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(6)William’s 6th wild show includes safaris, a wild bush walk, staying with Massai people (ever had goat spinal cord for breakfast?), and climbing Africa’s highest peak – Mount Kilimanjaro!

This show and has garnered rave reviews from both media and general public across Canada. Come see why! **These shows are LIVE and DON’T happen often! Catch it when you can!


William being interviewed on a Toronto Morning Show.


The LIVE show is very tightly edited and includes costumes, video, story telling and interactivity. Here are just a few stills to whet your appetite.



(Martin Strong ROCK 101)

“Remarkable show! Great as always.”

(CBC Toronto)

“Beautiful photos, hilarious videos”

(Nanaimo Bulletin)


(Vancouver Courier)


On the fence? The comments below may give you an idea why do people line up 800 deep in the rain to see these fun shows…



“We were staying at the Ocean Point for our 17th Anniversary and found your show on the web while looking for things to do. Loved it! Your shows was fast paced and fun. Sometime in laughter, sometimes in shock we toured the amazing country alomst enouhg to feel like we had been there and met the locals… including almost loco… William Jans. Highly recommended… high energy and excellent, amazing photography!” (Harley and Lynne Abram, Chemainus, BC)

“A great time” (Sally Allen, Nanaimo)

“Thx! Great show! Loved the wide-eyed stares from those kids!” (Steve Burgess, Burnaby, 2012)

“Really really enjoyed the show! Still thinking about it a couple days later. Just had to let you know that I couldnt get it out of my head… some images were so captivating… there was a shot of a very old tribal woman with a group of kids… one kid in front covered in dust with a weather worn older woman in back. What a great image… that image just melted me. So innocent. To do all that video, travel, and stories and still come up with so many special shots is wonderful.” (Kevin Harrison. North Vancouver)

“Your work and message are brilliant – thank you so much for your vision, planning and follow through – you bring so much to the rest of us! (Brian Wyndham, Surrey, BC)

“Loved your approach, bright light and sense of adventure. Your ability to with the languages of the tribes inspired in the most profound way. Great work! With Joy and Jubilation” (Sarina Bell, Toronto)

“Brilliant as Always” (Gordon Stodola, Victoria)

“So Cool” (Tina Kotthaus, Courtenay, BC)

“Great show as usual, everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Really gave me a feel for what Tanzania is about. Looking forward to your next show.” (Bob Dynes, Vancouver BC, 2012)

“We were delighted to attend your show at the Hollywood a few weeks ago, with our children. Not only because it was a great show (it really was),but because we had just booked tickets for a month in Tanzania!” (Leslie Palleson and Bruce McLeod, Vancouver)

“I really liked watching your show – “Tales from Tanzania”. I would like to be a photographer like you. Here are the photos of my toy animals. (Evan B. – 8 years old, Vancouver)

“(via linked in) I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed your show “Tales for Tanzania” last Friday. I love to travel, but haven’t gone traveling in a while, due to the fact that I am in school. Thanks again for a great show.” (Sarah Whitlam, Vancouver 2012)

“Combine vivid, exciting photographs and videos with a charismatic, energetic speaker, and you’ve got Tales from Tanzania. William Jans weaves a captivating tale accompanied by the most beautiful action-packed shots. Every day is full of fun! William Jans Shows are definitely not to be missed by anyone, young or old.” (Charmaine Jade Li Arellano-Chua; a 13 year old attendee, Mississauga Ontario)

“We saw Tales from Tanzania show in Victoria. Will you be doing another showing in Victoria. We loved it.” (Hunter W. Gordon, Victoria, BC).

“TALES FROM TANZANIA was wonderful! I learn so much and have such a good time each time I attend – even my kiswahili is improving!! Asante sana tena!” (Ev Cousins, Vancouver)

“Our family just got back to our home in Campbell River after attending your show in Courtenay tonight, and we felt the need to drop you a note to say thanks! The four of us thoroughly enjoyed your exceptional ability to use photos and stories to communicate your experiences in Tanzania. Your level of engagement with the local Masai people results in us learning more about these people than any mainstream magazine articles or television programs can offer – and our kids will never forget what they learned tonight. Thanks for sharing your experiences.” (Angela and Mark Gage, and kids, Campbell River, BC).

