2018/03/04 to 2018/03/10

Serengeti Calving and Predators 2018



Tour Dates

4 March 2018 - 10 March 2018 1 Spot available


Over the past 7 years C4 Photo Safaris have run photo safaris to this magnificent, but large wonderland. We have now refined this itinerary to give you the ultimate experience of the Serengeti calving season. Spend 5 glorious nights with us deep in the beating heart of this ecosystem. We have a located and partnered with a small camp, far away from other lodges with their own airstrip. From here we have exclusive access the reserve as well as the game management areas- perfect for locating and spending time with the calving herds of wildebeest.

From this base you will head out to firstly witness the spectacle of the calving wildebeest and secondly search for hunting predators. This season attracts predators in search of easy prey. Our count for the last 5 seasons reads: 5 kills in 5 days, 6 kills in 5 days and 3 kills in 4 days. If it is predatory action you are after then this is the safari for you. Expect to see lion and cheetah on a daily basis, with black backed jackals and hyena as daily additions. Its not only the mammals that come to feast- Birds of prey are everywhere during the calving season and this must be the best place in Africa to photograph raptors!

Optional Mahale Extension

There is a maximum of only 6 photographers allowed on this trip, split into two vehicles and with two professional photographic leaders. This means that there are only three photographers per safari truck and that for every single safari drive you take, you will benefit by having a professional wildlife photographer on-board. 

If a non-photographing partner joins, they must share a row in the vehicle with their photographing partner. This way all single photographers can shoot out the left and the right of the vehicle.

 

 

Make sure you join us on this fantastic itinerary that has been refined with experience to give you the best opportunity to witness the calving migration and the associated action it attracts with it. It is surely one not to be missed.

Greg du Toit will be leading this safari. Greg has led our last five years in the Serengeti and each year follows the migration throughout the year. He has an intimate knowledge of the ecosystem and brings his predator photography experience instincts with him on this safari. He will add immense value to your safari with his knowledge of predators, in camera settings for action photography and deep knowledge of the ecosystem gained from living in east Africa for 4 years.

Please Note: We have removed Ngorongoro crater from the itinerary. The vehicle rules inside the crater have changed, now allowing many more vehicles inside the crater. There are now too many vehicles for good photography. We wont compromise our photographic integrity by leading you to a destination that does not offer you the best wildlife photography experience. If you would like to visit the crater we will easily arrange a full service add-on to your safari. Ngorongoro remains one of the wonders of the natural world and is a spectacle in itself. Please contact us should you wish to do so.

 

Highlights to and what to photograph

The plains of the Serengeti offer almost unlimited opportunity for photography. It is a photographic nirvana that ensures cameras constantly trained on something exciting...

  • Endless plains scattered with the odd umbrella thorn tree, creating the quintessential African scenes.
  • This is the place to see millions of animals crossing endless plains.
  • The birthing of the wildebeest calves- a serene scene to say the least.
  • Unparalleled sightings of Lion and Cheetah.
  • Good leopard sightings.
  • Brilliant interaction between predators and prey - the new born calves attract predators large and small.
  • Excellent birding - From small sparrows to large raptors.
  • The attraction of smaller predators.
  • Beautiful African sunsets over the Serengeti plains.
  • Elephants, Giraffe and other large mammals.
  • Water holes filled to the brim with snorting and fighting Hippopotamus.

 

About your host, Andre Cloete

André grew up in the African bush with literally one hand on his binoculars and the other hand on the camera. An avid birdwatcher at that young age, he was given his first SLR in 1990. The passion of birding turned into one of photography and in 2004 Andre Founded C4 Photo Safaris with Shem Compion.

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About your host, Greg du Toit

In a world populated with excellent wildlife and nature photographers, some stand a little to the side with their own view and a completely different style of imagery. When those images take the world by storm, with exhibitions in the National geographic Store, London and in Conneticut, USA, people start to take notice.

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Day 1

Legendary Lodge, Tanzania

After your arrival in Kilimanjaro airport, you will be met and transferred (20 min) to Legendary Lodge, which is set within a large coffee plantation and close to Arusha town. If you are doing the Mahale extension prior to this trip you will not spend this night in Arusha, you will fly directly from Mahale to Dulana Camp on the 4th of March.

Legendary Lodge offers high quality accommodation in an idyllic setting. All 8 cottages have their own private veranda and a lounge area with a fireplace, and are decorated in a beautiful colonial style. There is a restaurant offering gourmet meals, as well as the use of a fitness centre and swimming-pool nearby.

 

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Day 2 - 7

Dulana Private Camp, Tanzania

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Arusha airport for a midday flight to the Southern end of Serengeti National Park. You will be met at the airstrip by Dulana camp representatives who will transfer you the Dulana Camp for your 6 nights stay. You will enjoy a game drive and picnic lunch on before driving into Camp, situated in Kusini.

Dulana sits on the edge of ‘Hidden Valley’ a little known depression on the southern plains of the Serengeti, on the edge of the off road driving area, allowing immediate access onto the short grass plains where Cheetah are abundant and Lion prides establish territory close to camp and the surrounding woodland. The Luxury Mobile Tented Camps are tasteful, extremely comfortable, and above all mobile, allowing us complete freedom to follow the movements of the great migratory herds. The tents, which have been custom designed, offer the very highest level of comfort and mobility. New furniture, new layout, and now full led and energy saving light technology make those early morning wake up calls even more enjoyable! The bathrooms remain en-suite, but the shower now enjoys an open air feel to really take advantage of the impressive night skies. All tents are en-suite with Queen or twin bedded sleeping arrangements, silver service dining and a renowned well-balanced menus served al Fresco under the African stars or in the candlelit dining tent.

 

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The camp takes advantage of the uninterrupted views across the shallow valley, where different species of game can be spotted from the comfort of the accommodation tents. The main lounge and dining tents also enjoy splendid views and are a haven of comfort for the hours of daytime rest. Nearby, a towering kopje system create the backdrop for African sundowners saluting the end of another spectacular safari day. Four full days will be spent exploring the nearby areas of the Serengeti ecosystem, following local conditions and the movement of game.

Day 7

Departure, Tanzania

After your last game drive and breakfast you will be transferred back to the Airstrip for your scheduled flight back to Arusha Airport. From here you will be transferred back to Kilimanjaro International Airport in time for your international flights home. This is the end of your safari.

Legendary Lodge

Built in the early 1900s, a beautiful tropical garden with fragrant frangipani, surrounds the main house where lavender, Jacaranda and Cordia African snow blossoms blanket the ground. The interiors of this fashionable lodge encompass a lounge with imported leather seating and cozy fireplace that flow into a formal dinning room and open-air terrace dinning area. The linen dressed bed and tranquil bath with Italian fixtures that accompany the expansive vanity and large soaking tub, evokes the English luxury experience.