Today I said goodbye to my safari group from our Ngorongoro Camp. I had great time getting to know those whom I had not met before, and also a great time reconnecting with past travelers of mine. I know that I have one of the best ‘jobs’ on the planet, and one of the biggest bonuses is being able to say that all of my customers I can also call friends.
After I said goodbye to my guests, Troy and I headed over to Tarangire for the day and night. The purpose for the side trip was to shoot compelling video of the Thomson Safaris camp as well as to get some footage of their happy customers, camp staff and guides.
Upon entering Tarangire, the first thing we saw was a few very large herds of elephant. It was like a welcoming party, since they must all know that my favorite animal out on safari is the elephant (giraffe is a close second). The Tarangire River was flowing freely, which was the first time for me to see it overflowing in many years. A good sign, for sure.
We arrived at camp around lunch time, after a beautiful drive around the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, past the Iraqw people’s town of Karatu, across the Maasai Steppe and into Tarangire National Park. The temperature this afternoon was, well, much much warmer than any of the past week or so.
We shot video all around the camp, primarily with my new Cinevate Atlas 10 slider, as we were after a high production value end result. I will try and post some samples on Vimeo when I return home. We also shot video of guests returning from their afternoon game drive, as well as a staged dining scene amongst the large and ancient baobab trees. Again, the Cinevate slider was used as much as possible, as well as simple straight shots with no movement on the slider. We captured some great interviews with the staff, and recorded audio on my Roland R-09 via a wireless lav mic setup.
Tomorrow I will be back in Arusha to shoot some video of the Thomson Safaris office staff, and then on to Arusha Coffee Lodge for dinner and then to greet my second safari group as they arrive from overseas. I will not post an update tomorrow, due to my having nothing to say. It’s a first, I know!