Madagascar with Daniel J. Cox

Join Dan and Tanya as they venture to the exotic island of Madagascar. Experience the extraordinary natural diversity that Madagascar has to offer, from their various species of lemurs (110+ species!) to the exotic chameleons and frogs that reside there. Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world and features over 150,000 unique flora and fauna species which can’t be found anywhere else on the planet! Many charter flights included to make your trip more memorable than the bad roads! Nature lovers and photographers must experience this incredible dream destination!

Costa Rica with Jeff Parker

This Costa Rica Photo Tour 2020 is limited to SIX (6)

Explore & photograph three (3) unique ecosystems — Osa Peninsula, cloud forest & rainforest — during this wildlife-packed all-inclusive Costa Rica in Focus Photo Tour ~ 2020.

Think: multi-flash hummingbird photography, Resplendent Quetzal, King Vultures, Scarlet Macaws, tanagers, motmots, toucans, parrots & LOTS more.

In addition to the birds we’ll photograph butterflies, frogs, flowers, monkeys (4 species on the Osa Peninsual!), coatis, peccaries… the list goes one.
LIMITED TO SIX (6) TRAVELERS ~~ all-inclusive (double occupancy — single is available for an additional cost)
More info: https://exploreinfocus.com/joinme/costa-rica-in-focus-photo-tour/

Sabi Sands South Africa with Karen Blackwood

I invite you to come on our 5-day Big 5 wildlife safari in Sabi Sands, South Africa, famous for incredible, relaxed leopards. We are in the home of the Big 5 and adjacent to Kruger National Park in South Africa without fences between. 13 leopards call our traverse area home, as well as 3 lion prides. Elephants, buffalo, rhino, wild dogs, zebra, giraffe, cheetah–they are all frequent visitors to the water hole and we’ll see them going about their daily lives in the bush on game drives. You’ll go home with once in a lifetime memories, and one in a million shots.

Our Luxury Lodge offers spacious private bungalows with indoor/outdoor showers, a spa, pool, wine cellar, full bar, delicious meals (you were warned–bring roomy pants!), and a caring staff.

Day 1: Arrive in time for lunch, then hop on the vehicle for that perfect afternoon and evening light. We’ll stop for a Sundowner Cocktail, then we’ll do some night shots, working with other vehicles for soft sidelight and backlit shots. When we return to the Lodge after our 3 hour drive, we’ll have a cocktail and discuss the day’s sightings before we dine at candlelit tables around the blazing fire.

Day 2-4: We’ll be up early to chase that gorgeous African Golden Light on our morning drive, complete with a coffee stop at a picturesque spot. We’ll return to the Lodge after our 3-hour drive to be met with a made-to-order breakfast overlooking the waterhole. After our bush walk, we can work on Lightroom editing and photography techniques together. After lunch, we’ll head out for the evening game drive, then have cocktails and dinner by the fire again.

Day 5: We’ll say goodbye after our morning game drive and breakfast, but you’ll be back. Sabi Sands and our African wildlife will pull your heart once you leave.

My partner and I are award-winning Africa Geographic, NatGeo Daily Dozen, Best of Africa, Nature’s Best published professionals. We emphasize fun, education, and fantastic photos of wildlife. We lead every safari ourselves. We love coaching photography and helping people improve or perfect their skills.

We will take only 6 people per safari vehicle on this Big 5 safari, and we rotate between vehicles. That guarantees that everyone gets an end seat in the safari vehicle for a great view, and access to our skills, knowledge, and insight.

Our prices are in Rand. This safari is R 40,000 (about $2600 but the exchange rate varies, please check!)/per person, double occupancy. We can accept solo occupancy as well. Please ask for prices at info@EagleEyeSafaris.com.

15% deposit due at time of booking, and you can book securely with a credit card. Balance is due 60 days prior to Safari. We also offer complete transportation assistance to get to the Lodge, including a no-worries package—just ask!

R 40,000 (price in Rand)

Grizzlies of Khutzeymateen BC with Dave Hutchison and Shane McDermott

VisionQuest PhotoJourney – Get straight to the heart of powerful image making in this once-in- a-life time opportunity to finally break though any limiting barriers of your greatest creative expression. We’ll help you “awaken your unique creative vision” through your love of nature photography.

