About This Photographic Safari

Looking for a photographic destination of a lifetime? Well this is it! This photographic safari will be conducted in the east African country of Tanzania, home to the Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater and Mount Kilimanjaro. It will combine an exciting photography workshop in one of the world's most outstanding wildlife, landscape and cultural locations together with a luxury vacation in fascinating Tanzania. 

It's About Photography — Lots of it!

This workshop will be very informal and fun. Randy Hanna will be shooting alongside you througout the safari. We will have discussion and assistance on specialized topics such as, long lens technique, action shooting, wildlife observation, field craft and east African animal behavior. Advanced techniques will be constantly discussed, demonstrated and put into practice.

This workshop is about shooting. Lots of shooting. There will be no mandatory classroom sessions, lectures, slide shows, and most importantly, no unnecessary egos. We will all work closely together, sharing our knowledge and experience.

Because of the unique location of this workshop, and the luxury accommodations, this workshop adventure is open to spouses as well as photographers. Even non-photographers will find the locales visited and the wildlife viewing opportunities to be thrilling. The cost for non-photographers is the same as for active participants

Thursday (5/28/15):  Arrive this evening into Arusha where you will be warmly welcomed and transferred to your lodge at Rivertrees Country Inn.

 Friday (5/29/15): Serengeti here we come.  Fly from the busy town of Arusha to the quiet, open plains of the Serengeti. There are often stunning views during the one-hour flight over the farm-dotted highlands and valleys below. Upon landing in the Serengeti, we will be greeted by our local guides and begin our safari adventure. The word “Serengeti” derives from the Maasai “Siringet” and has been artistically translated as “the land that flows on forever”. Serengeti National Park covers thousands of miles of pristine land and offers not only expansive vistas but the largest migration of mammals on earth, including 1.5 million wildebeest.

Return to your Nyumba in time for a delicious dinner this evening. During the evening meal and around the campsite, we will review some shooting tips that we will put to use for out next exciting and first full day in the Serengeti as well as those that follow.

 Saturday-Tuesday  (5/30/15 – 6/2/15):   We will spend the next four full action packed days in the wonderful and exciting Serengeti.   The Serengeti, Tanzania's second largest national park, covers nearly 6,000 square miles of grassland plains, savannah, kopjes, hills, woodlands, and riverine forests. The Grumeti, Mbalageti, and Mara river systems serve as critical water sources and are often excellent sites for wildlife viewing. Beyond the heralded migration of wildebeest and zebra, the Serengeti is best known for its big predators, including cheetah and leopard, as well as large prides of lions and clans of hyenas. Other commonly seen animals include gazelle, buffalo, giraffe, topi, hartebeest, ostrich, and jackal, but it is the full diversity of wildlife and habitats that you will truly find amazing. The greater Serengeti ecosystem actually covers the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the Masai Mara in Kenya, and numerous surrounding wildlife-protected lands that combine for a total of almost 17,000 square miles, which is larger than the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island all together. 

Most of us know about the “Great Migration” from nature programs that capture some of the most thrilling moments on film. Often misunderstood, the migration is a perpetual, year-round process involving over one million wildebeest and 200,000 zebra who roam the plains quietly, in search of food and water. While some antelope and hyena may follow the herds, other animals remain in their territories or have separate migratory patterns. The migration’s most dramatic moments often occur when large numbers of wildebeest and zebra make river crossings, during which they must elude predators in a desperate fight for survival. There is no telling exactly when these highly dramatic movements will occur, but all safari-goers are sure to see plenty of wildebeest and zebra while in Tanzania.  We have positioned our camp to put us in the middle of the migration as best we can.  We will be able to travel freely and go where the game goes, within the restrictions of the National Park.

Every evening, we will have our camera tent available for battery charging, image review and sensor cleaning.  With the excitement of the day, you will be hard pressed to decide between the camera tent or reliving the day’s events around a classic African fire pit.

 Wednesday (6/3/15): Today we will drive from the Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area photographing along the way. You will pass one of the greatest prehistoric sites in Olduvai Gorge, where archeologists have been making thrilling fossil discoveries for nearly a century. After cutting across the desert-like bush country, we will arrive at a range of hills that lead to Ngorongoro.   Before arriving at our camp we will take time to visit a Maasai village where you can learn about their fascinating life style.

