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Secrets of Serengeti and Ndutu Photo Safari - June 2023

June 21st - July 09th, 2023
Secrets of Serengeti and Ndutu Photo Safari - June 2023
Tanzania &
2 Spaces

On this 19-day photo safari to Tanzania, you will spend 8 nights at three different locations in the famous Serengeti National Park and a further 8 nights in Ndutu, one of Africa's true wilderness areas. We have deliberately timed this trip to coincide with the low season with very few other visitors. 

This trip is aimed at those photographers who have travelled to Africa multiple times already and are willing to wait patiently for behaviour to happen. 

We can confidently say that the Serengeti and Ndutu are the best places in Africa to enjoy this kind of specialized photo safari.

The safari begins in Nairobi with a 1-night stopover. 

We depart early the following morning and fly to the Kogatende airstrip in Tanzania. We will meet our guides and vehicles that will take us to our first camp in the northern part of the Serengeti.

There is a very good chance of finding the great migration herds in this area at this time of year and we might be lucky to see some river crossings. The area is also famous for its Big Cats.

Our second location in the Serengeti is the beautiful and seldom visited area of Lobo. Granite kopjes, valleys and hills dominate this stunning part of the Serengeti.

Seronera is our final destination in the Serengeti. This is the heart of the reserve and is always very productive for wildlife photography.

We continue our journey to Ndutu and arrive in time to check in and enjoy a delicious lunch.

Our final 8 nights of the safari are all spent at one location in Ndutu and we will be exploring the Woodlands, marshes, short grass plains and lakes that make this area one of the most interesting places in all of Africa.

This is the best place in Africa to photograph wild cheetahs who like to roam on the short grass plains. Ndutu has several resident lion prides, and elusive leopards lurk in the woodland areas adjacent to the marsh. Caracal and serval cats are also often seen. In addition, the rare Striped Hyena, endangered Pangolin, African Porcupine, Cape Honey Badger and Bat-eared Fox are all residents here. 

Ndutu only reveals its many secrets to those who are patient and persistent.

After a final morning game drive in Ndutu, we will head to Arusha, arriving in the late afternoon for an overnight stop. 

The following morning we drive to the Namanga Border and cross back into Kenya. We reach our airport hotel in the early afternoon and will have access to a day room.

Later that evening, the complimentary shuttle bus will drop you at your departure terminal for your international flight home.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION TO NGORONGORO CRATER & AMBOSELI

Take this opportunity to spend extra nights on your way back to Nairobi. We can arrange for you to enjoy two nights at the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania and three nights at Amboseli National Park in Kenya.

** View all details of this extension in the EXTENSION TAB

** Please note that Stu Porter will not be doing the extension - you would do this on your own with one of our professional local driver/guides. **

SERENGETI

Formed as a national park in 1951, the Serengeti (from the Maasai word "Siringet" meaning "the place where the land goes on forever") is a 14,750 square kilometre (5,700 square mile) reserve. It is part of a much larger 30,000 square kilometre (11,583 square mile) ecosystem and is the flagship of Tanzania's 19 national parks.

It is home to the largest population of Lions in Africa at around 3000 and the largest migratory herd of animals left on earth. The Great Migration moves with the seasons in a clockwise rotational system. Between June and November, the mega herds congregate in the northern parts of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara in Kenya.

The Serengeti is characterised by hills, valleys, lakes, rivers, woodlands and short grass plains dotted with rocky granite outcrops known as "kopjes."

NDUTU

Ndutu lies within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA). It shares an unfenced border with the Southern Serengeti and is blessed with nutrient-rich grasses. These short grasses and open topography attract the mega migration herds to this area in February and March. Ndutu is the perfect place for them to give birth to the next generation.

By June, most of the migratory herds have moved on, but there are still remnants and many resident animals. June is one of the best times to visit as a photographer as there are very few other vehicles, and you often have sightings all to yourself.

The area includes vast short grass plains, marshes surrounded by woodland and two soda lakes, Lake Ndutu and Lake Masek.

