Tanzania Big Game Safari December 2023

Tanzania Photo Group Trip 2023
Tanzania Photo Group Trip 2023
Tanzania Photo Group Trip 2023
Tanzania Photo Group Trip 2023

 

Bluewater's Tanzania photo group trip

Join Bluewater Travel in December 2023 for a Tanzania Photo Group Trip. A wealth of stunning wildlife awaits. We visit the world-renowned Serengeti that offers some of the most breathtaking wildlife viewings in Africa. The Ngorongoro Crater, also known as the eighth wonders of the world, the largest intact collapsed caldera on earth filled with every animal species in East Africa. And lastly, the Tarangire National park is known for its congregating herds of elephants, wooded savannahs, and network of swamps.

December 1 - 11, 2023 (10 nights)

Trip Leader: Craig Dietrich

$5,999 per person for shared accommodations.

$1,500 for single person supplement

Optional hot air balloon excursion: $695 per person.

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Includes Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire National Park. 

 

Why Join This Trip?

  • All-inclusive prices, meals, and accommodations.
  • Multiple National Park trips included.
  • Private use of a 4x4 safari vehicle, unlimited mileage on game drives, and guaranteed window seat for all guests.
  • One of the best destinations for exploring wildlife.

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Trip Overview

Join our newest itinerary to Tanzania and discover some of Africa's best safari spots with renowned wildlife photographer, Craig Dietrich. After an overnight stay in Arusha, the group drives south for 3 days of game drives in Tarangire National Park. It's then on to Serengeti National Park, via a tour of the famous Ngorongoro Crater. At the end of the trip, the group will fly from Seronera back to Arusha for their outbound international flight.

Tanzania offers a huge diversity of game species and is one of the best destinations for spotting the Big 5. From the rolling planes of the Serengeti to the dramatic cliffs of the Ngorongoro Crater, the stunning scenery sets the perfect backdrop for photographing the abundant wildlife. December is the height of the green season and an ideal time to witness the peak of the great wildebeest migration.

Click here for our 2021 Tanzania safari trip report.

 

  


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Tanzania Photo Group Trip 2023

Images By: Dori Caspi

 

TRIP TYPE

This trip is a PHOTO GROUP TRIP. It will be led by a professional or experienced photographer who will be happy to provide advice and guidance on all elements of your photography as required. The logistics of this trip mean that formal photography tutorials and workshops are not practical. 

What to expect from our Photo Group Trips

  • Photography support - Your trip leader will ensure that they spend time with everyone throughout the trip, providing advice and guidance on all elements of photography. If you have specific questions about your equipment, shot composition, or post-processing, they will be happy to support you.
  • Quality time with fellow photographers - You will meet like-minded divers or travelers with a passion for photography. Newer photographers will benefit from the experience of more advanced shooters, and those with experience can share their advice and tips with the group. 
  • Suitable for everyone - New and experienced photographers are welcome on all our trips. Gain the necessary skills to start shooting great photos, increase your confidence in finding the best underwater shots, or hone specific skills. We also encourage non-photographers to join, and do our best to split groups according to skills and interests. 

Enjoy free,  unlimited access to a wealth of knowledge and advice from your photo instructor.

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Photos By: Hagai (L) & Dor Caspi (M & R)

 

Itinerary

Here's a sample schedule for this trip:

