I have loved taking photos for as long as I can remember. At school I would spend my pocket money as fast as it came in, buying film (yes I know, I am giving my age away!) and having it developed each Wednesday; the one day a week we were allowed to leave boarding school to go into the town of Mossel Bay.
After school it made perfect sense to experience life through a lens in a variety of countries, and so I travelled through Europe, the UK, Israel and Egypt. After I spend 2 years traveling I went to study tourism with the idea to work as a travel agent to make use of discounted flights around the world.
Soon I realised that a 9 to 5 job would not work for me.
My career took a slight change in direction when a good friend I made in the UK, booked a tour on an overland truck, travelling through Africa and arriving in Cape Town. I knew then that my longer term appointment would be to travel this vast continent hosting like-minded travellers. Especially those with a passion for photography.
I completed the FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa) qualification levels one and two, and guided trips from Cape Town to Victoria Falls for one of the first overland safari companies. My ‘territory’ spread and six years later I was still on the road, now taking guests from Cape Town to Nairobi, Kenya. The incredible environment, animals and people that surrounded me daily fuelled my love for photography. The National Geographic Channel can not compete with our own version of ‘bush TV’.
One day I received an offer to help out at a lodge in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park bordering Namibia and Botswana. The initial 3 months became 2 years, living on a red sand dune with the Bushman and Mier people of that region.
After working at some private game reserves and conservancies, I went to Australia to visit my sister. She took me on a trip to central Australia, with a photography society from the Sutherland Shire, south of Sydney. On the trip, my love for Africa bubbled over to my fellow travellers, and that was the beginning of Arne Muller Photography Safaris. To sharpen my photographic skills, I studied through The Photography Institute and achieved my diploma with distinction.
It is my privilege to be able to spend my days sharing Our Creator’s Canvas.