Off-road driving is allowed in Ndutu, which is a massive benefit to photographers. It makes it easier to position the vehicle, which in turn allows more flexibility for photographers wanting specific backgrounds, light and distance from the subject.

Ndutu is, without a doubt, one of the best places in Africa to photograph lions and cheetahs and is a rewarding place for any serious wildlife photographer.

DETAILS

This small group photo safari allows for a tremendous amount of flexibility in the field. We always take packed breakfasts to maximize our photographic time during the cooler morning hours when the wildlife is more active.

This "Secrets of the Serengeti & Ndutu" photo safari will have a maximum of 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 this photo tour.

Photographic tuition and guidance will be offered, making it ideal for beginners. The informal and flexible nature of the tuition also makes it perfect for intermediate and advanced photographers who can choose to engage in as much or as little as they feel comfortable with.

We only use professional and experienced guides who know how to use their local contacts and knowledge of the area to locate the wildlife.

The guides are fully aware of the needs of photographers and will do their utmost to position the safari vehicle for the best photographic results.

You will have an excellent chance to see and photograph the following animals on this incredible photo safari to Ndutu in Tanzania:

Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Serval, Caracal, Elephant, Spotted & Striped Hyena, Jackal, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Thompson's Gazelle, Grant's Gazelle, Coke's Hartebeest Impala, and an excellent variety of birdlife.

DAY 1

Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), overnight in Nairobi - Kenya

Your safari begins with a meet & greet at the airport. A road transfer will take you to a local hotel.

You will stay for 1 night in Nairobi at FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON AIRPORT HOTEL

(Bed & Breakfast only)

DAY 2

Early breakfast. Depart at 07:00. Road transfer through Namanga Border into Tanzania. Meet our Tanzania vehicles & guides and head for the Ngorongoro Crater

Meet for early breakfast at 06:30. Meet our driver at 07:00 and begin the road transfer to Namanga border post. Here we will meet our Tanzanian guides & vehicles who will take us all the way to the Ngorongoro Crater arriving in the late afternoon. Enjoy the magnificent views over the Crater.

You will stay for 1 night on the rim of the Crater at NGORONGORO SERENA SAFARI LODGE in en-suite rooms.

(All meals included)

DAY 3

Depart for Ndutu after breakfast

Drive to Ndutu arriving in time for check-in and lunch. Depart for afternoon game drive at 15:30

You will stay for 12 nights at NDUTU SAFARI LODGE in en-suite rooms.

(All meals included)

DAY 4

Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in the Ndutu area

Enjoy flexible and unhurried photography

DAY 5

Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in the Ndutu area

Enjoy flexible and unhurried photography

DAY 6

Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in the Ndutu area

Enjoy flexible and unhurried photography

DAY 7

Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in the Ndutu area

Enjoy flexible and unhurried photography

DAY 8

Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in the Ndutu area

Enjoy flexible and unhurried photography

DAY 9

Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in the Ndutu area

Enjoy flexible and unhurried photography

DAY 10

Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in the Ndutu area

Enjoy flexible and unhurried photography

DAY 11

Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in the Ndutu area

Enjoy flexible and unhurried photography

DAY 12

Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in the Ndutu area

Enjoy flexible and unhurried photography

DAY 13

Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in the Ndutu area

Enjoy flexible and unhurried photography

DAY 14

Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in the Ndutu area

Enjoy flexible and unhurried photography

DAY 15

Final morning in Ndutu. Drive back to Arusha for an overnight stop - OR optional 6-night extension to NGORONGORO CRATER & AMBOSELI

Enjoy your final morning of photography in Ndutu. Drive to Arusha, arriving in the late afternoon for an overnight stop.

