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Tanzania Photography Tour

Tanzania – Predators & Calving Season Photo Tour 2021

Tanzania – Predators & Calving Season Photo Tour 2021

US$12,395 per person sharing

Spaces Available

20 February 2021 – 1 March 2021

ORYX is proud to present you with an unforgettable 10 day wildlife safari to Tanzania’s world-renowned southern Serengeti Plains. Our focus here is on one of Africa’s greatest natural spectacles: the bonanza of young wildebeest, zebra and gazelle which offer abundant opportunities for the local predators!

 

Our first camp is located in the south-west of the Serengeti ecosystem and during the wildebeest birthing season, it’s hard to imagine a more stunning backdrop to your adventure. Dramatic storms sweep in new life and there are young wildebeest babies all over along with the attendant predators. This is the land of the Cheetah, Lion and Spotted Hyena, and one of our aims is to photograph predations. With a pack of African Wild Dogs often ranging through the area, the photographic opportunities are diverse.

 

Our second camp is located within Serengeti National Park. Encapsulated by rugged Acacia woodland, the camp and surrounding area has a high concentration of big cats notably Lion and Leopard, and once out on the plains, is also well known for its Cheetah. Hyena patrol the area as they look out for opportunities to scavenge as well as hunt.

 

As we spend good amounts of time in each area, we will have the opportunity to capture the wildebeest spectacle and the resident predators as they go about their lives. Join us as we reveal to you the wonders of one of the planets most iconic safari destinations!

Why this Photo Safari is for You

Destination Allure

The Serengeti South in Tanzania plays host to the Wildebeest birthing season, and it’s hard to imagine a more exciting photo tour and travel experience! Dramatic storms sweep in new life and there are millions of Wildebeest and their babies all around along with the attendant predators.

Wildlife

With breathtaking numbers of Wildebeest, their calves and dazzles of Zebra, the scenery with these herds is unbelievable! Predators thrive during this season with Lion prides, Cheetah, Leopard, African Wild Dog and Hyena being the top hunters. Bat-eared Fox and Martial Eagles are a few of the smaller predators that can be found. Migratory Storks, Elephants, plains game, Giraffe and more are found in this Eden.

Small Group Departures

Limited to only 6 participants with two open-roofed private safari vehicles for the duration of the photo safari. One guest per row!

More to Explore

We will visit two key areas in the Southern Serengeti in order to maximise your opportunities to capture this natural spectacle, to further your wildlife viewings and photographic opportunities, to explore more of this incredible natural wildlife destination. We are allowed off road in the NCA (Camp 1) which allows greater freedom of movement, photographic opportunities and experiences.

Guided Experience

Local knowledge of the region and its inhabitants is key to crafting the ultimate photography tour experience. Combined with the photographic expertise of your ORYX Photo Tour Leader, and you are in for an adventure that will further fuel your excitement for photography and the destination.

Penny Robartes

ORYX LEADER
Penny Robartes

10 Days
6 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
Classic
Wildlife
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania
  • per person sharing
    USD12,395.00
  • Single Supplement
    USD985
  • Photographic Highlights
    Wildebeest and Zebra migration with calves and foals, Leopard, Lion, Cheetah, African Wild Dog, Spotted Hyaena, Elephant
  • Guide
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Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Katambuga House

After arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, and having taken care of passport control and collected luggage, you will be met outside the arrivals hall exit by an ORYX representative and driven to our accommodations. Here you will be met by ORYX photo tour leader Penny Robartes, who will be your host and photographic leader for the duration of this incredible safari. During dinner tonight, Penny will discuss in detail the upcoming Serengeti photo safari, answering any questions and providing insight into this amazing part of Africa!
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Day 2: Flight Arusha Airport to Mwiba Airstrip, transfer to camp; PM game drive

