Spain: Iberian Lynx, Eagles, Otters & More
Max 3 photographers & 1 tutor - no more than 2 persons per hide at any time
Private concession with specialist photography hides
No baiting of the lynx
*This safari will be conducted with social distancing measures in place if necessary at time of departure
Fitness level required: mostly easy days, just get in and out of the hides and vehicles! One session walking upriver with some slopes and less smooth terrain searching for otters.
Tour leader: Trai Anfield - award winning wildlife photographer, film maker, travel writer and broadcaster
Many thanks to Martin Steenhaut for additional photography on this page
Close Encounters With The
Rarest Cat In The World.
No wildlife photographer should miss the chance to photograph Iberian lynx, one of the world's most endangered cats.
Back from the brink of extinction, only 400 individuals exist in the wild, most of them concentrated in this rugged and unspoilt region of Andalusia in southern Spain.
Working closely with WWF to conserve this beautiful feline species, our private concession has a very healthy population of lynx. This time of year is the optimum time to photograph them, as this is mating season when they actively seek each other out.
Our hides are situated in the heart of rich feeding areas, and where well established trails intersect, so our chances seeing lynx are maximised. Of course this in itself does not constitute a guarantee, and patience is a necessity on your packing list when attempting to photograph these elusive cats.
There is so much more to photograph though, and you'll never be short on inspiration with Trai as your tutor!
Your Spanish Safari Highlights
Rich diversity of European wildlife
Specialist hides for many species including:
Black and griffon Vultures
Small mountain birds
Red deer (including backlit against sunrise)
Otter tracking day on foot with Blue Magpie and many other birds
Safari scheduled to ensure best photographic conditions for wildlife & landscapes
Great opportunities for intermediate and experienced photographers looking for
1-2-1 technical tuition and creative
inspiration with Trai Anfield
Expert local wildlife guide
Small group size - max 3 guests
Covid19 social distancing measures in place
Lots More Than Lynx!
In addition to Iberian lynx you will have the chance to use a specialist hide to photograph golden eagles against majestic mountain backdrops, and other iconic Andalucian species including Spanish imperial eagle, black vulture and griffon vulture.
We will also have access to a bespoke hide for red deer, carefully designed and situated to optimise your chances of gaining backlit shots against the sunrise.
To stretch our legs after a couple of days in the hides we will head out on foot along the river to track local otters, which seem far more accommodating for photographers than many we have encountered elsewhere.
And of course this area of Andalusia is teeming with birds - we'll be on the lookout for blue magpie and Iberian grey shrike amongst others, and listening for the melodious thekla lark and many more.
TYPICAL ITINERARY - please note that days may be rearranged depending on sightings and weather conditions
January 25 - early flight to Malaga and transfer by car to guesthouse
January 26: Lynx hide - full day
January 27: Lynx hide - full day
January 28: full day guided photo tracking on foot for Otter, Red deer, Blue Magpie, landscapes
January 29: Lynx hide / Golden eagle hide - full day
January30: Lynx hide / red deer hide - full day
January 31: car transfer to Malaga airport and onward travel
2021 Departures and Costs
DATES: 25-31 January 2021
RATES: £2940 per person
Based on 2 guests sharing a twin room throughout.
Single room supplement available on request.
INCLUDES: all Spanish road transfers, all hide rentals and transfers, walking safari, local expert wildlife guide, expert photographic tuition, full board accommodation and all meals from lunch on Jan 25 to breakfast on Jan 31.
EXCLUDES: *international flights; visas if necessary, gratuities, personal insurances, drinks.
*We are happy to assist with booking flightson request.
Please note - places are strictly limited to 3 guests so immediate booking is essential to secure your place.
Our preferred partner agency Wildlife Trails was established in Cumbria in 1999 and is an independent travel agency specialising in responsible eco-tourism and tailor-made wildlife encounters.
Their experts have a wealth of knowledge, based on first-hand travel experience. We combine this with our expert knowledge of photographic requirements to give you the ultimate photography experience.
*COVID19 PROMISE & PRECAUTIONS
Fairness and flexibility are always our watchwords when it comes to our client experience. Our partner agent Wildlife Trails also understand the financial as well as practical uncertainties our guests face when arranging travel in the time of Covid19 and together we are responding with our Covid Promise:
Wherever possible we will ask for a smaller deposit than usual and will also defer the balance payment to as close to departure time as possible. We will always talk with you before requesting balance payments to review the latest advice and make sure you are comfortable with all your arrangements for travel. If not we will offer a comprehensive range of flexible alternative options.
Our clients this year have highly praised our performance, which in terms of fairness, flexibility, transparency and responsiveness has outshone many major companies.
"Such a shame that we are not at Zimanga....hopefully next year!! I have certainly been more than happy with the service from Alan and yourself. Absolutely brilliant." P Duncan
"We were more than happy with the way and speed that you and Allan dealt with the cancellation and are only sorry we had to go down that route. Hopefully we can arrange something in the future" J Crook
"The service from yourself and Allan has been great with both of you being very understanding in these difficult times" J Shield
Please do not attend the safari if you or your family are showing any symptoms of Covid 19.
Social distancing measures are expected to still be required for this safari, though you can still be sure of the usual wonderfully intimate experience with the animals and birds.
Please note that your booking constitutes acceptance of the need to prioritise safety for yourself and all others associated with the safari at all times. This means you agree to adhere strictly to the relevant government's current Covid19 advice throughout, which may include the wearing of a mask when necessary.
- This workshop will be held well away from crowds in the beautiful peaceful mountains of Andalusia, Spain
- Places are strictly limited to 3 guests and 1 tutor
- Only 2 persons per hide at any time
- Clear plastic dividers inside hides
- Participants should travel to Malaga and on to our destination using all possible personal protection
- Please do not greet anyone by shaking hands and avoid physical contact at all times
- Only touch your own photography equipment
- Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth
- Guests are asked to please arrive with your own masks (N95, R95, KN95 or surgical masks) and they must be worn according to WHO safety standards.
- Hand sanitiser will be available at all times
- 1m+ distancing will be maintained
- Masks will be worn whenever necessary
- Trai will also be wearing gloves when helping with guest cameras
Please note that your booking constitutes acceptance of the need to prioritise safety for yourself and all others associated with the workshop at all times. This means you agree to adhere strictly to the government's current Covid19 advice throughout, which includes the wearing of masks when necessary. Anyone not complying with safety measures will be asked to leave the workshop. No refund will be offered in this circumstance.
We cannot accept responsibility for any subsequent infection.
Other than that it will be business as usual with the incredible animals and birds, and of course the most wonderful and creative photographic opportunities!
*BOOK SAFELY & WITH PEACE OF MIND: OUR COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
A personal note from Trai
"The safety of my guests has always been uppermost in my mind, and I have given much thought to appropriate social distancing measures for my safaris. Though these will be mandatory for the foreseeable future, you can still be assured of a wonderfully intimate experience with the wildlife we encounter.
Thank you in advance for your adherence to the measures below, and for keeping us all safe while we continue to explore new places and enjoy our photography!"