Tanzania Wildlife & Cultural Photo Safari, Led by Nancy Ori

Tour Intro

Estimated 2018 Pricing

We have planned this safari during this period for a special reason — the Serengeti migration, the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth. Our trip is timed to coincide with the annual migration of thousands of animals through the northern to central corridor, and with luck we will witness the herds as they travel across the region. The safari also encompasses the Ngrongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park, as well as a private interactive visit with the Maasai.


This is Africa as you’ve always imagined it to be: the magic of a Serengeti sunset, the teeming wildlife of Ngorongoro Crater. A safari to Tanzania is a special adventure into the premier game-viewing country of Africa. Tanzania’s great game parks and reserves are unsurpassed anywhere in the world. We’ll see all of the major plains animals, zebras, giraffes, impalas, gazelles, and other herbivores. There will be baboons and monkeys, herds of elephant and buffalo, and some of the most wonderful bird life you will ever see.

Tour Highlights

 Intensive guided game viewing at Serengeti National Park.
• Only 4 participants per vehicle in 7 passenger stretch Land Cruisers.
• Tour is limited to 12 participants for an optimum photographic experience.
• Time to absorb and photograph the wonder of it all. This safari is all about
getting good photos. We will be driven to the best opportunities and will be
taking our time to watch and wait for wildlife or just the right light.
Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Parks, and visit Maasai village.

Tour Itinerary

October 3-4: USA - Amsterdam - Arusha
Leopard - Tanzania

Photo By: Joel Collins

Photo Location: Tanzania

Board the KLM flight to Amsterdam, landing October 4. You will have a short layover before continuing to Arusha. On arrival, you will be met at the airport, your Tanzania Visa will be processed, and the group will then be taken to the hotel. You will need to separate your luggage for taking an early morning flight tomorrow taking with you: some clothes, incidentals, medicines and camera gear. The driver guides will arrive to your tented camp tomorrow evening, reuniting you with your larger suitcase.  AFRICAN TULIP LODGE (lite snack)

October 5: Arusha

Photo By: Joel Collins

Photo Location: Tanzania

This morning and through lunch is time for everyone to get over jet lag, enjoy the grounds of the hotel, and rest up at your lodge. After lunch enjoy your first game drive in Arusha National Park. The park is small, but a natural treasure, with views of Mount Meru, Mount Kilimanjaro, a variety of habitats and some unique birding opportunities. The park has a diverse topography that can catch your eyes and heart. Both migratory and resident water birds settle on the lakes, waterbuck and reedbuck are found near water, bushbuck and duikers are easily glimpsed between ancient cedar trees. Black-and-white colobus monkeys and Sykes monkey climb through the trees. Within this wide range of habitats almost 400 species of birds have been recorded in this lush mountain forest. Other species in evidence are the large concentration of giraffe, elephants, hippos, leopards, hyena, zebra, and a wide range of antelope. AFRICAN TULIP LODGE (all meals)

October 6-7: Northern Serengeti
Sunset - Tanzania

Photo By: Joel Collins

Photo Location: Tanzania

After a very early breakfast, transfer to Arusha airport for an 8AM flight to northern Serengeti, where we will be met by the safari guides.

The Serengeti is much larger than just Serengeti National Park. The park is actually just the center of a vast natural ecosystem. This magnificent area contains breathtaking scenery and a vast diversity of landscapes, including beautiful mountains, deep gorges, rivers, acacia woodlands, rolling hills, lush valleys, grassy plains dotted with rocky outcrops (called kopjes), and even a volcano (Ol Donyno Lengai). There is abundant resident game that enjoys the region’s many waterholes and river areas, as well as seasonal migratory herds, which pass through on their annual trek to and from the Maasai Mara in Kenya. Visitors enjoy the fact that there are fewer tourists in this more remote region of Tanzania. People who venture here experience a more private and intimate experience with the wildlife. Overnight RIVER CAMP (all meals)

RIVER CAMP: The camp is a permanent tented camp, recently opened, and offering unique opportunities. It is the ultimate safari experience, where you will camp and dine under the stars of this vast region. River Camp is set amidst a landscape that is dotted with kopjes, hidden valleys and distant hills as a back- drop. The camp offers 6 spacious sleeping quarters, en suite bathrooms with flush toilets as well as running water and 24 hour electricity. There are 3 tents with king size beds and 2 with twin beds all of which are a generous 260 square feet (sq. ft.) as well as one large family tent (380 sq. ft.) that features 2 bedrooms, one with a king size bed and the other with two twin beds. A separate dining tent with a relaxing lounge and bar area is located in the center of the camp. Additionally the camp is staffed with a chef who delights in winning over your culinary senses with his own famous dishes and a gracious team devoted to meeting your every need.

