2019 Tanzania Photo Safari for the Wildebeest Migration and their Predators
Do you have a passion for wildlife and landscape photography? Would you like to visit a location that has the best of both?
Tanzania is that location. Lions, Leopards, Cheetah, Wildebeest, Zebra, Giraffe, Hippos, elephants, and an abundance of bird life... all serving as the species you will photograph amidst a backdrop of endless plains, rock out croppings and beautiful Acacia trees.
I have been travelling to Africa since 2012 and I can personally attest that the animals, while compelling to photograph, are merely just a component to what is arguably one of the most photogenic locations I have ever visited in my guiding career. Nowhere on earth can you find all these apex predators that follow the worlds largest land migration. It has been happening before man has inhabited earth... the Wildebeest Migration.
Our time spent together will visit the area where the migration is just after the calving season on the south east corner of the Serengeti. The time a year when all mothers are teaching their young how to survive. Predators teaching young to track prey. Prey teaching youngsters to avoid predators. All amidst stunning landscapes of the famous Ngorongoro and Serengeti.
Prepare to be amazed and to be humbled. This is your chance to witness an area of the world most people will only ever read about and watch on TV at home, wishing they could go on safari.
Testimonial From Previous Trip
"He has always gone above and beyond to deliver a once in a lifetime experience."
"I have been on several photo trips with Kevin over the past few years and have had an outstanding experience and adventure on each of them. On my last trip with him in Ontario he searched and networked with local photographers to locate where we could photograph Great Gray Owl’s. We drove for hours until we tracked one down and had the opportunity to see one of my bucket list birds.
He has always gone above and beyond to deliver a once in a lifetime experience. I am looking forward to joining him again in a few weeks to travel to Tanzania for what I know will be a great adventure!"
— Paul S., Eagles '14, Owls '17, Newfoundland, '17, Tanzania '18
Dates of the workshop: 9 days from March 28- April 5, 2019
Instructor on the Workshop: Kevin Allen Pepper
Number of attendees: SOLD OUT - but i just announced a second week. The details are here, CLICK HERE
Deposit to secure your spot on the workshop: $1500USD and the balance due 90 days prior to your departure date
Included: Meals, internal flights back from the Serengeti, airport pickup and drop off at Kilimanjaro airport, shared accommodation (single rooms available at $750, just ask), laundry included at Namiri Camp, only three guests per safari vehicle, you have plenty of room to maneuver for shots and comfortably carry all your gear—plus a guaranteed window seat on both sides of the vehicle for each person, of course!, photo instruction while out in the field by a pro photographer that has been teaching for 6 years, image critiques so you also learn editing techniques, group visit to Masai village with custom and private photo sessions.
I will also have various LUMIX micro 4/3rd cameras and lenses on site for you to use as a back up camera to your regular camera system. This is a good opportunity for you to try the micro 4/3rd camera system under the guidance of a LUMIX pro photographer to see how it performs in the real world.
Not Included: travellers insurance, international airfare, items of personal nature, some alcohol at a few of our locations (ask for details), visa fees, items not listed as included
Where we stay during Safari: I have chosen areas that balance the best wildlife encounters with locating camps that have minimal people so you feel like you are on a private safari. One area I have chosen has only one camp with six luxury tents in an area we stayed in last year. We saw only one other vehicle in three days in this area that was recently re-opened to the public, AND had some of the best Lion and Cheetah encounters I have ever had.
What to Expect on Safari with Me: This is a photo workshop, not just a photo safari. You can expect both photography instruction in the field and also back at our camp in regards to editing. During the workshop I will sit down with you individually and go through your images from the trip and discuss composition, editing techniques and camera settings.
Our days will start with a personal wake up call with fresh coffee and tea delivered right to your tent. We will then depart before sunrise and eat our breakfast while out on safari. Some days we will come back to camp for a sit down lunch, other days we will have taken lunch with us. Our days will end after sunset, and when we arrive back at camp, a three course meal will await us. During some amazing dinners we share together, we can discuss our safari stories and then head back to the lounge to go through images before turning in for the night.
