Tanzania – Tarangire, Ngorongoro and the Mara with Shiv Verma

This is a trip of a lifetime for up to 7 where you have only one photographer per row in the safari vehicles – all for a price that can’t be beat.

The annual migration in Tanzania is a once in a lifetime experience. This photo adventure is planned to give you the opportunity to photograph the world’s largest concentration of elephants per square mile in Tarangire National Park; descend into Ngorongoro crater with a population of over 25,000 animals including the big 5 and travel the northern plains of the Serengeti. We will visit the Mara and Sand Rivers to witness and photograph the annual wildebeest migration. We will also have the opportunity to be among and photograph the Maasai going about their daily routines. Game drives will take advantage of the awesome light of the dry season. If we are lucky we will see the endangered black rhino.

For this photo safari, we will stay in camps and lodges that are inside the parks and reserves allowing us to view wildlife in the early hours without the need to travel miles to get into the park. Our vehicles will give each photographer a single row allowing an unobstructed view from either side of the vehicle.

Tanzania with Cathy & Gordon Illg

Photo Tour Highlights
•Intensive game viewing at Serengeti National Park.
•Only 3 or 4 participants per vehicle (7 passenger stretch Land Cruisers) and limited to 12 participants, to ensure the optimum photographic experience.
•Time to absorb and photograph the wonder of it all. Most safari operator’s rush from place to place, we take our time, watching and waiting for wildlife or just the right light.
•Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, and Tarangire National Parks.

Serengeti Big Cats and Great Migration with Kevin Harris

Intensive photo safari geared for those looking to capture volumes of high quality images and experience the very best of the Serengeti. This safari coincides with our annual film crew safari – offering all the great photo opportunities without the expense of the filming permits. This comprehensive safari offers 13 day afield for exceptional wildlife photography. Our vehicles are perfectly set-up for unrestricted shooting and will only have 3 persons per vehicle. This adventure offers an extended opportunity to experience and capture volumes of amazing images in the Serengeti, with an emphasis on capturing the Big Cats and the famous great Migration. Our camp is located in big cat central, please join us and fill your hard drives with stunning imagery. Lock in your spot soon as space is extremely limited on this safari.

Wildlife of Tanzania with Steve Gettle and Nicole Sudduth

“No one can return from the Serengeti unchanged, for tawny lions will forever prowl our memories and great herds throng our imaginations.” — George Schaller

Tanzania is one of the premier wildlife viewing destinations in the world and this photographic safari will take you into the very heart of it! We will be amongst the animals, completely accepted as just another part of the landscape. Imagine experiencing lions lounging in the shade of our vehicle, giraffes grazing on acacia above us, elephants strolling calmly just a few yards from our vehicles. Warthogs, zebras, Cape Buffalo, Hyenas, Jackels – they are all here. This is the trip where wild Africa is within your reach. Each day as we begin our game drive you will be filled with excitement and anticipation as you imagine the wonders that await us!

We designed our photographic safari specifically to put you in the best locations Tanzania has to offer. Through this, you experience the vast diversity of wildlife that Africa is known for.

Unlike many safaris, we only have 3 photographers in each safari vehicle. This is the make or break between a great wildlife experience and one where you are climbing over others to see. This gives you room for your gear and more importantly, full access to shoot out of each side of the vehicle maximizing your photographic opportunities. Furthermore, our lead guide, have “Bwana Safari Steven Massey”, is one of the best and most respected safari guides in Tanzania with decades of experience and we are very honored to have him. Additionally, all the guides that make up our team know and understand our photographic needs for light and position. They understand the behaviors of the wildlife that we will encounter and anticipate their moves to ensure that we will be in the right place at the right time!

Our adventure begins in Tarangire National Park. Known as the elephant park, you will experience large herds of elephants moving freely through the land. Tarangire is also a great place to experience the beautiful birds of Africa. From Lilac-breasted Rollers, Bee Eaters, and Hoopoe, to Eagles, Hawks, and Bustards, this park is alive with birdlife. This is also a great place for leopards. On one trip, we actually had 6 different Leopards in just two days here!

