Whether you are a keen photographer or an aspiring amateur — photographs capture some great memories and are a wonderful keepsake from our travels. Our specialists have put together a selection of excursions that offer great opportunities for photography.
Photographic safaris in Botswana
The Chobe River in Botswana is teeming with wildlife and is particularly renowned for large herds of elephants. Audley has partnered up with a specialist photographic company, Pangolin Photographic, to offer several options in this area for keen photographers or novices looking to hone their skills. A half day safari can be taken, either in their customised vehicle on a game drive or in their specially designed boat, with a professional photographer who will teach you what to look for when photographing wildlife.
Siem Reap photography tour, Cambodia
For those with a keen interest in photography and wanting to get the best of their time at the temples in Cambodia, this trip has been designed to help you do just that. Dutch artist and photographer Eric De Vries, has been a resident of Cambodia on and off for many years and has had numerous public exhibitions of his photography of Cambodia, most notably of the temples of Angkor. He will spend the day with you, taking you around some of his favourite temples and the most famous ones, helping you get the best from your camera and to improve your photography skills.
Overnight cruise on Milford Sound, New Zealand
Milford Sound is breathtaking, particularly when the water is still and reflects the surrounding mountains. Waterfalls plunge into the water, hidden by dramatic cliff edges. Look out for sea lions sunbathing on the rocks and if you're lucky you may even catch sight of the elusive penguins. The overnight cruise on Milford Sound gives the best opportunities for photography, enabling passengers to capture the evening and morning light. There aren't any professional photographers on board but it's an ideal trip for capturing some beautiful photographs.
Evening boat ride to the ghats, Varanasi, northern India
Less than a two hour flight from Delhi, the holy city of Varanasi has been a pilgrimage site for thousands of years. The best way to appreciate and absorb the spirituality is from a boat on the river Ganges; watching people’s daily activities; families bathing, ceremonial offerings being given to the river as well as the funeral pyres and the evening aarti. You do need to be careful and respectful when taking photographs here, but the evening light is perfect for photos of the ghats, the temples and architecture as well as all the flickering lamps floating downstream and the sunsets.
Photography tour of Havana, Cuba
Havana is a hauntingly beautiful city, with an impressive and unique mix of architecture. This tour can be taken in the morning or evening light and focuses on the historic centre of this World Heritage site — photo opportunities of crumbling colonial building and classic American cars are endless! Take time to wander through the streets, soaking up the atmosphere. Make sure you visit a few of Hemingway's old haunts, some of the craft markets and of course, a cigar factory.
Walking through the Dragon’s Backbone, Longji, China
Walking through the Dragon’s Backbone rice terraces in Longji is a fantastic way to experience ethnic minority life in the mountains, as you’ll pass through several small villages replete with traditional wooden architecture, and will see local minority people working in the rice paddies or drying chillies, mushrooms and corn. Combine this walk with a stay in the Lian Lodge, which has excellent views across the terraces and is owned and run by professional photographer Keren Su.
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