Come away with the extraordinary experience of images that finally reveal everything you see and feel! Allow the energy of these huge bears, the magic of this enchanted wildlife sanctuary and expert creative guidance to unleash your artistic genius.

The Khutzeymateen estuary provides a small number of photographers the rare opportunity for up close and intimate wildlife encounters. Within stunning coastal mountain landscapes, we’ll encounter big bears, little bears, marine mammals, eagles and dozens of other bird
species. Possible encounters include wolves, wolverines, mountain goats, mink, otters and many other small mammals.

Imagine, yourself and only seven other participants granted exclusive access to freely explore 44,000 hectares of coastal British Columbia’s most pristine and abundant wildlife sanctuary, Join us and experience life changing wildlife encounters, spectacular back country luxury and food, stunning aerial scenery, small town coastal charm and expert native guidance.

Arizona Birds & Bats with Jeff Parker

This 5-night Birds & Bats of SE Arizona Photo Tour offers loads of action for your lenses. This region is known as one of the most vibrant places in the United States and the tiny speedsters will certainly be one of our main subjects. Fifteen species of hummers have been seen at the lodge where we spend our first three nights. I bring along all the high-speed flash gear and you just show up.

One of our destinations is the famous Pond at Elephanthead. At this awesome photographer-friendly site, the owner keeps blinds, perches, water features, feeding stations, and set-ups in place year-round. One of our shoots here takes place after dark so we can capture shots of bats swooping in for a drink.

Limited to EIGHT (8) ~ all-inclusive (double-occupancy) ~ MORE INFO: https://exploreinfocus.com/joinme/birds-bats-of-arizona-photo-tour-2020/

Japan Winter Wildlife with Daniel J. Cox

Encounter and photograph the wild and mystical wildlife of Japan, including the charismatic “hot tubbing” snow monkeys (Japanese macaques) in central Honshu. These fun-loving monkeys are curious and human-like, playing, chasing, and even throwing snowballs at each other like little children in a snowball fight.

We’ll travel north to the island of Hokkaido where bird life dominates the winter landscape. The elegant Japanese crane will dance in and out of our lenses while one of the world’s largest raptors, the Steller’s sea eagle, performs in the sky above us. We’ll also have great opportunities for red fox and deer.

Soak in the onsen next to a playful snow monkey, photograph a pirouetting crane, or just simply have tea at one of the many traditional charming ryokans. Japan will be an unforgettable experience—join us in 2020!

Sabi Sands South Africa with Karen Blackwood

Come on our 4-day wildlife safari in Sabi Sands, South Africa, famous for its incredible leopard sightings, from 2-5 December 2019 (our 2019 and 2020 schedule is on our website, too). We are home to the Big 5 and adjacent to Kruger National Park in South Africa, with no fences between. There are up to 13 leopards whose territory overlaps our traverse area, and we see them frequently, including cubs. They are very relaxed around the vehicles, which makes for incredible shots. Three lion prides call our property home, and elephants, rhino, buffalo, zebra, giraffe and more move through regularly. You’ll go home with once-in-a-lifetime memories and one-in-a-million images.

Our incredible Luxury Lodge boasts roomy private bungalows with indoor/outdoor showers, a wine cellar, full bar, swimming pool, spa, laundry service, and some of the best meals you will ever eat (warning–bring roomy pants!). The staff is top-notch, the location near the waterhole is perfect…it’s everything you dreamed a safari should be.

Day 1: Arrive in time for lunch, then our afternoon game drive with a Sundowner Cocktail stop. We’ll do some nighttime spotlight photography as well, often working with another vehicle for soft side light and backlit shots. Cocktails and a candlelit dinner around the fire follow the evening game drive.

Day 2-3: We’ll be up early to greet the sunrise and chase that Golden Hour light. We’ll stop for coffee, and after the game drive, head back to the Lodge for a decadent, made-to-order breakfast. We’ll go on a bush walk, then have time for Lightroom and photography instruction. After lunch, we head back out for the evening game drive and return in time for cocktails and dinner by the fire.

Day 4: After our morning game drive and breakfast, we’ll say goodbye until next time–and trust me, there will be a next time!

We are award-winning Africa Geographic and NatGeo Your Shot published professionals. We emphasize fun, education, and fantastic photos of wildlife, and we are happy to coach you in the best use of your camera. We can also teach you our process in Lightroom and Photoshop CC if you would like to improve your skills or learn new techniques. My partner Ernest and I will be leading this safari.

