Phototours

Angling Tours

"The fun of fishing is catching 'em, not killing 'em.” 

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Activities at Fishing Camp
1. Camping along the river between Shimsa falls and Mekedatu
2. Bird watching along the entire stretch of river, carrying along a good pair of binoculars and a book on birds will be a great help
3. Photography of wild life and nature
4. Corracle rides in the lakes and permissible stretches of the river
5. Angling on a catch & release basis.
6. Trekking with the help of one or more guide

There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind

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Dates : Watch this space for an announcement !

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The itinerary below is tentative & subject to change once dates are announced.

Day 1 

Day 2

  • We depart from Bangalore at 06:00 AM.  After breakfast at Kanakapura enroute, we check-in around 10:00AM at campsite cottages.
  • After a small briefing session about the place & some rules & guidelines to be followed at the camp, we walk up to the lake for a session of angling. You will have opportunity to shoot pictures of many birds & macro subjects like Damselflies, Butterflies, small reptiles, fungi’s and amphibians.
  • After lunch at the camp, we go trekking round the area.
  • In the evening we have another angling session and have tea while doing so. After dusk we take a small walk around the camp & look for nocturnal birds & animals in the area.
  • After a quick freshening up, we assemble around a campfire for dinner. 
  • We wake up early in the morning for some bird-watching & angling
  • After breakfast we packup & headback on the way back we stop for any photo opportunities & reach Bangalore by late noon.

accept_3.png Cost & Terms

What's Included What is Not included
  • Travel charges to & fro starting at Bangalore
  • All entry & fishing fees
  • Accommodation on a twin sharing basis
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Services of guides and drivers 
  • All local travel charges 
  • Any kind of personal expenses or optional tours, and extra meals ordered
  • Coracle fishing ride
  • Insurance, laundry and phone calls
  • Bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Anything that is not included in the inclusions list
Price : To be announced

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Bike Tours

"Sometimes its a little better to travel than to arrive”

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 The thrill of cutting through the wind; calm cruising through through forests - our Biking Adventure Tours deliver an unforgettable experience that will leave you dreaming of a new life on the road.

We ride with you as part of the group on a motorbike. All you need to bring is a love of the open road and a free spirit.
Option of hotels pre booked, or just book as we go, wherever we end up.

Unplug and step away from day to day life. This ride is designed to change your life. It is about life on the road, meeting people, and exploring your own mind as you do something you love — ride. Our guided tours are designed to allow you to touch upon the freedom bikers feel while on the road.

This is your chance to unplug, and live in the moment. Live in the present, on the road. When do you ever get to do that?

You might know how ride a cruiser or motorbike around town, but when you hit the road with a group of other bikers & photographers  the whole atmosphere is different. Being on the road. Out for adventure. See what comes our way. Our tours are well planned trips, but not so regimented that there is no adventure. There is nothing like being on the open road out for adventure. Let’s hit the road, and leave it all behind.

All you have to do is choose to make your dream of riding on the highways or offtrack. We leave from one place and stay in a different city, town, or oasis every night. This is the real thing, life on the road, without as many dangers that follow a solo rider.

Just Ride Free! Anyone can ride a bike, but there is more out there.

Come join us for your motorbike holiday. We will have a blast. We handle it all, and answer any questions or concerns you might have. All you have to do is show up.

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FAQ

  1. I am new to photography. Can I join?
    • If you are a beginner in photography, you should grab this terrific learning opportunity and sign up right away! Our Tours cater to beginners as well as the more experienced photographers.
      • Beginners avail the advantage of learning from our veteran photographers and naturalists who help you with off-field briefings and on-location guidance.  
      • To make the most of our Guided Tours, we recommend that you be familiar with the basics of photography. If you're not, kindly consider attending our Fundamentals of Photography Workshop before your trip.
  2. Who else can sign-up for your tours?
    • Anybody with an interest in adventure travel and photography can sign-up for our Guided Tours.
      • Minimum age requirement for tour participants is 18 years.
      • People under 18 years of age are also welcome to join most of our Adventure Tours, as long as they are accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.  Please talk to us before the trip, so that we can make suitable arrangements for minors.
  3. What kind of cameras and lenses do I need to get for the tours?
    • On our Adventure Trips, you can expect to shoot a wide variety of subjects - micro and macro wildlife, nature and urban landscapes, heritage pictures and low light scenes.  Given the range of subjects, we suggest the following equipment for your trips :
      • Cameras with good resolution, that allow interchangeable lenses.  Fixed lens cameras with a wide zoom range are also acceptable for some situations, but for the keen photographer in you, we recommend you carry cameras that allow you Manual controls.
      • Zoom lenses in the range of 70-300mm or 100-400mm is suitable for most wildlife.
      • Telephoto lenses with a focal length of at least 300mm with a 1.4x tele-convertor is usually required for bird photography..
      • Wide-angle zoom lenses in the range of 18-200 mm or normal prime lenses of 35/50mm are recommended for shooting landscapes or habitat pictures of wildlife.
      • Macro lens are a must for shooting small wildlife and fauna such as insects, fungi, etc.
  4. I don't think I have all the right camera equipment with me.  What do I do?
    • No worries! We provide cameras and lenses for hire for our tour participants.  Please discuss with us when you signup for our tours.

