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Tanzania Photo Safari

A Luxury Experience in some of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet..

We’re stepping it up in 2018! On this photography adventure you’ll see some of the most amazing animals the planet has to offer! Lions, Cheetahs, Rhino’s, Elephants, and Leopards to name a few!

Tanzania, Africa is one of the best places in Africa to do a photo safari!  Jaw-dropping landscapes and a ton of wildlife makes this THE trip of a lifetime!  Not to mention we’ll be shooting a ton and I intentionally keep the group small so we can travel easily and instruction will be intimate.  We’ll have plenty of time to shoot, laugh, share stories, edit photos and learn about the culture and each other.  We’ll also be sneaking in a bit of adventure for you thrill seekers.  😀

THE SEASON

February is a wonderful time to go on safari in Tanzania, Africa. The land is green, the weather a bit cooler, and the animals are extremely active as a result. It’s also wildebeest calving season which makes for a lot of activity and babies! It tends to rain a bit in the afternoons but usually lets up after a short downpour. Light rain gear is advised this time of year. Temperatures tend to be in the 80’s during the day and can drop into the 50’s in the evenings. It’s very pleasant and you’ll also avoid much of the crowds that come in December and January.

THE ANIMALS

Chances are extremely good that you will see EVERYTHING!!!

That means The African Big Five (leopards, rhinos, elephants, cape buffalo, and lions) plus all the other guys (tons of different types of antelope, zebras, wildebeest, giraffes, warthogs, cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, flamingos, ostriches, all the other birds you could ever hope for, and a bunch more!!

*January and February is when the Wildebeests give birth. The animal migration is in full effect and they’re all busy feeding on the lush vegetation. The region is VERY active and thriving. John’s personal favorite time of year to visit!

ACCOMMODATIONS + DINING

Every overnight stay on the itinerary is top-quality.  We will be staying at a mix of traditional “permanent” lodges and luxury semi-permanent tented camps. (These camps have running water, hot showers, electricity, and all of the creature comforts of home – some even have wifi!). Think ‘glamping!’  We have some cool surprises in store for you as well!  As for dining – we’ve got you covered!  Exquisite meals every day from some of Tanzania’s finest culinary geniuses!!

TANZANIA PHOTO SAFARI 2018 ITINERARY

DAY 01: Arrival Day

We’ll pick up you from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Transfer you to the hotel in Arusha(1 hour drive from the airport) to meet your travel mates and relax. Later on, we’ll gather for dinner and drinks and spend some time getting to know everyone. After we’ll retire for a much needed good night’s sleep.Surprise (D)

DAY 02: Safari Day 1 : Arusha > Tarangire

Up early for safari! Breakfast at your hotel or you can opt for a boxed breakfast if you prefer to sleep in a bit. We’ll head out to Tarangire National Park (famous for its elephant herds and tree-climbing lions) for your first safari day (90 minute drive time). Return to the lodge for a gourmet lunch, some pool time, and rest. Photography post production workshop optional.

Head back out mid afternoon to position ourselves perfectly for the best light at sunset. Snacks provided while on safari. 🙂

Retire to your lodge for a shower, dinner and drinks! Post processing and “The Best of The Day” images will be presented from each participant (if desired).  This is always fun as we can share images, post processing tips and tricks, as well as hear the stories behind each image from each photographer.  One of my favorite parts!Tarangire Safari Lodge (B, L, D)

DAY 03: Safari Day 2 : Tarangire / Lake Manyara

Up early to catch the best light. Breakfast at your lodge or you can grab a boxed breakfast if you want to sleep in a bit. Head out to Tarangire National Park in the morning for another day of safari. Gourmet lunch at the lodge. After lunch we’ll drive to nearby Lake Manyara to see the baboons and abundant wildlife.

Dinner and drinks back at the Tarangire Safari Lodge. Post processing and “The Best of The Day” images will be presented from each participant (if desired). This is always fun as we can share images, post processing tips and tricks, as well as hear the stories behind each image from each photographer. This is a group favorite!Tarangire Safari Lodge (B, L, D)

DAY 04: Safari Day 3 : Tarangire / Lake Manyara / Ngorongoro Crater

Up early to catch the best light! Breakfast at the lodge or you can take a boxed lunch if you’d like to sleep in a bit. Head out to either Lake Manyara National Park or Tarangire National Park for an AM game drive.

