Reviewed by: Larry Lehner
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Brazil's Pantanal
Experience:

The Pantanal trip ended up all that I had hoped for animal wise. We had enough Jaguars to fill all the memory cards I needed with plenty of interesting shots.

As usual, Jami and Theo did an excellent job in securing guides and lodging considering we were in the middle of nowhere. The rivers were well taken care of.

This was our third trip with Wild Focus Expeditions and considering a 4th.

Larry Lehner



Reviewed by: Betsy Lehner
Trip rating: Good
Country visited: Brazil's Pantanal
Experience:

The Pantanal is spacious wetland in central Brazil. The trip to get to the focal region was planned well and it was distant. We had very educated Brazilian guides. Targeted species were seen: ocelot, tapir, jaguar, capybara, giant river otters,caiman, birds of prey, and song birds. Photographic opportunities were abundant. questions were always addressed. Photography hints and assistance were amply provided by Theo and Jamie.

Out of our control were the extremely hot temperatures.
The 3 lodgings were adequate, kept clean, and sleeping quarters were air conditioned. Food was basic and repeated.

Wish to visit?? Go soon, (over) tourism is raising its ugly head.
Regulations regarding siting, boating, crowding need to be addressed by the government.



Reviewed by: Patricia Baker
Trip rating: Good
Country visited: Brazil's Pantanal
Experience:

The guides were excellent, the jaguar viewings wonderful! Also, giant river otters, tapirs and a multitude of birds.
Out of Jami and Theo’s control: the weather, the food, and the fact that the area is being “discovered” with little control over the tourist trade.
I would highly recommend going sooner rather than later, the wildness of the Pantanal is diminishing rapidly.
Pat Baker



Reviewed by: Dan Baker
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Brazil's Pantanal
Experience:

Fascinating part of the world. Saw lots of jaguars. an ocelot and two tapirs not to mention the many birds and caimen. Theo and Jami’s previous experience in this region was invaluable in making this  a successful trip. I would recommend going there sooner rather than later as it is becoming “discovered”.



Reviewed by: Patrick Cantwell
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Svalbard
Experience:

I had the privilege of setting sail on Arctica II on Wild Focus expeditions Svalbard Extreme in June. What an incredible experience, the scenery alone is worth the journey, however it is the amazing knowledge and experience that Jami, Theo and Heinrich provide that makes this trip exceptional. Spotting lone polar bears on ice flows several kilometres out at sea and manoeuvring the yacht into place for prime viewing is what you can expect with this team. The accommodation is cosy, yet warm and inviting, with all cabins having en-suite facilities. While we all chipped in with cooking, both Theo and Heinrich prepared their specialties. Enjoying a glass of wine while sailing this incredible archipelago and listening to stories from Theo’s many amazing travels, or sharing a cup of coffee in the morning with Jami’s beaming smile. A journey I will never forget. An incredible place, an amazing team, and spot on organization with Wild Focus Expeditions



Reviewed by: Bonnie Windell
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Botswana
Experience:

Fabulous opportunities to see and photograph wildlife. Jami and Theo were a great help in making our photographs sharp! Brian and Josh were very knowledgeable about the animals, tracking them, and setting us up for the best views to photograph! There was no lack of wildlife: elephants, warthogs, lions, many kinds of antelopes, birds, hippos, giraffes, crocodiles, etc… All of the beautiful people on staff that put up and took down tents, prepared showers, set up the tables, did dishes, cleaned our clothes, and fed us, were kind and helpful in every way! Totally enjoyed the music and dancing as well! Loved walking with lion cubs and riding an elephant! Definitely an amazing trip!



Reviewed by: Renee Iacone / Steve Clearman
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Botswana
Experience:

This was a wonderful trip!  Botswana is a treasure. Theo and Jami were very knowledgeable about taking pictures of wildlife and very available to those of us who needed the support of experienced photographers. Our safari guides, Brian and Josh, were super hosts who made sure everyone enjoyed the camping and game drive experience. Everyone felt like royalty. Beautiful Tumi, our campsite chef, created delicious and creative meals that were beyond expectation. Hot water bottles  tucked into our cots were such a welcome surprise on chilly nights! And last but not least – Jami’s “two week” parlor game was a killer!



Reviewed by: Hadley Iacone
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Botswana
Experience:

Absolutely incredible! I can’t say enough good things about this trip. Jami and Theo are great hosts and fun, extraordinary, people. The food was amazing, and the support staff were wonderful. Our guides, Josh and Brian, were extremely knowledgeable, and were fantastic at getting us the best and closest views of the animals. In addition, it is very clear that they all have great respect for the animals, the people, and the environment which, as an individual working in the field of conservation science, is important to me. (Also, they all had great stories!) Every aspect of the trip was well-thought-out. Every day brought very special experiences that I will treasure forever. It was unlike any trip I’ve ever taken.



Reviewed by: Kevin Smith
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Botswana
Experience:

Truly an amazing experience. You couldn’t possibly be closer to nature, deep in the bush, with wildlife all around, including in camp. I added about 7k clicks to the shutter count on my camera, mostly because everyday on our game drives we had more wildlife sightings than we could handle. To have lions within 10 feet of the vehicles was not uncommon, and safe I would add because of the experience Jami and Theo bring, along with that of our guides. To top things off, the cuisine everyday was delicious, with a lot of local dishes, and a camp staff that came to feel like family. If you’re looking for an authentic and intimate safari experience, in the wild, look no further than Wild Focus!



Reviewed by: Cecile Smith
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Botswana
Experience:

I just returned from a two weeks trip  to Botswana with Jami and Theo, and can say, without any hesitation,that this was the best travel experience of my life. The trip was superbly planned and everything exceeded my expectations! I was joyfully overwhelmed by the amount of wild life we saw and experienced in the bush. Jami, Theo and their guides always took the time to answer any question we may have had regarding animal behaviors and wildlife , which i found fascinating. Everyone was super friendly, the staff was amazing (we ate like royalty in the middle of the bush!) and the trip provided the perfect amount of excitement while feeling safe at all times. I cannot recommend this trip enough. Kudos to Jami and Theo for providing this kind of service and experience; it was truly magical.



Reviewed by: Wayne Woodward
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Svalbard
Experience:

Svalbard Extreme !!! What an adventure. When you board a small but comfortable yacht (Arctica 2) with a bunch of like minded wildlife adventurers who are up for an expedition ‘on the fly’ that relies on the Skippers local knowledge and the experience and talents of photographers Jami Tarris and Theo Aloffs you soon learn that you’re going to be up close and personal with the very best that Svalbard and the Arctic has to offer. A photographers paradise with the changing moods of nature’s seascapes and landscapes. Exceptional wildlife viewing, Polar Bears, Walrus, Seals, Arctic Fox + + and birdlife aplenty for even the most ardent of ‘twitchers’. Extreme Svalbard gets you eye to eye with it all. What an adventure this has been, so good that I would do it all again tomorrow.



Reviewed by: Adriana Morales
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Botswana
Experience:

Africa, a dream come true!

This trip exceeded my expectations, it was marvelous in every way. We had sightings of so many different wild animals and in their natural behavior. We saw lots of elephants, packs of lions, a leopard and her cubs, wild dogs which sadly are rare to find since they are endangered, beautiful birds, crocodiles, an aardwolf, hyena, so many more. A big plus was being in mobile tents, it made the experience even more real and adventurous. Our wildlife guides were very knowledgeable of the bush; safety plus living the experience was their number one priority. The whole crew was amazing.

Jami and Theo, the expedition leaders, are always superb not only on taking care of all the details of the trip but also making sure their guests are well taking cared of, they are wonderful souls who care a lot about wildlife and pristine environments. I feel so fortunate to have met them.

This trip will stay in my heart as one of the most memorable.



Reviewed by: Michael Dyer
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Botswana
Experience:

It takes an extra dimension of humanity to lock in to the natural world of Africa and Jami and Theo have it in spades. If you are going on a mobile photographic safari in Africa, this is the team to go with.

For example, the participation of the esteemed local guides in Botswana, Brian and Josh, was a payoff of many years of trust and friendship with Jami and Theo that is not available to everyone. Indeed, there are some one-off dudes with temporary signs taped on vehicles guiding in the parks that make one appreciate the high standards of guiding delivered by Wild Focus. Plus, Brian and Josh were mannerly and damned funny.

We also encountered some self-drives. One was lost, another stuck in the sand, and another backed into a parked vehicle of observers at a water hole. So you see the upside of professionalism, high quality vehicles and prime campsites.

Speaking of funny, that Theo. I don’t know how to put this, but the net result is laughter.

Jami and Theo collectively pack an enormous array of knowledge along with those fancy cameras. A tree, a bird, an alert sound, a track, a rarely sighted animal. They fill you in when you need it. Pure experience is the only way to come to that level of understanding the complete African environment.

All the very positive details listed by the other Botswana trip reviewers are accurate, but I would also like to give a special shout out to our small group of traveling companions. If you are going to be in the bush for ten days, you might as well have a hell of a lot of fun, and we did that.

Many thanks to Wild Focus for sharing that extra dimension.



Reviewed by: Lesley Dyer
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Botswana
Experience:

How do you describe a trip of a lifetime?
A place that you’ve dreamed of since you were 10 years old.
A place of wonder where animals roam free where you are a guest in their realm and your role is stillness, quiet and observing them in awe.
A place where you rise before dawn and dress with an excited feeling building in you like a kid on Mardi Gras morning.
What will you see today?
What prize will you capture through your lens?
How close will you get to a king?
A place where you watch a red sun set over cocktails, feel the warmth of a roaring fire and new found friendships and feast over stories from your day of adventure.
A place where you lie awake reflecting on the majesty that you have witnessed and listen for the sounds of great beasts outside your tent.
A place where you are humbled by all you draw in with your eyes, your heart, your soul.
A place never to be forgotten.

Thank you Jami and Theo for the memories, the moments, the magic.



Reviewed by: Kathryn Gray
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Botswana
Experience:

There should be a rating above excellent because that doesn’t begin to describe the wonderful eleven days with Jami and Theo in Botswana and Zimbabwe that vastly exceeded our already high expectations.

From first meeting Jami, her passion for Africa and showing people the amazing country, people, animals and land was obvious. Her desire to share her passion with fellow travelers helps build excitement for the trip long before one steps off the plane in Maun. And then meeting Theo, not only the consummate professional photographer, but a very knowledgeable old hand at the African experience, with a twinkle in his eye and a wit that is special, we knew we were in for something unique. Their intimate knowledge of all things African – art, topography, animals, flora and history – help to make this trip much more than just driving around looking at the amazing creatures that call this place home. We were introduced to a woman in Maun trying to replicate her village and give jobs to dozens of single mothers by keeping their craft of basket making alive – a friend of Jami and Theo’s. We were shepherded around by two other old friends of theirs, African safari guides Brian and Josh, who’s local knowledge of the area added much to the trip and kept us enthralled.

