Tanzania - Migration & Predators Photo Safari II 2018
Huge numbers of Wildebeest and their 2 month old calves, Cheetah, Lion, Spotted Hyaena, Serval, Black-backed Jackal, Plains Zebra, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, vast Serengeti landscapes and beautiful sunsets
Day 1: Arrival in Arusha
After your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, and having completed passport control and collected luggage, you will be transferred to your accommodation on the western outskirts of Arusha. Here you will meet ORYX Photographic tour leader and host, Penny Robartes, and dinner tonight will be the perfect opportunity for a more formal introduction to both Penny and the rest of the group.
Your tour leader will discuss with you in detail the itinerary for the next six days of your Serengeti photo safari as well as answer any questions you may have.
Day 2: Flight Arusha to Ndutu, Southern Serengeti
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 into the game rich grasslands of Tanzania’s Ndutu area, situated in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where a wonderful game drive will take us from the airstrip to camp (drive time roughly 45 minutes depending on what we see en route). This is the first day of our exciting Serengeti photo safari!
After lunch and bit of down time when we can set up equipment properly and relax, We will head out on the first leg of this Tanzania wildebeest migration safari with an afternoon game drive in one of the most celebrated wildlife areas on earth. By now, majority of the wildebeest, Plains Zebra and gazelle herds will have offspring around the age of 2 months old, so we can expect to see a plethora of young grazers as well as predators about!
Days 3 to 6: Serengeti South, Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Covering an incredible 15,000km² (5,792 square miles), the Serengeti is one of the world’s largest and most spectacular wildlife areas. Despite the vast space, the volume and concentration of game that we can expect to see during our Serengeti photo safari is nothing short of astounding.
There is little permanent water in the Serengeti and this, combined with a fairly regular rainfall pattern has resulted in the incredible Great Wildebeest migration where up to two million large ungulates move through the Serengeti ecosystem between the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and smaller Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Our visit is timed so as to provide us with the best opportunity to bear witness to the unbelievable numbers of wildebeest, Plains Zebra and antelope in the southern Serengeti, an unrivalled and primeval wonder of the natural world!
Eruptions of Oldoinyo Lengai, the Maasai “Mountain of God”, have spread nutrient-rich ash on the southern plains, and it is this phenomenon that has made the grasses in the Ndutu / NCA area rich in the necessary minerals needed to nourish the newborn Wildebeest for the upcoming months. The incredible concentration of Wildebeest calves and Zebra foals is a sight to behold, and in addition attracts large numbers of predators who take full advantage of this protein boost! This area produces good numbers of Lion, Leopard and Spotted Hyena; however, it is perhaps best known as one of Africa’s premier sites for the lithe, lightning fast Cheetah!
Besides being the ideal location for this Tanzanian tour to view and photograph Africa’s wildlife, the wide green-gold savannas dotted with Acacia trees also lends itself to some of the finest landscape photography in the world.
In addition to the above mentioned, there will certainly be a veritable feast of superb birdlife with over 500 species already recorded in the greater Serengeti area. The star birds however include three Tanzanian endemics, namely Grey-breasted Spurfowl, Fischer’s Lovebird and Rufous-tailed Weaver (a Serengeti-Mara endemic).
These birds can be found, together with a host of other species, such as the magnificent Saddle-billed Stork, up to six species of vulture and the very unattractive Marabou Stork (sometimes seen squabbling over the remains of a kill).
Day 7: Flight from Serengeti South to Arusha and depart
After a final morning’s exploration and photography, we will fly from Serengeti South to Arusha on a scheduled charter flight (time to be advised) back to Arusha Airport, followed by a road transfer to Kilimanjaro International where this safari will sadly comes to an end.