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Tanzania Photo Safari

Overview

Every year, during the period of January-March nearly 1 million wildebeest congregate on the plains of the Ndutu and Serengeti plains to give birth to approximately 400,000 calves. Making this a wildlife spectacle not to be missed. The abundance of game and fresh births attracts many predators, including lion, leopard and cheetah and therefore providing for an abundance of fantastic wildlife and photographic opportunities.

This 11-day/10-night Tanzania Wildebeest Calving & Big Cat Photo Safari, hosted by professional wildlife photographers Andy & Sarah Skinner takes in a selection of Tanzania’s most prolific wildlife areas and focuses on the areas where the game is most plentiful at this time of the year.  Including the Ndutu Plains, the best area for where the wildebeest migration is located at this time of the year and the location for where the annual calving occurs. Together with a visit to the central Serengeti where the mighty granite kopjes rise from the plains and provide a great vantage point for the local lion prides. This safari also features the newly accessible location of the Soit le Motonyi region in the south east part of the Serengeti. An excellent wildlife rich location, far from the busier Serengeti transit areas, and where you are able to find something untouched, wild and spectacular. An area that has fast gained a reputation as a hot spot for the big cats and especially cheetah.

This is the perfect safari for those looking to maximise time in the field, featuring spacious specialist photographic game vehicles, with only three guests in each vehicle. Providing a whole row for each photographer. and plenty of space for your photographic equipment. We welcome all level of photographers with a focus on maximising game viewing and we cater our photography tuition on a bespoke level for each individual guest. We enjoy our accommodation in beautiful luxury tented camps, all positioned in the best areas for game viewing.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • Three excellent locations offering outstanding wildlife viewing.
  • Timed to coincide with the wildebeest migration/annual calving event
  • Great opportunities to photograph predators. Including lion, leopard & cheetah
  • Only 3 guests in each large game vehicle, providing each with their own row
  • Specialist photography game vehicles with open sides, roof access and power charging facilities.
  • Excellent host to guest ratio
  • Luxury tented accommodation
  • Low single supplements
  • 25% discount on lens hire (discount applies to UK based guests only)

Our Tanzania Wildebeest Calving & Big Cat Photo Safari will be characterised by maximising time in the field with photographic tuition provided during all game drives and also back at camp. This will include tuition in both traditional and also creative photographic techniques. Such as high and low-key photography as well as panning techniques with slow shutter speeds and of course optimizing all light conditions to hand. Photographers of any level are all very welcome on this tour as well as keen wildlife enthusiasts.

The Game Vehicles

With a maximum group size of 6 people, we will use two extended modified game viewing vehicles that are specifically designed for our photographic safaris and are unlike most game vehicles traditionally used in Tanzania that have glass windows. 

The vehicle is equipped with comfortable seating, open sides and an open roof area. On this photographic safari we will put no more than 3 guests in each vehicle. This provides each guest with their own row and access to both sides of the vehicle with large unobstructed views on both sides and plenty of room for your camera equipment

The openings on each side of the car are large and allow you to shoot from either the side of the vehicle or if preferred from the open roof. The roof provided is a ‘pop up’ that provides ample room to stand and plenty of head room, whilst also providing shade from the heat of the sun. 

Each vehicle also has a large fridge in the back of the main seating area that is always fully stocked with plenty of bottled water as well as on-boar d charging facilities. The vehicle also carries tea, coffee and breakfast for your morning bush breakfasts, when you have the opportunity to disembark the vehicle and stretch your legs. 

We provide photographic bean bags for each guest that are easily used within the vehicle and will provide stability for those guests using long lenses.