October 8-9: Central Serengeti

Photo By: Joel Collins

Photo Location: Tanzania

After an early breakfast, we will drive to central Serengeti through the Seronera Valley for migrating herds, leopards and cats of all kinds. The Serengeti is one of the most famous wildlife areas in the world. Although there are no guarantees in the natural world, with any luck we will be able to see huge herds of wildebeest and other plains animals grazing on the savannah. The herds follow the rains and feed on the new grass so what we will actually see depends upon the weather pattern. If past years are any indication, we have positioned ourselves to be in the right location at the right time. SAMETU CAMP. (all meals)

October 10-11: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Elephants - Tanzania

Photo By: Joel Collins

Photo Location: Tanzania

After breakfast we will depart for Ngorongoro Crater, one of the most famous wildlife viewing areas in the world. We game drive as we go, and reach the crater in this afternoon. There will be an afternoon tour on the crater floor, where Flamingos inhabit an alkaline lake in the center of the crater and other bird life is abundant as well. The lake edge attracts an array of birds including kori bustard, yellow-billed stork, ostrich, and sacred ibis to name just a few.

We will then check in to the NGORONGORO SERENA LODGE, a lodge constructed of local materials and hidden within the forests of the rim of the crater. It offers a stunning view of the crater, with close proximity to the access road for the descent.

The next day we will spend the entire day exploring the crater, leaving early in the morning, well before most tour vehicles depart. We will descend from the rim, at about 7,600 feet in elevation, to the floor of the crater some 2,000 feet below. This 102-square-mile crater is the largest unflooded, unbroken caldera in the world. Within its perimeter are thousands of wildebeest, black rhino, cheetah, gazelle, giraffe, and a high density of lions, hyenas, and other predators. (Recommended reading: The Innocent Killers by Jane and Hugo Van Lawick-Goodall).

We’ll have a picnic lunch to maximize our time in the field and returning as late as possible in order to get the last golden rays of light. NGORONGORO SERENA LODGE. (all meals)
 

October 12-13: Tarangire National Park
Masaal - Tanzania

Photo By: Joel Collins

Photo Location: Tanzania

This morning we will drive back to Arusha. We will have time for shopping at the Cultural Heritage Center. The rest of the afternoon is free to enjoy swimming, relaxing, or packing in our dayrooms. We will have a farewell dinner before departing for the airport in the evening. DAY ROOM AFRICAN TULIP (all meals)

October 14: Arusha - Amsterdam

Arrive in Amsterdam this morning and have a short layover before connecting with the KLM/DELTA flight home.

October 15: Amsterdam - USA

Photo Leader

Nancy Ori
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Nancy Ori

To view a slide show of Nancy's images from her photo programs to Cuba, click here:  Cuba travel program with Nancy Ori      It's a perfect of example of the wonderful opportunities you will explore with her.

Nancy Ori, photography instructor and experienced tour leader
Nancy J. Ori is respected internationally for over 30 years as an industrial photographer and video producer and enjoys teaching photography and painting workshops throughout the United States and Europe. Nancy was affiliated for many years with the Ansel Adams Workshop in California and is now on the faculty in New Jersey of numerous art centers and museums. In 1990, she established The NJ Heritage Workshops for Photography and Painting, which she holds each spring in Cape May. And in 1995 she founded and directs the New Jersey Photography Forum, a group of professional and serious amateur photographers that meet regularly to discuss their work and exhibit within the state. The group is now 18 years old and is the largest group of exhibiting fine art photographers in New Jersey.

Photographing in the West Coast tradition of her long-time mentor, Ansel Adams, Nancy expresses her own interpretation of the landscape and architecture. Her photographs reveal a love of light, shadow and form in natural and man-made settings. They are powerful documentations of the land expressing its vulnerability and endurance.

Nancy's teaching style is casual and supportive but with great passion. One of her students sums it up nicely: "The workshop was wonderful, and hard and fulfilling and really fun! As usual, you were brilliant, prepared, encouraging, insightful and organized. Thanks again for your passion, and for all the fun and knowledge my annual "photography camp" puts in my life."  Carol

Ori’s work has been widely published and exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Europe. View Nancy’s website www.nancyoriphotography.com. for detailed information or call her at 908-790-8820.

I’ve thought a lot about the trip and felt that your instruction was excellent and your patience with our questions and our technical inadequacies was remarkable. I thought everyone else would be much more accomplished than I am and was delighted that I could keep up and learn so many new things. Your teaching style matches my learning style – focused and to the point. I also learned so much from my fellow students who graciously shared their knowledge and experience.
The scheduling and pacing of the trip were excellent even though by the evening I was too exhausted to participate in the frivolity. However, I didn’t feel left out because you did not use that time for instruction. It was a great workshop for content, organization and student support.