 

 

Hampi-Time Travel

"If dreams were made out of stone, it would be Hampi”

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Hampi is also famous for its religious history rather than just the architectural beauty of its ruins. There are many well known temples here including the Virupaksha Temple, the Vijaya Vittala temple and Anjanadri Hill - the mythical birthplace of Hanuman. The Tungabhadra, one of the major rivers of Karnataka flows serenely along this town, providing an awe-inspiring natural setting near the ruins.

Apart from the temples and the natural scenery, there are also numerous water tanks and other public buildings that are beautifully constructed, reflecting the town-planning skills of the Vijayanagara kings. The aqueducts and canals give a glimpse into the water management system of the 13th-15th centuries.The natural stones of the surrounding granite hills were the source of huge boulders which were used by the Vijayanagara kings for the impressive stone carved pillars of the temples in Hampi.

There are more 500 places of Interest for visitors to check out, with over a 100 of them attracting thousands of visitors annually. The stone chariot at the Vijaya Vittala temple stands as an icon of the rock carving traditions of the Vijayanagara kings, and has been adopted as the emblem of the state's tourism department.

Excavation continues in Hampi to this date, with artifacts being unearthed on a daily basis. The Archeological Museum here is also a must-see for visitors to Hampi.

The Vijayanagara kings chose Hampi/Vijayanagara as their capital because of its location because surrounded by hills on three sides and fronted by the Tungabhadra; it offered enemies a difficult target. Today, the hillside and the river offer tourists some unforgettable natural and archeological splendor. Any visitor to South India should not miss this epitome of Vijayanagar Architecture.

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Dates : 11th To 13 July 2014

Day 1

Day 2

  • Reach Kamlapura early in the morning. And check - in at Maurya KSTDC.
  • After break-fast we have small briefing session about the place, then do a visit to Virupaksha Temple
  • In the afternoon we visit Daroji Bear Sanctuary & get an opportunity to photograph some wildlife. You can expect to see Sloth Bears apart from birds like Francolins, Painted Spurfowls, Spotted Owlet. Come back in the evening to base camp, where we relax and have tea.
  • Night after dinner we take a walk around the camp & try to find some nocturnal birds.
  • We wake up early in the morning to do some Birding around Kamlapura which is an excellent place for bird watching and bird photography.
  • A lot of birds like Spotted Owlet, Eurasian Eagle Owl, Pied Kingfishers, among others, can be photographed here.
  • We come to the base camp and after breakfast we will go for a tour of Hampi.
  • After the Hampi tour we will resume birding around the area & return to base around evening, have tea, refresh & pack up.
  • After an early dinner we pack up &  leave for Hospet, from where you can make your journey back home.

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What's Included What is Not included
  • All Entry fees 
  • All accommodations, 
  • All meals inclusive of staff tips 
  • Services of guides and drivers 
  • All local travel charges
  • Travel between your home and Agumbe
  • Any kind of personal expenses or optional tours, and extra meals ordered
  • Insurance, laundry and phone calls
  • Bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Anything that is not included in the inclusions list
₹9000/- For 2 days trip
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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How different are Photo Tours from ordinary tours?
Unlike travel agents who plan your holiday from a remote destination to places they sometimes haven't experienced themselves, Photo Tours offer a comprehensive experience through the guidance of an accomplished professional photographer & naturalist.Besides, most or all of our Tour participants are photography enthusiasts, which keeps the group in harmony and helps make your experience focussed.

Who can take part in this Tour?
Anybody with an interest in wildlife, photography or both, and is over the age of 18 (unless accompanied by a parent or adult guardian) is welcome to join the Tour.