February 6th 2019

You will be met at Kilimanjaro International Airport (flight is client own arrangements) from your incoming flight and transferred to a luxury boutique hotel in Arusha, located one hour away by car.  In the evening you will meet your host/s for dinner for a pre-safari briefing to discuss the days ahead. Overnight: 1-night at The African Tulip, (Includes evening dinner)

February 7th – 10th 2019

We depart early after breakfast and travel around 6-7 hours to the Ndutu plains of the Ngorongoro region (NCAA). Taking rest stops and lunch en-route. During our journey we have the opportunity for a stop to at the Ngorongoro viewpoint.  Upon entering the Ndutu region, we are able to game drive all the way to our beautiful camp located near a small marsh on the Ndutu plains. Here we will be based for 4 nights to allow plenty of time to explore the area. Nature pending, we will be fortunate enough to witness the wildebeest calving in full swing with opportunities to view the vast array of predators and other plains game in this area. The camp is placed in the best location for following the migration patterns at this time of the year. Therefore, this provides our group with the best opportunity to be well positioned for the annual calving event. The area of Ndutu also provides the additional advantage of being able to drive off-road in many areas. After settling into our camp, we will embark on our first game drive in this game rich area. Whilst in this area we will enjoy ample game viewing with morning/afternoon and/or full day game drives daily to maximize all photographic opportunities. Overnight: 4 nights, Ndutu Mobile Migration Tented Camp (Includes Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

February 11th – 12th 2019 

This morning after our last morning game drive in the area we will begin our transit to our next camp in the central Serengeti region where we will stay for 2 nights. (transit time approx. 2-3 hours). Our luxury tented camp is located on an elevated viewing point beside the famous Moru Kopjes, where lions are often found surveying the nearby savannah. This location offers a variety of topography, ranging from vast plains, granite kopjes, Acacia woodland and riverine areas. Here in this area we have the opportunity to view both resident and migratory game and the region is also home to a large variety of predator species, including lion, leopard and cheetah. This location also provides good opportunities to view other species, such as elephant, buffalo and also where black rhino can be seen. During our time here, we will enjoy daily morning and afternoon or full day game drives in search of the rich variety of wildlife in this region. Overnight: 2 nights, Luxury Tented Camp Central Serengeti (Includes Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

February 13th – 15th 2019 

This morning we will take our last morning game drive in the area and then transit to our last camp in a newly accessible location which presents excellent potential for an unsurpassed display of predators and predator activity. (transit time approx. 2.5 hours). It is here in the Soit le Motonyi region, far from the Serengeti transit areas, that you are able to find something untouched, wild and spectacular in this part of the region. An area with very little vehicular traffic in which to enjoy this beautiful wilderness location. The area is unique; unspoilt, silent, remote and truly exciting and fast earning a reputation as a hot spot for the big cats. Not only is the area home to a healthy population of lion and leopard but also an important site for cheetah and where they are regularly seen. In this area we enjoy daily morning and afternoon game drives on the plains and where we navigate around the various granite kopjes and across the savannah. The camp, which is newly built and offers a luxurious experience and only eight tents designed is to merge with the eco-system. Overnight: 3 nights, Luxury Tented Camp Eastern Serengeti in Soit le Motonyi region (All Inclusive basis)

February 16th 2019

Sadly, this is the last morning and where time permitting we will enjoy a last short morning drive before travelling around 1.5 hours back to the Seronara airstrip from where we take the bush plane back to Kilimanjaro International airport (Flight time TBC, flight includes an extra 15kg luggage allowance included, giving you a total of 30kg) On arrival into Kilimanjaro International airport you may take your onward connections back home (international flight client own arrangements). An additional overnight stay nearby to the airport is available upon request at an additional cost if required, depending on your onward international flight connection. (Breakfast included)

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African Tulip, Arusha (1 night)

At the start of our safari we use the African Tulip hotel, an elegant and charming luxury boutique hotel located along Serengeti Road right in the heart of Arusha. The hotel which is ranked as the No. 1 hotel in Arusha by Trip Advisor has been designed with safari travelers, business persons, families, honeymooners, elite and leisure travelers in mind. It has amenities of convenience whilst offering a high standard of luxury. 20 deluxe rooms are decorated with a Safari-theme and each room is unique. There is a seating area, a desk and en-suite bathroom in each room. The hotel is located approximately 1-hour drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Nasika Mobile Migration Camp – Ndutu (4 nights)

This mobile camp is positioned each year for the wildebeest calving event and comprises of 8-12 tents.  At the entrance to your tent you have a small porch area with comfortable chairs and a table. The front of the tent zips fully open and has a mosquito net screen. Within the bedroom area is an arrangement of unique furniture. The beds are fitted with imported cotton sheets, double pillows, duvets and bed runners for your comfort.

