Out of Africa – An Arizona Photo Safari

Let’s face it, not many people can afford to go to Africa on a photography safari. Although we’re able to enjoy beautiful film documentaries and photographs on television or the Internet, that’s only vicariously living someone else’s dream. It’s satisfying to an extent, but it’s not a substitute for the personal experience of being up close to the animals.

Fortunately, there’s the next best thing to an African safari just north of Phoenix, Arizona. It’s called Out of Africa. Visiting Out of Africa is an outing you won’t forget, and it is a great place to take the kids or out of town visitors. If you’re a photographer, you’ll come away with a huge selection of photographs including: lions, tigers, mountain lions, zebras, bears, giraffes, iguanas, and numerous other species.

As the television commercials always say, “But wait, there’s more!” If you’re serious about your photography beyond the occasional snapshots and family poses, I urge you to look into a private, behind-the-scenes photography workshop hosted by Kathleen Reeder. Kathleen is a skilled photographer and has a year’s long association with the staff at Out of Africa.

Her tours are limited to 12 people and typically run about 8 hours. You’re taken into areas not open to the general public. Aboard a private shuttle that takes you from one environment to another, Kathleen shares her photography expertise as well as her knowledge of the individual animals. It’s a rewarding adventure for photographers, and much, much less expensive than booking an African safari.

For more information about Out of Africa visit their website at: https://outofafricapark.com/

Kathleen Reeder’s website describes her Out of Africa workshops as well as many others she offers throughout the country and Canada. https://kathleenreeder.com/

All of the photographs you see in this post were taken during one of Kathleen’s workshops and give you just a brief glimpse of what you can bring home. Click on a thumbnail to display a larger image and cycle through the gallery.

Full disclosure: I do not receive any compensation or other incentives, nor am I in any way affiliated with Out of Africa or Kathleen Reeder.

This entry was posted in Travel, Wildlife.


  1. Kathleen Reeder April 10, 2023 at 2:58 pm #

    Great photos Tom! I especially like your photo of Ted… priceless. 😉 It was a pleasure meeting you and I thank you for sharing your experience with your blog readers. Hope to see you again.

    • Tom April 10, 2023 at 3:49 pm #

      Thanks very much for the kind comments.


  2. Gordy & Barb Holter April 17, 2023 at 3:12 pm #

    Tom, your photography never seizes to amaze me!! I had no idea that Out of Africa even existed in AZ. Once again thanks for sharing and I look forward to your next outstanding display!

    • Tom April 22, 2023 at 9:01 am #

      Thanks very much Gordy. Glad you discovered more about Out of Africa.


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