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September 9-20, 2021 - accepting applications

 

Join us to photograph one of the Holy Grail Events in Nature Photography – The Mara Crossing!

Imagine a huge herd of wildebeest and zebras pressing up to the edge of this rushing river – until suddenly they begin to charge across. 

2021 Rates
Double Occupancy $11,600
Single Occupancy $14,100
Deposit $1,000

Payment 2 - Nov 1, 2020
Double Occupancy $2,500
Single Occupancy $3,500

Final Payment
April 30, 2021

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Crocodiles, like powerful submarines, move into the fray.  Panic grips!  Animals slip and others charge over them. 

It’s bedlam – amazing to witness and exciting to photograph!  One of those sets of memories that is never far from your mind – and always quick to the conversation.

A couple million wildebeest, traveling with at least half a million zebras, make up the Great Migration in the Serengeti.  They follow the smell of rains – as rains make grass grow – and pasture for all those hungry creatures.

 

In August and September, the Great Migration follows those rains north to the border regions of Tanzania and Kenya – the area of the fabled Mara River.  The Mara, a treacherous river in its own right, is home to a population of enormous Nile crocodiles – and the Crossing of the Great Migration is their annual feast!

The crazy thing about the Mara Crossing is the Great Migration isn’t just one big herd of animals, but many huge groups of wildebeest and zebras, all following their noses toward fresh pasture.  The river keeps getting in the way.  And they keep crossing it!

In all of that, there are bursts of intensity!  Moments when the water is frothing with crazy animals leaping in panic.  And moments when a crocodile moves into that melee!

Tanzania’s Mara River in the Northern Serengeti isn’t the easiest place to get to, especially with the photographic gear you and we like to travel with to capture special moments like the crossing.

We have navigated those issues with an itinerary to showcase the highlights of Northern Tanzania – and climax with the Mara Crossing, with the gear you will want to have. 

We’ll gather the group near the Kilimanjaro Airport outside Arusha in early September of 2021.  Then we’ll quickly make our way to Tarangire National Park – where we’ll find an environment dominated by giant baobab trees – and great herds of elephants drawn in this dry period to pools of water remaining in the channels of the Tarangire River.  We’ll photograph elephant interactions, a host of other animals, and search for lions, leopards, and cheetahs!

From Tarangire, we’ll make our way to the Ngorngoro Crater, a huge volcanic caldera chock full of almost all the animals one comes to Africa to experience.  We’ll work this opportunity hard, filling your cards with images – and working on your skills to get ready for the moments ahead.

 

Then, it’s out into the Serengeti.  Our next stop is in the Central Serengeti, where we will work the landscape to find great photographic opportunities with all sorts of hoofed animals – and all those creatures that want to eat them.  We’ve had success, here, in finding full prides of lions and cheetahs with young!

 

Then that last push – and we’ll set up camp in a great lodge near where the crossing events will unfold!  Every day we’re out, ready for the action, but also poised to take advantage of all the other photographic opportunities that evolve when rivers, large quantities of animals, groups of predators, and interesting terrain all come together.

We have built ample time in, at the crossing.  Sometimes conditions aren’t right and the animals balk at the rivers’ edge.  We will have plenty to photograph while we wait – but we don’t want to leave without witnessing the event that drew us here!

Then, it’s a flight back to Arusha, a day room at our arrival lodge, and a transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for the journey home.

Some things to note:

First, we opted for quality lodging for this entire safari.  We’ll have long days out on safari – and we choose to put you in comfortable rooms, with guaranteed electricity for charging and downloading, and great meals.

Second, we opted to work our way to the crossing, showcasing other great parts of northern Tanzania – and, when we have finished at the crossing, to fly back.  That saves a long drive.  And, we budgeted enough that you have reasonable limits on your photography gear and personal needs.

Third, you should have internet access at most, if not all lodgings we have chosen.  Cell phone coverage in the Serengeti, however, will not be constant.

Bottom line:

Every night we'll have opportunities to download and recharge (that's an amazing accomplishment for a Tanzania photography safari).

We are set up for up to 5 participants plus one photographer guide plus a driver guide per vehicle. Everyone has both a window and an open top vantage point for photography.

Our lodging is always close to the action.

We (Diane and Bob) will work closely with the guides to assure that we get to great places in great light and take the time to work quality compositions and action (instead of lots of short stops with little opportunity to work the scene).