  • Day 1: Katambuga House
  • Arusha is the safari capital of Tanzania located at the foot of Mt. Meru, close to Mount Kilimanjaro, the Manyara, Tarangire, and Ngorongoro National Parks. From there it’s only a short trip to the Serengeti. Just to the north, on the slopes of Mt. Meru is the Arusha National Park. Built by the Germans as a center of colonial administration because of the temperate climate, Arusha is a good spot to take a day or two off from your safari.
  • Day Itinerary
  • Arrival at Kilimanjaro International airport. After finishing passport control and customs, you are met by your Safari guide at the arrivals gate. After a brief introduction, your guide takes you to Arusha, for check-in and overnight.
  • Driving time is approx. 1.5 hours
  • Overnight: Katambuga House 
  • Day 2-3: Tarangire Safari Lodge, Tarangire National Park 
  • After the Serengeti, Tarangire has the greatest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania, and in the dry season, the Tarangire River is a magnet for thirsty wildlife. Large herds of elephants and migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest, and eland gather, and not surprisingly the predators follow. This is also the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as oryx and gerenuk are regularly spotted. Tarangire is also known for its spectacular baobab trees and its breathtaking views of the Masaai Steppe and the mountains to the south. Located just a few hours drive from the town of Arusha, Tarangire is a popular stop for safaris traveling through the northern circuit on their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. The park extends into two game-controlled areas and the wildlife are allowed to move freely throughout.
  • Day Itinerary
  • After breakfast, depart your lodge with a packed lunch and drive to Tarangire National Park. Enjoy your day with game drives in the park and lunch at a picnic site. Late afternoon arrive at your lodge for check-in, dinner, and overnight. You will stay for 2 nights with game drives.
  • This is a full-day activity. The drive from Arusha to Tarangire is about 1.5-2 hours.
  • Overnight: Tarangire Safari Lodge
  • Tarangire Safari Lodge is located within the national park boundary of Tarangire National Park, approximately 10 km away from the main entrance. Perched at the edge of a natural bluff, the lodge is renowned for its panoramic views of the Savannah and Tarangire River below, providing breathtaking scenery and game viewing. The lodge’s safari tents, with thatched roofs and large, mesh screened windows, provide the ideal opportunity to connect with the sights and sounds of nature. Each tent has a comfortable veranda, ideal for bird and game viewing, or reading a favorite book after a dusty safari. With a choice of twin, double, or triple accommodation, all tents are equipped with en suite bathrooms with solar-heated showers, ample cupboard space, and cultural touch of local textiles. The five circular bungalows, built in a similar style to the Maasai boma, offer a more spacious option for family and triple accommodation. The airy rooms are situated near a large watering hole, creating the opportunity to watch wildlife from the shaded veranda. The bungalows are set away from the main lodge, providing privacy, and all are equipped with large en suite bathrooms with solar-heated showers, and comfortable bedding made from local textiles.
  • Day 4: Ngorongoro Farm House, Karatu 
  • Day Itinerary
  • After breakfast, depart your lodge with a packed lunch and drive to Tarangire National Park. Enjoy your day with game viewing and your lunch at a picnic site. Late afternoon drive to your Karatu lodge for check-in, dinner, and overnight.
  • This is a full-day activity. The drive from Tarangire to Karatu is about 1.5-2 hours.
  • Overnight: Ngorongoro Farm House
  • Ngorongoro Farmhouse Lodge is situated beneath the majestic Oldeani Volcano and boasts easy access to both the untamed wilderness of Ngorongoro Conservation Area, as well as the simple pleasure of a ramble through 500 acres of farmland. Ngorongoro Farm House was inaugurated on February 20th, 2003, and is offering 52 room cottages, 49 standard rooms, and 3 suite rooms, all with ample space inside, built on the style of an old colonial farm and rustically decorated with local materials and full of details of good taste, with the purpose of offering our clients an imaginary journey to the life of the days gone.
  • Day 5-7: Lake Masek Tented Lodge, Ndutu
  • The Ngorongoro Crater is game viewing gone crazy and it is not surprising that with is one of Tanzania’s major tourist drawcards. Within the crater rim, a daily wildlife drama is played out as large herds of zebra and wildebeest graze nearby lions, leopards, elephants, and black rhinos. Outside of the crater, a similar drama continues in a more spread-out manner with Masai herdsmen thrown into the mix.
  • Day Itinerary
  • After breakfast, depart from your lodge with a packed lunch and drive through the lush Ngorongoro highlands into the Ngorongoro conservation area, descend into the Ngorongoro crater, and spend half a day on the crater with game viewing. In the afternoon ascend and drive to the Serengeti plains. Arrive at the Ndutu woodlands in the early evening, check in to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
  • This is a full-day activity.
  • Overnight: Esirai Migration Camp 
  • Six large en-suite tents comprise the camp, all with wide comfy beds, a spacious dining area with a free bar, a separate and cozy lounge tent with a solar charging station, and solar lighting throughout. A home away from home in the middle of the bush.
  • Day 8-10: Esirai Migration Camp
  • The Serengeti together with Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Park forms Africa’s most famous wildlife park. The image of acacia trees on an endless grass plain epitomizes Africa for many, and then add a Masai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation needs to go no further. The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Masai Mara is the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. But that is not where the game viewing ends; large prides of lions, elephants, and giraffes in grasslands, gazelles, and eland to mention but a few. Aside from traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Serengeti plains has become almost essential and you can even do a horseback safari.
  • Day Itinerary
  • After breakfast, depart your lodge with a packed lunch and drive through ndutu woodland.  Explore the short and long grass plains, the river valleys, and the woodlands. Late afternoon arrive at your lodge in the central Serengeti for dinner and Overnight. You will stay for 1 night with game drives.
  • This is a full-day activity.
  • Overnight: Esirai Migration Camp 
  • The golden morning light paints the savannah as we lazily take in the majestic beauty that surrounds us. Esirai Mobile Migration Camp is a real out of Africa experience. Small and intimate, Esirai encompasses only six guest tents and shifts each season following the great migration.
  • Day 11: End of Itinerary
  • Day Itinerary
  • Fly from the Serengeti to Arusha Airport. A transfer vehicle awaits you at Arusha airport to take you for lunch. After lunch, you are transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport to connect with your international flight.

