Tanzania Photo Safari - Secrets of NDUTU - June 2023
US$ TBC Sharing
US$ TBC Single
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 **
Day 1 (ARRIVE IN NAIROBI) Our meet & greet service will welcome you at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where you will be transferred to a Nairobi Hotel for an overnight stay (1 night)
Day 2 Meet up with the rest of the group and depart by road after breakfast for Namanga border where we cross into Tanzania. Here we will meet our Tanzanian guides who will take all the way to the Ngorongoro Crater arriving in the late afternoon. Overnight at Serena Ngorongoro Crater for 1 night)
Day 3 Depart after breakfast and make our way to Ndutu, arriving in time for lunch. First afternoon photographic game drive in Ndutu (overnight in Ndutu for 12 nights)
Day 4 Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in Ndutu
Day 5 Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in Ndutu
Day 6 Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in Ndutu
Day 7 Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in Ndutu
Day 8 Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in Ndutu
Day 9 Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in Ndutu
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 photographic game drives in Ndutu
Day 15 Depart Ndutu after a final morning photographic game drive and head to Arusha for an overnight stop at Arusha Coffee Lodge (1 night) *** ***NB, those who have chosen to do the Ngorongoro Crater and Amboseli EXTENSION, would stop at Serena Crater Lodge for 2 nights, followed by one night in Arusha and then 3 nights in Amboseli National Park before heading back to Nairobi.
Day 16 Depart Arusha after breakfast and drive back to Nairobi in Kenya via Namanga border post arriving in the mid-afternoon. Dayroom to freshen up before your evening international flight home.
- 1 night in city hotel in Nairobi (B)
- 1 night at Ngorongoro Crater SERENA (BLD) + Drinks
- 12 nights at Ndutu Lodge (Ngorongoro Conservation area) (BLD) + Drinks
- 1 night at Arusha Coffee Lodge (overnight stop on the way to Namanga Border) (DB) + Drinks
- Day Room at Four Points Sheraton near Nairobi Airport
- All park entrance fees
- all road 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) (B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner)
- all drinks unless otherwise stated (local beer, house wine, soft drinks, juice, bottled water) ** PREMIUM BRANDS, cocktails & spirits NOT INCLUDED **
- Some meals and drinks **
- 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, trip cancellation & equipment insurance
- visa fees
- INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
For the duration of this photo safari, we will be travelling in 4x4 TOYOTA Land Cruisers that have a seating capacity of 7 passengers. There will be a maximum of 2 safari vehicles on this tour with only two 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 safari representatives and you will be taken to EKA HOTEL for an overnight in comfortable en-suite rooms. Due to the groups' different arrival times, we will not meet for dinner. We will depart early for the Namanga Border taking a packed breakfast with us.
LODGING AT THE NGORONGORO CRATER
Accommodation will be at NGORONGORO SERENA LODGE in comfortable en-suite rooms for 1 night
LODGING AT NDUTU
Accommodation will be at NDUTU SAFARI LODGE in comfortable en-suite rooms for 12 nights
ARUSHA COFFEE LODGE - this is where we spend our overnight stop on the way back to Nairobi
You will have the use of a dayroom at Four Points, Sheraton in Nairobi, on your departure day
You must arrange your own international flights in and out of NAIROBI KENYA.
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. Not much rain is expected at this time of the year (June)
All the accommodations you will be staying at on this safari will have electric points for recharging your batteries and laptops inside your room
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.
One of the MAIN reasons for running this safari is that WE ARE ALLOWED to drive off-road to get closer and correctly position the vehicle for the best light and distance. This is what makes this safari special. So the answer is YES, we can go off-road in the Ndutu Area.
You can be assured that your driver/guide wants to show you the animals and get you as close as possible but on some occasions, we will have to use common sense and respect the environment and the comfort levels of the wildlife.
Please note however that with regards to the EXTENSION, you are NOT PERMITTED to drive off-road in either the Ngorongoro Crater OR in Amboseli National Park. In both of these locations, your guide is required to stay on designated game drive roads.
On all our safaris it is preferable to use a duffel type bag for your main luggage (not hard suitcases) as these are easier to pack into vehicles. This safari is a drive only safari so we will not be making use of internal small aircraft flights, this saves a lot of hassles as far as luggage allowances are concerned as airlines are very strict.
We would still request that you keep your luggage to a reasonable amount. One duffel type bag at a max of around 20kg and your camera equipment should be all you really need.
The safari begins in Nairobi and we drive from here all the way through the Namanga Border, into Tanzania and will arrive in the late afternoon at the Ngorongoro Crater. This will be the longest drive on the safari but it really is a lot easier, safer and more reliable than flying. This will be a drive from early morning to late afternoon.
The drive from the Crater to Ndutu is around 3 hours
The drive from Ndutu back to Arusha is around 6 hours
The drive from Arusha back to Nairobi is around 6 hours
There is wifi internet in all lodges we stay at but reception away from the lodges is patchy
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 always full of a variety of different animals. 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 into the Crater 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$ TBC Sharing
US$ TBC Single
US$ 3,000 Deposit
8th - 23rd Jun 2023
4 places available
- 8th - 23rd Jun 2023
- 15 nights / 16 days
Tour Led By
If anyone is contemplating a photo trip to Africa, then we would have absolutely no hesitation in recomending Stu Porter and Wild4 Photographic Safaris. It doesn't really matter what your level of skill is you will get as much or as little help and advice as you wish to receive. Nothing is thrust down your throat and Stu doesn't spend all his time taking his own photographs as some do. Stu has taken a huge amount of time and trouble in customising and setting up his safari vehicle and the effort he's put in makes the whole experience so much more enjoyable. Tethered bean bags are provided and secure plate mounts on the side of the vehicle will also take your tripod head ensuring a rock steady platform and Stu most certainly knows where the animals are. Particularly enjoyable was the time we spent at the Big Cat Reserve (part of the 4 night extension) which is an unbelieveable photographic experience. Many thanks WILD4 !
Rob & Sue Brookes, UK
Hi Justyna and Stu, I wanted to say thank you for arranging a trip that exactly reflected the image I had for the trip of my life! James represents your company well; he was the best guide I could have asked for, working tirelessly to ensure that I saw as much activity in the Park as possible. He looked out for my safety and comfort, and he was never reticent about accommodating my viewpoint to the extent he was able and still respect the park and the wildlife. I will never forget this trip; I have also given the name of your company and James as the guide to several people on my travels home. Best regards
Carol Sheppard, USA