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APRIL 2019





  APRIL 2019




  SNP Natuurreizen

Luipaard - Wild Tanzania Fotoreis - Copyright Martin van Lokven


"So very happy to have been able to join you! Actually - God willing - I would like to join you as soon as circumstances allow."

Maudy Hartmann-Rakers

"Twice I did a Tanzania Photo Tour with Martin and both times I was very satisfied. Martin is substantively well aquinted with the area and the wildlife. His trip is well organized and he is not only a pleasant guide / photographer but above all a pleasant companion.
I can recommend anybody a photography trip with Martin van Lokven Photography."

  "Martin is a sympathetic, very friendly tour guide and passionate photographer, who is able to transfer his knowledge and skills to the participants. He not only has a lot of tips in the field of photography, but as a biologist he also tell a lot about the behavior of the animals.
The trip was in one word FANTASTIC! Large herds of wildebeest around Lake Ndutu and the attraction it has on the predators, made for unique experiences. A journey without end, because the great nature of Tanzania is forever etched in my memory."

Miranda Bennink

"With the rain came big herds of wildebeest with their calves. Wonderful to photograph, especially when they crossed the lake! The highly experienced driver/guides were anticipating fantastic on the behavior of the animals, while Martin very passionate and enthusiastic gave the right photographic instructions. The lions and cheetahs with their young took care of the necessary spectacle, that we could observe and photograph wonderful. We also enjoyed the other animals and birds, beautiful light, the photogenic scenery and the fine lodges.
We still enjoy after all the facets and images of this trip."

Saskia and Edgar.
  "It was a privilege to look around in this beautiful nature;sometimes wonderfully, sometimes cruel.
Martin was the skilled photographer who liked and was capable to share his broad knowledge and experience, while also he showed himself a committed and experienced tour guide!"

Wim Vlasblom

"I met Martin as a dedicated photographer; tireless in finding the best spot and viewpoints for our photos. He shares with enthusiasm his knowledge and experience so that I could raise the quality of my photos to a new level. He teaches you to look as a photographer. Moreover, he has a great knowledge of this beautiful area, the animals and plants. Beware to be fit for this tour because you have to work 'hard'!"

Marieke van de Sandt

Wildebeest crossing Lake Ndutu copyright Martin van Lokven


Thunder and lightning are the signs the rains arrive in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Southeast of the Serengeti, turning the plains green with fresh grass within days. Here - on the relatively save plains - almost all adult female Wildebeest will give birth within a two to three week period. The unique ability of Wildebeest to synchronize the birth of their young in this short period of time creates an abundance of prey for predators, thus enabling more calves to survive the attentions of Lions, Cheetahs, Leopards, Spotted Hyenas and other predators.

The calves will be part of the annual Great Migration of Wildebeest and other grazing herbivores across the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, one of the greatest spectacles in the natural world. 1.500.000 Wildebeest, 500.000 Thomson Gazelle and 200.000 Burchells Zebra partake in this journey!


We visit Ndutu in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Ngorongoro Crater. Specially Ndutu provides us with many close encounters with the Tanzanian wildlife. Important for the animals in Ndutu are Lake Ndutu and the Marsh. Wildebeest do cross Lake Ndutu. This is something completely different than the river crossings in the northern part of the Serengeti National Park.

It was in Ndutu where the famous  filmmaker and photographer Hugo van Lawick had his camp, Camp Ndutu. Here and from here he made the famous movies The Leopard Son and Serengeti Symphony.

Mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, trees, landscapes ... We will pay photographic attention to all natural wonders of this 'secret Seregety', a garden of Eden. We will also visit the Maasai and the famous Olduvai Gorge, one of the most important paleoanthropological sites concerning the origin of mankind.

Martin and the Tanzanian team of guides/drivers will look for the best photo opportunities. With a guaranteed windowseat and extra space in the extended 4x4 you will have great photo opportunities and sightings.

In the field and whenever possible you will have advice how to capture the best images and achieve information of the local nature.


The famous photographer and moviemaker baron Hugo van Lawick had his tented camp - Camp Ndutu - here during almost 30 years, just around the corner of our lodge! With Ndutu as his base camp he made many movies, with as highiights 'The Leopard Son' and 'Serengeti Symphony'!

Hugo van Lawick was buried on his Camp Ndutu - on the spot were his tent was - having a state funeral.

Of course we will vist his grave.


Day 1 - Flight from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Tanzania
On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, we are warm welcomed by a representative of our local agent. With a spacious private transfer we drive to The African Tulip, our luxury boutique hotel for tonight, in the heart of Arusha.

Day 2 - Drive to Ndutu area passing Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast we drive on a good road westward to our lodge in Ndutu, on the way to perhaps our first lions. We see Masai homes and Masai herders with their grazing and drinking cows and goats. We pass the village of Mbt wa Mbu in the Great Rift Valley and have a beautiful view of Lake Manyara in Lake Manyara National Park. After passing the last village - Karatu - we will stop briefly at the gate of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a protected area bordering the Serengeti National Park. It is now done with asphalt, and we can pick up the binoculars and photo items from the bags. The game (drive) is on!

On the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, also protected by the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site, we stop at the grave of Bernard and Michael Grzimek. Bernard was a zoo director, zoologist, author of nature books, filmmaker and a driving force behind the Zoological Society of Frankfurt, a group of researchers who are still active in the Serengeti. With his son Michael he has given the Serengeti worldwide fame in the 50s of the last century by the book and film "Serengeti Shall Not Die". Without them, there might have been no Serengeti National Park at all. Michael crashed and died in his plane in 1959 while he was filming, after a collision with a vulture. After the death of Bernard in Germany his ashes were buried next to his son at the edge of the crater.

