I’m frequently asked if I really see as much wildlife on safari as my pictures show. The surprising answer is, you’ll see more than I have pictures of! Although I have to warn people that it’s not like the Discovery Channel (although I did see a cheetah hunt on my March 2012 safari), it’s true that there is more wildlife than you can shake a camera stick at. There are supposedly 500+ species of birds in the Serengeti alone. I kept a species list from my November 2012 safari and thought I’d publish that here for people to see the variety and breadth they may see on one of my safaris:
My new photo safari in October 2013 is now ready for sign ups (and there is a discount if you sign up before May 1st)! It’s a 10-night safari that hits the best locations in Tanzania’s northern circuit:
We start with 3 nights at a camp within Tarangire National Park. Tarangire does not have the name recognition that the Serengeti does but that just means fewer crowds. It is one of my favorite locations and I always come away with great images. It is full of beautiful landscapes and at this time of year is full of wildlife.
We then spend 3 nights at the Ngorongoro Crater – an ancient caldera considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The Crater is teeming with herd animals, birds, and of course, predators! On my last trip, we saw a pride of lions feasting on a freshly killed buffalo, sparring with jackals who wanted a piece of the prize.
After the amazing photographic opportunity of visiting a Maasai boma, we finish the trip with 3 nights in the legendary Serengeti. Our camp is in the midst of the kopjes – granite outcroppings that provide shade and views of the plains to the local cats.