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August 19-30, 2024

 

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. 

 

View our article from Wild Planet Photography Magazine on the Mara Crossing

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$12,950 each, Double Occupancy
$15,450 Single Occupancy

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$3,000 each, Double Occupancy
$4,000 Single Occupancy

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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, 10 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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2022

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Torres del Paine! Fitzroy! Perito Moreno! The third pole. Condors. Gauchos. Guanacos. This is wild country with abrupt peaks, glaciers, wide open spaces, and gorgeous waterfalls. We've done the homework to put you in the best spots, at the best time, for the best light. When the early morning sun lights up Fitzroy and its neighbors, you'll know you are where you are supposed to be! When the clouds dance among Las Cuernas, you'll be glad you are with us! Join us!
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Let's get wilder... deeper into Africa... away from the crowds... and find wild dogs and many hippos, elephants in great herds, glorious towers of giraffes, hundreds of species of birds and exciting primates. Some of the most exciting landscapes we've found in Africa! Rivers and mountains adorned with giant baobabs. We'll travel by plane, boat, safari vehicle - and by foot to put us in great places to make great images. Oh, and we've timed this for night skies! This will be one very special adventure!
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Mar 2
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!
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Mar 3-15

Custom Pantanal Photography Safari Wild Adventure

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Jun 30 - Jul 10

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Feb
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Apri19-29
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Jul 22-28
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Jul 28 - Aug 4
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Aug 19-30

It's time to grab your spot on our 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 September 13-17.

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