You will stay for 1 night in Arusha at ARUSHA COFFEE LODGE in an en-suite room.
(All meals included)

 

** NGORONGORO CRATER & AMBOSELI OPTIONAL EXTENSION

If you choose to do the optional 6-night Ngorongoro Crater and Amboseli EXTENSION, you will stay for 2 nights on the rim of the Crater at NGORONGORO SERENA SAFARI LODGE in en-suite rooms.
(All meals included)

You will then stay for 1 night in Arusha at the ARUSHA COFFEE LODGE
(All meals included)

You then cross back into Kenya by road and stay for 3 nights in Amboseli at AMBOSELI SERENA LODGE in en-suite rooms.
(All meals included)

** View all details of this extension in the EXTENSION TAB

DAY 16

Depart Arusha, cross the border back into Kenya and reach Nairobi in the early afternoon. Use of dayroom before departure

After breakfast, we will depart Arusha by road and pass through the Namanga Border Post back into Kenya. We will reach the FOUR POINTS SHERATON AIRPORT HOTEL in Nairobi in the early afternoon. Enjoy the use of a day room until your time of departure. The complimentary shuttle bus will take you the short 5 min journey to the airport to catch your international flight home.

(Room only, no meals or drinks included)

Five night optional extension to the NGORONGORO CRATER in Tanzania and AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK in Kenya

OVERVIEW

We offer an exciting extension to stay at two more iconic African destinations, the Ngorongoro Crater and Amboseli National Park. The extension will be at the end of the scheduled safari.

After your final morning photo game drive in Ndutu, you will then head to the Ngorongoro Crater and stay for 2 nights at the Ngorongoro Crater Serena Lodge.

Your first afternoon will be at leisure as you settle into the lodge and take in the spectacular view of the Crater right below you.

After a refreshing rest, you will then head into the Crater for a full day of photography taking breakfast and lunch boxes with you. The scenery in the Crater is stunning and the dry season offers a very different colour palette. The Crater is well known for its large numbers of predators including Lion and Spotted Hyaena. Large Bull Elephants roam the crater floor and the endangered Black Rhino is also found here.

You will return to the Serena lodge at the end of the day and enjoy your second night on the rim of the famous Crater.

You will take breakfast with you and head down for your final morning game drive. The mornings in the Ngorongoro Crater are usually the most productive so best to take advantage of this before you begin your leisurely journey back to Arusha where you will arrive in the late afternoon. This will be your final night in Tanzania.

After a good nights sleep, you will head off towards the Namanga Border post and enter back into Kenya. At the border, you say farewell to your Tanzanian guide and meet up with our Kenyan guide who will take you to Amboseli Serena lodge for a late lunch. Enjoy your first afternoon game drive in one of Kenya's most famous National Parks.

You will enjoy two full days exploring Amboseli National Park in search of the large herds of Elephants and many other animals. The picturesque backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro is a continual reminder that you are in one of the most amazing and famous locations in all of Africa.

After a final morning game drive, you will drive back to Nairobi arriving in time for a late lunch and the comfort of a day room to freshen up before you head off to the airport for your international flight home.

PRICE:

$ Please enquire

NGORONGORO CRATER - TANZANIA

The Ngorongoro Crater is believed to have formed about 2.5 million years ago from a large active volcano whose cone collapsed inward after a major eruption. It is 264 square kilometres (102 square miles) in size. The rim rises 610 metres (2000 feet) above the caldera's floor to a total elevation of 2,286 metres (7,500 feet) above sea level.

The crater was incorporated into the Ngorongoro Conservation area in 1959 and included within a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.

Dominated by open grassland, the Crater floor is home to an astounding number and array of animals. It has the densest population of lions in the world.

The shallow soda Lake Magadi is home to thousands of pink flamingos.

It is one of the most spectacular destinations in Africa, with ever-changing weather patterns and fantastic cloud formations that pour over the rim like massive waves.

AMBOSELI - KENYA

Gazetted as a national park in 1974, the core of Amboseli is 392 square kilometres (151 square miles) in size. However, it is part of a larger 8,000 square kilometre (3,100 square mile) ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border.

The park protects two of five primary swamps, which are a haven for mammals and birds. It also includes a dried-up Pleistocene lake known as Lake Amboseli. It is the second most popular wildlife park in Kenya after the Masai Mara. 

