Private Guiding
Book professional field guide and award-winning wildlife photographer Lance van de Vyver as your private guide throughout your journey and benefit from his photography tuition and safari experience from beginning to end.


A private guide elevates your entire travel experience, not just your game drives and wildlife encounters.


You will benefit from the expert knowledge of a seasoned wildlife and photographic guide, but you will also have hands-on assistance with your travel arrangements, check-ins, and communications along the course of your itinerary. This is the ideal way to journey through a new country or cover a variety of safari destinations seamlessly and in the company of a qualified pro.


As a photographer, a private guide will be there to give you tutelage and advice as you require it, enhancing your experience behind the lens. With a practiced history working in wilderness environments, Lance can advise on appropriate camera gear and equipment in particular wildlife sightings, and predict the behaviour of animals. setting you up to capture the best images you possibly can. It is a one-on-one dedicated experience.


From a customised safari point of view, opting for a private guide means total personalisation of the journey. Private game viewers for you and your family, an adaptable safari schedule designed to suit your needs, more time in the field, at photographic hides, or searching for specific species. It is an entirely exclusive, tailor-made experience.

A crafted journey

A privately guided experience is crafted specially for you, with your preferences and priorities in mind. If you travel with Lance as your private guide, we can ensure:

YOUR destinations

Select your dream destination with your priority in mind – whether it be photography, big cats, or star-gazing – and allow us to ensure your destination delivers. A private guide will:

Your Accommodation

Choose the accommodation that appeals to your level of luxury, comfort, budget, or location. This is your customised experience and we will ensure you find your dream accommodation in your destination of choice.

Bucketlist species

If you’re intent on locating some of the rarer species, migratory birds, or wildlife adapted to specific habitats, a private guide can maximise your chances by:


Ask our expert team

Get in touch with Kirstin or Lance if you have any questions about private guiding as an option for you. Lance is a seasoned private guide and has accompanied his guests to some of the world’s most sought after wildlife destinations.

Lance's Favorite destinations

There’s no denying Lance’s passion for cats, and if he can’t be home with Peanut and Pickles, he’d rather be seeking out the world’s most iconic big cat species with his camera in hand. He has conducted some of the most memorable photographic workshops and privately guided safaris in big cat areas and has first-hand experience witnessing his guests’ dreams come true in the presence of a lion, leopard, or tiger. Top three destinations would have to be South Africa’s Sabi Sands, Kenya’s Mara North Conservancy, and India’s Ranthambore National Park.

Mara North Conservancy

Mara North Conservancy



Sabi Sands

Sabi Sands

Guest Reviews

Lance is an exceptional photographer.
More so, he is able to share his creativity, vision and technical skills when you are on his vehicle. This allows you to not only capture portraits or the standard photographs normal safaris lends itself to, but those really special, once in a lifetime photos.
Also having an intimate knowledge of the bush and animals, it really makes traveling with Panthera’s owners worthwhile, every single time.
Cannot recommend spending time in the company of this photo-guide enough.

Francois van der Westhuizen

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