15% deposit due at time of booking, and you can book securely with a credit card. Bookings close 1 June 2018, or when the last spot is taken. Balance due 60 days before the tour starts. Book at https://eagleeyesafaris.com/product/4-day-big-5-luxury-safari-2-dec-5-dec-2019/ Email info@EagleEyeSafaris.com with questions; we are quick to respond.

Prices are in Rand. This safari is R 28,500/person/double occupancy (about $2000), and R 37,500 ($2590) for single occupancy. Please check the exchange rate for accurate USD amount.

Included on safari: meals, accommodations, coffee/tea, game drives, bush walks, photography coaching, Lightroom/Photoshop instruction. Not included: transportation to the Lodge (ground package is available), airfare, gratuities, personal purchases

We also offer complete transportation assistance to get to the Lodge, including a no-worries package—just ask!

28,500 (in Rand)/pp-double occupancy

Alaska Brown Bears with Daniel J. Cox

Daniel has photographed grizzlies in the wilds of Alaska for well over a decade. His guidance and experience assist in giving guests the opportunity to take their own amazing images. We invite you to join us in this exceptional bear-viewing location where no viewing platforms are used. Peaceful encounters with these magnificent giants of the north—there is nothing more exhilarating than photographing these bears! Beware: this trip can be addictive!!

Uganda Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees with Karen Blackwood

Let’s go see Endangered Mountain Gorillas in Uganda on an 8-day small group safari with Africa Geographic Photographers Ernest Porter and Karen Blackwood! We are accepting only 8 guests, taking 4 per vehicle. We are award-winning photographers published in Africa Geographic, National Geographic Daily Dozen, Nature’s Best Photography, and more. We love ensuring that you will get quality photos, and we’ll coach you as much or as little as you like on this trip.

Day 1 (24 Aug 2019): Arrival day in Entebbe, Uganda. You will be picked up from the airport on arrival and then driven to our Kampala Hotel for a rest after the long flights. Overnight at Cassia Lodge, meals at your own expense. Please ask about an early arrival to try to photograph Shoebill Storks. If we get 3 or more interested photographers, we can add on a short trip prior to the Trek.

Day 2 (25 Aug 2019): Transfer to Kibale Forest NP–We will have breakfast and then travel to Kibale Forest NP in western Uganda. We will have an en route stop for lunch and photography. We should arrive in the afternoon for our 3-night stay at Crater Safari Lodge

Day 3 (26 Aug 2019): Today is a relaxed day to enjoy a Bigodi Wetlands Nature Walk, paddle around the lake in canoes, or just kick back at Crater Lodge. After breakfast, we will go on Bigodi Wetlands Nature Walk where we will view and photograph up to 8 species of primates, especially Colobus monkeys, as well as a number of bird species. We will return for a lunch break and can later go for a canoe ride along the lake. Meals and overnight at Crater Safari Lodge.

Day 4 (27 Aug 2019): Chimp tracking and optional Bigodi Wetlands Walk or canoes—After breakfast, we will drive to the park headquarters for a briefing about the chimpanzee trek after which we will enter the forest, where we will enjoy the sights and sounds of nature as we search for wild chimpanzees. We will encounter man’s closest relatives in their natural habitat. Chimps are comfortable around people, and will often sit quietly while you photograph them. After tracking, we will return to the Lodge for a lunch break. In the afternoon or evening you can opt for another Wetlands walk or a canoe ride. Meals and overnight at Crater Lodge. Afternoon and evening optional activities not included.

Day 5 (28 Aug 2019): Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP & Kazinga Channel Boat cruise– After breakfast, we will drive to Queen Elizabeth NP via the crater lakes of Ndali & Kaseda. The drive is also a game drive, and we may see elephants, kob, topi, and more. We will have a lunch break and relax. At 4:00 pm, we will go for a Kazinga Channel boat cruise where we will view wildlife including Nile crocodiles, the largest concentration of hippos in Africa, buffalo, birds, elephants, and other species. We will cruise by a fishing village, where we may see people preparing the nets for the night’s fishing. We will be back at the Lodge in time for a delicious dinner. Meals and overnight at Enganzi Lodge

