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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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Greetings from Tanzania

I am on safari for the better part of 3 weeks, and I will be running 2 separate safaris during that time. On my first safari I will be leading a group to the Ngorongoro Crater and two locations in the greater Serengeti ecosystem. After that I will head across the border to run a private safari to the Masai Mara. It’s been more than a few months since I was last in Africa (September!) and I cannot wait to get back out there.

2012 is going to be a very busy year for me, as I have 8 (yes, eight) safaris planned. A typical year for me is that I spend the early part of the year in Tanzania, and then I move down to southern Africa for the second half of the year. The reasoning has to do with rainfall and when the best months to be out on safari for each country are. So the second half of 2012 is when 6 of my safaris will happen, which is going to put some miles in my airline frequent flier account, for sure. Every now and then I wonder if I should just live in Africa full time, because the travel back and forth can be a bit of a burden. I will lose 8 to 10 days this year due to international travel alone. Oh well.

As far as my 2012 schedule goes, you will notice that most of my safaris are already booked up or only have 1 or 2 spaces left. I am in the process of planning my 2013 year, and I will have them listed on my web page in the coming month or so. I am honored to have safaris that are in high demand, and work tirelessly to exceed expectations that my travelers have of me and my services. If you are on the fence about a safari in your future, please know that my safaris do book up early, especially if you are looking for discounts for significant others. I offer 25% to 50% discounts on some of my safaris to those who wish to bring along their significant others and who are willing to share their row with him/her. These discounts are usually limited to certain Botswana safaris, due to how my cost structure works. So if you are thinking about a 2013 safari, take a look at my 2012 schedule to get an idea of what type of safari meets your luxury level and budget.

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Reader Comments (1)

Hi Andy, I always look forward to your posts while out on safari and dream of one day joining you on one or other of your famed photo safaris. Would you say there is a difference in terms of what photo equipment gear you carry to E. Africa (Tanzania) versus what you carry to Southern Africa (Botswana) and if so what is it?

Thanks and Best,

J. Paul

March 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJ. Paul

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