Slow Safari: Tanzania, Feb 29 - Mar 13, 2020
A 14-Day Photographic Safari with Jeremy Woodhouse
(14 days – 13 nights)
What is a Slow Safari?
Gone is the hectic wildlife photography safari where you are constantly moving from camp to camp every 2-3 days. Gone is the constant repacking, driving, flying to get to the next destination, only to have to move again to make way for the next group of travellers.
Our "Slow Safaris", to hand-picked destinations in Africa, will allow you to stay in one camp for anywhere up to 10 nights (or more), allowing you to immerse yourself in one place — to get to know the movement of the animals and the rhythm of the bush — to have the luxury of, let's say, being able to follow the progress of a young lion cub as it gets to know ITS environment.
The "Slow Safari" is comfortable — you will have your own space where you can unpack and spread out. You can afford to take the day off…if you want to. Our vehicles are spacious with plenty of room for cameras. The use of time is ours to plan the way WE want it.
In Feb/March 2020 and December 2020 we are planning three such safaris, the first to a mobile safari camp in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania, the next to one of my favorite destinations, Namibia, and finally, to a private concession on the edge of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Each of these destinations will provide superb access to the local wildlife, the accommodation will be comfortable, and the food and service will be first class.
Nomad's Ndutu Seasonal Camp moves into the Ndutu woodland on the Serengeti Southern Plains between December and March as the wildebeest herds arrive in preparation for giving birth. It's here that they find the phosphorous rich grasses that they thrive on. This is a time of plenty for the animals and action is never far away at this time of year as the wildebeest cows drop their young. The Ndutu Safari Camp is located in the mature acacia woodland of Ndutu so as to be in prime location for this epic event.
The luxury mobile safari camp caters for only 16 people at a time and moves seasonally around the Serengeti ecosystem shadowing the Serengeti wildebeest migration. The camp not only offers one of the best chances of finding the wildebeest migration away from the crowds, but is also superbly comfortable with first class food. It's also one of the best ways to access to some remote and little visited areas of the Serengeti ecosystem that are well out of reach of the permanent safari lodges. The small crew of 4 - 6 Tanzanians who run the operation are friendly and efficient and look after your every need down to the smallest detail. In cold months you'll even find a hot water bottle in your bed when you turn in.
While walking is a possibility in some parts of the Serengeti, the emphasis here is predominantly on game drives and witnessing the migration and resident game in the company of one of Nomad's outstanding guides. While Serengeti Safari camp is shared by a maximum of 16 guests at one time, each group, whether you're a couple or a larger group, have a private vehicle and guide throughout the safari. This means you have full flexibility in planning your safari activities with your guide to suit yourselves. Nomad supply lavish picnics to be taken on all-day game drives, so you can choose to stay out all day some times, and return to camp for a lazy lunch and siesta on others.
The Southern Plains of the Serengeti are where it all begins. Here is where the wildebeest would like to call home and it's where, each year in late February or March, life begins for half a million wildebeest.
Day 1 – 29 Feb, 2020: Arrive Arusha
O/N Katambuga House
Katambuga House is situated in a tranquil setting surrounded by coffee estates, with the beautiful Mount Meru in the background. It is an elegant and stylish 6 room lodge set in expansive grounds, on the Endurance Estate near Arusha. With attention to detail, caring staff and excellent dining, Katambuga house is a destination in its own right. The lodge is surrounded by colorful tropical gardens. Its peaceful location will restore your sense of inner calm. You can see countless indigenous birds, stroll through the fields, with the magnificent Mount Meru dominating the skyline to the north, and at night wonder at the multitudes of stars above. The Katambuga House offers accommodation for the safari and business traveler alike and is within a 10-minute drive to Arusha’s domestic airport. Arusha town is within easy reach of the lodge, and the lodge is especially well located to serve as a starting point for a safari to the famous national parks of Tanzania.
