Southern Tanzania – A truly unspoilt photographer’s paradise – Testimonials from previous guests

This is a splendid area to visit particularly because not many other people do !

Many of the traditional safari routes are becoming overcrowded now with associated problems for photography. Safaris in Southern Tanzania offer the true bush wilderness experience in an area with some of the purest remaining tracts of unspoilt game viewing in Africa. It is home to a select group of national parks and reserves covering huge areas, Selous is 4 times larger than the Serengetti, and offers superb and really remote game viewing opportunities.

It is simply one of my favourite places to visit in East Africa and this trip, visiting as it does two very different regions, gives a real taste of what safaris used to be like many years ago but uses modern vehicles and stays in small comfortable camps with all the modern conveniences such as flush loos, hot showers and proper beds.

To find out more take a look at the trip reports and photos for previous visits, the itinerary and importantly read the testimonials from previous guests below.

If you are interested to know more please contact me either through the contact page on this website or by e-mailing and I will be more than happy to discuss it with you or put you in touch with someone who has enjoyed a trip there with me in the past. You might also be interested in one of the other trips I run to East Africa e.g. the trip to the Massai Mara in February/March.

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Testimonials and feedback from previous guests on this safari.

Dave Hollis – after a trip to Southern Tanzanian 

As a keen photographer I wanted to improve my images. I have been on a good few workshops in the UK. I thought it was time to see animals in the wild.
I wanted to see a Leopard as my key image and capture that magical moment on camera. The entire trip was planned with Bob and his team to get us out there and lodges with all the magic in the trips.
I am glad to say that when I come back and went through my images and found that there were at a new level. I have entered a few images into international competitions. I have now got accepted in to Bristol, Southampton and Evesham international saloons.
I think the trip was a trip of a life time with great guidance and time given to help you understand the camera and how to get the better image. Bob team work hard to get everyone a best view. They tried hard to get the best correct light available. Tell us info and names of each animal seen.
It was so good I am saving up again and do another trip with Bob.

Barry Boswell – March 2013 

This was my first experience of a photo safari, so I had nothing to compare it with – but I could not fault it in any way. It is fair to say that I went on the trip with very high expectations my expectations which were surpassed in every respect. The skill of the drivers in putting us in exactly the right place for great photo opportunities was truly amazing. I also wanted to see some normal everyday life and colour among the local people. The Aitong market visit was exactly right for this – not at all stage managed and some great opportunities for a little candid photography.
Thank you.

Hilary Spurrier – After a trip to Southern Tanzanian

 A photo safari with Bob Brind – Surch is an unforgettable experience. It is a real privilege to have expert instruction while seeing an unbelievable range of animals. Bob’s expert knowledge ensures that your safari will be to places teeming with wildlife. He ensures that accommodation is of a good standard and that the guides are in tune with the needs of the photographer. Bob provides excellent advice. He is sensitive to the needs of the individual and pitches his advice at just the right level. He is not over intrusive in his instruction but provides timely reminders and individual help as necessary. Bob works hard to ensure that all the participants have a positive experience and come home with a set of memorable photographs. Bob is an expert wildlife photographer with decades of experience. He has a long experience of Africa and Safaris. He therefore ensures that the experience for the budding photographer is a very positive one as attention to details such as light and composition are used to guide the positioning of vehicles for photo shoots. I can recommend a Bob Brind–Surch safari without any reservations – I am looking forward to booking another before too long!

Many, many thanks Diana Gamble – After a trip to Southern Tanzanian

Dear Bob,  I ran out of superlatives some days ago with which to thank you enough for giving us such a wonderful time in Tanzania. A photographic safari is something I have wanted to do all my life, but I had no idea it could be as enjoyable and rewarding as ours was. (Let alone 4,500 images to deal with!)
I don’t think I had expectations in my mind as to what it should be like, but I can comfortably say this was better than I could have imagined! I appreciate you had put in a great amount of groundwork and planning and feel we were very privileged to reap the benefits of your hard work. I also think your ”pre-safari” notes were very useful as we were all “ready to roll” when we arrived. The two camps, in my opinion, were an excellent choice and in both places we were looked after so well. I felt that we were also very fortunate to have the exclusive knowledge of Mpogo, Abdulah and Makomba at Selous Impala and Marius and Lorenzo at Ruaha Kwihala. This seemed to make it possible for us to be in the right place at the right time as well as seeing “life as it happened”. I cannot thank you enough for all your help and knowledge with everything. I learnt so, so much and must now go back again to improve every photograph I took!

Ian Draper – After a trip to Southern Tanzanian

“If you are looking for a really good photo experience in Africa then look no further than one of Bob’s trips. I had the most wonderful time in Southern Tanzania during October – just so much fun and delight and truly fond memories. His advice, guidance, enthusiasm and knowledge were just what the group wanted.
Highly recommended.”