I am a newbie in nature photography. Can I join?
Absolutely! This Tour is meant for budding as well as experienced photographers. Beginners get all the advantages of learning on and off the field from our eminent Skippers. In fact if you are a newbie, you should jump on this terrific learning opportunity and sign up right away! However, to make the most of the Tour, we recommend that you be familiar with the basics of photography. If you're not, kindly consider joining a Fundamentals of Photography Workshop first.

How sure are you about photographing the highlighted wildlife on these Tours?
Considering the meticulous attention to timing we pay while scheduling Tours, the local expertise we leverage and the experience of our Skippers, we believe that it would be extremely unfortunate if our sightings and photography were unsatisfactory. However, since we will be in an uncontrolled environment, sightings – especially of big cats – are NOT guaranteed.

What equipment do you suggest on this Tour?
Our Wildlife Tours offer equal opportunity for bird and mammal photography. For mammals, especially elephants, a telephoto zoom lens in the range of 70 to 200mm/300mm or 100 to 400mm works very well. Telephoto lenses of greater focal lengths also can be used to good effect. For bird photography, a lens with a focal length of at least 300mm with a 1.4x tele-convertor is usually essential. A wide-angle or normal zoom to capture landscapes or creative perspectives of wildlife is recommended. And since the light conditions in the forest can often be challenging, an image-stabilized lens and a camera body that performs well at high sensitivities are beneficial. However, if you do not have appropriate equipment, there is no need to fret. We can cameras and lenses for hire, so you can always hire what you need. Write to us to for details.

 

 

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Once the private hunting grounds of the maharaja, Bandipur is unapologetically wild terrain. Elephants roam in large herds, deer stare at you brazenly and peafowl flit in and out as they deem fit. Nestled at the foothills of the Nilgiris, Bandipur has had a long tryst with tigers. One of the thirty reserves identified across the country to save the tiger and its habitat, it's also one of the last refuges of the endangered Asiatic wild elephant. The Bandipur Safari Lodge is your way of being a part of this ecological haven.

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 Rs. 9000/- For 2 days trip

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Day 1 depart from Bangalore @ 10pm.

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Date : 5th July 2014

Duration - 2 Days (5th & 6th July 2014)

Start point -  Bangalore

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Agumbe - Rainforest Expedition

"The Sahyadris, also known as the Western Ghats, are well known for their rich and unique assemblage of flora and fauna. Norman Myers has included the Western Ghats amongst the 25 biodiversity hot-spots identified in the world..”

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Explore the Tropical Rainforest in its prime!

You will be spending 3 days exploring and photographing in and around Agumbe. Located in the Western Ghats, Agumbe is one of the top Biodiversity hotspots on earth - it is home to some of the most beautiful and rare mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians, flora and fungi. If lucky, you could spot the elusive King Cobra, the longest venomous snake in the world.

Agumbe is located at a distance of 380 km from Bangalore in Shimoga district of Karnataka state. It is situated at an elevation of 826 meters and is also called as “ Cherrapunji” of South India, owing to the highest rainfall (up to 8000mm) it receives. It is among the most scenic places with lush green forests, streams, rivers and of course the ghats!

dilan-mandannaThis tour is skippered by Dilan Mandanna, a renowned naturalist, photographer and filmmaker from Coorg. He has regularly worked with international production houses such as National Geographic and BBC.
Being born and brought up in the Western Ghats, he has extensive knowledge of its Natural history and his photographs have been featured in prominent publications. He has won an award at The Mercedes Benz 15th Federation Internationale de’l Art Photographique Nature Biennial World Cup 2010 (FIAP) - a prestigious International photography contest.

 

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Dates : Watch this space for an announcement !

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The itinerary below is tentative & subject to change once dates are announced.

Day 1

Day 2

  • We reach Agumbe early in the morning and check into the base camp.
  • We have a post-breakfast briefing session about the location. We then trek into the forest to explore many of the small streams and waterfalls. You will have ample opportunity to photograph many 'macro' subjects like Damselflies, Butterflies and other insects, small reptiles, fungi and amphibians.
  • After lunch, we head out for another walk into the rainforest. The forest patches are great places to watch various wildlife and spend leisurely time photographing the rich biodiversity.
  • In the evening we visit the Sunset Point where we have an opportunity to try landscape shots in the glow of the Golden Hour.
  • Returning to base camp in the evening, we relax with dinner.
  • We go out in the night looking for some of the nocturnal animals like the Brown- Palm Civet and the Indian flying squirrel. If we get lucky, we could also spot mouse deer, Slender loris and snakes like Malabar pit vipers and Cat snakes.
  • We wake up early in the morning for some bird watching and photography - for which Agumbe is an excellent place. A lot of birds endemic to the Western Ghats can be photographed here, like the White-bellied Treepie, Rufous Babbler, Wynaad Laughingthrush, Grey Headed Bulbul, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Frogmouth etc.
  • After breakfast at the base camp, we head out for a walk into the rainforest. The forest patches are great places to watch various wildlife and spend leisurely time photographing the rich biodiversity.
  • After lunch, we pack up for our return journey back home. 

