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 for over 1 Million years... 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.
Testimonial From Previous Trip
"There's no way to really repay you for what you taught us."
"I'm hoping to meet again. I owe you a breakfast! There's no way to really repay you for what you taught us. If I thanked you a million times, it still wouldn't cut it. The best I can do is pass along that knowledge to my photographer friends who will be extremely jealous after I show them the pictures! It wasn't just about the pictures and you made us all feel like we were your friend. It was pretty special.
-Nick D, - Grizzly Bears 2017
"He was willing to do what it took to get shots for us."
"This was my second trip with Kevin. I really like his low key attitude. Without question Kevin was most interested in our photographic success and having fun.
Kevin was willing to stay out as late as required in our attempts to see and photograph the Aurora. He was willing to do what it took to get shots for us. I have been on other trips where that was not the case.
Kevin provided constructive critiques and positive suggestions for improving our photography. He also showed some artistic/abstract techniques to get us out of our comfort zone."
— Greg C., Owls '16, Yukon '18
Dates of the workshop: April 5, 2019 to April 14, 2019
Instructor on the Workshop: Kevin Allen Pepper
Availability: SOLD OUT
Deposit to secure your spot on the workshop: $1500USD and the balance due 90 days prior to your departure date
Included: Meals, internal flights out to the Serengeti, airport pickup and drop off at Kilimanjaro airport, shared accommodation (single rooms available at $750, just ask), 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.
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 eight 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 instruction 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 on your international flight. With minimal flights coming in, you probably will have landed late in the afternoon or in the evening. After you get your bags, or driver will take you to KIA lodge where you can get a good nights sleep close the the airport.
Day Two - Today you are headed to the Serengeti. After breakfast you will depart KIA lodge and be taken back to the Kilimanjaro airport where you will board your regional flight for teh Serengeti in the mid morning.
You will arrive in the Serengeti at lunch by our drivers, Baraka and John... and we will hit the ground running, immersed in your first safari drive for the balance of the afternoon and into the evening.
After our safari we will return to camp where a three course meal will await us.
Day Three and day Four - For a total of three nights we are staying at another of my favorite locations, Kiota camp. Kiota Camp is set in the central Serengeti allowing for fantastic year round game viewing, especially if your interested in searching for the big cats at any time of the year. We are perfectly positioned to view large herds of Elephants, hippos fighting in a water pool, and of course, big cats. Last year we saw multiple predators hunting prey, 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 leopards, 3 cheetah and15 lions.
Photos from Our Luxury Camps and Lodges
Day Five, Six, Seven - 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 and 32 different lions.
Day Eight – Before the sun rises we will depart camp for one last game drive through the Namiri Plains on our way to the Ngongoro Crater. On our way there will be multiple scenes to photograph, including mountains, animals, and we will stop at a Masaii village during our drive.
We will arrive at Plantation Lodge late in the day. Here, you can relax in luxury over a great dinner.
Day Nine - 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 Ten - Today you will be driven back to Kilimanjaro. On our way back we will stop at the Arusha Cultural Center where you can view the largest collection of African art in one location... and pick up some souvenirs for yourselves and your loved ones back home.
We have secured a day room at KIA lodge where you can 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.
If you want to see the gallery of images I took last year, please visit my personal web page here, www.kevinpepper.ca/Tanzania-Photo-Safari
I am also headed to Namibia if the best desert landscapes in the world are more your focus. You can see that workshop by clicking here.