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African Safari Photographic Tours
Short Photographic Tour | 6 Nights - 7 Days | January, February & March 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: The Arusha Hotel–Arusha, Maromboi Tented Camp at Tarangire, Ngorongoro Farm House at Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Ndutu Safari Lodge, Serengeti and KIA lodge, Kilimanjaro
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 Kilimanjaro International Airport and departure from Dar es Salaam International Airport.
Day 1 | Arrival Arusha, Tanzania
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met by Jombi Kivuyo and assisted through customs and immigration formalities. Thereafter, drive to Arusha you will spend your night at The Arusha Hotel.
Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and overnight stay at the Arusha Hotel.
Day 2 | Arusha – Tarangire National Park
After breakfast, drive to Tarangire National Park, the fifth largest national park in Tanzania, choice of a hot lunch at the lodge or a picnic lunch.
This delightful park, covering an area of 2,600 square kilometers, 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 stay at Maromboi Tented Camp.
Day 3 | Tarangire – Lake Manyara
After breakfast we will depart to Lake Manyara National Park for game drive with picnic lunches, The Lake Manyara National Park Stretching for 50 kilometers along the base of the rusty-gold 600-meter high Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic game, with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”.
The compact game-viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience. From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle-like groundwater forest where hundred-strong baboon troops lounge nonchalantly along the roadside, blue monkeys scamper nimbly between the ancient mahogany trees, dainty bushbuck tread warily through the shadows, and outsized forest hornbills honk cacophonously in the high canopy.
Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large water birds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks.
After lunch, drive to Ngorongoro Farm House for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4 | Ngorongoro - Serengeti
After breakfast, we will drive into Ngorongoro Crater with picnic lunches; we will explore the Crater for the day and then depart late afternoon to Ndutu area in Southern Serengeti.
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.
Day 4 | Dinner & Overnight at Ndutu Safari Lodge
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.
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 best the places to watch wildlife.
Day 5-6 | Ndutu Area Southern Serengeti
Two 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. 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.
Dinner & Overnight at Ndutu Safari Lodge
Total Cost per person: USD $3756
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