Tour Information

BugShot Mozambique May 20-29th 2018!!!
SOLD OUT!
To get on the wait list email kendra@abbottnature.com

Photos in slideshow are by Piotr Naskrecki
Instructors: Nicky Bay , Piotr NaskreckiThomas Shahan, and John Abbott
(Please note: changes in instructors may be necessary depending on workshop enrollment)

$4600 Bungalow (double occupancy)
$4100 No housing (make arrangements yourself to stay with family at Gorongosa, PLEASE email kendra@abbottnature.com if you do this to help facilitate.)

• Workshop is limited to 20 participants
• Workshop begins at 6:00 p.m. Sunday, May 20th, 2018 and concludes Tuesday, May 29, 2018
• Workshop is based out of Gornongosa National Park in Mozambique.

Topics include:
Macro & microphotography equipment
Composition
Lighting & flash
Working with live insects
Special techniques: focus stacking, high-speed flash
UV/Gif photography
Field sessions will explore a variety of habitats
Photo sharing, and critique and more!

Event kicks off with a Sunday evening welcome (May 20) and will continue through Tuesday morning (May 29) for a 10 day adventure.

Venue: We are finally going to Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique for BugShot!! To get an idea of the amazing diversity you can check out their website here or you can check out some of Piotr Naskrecki’s blogs. The diversity is some of the best on Earth after a rigorous conservation effort over the past decades.

Price includes: All scheduled course activities, lodging, meals, and transportation to/from the airport in Beira, Mozambique. It DOES include a flight from Beira and rented vehicles to give us flexibility for bug hunting.

Price does not include: drinks/snacks from the bar, laundry service, tours taken during the unscheduled day and anything else not listed as part of the formal workshop.

If you wish to bring a non-participating friend or spouse, they are welcome to stay at the lodge during the course pending availability. Contact Kendra (kendra@abbottnature.com) for details.

Registration online click here.
Registration by mail: Offline registrations are welcome! Contact Kendra (kendra@abbottnature.com) ASAP to reserve your place manually and arrange alternate payment.

Cancellation policy is as follows:
– prior to Feb 1st, 2018: 100% refund minus $300 cancellation fee
– after Feb 1st, 2018: 50% refund minus $300 cancellation fee
– no refunds after March 1st, 2018

Itinerary

BugShot 2018/Mozambique:
Proposed Schedule of Events

Instructors:
John Abbott (jcabbott@abbottnature.com)
Thomas Shahan (opoterser@hotmail.com)
Nicky Bay (nicky@bay.to)
Piotr Naskrecki (pnaskrec@oeb.harvard.edu)

We meet in the Beira, Mozambique airport by 1:30 PM on Sunday May 20th, 2018 to catch our flights into Gorangosa National Park (flight from Beira to Gorongosa included in registration).

Sunday, May 20, 2018: Hello!
6:00pm Arrival to Gorongosa National Park
7:00 Dinner
8:00 Intro to Gorongosa
9:00 Instructors top tips
10:00 Open (night photography, blacklighting, sleep)

Monday, May 21, 2018 
7:00 Breakfast
9:00 Lighting & Flash
10:00 White box
11:00 Open Time
12:00 Lunch
1:00-4:00 Field Session 1: group 1 (Piotr), group 2 (Thomas), group 3 (John), group 4 (Nicky)
4:00 Open Time
5:00 Composition
6:00 Open Time
7:00 Dinner
8:00 Specialized technique Focus Stacking
9:00 Open (night photography, blacklighting, sleep)

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
7:00 Breakfast
8:00 am – 6pm Field Trip Groups 1&2 (Piotr & Thomas) Groups 3&4 (John & Nicky)
6:00 Open Time
7:00 Dinner
8:00 Natural History Talk (John)
8:30 Night Walk/ Blacklighting

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
7:00 Breakfast
9:00 Field Session 2: group 1 (Nicky), group 2 (Piotr), group 3 (Thomas), group 4 (John)
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Field Session 3: group 1 (John), group 2 (Nicky), group 3 (Piotr), group 4 (Thomas)
4:00 Open Time
5:00 Image Processing
6:00 Open Time
7:00 Dinner
8:00 Natural History Talk (Thomas)
8:30 Night Walk/ Blacklighting

Thursday, May 24, 2018
7:00 Breakfast
8:00 am – 7pm Free Day: Enjoy one of Gorongosa’s many tours, take a day of relaxation, or schedule one-on-one time with an instructor.
6:00 Open Time
7:00 Dinner
8:00 Natural History Talk (Nicky)
8:30 Night Walk/ Blacklighting

