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February 20 - March 2, 2023 - Space Available


Southern Tanzania is a wilder place.  There are fewer human visitors, here, than in the busy parks to the north.  The animals are less accustomed to people and more focused on going about their business. 

The massive size of the national parks and nearby wildlife reserves yields uninhibited animal movement and fully functioning ecosystems.

The surprise is that Southern Tanzania’s landscape is so stunning.  The sheer beauty of the Ruaha and Rufiji River systems is enough, but then paint scenic landscapes adorned with giant baobab trees and you have a region with unmatched beauty.  These have become our favorite landscapes in sub-Shahara Africa!

 

 

2023 Rates
Double Occupancy $10,400
Single Occupancy $12,000
Deposit $1,000

Payment 2 - September 1, 2022
Double Occupancy $3,000
Single Occupancy $4,000

Final Payment
Nov 1, 2022

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These rivers rise and fall with the seasons, swelling with rains that bring fresh greens to the surrounding landscapes.  When the countryside is beautiful, the animals also find a wealth of food whether they eat vegetation – or eat those that do.  They also spread out in the landscape and can be found almost everywhere. 

This is when we have planned our Southern Tanzania Photography Safari.  We have picked our dates for the short dry season between two wetter seasons – to capitalize on a verdant landscape filled with healthy animals.

We’ll find the beautiful Ruaha River flowing among water smoothed rocks and hosting hippos and crocodiles in clean pools or sunbathing on sandbars. 

We’ll create gorgeous landscape images with river scenes and giant baobabs.

Elephants and all kinds of hoofed animals will come to drink, along with troops of golden baboons.  Owls will roost near the river, waiting for nightfall to find food.  Birds of prey will frequent high branches, some over the water and others along paths where they might find smaller creatures.

 

The view from your window will feature the river.  Hippos will sing to you and the sunrise will reflect in the river.

We’ll find the Rufiji River, Tanzania’s largest river, flowing strongly.  It is a braided river, in many areas, reshaping sandbars with each change in river flow. 

Its sandbars and quiet eddies will be filled with Nile Crocodiles of all sizes.  Scores of bloats of hippos (bloats is the official word for groups of hippos) call back and forth from the water to the shore.  This is the best place we have found, anywhere, for photographing clean looking hippos in and out of the water.

There is a wealth of birds here, seeking food from the Rufiji’s waters or from the insects that fly above.  Several impressive herons.

 

 

 

Great congregations of yellow-billed storks.  Stately saddle-billed storks.  Marabou storks, which spit their time between fishing and scavenging.  And an openbill stork that can’t fully close its bill. 

But the kingfishers and bee-eaters steal the show.  We’ll find and photograph multiple kinds of colorful kingfishers perched above the water or diving after fish. 

And the bee-eaters are amazing.  We’ll be able to work them up close – hopefully even find one with a freshly caught insect! 

There is a giant kilometer-long high riverbank filled with literally hundreds of nesting cavities of bee-eaters.  Sometimes trees above the bank each have a hundred birds decorating them in bright colors.

As the Rufiji spreads out into lakes and oxbows, it provides many edges.  Great places to explore from land in safari vehicles and from water with our dedicated flat bottomed, comfortable safari boat. 

Those wet areas expand and contract with the seasons – and are lined with woodlands.  They are great places to find elephants and giraffes and all kinds of other hoofed animals. 

Here, too, we’ll seek, golden baboons and colobus monkeys!

 

 

 

These are also the places where we’ll seek wild dogs!  And where we’ll watch for lions and leopards.

The list goes on and on...

The Rufiji is the heart and soul of the Selous which has recently been named Nyerere National Park, Tanzania’s new largest national park and one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries on the planet.  That naming pushed Ruaha National Park into the status of second largest. 

These are big, wild, natural places.  Places of beauty and free roaming animals of all kinds.  We’ll approach the areas in small planes which will land on gravel runways away from towns and other development.  We’ll get about in open sided safari vehicles and flat-bottomed boats (on the Rufiji). 

Our lodgings are surprisingly sophisticated – and the main lodges have surprising cuisine, gorgeous views, free laundry, and internet.  You’ll be able to charge and download in your rooms.

