2019 Photo Safaris: Tigers, Polar Bears, and Great Migration

Elliott Neep on Safari

2019 is already shaping up to be a busy year for photo safaris! After teaming-up with David Lloyd earlier this year, we’re set to put on even more incredible photo safaris in the world’s best wildlife hotspots. If you haven’t travelled with David before, check out this blog post – a summary from my time co-leading the Great Migration in August.

Creative photography coming to the fore

As you’ll tell from that blog, David Lloyd Photo Safaris really focus on the creative aspect of wildlife photography. We’re not just getting you into the right place at the right time. We’re taking our role as Leaders to another level! We want you to be able to say you’re “a better, more creative, more visionary photographer” than when you arrived. You’ll learn an array of techniques, an arsenal of skills, to be deployed in all manner of situations.

Returning to the Arctic

I am also co-leading tours with Tatra Photography. I’ll be bringing my creative A-game to a ridiculously fantastic photo-expedition to the Siberian Arctic, in search of Polar Bears. So, below you’ll find my current itinerary for 2019. There is also a permanent Photo Safaris page, always accessible from the top menu.


Tiger Safari: Tiger's Gaze (December 2006)
Male Bengal Tiger. Photograph by © Elliott Neep

Tigers of India with David Lloyd

A 9-day tour to the world-renowned Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh, India’s Tiger State. This trip has been designed so that we can see and photograph India’s magnificent Bengal Tigers for six days straight. Plus, we secure the best zones in advance for our twelve incredible drives within the National Park. To read more about this stunning tour, click here. To reserve your spot on this safari please send your enquiry email to email@davidlloyd.net

INCREDIBLE INDIA: You can combine this tour with Wildlife of India

The first Tigers of India tour immediately follows on from the Wildlife of India photo safari (see below). You can combine both amazing tours for a 24-day wildlife and tiger extravaganza! You’ll have a staggering 20-days in the parks 37 drives!

Tigers of India: Dates and Costs 2019

The cost of this all-inclusive safari is US$4,700 per person. Bookings are secured with a US$500 deposit per person, with the balance being required 12 weeks before. All payments to be made in $US. An optional single supplement is available at US$1200 extra. Single supplements are for single travellers who want their own room. Otherwise single travellers are paired with another traveller of the same gender.

30th Apr – 08th May 
07th May – 15th May

The first date here can be linked to our 16 day Wildlife of India Photo Safari. If you join us for both, then the cost of this safari becomes $4400 with the single supplement at $1100.

Never photographed tigers before? Click here to read my comprehensive guide to the Tiger Safari.


Wildlife of India Photo Safari: Tiger. Through the forest (December 2005)
Male Bengal Tiger. Photograph by © Elliott Neep

Wildlife of India with David Lloyd

Join us on a 16-day tour of India to photograph its amazing wildlife. This trip has been designed so that we can see and photograph as many species of Indian wildlife as possible. We’re going to Kaziranga, Satpura, and Bandhavgarh. Our 12-days in the parks gives us a total of 24-drives!

Kaziranga is where we will see and photograph Asian elephant and the prehistoric-looking and critically endangered Indian one horned rhino. Satpura is renowned for both Asian leopard and sloth bear. Bandhavgarh hosts one of the highest densities of tiger in India for virtually guaranteed encounters. We travel at the best time of the year for photography, in April and May when tigers and leopards are easier to find and photograph. To read more about this stunning tour, click here. To reserve your spot on this safari please send your enquiry email to email@davidlloyd.net

Wildlife of India: Dates and Costs 2019

The cost of this all-inclusive safari is US$8100 per person. Bookings are secured with a US$500 deposit per person, with the balance being required 12 weeks before. Payments to be made in $US. An optional single supplement is available at US$1600 extra. Single supplements are for single travellers who want their own cottage. Otherwise single travellers are paired with another traveller of the same gender.

15th April – 30th April

This safari can be linked to our 9 day Tigers of India Photo Safari. If you join us for both, then the cost of Tigers of India becomes $4400 with the single supplement at $1100.

Never photographed tigers before? Click here to read my comprehensive guide to the Tiger Safari.


Wrangel Island Photo Expedition: Polar bear on ice floe No.3 (July 2012)
Polar Bear. Photograph by © Elliott Neep.