Photos from Different Photo Safaris in Tanzania
Day One - You arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport before 2pm and we get picked up by our driver and taken to Plantation Lodge where we will spend the night. If you have to arrive the day before we will book a room for you at KIA Lodge near the airport and you will be picked up at KIA lodge at 2pm to meet the others arriving that afternoon on their International flight.
Like a green oasis, The Plantation Lodge rests on the red-brown hills. The individually furnished rooms and suites melting harmoniously into the flowering garden offer comfort and relaxation. Everywhere you look, you can see and even feel the personal atmosphere of this owner-run lodge with furnishings that were selected with great attention to detail. The Plantation Lodge's cordial service leaves no wish unfulfilled. The lodge's location promises maximum safari enjoyment: a stone's throw from the entrance to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area , and just a short journey from the Serengeti.
The grounds have an abundance of Colobus and blue monkeys, so make sure you have your camera with you always…
Day Two - Today you are in for a treat. The breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater is undoubtedly the centrepiece of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This crater formed about two to three million years ago when a volcano exploded and collapsed on itself. The Ngorongoro Crater is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was voted as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa by the Seven Natural Wonders ...
Ngoronroro boasts the largest concentration of wildlife in all of Africa, and contains some of the largest old bull elephants you will see anywhere else. Your day will be filled with the opportunity to see the largest concentration of Lion Prides, Cheetah, Caracal, Black Rhino, Elephants, Hyenas, Zebra, Hippos, Wildebeest, Grant's and Thomson's Gazelles, Blue Monkey, Vervet Monkeys and Baboons
Day Three, Four and Five - For the next three nights we are staying at one of my favorite locations, Chaka camp. Chaka Camp is a semi-permanent camp located in the Serengeti eco-system. "Chaka" means "bush" in Swahili and this is what the Chaka Camp is offering; an authentic and intimate bush experience in the middle of remarkable areas of the Serengeti's pristine wilderness. The Camp moves twice a year to ensure its guests are very well placed to witness the Great Wildebeest Migration. And in March, we will be positioned right in the area where the Wildebeest will be finishing the calving season and predation on the migrating herd is in full swing.
Last year we saw multiple predators hunting wildebeest and other animals that migrate with the wildebeest, but we also were treated to numerous photo opportunities of Lion cubs and young leopards
In 2018 our big cat sightings in this area for two days were, 3 cheetah and15 lions.
Photos from Our Luxury Camps and Lodges
Day Six, Seven and Eight - We are headed to Cat Central... From the southern part of the Serengeti we drive to Namiri Plains. An area known as cat central. Namiri Plains was closed to public access in order to create a safe haven for cheetah breeding and specifically allow Frankfurt Zoo to complete a focused study on the areas extremely high population of cheetah. Now, its open and the Cheetah, Lion, Leopard, and other cat sightings are said to be unparalleled anywhere else in Africa.
While most groups visit only the most central and busiest parts of Serengeti National Park, we stay in this newly opened area of the park in the east-central Serengeti region known as the Namiri Plains where travelers are few, though feline predators are abundant! Here, we do traditional wildlife drives with some jaw dropping landscapes that serve as a great background for those that appreciate all that Africa has to offer.
While in Namiri in 2018 our big cat sightings in three days totalled, 4 different Cheetah, 3 leopards and 32 different lions.
Day Nine – Before the sun rises we will depart camp for one last game drive through the Namiri Plains. You will have the morning to capture your last images on our way to a regional airstrip, where we will meet our plane to take us back to Kilimanjaro airport.
Once at the airport we will be taken to KIA lodge where a day room has been secured for you to shower, clean up, pack and have a relaxing meal before your flight home that night. If you have to stay, no worries, we can book you a room at KIA lodge if you fly home the next day.
If you have any questions, just ask! We are happy to answer any questions you may have in regards to the Tanzanian Photo Safari.
I am also headed to Namibia, if African and desert landscapes are more your focus. You can see that workshop by clicking here.