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James Blue
James Blue,
safari leader

Join our film crew for the experience of a lifetime. This safari enjoys exclusive Film Crew permits for 10 full days of the safari, allowing access to remote and otherwise closed areas of the Serengeti for exceptional wildlife photography and filming.

This amazing adventure offers a rare opportunity to experience and capture the true essence of the Serengeti ecosystem in ways most can only dream of.

Precise planning and protocols need be followed to procure and exercise these permits, but this is where our experience comes in and we have streamlined the process as much as possible.

The goal here is to capture great images and footage of the Serengeti’s amazing ecosystem. Interview filming of any Tanzanians is not approved on this safari, as the theme of our approved permit is for a wildlife and landscapes only focus.

Key features
- Film Crew permits
- Off road access
Location
Serengeti
Days
13
(+2 travel days)
Level
Pros, Obsessed
Guests
5
Leader
James Blue
Vehicle
Only 2-3 persons / vehicle
Typical weather
Warm days/cool nights/showers
Price
$14,500/person
Deposit: $2,000
Safari Ref.#
WF033118A
Workshop Photo Safari

Details

Bring lots of memory cards. The opportunities this safari offers will chew through terabytes quickly. Past participants of this safari have taken 25-50k images and hours of video footage. We recommend this safari only for those truly obsessed with capturing high quality footage and images. Typically, everyday is an all-day affair - the plethora of opportunities is simply too irresistible to stop. Long days and short nights will drain you on this safari - but those focused on taking advantage of all the opportunities will remain inspired and energized each and every day.

Our Naabi Hill camp is perfectly positioned to explore remote areas in all directions. We'll be situated within reach of the ever-moving Great Migration, a wondrous sight and experience in itself. Then add in all the big cats hunting, the abundant diversity wildlife and birds around every corner, and it's an overwhelming spectacle of nature. This is a front row seat to the greatest show on earth.

Lions, cheetahs, leopards; on the kopje rocks, on the plains, in the trees. Our efforts will be concentrated in an area with the highest concentrations of apex predators in the world. This is predator central - with mass prey.

This safari will be conducted with two vehicles working as a team for filming the safari activities and the wildlife. Operating as a small team adds to the opportunities by covering more ground.

Lock you're spot in soon as space is extremely limited in this rarely offered Film Crew workshop safari.


Please note: Participants in this film crew safari must be shooting with modern DSLR/MILC still cameras only, all of which are capable of taking high quality video. Bringing a high-end video-specific camera, such as a Red, Arri, Sony, BlackMagicDesign, or Canon Cinema into Tanzania adds a significant level of complexity, as customs and the Film Board will require you to post a bond equal to the value of the camera equipment. Professional videographers with such equipment can be accommodated on a private safari and filming permit application basis only.


INCLUDED

  • 100% escorted from time of arrival in Tanzania to departure
  • All lodging in Tanzania
  • All National Park, Conservatory fees, and 18% tourism tax
  • Filming Permits at $300 per day per person, and $1,000 permit application
  • Premium guest rooms and tents
  • Unlimited game drives
  • All meals and snacks in vehicle
  • All drinks (including bottled water, soft drinks, beer, spirits and a variety of house wines while at Grand Ruaha controlled accommodations)
  • Use of camp equipment (computers, tripods/heads, and other ancillary photo equipment
  • WiFi when available
  • Round trip Internal flights between Arusha and the Serengeti
  • Tipping optional (all staff tipping included, guide tipping is neither required nor expected)
  • Photography and post-processing instruction and assistance
  • Basic medical evacuation insurance

NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Photo/Video equipment unless otherwise arranged
  • Personal items
  • Tanzania Visa Fee ($100)
  • Travel insurance
  • Premium medical evacuation insurance

Itinerary

0 Fri Mar, 30
Travel day
1 Sat Mar, 31
Evening arrival at Killimanjaro airport, transfer to the Mt. Meru hotel. Late dinner and overnight (double occupancy suite).
2 Sun Apr, 01
Visit to main Ranger Station in the Central Serengeti, then commence on a game drive via the backroads to camp and get settled in. Evening game drive.
3 Mon Apr, 02
Film Permit Day
4 Tue Apr, 03
Film Permit Day
5 Wed Apr, 04
Film Permit Day
6 Thu Apr, 05
Film Permit Day
7 Fri Apr, 06
Film Permit Day
8 Sat Apr, 07
Film Permit Day
9 Sun Apr, 08
Film Permit Day
10 Mon Apr, 09
Film Permit Day
11 Tue Apr, 10
Film Permit Day
12 Wed Apr, 11
Film Permit Day
13 Thu Apr, 12
Our final short day afield. We'll pack before leaving camp and head out for the game drive into the Seronera valley. Late morning flight back to Arusha, followed by a stop at the Cultural Heritage Center. Then a relaxing lunch and afternoon at the Mount Meru hotel. An early dinner is included prior to transferring to the airport for an evening departure back home.
14 Fri Apr, 13