Tanzania Big Cats Photo Tour | Serengeti | Sept 2021
US$ 15,250 Sharing
US$ 15,950 Single
US$ 3,000 Deposit
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 **
Day 1 Arrive in Nairobi, Kenya at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where you will be met and transferred to a Nairobi Hotel for an overnight stay (1 night)
Day 2 Meet up with the rest of the group and after breakfast transfer to Wilson Airport for your flight to Migori (near the Isebania Border) Here we will be met by an airline representative who will drive us to the Isebania border, get us through the border and customs and into Tanzania. We will then drive for 45 mins to Tarime Airstrip to catch a 35 min flight into the Serengeti National Park, arriving at Seronera Airstrip. We will reach our camp in the mid-afternoon. (3 nights at Ole Serai Turner Springs Camp)
Day 3 Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in the central Serengeti
Day 4 Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in the central Serengeti
Day 5 Game drive with packed breakfast & lunch towards the southern Serengeti, arriving in the late afternoon at Kusini Camp (4 nights at Kusini Camp)
Day 6 Morning & Afternoon photographic game drives in the southern Serengeti
Day 7 Morning & Afternoon photographic game drives in the southern Serengeti
Day 8 Morning & Afternoon photographic game drives in the southern Serengeti
Day 9 Game drive with packed breakfast towards the Ngorongoro Conservation area, staying at Ndutu (7 nights at Ndutu Lodge)
Day 10 Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in Ndutu
Day 11 Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in Ndutu
Day 12 Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in Ndutu
Day 13 Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in Ndutu
Day 14 Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in Ndutu
Day 15 Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in Ndutu
Day 16 Depart Ndutu after a morning game drive and head to Arusha for an overnight stop at Arusha Coffee Lodge (1 night)
Day 17 Depart Arusha after breakfast and drive back to Nairobi in Kenya via Namanga border post **NB, those wanting to add on an extension to Amboseli National Park would then head off from this point, whilst others not doing the Amboseli extension would continue towards Nairobi arriving in the mid-afternoon. Dayroom to freshen up before your evening international flight home.
- 1 night in city hotel in Nairobi
- 3 nights at Ole Serai Tented Camp Turner Springs in the Central Serengeti
- 4 nights at Kusini Camp in Southern Serengeti
- 7 nights in Ndutu (Ngorongoro Conservation area)
- 1 night at Arusha Coffee Lodge (overnight stop on the way to Namanga Border)
- Day Room Four Points Sheraton near Nairobi Airport
- Flight from Nairobi Wilson to Migori Airstrip - including extra luggage allowance
- Flight from Tarime airstrip (Tanzania) to Seronera Airstrip in the Serengeti National Park - including extra luggage allowance
- All park entrance fees
- all road & air transfers
- private use of 4x4 Land cruisers with qualified guides (2 participants per vehicle)
- bottled water on game drives
- professional photo tuition
- all meals (unless where otherwise stated)
- all drinks (local beer, house wine, soft drinks, juice, bottled water) ** PREMIUM BRANDS & spirits NOT INCLUDED **
- Laundry ** Please note that some locations will not wash your "smalls" (underwear and socks)
- tips / gratuities for camp / lodge staff and for your driver / guide - see FAQ's
- personal medical, travel & equipment insurance
- visa fees
- INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
For the duration of this photographic safari, we will be travelling in 4x4 TOYOTA Land Cruisers that have a seating capacity of 7 passengers. There will be a maximum of only 4 participants on this safari in 2 vehicles (2 photographers per vehicle) allowing you to have plenty of space for equipment. You will be allocated a vehicle and guide for the entire trip. Stu will be seated next to the driver/guide to offer photographic assistance and will alternate between the vehicles.
The vehicles are equipped with WILD4's own professional beanbag system designed by Stu to allow for a comfortable shooting position, from both the roof and the window.