On a clear day we can take a first look at the craterfloor 600 meters below. During the descent towards the Serengeti and Ndutu we see our first giraffes grazing on here still present acacias. We also see for the first time the Serengeti, the endless plains. Enjoying and photographing wildlife we drive to our lodge. Located in the southeastern part of the Serengeti ecosystem, close to the shore of Lake Ndutu and surrounded by beautiful umbrella acacias, lies the welcoming and cozy Ndutu Safari Lodge in an oasis of peace and quiet, far from the major tourist flows. In the period from January to May the area is due to the presence of over a million wildebeest and all the activity of predators 'the place to be'.

Day 3-7 - Morning and afternoon game drives in Ndutu area
It's still dark at six o'clock when when we enjoy coffee, tea and a biscuit perched in one of the lounges. A typical morning at the lodge. Our driver / guides take care of breakfast and take them into the cars. The morning game drive begins! Around Lake Ndutu wildebeest and lions are very often seen. Not infrequently wildebeest crowd together on the shores of the lake and try to cross it. A very impressive event! In the area are also the "Little Marsh" and the "Big Marsh" hunting ground of a group of lions and a cheetah nursery. Wildebeest, zebras, giraffes, buffalo, hartebeest, impala and other grazing animals come to drink here. The surrounding plains are the favorite hunting ground of Africa's fastest hunter, cheetah! Here we will see cheetahs, often mothers with young. We try to see the hunt for a Thomson gazelle or a young wildebeest. At noon we will have lunch at the lodge. The drinking pool in front of the lodge attracks lovebirds and other colorful birds. Great to see and photograph. Not infrequently there are elephants close to the lodge. We even may find a chameleon. In the afternoon we will leave the lodge for the afternoon game drive that lasts until just before sunset to fully enjoy the beautiful light that alights on the many animals and savannah landscape. Before or after dinner Martin will discuss pictures and shares his knowledge of the nature of Tanzania.

Day 8 - From Ndutu to Ngorongoro
After a final morning game drive where we have breakfast again in the field, we leave after lunch in the lodge or with a lunchbox in the direction of the Ngorongoro crater. With a diameter of about 25 kilometers, an altitude of 2400 meters and a depth of 600 meters is the famous Ngorongoro Crater, the largest caldera in the world. Once there was an estimated 4500-5800 meter high volcano cone on top of what is now the crater, before it was blown off by a huge explosion. Unbelievable what a force of nature that must have been. The crater ridge now forms the natural conclusion of a paradise with 30,000 wildebeest, zebras, buffaloes and other herbivores, but also with the highest density of lions and hyenas in Africa. Martin once counted in one spot 17 hyenas and 13 lions. And up to 32 hyenas in one place! Of course we will go tomorrow in search of black rhinos, of which live about 30 in the crater.

Day 9 - Full day game drive in Ngorongoro Crater
Again, after coffee and tea we drive the crater at dawn in. Breakfast and lunch we have with us, so we can be in the crater until well into the afternoon. The crater is teeming with animals. Grazing buffalo, wildebeest, zebras, elephants and ostriches approach to within a short distance our cars. Eland are to be photographed well, unlike outside the crater. Hyenas and lions lie down and walk up the dirt roads and often a lion rubs against a car. Zebras will often only at the last moment go off the road and we have many possibilities for good portraits. A day in the crater is an unforgettable experience! At the end of the afternoon we drive back to the lodge. We probably visit a cultural boma of the Maasai after exiting the crater.

Day 10 - On our way to Arusha
We enjoy a quiet breakfast and depart on a reasonable time for Arusha. On the way to the 'gate' of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, we have our picture stuff still ready because there is always a chance to see buffalos and elephants. Also leopards and lions have been seen on the crater rim. After the 'gate' the asphalt begins again. We visit one or two gift shops, have lunch en route and arrive at our hotel The African Tulip. Here we say goodbye to our driver / guides, and we look up to our rooms and use the last hours to freshen up and relax. It is good to be in and by the pool. In the afternoon the transfer will take place at the airport. The return journey can begin.

Day 11 - Arrival at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam
Between 7:00 and 7:30 we land at Schiphol.


• accommodation, 9 nights
• meals, full board
• transfers from and to Airport
• safari in 8 seat Landcruiser with only 4 guests
• local driver/guides
• park entrance fees
• one day entrance fee Ngorongoro crater
• visit Olduvai museum
• visit Masaï village
• instructions
• image reviews
• water during safaris
• meeting before the tour (for Dutch clients)
• meeting after the tour (for Dutch clients)


• international flight(s)
• drinks
• gratuities
• personal purchases
• visa
• insurances
• vaccinations & medicines
• one day fee Serengeti NP in case we go there.


For more information about this luxury Photo Tour to the 'Secret Serengeti' you can contact Martin through info@martinvanlokven.com.


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Gnoe trek Copyright Martin van Lokven

Cheetah vrouwtje met jongen Copyright Martin van Lokven

Rennende zebra's Copyright Martin van Lokven

Gnoes en zebra's - Copyright Martin van Lokven

After the game drive - Tanzania Photo Tour - Copyright Martin van Lokven

Drinkende leeuwinnen Copyright Martin van Lokven

Lion on zebra kill Tanzania Copyright Martin van Lokven

Masai child in Tanzania Copyright Martin van Lokven

Young male lion on zebra kill copyright Martin van Lokven

Tanzania Photo Tour Copyright Martin van Lokven