Following a delicious early breakfast, we will transfer to the nearby Arusha Airport (roughly 10 minutes’ drive), where after we will enjoy a scenic flight over the wall of the Great Rift Valley, passing the Ngorongoro Crater highlands (sadly the crater is usually covered in cloud and so is often hidden) en route to the plains and woodlands of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA). We then embark on a game drive from Mwiba Airstrip to camp, which is located in the Kakessio area (drive time roughly 45 minutes depending on what we see en route). After checking in, having lunch and some time to settle in, we will begin our first afternoon game drive in one of the most celebrated wildlife areas on earth. This safari is designed to focus on predator – prey interactions, and as the majority of the Wildebeest will have offspring or will be in the process of calving, this means a lot of small calves and consequently, there will be lot of opportunities for us to witness predations!
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Days 3 to 5: Southern Serengeti region of Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The incredible concentration of Wildebeest calves (and sometimes Zebra foals) is a sight to behold, and in addition attracts large numbers of predators who take full advantage of this protein boost! With a mixture of weeks-old to newborn calves, we will seek to capture the birthing and predator-prey action that abounds during this season. On the predator side, this area produces great photo opportunities for Lion; however, it is perhaps best known as one of Africa’s better sites for the lithe, lightning fast Cheetah! Furthermore, we may be fortunate to photograph African Wild Dog, a pack of which resides in the area around our camp. Our routine for the following days will be simple: rising predawn, enjoying a cup of steaming coffee or tea, and getting out into the field pre-sunrise so that we are able to maximise our time photographing in the soft, golden light around dawn. Once the light becomes more harsh and the wildlife less active, we will find a beautiful place to have our breakfast as we enjoy the scenery we are in. During the harsh light associated with the midday hours, we will have time in camp to relax, catch forty winks and of course to edit and review photographs during dedicated post-processing sessions. Later in the afternoon, we will head out to photograph the splendours of the Serengeti again!
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Day 6: Depart Kakessio (NCA) and drive to Kusini (Serengeti NP)

Today our morning will commence as it has for the last few days with the exception that we will not be returning back to our camp, but onwards to our next exciting destination. Departing early will give us the opportunity to photograph in the productive early hours while the light is good, while simultaneously covering ground en route to our next camp on this safari. We will make our way to our camp located west of Ndutu in Serengeti National Park, aiming to arrive in camp at lunchtime. Post lunch and a rest, we will depart on an afternoon game drive and start exploring the general area that will serve as our base for the last four nights of the safari.
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Days 7 to 9: Serengeti National Park

The Kusini area, being located within the borders of Serengeti National Park in an area that combines rivercourses, plains, woodlands and a few kopjes, is a hotspot for predators. Lion are common and as too are Cheetah – the former, social big cats sometimes being seen lazing on granite kopjes, the latter, more slightly built cat typically found in the more open areas where they can simultaneously search for prey and keep an eye out for other predators. Our routine for the following days will be simple: rising predawn, enjoying a cup of steaming coffee or tea, and getting out into the field pre-sunrise so that we are able to maximise our time photographing in the soft, golden light around dawn. Once the light becomes more harsh and the wildlife less active, we will find a beautiful place to have our breakfast as we enjoy the scenery we are in. During the harsh light associated with the midday hours, we will have time in camp to relax, catch forty winks and of course to edit and review photographs during dedicated post-processing sessions. Later in the afternoon, we will head out to photograph the splendours of the Serengeti again!
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Day 10: Flight from Serengeti to JRO and depart

After a final morning’s exploration and photography, we will depart the Serengeti (time to be advised) on our flight back to Kilimanjaro International Airport, where this incredible safari sadly comes to an end.
Private TanzaniaLinda Clews, Bahamas

Penny Robartes was an a brilliant guide for me, always putting my shooting needs first, making sure that my settings were right, giving advice on how to shoot at a sighting and calming me down when a sighting became intense…no easy feat as there were plenty of those! Thank you for your support and advice, not only on safari, but afterwards as well, and giving me a new outlook on Lightroom!

The Serian camps were wonderful, I loved every minute that we spent there, accommodation, food, staff were great, I look forward to returning one day.

Thank you again for a wonderful safari, I will always treasure those memories. It was an incredibly special place and the whole experience was wonderful. Its hard to explain to people how beautiful it was with all the yellow and purple flowers and then it became the scene of utter carnage as well!

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