LODGING IN NAIROBI
On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta Int Airport, you will be met by one of our photo safari representatives and you will be taken to EKA HOTEL for an overnight in comfortable en-suite rooms. Due to the group's different arrival times, we will not meet for dinner, but instead, we will meet up at 6:00 am on the following morning for a short tour briefing before breakfast. Exact departure time will be announced closer to the start date of the tour.
LODGING IN THE CENTRAL SERENGETI
Accommodation will be at Ole Serai Turner Springs in Seronera in en-suite tents
LODGING IN THE SOUTHERN SERENGETI
Accommodation will be at KUSINI CAMP in en-suite tents
LODGING AT NDUTU
Accommodation will be at NDUTU LODGE in en-suite rooms
LODGING IN ARUSHA ON OUR WAY BACK TO NAMANGA BORDER
Accommodation will be at ARUSHA COFFEE LODGE in en-suite tents
LODGING IN NAIROBI ON THE FINAL DAY
You will have the use of a day room until you need to depart for your international flight. This will be at the FOUR POINTS SHERATON.
There are two flights on this photographic safari - extra luggage allowance is included on both flights
The first flight will be from Wilson Airport in Nairobi Kenya via the Maasai Mara to Migori Airstrip near the Kenya / Tanzania border town of Isebania.
There will be a second flight from Tarime Airstrip inside Tanzania to Seronera Airstrip in the central Serengeti.
**NB Please note that the extra luggage allowance is limited to a maximum of 20kg main luggage in soft-sided duffel bags plus your camera equipment **
The safari starts in Nairobi, KENYA and ends in Nairobi, KENYA.
You must arrange your own international flights in and out of NAIROBI.
The weather at this time of year in both Kenya and Tanzania is very pleasant, cool mornings might warrant a fleece top for a few hours before the day warms up to around 30 C or 85 F. This is the dry season and although rain can be expected at any time, it is generally a dry and dusty time of year.
We have a more detailed kit list which we will send out to you at the time of registration.
All the accommodations you will be staying at on this safari will have electric points for recharging your batteries and laptops.
We will send out a detailed plug and power document during the registration process.
We usually enjoy a cup of tea, coffee and some cookies before heading out just before sunrise. Packed breakfasts are always taken, allowing us to stop at a convenient time during the morning drive, or we eat in the vehicle whilst waiting at a sighting.
If there is something really interesting going on, we can stay out, otherwise, we will return to the lodge at around midday for lunch and a short break. We head out again in the afternoon and return to camp at around 7 pm. Dinner will be at 8 pm.
** Please note that if you are doing the optional extension at the Ngorongoro Crater, the gates do not open in the morning until 06:00 and they close at 18:00 The gate is at the top of the rim so you have to feature in some time to drive out of the crater. You will leave the floor of the crater at around 17:30
In the Serengeti National Park, no off-road driving is permitted. In the NDUTU area, off-road driving is permitted. Being able to drive off-road to follow animals and reposition the vehicle for the best light is a huge benefit, however, it is not a simple case of crashing off into the bush after wildlife. Our driver/guide has to assess each situation before going off-road.
If you are doing the extension to the Ngorongoro Crater and Amboseli, no off-road driving is permitted. Your guide has to stay on official roads and tracks.
You can be assured that your driver/guide wants to show you the animals and get you the best photos possible, but in each situation, we will have to use common sense and respect the environment and the comfort levels of the wildlife.
On all our photo safaris, it is preferable to use a duffel type bag for your main luggage (no hard suitcases) Duffel bags are easier to pack into the planes & vehicles.
One concern people often have is that they struggle to carry a duffel bag if it does not have wheels. Once you arrive in Africa, there will always be somebody willing to carry your bag for you. If you are concerned about not being able to carry your bag before you get to Africa then a duffel with wheels is also acceptable as a second choice.