Boxed lunch while in the park, then we’ll head into Ngorongoro Conservation Area to check into your hotel overlooking Ngorongoro Crater. Dinner at the hotel, which has a gorgeous view overlooking the crater. Post processing and “The Best of The Day” images will be presented from each participant (if desired). This is always fun as we can share images, post processing tips and tricks, as well as hear the stories behind each image from each photographer.Serena Lodge Ngorongoro Crater (B, L, D)

DAY 05: Safari Day 4 : Ngorongoro Crater

Leave the hotel before daybreak to make your way down into Ngorongoro Crater in time for the sun to come up (breakfast box provided). Picnic lunch in the crater, after which you continue the game drive until it gets hot enough where most of the animals will be sleeping or in the shade, at which point we return back to the hotel to relax. Dinner at your hotel. Followed by post processing and “The Best of The Day” images will be presented from each participant (if desired). This is always fun as we can share images, post processing tips and tricks, as well as hear the stories behind each image from each photographer.Serena Lodge Ngorongoro Crater (B, L, D)

DAY 06: Safari Day 5 : Ngorongoro > Serengeti (South)

Sleep in a bit! Breakfast at the lodge before heading out to the Southern Serengeti. This will be the longest stretch of driving the entire trip (5 hours or so), and if desired we can break it up with a stopover at a local Maasai herding village to meet the locals and learn about their way of life. After doing the necessary paperwork and entering Serengeti National Park we’ll drive to your luxury tented camp, with a game drive on the way. On our last drive we stumbled upon 2 lions mating on the side of the road!! Retire to the camp for a bit of rest before dinner.Serengeti Luxury Lodge (B, L, D)

DAY 07: Safari Day 6 : Serengeti (South) > Serengeti (Central)

Breakfast at the lodge. Serengeti safari continued! We’ll be doing a game drive en-route to our next location in the Central Serengeti. You’ll have a box lunch for the drive. Lots of animals to photograph and admire along the way! Once we arrive at our new luxury accommodations, retire to your lodge for dinner and relaxing around early evening. Post processing and “The Best of The Day” images will be presented from each participant (if desired). This is always fun as we can share images, post processing tips and tricks, as well as hear the stories behind each image from each photographer.Serengeti Luxury Lodge (B, L, D)

DAY 08: Safari Day 7 : Serengeti (Central)

Up early to catch the best light! Breakfast at the lodge or boxed lunch if you prefer to sleep in a bit. Morning game drive, lunch, late afternoon game drive, retire to the lodge for dinner. Post processing and “The Best of The Day” images will be presented from each participant (if desired).  This is always fun as we can share images, post processing tips and tricks, as well as hear the stories behind each image from each photographer.Serengeti Luxury Lodge (B, L, D)

DAY 09: Safari Day 8 : Serengeti (Central)

Breakfast at your lodge. Serengeti safari continued! Boxed lunch, or we can return to the lodge for the lunch. Retire to your lodge for dinner and relaxing around early evening. Post processing and “The Best of The Day” images will be presented from each participant (if desired). This is always fun as we can share images, post processing tips and tricks, as well as hear the stories behind each image from each photographer.  One of my favorite parts!Serengeti Luxury Lodge (B, L, D)

DAY 10: Safari Day 9 : Back to Arusha

Breakfast at the lodge with an optional early morning game drive. After, we’ll head to the local airport and get a quick flight back to Arusha. Once in Arusha, we’ll shuttle you back to your surprise lodging where you’ll have the day to relax, go shopping in town, or plan on your optional side trips such as Zanzibar or climbing Kilimanjaro. 🙂 For those that need to fly out in the late afternoon or evening, we will arrange for your transfer.

Farewell dinner and drinks at your hotel.Surprise (B, L, D)

DAY 11: Departure

Breakfast at your hotel. Free to relax at the hotel until departure time. Rides to the airport will be provided depending on each participant’s flight departure.

SIDE TRIPS

We can set up trips to the beach island of Zanzibar for anyone interested in extending their stay – or even a Mount Kilimanjaro hike for the more adventurous. We’ll likely hang back for 1-2 more days after the retreat and you’re welcome to stay with and continue the adventure! That said, side trips after the retreat is officially over are not covered in your fee and you would need to pay for any additional expenses based on any trips you decide to partake in.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Luxury custom Land Cruiser (fridge, extra-padded seats, outlets for charging, etc.)
  • 2 Guests per Land Cruiser!!!
  • Flight from Central Serengeti to Arusha
  • Bean Bags for holding your cameras & lenses steady
  • Binoculars
  • All fuel costs
  • Our guide’s services
  • Ten nights accommodations
  • Park fees (plus all guide and vehicle fees)
  • 3 meals per day
  • Snacks en-route to your next destination
  • All-you-can-drink mineral water every day (bottled)
  • The occasional sundowner (your choice of wine and/or beer)
  • A trip to a local village where you can meet Maasai people and learn about their culture
  • Amazing photography excursions
  • Life changing adventures
  • Surprise excursions (for the adventurous!)
  • Surprise philanthropic component 😀

In short, you don’t have to spend an extra cent the entire trip, unless you want extra adult beverages or souvenirs.  🙂

PRICE: $7,000.00 USD

A 50% non refundable deposit must be made to secure your spot. Final payment is due 90 days before the first day of the trip. Please contact me for more information.