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Tanzania – The calving season

Price:   20,000.00

Tanzania

Feb 2018 | 6N/7D | USD 3850

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The calving season tour

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Santhosh Krishnamoorthy

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Tanzania in East Africa is the holy grail for any wildlife photography enthusiast. The beautiful wooded forests of Lake Manyara, the never ending grasslands of the Serengeti and the unique ecosystem of Ngorongoro is home to a highly diverse animal and bird life. Feb is the peak of the calving season, when thousands of Wildebeest, Zebras and other herbivores start giving birth to young ones. They congregate in huge numbers on the plains of Serengeti during this time. Predator activity is at its highest too. Sunrise to sunset safari (depending on the weather) provides some amazing photography opportunities. Yes, the Big-5 are high on the list. Apart from them, the bird life is wonderful as well. Staying right at the heart of it all, this African experience is one of a kind, with memories that will last a lifetime.

WHAT YOU LEARN

A great opportunity to observe, learn about and photograph the Big-5. Great opportunities to observe the amazing moments of nature, the calving of thousands of Wildebeest and other herbivores and the predators waiting in ambush to make the best of the available opportunities. You will understand the nuances of wildlife photography. How best to use the available light to create high impact images. How to posit yourself properly and wait for the right moment rather than go trigger happy. A lot of interactions on the field and off it regarding compositions and post processing will help you to up your photography skills many notches.

Tanzania – The Calving season

Lake Manyara, Serengeti & Ngorongoro

Herds of wildebeest dot the horizon – as far as the eye can see. Predators of the night roam the plains in broad daylight, in the lure of an easy meal. Herbivores are calving everywhere and predators wait for the right opportunity to make a meal. Action everywhere one sees and one of the best times for game viewing and photographing in East Africa.Nowhere else in the world can you expect such a huge concentration of wildlife, where predators, prey and scavengers share space and probably even photo frames.

 

This comprehensive 3-park African safari focuses on photography. We take every effort to make this a great learning experience. We wish that you will take back some great memories and relive this experience many times over for a long time. Our visits to the beautiful park of Lake Manyara, the vast and endless savannah of the Serengeti and the amazing world of the Ngorongoro crater will let you experience the most magnificent beasts of Africa in their natural habitat. And that is what the tour of Tanzania truly will be. We promise that you’ll experience mesmerising sunrise and sunsets over the grasslands.

 

The first part of our tour is a trip to Lake Manyara National Park which is a beautiful wooded habitat and is home to a wide variety of birds and mammals. The Silver-cheeked Hornbills, the Grey-headed Kingfishers, Flamingos among many others. Also, chances to see the tree climbing lions. A great and refreshing way to start off the tour. Then we head to the Serengeti, the world famous grasslands where you will get to see, feel and experience the big five (lion, elephant, rhino, leopard & cape buffalo) in their natural habitat. Final leg of our tour will be to Ngorongoro,
one a kind eco-system which has formed inside a huge crater. Wonderful game drives there to close our Tanzanian experience

 

itinerary
Feb 24th – Mar 2nd 2018 (6N/7D)
  • Day 1-2 – Feb 24th (Sat) – Feb 25th (Thu)

    Participants arrive at Kilimanjaro on 24th Feb 2018 (Saturday), not later than 9am.
    Note:If you wish to arrive a day early, then we can arrange for stay at Arusha on additional cost. Approx 100-150$.

    Post our breakfast, we will head to Lake Manyara National Park for a full day game drive, with packed lunch. Tour leader will explain in detail on the targets species to be photographed in this location and help you get the required shots.

    The park offers breathtaking views and a large variety of habitats. Acacia woodlands, water forest, baobab strewn cliffs, algae-streaked hot springs, swamp and the lake itself. And thanks to this the small park is able to support a large number of animal species and incredible bird life’s as this area is known for an abundance of bird lives as more than 300 bird species including Eurasian migrant birds, acacia associated birds, raptors, and 3 endangered Tanzanian species: Rufous-tailed weaver, Ashy starlings and Black-collared Lovebird.

    In the evening, we have dinner and retire for the day at the Isoitok Camp in Manyara.

    After breakfast 07:00am at Isoitok Camp Manyara, we will depart toward the Serengeti National Park, with an option to visit Olduvai Gorge. It is within this steep sided ravine that Louis and Mary Leakey made some of the world’s most important archaeological discoveries in the 1950s. Here in a small museum we are able to see evidence of our ancestors that have been dated back 2.5 million years.

