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Newsletter # 80

Leopard Kill

Masai Mara

Lake Nakuru



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Africa 2009 - The Details


This African photographic tour has been carefully crafted over many years of personal experience and is designed to allow you to take dazzling pictures of the beautiful animals that inhabit the dark continent in a very comfortable, relaxed & roomy setting. We differ from many other tours in that we give you one vehicle for two people optimizing your photo success while we track down \'The Big Five\'; lions, buffaloes, elephants, leopards, & rhinos. Another important feature to note is that we drive (not fly) from one area to the other allowing us the opportunity to see all the countryside, the scenics and the lifestyles of the various tribes of people enabling us to savor and photograph the real flavor of our human heritage as we travel the path of our beginning in time.



We will be visiting some of the most alluring mountains, lakes, rivers, savanna grasslands & deserts as we make our way through the picturesque Masai Mara Game Reserve, Samburu Game Reserve & Lake Nakuru National Park, in Kenya. This year I’m adding Meru National Park as a new destination. This Park achieved worldwide fame with its association to Joy Adamson’s film BORN FREE, which chronicled the rehabilitation of Elsa, the lioness, as she was re-introduced to the Kenyan wilderness. Despite the fact that it’s one of Kenya’s major national parks, this destination is still overlooked by the majority of tourists. The birdlife is also very impressive with is recorded numbers amounting to about 280 species.

My tour participants can expect ample opportunities to photograph some of the most spectacular animals in some of the most sought after photo hot spots in the world. The reticulated giraffes and gerenuks (photo on left) that feed on their hind legs roam the Samburu Game Reserve alongside the thin stripes of the Grevy\'s zebra and the myriad of bird species that soar through the African air.

Lilac-Breasted Roller
Chanting Goshawk
Yellow-Billed Stork

The lilac-breasted roller, the vulterine guineafowl & pale-chanting goshawks call this area home. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive leopard, which is known to cruise these parts. Lake Nakuru is home to one of the largest populations of lesser flamingos in the world, as well as the multitude of other birds that live here such as African spoonbills, yellow-billed stork, snake eagles, goliath herons, & jewel-like malachite kingfishers. Our itinerary allows us plenty of time to stop and photograph these beautiful birds in their native habitat.

The Masai Mara Game Reserve is considered by many the premier photography location in Africa for the sheer quantity & assortment of animals that roam this land. You\'ll spot elephants, hippos, Masai giraffe, zebra, gnu, impala, Thompsons & Grants gazelles, topi, hartebeest, hyrax, jackal, hyena, cheetah, leopard & lions are permanent residents here.

The Great Migration is a dramatic story, and we will take part of this exciting adventure. We will park our vans near the rivers edge inside the Masai Mara reserve, which is filled with 15 - 18 ft. Nile Crocodiles who watch the \'great migration\' of thousands of animals leaping across the waters in anticipation of their next meal. You have to see The Crossing to believe the drama!

All accommodations are first-class tented camps and lodges with fine dining morning, noon and night unless we take a picnic breakfast or picnic lunch out on Safari.

This year’s dates are: August 26th thru Sept. 10th, 2009

Cost is: $8,700.00
Single supplement: $1,700.00

Deposit Due May 15th:


If you are interested in any of my tours, click on their corresponding link below:



Photo Researchers, Editors, and Publishers:

As stated in previous newsletters, at no obligation to you, send me a “want list” of images you are looking for that may coincide with a trip I’m about to take, or have recently taken, and I’ll do my very best to seek out that subject and shoot it with your request in mind. This may save you some expense, give me a specific mission and possibly a sale of that image. It’s a ‘win, win situation’!

A quick reminder that my library of 35mm original slides houses approximately 75,000 images, and my digital library presently holds over 100,000 (and growing-hourly)!

My website holds an in-depth Stock Shop for your quick review: www.joannewilliamsphoto.com

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"Keep Your Aperture Your Priority"

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Spitting Cobra

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