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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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Safari Update - A Day off?

Today I said goodbye to my safari group from our Ngorongoro Camp. I had great time getting to know those whom I had not met before, and also a great time reconnecting with past travelers of mine. I know that I have one of the best ‘jobs’ on the planet, and one of the biggest bonuses is being able to say that all of my customers I can also call friends. 

After I said goodbye to my guests, Troy and I headed over to Tarangire for the day and night. The purpose for the side trip was to shoot compelling video of the Thomson Safaris camp as well as to get some footage of their happy customers, camp staff and guides.

Upon entering Tarangire, the first thing we saw was a few very large herds of elephant. It was like a welcoming party, since they must all know that my favorite animal out on safari is the elephant (giraffe is a close second). The Tarangire River was flowing freely, which was the first time for me to see it overflowing in many years. A good sign, for sure.

We arrived at camp around lunch time, after a beautiful drive around the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, past the Iraqw people’s town of Karatu, across the Maasai Steppe and into Tarangire National Park. The temperature this afternoon was, well, much much warmer than any of the past week or so.

We shot video all around the camp, primarily with my new Cinevate Atlas 10 slider, as we were after a high production value end result. I will try and post some samples on Vimeo when I return home. We also shot video of guests returning from their afternoon game drive, as well as a staged dining scene amongst the large and ancient baobab trees. Again, the Cinevate slider was used as much as possible, as well as simple straight shots with no movement on the slider. We captured some great interviews with the staff, and recorded audio on my Roland R-09 via a wireless lav mic setup.

Tomorrow I will be back in Arusha to shoot some video of the Thomson Safaris office staff, and then on to Arusha Coffee Lodge for dinner and then to greet my second safari group as they arrive from overseas. I will not post an update tomorrow, due to my having nothing to say. It’s a first, I know!

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Reader Comments (2)

Hi Andy,

Post up that video - I'd love to see!


March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris Kayler

Andy: What a great safari! wow! The variety you saw was amazing and it sounds like you had a great group, as well. Since I have only done safaris in Chobe, your blog has whetted my appetite for other experiences in the future! Thanks!

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDoug

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