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I am an avid adventurer, conservationist, teacher, and outdoor photographer whose photography celebrates the African landscape and its rich wildlife, people, and culture. My photographic safaris allow my travelers to not only enhance their understanding of photography, lighting, and wildlife, but to develop a life-long admiration for Africa ‘s beauty and culture.

Banana Republic recently used my photographs as the cornerstone of their Urban Safari campaign, and my images were seen in all 750 stores around the globe, as well as in their billboards, catalogs and annual report. I was also the winner of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year in the ‘Wild Places’ category in 2008 and a highly commended in the ‘Creative Visions of Nature’ category in 2007.

I launched Gura Gear in 2008, in an attempt to deliver lightweight camera bags to the market. I was looking for a lightweight camera bag to hold all of my photographic gear, and there was nothing desirable on the market that suited my needs. After spending 2 years with many prototypes, the Gura Gear Kiboko bag was born. More products are now available on the Gura Gear web site.




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Guide profile: Matt Meyer

May I introduce one of the coolest guides I have come in contact with. Well, we will use the term guide for simplicity's sake, even though they are referred to as rangers at Mala Mala. I met Matt Meyer back in April when I spent four nights at Mala Mala Main Camp, and my friend Al and I had a private vehicle during our stay. Matt was always entertaining, professional and one heck of a good guide. He knew what we were after before we even had to utter the word l-e-o-p-a-r-d to him.

Al Vinjamur and Ranger Matt Meyer. Mala Mala, South Africa, April 2008


If you make it to Mala Mala, be sure to punch Matt in the shoulder and tell him hello from me. Between my visit in April and another friend's trip in September, we have been able to get Matt into photography with a Canon 20D and a 28-300mm L lens. He is in the heart of excellent photography territory, and he is capturing some amazing images. He was shooting jpg when I met him, and is now in the thick of processing raw files.

I look forward to being back in Mala Mala when I return in August 2010 for my African Wildlife Photography Boot Camp. We will be visiting Mashatu for 4 nights in Botswana and also 4 nights at Rattray's at Mala Mala for 4 nights. We have exclusive use of these camps, which means we have all of their vehicles just for our group. Add in some charter air flights between all camps and Joburg, and you have over 180 pounds of weight allowance per person. Yes, that is kind of nuts, but it is the way the numbers worked out. Want to bring your spouse? No problem, as we have 4 spots for a non-photographing spouse for a whopping 50% discount.


Matt, see you at the African Wildlife Photography Boot Camp!

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