“In a word, MARVELOUS. I’m proud to be your humble neighbour.” (Wendy Gorling, Vancouver)

“Hope your shows are going well, I really enjoyed the Ottawa show!” (Shawn Peplinskie, Ottawa)

“You are an awesome guy! I really enjoyed your show! You are an artist on presentation… You bonded everything perfectly …Your costumes were awesome…You shared your experience with us… All you do is excited and dangerous on the same time…It’s an amazing experience finding about the others culture…and living on the middle of it (for a while). It’s remarkable…Keep going…You are an adventurous guy! 🙂 Very nice Andromeda and Milky Way photo by the way! I’ll send an invitation to all my friends, your shows deserve to be seen!! (Nicoleta Oprescu, Toronto)

“A quick note to say how much I enjoyed Tales from Tanzania last evening, here in Courtenay BC. Just goes to show there’s always more to learn – Your show further enriched my own experiences on safari in Tanzania and Kenya last year. Fantastic to be familiar and yet see so much more via your exciting “true life” and varied adventures. I’m sure anyone who has been to even one of your presentations will be back for more. Keep ’em coming!!! please add me to your show schedule automated mail out, regards,” (Elizabeth Steeves, Courtenay, BC)

“It was a great show William! Paola and I were inspired and glad for the experience.” (Alan Stewart ,Pender Harbour)

“We are very much looking forward to seeing YOUR pictures of OUR vacation. We did Meru and Kili then a safari 3 years ago. Heard you on the cbc last night which only makes us more excited about tonight. – – – (later) – – – What a great show! We are so glad to have made the trip to Toronto to catch it, and will definitely spread the word. Have a successful rest of the tour! Asante sana! (Del Daignault, St Catherines Ontario)

“Thanks for the show tonight, it was GREAT. I gladly brought my brother in law and he also enjoyed the show. The images looked amazing, great post production work!!!. Pretty crazy watching you talk, change and get the images happening all at the same time it makes me think of those one man bands, i think that is what your promo card should have on it. Thanks again!! (Tina Chin, Vancouver, BC)

“GREAT SHOW” on Friday! Sandy and I both enjoyed it very much and it served as a good “inspiration” for our upcoming trip to Rwanda and Kenya in September. I thought your video work was fantastic – the interaction with the locals was excellent, you really bring out the “funny side” in people and it plays so well on the screen – the human pyramid with the Massa cracked me up, your walk through the market was classic, and I loved the ladies singing gospel in the church, wow what a moment that you captured!! Don’t know if the whole TV thing appeals to you, but with your unique approach to travelling I’d say you’ve got the makings of a TV Travel Show…” (Murray and Sandy Isbister, Burnaby, BC)

“Fantastic! – You should have your own TV SHOW!”(Shawna Kostiuk, Vancouver)

“I just came to your show Friday and am sad I didn’t swim up the aisle stream to come meet you in person. Next time I will! I wanted to say thanks for a fabulous show (my first one) and to see if you are going on any trips for which you require an assistant!! (I know, you get asked this hundreds of times per day, so what’s once more?). I’ll pass on your show info to friends in Edmonton and see you the next time I can come to a show!! You’re an inspiration but rather than being like you I think I’d like to BE you. Let me know if you’d like a break from being you so I can take over :-)” (Suzanne Rushton, Vancouver)

“You have a wonderful way to engage with people… It is a gift you have that emanates from you and it is not cheesy in the least… You have a level of freedom to be who you are.” (Alan Kearns, CareerJoy, Ottawa)

“Another great show! It was like seeing it for the first time. Fascinating. Actually seeing it twice made me realize what I missed the first time around. Ciao for now Matako!” (Shawna Kostiuk, Vancouver)

“Awesome! SO fantastic! Just loved it. The photos were beautiful, the videos were hilarious!” (Sharleen Suszewiez, Vancouver)

“Just a note to say the show was fantastic last night. It’s great to see all your talents at their best like that! I can’t wait until you have your own TV show! Kids really enjoyed the show too – had quite a few laughs… and kids can be a tough audience! Thanks for the entertainment! (Dana Irving and Dean Stark, North Vancouver)

“My husband and I had so much and can’t wait for the next one!” (Mary-Jean Payeur, Vancouver)

“Great show last night; you are a very talented story teller – with amazing stories to tell! You mentioned during the show that you might do a seminar on the technical side of taking photos and managing them. Jessica and I would love to attend this, so put us down for two votes.” (Bill Richardson, Vancouver)

