- Game drives in the Southern and Central Serengeti
- Ngorongoro Crater
Enjoy a photographic safari guided by the excellent Paul Joynson-Hicks, who has worked as a photographer in East Africa for over 20 years, to one of Africa’s most beautiful regions: The Serengeti. Spend time in the central Serengeti, Southern Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater whilst honing your skills with one of Africa’s best. Endless vistas and stunning backdrops await!
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport and be greeted by the world’s highest freestanding mountain towering over the land. If you’re lucky you can even spot Uhuru peeking through the clouds. Then pick up your tripods and board a flight to the Serengeti where our drivers will meet you at the airstrip. Transfer to the beautiful Serengeti Wilderness Camp whilst trying to catch a glimpse of 4 of the Big 5 that call this region home. Overnight at the intimate Serengeti Wilderness Camp before meeting up in the mess tent for your first expertly prepared meal of the trip and to meet your expert guide Paul Joynson-Hicks.
Your Expert Guide
Paul Joynson-Hicks is a professional photographic guide who has lived in East Africa for over 20 years. He is an expert at getting the composition of his photos just right and you can see his obvious photographic skills on his website (http://www.pauljoynsonhicks.com/). He will be with you from the moment you set up your tripod in anticipation for that perfect shot, right through to helping you edit the image. He speaks fluent Swahili and is ready to transform your photos from good to great in the heart of one of Africa’s greatest ecosystems.
Serengeti Wilderness Camps are located inside the national park, and designed in the safari style of olde – simple, but comfortable with every need being taken care of. The camp comprises of maximum 12 tents, each comfortably furnished with great attention to detail. Quality linens, solar lighting, eco-friendly flush toilet and shower en-suite all add to your comfortable stay.
Serengeti Wilderness Camp is located centrally, and is a great place to base up just about all year round. There is exceptional resident game in the area, including the big cats, herds of elephant, resident wildebeest and zebra, buffalo and plenty of antelope. At certain times of the year the migration is a stone’s throw from the camp.
Days 2, 3 and 4
These days will be spent exploring the central Serengeti’s eco-system in our safari vehicles, in which you will find a selection of reference books on Tanzania’s parks, history, its flora and fauna, and a cool-box or fridge for drinks. In our specially customised extended Land Cruisers the windows are enlarged and the roof height extended to allow ease of photography and game-viewing, with plenty of room to stretch your legs. Our land cruisers have game viewing hatches that allow 360 degree views. Paul will give you tips and tricks on how to get the best shot, what lighting to use and any other ways he can improve your photography skills. You’ll have National Geographic quality shots in no time at all!
The Serengeti National Park is arguably the best known wildlife sanctuary in the world. Serengeti means “endless plains” in the Masai language, and within its boundaries are more than 3 million large mammals. About 35 species of plains animals may be seen here, including the so-called “big seven” – buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, cheetah and African hunting dog. The black rhino population of the Serengeti has developed in recent years thanks to constant surveillance, but are restricted to an inaccessible part of the park.
Other animals frequently seen in the Serengeti include baboon, caracal, civet, bat-eared fox, genet, giraffe, hippo, honey badger, hyrax, mongoose, ostrich, serval, both Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle, vervet monkey and some 20 types of antelope. There is, of course, also a profusion of birdlife. Over 500 species including bustards, cranes, eagles, herons, owls, storks, vultures and the bizarre, long-legged secretary birds.
But the most popular animals to be found here in greater abundance than elsewhere on the northern circuit are the big cats. Lions, cheetahs and leopard may all be seen here along with other predators, such as the spotted hyena, golden and black-backed jackals, wild cats and servals.
Day 5 and 6
We bid farewell to the central region of the Serengeti today and head south to the region known as Ndutu. Ndutu is the flattest part of the park and truly embodies the idea of “endless plains.” The Southern Region of the Serengeti Ecosystem is also the location of the mass calving season, where 2 million plus herd animals go to have their young. Entire plains are covered in the gnu calves and zebra foals which then attract predators. We overnight at the Ndutu Wilderness Camp.
Serengeti North / Ndutu Wilderness Camp: This seasonal camp moves from Ndutu (in the south) during the calving season, to the North for the migration and river crossings. Whichever camp you stay at, our guides will take you to the best game viewing possible, sometimes that may entail a long day in the vehicle, others the game may be close by! Sumptuous meals are prepared by our friendly safari chefs, and are served in the dining tent, or directly under the stars.
Today we visit Tanzania’s Garden of Eden: The Ngorongoro Crater. A collapsed volcano larger than Kilimanjaro left this massive crater in the earth that spans 260 square kilometres and has walls rising over 600 meters from the crater floor. Native populations of flamingo cover the alkaline lakes in lines of pink and an encounter with one of the older elephants gives photographers a chance to photograph some of the biggest tusks in Africa. The native lion population is the densest in Tanzania and this is your best chance to spot black rhino on this trip. The Crater walls also give your photos a background unmatched almost anywhere in Africa. This night you return to the Ndutu Wilderness Camp to swap pictures and tales over a warm meal.
Day 8 and 9
Your last two days of the trip will be used to further explore the southern region of the park and hopefully catch a glimpse of a hunt or kill on the Great Plains. By now your photography skills should be so honed that any picture you take is worthy of a magazine cover. Be on the lookout for the large native cheetah populations and prides of lions, who may also have young cubs with them. This is your last chance to quiz Paul so use it wisely. Return to the Ndutu Wilderness Camp for dinner and to share a glass of whiskey or wine around the fire as you compare photos and marvel at the stars dotting the sky above.
The time has sadly come to head home, armed with incredible shots capturing a memorable trip!
Transfer from Ndutu Wilderness Camp to airstrip for your flight back to Kilimanjaro airport.
Price for Trip
Rack rate per person sharing based on 3 pax per vehicle / 1 guide : USD6446
Single Supplement: USD1250
Park fees per person: USD1170 (not included in above price)
Flights: The cost of the flight from Kilimanjaro to the Serengeti is +- USD 275 and from Ndutu to Kilimanjaro USD 335 per person. (Not included in above price). There is an option to return to Arusha by vehicle on day 10 and avoid this flight , enquire for details.
Your baggage limit on charters is 15 kg in a soft bag , but we can arrange for excess baggage at a fee. Airfares do fluctuate so please use above as guideline – exact rate will be advised on booking.
The maximum group size on this trip is 6 photographers , 3 per vehicle , and one photographic guide . An additional professional photographic guide will accompany Paul and guide the second vehicle. Vehicles have bean bags and we have limited gimble mounts to hire which can be mounted on the vehicles.
Park fees and internal flights quoted separately above
Travel insurance is compulsory for all guests travelling with Wild Frontiers.
Charging facilities: There are charging facilities at the lodges/camps as well as on in our Wild Frontiers’ safari vehicles for camera batteries, mobile phones etc. Two-pin plugs as well as the round three-square pin plug points.
Weather: Tanzania is a land without winter. Temperatures in northern Tanzania range between 15-21C during the day and 4-10C at night, from May to October. From November to March the daytime temperature varies from 21-32C and from 15-23C at night. However, if you are travelling to high altitude areas like Ngorongoro Crater and Kilimanjaro, of course the temperature drops substantially.