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What's Included What's not included
  • All park/forest entry & safari fees 
  • All accommodation, on twin sharing basis.
  • All meals. 
  • Services of guides and drivers 
  • All local travel
  • Travel between your home and the tour destination.
  • All personal expenses, optional tours/activities and extra meals
  • Insurance, laundry and phone calls
  • Bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Anything that is not included in the inclusions list

Price : To be announced

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Discover Dandeli

"In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.” 

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Dandeli is situated in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka state, at an altitude of over 500m in the higher Western Ghats, with Goa on its western border. Being an an ideal place for birders, the best of Dandeli is however the evergreen forest. A short walk along any part of the forest is always a wonderful experience, and you are sure to encounter a wide variety of birds and mammals. If you are lucky you may even get to spot a melanistic Leopard, commonly referred to as the 'Black Panther'. The Malabar Giant Squirrel is also endemic to this region.

Dandeli is home to four species of Hornbills - Indian Great, Malabar Pied, Indian Grey & Malabar Grey. The list of birds one can expect to spot include the Imperial Pigeon, Emerald Dove, Pompadour Green Pigeon, Veriditer Flycatcher, Woodpeckers -  Lesser Flameback, Spotted,Roufous & White Bellied. Watching the Paradise Flycatcher in flight is a visual treat, Salim Ali's description in his field guide aptly describes the unsurpassed beauty of this bird -

"The agile fairy-like movements of the male as he twists & turns in the air after flies, with his tail-ribbons looping or trailing behind, is a spectale of exquisite charm"  

Join us on this tour to explore this piece of paradise on earth, captained by Gopi Krishnamurthy, a Certified Naturalist who has spent extensive time studying the wildlife of Dandeli while serving as the Chief Naturalist at a popular wildlife resort near Dandeli.

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Dates : Watch this space for an announcement !

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The itinerary below is tentative & subject to change once dates are announced.

Day 1

Day 2 

Day3

  • We pick you up from Dandeli by 10 AM and check into our base camp by noon.
  • After a post-lunch briefing about the location, we go on a safari at Dandeli Tiger Reserve.
  • Over late tea back at the camp, we have a review session of your pictures and some knowledge sharing on the techniques of wildlife photography.
  • Soon after dinner, we head out in the night in search of the Indian Giant Flying Squirrel.
  • We wake up to some early morning bird-watching.  A lot of birds endemic to the Western Ghats can be photographed here, such as the White-bellied Treepie, Rufous Babbler, Wynaad Laughingthrush, Grey Headed Bulbul, Malabar Grey Hornbill etc.
  • On our return, we have a review session of your pictures and share our experiences of the morning after breakfast.
  • After lunch and some rest, we go bird watching on the Hornbill Trail.
  • A campfire and dinner, we are soon out again on a night trail to shoot nocturnal fauna.
  • We begin the day with an early morning bird-watching session.  
  • We check out from the camp after breakfast, and head out to Dandeli town for lunch. 
  • Post-lunch, we head out on the Timber Yard Trail for some more bird spotting.
  • We drop you off at Dandeli for your return journey back home.
 

 

 

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What's Included What's not included
  • All park/forest entry & safari fees.
  • All accommodation, on twin sharing basis.
  • All meals. 
  • Services of guides and drivers 
  • All local travel
  • Travel between your home and the tour destination.
  • All personal expenses, optional tours/activities and extra meals.
  • Insurance, laundry and phone calls.
  • Bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.
  • All camera fees.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Anything that is not included in the inclusions list.
Price : To be announced

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Bandipur - Tiger Trail

 "The most magnificient creature in the entire world, the Tiger is...”

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Once the private hunting grounds of the Maharajas, Bandipur is unapologetically wild terrain. Elephants roam in large herds, deer stare at you brazenly and peafowl flit in and out as they deem fit. Nestled at the foothills of the Nilgiris, Bandipur has had a long tryst with tigers. One of the thirty reserves identified across the country to save the tiger and its habitat, it's also one of the last refuges of the endangered Asiatic wild elephant. The Bandipur Safari Lodge is your way of being a part of this ecological haven.