Ruth

Pricing and Details

US Dollars based upon minimum of 7 paying participants. There is a small group surcharge of $500 if 4-6 paying participants. All our program prices are based on double occupancy unless noted in exceptions.

Single rooms are subject to availability. We try to accommodate travelers who request single accommodations, as well as travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested, or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, you will be required to pay the supplement.

Testimonials

I’ve thought a lot about the trip and felt that your instruction was excellent and your patience with our questions and our technical inadequacies was remarkable. I thought everyone else would be much more accomplished than I am and was delighted that I could keep up and learn so many new things. Your teaching style matches my learning style – focused and to the point. I also learned so much from my fellow students who graciously shared their knowledge and experience.
The scheduling and pacing of the trip were excellent even though by the evening I was too exhausted to participate in the frivolity. However, I didn’t feel left out because you did not use that time for instruction. It was a great workshop for content, organization and student support.

Ruth

Last week was truly an experience of a lifetime and I can't thank you enough for all the thought, planning, commitment, heart and soul that you and the others gave to putting the program together.  You went over and above to create an amazing, fun, memorable and truly unique experience.   This trip brought me much joy, positive energy, inner peace and photographic knowledge. I had an absolute ball!  Absolutely loved all the direct interaction with the people.  This aspect truly differentiates your workshop from a typical trip and made it a very personal, connected and memorable experience.  

Janis

Your instructions regarding exposure settings, use of flash outdoors, control of flash intensity were invaluable. I have a new-found appreciation for variations in natural light as well, while there is much to learn, these tidbits have renewed my interest and passion for photography. It is a wonder and a pleasure to take photos that capture what I saw, and wanted, with minimal adjustments. Also, you were wonderful in taking the time to critique my old photos. While others had given me their thoughts yours were the most insightful, directive and helpful.  

Edgar

The workshop was wonderful, and hard and fulfilling and really fun! As usual, you were brilliant, prepared, encouraging, insightful and organized. Thanks again for your passion and for all the fun and knowledge you continually put in my life.

 

 

Carol

Additional Notes

Nancy J. Ori is respected internationally for over 30 years as an industrial photographer and video producer and enjoys teaching photography and painting workshops throughout the United States and Europe. Nancy was affiliated for many years with the Ansel Adams Workshop in California and is now on the faculty in New Jersey of numerous art centers and museums. In 1990, she established The NJ Heritage Workshops for Photography and Painting, which she holds each spring in Cape May. And in 1995 she founded and directs the New Jersey Photography Forum, a group of professional and serious amateur photographers that meet regularly to discuss their work and exhibit within the state. The group is now 18 years old and is the largest group of exhibiting fine art photographers in New Jersey.
Photographing in the West Coast tradition of her long-time mentor, Ansel Adams, Nancy expresses her own interpretation of the landscape and architecture. Her photographs reveal a love of light, shadow and form in natural and man-made settings. They are powerful documentations of the land expressing its vulnerability and endurance.

“This will be my first photo tour to Tanzania, with Strabo’s guidance and top of the line driver guides, they have me well versed on expectations and have chosen some amazing opportunities for you. Our driver guides know where and when to be at the right time to follow the exquisite wildlife. This type of workshop is a once in a lifetime experience that evolves within a tight time frame, unlike a class that has several formal meetings to learn about the camera or a particular topic as the single focus. My location workshops are major shooting experiences. We fit instruction in between driving, shooting, sight-seeing, eating, and more shooting. Instruction will happen more on an as needed basis so I can help solve issuesas they arise, usually on a one-on-one basis. Please be open to the informal atmosphere that I like to create. I have a relaxed style but that in no way means I am low energy. I am interested in serious discussion and sharing of information. In general, this is a ‘go out and make photographs’ kind of workshop. That means we will be up early and shooting in situations that might require time and patience. We will take a break for lunch and dinner when we can to share experiences, images and discuss what we are learning. You will be amazed at the photographic opportunities here. When you get home and start looking at all your images, you will be overwhelmed at all that you saw and were able to capture.”

Terms and Conditions

Unless otherwise noted, this information applies to all tours.

Airfare

Contact Strabo Tours if you would like rates on International Airfare. Please note on your trip application form if you would like us to assist you with your airfare needs, a charge is added for this service. If making your own arrangements, it is important to discuss flight times with Strabo Tours before booking any airline tickets. This will avoid you having to pay airline cancellation penalties. Please contact Strabo Tours for destination airfare estimates, specific flight time arrivals, and departures.