Day 6 (29 Aug 2019): Ishasha Sector Game & Transfer to Bwindi–We will have an early breakfast and transfer to Bwindi with an en-route photography intensive Game Drive in the Ishasha sector, where we may see elephants, Topi, birds, and if we are lucky, we will see the tree climbing lions hanging in fig trees. We will then head to Savanna Hotel for a lunch break, then continue to Bwindi’s Ruhija sector for our stay at Bakiga Lodge

Day 7 (30 Aug 2019): Gorilla tracking & Batwa tour- After breakfast, we will head to the park headquarters to be briefed about the do’s and don’t’s of Gorilla Trekking by our Rangers. We will take a packed lunch for the trek. We will head into the forested mountains, where we will meet the rare, endangered Mountain Gorillas. We will spend an hour taking photos, watching their antics and behavior, and enjoying the presence of of these magnificent apes, so closely related to us. Later in the afternoon, we will visit the Batwa community, where we will discover more about the local people’s culture. If we have time, we may also visit a local orphanage or school, or enjoy another cultural experience. Meals and overnight at Bakiga Lodge.

Day 8 (31 Aug 2019): Transfer to Kigali, Rwanda–After breakfast, we will drive down the mountain and across the Rwandan border to Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city. If we arrive early enough, we will tour the Kigali Genocide museum, and local markets which abound in photographic opportunities. Afterwards, we will head to the airport for goodbyes, or to your Hotel, depending on your schedule

Price is $3500/person double occupancy. We can accommodate single occupancy travelers, please email us at info@EagleEyeSafaris.com to inquire. Deposit is $1000 to ensure permits. Balance is due 60 days prior to the Gorilla Trek.

The Tour includes:
-In-Country Transportation
-Airport Pick-up and Drop-off
-Gorilla Tracking Permit
-Chimpanzee Tracking Permit
– One Bigodi Nature walk
– Canoe rides
– Park Entrance Fees
– Kazinga Channel Cruise
– Batwa Community Visit
– Accommodation on Safari from 25 Aug-30 Aug. Hotel in Kigali after safari is at your own expense
-Bottled Water on Safari
– Meals as per the itinerary
– Relevant government taxes
– Full-Time English-speaking drivers and guides
-Photography Instruction
Excluded:
– Meals in Kampala
– Meals and accommodation in Kigali
-Drinks other than bottled water
– Airfare
– Visas
-Yellow Fever Vaccinations (required)
-$25 Gorilla Trek Porter Fee (mandatory)
– Gratuities
-Personal Expenses
-Trip and Medical insurance (recommended)
– Activities not mentioned in the itinerary
-Anything not mentioned as included

Gratuities Guidelines (This is only a guideline. You may use USD, and we will stop at ATMs for Ugandan shillings):
-Drivers ($5-10/day, placed in a group envelope at the end of safari)
-Hotel Staff ($3-5/day; place tips in the Staff Box at reception)
-Chimpanzee Ranger ($10-15, depending on the quality of your experience)
-Bigodi Walk Guide ($5-10)
-Canoe Guide ($5)
-Boat Captain ($5-10)
-Gorilla Ranger/Tracker ($10-20, depending on quality of your experience) There will be a lead Ranger, and several assistant Rangers. You may opt to tip them as well, $5-10. They also appreciate snacks such as granola bars.
-Porter during Gorilla Trek (hiring at $25 is mandatory, gratuity $10-15 depending on level of assistance). He will also appreciate a snack.

We will stop at a safe ATM prior to departure so that you can get Ugandan Shillings. You will not need a lot, but if you plan to buy crafts at the market or from the communities, or snacks during gas/bathroom breaks, you will want to use shillings. You can not exchange Ugandan Shillings in the US. We have found that taking the equivalent of $50-100 USD from the ATM is suffiecient, and any extra can be left as tips before we leave Bakiga Lodge.

Galapagos with Suzi Eszterhas and Tui De Roy

Travel by luxurious ship from island to island, wandering among animals that have no fear of people. We’ll photograph albatross, penguins, flamingos, blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, giant tortoises, marine iguanas, and more. Snorkel in emerald waters with playful sea lions, sea turtles, and brilliantly colored tropical fish.

While most tours offer only one-week at sea, this tour offers a full two weeks. Suzi has teamed up with legendary Galapagos photographer and expert, Tui De Roy to offer a unique experience that will put us on shore with wildlife at first and last light, when most other tour groups are noticeably absent.

We have chosen the coolest time of year in Galapagos, when the seas are most productive and many species are nurturing cute babies.