 

Days

Accommodations

Meals

Activities

Locations

Day 1

Katambuga House 

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Overnight 

Arusha

Day 2

Tarangire Safari Lodge 

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Game drives

Tarangire National Park

Day 3

Tarangire Safari Lodge 

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Game drives

Tarangire National Park

Day 4

Ngorongoro Farm House 

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Game drives

Tarangire National Park

Day 5

Lake Masek Tented Lodge

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Crater tour

Ngorongoro Crater

Day 6

Lake Masek Tented Lodge

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Game drives

Serengeti National Park

Day 7

Lake Masek Tented Lodge

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Game drives

Serengeti National Park

Day 8

Esirai Migration Camp

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Game drives

Serengeti National Park

Day 9

Esirai Migration Camp

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Game drives

Serengeti National Park

Day 10

Esirai Migration Camp

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Game drives

Serengeti National Park

Day 11

Out Seronera fly to Arusha 

Out 

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Out JRO flight back 

 

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Photos By: Hagai (L) & Dor Caspi (R)

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accommodations

  Running Water ShowerFlushing ToiletsWiFiCell SignalElectricity

Air Con

Credit Card Payment

Swimming Pool

Drinks Included

Laundry Service

Villa MauaYESYESYES YES YESYESYESYESNOYES
Tarangire Safari LodgeYESYES YES3NO YES1NO NOYESNOYES
Ngorongoro Farm House YES2YES YES3NO YES NO YESYESNOYES
Lake Masek Tented CampYESYES  YES3NO YES NO YES YESYESYES
Kati Kati Tented Camp NO4 YES YES3NO YES6  NONO NONOYES
Esirai Migration Camp NO5 NO NO NO YES6 NO NO  NOYESYES

1 Power is available from 6.45am - 10am and from 6pm - 11pm.

2 80 litres of hot water available at a time. Hot water takes 20 minutes to re-heat.

3 WiFi only availble in main area.

4 20 litres of hot water available at a time. Can request more if needed.

5 40 litres of hot water available at a time. Can request more if needed.

6 Solar-powered electricity with back-up generator.

  

Tanzania Overview 

Home to Africa's highest mountain Kilimanjaro, Tanzania will sweep you away with its natural beauty and exciting safaris. When we first arrive in Arusha you will already be amazed by Maasai culture, their bold colors, warm smiles, and lively daily lives. The Arusha city is surrounded by stunning scenery from where we start our journey to see all the beauty Africa has to offer. 
 

TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

 
Away from the busier areas, Tarangire National Park will promise its visitors wilderness and adventure. You will see herds of elephants and savannahs including baobab and acacia woodlands. Other animals you can see here are herds of buffalo, Thomson gazelle, zebra, wildebeest, gerenuk, and many more. Moreover, there are more than 500 species of birds in this national park like the Yellow-collared lovebirds and the world’s largest bird, the stocking-thighed ostrich. 
 

THE SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

 
The park has become the synonym of African Safaris with golden sunsets over the savannah, clouds of orange dust, and where you can see the famous Great Migration. You also might be able to see black maned lions, leopards, rhinos, and wild dogs. One of the reasons that this park is one of the most famous ones in Africa, is that its ecosystem is the oldest and most complex in the world. 
 

NGORONGORO CRATER

 
The Ngorongoro Crater is unique for having the highest density of lions in the world, including the black maned lions. It’s an incredible sanctuary for wildlife and you can also see herds of zebra, gazelle, black rhinos, hippos in muddy water, cheetahs, thousands of flamingos, and much more. Besides wildlife, the Maasai tribes live in the area as well, where you can learn more about their culture. 

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Photos By: Hagai

 

Visiting Tanzania in DECEMBER

During December, Tanzania's climate is not too hot and the plains are greener than ever. Large herds of wildebeest gather on the plains of the Serengeti, with low-grass areas making them easy to spot. Many migratory birds arrive at this time of year, including cinnamon-breasted buntings, purple grenadier, and red-necked spurfowl.