Both Jami and Theo’s expertise with a camera is mind boggling. Standing next to them, using the same settings, their photos look worthy of a coffee table book and mine something out of a how-not-to in a beginners photography manual. However, their expertise with a camera is almost second to their willingness to share their knowledge of how to work a camera that is what makes them so special. They taught me more about not only how to use the camera, but how to line up shots creatively and with thought than any class has ever given me. Their patience and kindly given constructive advise was invaluable.

However, this is not just a photo safari. You are surrounded by people (Jami, Theo, Brian and Josh and the amazing traveling staff) who share so much more about the animals, land, history, people and politics. My husband doesn’t know how to turn on a camera but spent eleven days enraptured. An interest in photography is not a prequisite for this trip. A desire to learn and enjoy a new experience is more than enough motivation to make this trip the trip of a lifetime.

Dinners in the bush, cooked by the astounding Tumi, were unbelieveable – as were breakfasts, lunches, high tea, sundowner cocktails and snacks – but it was the fun interaction with our traveling companions, filled with stories, laughter and fun, at the table that we will always treasure.

Theo and Jami are delightful, kind, warm, funny and caring people. Their goal is for everyone who travels with them to have a positive, unique, fun and eye-opening experience. And they more than provide. I cannot recommend this trip enough to anyone seeking a memorable experience with great people in Africa.

Thank you Ms. Jami and the Gurman, we not only feel like we have had the experience of a lifetime, but have made lifelong friends!



Reviewed by: Boris Kester
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Svalbard
Experience:

From the moment I contacted Jami about joining their Svalbard Classic tour, I felt an enthusiasm that instantly made me impatient to actually step aboard the ship. Apart from that, a cool sense of humour told me that, even though I was traveling alone, I would be fine during the expedition.

When, days before the start of the expedition, SAS went on strike, things almost seemed to go wrong. Fortunately, I was able to book a flight on another carrier (as did the other participants), but I did arrive two days late. Jami did all she could to offer us a dogsledding tour on the day of our departure, which was a great introduction to the stunning landscapes of Svalbard.

As soon as we stepped on the M/S Freya, and were introduced to the bear guides Mette, John and Jens, and the crew of the ship, I knew Jami and Theo had managed to get together a great team which, on an expedition with only 12 passengers, is very important and makes a big difference. Everyone went out of their way to make the trip truly memorable. The bear guides were awesome (I already knew Mette and John from an Antarctica expedition, and Jens turned out to be the perfect addition), the cook managed to prepare dinners which were better every day, the staff served his creations with a big smile, the captain and his staff never tired of explaining us anything we needed to know about the route, the landscape, the ice conditions, etc. etc. The mechanics managed to keep the ship going flawlessly.

Jami and Theo: two complementary characters making for a great team. Warm humans with an open mind to all aboard. Always ready for a chat, for explanations about photography, for a joke, for stories of their adventures in remote places around the world. Inspirational!

I was especially happy for having chosen a small expedition (having been to Antarctica on a 100-pax ship). It makes it all low-impact, easy to deal with, gives you personal space, makes getting into zodiacs a breeze. It might cost more, but is definitely worth the money as you experience is much more intense.

A big thanks to J&T!



Reviewed by: Muriel Fariello
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Botswana
Experience:

Jami and Theo created a very special trip to Botswana and Victoria Falls. It was filled with wild life we have never seen before. Our camp guides Brian and Josh were very experienced finding wildlife to photograph at ever turn.
Jami and Theo gave us some very important photography tips for capturing the essence of the animals and birds we saw. Some of the highlights were astonishing. A lioness with her cubs frolicking feet from us. She had killed an animal and called to her cubs to come feast on it. Quite a wonderful scene between the cubs and her walking them off to eat the kill. Another group of lions with cubs were also in the area and we took every advantage to capture their life in the wild.
A rare look at a Leopard with her cubs which was so exciting. Never saw this before as they are so rare to see.
We were given a great opportunity to visit an Arrdwolf in its den. Eventually it moved on and gave us a full view of this beautiful animal as it left the den.
Elephant groups with their young at the water holes were a very impressive sight.
The food was excellent prepared by Chef Tumi. Each meal was different well presented and delicious. 5 star restaurant quality. Our extended trip to Victoria Falls was enhanced by an elephant ride and visit to a sanctuary for baby lion cubs which we were able to walk with and pet.
I would strongly recommend this trip to anyone who wants a tailor made adventure.
This was our second trip to Africa with Wild Focus Expeditions.



Reviewed by: Simran Gill
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Svalbard
Experience:

I have been with Jami and Theo for two trips to Svalbard. The Svalbard extreme was outstanding. We were in a small boat for many days scouting for wildlife and this trip gives you the real flavour of what a wildlife trip is all about: hard work, patience, struggle, living in harmony and most importantly being equal participants. I enjoyed every bit of my time in the 15 days. We had one of the best polar bear sightings. Wildlife is a lot of luck as well and we managed to see a lot of it (seals, walruses, birds, balugas, humpback whale, minki whale). The trip was organised meticulously by them. You will get to witness Theo’s humour as part of the package and it is hilarious :) I would recommend this trip to anyone who is ready to take up a challenge, enjoy wildlife at its best. Our captains were excellent and know the area extremely well.



Reviewed by: Ken Kushnir
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Svalbard
Experience:

I was unsure as to what to expect on my first trip with Wild Focus Expeditions for a number of reasons; I have never really been an avid photographer, I had never been to the Arctic, and I had never been on a ship longer than a ferry ride from Vancouver to Victoria. All I can say is that none of these things mattered in the least! Our expedition to Svalbard was SPECTACULAR!

From the Dogsled trip on our first day, to the wonderful time we had aboard the MS Freya I totally enjoyed every aspect of this trip! Jami and Theo did an amazing job of organizing, hosting and teaching us about the islands and photography.

Our guides Jens, Mette and John were knowledgable about the Arctic and the wildlife we were observing and were constantly working to maximize our experience, while managing our safety, and minimizing our impact on the animals we were observing. All three have have become good friends.

The Captain and crew of the MS Freya were a true pleasure to be with and they took care of all of our needs while aboard. The other members of the expedition were also a pleasure to travel with!

I took more pictures than I could count of reindeer, seals,  walrus, foxes,  beluga whales, calving glaciers, icebergs, sea ice, spectacular mountain scenery,  and of course, polar bears! Some of them even turned out to be pretty good, thanks to advice and coaching from Jami and Theo!

Mary and I were thrilled to have had the opportunity to participate in this experience, and I am positive we will travel with Wild Focus Expeditions again in the very near future!



Reviewed by: Liz Ricklefs
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Svalbard
Experience:

Our trip to the Arctic was amazing and what fun ! Great to see a different and very important part of the world. The MS Freya was just right – it was comfortable, the food was delicious, the bear guides were exceptional – on the lookout for polar bears, arctic foxes, whales, seals, walruses, etc 24/7. We saw at least 18 polar bears ! What we found to be really special about Wild Focus Expeditions is Jami and Theo (owner/consultants) travel with you which means they are right there “real time” to make sure you have the exceptional experience that you expected. They try very hard to please ! Also, they are great fun and very knowledgeable about photography and the environment. Steve and I will travel with them whenever possible. (Actually, going to the Pantanal in September and Jami assures me that we will see Jaguars!)As you can tell, we were thrilled with our Svalbard experience and highly recommend Wild Focus Expeditions.



Reviewed by: Pat Baker
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Svalbard
Experience:

Great trip! Wonderful part of the world.  Very educational and upfront and personal about the very real dangers of climate change.

Comfortable ship, great guides, good food. Happy to have the opportunity to see that part of the ecosystem before it is gone



Reviewed by: Jim White
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Namibia
Experience:

Just returned from our expedition to Namibia.  The trip was a sampler of what Namibia has to offer.  Trips to Sossusvlei and the surrounding dunes was a magical experience.  We followed that with a few days in the Hoanib River Valley where we saw desert adapted elephants.  Beautiful creatures in a spectacular setting.  A rare trip to the Skeleton Coast was also a highlight.  Once again Wild Focus did a spectacular job.  This was a complex trip with multiple flights covering long distances.  From travel to accommodations to hotels to game drives everything was perfect.  I strongly recommend this trip and Wild Focus Expeditions.  This is our fourth trip with Jami and Theo and the have all been spectacular.

Thanks Wild Focus!



Reviewed by: Mary Kushnir
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Svalbard
Experience:

The Svalbard expedition was certainly a trip of a lifetime for me!  It is such a surreal setting, so beautiful yet so desolate at the same time.  We spent ten days on the MS Freya, a lovely, very comfortable boat with an exceptional crew, who spend so many hours making sure that the guests’ every need is met.  The food was amazing.  I am a vegetarian (the only one on the ship) and the chef created a separate dish for me every day.   Our three bear guides were very special.  Each of them has very different backgrounds,  and so bring considerable knowledge of wildlife, nature, glaciers, conservation to the expedition.  On top of that, they were fun, told crazy stories, and were a pleasure to spend time with. We spent quite a bit of time searching for and taking pictures of the wildlife that Svalbard is known for -polar bears, walrus, seals, arctic fox, reindeer, beluga whales, and so many arctic birds to name! I understand that our three or four sightings of arctic foxes was very rare, not to mention the nine different sightings of beluga whales.  On two occasions, we were totally surrounded by the belugas in our zodiac, and even had several swim under our boat!  Now I must talk about our trip leaders from Wild Focus Expeditions – Jami and Theo.  They happen to be friends of ours in Santa Fe, so I may be a bit partial.  But, not knowing what to expect on this type of adventure trip, I was a bit nervous.  Silly me – it was the best experience of my lifetime because of the amazing experience, organization and personalities of Jami and Theo.  They are so great at helping all the guests with cameras and photography.  They are constantly watching all the guests to make sure their needs are met and that they are having a good experience.  I am absolutely blown away by both Jami and Theo, and cant wait to sign up for our next trip!  I only have one regret – I chickened out when it came my turn to do the polar plunge! I guess I have to return to Svalbard so I can redeem myself!



Reviewed by: Dan Baker
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Svalbard
Experience:

Great trip with outstanding resources. Jami and Theo are not only extraordinary photographers but terrific travelling companions as well. The bear guides were knowledgeable and worked their tails off to find us numerous views of bears, fox, whales and walrus up close and personal. Beautiful ship with crew completely focused on making us all comfortable and well fed!
First rate experience in every aspect.



