2019 Great Migration Photo Safari

From the days of Marlin Perkins’ “Wild Kingdom” to the modern-day episodes of Animal Planet and the Discovery channel, the lure of seeing wild animals in their natural habitat has been something that has drawn thousands to the Serengeti each year. The thrill of watching lions, cheetahs, and leopards stalk their prey is something that makes your heart race as they face their daily fight for survival.

THE GREAT MIGRATION – SERENGETI

The Great Migration is one of the greatest wildlife photographic opportunities in the entire world. Every year, over one and a half million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebras follow the rains in search of fresh grass on the Serengeti. Watching a 22’ long crocodile stalk and attack a vulnerable wildebeest in the murky waters of the Mara is something that will make your heart pound out of your chest.

The safari of 2018 was one of the most incredible tours of the last several years according to our expert guides. Not only was the crossing a breath-taking event, but we travelled among herds of elephants so large you could not begin to count them. Leopard and cheetah sightings in the Central Serengeti were too numerous to count and our days in the Ngorongoro Crater allowed us to see dozens of lions and hippos.

TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

Our last couple of days were spent in the fabulous Tarangire National Park, home to one of the largest elephant herds in all of Africa. We had a fabulous breakfast in the bush while seeing these beautiful creatures up close and personal.

SAFARI IN STYLE WITH US

To make an experience like this available to you, I have partnered with the best guide company in Tanzania to offer a 10-day safari that will leave you in awe of the wonder that is Africa. An itinerary for our 2019 trip is below so you can get a feel for what a trip like this offers. If you like to travel in style, then the accommodations we offer are second to none.
From luxury tent camps out in the bush, to four- and five-star lodges, you will be treated to only the best food, service, and accommodations available.

INTIMATE SETTING FOR BETTER PHOTOGRAPHY

The groups are purposefully small to maximize your experience and allow you room to move around your safari vehicle for the best angle to photograph your subject. Personal guidance and instruction are also provided should you want someone by your side to make sure you get the best photograph possible.

Now is the time to reserve your spot for the 2019 edition of this amazing trip. Contact me via email to get more information…the Serengeti is calling and your spot is waiting!

Important Details

The cost

Many safaris of this quality run anywhere from $10,850 to $14,995 depending on which world-renown photographer is leading it. Our trip, with the BEST guides in Tanzania is only $9,550 per person based on double occupancy. A single room premium of $1,000 (if available as single rooms are limited)

A USD non-refundable deposit of $1,550 is due at the time of registration to secure your spot. It is advisable to purchase travel insurance that will refund your deposit if circumstances force you to cancel your trip.

Payment Terms

  • USD $1,550 non-refundable deposit to confirm your place on this trip
  • 2nd payment of USD $4,000 is due March 1, 2019
  • Final payment/balance is due June 1, 2019
  • Trip and cancellation insurance are highly recommended
  • I use Emergency Assistance Plus (855-516-4345)for emergency medical coverage…it is part of the American Airlines Advantage Program.
  • Checks should be made out to Wayne Hoover Photo Tours and mailed to 4321 Clemens Drive, Lexington, KY 40514. If you live outside the U.S., you can wire your deposit and payments directly to my safari account. Contact me via email and I’ll give you the necessary information.

What IS included in the trip

  • All transportation in country in well-appointed safari vehicles
  • Pick up and drop off at JRO (Kilimanjaro International Airport)
  • All accommodations as detailed in the itinerary
  • In country flight from the Northern Serengeti back to Arusha

What is NOT included in the trip

  • International airfare and/or between your home and Arusha(JRO)
  • Tanzanian visas ($100 USD through the Tanzanian Embassy in Washington, DC)
  • Personal purchases (including shopping, spirits)
  • Meals and beverages on the day of arrival – this is considered a travel day.
  • Meals or accommodations before or after the expedition.

African Tulip: Includes

  • Bed and breakfast accommodation
  • Current Government Taxes and VAT
  • Wifi

African Tulip: Excludes

  • Gratuities to the staff
  • Premium drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Flying medical evacuation insurance

Tarangire Balloon Camp: Includes

  • All soft drinks, and extra premium drinks @$30 person
  • Nature walks
  • Bush dinner & bush breakfast
  • Massage
  • Laundry Service, Sundowner and full time WIFI

Tarangire Balloon Camp: Excludes

  • Concession stand purchases
  • Flying medical evacuation insurance

Sopa Lodges: Includes

  • Full board accommodation and all three meals
  • Current Government taxes and VAT
  • Central heating in all rooms
  • Wake up call with complimentary morning coffee or tea

Sopa Lodges: Excludes

  • Gratuities to the staff
  • Premium drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Flying medical evacuation insurance

Join This Trip

Fill out and submit this form. Space is limited to 8 people.

Number of travellers

Single Room (fee applies)

SAFARI ITINERARY AUGUST 3-13, 2019

Arrive to Kilimanjaro airport. You will be picked up with our guides from Kilimanjaro airport and drive straight to Arusha to overnight.

Accommodation at the African Tulip.

