A Northern Tanzania Tour with Adam Woodhams
12 days – October 15 to 26, 2015
Tanzanian landscapes and wildlife offer unique opportunity for photographers to express their talent. Our safari, under the guidance of Adam Woodhams, will take you to the best spots of the Northern circuit and will offer you many possibilities of close encounters with nature. This journey is for anyone with passion, no matter your level of expertise in photography. Your tutor will initiate you to the wonders of wildlife images in situ, and you will enjoy sharing your experience with your fellow travelers in an inspiring atmosphere. Following a relaxed pace in comfortable and charming accommodations, you will have plenty of time to perfect your skills.
- Lake Manyara National Park
- Ngorongoro Conservation Area and 2 game drives in the crater
- Ndutu area, the dreamland for any naturalist
- Tarangire National Park
- A walking safari in Ndutu area
- A night game drive in Tarangire
- Safari for people with a deep interest in photography, no matter their level of expertise
- First night in Arusha in Karama Lodge in HB
- Safari in full board and camping, with shower, toilet and the service of a cook
- Maximum 2 persons per vehicle
- Lodges and Camping grounds specially selected for their charm, ideal location and closeness to nature
- Professional driver/naturalist guide with first aid certificate
- Possibility of portrait session in a Maasai village
- Tutoring by Adam Woodhams
Day 1 – Arrival in Arusha
Your guide will be meeting you upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha Airport. Standing at an altitude of 1390m, the town is surrounded by fertile land that yields coffee, wheat and maize to the people of the Waarusha and Wameru tribes. It is the access door to the Northern Tanzanian Safari circuit. You will be hosted in our own Karama Lodge where you will meet your art tutor and your fellow travelers participating to this tour. You will all enjoy dinner, bed and breakfast – www.karama‐lodge.com
Day 2 – Safari 1
Arusha to Lake Manyara
This morning you are heading off in a four wheel drive safari vehicle with picnic lunch boxes. Your Tanzanian driver/guide will take you across the Great Rift Valley. This is one of the earth’s most dramatic natural features stretching from the Dead Sea in Jordan to Mozambique in the South. This huge depression is up to 100km wide in places and hosts an enormous diversity of animal and plant life.
Today’s route leads through the ancestral lands of the Maasai, probably the best known tribe in Africa, to the village of Mto wa Mbu and the entrance of the park. During your game drives in Lake Manyara National Park you may be lucky enough to see the Park’s major attraction the tree ‐ climbing Lions ‐ though there’s obviously no guarantee of this! There are plenty of other things to see: Elephant, Hippo and plains game as well as a huge variety of bird life, both resident and migratory. You will have the whole day to discover the wildlife and select different locations allowing you to have great views of the lake itself and of the Rift valley surrounding it. Dinner and overnight stay at campsite inside the park.
Day 3 – Safari 2
The whole day will be dedicated to, in situ, photo session in Manyara National Park and you will enjoy a picnic breakfast in a lovely natural setting. Without any doubt, you will encounter elephants, monkeys, zebras, giraffes, antelopes and many species of birds.
You might get the chance to view the lions in the tree as they try to escape the heat of the day and the ticks in the high grass, a typical feature of this park. We will also take you to the most remote parts of the park and to the hot springs.
You will go back to the campsite for lunch and spend the afternoon in the park again. Overnight and dinner at the campsite.
Day 4 – Safari 3
Manyara to Ndutu area in Southern Serengeti region
This morning, after an early breakfast, you’ll continue past Ngorongoro Crater to the Ndutu area which is part of the Serengeti eco-system but actually outside the southern boundaries of the park. This allows your driver/guide to take you off tracks and to come as close as possible to the animals without troubling them (within the park limits you have to stay on the marked tracks which can be frustrating). You will be able to enjoy the immense open plains but also very lovely marsh areas and forest where hundreds of bird species can be seen. You will have a picnic lunch and will have several hours to shoot in situ. You will arrive late afternoon at the location of your camp site, home of wildlife lovers for decades. Do not be surprised if wildlife comes to your tent door step, this is part of the charm of the place where you will share your adventure of the day around a camp fire. Dinner and overnight at a camp site
Day 5 – Safari 4
You will have the entire days to explore the area and organize your photographic session with your tutor. As a group, you will be able to collectively decide if you want to come back to the camp for lunch or if you rather like to spend the entire day in situ and work from various locations. A walking safari (in option) is also possible. Dinner and overnight stay at a camp site.
Day 6 – Safari 5
You will have another entire day to explore Ndutu area, focusing on Lake Ndutu and Lake Masek. Again, as a group, you will be able to collectively decide if you want to come back to the camp for lunch or if you rather like to spend the entire day in situ and work from various locations. Dinner and overnight stay at a camp site.
