What a feeling!

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Never before had the privilege to spend almost half an hour with such a magnificent wild animal from such a close distance.

Malaika and her son Bawa climbed on our vehicle and stayed with us for a while.  I do not think they really pay any attention

to us. They wanted a commanding view from the top to scan the savanna for food. They were very hungry as they had attempt

a hunt an hour before (we captured the hunt)  with no success.  But we are not food for them.  We just happened to

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Flying back to the motherland

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Today we are flying to motherland. Very excited. The greek group of the safari will be meeting at 13.00pm in the elefterios venizelos airport. I ll try to keep up with some news from there but it is not guaranteed as internet connection is not always available. Stay tuned!

What’s in my bag

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An iphone shot of the equipment I am bringing in Kenya. There are a few stuff missing (tripod, ezybox extra flash in the big bag with the clothes)  but this is pretty much what I will be carrying. Nikon Greece supports the safari and have given for me and the participants the opportunity to use test the new nikon 80-400mm in the field. For our townships tours we ll test the new flagship model of their pockets  line up, the  nikon A with an APSC sensor.

They also gave me a couple of nikon d800 so I stop complaining for not printing wall sized prints :) . There will be lots of testing there among others. Too much work and hopefully lots of fun :)

Big dreams, small excuses

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Ζάμπια. Επτά χρόνια πριν. Η αρχή.    Zambia. Seven years ago. The beginning .

Since I was a little kid my dream was to go to Africa, my favorite childhood hero was Tarzan and my favorite series was Tarzan with Johnny Weissmuller.

It took me almost thirty years to make my dream come true. Today I believe that this was one of the biggest mistakes I’ve done in my life. I never really chased my dreams, I just let the years go by. 

I had never realized it because I always had a very good excuse to stop me from chasing my dreams.

One time it was too much work, another time it was how to organize such a trip, other time I didn’t have someone to join me, and almost all the time money was the main obstacle and my sure real life excuse. “How can I afford such a trip!” I was thinking. I had convinced my self that the cost was way too much. I had convinced my self that my dreams cost too much.

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New safari offer with great savings!

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Due to certain demand we now offer a unique opportunity to save 950 USD for our upcoming photo safari in May 31st. 

By staying one night less (skipping the last night in our second lodge, Rekero), you save on accommodation, meals, game drives, park fees and this effectively drops the price from 4600 to 3650 USD (or 2807 euros). The rest of the schedule stays intact which means you have 7 instead of 8 days in the Masai mara and the last day to visit Kibera’s school and orphanage to deliver donation as scheduled. I will be accompanying both groups in the two visits in Kibera on the 7th and 8th.

For these bookings we got one week extension …and we have 4 spaces available! If you really consider it send us an email at [email protected] to reserve your space.

 

 

Last minute deal. Trip discount for one couple only.

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If you are  thinking to come to this photo safari (May 31 – June 9, 2013 Masai mara, Kenya) but you were hesitant, then this is the right moment to book your trip. For the first couple that will send us an email ([email protected]) about joining the trip, we ll do a 600 USD discount on the total price for the two people.  So the 9.200 usd becomes 8.600 usd for the two people. Just to make it clear this is a discount that applies only to a couple (friends, family, or married) and not to singles. 

Remember bookings close MAy 1, 2013 (that is one week from now) so if this safari has your name written on it, then this is the time to book. 

 -NOW CLOSED-

Safari Q&A part II

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   —   LAST 10 DAYS .  BOOKINGS CLOSE APRIL 30, 2013 —

What about vaccines, pills etc/

You have to consult with your local health authorities to see what it is recommended. . Personally I take antimalarial  pills (malarone) . As far as vaccines  again consult with your local authorities. I have done the yellow fever vaccine a few years ago in one of my trips in Africa because it was recommended.

What do we pack?,

A few packing suggestions include: light cotton trousers, cotton shorts, light cotton shirts or T-shirts (long and short sleeved), comfortable walking shoes, water-proof rain jacket / windbreaker, sun hat, fleece, insect repellent, small torch, suntan lotion, sunglasses and binocular

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The Masai Portraits. Part II

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Portraits of the Masai. Part II 

On this trip we will visit remote Masai villages,spend time with them, experience their way of living and attempt a second shooting to record once more a collective portrait of the Masai inhabitants.

There are approximately two more weeks to finalize bookings so hurry up!

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Stand with the Maasai – Sign the petition

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Sign the petition 

http://avaaz.org/en/stand_with_the_maasai_loc/?slideshow

We are elders of the Maasai from Tanzania, one of Africa’s oldest tribes. The government has just announced that it plans to kick thousands of our families off our lands so that wealthy tourists can use them to shoot lions and leopards. The evictions are to begin immediately.

The area is leased to the Ortello Business Corporation of the United Arab Emirates to use for trophy hunting.

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Safari Q&A, part I

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Based on your questions I promised you a “safari Q&A. I had lots of questions to answer so i thought to make it in two parts. Here is the first one… In two versions, English and Greek.

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The lords of the savanna

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At the african savanna, we are the guests. They are the landlords!

I have to answer lots of questions from your emails so I thought to make a Q&A about the safari. It will be ready tomorrow ..stay tuned!

The Glorious Masai Mara

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The end of the rainy season is maybe the best time to visit Masai Mara. It is when nature puts its most beautiful dress. Lush green plains, amazing skies and sporadic storms create memorable sceneries. Few tourists and abundance of wildlife. In two months I will be back. Can’t wait :)

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The big cats the Masai and the angels of Kibera

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I have received more emails than I was anticipating but hopefully I will cover most of your questions by tonight. In the mean time here the trip flyer with the cheetah in the mist. You can contact me as always at [email protected] or [email protected]

The official announcement

The big cats, the Masai and the angels of Kibera

A wildlife, cultural and humanitarian photography trip

Trip photographer and safari leader : Nicolas Lotsos

( 2 spots available)

     Πατηήστε εδώ για την ελληνική έκδοση

(2 διαθέσιμες θέσεις)

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We are extremely happy to announce that we have booked an incredible package with outstanding quality in accommodation at an unbeatable price.

Overview of the trip

May 31 – June 9, 2013

 

Spider awards winner – Photographer of the year Nicolas Lotsos  will lead a small group of photographers to the most renowned wildlife paradise on earth, the Masai Mara in Kenya.

This safari combines unmatched opportunities for stunning wildlife photography with accommodation of the highest standards in two of the best lodges in all the Masai Mara reserve.

We have specifically chosen two areas (Naboisho conservancy and Mara confluence)   that have the highest density in wildlife combining night and walking safaris with off-road driving as well as great river sightings. This is truly two of the best locations with two of the best lodges in Mara offering outstanding possibilities to view and photograph some of the best wildlife in the world.

But it is not all about wildlife. As in all our trips in Africa, this trip is also built on a triple axis, wildlife, cultural and humanitarian photography. A combination that is never offered in any photography safari workshop.  We will visit villages to photograph the indigenous culture of the Masai people and we will donate goods to schools and orphanages while trying to photograph the hope of life in the astonishing slums of Kibera. 

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African photo safari announced.

Photo Safari Tour & Workshop.

Two months in the making, finally it is here. Having done safaris for years, this is undoubtfully one of the best humanitarian, cultural and wildlife photo tours that I could design for my self. And this is exactly what I did. I chose the where and when, the lodges, the guiding teams, everything so I can be sure it will be special. When I finished it I asked for 10 more spaces for you to join me. They gave them to  me….so here it is  

Location: Masai Mara, Kenya

Dates: May 31 – June 9, 2013

Available spaces :10

Details and full itinerary on March 23rd.

 

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