LOCATION Knowsley Safari Park, Merseyside
TIME 12:30 t0 15:30
Group Size 6
Guide for Event David and Janet
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, sometimes over rough ground 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.

OK so we appreciate it’s not quite ‘real’ Africa but for those of us who can’t make it there or even for guests planning a safari, this is a great workshop to try your hand at photographing large impressive animals from vehicles.  The real beauty of safari park photography on these sessions is the unrivalled access to the animals in large open enclosures, whilst being fully supported by an experienced keeper and photography guide.

So, if you hanker after those wonderful pictures of animals in far off continents or really want to get some good advice from experienced photographers, before taking that dream holiday, then this really is a must for you.

Wild Arena has long had ties with a number of Safari Parks and Zoo’s as we are just as passionate about animals as we are the photography. This long history gives us the knowledge and experience to make these days run smoothly plus the ability to concentrate on those subjects we believe will make the best images on each individual event.

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 throughout 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 the 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 very small group event with the photographic guides driving the 4X4s with just the 3 guests in each of the vehicles.

During our Safari Photography Workshop, we will visit a variety of animals starting with a special session in the walk around area with the Tapirs, Capybara, Red River Hogs and Giraffe. When we are happy, we have spent enough time here we’ll load into the vehicles and head out onto the reserved to see Rhino, various Deer, Antelope and Bison.  All our sessions have been organised as afternoons to give us this special access, but the day also includes entrance to the park, and you will be free to spend the morning exploring the park before your event begins.  Please note 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.

Knowsley Safari Park

Knowsley Safari Park is situated between Liverpool and Manchester and has a fantastic range of species in over 400 acres of parkland. Opened in 1971 the Derby family has a long historical interest in nature and the 13th Earl of Derby was the founding member of the Zoological society of London in 1826. The park supports many worthwhile projects including the Wild Camel Protection Foundation and Wildlife Alliance.

13.00: Arrival at the main Safari Park entrance. Tea/Coffee and a briefing on getting the best from your pictures.

13.30: Photography session on the walk around area with Tapirs, Capybara, Red River Hogs and Giraffe.

14:30 Head onto the drive, with Rhino, Deer, Antelope and Bison.

16:00 Summary and 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.


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.

13.05.22 – fully booked

18.06.22 – fully booked

19.06.22 – fully booked

04.07.22 – fully booked

23.09.22 – fully booked

13.10.22 – fully booked

16.10.22 – fully booked

17.10.22 – fully booked

18.10.22 – last 2 places

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.

Voucher Bookings

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

If you have a voucher you can also use this for Big cat Photography Workshop.

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European Elk

Fallow Deer

Forest Buffalo







Rowan Antelope


Iberian Wolves



Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 8 reviews
May 7, 2018

Enjoyed every minute of this workshop. David, Janet and the whole team were so helpful and friendly. It was worth the price of the course just to get so close to the animals.
A brilliant experience and a great photography workshop. I came away with some fantastic shots. Highly recommended!

November 9, 2018

This was an amazing experience. Everyone at the Wild Arena team were fantastic (sorry can't remember names), very friendly and attentive. I was not expecting to get as close to the animals as we did, it was amazing! The workshop at Knowsley was with 5 other participants so a nice small group. The tour lasted around 5 hours and we all came away happy and with some excellent images. I would 100% recommend this to anyone interested in photography.

February 17, 2019

I bought this as a birthday present for my husband, Susan, as he is a keen photographer and we both love wildlife, especially wolves. The weather was perfect for taking photographs. David our guide was extremely knowledgeable and very patient. He took us to parts of the park that were obviously exclusive to us and we had plenty of time to both photograph and observe all the beautiful animals, including some very precious time with the magnificent wolves. We were in a group with one other gentleman so it was very small and relaxed and David was willing to answer all our questions on the animals, photography skills and the safari park. All the staff that we met were extremely welcoming and professional. We felt very privileged and came home with photographs that we will treasure forever.

September 12, 2019

Hi, just a quick email to thank you for the great time yesterday afternoon. I hope I remember the guides name correctly David (The Photo Dude) and Janet. They were both very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.

October 3, 2019

Thank you very much for a fantastic experience on Friday afternoon. The knowledge our guides for the day had, of both photography and wildlife, was fantastic. I liked the way they were able to pass on photography tips without bombarding us with too much confusing info. I feel as though I have gained some valuable tips and also some fantastic photos.
One happy customer

October 3, 2019

Hello and many thanks for a super day yesterday, particularly thanks to Janet for her patience!
Thank you so much,
Kindest regards,

September 22, 2021

This was bought for me as a birthday present by my son and his partner, and I nearly missed out as I got the wrong day in my head, fortunately wild arena staff managed to get me in the next day which was perfect, there were only four of us so that meant two in each vehicle, I was with David who imparted some very good tips for me as I was trying out my new camera, getting up close to most of the animals was fantastic and David and the staff at Knowsley new there stuff about the character of the animals which made a great day even more fantastic. Thank you David and the staff, very much appreciated, a brilliant day had by all now all I have to do is sort out my photos, again thanks all for the day.

July 6, 2022

At the end of May 2022, I went on a 1:1 workshop with Dave. The day was fantastic, I learnt a lot. The knowledge of the photography and of the animals was second to none. It has taken me this long to go through about 1000 pictures and to decide which are the keepers.
If you get chance to go on their workshops, then jump at it. Fantastic value and a fantastic time. Thanks for the day.

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