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12-Day Photographic Safari The Dry Season


12-DAY PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI THE DRY SEASON | Between approximately June and November each year the northern area of Tanzania gets very little rainfall. During this “long dry season”

Between approximately June and November each year the northern area of Tanzania gets very little rainfall. During this “long dry season” the grass eventually turns golden brown and available water sources dry up, forcing the animals into areas where there is permanent water. The herds of wildebeest, zebra, antelope and gazelle that roam the northern Serengeti are pushed north and east and cross the Mara River into Kenya. A segment of this population remains in the Grumeti region year round and another unrelated group pours into Tarangire National Park along with thousands of elephants. This safari visits the areas where available water attracts masses of herbivores and the predators who follow in their wake completing the cycle of life and death on the savannah.

Close your eyes and picture yourself there…

Day 1: Arusha

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be greeted by our driver and transferred to your hotel for a relaxing evening as you get ready for your safari adventure tomorrow. Your guide will be at the hotel to greet you and to provide a full pre-safari briefing.

Dinner and overnight at the Arusha Coffee Lodge - a perfect haven of tranquility with grand views of Mount Meru and the sprawling beauty of the coffee plantation

Days 2 - 4: Tarangire National Park

After a leisurely breakfast your safari adventure begins. We drive to Tarangire National Park – home of the highest population of elephants, pride of lions, and over 400 species of birds. During the dry season, Tarangire is home to huge herds of buffalo and is inundated with zebra and wildebeest. There are long vistas and a baobab studded landscape that is the perfect backdrop for taking photos. These three days will be spent unearthing the many yet to be discovered nooks and crannies of the park. Each day, we’ll find a new place in the great outdoors to have a relaxing lunch and then continue our game drive until the African sun begins to wane.

Dinner and overnight at Oliver’s Camp - a peaceful and rustic retreat where wildlife are only a breath away

Day 5: Lake Manyara National Park

After an early breakfast, we drive to the beautiful and intimate Lake Manyara National Park for a full day of game viewing. The park is famous for its magnificent array of bird life and its impressively large elephant population. Soda Lake, located on the floor of the Rift Valley and next to a strikingly dramatic escarpment, attracts the breathtakingly elegant and delicate flamingos and pelicans, as well as countless species of hornbills, kingfishers, and the eye-catchingly peculiar hamerkop. The park is also home to olive baboon, vervet monkey, giraffe, hippo, African buffalo, impala, and pride of lions. The varied and diverse ecosystems within the park make for a unique experience. In the evening we climb the escarpment to the town of Karatu for your overnight.

Dinner and overnight at Sanctuary Escarpment Luxury Lodge – a lavish accommodation in the Rift Valley escarpment that offers panoramic views in all directions

Day 6: Karatu Area

The day is filled with options. You can take a walk to a neighbouring coffee plantation or visit the village market and do some shopping in the morning, returning to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon you have the option to hike in the Ngorongoro Forest and visit a local Iraqw traditional homestead to learn more about the culture of this tribe, or enjoy rest and relax at the pool before drinks and dinner.

Dinner and overnight at Endoro Lodge - a tranquil luxury getaway nestled in the Highlands of Ngorongoro

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater

Today you’ll have an all day excursion to the World Heritage Site - Ngorongoro Crater - for game viewing on the crater floor. The crater is the home of the largest African mammals. Here is one of the few remaining places where it is possible to encounter the highly endangered black rhino. It is also possible to see elephants (mostly lone or “bachelor” bulls), pride of lions, hippos, a resident herd of wildebeest, zebra, various gazelles, and  buffalo.  We will have lunch at the water’s edge, and then we’ll ascend back to the crater rim seeing more game along the way. Our day ends with a soothing shower, dinner, and relaxing.

Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge - seated at the highest point on the crater’s rim and offering you supreme views

Day 8: Oldupai Gorge to Serengeti National Park

We make our way to the Southern Serengeti Plains with a stop for a culturally-enriching tour of the museum at Oldupai Gorge. The gorge is the site of years of tireless research into the anthropology of early man by the famous Leakey family and prominent universities. The museum is situated on the site of archaeological digs taking place throughout this, and the last, century. The site was made famous by the Leakey’s and some of the amazing hominid finds such as Australopithecus bosei or “Nutcracker Man” (because of his very large teeth and jaws) and Homo habilis (a hominid named for his handy abilities with tools found around the site). We then trek onwards to the Serengeti National Park, game driving and stopping for a picnic along the way. We arrive at our camp in the Seronera area in time for a shower before dinner.

Dinner and overnight at Dunia Camp – a quaint haven nestled in the Serengeti known for its simple elegance and warm hospitality 

Days 9-11: Serengeti National Park

These days are devoted to full game drives with many opportunities to get that “perfect shot” with your camera. The Serengeti is one of the most stunning wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The name comes from the Maasai word “siri nget” meaning “endless plains”. This vast savannah hosts the world’s largest surviving concentration of endless plains. In addition to the short grasses, there are beautiful rocky out-cropping called kopjes and thousands of acres of bush and acacia woodland. In the Central Serengeti, known as the Seronera, there is a plentiful supply of water which lures the big cats and elephants during the dry season; it’s the perfect spot for taking pictures and for our picnic lunch. We continue northward to explore the changing eco-systems and search for wildlife including lions, leopards, elephants, hyenas, antelopes and soaring eagles. At the end of each day, we return to our camp for a night of rest.

Dinner and overnight at Sayari Camp – a luxurious mobile camp that is the perfect place to relax and is the corridor for migration 

Day 12: We have come to the end of our safari.

We depart early this morning from camp to the Seronera Airstrip where you’ll say goodbye to your guide and board the air shuttle flight to your next destination. Depending on your plans, our guides can work with you to make travel arrangements to other destinations.  We will make sure to take care of you whether you are traveling onwards or catching a flight back home.  

Safiri Salama…Safe travels back home!

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