Inside the bathroom area is a stand with a ceramic wash basin with running water via stylish taps, a mirror and a supply of linen to suit. Within this area, there are additional toilet and shower areas for privacy. Inside the toilet area is a ceramic flushing toilet and separate to the toilet a shower area with a shower curtain and an efficient bucket shower that is filled with hot water on request. Each tent is fitted with an extensive solar lighting system for your convenience.

Meals are served in a spacious dining area whereby guests can relax and sit in the shade during the heat of the day. There is also a mess area tent, which provides a great facility to spend time on post processing of your images with either group or 1:1 lightroom training sessions. Here in the mess tent you will also find charging facilities and Wi-Fi.

Naona Moru Tented Camp – Central Serengeti (2 nights

This camp enjoys an elevated position close to the famed Moru Kopjes and in a central area of the Serengeti, with views over the southern plains.  It is an intimate camp comprising of ten tented suites offering a very comfortable experience.

The tents are beautifully furnished and complete with a spacious bathroom and comfortable sitting area. The bathrooms feature running water for the basins and a bucket shower system that is filled upon request with hot water. Crisp white sheets, and comfortable beds await you after your safari adventure. The room also includes additional furniture, including a Victorian desk to record your safari adventures. As with our other tented camps on this safari meals are served in a spacious dining tent and a mess tent offers an area for relaxation. Wi-Fi and charging facilities are also offered here in this camp.

Ehlane Plains Tented Camp, Eastern Serengeti (3 nights)

We end our safari with a stay at the beautiful and luxury Ehlane Plains Camp. This new camp has been established in the far eastern plains of the Serengeti, in the Soit le Motonyi region. A remote and wildlife-filled pocket of the savannah. ‘Ehlane’ is a Zulu word which translates to ‘wilderness’. It is a clear description of the extraordinary and newly accessible location which presents the potential for an unsurpassed display of predators and predator activity.

The camp offers eight tents designed to merge with the eco-system, all under canvas and all with clear vistas of the wilderness ahead. Each tented suite contains a lounge cove with comfortable couches and coffee table, dressing area with handcrafted cupboards, net-draped king size bed with bedside tables and lamps, writing desk with chair, full length wall mirror and soft carpets to wander along. The suite flows into an ensuite with a shower, double hand basins and flushing toilet.

With its isolated location, the camp takes full advantage of the African night skies. Two tents have been designed as ‘star domes’; an Arabian idea of an open rooftop to recline on large cushions and fall asleep beneath a natural planetarium. The evening skies are beautiful in the area with borderless flow of clarity from glowing moon to glittering stars, flickering planets and a swish of the milky way: the vast, seemingly emptiness beyond stretched out for infinity; glorious and mesmerizing. This location makes the perfect destination for night photography.

The dining and lounge area are located in the centre of the camp, together with a satellite Wi-Fi connection. Charging facilities are also provided at camp. This is a truly beautiful camp in a stunning location and the perfect destination from which to conclude our safari adventure.

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Total Cost

The cost of this safari is £5485 per person and based on two persons sharing a twin/double tent. Single supplements are charged at £435 per person and guarentee sole occupancy throughout

Cost Includes

1 Night accommodation at The African Tulip on Half Board basis (Breakfast & Dinner)

4 Nights at Ndutu Mobile Migration camp on full board basis (B,L,D) and including tea/coffee and bottled water

2 Nights at Naona Moru camp on full board basis (B,L,D) and including tea/coffee and bottled water

3 Nights at Ehlane Plains camp on an All-inclusive basis. (excl. premium wines, spirits & champagne)

All picnic breakfasts during safaris & packed lunches during transits between camps

All game drives in spacious game viewing vehicle with open/canvas sides and limited to 3 guests, plus host per vehicle (one row of seats per person)

Bottled water during safaris & road transits

All Serengeti National Park and NCAA entry fees

Flying doctor’ s emergency medical evacuation assistance

All fuel for the duration of your safari

Road transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport to – Arusha as specified in the itinerary (applies to 6th Feb only)

One-way internal flight from Serengeti to Kilimanjaro on the 16th February with 30kg total luggage allowance

Services of all local guides and photographic hosts (*please note for groups of 3 or less your tour will be accompanied by one photographic host)

Not Included

International flights to/from Kilimanjaro international airport

Soft and alcoholic drinks whilst at The African Tulip, Ndutu & Noana tented camp

Meals not listed above

Tips & gratuities

Visas & personal travel Insurance

Vaccinations

Laundry

All items of a personal nature.

