2299 County Road 2008, Glen Rose, TX
Have you ever dreamed of going to Africa? You can imagine getting into your safari vehicle and taking off over the Masi Mara or Serengeti Plains. Quickly you spot a small herd of elephants and readying your zoom lens, you squeeze off photo after photo just like you've seen in National Geographic. Unfortunately, for the vast majority of photographers it will remain only a dream.
Join Jeff & Theresa Donald in the spring of 2017 for the next best thing to heading to Kenya and Tanzania, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas.
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center's origins date back to the early '70's when it was a game ranch. The ranch was transformed into a wildlife ranch dedicated to conservation, not hunting. It's latest incarnation happened in 1987 when Fossil Rim Wildlife Center was formed. Now, almost 30 years later, FRWC is one of the leading wildlife centers in the US. It's listed on every major visitor list as one of the best game drives available, period.
Itinerary subject to change based on weather, animal availability and other factors beyond the control of FRWC and FCCP.
Our 3 day experience starts with your arrival at the Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport. Upon your arrival, you'll rent a car (we suggest splitting the cost with several other participants) and make the short 1 ½ hour drive to FRWC.
Upon your arrival, you'll check into your cabin at Foothills Safari Camp. Foothills Safari Camp is located half-mile further inside the Wildlife Center from the check-in Lodge. The camp entails a two-acre fenced enclosure overlooking one of Fossil Rim’s most popular wildlife watering holes where an ever-changing variety of animals including herds of waterbuck, addax, gemsbok, fallow deer and more, can be viewed.
Each cabin is custom-designed and fitted with two twin beds, fresh linens, a private bath, ceiling fans and central heat and air. You can relax on your own small patio, stroll over to the guest pavilion or gather at the observation deck and trade the day’s stories with your fellow travelers.
Once settled in feel free to explore your new surroundings at the Safari Camp. At 4 PM we'll hop into our vehicles for your first game drive experience (admission fee included). The 9½ mile Scenic Wildlife Drive is ours to explore, feed the animal and take photographs you'll remember for the rest of your life.
For your safety while in the park, a solid barrier is required to be between you and the approaching animals. Vehicles with doors removed (such as Jeeps) will not be allowed to enter the park. Doors MUST BE IN PLACE and closed at all times.
We'll return to Safari Camp around 6 PM and dinner is at the Camp at 7 PM. Around 8 PM Jeff will have a short presentation and answer any questions about the upcoming game drives, preparation, equipment etc.
Saturday morning starts with an early 7 AM breakfast at Safari Camp and then our morning game drive at 8:30 AM. Our first stop is generally at the Mexican gray wolf enclosure of the nearby Intensive Management Area. You will view three species of wolves, cheetah, coati, black rhinos, and Attwater’s Prairie Chickens in this area before heading out into the park to look for the rest of our animals, returning to the Foothills Safari Camp about 10:30. Your guide will entertain and inform you, as well as do the driving so you don’t have to.
At 11 AM we'll get a special presentation and up close photo op with FRWC's resident Cheetahs. Fossil Rim has played an important role in the conservation of cheetahs since 1986 when the first litter of babies was born. Since then, over 150 cubs have been born in their Cheetah Breeding Program. Breeding success has been historically difficult in the captive population. Fossil Rim has diligently worked to provide a comfortable, stimulating living environment along with multiple mate choices (especially important for cheetah females) a varied diet, large enclosures and as little stress as possible. Fossil Rim has two cheetah areas, which, together, can house about 25 cats. One area is located on the Scenic Drive and another is in the Intensive Management Area, which we saw on our morning game run.
Lunch is at 12:30 at the Overlook Cafe. The Café offers a variety of sandwiches. You can enjoy the famous half-pound Fossil Rim burger on a corn dusted roll, Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich on a sourdough hoagie, Veggie burger, Chicken and Swiss or Turkey and Cheddar. Salads, wraps and burgers are all under $10. Fountain drinks, and water are available and a selection of ice creams and frozen ices for dessert. For those wanting a light snack, chips, cookies or candies are also available.
After lunch relax a little and explore Safari Camp. At 2:30 Jeff will present a 1 hour workshop on using Lightroom. After the workshop return to your Safari Cabin and prepare for our afternoon game drive.
On the game drive you are driven around by one of our experienced guides, and given the best photographic opportunities available. The game drive lasts about 4 hours, and the tour is designed for photographers to catch the dusk light, which is the best light possible for afternoon photos. The guides also know the habits of the animals and the best locations to get the animals in the best light.
At 8 PM return to Safari Camp and freshen up before heading out to a local restaurant in Glen Rose. We have a choice of several local restaurants, including steaks, seafood, burgers, salads etc.
After dinner return to camp and download images and recharge batteries in preparation for the morning game run. You may also want to pack for tomorrow's checkout at noon.
Sunday morning starts again with a 7 AM breakfast and last minute preparation for our 8:30 AM morning game run. We'll return to Safari Camp and you can finish any last minute packing and checkout by noon. The PhotoTour ends at noon.
After checkout your welcome to go on a self-guided game drive or make the drive to Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport.
Cost for the PhotoTour and Workshops is $799 per person based on double occupancy until April 15, 2016. Please add $200 for single occupancy
After April 22, 2016 the fee is $999 per person based on double occupancy. Please add $250 for single occupancy.
FRWC is a small, not-for-profit organization. These facilities are only available to groups. They have limited space and the group reservations must be paid in full. FCCP can offer a discount only for a few days.
Full refunds are available until January 31, 2017. After that date a $249 administration fee will be deducted from any refund. No refunds after March 1, 2017 unless the space can be filled.
There are no refunds or adjustments for the weather, just like on an African safari. If the rain/weather etc. forces the cancellation of any scheduled game drives, an alternate activity such as Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop/Elements workshops will be offered as replacement.
Included in the cost:
2 Nights Lodging at Safari Camp
All admission fees, including fees for self-guided trips
3 Guided Game Drives
Special Cheetah Presentations
2 special two hour workshops held before the FRWC PhotoTour
Not Included in the cost:
Lunches and Dinners
Beverages at Safari Lodge
Tips, gratuities and tips for guides
Airfare and rental charges and other fees and expenses incurred prior to checkin at FRWC, March 31, 2017
Included in the PhotoTour are two workshops held prior to the PhotoTour. The first workshop will be two weeks before the PhotoTour and the second workshop will be held one week before the PhotoTour.
The first workshop will be about 2 hours and will cover general photography techniques that will be beneficial to maximizing your photo opportunities at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. Also covered will be gear to bring and any questions about the PhotoTour.
The second workshop will be held at Lowry Park Zoo and will cover hands on techniques to improve your wildlife photography. This workshop will be about 3 hours and there'll be an optional lunch after the workshop.
There are no refunds or adjustments if you do not attend the two workshops prior to the FRWC weekend PhotoTour.
Refunds offered if:
Additional notes: See PhotoTour description for refund policy, limitations and dates.
Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.