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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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Tanzania safari report - Day 10

Well, I had to say goodbye to my first safari group this morning, and I just want to say thank you to all of my travelers for such a wonderful time. I truly believe that I have the best job on the planet, as I am able to call my participants both customers as we'll as friends. With sadness also comes joy, as the plane that picked up my safari group also dropped off my next safari group.

On this next safari we will do the same itinerary as my past safari, however we will work the itinerary backwards. We will be here in the Serengeti fo 5 nights and then Ngorongoro and ending with Tarangire National Park.

We packed up the Land Rovers at the Seronera airstrip and drove the road behind the Seronera Wildlife Lodge. There we spent time photographing a family of 7 giraffes, and I am glad that my new vehicle mates took the time to really work a scene. It paid off, because the walked near the vehicle and then gave us a great side view.

Without getting into too many details which are difficult to write on a Blackberry phone, we saw excellent game every 5 minutes for the rest of the afternoon. I know my travelers are extremely happy to have such an amazing first day in Africa!

We are camping near Makoma hill, just on the western side. The sunset from here is one of the best locations in the park, as many of the central Serengeti camp sites face towards the east, and our site faces west.

There was a messup today and my main duffle bag has made its way back to Arusha with one of the guides from my first safari. Uh oh. I do have a permanent duffle bag which I leave here in Tanzania, which luckily has some basic toiletries and a few shirts. Whew. I suspect I won't see my main bag for a few days, as it takes a few days to drive back to Arusha, and then the bag will have to be put on a bush plane back to me. I can frustrated about it, but it is a lifelong goal to not let the small things bother me. Why die young with stress? I will have a nice shower, sit by the fire and enjoy a gin and tonic, and wake up to the most amazing place on this planet.

With all of this high brow opinions coming from my keyboard, now I will try to put this all to practice. Until tomorrow.......

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