The normal luggage restriction as far as weight goes is a total of 15kg (including camera equipment). For the flights on this safari, we will secure extra luggage allowance for you up to a total of 20kg main luggage and 15kg hand luggage (camera equipment)
Please try to keep to these limits as for the remainder of the trip we will have to pack your luggage in the back of the safari vehicle.
The safari begins in Nairobi with a 1hr 15 min flight from Wilson Airport, via the Maasai Mara to Migori Airstrip.
From Migori Airstrip to the Isebania border is approximately 30 mins drive
From Isebania Border to the Tarime Airstrip in Tanzania is approx 40 mins drive
The flight from Tarime Airstrip to Kogatende Airstrip in the Serengeti is approx 25 mins
We will be doing photo game drives between the different locations within the Serengeti, departing in the early morning and arriving at our next camp in time for a late lunch
Ndutu Lodge to Kirurumu Lodge approx 3 hrs 15 mins
Kirurumu Lodge to Namanga Border approx 3hrs 15 mins
Namanga border to Nairobi is approximately 3 hours drive
** At both Border posts, (YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION CARD is NEEDED)**
As a photo safari company, we believe it is crucial to offer our clients a stable photographic platform on safari vehicles. In this regard, we have invested in our own professional photo beanbag system which we use in the vehicles in both Kenya and Tanzania. These beanbags allow you to enjoy a comfortable shooting position from both sides of the safari vehicle and when photographing from the roof in a standing position.
Along with the complimentary use of our beanbags, we also offer each client the complimentary use of one VISUAL ECHOES PANNING PLATE which allows you to pan smoothly from left to right and lifts the focus & zoom rings of your lens off the bean bag enabling better focus and better control of your zoom. (Please view the "TRANSPORT & LODGING" tab for photos). Remember that you will often sit and wait patiently for long periods for a shot to present itself so being comfortable is paramount.
The general rule for all the Serengeti and Ndutu is that you can leave just before sunrise and return just after sunset.
If you are doing the extension to the Ngorongoro Crater and Amboseli, the Crater has strict gate opening and closing times. The gates open at 06:00 and close at 18:00 The gate is at the top of the rim so you still have to feature in some time to drive out of the crater. You usually leave the floor of the crater at around 17:30.
The sunrise to sunset rule applies at Amboseli National park in Kenya.
Yes, there is a laundry service available at all locations. Laundry costs unless otherwise stated are for your own account
(Please note that at some places you have to wash your own underwear and socks)
There is fairly decent wifi at the lodges and cell phone reception is ok but there are some dead patches when out on game drives.
Tipping is a safari tradition in Africa. We respectfully request that you follow our guidelines regarding tipping as it helps to set a standard across all of our photo safaris.
Any form of gratuity should be earned by the recipient through excellent service and for effort beyond their job description. If for any reason you do not feel comfortable tipping then please let your tour leader know.
We do our utmost to source quality safari companies/lodges and guides who have a similar work ethic and passion to us. The staff and guides work extremely hard to make sure we have a good time and they are incredibly patient and flexible.
We will send you a detailed recommended tipping policy for this photo safari in your Arrival Information Document, which will be sent to you 2 weeks before the start of your photo tour.
It is best to contact the embassy of the country you will be travelling to, and double-check to see what their latest policies are with regards to Visas and whether you should apply for them before you travel or if you can obtain them at the port of entry.
Smoking is not allowed in the safari vehicle and generally, it is not a very good idea to smoke in the bush as the grass is often tinder dry and bush fires can start easily. We do not take specific breaks for smoking either, but we will stop at relevant times for everyone to have a break and stretch their legs or have a cup of coffee. This would be your opportunity to have a smoke break. We ask you to respect the environment and carry your cigarette ends away with you.
Spending long hours in the safari vehicles will inevitably end up in folks needed a bathroom stop. We have to respect the rules of the different parks when it comes to this and these rules will be explained before the start of each safari. Generally, the safari saying of "any tree is a lavatree (lavatory)" goes. We will make sure we stop in a safe location for the comfort break.
