Workshops and Tours with AIPP* Accredited Professional Photographer Mark Rayner


Eleven Day Tanzania Safari Photography Adventure Tour and Workshop

When: 9 - 19 June 2018 - SORRY FULLY BOOKED - Enquire now for 2020

Where: Arusha,  Tarangire National Park,  Lake Manyara National Park,  Ndutu,  Serengeti National Park,  Ngorongoro Conservation Area,  Mount Kilimanjaro - AFRICA

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Please come and join Australian professional photographer Mark Rayner on an amazing photography journey of a lifetime through Africa.

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A word from our strategic partner, Encompass Africa

It’s all about you

Our passion is creating holidays that are exactly right for you, the independent-minded, smart and savvy traveller who values unrivalled expertise, trusted advice, first hand on-the-ground knowledge and personal service. 

We handpick every extraordinary aspect of our journeys. Then we handcraft flexible, imaginative and seamless itineraries and execute them flawlessly. Our experience delivers you insider access through resident experts who reveal the secrets of each destination. Our uncompromising attention to detail and exceptional personalised service is our key ingredient.
 
We only specialise in Africa and nothing else.  Africa is what our lives are all about and it's still my home.  To ensure the highest standard of service and unsurpassed knowledge, we employ the most experienced and passionate safari specialists who are African, been past guides, lived, worked and travelled to all of the exciting destinations in Africa we recommend. 
 
Aside from expert advice, personal service and great value for money, Encompass Africa offers peace of mind to all travellers.  We are a member of  Australia's Travel Compensation Fund, ATTA (Advancing Tourism to Africa) and a fully licensed Australian based tour operator. We pride ourselves on good business practices and are part of a responsible community of the leading companies in African tourism. We guarantee you 24/7 contact in Australia and whilst travelling with us in Africa. Your safety is at the heart of our business and we love chatting about Africa not matter what the time of day.
 
Finally we like to ensure our guests enjoy an extraordinary journey to Africa rather than an ordinary holiday at an extraordinary price.

We personally want you to share with you what it really means to experience a true safari adventure in a continent that for me is the most exciting and rewarding on earth.



Itinerary and Program of Events

Day 1

Welcome to Tanzania. On arrival into Kilimanjaro International Airport, clear immigration, collect your bags,
and proceed through customs to the arrivals hall. Here, meet a driver who will transfer you to your
accommodation. Check in and spend two nights at Rivertrees Country Inn with dinner and breakfast
included.



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ARUSHA This attractive little town is situated beneath the towering peaks of Mt. Meru and Kilimanjaro. Arusha Town, renowned as the safari capital of Tanzania, offers a plethora of attractions and adventures. The town has numerous first-class restaurants, bars and markets to browse, and is the ideal place to spend a few relaxing days before embarking on a safari or attempting to scale Kili. Not-to-be-missed is the Arusha National Park (in Ngurdoto Crater), the National Natural History Museum, the Laetoli Footprints (set in volcanic ash, dating back 3 500 000 years) and the beautiful coffee plantations, which dot the landscape.

RIVERTREES COUNTRY INN. Rivertrees, nestled between Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, in natural gardens along the Usa River.
Combining old world ambiance, African country elegance, excellent farm cuisine, personal service and a
genuine warmth from your hosts - Rivertrees is simply a magical place to stay. Whether you are travelling
on business or looking for a place to start your holiday adventure, our charming old farm house is your ideal
base. It is the perfect choice of accommodation for the visitor looking for peace and quiet away from the
hustle and bustle of a city hotel. We are located near the village of Usa-River, a twenty-minute drive from
Arusha along the Moshi Road. Kilimanjaro Airport is a mere twenty minutes away with daily connections to
Europe and beyond.

OUR OWN PRIVATE SAFARI - TANZANIA. Thus is the ultimate adventure for any couple, family or small group seeking a personal and unique safari experience in Northern Tanzania. From the moment you arrive, you're greeted with a warm smile by your very own private guide and travel in a custom built 4x4 for comfort and ultimate game viewing. Our hand picked safari guides ensure you experience what you came here for, be that landscapes, wildlife, culture or a combination of all three! It's the very best way to ensure quality time and an authentic experience together without worrying about other guests and set schedules. By day explore the wilderness in search of wildlife at your own pace. In the evenings, you arrive or return to camp where you have the opportunity to socialise with fellow guests, join them for dinner and share stories around the campfire. Your private Tanzania safari includes: Meet and greet on arrival at the airport, exclusive use of a custom built 4x4 vehicle complete with cooler box and cold water, the service of an experienced English speaking driver/guide during the safari sector, transfers as specified, game drives and crater tour as specified, all accommodation and meals as specified, park fees and government taxes. Of course, Michael and Mark will be on hand throughout offering guidance and tuition as needed o ensure you return home with an amazing collection of images and new photography skills.


