Blog Tag: Ngorongoro Crater

The Best Time of Year to go on Safari in Tanzania

by Dave Burns | Posted in News | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Since I schedule safaris at different times during the year, one of the questions I’m frequently asked is, which time of year is best to go?

Honestly, there’s no bad time to go but things will be different depending on when you choose: sometimes there are greener landscapes, sometimes cooler temperatures, etc. Here is more detail:

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Announcing My 2019 Safaris!

by Dave Burns | Posted in News | Tags: , , , , ,

Lion and Wildebeest in the Crater

Amazing Price on My 2019 Safaris!

See the Serengeti in 2019

If you’ve always been excited about a trip to Africa but the price has been out of reach, I have great news. I am able to keep my 2019 safari prices low again with the same high quality guides and lodging. An 11-day safari to Tanzania’s best wildlife spots is just $5,880 in February and $6,075 in July and October. That’s more than 30% off the typical price for safaris of this quality.

You don’t need to be a hardcore photographer to join us on this special safari experience; you just need to want to experience the excitement of watching wildlife up close.

On my February safari, we’ll spend 2 nights in Tarangire, 2 nights at the Ngorongoro Crater, 3 nights in the southern Serengeti, and finish with 2 nights in the central Serengeti. Highlights in February will be new zebra foals and wildebeest calves. Click here for details.

On my July and October safaris, we’ll spend 2 nights in Tarangire, 2 nights at the Ngorongoro Crater, 3 nights in the central Serengeti, and wrap up with 2 nights in the Serengeti’s north. Highlights in July are cooler temperatures and a chance to see the wildebeest herds cross the Mara River. In October, the dry season means the wildlife in Tarangire must come down to drink at the Tarangire River, the only water source in the park which makes it easier for us – and predators – to see them. Click here for details on the July safari and click here for details on the October safari.

If you are at all interested in joining us for an incredible experience, contact me asap at info@daveburnsphoto.com.

Safari njema,
Dave Burns

Wildebeest Charging Through Dust and Water

Amazing Price for My Serengeti Safari in July 2017

by Dave Burns | Posted in News | Tags: , , , , ,

Lion and Wildebeest in the Crater

Amazing Price on Top-Notch Safari!

See the Serengeti in July 2017

If you’ve always been excited about a trip to Africa but the price has been out of reach, I have an amazing steal for you! An 11-day safari to Tanzania’s best wildlife spots with one of the top guides in the country for just $6,500. That’s more than 30% off the typical price for a trip of this quality.

You don’t even need to be a hardcore photographer to join us on this special safari experience; you just need to love watching wildlife.
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New Photo Safari to the Serengeti in March 2017

by Dave Burns | Posted in News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Elephant and Photographers in Ngorongoro Crater

Last week’s gallery opening in Arlington, MA was a big success. For those of you who aren’t local or couldn’t make it, I’ll post the images of Paris that I’m showing there over the coming weeks on my Facebook page – be sure to follow me there.

In Photo Tour news, my March 2017 photo safari is now ready and listed on this site and I’m excited that I can offer it at the same price as my 2016 tour. It’s an amazing 11-day, 10-night safari where you will stay at exclusive camps right in the parks. I’ve designed it to put you right in the middle of the action so you can come home with great images.

March is at the end of the foaling season in the Serengeti: you will see young zebras and wildebeest among the herds. The Ngorongoro Crater is lush and green and Tarangire is full of amazing baobabs and elephants for us to photograph. You can find all of the details about this safari here.

Contact me soon if you would like to join the group on this great photographic opportunity!

Safari njema!

Lion and Wildebeest in the Crater

My New 2016 Photo Safaris to the Serengeti

by Dave Burns | Posted in News | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Elephant and Photographers in Ngorongoro Crater

My new photo safaris in 2016 are ready and now listed on my site. Both are amazing 11-day, 10-night safaris where you will stay at exclusive camps right in the parks. I’ve designed them to put you right in the middle of the action so you can come home with great images.

Both safaris hit the best locations in Tanzania’s northern circuit:
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The Fuji X-T1 on African Safari – How Well Did It Work?

by Dave Burns | Posted in Trip Reports, What's in the Bag | Tags: , , , , ,
Fuji X-T1 and 55-200mm Lens in the Serengeti
Fuji X-T1 and 55-200mm Lens in the Serengeti

UPDATE 12/15/2014: I’ve caught some grief in online discussion groups for the images in this post and it made me realize I should have been more clear about my intentions. You can find articles everywhere online that show off the best a camera can do. The images here are not those. My goal was to illustrate challenges the X-T1 has and where Fuji needs to improve the X Series features if they want to better serve certain markets (sports, wildlife, etc.).

The other goal I had for this post was provide an answer to the question I’ve received more than once from my clients: should they bring their mirrorless camera on one of my safaris? Until now, I’ve had to say, “I don’t know.” With this experience, I can give them a more balanced answer.

In a recent post, I described the kit I took on the most recent photo tour I led to Africa. The kit included the Fuji X-T1 and in this post, I’m going to talk about my impressions of using that X-T1 in the field, how well it performed, and whether I would bring it again. At the end is a gallery of images I made with the X-T1.
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Fall 2014 African Photo Safari – Notes from the Ngorongoro Crater

by Dave Burns | Posted in Trip Reports | Tags: , , ,

The Ngorongoro Crater is a special place and although we only had one and a half days there this Fall, it treated us well. The weather was cool and crisp in the mornings and sunny and warm midday.

We were off to a great start by coming upon a male lion and his cub almost immediately after descending the access road. Very difficult to photograph well since they were staying in the long grass. We saw a black rhino mother and her calf in the distance but they tend to avoid coming too close to the roads. Photographing them at such long distances is tough because, even though you have them in focus, you tend to get atmospheric refraction which gives you something like a “mirage” look.

At our picnic spot by the water, a bull elephant gave us a rare show by partially submerging himself and then swimming past the resident pod of hippo as he made his way to the soft grasses on the bank:
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Photo of the Day – Elephant in Tall Grass

by Dave Burns | Posted in Photo of the Day | Tags: , , , ,

This image is one of my favorites from a safari last year and not just for the main subject. One of the things I love about incorporating the African landscape in my wildlife photography is how backgrounds can reveal layers, or stripes, of tone and color.

Using a long lens can amplify the effect as it did here. I used Canon’s 500mm lens with a 1.4x extender giving me a 700mm total and the result is a stacking effect of the different shades of grass from foreground to background. Because this was taken in the Ngorongoro Crater, the foliage in the back extends up and out of the frame. And it helps that the elephant, which is a dark subject, was standing in a lighter strip of grass which makes it stand out.

Elephant in Tall Grass
Canon 5DMk2, 1/400 at f/11, ISO 400
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Photo of the Day – Lion Love for Valentine’s Day

by Dave Burns | Posted in Photo of the Day | Tags: , , ,

In honor of Valentine’s Day, here’s a little love, African-wildlife-style. Seeing mating lions is not common and to photograph it, you must be both patient and quick. Patient because the two lions will spend about 30 minutes between mating just loafing around. Quick because, without much warning, the male will get up, walk over, and before you know it, he’s done in about 10-15 seconds. This cycle will repeat for about 2-3 days. King of the Jungle indeed.

Lions in Love
Canon 5DMk2, 1/640 at f/8, ISO 320