Reviewed by: Wayne Woodward
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Mongolia
Experience:

This is a bit premature as the Mongolia expedition is not until 2020 however i was fortunate to join Jami on her Mongolia scouting trip in March so want to comment here. Mongolia is a country i’ve been curious about for some time and it far exceeded my expectations. We experienced three different areas and cultures as well as the capital city and surrounds of UlaanBaatar or UB for short. Mongolia is a place of space, vast regions of a once truly great historical empire that stimulate the imagination. The Gobi desert delivers with massive sand dunes, its lunar-type landscapes, features of Flaming Cliffs, Mongolia’s two humped bactrian camels (a surprisingly comfortable ride) and a night sky that never ends. The opportunity to stay in a Ger,.. that’s bucket list accommodation stuff. We also travelled way out west and spent ‘up close and personal’ time staying with and getting to know Kazakh eagle hunters. We rode the same stocky horse they used to conquer their vast empire with, we photographed them amid mountains and landscapes that were simply jaw dropping and we were warmly invited into their homes and community. We shared their food, daily family life and were also introduced to their music. A local eagle hunters festival coincided with the timing of our trip so we witnessed men and one young girl all in full competition mode. A real photographers or adventurers appetite wetter for the annual Golden Eagle Festival, which has to be a truly incredible experience. We were there at the end of winter so needless to say it was cold, real cold and snow covered but as spring commenced the promise of warmer weather bringing new animal life and colour was becoming obvious as the landscape began to change. Fall too must be beautiful season to travel Mongolia. Although it’s not included in this itinerary I will mention here that we visited the remote Tsaataan reindeer herders as you’ve possibly seen Jami’s images. That’s a worthwhile but entirely different, very difficult and time consuming travel experience. Having experienced Mongolia and done so at its coldest and most difficult travel times, this itinerary as planned looks tempting enough to seriously consider making a return visit. I could go on and on as the more i write the more stimulated my recall becomes but i will spare you. I’m confident that the usual level of expertise and professionalism associated with Jami and Theo’s Wild Focus Expeditions will make this trip a winner for anyone who’s ever considered Mongolia as a destination. For those who are prepared to take some rough with the smooth, and be at the forefront of photographic adventure travel the images and experiences you return with, this will be totally mind-blowing. Mongolia is the type of travel experience where you have to do more than simply sit back and scratch the surface ….. but when you do, Mongolia will amaze you and reveal the unexpected.



Reviewed by: allyson moreland
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Indonesia
Experience:
I am on my way home from completing two weeks in Indonesia with Wild Focus Expeditions! It has been an amazing experience. Hiking into the Sumatran jungle and observing the orangutans  (in their natural habitat) was an opportunity of a lifetime.
The highlight for me personally was photographing a Sumatran male and tracking him through the jungle! It doesn’t get much better than this!!!! When traveling with Jami and Theo there is always unexpected excitement!
Our travel connections were flawless and our guides top notch. Through Jami and Theo’s knowledge of the orangutans, our trip was enriched with a visit to an amazing sanctuary where the dedicated staff work endless hours to protect this endangered species.
As a culminating adventure, we stayed 3 nights in the magical town of Ubud, Bali. I fell in love with the warm people and beautiful country. I am  beyond blessed to have the opportunity to travel with this group.
 I have truly enjoyed all of the trips I have taken with Wild Focus Expeditions, but as I reflect on my trip…this has to be one of my top favorites.  Thank you Jami and Theo for all you do to provide your groups with amazing photographic opportunities second to none.


Reviewed by: Jeffrey Sweers
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Indonesia
Experience:

I keep thinking it just can’t get any better than my last trip with Wild Focus Expeditions. And then it does!

I’ve just returned from my 6th trip with Jami and Theo, the WFE leaders; this time to Indonesia. Each trip seems to have a main “target” that we hope to find and get great photo ops in their presence. Well, how about coming face to face with a dominate male orangutan in the jungles of Sumatra? We ended up getting tons of great shots of him, as well as mother orangutans with their babies, other monkeys like pig tailed macaques, gibbons, proboscis monkeys with their famous long noses! We traveled to several sites on this trip which included peaceful cruises on a local Klotok boat up the Sekonyer Kanan River to Camp Leakey in Borneo, we visited the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Center’s Quarantine Center and their upcoming Orangutan Haven (still being built – I’m looking forward to going back there someday to see this amazing project completed!). We made two strenuous hikes up into the hills of Guwung Leuser National Park where we had multiple encounters with male and female orangutans in the wild!

Jami and Theo, and their local guides that they work with, make each step in our travels not only exciting (when it should be), but uneventful when we made transfers from plane, to car, to boat and back again. It’s obvious that they’ve done their homework and prep work, to make these trips come off without a hitch.

Now, before you think this trip was just hiking through the hot humid jungles of Sumatra and Borneo; and getting great shots of all the wildlife, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention our last three days in Bali where we got to stay at the Viceroy. This has got to be the most fabulous hotel I’ve ever stayed at anywhere in the world! We got to relax in our own personal infinity pool (in each room!!), went into town for some shopping and local traditional dances at night.

Another Amazing Trip with Wild Focus Expeditions. I’m now looking forward to next year’s trip to Botswana!!



Reviewed by: Michael Symonanis
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Indonesia
Experience:

Jami and Theo have done it again with this unique and special trip. My wife and I have been fortunate to join them as part of their second inaugural journey – Svalbard and now Indonesia.

My experiences went far beyond photography of two of the three Orangutan species in Indonesia to a broader cultural exploration and deeper, in-person understanding of the impact of palm oil production on unique and finite habitats.

Our visit to the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programs’ (SOCP) Orangutan Quarantine Center at the start of the trip framed the balance of my time in Sumatra and South Kalimantan, Borneo. I am extremely grateful for the time with Ian and his team. In Bukit Lawang and Tanjung Puting National Park, Jami and Theo worked with excellent local resources that again enriched the overall journey and time there.

Ubud, Bali was an excellent finale. The Viceroy itself was outstanding – location, accommodations and food – made even more so by the genuine warmth, openness and commitment to service from everyone from the gardeners to the owner who was around each day.

Indonesia is vast and diverse, so be prepared to travel frequently during the program by car, plane and boat to see everything – it is all worth it.



Reviewed by: Roshan Panjwani
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Greenland
Experience:

This was my second trip to the Arctic after Svalbard last year (both with Jami and Theo). The big draw for me for this trip was the timing – potential to spot wildlife AND witness the spectacle of Aurora Borealis. Of course none of these is ever guaranteed, but that’s the thrill of going on expeditions in nature!

While Svalbard was high on wildlife action, Greenland was glorious in the true sense of the term. In one of the few pristine places left on the planet, we had ample opportunities to photograph magnificent landscapes in some stunning, diverse light!

Wait, did I say not much wildlife action? The one polar bear we saw from up close, was in a dream setting though – on top of an iceberg with evening light and dramatic clouds in the backdrop! I would take one such over many others, any time :) Musk Ox is the other large mammal we saw from good photographing distance against the fall colours of the shrubby tundra landscape.

The Aurora Borealis (northern lights) spectacle we witnessed on the trip will always remain etched in my memory – watching the lights dance overhead is an experience not matched by many others. We were fortunate to have clear skies and strong activity on one of the nights and decent sightings on 2 others. It was also a good learning experience photographing the lights, with inputs from Theo and Jami beforehand.

My most satisfying part of the Greenland trip was definitely photographing nature’s sculptures – the magnificent icebergs, in all shapes and sizes, in some glorious lighting. It was like being in an open air iceberg art gallery, with opportunities galore to be creative with composition and light as well as experimenting with black and white photography. The rugged, pristine landscape of the east coast of Greenland formed the perfect backdrop to photograph them against.

Visiting such pristine, remote areas of the planet doesn’t just let us admire nature’s wonders, but also serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving these critical, yet fragile ecosystems. I feel fortunate to be able to be part of such expeditions and thanks to the team Wild Focus Expeditions for making these possible.

Overall, the trip was very well organized and executed smoothly – something that I have come to expect of Wild Focus Expeditions, but do appreciate that it takes a lot of depth of planning and execution. The newly renovated M/S Freya was a delight to be onboard, with spacious cabins, amazing crew and some delectable cuisine prepared by our chef on the trip – Christian. Must call out that the crew went way beyond their call of duty to help and were super helpful and supportive of the guests’ needs during the highly turbulent seas that we encountered on our way from Iceland to the east coast of Greenland. Our guides, who also piloted our zodiac boat were highly knowledgeable when it came to both the place as well as photography – thanks John, Jens and Acacia! John’s decades long experience in photojournalism, coupled with his deep knowledge of the Arctic ecosystem, definitely added to the the enrichment of my overall experience.



Reviewed by: Penny Michael
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Indonesia
Experience:

Wow, where to begin? This was my first trip with Wild Focus Expeditions and I can tell you it will not be the last!

In the two short weeks, we were spoiled with multiple encounters with orangutans in the wild as well as at feeding platforms, we learned about the three species of orangutans and their fight for survival, and had incredible opportunities to photograph and document their behaviors. We also found other wildlife, or rather they found us – proboscis monkeys, long tailed and pig tailed macaques, kingfisher birds, flying squirrels, wild boars, wild peacocks, geckos, even a chance encounter with a cobra snake!

I am a beginner photographer and cannot believe some of the images I was able to capture. Jami and Theo were always ready to help with camera settings, shooting suggestions, and answering my never-ending list of questions. This trip was so much more than photography. It was an education in wildlife and conservation, an experience of several different cultures, and a little rest, relaxation, and pampering thrown in with a grand finale in Bali.

The trip arrangements, logistics, and preparation material was right on point and made the trip easy and rewarding. The small group, most of whom have traveled with Jami and Theo before, was most welcoming and they, along with Jami and Theo, made the trip comfortable for a first-time tripper and beginner photographer.

Though I have not processed the whole trip in my mind yet, I think the highlight of the trip was coming face to face with a 400 lb dominant male orangutan on the ground in the forest in Sumatra.  How many people in this world can claim an encounter like this?

Thank you to Jami and Theo for a trip of a lifetime and I hope to see them soon on another great adventure!



Reviewed by: Simran gill
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Indonesia
Experience:

This was a great trip both in terms of wildlife sightings and also the group. To see Orangutans up, close and personal and most importantly learn about the problems of their habitat loss due to plan oil plantations was an eye opener. Indonesia is rich in wildlife and we did see that everyday. Overall I came back as very satisfied. The arrangements were also very good.



