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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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Electronics Travel Ban - The Skinny


Need the skinny on the recent travel ban regarding electronic devices? Don’t let the latest news come between you and your next adventure.

Whats Up?

Ten designated airports in eight countries inacted restrictions on passengers carrying electronics… and yes, this includes camera equipment. These restrictions are, hopefully, temporary, but will continue until further notice. The UK has followed suit. So, the airport or flight you use to return, either via the UK or directly to the States, is the one to be concerned about. For safari travelers coming home from Africa, the most common airlines affected are Turkish Airlines and Emirates Airlines.

The following electronic devices are not allowed on board these flights, and would have to be checked. In a nutshell? Anything larger than your cell phone.


  • Laptops
  • Tablets
  • Cameras
  • Travel printers
  • Games larger than your cell phone


In summary, U.S inbound flights directly from the following airports and countries are affected:


  • Kuwait City,Kuwait
  • Casablanca, Morocco
  • Doha, Qatar
  • Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Amman, Jordan
  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Jidda and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


As mentioned above, the UK has imposed a similar ban on inbound  direct flights from Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia, and Saudi Arabia. This would affect British Airways, Turkish Airlines, Egypt Air, Royal Jordanian, and Emerites Airlines.  Many adventurers use the UK as a hub, so if you are travelling/ returning to the UK on any of the above mentioned airlines, restrictions apply. 

What Now?

If you have not already booked your homecoming ticket, choose the carrier wisely. For those who have already booked their flight on affected airlines, try to re-route. You’ll pay a penalty, but it will be worth it to sit with your camera gear.  KLM, Swiss Air, Brussels Air, Luftansa, or Delta via South Africa Air are some alternative suggestions.

However inconvenient the current electoronic restrictions may be, don’t let them take over your bucket list. So bring a good book… and see you on safari!

Happy Travels-

Andy Biggs and Team

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