This coming year is our seventh year of organising photosafari trips around the world. How did time fly? What started off as shared cost photo trips for members of Photomalaysia, has now grown beyond the shores of Malaysia. Participants from around the world have joined our photosafari adventures to different parts of the world.
In 2016, we intend to do something different. We just realised that our last train may be arriving soon, so we are going to go the areas where we have desired so long to visit but had not found the opportunity or time. Yusuf and I will be leading different routes so that we are more efficient and save us shared cost on these trips. We are organising trips to hard-to-go places on your own like Svalbard cruise, Kashgar to Kyrgyzstan, DPRK, Patagonia and a host of other countries unless you have lots of time on your hands. We have also lined up local professional photographers in their respective countries to guide us on some of our photosafari trips. They will not only impart their local photography knowledge, but also their photography culture.
Red Valley Photosafari
The year we will start off with a photosafari adventure to the Red Valley in Yunnan Province, China, from 23-28th February. This area has one of the largest terrace rice fields in China and home to a few minority tribes. Surprisingly, tourists both local and foreign have not invaded this place. We have managed to secure the services of a professional Chinese photographer who has been photographing in this region exclusively for the past seven years. His works are published in landscape books, tourism promotion material and large prints in hotel lobbies. He told me that this place has more potential for better landscape photos than the rice terraces in Yuanyang, a famous World Heritage site.
Lofoten, Norway and Iceland Photosafari
From 17th March to 1st April, we will visit the Scandinavian countries of Lofoten, Norway and Iceland. The winter scapes are a sight to behold. You will be spending endless nights chasing a-once-in-a-lifetime experience of watching the Aurora Borealis dancing across the night sky.
New Zealand, South Island Photosafari
For the first time, we are heading South to New Zealand from 27th Apr to 7th May. The trip will cover South Island and its wonderful autumn colors. South Island offers lots of landscape opportunities and adventure fun. Perhaps you may want to try to film yourself jumping off the bridge in one of the many bungee jumping stations.
Morocco Photosafari follows next from 21-31st May. We have done a similar trip there this year and are motivated to do another trip in 2016.
Chengdu to Lhasa photosafari
In June during the month of Ramadan, we are going to take a leisurely road trip from Chengdu to Lhasa from 11-24th Jun. We will be passing through some of the best landscape and human interest photography places you can dream of. We will visit some National Parks like Juizhaiguo and Huanglong National Parks. The drive from Chengdu to Lhasa is the most scenic drive compared with other similar routes. The slow ascend to Lhasa prevents AMS or altitude sickness from developing.
Hokkaido, Japan Photosafari
After Ramadan, from 30th Jul to 7th August, we will be embarking on an adventure to Northern Japan, Hokkaido. We will be organising this photosafari jointly with a well known Japanese documentary photographer. It will be an eye-opener for those who would like to learn, exchange techniques and views with the Japanese photography community.
Kenya Photosafari has been on our minds for quite a long time. This year, we will be organising a photosafari trip to Masai Mara to shoot the migration path of the wildebeest from 19-28th August. There will be a lot of other big animals at the park.
Svalbard, Greenland Photosafari
From 2-12 Sep, we will be taking a cruise on a chartered cruise ship on a Svalbard Photo Expedition. This is one of the best times to visit Svalbard and Greenland just before the sea freezes in late autumn. The haunting scenes of icebergs speak for itself.
Kashgar – Kyrgyzstan Photosafari
At the around the same time, we will be leading another photosafari group to Central Asia from 2-15th September. We are continuing the journey on the Old Silk Road from Kashgar to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan. This place is just opening up to visitors after it broke up from USSR. Early September is the best time to visit Kyrgyzstan just before the border roads are blocked due to heavy snowfall in late autumn. We will explore the ancient tradition of horse games, hunting with eagles and the nomadic lives of locals.
DPRK (North Korea) Autumn Photosafari
We have visited DPRK (North Korea) in 2015. We were very impressed with what we saw and especially the food. The best time to visit DPRK is in autumn where there is a chance to shoot the beautiful autumn scenes. The trip will be from 21-29th Oct when the maple leaves will turn bright red and yellow before falling off the trees.
Our final trip of the 2016 season will be a trip to Patagonia from 11-26th Nov. The journey begins at Buenos Aires, it will continue the South to Perito Moreno Glacier, El Calafate and Ushuaia. This once-in-a-lifetime journey has been on a lot of people’s bucket list.
Please note that the photosafari trips and dates are subject to change without notice. This is due to external factors that are beyond our control.
If you are interested in some of these photosafari trips, please let us know, we will reserve a place for you.