Reviewed by: Ramona Paschall
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Indonesia
Experience:
Wild Focus Expedition Review Rap
I’m going to make this short and sweet,
When you travel with Wild Focus, they can’t be beat!
They always make you feel like you’re traveling with Friends,
That will make you want to go again and again!
Whatever we look for, we always find!
Gorillas, Polar Bears but Orangutans this time!
They manage the itineraries, and pick the best guides,
Taking you to places that will blow your mind,
Now I said this would be short, but I can’t say enough,
Some of these travels can be kind of tough.
But if you have a problem, they will see you through.
They will try to do whatever you need them to.
They say “trip of a lifetime” is what it will be,
Now Four Fab Trips in a lifetime for me!!
Thank you Jami and Theo for all your hard work,
Showing Us the World, From Luxury Hotels to Camping in bush dirt.
Wild Focus Expeditions is the way to Go,
They’ll never take you anywhere that they don’t Know.
I’ve had experiences I never thought I would.
I’d go with them EVERY time, if I could.
We have lots of photos that make us look like Pros,
They will give you instructions if you don’t Know.
Take a trip with Wild Focus if you can,
This time it was about the Orangutans.
Save Endangered Species,
Is what it’s all about,
To OVOJ (Our Very Own Jane),
May I give Out this Shout!
And Theo toooooo!!!?


Reviewed by: Priya Selvam
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Greenland
Experience:

Greenland was an unforgettable trip! It was not a destination we would not ordinarily travel to, it was a trip we took on because of Jami and Theo. It was our first trip with WildFocus Expeditions. We know them both as out-of-this-world photographers and travelling with them, we felt, would be a photographic adventure, at the very least.

They were both completely dedicated towards creating incredible photographic opportunities – from discovering how to work with light (sunrise/sunsets, shadows, backlight in fjords with rock, glaciers and icebergs), to camera settings for the Aurora Borealis (it’s something you could only work towards getting right while its on, so while helping everyone on deck with camera settings as a priority, they were also working on their own shots – which were amazing, and especially, to demonstrate what’s possible for yourself as you continue to work at your images). During downtime, they generated plenty opportunity to learn and develop one’s skill through presentations of techniques and bytes of the work they and other wildlife conversationists do in support of the protection of wildlife, as a cause.

As photographers, they are incredibly inspiring to be with. More so when you’re in the setting of Scoresby Sund (Eastern Greenland), where the geology and natural landscape was like nothing I’ve experienced before. From the outset, in the build-up to the expedition, they advised what equipment we needed to bring with us, and always responded to our queries, even the most basic ones. So committed they were to us having a great time, they checked whether we had sea-sickness patches ready, if travel visas were in order, that hotel bookings were appropriately made. We were very well looked after.

Their personalities attract global travellers who are ready for a great time with other like-minded travellers, drawn together by a shared passion. With the intimate group of 14 other travellers, my husband and I remember there being so much laughter on deck and engaging, thoughtful conversations in the lounge and over mealtimes. These travellers are people we now regard as friends, so generous with sharing their experiences, both in photography and in life – a superb group of people to travel with.

Jami and Theo’s professionalism made sure there was an experienced expedition team onboard, one that was familiar with the Arctic, and the fjord system we were sailing in. Everyone put their best efforts in to look out for wildlife, identify best landing spots, and constantly working with the crew on sailing routes and timing for best lighting conditions and ensuring safety as a priority.

Jami and Theo chartered the fantastic vessel, M/s Freya, whose crew contributed in no small part to the unforgettable experience. Bridge visits were thoroughly informative and fun. The cabins were clean, private and comfortable, and had en suite bath/toilet facilities. Meals were prepared with so much care and attention, we ate more than well. The crew were so aligned to the expedition objective that it was actually two crew members who spotted the polar bear on the iceberg right behind the vessel, while we were out in zodiacs photographing ancient glaciers and gigantic icebergs. All this after were had been cautioned not to have high hopes of a sighting as polar bears continue to be hunted in this region.

Post-trip, they’ve been sharing their photos. When I see the photographs they have taken of the very locations I was at with them, I see what’s possible for my images – images captured during landings, zodiac trips and Greenland’s landscape I’m proud to share at home.  I’ve learnt so much from these Master Photographers. But at the end of the day, I have taken away from this trip so much more than just my photographs. I treasure the entire experience.

I cannot thank Jami and Theo enough for creating the opportunity!



Reviewed by: David Hardin
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Greenland
Experience:

This was our second photo expedition with Theo and as with our first, it was top notch. We were treated like royalty by the crew and guides and became friends by the end. Accommodations and dining was superb as was the interaction with Jamie and Theo as they guided and instructed our photography.
While there weren’t as many animals to photograph as we had perhaps expected, the opportunities we did have getting close-up images of polar bear and musk ox were incredible. This was in addition to abundant opportunities for northern light and scenic landscape images.
If you are looking for photographic opportunities that will stay in your memory for life, I heartily recommend WildFocus Expeditions.



Reviewed by: Bernadette King-Turner
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Greenland
Experience:

Travelling alone is not always easy and stress-free, and travelling with a group of people whom I had never met, naturally left many questions unanswered! Now, back home and two weeks post my Wild Focus Expeditions’ boating trip through the Scoresbysund of East Greenland, I can say, I will most definitely ‘do it all again’!!

The first moment of meeting Jami and Theo on my arrival at the Kea Hotel, in the charming little town Akureyri located on the North Coast of Iceland was a meeting likened to meeting ‘long time, forever friends’. They really are the most super-cool people to travel with along with our eclectic group of 16 adventurous photographic explorers – a great bonding banner to sail with across the Denmark Straight and onward into the frozen lands of the icebergs.

My focus during our Greenland Sea-faring journey was to finally graduate from operating my camera on the big A – Auto and learn how to use all the other buttons and programmes ?. Jami and Theo were super patient and shared much of their photographic expertise with us all, so we could understand the best camera and lens settings and bring home the greatest pics ever.

I have several hundred best memory images – almost a hundred alone on the very cuddly looking but super serious polar bear. Of course, the boat chef takes the credit for our visiting polar bear, that swam up to our boat to get closer to the highly seasoned aromas of Chef’s steaming lunchtime goulash that were wafting out his kitchen door.

The curious bear even tried for a closer look into chef’s kitchen by climbing onto a nearby iceberg! As we were at the time photographing from the zodiacs, luck was shining on us to give us the best ever photographic opportunity with this beautiful creature being close enough to visibly capture every cute polar bear dimple and crinkle.

We were captivated with the brilliance of the arctic autumn colours. Ice and snow-topped mountains with the lower hillsides totally covered with brilliant exotic arctic flowers, mosses and dwarf arctic willows and birches. Only by seeing the reality of these hillsides can you really fully grasp the total immense beauty of the Scoresbysund.

Not only did we get the best photographic views from the boat decks, but our outdoor ventures of many zodiac rides, casual strolls along the shorelines and glacier-side hikes really gave us the best opportunities to capture every part of this amazing fiord.

There is just so much of our Greenland trip to write about and if I keep going I will never finish for posting!!

The food was terrific, the crew were really super, the boat was cosy and warm and for the entire trip, everyone on board was bubbly and happy.

My sign off is that I never in my life imagined there is such a magical site to see as what we all witnessed the night the skies came alive and truly danced with the enchanted northern lights – is just not possible to describe what we witnessed, the only way to know, is to join Jami and Theo and go there…



Reviewed by: Ann White
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Greenland
Experience:

My husband and I turned 70 this year.  We might have thought our adventures were behind us…and if we were made to make all the arrangements ourselves, they might have been.  That brings us to Wild Focus Expeditions, Jami and Theo.  Because of them, we are still able to go to wild, beautiful places with ease and confidence.  Greenland was amazing.  It was otherworldly.  The light and the landscapes were unique, and a treat, for those who were photographing and for those of us who were only enjoying the beauty.  I am so grateful that I was able to experience this amazing place!



Reviewed by: Dan Williamson
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Greenland
Experience:

Our recent excursion to Iceland and Greenland was fantastic and was our second trip this year with Wild Focus Expeditions. Jami and Theo are dedicated to providing the best experience possible on their trips. Our pre-trip notifications were timely and very helpful as well as the ongoing photography advice given to us on the trip. Theo and Jami were always available if there were questions and would schedule one on one time with us if we had additional photography questions. They made sure our trip went smoothly and that we were getting the best opportunities for Photography. We were able to get close to multiple water formations via the zodiacs as well as going on shore for hiking excursions. They were able to have the Captain navigate the ship in a position that allowed us to capture the amazing Northern Lights. I would highly recommend them for any future trips, in fact we have reserved three additional trips with them in the next 12 months!



Reviewed by: Jim White
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Greenland
Experience:

Wild Focus did it again! This is our third trip with Wild Focus…each trip has been fantastic. Some of the most breathtaking scenery I have ever experienced. Greenland isn’t easy to get to, but WF had the best ship and the best crew you can imagine. They took us to places I know no other company would even try….all to get us the experience and photos of a lifetime. From Polar Bears to icebergs to the Northern Lights.. we saw it all.
Thanks again to Jami and Theo for fantastic memory.



Reviewed by: Vikram Singh
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Greenland
Experience:

I just returned from Eastern Greenland on a trip with Wild Focus Expeditions, my second trip with the company, earlier one was to Svalbard in 2016. Being a keen photographer and an avid traveller, I can easily vouch for the fact that Theo and Jami really know how to run their expeditions and outdo themselves each time.

Its a pleasure to work with them, you are always assured of friendly group of like minded participants (which is very important for me) and definitely the best guides in the business, which ensures that the trips are flawless, fun and exciting. The only downside is that they get over soon!

Theo and Jami’s extensive knowledge about photography really helps take your own photography to the next level and I have learnt a lot being on just two trips with them.

I am certain to be travelling with Wild Focus Expeditions to some of the other destinations they offer and am already looking forward to the next one.

Thanks again for a brilliant trip.



Reviewed by: Bhupesh B
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Greenland
Experience:

I traveled with Jami and Theo to Eastern Greenland from Sep 12 – 23. To say the very least, the trip was exceptional in every way (details below). I highly recommend traveling with Jami and Theo if you are even remotely interested in photographing off the beaten path (or even if you are not).

A trip like Eastern Greenland is logistically very complex. Jami and Theo have developed a great network of people that they work with and can count on to pull such complicated trips with consistent 5 star ratings. This was clear to me when I interacted with the remaining 15 passengers on the expedition. Almost all of them had traveled with Jami/Theo on one or more trips before and had come back for more. It was a great group of people with shared interest in photography, wildlife, conservation, unique travel experiences and good conversation.

Besides Jami and Theo (who are world class wild life photographers), the network of people I mention above consisted of a skilled ship crew (around 10 people with an exceptional captain and chef), 3 guides (all with significant years of experience in tracking animal/glaciers/local life/photography focused Arctic as well as Antarctic).

Our days on the ship were full of amazing landscapes at all times of the day (but mainly early am, early and late evening and late night for northern lights), knowledge sessions on improving our photography skills, great meals, some really excellent animal sightings.

I could fill 4 pages on how amazing it was to see a polar bear climb an iceberg and photograph it all the way as it came off and swam in the water, but for future travelers on these expeditions I would suggest that you look at the overall package (high quality people, lots of excellent learning and flawless execution) and not judge the trip by just these amazing sightings. Animal sightings don’t make or break a trip in my opinion, but bad company certainly does. This is also why I am certain that I will be doing more trips with Wild Focus Expeditions.