“We laughed ourselves silly! The show was Safi Kabisa!” (Heather Wardle, Vancouver)

“Your friendly, kind and playful nature melts away any cultural or language barriers. Watching your interactions with the people of Tanzania was a real joy. Your photos are amazing.” (Cheryl Beglaw, Port Coquitlam)

“Great show the other night! I was fully engaged!” (Tammie Sibbald, Toronto)

“Such a terrific sense of humour and great rapport with the locals.” (Deanna and Alan Wong, White Rock, BC)

“Really enjoyed your show. Awesome job!” (Ean Jackson, North Vancouver)

“Awesome show. My wife, brother and friends really enjoyed it. So glad I came. Your slides brought back great memories, although having seen how you were able to interact with the locals, it made me want to try and redo my trip. I am sure I will be seeing more of your shows.” (Mike Braacx, Vancouver)

“Thanks for a fabulous evening.” (Anita Turcotte, Toronto)

“What a right on show! Ended up going with 5 friends & they all enjoyed it too. Your show was a perfect mix of images and yourself getting to know the locals. And your ability to learn some of the language was top notch, good job.” (Mike O’Hanley, Vancouver)

“Really loved it. For me the best so far!” (Angela Bleach, Vancouver)

“I’ve just become a big fan! Happy travels, Asante sana, Kwa Heri” (Alicia, Vancouver)

“I’m still thinking and talking about the Tanzania show! It was absolutely fantastic. Beyond your wonderful, humourous and personable self, you always show people in the most respectful and dignified way possible — one of the many things I love about you. Congratulations William, be proud!”(Anitra Singh, Vancouver)

“A great show! I have been telling people from the office that they must see one of your shows!” (June Stafford, Vancouver Courier)

“I loved the new show! Thanks for continuing to share the journey.” (Daien Ide, Vancouver)

“Great to see in your shot that they love you and you love them. Very Playful!” (Fran Pirken, Nanaimo)

You have a wonderful way to engage with a people! it is a gift you have. (Alan Kearns, CareerJoy, Toronto)

“Never seen anything like it. Great to be so in the moment!” (Suzana Michaelis, Nanaimo)

“Amazing Show!” (Sonja Jan, Victoria)

“I saw your slide show on Nepal about 8 – 10 years ago in the theatre at the Planetarium in Vancouver .. and have actually since dragged friends out to see it a couple more times over the years. I also attended your 2 other shows last fall – one at the Rio on Broadway & the other at JO I think ….. They are spectacular!!!! (Mandy Carlson, Vancouver)

“Great job, keep up your remarkable ability to capture people’s hearts and the right light” (Sonora Morin Butterfield, Victoria)

” Loved the Tales from Tanzania show! You had mentioned that you might be doing some travel photography workshops in the future. I’d love to get further information when it is available.” (Allison Norrie, Vancouver)

“I first saw one of your shows last year (the Burma one I think?). We really enjoyed it and saw the Tanzania and South America shows this year. You mentioned a photography workshop… I’m interested in the photography workshop as a gift for my parter (who has a much better eye for photography than I do!). Keep me posted!” (Allison Norrie, Vancouver) [/one_half]

“I want to tell you how much I LOVE your shows! I love your stories, I love your photographs, and I love watching you as an entertainer and performer! I’ve seen all your shows and I always recommend them to all my friends! You have inspired me as an artist, and I am grateful for everything you have brought to the world! Thank you!” (Susan Browne, Vancouver)

“I saw your Tanzania show in January. Good stuff. Love the multimedia – including costume changes. Nice one!” (Dave Pinton, Vancouver – VIA TWITTER)

“I thoroughly enjoyed your show on Tanzania last night. I was there with 5 friends… 4 of them seeing your show for the first time. This was my 4th show and I have only missed Burma Bound. I’m hoping you will present that one again in Vancouver for all of us. Happy Travellin’ (Denise Schlachter, Vancouver)

“Keep up the amazing work” (Pat and Lee Taylor, Vancouver)

“My family really enjoyed the show tonight. Thanks!” (Chris Shackleton, Ottawa Ontario)

“What a great show! Your passion and stories were amazing – thanks for sharing!” (Sandra GIrard, Alzheimers Soc of BC.)