Day 7 – Safari 6
Ndutu to Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After an early breakfast and morning game drive you will leave the Ndutu area, and retrace your route back to the Ngorongoro Crater (with picnic lunch), a vast volcanic caldera that offers tremendous game ‐ viewing opportunities. En-route you will be able to visit a Maasai Boma and do a portrait session. In the afternoon, you will enter the Ngorongoro crater for a game drive into this mythic park. Tonight you will sleep on the Rim of the World’s largest Crater ‐ designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site ‐ from where there’s a fabulous unimpeded view down into the Crater. Dinner and overnight at a camp site.
Day 8 – Safari 7
Today you embark on an unforgettable safari into the Crater. Ngorongoro is one of the most picturesque settings for observing wildlife. With around 30,000 resident animals, the game viewing is excellent all year round and the viewing opportunities are unrivalled! Encounters with animals are frequent in this Garden of Eden, and there is a wide variety to see. Lake Magadi, the soda lake on the floor of the Crater, is home to thousands of Flamingos. This is also one of the best places to see the endangered Black Rhino. You will spend the entire day into the crater (with picnic lunch) before heading to Karatu for dinner and overnight stay at Happy Days Camping Grounds in Karatu.
Day 9 – Safari 8
Karatu to Tarangire
Today after breakfast, you’ll move on to one of Tanzania’s less visited places, Tarangire National Park. Established in 1970, it takes its name from the Tarangire River, a permanent watercourse running through the middle of the Park, allowing fantastic views along the valley. On approaching the Park however, the most eye-catching aspect is the view of baobab trees rising from the plain. These trees are instantly recognizable by the leafless branches – almost as if they were the roots of a tree that was planted upside down. The scars on their trunks bear witness to the presence of large herds of Elephant that Tarangire attracts. The largely forested areas and high grasses make game viewing harder than on the short grass plains of the Serengeti, but during the dry months (Jul-Sep) large numbers of animals congregate along the banks of the river. As well as elephant it’s possible to see lions, wildebeest, buffalo, zebra, Thompson’s gazelle, eland and hartebeest, as well as leopard – if you’re exceptionally lucky. You will spend the whole day in the park (with picnic lunch) and have many opportunities for photo shoots. Dinner and overnight stay at a camping site in the park.
Day 10 – Safari 9
The entire day will be allocated to photographic sessions in the park at various locations to allow you to capture the beauties of the scenery and encounter as much wildlife as possible. You will have a picnic lunch on the banks of the Tarangire River. Dinner and overnight at the camp site.
Day 11 – Safari 10
The entire day will be allocated to photographic sessions in the park at various locations to allow you to capture the beauties of the scenery and encounter as much wildlife as possible. You will have a picnic lunch on the banks of the Tarangire River. Your tutor will lead a final workshop to discuss each participant production made during your safari. Dinner and overnight at the camp site.
Tarangire to Arusha
Today, after breakfast, you will leave Tarangire National Park after an ultimate morning game drive and cross the open plains back to Arusha either on time to connect your flight back home or for an overnight stay at Karama Lodge in B&B (optional). If you stay for an overnight in Arusha, we can arrange for a short excursion on the slopes of Mount Meru or you can spend time discovering the art collection of the Cultural Heritage Center (optional but free) – http://www.culturalheritage.co.tz/. If you have a late flight, it will be possible to stay at Karama Lodge on a day room basis (fee optional).
Our Price includes:
- Airport transfers
- First night at Karama Lodge previous to the safari
- All National Park Fees
- Safari in 4 X 4 vehicle with professional driver/naturalist guide, maximum 2 persons per vehicle
- Bottle of Mineral water (1.5L per day)
- Accommodation in the selected Lodges and campsites in full board (except the first day on HB and the last day on BB)
- Camping equipment included except sleeping bag which can be rented for $20/person/trip
- Tutoring by artist Adam Woodhams
Our Price does not include:
- International flight
- Accommodation in Arusha on the day 13
- Discretionary tipping, Alcohol, Cigarettes, laundry, items of a personal nature
- Visas, personal Travel Insurance, or anything not mentioned above
Prices quoted in US Dollars per person. For terms and conditions of payment please refer to our booking conditions. Please note that prices may be subject to change in the event of any change of Government Taxes and National Park Fees. Tropical Trails reserves the right to adjust these rates accordingly.
About your tutor: Adam Woodhams
Adam is a British-born professional photographer and videographer based in Arusha, Tanzania. His love affair with Africa began with his first trip to Zimbabwe at 14. His photographs appeared in a number of international publications such as Conde Nast, Tatler and Vogue. He works for a number of international clients as Air Kenya, Diamonds International and Serengeti Balloon Safaris.
A passion for Africa, combined with a safari guide background is mirrored in Adam’s photography providing a local perspective on his work.
