THE GREAT AFRICAN PHOTOGRAPHY SAFARI

January 19 – 29, 2019

The breathtaking landscape and stunning wildlife in Tanzania have fascinated both travellers and photographers for decades. For photographers especially, the sheer amount of stunning photographic opportunities have long put going on a safari in Tanzania at the very top of the photographer bucketlist.

Imagine a lioness stalking it’s morning prey, a herd of giant African elephants traversing through a river valley, a cheetah sprinting through the endless plains of the Serengeti, an elusive rhino emerging from the beautiful and diverse Ngorongoro Crater, or the sun falling down over a classic umbrella acacia while the sky gives you one the most colourful and stunning sunsets you’ll ever see. You will capture all of these incredible scenes, and so many more, on an adventure that will truly inspire!


TANZANIA: THE BIG FIVE, THE GREAT MIGRATION, SO MUCH MORE!

Wild Mind Travel Co. is proud to team up with renown Canadian photographer Neil Zeller as he leads an exclusive 10 Day/9 Night photography safari through some of the most beautiful scenery on earth. All participants will have the opportunity to capture this diverse landscape and highly sought after exotic wildlife with Neil’s expert eye!

Along with Wild Mind’s first-class services and amenities, the opportunity to experience this exclusive safari with fellow photography enthusiasts is not an opportunity you will want to pass up!

Participants will have the chance to photograph:

  • Full Supermoon over the Serengeti
  • Flamingos and soda lakes
  • Milky Way over the Southern Skies
  • The Southern Cross
  • The “Big Five” (Lions, Leopards, African Elephants, Buffalos, and Rhinos) Cheetahs, Hyenas, Jackals, Hippos, Wildebeest, Giraffes, Zebras, Oryx, Baboons, variety of Antelope, many different bird species (and much more!)
  • Stunning sunrises and sunsets

THE GREAT MIGRATION & CALVING SEASON

In addition to all of the amazing scenery, wildlife, and culture you will experience on this tour, participants will have the unique opportunity to witness the world famous Natural Wonder of the World – The Great Migration. Most of us know about the “Great Migration” from nature programs that capture some of the most thrilling moments on film. Often misunderstood, the migration is a perpetual, year-round process involving over one million wildebeest and 200,000 zebra who roam the plains quietly, in search of food and water. While some antelope and hyena may follow the herds, other animals remain in their territories or have separate migratory patterns. The migration’s most dramatic moments often occur when large numbers of wildebeest and zebra make river crossings, during which they must elude predators in a desperate fight for survival. There is no telling exactly when these highly dramatic movements will occur, but all safari-goers are sure to see plenty of wildebeest and zebra while in Tanzania.

During January-February every year, the migratory herds head back to the southern Serengeti. Within a two to three week time period, over half a million wildebeest are born with as many as 8 000 wildebeest being born on the same day! This spectacular phenomenon is another rare and unique event participants will have the opportunity to capture.

OPTIONAL ADD-ON’S

Wild Mind Travel Co. offers the opportunity for participants to combine this experience with another one or two of our other adventure tours. Participants have the option of adding on a Zanzibar island excursion or Mount Kilimanjaro climb! If you are interested in one or both of these adventures, you will have the opportunity to indicate your interest on the Registration form. A member of the Wild Mind team will contact you to organize a custom itinerary for you which includes your additional activities!

SAFARI CRUISERS

All of the safari cruisers are built to maximize comfort and viewing experience. Each cruiser seats 8, including 1 seat for our tour leader, Neil Zeller and the expert driver-guides, and 6 seats reserved for each participant. Everyone will have their own window, and during the game drives the roof will be opened to allow everyone to stand, view, and photograph the wildlife. Everyone will always be able to photograph every moment, without obstruction.

 

ACCOMMODATION

The base price of this tour is based on Double-Occupancy. If participants would like private accommodation throughout their tour, an additional single-supplement of $1,000 USD will be charged. Participants can chose “YES” to the Single-Supplement drop-down in the booking form if they wish to have a private room.

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Kilimanjaro International Airport / Moshi, Tanzania
INCLUDED Tour Leader: Neil Zeller

Professional Guides

National Park entry

Full board Accommodation

Drinking Water

Private Transportation

All taxes and levies

NOT INCLUDED

Guide gratuity

International flights

Travel insurance and visa fees

Alcoholic and other beverages




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Arrival: Moshi, Tanzania

Following your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met by a Wild Mind representative who will collect the group and provide transportation to Honey Badger Lodge where you will stay the night. Your Bed and breakfast accommodation is provided at this tranquil lodge with views of iconic Mount Kilimanjaro.

ACCOMMODATION: Honey Badger Lodge

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Tarangire National Park

After an early breakfast, you will be collected at Honey Badger and begin your safari by travelling through the picturesque Great Rift Valley to Tarangire National Park. This takes approximately 3 hrs. Tarangire National Park is spectacular in the dry season through to well into the rainy season when many of the migratory wildlife species come back to the permanent waters of the Tarangire River. Huge herds of wildebeest, zebras, elands and oryx gather until the onset of the rain, when they migrate again to good grazing areas. The crown jewel of Tarangire National Park are the massive numbers of African elephants – the park holds the largest number of elephants in all of Tanzania. Following your game drive you will make your way to your Camp/Lodge and enjoy your dinner and a good night’s rest.

ACCOMMODATION: Tarangire Safari Lodge

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Tarangire National Park

After a delicious breakfast at your safari lodge, you’ll embark on full day game drive, exploring every corner of this beautiful woodland savanna. Tarangire offers ample opportunities to capture much of the wildlife you’ve dreamt of seeing during your African safari. Following lunch in the wild, and an afternoon game drive, you’ll have another night at your safari lodge.

