William Cowger Photo Safaris

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Two Amazing Safaris

Written on: June 20, 2014   |   I visited in August 2006 I have read other reviews of other travelers who went with Bill Cowger on a safari and I can concur with all that was said. I have gone on two wonderful adventures with Bill and will be joining him for my third safari in September 2015. My first one was July/Aug of 2006. It was only the 2nd or 3rd one Bill had done and I did not find one lodge, meal, drive, person, etc. that was not satisfactory and above. But since then he has upgraded some of the lodges, transportation from one venue to another, overnights to and from the airport before starting off to the Serengeti and other parks. My second safari was Feb/Mar 2008 and it was more magnificent than the first. The “tented” camp was excellent and the best food and service. “Tented” is in quotes because once in your tent you could be in a luxurious hotel anywhere in the world. I have likened the lodges to those in our US National Parks like Yellowstone, Grand Canyon or The Tetons. You remain a part of the park, very open, lodges made from all natural materials mostly from the area. Tanzanians are so proud of their country and want visitors to the feel the same way. The Takim guides are outstanding as mentioned by others. What always impressed me was they constantly told us that this was OUR safari so where we wanted to roam and how we wanted to stay watching a single lion or a herd of elephants was up to us. At the same time they would let us know where there was something special going on and what we could expect if we stayed in an area for awhile longer.
One of my best memories was standing on a small hillside, near dusk, watching thousands of wildebeest and zebras “stampeding” down a dry riverbed as they sought water and grass.I knew I was perfectly safe as the guides know the territory and know what these animals’ habits are.
Meet and greet team
5 Stars
Quality of vehicles
5 Stars
Responsiveness of staff
5 Stars
Knowledge of guide
5 Stars
Quality of itinerary
5 Stars
Overall rating
5 Stars
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(5/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: Jul 2006.
I feel so fortunate that I had the opportunity to travel to Tanzania with my husband, my mother- and father-in law, and my mom and dad. I was born in South Africa but moved back to the US when I was little and I had always dreamed of returning to Africa to go on safari. It couldn't have been a better experience. The food was far better than I expected, the hotels w... read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: May 2013.
I had been wanting to visit East Africa as long as I could remember - since the days of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom!
I spent countless hours and several years online looking at hundreds of photography safaris and then I found William Cowger right in my own back yard! And what a find he was. I want to be him when I grow up! I attended a presentation that he host... read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: Jul 2006.
My wife and I traveled with Bill Cowger in 2006 on a 12 day expedition that we were excited about and nervous- not being "camper" type people. Boy were we pleasantly surprised to find the accommodations first first class and the photo opportunities unbelievable. When a male lion relieves himself on the tire of your van then comely walks away, you know you have see... read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: Feb 2014.
I never take pictures, I leave that to my husband.
I own only a dummy-proof bridge camera.
I went on safari with Bill Cowger.
I came back with over 3,500 pictures!

I do not regret booking with him. Apart from being a gentleman and a scholar, he runs a top of the line operation.

Tanzania is beautiful. Its people is peaceful and fun loving.
The lions, eleph... read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: Sep 2014.
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the Serengeti with Bill Cowger. We had been reviewing several trips before deciding to go on this trip. We are so glad that we did. We were up and out early every morning and typically came back at dinner time. A couple of days we came back for lunch. We saw so many different animals and each time was amazing. We were even able ... read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: Feb 2014.
We researched the web thoroughly before booking this trip with Bill Cowger. We wanted a small group, one full row of seats per client, good lodging, good food and a photo-oriented experience.

We got all of that and then some! There were 7 clients, Bill Cowger himself plus two guides-drivers.
Accommodations are in 4-5 star hotels and in luxurious canvas tents. W... read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: Feb 2014.
My wife and I were really undecided as to whether we really wanted to go to Africa. We finally decided to go after attending one of Bill Cowger's presentations at our local library. As the time drew near for us to travel, our excitement was beginning to overtake us. We flew from Detroit to Amsterdam, with Bill. He gave us a lot of first hand information as to wha... read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: Jun 2013.
Bill knows the land, the animals' behavior, the best photography techniques, and the local culture. His drivers are bright and articulate, the accommodations and food excellent, and the local people warm and welcoming. Bill makes it YOUR safari, whether you're a simple point and shoot photographer like me, or if your expertise is more sophisticated.
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(5/5 stars) Written on   |   Visited: May 2013.
We thoroughly investigated African photo safari companies to find a reasonably priced tour in an animal-rich area with an experienced professional photographer. We also wanted an uncrowded small group setting and first class accommodations.

We wisely selected Bill Cowger's operation, which actually exceeded our expectations. Bill's experience in 23 previous trip... read more

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William Cowger Photo Safaris

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Since: Jun 2005

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