Reviewed by: Philip Knowles
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Kenya
Experience:

When my wife threw out the idea of going on an African Safari with our 19 year old daughter and 17 year old son, I thought, “I wonder how this is going to work, certainly different than Beach resorts, big cities and visiting prospective colleges.  We didn’t know what to expect, but talking to Jami and looking at the amazing photographs on the Wild Focus website, we decided to go for it, and our kids started getting really excited.   There was a lot to do to get ready, but Jami talked us through it all and provided all the information we needed in a pre-trip packet.

Arriving in a new country at 11:30 PM with kids can be a scary proposition, but our driver was waiting for us and got us safely to our fantastic first hotel.  We quickly realized that Jami had every aspect of the trip nailed!  The parks we visited, the places we stayed, the food, the shopping, and the people we met, all of it was extraordinary.

When we left Nairobi to travel to Samburu, we had our first introduction to a really special part of the trip, getting to know our Drivers and Guides Mwashi and Siele.  I feel like we took a college level course in all things Kenya.  They were tremendous and I miss our days together, bouncing through the bush.  Our conversation was interesting, friendly and very funny.

Thinking back on the trip, I couldn’t begin to narrow down the experience into highlights because every day we saw so much amazing beauty.  Thank you Jami for sharing your passion with us, and making it such a great experience for our little family.  We’ll be following your travels and we look forward to another adventure with Wild Focus Expeditions.



Reviewed by: Wayne Woodward
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Uganda
Experience:

I’d experienced mountain Gorillas in Rwanda almost 15 years ago and have wanted to experience them again ever since. Unfortunately the price rise in Rwanda forced me to look elsewhere and Uganda became the obvious choice. What a revelation Uganda turned out to be.

I traveled to Uganda with Wild Focus Expeditions and visually discovered a country of unexpected scenic beauty. Not only did I again experience the mountain Gorillas but also wild Chimpanzees. While they may be related, their behaviour and therefore the experiences with both were equally exhilarating while remaining entirely different. The thrill of being charged by a Silverback or touched by a young gorilla is like no other. To observe behaviour in their natural environment is such a privilege.The excitement of being surrounded by noisy and excitable chimps as their voices raise above the canopy and travel across the jungle sends shivers. Even to photograph and observe them as they quietly interact and groom each other from a mere few meters is an adrenalin rush.

Wild Focus offered both Gorilla and Chimpanzee Habituation ‘experiences’ as well as Trekking. On top of a one hour Gorilla Trekking option Jami of Wild Focus Expeditions added a day of Gorilla Habituation. Our four hour Gorilla Habituation (while physically demanding) was exceptional in the closeness and time we spent with this Gorilla family group. This is raw jungle trekking where there is no trail other than the one cut by our trackers or freshly created by the Gorillas themselves. Make no mistake, it’s was tough going and so good flexibility and a high level of fitness was definitely required for the area where we trekked. While the Chimpanzees trek was not a physically demanding experience in Uganda, the Gorillas most certainly were. I understand that each trek is different and is based off of the groups’ collective fitness level.

The quality of accommodations that Wild Focus Expeditions provided on this trip was also another surprise. We stayed in some truly inspired luxury accommodations. Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge was a standout. From a foot massage on arrival, to our own butler, an open bar and our open fireplace, it was the perfect location to return after a day of trekking.
There is a great deal more to Uganda and it’s friendly Ugandan population than I had even imagined.


Reviewed by: Kristen Hayes
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Kenya
Experience:

I though twice about writing a review simply because my husband (Mike Hayes 7/19/18) captured everything so nicely in his and I wasn’t sure another glowing review would make a difference. As you read through the reviews you will come to the conclusion rather quickly that Wild Focus Expeditions does not disappoint. This was my first trip to Africa and I must say it is a magical place.

Upon meeting Jami, you recognize immediately her passion for wild life and conservation. We learned so much about animal behavior as well as African culture from her and our two experienced guides – Siele and Mwashi.

As many reviewers have previously noted, accommodations and cuisine were beyond expectations, particularly Mara Bush Camp – private wing.

Friends and family want to know what the highlight of our trip was and I don’t have just one answer. Everyday we witnessed something extraordinary. I guess Africa does that to you…..I’m hooked!

I can’t wait for the next adventure with Jami (and Theo). Sadly, they are booked out at least two years in advance, which is a testament to their expeditions and the way they run their business. Although, for them, it’s clearly a passion they wish to share with as many as possible. I’m so glad we discovered Wild Focus!



Reviewed by: Wayne Woodward
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Kenya
Experience:

For me this trip was simply sensational. An extraordinary experience from beginning to end. There were way too many individual highlights to even try to list them. I can say the Wild Focus Expeditions ‘team’ of guide & driver was faultless. Their knowledge of game and the anticipation of their movements had us in exactly the right place at the right time so often. As a keen photographer, having two people in the front of the vehicle looking out for my interests was hugely appreciated and i have amazing images to show for it. The combination of Amboseli National Park with its Kilimanjaro backdrop and its elephants, followed by the authentic tribal experience at The Turkana Cultural Festival (including the specially arranged Wild Focus Expeditions’ tribal photoshoots and village visits) and finally Elephant Bedroom Camp and the game of Samburu National Park made this trip unforgettable. Seriously, I could go on and on. This was my second trip with Wild Focus Expeditions and based on both outcomes I will be back yet again. Special mention to Jami Tarris who throughout was generous with both her knowledge and time.



Reviewed by: Linda and Alan Berman
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Kenya
Experience:

Our guides were excellent, knowledgeable and accommodating. Very good at appreciating photographic needs and finding photo opportunities. The accomodations were the best that could be found in each of the three areas we visited. We were treated to many exciting animal sitings and interactions. Jami was very helpful both before and during the trip. I highly recommend this trip.



Reviewed by: Mike Hayes
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Kenya
Experience:

Incredible Adventure!  Our adventure to Kenya was professionally planned and even more effectively executed.  Jami prepped us in detail prior to our departure and I was well prepared for what laid ahead in Africa.

The sequencing of our 12 days in Kenya made each move that much more exciting.  I would not be honest if I didn’t say that I thought 12 days may be too long for my attention span. At the end I could have stayed another week.

Our adventure began in Nairobi with a private visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust where we personally met our adopted orphan elephant, Musiara being mine.  Incredible work being done by this organization.

From Nairobi we traveled over the Equator (fun photo opportunity) to Samburu and began our Safari.  For me, I’ll always remember Samburu as the land of the Elephants.  Of note, these elephants are up close and personal – not for the weak of heart.  Our guides, Mwashi and Siela were outstanding and knew where and when to go to find the best photo opportunities.  A special wildlife treat in Samburu was spotting a Striped Hyena – very rare from what I’ve been told.  Although elephants were abundant and a striped hyena spotting was special our guides made sure we did not leave Samburu before seeing all of the “Samburu Special Five” consisting of: Grevy Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Somali Ostrich, Gerenuk, and Oryx – all incredible!   Wildlife was not all we experienced in Samburu as Jami set up a local village visit.  Nothing was spared on us as we were guests in this village and got a rare opportunity to see how they lived and experience their culture first hand.  Their diet consists of Meat, Milk, and blood – you probably get the picture.

Lake Nakuru was our next destination and a much different habitat than Samburu.  Rhinos is how I’ll remember Lake Nakuru and our initial spotting of a Black Rhino.  When this Rhino made it clear he was the king of his domain we took note, as did my heart rate.  This left an impression!  Although the black rhino is the aggressive one the White Rhino is impressive in size, second only to the Elephant in East Africa.

The Maasia Mara Game Reserve was the final leg of our adventure and it surpassed my expectations.  This is what I envisioned Africa to be and it delivered.  (Of note, our accommodations at the Mara Bush Camp Private Wing were top notch.  From Michela the manager, to Martin our personal assistant, James the bartender,and Obi the chef all exceeded my expectations).

The Maasia Mara is were the largest groupings of wildlife existed.  It is amazing to see hundreds, if not thousands of Wildebeest, Cape Buffalo, Zebras, and Impala/Antelope roaming the plains of the mara.  With that said, Cats is where the fun lies and Siela and Mwashi made sure we did not miss out.  We had numerous picture opportunities for lions, male and female.  Leopards were a little more evasive but our guides found them.  A most memorable moment was watching a Leopard drag his kill (wildebeest) to a hiding spot, note the wildebeest may have been 3x the leopard’s weight. The endangered Cheetah proved most difficult but again our guides came through and we had a front row seat to photograph a group of five.  Although Cats my be the stars in the mara we also saw Hippos, Crocks, Giraffe, Ostrich, Birds of many kinds, and a special appearance of a Bat-Eared Fox.

Along with “Samburu Special Five” we can check off the “Big Five” as we saw Lions, Leopards, Rhinos, Buffalo, and Elephants during our travels.  As this trip was a Photography Safari animals did not consume our entire time as there are amazing sunrises and sunsets along with some very beautiful rivers, landscapes, and unique trees.  If you are a bird enthusiast, as one in our group was, you should bring another media card along as you will be taking pictures non-stop.  Of note, our guides could name all the birds as well.

Jami/Wild Focus Expeditions planned this itinerary to meet our needs in all areas from Wildlife to Culture to Accommodations.  Her personality was infectious and created an environment in which all nine in our group, including her, became a close group of friends.

This type of trip is an investment and Jami understands this.  She went above and beyond to deliver a value.  Great Job Jami!  Thank You for making this Bucket-List Vacation one that I will always remember.  I look forward to a future adventure with Wild Focus expeditions.  Hopefully the next adventure will include Theo.



Reviewed by: Dan Williamson
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Japan
Experience:

WOW! We recently took our third trip with Wild Focus Expeditions (WFE) to Japan and we were not disappointed! We have taken other trips with WFE to Kenya, Rwanda and Svalbard and had the same level of service, personal attention and enjoyed the group dynamics as well as the photography attention from both Jami and Theo. Jami and Theo are two of the most knowledgeable guides for their trips as they not only know photography, which they have been doing for many years and have had their work in major publications, they know the locations they are traveling to and have personal relationships with many of the locals. They know what they are looking for when it comes to photography and they put you in the position to get the best shots as well as coaching you through the proper settings etc. These two don’t just sit back in an office and plan trips, this is their passion and they live it!

Our trip to Japan started with a couple of extra days in Tokyo to see the city and just experience the culture. Jami and Theo flew in early and met several of us and explored the Tokyo with us. It was a wonderful way to meet several of the other people on the trip and relax and have fun. From Tokyo we flew to Hokkaido to search for Cranes, Owls, Eagles, Foxes and Swans as well as enjoy the beautiful countryside of Japan. Our accommodations were excellent, the food was amazing, and our host were exceptional. We spent several days going to various locations as the weather would change and we would head to the area that would give us the best opportunity to take some incredible pictures.

