The Big Five, Big Cats Photo Safari

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9 Days - 8 Nights
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Book your Masai Mara Big Cat Photo Safari Extension

The Masai Mara Big Cat Photo Safari extension promises almost daily encounters of the African big cats; you will capture raw emotions of these powerful felines. Photograph every move of the lions as they stalk their prey while the fastest animal on the land, the remarkable cheetah chases down its meal of the day at top speed. As everything unfolds in suspense before your eyes and camera lenses, you will have the professional guidance on where to focus to get the best shots of your life with the help of our experienced wildlife photographers.

The Masai Mara is viewed as one of the best wildlife viewing destinations in Africa and is famous for its big cats–with the aboundancy of lions, leopards, and cheetahs. The Masai Mara has been featured on the BBC’s highly acclaimed documentary series The Hunt and Big Cat Diary, and you will probably see many of the big cats that have become the stars of those series.

The Masai Mara resembles no other spot in Africa; the density of wildlife in the Masai Mara is a photographer’s dream. The safaris will focus on zebra, giraffe, antelope, hippo, elephant, and of course the Maasai Mara’s popular big cats. We may even see serval, caracal, or black rhino. All in all, these safaris produce life-long memories and images often framed by Mara’s famous sunrises, sunsets, and dramatic vistas.

All Photographers are Welcome

Photographers of all levels are welcome. Our tour leaders are full-time wildlife photographers with great experience in the field just as in guiding and photographic guidance. Our Masai Mara Big Cat Photo Safari tour offers a small client-leader proportion that allows for personal attention and customized guidance on photography. As you may know, photography is an art whereby there is a balance between spontaneity and preconception. In most cases, seeing the shot in your mind first will play a huge role in coordinating your eyes and fingers to see and capture the perfect shot at the right time in the right place. Be observant of your surroundings as there might be some beautiful shots of unforeseen situations that spontaneously develop while you are waiting for the prime moment to arrive. Our professional photography leader and seasoned safari guide will ensure you have the perfect vehicle position and the right distance from the subject so you can get the greatest wildlife photos to date!

Our Masai Mara Big Cat Photo Safari Vehicles

For our Masai Mara Big Cat Photo Safari we use vehicles that are open sided to allow for shots from all angles and also maximize the space and flexibility that a photographer needs. Each participant has a full row of seats, as well as provisions for beanbags and clamps on the open sides and on the roof to provide good support for your camera equipment.

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP – SERENGETI PHOTO SAFARI [2019-2020]

Join our wildlife photography workshop to discover the diverse wildlife and vivid landscapes of Serengeti, Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater. Led by an experienced, professional wildlife photographer, our Serengeti Photo Safari is suitable for all levels of photographic experience, and you will be encouraged to ask questions, try out different techniques, experiment with dramatic lighting and learn from each other. Whether you join one of our group departures or we customize a photo safari just for you and your companions, you will be invited into some of the most stunning wildlife viewing opportunities that Tanzania has to offer. To get a sense of our personalized tailor-made African safari experiences from all over Tanzania, please watch our short video.

ARRIVE LOCATION  

  • Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

DEPARTURE LOCATION

  • Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

INCLUDED

  • Professional private English-speaking safari guide;
  • Professional wildlife photographer/tour leader
  • Bean bags
  • Exclusive use of safari Landcruiser 4×4 (open-sided or enclosed with pop-up roof for game viewing);
  • Accommodation as detailed;
  • All domestic flights;
  • All national park entrance fees for sightseeing, concession and camping fees;
  • All food – breakfasts, packed lunches and evening meals during safari;
  • All local brand drinks (house wine, beer & spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, tea & coffee, juices)
  • Donations and payments to local community projects
  • All government taxes and fees
  • Emergency evacuation insurance

EXCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Travel and personal accident insurance
  • Visa, passport, vaccinations, medicines
  • Gratuities for airport transfer drivers, safari guide, hotel and camp staff
  •  Expenditure on personal bar bills for premium brand drinks (those not included), souvenirs, etc.
  • Optional excursions/activities not detailed in itinerary

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This itinerary is intended as inspiration, giving you an idea of how to capture the soul of Tanzania’s wilds and touch the real heart of Africa. It makes a great starting point for planning your unique adventure through this stunning landscape, but we will work with you to customize, tweak and tailor your trip so that you can start looking forward to the safari of your dreams.

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Tanzania Wildlife Photography Safari | 9 Days / 8 Nights

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DAY 1: MACHWEO WELLNESS & RETREAT (ONE NIGHT)

Welcome to Tanzania! Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) you will be warmly welcomed by a Wito Africa private vehicle and driver who will transfer you to your boutique accommodation in Arusha for a pre-safari briefing and overnight stay. Kick off your adventure of a lifetime with an exquisite fine dining experience. Your butler will then show you to your room where you will spend one night.