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What to bring with you on this tour:
- Field Torch (with extra batteries) – We advise you to take a small solar charger with you
- Sealed plastic bags to keep your batteries
- Notebook and pencil
- Sunglasses and sun hat
- Sun cream and Insect repellent with a minimum of 40% DEET
- Personal medication (with extra in case a box gets damaged during the trip)
- Optional: A tripod will be useful on this tour
- Spare spectacles
- Camera, lenses, batteries, charger, enough memory cards
- A small folding umbrella might be useful in case of short rain
- A cover to protect your equipment from the dust
Equipment provided by us:
- Telescope & tripod
- Field guides & reference books
- We will provide extra binoculars
- Bean bags to rest your cameras in the car
- First-aid kit
Good to know to prepare your tour:
Passport and visa: To enter Tanzania, you will need a passport valid for six months or more at the time of arrival. You will need a visa which can be obtained in advance from the Tanzanian embassy in your home country. It is also possible to obtain the visa when entering the country. Please check the requirements with the nearest embassy in your home country.
Time difference: Tanzania is three hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
Currency: The currency is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS). We recommend that you take currency in US dollars but avoid taking 100USD bills as you might have problem getting the change. Tanzania shillings cannot be brought in or taken out of the country, but money can be changed easily on arrival at the airport or at a few of our lodges during the tour. Bring enough money to cover items of a personal nature. Make sure you do not have any bill dating before 2004 as they will be refused in the country. Some places accept credit cards and ATM machines can be found but do not rely only on credit card, as technical problem and electrical problems are common.
Language: The official language is Kiswahili. English is widely spoken.
Electricity: 220/240V AC 50Hz. Sockets vary from requiring 13 amp square pin plugs (the same as in the UK) to round pin types that need an international adapter.
Health: Please contact your own doctor to obtain the latest information on the vaccinations required, as the official regulations change frequently. As for any tropical travelers, we advise to be vaccinated against Hepatitis B and C and tetanus. A malaria preventative medication is strongly recommended, as are up-to-date inoculations against yellow fever. Mosquitoes nets are provided at all the places we stay where they may be a problem and we advise that you take insect repellent with you. The one biting insect we will encounter is tsetse flies. These are small horse flies but in some parts of Tarangire and the Serengeti they can be numerous. Repellent does not seem to work on these, and they can bite through clothes where they are tight against the skin. The best protection is to wear long sleeves and trousers rather than shorts, and to make sure everything is loose-fitting and avoid blue color which attract them.
Tap water is best avoided. Bottled water is provided on the tour vehicle (1.5L per day per person) and at meal times. In addition just about every place we stay at includes complimentary bottles of water, or filtered water in the accommodation.
Clothing: Dress informal. As a general rule, lightweight, loose-fitting clothes are best for the daytime. Shorts are fine, although be aware about biting insects. Long-sleeved shirts with a collar are preferable to tee shirts for sun protection, and a sun hat is essential. A lightweight waterproof jacket will also be useful as will a light sweater or sweatshirt for possible cool evenings and mornings. There is no need to bring heavy walking boots; lightweight walking boots or shoes, or trainers will be fine.
Luggage: Please check with your chosen airline company about the weight limit on you international flights. We ask you to bring soft-sided bags which are easier to load in our vehicle than rigid suitcases. Do not forget to put identification tags to each piece of luggage with the following mention on your way to Tanzania: Tropical Trails, Maasai Camp, Arusha, Tel +255 732 972 045. In case your luggage is misled on it way in, it will brought to our office by the airline company and we will make sure it finds you on the tour. Always put a change of clothes in your hand luggage and do not put any valuable items in your checked luggage.
Travel insurance: Travel insurance is essential and we insist that you take out suitable cover as soon as your tour is booked, also to cover an eventual last minute cancelation. If you are bringing expensive optical equipment or other valuable items, please make sure they are also adequately insured on your home contents policy, as most travel insurance policies do not cover very expensive individual items. Please also ensure that your policy covers you in the event of a medical emergency. Medical costs abroad can often be extremely expensive. Please note that Tropical Trails is not liable for any medical or repatriation costs resulting from injury or illness during a tour or for covering any costs resulting from a flight delay such as extra hotel accommodation. If you wish, we can book for you The Flying Doctor cover to ensure that you can be flown to Kenya in case of a medical emergency. A 14 days cover costs 20USD per person.
Transport while on tour: Transport will be in four-wheel drive vehicles which will have a pop-up roof hatch for window-free viewing and photography. Most roads are good to excellent, but there will be some rough stretches as we drive into some less-travelled parts or if there has been recent bad weather. In most National Parks leaving the vehicles is prohibited. Each person will have a window seat and the roof hatches are ideal for getting good views but come prepared to spend an unusual amount of time in the vehicles. Participants should be able to ride in any seat in tour vehicles as your guide will arrange seat rotation each day.
Smoking: Smoking is not allowed in the vehicles or when the group is gathered for meals, checklists etc. If you are sharing a room with a non-smoker, please do not smoke in the room even if the Lodge allows it. If you smoke in the field, we ask that you do so well away and downwind from the group and make sure you do not cause any harm to nature by throwing out your cigarettes.
Tipping: Our expert guide does not expect to be tipped for his services, and there is no need for anyone in the group to organize a collection for him. The driver/guide usually receives a tip and you can decide to give him something individually or collectively depending on his level of service. If you are please by the quality of service in your accommodations, you may decide to leave a tip.
Your expert guide will have a selection of relevant guides in the tour vehicle.