Travel & learn from an Emmy Award Winning Photographer/Filmmaker
Photograph stunning Tanzanian Scenery & Wildlife
To register for this amazing Photography Trip, please contact us with:
- • Your preferred dates
- • Number of People in your Party
- • If you'd like the balloon safari
A deposit of $500 guarantees your place. Final payments will be due 90 Days before your photo safari begins.
Africa is Magical!No sooner has the name rolled off of ones tongue than we start to conjure images from tales of lore: Tribal warriors stalking iconic beasts, distant drums deep in the jungle, vast plains flowing with exotic creatures. Whether it is the red clay I don’t know, but there’s definitely ‘something’ about Africa that is gloriously addictive.
"...it comes back to haunt you every six months or so, tugging on the soul to head back to its vast plains, towering escarpments and meandering rivers. Its sights, sounds, earthy vibe and palpable breeze that only Africa can evoke. It is an amazing place.” ~ Mark Thorpe
Mark Thorpe Photo Safaris - Inspired by Tanzania
Experience a trip-of-a-lifetime with Emmy Award Winning Cinematographer Mark Thorpe in Tanzania’s most iconic locations, with hands-on photography classes & personalized instructions. Trust us, this is the dream adventure that any aspiring photographer should not miss!
Limited Time Offer - ONLY Two Dates in 2016
March 2nd – 9th &
Aug 17th- 24th
(Space is limited to 10 people maximum per departure!)
Special Pricing: $4889 Per Person
(based on double occupancy)
Tanzania is a perfect location. Perched on the edge of the African continent, and facing the Indian Ocean, Tanzania's weather and climate leaves nothing to be desired. It’s definitely a photographer’s dream destination. But sun-filled and beautiful days are not all that Tanzania has to offer. Within Tanzanians borders lives a vast number of people and tribes whose varied cultures and traditions make up the rich tapestry that is Tanzanian culture. The exquisite Serengeti has come to symbolize a romantic paradise to many of us. From the early days of mankind's history, man has called the land of Tanzania home - its verdant mountains, its scrubland plains and its remarkable wildlife, are why we consider this to be the ultimate African photography destination!
About Your Photographic Advisor, Mark Thorpe: Mark is a 22yr veteran wildlife filmmaker and internationally published photographer. Having left the military after 12yrs of service in the early 1990’s, Mark became an underwater video cameraman after completing his PADI SCUBA Diving Instructor certification on the island of Tenerife, Canary Islands. Mark has worked for a number of International Conservation entities notably WWF and Conservation International and has also been instrumental in the provision of high quality underwater stock imagery for a long list of International Broadcast entities such as National Geographic, ABC - Australia, SBS - Korea and YLE in Finland. Mark has won International Film Festivals with his self-produced short films as well as received an Emmy Award for Cinematography for his contributions to the Great Migrations extravaganza by National Geographic. Mark has recently become more engaged with conservation projects and was commissioned by the South African production house EarthTouch to shoot component conservation projects in Sumatra, Bali and the island of Nusa Penida, Indonesia. Mark has worked for National Geographic on five separate projects in and around South Africa and Botswana. He currently has a short film he self-produced about one of the World’s rarest bird species, the Bali Starling, showing in a couple of film festivals in Europe for 2015.
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Day 1 – Guests arrive in Arusha, Tanzania (Kilimanjaro airport).
Most flights arrive late in the evening so we overnight in Arusha this day.
Day 2 – Group is gathered and we head to Pumziko Safari & Wellness Spa for two days of photography and lessons.
The agenda will fit around game drives & cultural encounters that will be scheduled for early mornings and later afternoons to benefit from the ‘Golden Hours’ of perfect African lighting. Theory lessons will be given under the shade during the midday and early afternoon sun with some practical options devised to put into practice the techniques being taught. We won’t arrive at Pumziko until mid-afternoon, once there we get freshened up have some lunch and then get stuck into the first class which will basically take the shape of introductions, getting an idea of each other’s gear and skill levels and finally prepping for the sunrise shots in the morning. The evening will then be free to mingle and get acquainted followed by an exclusive traditional Maasia cultural dance performance, have your camera’s ready for this special performance, you will be entranced by the beautiful people and their costumes.
Predators and Prey: The struggle for survival explodes in a blink of the eye.
Day 3 – Sunrises in Africa are simply some of the best on the planet, and we’ll be up bright and early to snag ’em!
Mark will be instructing you in the best techniques for rising sun shots and composition. Please be advised you WILL need Tripods. This early morning session will continue through until about 9.30 – 10.00am. We return to Pumziko to freshen up. Mark will then be critiquing some of the imagery and introducing folks to some tips for editing their imagery. Mark will have his editing computer / laptop with him and projector to be able to include the whole class at the same speed. You will then head out for another later afternoon cultural drive where the focus will be on the local village people and the majestic African landscape. With luck we will find some wildlife willing to be silhouetted against the setting golden sun.
Day 4 – This will be a half day safari in Lake Manyara National Park for more practice shoots.
The focus for this will be on trying to photograph various aspects of the resident flocks of Pink Flamingo’s on the lake. Mark will teach you how to take motion blur shots for an awesome artistic shot for you to add to your portfolio. This will be either in takeoff or landing or of individual birds that may be flying over the crowd. Lake Manyara is a birders utopia with over 400 species of birds. Our guides will also be keeping their eyes peeled for other exciting imaging possibilities like the famous tree climbing lions of Manyara. We then return to the lodge in the late afternoon to get ready for three nights in that magical place, the Serengeti.
Receive helpful tips to get the best from your interactions with some of Africa's more enigmatic and endangered species.
Days 5, 6 and 7 – Spend the next three days and nights taking once in a lifetime pictures in the Serengeti.
Mark’s previous theory lessons will be aimed at helping you get the best out of this time in the Serengeti. You’ll be staying at a Hemingway style private camp with all the bush luxuries. One of these nights weather depending, you’ll also see Mark head out to shoot a night scape, you’re welcome to join him.
The Serengeti is romantic and exciting, and one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Africa! Its unique ecosystem has inspired writers from Ernest Hemingway to Peter Mattheissen, filmakers like Hugo von Lawick and Alan Root as well as numerous photographers and scientists. The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth. The essential features of climate, vegetation and fauna have barely changed in the past million years. Early man himself made an appearance in Olduvai Gorge about two million years ago. Some patterns of life, death, adaptation and migration are as old as the hills themselves.
It’s the annual wildebeest migration for which the Serengeti is perhaps most famous for. Over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains and then swirl west and north after the long rains. So strong is the ancient instinct to move that no drought, gorge or crocodile infested river can hold them back, they also attract large predators like lion and leopards…this is such an exciting time to visit the Serengeti!
For a different perspective of the Serengeti book an early morning balloon safari on day 6 (please advise before travel if you want this option, it is an additional cost and on a first come basis so book early).
Day 8 – This will be our last day of the Safari.
We’ll be leaving the Serengeti in the early morning and spend the day at the World famous Ngorongoro Crater for one last priceless photo opportunity
Ngorongoro Crater is the largest intact caldera in the world, the Crater shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens anywhere. A permanent population of more than 30,000 animals inhabit a mere 100 square miles in the 2, 000 ft deep crater, making this one of the few places in Africa where guests stand a great chance of seeing the entire Big Five in the course of a single game drive and one of the last remaining places in Tanzania where you can still see the endangered Black Rhino. Late in that afternoon we’ll head back to Arusha for everyone’s onward flights.
If you are interested in extending a few more days to the island of Zanzibar for some relaxing, snorkeling or SCUBA Diving please let us know and we would be happy to send you more details.