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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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Day 9 –Savuti Camp / Maun / Johannesburg

This morning some people decided to sleep in, as it was our last day out on safari. As a result, some of the vehicles had fewer spots taken, and we headed again towards the west, along the Savuti Channel. Kane and I decided we would try to locate the 3 lions from yesterday afternoon, and it took all of about 5 seconds to locate them once we had made it to the backflow area of the channel. They weren’t too interested in doing much, however they did make a half-hearted attempt at stalking some impala in the mopane. We took the opportunity to disengage and go looking for some nice landscapes in the warm morning light. The skies were a bit overcast, so it didn’t make for much. I love these types of casual game drives, as the pressure is off after having an extraordinarily successful safari.

We headed back to camp and arrived at 9am, which allowed for people to go back to their tents, pack their bags and get ready for the journey back to Johannesburg. We made it early to the airstrip and I promptly realized that my duffle bag was not present, so a mad dash back to camp to pick it up was in order. Close call. The bag made it to the airstrip before the 2nd airplane arrived, so no time was lost.

Nothing really exciting happened for the rest of the day, I must say, and that is a good thing. 2 days off and safari #2 begins. I look forward to both the chilling out as well as some more safari days!

I will write up a quick summary for tomorrow’s blog post, but for now it is time to call it a day.

Note: All images in these daily blog postings are very very rough edits of the things we have seen, and I often omit the photographs that take too much time to process. I don’t take much time off during the day, as I am working with people with their photographic needs. All of my images in these posts will have to be re-processed when I get back home, and they are only included in these blog entries for illustration purposes.



The Savuti Channel, filled up with water. This is one of the new bridges that have been built in the concession to make it easier for game drive vehicles to cross to the other side


Another view of the Savuti Channel


James Weis, Lets, Kane and Goodman


Joan and Joe


Lisa's big smile from ear to ear

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Reader Comments (1)

Now that's some kind of "Really Right Stuff" you've got going there Andy. (I just couldn't resist, seeing the company you keep).

Sugar Land, TX

August 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeff Lynch

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