Tanzania Photo Safari WorkshopJeff2021-11-01T08:44:14-05:00
Best Tanzania Photo Safari
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The Best Tanzania photo safari takes you to a photographer’s wonderland for the Great Migration of the wildebeest and plains animals. The great migration is one of the seven wonders of the animal kingdom, and it sounds cliche, but it must be seen to be believed is 1000% accurate in this case. It’s almost impossible to imagine more than a million animals migrating across Tanzania and into Kenya and back again. The animals are in perpetual motion following the rains and the lush grass it creates. I’ve planned our safari to be in sync with the wildebeest calving season, and 1000s of wildebeest give birth. The predators are also aware of the timing. There will be high numbers of big cats and other predators stalking the migration. The increased activity is excellent for your photography.
During the Tanzania Photo Safari, you will visit all of Tanzania’s significant ecosystems, including Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Ndutu Plains, and of course, the iconic Serengeti. The camps have been chosen with care to maximize photographing the Great Migration. One lodge actually relocates their tents to be as close as possible to the action without interfering with the circle of life.
The Best Tanzania Photo Safari will be an event you’ll never forget. Thankfully you’ll have a bounty of images to relive the experience until you return for another safari!
Best Tanzania Photo Workshop Highlights
11 Nights and 12 Days
Small Safari – Only 5 Clients
Your Own Row in the Safari Vehicle
Expert Camera and Photography Assistance
February 11-22, 2022
Tanzania, Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Ndutu Region, Serengeti
This photo safari will follow the millions of animals on their great migration through Tanzania. We will be on safari during the traditional peak of the migration and will explore Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater, Ndutu Region, and of course, the iconic Serengeti.
Tarangire is small, lush, and heavily populated with wildlife. The river and swamps of the park support the massive population of elephants and plains animals.
Ndutu’s vast grassland is where we will see the spectacle of the Great Wildebeest Migration. Six species of big cats stalk the wildebeest herds, and it’s a unique opportunity to witness the circle of life in one day.
Our visit to the impressive crater begins with a stunning 9800 foot (3000m) drive to the caldera’s floor. The crater is home to over 25,000 animals, the largest density of wildlife in Africa.
The endless and virtually treeless Serengeti is home to an awe-inspiring population of herbivores. The kopjes (granite outcrops) make the perfect spot for the park’s 3000 lions to start the hunt for their next meal.
Schedule your flights so that you arrive in Arusha on February 11, 2022, and we will overnight here before heading for Tarangire.
We will spend the night at Trip Advisor 4.5 star, Mount Meru Game Lodge. You will immediately feel that you are in old Africa, and for a good reason. The hotel was built in the 50s and was among the first lodges in all of Tanzania.
February 12, 2022 – Tarangire
After an included breakfast, travel by private 4×4 and private guide to Tarangire National Park for a game drive with picnic lunch. Later, dinner & overnight stay at Nimali Tarangire.
Tarangire is a lush area filled with wildlife and giants! The most famous giant in the park is the elephant. Tarangire is home to the largest population of elephants in all of Africa! The ancient (up to 3000yrs old!) Baobab trees are magnificent.
There are some fascinating and unique species to photograph, including Lesser Kudu, Fringe-eared Oryx, Gerenuk, and Grants Gazelle. Tarangire has arguably the best bird diversity in East Africa and is home to over 500 species.
About Nimali Tarangire
Nimali Tarangire is an exclusive lodge located on the eastern boundary of Tarangire National Park. It’s a Trip Advisor 5 Star lodge built alongside a riverbed, hidden amongst Acacia and Baobab trees. The six newly constructed luxury tents are all en suite.
February 13, 2022 – Tarangire
We continue to explore Tarangire today with multiple game drives and plentiful photography opportunities. I promise we will take time for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and if you clean your plates, we will find a spot for a sundowner or two.
February 14, 2022 – Tarangire – Lake Manyara
We will game drive our way through Tarangire on our way to the Ngorongoro Crater. We’ll be taking a side trip through the beautiful Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive with a picnic lunch. A night of sleep will follow dinner, drinks, conversation, and frivolity at Ngorongoro Serena.
