This is a Big Cat Photo Safari: We will spend time with all the local wildlife but emphasize the big cats of the area.
Tour Name: Big Cats of the Serengeti Safari (4 Spots Left)
Dates: April 14 - 22, 2018
Where: Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Price: $6,750 per person, double occupancy: $500 single supplement
(for a group of 6 people total) 4 spots left
Deposit: $1,000.00 at time of registration - You may register for the safari using the form at the bottom of this page
- Fly into and out of the Serengeti National Park by bush plane to maximize time photographing
- Price includes bush plane airfare from Arusha to the Serengeti.
- Lodging close to prime lion, leopard, cheetah habitat and The Migration.
- Expert Guides that know how to find the cats and know photography
- An evening with the Project Manager of the Serengeti Cheetah Project who studies the
local cheetah. His background includes years with the Serengeti Lion Project as well.
We will learn from the expert in cat behavior
- 4 x 4 safari vehicles with three people per vehicle, one per row
- Photo instruction based on your experience and needs from International Award Winning
wildlife photographer, Barbara Fleming
About the area:
The Serengeti, which means "The Endless Plains," is one of the very best wildlife viewing destinations in the world. The big cats of Africa: lion, leopard and cheetah all live and hunt here. Our best trackers will help us locate these big cats and photograph them: hopefully seeing them with their young and watch them stalk their prey. While our safari will concentrate on the big cats, we will also be able to see and photograph the other wildlife that make this savanna home. At this time of year The Migration (wildebeest and zebra) is located nearby with thousands and thousands of individuals as well as year round residents: hippos, elephant, giraffe, and over 500 species of birds which will not be ignored.
April in the Serengeti is a time of new life and plenty of action as The Migration lingers in the southern and central areas of the park so that the newborn animals can grow before making the long trek north toward Kenya. Our location for the entire time in the park will be close at hand. The lion, leopard and cheetah do not travel with the migration but stake out a range that is prime for their unique hunting styles and to take advantage of The Migration when it is in the area. The Serengeti Cheetah Project project manager, Dennis Minja, knows each cheetah by name and can often identify them in your photos by their spots. We will spend an evening with him at our camp.
If you love wildlife photography there are not many locations in the world that can compare to that of the Serengeti in Tanzania. You will see everything you ever dreamed of seeing on a safari, and perhaps even more. The lodging is chosen specifically so that we can be where the wildlife is and have the ability to get there at first light. The camp is designed with photographers in mind and has everything the photographer would need, particularly electricity to charge batteries and computers. The food is safe and delicious and the camp staff is always ready with a warm smile and willingness to assist with every need. Our African Outfitter uses new 4 x 4 Vehicles that have separate roof dividers so that each photographer can rest their beanbags and cameras. Each vehicle is equipped with a cooler with soft drinks and plenty of water. With only three photographers per vehicle you will have your own row, enabling you full access to the action with plenty of room for your gear. We strive for safety, comfort and optimal photographic opportunities.
Barbara, your safari leader, has over ten years of experience traveling and photographing in this area. She knows where to look for the wildlife, how best to photograph it and most importantly, how to work with the African ground outfitters. She has made many friends over the years who are dear to her heart.
Our trip of 9 days and 8 nights will begin in Arusha, Tanzania, where you will be greeted at the Kilimanjaro International airport (JRO) and transferred to the African Tulip Lodge, about 45 minutes away. We will depart the following morning by bush plane for an hour's flight to the central area of the Serengeti. Our Guides for the next 8 days will greet us and take us to our lodging. After settling into our tents and having a quick lunch, we'll leave for an afternoon game drive. For each day for the next 8 days, our plans will be roughly the same: an early morning and late afternoon game drive, when light is at it's best and the animals are most active. We will depart our camp following a hot breakfast at 6 am and return most days for a lunch. Following time spent uploading and critiquing images or having a small rest, we again leave for an afternoon game drive, returning at 6 pm. We reserve the right to change this itinerary if needed to stay with the action.
Serengeti Cheetah Project:
Dennis Minja, Project Manager of the Serengeti Cheetah Project, will come to our camp and talk about the cheetah that live in the area as well as discuss his latest research findings. Dennis spends 20 out of 30 days in the field observing and collecting data. He not only has incredible information for us about the research he is doing but fascinating stories of his time the plains with the cheetah. He knows them individually and will enlighten you: this is a world class researcher willing to share his time so that you can learn from the best.
Where we will stay:
Upon arrival we will be transferred from the airport to the African Tulip in Arusha, a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Arusha. We will have our first meal (dinner) upon arrival and breakfast the next morning before departing for the bush. On our last day we will return to the hotel for dayroom use before departing for our evening flights home.
For the next 8 nights our lodging will be the Sametu Camp, a luxury semi-permanent camp located near the famous Barafu and Sametu Kopjes, prime cheetah and lion country. All ten guest tents overlook the open savanna and the Ngarenanyuki River. The combination of comfort, location and resident prey make this a prime location for our stay in the Serengeti. (See photo above.)
This itinerary has been created for this specific time of year.
Day 1 April 14
Arrival at Arusha's Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Everyone will be met upon arrival and accompanied by our African Outfitter staff. We will transfer about 45 minutes to our lodging in town for an orientation dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2 April 15
Breakfast at the African Tulip, depart hotel for bush plane flight to the Serengeti National Park and arrive one hour later and are greeting by our Guides for the next 8 days. Transfer to Sametu camp for lunch. Evening game drive.
Days 3 -8 April 16 -21
A 6 am departure from Sametu Camp following breakfast for morning photography session. Return for lunch and afternoon break. Instruction on workflow, image rating, and integrations with Lightroom or Photoshop are included for those with interest. At 3 pm we go out on another game drive until 6 pm. After evening showers and sundowners we have dinner and return to our tents for the night.
Day 9 April 22 Leaving our camp after early breakfast, we'll have one last game drive before heading back to Arusha by bush plane. Shopping at the Cultural Heritage Center and lunch, then back to the African Tulip for dayroom use and a chance to freshen up. We will be transported to Kilimanjaro Airport for evening flights home.
Pre-tour documentation and Safari Handbook including extensive travel information to help you prepare for your trip.
All food and lodging, tea and coffee with meals
First night's lodging and meals in Arusha
Round trip flights from Arusha to the Serengeti
Unlimited bottled water in vehicles
Driver/Guides trained in photographic safaris
Unlimited petrol for our vehicles
All park and concession fees
Flying Doctors services while on safari.
What's Not Included:
Alcohol, sodas and water during meals
Phone calls, internet, and laundry.
Tips for lodge staff and Driver/Guides
International flights to/from Africa
Photo equipment and bean bags (beans are available)
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