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Scotland Winter Photo Tour - February 2021

Scotland's Winter Wildlife Photography Tour

Dates - 20th to 26th February 2021

Some of the finest opportunities for photography in Britain are to be found in the Scottish Highlands and during this holiday we aim to photograph several charismatic mammal species that are rare or absent south of the Scottish border. In specific locations or from specialist hides we will photograph Red Squirrels, Crested Tit and Red Deer. On Dava Moor our target will be Red Grouse with its wonderfully colourful plumage which can look especially good photographed against a background of snow, and we'll journey to the Findhorn Valley to photograph another Scottish specialty, the Mountain Hare. We'll also visit the Moray Coast in search of wintering sea ducks and waders as well as ascend the slopes of Cairngorm in search of Ptarmigan and Snow Bunting.

Oliver will be your guide throughout the trip, collecting and returning you to Inverness and leading your tour to the beautiful Cairngorm Mountains. We will also be exploring other opportunities throughout the trip including the fabulous Findhorn Valley.

Key Information
• Location – Scottish Highlands
• Dates –20th to 26th February 2021 (confirmed)
• Places – maximum of 6 (spaces available)
• Cost – £1795
• Single Supplement – £250
• Booking – call Kerrie Porteous at Naturetrek on +44 1962 733051 to book your place
• Included – all food, accommodation, local transportation and guiding

For the full itinerary, prices and further details on the running of the trip please visit Naturetrek.

Hungary Wildlife Tour - June 2021

Hungary's Great Mayfly Emergence

Dates - 16th to 23rd June 2021

Hungary still preserves some of the best natural areas in Europe due to less intensive farming practices and relatively little industrial development. Mayflies used to be abundant all over Europe, but river pollution and habitat destruction depleted them. Hungary however, still preserves a good population and the mass emergence which takes place along Tisza River in the second half of June is one of the most wonderful spectacles of nature. Hungary also offers an abundance of other wildlife including butterflies in large numbers, dragonflies, amphibians and reptiles. The birdlife in the visited areas is also extremely rich and we are likely to see such enigmatic birds as European Bee-eater, European Roller, Great Bustard, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Saker and Red-footed Falcon, Black Woodpecker among many others.

This two centre, 7-night tour is timed to witness a truly spectacular emergence of millions of the mayflies and other abundant wildlife along the Tisza River before driving to the Bükk Hills to explore the woodlands and meadows that are home to a wealth of nesting birds and butterflies on the wing. The opportunity to enjoy flower meadows and conduct small mammal and moth traps makes this a great tour for the all-round naturalist.

Oliver will be your guide throughout the trip, collecting and returning you to Budapest Airport and leading your tour to the wonderfully rich habitats near Lakitelek and the Bükk Hills.

Key Information
• Location – Lakitelek & Bükk Hills, Hungary
• Dates –16th to 23rd June 2021 (confirmed)
• Places – maximum of 8 (spaces available)
• Cost – £2095 (or £1895 land based only)
• Single Supplement – £225
• Booking – call David Phillips at Naturetrek on +44 1962 733051 to book your place
• Included – all food, accommodation, transportation and guiding

For the full itinerary, prices and further details on the running of the trip please visit Naturetrek.

Northumberland Photo Tour - July 2021

Northumberland - Seabirds & Castles Photography Tour

Dates - 5th to 9th July 2021

The Northumberland coast is photogenic — with mile upon mile of long sandy beaches and big skies, its broad vistas and moody, changeable cloud formations are pleasing to the eye … and the photographer’s lens! We’ll make daily excursions from our comfortable hotel base in search of the region’s wildlife, landscapes and castles. Our visits to the Farne Islands will provide excellent opportunities to photograph a tantalising array of seabirds at close range, from exquisite Arctic Terns to the ever-photogenic Puffins. Back on the mainland, our time will be spent photographing some of the county’s iconic castles, including Bamburgh, making the best use of light and tides to capture atmospheric images.

