ITINERARY


DAY 1:  ARRIVAL

Everyone will arrive to Kilimanjaro airport.  We will be there to meet you outside of baggage claim and provide transportation to Rivertrees Country Inn. We will check-in upon arriving to the lodge and your free to head to your rooms.  There will not be any scheduled activities due to the late arrivals.  Please note that most of the flights from the US arrive to Kilimanjaro around 8 pm.  If you choose to arrive prior to the scheduled itinerary or wish to take a flight arriving anytime during the day, there will be a surcharge added to accommodate the use of the guides and their jeeps.

Meals: none noted
Lodge: Rivertrees Country Inn (www.rivertrees.com )

DAY 2:  ORIENTATION, HOUSEKEEPING AND INSTRUCTION

Today is a meet and greet day, housekeeping information and our first photography session.  I know for some that rest is needed after a long journey and for others, jumping right in and participating in an activity or two is what this trip is about.  So, there are several options that will be made available to you if you wish to explore the area.  There are many options to take advantage of should you choose.  So, there are several options that will be made available to you if you wish to explore the area.  Rivertrees Country Inn provides several activities for their guests, so be sure to check at the desk for the list of optional activities and their prices ($25-$50 per person, not included).  Another option that is available to you is a Kilimanjaro Day Hike and Chaga Village Visit ($125 per person, not included).  Our guides will be leading this excursion and it can be pre-planned when booking your safari.  There will be a trip debriefing just before dinner.  By this time, I hope to have spoken with each of you individually to hear some of your expectations for your photographic safari. We will do introductions, go over the itinerary, reminder of check-in policies at each lodge, tipping your guides, laundry options and have a question and answer session at the end regarding your photographic safari tour.  After we have concluded the trip logistics, we will have our first photographic session on exploring camera settings and on-camera flash.  There are several options when using the different modes of your camera, so we will go over which best serves your style of photography.  We will also discuss using a Better Beamer or a MagMod MagBeam to enhance your photos which may be back lit or maybe you just want to add a catch light to the lion or cheetah you may be shooting.

Meals:  B D
Lodge: Rivertrees Country Inn (www.rivertrees.com)

DAY 3:  TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

We will leave bright and early and drive to Tarangire National Park.  This will take approximately 2 hrs. on paved road.  After we have completed our paperwork at the gate, we will begin a morning game drive.  Tarangire is known for its elephant population and its beautiful landscapes which include a vast number of majestic baobab trees.  Here we will have an opportunity to shoot the elephants and their families and keep our fingers crossed that some may be frolicking in the Tarangire River that runs through the park.  We will watch with enthusiasm as the bull elephants cross in front of our jeeps and make their presence known.   This park is home to many large African mammals such as the lion, leopard and buffalo.  After the morning game drive, we will head to our lodge check-in and have a wonderful lunch overlooking Tarangire River.  After everyone has finished their lunch, everyone is free to move about the lodge and shoot on their own or meet for a photographic session on LR editing.  In the afternoon, we will then head out and do a sunset game drive.  We will go in search of the capturing amazing warm light dancing on the faces of wildlife.  Since wildlife is unpredictable, we will look to our guides to help us spot those amazing moments that may present themselves. After shooting sunset and its spectacular light, we will head towards the lodge to enjoy a hot meal among our new friends and guides.

Meals:  B L D
Lodge: Tarangire Safari Lodge (www.tarangiresafarilodge.com)

DAY 4:  NGORONGORO CRATER

We will rise early and head out for a sunrise game drive.  The beautiful morning light provides many opportunities for some great photography.  Early morning finds many of the predator’s active and looking for their next meal.  We will stop and take in the beautiful landscape and dine on our breakfast boxes that has been provided to us by our lodge.  After our morning drive, we will head back to the lodge for a leisurely lunch before we jump into the jeeps and head toward Ngorongoro Crater.  Our scenic drive should take about 2.5 hours and if any opportunities present themselves along the way, we will stop for some photos.  We will check-in and get settled.  You will all have a free evening to do as you please.  I will be available for any one-on-one questions you may have or continued instruction on LR editing.

Meals:  B L D
Lodge:  Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (www.sopalodges.com) 

DAY 5:  CENTRAL SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Today finds us descending the crater very early in the morning to capture the magnificent sunrise.  The morning descents are mystical with the low hanging mist that make for a few shots.  Ngorongoro National Park is a sunken volcano or as many say, the largest intact volcano caldera.  The crater spans 260 square km and the rim is 2,400 meters high.  This park is home to the “Big 5”:  the lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant.  We will pack our lunch and dine in one of the most breathtaking parts of the park outside in the afternoon sun.  This park displays an abundance of wildlife and an opportunity to see the elusive black rhino, if they should show themselves.  After enjoying an entire day in the Crater, we will begin our accent to the rim and head towards the Central Serengeti.  The scenic drive should take about 2.5-3 hrs. to reach the Central Serengeti.  We will then continue our game drive and take advantage of the light as it sets for the evening as we head to the lodge.  We will check-in and make our way to dinner to enjoy the spectacular views that this lodge has to offer.  You may even choose to take a quick swim and relax a bit before we meet for dinner. I will be available for any one-on-one questions you may have or continue instruction on LR editing.