The Kruger National Park is the only location that has proper washroom facilities at designated picnic sites or in the camps, and as per the rules of the park, we are required to stop at these specific places, not anywhere in the bush. Botswana, Kenya and Tanzania have limited facilities, and stopping at an appropriate place in the bush is allowed.
All of our safaris have emergency procedures in place. We will have contact with the office via either radio, cell phone or satellite phone. The office would then dispatch the relevant help - be it medical or otherwise.
In the case of medical assistance, the initial recovery from the field to the most relevant medical facility would be covered by our safari insurance. Your medical insurance would need to cover you for all other expenses.
The type of photo tuition or guidance on offer really depends on which safari you choose to do.
Generally speaking, photographic guidance on camera equipment, settings to be used, post-processing and DSLR Video are on offer during any of the photo safaris that I personally lead myself.
On the trips that I do not personally lead, we only use very experienced local nature guides, who not only know the reserves and where the wildlife hotspots are, but they are also good friends of mine, who I have personally worked with over many years. They have a like-minded outlook and know exactly what photographers need. They are excellent at positioning the vehicle for the best distance and angle for light. They are also very open to your own suggestions and will work hard to get you the photos that you are looking for. Specific detailed photographic tuition is not available on these safaris, so it is recommended that you do have a fairly good knowledge of your own camera and photography in general.
On some of our extensions and Bespoke Photo Safaris we really hit the photo tuition hard and work through as many elements of nature photography as we can in a "workshop" style. This is because it is at the request of the particular clients who have asked for a high level of tuition and because we have a good deal of time available to focus specifically on certain aspects.
On our scheduled photo safaris you will soon find that the days are long and tiring, we get up early, return late and barely have time to download the days images before getting to bed at a sensible time only to do it all over again on the following day. The tuition format is therefore very informal, I like to approach topics as they become relevant and we will do these in the field in front of real live situations - this is the best way to learn. There will be times when we are waiting patiently at a sighting and can discuss any topic that you feel you would like help with. Siesta times at midday are usually well used for that exact reason, but I am personally available at any time of day or night. I have sat up until midnight on many occasions running through workflow, camera technique and doing night photography with those who are keen.
I am on the safari so that you can pick my brain, ask questions, watch my workflow and teach me a new technique that you might like or find useful yourself !- there is always room to learn and I always learn a lot on each trip myself.
I like to pick up on elements that would be relevant to each photographer. I adjust the level of tuition to the needs of each individual, again this is the beauty of having a small group. I like to talk my way through scenarios as they unfold in front of us and let you know what I am trying to achieve.
If you are a more experienced wildlife photographer, this option would suit you better. During the past 14 years I have met and worked with many excellent safari guides who are not necessarily professional photographers. However they know what the needs of photographers are and how to position the vehicle and predict animal behaviour. They are also very keen photographers themselves and I can highly recommend them as specialist photographic guides. If you are a confident & experienced photographer you can confidently book a safari with one of our specialist guides in the knowledge that they will always be looking out for photographic opportunities, and not simply trying to show you african wildlife, which would be the case on a regular safari with a regular safari guide.
In this option you would then not receive any specialist photo tuition or assistance with setting up your camera or which settings to use etc.., but you will be in very capable hands as far as getting photographs would be concerned. These safaris are also better priced compared with the scheduled trips that I personally lead as I do not have to build my own accommodation, travel and personal costs into the safari.
Regardless of which safari you register for, I will also send you my own set of PDF Photo Tuition Documents which include a pre-safari Camera Set-up guide and my "Seven Top Tips". Reading these before the safari begins will help to prepare you for the types of things you will be doing on safari.
Yes, we can cater for special medical dietary requirements, but you need to inform us of these requirements when you register. We will then be able to inform the lodges/camps we will be staying at about your requests well in advance.
Depending on what your special requirements are there may be a surcharge for this service.
