Blog Tag: Serengeti

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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Wildebeest Herd Crossing the Mara River in the Northern Serengeti

by Dave Burns | Posted in Story Behind the Photo | Tags: , , , , ,

One of the highlights of any safari to the Serengeti is seeing a herd of wildebeest crossing a river. A thousand or more animals line up on the far bank of the river and then all it takes is one or two bold ones to trigger the rush. Dust flies into the air and creates back-lit clouds, the wildebeest plunge into the water, and swim across to climb the other bank. Sometimes the risk doesn’t pay off – a crocodile takes one or a weak one stumbles and gets carried away by the current – but the sheer size of the herd dictates that you will see massive numbers of wildebeest emerge on the near bank, fur appearing black from being soaked in the water.

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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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Central Serengeti: Cats, Kopjes, Sunrises, and Infrared

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

It was time to leave the northern Serengeti and move on to another camp; this one just south of the central Serengeti. We spent the day winding our way south, making an all-day game drive of it. We saw many of the more common animals – wildebeest, zebra, and giraffe – but as we got closer to camp, we spied a serval in the grass. People talk about the “big cats” – lions, leopards, and cheetahs – but a serval is one of the “small cats” and seeing them is a very rare and special sighting. This is only the second serval I’ve seen myself. The grass was a bit tall but the serval was kind enough to pose for a few shots before it disappeared into the grass. Not the most cooperative subject.

Serval Cat in the Tall Grass
Serval Cat in the Tall Grass

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Northern Serengeti: Wildebeest and Mara River Crossings

by Dave Burns | Posted in Trip Reports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,
Wildebeest Crossing 1
Wildebeest Crossing 1

It’s a treat to wake up at a true mobile, tented camp in the middle of the Serengeti. We spent three nights here and I think it’s the most authentic way to experience a traditional safari.

On our first day, we took breakfast with us so we could drive to the river early. I was very encouraged by the massive herds of wildebeest that we drove by. It’s impossible to predict exactly when the herds will be in place to make the crossing so it’s a small gamble when you book your airfare. In other years, I might have missed by a couple of weeks.

We drove north to the Kogatende airstrip then east along the southern side of the Mara River, looking for herds massing near the riverbank. Watching the herds cross is a waiting game because they are unpredictable and get spooked easily. You wait some distance back from the river so the herds don’t get scared away and then, once they look like they are starting to cross, you move forward as fast as you can without spooking them (which means pretty slowly). And as much as you want to be alone while doing this, many other people in the area have the same idea so there’s a bit of jockeying for position as well.
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Through Loliondo: from Lake Natron to Northern Serengeti

by Dave Burns | Posted in Trip Reports | Tags: , , , , , , , ,
Sunrise over Lake Natron
Sunrise over Lake Natron
Fuji X-Pro2, 100-400mm @ 225, 1/250 @ f/5, ISO 500

The next morning, we awoke to low cloud cover and a beautiful sunrise. After breakfast, we left Natron and drove up through Loliondo towards the northern Serengeti. The light developed beautifully as we drove north up the west side of Lake Natron.
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Starting My July Safari: Arusha, Mara River Crossings, Fuji X, and Lake Natron

by Dave Burns | Posted in Trip Reports | Tags: , , , , , , ,
Loading up the Landy in Arusha
Loading up the Landy in Arusha
iPhone 6S

I don’t typically travel to Tanzania in July but when I mentioned to my Tanzanian operator that I wanted to see the migration herds when they crossed the Mara River and also that he had some new camps that I hadn’t seen yet, it seemed like a great opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.

One of the camps is in the northernmost part of the Serengeti to allow easy access to the herds when they cross the Mara River. There was a bit of a gamble though since you can’t predict when the herds in the area will actually decide to cross. And in the bigger picture, you can’t predict the weather well enough to even know if the herds will arrive and cross in the weeks before or after you’re there.

Another camp new to me was on the edge of Lake Natron, an area I had wanted to see for a long time. The area is known for high concentrations of flamingos, lots of other wildlife, and stunning landscapes.
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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

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Print Sale: Flamingos Taking Off

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

I just sold a canvas of Flamingos Taking Off. When someone buys a print, I always enjoy telling them the story behind the photo.

Flamingos Taking Off
Flamingos Taking Off

I took this image of Lesser Flamingos while visiting the Serengeti in Spring of 2012 on one of my photo tours that I lead in Tanzania.

On March 16th, our group drove to sunset at Lake Ndutu, an area just off the southern tip of the Serengeti where the famed migration is at that time of year. Lake Ndutu is packed with flamingos but I noticed this group of six wading together very tightly and followed them with my lens for several minutes. My patience paid off because, suddenly, they formed a line and started running. I pressed the shutter button as the first in line spread its wings to take flight. Seconds later, they were all in the air.