Here’s the latest on my 2018-20 tour schedule:
Here are the latest details and updates about these trips. Remember, I will continue to update the Workshops & Tours page as soon as dates and pricing are finalized for future tours, so be sure to check back frequently.
2018 is FULL
As of now, my 2018 schedule is completely booked. I recently completed my winter Yellowstone tours, and am currently leading my Costa Rica adventure. Brazil and the Yellowstone Fall trip I recently added also filled up quickly. So you will have to look to 2019 and beyond to find a trip with open spots.
Tanzania Photo Safari (5 Spots Available)
February 9 – 20, 2019
Having led a couple of fun and successful photo tours in South Africa, I’ll be switching things up for my next Africa adventure. I look forward to a return to Tanzania, home of the famed Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park.
This photo safari is scheduled for Africa’s wet season, which should present a greener, lusher side of the continent than most people are used to seeing. It’s also timed to occur during the wildebeest calving season, part of the spectacle of the famed migration. This also happens to be a prime time for predator activity, which is heightened due to the presence of all those baby antelope.
The trip will including time in both Ngorongoro and the Serengeti, as well as a couple of other locations in the northern safari circuit. Potential subjects include all of the major African wildlife you’d think of (elephants, lions, leopards, etc.), as well as less common species such as cheetah, black rhino, bat-eared fox, serval and more. We have a couple of bonus activities worked into the itinerary as well, including a walking photo safari and an optional hot air balloon ride in the Serengeti.
Costa Rica Photo Tour (NEW!)
March 14 – 20, 2019 (March 20 – 23 Optional Extension)
Due to increased demand, I am adding a Costa Rica tour to my 2019 schedule. This is similar to the same itinerary I’ve run on past tours, starting in the central highlands of Cerro de la Muerte (home of the Resplendent quetzal), then visiting the Caribbean slope before crossing over to the wildlife-rich Pacific Ocean. My Costa Rica tours are not centered around photo set-ups and bird feeders (though we do have opportunities to photograph the birds that visit the various lodges where we are staying). Instead, I try to get my groups onto the trail and into the forest. It’s a more challenging, but often a more rewarding wildlife experience.
Once again I’m offering an optional extension on this trip. Our goal is to visit Corcovado National Park. However, new park regulations prevent reservations from being secured until very late (a month prior to arrival), so we are offering Tortuguero National Park as a backup option for the extension. Extension participants should be prepared to visit either park.
Patagonia Pumas (2 Spots Left)
May 4 – 11, 2019
My 2017 puma tour sold out quickly after folks saw the spectacular results from my scouting trip in southern Chile. The 2017 trip was just as good. I’m bringing this tour back in 2019 and spots are already being pre-booked.
This region is undoubtedly the best place to see pumas (mountain lions) in the wild, and it’s possible to have some incredible close encounters… even on foot! We’ll spend a week in and around the famed Torres del Paine National Park as we search for these mountain cats and other wildlife. That’s right, pumas aren’t the only show in town. Guanacos, foxes, culpeos, armadillos, condors, owls, flamingos and other wildlife abound here. Plus, it’s one of the most famous landscape photo destinations on the planet!
This tour involves a lot of walking with gear. Though the hiking is not technical or particularly strenuous, participants must be in good shape and prepared to carry their camera equipment over long distances (3-5 miles on average, but as much as 10 miles in a day) as we search for pumas.
The 2018 spring wildlife tour is sold out, but I will offer this tour again next year. It’s the one tour I offer every year, in part because it’s one of the most affordable week-long tours on my schedule, but also because it’s so consistently good! Even clients who have been on this tour before have signed up for it again.
This trip takes you to the best place in the Lower 48 states for wildlife… at the best time of year for wildlife! Not only do we have loads of baby animals (bear cubs, bison and elk calves, bighorn lambs, pronghorn fawns and more), but it’s also a period of heightened predator activity and increased bird activity. It’s the nesting and migratory season, so we see some resident avian species settling in while others are traveling through the park on their way north and west.
Yellowstone Winter Photo Tour (NEW!)
January or February, 2020
I just led two fun winter tours in Yellowstone. Since I’m already getting early interest in future versions of this tour, I’m accepting waiting list requests for 2020, the next time I’ll offer the winter trip. The waiting list is growing, so contact me to get in on this tour once it officially becomes available for sign-ups.
The winter tour splits time between the remote park interior and the wildlife-rich northern range. Regular vehicles aren’t allowed into the interior in winter, so we’ll be chartering a private snow coach to access some of the prime photo destinations down south, including the Madison River, Old Faithful and other thermals areas, Yellowstone Falls and Hayden Valley. Meanwhile, the northern range will offer some of our best opportunities for winter wildlife photography. We’ll target foxes, bighorn sheep, river otters, moose, bison and much more. The winter tour will present us with a great mix of wildlife and landscape photo opportunities!
Remember, you can stay up to date by viewing all of the current tour listings on the Workshops and Tours page.