“Kipara, I enjoyed it even more the 2nd time. My favorite bits are Michael and building the pyramid with the Maasai. The footage of the elephant in the Selous camp near S&S tent drew gasps from around me. Thanks for the great effort.” (Leslie Nevison, Vancouver and Congo)

It was great..when will you do more in Vancouver? (Elenor Shook, Vancouver) *These are live and dont happen often! Catch them while you can! (wrj)

“Great show – I’m a travel buff at heart and your show got my feet itchy!” (Christa LeCraw, Digital Photography Program Manager, VAN ARTS)

“Great show on Friday! Best one yet!” (Jan Sherman, Vancouver)

“Thoroughly Entertaining!” (Steve Ottridge, Vancouver)

“Enjoyed your show tonight, very entertaining and funny.” (Bert Griffioen, Abbotsford, BC and South African ex-pat)

“What an incredible show , absolutely amazing. Great remarks from people coming out. Yes for real not cause I am me.” (Janet Jans, White Rock *William’s mom*)

“I heard of your show through a few sources – YHA newsletter, posters and an email to our Apple Store too. I moved to Vancouver from Minnesota, but it does sound like your show would be well worth the flight ~ so feel free to include that statistic if you wish! I’m convincing friends of mine from around the globe to visit and maybe we can add some PayPal addresses from much further afield, eh? I am really looking forward to the extravaganza!! Just sorry that I wasn’t able to attend the Tibet and Tanzania shows earlier in January. Please add me to your upcoming events newsletter so I can plan ahead for future shows. (Sally Laird, Pine Springs, Minn, USA)

“I absolutely loved your show last night!”(Barry Gray, Insight Films)

“The show was marvelous, I really enjoyed it. Your photography of course is spectacular, but you absolutely shine on video.” (Katherine Bamford, Langley)

“We enjoyed your slideshow presentation on Tanzania last evening. I passed your web site info and upcoming show info. to my Edmonton friends. Good luck and keep up the good work.” (Clarence and Fran, Vancouver)

“Great show – I really enjoyed it. Good Job.” (Todd Malone, Richmond)

“Well, I certainly won’t be at tonight’s Vancouver show since I moved to Yellowknife 6 weeks ago, but if you’re ever coming up here, I’d happily see Solo In South America for the 4th time (and I *still* haven’t seen Top Of The World yet). 😉 One way or another I’ll make it to your shows again.” (Leon Brady, Yellowknife, NWT)

“Great Half Dome video in your newsletter! Love the Scotia half shirt!(Susan Leung, Vancouver)

“Just wanted to send some thanks for the show last night, it was a lot of fun. I didn’t recognize any people but there were a lot of familiar scenes in your photos – the truck names, the bus-side vendors, the streets of Stonetown, hippo chuckles and hyena yelps, cellphones everywhere (I remember silence being broken by that classic Nokia ring tone in the middle of the Serengeti), the constant ‘Mzungu! Mzungu! Mzungu!” and, most of all, the beautiful Tanzanian smiles and laughs. I always thought Fijians had the best laughs in the world but Tanzanians give them a run for their money, for sure. Thanks and see you at your next show!(Heather Cleland, Vancouver)

“Habari! Asante sana sana kwa ‘slide show’ nzuri! I really enjoyed the wonderful, informative and entertaining presentation! You presented a truly inspiring and witty look at Tanzania which is my second home. I wish you all the best, keep up the good work. Mungu akubariki!” (Ev Cousins, Vancouver)

“Your show was simply spectacular William! Bravo.” (Jeff Fisher, Vancouver)

“We made it to your Vancouver show last Thursday night. I found myself completely absorbed in your show so many times. I’d kind of “snap out of it” and wonder how long I’d been sitting there agape, completely oblivious to whether people around me were laughing or silent. Some of the aerial shots in particular were WOW. Can’t think of a better word. And the pictures of women and children — gosh there are beautiful faces in the world with amazing life behind them. Videos were super-funny and I keep thinking about certain clips and other things you shared throughout the day. I’m impressed with how well-produced yet friendly and informal your show was. I feel privileged to be in a world where someone like yourself takes the risks you do, sharing your passion, being generous with your respect of people, and traveling the world. I could not do what you do (I don’t have that sense of risk-taking or adventure) so I am grateful that I don’t miss out — I get to live vicariously.Thanks again for a funny, touching, inspiring show. Keep up your great work.” (Jaracah Caldwell, Richmond)