We're not there to fill a checklist - we're there to create amazing images. This safari is designed to accomplish that.

  • This adventure begins and ends at Kilmanjaro International Airport near Arusha, Tanzania
  • Group size is 4 minimum, 15 maximum with no more than 5 clients plus one photography leader in each safari vehicle
  • Every photographer has a window and an open roof with an unobstructed view toward subjects on his/her side. We reposition vehicles to give everyone a great view
  • Most meals included, most drinks on your own
  • We have worked to include electricity for recharging and downloading at every lodge
  • Limited number of single occupancy spots on this safari

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2020

Frogs and waterfalls. Beaches and canopy trails. And many hours on boats photographing exciting birds and monkeys. This is a great adventure for working on bird and wildlife techniques, mastering the challenging light of the rainforest, macros, and landscapes. Hummingbirds with flashes and night photography with LED lights!
Full
Jan
12-22
Timed to meet the great migration in the Serengeti, our safari takes you to some of the great parks and protected areas in northern Tanzania in search of lions, zebras, giraffes, cheetah, hyenas... Of all our itineraries, anywhere in the world, this one has the best reviews - and is a real life-changing experience! If you'll only be making one photography foray into sub-Saharan Africa in your life - this is the trip!
Full
Feb
15-26

Custom Botswana Photography Safari

We're off to Botswana with a very special group. Contact us if you'd like to talk about a custom group to anywhere in the world!
Full
March
For 2020, we have woven together an itinerary that gets us to some seldom visited parts of the Galapagos, some of our favorite places, and the spots where we can photograph penguins, tortoises, flightless cormorants, all kinds of boobies, breeding frigates, marine and land iguanas and more! We have 10 nights at sea! Don't forget that this trip always fills early - you won't be able to join it in the 12 months before departure!
Full
Apr
12-25
Journey with us through Ecuador's Chocó Cloudforest Ecosystem to find exciting birds. We have choreographed an adventure to help you build an outstand collection of images of colorful and exotic birds - including a number of unique hummingbirds! And, we'll have our very own bird "whisperer" along to help us find them! Did we mention nightwalks for spiders and other creatures? And butterflies and waterfalls?
Space Available
Jun
20-27
Glaciers, waterfalls, puffins, geysers, volcanos, amazing landscapes, black sand beaches, and nesting sea birds! Join us as we explore Iceland, cameras in hand.
Limited
Space Available
Jul 8-17
Bring your drone and your conventional camera gear - and we'll create images of Iceland's amazing natural features from fresh new angles. We'll work away from the crowds and find glaciers, thermal features, waterfalls, craters, river patterns, and countless abstracts. 5-7 max group.
Space Available
Jul 19-27
It's time to grab your spot on our 2020 Kenya Photography Safari. We have secured a set of logistics to put us in great positions to photograph great wildlife, superb landscapes, and some unique cultures. Your chance to create images of three kinds of giraffes, and several species not found in other southern and eastern Africa safari destinations. Our key destinations include Samburu, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Elementaita Lake, and the Masai Mara! And there is an exciting extension to Amboseli National Park.
Space Available
Aug 9-20
Let's explore Belize and Guatemala on a Wild Adventure. This time we'll be working as a team to go deep into wild caves to light up special formations and artifacts with multiple flashes. We'll ascend pyramids in ancient Mayan cities. We'll explore collapsed cave systems. We'll find wild birds and animals in Belizean and Guatemalan rainforests. Are you wild enough? Contact us if you are interested!
Limited Space Available
Nov
11-21

2021

Patagonia!

Patagonia! Torres del Paine! Fitzroy! Perito Moreno Glacier! Condors and Guanacos. Gauchos! The list goes on and on and on! Join us for a photographic exploration of this magic region in southern Argentina and Chilé! We've done the homework to get you to the right places and the right times to make incredible images!
Space Available
Jan 25 - Feb 6
Timed to meet the great migration in the Serengeti, our safari takes you to some of the great parks and protected areas in northern Tanzania in search of lions, zebras, giraffes, cheetah, hyenas... Of all our itineraries, anywhere in the world, this one has the best reviews - and is a real life-changing experience! If you'll only be making one photography foray into sub-Saharan Africa in your life - this is the trip!
Space Available
Feb
17-28