We then ventured to Nagano, Japan to experience the world famous snow monkeys! We were able to stay just outside the park in a traditional Japanese motel that allowed us easy access to the monkeys each day. These animals were amazing and Jami and Theo knew exactly when we needed to be in the park and what to look for to get the best pictures.

Not only did we get great pictures on this trip, one on one time to learn more about photography and to refresh our skills, we also had many days and nights of conversation and laughter with many new friends.



Reviewed by: Simran Gill
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Japan
Experience:

We went to Japan with Jami and Theo and it definitely was one of the best wildlife trips I have taken in the past one and half years of doing these kinds of trips. Every detail was taken care of, from the stay, to food, transportation and most importantly the wildlife. Japan is a beautiful land with rich wildlife and landscapes. I must say I have some of the best videos from this trip and look forward to sharing that soon.  These two are amazing people and its always fun with them around. You feel part of the family.

Japan is totally worth the visit. No one should miss it. Thank you Theo and Jami.



Reviewed by: Jeffrey Sweers
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Japan
Experience:

This was my 5th trip with Wild Focus Expeditions (Kenya, Svalbard, India, Galapagos, and now Japan); Plus, I’m signed up for Indonesia next fall. So, it almost goes without saying that I have loved every one of my trips with Jami and Theo. They are experts at not only putting together exciting trips to really cool places around the world, but matching up small fun groups of people that all share their love of wildlife, photography and discovery of exotic destinations.

If you haven’t been there (and I hadn’t) Tokyo is probably what you’d expect. Millions of people and lots of traffic. But it is one of the cleanest big cities I’d ever seen. The subways were clean, quiet, organized and turned out to be a great way to travel around the city for us tourists.

After a day of playing tourist in Tokyo, we flew to the northern island of Hokkaido. Here is where the real magic began. It was cold and snowy with lots of birds nearby. We stayed at the Hickory Winds Lodge, which was basic and traditional, and had everything you needed. The chef though, is a master chef and we had Excellent food and lots of it (plan on putting on a couple pounds on this trip!). Her husband Makoto as our main guide, really knows the area and took us out for shoots a couple times every day. We ended up with Great shots of Red Crowned Cranes, Whooping Swans, Stellar and White Tailed Eagles, Ural Owl, Red Fox and of course the northern island’s landscapes! He even gave us 2 concerts during our week’s stay!

Then a quick flight back to Tokyo and 5 hour van ride back up into the mountains for the Snow Monkeys. They are just what you’d expect; cute, funny and you can still get close (contrary to some rumors we had heard that maybe you couldn’t anymore).

If you don’t have Japan on your bucket list, add it now, and go with Wild Focus Expeditions. You’ll be glad you did!



Reviewed by: Laurie Heil
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Japan
Experience:

This was my first trip with Wild Focus Expeditions – what a wonderful introduction!  Though I am not really a photographer like the others on this trip, I was thoroughly entertained and had a fantastic time!

The hotel in Tokyo was a good choice, centrally located, and with a hearty breakfast.  Hokkaido is lovely, and the lodge in Tsurui was wonderful, with a top-notch chef and unexpectedly fantastic musical entertainment.  The photographic opportunities throughout the trip were downright magical at times: eagles! swans on a misty lake! red fox! cranes!  snow monkeys!  We were fortunate to have a great group of people – so much fun!  Many times I found myself just smiling, inhaling the fresh air, taking it all in, and feeling so grateful to be there.

Theo and Jami, thanks for putting together such a wonderful trip and introducing me to such great people!  I highly recommend this trip to anyone who has an interest in photography OR just wants to enjoy nature, great people, and great food!



Reviewed by: Kathrine Davis
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Rwanda
Experience:

Rwanda was amazing, Wild Focus Expeditions promised and delivered on everything they said. It was a brief 2 day expedition but boy was it worth the trip, and the price. The two Gorilla  families we visited and spent time with were quite a unique feeling: to be in their midst and to watch them interact. I felt closer to them then I had ever expected. A small baby gorilla came quite close and wanted my camera. Our Ranger deterred her as she approached me and so she went running back to her Mom deflated just as a small human child would have. Right then I knew how similar we were. I loved being in their presence.

Wild Focus Expeditions promised it would be a trip of a Lifetime and it delivered in spades.

Thank you Jami and Theo for once again delivering as promised a wonderful time on my 4th Trip, and I am still counting on more to come. You opened up a world I now want to experience far beyond my initial expectations.

So if your looking for that unique, unusual, trip, this is for you.



Reviewed by: Lela Ramona Paschall
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Botswana
Experience:

“Once in A Lifetime” is what I hear about our trips!! With Wild Focus Expeditions, their knowledge of locations, outfitters, lodging , photography, etc…makes it so easy that you will want to go for more!! I’ve had 3 of those “Once in a Lifetime” trips with WFE. With their knowledge, our expectations have been exceeded every time—and when I return I have so many feelings of what I have experienced that it takes awhile to mesh back into this way of Life!! I’ve been to Kenya where I fell in Love with Africa, Svalbard where I fell in love with Polar Bears, and Botswana where I was enamored by African Wild Dogs! I won’t list all of the animals we photographed, but traveling with WFE has opened our world to the Amazing Animals of this world! We do have our 4th trip planned with them so I have to say They come Highly Recommended!!!!



Reviewed by: Senthil Palani
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Botswana
Experience:

Theo and Jami are a blast! Aside from the great quality of wildlife viewing, and meticulous planning, the entertainment factor is the icing on the cake. Jami and Theo have been to Botswana so many times; they know the best places for photography.

Jami and Theo are top-class photographers; so folks wanting to learn and improve their photography, they are available and enthusiastic about teaching.

Tents were comfortable. Food was excellent. Needless to say, I’d be going back with them whenever possible on my wildlife and nature photography quest.

Thanks Jami and Theo.



Reviewed by: Kathrine Davis
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Botswana
Experience:

Wild Focus Expeditions provided a unique, and exciting experience which is no surprise. I have taken a number of trips with them and it has always been just that.

It started off with a plethora of unusual animal experiences. Wild dogs were providing lots of excitement. We saw them on a number of occasions much to our surprise.

Food was great, tents very comfortable. But at camp site I was amazed at how many times we got up from a meal, to enjoy the animals that just showed up. That was quite exciting and my fondest memory to date on this particular trip.

These expeditions are always unique, and this one was no different.  No two are the same. But the thing you can take away is that your living conditions will be the best possible and the experiences will provide lots great memories when you go home.

I am sure I will be on more trips with Wild Focus, just haven’t decided which unusual place to go next.



Reviewed by: Vikram Ghanekar
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Botswana
Experience:

Having been on safari many times before, I had high expectations from this trip to Botswana.

At the end of it, I must say, the trip not only fulfilled my expectations but exceeded them by quite a margin.

The safari started off with a bang, with sighting of a fight between 2 wild dog packs on our first drive and ended on a high note when we had sighting of a mother leopard moving her tiny little cub, holding it gently in her jaws. The time in between was filled up with lions, cheetah, elephants and wild dogs (again and again and again!).

What impressed me most was the planning and execution. 3 nights in each of the 3 areas allowed sufficient time to get a feel of the place. It did not feel rushed at all, as sometimes it does, with 2 night itineraries when you feel you have just scratched surface of the place. Spending one night on each side of the trip in Maun ensured we were well rested.

The guiding was top notch, tents comfortable and food outstanding. Jami and Theo were great company, always ensuring every member of the group got what he/she wanted from the trip. Although I was a solo traveller, I never felt out of place or alone. The superb entertainment that they provided with their light good natured banter was of course a big bonus :-).

I would certainly recommend Wild Focus Expeditions to other travellers who want to experience something different.

I am looking forward to joining Jami & Theo one one of their expeditions in near future, but this time with my family.



Reviewed by: Jeanette Fraser
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Svalbard
Experience:

No words to describe this amazing adventure with a group of like minded people who also are in love with nature and the Arctic. Our Wild Focus guides were so much fun and filled with knowledge and answered all our questions while keeping us safe. I will most definitely be returning to this magical place with endless landscapes to fill the heart with so much gratitude for life and the people that I was fortunate enough to share each moment with. Not only did we capture wildlife memories on film or in our photographs, we also captured friendships for life. Jami and Theo are beyond wonderful people, whom I have known for about ten years. I was fortunate enough to spend time in Alaska with them many years ago and knew they were special people then and were in my heart to stay. I now feel even closer to them sharing these magical moments in Svalbard. If you get the opportunity to join Wild Focus Expeditions on one of their unbelievable journeys, you will never forget the sights or the magic that the nature and landscapes has to offer. I love SVALBARD!! We already have discussed a reunion trip!! Thank you to the crew and Staff of the MS ORIGO. Outstanding food and cartoon drawings of our day to day events. I would recommend this expedition to anyone. Much love to all who were there.



Reviewed by: Bernie & Steve Olmsted
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Svalbard
Experience:

This was our first ever photo expedition and thanks to Jami and Theo, certainly will not be our last. Wild Focus Expeditions’ ability to structure and reach places on this planet that we never could accomplish on our own, was one of the big draws for this trip. And….our leaders and guides delivered. Before our trip began, we already had received the personal touch – as Jami met with me for lunch and put my mind at ease. She reviewed my equipment and made gear recommendations, as well as other hand holding. As for the trip, the handpicked guides of Jens and Audun was brilliant, as their knowledge of the arctic complimented Theo and Jami’s photography and nature skills.

We snowmobiled for the first time: what a great way to kick off the trip. Our boat, the M/S Origo was well matched with our goals, the crew very service oriented and quite accommodating – and the Chef kept us very well fed. We never imagined encountering our best ever lamb meal north of the arctic circle. Theo and Jami were attentive to our personal and photography needs, we definitely advanced our picture taking skills. We appreciated that you did not have to be a hard core photographer to learn from and enjoy this trip.

But best of all, our leaders and guides put us in position to experience and photograph nature and wildlife as we have never done before. Reindeer, arctic fox, seal, walrus, belugas, and most sought after – polar bear. That our zodiacs could be positioned to follow polar bear for several hours within a stones throw distance, is a testament to the skill set of those leading our group.

We highly recommend Wild Focus Expeditions, and eagerly await our next opportunity to travel with Jami and Theo. This was our first trip with them, but God willing, will not be our last. Thank you for such an amazing and unique experience!



Reviewed by: Kate
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Svalbard
Experience:

Another amazing excursion with Wild Focus Expeditions to a truly surreal location to observe & photograph some of the less seen creatures of our planet. An adventure of a lifetime not to be missed.



