Serengeti Photographic Tour
with Ewen Bell - April 2009 (12 days/11 nights ex Arusha) Mount Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro and the Serengeti National Park
Tanzania is one of the most beautiful countries in the continent of Africa. With attractions like the Serengetti and Ngorongoro, Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Selous and the Spice Islands of Zanzibar, it is difficult to refute such a claim!
World famous for its spectacular wildlife, visitors from around the world dream of one day experiencing its treasures. Whilst the enormous migrations of wildebeest and zebra across the Serengeti plains are the most well known attraction, the scenic beauty of Mount Kilimanjaro and the wonder of the Ngorongoro Crater, along with the colourful and fascination Maasai people make a visit to this region a wonder to behold.
Ewen Bell (www.ewenbell.com) is one of Australia's top travel writers and photographers who was recently selected as the 2007 Travel Photographer of the Year by the ASTW, Australia's peak body for professional travel journalists. He spends his working life on commissioned shoots for travel operators, tourist boards and media outlets, collecting images of inspiration and beauty, and helping people to master the art of photography.
Guests on Ewen's photo adventures will enjoy the company of an instructing photographer and an expert tour guide for every journey; one is there to help you travel, the other to help you learn about travel photography.
He doesnt claim to be the world's leading expert on photography, he just knows how to get a lot of great of images during the challenges of travelling, and knows how to share that knowledge with his companions.
Travelling in a small group of like-minded photographers you will be part of one of the most exciting wildlife adventures imaginable. Visit the holy grail of Africa's wildlife destinations in the company of a professional photographer and specialist tour leader together with expert local guides. You will travel in specially customised 4x4 vehicles and stay at quality safari camps and lodges. The tour itinerary has been designed to give you as many photographic opportunities as possible - landscapes, wildlife and people.
Not to be missed! Book your place today.
This tour departs 21st April 2009 with a maximum of 8 people.
Mt Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro, Serengeti + cultural interactions with the local Maasai people
Expert photographic guide (Ewen Bell) and specialist tour leader (Patrick Brakspear)
Photographic theme sessions and one-on-one instruction
Small group tour (max 8)
Private 4x4 vehicles customised for photography (only 3 people per vehicle)
Fabulous wildlife sightings + dazzling landscapes
All inclusive price (accommodation, meals, activities and Park fees)
Overnight Mount Meru Game Lodge, Arusha
2 nights Ndarakwai Safari Camp, Kilimanjaro
2 nights Ngorongoro Serena
3 nights Ndutu Safari Lodge, Serengeti
3 nights Mbalageti Serengeti in search of the wildebeest migration
Return flight from Seronera to Arusha
Price per person - USD6,795
All tours are quoted on a twin share basis and in United States dollars (USD). Prices are also available in Euro, Pounds Sterling or Australian dollars - please indicate your preference on your Booking / Quote request.
1. Single supplement pricing is available on request.
2. Overnight stays in Nairobi< adr es Salaam or Johannesburg pre or post safari can be arranged at an additional cost.
3. Visas, travel insurance, gratuities and purchases of a personal nature as well as some airport taxes are not included. 4. Prices are subject to confirmation on booking.
- Victoria Falls
Described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800's as 'Mosi-oa-Tunya' - 'the Smoke that Thunders' and in more modern terms as 'the greatest known curtain of falling water', the Victoria Falls are a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe. Columns of spray can be seen from miles away as 546 million cubic meters of water per minute plummet over the edge (at the height of the flood season) over a width of nearly two kilometers into a gorge over 100 meters deep. The wide basalt cliff, over which the falls thunder, transforms the Zambezi from a wide placid river to a ferocious torrent cutting through a series of dramatic gorges. Besides the Falls themselves this is the adventure capital of the region with white-water rafting, canoeing, heli rides, elephant-back safaris, gorge-swing and much more...
Staying 2 nights at the Royal Livingstone Hotel.
Price: From USD850 per person sharing ex Johannesburg.
Zanzibar is an archipelago of tropical islands nestled in the Indian Ocean. The two principal islands, Zanzibar and Pemba, plus the 50 or so surrounding smaller islands, are known affectionately as the "Spice Islands", because of their history as producers of cloves and their position on the ancient spice routes.
Behind the exotic name lies a violent and politically incorrect past. The island was once notorious as the slave and ivory trading capital of Africa. Repeatedly invaded by other cultures, including the Eqyptians, Chinese, Portugese, Arabs and British - all of whom left some cultural remnants - like the House of Wonders, the palace of the former Sultans.
Zanzibar is an atmospheric place, full of contradictions and surprises - spice plantations, Arab houses, Anglican churches.... A place where famous African missionaries and explorers once passed through.
But Zanzibar is best known for its white sandy beaches and relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy both with 2 nights in Stone Town at the Zanzibar Serena Inn and 3 nights on the beach staying at Matemwe Bungalows.
Price: USD1,285 to USD1,420 per person sharing including flight to Zanzibar (example only).
- Gorilla trekking
The Virunga National Park / Parc National des Volcans (PNV) in northern Rwanda is home to the endangered Mountain Gorilla. The gorillas live in a protected area, free from poachers and can be viewed in their natural mountain habitat at fairly close range. PNV consists of 125 sq km of mountain forest and is home to the six Virunga Volcanoes bordering DRC and Uganda . It is the National Park in which Dian Fossey did her groundbreaking studies and exposed to a mass-audience in the film Gorillas in the Mist. There are currently five habituated families of gorillas in PNV and the Park is also home to seventy six mammal species, including a troop of habituated golden monkeys. Nature walks can be undertaken alongside a knowledgeable National Park's guide; climbs of the volcanoes are also possible as well as visiting the tomb of Dian Fossey.
Access to Parc National des Volcans (PNV) begins in the lively town of Ruhengeri , situated at the base of the entrance of the park. Ruhengeri has long been the base point for gorilla visits and entertains a stunning backdrop of Karisimbi, Visoke, Mikeno, Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura volcanoes. Ruhengeri is easily reached from Rwanda 's capital city, Kigali , and is also only a 45-minute drive away from Gisenyi and the stunning Lake Kivu .
3night/4 day package ex Kigali – US$1425 per person (example only).