“Loved your approach, bright light and sense of adventure. Your ability to connect to the languages of the tribes inspired in the most profound way! Great work! Have a great tour Will! With joy and jubilation,” (Sarina Belle, Toronto)

“I am most appreciative that you take the time to thank folks for coming to your shows!!! Very gracious gesture in this world that seems to often forget about grace. While I have thought to write to you in the past, alas, never followed through with the thought. Nonetheless, I am compelled to sit my butt down and write to you and share a thought or two. First, I am most certainly one of your groupies! I have seen three of your shows and have left each one with many nuggets of inspiration and passion for the sights/experiences you share. You have a gift for drawing me into the moments, cultures, emotions, and even the smells you describe in the presentation of your journeys and I am most grateful for that. Furthermore, I am a shutterbug and pack my very basic equipment with me wherever I go and you inspire me to ‘take that shot’ even when I think it won’t be any good. Most of the time I am not disappointed!!! I am also a lover of travel and a glutton for learning about other cultures. I see humanity in so many forms, shapes and colours which I consider a real gift. To put it mildly, I live my passion when I see your shows; you do what I hold dear to my heart and I have printed (or rather tattooed) in the boldest ink on my bucketlist. I’m committed to doing more travel abroad when I have to be less connected to the mainstream life I currently lead. One day I say, one day!!! Truly William, you are not ‘just a guy that travels and takes pictures’. In my eyes, you are so much more than that and your spirit shines in all that you present to those who come to listen to your stories AND I make sure I get the word out and invite people to come and see your shows. In closing, I wish to extend to you a sincere offer of assistance when you return to Nanaimo. Cheers William; journey well.” (Barb Sorenson, Nanaimo)

Thanks for the unbelievable presentation. It sure is an eye opener to see how others exist in this big world of ours. I feel really blessed to be where I am and to have what God has granted us. May you continue to be your adventurous self and may you always be safe. (Fay Patkau, White Rock BC 2012)

“We enjoyed the show so very much and look forward to seeing the other shows! What a great experience!” (Debra Kato, Vancouver, 2012)

“I really enjoyed watching. Makes my travel bug stir in a big way, arrgh! Think I might book off for a year about 4 years from now using adjusted salary plan. Am toying with an easy trip to Turkey this year for my vacation…but will hear more from you re China trip as discussed. Wanted to introduce you to my friends at the end of your show, but it seemed like we would need to wait some time for the crowd to clear…next time.” (Meghan Fitz-James, Vancouver BC, 2012)

“Wow. The Show was great. I went to see the one about Tanzania and it blew my mind. All of the crazy things you did is spectacular. Thanks for an amazing show!” (Lia Slade, John Oliver School, Vancouver BC 2012)


  1. Hi William;

    This is Carl, your bathtub refinisher.
    I just tried to sign up for the e-news & show updates but none of the buttons are working for me.
    Would love to attend a show!

    • HI Carl, thanks for the note and I have you on the list… I will test emailing right now to make sure you get something… I will likely go to your junk mail so please let me know if it gets to you. I will send now at 5:55 pm on Tues Jan 3

  2. Hi William, I live in Sydney, Australia now. Not sure if you plan to do any shows in this part of the world. I’m very interested in watching “Tales From Tanzania”. Is there any way I can watch your show from across the ocean?

    • YES YES YES! I just need a really strong projector… and you need a really big screen ;-). I guess we will have to hope for a very dark night too! Bahaha

  3. Kim BIrd

    Your shows are honestly one of my favorite ways to spend an evening!!

    I actually live in Calgary now, although I spend about 8 months a year on a cruise ship, working. However, you are correct, originally I saw one of your shows in Whistler… Then I think I saw one in Vancouver and then a year or two ago, I talked my sister in law into driving to Edmonton to see one of your shows there. We both had an outstanding time!!

    I hope that you are able to get your address book back in order and that I will be in town next time you do a show in Calgary. Warmest regards,

    Kim (Calgary, Alberta)

  4. Susan Tilki

    Hello! I am happy to continue to get your emails. Hopefully I’ll get to a live show at some point.
    For your records, we did meet in Africa- Zanzibar, we had to push the broken down bus….

    Best wishes, Susan T (London, England)

  5. Symptoms

    Hmm it appears like your site ate my first comment
    (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I as well am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any helpful hints for newbie blog writers? I’d certainly appreciate it.

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