Oliver will be your guide throughout the trip, collecting and returning you to Newcastle and leading your tour to the famous Farne Islands for seabirds and Lindesfarne and Holy Island for landscapes. We will also be exploring other opportunities throughout the trip as time will be on our side with long daylight hours.

We will be saying in Bamburgh and Oliver will also help with additional post-processing if time permits and be on hand to assist in your image taking throughout the five day tour.

Key Information
• Location – Lindisfarne & Holy Island & Farne Islands
• Dates – 5th to 9th July 2021 (confirmed)
• Places – maximum of 6 (4 spaces available)
• Cost – £995
• Single Supplement – £60
• Booking – call Kerrie at Naturetrek on +44 1962 733051 to book your place
• Included – breakfast & dinner but lunches to be paid separately

For the full itinerary, prices and further details on the running of the trip please visit Naturetrek.

Madagascar Photo Tour - September 2021

Wildlife Photographic Tour of Madagascar

Due to COVID-19 the tour has now been postponed until 2021. The details below are subject to change, however are correct as of 20th July 2020.

Working with Devon-based specialist wildlife tour company Reef & Rainforest, I will be joint leading an exciting photographic tour to Madagascar in 2021.


Dates - 3rd to 17th September 2021

Guides - The tour will be led by Oliver along with wildlife expert Daniel Razafimandimby, who has over a decade of tourism & guiding experience in Madagascar. Daniel’s profound knowledge of Madagascar’s wildlife and Malagasy culture combined with his natural charm and excellent spoken English will greatly enhance your knowledge of your surroundings and enjoyment of the tour.

Tutor - Photographic tuition by professional wildlife photographer & naturalist Oliver Smart. Oliver will give full photographic guidance throughout the trip and also offer Adobe Lightroom tuition for those who wish to learn the best ways to process your images taken on the trip.

Daily itinerary - Bizarre & extraordinary is what differentiates Madagascar from anywhere else on the planet. This tour takes in many key habitats to find and photograph some of the unique and wonderful wildlife, dramatic landscapes and intriguing culture.

Key Locations - We will be visiting some of the most beautiful and productive wildlife sites in the country including Berenty, Kirindy, Perinet (Vohimana), Mantadia National Park and Le Palmarium Reserve.

Key Information
• Location – Various (see above)
• Dates – 3rd to 17th September 2021 (confirmed)
• Flights – international flights are not included in the tour price however Reef & Rainforest can help you with booking these as required. All internal flights are included
• Places – maximum of 8 (4 spaces available)
• Cost – see Reef & Rainforest's website
• Single Supplement – see Reef & Rainforest's website. Please also advise if you are willing to room-share
• Booking – call Reef & Rainforest on +44 1803 866965 to book your place
• Extensions – additional options are available if you wish to extend the tour and take in other locations (e.g. Nozy Be, Ifaty etc.)
• Included – all internal flights, accommodation and food, airport transfers, ground transportation, guiding and photographic tuition
• Not Included – alcoholic beverages (except selected drinks at some lodges), travel insurance, tipping & any other items of a personal nature
• Medical - please speak with Reef & Rainforest to discuss your personal medical background, vaccinations & high altitude travel
• Internet Access – WiFi available in the majority of locations

Trip Details - The full itinerary is now available. For more information on this specific tour please view the itinerary at Reef & Rainforest or by phone on +44 1803 866965 and speak to Ian Loyd.

If interested in future tours with Oliver or would like to be added to a reserve list then please call +44 7802 417810 or email Oliver Smart for more information.

This slideshow selection shows images taken from Oliver's last visit to the country.

