"Photography is the embodiment of nature’s choreography, a perpetual dance for the eye."
Tanzania is sheer wilderness, stunning landscapes and the land of safaris where the wildebeests migrate along the infinite savannah. Hundres of hippos, massive elephant herds, snoozing crocodiles and red-shawled Maasai warriors.
There is probably nowhere else in the world like the Serengeti or the historic Ngorongoro Crater for an intense wildlife experience on a vast scale.
- Explore Tarangire National Park with its lush paradise and impressive wildlife
- Safari in wildlife sanctuary Ngorongoro with many photo opportunites of flamingoes, buffaloes, zebras, klipspringers, gazelles and antelopes
- Good change to shoot elephants, rhinoceros or even hyena, jackals, lions, warthogs or wildebest
- Serengeti National Reserve with its giant herds of wildebeast, zebras, antelopes, hartebeest and topis
- Early morning wildlife photography before the sun rises
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
You will learn how to approach the unique challenges of wildlife photography. Steve Bloom will use his experience from his many journeys to East Africa to help you maximize your photographic opportunities.
- Learning great photographic techniques
- The art of minimizing risk when approaching wild animals
- How to incorporate animals into the landscape
- Composition and form, the challenges of aesthetics
- Working in different lighting conditions and controlling exposure
- How to handle equipment with care on location
- Private hands-on lessons that can help you take your wildlife photography skills to the next level
- Technique and equipment, hardware and software settings for action wildlife photography
- Expert review and constructive criticism of the images taken during the day
- Digital workflow
- How to create a narrative for a book and exhibition
- Portfolio Review
DAY 1: MOSHI
Upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met by staff from Better Moments. We will take you to a cozy hotel in the town of Moshi, which offers views of Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. We will spend the day exploring the town, visiting the local market, which can be something of a cauldron. There will be plenty of great photo opportuni- ties. After dinner we will have an introductory talk about the photographic opportunities that lie ahead.
DAY 2-3: TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
We will drive towards the land of the Maasai and Tarangire National Park where we will have frequent stops on our way for photography. The area consists primarily of acacia with thorn bushes and baobab trees – the very epitome of East Africa. It also features dense forest, a lush paradise for all living things.
The wildlife is impressive year-round. The avifauna is most spectacular from October to May. Ostriches leisurely strut around amongst the game and the for- ests contain various species of hornbills, the endemic yellowcollared lovebird, and sunbirds. Along the river, quite distinct and equally enormous Hamerkop nests can be seen. After Tarangire we drive to the Highlands area of Karatu. After dinner we will enjoy an entertaining lecture by Steve Bloom, featuring his extensive portfolio across the African continent. Both night, after diner we will attend a workshop and enjoy the sunset from our Better Moments Wild Camp.
DAY 4: NGORONGORO SAFARI
We start the day with a game drive in one of the world’s most renowned wildlife sanctuaries, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and will travel into the Ngorongoro Crater. The 260 square kilometre base of the crater is a vast, flat circular area of grassy savanna, forest, and the beautiful lake Makat, which is home to thousands of flamingos. Approximately 20,000 mammals live within the caldera. We expect to see buffalos, zebras, klipspringers, gazelles and various species of antelope.
Furthermore, there’s a good chance we will see elephants, rhinoceros, the rare spotted hyena, jackals, lions, warthogs, and wildebeest. If we are lucky we may spot a leopard or two. We won’t see giraffes down here, as their long legs cannot traverse the steep slopes of the crater.
During the morning Steve Bloom will guide us to the best locations for wild life photography. Our 4×4 vehicles are configured so we have superb conditions for picture shooting, enabling us to get as close to the animals as is reasonable.
From here we continue on to one of the world’s best Safari areas. We drive up the steep western slope to the green, lush, and very beautiful Mbulu plateau. Early evening we reach the majestic savanna of the Serengeti where the Better Moments Wildcamp is situated. We will stay in a classic safari camp (tents of 14m2 with bed, bath and toilet) and enjoy the ultimate safari experience in the heart of the savanna. After dinner, we focus on landscape photography with slow shutter speeds and animal photography, if we have time.
