Outstanding diversity of wildlife and habitats
This is a very comprehensive and all-inclusive workshop photo safari, covering two distinct ecosystems with unrivaled wildlife diversity and unique landscapes. Combin ing the Northern Serengeti and Ruaha at the perfect time to avoid the crowds and photograph amazing wildlife and habitats.
The tail end of the Great Migration will still be crossing the Mara river headed south, and when you’re not focused on crossings you’ll be after cheetah, lion, leopard, elephant, birds and so much more. While the open savanna in the Serengeti will be lush and green with occasional rain showers, this will contrast with the end of the arid dry season in Ruaha. Blooming Baobab trees, Greater and Lessor Kudu, Roan antelope, elephant, all the big cats and more.
- Great Migration, late river crossings
- Mara ecosystem diversity
- Ruaha ecosystem diversity
- Ruaha National Park
(+2 travel days)
Day 1Mon Oct, 19Arrive Arusha (JRO)Arrive at Arusha airport in the evening, transfer to the Mount Meru Hotel
Day 2Tue Oct, 20AM flight to Grand Mara CampFirst morning in Tanzania! Post breakfast transfer to the local Arusha airport for flight to the Mara River Lamai airstrip. Afternoon / evening game drive.
Day 3Wed Oct, 21Grand Mara CampAM game drive around the Mara river in search of imminent migration crossings. Evening game drive in savanna habitat.
Day 4Thu Oct, 22Grand Mara CampGame drive in the open savanna concentrating on cheetah and lions
Day 5Fri Oct, 23Grand Mara CampGame drive around the Mara river in search of imminent migration crossings and photographing other wildlife.
Day 6Sat Oct, 24Grand Mara CampAll day game drive - special evening dinner on the savanna, catered from the main camp.
Day 7Sun Oct, 25Fly to Grand Ruaha Tented LodgeAM game drive to the Lamai airstrip - flight to Msembe airstrip in Ruaha. Afternoon game drive in Ruaha - overnight Grand Ruaha Tented Lodge.
Day 8Mon Oct, 26Grand Ruaha Tented LodgeAM and PM game drives photographing the diverse wildlife in Ruaha National Park - overnight Grand Ruaha Tented Lodge
Day 9Tue Oct, 27Grand Ruaha Tented LodgeAM and PM game drives photographing the diverse wildlife in Ruaha National Park - overnight Grand Ruaha Tented Lodge
Day 10Wed Oct, 28Grand Ruaha Tented LodgeAM and PM game drives photographing the diverse wildlife in Ruaha National Park - overnight Grand Ruaha Tented Lodge
Day 11Thu Oct, 29Grand Ruaha Tented Lodge
Day 12Fri Oct, 30AM game drive, Depart for DARMorning game drive to Msembe airstrip / Fly Ruaha to DAR / Day room at hotel, late evening departure home.
The Serengeti is personified by the Great Migration, and witnessing it's perilous crossing of the Mara River is perhaps one of the most sought after photographic events. This safari offers that and much more. We've timed this safari to avoid the crowds while still witnessing Mara river crossings, as well as the incredible diversity of wildlife the savannas of the Northern Serengeti, followed by a flight to Ruaha to experience an entirely different ecosystem.
Joining D. Robert Franz on this exceptional safari is a sure bet to capture great images while exploring two of the greatest ecosystems in Africa.
Dedicating five nights in the Northern Serengeti in the Lamai area at the Grand Mara Camp, then flying to Ruaha for an additional five nights at the Grand Ruaha Tented Lodge.
Flight planning from the USA: Depart on October 18 to Amsterdam (AMS) then connecting flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) arriving on the 19th. Return Flight home: Dar es Salaam (DAR) on October 30th , late evening flight to AMS, connecting flight to home airport. Arrive home on the 31st.
- 100% escorted from time of arrival in Tanzania to departure
- All lodging in Tanzania
- All meals while in camp
- Drinks, incl. bottled water, soft drinks, beer, variety of house spirits & wine while in camp
- Unlimited game drives
- Premium guest suites & tents, double occupancy
- Laundry in camp
- All transportation, airport transfers during your stay in Tanzania
- Pre & post safari hotels in Arusha or Dar es Salaam
- All national park & conservatory fees
- Basic medical evacuation insurance
- WiFi when available
- Internal flights: Arusha > Serengeti, Serengeti > Ruaha, Ruaha > Dar es Salaam
- Photography instruction & assistance from safari leaders
- International flights
- Personal items
- Premium wines/spirits
- Drinks and Alcoholic beverages at pre/post safari hotels
- Extra days beyond the itinerary (camp and hotels)
- Photo equipment unless otherwise arranged
- Travel insurance (highly recommended)
- Premium medical evacuation insurance
- Tanzania visa fee ($100)
- Walking safari fees
- Night game drive fees