Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater Photo Safari
with Russ Burden, longtime Tip of the Week writer for Outdoor Photographer.
Join Russ Burden on a trip of a lifetime to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater for 13 days of photographic bliss. He has two safaris scheduled:
March 30 - April 11, 2017
April 13 - 25th, 2017
TO SIGN UP:
Step 1. Please contact Russ Burden at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 720-560-6123. Mention the Colorado Photography Festival to receive $150 off.
Step 2. Please contact Grant at the Colorado Photography Festival to let him know you joined this safari.
Point of Origination: Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania
$8899.00 $8749 per person based on double occupancy.
Single Supplement: $899.00 - this is a phenomenal value.
Maximum of 6 participants in two tour vehicles so everyone gets a full seat and full row from which to photograph 360 degrees. With only two tour vehicles, everyone gets a good shooting angle. Russ brings a second professional photographer so everyone in both vehicles is provided constant guidance and reminders how to obtain the best possible images.
The Ngorongoro Crater is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s a large volcanic caldera that has become a unique ecosystem unto itself. It teems with wildlife, including The Big Five. The location provides a great opportunity to spot the highly endangered Black Rhinoceros. The floor is predominately open grassland but also has two prominent woodland areas. Both ecosystems are abundant with wildlife. Numbers are estimated between 25,000 - 30,000 animals and include lions, black rhino, wildebeests, cape buffalo, zebra, hyena, elephant, gazelles, monkeys, and more.
The Serengeti, which translates to The Endless Plains, is home to the most immense mammal migration in the world. Hundreds of thousands of wildebeests and zebra follow the rains and green grasses as they head north toward the Mara River. The areas we will visit will abound with these species along with lions, cheetah, leopard, elephants, hyena, jackals, cape buffalo, exotic birds, and much more. Our shutter fingers will work non stop. We’ll also take advantage of magnificent scenic opportunities to diversify your portfolio. From the solitary acacia tree at sunrise or sunset to the gorgeous and iconic rock outcroppings known as kopjes, you’ll be busy making photos. We’ll work to find situations where the wildlife can be found in these gorgeous settings to create the ultimate photographic experience.
While we’re at each location we’ll take advantage of every great photo opportunity we encounter.If you’ve been with Russ on any of his photo tours, you heard him say, "IT’S ALL ABOUT THE LIGHT." If there’s an opportunity with any species in great light, we won’t pass it up for the sake of what may be around the corner. While we’re in the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, we’ll put an emphasis on capturing the big five but we’ll also be on the constant look out for small animals, birds, and landscapes at first and last light. You’ll be given first hand instruction. It’s my belief that the more help you receive, the better your images will be and it’s my desire to get you the best possible images. We’ll discuss important concepts such as light, composition, head angles of the animals, the importance of the background, etc. I will be joined by another professional photographer who has safari experience and will ride in the second vehicle so instruction, photographic guidance, and important reminders of what to do and look for will always occur.
Although this tour is primarily for the wildlife photographer, non photographer spouses or friends are welcome. All participants do pay the same fee. Please realize that photography is the priority and our days will revolve around capturing great images.
The price of the tour includes the following:
Please budget for the following additional items:
- All transportation from the point and date of origination including the bush plane flight back to Arusha. This allows us to photograph on our last morning and avoids a half day’s drive back to Arusha. (If you arrive prior to the origination date, an additional airport transport fee needs to be charged: approx $100.00)
- All meals from the point of origination
- All luxury accommodations from the point of origination
- All park, camping, concession and entrance fees into the parks
- Bottled water while out on safari
- Lunch in the vehicles if we spend the entire day on safari
- A second professional photographer so everyone in each vehicle is provided constant guidance and reminders how to obtain the best possible images.
- Temporary membership in AMREF (emergency medical evacuation to Nairobi Hospital)
Why go on a Russ Burden Photo Safari to Tanzania?