Your time on safari is YOURS, you can feel free to use it as you wish. However, I can confidently say that very few people have ever opted to sleep in or spend time at the pool. This is a photo safari after all. Our main reason for being on the safari is to spend every possible minute doing photography so leisure time is not something people normally request.
On occasion people have wanted to sleep in on one day or skip an afternoon game drive, this is entirely up to you. However please note that we will not change our usual schedule to accommodate "leisure time" If for example, you decided to sleep in, you would not have the right to request the vehicle to come back and collect you at a more convenient time.
The photographers who go out with the vehicle can decide when to return. If you have a private vehicle to yourself then you can do as you please.
Credit Cards are by far the most convenient 90% of the time. Bringing along some cash as a backup is also a good idea. US$ are readily accepted in most African Countries and can also be used in some local shops (**Please note that there are some exceptions like South Africa and Namibia - both of these countries DO NOT ALLOW the use of US$ in their economy.
** If you are unsure please ASK us about which option is most suitable for the safari you are doing.
As far as tipping goes (more on the tipping section) you could separate it into the following two scenarios:
1) Your Local Driver / Guide / Ranger: - this can be done in US$ - CASH only
2) Lodge / Camp staff
> Kenya - this can be done in US$ - CASH or CARD
> Tanzania - this can be done in US$ - CASH only
> Botswana - this can be done in US$ - CASH only
> South Africa - this can be done in US$ - CASH or CARD ** this depends on the actual accommodation used - please ask us for clarity **
> Namibia - this can be done in US$ - CASH or CARD ** this depends on the actual accommodation used - please ask us for clarity **
Any other major foreign currency will also be readily accepted (EURO, GBP)
If you have any concerns please contact us and we will clarify it for you further.
All of our scheduled photo safaris (except for Namibia) are vehicle-based for the majority of the time. You will need to be in reasonable health but we will not undergo any long walks or hikes unless you personally choose to do so, or unless it is detailed in the safari description. Our extensions and custom safaris might warrant a different fitness level - please ask us for more details about the fitness level required for your specific custom photo safari or chosen extension.
Our Landscape tours of Namibia do require a fairly good level of fitness to get the most out of them. There is a lot of sand in Namibia and walking in this sand and up sand dunes are part of the trip. If you have more questions about fitness levels PLEASE ask us before signing up on any of our safaris.
On any trip to Africa, there is a risk of getting Malaria. Some areas have a higher risk than others. As we are not medical doctors we cannot advise you about whether or not you should take malaria medication. Our advice is to consult your local doctor or travel clinic and ask them for their opinion based on the most up to date and relevant information regarding malaria as well as any other potential diseases.
This is a topic you would need to consult a doctor or travel clinic about as details of these change on an ongoing basis. Be sure to ask your doctor or clinic about YELLOW FEVER as it is relevant in some of the countries we visit.
We highly recommend that you contact your doctor or clinic as soon as you can after registering to do a photo safari with us.
Yes, we do spend time photographing birds.
On our photo safaris, we will be stopping for "the large and colourful birds". If you would like to try and cover the birds in more detail then we recommend you travel with a like-minded photographer or that you book out a private safari vehicle so that you can go entirely at your own pace.
The pace of a regular photo safari compared with a bird photo safari is very different. If you do stop for every single bird no matter the distance or size, you will fall far behind the other vehicles who might find other sightings that you might not be able to get to in time. You would need to understand this and know that you cannot be everywhere at the same time and you will miss out on other sightings and photo opportunities. Also be aware that if you are sharing a vehicle with other photographers that you do not know, they may not be as interested in stopping for every single bird.
In general, we would recommend that you stick to bottled drinking water on all the safaris. In Kenya and Tanzania, this also includes brushing your teeth with bottled water. In South Africa it is possible to drink the local water and brush your teeth with it, so the risk of getting ill is small, however, we still recommend you drink bottled water.
