Photographers and nature lovers – Calving season

A journey into the Serengeti wilderness - Tanzania - February and March.
A journey into the Serengeti wilderness – The calving season
Sima Safari is happy to host you in Tanzania and present the natural treasures of the African wilderness. Wildlife photographer – Atzmon Dagan, will guide and escort this special journey which evolves photography workshop to advanced and beginners as one. It fits for every nature lover who uses a smartphone camera, up to the most sophisticated DSLR’S. 

9 Days of Safari, in the most important and thrilling national parks in northern Tanzania. We’ll spend 3 days around Ndutu area( Serengeti) where the majority of the herds are located at this time of the year. That’s the place where the action happens. In all of those days, we will look obviously for the big Cats.  We will visit one of the most unique places in the world – Ngorongoro crater. We will visit the beautiful lake Natron area and the Sonjo tribe which lives close by. As well as a visit to the authentic tribes – The Hadzebe indigenous people will allow us to join them for their hunting experience. The trip will take place in an 8 seater jeep, with no more than 4 participants in it.  

Dates :
February – March 

About the guide
Atzmon is a Wildlife, Nature and Extreme photographer which lived and travelled in Africa and Tanzania specifically in recent years. His passion for Nature and Wildlife leads him in his journey. He has abundant experience as a guide, in various kinds of activities. Atzmon specializing in stills photography as well as Videography. Here is part of his work – 
For the full gallery press here – https://simasafari.com/gallery/
What we will be focusing on this trip?
 
  • Learning about our camera to the finest detail. A camera is a tool which can be used for emphasizing and presenting the reality we experience. Studying the technical aspects of the camera will serve us in achieving the best results. 
  • Introduction with the Wildlife – Not in every day we get to meet Lions, Elephants and Leopards. We will learn about their behaviour out of curiosity, and also because it will help us to get a better frame. 
  • We will study important topics in Photography – Composition, angles, lighting, colours, the decisive moment and much more! All of these are key measures which help us to do the most eminent thing with the camera – Telling an interesting story which attracts the viewer’s eyes and attention. 
  • Getting to know the tribes of Tanzania and their culture – Part of our journey is meeting indigenous people. Ancient cultures that live the same lifestyle as their ancestors.  
  • Being in the right place at the right time. We are here to get the best frames.
  • More than anything that was mentioned above, we gonna focus on the adventure and experience itself. This is one in a lifetime trip which will bring unforgettable memories. Each participant can choose how much he wants to learn professionally wise. 
Pick up from Kilimanjaro international airport to Arusha town. Sima Safari guides and the photography guide will wait for you there. After a short introduction, we’ll get on our jeeps (Every vehicle has a refrigerator and outlets for charging electric, battery and mobile devices. Equipped with WIFI) and head straight to Arusha national park. The park is located next to Mt. Mro. Most of the reserve is a green forest, where the Colobus Monkeys jump between the trees. In the open areas, we will find some herds, Giraffes and much more. Hippos and Flamingos can be found next to the lakes as well.
 The overnight will be at VENUS PREMIER HOTEL.
 
 
 
 
A day that is a very significant part of the MAASAI LAND  – The main habitat of the Masai tribe. It extends from the western and northern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro on both sides of the Tanzania and Kenya border.
Early in the morning, we will start our day by travelling north on the main road towards TINGA TINGA. On our way, we will meet authentic and fascinating indigenous people. 
This area is one of the most remote and less frequented in the Masai areas on the Kenya-Tanzania border and this way you can feel the lifestyles of the Masai more closely than anywhere else. We’ll visit their villages and experience their traditional way of living. As we continue North, we might encounter Wildlife, especially close to the volcanic mountain – Ol Doinyo Lengai – the Mountain of God…

We will continue on our way to Natron Lake, an alkaline salt lake where the water can reach a temperature up to 60 degrees. Along the way, a very special antelope is found. Gerenuk – Giraffe Gazelle – long-necked antelope found only in very limited areas in Tanzania. A type of long-necked antelope that has advantage over its competitors in search of higher vegetation.
We’ll stop to eat a warm lunch on the way.