Reviewed by: Debbie Hopps
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: India
Experience:

Amazing trip! This was a first for me. Wild Focus Expeditions really set a high bar for any future trips. I was a little nervous about traveling in India however that was settle early as we had expert guides for every part of our travels. The games drives were a blast, racing through the Reserve hunting for Tigers. I came home with a lot of Tiger pictures, Males, Females with clubs, tigers in water, cubs playing tag and much more. Exciting and educational, the India tour really was life changing. Thank You Jami and Theo for all your help and making this the best experience of my travels.



Reviewed by: Larry Lehner
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Svalbard
Experience:

Not knowing what to expect in such a remote area of the Svalbard archipelago I was consumed with the beauty of the Islands, Fiords and wildlife. This region is not for the faint of heart YET Theo and Jami put together a once in a lifetime safe experience for those desiring to photograph the beauty of this small area of our planet.

I consider myself an amateur photographer always eager to learn from experienced professionals. Both Theo and Jami are willing to both teach and critique which made this trip even better then one could expect. The guides, chef and crew were experienced and catered to all our needs. The food was gourmet considering where we were.

Lastly, this is the second trip in 10 months spent with Wild Focus Expeditions, the other being Kenya. I look forward to other opportunities to be among a small group in another part of the world with them.



Reviewed by: Simran Gill
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Svalbard
Experience:

This expedition was very well planned and I loved each and everyone in the group. Svalbard is unbelievably beautiful and we managed to see polar bears, walrus, seals, balugas and much more. Thank you Theo and Jami for such a wonderful experience and there can be no comparisons. It is a 5 star trip.19



Reviewed by: Nikhil Nagle
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Svalbard
Experience:

I had been looking forward to a Svalbard trip for a long time – so when I saw A chance to go with Wild Focus, I jumped at it.

The trip was perfectly planned by Theo and Jami – they were very patient in answering the numerous questions I had prior to the trip and guided the whole group expertly.

The expedition itself was with just the right size of people – 12 on a ship which could have easily accommodated more. Because of the small group, frequent zodiac trips were not a problem at all. Most of the times, the zodiac excursions get you the best images because of the low angle and the approach flexibility. Having a small group and expert guiding from the two Norwegian guides (Jens and Audun) who had been picked by Jami and Theo, was the key to our success in getting good images and having some wonderful sightings of polar bears, walruses, bearded seals and belugas.

Theo also held a workshop on photography during the expedition – I had attended it earlier but it is wonderful to hear Theo’s insights into light and composition.

More than anything else, Theo and Jami are really nice and warm – it was great to get to know them! The expedition was an added bonus.

I am already planning more trips with Theo and Jami ?

Nikhil Nagle



Reviewed by: Jeffrey Sweers
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: India
Experience:

Oh my, what a trip! Just when you think you’ve been on several great photo tours with Wild Focus Expeditions and they can’t get any better (I’ve gone to Galápagos Islands, Svalbard and Kenya with them and each one was amazing!) they indeed get better. If you love wildlife photography, traveling to (literally) the ends of the earth to capture it, (in style by the way), you owe it to yourself to sign up for one of their trips and just Do It (sorry Nike). In India we had a wonderful blend of shooting Bengal Tigers in Ranthampore National Park and the amazing colors, sites,sounds, shopping (and yes smells) of Jaipur, Jodhpur and what would a trip to India be without the Taj Mahal? Jami and Theo knew where to take us, found great local tour guides to get us into areas, you just wouldn’t find, or go to, on your own. I’m an amateur photographer, but have had a passion for it for 30+ years, and yet I still learn more in each trip with these two great leaders! Check out their website, if there’s a trip that looks interesting, contact Jami or Theo and see how their enthusiasm will win you over. You Will Not regret taking a trip with them!



Reviewed by: Roshan Panjwani
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Svalbard
Experience:

The expedition was extremely well planned and executed. I had loads of questions in the run up to the trip, ranging from accessibility to photography gear, which the expedition leaders Jami and Theo answered with a lot of patience and aplomb. Beginning with the stay at the boutique Basecamp Spitsbergen, the nice, clear day out on the snowmobiles and finally onboard the MS Origo – the experience was once-in-a-lifetime.

Jami and Theo have rich knowledge of both wildlife and photography, which makes for great learning on the expedition. Looking at Theo’s pictures from all over the world, that he walked us through as part of his presentation on the ship, is a great lesson in understanding of light and composition.

The crew on board the ship was very helpful and hospitable. The food was exceptional – a special shout out to our chef! Our bear guides, Jens and Audun, were very knowledgeable and they, along with the captain and Theo and Jami, chalked out the best plan basis the weather and ice conditions. We were able to spot a diversity of wildlife including reindeer, walrus, seal, polar fox, a variety of arctic birds and of course, the apex predator of the Arctic, the polar bear! The count was about 13, including a mother and 2 cubs in the distance. We got up close to 2 polar bears and spent a good couple of hours taking pictures of each.

Overall, I would highly recommend this expedition – the small group (12) is a huge advantage, with speed of getting into the zodiacs as well as space to do photography, both from the ship and the zodiac. We also had a diverse group that got along very well, resulting in a great time on the ship while cruising. Humour from different cultures is always awesome!

Thanks Jami and Theo for the awesome experience ? If I do Svalbard again, I will do it with you guys only!



Reviewed by: Betsy and Larry Lehner
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Svalbard
Experience:

Svalbard May 2017 12 guests, 8 crew

This journey was our most unique – EVER!. We are 70+years, so that’s saying something!. Last year we took an unforgettable trip to KENYA with Wild Focus Expeditions.. THAT WAS AWESOME.. BUT this trip of opposite culture, climate, flora, fauna, transportation, and geography was so very unique and enriching..

Jami and Theo covered every traveler’s needs professionally and personally. The on site sea and land planning was precise.

Theo and Jami each gave a photo mini-seminar on board during down (travel) time.

Jami and Theo had interviewed and chosen VERY experienced Norwegian guides. Jens and Audun were genuine, knowledgeable, professional, accommodating and great humored. Every guest always felt safe.. The captain and crew of the retired ice breaker lead us on treks, zodiac exploration and snowmobiling..
We can’t forget our chef! Gourmet – for sure! Great humor – certainly. Clean – YES. Roger fixes ANY mechanical issue and then some.

The breathtaking photos that have been posted on FaceBook are telling. There is no where else on earth this could happen. Polar bears, seals, walrus, Arctic hare, Svalbard reindeer, beluga whales! yep all these were easily photographed. WRITE me about Wild Focus if you’d like! with questions. We extended 3 night stay in OSLO; also gorgeous, active, easily walked- on our own. KLM – great airline!



Reviewed by: Kathrine Davis
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: India
Experience:

I have to say this trip to India will go down as one of my favorite trips of all time. This will now be my 4th trip with Jami and Theo and I enjoyed the variety it provided. I enjoyed the game drives, but this one provided a very well rounded view of India. The people, the culture, the history, the diversity it provided was just what I had hoped for, but didn’t know it. My memories are more vibrant then some of my other trips just because of this alone. I will forever be in AWE of the engineering of the Forts and buildings such as the Taj Mahal. The people of India are inspiring.

And shopping on an afternoon in the markets showed me just how similar the women of India are to the those of my country – rooting around for the best deal and quality.

I hope to return to India one day. I would never have known how much I would truly appreciate this wonderful country until I came this first time.

Thank you Theo and Jami for this experience. I will never forget it.



Reviewed by: Allyson Moreland-Garris
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: India
Experience:

This is my third expedition with Wild Focus. Although I have enjoyed all my trips, this adventure was the perfect combination of wildlife and culture. During part of the trip we were tracking tigers through the Ranthambore National Park and the other part, we were immersed in a a whirlwind of colors, sights, sounds, and smells of India.

What makes Wild Focus Expeditions unique is the knowledge of these leaders and their passion for photography. Whether you are a novice (like me) or a serious photographer, Theo and Jami work as a team to expand your skill level and ensure that each person has an opportunity to take the best possible photos.

One of my most memorable experiences was the day our group climbed to the rooftop (during the early morning hours) to photograph the Blue City (Jodhpur). Through their personal contacts, Jami and Theo were able to gain access to this perfect spot for capturing the first glow of light on the city below. Pure magic!

As I review my photos, I still can’t believe that I was actually in India to partake in this incredible adventure. Truly a life changing experience! Thank you Jami and Theo for the opportunity to see another part of the world through your eyes!



Reviewed by: Wayne Woodward
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Galapagos
Experience:

I’ve recently returned from a ‘Bucket List’ trip to the Galapagos Islands led by photographer Jami Tarris of Wild Focus Expeditions. Having experienced a destination like the Galapagos for years on TV and in literature and through the eyes of Naturalists like David Attenborough my expectations were high. The trip with Wild Focus exceeded all these. Every aspect was without fault. The itinerary was thorough offering every opportunity whether it was snorkeling with sea lions, turtles, or penguins, watching Boobies and albatross ‘dance’, observing giant land tortoise ‘lumbering’ by, watching iguanas ‘chill’ in the sun or dine underwater on algae and so many other adventures were maximized. I’ve returned with endless memories, thousands of extraordinary photographic images and much improved camera expertise. I look forward to joining Wild Focus again in the future.



Reviewed by: Jim White
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Galapagos
Experience:

If you want to really see and understand the Galápagos Islands there is only one group to consider…. Wild Focus Expeditions. Unsurpassed knowledge of the Islands as well as superior photographic help are just part of what they offer. Great people, a great boat, top notch food and great company are all part of the experience. You absolutely will love your experience. The tour guides did a superior job….. plus photos too great for words!



Reviewed by: Ann White
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Galapagos
Experience:

I am writing as the non-photographer of the Galapagos trip (although I may be reconsidering the value of gaining skill as a visual journalist due to the stunning photos that my husband took while there…).

This trip still haunts my dreams. I have never experienced such close interaction with wildlife, especially mothers with their young. Whether it was an iguana, a shark, an albatross or a sea lion, the animals accepted we humans as just part of the landscape (unless they wanted to play, as did multiple sea lions during our snorkels). It was thrilling!

