This safari will take us to two of the best areas for wildlife watching and photography in the world, the southern Serengeti plains and the Ngorongoro crater, at the time when over one million Wildebeests gather here to give birth to their calves.
Here the short grass plains come to life during the wet season and the wildebeests return from the north after their search for pastures during the dry season. This grass is particularly rich in salts and minerals, providing the ideal conditions for the wildebeests to give birth. The predators of course will take advantage of this proliferation of young animals trotting across the plains next to their mothers. We will divide our time between the Ngorongoro, a 600 meters deep crater which hosts an impressive concentration of animals and predators, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area with Ndutu and the Southern Serengeti plains in the Serengeti National Park where we will have chances for iconic photographs of lions on the Kopjes and hopefully for interesting hunting images.
This safari is run in conjunction with Au Tigre Vanillé, a Swiss-based tour operator with many years' experience. The group will be guided by me with supporting guides. I will share my time equally between the two vehicles. Throughout the safari I will also share my knowledge on the wildlife and parks of Tanzania.
Ngorongoro Crater: Bashay rift lodge
Perched on the top of a steep hill, the lodge is located in Bashay village (Karatu district)
Less than 10 kilometers from the entrance of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the lodge is ideally located along the Northern circuit. Close distance from Manyara NP, few minutes from the Ngorongoro Crater Gate, and only one hours drive to reach the Eyasi Lake.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Olduvai Camp
The camp is located in the NCA (Ngorongoro Conservation Area Area), on the hedge of the Olduvai gorge. The Ngorongoro Crater is only 25 km away from the camp.
Unlike national parks, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area does not exclude human life. Indeed, this vast expanse of over 8 500 km², man and wildlife have been living here in harmony for hundreds of years.
Serengeti National Park - Ronjo Camp
Located in central Serengeti NP, near Banagi River, in a remote area quite far from other camps & lodges.
The camp lies in the heart of a nice Acacia Forest. Those trees are now protected and grow nicely to offer cover & shade to most of the tents.
This area is one of Serengeti’s richest with lots of different resident species : Elephants, Buffalos, Lions and many more constantly wander around the camp...
PRICE AND Details
Group size: Minimum 6, Maximum 12 with 1 or 2 vehicles (maximum 6 persons per 4x4). The group will be guided by me with supporting guides. I will share my time equally between the two vehicles.
Price: The cost for this safari will be CHF 7'950.- on sharing basis (single supplement CHF 700.-)
Rates include: International flights from Geneva in Economy, transfer in small plane between Serengeti NP and Arusha, all the transfers according to the program, airport and inter-camp transfers, National Park Fees, full board accommodation, the Tanzanian VISA and game viewing activities.
Rates exclude: Drinks, personal purchases, travel insurance and 3% fees if paid by credit card.
If you are considering joining this safari, please contact me via the contact page to discuss anything you would like to know. I will then redirect you to Au Tigre Vanillé who will take care of everything.
WHAT TO BRING
Tanzania offers wonderful photographic opportunities to visitors with any kind of camera equipment. However, you will benefit from having camera equipment of a certain minimum specification:
DSLRs with interchangeable lenses are the best option; the best lenses for wildlife photography are in the range of 70-500mm; add in a wide-angle if luggage space allows. The best DSLRs use modern sensors, fast auto-focus systems and have a frame rate fast enough to allow bursts of 3-5 images in a very short time. I recommend you bring kit such as:
Any modern DSLR from the last 3-4 years is capable of taking excellent photos of wildlife.
Canon’s 80D, Sony a6300 and Nikon's D7500 are excellent cameras and offer the basic requirements of safari photography. A large step up, and offering many professional capabilities are the Canon 7DMkII, the Sony a6500 and the Nikon D500 which have outstanding AF and much better high ISO performance.
These APS-C cameras, which all have smaller-than-35mm sensor, increase the length of any lens (300mm becomes roughly 450mm) which is often a bonus for wildlife photography.
Canon’s 5D and 1D range, Sony a7III/a7rIII and a9 and Nikon's D850 and D5 range of pro and semi-pro cameras mostly have full-frame sensors which offer the best high-ISO performance but do not give the multiplying effect of the smaller sensors. Longer lenses are required with these cameras, but their image quality is outstanding.
If you have 2 DSLR bodies, bring both, and a maximum of 3 lenses. If you have one DSLR body, bring two lenses as changing lenses multiple times risks introducing dust into the system.
Canon, Sony and Nikon all make excellent lenses of 70/100-400mm with a variable aperture which keeps them lightweight and portable. Any lens in this range of focal length, including Sigma’s 150-600mm lenses, is ideal, giving speed, portability and a zoom range that covers all eventualities.
Lenses like 500mm f4 or 600mm f4 are much more expensive but offer a bigger apperture and improprement in image quality.
Shorter lenses such as 70-200mm also give great images and are great to create beautiful photos of wildlife in its environment.
A 24-70mm could be useful if you plan to take landscape images.
Please also bring spare batteries and plenty of memory cards.
Tripod / Monopod
If you wish to do some timelpase or star photography bring a tripod, otherwise you can leave them at home.