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African Safari Photographic Tours
Photographic Safari | 11 Nights - 12 Days | June & July 2014
Witness the greatest wildlife migration on earth and the savage rituals of predator and prey acted out before your eyes, this is considered the ultimate safari experience. On this journey into the heart of wild and untamed Africa, treat your eyes to stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro, Lake Manyara, descend into the most unique caldera in the world: Ngorongoro Crater, often called the Eden of Africa. You will also visit the Serengeti. The name Serengeti is derived from the Maasai word for “endless plains,” and this is where millions of animals move in the ancient rhythms of the seasons. Journey to famed Olduvai Gorge, an archeological goldmine where the remains of the earliest man were discovered. This journey is the quintessential experience of Africa’s unspoiled wildlife and natural beauty.
Accommodations at a Glance: Tarangire Safari Lodge - Tarangire, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge- Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Ndutu Lodge ,Southern Serengeti, Serengeti Serena lodge, Serengeti Kia Lodge for Day room
Suitability: This travel package to Tanzania is suitable for travelers seeking a sense of isolation, exploration and discovery. Note: This package is based on – arrival and departure from Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Day 1 | Arrival Arusha, Tanzania
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International airport, you will be met by Jombi and assisted through customs and immigration formalities. Thereafter, drive to Arusha for lunch there after drive to Tarangire National Park. This delightful park, covering an area of 2,600 sq km was established in 1970, and it is the numerous baobab trees that will initially catch your eye. The Tarangire National Park derives its name from the Tarangire River that rises in the highlands of central Tanzania and winds its way through the game sanctuary. The river irresistibly lures the herds of plains migrants from the parched surrounding area to its shrunken – but permanent – brackish waters during the dry season.
The animals come by thousands from as far north as the shores of Lake Natron, dramatically swelling the resident population with wildebeest, zebra, eland, elephant, hartebeest, buffalo and fringe-eared Oryx. Tarangire is said to have the highest recorded number of breeding bird species for any habitat in the world. As the rainless days continue the Tarangire pools are clotted with thirsty migrants, and elephants begin to dig for underground streams in the dry riverbed.
Dinner and overnight at Tarangire Safari Tented Lodge
Day 2-3 | Tarangire National Park
You will have two full days to explore Tarangire National Park and the large herds of elephant that reside there.
Tarangire Safari Lodge is built on top of a high bluff with a breathtaking panorama, the lodge is superbly located in Tarangire National Park, providing one of the best views in Africa. Carving out the landscape below the lodge is Tarangire River, a favorite watering place, which attracts impressive numbers and variety of game. The scene unfolds before you while lounging on the outdoor patio, allowing you to appreciate Tarangire diverse wildlife without ever leaving the lodge.
At the heart of the lodge are the impressively high thatched roofs of the lounge and dining room. The open-sided design allows an uninterrupted view of the landscape and wildlife below, and captures the cooling breeze while you dine on our delicious home cooked safari cuisine.
Meals and overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge/Tloma lodge
Day 4 | Tarangire - South Serengeti Ndutu Area
After break fast we will drive to Ndutu with picnic lunch game on route, we will arrive to Ndutu safari lodge late afternoon.
Ndutu Safari Lodge is situated in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the southern Serengeti eco-system. The Lodge nestles unobtrusively under a canopy of giant acacias overlooking a soda lake, Lake Ndutu. The lodge offers a superb base in which to explore the range of habitats that lie within easy reach, this include swamps, woodlands, soda lakes and the world famous Serengeti short grass plains. Ndutu Safari Lodge has been a favorite with professional wildlife photographers and film-makers for the past four decades, because it’s simply one of the places to watch wildlife.
Meals and overnight at Ndutu safari Lodge
Day 5-6 | Ndutu Area Southern Serengeti
Three full days of excitement awaits you as you depart from the Lodge at sunrise in order to capture the dawn activities, and the early morning light you will have breakfast out on game then return to the Lodge for lunch and have an opportunity to relax in the lodge – enjoying your natural environment watching a heard of Impala wander not far from the lodge.
Day 7 | Southern Serengeti – Central Serengeti
After breakfast, we will depart to Central Serengeti game on route with picnic Lunch around the Moru Kopjes. Dinner and Overnight at Serengeti Serena lodge. The lodge is set high on the saddle of a tree-clad ridge, commanding panoramic views across the Serengeti; this lodge is the ultimate fusion of traditional African architecture and world-class style. Winner of numerous awards from the world travel press, it is perhaps the finest venue the Serengeti has to offer. Designed to blend completely into the living landscape, centrally located adjacent to the famous Western Corridor and Grumeti River, and situated close to the world-famous 2-million-year-old Paleolithic site of Ol Duvai, ‘birthplace of mankind', the lodge has been styled to offer a showcase of cultural performance, heritage and traditional art, which is best illustrated by the lavish Makonde carvings which decorate both the rooms and the stunning domed dining room.