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Dates : 28 & 29 March 2015

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Day 1

Day 2

  • We reach Bandipur late in the morning and check into the Bandipur Forest Guest House.
  • After freshening up and lunch, we have a briefing session.
  • Lunch is followed by a Safari ride into the forest by a forest department vehicle. 
  • Before dinner we review the day's events and pictures.
  • We wake up early in the morning for another safari ride, where you can expect to spot a lot of birds and also get some landscape shots.
  • A lot of the endemic birds can be photographed here like the Coppersmith Barbet, Nuthatch, Hoopoe, Jungle Fowl, Streaked Woodpecker, Flameback, Crested Serpent Eagle, Changeable Hawk Eagle, etc. A lot of mammals like Elephants, Gaur, Striped Necked Mongoose apart from the iconic Tigers & Leopards can be seen.
  • After breakfast at the camp, we go around for a photo walk.
  • Lunch is followed by a quick pack-up and checkout.
  • We go out for another afternoon safari.
  • After the safari, we make our way back to Bangalore.

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Safari rides by individual vehicles is subject to availability at the venue.  
What's Included What's not included
  • All park and forest entry fees 
  • All accommodation, on twin sharing basis.
  • All meals. 
  • Services of guides and drivers 
  • All local travel
  • Travel between your home and the tour destination.
  • All personal expenses, optional tours/activities and extra meals
  • Insurance, laundry and phone calls
  • Bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Anything that is not included in the inclusions list
Price : Rs. 10,000/-  (Rupees Ten thousand only) booknow

FAQ

  1. What are your guided tours?
    • Our Guided Tours offer you the dual advantage of a wild-life travel experience that will refresh your mind, as well helping you shoot fantastic wild-life photographs.
      • Led by senior wildlife photographers & naturalists, our tours offer you increased chances of spotting wildlife, as well as making sure your photographs are shot correctly in such conditions.
      • As most of our tour participants are photography enthusiasts, the group objectives are synchronised, which in turn makes your trip more enjoyable and focussed.
  2. I am new to photography. Can I join?
    • If you are a beginner in photography, you should grab this terrific learning opportunity and sign up right away! Our Guided Tours cater to beginners as well as the more experienced photographers.
      • Beginners avail the advantage of learning from our veteran photographers and naturalists who help you with off-field briefings and on-location guidance.  
      • To make the most of our Guided Tours, we recommend that you be familiar with the basics of photography. If you're not, kindly consider attending our Fundamentals of Photography Workshop before your trip.
  3. Who else can sign-up for your tours?
    • Anybody with an interest in wildlife and/or photography can sign-up for our Guided Tours.
      • Minimum age requirement for tour participants is 18 years.
      • People under 18 years of age are also welcome to join most of our Guided Tours, as long as they are accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.  Please talk to us before the trip, so that we can make suitable arrangements for minors.
  4. How can I be sure that I'll get to spot all the wildlife you mention in your tour brochures? 
    • Our Guided Tours are planned carefully by experienced naturalists familiar with the locale of the tours, who among various parameters consider the climate, environment, habitat, etc. of the location before scheduling our tours.  As such, you are bound to get the best possible wildlife sighting experience in our Guided Tours, which will also reflect in your photographs of your trip.  
      • However, due to the nature of the environment of  our Wildlife Tours (wild, by definition!), there are many factors that are beyond our control, which do not promise you guaranteed sightings of all of the listed wildlife..
  5. What kind of cameras and lenses do I need to get for the tours?
    • On our Wildlife Tours, you can expect to shoot wildlife and fauna of all sizes - passerine birds and small frogs/insects to large waterfowl and elephants.  Given the range of subjects, we suggest the following equipment for your trips :
      • Cameras with good resolution, that allow interchangeable lenses.  Fixed lens cameras with a wide zoom range are also acceptable for some situations, but for the keen photographer in you, we recommend you carry cameras that allow you Manual controls.
      • Zoom lenses in the range of 70-300mm or 100-400mm is suitable for most wildlife.
      • Telephoto lenses with a focal length of at least 300mm with a 1.4x tele-convertor is usually required for bird photography..
      • Wide-angle zoom lenses in the range of 18-200 mm or normal prime lenses of 35/50mm are recommended for shooting landscapes or habitat pictures of wildlife.
      • Macro lens are a must for shooting small wildlife and fauna such as insects, fungi, etc.
  6. I don't think I have all the right camera equipment with me.  What do I do?
    • No worries! We provide cameras and lenses for hire for our tour participants.  Please discuss with us when you signup for our tours.

 

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