The park is famous for being the best place in the world to get close to wild, free-ranging elephants. It also boasts views of Africa's tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, at 5,895 m (19,341 ft). This is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular backdrops of any park in Africa.

The iconic image of a herd of Elephants with the snow-capped mountain in the background is high on our list.

Itinerary

Day 1

Day 1

Final morning drive in Ndutu area. Arrive at Ngorongoro Crater for a late lunch. Afternoon at leisure

After breakfast, you will say farewell to the rest of the group who will continue to Arusha. You will stop arrive at the Ngorongoro Crater for a late lunch and settle into your new accommodation. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon and the magnificent views of the Crater from the lodge.

You will stay for 2 nights on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater at SERENA LODGE.

(All meals included)

Day 2

Day 2

Full day of photography in the Ngorongoro Crater

Depart early from the lodge to be at the entrance gate to the Crater as it opens. You will have a packed breakfast and lunch inside the Crater with rest stops at the designated picnic sites. Return to Serena lodge at the end of the day.

Day 3

Day 3

Final morning drive in the Crater then drive to Arusha for overnight stop

After a final early morning game drive in the crater, you will head towards Arusha, arriving in the late afternoon.

You will stay for 1 night at the famous ARUSHA COFFEE LODGE.

(All meals included)

Day 4

Day 4

After breakfast, depart for the Namanga Border. Then continue to Amboseli

Today you will enjoy a good breakfast at the lodge before driving to the Namanga Border Post. You will cross back into Kenya and meet up with our Kenyan guide and vehicle.

You will drive to Amboseli arriving in time for a late lunch and an afternoon game drive in the park.

You will stay for 3 nights at AMBOSELI SERENA LODGE.

(All meals included)

Day 5

Day 5

Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in Amboseli National Park

Enjoy relaxed and flexible photography.

Day 6

Day 6

Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in Amboseli National Park

Enjoy relaxed and flexible photography.

Day 7

Day 7

Final morning game drive in Amboseli. Drive back to Nairobi arriving in the mid-afternoon. Depart in the evening

Final short morning photo game drive in Amboseli before heading back to Nairobi by road. Arrive in the mid-afternoon and enjoy a day room to freshen up.

The complimentary shuttle bus will take you the short 5 min journey to the airport to catch your international flight home.

(Room only, no meals or drinks included)

Included

Road Transfers

2 nights Ngorongoro Crater (Tanzania)

1 night Arusha

3 nights Amboseli National Park (Kenya)

Not Included

Visa fees

Laundry not indicated

Meals & drinks not indicated

Tips for lodge staff & your local guide

STEP 1 - PLEASE READ OUR BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS

We first recommend that you read and become familiar with our booking terms & conditions, which can be found on this page, under the PRICES box.

STEP 2 - GET IN TOUCH

Get in touch with us to confirm that there are still spaces available on the photo safari that you are interested in. Click on the “ENQUIRE NOW” button above.

STEP 3 - AWAIT A REPLY FROM US & THEN CREATE YOUR CLIENT ACCOUNT

Once we confirm with you that there is space available, and you would like to join the safari, we will send you a direct link via email. Follow this unique link to sign up to our CLIENT AREA. After you have registered with your name, email address and a password of your choice, you will then be asked to complete our online booking form.

STEP 4 - COMPLETE A BOOKING FORM

As soon as we receive your completed booking form/s (1 per participant) then you will be required to send us the deposit to secure your place on the safari.

STEP 5 - SEND YOUR DEPOSIT

Deposits can be paid via credit card, PayPal or international bank transfer. We will notify you as soon as your deposit arrives. Places on the safari will only be confirmed once we have received both a completed booking form and deposit payment.

STEP 6 - FINAL BALANCE PAYMENT

As soon as your booking form and deposit are with us, we will update your CLIENT AREA to display the outstanding balance amount. This amount will be due 90 days before the start date of the safari.