I believe a very important detail of any photography workshop is a small group. A small group of participants plus an epic location equals the solid foundation for the trip of a lifetime! I myself have attended countless workshops over the years both in the US and around the Globe and my number one mission has become to insert many of the "likes" and improve upon the "dislikes" of each of those experiences.
Africa is indeed a magical place for all those who love nature and especially spectacular for those of us who have a passion for photographing wildlife. Whether it is your first trip to Africa or your 4th trip to Africa the amazement remains the same as we photograph the national parks and refuges of Tanzania. We will photograph Arusha National Park (where we will see the Colobus Monkeys and baboon troops) Tarangire National Park (the mecca for Baobab Trees and Elephants) Serengeti National Park (Lions, Cheetahs, Zebras, Elephants, Giraffes, Hippos and Wildebeests just to name a few), Ngorongoro Crater (this is where we likely photograph the Big 5!) the Maasai Mara (where we will photograph Leopards and Crocodiles and aim to witness the famous Wildebeest crossing) and Lake Manyara. We will visit a Maasai village where we will not only learn about the native culture but we will have a rare opportunity to photograph their native dances and celebrations with a small peek into their daily routines and lives. We will learn about customs and history and folklore from our amazing, very experienced guides and we will spend the evenings under the stars with campfires and great conversation recapping the day's events and planning for tomorrow.
All Meals and Non-Alcoholic Beverages All Gratuities Daily Laundry Service Bean Bags Accommodations Dayroom Park Entrance Fees Wifi Service Safari Fees Airport Transfers Local Taxes All Transportation in Tanzania including commuter flights Sunset Cocktails Flying Doctors Emergency Card
What's not included:
Travel Insurance (required) Air Transportation to and from your home to Arusha Any Items of a personal nature Any items not listed above (if you have a question just ask :) )
Itinerary Day 1February 19th Arriving at Kilimanjaro Airport pickup and transfer to our lodge, for Dinner and Overnight.
Day 2 February 20th Early morning breakfast and Depart to Arusha National Park for a full day game drive! Return to the lodge for Dinner and Overnight Arusha National Park has a rich variety of wildlife, a few of the animals we can expect to see include giraffe, Cape buffalo, zebra, warthog, the black-and-white colobus monkey, the blue monkey, flamingo, and the elephant. Birds in the forest are prolific, with many species more easily seen here than elsewhere on the tourist route - including Narina trogon and bar-tailed trogon.
Day 3&4 February 21-22 After Breakfast Depart to Tarangire National Park Proceed with an all-day game drive(s) through Tarangire National Park.
Tarangire National Park is where will we photograph elephants and the amazing baobab trees. Among the other common animals in the Tarangire are the leopards, lions, hyenas, cheetah and, occasionally the wild dogs will appear. Over 500 species of birds have been identified in Tarangire including the beautiful yellow and green love birds.
Day 5&6 February 23-24 Full day game drive(s) in Ngorongoro Crater.
"The Ngorongoro Conservation Area covers 8,292 square kilometers. It is one of the three divisions that comprise the Ngorongoro District in the Arusha Region. The multiple land-use philosophies in the area are to maintain the peaceful co-existence of humans and wildlife in a natural and traditional setting. Pastoralism, conservation of natural resources and tourism are the three, main components that are given equal consideration in policy-shaping decisions. The NCA aims for the historic balance of people and nature in a way that has not been possible in many parts of the world. At stake are the rich biodiversity and ecology of the Serengeti Plains and The Ngorongoro Highlands, the major palaeontological and archaeological sites and important water catchment areas.
The area contains over 25,000 large animals including 26 black rhinoceros. There are 7,000 wildebeests, 4,000 zebras, 3,000 eland and 3,000 Grant's and Thomson's gazelles. The crater also has the densest known population of lions, numbering 62. Higher up, in the rainforests of the crater rim, are leopards, about 30 large elephants, mountain reedbuck, and more than 4,000 buffalos, spotted hyenas, jackals, rare wild dogs, cheetahs, and other felines.
The legendary annual wildebeest and zebra migration also passes through Ngorongoro, when the 1.7 million ungulates move south into the area in December then move out heading north in June. The migrants passing through the plains of the reserve include 1.7 million wildebeest, 260,000 zebra, and 470,000 gazelles." *
Day 6&7February 25-26 Early morning departure for an all-day game drive(s) in the Ngorongoro crater.
Day 8 February 27 After Breakfast Depart to Ndutu plains. On the way, we will visit a Maasai village and the Archeological site of Olduvai Gorge. Arriving at our lodge in time for lunch and afternoon game drive.
Day 9-11 March 1-March 3 All-day game drives photographing the great migration in the Ndutu Serengeti Plains. "At the heart of the South Serengeti lies the world-famous Ndutu. Offering consistently the best wildlife viewing during the green season, Ndutu is strategically situated at the center of the southern plains although the immediate area is blanketed with a forest of acacia trees. Ndutu is best known for being the epicenter of the Great Migration. Since the 1960s, Ndutu had been a favorite destination for many distinguished authors, filmmakers, and wildlife biologists. Researchers Jane Goodall and Hugo van Lawick used Ndutu as a base for much of their research."* We will spend an exciting 4 nights in Ndutu emersed in the center of the great migration experiencing such wonder as the Wildebeests birthing.
Day 12-14 March 4 Full-day game drive(s) in Serengeti National Park Serengeti National Park is Tanzania's oldest national park and covers 5,700 square miles of grasslands. "The park is worldwide known for its abundance of wildlife and high biodiversity. The migratory - and some resident - wildebeest, which number over 1.5 million individuals, constitute the largest population of big mammals that still roam the planet. They are joined in their journey through the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem by 200,000 plains zebra, 300,000 Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, and tens of thousands of topi and Coke's hartebeest. Masai giraffe, waterbuck, impala, warthog, and hippo are also abundant. Some rarely seen species of antelope are also present in Serengeti National Park, such as common eland, klipspringer, roan antelope, bushbuck, greater kudu, fringe-eared oryx, and dik dik."
Day 15 March 5 Early morning breakfast followed by a short game drive. Drive to the airstrip for our flight back to Arusha. Arrive in Arusha and transfer to Lake Duluti Serena lodge for Lunch and day room use. Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your international flight homeward.