Meal:  B L D
    *This property includes house drinks (excluding champagne and premium spirits)
Lodge:  Kubu Kubu Tented Camp (www.twctanzania.com)

DAY 6:  CENTRAL SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

We will set out at sunrise to take advantage of the morning light and its breathtaking sunrises.  The Serengeti is known for its diverse landscape and staggering numbers of giraffe, eland, zebra, wildebeest, lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, Thompson’s gazelles, buffalo, 500 species of birds, Topi, and Grants Gazelles.  The shooting opportunities are endless as we make our way through the park.  Our first stop will be at the Hippo Pond.  Here we will have an opportunity to get out of the jeep and head over to the hippos that are situated down a steep incline and shoot from different advantage points.   Here is where you may choose to use a mono pod or take advantage of some of the wood fencing to steady your shot. After we have exhausted our shots at the hippo pond, breakfast will be set out by our guides for our enjoyment.  We will take some time to enjoy the fabulous breakfast and the warmth of the early morning sun.  After breakfast, we will head out into the park and see if we can’t spot a cheetah or two and a chance at finding him hopping onto our bonnet.  One of our guides is one of the most requested and sought after guides within Tanzania and he has  uncanny luck at having a cheetah up on his bonnet.  So, we will keep our fingers crossed that this opportunity presents itself and the spectacular photography that will follow.  The radios in the jeep can also come in handy because we can listen for any sightings that other guides may have come upon.  We will head back to camp for lunch and a possible dip in the pool if anyone is interested.  I will be available for any one-on-one instruction for those interested or talk about any photographic opportunities you are still hoping to get.  We will continue the day with an evening game drive before we call it a day.

Meal:  B L D    
    *This property includes house drinks (excluding champagne and premium spirits)
Lodge:  Kubu Kubu Tented Camp (www.twctanzania.com)

DAY 7:  CENTRAL SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Another amazing day awaits us in the Central Serengeti as we make our way to the jeeps for a full day game drive.  We will rise early, taking both our breakfast and lunch, as we make our way towards Gol Kopjes Complex.  This opportunity requires a special permit and a once in a life time opportunity to shoot a large concentration of cats.  The Gol Kopjes is a host for the highest concentration of cheetahs in Africa.  This area offers the best game viewing and it exhibits the worlds larges Japanese rock garden.  The photographic opportunities here are limitless as the cheetah's sprint across the plains seeking to complete their hunt.  With patience, we will be witness to some of the most breath-taking moments within the wildlife arena.   As the sun begins to fade, we will head back to camp for a nice hot meal and share some of our favorite shots of the trip.

Meals:  B L D
    *This property includes house drinks (excluding champagne and premium spirits)
Lodge:  Kubu Kubu Tented Camp (www.twctanzania.com)

DAY 8:  NORTHERN SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

We will leave out for an early morning game drive and enjoy our last few hours in the Central Serengeti before making our way to the northern parts of the park.  Breakfast will accompany us as we cover the last few miles in the Central Serengeti.  Our drive to Kogatende Area will be approximately 4 hrs. and if we should come upon a great photo opportunity, we will stop and take a few moments to shoot. We will head to the camp to check in and have lunch.  The afternoon drive will head out towards the river crossing.  We will spend the evening enjoying the Northern Serengeti and it abundance of wildlife.  We will make our way back to camp for an opportunity to sit and enjoy a sun-downer before dinner.  After dinner, you can make your way to your tent to fall asleep to the sounds of the Serengeti.  

Meal:  B L D
Lodge:  Mara Kati Kati Tented Camp (www.twctanzania.com)
    
DAY 9:  NORTHERN SERENGETI  NATIONAL PARK

Today is a full day of shooting.  We will head to the Mara River to spend some quality time watching the crossing of the Great Migration.  Breakfast will accompany us, so we do not have to miss a moment of the action with the unforgettable wildebeest crossings.  Watching the wildebeests struggle against the current as they fight off the ever-persistent alligators to cross the Mara river.  As the light starts to overtake us, we will head back to camp for lunch and a quick rest before venturing out to continue shooting the river crossings.  As sunset nears, we will start making our way back to camp for a wonderful hot dinner and some much needed rest.  I will be available for any one-on-one instruction after dinner.

Meal:  B L D    
Lodge:  Mara Kati Kati Tented Camp (www.twctanzania.com) 
   
DAY 10: NORTHERN SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

This will be our last full day in the Northern Serengeti, so we will make the most of our time.  We will do an early morning game drive with breakfast accompanying us on this drive.  We will do a bit more shooting at the river crossings before heading out to focus on the lion prides.  As we spot a pride, you can feel your heart beat faster as we move in closer for a better shot.  It is one of the moments that one never forgets as you look upon the pride with wonderment.  With the abundance of wildlife in the area, it will be a prime opportunity to spot a lion kill.  We will then make our way back to camp for lunch and a bit of relaxation before heading out for our final sunset game drive.  Our evening meal will be a treat as the lodge has prepared us a bush dinner out under the stars.   It is a wonderful experience and it always a highlight of the trip.

Meal:  B L D
Lodge:  Mara Kati Kati Tented Camp (www.twctanzania.com)

DAY 11:  NORTHERN SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

We will load up and head out early for our last early morning game drive in route to the air strip.  We will have one last breakfast in the jeep as we find those last-minute opportunities to shoot.  We will arrive to the air strip an hour before our flight to ensure that everyone is set for the flight back to Arusha.  We will stop along the way for lunch and a bit of souvenir shopping befor heading to the Rivertrees Country Inn to shower and pack for the flight home.

Meal:  B L
Lodge:  Rivertrees Country Inn (day room) (www.rivertrees.com)

Meal Plan:
B: Breakfast
L:  Lunch
D:  Dinner
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