predators & prey
9th - 18th February 2021
Max. 8 Guests
Between 2 Land Cruisers so everyone can comfortably see sat down or stood up!
Plenty of Birdlife
Tarangire, Central Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Eyasi & Lake Manyara
There is no better place for a safari in February than the world-famous Serengeti, with over 14500 s/km of nature's wilderness, every day brings new photographic opportunities.
As thousands of wildebeest gather in the Southern part of the Serengeti to give birth to the next generation, predators such as lions, cheetahs and leopards will be on high alert!
Not only will we explore the spectacular Ndutu & central Serengeti areas, we also visit Lake Eyasi for a truly special insight into living life in the wild!
The stunning Ngorongoro Area also features one of the highest concentrations of predators and carnivores, and the Tarangire National Park & Lake Mayara have year-round water sources, drawing in wildlife from all directions!
DAY 1 & 2
Day 1 - 9th February 2021
Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be warmly
greeted by myself & Protus, before transferring to Summit Safari Lodge on the outskirts of Arusha, where you will get your first taste of the rustic but sophisticated architecture and decor that define this modern African city. Before dinner, we will have our first photography workshop to establish the level everyone is at and how best to help each individual throughout our safari together.
Day 2 - 10th February 2021
06:30 - After breakfast, we'll drive to Tarangire National Park for our first full day game drive. Tarangire has a diverse landscape, with nine vegetation zones. Ancient Baobab trees (the largest trees in Africa) dot the landscape, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. The Tarangire River that meanders through the park attracts an abundance of wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, zebras, giraffes, antelopes and a large variety of colourful birds. After a stop for a picnic lunch, we'll continue the game viewing late into the evening and then we will head to our overnight lodge in Karatu.
Day 3 - 11th February 2021
After breakfast, we'll head out for a game drive through the Ngorongoro Crater area en route to our Ndutu camp in the south of the Serengeti National Park. We will be greeted by large herds of migrating wildebeest, zebra and gazelle feeding across the plains. This should entice predators, giving us the opportunity to photograph hyena, lions, cheetah and leopard. As we head west there will photographic opportunities galore. We'll spend our first night in the Serengeti in the magical Ndutu area.
Before dinner, there will be an opportunity for our first Lightroom workshop and image reviews.
Day 4 - 12th February 2021
06:30 - After breakfast, we'll head out for a full day game drive in the action-packed Ndutu area. At this time of year this becomes the wildebeest breeding ground, thousands of wildebeest will be gathering together to give birth to their calves in this spectacular area. Photographic opportunities will be bountiful as prey always brings in predators. We will have a very high chance of seeing hyena, lions, cheetah and leopard.
Overnight in Ndutu
As we will have been out all day, we are sure you will want to hit the sack straight after dinner, but I will be on hand if anyone would like to do an image review or has any questions.
Day 5 - 13th February 2021
Today we’ll explore a different area of the enormous Serengeti as we head slightly north-east towards the centre of the Serengeti. The wildlife in the Serengeti is bountiful at this time of year, so our talented and personable drivers will show us the surprises that await and share their experience and knowledge about these amazing ecosystems and the animals' habitats. We'll check-in to our Seronera private tented campsite for our first night under the stars in the heart of the breathtaking Serengeti.
After dinner, there will be an opportunity for Lightroom editing and image Reviews.
Overnight in the Seronera Area.
Day 6 - 14th February 2021
06:00 – We’ll head out for an early morning game drive in the gorgeous golden light. We'll bring breakfast with us so we don’t miss any of the morning magic in the wild.
If you would prefer to see the Serengeti from the sky, this is your chance to experience a sunrise hot air balloon ride!
12:00 – Return back to camp for lunch, a photography workshop and a rest.
16:00 – We’ll head back out for an afternoon game drive and stay out late to get some iconic sunset shots.
Overnight in the Seronera Area.
Day 7 - 15th February 2021
06:30 – After early morning breakfast we’ll drive to the Ngorongoro National Park. Before we descend into the crater, we’ll stop at the Maasai Bomas (Huts) and learn about their traditional culture. You will see the large volcanic crater, a unique attraction where human and wildlife are living together without harming each other.
One of the best places in Africa to spot the Big Five - elephants, leopards, lions, buffalo and the rare black rhinoceros - The Ancient Ngorongoro Crater is home to almost every species in Africa except the giraffe, who can’t negotiate the steep incline down. We will have a picnic lunch on the crater floor and after lunch, we'll continue game viewing until late in the evening.
Overnight at Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge.
Day 8 - 16th February 2021
07:00 – After breakfast, we’ll head to Lake Eyasi, a Salt Lake on the floor of
the Great Rift Valley. The residents of the area are the Datoga and Hadzabe
tribe, also known as “Bushmen”, famous for their click language and their
adherence to their old ways of life.
The Hadzabe will bring us along to observe their hunting techniques and then following that with their traditional outdoor cooking techniques!
We will hang out among and inside of the giant Baobab trees that comprise their “indoor” space. This visit will be an absolutely unique experience. What a privilege to photograph genuine people living like this, so far removed from the modern world we live in.
After this photographically and culturally rich encounter we'll head back towards Karatu We'll stop for any great wildlife sightings and we may even spot a local onion farmer along the way.
Overnight in Karatu.
Day 9 - 17th February 2021
06:30 - After breakfast we’ll head out to Lake Manyara National Park. Although only 205 sq. miles in size, this enchanting park is noted for its beauty and incredibly lush Acacia forest, with giant fig and mahogany trees which are home to troops of baboons, tree-climbing lions and blue monkeys.
The park is also home to a large number of buffalo, giraffe, elephants, impalas and a Hippo lake, where large numbers of hippos usually gather.
Lake Manyara is one of the few places where you will be able to see the Ground Hornbill and the Crested Eagle.
Later in the afternoon, we will start heading towards Arusha for an overnight at Summit Safari Lodge.
Day 10 - 18th February 2021
08:00 – After a late breakfast, we’ll head to Arusha. You'll have the opportunity to buy some souvenirs to take back home, or just enjoy being in this vibrant town.
There will be plenty to photograph as you enjoy experiencing the local African scene.
Depending on your flight time we may enjoy lunch together before being transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure home.
End of tour.