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Day 2
Head out today for a game drive in Arusha National Park, enjoying a walk to the waterfalls while you are
there and a picnic lunch is included. It's a great trial day for photography in Tanzania!




ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK This exceptionally beautiful area is divided into three parts Mt. Meru, the Ngurdoto Crater and the Momela
Lakes which means it has a wide range of habitats. Arusha is not known for its big game viewing but offers
a wide range of smaller animals, plenty of birds and breathtaking highland Afromontane forests.
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TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK is an outstanding and fortunately quiet park with wide views to distant volcanic mountain ranges. Tarangire covers 2600 square kilometres of grassland and floodplains, and a large proportion of tall acacia woodland just south of the open grass plains of southern Maasailand. Tarangire has regions of quite dense bush, but with high grasses and huge old baobab trees instead of the green forests of Manyara. The land is hilly and dominated by the impressive valley of the Tarangire River, which attracts good numbers of migrant animals during the dry months, especially between July and September. During the dry months the concentration of animals around the Tarangire river is almost as diverse and reliable as in the Ngorongoro Crater, but the ecosystem here is balanced by a localised migration pattern that is followed by most animals other than lion, who don't tend to abandon their territory.

TARARGIRE NDOVU CAMP Nasikia Ndovu Camo is located inside Tarangire National Park and offers a really comfortable and
authentic safari experience. Ndovu in Swahili means tusks, which is fitting for Tarangire because here you
will see massive herds of elepahnts in very iconic landscapes. When you arrive at camp, you'll see 8 semi
permanenttents positioned ina lovely setting with enough space between you that you are not on top of each other.

Each tent is 12 metre wide with comfortable beds, all modern facilities such as wardrobe complete with slippers, an umbrealla, laundry bag and luggage rack. The beds boast lovely linens and the
natural tones provide a peaceful setting. The bathroom area is accessed directly from the bedroom with a
seperate doorway with wash basins, running water, flush toilet and twilight shower. The main area boasts a
dining and lounge tent where meals are served and guests can relax plus a nightly camp fire. This camp
runs from June to 31 March each year.
Days 3 - 5

This morning, it's time to check out. Meet your private guides and two safari vehicles and transfer in convoy to Tarangire National Park. On arrival, check in and spend two nights at Tarangire Ndovu Camp with all meals included.

Spend the next few days enjoying morning and afternoon safari activities with your guide, tracker and fellow guests.

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Days 5 - 8
After breakfast, it's time to check out. Meet your guide and transfer to the central Serengeti. On arrival,
check in and spend three nights at Nasikia Naona Moru Camp with all meals included. Spend these days
enjoying morning and afternoon safari activities with your guide, tracker and fellow guests. Optional (extra cost) balloon flights are also available.

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SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK is a vast expanse of flat savannah grasses stretching from horizon to horizon - broken only by an occasional gnarled acacia and rocky kopje - the Serengeti has some of the highest wildlife concentrations in the whole of Africa. Year round it is one of the best places to see the "big five"; elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo. And during the great migration it is also home to over a million migrating wildebeest and zebra - one of the most scintillating wildlife spectacles on the planet. The endless plains to the south were formed more than 3-million years ago when the then active Ngorongoro volcano deposited ash onto granite bedrock.

NASIKIA NAONA MORU CAMP offers both experiences and many, many more. Opened on 15th January 2015, this intimate camp of 8 tented suites offers visitors even more of a luxurious experience than ever. Combine crisp white sheets, gentle Serengeti breezes, running hot water, attractive neurtal decor with a pop of
colour, comfortable sitting area, Victorian desk to record adventures, WI-FI and an efficient service - this is
how wild elegance is served. Wash off the 'safari powder' in the large shower recess and perch yourself on
the verandah to watch the sun set on the horizon.
Located on an elevated viewing point beside the famous Moru Kopjes, this tented camp allows for drive in
and game package clients to explore the resident and migratory wild game all year round. The landscape
pans from the great southern plains of the Serengeti into the central hub of the most famous national park
in Africa, close to Seronera Airstrip.
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Day 8
After breakfast, it's time to check out. Meet your guide and transfer to the Ngorongoro Crater. On arrival,
enjoy a walk along the crater rim. Check in and spend two nights at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge with all
meals included.