 

2023 Southern Tanzania Wild Photography Safari

February 20 - March 2, 2023

This adventure starts and ends at the international airport in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. We will travel by small plane from Dar es Salaam to Ruaha National Park and then Nyerere National Park, and back to Arusha. Transfers to and from all airports and landing strips are included.

Outings will take place in open-sided safari vehicles with awning roofs and on flat bottom boats with awnings.

Most meals are included. Laundry is included.

The prices for our 2023 Southern Tanzania Wild Photography Safari are:
US$10,400 per person double occupancy
US$12,000 per person single occupancy

Deposit of $1,000 and completed application to reserve your space

Second Payment of $3,000 (per person double occupancy) and $4,000 (single occupancy) is due September 1, 2022

Final Payment (to include any extra room nights and extensions) is due November 1, 2022

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2021

Belize and Guatemala was ground zero for the ancient Maya civilization - which was engulfed by a tropical rainforest after its collapse. We'll visit Mayan sites, explore caves, photograph birds and monkeys, and work macros of butterflies, ants and colorful plants in this beautiful and inspiring region.
Full
Dec 3-12

2022

Frogs and waterfalls. Cloud forest canopy trails. And many hours on boats photographing exciting birds and monkeys. This is a great adventure for working on bird and wildlife techniques, mastering the challenging light of the rainforest, macros, and landscapes. Hummingbirds with flashes and night photography with LED lights!
Limited
Space Available
Jan 23-31
Timed to meet the great migration in the Serengeti, our safari takes you to some of the great parks and protected areas in northern Tanzania in search of lions, zebras, giraffes, cheetah, hyenas... Of all our itineraries, anywhere in the world, this one has the best reviews - and is a real life-changing experience! If you'll only be making one photography foray into sub-Saharan Africa in your life - this is the trip!
Full
Feb 14-25

Rwanda Gorillas Private Safari

We're headed into Rwanda's high mountains to spend time with gorillas, chimps, other primates - and more!
Full
June
The Pantanal, in Southwest Brazil, is probably the best place in the world to photograph jaguars. And that photography is largely accomplished from a boat. We have concocted a photography safari that will take you to the best spots at the best time with a great local operator. Jaguars are the object, but we'll also find giant river otters, ocelots, macaws, caiman, capybaras, monkeys, anteaters, tapirs, and toucans!
Full
Jul 9-18
This float plane-based adventure will take us deep into the Alaskan wilderness where we'll put ourselves in position for up-close and personal photography of bears fishing for salmon - and jostling with each other. This is a rugged adventure that will send you home with countless great images, both of the bears and of this great wilderness.
Limited
Space Available
Jul 31 - Aug 7
It's time to grab your spot on our Kenya Photography Safari. We have secured a set of logistics to put us in great positions to photograph great wildlife, superb landscapes, and some unique cultures. Your chance to create images of three kinds of giraffes, and several species not found in other southern and eastern Africa safari destinations. Our key destinations include Samburu, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Elementaita Lake, and the Masai Mara! And there is an exciting extension to Amboseli National Park.
Limited
Space Available
Aug 30 - Sep 10
Let's photograph the aurora - with exciting foregrounds. Iceland is the perfect place for that! We'll don crampons and carry our cameras and tripods into a glacial ice cave. The images are amazing. But, that's just the beginning... think about frozen waterfalls, ice formations on the sides of waterfalls and streams, patterns in the ice, glacial ice floating in meltwater lagoons, and ice on the beach with low sun angles behind them. The glaciers themselves are "bluer" without the warm summer days to turn the surfaces white. So many angles and opportunities.
Space Available
Oct 31 - Nov 10
Belize and Guatemala was ground zero for the ancient Maya civilization - which was engulfed by a tropical rainforest after its collapse. We'll visit Mayan sites, explore caves, photograph birds and monkeys, and work macros of butterflies, ants and colorful plants in this beautiful and inspiring region.
Space Available
Dec 3-12

