over a tea/coffee, we will begin the afternoon by joining the daily Elephant talk and demonstration.  This should enable the keepers to set the scene and provide some useful information on these wonderful creatures.  Once the talk is finished and the normal visitors have left the arena, our small group will be able to access a good position for unobstructed views of the Elephant group in the top paddock area.  The keeper should still be on hand to answer any question you might have, and the Wild Arena photography guide can make sure you are making the most of the opportunities with your camera.

Once we feel we have exhausted the opportunities with the Elephants, we will climb aboard our VIP Land Rovers for a drive around the Safari Park reserves. We should have good ‘off road’ access and be able to attain positions for photography that would be impossible for normal visitors.  Guests will have their own window seat for their comfort and convenience.  Species we may encounter include, White Rhinoceros, Eland Antelope, Sable Antelope, Forest Buffalo, Wildebeest, Bears, Wolves and Barbary Macaques.

The focus for these afternoon workshops will be looking to get into the best possible situations for pictures and offer support and advice regarding your photography.  With the help of the keepers and special access, we will be able to deliver opportunities simply not accessible to normal park visitors.

These events include admission to the Safari Park, so you will be free to spend the start of your day exploring the rest of the exciting animals they have to offer.

Wild Arena at 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.

13.00 Arrival at Safari park and meet your guides outside the Safari Lodge Restaurant

13.15 Arrival briefing and introduction

13.30 Join the Elephant demonstration and talk in the Elephant Arena

14.00 A private Elephant photography session from the sand yard & paddock area

15.00 Board the 4X4 vehicles for a drive around the safari park reserves

16.00 Return to Safari Lodge Restaurant for summary and close

Guests can arrive earlier in the day to have time in the park at their leisure before the event starts.

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.

06.08.21 – fully booked

18.08.21 – fully booked

11.09.21 – fully booked

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.

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. 

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 7 reviews
July 17, 2019

Thanks for the most amazing time yesterday at Woburn, Anthony and I had a great time. I've suggested that he send you some of his photos as I think they're better than mine! Being up on the hill just made the experience so so special.

August 12, 2019

I just would like to say a huge thank you for a truly wonderful afternoon.
Everyone was so helpful. My camera behaved!!!! The elephants performed
beautifully without being prompted and just by being themselves. The safari
afterwards was an added bonus which was amazing. Once again many thanks


August 19, 2021

I just wanted to say what a fantastic afternoon I had yesterday. It was great to get up close and personal to the animals, and what a bonus it was to be able to have a walk through the woods with the elephants.
Thank you team Wild Arena what a fantastic experience.

August 30, 2021

I had a truly memorable session with the Elephants on my recent and first trip to Woburn. I got some fantastic shots of everything I saw, so many in fact I'm still working through them all! It was great to be able to get that bit closer to the big cats and also to be able to shoot through an open window which is not allowed usually. Thanks to Richard and David for making the day interesting and fun.

September 12, 2021

Thankyou , what a fantastic afternoon had , plently of photos to look through … thankyou again. May be tempted to book another one.

September 12, 2021

I went yesterday and I truly loved it! The whole day was amazing and so excited to look through photos again and again!!!

September 13, 2021

What a fantastic day at Woburn, the elephants were well behaved and even posed for some shots (well maybe not posing but it certainly felt like they were & they enjoyed our company) , the off-road drive around was an added bonus, just to get really up close to some animals which you only see on the telly, a fab afternoon from start to finish
Now home to sort out 500+ images

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