Day 2 - 13 – Mar 1 - 12, 2020: Transfer to Ndutu for 12 nights
This morning you will have a private road transfer to Arusha Airport (ARK) for your light aircraft flight* to Serengeti Safari Camp in the southern Serengeti’s Ndutu region.
Luggage is limited to 15kg per person in soft-sided bags.
* Flight is currently scheduled to depart Arusha at 11:00am and arrive Ndutu at 11:45am. There may be stops en-route.
O/N Serengeti Safari Camp
Serengeti Safari Camp was the first of its kind. It was designed with a purpose in mind; to be in the best possible location to view the wildebeest migration as it covers hundreds of miles of the Serengeti National Park each year. So it should come as no surprise that it really has not changed much since its early pioneering days. Each year, the camp casts off from Lamai Serengeti and begins its own odyssey. Covering hundreds of miles and moving every couple of months along a route that the herds have traveled for hundreds of years, Serengeti Safari Camp is where you come for your migration fix. The camp has just six large walk- in meru tents, with a dressing area and then an en-suite bathroom at the rear. New eco-flush toilets and safari-style bucket showers are part of every tent, as well as jugs of hot and cold water delivered as and when you would like them. The main dining tent sits in the middle of the line of tents, with the fireplace right in front and a separate library/bar tent nearby.
Day 14 – 13 Mar, 2020: Transfer to Arusha for flights home
This morning you will transfer to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight* back to Arusha (ARK). You will have a private road transfer back to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) where you will connect to your departing commercial flights.
* Luggage is limited to 15kg per person in soft-sided bags.
* Flight is currently scheduled to depart Ndutu at 10:55am and arrive Kilimanjaro at 12:30pm. There may be stops en route.
Arrival, Departure & Visa
Arrival & Meeting Place
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) Arusha, Tanzania. Upon arrival, after clearing immigration, you will be met by a Pixelchrome representative for your private road transfer to Katambuga House.
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) Arusha, Tanzania
A visa is available on arrival for $100USD (British citizens will pay $50)
There are two rainy seasons in warm and humid (often hot) Tanzania. Lighter rain falls March through June, while heavy downpours and storms occur November through January.
Average temperatures range between 50-68°F (10-20°C) annually; however, during the warmer seasons highs typically reach into the low 90's.
Tanzania is an East African country and Swahili is the nation's official language. English is widely spoken, and other languages spoken in the country are the native tongues of various ethnic groups. The ethnic languages are mainly of Bantu and Nilotic origin. These languages have various levels of growth, and 58 of 126 are considered to be in vigorous use, 18 are developing, some are dying, and three languages have become extinct. Most of Tanzania's population is fluent in their mother tongue and one other language, mainly Kiswahili. The general population has considerable knowledge of English, but their fluency in Swahili is more noticeable.
The currency of Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling (shilingi in Swahili). It is written as TZS and can be sub-divided in 100 senti. The symbol of the Tanzanian shilling is TSh.
Before you pay your deposit, please register for this tour
Tour dates: Feb 29 - Mar 13, 2020
Cost: Approx $13,950
1st Deposit Due: $1,500
2nd Deposit Due: Feb 29, 2019: $2,500
Single Supplement: $3,170
Max Group Size: 6-7
3 SPOTS OPEN
Photographer: Jeremy Woodhouse
Once you have made your flight arrangements, please fill in the form at the link below
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Paying by check
If you would like to pay your deposit and/or balance with a check, please make the check payable to: Pixelchrome, Inc and mail it to:
605 Rouen Drive,
McKinney TX 75070
Paying by Wire Transfer
If you would like to pay by Wire Transfer please send the funds to the following bank account (please make sure that you cover the fee for the draft).
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Bank: Wells Fargo Bank, NA
Account #: 4428-000051
Routing #: 121000248
Swift #: WFBIUS6S
Wells Fargo Bank, NA
2851 South Ridge Road
McKinney, TX 75070
Phone: (972) 439-3416
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