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Photo safari to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro

A photo safari to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. 

The northern part of Tanzania is home to some of Africa’s most famous reserves, two of which we visit on this safari. The timing of this adventure should enable participants to witness the amazing spectacle of the Great Migration herds of wildebeest and zebra grazing on the fertile plains of the Ndutu Reserve where we head to first. At this time of year the wildebeest should be calving and the large predator populations will also be active to make the most of the passage of these herds through their territories. We then move into the central part of the Serengeti renowned for its open landscapes and abundance and variety of wildlife. Finally we visit Ngorongoro Crater and descend into the floor of this massive caldera to drive around one of the most game-rich reserves in the world.

We start our safari by heading to the Ndutu Reserve, where the zebra and wildebeest migration herds should have concentrated to enjoy the rich grazing. The wildebeest calves all tend to be born within a 6-week period. This is no doubt a strategy to overwhelm the large numbers of predators and to ensure the survival of a large percentage through this vulnerable part of their lives. So, we should have plenty of opportunities to witness the associated dramas of this period. The Ndutu Reserve is  popular with film crews for a good reason. It is largely flat and open, providing unrestricted views of the animals and action that unfolds, and vehicles are also allowed to venture off-road in most areas, giving you the opportunity to get the best view-points and angles. 

Our second luxury camp, which again offers a wonderfully authentic safari experience, is located in the central part of the Serengeti National Park itself. Again, we should encounter an abundance of plains big game, including lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, impala, Grant’s gazelle, Thomson’s gazelle, warthog, hartebeest, waterbuck, reedbuck, bushbuck, dikdik and hyena. The bird life is also abundant with over 500 species recorded in the Serengeti. The rollers, vultures and raptors, in particular, are often seen posing nicely for portraits. From our base here it should also be possible to make an excursion to a muddy pool on one of the rivers usually packed with a mass of hippos. 

We spend three nights in each of these camps, allowing us to get settled and to maximize our photographic opportunities in these fantastic locations. Breakfasts and lunches may on occasion be packed/picnic meals to maximize our time in the bush and photographic opportunities.

Finally, we move on to a lodge on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater with spectacular views over this natural phenomenon. The following morning we descend into the crater as early as possible to capitalize on the early morning light and to allow ourselves plenty of time to explore the floor of this caldera with its open plains, wooded areas and salt lake with its flocks of flamingoes. The crater offers a refuge to old ‘big-tusker’ bull elephants and a number of black rhinos as well as big cats and a large variety of herbivores and birds. The crater walls can offer an interesting and dramatic back-drop to many a photograph taken here.

Richard will be on hand throughout to offer photographic instruction, review your images with you individually or to help you with any challenges you might be facing. He will also offer a presentation each day on various relevant aspects of the art. 

Camps used on this safari :
Chaka Camp Ndutu Serengeti www.chakacamp.com.
Kiota Serengeti  www.kiotacamp.com
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge on the rim www.sopalodges.com

For a full Day to Day itinerary and FAQ's  Click on the orange  See Printable Version button below 

Rates for this Safari
Price including flights from/to UK:
Flights ex London From $1150 pp

Price excluding international flights:
$6511 pp
Single Supplement charge $993
Safari Summary

Notes :
Dates - Sat 4th February to Monday 13th February, 2017

Book soon - group size is limited to 6 people. There will also be a maximum of 3 participants per safari vehicle, ensuring that you will have a row to yourself with freedom to photograph through either side-window or the roof-hatch. 

Non Phpotography partners are welcome

What you’ll learn

 

  • Compositional and technical skills to help you with your photography
  • Tips to help you with your editing and processing
  • Plenty of insights and information on the wildlife
    Learn more about you guide Richard Garvey Williams 

How about extending your trip with further safari in Kenya or Tanzania, or some time relaxing on the tropical island paradise of Zanzibar? Our agents can help you plan this too. 

Price includes all your accommodation and breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the safari. Breakfasts and lunches may on occasion be packed/picnic meals to maximize our time in the bush and photographic opportunities. Also includes all transportation, park entrance fees and services of an English-speaking driver/guide and, of course, photographic tuition from Richard.

Not includedVisa to enter Tanzania, which can be purchased on arrival. insurance; drinks from the bar and purchases such as souvenirs made along the way; laundry; phone calls and internet services; gratuities/tips – for porters and your local driver/guide.

Full Safari Details
Photo safari to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro

A fantastic photographic safari to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro.

You will be expertly guided by  Richard Garvey Williams 

This 10-day safari in Tanzania gives you the opportunity to photograph a large variety of Africa’s most iconic wildlife and to witness the vast migration herds in the region for the calving season. It is open to photographers of all abilities. You will be expertly guided and tutored by Richard Garvey-Williams, an award-winning wildlife photographer and author of instructional books on photography. Richard spent much of his up-bringing in East Africa and has a passion for both the wildlife and the art of photography which he loves to share with others on these wonderful safari adventures.

What you’ll learn

Compositional and technical skills to help you with your photography

Tips to help you with your editing and processing

Plenty of insights and information on the wildlife

View Richard’s website here: www.richardgarveywilliams.com 

A photo safari to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. 

The northern part of Tanzania is home to some of Africa’s most famous reserves, two of which we visit on this safari. The timing of this adventure should enable participants to witness the amazing spectacle of the Great Migration herds of wildebeest and zebra grazing on the fertile plains of the Ndutu Reserve where we head to first. At this time of year the wildebeest should be calving and the large predator populations will also be active to make the most of the passage of these herds through their territories. We then move into the central part of the Serengeti renowned for its open landscapes and abundance and variety of wildlife. Finally we visit Ngorongoro Crater and descend into the floor of this massive caldera to drive around one of the most game-rich reserves in the world.

