Joe and Mary Ann McDonald's

Wildlife Photography

Photo Safaris

Mary and I personally conduct several photo safaris each year.
All of our trips are tailored to your needs --
we only deal with small groups.

For information on our safaris, please choose:

Ethiopia's Mountain Mammals
(.........) February 22 - March 7, 2008

Ethiopian wolves, ibex, hamadryas baboons, lammagyer vultures, and spectacular landscapes. This safari will be devoted to the exotic wildlife of the incredible highlands of Ethiopia.

Jaguars and the Wildlife of the Pantanal
(.........) August 27 - September 7, 2009

This trip booked full hours after being offered. We intend to do this trip again in 2010. Although there is no brochure at this time, the Trip Report will give you most of the details.

Previous entry:
In August, 2008 I'll be doing a scouting trip to the world's largest wetlands, Brazil's Pantanal. On my scouting trip I'll be devoting most of my time in searching for jaguars, the New World's largest, and the world's third largest, cat, and from this experience I'll set up the trip to maximize our chances for photographing wild jaguars while still photographing the Pantanal's other incredibly diverse wildlife. Other species we can expect include giant otters, jabiru storks at the nest, hyacinth macaws, other parrot species, a variety of song, perch, and water/wading birds, birds of prey, kingfishers - the best location in the world, pootoos, caimens, anacondas, and other reptiles, amphibians, and insects. I expect this to be one of our most exciting destinations in 2009, so if you're interested, get on to our first-contact list ASAP.

Kenya PHOTO SAFARI - Samburu, Nakuru, and the Masai Mara
(.........) October 3-17, 2009 and (.........) October 17-31, 2009
These are among our most popular, and difficult to get into, tours. Contact our office for final dates.
We'll be visiting the three best game-viewing and photography destinations in Kenya, and probably in all of Africa. Each locale is unique, with the endemic species of semi-arid Samburu -- gerenuk, reticulated giraffe, beisa oryx, Gunther's dik-dik, and of course great elephants and a wonderful chance of leopard. Samburu's bird photography is extraordinary, too. Lake Nakuru is famous for its flamingos -- sometimes numbering in the millions, but it also has a candy-store variety of mammals, including great white rhino, Rothschild's giraffes, and baboons, vervet monkeys, leopards, various antelopes, and many species of birds. The crown jewel is the Masai Mara, and our tours are virtually the only photography tours that visit three distinct locations within this incredibly rich park. By staying at three different camps -- in the south, the west, and finally the east, we'll maximize our game-viewing with minimum driving, concentrating on the rich game of the region. Our subjects -- the best! Including wonderful cheetah opportunities, great lion prides, hyenas, jackals, leopards, all the plains game, crocs, hippos, elephants, and many species of birds, both song and birds-of-prey. Our trips are limited to 3 photographers per vehicle! Price is from Nairobi, and includes all food, lodging, fees, and ground transportation.
Fee: TBA

(.....) This trip will again be offered in the fall of 2010.

Rwanda's mountain gorillas are perhaps the premiere and most spectacular wildlife encounter any wildlife photographer and wildlife lover can have.
Participants Limit: 5 Fee: TBA
The Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda - December 2005 trip For Further Reference, view this older brochure.
Photographing the gorillas is almost a life-changing experience. It is magical, exhilarating, and extremely productive. Rwanda is a magical, scenically beautiful country that is safe, tourist-friendly, and surprisingly comfortable. Features 5 days of Mountain Gorilla permits and an extra full day for photographing the landscapes and the people.


Torres del Paine, Chile

Torres del Paine, in the fabled land of Patagonia, the windy mountains and steppes of southern Argentina and Chile, sports some of the most spectacular landscapes on earth. The horns and towers of the the Paine masiff are almost beyond description, rising abruptly from the relatively flat steppes of Patagonia. This trip will be primarily scenics, with views of the mountain dominating our agenda, but there is a surprising amount of diversity available with wildlife, flowers, gauchos, and more.
Dates: We may be offering this trip in the fall of 2010. Price: TBA If you are interested in this tour, or of joining me on a special Puma photography expedition, contact our office.


Falkland Islands

The Best Location for Bird Photography I've ever seen! CONTACT OUR OFFICE FOR THE POSSIBLIITY OF A FUTURE TRIP! We have kept our brochure up so that you will know what to expect from this very rewarding, bird photography trip.
Think about the King, Gentoo, Rockhopper, and Magellanic Penguins, the black-browed albatrosses, striated caracaras, kelp and upland geese, giant petrels, elephant seals, and more we film on these safaris!


Tanzania's Great Wildebeest Migration in the Serengeti

TheGnu Birthing Season

We will offer this trip in the future (our last was in Jan-Feb 2009). Contact our office for more information.
Tanzania's Serengeti is world-famous and justly so. It is a sweeping, spectacular landscape with herds of gnus and zebras, with grassy plains dotted with spectacular granite kopjes, the home of lions and cheetahs. We'll be visiting two different locations in the Serengeti, as well as the incredible Ngorongoro Crater -- a wildlife mecca that is home to extremely trusty wildlife species. Our visit is timed to be in the prime areas for witnessing the birthing of the wildebeest (gnus) and all the drama often associated with this spectacle. Contact our office for an immediate email notification when we prepare to do this trip.


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