Land of Giants – Reservations Open Thanksgiving Day

Our all-new Safari offering will begin accepting reservations for the public on Thanksgiving Day. If you didn’t see the announcement a few days ago click here to learn about Botswana: Land of Giants. This action packed photo safari takes just a small group of photographers to one of the best places on the vast continent of Africa to photograph not only big cats but also massive herds of African Elephant and just about everything else you can think of! Lion, Cheetah & Leopard are prolific here as are Hyena, Jackal and Giraffe. This shorter, condensed version of our flagship Botswana Safari entitled ‘Ultimate Botswana Wildlife Safari‘ keeps the price down while not sacrificing the wildlife photography – pound for pound it doesn’t get any better than Mashatu with Backcountry Journeys!

Botswana: Land of Giants includes incredible accommodation at either Mashatu Lodge or Tented Camp, in-country flights, most meals, local guides & trackers with specially outfitted 4×4 safari vehicles, expert photo instruction and of course our world-class travel logistics and itinerary planning – all you have to do is get to Johannesburg, South Africa and we’ll take you from there!

If Africa has been on your list of places you want to photograph but don’t know where to start – start with our Land of Giants photo safari.

If you want to go a little bigger and see a few more places go with our Ultimate Botswana Wildlife Safari which features chartered flights into some remote locations.

Reservations for Botswana: Land of Giants open Thanksgiving Day and being that we only take eight photographers – at this price – these trips will sell out quickly.

BCJ Tribe Members

Are you a Backcountry Journeys Premium Tribe Member? You can get in on the action early! Tribe Members can book this trip before anyone else and with a 20% discount if you make your reservation before Thanksgiving Day (and while space remains!). Send us a Facebook Message, Email or call us at 928-478-1521 for a special one-time early access code!


Russ Nordstrand








Russ Nordstrand is an award winning Landscape & Wildlife Photographer based in Flagstaff, Arizona. His Fine Art Prints are hanging in private collections throughout the world and he runs Photography Tours & Workshops in the most beautiful and inspirtational locations in the Western United States and beyond.

Russ has been hiking, backpacking, photographing and guiding people in the wilderness areas, deserts, canyons and mountains of the world since 1997. He has logged thousands of miles on the trail and for many years in the past decade over half of his nights were spent in a tent in some far flung outdoor destination.

His Photography reflects an awe and admiration of the great, wide and still wild world we live in. Often his subjects include towering canyon walls, mist shrouded mountain lakes or wildlife in their natural habitat. It also reflects a commitment to preserving these places for the health of our world and for those who come after.

It would be a lie to say he does it completely from an altruistic standpoint. Like any great outdoor photographer he loves the thrill of wild, remote places and the accomplishment of nailing that shot after waking up three hours before dawn and hiking in the dark!

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with Russell Graves
Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 at 11 am (Mountain)