This safari focuses on the migration which should be in the northern Serengeti at this time of year. In addition, we will experience hunting with the Bushmen who are still leading a traditional hunter-gather life-style in addition to other cultural experiences.
There is no off road driving in the Tanzania parks. This is often very frustrating for a photographer. We have received special permission from the Tanzania Parks Board for our driver-guides to drive off road for this safari! Please note that this could change as we have no control over the Tanzania government. However, as of today, we will be able to get very close to the wildlife as they are use to the vehicles and are not disturbed by vehicles.
Maximum Participants: 16 with 4 photographers per 7 passenger Land Rover with photographer leader rotating between groups.
Photographer Leader: TBA
Sunday, 17 May 2009
We arrive in Tanzania this evening and transfer to our hotel.
We begin our safari with a flight to the famous Serengeti Plains where our drive guide meets us. We will spend five days in the Serengeti photographing the migration and the other wildlife such elephant, giraffe, impala, lion, cheetah, and much more. We will stay in two different locations inside the park.
After an early breakfast and a game drive, we continue our safari adventure driving through the park with a picnic lunch to Olduvai Gorge, the place where the Drs. Louis and Mary Leakey found the skull that dates man’s beginning to East Africa. We continue to the Ngorongoro Crater. Ngorongoro’s caldera shelters the most beautiful wildlife haven left on earth.
Millions of years ago, Ngorongoro may have rivaled Kilimanjaro in size, but as its volcanic activity subsided, it collapsed inward, forming a caldera. On the floor of the 102 sq. mile Crater, an African paradise is found. The Crater is a perfect haven for lion, elephant, hyena, wildebeest, gazelle and some of the last remaining rhino in Tanzania. The Crater's lake is home to thousands of flamingo, carpeting the area with the glow of their pink plumage.
Our in the Crater begins with a decent 2,000 feet down the wall of the Crater to the Crater floor. You have a packed picnic lunch in order to maximize your time game viewing, spending the entire day in this “Garden of Eden. This is one of the last places in Tanzania to see black rhino as this is one place they find refuge from the poachers. Once numbering over 20,000 in Tanzania, the rhino population is estimated to be less than 100 today.
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 can also make the day of anyone interested in cultural interaction or in helping to the development of the rural communities of Africa.
After breakfast we drive a short distance to Lake Manyara. As you approach Lake Manyara National Park, the Rift Valley escarpment looms on the eastern horizon forming an impressive backdrop to the lake. The mosaic of the Park's different habitats is easily seen: the rift wall, the ground water forest, acacia woodlands, open grassland, the lake shore, swamp and the lake itself. We are likely to see lion, often times resting up in the acacia trees, elephants, waterbuck, hippo, baboon, zebra and a large variety of bird life. All this variety within a small area makes Lake Manyara a diverse place to visit.
Wide panoramas of open acacia woodland and grassy savanna studded with large baobabs mark Tarangire, a lesser-known scenic gem located in southern Maasailand. In the June-October dry season, huge herds of elephant and other big game species move peacefully toward the blue gleam of Tarangire's namesake river. This is not to suggest that Tarangire is a seasonable park, it is not. You can expect good game viewing throughout the year. Fringe-eared Oryx and lesser kudu are among the unique resident species and lion and leopard are common. This un-proclaimed jewel is also an ornithologist's paradise.
We depart for Arusha as our safari comes to an end. This afternoon you relax and reflect on the memorable experience you have encountered on your safari in the best parks of East Africa. A day room will be provided until you depart for the airport this evening for your flight home. Those that continue on to Zanzibar will depart around noon.
Transport in custom built safari Land Rover and permission to drive off-road (subject to change by Tanzania Parks Board.)
Services of English-speaking safari driver/guide.
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.
Internal flight as indicated in the itinerary.
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.
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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 17 May 2009
Departure Airport Code: JRO on 29 May 2009 unless extending to Zanzibar and then the depart city is DAR