Join National Geographic travel photographer & expedition leader Christopher P. Baker on this one-of-a-kind photo tour & workshop to little-visited but utterly photogenic Mozambique

“Thanks for the master class in photography. I learned so very much from you, particularly about context, ambiance and milieu to create a riveting picture.
SARAH S., Jim Cline Photo Tours, Cuba 2020
“Chris, you are a one of a kind. Really enjoyed you as a photographer, a guide, and of course as a fabulous story teller.
You have so much Cuba knowledge and I loved your positive energy
ASA M., JIM CLINE PHOTO TOURS, CUBA 2020
“Chris was the perfect trip leader. His knowledge of the country and its history is vast and he enthusiastically wanted to share it with us along with his years of experience as a photographer… He’s talented, interesting, accessible, and fun to travel with. Plus, he really did seem to care about each of us — if we were okay, getting good images, too tired, too hot, etc. I would certainly travel with him again. He certainly kept up the high standards of a Jim Cline Photo Tour.”
JUDY B., COLOMBIA 2018

“This is as wild a place to see animals on safari as you’ll find in this part of the world,” says safari guide Pedro Fonseca, sweeping his arm across the savannah of Maputo Special Reserve. Burchell’s zebra and wildebeest thunder past, the earth trembling beneath their hooves. Fonseca breathes in slowly. “In five or 10 years, Maputo Special Reserve will be spoiled as a genuine safari experience. You’re privileged to enjoy it while it’s still raw.” — CHRISTOPHER P. BAKER

Imagine Zanzibar as it was four decades ago. That’s Ilha de Moçambique, with its cobbled lanes lined with 16th-century Portuguese buildings and even more ancient Islamic edifices. The teal-blue Mozambique Channel—swirled with carnation-pink sandy shoals—is studded with islands haloed by jaw-droppingly beautiful beaches. In the Bazaruto Archipelago, we’ll explore ramshackle fishing hamlets connected by sandy tracks, and sail on traditional dhows (ancient holdovers from when this coast was a dominion of Arab traders), their pointy sails slicing the shallows like shark fins. And Mozambique culture is as colorful as Crayola! The woman adorned in bright kanga wraps and shawls…. Fishers mending their nets and caulking and adzing their dhows… Youngsters playing mancala in the sand. Then there’s the raw, unfiltered safari experience…

Despite being barely a 90-minute drive south from Maputo, Mozambique’s tranquil capital, the 1,040 sq km (400 sq mile) Maputo Special Reserve is about as off-the-map a destination as one could imagine. Recently devastated by a civil war that decimated its wildlife, Mozambique struggles to compete in the big-stakes safari game. Yet rewilding of animals is reaching critical mass. About 650 of Africa’s largest-tusked elephants tramp the ancient pathways of Maputo Special Reserve, rekindling old acquaintances as they roam through dense grass and coastal dune forest.

Although tranquil now for three decades, Mozambique is still off the radar of most North American travelers. Now is the time to visit!

Throughout this tour, Chris will provide tips, guidance and help in compositional and lighting techniques, proper camera settings, and use of natural light to stunning effect. Plus, he’ll offer critiques on request. However, we will not be using technical lighting, nor provide any intensive workflow/post-processing instruction. We’ll offer a happy medium for those photographers who want to grow and expand their creative vision, yet for whom the sheer enjoyment of street photography and the cultural and travel experience is an equal priority

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TOUR DATES
11-23 SEPTEMBER, 2021 FULL
10-22 SEPTEMBER, 2022

PRICE
2021 = $7,175
2022 = TBS

ITINERARY (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

Day 1: 
Participants arrive and settle into our hotel in Maputo. Meet with Christopher in the evening for orientation, plus a set-the-scene slide show, then a welcome dinner.
Overnight: Montebelo Girassol Maputo

Day 2: 
This morning we’ll take a locally guided tour of Maputo, taking in the city’s architectural highlights (such as the cathedral and historic train station), plus the teeming fish market and waterfront wharves. The highlight today will be time spent in the Mafalala district, a economically challenged district that abounds with photographic opportunities, including shooting the Tofu da Mafalala performers in traditional costume.
Overnight: Montebelo Girassol Maputo

