Unique combined Safari
Southern Serengeti Migration
Wildebeest Birthing Plains and Top Predators
Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
 
NEW for 2018
 
 
 
  2018 Dates  
    3rd to 17th March 2018
  Just 1 Spaces Available
 
Trip details
 
Offered nowhere else this unique combination offers the opportunity for a wildlife photographer to combine two incredible wildlife safari spectacles. Timed when the wildebeest calving season is in full swing and big cat activity is at its highest followed by an extension to see and photograph majestic mountain gorillas in their natural habitat in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. N.B. The trip is offerd here as a combined trip but each element is available separately if required - please enquire at bob@naturesphotos.co.uk.
 
The first part of this safari is timed for early March when every year roughly a million and a half wildebeest gather on the short grass plains of the Southern Serengeti to give birth.  Extraordinarily over 500,000 calves are born in the space of a few weeks. The spectacle is truly breath taking and as the plains cover many thousands of square miles the sense of space is overwhelming.  You can drive for hours off road, and never be out of sight – or sound - of wildebeest.
 
The predators, especially the cats, take advantage of this proliferation of young animals and this is an excellent area to see cheetah, lions and hyena. At this time of year vultures and other carrion eaters gather in large numbers as part of nature’s efforts to keep the plains clean. We will also search for for the smaller but equally interesting animals, servals, caracals, striped hyenas and bat-eared foxes.
 
We will spend the majority of our time at Ndutu lodge a comfortable safari camp with a series of stone built cottages and a central dining area overlooking the lake Ndutu and the Ndutu plains. You will be able to watch game whilst you eat your meals or sup a drink at the bar! The camp is situated in an area right at the southernmost end of the Serengeti but crucially outside the reserve boundaries thus permitting off road driving. It’s in the very centre of the Wildebeest birthing plains and is often referred to as the Secret Serengeti.
 
We will also visit:

Lake Manyara National Park, an area of land between lake Manyara itself and the towering sides of the rift valley and well known as a bird watching venue. In addition to a wealth of bird life the area is well known for its blue monkeys, herds of elephants and tree climbing lions.

The world famous Ngoro Ngoro crater descending 2,300 feet to the crater floor to explore its unique ecosystem with magnificent black maned lions, some of the largest tuskers still in Africa and if lucky black rhinos as well as all the other cats and wildlife the area is famous for.
 
The famous Oldavai Gorge. This area of Africa is often referred to as the cradle of mankind and is one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world. It is internationally recognized for Louis and Mary Leakey’s famous discoveries of early humans with fossil remains of more than 60 hominids  providing the most continuous known record of human evolution during the past 2 million years.
 
The second part of this safari is a opportunity for a very small group of people to go escorted gorilla trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable forest of Uganda.

No other wildlife encounter in Africa matches the astounding experience of spending time face-to-face with wild gorillas. Gorillas are a species are on the brink of extinction and treks are a highly restricted activity. Encountering our distant cousins in mist-draped forests of Bwindi’s impenetrable forest is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Our professional guide and trackers will lead us into the forest’s secret paths, looking for a habituated gorilla family. Once found, we will approach the gorillas quietly and settle down to observe them from between 7 and 10m away. You’ll spend an hour with the gorillas, watching the adults forage and groom each other while the babies tumble and play. All the time you’ll be under the watchful gaze of the great silverback patriarch. Whilst calmly eating his soft brown eyes are constantly watching you and his family. Witnessing and photographing gorillas is a truly profound experience and one of the reasons that gorilla trekking is such a life changing encounter.

With many years’ experience of East Africa and photographing its wildlife I have designed this trip specifically for the enthusiastic wildlife photographers interested in learning more about their camera and at the same time capturing some memorable images.
 
Each combined trip will be limited to a maximum of 4 people and is often less. We’ll be staying at small and extremely comfortable classic camp safari lodges in the Serengeti and bespoke gorilla lodges in Uganda. The intimate and relaxed atmosphere of both camps gives you the opportunity to enjoy a unique experience in this prime wildlife area.
Cost for 14 night 15 day trip 2018
 
Due to the current volatility in the US Dollar and UK Pound exchange rates we have taken the decision to price the holiday in US Dollars and to the airfare separately in UK pounds.
 
Monies you pay as a deposit will be converted on the day of transfer at that day's exchange rate. If you require this rate can then be "pegged" as the rate to be used when the balance is paid thus ensuring you know the total price of your holiday in sterling in advance. Alternatively you can take a risk on the exchange rates prevailing at the time your deposit is due.
 
African land element $8,970
 
Gorilla Treking permits - 2 days @ $600 per day = $1,200
 
Plus international economy flights £795
 
Total approx £8,735 (as at 20th June 2018)
 
(unlike some other providers we provide prices including all air fares from London Heathrow, local internal transfers, full board accommodation, laundry, park fees, guiding fees etc. See detailed itinerary for more information).
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