At the end of the day, you will reach Lake Natron. You will go for 90 minutes hike along the waterfalls. Don’t bring your valuables with you. 
The lodge is not far from the lake we will visit the next morning.
LAKE NATRON RIVER CAMP
http://www.wildlandssafaris.com/index.php/natron-river-camp
 

 
We’ll wake up early to see the sun rising up over the hills of the lake. We’ll spend the morning with the flamingos and other birds. 
After lunch in the lodge that we slept in, we will go to a beautiful drive via changing landscape until will reach the Sonjo tribe area and visit the main village of the tribe. We will do a unique tour that only a few have done before. We will learn about the Sonjo culture that is different from the Massai culture.
We will continue moving towards the northern area of the Serengeti Reserve where we will spend the next three days.
Overnight in a village bordering the Serengeti Reserve – WASU.
Accommodation at DOMEL GARDEN LODGE
domelgardenlodge.com
 

 

 

 

The Serengeti national park, the most famous of all Africa and the richest of all wildlife, is a key part of our journey. We will meet the herds – about one and a half million Wildbeeste and Zebras completing each year a circular roaming route north and south between Tanzania and Kenya following the rains and grass in the Serengeti and Masai Mara plains.  
During our trip to the savannah plains, we will meet the large predators – Lions, Leopards and Cheetahs. 
We will meet herds of elephants, buffalo groups, many species of antelopes that are also part of the prey of the big cats. And many other wonderful creatures. In this day we will drive slowly inside the park, making our way south, while searching for the best photographic scene. Accommodation at – 
THORN TREE SERENGETI TENTED CAMP

 
In this morning we will continue our game drive, heading south towards Ndutu. We’ll leave before sunrise to find an interesting sighting when the sun is going up. Warm lunch will be served around noon. Towards the Afternoon, arrival to Ndutu and to an area where the herds are. We’ll look for newborns and predators that search for an easy pray. Accommodation at – 
 MBUGANI NDUTU LUXURY TENT CAMP

In these days we will continue to locate the large predators, leopards, lions, cheetahs, hyenas, and we will meet smaller predators such as Sarval and Gantt, in their attempts to hunt food. The herds will still be part of our lookout of cours. Ndutu area is the best place to be at this time of the year. Many oppurtionties will wait us as we do our game drive between the plains and the lakes.
Accommodation at 
MBUGANI  NUDUTU MIGRATION LUXURY TENTED CAMP

Over here you can see the Vultuers working as the cleaning team of the Savahnna,Making  sure that there are no left overs.

Have you seen before Lion climbing a tree? Ndutu area is known for this spectacular sight.

Ngorongoro Crater – One of the most important attractions of our nature journey. The crater was created millions of years ago by a huge volcanic eruption that left behind by a huge crater whose walls tower up to 600 meters. Many herbivores and a great variety of beautiful birds are located inside.
The crater is the densest place in the world of African animals per square meter, and even the only place where all the “Big Five” can be seen: elephants, rhinos, buffalo, lions and Leopards. The crater is such a delightful area for taking beautiful pictures. 
At the end of the safari day, we will ascend back from the crater rim and straight to
lAKE EYASI LODGE where we will finish our day with a few bottles of wine and a great view over the lake.
 http://lakeeyasi.com/
 
Early morning with the Hadzbe tribe, the Hunters – Gatherers people. We will join them as they going to catch their food for the day. Afterwards, we’ll see how they live their lives, with no shelter, literally between the bushes. The Hadzbe are very welcoming people, they like to smoke cannabis and they are happy with their traditional way of living. This visit will allow us to go back in time and have a unique glimpse of how humans survived on earth, ages ago. A great opportunity for stunning pictures. 
After the visit to the Hadzbe tribe, we will continue to visit the Datuga tribe, iron engravings and blacksmiths. The arrows for the Hadzbe tribe are produced in return For meat.  We’ll watch the production of arrows and the life of this special tribe. At midday, we’ll head back to Arusha for lunch at VENUS PREMIER HOTEL ARUSHA and arrangements before the flight back.
 
The price includes:
8 days safari car + certified, high-level guide and driver, 
All transfers (airport, hotels)
7 nights in quality hotels along with the safari
Mineral water for all safaris
Full board accommodation and meals
Entrance fee for all the national parks and the tribal visits
Maps and Swahili English dictionary
Binocular
Wifi for the Safari jeep
Professional photography guide
 
Price does not include:
Drinks other than water in safari
Tips for driver and hotel guides (Safari driver is acceptable for less than $ 30 per day per vehicle)
$ 50 visa
Travel insurance
International flights(Destination is Kilimanjaro airport)
Price per person:
This tour will feature 8 – 16 lovers and nature photographers.
4 people in a long safari vehicle suitable for 8 people. 7 nights 8 days.  2 participants will share a double room 
3,450 USD (for 12 pax)
Extra payment for a single person in a room – $ 350 for the whole trip.
Vaccines: Recommendation for malaria pills and in any case consult a doctor at medical travel centers abroad

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