10-Day World Class Great Migration African Photo SafariAugust 16th - 25th, 2016
Come and enjoy this ten-day safari to the Serengeti and the “Great Migration” with professional photographer Tom Whetten.
The “Great Migration” is a yearlong migration of 1.5 million wildebeest, 400,000 zebras and 300,000 gazelles. This is a high season safari of a lifetime. Group size for this safari is limited to eight participants, three to a vehicle giving each participant two seats, one on each side of the extended Toyota Land Cruisers. You’ll have plenty of room to move around.
We will start our Safari by spending several days in the northern area of the Serengeti where we hope to see the Great Migration crossing the Mara River back into Kenya. After observing the Great Migration in the north we will spend a day heading south to the central Serengeti doing a game drive as we go.
From the Serengeti we will again Game Drive south to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. This crater is the world’s largest crater with the entire rim still standing and intact.
One thing for sure, while on the Serengeti you will be amazed by the variety of wildlife. You can probably name zebra and impala, but there are also dik-diks, elands, gazelles, gerenuks, gnu, oryx, topi, waterbuck, Cape buffalo, hyena, hyrax, fox, jackal, mongoose, warthogs, wild dogs, and that’s just a start. Oops, that was just a few of the mammals, I completely failed to mention that Tanzania also has 1,100 species of birds. Visual sensory overload is a wonderful thing when you’re looking through a viewfinder.
On the Serengeti NP one of the most dramatic and memorable safari experiences will be observing tens of thousands of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles migrating across the Mara River. We will head for those crossing trying to see and photograph wildebeests as they gather by the thousands on the banks of the river. Wildebeests run a dangerous gambit trying to cross the Mara River as several hundred Nile crocodiles try to reduce their numbers. With the swift currents, eminent stampedes, crocodiles, and other predators you have a recipe for mass genocide.
The Ngorongoro Crater is a renowned World Heritage Site even though it is relatively small as Africa goes. The Crater floor is only 110 sq mi with a wildlife population of over 50,000 including 100+ lions. A special treat will be to photograph the endangered Black-Rhino. Much of the crater floor is open grassland, making animal spotting relatively easy. The rim of the crater is 7,264 feet above sea level with the floor being 5,600 feet.