This safari is timed for late February 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.
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 trip will be limited to a maximum of 8 people and is often less. We’ll be staying at small and extremely comfortable classic tented camp safari lodges. With only 8 tents the intimate and relaxed atmosphere gives you the opportunity to enjoy a unique experience in this prime wildlife area.
Cost for 10 night 11 day trip 2017 - £4,690 all inclusive
(unlike some other providers this price includes all air fares from London Heathrow, local internal transfers, full board accommodation, laundry, park fees, guiding fees etc. See detailed itinerary for more information).