Big Cats of Tanzania - Wild Voyager
March 2019

Big Cats of Tanzania

INTRODUCTION

The Serengeti hosts the largest terrestrial mammal migration in the world, which helps secure it as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa , one of the ten natural travel wonders of the world. The Serengeti is also renowned for its large lion population and is one of the best places to observe prides in their natural environment. The region contains the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and several game reserves.

Approximately 70 large mammal and 500 bird species are found there. This high diversity is a function of diverse habitats, including riverine forests, swamps, kopjes, grasslands, and woodlands. Blue wildebeests, gazelles, zebras, and buffalos are some of the commonly found large mammals in the region.

Highlights

1. Carefully planned for best safari experience in Tanzania
2. View the Big Cats in action
3. Witness over 50 species of birds during the trip (going by past experiences)
4. Silver grade naturalist and driver to accompany in the trip
5. Travel in comfortable land rovers.
6. Stay at the best of lodges
7. Return domestic Flights from Arusha to Serengeti and Ngorongoro

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Arusha, transfer to Mt.Meru Hotel for overnight stay.
Day 2
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to airstrip for onward flight to Serengeti. On arrival, check in to Kimondo Camp followed by lunch and evening game drive. Dinner and overnight at lodge.
Day 3
Full day game drive in Serengeti with the option to return to lodge for lunch. Dinner and overnight at lodge.
Day 4
Full day game drive in Serengeti with the option to return to lodge for lunch. Dinner and overnight at lodge.
Day 5
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer and check in to Mbuzi Mawe Lodge with en route game drive, followed by lunch and evening game drive. Dinner and overnight at lodge.
Day 6
Full day game drive in Serengeti with an option to return to lodge for lunch. Dinner and overnight at lodge.
Day 7
After breakfast at the lodge, check out and transfer to Ngorongoro by road, with en route game drive. On arrival, check in to Neptune Ngorongoro followed by lunch and evening game drive. Dinner and overnight at lodge.
Day 8
After morning game drive, breakfast at the lodge. Check out and transfer to airstrip for return flight to Arusha. Transfer to Kilimanjaro international airport for onward international flight, with the option of dinner en route.

Slots

7-12 March 2019

MORE DETAILS

Stay

Accommodation will be at Kimondo camp and Neptune Ngorongoro or equivalent. These are amongst the best resorts in Serengeti and Ngorongoro respectively. Food in resort will be scrumptious buffet spread comprising international and indian cuisine. Vegetarian options can also be arranged upon request.

These camps are located strategically for the best wildlife experience in the respective parks.

Travel

Arusha to Serengeti and Ngorongoro transport will be in internal flights. Safaris will be in comfortable Land-cruisers with upto 4 people in one car excluding the driver. These vehicles can drive in extreme off-road conditions and can handle all terrain inside the park.

We prefer this kind of land cruiser due to 360 degree viewing angle which is suitable for photography also.

This is another kind of land cruiser.

What to pack

While we will provide a detailed packing list before the trip.

Additional Details

There will be image review sessions every evening. Apart from that there will be specific photography sessions.

FAQ

  1. I am not a photographer or just a beginner in photography. Is this tour for me?

The primary purpose of this trip is to enjoy the vast diversity of fauna in these parks – especially the Big Cats – Lions, Leopards and Cheetahs
Since this trip is designed for photographers, and by photographers, rest assured we have handpicked the best locations and you will be at the right places at the right time.

    1. Would you teach photography on this trip

There will be on-field guidance while shooting for those interested. In the evening there will be image reviews and talks on specific photography techniques and local habitat awareness. However it is expected that you are aware of the camera basics before you join the trip, to make the most of it.

  1. What camera gear do you suggest for this trip

We suggest a good wide angle lens for landscapes. For mammals, a 70-200mm or 70-300mm range lens is good, and for birds anything above 400mm range is good. Feel free to discuss your gear requirements with us before the tour, we can also help to arrange camera rentals through our partners

  1. What physical fitness is required to join this trip

If you are fit enough to carry your regular work and shuttle between office and home, then you can join this trip! All tours are by vehicle, so no need to walk anywhere. Climate is pleasant in Mara and Nairobi at this time of the year with usual temperatures ranging from 15 degrees to 25 degrees.

    1. We have kids with us, can we join

Yes. Kids above 3 years of age are good to go in the jungle safari when accompanied by parents.

GALLERY

Check out some of the images made by our team

WHY US?

For every destination we offer a tour, our team has been there multiple times before and have done all the background work on the ground logistics and photography opportunities. So every trip we offer is meticulously planned to offer the best photography opportunities in that place while ensuring a safe and comfortable stay for you.

You can just wind off from your mundane world, leave the hassles of logistics to us and enjoy your date with the wilderness. All this with the company of an experienced nature photographer who is there to help you with your photography needs. Read more about us here

COST AND TERMS

Cost – USD 3800 per person

Terms

1. 40% advance payable for booking – Rs. 100,800/USD 1520
2. 60% of amount payable one month before the booking – Rs.151,200/USD 2280

Cancellation charges

1. More than 60 days before the trip – 20%
2. 30-60 days before the trip – 60%
3. Less than 30 days before the trip – 90%


Inclusions
1. Stay at at Kimondo camp and Neptune Ngorongoro or equivalent on twin sharing
2. All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and NA beverages
3. Arusha to Serengeti and Ngorongoro return domestic flight
4. All safaris in Serengeti and Ngorongoro in Land Cruiser (4 in a vehicle)
5. Services of an English speaking silver grade guide cum driver throughout the trip
6. Photography assistance by a professional during the trip

Exclusions

1. Intl Airfare till Kilimanjaro intl airport
2. Visa Charges
3. Hot air balloon ride (at USD 400 per person)
4. Any tips or gratuities


BOOKING AND PAYMENT

If you have any questions for us and need any additional information, shoot us a message by filling the form below

If you are sure of everything and wish to book the trip, please proceed for payment by clicking on the button below. After the booking is confirmed, we will reach out to you with your welcome kit and schedule a consultation with the tour skipper to plan your photography expectations from the trip.

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Quick facts

Slots:

7-12 March 2019

Location:Tanzania

Skipper:

Alankar Chandra

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What our guests say

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About the Mentor
Alankar Chandra is a passionate traveller and one of the leading natural history photographers from India. His works have been published in international and domestic media and he is widely followed on social media. His passion has taken him to remote wilderness destinations in India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Tanzania, Iceland and Thailand. He is a management graduate from IIM Ahmedabad and engineer from Delhi College of Engineering, and has held senior leadership position in corporates before chasing his passion with Wild Voyager.






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