Wilderness, Culture & Food Safari
5 Day Hosted by Richard I’Anson
19-23 June 2021
Wake up from your private safari bungalow in the wilderness to be treated to indulgent chef prepared meals and expert guiding synonymous with Wild Bush Luxury. Both budding and experienced photographers will treasure this hand crafted experience. You’ll come away with stunning images that capture the very best of Australia’s Top End at Bamurru Plains.
Richard I’Anson is a freelance photographer who has built a career on his twin passions for travel and photography. Over the past 36 years he has travelled the world, amassing a substantial and compelling collection of images of people and places in more than 90 countries on all seven continents.
His images are published worldwide in books, magazines, newspapers, brochures, calendars, posters, cards and websites. Richard has published thirteen books including five editions of the best-selling Lonely Planet Guide to Travel Photography, Lonely Planet’s Best Ever Photography Tips and the large format pictorials: Australia: 42 Great Landscape Experiences, Nepal and India: essential encounters.
Richard was one of five photographers selected for the National Geographic Channel television series Tales by Light (now showing on Netflix). He is a Master of Photography awarded by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP), the World Nomads Travel Photography Scholarship Mentor, an Ambassador for the Australian Himalayan Foundation and represents Canon Australia as a Canon Master Photographer.
Richard runs workshops teaching all aspects of travel photography for individuals and small groups and leads photography tours to Australian and international destinations. He is also much sought after as a speaker & judge for photography and travel industry events and competitions.
His photography is represented by Getty Images. When he’s not on the road Richard lives in Sydney, Australia. For more information about Richard and his photography check out www.facebook.com/richardiansonphotography and @richianson on Instagram.
AN INTERACTIVE FIVE DAY PHOTOGRAPHY PROGRAM
Day 1: 19 June 2021 – Darwin to Bamarru Plains
The charter flight to Bamurru Plains departs at 2:45pm. You’ll fly high over the twists and turns of the Adelaide River. Those black dots you thought were pandanus trees are actually moving buffalo (or crocodiles if you’re lucky). Fly over seriously spectacular wetlands before landing at our private airstrip at 3:15pm.
You will be met on arrival and transferred to the lodge by safari vehicle. After your orientation, please regroup at the main lodge for your first photography session. Light refreshments will be provided. This evening watch our resident chef create superb native Australian inspired dishes before sitting down to a welcome dinner with your group and our safari guides.
Day 2: 20 June 2021 – Bamarru Plains
This morning we photograph in the early morning light as the floodplain springs to life. The alarm clock in the morning is the call of Magpie Geese and Whistling Kites as the orange light of dawn spreads across the floodplain.
Breakfast will be followed by a tutorial and time to review and discuss images at the lodge followed by lunch and time to relax in the wet edge swimming pool on the wildlife observation deck before your afternoon session.
This afternoon we venture to out with the opportunity to photograph the landscape and abundant wildlife. Wilderness activities will vary by way of airboat, 4WD safari and on foot.
Day 3: 21 June 2021 – Arnhem Land
An early morning breakfast before we transfer to the airstrip and depart by air to Arnhem Land at 7:30am. Here you’ll experience a fascinating mixture of ancient and living culture. Visit Injalak Hill, renowned for some of the best rock art examples in Western Arnhem Land.
The view from the top of Injalak Hill is breathtaking, looking out over floodplains, stone country and towering escarpments. Visit the award winning Aboriginal owned non-profit community Injalak Arts & Craft Centre. Here you’ll admire artists at work in one of the oldest and continuous Aboriginal communities in Australia. See women weaving pandanus baskets, admire fine art paintings on bark and paper, carvings, limited edition prints and hand screen printed fabric.
NOTE: A good level of fitness and agility is required. Arnhem Land may be closed by traditional owners at any time for ceremonies (none of which are in place to our knowledge).
Day 4: 22 June 2021 – Bamarru Plains
This morning we rise early to take advantage of the magical morning light over the floodplains. This is a unique opportunity to capture birds in their morning song, agile wallabies with their young and buffaloes splashing around the wetlands.
Bamurru Plains is the perfect spot from which to explore the mysteries and magnificence of this ancient land. Richard and our team of safari guides will provide expert knowledge and tuition to maximise creative photographic opportunities. One minute you will be sitting in silence amongst the reflections of a paperbark forest and the next skimming the expanse of the floodplain by airboat spotting crocodiles and startling varieties of birds into full flight.
This afternoon we venture out by open-top 4WD and photograph an array of wildlife as they congregate around billabongs all while enjoying gourmet canapés and bubbles as the sun sets over the savannah bush. Retire to the main lodge for your three course dinner and share stories of the day over your favourite after dinner tipple.
Day 5: 23 June 2021 – Bamarru Plains to Darwin
Enjoy a bird-walk around the main lodge spotting the Honey Eater, Forest Kingfisher, Mistletoebird, Blue Winged Kookaburra and the stunning Rainbow Bee-Eater before heading out to Bamurru’s brand new luxury bird hide. Raised six metres above the ground in the tree canopy overlooking the Mary River floodplain, the hide is the ultimate eyrie from which birdlife and other wildlife can be observed and captured undisturbed in their natural habitat.
Transfer to the airstrip and work your aerial prowess (or just admire the view) on the scenic flight back to Darwin departing Bamurru Plains at 11:00am, arriving into Darwin 11:30am with road transfer to Darwin airport to meet your onward flight departing from 2pm. Drop off also available to your Darwin city hotel at no extra charge.
Price + Inclusions
|Wilderness, Culture & Food Safari||Price per person|
- 4 nights in a fan-cooled Safari Bungalow
- All gourmet meals and beverages from select open bar
- 5 day photography program with Richard I’Anson
- Full day private group day trip to Arnhem Land by air
- Return flights from Darwin to Bamurru Plains as per the scheduled group flight times
- Transfers between General Aviation Terminal and Darwin airport
- All wilderness activities which may include airboat safaris, 4WD safari drives, foot safaris or crocodile spotting river cruise. Activities will be carefully planned by Richard and our lodge manager to maximise creative photo opportunities