Yes, the vehicles in our group are in radio contact with each other and we do pass on relevant information about photo opportunities to each other.
Our local guides are also excellent at acquiring any relevant pieces of information from their colleagues and friends. In Kenya, our guides do make use of cell phones to relay relevant information when radio comms are weak.
Each country has its own electrical and plug system. After you have registered to do a photo safari with us, we will send you our "PLUG & VOLTAGE" document which will explain this topic in more detail.
YES, it is possible to add on an extension to any of our safaris if you wanted to stay longer or visit a different place. There are some extension suggestions on the photo safari pages under the "EXTENSIONS" tab. Please ask us if you need help with this.
Alternatively, you can also request a specific extension that you might like to do and we will gladly set this up for you.
Yes this is possible to arrange for you - please ask us at the time of registration
Yes, this is possible to arrange, there will, of course, be a surcharge for the exclusive use of the safari vehicle, please ask us what this would be for the safari you are interested in.
Having worked with many different guides in different locations I have found that it is always nice and refreshing to have a guide with new ideas and suggestions and work together to achieve new images. It is also important though that the basics are understood by all the guides we use on our photo safaris which is why my training manual came to be.
The manual covers the basics of how to guide photographers, looking at the light, the distance from the subject and parking in a position to predict the animals next move. The manual also illustrates "in the field examples" so that guides know what we photographers are talking about when we say "can we move 1 meter forward, my background is not good from this position, etc etc..." !!
The manual has a big section on communication - this is the key to a successful safari. Both guides and photographers need to know what is going on so that they can prepare for potential situations, never assume, always ask, it will allow you to achieve more successful images.
We secure the use of "Private" Photographic vehicles on all of our safaris. This is a very important element of a successful photographic safari. Essentially it means that you will not share the vehicle with other guests staying at the lodge/camp who are not part of our group. Regular safari clients and nature photographers do not mix very well. You will want to stay for extended periods at a sighting waiting for the best photo opportunities.
Many regular safari clients just want to see an animal, take one picture and leave to go and look for more animals to tick off their list. We avoid this by securing private safari vehicles at all locations. Understandably there is a surcharge to hire these vehicles as the lodge or camp has to issue a specific vehicle and guide for our group and the vehicle is not filled with up to 9 people as it often is on regular safaris. In our case, there will only be a maximum of up to 3 photographers per safari vehicle.
Our full booking terms and conditions are found at this link on our website:
Authentic photographic safaris, by their very nature, have to be flexible. We do our utmost to accommodate our client's needs and requests which are very different from regular safari clients. We take each day as it comes and yes we are able to be flexible and stay out all day if a particular situation warrants it.
For example, if we are far from camp and are patiently waiting for a Leopard to descend a tree, a Cheetah to hunt or a group of Wildebeest to cross the Mara River, then we will stay out. It is always a good idea to bring along some extra snack bars for these situations.
However, If there is nothing worthwhile waiting for and no particular need for us to stay out the whole day, we will return to the camp/lodge for lunch and a short break before heading out again once the animals start to become more active and the photographic light improves.
- First contact us to confirm that there are spaces available on the photo safari that you are interested in - (please use the enquiry form on this page)
- Once we confirm with you that there is space available, and you would like to make a booking, these are the steps you would follow:
We will send you a link that will take you to the photo safari that you want to join. Along with the link we will send a detailed PDF document that will guide you though the booking process.
We only accept International Bank Transfer as method of payment / or PayPal **
** PayPal - please note that an additional 4% handling fee will be added to all payments made through PayPal
Please note that ALL bank charges are for your account
Your place on the safari is only guaranteed once we have received your completed booking form/s and deposit payment/s
Once this is complete, will update your "outstanding balance" amount which will be due 90 days before the start date of the safari.
