The wildlife photographic expedition of a lifetime: crocodiles, gorillas, lions, leopards, cheetahs, cape buffalo, and elephants
In Arabic, there’s a word, ‘safra,’ which means ‘a journey.’ It is believed that the word traveled into the Swahili-speaking regions of eastern Africa, stayed there, adapted, and was discovered by Sir Richard Francis Burton, who lodged it forever in our imaginations, as ‘safari.’
It’s a rather big word, loaded with associations both good and bad, but we can promise you only the best kind on our photographic safari through the great wild places of Rwanda, Botswana, Zambia, and South Africa.
For Teddy Roosevelt types of the early 20th century, a ‘Big 5’ safari meant encountering lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and cape buffalos — and the encounters were not peaceful. Since then, the loss of habitat and human encroachment is radically altering the populations of all wild animals in Africa, while at the same time, modern travel has become very efficient. And there, in a nutshell, is our concept for a ‘Big 7’ safari — right now, the animals are still with us; your time is precious; Amos has got everything set up for an action-packed 30 days of extraordinary encounters between you and nature’s greatest wild creations. And what you’ll go home with are trophies of lasting beauty that do no harm.
Your personal photos of lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, cape buffalo, and mountain gorillas will be worthy of a spread in your favorite nature magazines. (Of course, you’ll have the chance to photograph lots of other extraordinary animals as well: hyenas, wild dogs, hippos, crocodiles, zebras, giraffes, monkeys, antelopes, wildebeests…because, you know, it’s Africa.) You’ll have Amos at your side to coach your camera work, with various lenses and the best ways to shoot in natural light. We’ll travel in relative luxury as a small group. We’ll visit Victoria Falls in a helicopter. We’ll get to know authentic tribal cultures. We’ll camp, ‘Out of Africa’ style, we’ll avoid common tourist destinations, and we’ll get a sense of Africa at its most welcoming and magnificent. And because Amos can’t seem to go too long without strapping on some scuba tanks, our glorious safari will end with a grand finale unique to Big Animals Expeditions: diving with Nile crocodiles. You’ll take spectacular underwater photos of them, too.