Experience the wildlife of north Tanzania,
Maasai people, and local towns
Photographing birds and other animals, Maasai people, Serengeti, Tarangire, Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater
|We will photograph:||The wild life of Tanzania (lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, cheetahs, buffalos, rhinos), Massai people, local towns|
|The trip is led by:||Gorazd Golob|
|Max. number of attendees:||5+1|
|Demanded knowledge of photography:||Suitable for beginners and experienced photographers|
|Is the trip physically demanding:||No. There will be long drives (including on dirt roads). We will photograph from within off-road cars. Every individual will get their own bench in the car (2 seats), which means you will be able to take photos through the left or the right window, as well as from the top of the car. We will be travelling near the end of the rain season, so you can expect some showers, green fields and a lot of animals in the blooming savannah.|
Serengeti National Park and the World Cup of Wildlife
On the endless planes of the Serendeti National Park you can observe one of the greatest attractions of the animal world – the World Cup of Wildlife. Every couple of months great masses of animals move from one end of Serengeti and Maasai Mara, to the other. They fight for their lives with thousands of predators every time they cross a river or any other obstacle. The predators pick off any young tired animal, or any of the older weaker ones.
Plan of the trip
We will fly to Arusha in May of 2018. We will be met by a local guide, who will drive us to the hotel. We will arrive around midnight-1:30 am, and stay there until around 9-10 in the morning.
Second, third and fourth day
In the late morning we will depart for Tarangire Park, where you can observe beautiful nature, woods, savannah, a lot of huge baobab trees, and wild animals. The park has a unique landscape, where elephants seem like little toys among the trees and beside the rivers. It is a really magnificent start of the trip. Every day we will have go on a safari in the morning and afternoon – from dawn and until nightfall. There are huge herds of elephants in the park, but they can still be hard to find. We will also observe many other animals, including over 550 types of birds. The park is named after the beautiful river Tarangire, which flows through it. We will sleep over in the park for two nights, and depart for Lake Manyara after the morning safari on the third day. We will be able to stop on the way there and visit a Maasai village or any of the smaller towns in north Tanzania.
We plan a whole day safari in the Lake Manyara National Park. It is located between the alkaline lake Manyara and the west wall of the east Great Rift Valley. The park is known for the lions that climb trees – sometimes you can spot them up to 6 meters high in the acacia trees, resting. There is also a concentration of elephants, buffalos, giraffes, leopards, impalas, hippos, and over 400 types of birds.
We are planning a morning safari through Lake Manyara National Park, across the Ngorongoro protected area, passing Maasai villages and pastures. Our goal is central Serengeti, where we will arrive in the afternoon. We will of course take photos on the road, where we will be met by packs of zebras and wildebeest, preparing for their migration from Serengeti to Kenyan Maasai Mara.
Seventh, eighth, ninth day
Serengeti is one of the most well-known wildlife parks in Africa. You can find uncountable masses of antelopes, zebras, and wildebeests, gathering for their annual migrations, seeking greener pastures. They can charm every visitor, much less an excited photographer! We spend every day seeking for the right scenes, the animals, best positions, morning or evening sun to play light tricks. We still cannot tire of the miracle of nature that is this place. Serengeti in Maasai means “Siringeti”: endless planes, and there are, according to some reports, about 4 million wild animals and birds living there. You can observe one of the greatest attractions of the animal world – the World Cup for Wildlife. Every couple of months great masses of animals move from one end of Serengeti and Maasai Mara, to the other. They fight for their lives with thousands of predators every time they cross a river or any other obstacle. The predators pick off any young tired animal, or any of the older weaker ones. If you pay extra we can enable you to go on a hot air balloon safari, but you need to let us know in advance. We will stay here for 3 nights, visiting the Ngorongoro protected area, more specifically the Ngorongoro Crater (starting with the very edge), on the last day.
The Ngorongoro Crater is truly one of the pearls of the world. A truly unique world formed in the caldera of the extinct volcano. Because of the 600 m high edge of the caldera, the life within is almost completely cut off from the outside world. It's perfectly normal to encounter 5 large African animals each day (lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, and rhino). You can also see a lot of antelopes, zebras, giraffes, and monkeys. There are two lakes in the caldera, and they are meeting points for a lot of birds, including flamingos. A part of it is a tropical rainforest, where we can see forest antelopes, monkeys etc. All in all this is a true paradise for any nature photographer, or a lover of nature. We will spend the entire day on a safari ride, and leave for the edge of the volcano and the hotel in the evening.
Eleventh and twelfth day
We will return to the Ngorongoro Crater in the early morning and go on a safari until midday. Then we will slowly depart across the Ngorongoro protected area to Arusha. Expected time of arrival is in the late afternoon. We will have rooms here in a basic hotel, where we can shower, pack, and rest for a bit. After diner we will go to the airport and fly back home.
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