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14 Days African Big Cats Photographic Safari

FROM $1918 USD* / 24/7 SERVICE / 11 DAYS
West & Central Serengeti, Southern Serengeti Ndutu Area, Ngorongoro.

14 Days African Big Cats Photographic Safari

Please note that the MAIN focus of this trip will be on photographing and spending as much time with the Big Cats as possible (Lion, Cheetah & Leopard) There will also be opportunities to photograph other animals, but the MAIN focus will be on Big Cat photography. After your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, then Transfer to Arusha, meet a leader at the hotel for a photo safari brief after check in a hotel. From there will have a final preparation on going to the main wildlife farms “parks”. Next morning transfer to small Airport in Arusha for a scheduled flight to Serengeti National Park. We begin our search for the Big Cats discovering central part of the eminent Serengeti National Park. At nearly 15 000 sq km or 6 000 sq miles, the Serengeti is one of Africa’ most gorgeous and unique home to Wildlife. Its exceptional landscapes are made up of open grasslands, woodlands and spectacular rocky ridges known as “Kopjes”, this is a photographers paradise. We will have total of 7 nights exploring this huge reserve, split between the central and southern areas of the park. One of the main motives for being in the Serengeti is to get photographs of the big cats up on the rocky outcrops, this iconic image is just one of the many on our list. We will then move location and head towards a unique area known as Ndutu, here we spend 6 nights. This area is probably 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 occupant lion prides and Leopards prowl in the woodland areas contiguous to the marshland. The stunning Lake Ndutu and Lake Masek portray a false idea that there is an plenty of freshwater, but these are soda lakes, making this area an really harsh place for the resident wildlife. On top of this, we will be visiting Ndutu in the dry season. Very few tourists undertaking to this area at this time of year and it is one of the only places left in Africa where you can be alone with a Cheetah, Lion or Leopard, and where you can drive off-road. The main focus of this big cats photographic safari is to go out in search of the three BIG CATS. We will sit patiently with them as they rest and move with them when they move. Filmmakers spend countless hours waiting for predators to do something, and are often rewarded for their patience. Moving to 3 different locations will not only enable us to see different habitats but also view different Lion prides, Cheetahs and elusive Leopards. With patience and focus, we will be rewarded with some fantastic photographs. At this time of the year, the mega migration herds are to the North in Kenya’s Maasai Mara, but there is still plenty of resident wildlife around. The cats also tend to be a bit more active at this time of year as they have to put in more effort to catch their food. ** Please note that there is also the option to extend your stay with a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park – please ask us for more details of this optional trip extension… This is an private small-group photo safari with a maximum of only 4 photographers 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. On this photo safari, it is not unusual to stay out all day waiting for the cats to move. We take packed Lunch and Coffee 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, Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Hippo, Spotted Hyena, Jackal, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Thompson’s Gazelle, Grant’s Gazelle, Olive Baboon, Vervet Monkey, Coke’s Hartebeest, and an excellent variety of birdlife.
Our safaris in Tanzania offer an opportunity to explore the country’s incredible wildlife and stunning landscapes. We specialize in private safaris, which means you have a 4×4 Landcruiser or jeep all to yourselves. You have the flexibility to decide when the safari starts and ends, and our experienced guides can help you make that decision on the day of your adventure. Whether you want to witness the animals at their most active during sunrise and sunset when temperatures are pleasant, or if you fancy ending the day by the pool, it’s entirely up to you. Tanzania’s diverse wildlife is active at various times of the day, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to spot the animals in action.

At Tanzania Exploration, we’re all about co-creating your perfect journey. When you plan your Tanzania adventure with us, you’re not just booking a trip; you’re embarking on a personalized experience. We start by understanding your wishes and preferences, and we won’t stop until every aspect of your journey aligns perfectly with your vision. Our team works closely with you to ensure that your entire trip is tailor-made to your satisfaction. And for added convenience, we offer a selection of our most popular Tanzania trips and safaris as a starting point for your consideration.

Absolutely, Tanzania is renowned as one of the prime destinations to encounter the Big Five. These magnificent creatures—lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalo—can be observed in their natural habitats, making Tanzania a preferred choice for wildlife enthusiasts.
Absolutely, Tanzania is a safe and welcoming destination for travelers. The country offers a hospitable environment, especially in tourist areas like Arusha, and you can explore its beautiful landscapes and wildlife with confidence. Local people are friendly, and safety measures, such as keeping an eye on your belongings, are always advisable, just as you would in any other part of the world. Tanzania’s natural beauty and the warmth of its people make it a fantastic place to visit.

14 Days African Big Cats Photographic Safari

LOW SEASON (April 1st – May 19th)

MID SEASON (the rest of the year)

HIGH SEASON (July + August + 20 Dec + 10 Jan)

* Indicative costs per person, excluding international airline tickets

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ARRIVAL DAYS

Meet a drive guide at the Airport and transfer. Hotel; Katambuga Private House (HB)

DAY 2: FLYING TO SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Flight time; 10am O’clock from Arusha Region Airport. Arrive at the Seronera Airstrip at 1045 am. Afternoon game drive and evening. Overnight; Intiment Tented Camp (FB)

DAY 3 – 5; CENTRAL SERENGETI

Early depart for Tarangire, crossing villages heading to Tarangire National Park. This park is well regarded as the land of Elephants and Baobab trees; more than 350 bird species are available in this savannah. Out of the wildlife bird photography game as well, you will have a chance to photograph large animals and big cats in Tanzania. Explore more about the birds of Tarangire. Enjoying bird watching to three days of this Tanzania Birds Photography Tour. Nights inside Tarangire.

DAY 6 – 7; SOUTHERN SERENGETI

After breakfast in the Camp at Centra Serengeti with packed lunch depart for Southern part of Serengeti national Park. Morning and afternoon photo safari game drives. Overnight; Intiment Special Wildebeeness Camp (FB)

DAY 8 – 12; NDUTU PLAIN OF NGORONGORO CONSERVATION.

After breakfast in the Camp at Kusini Camp with packed lunch depart for Ndutu Plain in northern Ngorongoro. The plain bordering Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation. Morning and afternoon photo safari game drives. Overnight; Ndutu Safari Lodge (FB)

DAY 13; DRIVE TO ARUSHA

After morning photographic game drive, drive to Arusha town for dinner and one night before a departure. Overnight; Katambuga Private House (FB)

DAY 14; TRANSFER TO AIRPORT

END OF TOUR
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