2023

Venture out into the wilds of Rwanda with a small group, often on foot, to experience photographic encounters with wild gorillas, chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, golden monkeys, and much, much more. Dates are tentative until we secure permits. We are building custom groups of travelers we have field experience with. Ask if you fit this group!
Full
Jan 5-17
Torres del Paine! Fitzroy! Perito Moreno! The third pole. Condors. Gauchos. Guanacos. This is wild country with abrupt peaks, glaciers, wide open spaces, and gorgeous waterfalls. We've done the homework to put you in the best spots, at the best time, for the best light. When the early morning sun lights up Fitzroy and its neighbors, you'll know you are where you are supposed to be! When the clouds dance among Las Cuernas, you'll be glad you are with us! Join us!
Space Available
Feb 1-13
Let's get wilder... deeper into Africa... away from the crowds... and find wild dogs and many hippos, elephants in great herds, glorious towers of giraffes, hundreds of species of birds and exciting primates. Some of the most exciting landscapes we've found in Africa! Rivers and mountains adorned with giant baobabs. We'll travel by plane, boat, safari vehicle - and by foot to put us in great places to make great images. Oh, and we've timed this for night skies! This will be one very special adventure!
Space Available
Feb 20 - Mar 2
Botswana just after the rains. Swollen rivers and wildlife along the edges. Birds abundant and nesting. Animals fresh as tourism stops during the rains - we'll be the first groups in and we are going places no one else will go. Count on great opportunities with hippos and elephants, antelope, zebras, wildebeest, cats and dogs. Small group by design. Read the itinerary and then contact us!
Full

Mar 3-15

Journey with us through Ecuador's Chocó Cloudforest Ecosystem to find exciting birds. We have choreographed an adventure to help you build an outstand collection of images of colorful and exotic birds - including a number of unique hummingbirds! And, we'll have our very own bird "whisperer" along to help us find them! Did we mention nightwalks for spiders and other creatures? And butterflies and waterfalls?
Space Available

May
13-20

The Pantanal, in Southwest Brazil, is probably the best place in the world to photograph jaguars. And that photography is largely accomplished from a boat. We have concocted a photography safari that will take you to the best spots at the best time with a great local operator. Jaguars are the object, but we'll also find giant river otters, ocelots, macaws, caiman, capybaras, monkeys, anteaters, tapirs, and toucans! This is one of our wild adventures - as we'll journey far off the grid and lodging is about positioning us rather than luxury!
Limited
Space Available

Jul 9-18

This float plane-based adventure will take us deep into the Alaskan wilderness where we'll put ourselves in position for up-close and personal photography of bears fishing for salmon - and jostling with each other. This is a rugged adventure that will send you home with countless great images, both of the bears and of this great wilderness.
Space Available
Jul 31 - Aug 7
It's time to grab your spot on our Kenya Photography Safari. We have secured a set of logistics to put us in great positions to photograph great wildlife, superb landscapes, and some unique cultures. Your chance to create images of three kinds of giraffes, and several species not found in other southern and eastern Africa safari destinations. Our key destinations include Samburu, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Elementaita Lake, and the Masai Mara! And there is an exciting extension to Amboseli National Park.
Space Available
Aug 29 - Sep 9
 

 

 

2024

Venture out into the wilds of Rwanda with a small group, often on foot, to experience photographic encounters with wild gorillas, chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, golden monkeys, and much, much more. Dates are tentative until we secure permits. We are building custom groups of travelers we have field experience with. Ask if you fit this group!
Space Available

Jan 5-17

Timed to meet the great migration in the Serengeti, our safari takes you to some of the great parks and protected areas in northern Tanzania in search of lions, zebras, giraffes, cheetah, hyenas... Of all our itineraries, anywhere in the world, this one has the best reviews - and is a real life-changing experience! If you'll only be making one photography foray into sub-Saharan Africa in your life - this is the trip!
Space Available

Feb
14-25

We're headed back to the Galapagos with a new yacht and new itinerary. Join us in 2024 - and we'll explore favorite haunts and add new landings and vistas. Giant tortoises, flightless frigates, 3 kinds of boobies, land and marine iguanas, sea lions and fur seals, flamingos, and the northernmost penguin in the world. The list goes on and on! Truly an inspiring experience - ties the Serengeti in client feedback as the "most life-changing" experience of their lives. Contact us now to reserve space - dates and prices coming.
Space Available
April