Special Photographic & Wildlife trips
From special photographic safaris, where you’ll discover magnificent wildlife in its natural habitat, to the Antarctic wilderness, home to penguin rookeries, whales, elephant seals and countless seabirds. Exodus invites budding and professional photographers to encounter a wealth of extraordinary ecosystems, civilisations and experiences across all seven continents.
For much of this magnificent safari your only companions will be your guide, your fellow travellers and the remarkable wilderness. Namibia is sparsely populated anyway but the time spent in a 5000 square kilometre private concession is unique. There is a very good chance of encountering desert elephants and this area boasts a large concentration of rare, desert-adapted lack rhino. Meeting the Ovahimba people is a real highlight, as we will get to see their traditional way of life. We do not ignore the obvious attractions of Sossusvlei, Etosha and Swakopmund but our time in the northwest is an opportunity not to be missed.
• No. of days: 15 • Trip Code: AZP • 2008 Departures: May to October
Following the extraordinary success of Paul Goldstein's special photographic safaris in 2007, he will be repeating the formula in 2008. Again at Kicheche Migration Camp, a small, wonderfully positioned exclusive camp with all the expertise of its sisters: Kicheche Mara and Bush Camp, this promises to be another banquet of game. Guests at Migration Camp are not just a number, the Camp is solely for this series of safaris and designed discreetly with great staff and excellent food. Photographically, the Mara is unsurpassed and this is the best time of year to be there, in the middle of Migration.
• No. of days: 9 • Trip Code: AYX • 2008 Departures: 27 Sepember and 4, 12, 19 October
The countryside of Tuscany stretches from the crisp, clear air of the Apennines to some of the most beautiful coastlines of Italy. Its cities are among the greatest cultural treasure houses of Europe, from Florence, the home of the Renaissance, to the mediaeval splendours of Romanesque Lucca, and ancient hill-towns. Away from the well-worn tourist trail, parts of Tuscany are still quite remote, such as the Garfagnana, a beautiful rural enclave flanked by the Apennines and Alpi Apuane. Following a network of footpaths linking fishing villages and vineyards we enjoy the panoramic views of the Cinque Terre.
• No. of days: 8 • Trip Code: ADT • 2008 Departures: March to October
Jordan is an ideal destination for a one-week break. It includes the spectacular 'Rose-red city' of Petra and one of the best preserved Roman cities in the Middle East, Jerash. It is also home to some fabulous scenery in the desert at Wadi Rum, where we take a 4WD excursion into the more remote regions and camp out like the Bedouin. There is also time to float in the Dead Sea and snorkel (optional) over the magnificent coral reefs of the Red Sea.
• No. of days: 9 • Trip Code: AXW • 2008 Departures: February to December
For those with a serious wildlife interest we offer a few two-week cruises each year. These allow more time at the main sites, and also visit some of the more distant ones, including the largest island, Isabela. Dramatic as well as big, Isabela is second only to Iceland as the most volcanically active place in the world. It has some of the finest scenery in the archipelago, and is one of the few places where you can see the giant Galapagos tortoises in the wild. There are also opportunities for the more energetic to do some extended walks in the interior of some of the islands.
• No. of days: 20 • Trip Code: AAW • 2008 Departures: March, June, and November
Northern India is home to many wildlife parks. On this trip we visit three tiger parks and the bird sanctuary at Bharatpur, to enjoy some magnificent wildlife in its natural environment. Ranthambore, former hunting reserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur, oasts large numbers of sambar and chital as well as tigers. Kanha is teeming with varieties of deer, monkey, langur, wild oar and waterfowl. All of these parks are ideal for viewing both predator and prey, and with seven included game drives and ore optional ones, our chances of seeing the magnificent tiger are greatly increased.
• No. of days: 17 • Trip Code: AIW • 2008 Departures: January to December
BBC presenter, wildlife photographer and polar enthusiast Jonathan Scott will accompany the 15 July sailing on the Shokalskiy. Martin Gray, veteran of more than 170 voyages in the Arctic, will lead the expedition. In addition to the fleet of Zodiacs carried aboard Shokalskiy for ocean level cruising and shore transfers, there are sea-kayaks great venues for sharing stories about the day’s activities. The bow is an excellent platform for wildlife photography, and the flying deck affords magnificent 360° panoramic views.
• No. of days: 12 • Trip Code: AWO • 2008 Departure: 15 July
This is a unique opportunity to travel on Antarctica’s most spectacular voyage in the company of a very special collection of wildlife experts, including the acclaimed Jonathan Scott. This early season departure means we will have more time with the rookeries on South Georgia and concentrate on the huge bergs of the Weddell Sea, as well as hopefully getting in at Paulet Island where 100,000 adelies reside before setting off for the continent.
• No. of days: 23 • Trip Code: AWG • 2008 Departure: 25 November