A series of traditional domed ‘rondavels' are widely spaced throughout the grounds, which are cooled by groves of acacia trees and watered by sparkling streams. On the very edge of the ridge is a ‘vanishing horizon' pool, which looks out over the ‘endless plains' after which the Serengeti is named. As for wildlife, the Serengeti National Park offers not only all the members of ‘The Big Five' (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo), but also the annual ‘migration' of over one million wildebeest and their attendant cast of predators The Wildebeest Migration is a dramatic story. It takes place within Kenya and Tanzania and is the greatest wildlife show on earth. Between the open plains of the Serengeti and the Maasai Mara, thousands of wildebeest and zebras migrate to greener pastures as the seasons change and the circle of life and death continues. Predators follow the Wildebeest Migration closely, waiting for an opportunity to strike weak prey as they make their way into different territories.
The precise timing of the Wildebeest Migration changes annually and it is a very unpredictable and spontaneous natural event. The calving season takes place in the Serengeti between the months of January and mid-February before the Wildebeest Migration begins heading towards the western Serengeti in June. Between December and January the wildebeest gradually begin their migration back towards the Serengeti. We believe going on safari to view and witness wildebeest migration is one of ultimate experiences that Africa has to offer.
Day 8-9 | Full Day - Central Serengeti
Today we depart after breakfast for game viewing looking where herds of migrations is...and leopards and other cats around the Seronera valley. The vast grasslands of the renowned Serengeti National Park provide what many consider to be the quintessential African game viewing experience. Meaning ‘endless plains’ in the language of the Maasai, this land of immense open spaces is home to literally millions of large herbivores, as well as the accompanying carnivores. The Serengeti is renowned for having the largest concentration of migratory animals in the world, and is also famous for its large lion population.
The Serengeti National Park forms part of a huge conservation area, encompassing the adjacent Ngorongoro Conservation Area, as well as the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. With no fences or man-made barriers, The Serengeti and the adjacent Maasai Mara are best known for hosting the annual Great Migration of wildebeest, during which almost two million animals move across the plains and woodlands. Often called the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth, this dramatic event is triggered by annual rainfall patterns that determine the availability of grazing. Tens of thousands of animals follow the seasonal rains, fording both the Grumeti and Mara Rivers in their search for fresh pastures.
Meals and Accommodations at Serengeti Serena lodge.
Day 10 | Serengeti - Ngorongoro
After breakfast, you will drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area with picnic lunches arriving in the crater for lunch, after noon game in the crater late afternoon drive to your lodge located on the crater rim. Stopping en route at Olduvai Gorge, the site of Dr. and Mrs. LSB Leakey’s discovery of Zinjanthropus bosei. Here, you will enjoy a short talk from one of the Deputies of Antiquities, who will explain to you what has been done and what continues to happen. The Gorge was discovered accidentally by a German butterfly collector, Professor Kattwinkle, in 1911, but it was not until 1959 that Dr. Mary Leakey unearthed the Zinj skull believed to be 1.8 million years old.
The lodge is located on Lemala Hill on the uppermost, eastern rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage Site, in the volcanic highlands of northern Tanzania. The crater forms part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area which covers 8,300sq kms (3,200 sq. miles). This World Heritage Site has been set aside to preserve and integrate the diverse values and interests of wildlife, local people, archaeology, flora, tourism and the area's environment and ecology. The Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge is, and will remain as , the only tourist development on the eastern rim of the crater and thus offers guests unique and spectacular views down into the crater floor and of the sunsets over the western horizon. Another major advantage of this site that guests can enjoy is the fact that their crater safari begins within five minutes of leaving the lodge.
Dinner & Overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa or Serena lodge
Day 11 | Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After breakfast, descend into the crater for a full day of game viewing. A picnic lunch will be taken on the crater floor.
The crater supports up to 25,000 large mammals. Grazers dominate: zebra, wildebeest – accounting for almost half the animals – gazelle, buffalo, eland, hartebeest and wart hog. Giraffe, for example, stay away because there is insufficient food at tree level; topi because they compete directly with wildebeest. An odd feature of the crater elephants is that they are almost exclusively bulls.
Breeding herds – comprising large numbers of females and young with a few attendant older males – are probably unable to find sufficient quality food in the crater. Ngorongoro has carnivores in quantity, drawn by the large herds of prey animals. It has the densest population of large predators, mainly lion – about 60 – and more than 400 spotted hyenas, living in eight clans of up to eighty individuals. Both lions and hyenas will scavenge from each other, depending on weight of numbers and of course, hunger.
Dinner & Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
Day 12 | Ngorongoro - Arusha -Depart
Sadly you have to leave after breakfast we will drive to Arusha where you will have chances for shopping before we go to The Arusha Hotel for Lunch, there after we drive to KIA lodge for a Day Room where you will refresh while waiting for your flight back home
Total Cost per person: USD $5880
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