Friday, May 25, 2018
7:00 Breakfast
8:00 am – 6pm Field Trip Groups 3&4(Piotr & Thomas) Groups 1&2 (John & Nicky)
6:00 Open Time
7:00 Dinner
8:00 Specialized Technique High Speed Flash
9:00 Night Walk/ Blacklighting

Saturday, May26, 2018
7:00 Breakfast
9:00 Field Session 4: group 1 (Thomas), group 2 (John), group 3 (Nicky), group 4 (Piotr)
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Open Time
2:00 Panel Q &A; Gear/topics
TBD by group interest (all)
5:00 Open Time
6:00 Open Time
7:00 Dinner
8:00 Specialized technique UV/Gif NB)
9:00 Night Walk/ Blacklighting

Sunday, May 27, 2018
7:00 Breakfast
8:00 am – 6pm Field Trip Groups 1&2 (Piotr & Thomas) Groups 3&4 (John & Nicky)
6:00 Open Time
7:00 Dinner
8:00 Natural History Talk (Piotr)
9:00 Night Walk/ Blacklighting

Monday, May 28, 2018
7:00 Breakfast
8:00 am – 6pm Field Trip Groups 2&3 (Piotr & Thomas) Groups 1&2 (John & Nicky)
6:00 Open Time
7:00 Dinner
8:00 Photo Review
& Awards

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
**We will have breakfast and get to the airport in Beira so folks can catch 1:30pm flights. I would recommend getting a flight out of Beira on the 29th at or after 1:30pm **

*Itinerary subject to change

Lodging

Lodging: 
$4600 Bungalow (double occupancy)
$4100 No housing (make arrangements yourself to stay with family at Gorongosa, PLEASE email kendra@abbottnature.com if you do this to help facilitate.)

(copied from Gorongosa website)
Classic Rooms
If solitude is what you seek, these rooms are for you – nestled under the trees in a quiet area of camp, you can sit on your enclosed porch to watch baboons play, warthogs dig, and birds flutter from tree to tree. As the sun begins to set and camp goes quiet, sit perfectly still and you can watch nonchalant civets and antelopes looking for an evening meal. The bungalows offer a private experience as each unit is generously spaced apart from the next.

After a long hike to Mount Gorongosa, nothing feels as nice as a hot shower and a nap on a soft bed. Your room still feels like Africa with high thatched ceilings allowing the breeze to circulate. Start your day off with a complimentary breakfast at Chikalango restaurant each morning.

All of the doors and windows are equipped with screens to keep out mosquito and the beds come with mosquito netting, so you don’t have to bring your own. Air conditioning, hair dryers, mini fridge, lock-up safe, bathroom amenities, and a kettle with coffee and tea making supplies are provided for your comfort. Two of the standard bungalows have inter-connecting rooms, which are great for families or a group of close friends.

Gornongosa Amenities
Food
We know that an important part of every vacation is good food. That’s why our chefs at Chikalango Restaurant & Bar are proud to serve you delicious authentic Mozambican and international cuisine using fresh, local ingredients. We’re proud to feature locally grown, organic vegetables in our restaurant that we purchase to support communities around the Park. Our menu has a range of a la carte options including fresh salads, hot appetizers, mouth-watering main courses, and even something to satisfy your sweet tooth. Check out the restaurant menu for a full list of offerings.

Swimming Pools
As the African sun rises overhead and the temperature warms, afternoons in camp are best spent taking a refreshing dip in the pool. Our two swimming pools are a great place for the kids to have fun while their parents relax on the comfortable lounge chairs. This is what vacation is all about.

Gift Shop
On your memorable vacation to Gorongosa, you won’t want to forget to visit our gift shop. Get a keepsake for yourself or gifts for your loved ones. Our gift shop sells Gorongosa shirts, hats, postcards, books, and locally made crafts.

Playground
After a long day on safari in Gorongosa, you may be tired but your kids may not be! The playground in Chitengo offers young children hours of fun playing on the slide, swings, and their own African animals.
Cell & Internet

Montebelo Gorongosa Lodge & Safari has good cell phone and wireless Internet coverage. If you have a cell phone with a replaceable SIM card, you can purchase a SIM card and recharge minutes at our reception desk. It is recommended that you use a Mozambican SIM card instead of your own carrier and that you turn off data roaming on your smartphone to ensure that your cell phone company doesn’t charge you.

All of the common areas in Montebelo Gorongosa, including the restaurant and conference rooms have full wireless Internet coverage. The accommodations closer to the center of camp, such as the premium bungalows and garden rooms may also have Internet coverage.