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DAY 2 & 3: SANCTUARY SWALA CAMP (TWO NIGHTS)

After a delicious breakfast, your Wito Africa private field guide and vehicle will transfer you to Tarangire National Park for a morning game drive and exploration. Tarangire is known for its massive elephant herds, true sense of wilderness and backdrop of baobabs. During your game drives, you will marvel at your first sightings of what is probably one of Africa’s largest populations of elephants, along with Cape buffalos, impalas, giraffes, zebras, and wildebeest who— in addition to some big cats and an abundance of mammal species—call the park their home. Lunch will be a classic safari picnic within the park, while enjoying a glimpse of the great wilds of Northern Tanzania. In the afternoon, check in to your camp, get settled and enjoy a private sundowner before having your delicious dinner. By magical moonlight, you can go in search of the African wild cat, leopards and bush babies, as well as nocturnal creatures such as bat-eared foxes, owls and nightjars. This camp uses specialized lighting to point out those animals that are rarely seen in the light of day, and you should also keep an eye out for lions and hyenas.

The next day, your guide will greet you and take you for an exciting early morning game drive in this unique wildlife-filled area of Tarangire. Return to the camp for lunch and relaxation before setting out again in the afternoon for further exploration. You can also experience the rawness of this wilderness on foot, for an even more vivid encounter with Africa’s wildlife – large and small – that will forever be etched on your memory.

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DAY 4 & 5: NEPTUNE NGORONGORO LUXURY LODGE (TWO NIGHTS)

After a leisurely breakfast, your Wito Africa private guide will greet you at the lodge and transfer you in the direction of the Great Rift Valley to the crater highlands, for a taste of culture. Your guide will take you to a local Maasai village, or perhaps to the FAME Africa Hospital, where you will meet the people who started this local hospital in order to help the people of Tanzania (you could choose to visit a school, orphanage, village, hospital ... whatever most interests you!). After lunch, transfer to the lodge that borders Ngorongoro Crater for relaxation and an overnight stay.

The next day, after an early breakfast, you will descend with your private safari guide to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater, where you will find spectacular scenery (arriving nice and early gives you the best chance of witnessing the predators returning from their overnight hunts) and game viewing in what has been described by UNESCO as the eighth wonder of the world. Ngorongoro is a collapsed volcano - an incredible natural amphitheater, 25 km across, and teeming with more than 30,000 protected animals, including all members of The Big Five. Depart from the lodge with a picnic so that you can maximize your time in the Crater. In the late afternoon, return to your lodge for sundowners and relaxation before your scrumptious dinner.

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DAY 5, 6, 7 & 8: SANCTUARY KICHAKANI SERENGETI CAMP (FOUR NIGHTS)

After a leisurely breakfast, your Wito Africa private guide will transfer you to the Lake Manyara airstrip for your scheduled flight to the vast Serengeti National Park. You will be greeted at an airstrip in Serengeti by a private safari guide and vehicle and taken on a gentle game drive on your way to your luxury mobile camp. This mobile tented camp moves seasonally to be in the best location for migration viewing, all year round. A stay here offers a front row seat to the Great Wildebeest Migration. For the next four days, you will explore the resident wildlife and stunning landscapes, and venture to the river for a chance to witness the dramatic river crossing!

OPTIONAL – Why not take an unforgettable flight over the Serengeti in a hot air balloon!

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DAY 9: KILIMANJARO & BEYOND (DAY ROOM AT MACHWEO WELLNESS & RETREAT)

You will say goodbye to the Serengeti with hearts and minds full of incredible memories, and board your scheduled flight to Arusha Airport. Since your flight home will probably not depart until later in the evening, we have arranged a day room for you at the unparalleled Machweo Wellness & Retreat. Here, you can wash up, rest and relax by the pool, take a tour of the coffee estate, and visit the remarkable workshop and gift store, Shanga. Shanga is an inspiring local initiative that strives to support the lives of Tanzanians with disabilities. We love connecting our clients to Shanga and encourage them to support their fair trade, handmade goods (made from recycled materials) as a way for us to highlight their amazing work.  

In the evening, your driver will greet you and transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your scheduled flight home.


PRICING - Tanzania Wildlife Photography Safari | 9 Days / 8 Nights

Arusha | Tarangire | Ngorongoro & Serengeti | Kilimanjaro

Your total cost will vary depending on seasonality, size of group and specific travel arrangements, but this is a good guideline for an all-inclusive safari (everything except international flights):

  • $499 USD per person per day for 3-star accommodation
  • $699 USD pp per day for 4-star
  • $999+ USD pp per day for 5-star

It’s worth noting that, depending on your itinerary, your lodge cost will make up about 75–85% of your total safari trip cost.

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