About Lake Manyara
Lake Manyara Flamingos
Manyara is famous for three things, tree-climbing lions, elephants, and millions of flamingos. If you saw the movie Out of Africa with Redford and Streep, you know about the flamingos!
February 15, 2022 – Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, we will descend into the crater floor for full day game viewing in the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater. The first glimpse of Ngorongoro leaves one breathless. Once a colossal volcano, probably larger than Kilimanjaro, it is now a vast circular amphitheater, spectacularly beautiful and a perfect location that’s home to an enormous wildlife population. The centerpiece of the park is Crater Lake with its pink mantle of flamingo and other birdlife.
About Ngorongoro Crater
We travel to the Ngorongoro Crater to photograph and explore the most unusual ecosystems on the planet. The volcanic rim, a de-facto fence, controls the animal population’s movements and gives us great up-close looks. The notorious reputation for crowds is worth the chance to see animals at close range.
The crater of the extinct Ngorongoro Crater is 40 miles across (64 Km), making it the largest intact caldera on the planet. Africa’s “Garden of Eden” is covered with fresh and saltwater lakes, swamps, rivers, savannah, woodlands, and 25,000 animals!
There is a considerable population of Masai Lion, and it will be your best chance to photograph the highly endangered Black Rhino. It’s a highly traveled park, and the animals are more relaxed around people than anyplace else in Africa.
About Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge.
Our base for the next two nights is the Trip Advisor 4.5 star Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge.
The Lodge is perched on the crater’s jagged rim, wreathed in the morning mist, camouflaged in river-stone, and cloaked in indigenous creepers. The Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is a triumph of ecological and architectural fusion. The suites are ecologically focused and constructed to afford views of endless vistas. The Lodge’s boulder-built buildings hug the crater rim, linked by rope-lashed timber walkways that skirt the buttressed roots of ancient, liana-hung trees.
February 16, 2022 – Serengeti
After our breakfast at the Lodge, we will game drive our way to our next destination, the Serengeti Plains. We will follow lunch and a nap at the camp with a game drive and, more likely than not, a sundowner with the Wildebeest!
About the Serengeti
Great Wildebeest Migration
The central Serengeti has dense populations of wildlife and is known for its cats and especially for leopards. Kopjes dot the vast grassland terrain and are fabulous “perches’ for predators to scout the migration and for your photography.
The Seronera River flows here with hippos, and the giant crocs wait patiently sometimes for the entire year for a chance of grabbing something crossing their river.
About Nimali Central Serengeti
Nimali Central Serengeti is a Trip Advisor 5 Star lodge in the heart of the Serengeti Plains in northern Tanzania. This luxury tented camp is hidden away and offers a sense of seclusion and a dense wildlife population. With breathtaking views over the hills and plains and perfectly situated on the path of the renowned migratory route, it is a place where you can expect the unexpected. Makoma Hill is home to numerous predators, and our Lodge is right next door. No doubt you will be waking up to the chorus of lions calling in the dawn.
February 17, 2022 – Serengeti
We will spend the day following the migration, keeping alert for some of the predators that are also carefully watching the migration. We may see lion, leopard, cheetah, serval, caracal, hyena, and wild dogs.
I imagine that we will eat at least three times during the day!
February 18-21, 2022 – Ndutu Region
We head to ground zero for the final days of this magical safari following the herds, Ndutu! Lake Masek Tented Lodge will be our home base for the next four nights. Why are we staying longer here? The answer is simple: this is where the Wildebeest come to deliver their calves. As you can imagine, with thousands of new calves, the area will draw every predator’s attention in the Serengeti.
About Ndutu Region
Ndutu Cheetah Predation
The Ndutu region is the area in Northern Tanzania between the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. Ndutu is a vast grassland and a perfect habitat for the Wildebeest. Wildebeest by the millions pass through Ndutu on their perpetual migration. It’s in February (No coincidence!) that the herds give birth, and 1000s of Wildebeest are born every day!
The migration and the predators that follow the herds are the focus of this leg of your safari.
About Lake Masek Tented Camp
You can watch wildlife from the comforts of the private terrace of your tent as they come to drink at Lake Masek. The vast Serengeti and the Great Migration await our game drives.