Laundry
If you like to pack light, you can rest assured that you will be taken care of. Our staff will wash, dry, and fold your laundry at your request. (Note: there is an additional fee for laundry service).

Electricity
Montebelo Gorongosa Lodge & Safari is fully powered with electricity 24-hours/day and all guest rooms have power outlets.

Gorongosa Wildlife

The gem of Mozambique’s national park system, Gorongosa is often referred to as the “Serengeti of the South” and it’s easy to see why. Its famous floodplains teem with majestic waterbuck. Gorongosa’s famous lions stalk the savannah and woodlands. And huge groups of elephants splash around in its waterholes, slaking their thirst and enjoying a good bath! But it’s not just about the big animals: Gorongosa is famous for its ‘biodiversity’, the extraordinary range of animal and plant species it supports. Look down! Some of the most amazing things you will ever see are right beneath your feet!
For more info on wildlife visit Gorongosa Website.

Registration

Click here to register
$4600 Bungalow (double occupancy)
$4100 No housing (make arrangements yourself to stay with family at Gorongosa, PLEASE email kendra@abbottnature.com if you do this to help facilitate.)
The fee for the workshop includes:
• Daily one-on-one and group instructions from Piotr, Thomas, Nicky and John.
• Daily instruction on macro photography
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner on days of the workshop are included (as indicated in itinerary)
• Black Lighting every night
• Entrance to Gornogosa National Park
• Lodging is included on days of workshop (as indicated in itinerary)
• Round trip flight from Beira to Gorongosa National Park.
• Vehicle rental for flexibility in the park.

The fee for the workshop does NOT include:
Drinks/snacks from the bar, laundry service, tours taken during the unscheduled day and anything else not listed as part of the formal workshop.

Cancellation policy is as follows:
– prior to Feb 1st, 2018: 100% refund minus $300 cancellation fee
– after Feb 1st, 2018: 50% refund minus $300 cancellation fee
– no refunds after March 1st, 2018

Click here to register

Camera Equipment, Clothing and Preparation

You will HAVE to take anti-malarial drugs on this trip! Please visit your doctor several months in advance of this trip to get any recommended shots and anti-malarial drugs. The recommended drug is Malarone (also sold as Atovaquone or Malanil). Another common anti-malarial drug is doxycycline but it has unpleasant side effects. Please make sure you visit your doctor before you travel to Mozambique.

Equipment Recommendations:
At a minimum you will need to bring a camera and lenses capable of close-in photographs, as well as an off-camera flash. We recommend an SLR camera with a 1:1 or greater macro lens. Alternately, a set of extension tubes, bellows, or a reverse-mounted lens kit can provide suitable magnification. Point-and-shoot camera with a Raynox filter and flash mount are also acceptable.

Clothing & Supplies
While you pack, keep in mind instructors will be driving our field vehicles from Beira to Gorongosa and back. These roads are VERY bumpy and rough so pack your camera equipment and clothes bags with that in mind. Things will bounce around. Of course long pants and long shirts are always recommended. Bring enough batteries and other supplies you will need. You will not be able to run to a store and pick up things that you have forgotten.

Weather May – June Many say that these months are the most beautiful in Gorongosa as the Park stays an emerald green color, there is little chance of rain, days are warm and nights are pleasant. The average daytime temperature in May and June is 28°C (82°F) with cooler nights.

Books you may want to read about the area.
Window on Eternity by E.O. WIlson and photosgraphs by Piotr Naskrecki A biologist’s walk through Gorongosa National Park
A complicated war: the Harrowing of Mozambique by William Finnegan This book will give context on Mozambique through the eyes of an amazing reporter.
Chickens and beer: A recipe for agricultural growth in Mozambique by Teresa Smart & Joseph Hanlon To understand about Mozambique’s current state of development.

Below are recommendations from the Gorongosa website about travel.
Things to consider when packing for Gorongosa National Park:

Clothing
When selecting your safari wardrobe, keep in mind the following: light clothing, neutral colors and protection from sun and mosquitoes. Neutral colors are nice to wear in order to blend into the bush.