The Wrangel Island Expedition with Tatra Photography

Make no mistake. This is an epic tour! In July 2019, we’re heading to the Siberian Arctic on a unique photographic expedition with Tatra Photography. I’ll be part of a team of three seasoned professional wildlife photographers, guiding you through this extraordinary wilderness. Your Tour Leaders for this incredible journey will be myself, Andrew Parkinson, and Ben Hall.

This mind-blowing expedition crosses the Arctic Circle and includes the isolated and pristine Wrangel and Herald Islands and a significant section of the wild North Eastern Siberian coastline. Wrangel Island is a breeding ground for polar bears (having the highest density of dens in the world), seals, walrus, and lemmings.

During the summer it’s visited by many bird species. Arctic foxes also make their home on the island. Cetaceans such as bowhead whales, gray whales, and belugas are regularly seen close to shore. Since the 1950s, reindeer and musk ox have also been introduced.

Wrangel Island Photo Expedition: Dates and Costs 2019

7th July – 23rd July with  Elliott Neep, Andrew Parkinson, Ben Hall

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Tour Cost: From GBP£8,495 (Including Flights)

As an exclusive offer to my subscribers, we’re offering a £500 discount. For more information and booking this incredible photography expedition, click here.

If you haven’t photographed in the polar regions before, my Gear Guide will come in very handy. Click here to view my essential kit guide for polar safaris.


Masai Mara Migration Photo Safari: Wildebeest and zebra turmoil (September 2010)
Wildebeest and zebra crossing the Mara River. Photograph by © Elliott Neep

Masai Mara Migration Photo Safaris with David Lloyd

These will mark our 12th year photographing the Maasai Mara and the 70th trip there since 2007.

The Great Migration is one of the most spectacular events in the natural world, sometimes referred to as the greatest show on earth. The migration is a movement of 1.5 million wildebeest with 400,000 zebra and 200,000 gazelles accompanying them along the way, making a total of over 2 million migrating from the Maasai Mara into the Serengeti in Tanzania between July and October. To read more about these iconic tours, click here. To reserve your spot on this safari please email me at email@davidlloyd.net

Highlights

Location
Our camp is located inside the reserve, close to the action with quick access to the main migration crossings on the river. We are located on the Mara River on one of the main crossing points where we can see wildebeest crossings from our camp itself, away from the tourist traffic found elsewhere.

Photographic Vehicles
Our new photographic vehicles have open sides and maximise the space and flexibility that a photographer needs. Each participant has a whole row of seats, as well as provisions for beanbags and clamps on the open sides and on the roof.

Lens Hire (new)
Lens hire is available from our base here in the Maasai Mara, so that you do not need to worry about the hiring and delivery and return of it in your home country. It also alleviates any potential problem of airline carry on weight restrictions. Currently we have 300mm f/2.8 lenses with matching 1.4 converters in both Canon and Nikon mounts.

Documentation
Included in the tour price is an exclusive 36-page book written by David entitled Photographing Wildlife in The Maasai Mara. Other documentation includes animal and bird lists, rules and ethics guidelines, and detailed maps of the area.

In Camp Workshops
We are also offering optional daily workshops in camp when we are not on drives, which will cover such topics as basic camera usage to wildlife photography techniques, focussing for wildlife, photographic composition, to flash and macro photography.

Lightroom and Photoshop Tuition
Included in the trip cost is tuition for image processing in either Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop. We demonstrate post-processing techniques as they apply to wildlife photography. Both colour and black-and-white treatments will be covered.

iMac Workstation Access
We have iMac workstations pre-installed with Photoshop and Lightroom so you can edit your images or backup your files.

Ground Transportation
Because flights from Nairobi to the Mara have strict weight restrictions on luggage of only 15 kg/person, we provide transportation for the rest of your luggage to the camp by road.

Masai Mara Migration: Dates and Costs 2019

Aug 03 – Aug 10 – With David Lloyd and Elliott Neep
Aug 10 – Aug 17 – With David Lloyd and Elliott Neep

The cost of this all-inclusive safari is US$5800 (2018) or US$6100 (2019) per person. Bookings are secured with a US$500 deposit per person, with the balance being required 12-weeks before. Payments to be made in $US. A single, optional supplement is available at $1200 extra. Single supplements are optional for single travellers who want their own room and tent. Otherwise single travellers are paired with another single traveller of the same gender.

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Elliott Neep

Currently based in Oxfordshire, UK. Experienced professional freelance wildlife photographer, writer, and photographic guide with portfolios from East Africa, India, Arctic, Antarctica and British Isles.

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