African Photographic Safaris and Photography Workshops

Photo Workshop, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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Location and Description
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Galapagos Islands on a Private Motor Yacht

Interested in seeing the Galapagos Islands in the best light? (Literally) Come with us on our semi annual trip to the Galapagos Islands with Andy on a private ship. Limited to 18 people. Only 3 spaces available.

Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees, The Ultimate Great Apes Photo Safari

I will be running what I consider to be one of the most emotionally charged safari of my life; spending time with the two largest primates in east Africa. We have all day permits with the chimpanzees, which are very difficult to obtain. We will also trek and photograph mountain gorillas on the same trip. 6 amazing treks between two primates, so bring large memory cards. Limited to 7 people. This safari can be combined with our Great Migration Luxury Photo Safari, which runs immediately after this itinerary. Sold Out.

Great Migration Luxury Photo Safari

We are running a safari to the Masai Mara to coincide with the arrival of the great migration, and we are using our favorite camp in the area: Mara Plains Camp. This is one of the more popular safaris we run each year, as the combination of large herds of herbivores and the high density of big cats yield amazing photographic opportunities. We will have offroading capabilities, as well as the nicest accommodations in the entire Masai Mara. This safari can be combined with our Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees, The Ultimate Great Apes Photo Safari, which runs immediately prior. Sold Out.

Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees, The Ultimate Great Apes Photo Safari

I will be running what I consider to be one of the most emotionally charged safari of my life; spending time with the two largest primates in east Africa. We have all day permits with the chimpanzees, which are very difficult to obtain. We will also trek and photograph mountain gorillas on the same trip. 6 amazing treks between two primates, so bring large memory cards. Limited to 7 people. Only 2 spaces remaining.

Tanzania Through The Lens

Come and experience the best that northern Tanzania has to offer: the famed Serengeti National Park and the highlands of the Ngorongoro Crater.

Botswana: The Premier Photo Safari

November in the Okavango Delta of Botswana is a time with big skies, large clouds, babies and the arrival of migrant birds. This is our annual trip to Sandibe and Nxabega, two camps with strong wildlife photographic opportunities, luxury accommodations and no other vehicles around for many miles.

Antarctica and South Georgia: A Southern Ocean Photographic Adventure

Joshua Holko and I are teaming up to lead a very unique trip to the southern seas. November is the best time for big ice, and we will be visiting both Antarctica as well as South Georgia. This trip will combine the best ice with the best wildlife. South Georgia is the best location for large penguin colonies, glaciers and elephant seals. We have our own ship and will be limited to only 50 travelers. Limited space available.

Tanzania Through The Lens

Come and experience the best that northern Tanzania has to offer: the Great Migration, the famed Serengeti National Park and the highlands of the Ngorongoro Crater.

Big Cats of the Masai Mara

Come and experience the Masai Mara when there are no crowds of people, yet the big cat density is still there and very visible. This exciting safari will combine two luxury camps: one in the Masai Mara Game Reserve and one in the adjoining Olare Motorogi Conservancy. This will allow off road driving, low vehicle density and access to a ton of land, all in search of cheetahs, leopards and lions. If you are looking for a rich photographic destination with very few people, this is the safari for you.
May 2015

Luxury India Tigers Photo Safari

I will be running a safari in India for the elusive tiger, as well as all other wildlife and birds two famous reserves that are known for excellent wildlife and tigers. We are staying at the nicest of the nicest lodges and hotels to ensure the best experience possible. We will also take time to photograph the Taj Mahal on a full moon night, which is a special treat. Details will be online soon.
Custom Safaris

Custom Safaris

If you have looked at the above safari schedule, and none of the dates or locations work for you, please know that I often setup custom safaris in these situations. I can often arrange for a professional photographer to lead you or your group, or if you would rather go on safari without a specialist guide I can easily assist in setting this up. I have a large network of safari providers, and can act as your agent on an exciting safari.
By Appointment

One on One Workflow and Fine Art Printing Consulting and Mentoring

If you are interested in creating better photographic prints, I am now offering private full-day mentoring sessions at my printing studio. This is an opportunity for you and I to work side by side to create beautiful prints from your own digital files. We can work on whatever you wish to work on, from digital capture to Lightroom workflow to digital output.