 

Inclusions

  • Park and Ngorongoro Conservation area entrance fees as required as per your itinerary.
  • 1 Half-day Crater tour and Ngorongoro Crater service fee(s) x 1.
  • Bed, dinner, and breakfast on the day of arrival.
  • Meals and accommodation in lodges/camps on safari as per your itinerary.
  • Unlimited mileage on game drives.
  • Private use of 4x4 safari vehicle.
  • The services of a dedicated professional safari guide.
  • Mineral water in vehicle on Safari drives.
  • Pickup from Kilimanjaro International airport (JRO) on arrival in Tanzania and transfer to your lodge for overnight.
  • Flights from Seronera to Arusha, inclusive of the required airport taxes and fuel supplement; according to your itinerary.
  • Lunch in Arusha on the last day of your safari.
  • Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport to connect to your outgoing flight.

 

Exclusions

  • Flights not mentioned as included. 
  • Airport taxes apart from the one mentioned in the inclusions. 
  • Visas. 
  • Insurance. 
  • Gratuities. 
  • Any items of a personal nature. 
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in our quote 

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ABOUT THE TRIP LEADER

Bluewater Trip Leader

Craig Dietrich served our country as a Naval photographer during the Gulf War, where his thirst for adventure was born when he was given the opportunity to travel.  After leaving the Navy, Craig built a successful family photography business and later decided to expand his portfolio by spending several years concentrating on the world of underwater photography.

Craig took his first trip to Africa in 2019, and the beauty there inspired him to return to his roots of topside photography. His introduction of the "Safari Collection" allowed his photography vision and artistry to be shared with a broader audience, including leading trips to Tanzania to share its wonder with others.
 
Craig has been leading trips for Bluewater since 2016 and lives in South Florida with his wife, Julie. They are pet parents to Bubbles and Salty. 

To learn more about Craig's work, visit www.dietrichunderwater.com

Learn more about Craig here.

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Travel Information & what to pack

CLOTHING

Bring comfortable clothes and dress modestly to respect the local people and culture. Be prepared with clothes both for warm weather conditions on the plains and colder temperatures on the hilly and mountainous areas. Also, the early mornings and evenings can be surprisingly cool!  Wear neutral-colored clothes on safaris and especially in lighter tones or khaki as the tsetse flies are attracted to dark colors. We also recommend packing light. Most of the lodging offers laundry services at an extra cost, but many of them also do only hand washing and don't accept underwear.

FOOD & WATER

We recommend bringing your own water bottle as many lodges and camps have a water dispenser to fill  your bottle with drinking water. To support the community, local produce is used as much as possible. Trying new foods will be part of the experience!

ELECTRICITY

Electricity supplies in rural areas are mostly provided by generators or solar panels. Though the camps and lodges can provide lighting and power in guest rooms, most of the rooms do not have electricity sockets. Ask about the charging facilities in the accommodations. The electricity supply in Tanzania is 200 volts/AC50Hz. The plugs do vary and we recommend taking multi-adapters to cope with 3 square pin sockets and 2 round pin sockets. 

LOCAL CURRENCY

The local currency is the Tanzanian Shilling. All international airports have money-changing facilities and there are banks and ATMs available, but we recommend changing your money upon arrival as it is more difficult to change money whilst on safari. Credit cards are accepted in larger hotels and restaurants, but it is preferable to travel with cash. 

Tanzania Photo Group Trip 2023

Photos By: Pietro Lurasci

 

Flight Information

  • Guests will be picked up from the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and transferred to a lodge for an overnight stay.
  • For the outgoing flight, guests will also be transferred from the accommodations to the airport.
  • Luggage allowance on the domestic flight from Kogatende to Arusha is 20kg. Additional weight is $3/kg and MUST be booked in advance.
  • The recommended arrival time to JRO airport is at 2 PM and the earliest departure time from JRO at 5 PM.
  • If you have any questions, please email us. We will arrange your transport to the resort.

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PAYMENT SCHEDULE

Deposit: $1,500

Balance: September 15, 2023

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Photos By: Pietro Lurasci

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TRIP DOCUMENTATION

A resource of information for guests who have signed up for the trip.

About Tanzania

Tanzania Health and Vaccinations

Packing for Safari

About the Safari Vehicles - N.B. Ideally wear sandals or flip flops that can be easily removed to allow you to stand on your seat for the best view. Almost no walking is done during the game drives.

Accommodation Types

All visitors to Tanzania require an entry Visa which costs between $50USD and $100USD depending on your nationality. While this can be purchased on arrival, we highly recommend applying in advance using the eVisa site.

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