    After a Picnic lunch we will drive into the Serengeti itself and the rest of the afternoon is spent for game viewing in the vast plains that are broken only by stands of acacia trees and the occasional kopje. These volcanic rocky outcrops provide protection and shelter for a wide variety of animals and from the top we can look out across the vast grasslands of the Serengeti. This diverse and interesting landscape will provide us with the ultimate in game viewing, we will hopefully see all of the plain games; elephants, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, lions and if you are lucky the elusive leopard and cheetah, as well as huge amounts of interesting bird life, we will have dinner and overnight at Serengeti heritage luxury tented camp

  • Day 3-5 – Feb 26th (Mon) – Feb 28th (Wed)

    Three full days of tracking the bird spices from the elegant secretary birds to the flightless ostrich, we will have an optional early morning game drive to witness the sunrise over the savannah and see the plains come to life. The Serengeti has more than 500 bird species recorded; it is one of Africa’s Endemic Bird which hosting five notable bird species found nowhere else in the world. These Serengeti specials are easy to locate and identify within their restricted range. The grey-breasted spurfowl is a common roadside bird at the Seronera area, in the center of the park. In woodland areas, parties of Fischer’s lovebird draw attention to themselves and the rufous-tailed weaver is a fascinating bird placed in its own genus.

    The other two endemics in Serengeti are the Usambiro barbet and the grey-crested helmet-shrike. Migratory birds are also present from November to April; this is also the time many birds can be seen in their breeding plumage. After a long day in the park, sundowners will be served before we have our communal dinner and we finish this incredible day with drinks around the fire. Tonight we spend another nights sleeping in the African bush at Serengeti heritage migration Camp
    Day 7: We head back to Nairobi and will have a small picnic lunch where we can relax and discuss the overall experience of the tour and about wildlife photography before we reach the airport by evening.

  • Day 6-7 – Mar 1th (Thu) – Mar 2nd (Fri)

    After breakfast at Serengeti heritage migration camp, we will have a half day game drive in Serengeti and thereafter we will drive to Ngorongoro Crater which is the largest intact caldera in the world. Along the way, a Maasai community welcomes us into their village on a special visit. Enjoy a rare opportunity to view traditional singing and dancing, visit a school, witness an initiation ritual, and learn about this fascinating culture from the village chief and his wives. We will spend a night on the crater rim at Ngorongoro Rhino lodge.

    Next day, after breakfast, we descend 2,000 feet to the base of the Ngorongoro Crater, where volcanic slopes shelter almost 30,000 animals. Observe the interactions of predator and prey; spot colourful bird life from Marabou Storks to Crowned Cranes. Both the Ngorongoro highlands and the crater offer excellent birding, with over 490 species recorded. Birdlife in the highland forest is rich and interesting. Among the birds to be seen are white-eyed slaty flycatchers and Livingstone turaco, the notable Black kite, Black-winged lapwing, Hildebrandt’s spurfowl, Rufous sparrow and Rufous chatterer. A number of specialised warden birds and grassland birds are resident in the crater. Most noticeable are ostrich, sand grouse, kori bustard, great and lesser flamingos, crowned crane and the secretary bird. Migratory birds from Europe are also present from November through March. We will spend a nearly full day game drive here and in the afternoon we will drive straight back to Arusha and transfer you to the Airport for your evening flight back home where our service will end.


THINGS TO NOTE

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CAMERA & LENS

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Comfortable & Dull colored clothes

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10° to 15°

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MISCELLANEOUS

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Bring your own toiletries

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A pullover or sweater

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ID card that was given while booking the tour.

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General medicines

TERMS AND CONDITION

Payment Terms

  • INR 20,000/- advance required for provisional reservation
  • Easy EMI options available, do write to us.
  • The final cost displayed will be inclusive of payment gateway charges
  • Balance amount can be paid monthly or check with us for special arrangement.

Cancellation Policy

  • 75% refund if cancelled on or before 17 Oct 2017
  • 50% refund if cancelled between 18 Oct 2017 and 18 Nov 2017
  • 25% between 19 Nov and 19 Dec 2017
  • No refund if cancelled on or after 20 Dec 2017

Stay Options

  • Isoitok camp in Lake Manyara for the first night
  • For next 4 nights the stay will be in the Serengeti heritage migration Camp
  • Last 1 night stay will be in Rhino lodge in Ngorongoro.

Note: The date of written communication ( email ) stating the intent to cancel will be considered as the date for applying the cancellation policy.

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