DAY 5: SERENGETI SAFARI
The Serengeti National Reserve is known among the Maasai as the endless plains – and is possibly the best place in the world to find big game. This enormous reserve consists of 14,763 square kilometers of savanna, and continues north into the equally famous Masai Mara in Kenya. It is the habitat of giant herds of wildebeast, zebras, antelopes, hartebeest and topis. Every year, over two million herbivores consisting mainly of wildebeest migrate in search of greener pastures – a hazardous journey of approximately 800 kilometers per year. For bird lovers, an extra bonus is the 535 bird species living here. Before dinner at our Better Moments Wild Camp, those with enough energy can make a hike into the wild and do evening photography.
DAY 6: SERENGETI SAFARI
We have another full day on the savanna and the plains of Serengeti. The diversity and density of wildlife ensures that you constantly experience something new. No two game drives are the same in this, Africa’s most renowned safari area. During a day of shooting we will follow the wild animals, such as lions and elephants, in our vehicles, as well as hiking with local wildlife guides and Steve Bloom. After diner we will attend a workshop and enjoy the sunset from our Better Moments Wild Camp.
DAY 7: SERENGETI, KARATU AND MAASAI VILLAGE
We slowly leave Serengeti in the most spectacular way – with a game drive through the beautiful Serengeti the Ndutu areas. From here we drive up from the Ngorongoro crater to Karatu and Highview, where we have time to photograph.
Along the way we will visit a Maasai village where we will learn how these proud people preserve their culture and customs, whilst also adapting to the developing world around them – an exciting look into a very different traditional way of life. Here you will be able to make authentic portrait photography in a genuine Maasai village. We will enjoy a great farewell dinner, celebrating the end of our tour in this part of East Africa.
DAY 8: EARLY MORNING PHOTOGRAPHY
After an early start from Karatu we move out in the bush with our cameras. Under cover of darkness we will try to get the best shots of wild animals and birds, that are getting ready for the day’s search for food and water. From Karatu we drive to Kilimanjaro Airport and begin our journey homeward.
INTO THE WILD
September 30-07 October, 2017
Travel by 4×4 and stay at our Better Moments Wild Camp at the heart of the Serengeti savannah. Get wild with an adventurous journey in the bush with award-winning wildlife photographer Steve Bloom.
TRAVEL WITH THE BEST
Steve Bloom began to photograph wildlife in 1993 while on vacation in Africa. In 1996 he devoted all his time to wildlife photography Steve has won international awards for his work, including The Power of Photography Award, The Golden Eye of Russia, and Lucie Awards. Numerous magazine publishers such as Life, Terre Sauvage, National Geographic, Geo, Airone, and Geographic, as well as many photographic publications, have featured his pictures.
He has had a number of exhibitions, both current and in the planning stage, including large outdoor exhibitions in city centers. The free outdoor exhibitions, promoting environmental issues, are major events staged in conjunction with city authorities, and attract visitor numbers in the millions.
Number of guests: 8-12
Local transport: 4×4
Exertion level: Moderate
Accommodation: Hotels and tents with all facilities
Meals: All meals included
Type of photography: Wildlife
Weather in October: Min 20°C , Max 29°C .
€3,750 per person in shared double room.
€4,150 per person in single room.
If you sign-up a group of 4+ participants you will receive a discount based on the size of your group.
Hotel accommodation with private bath and toilet
All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
Safari by Land Rover/bus with 2-7 people
All transport with driver and safari guide
Fees and permits for national parks and Maasai village
Transport to/from Dar es Salaam
Visa to Tanzania
2013 TANZANIA WORKSHOP
From left to right: Sam – driver and wildlife guide, Carsten Sørig, Trond Gregersen, Kasper Johansson, Klaus Nygaard – Editor of “Digitalfoto”, Dagfinn Kringstad, Christian Nørgaard – Better Moments, Workshop Expert/teacher photographer Steve Bloom, Gradek Grzegorz, Catarina Kent, Lars Poul Anderson, Unni Hjellnes.
“Safari with Better Moments was a big and unforgettable experience. Vi got very close to both people and wildlife in Tanzania and then we had Steve Bloom as our photo guide. He taught us new tricks and we got some fantastic shots to bring back home. Everything clicked and all promises were kept. So it was an absolutely perfect trip.”
– Klaus Nygaard, editor-in-chief
Digital Foto magazine