Please note that it is recommended that you take out your own travel insurance to cover unexpected trip cancellation, medical, personal and photographic equipment. WILD4 will not be held responsible in any way for the loss of or damage to any photographic equipment or personal belongings, nor for any medical expenses. Our medical insurance will only cover you for evacuation from the field to the closest most appropriate medical facility, at which point your medical insurance would take over.
Cancellation Fees & Refund Policy
We must receive a formal written notification of your cancellation.
Deposits are non-refundable.
If for any reason a participant ends a tour early or does not make use of a service that has been included in the price of any scheduled tour, tailor-made tour or tour extension, no refund for this unused portion or service will be made.
Tour fees are not transferable.
All Photo Safaris:
The per person non-refundable deposit amount stated on our website is required to secure a place on one of our photo safaris. Full payment of the outstanding tour fee is due 90 days prior to the departure date. In the case of a cancellation, we must receive written notification of your cancellation, at which time the following fees will apply:
- Deposit is non-refundable
- 89 to 60 days before departure: 75% of tour fee
- 59 or fewer days before departure: 100% of the tour fee.
- We highly recommend that you take out travel insurance (including trip cancellation insurance) at the time of booking your tour with us to cover any eventualities relating to having to cancel your safari.
- If due to circumstances out of our control, we are not able to run the photo safari, we are entitled to either cancel the trip, in which case our policy above will apply. Or, with the client's permission and consent, we could look into modifying or postponing the itinerary, which may also mean having to modify the price. Please note that in this case, your deposit would still be non-refundable and non-transferable.
6 Night Extension to NGORONGORO CRATER and AMBOSELI
2 Nights at the Ngorongoro Crater (Tanzania)
1 night in Arusha (Tanzania)
3 nights in Amboseli National Park (Kenya)
For those who would like to extend the length of their photo safari, 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.
The logistics of this extension will work as follows:
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 is 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 Kenya guides and vehicles who will take you to Amboseli Serena lodge for a late lunch and a short 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 then head 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.
Day 1 - Final morning game drive in the Ndutu area and then head to the Ngorongoro Crater to arrive in the mid-afternoon, overnight - Ngorongoro Crater Serena Lodge
Day 2 - Full day in the Crater with packed breakfast and lunch, overnight - Ngorongoro Crater Serena Lodge
Day 3 - After a final morning game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater you will depart and head for Arusha Coffee Lodge arriving in the late afternoon, overnight - Arusha Coffee Lodge
Day 4 - Depart Arusha after breakfast and cross through the Namanga border back into Kenya. Meet your Kenyan Guides and vehicles and head off to Amboseli arriving in time for a late lunch and short afternoon photo game drive, overnight - Amboseli Serena Lodge
Day 5 - Morning and Afternoon Photographic Game Drives in Amboseli National Park, overnight - Amboseli Serena Lodge
Day 6 - Morning and Afternoon Photographic Game Drives in Amboseli National Park, overnight - Amboseli Serena Lodge
Day 7 - Final short morning photo game drive in Amboseli before heading back to Nairobi via road. Arrive in the mid-afternoon and enjoy a day room to freshen up before your departure to the airport in the evening.
INCLUDED in the package:
- Transport services in 4 x 4 vehicle as indicated
- English speaking driver/guide
- 02 nights on full board accommodation at Ngorongoro Crater Serena Lodge in a standard room
- 01 night on full board accommodation at Arusha Coffee Lodge in a standard room
- 03 nights on full board accommodation at Amboseli Serena Lodge in a standard room
- 01 Dayroom at Four Points by Sheraton in Nairobi
NOT INCLUDED in the package:
- All Beverages & laundry
- Tips & gratuities for lodge staff and your driver guides
- Any extra excursions and extra meals
- Visa fees
- Change of itinerary
US$ 15,250 Sharing
US$ 15,950 Single
US$ 3,000 Deposit
15th Sep - 1st Oct 2021
- 15th Sep - 1st Oct 2021
- 16 nights / 17 days
Tour Led By
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
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