Day 9
Enjoy an early breakfast and then meet your guide at the agreed time. Descend down onto the Crater floor
and spend the day exploring. A picnic lunch will be packed so you can relax at one of the designated sites
before returning to your accommodation in the afternoon for an evening at leisure.


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NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA The 8,300 square kilometre Ngorongoro Conservation Area is named after it's central feature, the Ngorongoro Crater, which is the world's largest intact volcanic caldera and within which has evolved an extraordinary natural sanctuary for some of Africa's densest populations of large mammals. The crater floor itself is 260 square kilometres and, from the viewing points at the rim, the vast herds of wildebeest, buffalo and zebra look like mere ant formations winding their way across the grassland below. The crater is also home to a great diversity of environments and you may encounter all of the large herbivores mentioned above as well as lion, hyena, jackal, male elephant (females and family groups tend to stay up on the higher slopes) and, in the forest around the rim, occasional leopard and bushbuck. There is an active black rhino breeding project inside the crater and you may be lucky enough to spot some of these magnificent, shy beasts during your tour, but sightings are limited as breeding areas are strictly protected and usually closed to public access.

NGORONGORO SOPA LODGE
is spread out along the uppermost rim of the Ngorongoro World Heritage Site, an ancient extinct volcano that contains the largest permanent concentration of game in Africa. Ngorongoro Sopa offers perhaps the most breathtaking views of the crater floor far below. Accommodation is well appointed with individual rooms that are spacious with ensuite. Most boast views into the Crater. Other resort features include a private solarium with outstanding views of the crater floor below and a fantastic swimming pool that sits on the very edge of the crater itself, the ideal location to relax, unwind, enjoy the views and breathtaking sunsets and outdoor bar and seating area. The biggest selling point to this lodge over others is its location and close proximity to the road down into the crater. You will be one of the first into the crater early morning and savour a few hours before the onslaught of safari traffic!

NGORONGORO CRATER SAFARI
In 4x4 you’ll head off to the access road and descend into the crater (best to go early to beat the crowds). Ngorongoro Crater is open 06h00 until 18h00 except for the Seneto Descent Gate which closes at 16h00. Access roads include the Seneto (descent only), Lerai (ascent only) and Lemala (Sopa) which is both descent and ascent. Experience an exciting game drive as you immerse yourself in the world’s largest volcanic caldera with the highest concentration of wildlife! Most times, you'll enjoy a picnic lunch on the crater floor. If you stop for lunch, please ensure you remove all litter and food scraps. Importantly, please do not collect or remove any animal product, rocks, plants, seeds or nests. After lunch, it’s time to exit the Crater, ascending the walls and glancing back for one last view into the spectacular caldera.
TIP : Take a warm jumper with you as it can be quite cold on the crater floor! REMEMBER: The Ngorongoro Crater is a naturally formed, ancient caldera and therefore a confined space for wildlife and visitors, so you will really notice the vast number of vehicles throughout the day. Vehicles must keep to authorised roads and tracks, no off roading and the speed limit is 25 kilometres per hour. There is a limit of 5 vehicles at any given time around an animal sighting or kill. It is a beautiful natural phenomena and worth seeing, even if the vehicle traffic is frustrating. You don't have to stop for lunch if you prefer to eat once you leave the Crater as the designated picnic spots also get very congested.
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Day 10
After breakfast, it's time to check out. Meet your guide and transfer to Lake Manyara National Park,
enjoying an Iraqw cultural experience along the way. On arrival check in and spend one night at
Escarpment Luxury Lodge with all meals included. This evening, head out for a night game drive in the
national park.


Day 11

After breakfast, it's time to check out. Meet your guide and transfer back to Kilimanjaro International Airport
in time to check in and catch your outbound flight.