The best part of the trip, however, was what we learned from our tour guides. They are both knowledgeable and passionate conservation activists and teachers. I will forever think of wild places in a new way, with many thanks to them both. If you enjoy an adventure and want to learn new things about this planet we call home, I highly recommend taking a trip with Wild Focus Expeditions. You will be so glad you did. This was our second, and we plan for more!21



Reviewed by: Dan Williamson
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Svalbard
Experience:

We had previously been on a trip to Africa with Jami and Theo and had a fantastic time! During our trip they told us about this adventure to the North Pole that they were planning and it sounded amazing! Our only problem was that our daughter was graduating from High School in the middle of the trip. As GOD would have it, he had our daughter enroll in a different High School and my wife and I could now make the trip. Jami and Theo were so gracious and made sure we were able to secure a spot. Both Jami and Theo took care of us months before the trip ever started by contacting us to make sure we had just the right clothes, coordinating flights and spent hours with my wife making sure we had the right camera equipment. Once we arrived in Longyearbyen they shuttled us away to our base camp, which was a very friendly and enjoyable hotel for the night. It was amazing to walk outside at midnight and still have the sun shining like it was the early afternoon. Our trip turned out to be one of the most spectacular times of our life. We met great people, had tons of fun and laughed and cried at the same time. We saw ice bergs that were several amazing colors, arctic foxes, walrus, owls, reindeer and polar bears that followed each other near the glaciers, sometimes eating in their natural environment and ones that were so close you could almost touch them from the main boat as we cut through the ice. We took at least two trips a day on Zodiacs to get a closer look at the glaciers, animals, icebergs and surrounding land mass to be able to see the beauty of this area. We took short hikes in several areas and were able to get a much different perspective of the amazing arctic area and the animals that live there. Not only did we get great pictures through out the trip, but also we had the best crew and cooks to keep us happy and safe! I would recommend this trip to anyone who loves the outdoors, as it is truly a once in a lifetime adventure with Jami and Theo and Wild Focus Expeditions!



Reviewed by: Carol Sipus
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Svalbard
Experience:

I went with many misgivings since I had never been on an expedition before and do not like to be cold. I was also concerned that there would be physical challenges too difficult for me. It’s always satisfying to have done something hard and realize that you can do more than you think! Gorgeous scenery awaited us each day when we went out from the boat on the zodiac. One day we left the zodiac, climbed a small hill and sat looking at a serene lake surrounded with snow-covered mountains. Our guide said to sit and just be quiet. We truly heard the “sound” of silence–the most quiet moment I have ever experienced–unforgettable. The wildlife was fantastic: polar bears, walruses, seals, various kinds of birds, and reindeer. The polar bear behavior we saw was unique: a male pursuing a female with her checking to be sure he was following, a polar bear eating a seal for lunch, and a polar bear walking up to our boat–just a few feet away! I got terrific pictures of that bear and my husband is the photographer! Our expedition leaders Jami and Theo, the bear guides, the captain and crew of the boat were all superb–as was the food! All-in-all a wonderful experience. I wouldn’t change a single thing.



Reviewed by: Duane Wagner
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Svalbard
Experience:

Truly a trip of a lifetime. More than just a photography expedition, it was a deeply satisfying experience of the beauty, nature and history of the arctic. The accommodations were excellent, both on the ship Freya and at the lodge in Longyearbyen. The itinerary was well executed to provide many opportunities to get as close as possible to birds, seals, walrus, reindeer, polar bears, glaciers, etc. and to fully experience the natural beauty of Svalbard. Great planning by trip leaders Jami and Theo, who in addition to providing pre-travel gear and camera recommendations, were immensely helpful with photographic questions throughout the trip, and are quite simply wonderful travel companions. Our polar guides Ricard and Heather were fountains of knowledge regarding the wildlife, flora and colorful history of the arctic and the Freya crew made us feel at home on the ship. We made many new friends and brought back incredible photos and incredibly fond memories!



Reviewed by: Betsy and Larry Lehner
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Kenya
Experience:

It is so challenging to put the experiences of our Kenyan trip into words. It was the experience of cultures, the completion of a 3 credit course in zoology(!), the enjoyment of the cuisine, and the travel over the countryside via Rover (that flying wouldn’t have allowed) that made this such a fabulous trip. Focus Expeditions planned it out SO VERY well.

Our lodging, the journeys, shopping, and communications were PERFECT. Our leader,JAMI TARRIS provided photographic instruction and factual information about the country and wildlife which were SO valuable.. The small group size was perfect and is also a key to success and learning. Well, NOW we are prepared for our next adventure to Norway in May to see polar bears! WHY? because this was $$$ well spent and an opener to continued adventures….the events, places, expert guides and planning made for a TOP NOTCH adventure.



Reviewed by: Barbara Seiler
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Kenya
Experience:

My first journey to Kenya with Jami Tarris and Wild Focus Expeditions was way more than I had ever expected. The trip was filled with the beauty of wildlife and the African landscape. Jami is an excellent photographer and was very generous and patient to give me pointers so I would bring back some incredible photographs and great memories.

Jami and our driver Mwashi were considerate and so very knowledgeable that I came back with a greater love and understanding of what exists on our planet.

The accommodations were lovely and the trip was very well organized. I was looking at some pictures the other day and relived the wonder of the experience.



Reviewed by: Ann White
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Svalbard
Experience:

This was not my trip, it was my husband’s trip. I don’t like cold. I didn’t think I had much interest in polar bears or walrus, either… but I love my husband and he wanted me to go. So I did, and I can’t even articulate how glad I am that I did! I have never experienced anything like this, nor will I ever again. It was amazing and breathtaking as well as educational and thrilling. We saw it all on a roomy and comfortable converted Coast Guard ice-cutter and enough inflatables so that we all had a good view of what was happening right in front of us. We were up close and personal with polar bears (that I now truly care for), walrus (who are the clowns of the arctic), and reindeer (who look like medium-sized dogs with pig-like noses). We also came to know a variety of amazing arctic birds, seals and even a shy arctic fox. We saw everything on our list as if these wild things were placed for our entertainment. Actually the crew sometimes worked through the night to find them for us!

Amazingly, I was never cold. Jami and Theo prepared us perfectly, so that our experience would be enjoyable and comfortable, as well as educational. They also selected the crew and guides, who could not have been more accommodating. Jami and Theo were always engaging, fun and helpful. We could not have asked for more.

You should take this trip. You will never regret it, and may even find that it will be a highlight of your life, just as it is of mine.



Reviewed by: Adriana Morales
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Svalbard
Experience:

As a nature lover this was a trip of a lifetime, I always wished to go on an expedition out far into the wilderness and it came true with Wild Focus Expeditions. Being able to go out deep into remote wild places and experience wilderness at its best was wonderful. Theo and Jami are not only renowned wildlife photographers but they are great professionals and persons. Another important aspect for me is that they always work in avoiding creating an impact on the environment, the animals and their habitat, part of it is having small groups which makes the experience even more enjoyable. The crew from the Freya and the two polar bear guides were also amazing. In the future my husband and I will consider planning more trips with Wild Focus Expeditions.



Reviewed by: Wayne Aarniokoski
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Kenya
Experience:

Our trip to Kenya was fascinating and great fun. It was very well organized. We learned so much about wildlife and the local culture.

Each park was unique. It left us wanting to see more. I highly recommend this trip and Jami. She is knowledgeable and genuinely cares about both animals and people, and made sure we all had a great time and brought home great memories.



Reviewed by: James White
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Svalbard
Experience:

Simply a life changing experience! The Arctic is a magical place, and with Wild Focus Expeditions you get to see it in a way that not many people get a chance to experience. With only 12 people we had two wonderful professional photographers at our disposal 24/7 as well as two wonderful guides/naturalists. We saw everything that the Arctic has to offer and came home with amazing photos, life long memories and many new friends.

Jami and Theo are professional, friendly and knowledgeable. You won’t find anyone who offers a better trip and a better value. I highly recommend Wild Focus Expeditions to anyone who wants a very special experience.



Reviewed by: Joanna Kaufman
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Kenya
Experience:

After many years of talking to friends and researching safaris to Africa, my husband and I finally decided to go to Kenya with Wild Focus Expeditions. The trip was everything we hoped it would be and more. It’s impossible to explain just how spectacular Kenya is – the animals foremost – the scenery and the hospitality of the locals a close second and third. Our tour organizer and constant companion, Jami Tarris, made everything easy for us in the seemingly effortless way that she has, from the initial travel arrangements to the trip itself. Everything was perfectly planned. I can’t say that I would change anything about it except perhaps to stay longer. The local guides who drove us everywhere were particularly gracious, knowledgeable and personable. The vehicles were comfortable and well-outfitted, the accommodations were good to superior, as was the food. We were sad to leave Kenya, the spell-binding animals, the vast and varied landscape, and the kind, warm-hearted people. We have travelled quite a bit, and we would rank this trip at the very top.



Reviewed by: Muriel Fariello
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Kenya
Experience:

This was one of the most exciting and well planned trips we have ever taken.

From the time we landed in Nairobi to our departure, the attention to detail was superb. It was a small group which allowed for a great deal of personnel attention.

The trip to the Samburu Village was a great and the people very interested in us as well. They danced for us and were very welcoming.

The Safari covered 3 areas in Kenya, all of which were teeming with wildlife. Our guide Mwashi was top drawer and very well informed. He was patient, spoke perfectly clear English and went out of his way to ensure we saw all different kinds of species. His knowledge of birds was amazing. With so many of them everywhere it just added to the experience. We had the opportunity to see a lion kill in the great migration. Many other very exciting sights on the trail were so easy to photograph given Jami’s and Mwashi’s expertise.

We saw a black rhino which was quite a joy. Giraffes in pairs with babies which was a thrill.

When we got to the Masai Mara, we were fortunate to see lions mating which is quite rare. Herds of Zebra and Hippos were all around us especially in the area we stayed. The river banks were filled with Elephants and their young. We were amazed at every turn. We even saw a Leopard and it was a thrill.
The accommodations were terrific. The rooms were well appointed great attention to detail. The food in the 3 places we stayed was excellent.

Our guide and photography expert Jami was filled with interesting details and facts about the animals and helped us with our photography to ensure we got the best shots possible.



Reviewed by: Ron Sipus
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Svalbard
Experience:

My wife and I were privileged to be part of the Svalbard expedition. I could not wait to go but my wife was very apprehensive. AS the trip progressed her perspective changed dramatically and it ended with her having an extremely memorable and positive experience. I should say that we also celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary on the trip and Jami and Theo made sure it was a special time for us.

If you are looking for a once in a lifetime experience this is it. The accommodations were surprisingly comfortable, the food was excellent, the effort put into placing us in the right spot to see wildlife and scenery few are privileged to see was above and beyond. Jami and Theo are without doubt true professionals but beyond their professional expertise their personalities and genuine interest in the expedition participants created an atmosphere of fun, caring and true friendship. All which greatly enhanced the overall experience.
From my perspective the test of a great experience rests in the question, “Would you go with the trip leaders again”? My answer is unequivocally and resoundingly yes! Jami and Theo were as important to the overall success of our trip as was the remarkable place we were privileged to experience.



Reviewed by: Fran Anderson
Trip rating: Excellent
Country visited: Kenya
Experience:

I went on the Kenya Wild Focus Expedition 6/28 – 7/13/16. I’m 82 years young, and got younger on the trip! Jami Tarris planned details for a queen (me)! And taught us much about the wild life and photography! It was THE trip of my lifetime! One would have a difficult time beating it at any price!



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