The land cost includes:
  • Group transportation for tour events in the tour van.
  • Accommodations based on two people sharing a room, singles are assigned on a first come, first served basis.
  • Services of driver, English speaking cultural guide (if applicable) and photographic leader, during the tour.
  • Meals as listed in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner).
  • Park entrance fees, day tours and excursions as shown in the itinerary.
  • Extensive pre-departure information and services.
The land cost does not include:

Domestic or International air fare; other airfare if noted in exceptions; air fare tax; airport departure tax; airport transfers; additional transfers or accommodations that may be required by those not traveling with the group; excess baggage charges; meals not included in itinerary; activities taken on your own; passport/visa expenses; personal medical or travel insurance; any expenses of a personal nature, such as room service, laundry, beverages not included with meals, medical expenses, photographic equipment, any activities not specified in tour itinerary or listed as optional, or any items not listed in what is included; fuel surcharges; exchange rate surcharges; upon the completion of your trip, modest gratuities to the local guides and the drivers are customary; tips for meals not included in itinerary.

Fitness and Health

The majority of trips are not strenuous (see exceptions below for particular destinations) and anyone who is reasonably fit should be able to take part in most of the activities. You may experience general fatigue due to the long flights and the change in time zones. You will need to be sufficiently agile to climb in and out of the tour van and be able to carry and manage your own equipment. We will frequently hike trails ranging from easy to moderate. Some hotels do not have elevators or air conditioners.

If you have any special needs or any physical condition that you feel might prevent you from fully participating, please contact Strabo Tours with your concerns (607-756-8676).

You should also be aware that medical services or facilities might not be readily available during all or part of your trip. This could include emergency medical care, presence of physicians, or adequate medication.

Exceptions:

The following destinations require more physical activity. Bhutan, China, Patagonia, Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, New Zealand, Scotland, Domestic tours. On the African Safari you will spend many hours in a vehicle on game drives, land travel will sometimes be over very bumpy and dusty roads. Galapagos Cruise accommodations are in upper and lower berths (bunk beds) only.

The following destinations require more physical activity. Bhutan, China, Patagonia, Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, New Zealand, Scotland, Domestic tours. On the African Safari you will spend many hours in a vehicle on game drives, land travel will sometimes be over very bumpy and dusty roads. Galapagos Cruise accommodations are in upper and lower berths (bunk beds) only.

Deposits, Cancellations AND Refunds

A deposit of $750 ($500 on domestic tours) per person is required. Specific tours may require an additional deposit due to accommodation bookings or transportation requirements. If applicable these will be noted on your invoice. Payment in full is required when bookings are made less than 120 days before the departure date. Space is subject to cancellation by Strabo if payment is not received when due.

If a passenger wishes to cancel they must send notification in writing to: Strabo International Tour, Co., P.O. Box 580, Dryden, NY 13053; fax 208-545-4119. At the time we receive your notification, the following per person charges apply:

  • 91 days or more before departure: $300 cancellation fee ($150 fee on domestic tours), plus Strabo’ costs, as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation.
  • 61-90 days before departure: $500 ($250 on domestic tours) minimum cancellation fee, plus Strabo’ costs, as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation. Fees may range from 25% to 100% of tour costs.
  • 60 days or less before departure or anytime after departure: NO REFUND.

Refunds for services that are voluntarily not used by you cannot be made.

Insurance

Each participant must be covered by medical insurance that is valid overseas.

We strongly urge you to evaluate your risk and to take out insurance on your trip. It is vital for you to realize that if you experience a delay or find it necessary to cancel or cut short your trip for any reason, you will lose part or the entire sum you’ve invested in it (see the section “Deposits, Cancellations and Refunds” in the trip brochure).

Travel insurance helps to minimize the risk of monetary losses you would incur in the event of a delay of your departure due to weather, airline strike, missed connection, etc., your inability to travel for reasons such as illness, injury, unforeseen financial complications and other personal circumstances, or if you were required to cut your trip short for medical or any other reasons.

There are restrictions and limitations on any insurance program. For this reason, please read carefully the enclosed pamphlet, which outlines their program of trip cancellation, baggage, and medical insurance. Trained agents are available to answer your questions, so don’t hesitate to call the toll free number in their brochure. It is to your advantage to apply for insurance at the earliest possible time, so don’t delay in making a decision.

Subject to Change

Itineraries have been carefully constructed to assure participants the best each destination has to offer; however, should events arise that are beyond our control, activities and hotel arrangements are subject to change without notice. The itineraries summarize typical areas you will explore. Since there is no possible way to visit all of them, your guides will plan each day considering the interests of the group and the weather at hand. Be assured that we will make substitutions that are as similar in quality and interest as possible.

Photo Release

Strabo International Tour Company, Inc. reserves the right and permission to use photographs of individuals on tour for use in promotional and publicity purposes. We also reserve the right to use clients photographs for promotional and publicity purposes, when submitted to Strabo International Tour Company, Inc.

Accommodations

Accommodations and Meals: All lodge and camp accommodations based upon two people sharing a room. Single rooms may be available at a supplementary cost, but are not guaranteed. All meals while on safari are included, with some picnic lunches. See itinerary for details.

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