Botswana Photography Safari

Botswana just after the rains. Swollen rivers and wildlife along the edges. Birds abundant and nesting. Animals fresh as tourism stops during the rains - we'll be the first groups in and we are going places no one else will go. Count on great opportunities with hippos and elephants, antelope, zebras, wildebeest, cats and dogs. Small group by design. Read the itinerary and then contact us!
Full
Mar 5-17
Journey with us through Ecuador's Chocó Cloudforest Ecosystem to find exciting birds. We have choreographed an adventure to help you build an outstand collection of images of colorful and exotic birds - including a number of unique hummingbirds! And, we'll have our very own bird "whisperer" along to help us find them! Did we mention nightwalks for spiders and other creatures? And butterflies and waterfalls?
Space Available
Jun
19-26
This float plane-based adventure will take us deep into the Alaskan wilderness where we'll put ourselves in position for up-close and personal photography of bears fishing for salmon - and jostling with each other. This is a rugged adventure that will send you home with countless great images, both of the bears and of this great wilderness.
Limited Space Available
Aug 3-10
The Pantanal, in Southwest Brazil, is probably the best place in the world to photograph jaguars. And that photography is largely accomplished from a boat. We have concocted a photography safari that will take you to the best spots at the best time with a great local operator. Jaguars are the object, but we'll also find giant river otters, ocelots, macaws, caiman, capybaras, monkeys, anteaters, tapirs, and toucans!
Full
Aug
21-30

Mara Crossing Photography Safari

We're headed into the northern Serengeti to witness and photograph the Great Migration as it crosses the fabled Mara River. Nile Crocodiles (the big ones) and treacherous waters make the crossing dangerous. And, predators lurk on both sides of the river, as well! This zone is rich in all kinds of wildlife - the photographic opportunities are outstanding. We did our homework to build just the right logistics for photographers - and to make our time in and out of the vehicles great. Join us!
Space Available
Sep 9-20
The Pantanal, in Southwest Brazil, is probably the best place in the world to photograph jaguars. And that photography is largely accomplished from a boat. We have concocted a photography safari that will take you to the best spots at the best time with a great local operator. Jaguars are the object, but we'll also find giant river otters, ocelots, macaws, caiman, capybaras, monkeys, anteaters, tapirs, and toucans!
Space Available
Oct 20-29
Winter brings out the "ice" in Iceland. Glaciers photograph with strong blues. Waterfalls are often ice encrusted or even frozen solid. Ice, stranded on the beaches is in a better position for backlight - and looks much more dramatic in close-ups. And, Iceland presents an outstanding opportunity to compose great images of the Northern Lights at nigh! We'll also take time to explore an ice cave!
Space Available

Nov
10-20

Belize and Guatemala was ground zero for the ancient Maya civilization - which was engulfed by a tropical rainforest after its collapse. We'll visit Mayan sites, explore caves, photograph birds and monkeys, and work macros of butterflies, ants and colorful plants in this beautiful and inspiring region.
Space Available
Dec 3-12

2022

Botswana just after the rains. Swollen rivers and wildlife along the edges. Birds abundant and nesting. Animals fresh as tourism stops during the rains - we'll be the first groups in and we are going places no one else will go. Count on great opportunities with hippos and elephants, antelope, zebras, wildebeest, cats and dogs. Small group by design. Read the itinerary and then contact us!
Space Available
Mar 5-17
For 2022, we have woven together an itinerary that gets us to some seldom visited parts of the Galapagos, some of our favorite places, and the spots where we can photograph penguins, tortoises, flightless cormorants, all kinds of boobies, breeding frigates, marine and land iguanas and more! We have 10 nights at sea! Don't forget that this trip always fills early - you won't be able to join it in the 12 months before departure!
Space Available
Apr
10-23
The Pantanal, in Southwest Brazil, is probably the best place in the world to photograph jaguars. And that photography is largely accomplished from a boat. We have concocted a photography safari that will take you to the best spots at the best time with a great local operator. Jaguars are the object, but we'll also find giant river otters, ocelots, macaws, caiman, capybaras, monkeys, anteaters, tapirs, and toucans! This is one of our wild adventures - as we'll journey far off the grid and lodging is about positioning us rather than luxury!
Space Available
Aug
21-30