Uganda Photo Tour - September 2021

Uganda - Mammals & Mountains Photography Special

Uganda is a beautiful country and boasts over 340 mammal species. Beginning our holiday at Lake Victoria, we’ll then head west to Lake Mburo National Park where we’ll look for avian rarities such as African Finfoot, as well as mammals that we are unlikely to encounter elsewhere. From here we’ll travel south on a bumpy, scenic road to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to over 300 Mountain Gorillas, many other primates such as the attractive L’Hoest’s Monkey, and an assortment of unusual birds. Queen Elizabeth National Park is our next stop; ‘QE’, as it is affectionately known, offers Uganda’s best game viewing and a host of waterbirds. Our final stop is Kibale Forest, where we’ll look for up to 11 species of primate, including Chimpanzees.

Although this will be Oliver's first time to the country, he will be on hand with all you need for your photographic tour along with expert local wildlife guiding. There will be no shortcuts on this epic adventure as we aim to capture some of Africa's finest wildlife.

Key Information
• Location – Uganda
• Dates –29th September to 12th October 2021 (confirmed)
• Places – maximum of 6 (spaces available)
• Cost – £5995 (land cost only £5395)
• Single Supplement – £925
• Booking – call Alison Steel at Naturetrek on +44 1962 733051 to book your place
• Included – all food, accommodation, transportation (see pricing) and guiding

For the full itinerary, prices and further details on the running of the trip please visit Naturetrek.

Ethiopia Photo Tour - October 2021

The Photogenic Wildlife Highlights of Ethiopia

Due to COVID-19 the tour has now been postponed until 2021. The details below are subject to change, however are correct as of 20th July 2020.

Working with Devon-based specialist wildlife tour company Reef & Rainforest, I will be leading the second exciting photographic tour to Ethiopia in November 2021.

Dates - 25th October to 6th November 2021

Guide - The tour will be led by Oliver along with wildlife expert Daniel Million, who has over a decade of guiding experience in Ethiopia. As one of the top Ethiopian naturalists he is well-placed as a top tour leader and naturalist for our adventure.

Tutor - Photographic tuition by professional wildlife photographer & naturalist Oliver Smart. Oliver will give full photographic guidance throughout the trip and also offer Adobe Lightroom tuition for those who wish to learn the best ways to process your images taken on the trip.

Daily itinerary - The trip has been tailored to cover many of the magical locations in Ethiopia, where we’ll be exploring and photographing a wealth of mammals, birds and other wildlife as well as taking in a good chunk of the fascinating culture. Extraordinary landscapes dominate the background to our wildlife watching and stunning star gazing at night will top off a truly remarkable adventure.

Key Locations - We will be visiting some of the most beautiful and productive wildlife sites in the country including the Simien Mountains, Bale Mountains National Park, Sanetti Plateau, Harenna Forest and Lake Awassa.

Additional Site Visits - We will also visit Gondar Castle, Fasilides Bath and Debre Birhan Selassie Church. Don’t worry as there is plenty of wildlife to spot around these locations too!

Key Information
• Location – Various (see above)
• Dates – 25th October to 6th November 2021 (confirmed)
• Flights – international flights are not included in the tour price, however all internal flights are (please ensure you book international flights with Ethiopian Airlines)
• Places – maximum of 8
• Cost – see Reef & Rainforest's website
• Single Supplement – see Reef & Rainforest's website. Please also advise if you are willing to room-share
• Booking – call Reef & Rainforest on +44 1803 866965 to book your place
• Extensions – additional options are available if you wish to extend the tour and take in other locations (e.g. Rock Hewn Churches of Lalibela)
• Included – all internal flights, accommodation and food, airport transfers, ground transportation, guiding and photographic tuition
• Not Included – alcoholic beverages (except selected drinks at some lodges), travel insurance, tipping & any other items of a personal nature
• Medical - please speak with Reef & Rainforest to discuss your personal medical background, vaccinations & high altitude travel
• Internet Access – WiFi available in the majority of locations

For more information on this specific tour and to book your place then please visit Reef & Rainforest or call them directly on +44 1803 866965.

If interested in future tours with Oliver or would like to be added to a reserve list then please call +44 7802 417810 or email Oliver Smart for more information.

This slideshow selection shows images taken from Oliver's last visit to the country.

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