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Feb 28, 2009 03:19 |  #1

hey all, im getting ready to plan a safari to tanzania in august. im bound to the 1st 2 weeks of august by my wifes schedule. but anyone have recomendations for areas and tour groups near the ngorongoro crater.

by the way for any of the warcrafters out there, every time i see it i think of un'goro and the god dam devilsaurs that always got me.


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Feb 28, 2009 08:29 |  #2

The best tours designed and setup for serious photographers can be found here: http://www.photosafari​s.com/ (external link)

Not cheap but you have some of the best people in business getting you to the shots and you are not elbow to elbow with another 7 or 8 people in a vehicle, only 3 shooter per.

Whether they can help you in the location and period you are there is something that needs to be asked, if they can't ask for a recommendation of can you can trust these folks to help you get the best experience possible.


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Mar 01, 2009 07:34 |  #3

cyruz wrote in post #7423707 (external link)
hey all, im getting ready to plan a safari to tanzania in august. im bound to the 1st 2 weeks of august by my wifes schedule. but anyone have recomendations for areas and tour groups near the ngorongoro crater.

by the way for any of the warcrafters out there, every time i see it i think of un'goro and the god dam devilsaurs that always got me.

Hahaha ungoro crater... great for grinding your way to 51=52 to get the hell out of there and into blasted lands haha.


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Mar 17, 2009 15:08 as a reply to  @ realitysays's post |  #4

Can't give you info on Ngorongoro crater (we were in the Selous) but I'd recommend taking a side trip to Zanzibar if you are down near Dar.




  
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Mar 18, 2009 06:38 |  #5

cyruz wrote in post #7423707 (external link)
hey all, im getting ready to plan a safari to tanzania in august. im bound to the 1st 2 weeks of august by my wifes schedule. but anyone have recomendations for areas and tour groups near the ngorongoro crater.

On my trip to Tanzania we did the standard set of northern sites - Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater (with a side-trip to Oldupai Gorge).

My one bit of advice is avoid the Seronera Wildlife Lodge in the Serengeti - our room was horrible and there was no water at all until midnight. And we were the lucky ones, 20 people ended up sleeping in the bar due to an overbooking.


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Apr 07, 2009 19:08 |  #6

cyruz wrote in post #7423707 (external link)
hey all, im getting ready to plan a safari to tanzania in august. im bound to the 1st 2 weeks of august by my wifes schedule. but anyone have recomendations for areas and tour groups near the ngorongoro crater.

by the way for any of the warcrafters out there, every time i see it i think of un'goro and the god dam devilsaurs that always got me.

I was in that neighborhood 1.5 years ago. I got a few images on my website if you want a reference of what you'll be able to see there.
PS. Some were in NG and Photo Life magazines.


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Apr 08, 2009 15:53 |  #7

What to do about dust while roaming around on Safari?

I'm heading to that very area at the end of May.

We will be using Tropical Trails - an outfit run by a friend of a colleague of mine.

We're doing 7 days around the North, heading out of Arusha and then down to Zanzibar for 3-4 days and Dar for a few days.

My big concern, and the reason I'm posting is DUST They suggest you have a dust mask for the travelling in the Range Rover... what do I do for the camera? BIG plastic bag that I take it out to shoot? I'm going with a 100-400 (permanently on the 50D while on safari) and a 17-55 in the bag for town/city shots.

What do you folks suggest to keep my kit as dust free as possible - resulting in nice sharp shots (or as sharp as _I_ can get them :) )

Also, if you're interested in any of the info I have gleaned so far, feel free to PM me.

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Apr 09, 2009 19:08 |  #8

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I'm heading to that very area at the end of May.

We will be using Tropical Trails - an outfit run by a friend of a colleague of mine.

We're doing 7 days around the North, heading out of Arusha and then down to Zanzibar for 3-4 days and Dar for a few days.

My big concern, and the reason I'm posting is DUST They suggest you have a dust mask for the travelling in the Range Rover... what do I do for the camera? BIG plastic bag that I take it out to shoot? I'm going with a 100-400 (permanently on the 50D while on safari) and a 17-55 in the bag for town/city shots.

