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Wild4 African Photo Safaris

Specialist small group photo safaris to South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia

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Tanzania Big Cats Photo Tour | Serengeti | Sept 2021

US$ 15,250 Sharing

US$ 15,950 Single

US$ 3,000 Deposit

LOCATION: Tanzania

PLACES VISITED: Serengeti National Park & Ndutu area of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) - Tanzania

SKILL LEVEL: Any level from beginner to advanced - photo 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 trip, 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 the Big Cats.


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 Northern Serengeti National Park. We will arrive at our camp in time for lunch and then enjoy our first afternoon game drive.

We begin our search for the Big Cats in the northern 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 9 nights exploring this enormous reserve, split equally between the north, 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 fresh water, 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 4 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 **

US$ 15,250 Sharing

US$ 15,950 Single

US$ 3,000 Deposit

  • Dates

    • 15th Sep - 1st Oct 2021
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  • Duration

    • 16 nights / 17 days
  • Group Size

    • 4
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Testimonials The Wild 4 team made my trip to South Africa a truly memorable experience. Photographing some of the orphaned captive animals at the private game reserve on the extension was a great way to start the holiday, and Stu's tuition on techniques, composition and familiarity with your gear was the foundation for the rest of the trip.  In Kruger we had some wonderful sightings - including the 'Big 5' all in one day on two consecutive days! The highlights were spending 20 minutes with a leopard cub in a tree no more than 30 metres away, and on the last day watching a pride of 14 lions stalking a herd of zebra for more than an hour - just wonderful experiences! I'm sure the quality of the shots I took was infinitely better than if I'd gone on a regular safari, as the whole focus of the experience is expertly designed to maximise photographic opportunities - including only 3 photographers in the specially designed vehicle.  Stu's knowledge, enthusiasm and patience were boundless, and Ann's spotting and catering skills were also priceless! I hope to visit Africa again soon, and without doubt Wild 4 will be my first option.

Greg Morgan, UK

Testimonials The wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm Stu shared was priceless, from identifying birds and pointing out animal behaviors, to stories about Kruger Park past, and of course, answering photography questions day in and day out. You were so patient! I really appreciated the custom photo safari vehicle and thoughtful design and extra space it afforded, and the advantage and flexibility of traveling with such a small number of people. I learnt so much, and I look forward to sorting through the images and enjoying remembering all the things we did during our busy photo safari.

Helen Cruickshank, Australia