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Tanzania Migration Photo Safari

Photograph the Spectacle of Predator and Prey as the Vast Herds Traverse the Endless Plains
Day 1: Arusha, Tanzania
Arrive in Arusha and transfer to Legendary Lodge. Photograph flowers in the beautifully landscaped gardens that offer a relaxing respite after our long travels, or relax by the pool or on your private veranda. This evening, we gather for a welcome dinner and orientation from our Expedition Leader, who offers a preview of the incredible photography opportunities ahead. 

Days 2 - 4: NHA Luxury Semi-Permanent Camp, Northern Serengeti
The legendary Serengeti derives its name from a Maasai word meaning “endless plains.” We fly to Serengeti National Park, where vistas of yellow savanna stretching to the horizon beneath a bowl of deep blue sky provide iconic images of Africa. Meeting our safari vehicles and drivers, we set out on our first wildlife drive. Each guest has a window seat to take full advantage of the photographic possibilities. Our destination is the Alamana Reserve, an exclusive private concession bordering the national park. Spanning open grasslands, kopje outcrops, acacia woodland sand water holes along the river, Alamana offers fabulous wildlife photography in diverse habitats.

The mobility of our NHA Luxury Semi-Permanent Camp ensures that we experience our natural setting, rather than tourist crowds. Evoking the classic safari atmosphere of an earlier age, our spacious canvas tents offer surprising comfort in a remote location. A full range of activities is offered to match every mood and pace. Capture a broad spectrum of photos on day and night wildlife drives or on a walking safari with one of the resident specialist guides. This land is home to the Maasai, East Africa’s traditional cattle herders, and we visit them to learn about their pastoral tribal culture and take photos in the community. For a real adventure, spend an optional night in our fly camp. Those who opt for this special activity set out after dinner with overnight packs, greeted by a campfire and tea or cocktails, all situated atop a large kopje rock. Our dome tents are complete with mattress and linens, a cozy place to retire after some campfire stories with our guides.

Days 5 - 8: Natural Habitat Camp, Southern Serengeti
With cameras at the ready, we depart for the southern Serengeti with a wildlife drive en route. The days of heavy canvas hunting camps set for the likes of Roosevelt and Hemingway were nearly over until photographic safaris gained popularity. Our NHA Luxury Mobile Camp exudes the ambience of old, with silver-service dinners presented on white linen by candlelight. While home to a profusion of wildlife year-round, there is nothing like the Serengeti during the phenomenon of the Great Migration. We spend three full days among the sea of mammals, following them in open-topped four-wheel-drive vehicles that offer superb photography access.

The vast herds of wildebeest trek annually from Kenya’s Maasai Mara to the southern Serengeti in search of new grass during the short rains, then back again. The wildebeest migrate with thousands of zebra, whose superior vision and hearing serve as an early warning system for predators. We are in the region during the peak of the birthing season when the herds are mostly stationary, as 90 percent of the females drop their calves within a three-week period, greatly swelling the herd. We're sure to get photos of infants, as well as primal prey interactions. Predators seek out the most vulnerable members of the herds, and we may behold a lion taking down a sick wildebeest or a cheetah overtaking a newborn. Leopard, hyena and jackal also prey on the migrating herds, as do less-frequently seen mongoose, serval and wild dog. Vultures hang in the air, waiting to feast on carrion. While the spectacle is at times grim, its primal drama is a wonder to behold.

Day 9: Depart for Home or Ngorongoro Crater Extension
Today it's time to head home, taking back a phenomenal slate of memories captured in the images we have collected during the past week. From the nearest airstrip we board our flight back to Arusha, where day rooms await. Transfer late this afternoon to Kilimanjaro Airport for international departures, or continue on our Ngorongoro Crater extension for more remarkable wildlife photography adventures.

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