Following our Maasai visit, we will settle in at our new home for the next two nights.  Located high on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater and nestled among the huge Acacia trees, it is a mystical and magical location.

 Thursday (6/4/15): Today we will spend our entire day in the Ngorongoro Crater, a habitat rich in culture and teeming with wildlife. Sometimes there are more than 30,000 animals in and around the crater, including black rhino, cheetah, lion, hyena, eland, and numerous antelope. On the floor of the crater, the alkaline Lake Magadi serves as an important water source, also attracting flamingo flocks during the dry season.  Nearby, the small Lerai Forest, with its yellow fever acacia trees, provides shade and shelter for wildlife. You will often see baboons, vervet monkeys, and even elephants in its thicket. Thorny bush, grasslands, hippo pools and a second small lake are also found on the floor. You’ll soon see why Ngorongoro Crater is considered to be among the world’s great wonders.

 Friday (6/5/15):  Today well travel from the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater to the Ngorongoro Highlands.  As you travel down a winding road, you are rewarded with expansive vistas of the surrounding plains. At the top of the escarpment lie the lush Ngorongoro Highlands where the region's rich volcanic soil makes for some of the most fertile land in Tanzania.

 We will arrive at the famous Gibbs Farm just in time for lunch.  Following lunch we will convene to continue our photography lessons with a focus on processing and just how to get the most out of all of the images you are bringing home after an amazing trip.  In the afternoon and evening, there are a number of activities that we can enjoy at the Farm.  From walks thru the huge organic gardens to the Tembo Fire, it will be another fun filled day.

Saturday (6/6/15):  We will depart after breakfast for Arusha with a stop at the Cultural Heritage Center and onward to the River House.  Following a wonderful lunch at the River House, we will move to our day room at the Mount Meru Hotel for  a shower and a chance to repack your bags before your depart homeward.  With the group transfer to the airport, this will conclude our safari experience in Tanzania.

Included on this safari:

•Accommodations Based on Double Occupancy
•Meals as Noted in Itinerary, Inclusive of Restaurant Staff Tips
•All Park Fees
•Complete Preparation Materials Including Helpful Tips, Packing List, Trip Expectations, Tipping Guidelines, Etc.
•Access to a Personal Safari Consultant by Phone or Email, Five Days a Week
•Full-Color, 120-Page Safari Journal
•Safari Briefings Throughout Your Trip
•Services of Professional Photographer, Safari Guides and Drivers throughout the trip
•Services of Nyumba Camp Staff Including Chef and Wait Staff
•Tech Tent at Thomson Nyumbas for Charging Electronics until 9:00pm Each Night
•Land Transportation in a Customized, 4-Wheel Drive Safari Vehicle
•Maximum of 3 Travelers per Land Rover
•Unlimited Mileage in Safari Vehicles
•Guaranteed Window Seating in Safari Vehicles
•Complimentary Bottled Drinking Water in Your Vehicle Throughout Your Safari
•Snacks in the Vehicle
•Bean Bags
•Scenic Internal Flight(s) as Noted in Itinerary
•Extra Weight Allowance for Internal Flights up to 50 Pounds
•Guided Walks with a Naturalist, when Available
•Village, School, and Cultural Visits as Noted in Itinerary
•Keep Fit Kit at Each Nyumba Camp
•Special Tanzanian Dinner at Ngorongoro Crater
•Airport Transfers for Delta/KLM Flights on Scheduled Arrival and Departure Days
•Baggage Handling
•Farewell Lunch

Not included on this Safari:

*International Flight and Related Fees (Fuel, Baggage, Seat Assignments, etc.)
*Fees for Passport, Visa, or Immunizations
*Meals and Expenses en Route to Tanzania
*Cost of Hospitalization or Evacuation
*Beer, Wine, Spirits, and Soda
*Laundry, Phone, Internet, and Items of a Personal Nature
*Tips for Guides, Drivers, and Camp Staff