Light clothing (shorts, t-shirts) for warm afternoons
Warm clothing (long sleeved shirts, sweatshirts, pants) for cool evenings
Hiking boots and long socks
Raincoat
Sandals
Swimsuit (Yes there is a pool!!)
Sunglasses
Hat

Equipment (non-camera)
Binoculars
Camera / Video Camera
Flashlight
Backpack
Water bottle
Guide books & animal checklists

Travel & Medical Supplies
Passport & Visa
Additional piece of identification, such as driver’s license
Photocopy of passport & visa kept in a separate place
Vaccination records
Travel Insurance
Plug adapters
Batteries
Anti-malarial medication
Other medications (e.g. prescriptions)
Sunscreen
Insect repellent

Recommendations for insect repellent: 
The most effective insect repellent is DEET and repellent with 10% is sufficient. Just know that DEET does melt plastic which does include most camera gear.
Repellents with the active ingredient IR3535 is effective for mosquitoes but won’t protect against biting flies.
Permethrin impregnated clothing and bed nets are also very effective.

Currency
*Note: If you plan to pay with US cash in Gorongosa, all bills must be dated 2008 or later. Due to restrictions by the Mozambican banking system, Gorongosa will not accept US currency older than 2008.

Airline Travel
Be sure to check your airline’s luggage allowances before you pack. And keep in mind that there may be different allowances for international and domestic flights. We recommend that you lock your luggage with a TSA approved lock.

Check battery recommendations with your airline before flying. This changes so quickly that is the best bet.
If you are going to stay Beira for a night the folks at Gorongosa have recommended Golden Peacock hotel.

Fast Facts for Travelers
Time Zone: Mozambique’s time zone is Central Africa Time (CAT), which is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) + 2 hours.

Language: Mozambique’s official language is Portuguese; however the staff in Gorongosa National Park and many people in major cities also speak English. Here are some handy Portuguese language apps for Apple devices and Android devices.

Currency & Banks: Mozambique’s currency is Meticais (MTn) and you can exchange currency at banks, international airports, and currency exchange stations inside Mozambique. South African Rands, US Dollars, and Euros are accepted in many tourist locations. Traveler cheques can only be changed at Standard Bank. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted in major tourist establishments. All major towns have ATMs. Be sure to tell your bank and credit card company you are traveling to Mozambique.

Electricity: Electricity in Mozambique is 220 volts at a frequency of 50 hertz. You will need a Type C or Type F electrical adapter. Check Gornongosa
website for details.

Phone Service: The international country code for Mozambique is (+258). When traveling in Mozambique you may incur high charges if you use your own mobile phone plan. If you have a smartphone, we recommend that you turn off data to avoid roaming charges. You may want to purchase a cell phone with a replaceable SIM card in advance. When you arrive in Mozambique you can buy a ‘Starter Pack’ that includes a SIM card at any cell phone store (Mcel, Vodacom, or Movitel). Recharge cards to add minutes to your phone are widely sold in shops and by salespeople in any town.

Gratuities & Tax: It is expected to tip staff at hotels and restaurants. A 10% tip is widely accepted. Sales tax (VAT) in Mozambique is 17%.

Health and Safety
As with travel to any country, you should visit your doctor four to eight weeks ahead of your visit to get the recommended vaccinations and medications. There is no risk of yellow fever in Mozambique, and travelers coming from a yellow fever zone must show a record of vaccination against yellow fever. All travelers are required to have their vaccination records when they cross the border.

We recommend that all foreign travelers consider travel insurance to provide you with coverage in a medical emergency while traveling and to protect you in the event that your trip gets unexpectedly cancelled.

While You’re Here
Your doctor will have advised you on appropriate medications and vaccinations, and while you are here, it’s sensible to use insect repellent, and wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, and socks in the evenings. Use sunscreen appropriately, and remember to stay hydrated during your activities! Bottled water is provided on the safari drives, in the guest bedrooms, and is also available at the restaurant.

Getting there

How To Get To Gorongosa
Airline Tickets
***The airport code for Beira, Mozambique is BEW. Most people fly into Johannesburg, South Africa and then on to Beira, Mozambique. The folks at Gorongosa recommend flying South African Airlines from Johannesburg, South Africa to Beira, Mozambique. LAM airlines was NOT RECOMMENDED by the staff at Gorongosa. YOU HAVE TO ARRIVE BEFORE 1:30 pm on May 20th, 2018. We will then have chartered flights into Gorongosa. Your flight leaving Biera should leave after 1:30pm on May 29th, 2018 to allow time for flights from Gorongosa to the Beira airport. ***

If you end up staying the night in Beira the Golden Peacock Hotell is recommended.

We will be taking 3 private flights (7 people per flight) into Gorongosa. If you are traveling with family you will need to arrange travel for them, there is transportation daily on the road or you can arrange a flight from Beira to Gorongosa. Email me for any help kendra@abbottnature.com