This all-inclusive workshop safari offers outstanding opportunities to photograph the Ngorongoro Crater for two days, followed by the best of the Serengeti while the great migration moves through the high density corridor of big cats. This is definitely the best time of year to capture great images as it offers peak wildlife viewing, and the best photography light due to the thunderstorms and dark atmospheric backgrounds they provide.
Expect excellent opportunities to capture images of the big five, as well the extensive diversity of wildlife the Serengeti is known for. While we list everyday as an all-day game drive, we’ll remain flexible and return to camp for lunch when convenient and not too far afield.
James Blue and Peter Heistein are teaming-up as leaders of this safari, offering their experience, insights and techniques for capturing great images.
This safari offers non-stop photographic opportunities from start to finish, and two experience leaders that will help you make the most of these fleeting moments. With only three photographers per vehicle, you'll have an entire row of seats for you and all your gear - offering lots of room and the ability to shoot out both sides of our specially equipped safari vehicles.
April is a very special time to photograph the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. The volume of tourists is a fraction of other times of the year, and the landscape is a verdant wonderland with substantially increased game viewing. This is the best time of the year to see and photograph the big tusker elephant bulls and black rhino's in the crater, as well as the myriad of other species. Likewise, the southeastern part of the Serengeti is alive with game activity, as the great migration and apex predators jockey for survival.
This is also the time of year that great shooting light can often be found all day long, instead of being confined to the golden hours of sunrise and sunset. That said, we take every advantage of these opportunities chasing the light and abundant wildlife encounters as much as possible. This workshop safari is all about getting great images and improving your photographic skills, from the technical aspects of camera settings to shooting the best compositions.
|0||Sun Apr, 15||Travel Day
Depart your home city.
|1||Mon Apr, 16||Arrive Kilimanjaro airport (JRO)
VIP reception at airport and transfer to Mount Meru Hotel
|2||Tue Apr, 17||Morning departure driving to Ngorongoro Crater
Arrive at Ngorongoro Crater, Lions Paw Camp mid-day. Enjoy lunch and settle in, then head down into the crater for an afternoon and evening game drive.
|3||Wed Apr, 18||AM Crater, PM Serengeti
Morning light in the Crater can be nothing short of spectacular - with rays of light piercing the cloud shrouded rim and illuminating the crater floor. We will make the most of our morning in the Crater and then head out around 11am driving to the Serengeti camp via the Ndutu area.
|4||Thu Apr, 19||All day game drive into the NCA, Serengeti
Our Nabbi hill camp is on the boarder of the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) As such, our first couple days we will explore the NCA and the great wildlife encounters it provides along with the ability to drive off-road to get the perfect angle on our shots.
|5||Fri Apr, 20||All day game drive into different parts of the Serengeti
Based out of our Naabi Hill camp, we'll have easy access to the short grass planes and numerous kopjes - or into the longer grass regions of the central area. The great migration should not be far away, and photographing lions or cheetahs hunting is very likely.
|6||Sat Apr, 21||All day game drive into different parts of the Serengeti
As stated, our Naabi Hill camp offers productive game drives in every direction. We'll be sure to spend some time exploring the Seronera Valley, looking for the many leopards, and in the kopjes looking for lions on the rocks.
|7||Sun Apr, 22||All day game drive into different parts of the Serengeti
Today's direction to explore will be based on recent sightings and the groups consensus. Options will abound and we'll target the best ones we have. Being flexible on safari is required to get great images.
|8||Mon Apr, 23||All day game drive into different parts of the Serengeti
Today we'll venture a little further from camp. With an early departure we'll head to the amazing Moru kopjes, which are some of the most remote and largest range of rock outcroppings in the Serengeti. The scenery in the Moru area is breathtaking, as is the wildlife. This highly protected area also provides a chance to see the black rhino,
|9||Tue Apr, 24||All day game drive into different parts of the Serengeti
Our last full day exploring will target the short-grass plains for cheetah and lions. By this time in the safari, you'll understand that one can never get enough of hopping from one rocky outcropping to the next in search of big cats, and the surprise sightings along the way.
|10||Wed Apr, 25||AM game drive to Seronera airstrip
AM game drive back into the central Serengeti, ending up at the Seronera airstrip. The short flight back to Arusha across the plains and over the highlands can be a fitting farewell to this one-of-a-kind ecosystem. Those interested will make a stop at the Cultural Heritage Center in Arusha before heading continuing on to the Mount Meru Hotel. There you'll have a day room to relax, pack and have dinner before your transfer to the airport for an evening departure back home. (Extra day to relax optional)
|11||Thu Apr, 26||Welcome home!