This safari focuses on the greatest land migration on our planet when over 1.5 million wildebeest and zebra move from the Serengeti into Kenya’s Masai Mara. We will also visit the other wildlife reserves in Tanzania’s “Northern Circuit,” Tarangire, Lake Manyara, and Ngorongoro Crater.
As an added bonus to this expedition, your professional photographer guide will provide "mini-lectures" or various nature photography subjects during non-shooting time.
The lodges and camps used on this safari will be of the same deluxe standard as the ones found in the award winning book,On Safari.
For those with more time to travel, there is a pre-safari optional trip to Maasailand at the foothhills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Here you will have a close encounter with the Maasai.
Maximum Participants: 12 with 4 photographers per 7 passenger Land Rover with the photographer leader rotating.
We need some time to adjust to the time difference between the continents and to rest from our long journey. This morning you will meet the photographers on our safari adventure. After a late breakfast, our photographic leader will lead a workshop on how to get the most from your safari. This afternoon we will take a game drive in Arusha National Park. We will explore the "Little Serengeti" plains in the south, walk to stunning gorges and waterfalls in the north, enjoy the tropical mountain rainforests, experience the diverse fauna and flora along the Momella Lakes with its rich flamingo population and discover the secret haven of the hidden Ngurdoto Crater - nick-named "little Ngorongoro" due to its stunning beauty and rich wildlife. All these highlights are towered by the shining glaciers of Kilimanjaro and the horseshoe-like cliffs at the peak of Mt. Meru – occasionally covered with snow. Arusha National Park is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful destinations in the country.
We begin our safari with a drive to Tarangire National Park. Situated 120km (75 miles) from Arusha, Tarangire National Park is easily accessible and boasts magnificent herds of elephant and other species of wildlife. The baobab-studded landscape also plays host to a vast variety of resident and migratory bird life. Looking out over the rolling countryside the lodge is a tranquil oasis set in over 2,600 sq kms (900 sq miles) of National Park. The Tarangire flows north to south year-round and sustains an abundance of fauna and flora rarely seen elsewhere.
We continue our safari with a short drive to Lake Manyara National Park. This beautiful reserve is situated under the cliffs of a huge escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, and the varied terrain includes the cliff's forests, a short Savannah plain at the bottom of the cliffs, and the shoreline and great Lake Manyara. An incredible variety of animals and birds are found here, including Manyara famous "tree climbing" lions. Manyara has been the location of much scientific research, including definitive studies on the very large herds of African elephants found here.
We rise very early to begin our excursion to the nearby Lake Eyasi in the Rift Valley, still inhabited by a tribe of hunter-gatherers, the Hadzabe, a relic of ancient times who still follow a style of life similar to the humans who inhabited the Earth before the discovery of agriculture. Another interesting tribe are the Datoga or Barabaig, also called Mangati (fierce enemy) by the Maasai who expelled them from the Ngorongoro Highlands during their unstoppable advance to the south some time in the nineteenth century. In the afternoon, those interested may visit the village of Karatu or the Njia Panda school are also options for anyone interested in cultural interaction or in helping to the development of the rural communities of Africa. Those photographers not interested in visiting Lake Eyasi and the Hadzabe, have the option to go to the Ngorongoro Crater for a full day game drive. There will be an extra cost for this option to cover enterence and park fees.
Ngorongoro Farm House (BLD)
Friday, 7 May 2010
After an early breakfast, we continue our safari adventure to the Ngorongoro Crater. Ngorongoro's caldera shelters the most beautiful wildlife haven left on earth. The Maasai and their cattle co-exist with the wildlife in this area, and visitors are able to appreciate this ancient interplay between wildlife and man. Interpretive game drives through the emerald plains and forests of the crater floor engender guests with a respect for the people and wildlife of this world wonder. We will have three days to explore this eight natural wonder of the world.
After breakfast at the lodge, we head for our last destination, the famous Serengeti National Park. We have six full days to explore its 5,600 sq. miles. We will see cheetah, giraffe, lion, leopard, elephant - the list is endless. And each year it is the scene of the great migration where millions of wildebeest and zebra make their annual trek in search of fresh grass. Serengeti National Park is the Africa most of us have seen on television. Many National Geographic specials have been filmed here. Now we can see first hand why so many naturalists and photographers are drawn to this place.
We depart for Arusha as our safari comes to an end. You have the option to fly to Arusha for an additional cost. The drive is approximately eight hours if you do not stop to take photographs. If you fly, you will have the afternoon to relax. A day room will be provided until you depart for the airport this evening for your flight home for those that fly back to Arusha.
Flight from the Serengeti to Arusha on Last Day: $240 per person
Ngorongoro Crater Full Game Drive on 6 May 2010: $200 per person
Hot Air Balloon Serengeti Safari: $525 per person
Off-Road Driving Permit in Serengeti: $100 per person per day (This option must be selected 90-days before departure. As safaris have become more popular over the years, most of the vast Serengeti National Park has been restricted to staying on the roads with no off-road driving. This can be frustrating to the serious photographer that wants to get up close to the subject to photograph. Focus on Planet Earth has made a special arrangement with the Tanzania Parks Board to allow our photographers to drive off-road to get the shots. However, that came with a price. Shane will survey the photographers on this expedition and determine how many and which days photographers want the option to drive off-road.)
Private Land Rover and Guide: $2,500 per Land Rover
(If two photographers want to share a private Land Rover, the cost would be $1,250 each.)
Zanzabar Extension: $1,700 per person
Safari Price Includes:
Accommodation as stipulated in the itinerary or simular.
Transport in custom built safari Land Rover or Landcruiser.
Services of English-speaking safari driver/guide.
Mini-workshops covering nature photography and digital workflow.
Game viewing drives and parks entrance fees as per itinerary.
All Government taxes and levies.
All meals on safari as indicated.
Mineral water during game drives.
Comprehensive safari pre-departure preparation.
Not included are international airfare and personal expenses such as personal insurance; excess baggage fees; phone calls; gratuities to camp staff and driver/guides; airport departure taxes; passport and visa fees, and beverages, and any additional nights in Nairobi or Arusha, which are not noted in itinerary.
Focus on Planet Earth understands that air travel contributes to increased green house gases and global warming. Therefore, we encourage our expedition participants to assist us in making each Focus on Planet Earth expedition carbon neutral. You can offset your air transportation carbon impact by purchasing carbon off-sets.
To offset the emissions from your flights go to Carbon Off-Set Calculator. Use JRO (Kilimanjaro) as your destination.
International Air Transportation:
You are responsible for booking your own international air transportation. To assist you, we have provided you with the airport codes and the dates you need to arrive or depart.
Arrival Airport Code: JRO on 1 May 2010 unless you take the pre-safari to Maasailand.
Departure Airport Code: JRO on 14 May 2010 unless extending to Zanzibar and then the airport would be DAR