The camp is proud of its efforts to maintain as small a footprint as is possible without losing any comfort or charm. Solar panels generate electricity, and the water is rainwater collected during the rains. The camp utilizes ecologically friendly supplies wherever possible.
The camp’s elegant tents are built on raised wood platforms and include en-suite facilities and a fabulous outside shower. Outdoor showers are the best! Each tent has its private terrace where you’ll enjoy the views, birds, and critters that live close to camp.
February 22, 2022 – Departure Day
After breakfast, we will fly back to Arusha. We will have lunch at Arusha Coffee Lodge. After lunch, our guide will take us on one more drive to Kilimanjaro airport. Please arrange your flight to depart at 6 PM or later.
I will share the kind of wildlife photography that comes from years of practice and experience. With approximately 600 game drives in Africa under my belt, rest assured I can help you make images you’ll be proud of. You will learn about planning shots, reading the light and making the correct camera adjustments, and wildlife photography techniques. I will share my post processing work flow and help you create a workflow that is best suited to your needs.
My goal is to not merely setup your camera for you, but to give you the knowledge so that you can get the same results at home.
The tour size is limited to 6 photographers so you can count on minimal interruption from too many tripods and so you can get a ton of one on one attention and education.
You’ll need at least one SLR or mirrorless camera, ideally two to give you the opportunity to shoot with multiple lenses simultaneously, and also as a backup
Lenses from wide-angle up to around 400mm (or the 35mm equivalent)
A tripod and cable release if you want to try some night sky photography.
It’s almost impossible to list everything that you’ll need, you will be sent some recommendations and then this will be covered again before your trip on a one on one phone discussion we will have with you.
At any point feel free to reach out to either of us and I’ll talk you off of the ledge!
Yellow fever, if traveling from a yellow fever endemic country.
Arrival and Departure Airport
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
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All of the bookings for the safari are being handled by my partner in Africa. When you are ready to register just message me with the button at the bottom of the page, and I will walk you through the process.
My safari partner Gamewatchers will handle all payment and as such Gamewatchers’s Terms and Conditions apply.
Cancellation Charges: Our cancellation charges are determined by the fact that once we have booked with hotels and safari camps/lodges and with local airlines, they will charge us a cancellation fee if we cancel a booking. We try to keep such charges to a minimum and they are as follows, as a percentage of the total invoice charges: (Gorilla trek permits are non-refundable)
Bookings cancelled or amended from time of booking up to 120 days before commencement of the safari incur a 25% cancellation charge.
Cancellation or amendment less than 120 days and up to 60 days prior to commencement of the safari: 35% cancellation charge.
Cancellation or amendment less than 60 days but up to 30 days prior to commencement of the safari 50% refund, 50% cancellation charge.
Cancellation or amendment less than 30 days but up to 15 days prior to commencement of the safari: 25% refund, 75% cancellation charge.
Cancellation or amendment less than 15 days or more than 3 days prior to commencement of the safari: 10% refund and 90% cancellation charge.
Cancellation or amendment 3 days or less before commencement of the safari – nil refund, 100% cancellation charge.
Please note that any refunds due to you in the event of cancellation can be credited only to the original card used for making the initial payment.
Please note that any refunds due to you in the event of cancellation can be credited only to the original card used for making the initial payment.
Credit card payments: Please note that your payment will show as a charge from I&M Bank, LTD (on behalf of Gamewatchers Safaris). Gamewatchers does not charge credit card processing fees on the deposit even for international transactions however your credit card company may have fees for international transactions. A 3% credit card fee will only be charged if a credit card is used for final payment, and only on the balance. This reimburses us for the fee we are charged by the credit card company. If you would prefer, we can also accept direct bank wire transactions instead in which case you can avoid any charges your own credit card company may impose.
I’ve been very passively advising my clients to purchase travel insurance for a while, but lately it seems like there have been multiple people having travel issues. Some have lost their deposits and sometimes even the cost of the entire trip!
Based on my client’s experience, I cannot stress more strongly how crucial it is to purchase travel insurance. Like I said before, and here it comes again, there is never a way to predict what is going to happen when you are booking trips months and years into the future.