ACCOMMODATION: Tarangire Safari Lodge

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Lake Natron

In the morning you will depart very early from Tarangire Safari Lodge and head to Lake Natron. The day will largely be spent transiting to Lake Natron and the drive takes approximately 5 hours. The scenery throughout the drive will offer plenty more opportunities to capture this beautiful landscapes.

ACCOMMODATION: Lake Natron Tented Camp

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Lake Natron

Depart from Lake Natron Tented Lodge at 8:00 a.m. and begin the hike towards Lake Natron passing through exotic Masai habitat, then back to the Lodge for lunch. At the lake you will enjoy the breathtaking views across Lake Natron and the Great Rift Valley. You’ll then spend some time before sunset exploring the shoreline capturing the many thousands of flamingoes and other bird species that frequent this soda lake. Another option on this day is a visit to the Lake Natron waterfalls. Later in the evening you will return to your tented camp for a much-needed hot shower and dinner.

ACCOMMODATION: Lake Natron Tented Camp

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Serengeti National Park

The journey from Lake Natron to the Northern plains of Serengeti National Park, via Kleins Gate, takes around 8 hours so this day will mainly be spent transiting but you will experience a game drive on the way. The iconic Serengeti National Park has the stunning landscape that earned it the Maasai name Serengeti – Endless Plains. Before dark you’ll head to your lodge for dinner and a restful nights sleep.

ACCOMMODATION: Serengeti Heritage Luxury Camp

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Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, you will begin the day with a morning game drive to capture one the great natural wonders of the world –  the Wildebeest Migration. This will last until about 2 to 3 pm. Afterwards, you will be driven to Ndutu Wilderness Camp for your overnight stay.

ACCOMMODATION: Ndutu Wilderness Camp

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Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area

After breakfast, begin your day with a full game drive in the Serengeti and then later in the afternoon you will head to your lodge to get some rest and dinner where you will spend the night.

ACOMMODATION: Ndutu Wilderness Camp

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Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, begin your day with a morning game drive in the Serengeti, and then later in the afternoon drive to Ngorongoro conservation area and go down into Ngorongoro Crater and enjoy a half day, afternoon game drive. This is undoubtedly one of the best places to see the rare black rhino in Africa, not to mention the large prides of lions, and the magnificent black-mane lions. There are lots of colourful flamingos and various other species of water birds. In the crater you are also likely to spot leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, many members of the antelope family, and a variety of other small mammals. In the late afternoon we will drive you out of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the town of Karatu where you will spend the night.

ACCOMMODATION: Endoro Lodge

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Moshi

Have your breakfast, we’ll then depart back to Moshi where you shall spend the night at Honey Badger Lodge. There are many opportunities to do some shopping along the way. You have the option to either be dropped off at the airport this evening or leave the following day after a restful nights sleep at Honey Badger Lodge (included).

ACCOMMODATION: Honey Badger Lodge

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Depart Tanzania

For those participants who have chosen to depart on this day, we will arrange for transportation to Kilimanjaro International Airport after your morning spent relaxing at Honey Badger Lodge in Moshi. Until we meet again!

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

TOTAL TOUR COST – $6,000 USD

In order to register for this special tour, participants will be asked to provide a 50% deposit of $3000 USD to secure their spot on the tour. The remaining 50% will be charged 90 days prior to the start of the tour – October 19, 2018.

If participants would prefer to pay the remaining 50% in monthly instalments leading up to October 19, this can also be done (credit card payments only).

Currency

Important to note, the price of this tour is listed in USD. This is done because this is the currency used to cover all tour expenses.

  • All Credit Card transactions will be charged in USD
  • Interac E-Transfers / Bank Transfers can be sent in CAD. The conversion rate will be the daily sell rate found here
  • Instructions: If you are planning to send your payment via e-transfer, please do the following:
    • To find Todays Sell Rate please click hereAn example of the number you are looking for can be found here.
    • Calculate the amount in CAD: 3000 x Todays Sell Rate (please round up ex. if 1.28775, use 1.29) = Amount to be sent
    • Example: 3000 USD x 1.29 = $3,870.00 CAD (amount to be sent)

Payment Options

Participants have two options in order to process their payments:

  • Credit Card – All major credit cards can be used to to pay for the tour. Credit card transactions will incur a 2.9% fee.
    • Please fill out the Registration Form below
    • Once the Registration Form is completed, please use the “Book the tour” form on your right, choosing “Credit Card” as your payment choice, and proceed to the checkout screen to process your payment
  • Interac E-Transfer / Direct Bank Transfer – If participants would rather send their payments via bank transfer, this can be done no problem!
    • Please fill out the Registration Form below
    • Once the Registration Form is completed, please use the “Book the tour” form on your right, choosing “E-Transfer” as your payment choice, and proceed to the checkout screen.
    • On the checkout page, select E-Transfer as your mode of payment, and checkout (this provides us, and you with a receipt of the transaction)
    • E-Transfers must be sent within 1 hour of checkout to ensure accurate conversion rates
    • Please proceed to send your e-transfer using the following information:
      • For Interac e-transfers, please send all payments to: info@wildmindtravel.com
      • Please reference “Ultimate Photography Safari”
      • Security Question: Which country am I going to visit?
      • Answer: Tanzania

REGISTRATION FORM

Please note, basic information is taken during the booking process. We will follow-up with a questionnaire after your booking is complete where you will be able to provide us with more information, dietary restrictions, special requests. etc.