Tanzania Photo Safari - Secrets of NDUTU - June 2023
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US$ 3,000 Deposit
PLACES VISITED: Ngorongoro Crater & Ndutu area - Tanzania
PHOTOGRAPHIC SKILL LEVEL: Any level from beginner to advanced - photo tuition and guidance is offered on this safari.
MEDICAL: YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION CARD is required on this photo safari
PHOTO SAFARI TOUR LEADER/HOST: Stu Porter
** Please note that this trip will spend quality time in just ONE area of Tanzania. Ndutu is one of Africa's few remaining true wilderness areas that have low visitor numbers (at this time of year) and off-road driving is permitted. If you have never been to Africa before you might want to join us on one of our less specialised trips that take in more destinations and offer more variety as far as different species is concerned.
This trip has been specifically set up for those photographers who have travelled to Africa multiple times already and who are looking to spend time exploring true wilderness areas and waiting patiently for behaviour to happen. Staying in one place for an extended period of time allows you to become more connected to a specific area and the resident animals that live there.
We can say with confidence that Ndutu is the best place in Africa to enjoy a photo safari trip such as this one. 12 nights in the same place might seem like a long time, but we can guarantee that you will want to stay even longer once you start searching for and photographing, the secrets of Ndutu.
This 16-day photo safari will begin in Nairobi with a 1-night stopover. We will depart early from Nairobi as we have a long drive ahead of us to cross into Tanzania, meet our Tanzanian vehicles and guides and then reach the Ngorongoro Crater for a one-night stopover. We will not descend into the Crater but will photograph it from the rim. ** Please note that if you do want to photograph down in the Crater, we have an optional extension available at either the beginning or the end of the scheduled trip which will allow you to do this and the extension also takes in the famous Amboseli National Park on your way back to Nairobi. **Please click on the "EXTENSION" Tab for more information.
After leaving the Ngorongoro Crater we will then drive to the Ndutu area. 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 elusive Leopards lurk in the woodland areas adjacent to the marsh. Lake Ndutu and Lake Masek add an additional dimension to this amazing part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and June has a reputation of offering fantastic weather, low visitor numbers and there is still a mix of resident and migration animals.
After 12 amazing photo safari days and final morning of photography in Ndutu, we will spend one night in Arusha as we head back towards the Kenya/Tanzania border post of Namanga. After crossing back into Kenya we will arrive in Nairobi for a late lunch and enjoy the use of a dayroom to freshen up before your international departure later that night.
** Please note that there is also the option for an extension either before or after the scheduled trip to the Ngorongoro Crater and Amboseli National Park - please click on the "EXTENSION" Tab or simply ask us for more details of this optional photographic 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 host 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 Ngorongoro Crater & Amboseli extension - you would do this on your own with one of our excellent local Kenyan driver/guides. **
On this safari, it is not uncommon to stay out all day waiting for something exciting to happen. 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, 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.
** Please note that for this safari you will need a YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION **
This was truly a fantastic safari. The camping experience gave us the feel of being closer to nature as opposed to being in a lodge without really roughing it and the camp food was superior to the lodge buffets. The photographic opportunities were great throughout the safari and our time on the Chobe River was exceptional. As a veteran of 13 safaris to other locations in Africa I can say this was fantastic.
Don Getty www.dongettywildlifephotography.com, USA
Any aspiring photographer who has not yet been on a wildlife safari should join a WILD4 with Stu and Justyna Porter. You will be guided by a graduate professional photographer who is also a highly-qualified South African field guide. Stu's knowledge of photography and his understanding of African wildlife are exceptional. He is also blessed with an amazing spotter's eyesight. I often thought to myself, how on earth did he see that! As each day begins all these talents are passed on with sincerity and quiet enthusiasm to each photographer's needs. Nothing is ever too much trouble and his positioning of the vehicle for the best light and animal profile is always his first consideration. On our tour there were times for laughter and many times when action and adrenalin ran high. Any successful safari is only as good as its backup team. This family company is most ably supported by Stu's wife Justyna who is the drive behind the scenes and efficiently arranges the accommodation and all the logistics. Stu's mother, Ann Porter provides excellent food for the day in the park and around the campfire at night. Both are qualified field guides and their spotting abilities add greatly to each day's safari. This particular trip was most rewarding in both personal and photographic terms and one of the best we have ever enjoyed. Sincere thanks to you all.
Slim & Barbara Callaghan, UK