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Blue Hour Leopard. We found this guy right after the sun dropped below the horizon and got to photography him with the setting sun behind., the motordrives ummed along. I figured we soon had enough and I asked the the guide to drive us to the opposite side of the mound for some blue hour fun.
Blue Hour Leopard. We found this guy right after the sun dropped below the horizon and got to photography him with the setting sun behind., the motordrives ummed along. I figured we soon had enough and I asked the the guide to drive us to the opposite side of the mound for some blue hour fun.

Africa Photo Safari

Baby Elephants were a favorite of everyones.
Baby Elephants were a favorite of everyones.

I have always wanted to go to Africa, but it is a long way away, and it is expensive to get there, I had to figure out a way.

As a photo tour guide in the Greater Yellowstone and beyond I have found I could go to places previously, too far away, by taking ten folks along with me who wanted to shoot in pretty places, or who wanted help with learning their equipment and software.

I didn’t think anyone would want to go to Africa with someone who had never been there before, but after asking some of my Yellowstone and Grand Teton tour guests if they would go if the price was right, whether I had been there or not and the answer was yes. I found, it is common knowledge among photographers that it is the local trackers and guides who were the wildlife experts. It was OK for me to be a tour host only providing good lodging, logistics and photo advice.

Unlikely dining couple, a crocodile and a male lion.
Unlikely dining couple

All destination tours I had led previously, I had gone out to scout first, Africa is a tough one to scout, so I scouted it on Google. All it takes is interminable of hours measured in weeks and months of planning LOL. Due diligence and time was the answer to my Africa conundrum.

I knew what I wanted all I had to do was find it.   I wanted a small camp I could fill with only photographers as photographer’s needs and desires are different than the typical safari guest. I wanted adequate facilities, but not fancy and expensive. Photographers would rather spend $800.00 on a lens rather than a night in a fancy tent by the river. I also wanted to provide a price point where you don’t have to be wealthy to go.

I put together a tour package for Kruger National Park in South Africa and it sold out in two weeks. After eighteen months of planning we were on our way, Johannesburg, Kruger, Sabi Sands, Lions, elephants and leopards Oh yeah.

Happy Safari Guests, Kruger South Africa
Happy Safari Guests, Kruger South Africa

The trophy destination, Sabi Sands Gave Preserve, turned out to not be optimum as it was hurt by the severe drought; hence, Kruger National Park unexpectedly became the prime destination. The lodges prime way of finding predators was spotlighting them at night, well they photograph like crap at night so I shuffled the schedule to skip the spotlighting so we could spend more time on game drives that favored good photography. We likely saw fewer leopards, but we could photograph the ones we found. The ability to change things was important.

My eternity in “Google Hell”  paid off and my research was spot on. The tour came off without a hitch and the portfolio of 12 different photographers looks much different now after I provided an affordable and effective photo safari. I was blessed with a crew of excited clients.

I now have experience and the accompanying confidence that I can host an array of photography tours possibly anywhere.

Where to next? How about a boat based grizzly safari in Alaska or a autumn color tour of Japans west coast. 2020

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