Come tour with Gustafson Photo Safari and appreciate nature photography at its best.You will have the change to visit to the best locations, in the right vehicles and with great advise to capture wonderful images. Your tour leaders are all professional photographers who are keen to share their expertise, while the local guides understand photographer's needs. They know the difference between seeing a subject and photographing it.
With mobile tented camp you''ll establish a camp in areas of high wildlife concentration in the middle of the bush. Tents are large canvas tents and comfortable for your sleeping.
Seronera lodge is located in one of the most important spots of Serengeti National Park, where you can witness an actual kill in the flesh in Seronera area. This area is in the heart of the Serengeti, where all game drives, balloon safaris, and catching planes take place.
Perched at the edge of a natural bluff, Tarangire Safari lodge is renowned for its panoramic views of the savannah and Tarangire River below, providing breathtaking scenery and game viewing right from its sweeping terrace and your doorstep.
You will wake up to a great breakfast provided by the staff of the African Tulip Hotel. After breakfast, you will meet your expert drivers, visit the bank to exchange money and drive through Tanzania’s rural landscape to Tarangire. After checking in at the Tarangire Safari lodge, you will have lunch and proceed to Tarangire National Park for an afternoon game drive. Your lodging are at the Tarangire Safari lodge, situated on the escarpment overlooking the Tarangire River valley where herds of elephant come for an afternoon drink.
You will continue your photographic game drives through Tarangire National Park varied habitats which include the river valley, rolling hills, acacia woodland, and dramatic stands of enormous baobab trees. The search for the perfect tree on the valley rim for a spectacular sunset shot is always worth the effort. Specialties of the park include the abundant bird life with the largest population of raptors in the world at this time of year. Big game animals including lion, leopard, giraffe, zebra, and large herds of elephant.
After an early morning game drive you will transfer to Seronera Safari lodge, deep in the Serengeti ecosystem. Here you will search for lions, cheetah, and especially leopards that inhabit the Seronera River valley and the surrounding savannah. There are a wealth of different habitats to explore. The rivers and watering holes support a huge variety of bird life as well as providing water for all the animals in the area. Some years large prides have as many as 25 members including newborn cubs and their mothers, older juveniles, and big males. Cheetahs are abundant in the plains, and the wooded ridges are always productive. You will be ranging far afield in this area, so you will bring a bush breakfast that allows you to photograph into the late morning. Afternoon game drives start late when the animals become more active as the day cools down. Leopards often hunt in the afternoon, adding lots of excitement to a game drive.
You will leave Seronera in the early morning as you game drive to the extreme northern Serengeti, where the herds are concentrated before the final journey into the Masai Mara. The time of the year is such that you hope to see the wildebeest crossing the Mara river as it winds through the Serengeti. Your base of operations will be an intimate mobile tented camp that follows the herds through the migration cycle. There are no lodges in this area and few other people will be able to witness the natural history events that you will see. When you walk out of your tents you will be into the wild of the Serengeti, with its stunning landscape as backdrop to all you see and photograph.
You will leave your intimate mobile tented camp and game drive to Seronera for an overnight before you continue on to the Ngorongoro Crater the next day. You will be able to revisit your favorite locations in this dramatic, wildlife-filled region of the Serengeti.
You will check out of the lodge early and embark on a game drive. Your morning ends at Nabi Hill, where you will say goodbye to the Serengeti. You will continue on to the Ngorongoro Crater rim. Lunch is served as you enjoy a spectacular view of the crater below. For your afternoon game drive you will descend 2000 feet to the crater floor. You conclude your drive by winding your way up the other side of the crater to the Sopa lodge, just in time for a cool drink on the veranda as the sun sets. You start the game drives early to capture the peak action of the day.
The Ngorongoro Crater has it all. This natural wonder supports its own resident herds of buffalo, wildebeest, and zebra. Bull elephants come to Ngorongoro Crater for peace and quiet. Hippos inhabit the lakes and pools, while lions prowl the long grass. Crowned cranes and kori bustards are common here, as are huge eland and buffalo herds. This is a place where it is possible to see the bog five - lion, leopard, cape buffalo, elephant, and rhino - all in one game park.
You descend for a last morning game drive. There’s no telling what you will see on the last game drive. You return to Arusha for shopping at the African Cultural Center. Carvings, artifacts, and Tanzanite gems are all specialties here. At your day rooms in Arusha, you freshen up for the flight home.
Todd Gustafson grew up in Tanzania and has been leading safaris to east Africa for 20 years. Lincoln Park Zoo, Smithsonian, and The Discovery Channel use his images in displays and publications. Photo calendars, full product guides, trade show displays and brand videos, all use Todd’s images. Todd has been the “on screen expert” for two National Geographic Great Migration television specials. Iconic Gustafson Photo Safari bird photographs hang in the San Diego Museum of Natural History as part of the Birds of the World exhibit.
The Serengeti National Park is a Tanzanian national park in the Serengeti ecosystem in the Mara and Simiyu regions. It is famous for its annual migration of over 1.5 million white bearded or brindled wildebeest and 250,000 zebra and for its numerous Nile crocodile and honey badger. Each year around the same time, the circular great wildebeest migration begins in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area of the southern Serengeti in Tanzania. This migration is a natural phenomenon determined by the availability of grazing.
Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania, it is located in Manyara region. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire River that crosses the park. The Tarangire River is the primary source of fresh water for wild animals in the Tarangire ecosystem during the annual dry season. The Tarangire ecosystem is defined by the long-distance migration of wildebeest and zebras. During the dry season thousands of animals concentrate in Tarangire National Park from the surrounding wet-season dispersal and calving areas.
You have daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner included in the price.
Please book your flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). From here you will be transferred to your hotel for a good night sleep.
If you are flying to Africa from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS), you can meet Gustafson Photo Safari in Amsterdam, where your flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) departs mid-morning. The flight lands at 20.30 p.m. in Uganda.
"Todd, I’m not kidding you when I say that you are the greatest wildlife photographer alive today!"
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"As many of you know, Todd Gustafson is an extremely talented photographer and a dear friend. As I looked back at Todd’s images I said to myself, 'Was I on that trip? How can one person be so talented? Is Todd not the best safari photographer alive today?"
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"I do wish you the best on this trip and all the others that you lead. I am impressed with your photos on these programs. I know with your knowledge of the places a lot is possible. Your work is proof of that. Your images are exceptional and the video is a very good marketing tool. All my Best."
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