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 **
Everything about my first Safari with Wild4 was so outstanding that I was afraid the second would pale in comparison. I needn't have worried! It was a huge success! Communications, details, accommodations all handled expertly by Justyna. Making sure that we got into the right situations and stayed with them long enough to get the shot handled incredibly by Stu. Susan was not a photographer when we began this journey, but Stu's patient tutoring assured that she came home with some fantastic photographs as well! Our heartfelt thanks to the whole Wild4 family! We'll be back...
Doug & Susan Croft, USA
I recently did a trip with Wild4 which far outweighed any expectations that I had! Wow what a trip. There was a great variety of animals, Stu has extensive knowledge of the animals and their habitat and was always mindful of us getting the best shots possible. My friend and I had our own bench seats in all the vehicles, which was great as we both had 2 DSLRs with numerous lenses, each vehicle is equipped with beanbags to steady your camera / lens, pockets and enough room to take a camera bag. We had fantastic opportunities to watch the cats for a good period of time and learn a little bit about their life, rather than taking a photo and moving on. I loved that we could sit and watch the lions at Mala Mala play in the Sand River, it was a fantastic opportunity. Stu provided us with some great tuition, I certainly learnt a lot of new photo techniques which I look forward to using back home. I hired a Canon 500mm lens from Stu which was great, I think I used that about 85% of the time and used a 70-200mm for the rest. We had many opportunities for night photography, silhouettes, time lapse, low light etc At the end of our trip we did the reptile extension at Khamai Reptile Centre. We went behind the scenes at the centre and had one of Africa's leading reptile specialist spend the day talking about the reptiles, spiders, scorpions we were about to take pictures of. Donald and his team certainly made for a very safe photo shoot, they were extremely patient positioning some of the reptiles for better light or different background. I learnt a lot from Donald, living in Australia we do have some venomous snakes, the day certainly gave me a renewed appreciation for the reptiles. I would highly recommend the Wild4 team for your next photographic safari you will not be disappointed.
Linda Cappello, AUSTRALIA