Nicki Joyce is an African Wildlife Photographer with a profound passion, respect and understanding of Wild Africa, captures inspiring unique images of an exclusive mysterious African World with it’s fascinating and breath-taking animals & their distinctive behaviour. Needless to mention; the photos displayed are worth a thousand words. Nicki immigrated to Africa in the early 1970’s, completed her high-schooling in Pretoria, then studied Speech Therapy at Pretoria University. She also undertook a diploma course in Computer Programming, and several years later studied Nature Conservation, whilst simultaneously working as a Field Guide in a Kwa Zulu Natal Game Reserve. Nicki has always had a deep love and compassion for animals, her interest and enthusiasm for photography started when she was 15 years old ; and since her arrival in Africa she has been blessed with the freedom and opportunity to combine photography with her intense passion for wildlife. She owned a small photographic business in Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta ; Botswana’s showcase of Africa’s miraculous wilderness , where the family also spend time enjoying the spectacular beauty and splendour of God’s creation ;


Picture Perfect

“A Perfect Picture ” Tells A Story”. To be able to create your Wow picture with it’s own story the following points will give you a guide line to aim for an extraordinary image.     1.Understand Wildlife behaviour Prepare before you are going on your photographic safari or holiday. It is of the utmost…

african painted dog turning head staring

Pin Sharp

How to get sharp images. Hold Your Camera steady A lot of blur in the photos is a result of camera shake (the movement of your camera for that split second when your shutter is open). While the best way to tackle camera shake is to use a Tripod (see below) there are many times…

wild-dogs standing and staring

Composition Tips

  Wildlife Photography Composition tips. Composition guidelines in photography can often help you to enhance the impact of your photos.It may sound clichéd, but the only rule in photography is that there are no rules. However, there are are number of established composition guidelines which can be applied in almost any situation, to enhance the…

zebra having a snooze
burchell's zebra herd full concentrationzebra duo at waterhole being very cautiouszebra having a snooze

Zebra Gallery

Burchell’s ZebraAfrican striped HorseZebra Family groups are stable members maintaining strong bonds over many years. Mutual grooming, where zebras stand together and nibble the hair on each other’s neck and back, helps develop and preserve these bonds. Family members look out for one another if one becomes separated from the rest, the others search for…

water monitor lying on rock
lizard family on a rockwater monitor resting by a waterholewater monitor lying on rock

Monitor Gallery

Monitor lizards (or leguaans, although in South Africa we commonly use the Afrikaans name, “likkewaan”) are fascinating but neglected animals, possibly because only an enthusiast would find them attractive. The two species in southern Africa are the Nile Monitor or Water Leguaan (Varanus niloticus – Africa’s largest lizard) and the Rock Monitor or Tree Leguaan (Varanus…

hippo grazing on the bank of the river
Heron catching ride on hippo headbaby hippo getting out of damhippo grazing on the bank of the river

Hippo Gallery

Hippos battle against the drought Survival of the fittest. Although emotional to witness the suffering and ultimate death of an animal due to drought, it is better to allow nature to select which animals will survive and which will succumb, rather than intervening by culling. The drought is taking its toll on the Kruger National Park,…

African rhino, an iconic species, resting in grasslands of Southern Africa
rhino drinking at the dam with zebra in the background, but is not smelling rhino's earclose up rhino portrait, quenching his thirst at middayAfrican rhino, an iconic species, resting in grasslands of Southern Africa

Rhino Gallery

Poaching of an Iconic Species Rhinos were once abundant throughout Africa and Asia with an approximated worldwide population of 500 000 in the early twentieth century. However, despite intensive conservation efforts, poaching of this iconic species is dramatically increasing, pushing the remaining rhinos closer and closer towards extinction. The Western black rhino was declared extinct…

crocodile with green weeds on his head
crocodile lying motionless in the waterclose-up crocodile's head and massive yellow teethcrocodile with green weeds on his head

Crocodile Gallery

Nile CrocodileAfrica’s largest crocodilian Crocodile have no natural predators. Outside water, crocodiles can meet competition from other dominant savannah predators, notably lions and leopards. Life expectancy is 45 years in the wild. They live in lakes, rivers, freshwater swamps and brackish water, in deep pools and on sand banks with suitable nesting spots and a sufficient food supply. The Nile…

kudu calf with herd
kudu standing early morningkudu-strolling-in-the-bushkudu calf with herd

Kudu Gallery

Greater KuduRoyal & Dignified Kudus are very alert and nervous animals. They spend nearly all their time hidden in thick bush.They usually stand very still and are very difficult to spot. When disturbed in the bush habitat the animal will move away quietly or dash off after giving a loud, sharp alarm bark. They move…