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BIRDS AS ART ON-LINE Notes September 23, 2002

Saddle-billed Stork, Ndutu, Tanzania  Copyright 2002 Todd Gustafson

Todd Gustafson and I are looking for a few experienced, personable photographers to join us on a photography trip to Tanzania.  We already have our airline tickets and will be going alone if that’s how it plays out.  We will be flying to Amsterdam on Wednesday January 22, 2003.  (My Orlando flight arrives at 7:25 am on the morning of January 23.)  Todd and I will be on the same flight to Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) on Thursday, January 23.  This will be KLM flight 571 departing Amsterdam at 10:55 am and arriving in Arusha, Tanzania at 9:30 pm on the same day.  If you would like to join us, you will need to either be on that flight or arrange to be in Arusha no later than that evening.  

We will be photographing at various hotspots from Friday, January 24 until and flying back to Amsterdam late on the evening of Friday February 7 on KLM Flight 569 (which connects in Dar es Salaam) and arrives in Amsterdam at 8:20 am the next morning.   This will give us 14 ½ days of solid photography.  On our first morning, we will photograph at Arusha National Park.  Then we shall visit Ngorongoro Crater, the areas around Ndutu Safari Lodge, and Serengeti and Tarangire National Parks.  All accommodations will be first class/luxury.  

"Lion King"  Ngorongoro  Crater, Tanznia   Copyright 2002 Todd Gustafson

After the first day, we will (barring any unforeseen happenings) be staying at each spot for three or four nights; there will be none of the usual pack and drive shenanigans that one often encounters on safaris designed to “show you everything and every place.” There will be no firm itinerary for this trip as with Todd’s intimate knowledge of Tanzania and with his local and United Touring Company connections, we will be fine-tuning our travels to maximize the photographic potential (which, I have failed to mention so far, will feature dozens of great bird species including lots of raptors, as well as the usual assortment of African mammals…)  

Todd was born in Tanzania, and has visited each of these spots at least five times. His familiarity with the peoples and culture of Africa makes traveling with him a breeze.  After a brief 7-day visit last year he chose 40 images to be duped to 70mm and placed in his “Family Jewels” file.  The United Touring Company (UTC--the one with the zebra-striped vans) will provide all ground transportation, lodging, meals, park entry fees, tented camp & hotel fees, and guide services.  There will be a maximum of 3 photographers per vehicle.  Please understand that though Todd and I will be glad to answer all of your photography questions and guide you in making great images, this is not a formal tour

Long-crested Eagle  Copyright 2002 Todd Gustafson

The cost of the ground portion of the trip will be approximately $6,300.  (Non-photographer spouses or companions may join us for the same cost.)  As the cost of the flights is rising quickly (as the two JRO flights fill up), it will be best to act quickly if you do wish to join us.  If you are serious about coming, but wish to learn more about the specific bird and animal species that are likely to be encountered, feel free to e-mail Todd at

Todd is a dear friend, a wonderful husband and father, a BIRDS AS ART student, and despite being both a world-class trumpet player and an incredibly skilled carpenter, is an accomplished professional photographer as well.  In his second year of selling images he grossed more than $125,000…   He has seven photographs in a permanent slide exhibition in the Smithsonian.  Again, we are looking for a few experienced, personable photographers to join us on this incredible adventure.  If you are seriously interested, please check out the flights first and then contact me.




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