Photo Workshop, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Frequently Asked Questions

Interested in going on a photographic safari?

Have you dreamed of taking the ultimate photography trip, by going on an African safari, to visit the countless and varied wildlife, combined with vivid landscapes? If asked, most photographers would tell you that an African photo safari would be their dream destination for their photographic interests. African safaris allow you to experience the wildlife up close and in their own element. I was very surprised when I first went to the Serengeti and saw just how many varieties of wildlife there are to photograph. The quantity and quality of subjects to photograph while on safari make for the richest photography on the planet. Now is the time to visit Africa.

But what if you want to go, but know absolutely *nothing* about what safari options are available? Well, here is a primer that will hopefully answer those first questions.

Why go on a photographic safari?

These classic African safaris will feature all the stunning wildlife viewing opportunities that Africa has to offer, with one special bonus: you will be traveling in the company of a professional photographer. Suitable for all levels of photographic experience, these safari “workshops” will encourage you to ask questions, try out different techniques, experiment with dramatic lighting and learn from not only your leader, but from other members of your group.

One of our experienced naturalist guides will take you, and photographer Andy Biggs, to explore the most beautiful safari destinations in Africa. We will travel by Land Rover and private planes and we will spend each night in comfortable safari camps. This will allow us to relax and savor our beautiful surroundings, but it will also afford us the ability to clean or recharge our gear as we go. The instruction will be casual and flexible taking into account everyone’s level of skill and bearing in mind that Africa and its wildlife are by definition wild and unpredictable!

What makes a photographic safari different from other safaris?

Our photographer’s safari features…
* Input, suggestions and informal instruction on anything related to photography
* Casual lectures, briefings or workshops appropriate to each day’s activities
* Flexible instruction topics to suit photographers of any skill level
* A maximum of 1 photographer per row, ensuring adequate room for your gear
* Luxury accommodations in safari lodges (each with full amenities, allowing you to safely store, recharge, clean and maintain your equipment)
* Pacing that will suit everyone’s photographic needs
* An environment conducive to learning from one another—no question is off limits, no inquiry too basic
* A pre departure packet with safari advice as well as film and equipment recommendations
* Destinations to the most scenic places, with the most abundant wildlife!

When are your trips?

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What if these dates don't work for me, or perhaps I am interested in a private safari?

If you are looking at different dates, or if you are looking for a private safari, I can also assit you. I do understand that not all safaris work for everybody's timeframe or specific needs. With this in mind, I can book a private safari for you with the same amenities, guides and vehicles that I use for the safaris that I lead. Your schedule. Your specific itinerary. Your private group. I have access to the best guides, and they have worked with me extensively in the past, and know what photographers need from a safari.

What are your accommodations like?

We have three main types of accommodations on our trips: Game lodges, semi-permanent tented camps and luxury 'Classic' camps. All of our accommodations are clean, comfortable and privide private en suite bathroom facilities. On our luxury Classic camp locations, each private tent comes with beds with down comforters, private restroom facilities and a pull chain hot shower. All camping is extremely safe, and our guides and camp staff are there to please. We even have cold wine and beer available out in the bush. All of our digital camera electrical needs are handled, as we have a custom made tent for recharging our laptops, cameras and iPads. On our semi-permanent and game lodge safaris the accommodations always exceed expectations with private wooden decks for mid-day relaxation, indoor and private outdoor showers (your choice!), plenty of room for unpacking, a writing desk and of course beds you would love to have in your own home.

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How do I sign up?

This is the easy part. Just send me an email at info@andybiggs.com, indicating that you are interested in one of the safari dates, and we can go from there. Or contact us with any questions at all. No questions are out of bounds. We are frequently out of the country, and we will get a proper response to you as quickly as we can.

How do I get more information?

You can contact us at info@andybiggs.com for more information.