Spend the night at the elegant and charming Luxury Boutique Hotel located along Serengeti Road right in the heart of Arusha. A warm and friendly welcome awaits guests who want to experience the best of Tanzanian hospitality. The hotel has been designed with safari travelers, business persons, families, honeymooners, elite and leisure travelers in mind. It has amenities of convenience whilst offering a high standard of luxury

You’ll be transported from the African Tulip hotel to Tarangire National Park – a gem of a location known for its diversity of wildlife and often referred to as “The Little Serengeti.” Spend two nights in the Tarangire’s wonderfully varied landscape of rolling hills and golden savannah, generously dotted with acacias and baobabs, home to diverse birdlife, large cats and massive elephant herds. Herds as large as 150 elephants are considered a usual sighting.

Tarangire Balloon camp

Tarangire Balloon Camp is great value for this level of accommodation. A new camp but one that is getting superb reviews.

Tarangire Balloon Camp is a new camp in Tarangire National Park, approximately 120 km from Arusha. It is beautifully situated close to Boundary Hill which offers some of the best views in the park.

Accommodation is in ten luxury safari tents with king-size four-poster beds and large open plan bathrooms. There is a large deck outside where guests can enjoy the spectacular sunsets for which Tarangire is famous.

However, what makes this camp really special are the daily balloon safaris when guests spend a magical hour floating above the park getting a birds eye view of the wildlife below, before landing and enjoying a champagne breakfast in the bush.

This camp offers surprisingly good value considering its high level of comfort. We think it is the best of the camps in the mid-price bracket.

Leaving Tarangire, the safari adventure continues on the most famous drive through the Great Rift Valley. Head up to the lush Ngorongoro Highlands where forests, monkeys, coffee farms and lush gardens are the norm.  In the afternoon relax in your lodge and enjoy a delicious meal with a good glass of wine.

Next day, an early departure to make the best of the day in the Ngorongoro Crater – one of Tanzania’s most famous landmarks. The crater is known for both it’s wonderful scenery and also the varied wildlife that thrives inside.  Enjoy a picnic lunch on the crater floor.

After spending two nights in the crater, on the morning of the 3rd day you will drive out of the crater to catch up flight to Northern Serengeti.

Ngorongoro Sopa lodge

Facing the always magnificent sunsets to the west, and located at the highest point on Ngorongoro crater’s entire rim, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge stands well over half a kilometre above the crater floor and offers unparalleled views across this enormous caldera.

Themed around traditionally circular African houses with conical roofs, and decorated with examples of Africa’s rich tapestry of artistic traditions by way of rich woodcarvings and sculptures, the lodge harmonizes perfectly with its dramatic surroundings. But the drama does not just stop with the great outdoors: it also flows through the split level interiors of the main building which all offer an unsurpassed generosity of space while somehow managing to combine an almost magically welcoming ambience of both warmth and cosiness.

After breakfast, board your private car and drive to the Serengeti plains. We will park picnic lunch this day. Later in the evening we will get to the camp for a hot shower, ice cold drinks around the fire and a delicious dinner under the stars.

You’ll have two days to explore the abundant wildlife in this area. Central/south Serengeti consists of a network of river valleys that ensure year-round water supplies and keep the region incredibly rich in wildlife throughout the year.

Serengeti Sopa lodge

Located on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the plains of the south-western Serengeti National Park, home to many thousands of wild and rare animals, Serengeti Sopa Lodge lies within an area of out-standing natural beauty. An oasis of cool relaxation from the equatorial sun.

The lodge allows its guests to experience  magnificent sights and enjoy interaction with the land and animals difficult to find elsewhere, whilst at the same time enjoying the highest level of cuisine and  hospitality.

Home to the enormous migratory herds during the dry season (July to Nov). The Northern Serengeti remains an unexplored wilderness packed with stunning landscapes and abundant wildlife. The most captivating highlight of this area is undoubtedly the massive herds of migratory wildebeest and zebra during the dry season. However, the North Serengeti also supports an abundance of resident wildlife including lion, elephant, hippo, giraffe, crocodile and the rare oribi antelope.

The Mara River

Witness the most amazing wildlife spectacle in Africa at the Mara River. The Mara River is most famous for the legendary wildebeest crossing, a dramatic event, which is featured in countless wildlife documentaries. One of Tanzania’s best kept secrets is the fact that nearly half of the Mara River is situated in the North Serengeti versus the Masai Mara’s segment in Kenya. While there are hordes of vehicles just a few miles upriver in the Masai Mara, the Serengeti side is virtually devoid of tourists.

Mara under canvas

Be impressed by the natural beauty of Northern Serengeti.

Mara Under Canvas is the closest camp to the river Mara where each year enormous columns of wildebeest cross the river, negotiating the jaws of the hungry crocodiles, in order to get to the pastures on the other side in what could be considered the climax of the Great Migration.

This luxury temporary camp is open from June to November. It allows visitors to be in the proximity of the Great Migration and to be able to explore remote areas and the beautiful settings of Seregenti with a large amount of resident fauna. The camp has only ten double tents and a family tent which assures the intimacy and exclusivity of this intense experience.

After breakfast, we will drive slowly towards the airstrip for our flight back to Arusha. Later on we will transport you to Kilimanjaro airport for your international flight back home.