Travel with the Scotts - One of the greatest pleasures in life is to travel to far off places. All human beings retain something of the nomad – of wanderlust – and surely the spirit of that thought is nowhere better described than in the Swahili word ‘safari’ meaning journey. There is a resonance to the word; it has life to it, a sense of expectation hinting at a trek through wild country: the dust and the heat, the sight of all those wild animals on the move. The urge to discover what lies over the horizon, is as much a part of our being as the affinity that Angie and I feel for nature when we travel to places like Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park or Kenya’s Masai Mara National Game Reserve where we spend much of our time photographing. For us ‘safari’ is universal in its appeal, as much about a journey to Antarctica to see the ‘ice’ and the penguins as about a pilgrimage to the Mara.
We are offering you the chance to travel with us to our favourite destinations worldwide. We love to share our experiences as naturalists and photographers with other people, and have been fortunate to visit many of our dream locations. We are fascinated by all of life – people, animals, birds, reptiles, plants, insects – anything that moves (and a lot that doesn’t), and are equally fascinated by the cultural- side of traveling. India is as much about the temples as it is the tigers; a journey to Antarctica as much about exploring the differing personalities of Scott, Amundsen and Shackleton as it is in making the most of the possibilities of photographing a king penguin colony; and a visit to the Masai Mara or Serengeti region is a chance to learn more about the way of life of the Masai people who share their land with the big cats that have been the focus of our studies for so many years.
Our philosophy for hosting trips is to get the maximum out of each location. At times this means being up before dawn, thermoses of hot coffee, tea and biscuits stowed safely in the picnic box, allowing plenty of time to photograph the sunrise and to savour the exquisite early morning light as we search for predators – tigers in India, lions and cheetahs in East Africa or leopards and wild dogs in Botswana.
We make no apologies for the fact that we like to travel as comfortably as possible without compromising our objectives of being in the right place at the right time to make the most of the natural and cultural highlights of the region we are visiting. Ideally we like to travel with small groups, and on occasion spend part of the time in private tented camps allowing us the flexibility of deciding when to get up and when to eat, whether to come back for lunch or stay out all day. Certainly there is nothing quite like a long hot shower to wash off the dust at the end of the day, and the pleasure of sitting around your own campfire for sundowners.
Wherever possible we endeavour to visit the locations on our itinerary prior to hosting a trip to try and ensure that it meets our needs. We prefer to spend longer in fewer places to avoid ending up travel-weary. Both Angie and I love to take photographs, but when hosting a group we try to ensure that this adds to your experience rather than detracts from it. Fulfilling your expectations is our priority. We both firmly believe that staying at first class hotels or lodges - whether in India or the African bush - will allow you to relax and forget about your worries – even if only for a few precious days.
These are some of the key places we love to visit and would like to share with you:
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