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Expedition:
Duane Wagner
10.17.16

My Rating:
Country Visited: Svalbard

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!


Betsy and Larry Lehner
10.12.16

My Rating:
Country Visited: Kenya

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.


Barbara Seiler
10.12.16

My Rating:
Country Visited: Kenya

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.


Ann White
10.12.16

My Rating:
Country Visited: Svalbard

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.


Adriana Morales
10.12.16

My Rating:
Country Visited: Svalbard

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.


Wayne Aarniokoski
10.07.16

My Rating:
Country Visited: Kenya

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.


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