What do you folks suggest to keep my kit as dust free as possible - resulting in nice sharp shots (or as sharp as _I_ can get them :) )

Also, if you're interested in any of the info I have gleaned so far, feel free to PM me.

Cheers!

I was there in May too. The dust issue is HUGE. I think it's safer to smoke your whole life than spend 3 weeks in that area. I'd definitely suggest bringing a mask with you.
God forbid you decide to change lenses. You'll kill your sensor...Bring 2 cameras and 2 lenses. Mount them and leave them on.


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Apr 12, 2009 04:25 |  #9

cyruz wrote in post #7423707 (external link)
hey all, im getting ready to plan a safari to tanzania in august. im bound to the 1st 2 weeks of august by my wifes schedule. but anyone have recomendations for areas and tour groups near the ngorongoro crater.

by the way for any of the warcrafters out there, every time i see it i think of un'goro and the god dam devilsaurs that always got me.

Hello from Greece,

The best season to visit Ngorongoro and Serengeti during dry season is July.
Ngorongoro is a great place which requires only one full day game drive to cover it all. My experience says that Ngorongoro Sopa lodge is the best choise cause apart from the excellent service it is remoted from all the other lodges, thus less crouded when the "race" to reach the crater early in the morning or afternoon starts!
Serengeti in the other hand is a true nature wonder. The best idea is to try to book a tented camp around Seronera area. I guarantee you that in a tented camp you will experience Africa "by night" like no other place on earth, cause Seronera is full of predators!
Seronera Serena lodge is the obvious choise if you need more organized lodging. It lies in the "heart" of Serengeti and should be your starting point in your effort to cover as much "Serengeti" as you can.
Don't by any mean forget to visit other areas of Serengeti such as the famous western corridor (if you are lucky you can see wildebeest crossing Grumeti river!), and the south-eastern plains near Ngare-nanyuki river which is a typical cheetah area.
There is also the northern part of Lobo area near the borders with Kenya where tourists are very few and animals less used to them. This is a densed forrest area where also che-che flies live.
I visit Tanzania and Kenya every year for my photographic work, feel free to ask me whatever you like!

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Apr 12, 2009 04:28 |  #10

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Apr 25, 2009 01:02 |  #12

Matman - some excellent shots!

People keep telling me it will be "cool" in the mornings. How cool are we talking in degrees C? We will be there end of may/beginning of June. Tarangire, Serengetti, Ngorongo crater etc.

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Apr 25, 2009 10:29 |  #13

DragonSpeed wrote in post #7799939 (external link)
Matman - some excellent shots!

People keep telling me it will be "cool" in the mornings. How cool are we talking in degrees C? We will be there end of may/beginning of June. Tarangire, Serengetti, Ngorongo crater etc.

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The Coolest place (in more than one sense) will be Ngorongoro. You'll be staying on, or near, the crater rim, which is at quite a high altitude. We were there in July and I reckon the early morning temperature must have been around 10 degrees. Serengeti was at least 5 degrees warmer.


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Apr 25, 2009 17:44 |  #14

DragonSpeed wrote in post #7799939 (external link)
Matman - some excellent shots!

People keep telling me it will be "cool" in the mornings. How cool are we talking in degrees C? We will be there end of may/beginning of June. Tarangire, Serengetti, Ngorongo crater etc.

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Early morning and late afternoon hours in Serengeti are pretty cool, you will definitely need a light jacket (especially if you are "brave" enough... constantly standing and watching from the roof hatch of your vehicle!)
Ngorongoro is cooler due to higher altitude!
Serengeti will definitely capture your heart and mind, it is a nature's wonder place worth visiting even if there were no animals living there! The fact that wildlife is so abudand simply makes it one of the best wildlife destinations in the world!
By the way...thank you for your comment on my shots!

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Jun 05, 2009 18:53 |  #15

BradM wrote in post #7424438 (external link)
The best tours designed and setup for serious photographers can be found here: http://www.photosafari​s.com/ (external link)
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