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LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK offers a wilderness experience in diverse habitats, from its Rift Valley soda lake,ground water forest, acacia tortillis woodland, hot springs called Maji Moto and steep mountainsides. Apart from a spectacular setting, the park is famous for its unusual tree-climbing lions and elephant herds it was established to protect. The shores of the lake, encrusted with pink flamingo when algae is present, attract more than 400 species of birds, many of them waterfowl or migrants. Large herds of buffalo, Masai giraffe and impala roam the lake shores and the forested valley slopes. Cheetah call Lake Manyara home, however difficult to spot. So all in all, a Lake Manyara safari is a fascinating experience. It's certainly worth a morning game drive enroute to Ngorongoro Crater.

ESCARPMENT LUXURY LODGE is situated just outside Lake Manyara National Park within a narrow corridor
formed by the looming cliffs of the Great Rift Valley escarpment and the shores of the beautiful lake. The lodge offers a spreading deck surrounding the main lodge, ensuring breath-taking views of the lake
and the gorge upon which the lodge is perched. Watch pelicans sweep the skies as you enjoy sundowners
and see the sun slip down into the hills while listening to the sounds of Africa.

LAKE MANYARA CULTURAL EXPERIENCE
Fit into the rhythm of Maasai daily life with a visit to a traditional Maasai boma (dwelling). Take a look behind the scenes and experience how these nomadic tribe’s people still live. Depending on season the walk is usually organised at first light or late afternoon in accordance to livestock movement. Meet the Elders, Moran (warriors) Maasai women and their children with full explanations into status and ranking within the family age groups.


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Important Notes

Insurance is compulsory for all travellers and we strongly recommend that insurance be issued at the time of paying your deposit. This will cover you against loss of deposit in the event of cancellation, provided of course that the reason for cancellation falls within the terms and conditions of your policy.
You will need a ten year passport for travel to all destinations. We recommend that your passport is valid for at least six months following your due date of return. Your passport must have a minimum of TWO blank visa pages per country visited (excluding endorsement pages). This is a condition of entry set by the Department of Immigration of most countries and guests will be refused entry especially into South Africa if this requirement is not met.
You will require the correct visas for all of the countries that you are travelling to – Encompass Africa cannot be held responsible for entry refusal for any traveller. If you have any queries about obtaining visas please contact the relevant embassies and/or consulates.
It is your responsibility to ensure vaccination certificates and other health documents are in order prior to departure. Advice on health requirements may be obtained from your GP or a specialist Travel Doctor.
TANZANIA
Australian Passport holders require a visa and this is attainable when you arrive into country for US$50 per person, payable in cash. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you return to Australia. For further details contact the Tanzania consulate. www.tanzaniaconsul.com
Yellow fever vaccination and malaria precautions are essential in Tanzania. Consult your GP or travel doctor.



Photographic Prerequisites:

This amazing photography tour workshop is designed to suit the beginner or serious enthusiast. A digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera is recommended, however, any camera that has manual functions would also be suitable. Best lenses to bring include a longer zoom and wide angled lens. A sturdy tripod is essential.


Inclusions:

Accommodation on shared basis.
 Meals as stated on the itinerary.
 Excursions and transfers as stated on the itinerary
 Meet and greet services as stated on the itinerary.
 Game drives and safari activities as stated on the itinerary.
 Services of guides and accommodation staff.
 Relevant park fees as stated on the itinerary. Drinks as specified – drink inclusions may differ between camps/ lodges
 Laundry as stated on the itinerary. Note most camps and lodges and hotels offer laundry services for a fee payable locally if not included in tariff
 All road and light aircraft transfers as stated on the itinerary.
 Accom taxes, Tourism Levies, Value Added Tax (VAT) or Government Sales Tax (GST)


Exclusions:


Meals not specified such as lunch & dinner in
city hotels
Drinks, entrance fees, porterage, tours/excursions and transfers not specified in the quote
Travel insurance
International, regional and domestic flights not stated in itinerary.
Staff gratuities (tips)
Any new Government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control
Visa and visa fees where relevant.
International airport departure taxes applicable from manned airports only, which is to be paid in US$ cash on departure unless included in your ticket cost
Any items of a personal nature
Additional seat charge on light aircraft flights if an individual weighs in excess of 100kg.
Costs: $10695 (AUD) Twin Share - Single supplement (limited) $850 (AUD)

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All bookings and payments for this workshop are handled through Encompass Africa.

To book, please call Danica or Jonathon Wilson from Encompass Africa on
1300 988 378 or email jono@encompassafrica.com.au



Travel Insurance

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This workshop is limited at 6 participants to ensure a high student/tutor ratio.

The workshop requires a minimum 4 bookings to proceed