From Tarangire, we head to the world-renowned Ngorogoro Crater. The crater is home to large herds of grazing Wildebeest, Zebras, and Impala. It is also home to large herds of Cape Buffalo and huge prides of Lions that feed on them. We will spend much time with the “Crater Lions” photographing their interactions with each other as well as the prey that sustain them.

Our final stop will be the Serengeti itself. Here, we experience joy and freedom of off-road diving. This allows us the opportunity to work the subject, light, and backgrounds to full advantage. One of the main targets here are Cheetah. We spend a full four days here. On day one you will be excited to see a Cheetah, by days three and four we are only targeting the “skinny Cheetahs”, because we know they are about to hunt! You will be happy we saved this spot for last because all of the other amazing locations were just a warm up for this epic location.

NANPA Weekly Wow: July 31 – Aug 6

“Mired/Red-masked Parakeet, San Francisco, CA” © Ben Knoot

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A tale of two brothers

Text and photography by Teri Franzen

Life in the African bush is hard for prey animals and apex predators (those at the top of the food chain) alike.  Ungulates (hooved animals) such as zebras, gazelles and wildebeest are constantly wary and keeping watch to ensure they don’t fall victim as food for one of the countless predators that share their territory.  Predators fight among themselves over that same territory.  Lions will fight to take control of existing prides.  They will also fight to drive off other predators, like cheetahs, sharing the same space.  Very often these battles have grim results for the victims.

During my recent trip to Ndutu in northern Tanzania (eastern Africa) we saw many cheetah families living in the Makao plains.  Among them were two bachelor brothers that we had hoped to encounter during our journeys.  With a top speed approaching 70 miles per hour, cheetahs are the fastest land animals in the world.  They can maintain this speed for approximately 500 yards.  As a singular animal a cheetah is capable of chasing down and capturing smaller prey, a favorite being a Thomson’s gazelle.  Adult male cheetahs often form coalitions with siblings.  When teamed up they are capable of bringing down much larger prey, like wildebeest.  We wanted to see this two-male coalition in action.

On January 31, during our morning game drive we happened upon a lone cheetah that had climbed onto a fallen tree.  It started calling and before we identified the gender we suspected a female calling for her young.  As we looked more closely we realized it was a male and that it was injured.  His mouth was wounded and his elbows rubbed raw.   This was one of the brothers, only his sibling was nowhere in sight.  Our best guess was that the two cheetahs had been victims of a lion attack during the night.  Either the second male had been killed or severely injured, or he escaped and ran in another direction.

Injured cheetah searching for his brother.

A closer look at his mouth injury.

The wounded cheetah wandered from tree to tree, sniffing for signs of his brother and then sending a stream of his own urine toward the tree.  Like all cats, cheetahs have a keen sense of smell and can identify an individual by its unique scent.  During this time he called continuously with a forlorn cry, presumably with the hope of vocally contacting his sibling.  Occasionally he would leap onto a fallen tree to search and call from a higher vantage point.  Allowing enough distance to avoid interference we followed the lone male for over an hour.  During that time his pace was constant, his conviction never faltered. Continue reading

NANPA Weekly Wow: June 5-11

Hot Spring Terrace at Sunset, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA © Tom Horton

Hot Spring Terrace at Sunset, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA © Tom Horton

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NANPA Weekly Wow: April 24-30

© Amy Marques - "Above the Sea Diorama, Misc FL East Coast Beaches"

© Amy Marques – “Above the Sea Diorama, Misc FL East Coast Beaches”

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NANPA Weekly Wow: Oct 3-10

Lion cubs playing, Serengeti, Tanzania © Karen Hunt

Lion cubs playing, Serengeti, Tanzania © Karen Hunt

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