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African Safari Photographic Tours
Photographic Tour | 12 Nights - 13 Days Short | December 2013 through April 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: Mountain Village Serena Lodge – Arusha, Tarangire Safari Lodge - Tarangire, Kitela lodge - Karatu, Ndutu safari Lodge - Serengeti, Ngorongoro Serena Lodge - Ngorongoro Conservation Area, 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 kivuyo and assisted through customs and immigration formalities. Thereafter, drive to Arusha you will spend your night at Mountain Village Serena Lodge.
The Mountain Village Lodge in Arusha offers the level of service, style and luxury you would expect from any Serena property. Nestling at the foot of Mount Meru’s wooded slopes, amid coffee plantations overlooking the tranquil Lake Duluti. The style of the property was designed to reflect the old colonial coffee farm that once stood on the site, harnessing all the old charm and comfort of the era.
Activities which can be enjoyed at Mountain Village Lodge include morning bird walks around the lake, nature trails through the surrounding countryside, mountain biking around the lake and coffee plantations, canoeing on the lake, and trips to the surrounding craters, alkaline lakes and forests. Guests can also arrange visits to local Masai villages, traditional cattle markets and women’s handicraft cooperatives.
Day 2 | Arusha National Park
Today we will take you into Arusha National Park with a picnic lunch. Lying between the peaks of Kilimanjaro and Meru, Arusha National Park is an outstandingly beautiful area. The Park has a wide range of habitats, from the string of crater lakes where many water birds can be watched, through the highland montane forest and on up to the imposing summit of Mount Meru. Walk in the park with an armed ranger.
The forests contain a wealth of birds and other animals, like the beautiful bushbuck, Red duiker easily glimpsed in the glades between the ancient cedar trees, or the black and white colobus monkeys climbing along their branches. The interesting geology of the area is reflected in the impressive view of the ash cone and cliff face leading to the summit of Mount Meru. The lush vegetation and the magnificent views of the snow capped Mt Kilimanjaro and the looming Mt Meru.
Dinner and overnight at Mountain Village Serena Lodge
Day 3 | Arusha - Tarangire National Park
After breakfast, drive to Tarangire National Park, the fifth largest national park in Tanzania. 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 4-5 | Arusha - Tarangire National Park
You will have two full days to explore Tarangire National Park and the large herds of elephant that reside there. This is one the best park for Elephants. 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 Kitela Lodge
Day 6 | Kitela – Ndutu, Serengeti
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 the places to watch wildlife.
Meals and overnight at Ndutu Lodge
Day 7-10 | Ndutu Area
Four 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 Lodge
Day 11 | 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.
The lodge is located on Seneto Hill on the uppermost, western rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, you will have the opotunity to see the sunrise through the eastern of the 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.
Dinner & Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
Day 12 | Ngorongoro - Conservation Area
After breakfast, descend into the crater for a full day of game viewing. A picnic breakfast and lunch will be taken on the crater floor. Option we can return to the lodge for late lunch. There after visit the authentic Maasai village, where their origins is Serengeti plains.
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 13 | Ngorongoro – Arusha - Depart
After breakfast return to Arusha, on arrival you will have time to go on shopping before driving to The Arusha Hotel where lunch will be served, thereafter drive to KIA lodge where a day room to freshen up will be provided till evening. Before driving to the Kilimanjaro International airport which is nearby.
Total Cost per person: USD $6000
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