We start our safari by heading to the Ndutu Reserve, where the zebra and wildebeest migration herds should have concentrated to enjoy the rich grazing. The wildebeest calves all tend to be born within a 6-week period. This is no doubt a strategy to overwhelm the large numbers of predators and to ensure the survival of a large percentage through this vulnerable part of their lives. So, we should have plenty of opportunities to witness the associated dramas of this period. The Ndutu Reserve is  popular with film crews for a good reason. It is largely flat and open, providing unrestricted views of the animals and action that unfolds, and vehicles are also allowed to venture off-road in most areas, giving you the opportunity to get the best view-points and angles. 

Our second luxury camp, which again offers a wonderfully authentic safari experience, is located in the central part of the Serengeti National Park itself. Again, we should encounter an abundance of plains big game, including lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, impala, Grant’s gazelle, Thomson’s gazelle, warthog, hartebeest, waterbuck, reedbuck, bushbuck, dikdik and hyena. The bird life is also abundant with over 500 species recorded in the Serengeti. The rollers, vultures and raptors, in particular, are often seen posing nicely for portraits. From our base here it should also be possible to make an excursion to a muddy pool on one of the rivers usually packed with a mass of hippos. 

We spend three nights in each of these camps, allowing us to get settled and to maximize our photographic opportunities in these fantastic locations. Breakfasts and lunches may on occasion be packed/picnic meals to maximize our time in the bush and photographic opportunities.

Finally, we move on to a lodge on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater with spectacular views over this natural phenomenon. The following morning we descend into the crater as early as possible to capitalize on the early morning light and to allow ourselves plenty of time to explore the floor of this caldera with its open plains, wooded areas and salt lake with its flocks of flamingoes. The crater offers a refuge to old ‘big-tusker’ bull elephants and a number of black rhinos as well as big cats and a large variety of herbivores and birds. The crater walls can offer an interesting and dramatic back-drop to many a photograph taken here.

Richard will be on hand throughout to offer photographic instruction, review your images with you individually or to help you with any challenges you might be facing. He will also offer a presentation each day on various relevant aspects of the art. 

Itinerary

4th - You fly in to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) where you will be met and transferred to the Rivertrees Country Inn, Arusha. Rivertrees lies nestled in the foothills of Mt Meru and commands a majestic view of Mt Kilimanjaro. The ten acres of lush gardens offer excellent bird-watching. Here you will have a pre-adventure briefing, dinner and a good night’s rest. http://rivertrees.com. 

5th - After breakfast we drive to Ndutu where we will enjoy our first afternoon game-drive. Accommodation is at Chaka Mobile Camp Serengeti. www.chakacamp.com.

6th – Morning and afternoon game-drives in this reserve, factoring in time to relax, enjoy some wonderful meals, download photos and recharge batteries.

7th - A further day exploring this special location.

8th - Today we move on to the neighbouring Serengeti National Park during the course of an extended game-drive, arriving at the Kiota Camp for lunch www.kiotacamp.com. 

9th - A full day exploring this part of the Serengeti.

10th - Another full day exploring the Seronera area.

11th - After the morning game-drive, we return to the Ngorongoro Crater via Olduvai Gorge with a picnic lunch. We overnight at the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge on the rim http://sopalodges.com/ngorongoro-sopa-lodge/overview. 

12th - We head out early and spend the full day in the crater to make the most of this amazing location.

13th - Finally we return to Arusha for lunch at Arusha Coffee Lodge and transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport.


FAQs

What will the temperature be?

Temperatures typically reach a very pleasant mid-20s during the day, remaining warm (15-18 degrees or so) at night.

What vaccinations are required?

Currently there are no vaccinations required for entry, although Yellow-fever is required if you are coming from a yellow-fever zone country. We recommend you check the current situation with your GP surgery and also that you consider anti-malarial medication as there is a low risk in the region.

Can I extend my trip?

Certainly. How about extending your visit with further safari in Kenya or Tanzania, or some time relaxing on the tropical island paradise of Zanzibar? Our agents can help you plan this too. 

Camps used on this safari : 

Chaka Camp Ndutu Serengeti www.chakacamp.com.

Kiota Serengeti  www.kiotacamp.com. 

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge on the rim www.sopalodges.com

Rates for this Safari
Price including flights from/to UK:
Flights ex London From $1150 pp

Price excluding international flights:
$6511 pp
Single Supplement charge $993
Book this safari
Safari Summary

Notes :
Dates - Sat 4th February to Monday 13th February, 2017

Book soon - group size is limited to 6 people. There will also be a maximum of 3 participants per safari vehicle, ensuring that you will have a row to yourself with freedom to photograph through either side-window or the roof-hatch. 

Non Phpotography partners are welcome

What you’ll learn

 

  • Compositional and technical skills to help you with your photography
  • Tips to help you with your editing and processing
  • Plenty of insights and information on the wildlife
    Learn more about you guide Richard Garvey Williams 

How about extending your trip with further safari in Kenya or Tanzania, or some time relaxing on the tropical island paradise of Zanzibar? Our agents can help you plan this too. 

Price includes all your accommodation and breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the safari. Breakfasts and lunches may on occasion be packed/picnic meals to maximize our time in the bush and photographic opportunities. Also includes all transportation, park entrance fees and services of an English-speaking driver/guide and, of course, photographic tuition from Richard.

Not includedVisa to enter Tanzania, which can be purchased on arrival. insurance; drinks from the bar and purchases such as souvenirs made along the way; laundry; phone calls and internet services; gratuities/tips – for porters and your local driver/guide.