- Tips for drivers and camp staff
- Transportation costs to and from Arusha from your home
- Alcoholic beverages / sodas / additional cold bottles of water with your meals
- Personal shopping needs and laundry services
- Visa and passport costs. Be sure your passport is valid for at least six months prior to its expiration date.
- Internet, texting, email, and phone fees where signals are obtainable
- Trip and medical insurance
- If you arrive other than on the date of origination, an additional transfer charge of up to $100.00 to cover a private vs group transfer will be applied.
- Maximum number of participants is six. Each person will have an entire row in the safari vehicle for 360 degree photography opportunities.
- With only two vehicles, when something great happens, we all get opportunistic angles.
- Permits are purchased for both the Ngorongoro Conservation Area AND Serengeti National Park. If an animal is spotted in one area, we’re allowed to cross boundary lines to photograph all species we see.
- We go INTO the Ngorongoro Crater for 4 full sessions. Driving the rim of the crater IS NOT the same as having a permit to do a game drive IN the crater. Beware of the safari operator who simply drives the rim and does not purchase the necessary permit to go inside the Crater where the animals are concentrated.
- Permits are purchased for TWO DAYS to go to the Gol Kopjes. The Gol Kopjes are synonymous with unsurpassed big cat sightings. Additionally, if the migration is in the Gol Kopje area, we’ll be provided multiple sessions following the animals.
- The price - you won’t find a better bargain for the photo expertise you’ll receive in addition to the knowledge of the tour leaders.
About Russ Burden
- Russ will be joined by a second professional photographer who has logged much safari experience and rides in the second vehicle. Instruction, photographic guidance, and important reminders of what to do and look for will always occur. The participant to instructor ratio will never exceed 3 to 1.
- All deluxe meals during the safari are included in the cost.
- Flights within Tanzania are included as well as all transportation while in the Serengeti.
- The tour vehicles have unlimited gas mileage so we can drive where we want - beware of a company that limits your miles.
- The drivers know the area inside out and are flexible as to where they can go.
- The drivers are highly skilled professionals. They are trained for photographers. They know how to approach each subject for the best light.
- Russ’s tenacious enthusiasm and motivation are contagious and you’ll most certainly catch it.
- Russ’s wildlife images have gained worldwide recognition in Nature’s Best and are sold world wide through Getty Stock.
- Russ had lead nature photo tours in the US for over 30 years. Russ has been to Africa multiple times as a tour leader and photographic instructor.
- You’ll experience photographic bliss every day of the safari.
- Tanzania is THE safari country to visit. While it's a bit more expensive than others, the people are welcoming and it's a safe travel destination.
Russ is the owner of Russ Burden Nature Photography Tours. He has been leading tours and workshops for over 25 years. His stock work is sold through Getty Images and often shows up in magazines and advertisements around the world. Russ is a multiple time winner of the prestigious Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice Award. As a result, his images have appeared in the Smithsonian in Washington, DC numerous times.
Russ writes the Tip of the Week for the prestigious Outdoor Photographer website. He also writes a weekly Photo Tip of his own that he sends to everyone on his email list. Russ authored all the curriculums for the Digital Photo Academy.
Russ is a master of light. His business tag line is, “It’s All About The Light.” His ability to read and photograph subjects with the best illumination is off the charts. He will teach you his techniques so you come back with incredible photographs. Russ takes pride in his unrelenting enthusiasm and it becomes contagious. He will motivate you to capture every subject to the best of your ability. He is also of the belief that a good time should be had while on safari. As a result, he places an emphasis on laughter.
Russ runs his safaris in April for numerous reasons. The temperatures are comfortable, the migration is peak, the babies are still small and cute and most importantly, the crowds have dispersed. If you’ve ever seen or experienced a situation where 15 or more vehicles try to maneuver around an animal, you know the chaos it creates. A safari shouldn’t create stress. In April, it’s not uncommon for my 2 vehicles to be the only ones around an animal. This, unto itself is reason enough to join Russ on his April safari to the Serengeti.
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