Wild Europe
(The Bavarian National Park - Germany)
 
Testimonials from previous guests
 
 
Staying in a guest house in the foothills of the Bavarian National Park this 5 day workshop permits us to spend over 3 1/2 very full days in the field taking photos. With the Bohemian Forest in the Czech Republic this forms Europe’s largest unspoilt woodland. In this beautiful landscape, wildlife such as brown bear, wolf, and lynx still roam free.
 
Within the National Park the two large areas with specially designed wildlife enclosures allow usto capture those “once in a life time” images of some of Europe’s most endangered and enigmatic species. These enclosures are vast, the largest being tens of hectares in size and all are within the natural forest providing superb backdrops for your photographs. This approach permits the animals to live naturally, whilst still providing us with good opportunities to observe and photograph them – a true wildlife photographers dream!
 
There are over 30 species of mountain and forest animals to photograph within this stunning environment including mammals such as grey wolves, brown bears, lynx, wild boar, otters, European bison, wildcat, red deer, elk and birds such as capercaillie, black grouse and hazelhen and numerous birds of prey.
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Testimonials

 
My expectations were to hopefully see wildlife and get some good photos, whilst also enjoying a holiday. These were completely exceeded, we had amazing wildlife sightings, whilst also having a really enjoyable time. Bob is always very engaging and excellent at bringing a group of strangers together, and making it very enjoyable. The park was beautiful and such a privilege to see animals behaving naturally with such ease.
  Some of Jenna's photos from the workshop
 
 
I had a great time and was surprised at how many animals there were to photograph. As usual Bob makes you feel very welcome and puts everyone at ease giving help and advice when needed. It was great to stay at a traditional German family hotel and playing with the beavers was unexpected but so much fun. The accommodation was very clean and friendly. It was really nice to stay somewhere that was family run and traditionally German.
 
 
 
I am always looking to improve my technique and understanding of my camera's functions. I also wanted to have the opportunity to visit a part of Europe that I hadn't seen before. Finally, and not least, I wanted to opportunity to observe and photograph European bears. All of these were fully met!
Having done several of your workshops I did wonder if there was going to be something new to learn. There was; I left with a better understanding of exposure metering and how to adapt my methods to fully exploit the camera's capabilities.
The whole experience was first class. The others in the group, the accomodation, the scenery, the setting in the parks all contributed to a most enjoyable trip. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone. Excellent, I wouldn't change anything!
 
 
 
Thanks again Bob for another great workshop in Bavaria. On Every trip with you, I pick up more and more technical tips and tricks from your incredible knowledge, along with an insight into the interactions between creatures of the animal world. You certainly give up a lot of your own time to help up and coming photographers - so once again a big thanks.
I thought the hotel accommodation was perfect, nice clean rooms and facilities. The owners certainly looked after us well and the breakfasts and evening meals were superb. The hotel was in an excellent location very close to the park.
 
 
 
I went with an open mind and I was not disappointed. Personally with regards to this workshop, I would have been quite happy if it had been 5 nights instead of 4. I felt I was really getting into it by the last day. I learnt more photographic tips and hope I have improved a bit more. Gerhard and Becky were brilliant. So were you, a very congenial host. I enjoyed the whole trip and the good company and look forward to joining you in Tanzania in 2015
 
 
 
Bob. Thank you so much for planning such a wonderful trip to Bavaria. The photographic opportunities were endless and that, combined with the pleasure of seeing and 'absorbing' the spectacular surroundings, combined to make a truly memorable trip. It was unique to see the wolves, bears, lynx etc. in their natural surroundings as near as possible to the true wild and they proved that patience and wildlife go hand in hand, as we were all rewarded with the opportunity to get the shots! Your help and knowledge, aided by Gerhard and Becky, meant that we came away with an understanding of the area and I know I would love to go back to Bavaria again and see more.
 
 
 
Just a quick thank you for once again providing a fantastic photo trip. I know that it’s very difficult to plan and organise things with so many variables but you managed superbly it as usual. Well done. The detailed information given before the course was perfect and exactly as it was "on the trip". The accommodation, rooms, food and service were first class. Good choice.
I have been on other courses with Bob and once again he has managed to provide a first class course. Each time I go with him I learn something new and get inspired to take more photos.
 
 
 
The workshop exceeded my expectations. I set out hoping to improve my photography skills for wildlife photography on animals in a more natural environment than in a normal zoo and certainly managed this. Bob was extremely helpful and patient and explained answers to my questions in an easy to understand way. Most of the animals were more than accommodating and at a quick glance through I have some great shots. My only criticism is that I now have a long and expensive shopping list lol!
The accommodation was spot on, what a lovely hotel.
Thank you for a fantastic time, I've only had a quick flick through my huge number of photos but I am very pleased with what I have looked at. The group of people on the course were a great bunch and please pass on my thanks to Becky and Gerhard, both were very knowledgeable, extremely helpful and really friendly.
 
 
 
My expectations for this workshop/tour were very largely met and the trip as a whole very enjoyable indeed - good company and a group that seemed to gel very well. My particular interests animal-wise were to get good shots of wolves and lynxes and in both of these cases I felt that I succeeded. It applied particularly to the wolves where on two or three occasions we observed and photographed natural looking behaviour, and the appearance of two cubs at Lohberg was a real bonus. The wolves at Lusen in the evening sessions had a truly wild 'feel' and atmosphere even if the light conditions were testing. The accommodation and catering was excellent, exceeding my expectations. Clean, comfortable and with good food - and beer !