10 Day Photo Safari
Tanzania has long been a favorite destination with photographers. Along with some of Africa’s most spectacular landscapes, it is also the home to the largest wildlife herds on the African continent.
On our 10 days photo safari, whether you are an expert photographer or a novice, you will return home with exceptional images and a safari of a lifetime.
We will spend time in some of the most famous national parks in the world, tracking wildlife and spend time with the Maasai tribe in their villages. Each day you’ll set out on game drives and walks designed to provide you with the best photo opportunities. You will be assisted by a professional photographer, who will make sure you have the best chances to capture exceptional images. In addition, she will advise you how to best work with the ever changing light and movement of the wilderness.
The rewards are high if you know where to go. In addition to a photographer, you will be guided by a Maasai warrior wildlife expert, who has guided countless of National Geographic photo expeditions and his 01knowledge of the parks and wildlife is unparalleled.
We travel in a small group of maximum 5 people, which ensures that everyone has ample opportunities to shoot as well as get personal assistance to get the best possible images. Our vehicles are extended Land Cruiser safari cars, with a pop-up roof that provide you with the best viewing opportunities.
- Wildlife game drives, walks in Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater
- Spend time with the Maasai tribe in their villages, having unlimited access to photographing their daily life, while learning about their culture.
- Learn how to work with the ever changing light and movement of the wilderness guided by a professional photographer
- • Experience the African bush while staying in some of the best tented camps and lodges of Tanzania
DAY 1 :: ARUSHA
Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, where you’ll be met by your private car and our representative. Transfer to Arusha lodging for lunch or dinner, depending on your arrival time. Meet and greet your guide and the photographer. Together they will sit with you for a trip briefing before your departure the following morning. (dinner)
DAY 2 :: TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
Following an early breakfast, we will drive to Tarangire NP to arrive in time for a short game drive, before lunch at one of the park’s picnic sites. Tarangire’s year-round water makes it particularly good for game. Outside the Serengeti and Ngorongoro it has Tanzania’s greatest concentrations of wildlife – but far fewer visitors. The park has a large population of elephant, often seen in their hundreds, migrant ungulates including specialist dry-country species such as the gerenuk and fringe-eared oryx. The birdlife is excellent, with one of the highest species counts this side of Uganda. We will continue with a full afternoon game drive. Tonight we’ll overnight in a luxury tented bush camp just outside the park. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
DAY 3 – MAASAI VILLAGE
Today we spend our day at a Maasai Boma (village). One of the 120 indigenous tribes in East Africa, it is the Maasai who are the best known to the western world due to their distinctive customs and dress, and their residence near some of the greatest collections of wildlife on earth.
Survivors of a past era, the Maasai live much the same way their ancestors did for centuries. Unconcerned about the passing of time, their lives are dictated by the rising and setting of the sun, the rugged landscape and the ever-changing seasons. The Maasai have lived for centuries following behind their cattle; living off the milk, blood, and meat of their cows. We will introduce you to their culture, their stories, songs and dances, their beliefs, and daily practices. You will have an opportunity to practice milking a goat with a kalabash and sit with the elders listening to their stories. If the timing is right, you may be lucky to witness a Maasai wedding or circumcision ceremony. We overnight in Karatu at a local organic farm. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
DAY 4 – NGORONGORO CRATER
This morning, we’ll start our drive to Ngorongoro Crater, a 2,000-foot deep caldera resulting from a collapsed volcano cone. We will be passing through dense vegetation until a breathtaking view across the crater floor appears. The crater floor is home to a fascinating microcosm of East African wildlife — from buffalo to flamingos, lions to leopards — almost 30,000 animals resides inside. We will have a full day game drive in the crater, stopping for lunch at one of the picnic sites. Tonight we are staying on the crater rim. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
DAY 5 – NGORONGORO CRATER
This morning, following our breakfast we descend for a second full day game drive to the crater floor. Observe the interactions of predator and prey; spot colorful birdlife from Marabou Storks to Crowned Cranes; and track elephants, rare black rhinos, cheetahs, and more. It’s not unusual to see the “Big Five” (lion, rhino, elephant, leopard, buffalo) in a few hours time. We will take lunch again at a picnic site and after our afternoon game drive, we had to back to our overnight accommodation on the crater rim. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
DAY 6 – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK (CENTRAL)
This morning we drive to Serengeti National Park. On the way, we visit Oldupai Gorge, where you learn about the origins of humankind. In the sixties, some of the earliest archaeological deposits of human evolution were found here and a small museum reports these discoveries. We enter the park at Naabi Gate and continue with a game drive before arriving to your accommodation. The name “Serengeti” comes from the Maasai word “Siringet” and means “endless plains”. It undoubtedly is the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world and is unequaled for its natural beauty and has the greatest concentration of game anywhere. Annually, the Serengeti also hosts the spectacular Great Migration, when a flurry of wildebeests and zebras arrive in search of grass and water. Watch the sunset while sipping sundowners at a luxury tented campsite, where we’ll spend two nights. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
DAY 7 – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK (CENTRAL – SOUTH)
We spend a second day in Central and South Serengeti on morning and afternoon game drives. In addition to the “Big Five” (lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinos), you may also encounter the lesser-known “Little Five”— ant lions, rhino beetles, leopard tortoises, buffalo weavers and elephant shrews. You may spot them peeking out from behind stones or near-hidden amid acacia branches. This evening, join fellow guests in an exchange of safari tales around the campfire while sipping sundowners and enjoy another night in the bush. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
DAY 8 – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK (NORTH)
We depart early for the northern part of the Serengeti. At this time of the year, the annual wildebeest migration is here. With luck, we’ll witness the dramatic river crossings where great herds of wildebeests and zebras eye predators warily as crocodile snouts break the surface of the Mara River. Along the way, we will also have the chance to witness a wide array of wild animals, We will have lunch at one of the picnic lunch spots, have sundowners at the Mara River and overnight in the park at one of the luxury tented camps. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
DAY 9 – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK (NORTH)
We spend a second full day following the migration and exploring this exceptionally beautiful landscape. It’s not unheard of seeing the big five within a few short hours. But take time to slow down as well, to watch nature’s smaller wonders: insects at work and birds in their hundreds and all the other wildlife that crowds this section of the park. After a long day in the park, sundowners will be served before we have our communal dinner and we finish this incredible day with drinks around the fire. Tonight we spend another night sleeping in the African bush. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
DAY 10 – DEPARTURE
This morning enjoy the last breakfast overlooking the African bush. We will depart to the small airstrip at Kogatende to meet your flight to your next destination or connecting flight. (breakfast)
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $2,600 International airfare to/from Arusha is not included in the expedition cost.
4 DAY ZANZIBAR BEACH HOLIDAY
There is no better way to unwind and wash off all the dust of the last few days than a relaxing few days on the magical island of Zanzibar. Visit a spice plantation, spend a day at the winding alleys of Stone Town, snorkel or dive in the crystal clear water of the Indian Ocean, take a fishing tour on one of the traditional dows out to the coral reefs, visit the red colobus monkeys at Jozani forest that are native to the island or just relax by the poolside, sipping exotic cocktails – the options are endless