My trip to Botswana with you was simply fantastic and beyond expectations. I had booked the trip a year in advance and was looking forward to it with a lot of excitement. As a result, it took quite some doing to achieve an outcome beyond my expectations. This was certainly one of the best vacations in my life in one of the best places in the world. Andy, I think of your role in 2 parts: (i) thorough preparations in arranging the best guides, accommodations and logistics, and (ii) more importantly, coach, friend & guide to help us take better photographs. On the first part, the arrangements were flawless. The guides at each camp were outstanding & extremely knowledgeable - unlike regular guides, they understood the needs of photographers and the appropriate positioning of their vehicles to enable all passengers get a good angle for their photos and to position us well in terms of the angle of the available light. The camps were also well selected with abundant wildlife, high quality accommodations and highly courteous/ friendly staff. Many thanks to James & Nicky at Eyes on Africa for taking such good care of the arrangements.
Andy, you were fabulous - great knowledge of African wildlife, highly passionate about photography, always willing to go the extra mile, always helpful (even when you were sleepy!), genuinely keen to teach/ share your knowledge and keen to ensure that all participants have a great experience. I must have asked you hundreds of questions & you answered all of them with a smile. You are a warm and great guy to spend 2 weeks with! Equally importantly, you were also sensitive to our special needs - such as ensuring that I was comfortable on game drives since I have a bad back. I also observed that while you were keen to take wildlife photos, you put the needs of the group above your own. For example, you did not hog the best seats or determine where we would drive solely based on your own personal desires. I took hundreds of great photos during the trip and have shared them with many envious friends.
I definitely will go on more photo safari trips with you and am tentatively planning a trip to Botswana in 2011!
Here are some of Rajesh's wonderful images from our safari together from our safari to Botswana in July.
You can see my 2010 African safaris online here. I have spots available on some of my safaris and not on others. If you are interested in one of these safaris, please email me at email@example.com while there is still space available. My safaris book up early!