Big Cats of Serengeti Photographic Safari | Tanzania | Sept 2022
US$ 15,450 Sharing
US$ 16,150 Single
US$ 3,000 Deposit
PLACES VISITED: Serengeti National Park & Ndutu area - Tanzania
PHOTO SKILL LEVEL: Any level from beginner to advanced - photographic tuition and guidance is offered on this safari.
YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION CARD is required on this photo safari
**COMBO TRIP** We have scheduled this trip to allow those who are interested in doing a longer safari in Africa, to combine this trip with the BIG CATS of the Maasai Mara photo safari, creating a 26-night photo safari in three of Africa's most photo productive reserves.
** Please note that the MAIN focus of this trip will be on photographing and spending as much time with the Big Cats as possible (Lion, Cheetah & Leopard) There will also be opportunities to photograph other animals, but the MAIN focus will be on Big Cat photography.
This 17-day photo safari will begin in Nairobi with a 1-night stopover. A short flight from Nairobi on the following day will take us to the Migori airstrip near the Kenya and Tanzanian border town of Isebania. We will proceed through the border and into Tanzania where we then catch a flight from Tarime airstrip, right into the heart of the Serengeti National Park. We will arrive at our camp in the mid-afternoon.
We begin our search for the Big Cats exploring the central part of the famous Serengeti National Park. At nearly 15 000 sq km or 6 000 sq miles, the Serengeti is one of Africa' most beautiful and iconic wildlife reserves. Its unique landscapes are made up of open grasslands, woodlands and stunning rocky outcrops known as "Kopjes", this is a photographers paradise. We spend a total of 7 nights exploring this enormous reserve, split between the central and southern areas of the park. One of the main reasons for being in the Serengeti is to get photographs of the big cats up on the rocky outcrops, this iconic image is just one of the many on our list.
We will then move location and head towards a unique area known as Ndutu. This area is possibly the best place in Africa to photograph wild Cheetah who like to roam out on the short grass plains. Ndutu and has a number of resident lion prides and Leopards lurk in the woodland areas adjacent to the marsh. The beautiful Lake Ndutu and Lake Masek portray a false idea that there is an abundance of freshwater, but these are soda lakes, making this area an extremely harsh place for the resident wildlife. On top of this, we will be visiting Ndutu in the dry season. Very few tourists venture to this area at this time of year and it is one of the only places left in Africa where you can be alone with a Cheetah, Lion or Leopard, and where you can drive off-road.
The main focus of this safari is to go out in search of the three BIG CATS. We will sit patiently with them as they rest and move with them when they move. Filmmakers spend countless hours waiting for predators to do something, and are often rewarded for their patience. Moving to 3 different locations will not only enable us to see different habitats but also view different Lion prides, Cheetahs and elusive Leopards. With patience and focus, we will be rewarded with some fantastic photographs.
At this time of the year, the mega migration herds are to the North in Kenya's Maasai Mara, but there is still plenty of resident wildlife around. The cats also tend to be a bit more active at this time of year as they have to put in more effort to catch their food.
After a final morning of photography in Ndutu, we will spend one night on the road heading towards Namanga border post, where we will cross back into Kenya and arrive in Nairobi for a day room to freshen up before your international departure later that night.
** Please note that there is also the option to extend your stay with a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater and Amboseli National Park - please ask us for more details of this optional trip extension...
This is an exclusive small-group photo safari with a maximum of only 4 participants in 2 private vehicles (2 participants per vehicle). You will have plenty of space for equipment and guaranteed access to both sides of the safari vehicle.
Stu Porter will lead the tour and will alternate between the vehicles each day to offer photo tuition and guidance.
** Please note that Stu Porter will not be doing the extension to Amboseli National Park - you would do this on your own with one of our excellent local driver/guides. **
On this safari, it is not uncommon to stay out all day waiting for the cats to move. We take packed food in the vehicles to enable us to remain in the field for as long as it takes.
You will have a good chance to see and photograph the following animals:
Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Hippo, Spotted Hyena, Jackal, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Thompson's Gazelle, Grant's Gazelle, Olive Baboon, Vervet Monkey, Coke's Hartebeest, and an excellent variety of birdlife.
** Please note that for this safari you will need a YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION **
Our 14 days with Wild4 Safaris will always be remembered as the best learning experience we have ever embarked on. Not only for the improvement in photographic skills and knowledge, but also the animal behavioural knowledge that we gained. We were totally immersed in the world of wildlife photography in the best place in the world with one of the best pro photographers around. Stu genuinely enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion for wildlife and photography. More than a holiday, it was an unbelievably rewarding learning experience and has taken our skill level up significantly. Stu and his team were able to help us learn about our equipment and coach us to apply these new skills quickly. Their sharing of knowledge, expertise in photography, and being able to read wildlife behaviour along with the excellent booklet (which became Marie's bible) are world class. This ensured we got to places that others didn't and that we were always in the best position to shoot. We also booked the extension and were most impressed with the "behind the scenes" access we gained at each Reserve. Stu didn't disappoint and was able to put together some memorable opportunities for us to get many excellent shots. The whole package was first class, from the pick up at Nelspruit, accommodation, food and day trips, to the people (now friends) who we met on the trip. This is one of those bucket list adventures that we will be doing again with WILD4.
John and Marie, AUSTRALIA
I did a photo safari in and around Kruger National Park with Wild4. At the end of the trip I could not think of one significant thing that I would have changed to make the experience better. I have travelled to various parts of East and Southern Africa many times to photograph wildlife and I have to say that this was THE most photographically productive trip of them all. Not simply the volume of pictures, but the quality and variety of images that I returned home with was simply awesome. Key to this was Stu’s knowledge, enthusiasm and patience. Most days we were photographing from first light until sunset, and beyond on some occasions. I quickly learned not to worry about getting the vehicle into the best position for background, light, etc. We would see an animal and I'd start to assess where I would like to be for a shot, no sooner would I have done this I would realise that Stu was already getting us into that very position. The man is a first class guide AND an excellent photographer. Perfect. The whole trip, from start to finish, ran like clockwork. The camps were comfortable, the food was great and the company delightful. Going on Safari with Stu and Justyna was like being with friends, I had a truly unforgettable time. Photographic safaris do not come any better than this.
Mike Needham, UK