How to Book

To book on this Tanzania Wildebeest Migration Calving & Big Cat Photo Safari please contact us and secure your place with 25% deposit with the remainder payable 12 weeks prior to travel. We are able to take payments for deposits and final balances via bank transfer or payment via credit or debit cards.

Financial protection

Images of Wildlife Photo Tours & Safaris is the trading name of Images of Wildlife Ltd. A company registered in England & Wales. Company No: 10566301. We are a member of  Protected Travel Services (Membership Number: 5221).

As full members of Protected Travel Services we are able to offer the highest financial protection. All monies you pay to us are financially protected in line with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations via a trust account. This means that your funds are secure in an independent trust account and will be protected against our failure from the moment you pay to the day that you return from your trip. This includes protection for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies paid to the trust account, arising from cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Images of Wildlife Ltd or any of our local suppliers paid from the trust account

To book a place on this safari please fill in the details below with detail of how many spaces you wish to secure. Once a member of our team receives the email we will provisionally hold your place/s while a booking pack is sent out by email with details of the deposit payment required.

A 25% deposit is required to secure your place with the remainder payable 12 weeks prior to travel. We are able to take payments for deposits and final balances via bank transfer or payment via credit or debit cards.


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Financial protection

Financial protection

Images of Wildlife Photo Tours & Safaris is the trading name of Images of Wildlife Ltd. A company registered in England & Wales. Company No: 10566301. We are a member of  Protected Travel Services (Membership Number: 5221).

As full members of Protected Travel Services we are able to offer the highest financial protection. All monies you pay to us are financially protected in line with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations via a trust account. This means that your funds are secure in an independent trust account and will be protected against our failure from the moment you pay to the day that you return from your trip. This includes protection for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies paid to the trust account, arising from cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Images of Wildlife Ltd or any of our local suppliers paid from the trust account

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at a glance

6th - 16th February 2019

11-Days/10-Nights

£5485 Per Person (approx. $7600)

Single Supplement £435

Luxury Tented Camps

Group Size: Max. 6 Guests

2 Places Remaining

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The Guides

 

We are a friendly husband and wife professional wildlife photography team and both self-confessed wildlife and nature addicts. With 14 years experience of photographing wild species in wildlife prolific destinations around the globe. We share the same passion of capturing the beauty of the natural world through our photography, that drives us to spend endless hours in the wilderness. You can read more about us both individually by clicking the link below.

We both have a broad and in-depth knowledge of wildlife species across Africa, Canada and India gained through our extensive time in the field. In addition to completing recognized guiding qualifications. We love nothing more than to share this knowledge and passion for nature and photography with our guests on safari.

Our work has been recognized in a number of renowned international photography competitions. Most recently (2017) Sarah was awarded the overall winner in the mammal’s category in the prestigious GDT European Wildlife Photographer of The Year Competition. In addition we are regular contributors to various international photographic magazine publications and our work has also been featured in several commercial book publications. You can read more about recent awards and publications by clicking the link below.

We have a wealth of experience in leading photo safaris to a large number of wildlife destinations. In addition, for the last three winter seasons we have also both worked in Sweden guiding guests to photograph the aurora borealis. We currently run photographic tours to Kenya, Botswana, Tanzania, Uganda, India and Canada. Our tours cater from beginners to advanced level photographers, that would like to develop their skills to the next level. With our photographic experience and subject knowledge this ensures we are well placed to provide guidance in the field and help our guests achieve their desired images. Click on the ‘Why Travel with us’ link below to find out more about our photographic tours & safaris.

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