Day 3: 
Fly to Nampulo (or Lumbo) and transfer to Ilha de Moçambique—a 3-hour drive through villages where villagers sell roasted peanuts and cashews, plus harvested sea salt, etc. We’ll stop as photo opportunities arise, including dramatic landscapes studded by immense granitic inselbergs. One of Eastern Africa’s most alluring destinations, Ilha de Moçambique resembles a lesser-known Zanzibar… part ghost town, part lively fishing community and a UNESCO World Heritage Site with cobbled streets lined by Portuguese and Arab buildings dating back to the 16th century.
Overnight: Villa Sands

Day 4:
Full day photographing on Ilha de Moçambique, with its mostly Muslim and super-friendly community. We’ll concentrate our time today in the old fortified colonial quarter of Stone Town, with its fading yet colorful and über-photogenic architecture. Highlights will include  women clad in gaily colored capulanas (shawls and wrap-around skirts) and with faces painted white with mussiro paste as a sunscreen.
Overnight: Villa Sands

Day 5: 
This morning we’ll take a walking through Makuti Town, the humble quarter where the vast majority of the islanders live. Highlights will include fishers mending their dhows and nets; the old Mercado de Peixe fish market; bakers cooking bread in old stone ovens; and whatever else serendipity delivers. The afternoon is free for you to photograph Ilha de Moçambique at leisure.
Overnight: Villa Sands

Day 6: 
Return to Nampulo for our flight to Maputo for overnight.
Overnight: Montebelo Girassol Maputo

Day 7: 
An early morning departure via the new Maputo-Ponta do Ouro highway to Salamanga, with a quick stop at the Shree Ram Hindu temple. We enter Maputo Special Reserve and negotiate the sand tracks in 4WDs, accompanied by experienced guides. Created as Maputo Elephant Reserve in 1932, to protect southern Africa’s remaining coastal herd of elephants, Maputo Special Reserve combines grasslands, wetlands, swamp forests, mangroves and coastal lakes, and is a favorite of local safari operators who consider it as wild and untouristed a place to see animals on safari as you’ll find in this part of the world.  Tonight we’ll enjoy a night of luxury on the shores of the Indian Ocean at Anvil Bay.
Overnight: Anvil Bay, Maputo Special Reserve

Day 8: 
Return to Maputo via the Maputo Special Reserve—a full day of wildlife photo ops. En-route, we’ll hope to see giraffe, antelope, kudu, hippos, and the park’s legendary big-tusk elephants.
Overnight: Montebelo Girassol Maputo

Day 9: 
This morning we’ll fly to Vilanculos (via Beira) and drive to the village of Macunhe, where we’ll photograph (and support) the Machilla Magic community art project. Return to Vilanculos and check in to our lovely boutique hotel, Casa Rex. Return to Vilanculos, with time to enjoy an optional spa treatment or simply relax on the beach or poolside.
Overnight: Casa Rex, Vilanculos

Day 10: 
This morning visit “fish-market beach” and Mukoke market. The balance of the day is free for you to partake of optional activities (extra charge), such as swimming with whale sharks; a whale-watching excursion; scuba diving; or a thrilling option helicopter ride over the Mozambique Channel for aerial photography. (June-September the warm waters of the Bazaruto Marine National Park fill with whale sharks and humpbacks plus Southern right whales for mating and calving.)
Overnight: Casa Rex, Vilanculos

Day 11:
This morning we’ll thrill to a speedboat transfer to Magaruque and/or Benguerra Island, passing over the turquoise shallows of Mozambique Channel swirled in shoals the color of Valspar Perfection. We’ll enjoy a full day in the astonishingly beautiful Bazaruto Archipelago, including a chance to photograph flamingos (and, if we go as far as Benguerra, with opportunities to photograph the island culture). In late afternoon we’ll take a sunset dhow safari (two dhows) to return to Vilanculos.
Overnight: Casa Rex, Vilanculos

Day 12: 
We return to Maputo today. We’ll enjoy a farewell dinner, followed by a slideshow of everyone’s favorite images.
Overnight: Montebelo Girassol Maputo

Day 13: 
Depart for home


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