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SAFARI OVERVIEW

Experience the beauty of Africa. Africa can be the venue for a magical photography holiday: many of our destinations are very photogenic. We can help you get the best out of your trip – and to plan a trip with lots of great photographic opportunities in it.
In many ways, the value of this section, and our advice, is as much about how and when to travel, as it is about where to go.

We can organize special photography holidays in Africa, if you prefer to travel in a small group of like-minded adventures and would you like to combine a photography holiday with a simple or luxury camping safari and  spending your holiday in beautiful Zanzibar Island , we are here for you

Several of the Expert Africa team are keen photographers, and we’re proud to have taken all of the pictures in our brochure, and many of those on this website. Ask for one of our keen photographers to advise you; they’re very aware of when and where you’re likely to get the best shots.

TANZANIA PHOTOGRAPHY HOLIDAYS: THE BEST LODGES AND HOTELS

Tanzania offers some spectacular locations and wildlife for photography holidays in Africa, even if it’s not always easy to get the perfect photo! Photographers often come to Tanzania with the wildlife in mind – and for that the most famous locations are in the north: the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater. Here keen photographers will usually request one of our private 4WD vehicles and guides, for maximum flexibility in setting their own schedules.

The Serengeti is one of Africa’s most captivating safari areas and the annual migration circular migration of wildebeest, along with zebra, Grant’s gazelle, Thomson’s gazelle, eland and impala attracts many photographers in the area. For keen photographers, like other keen wildlife-watchers, will want to understand how the herds are likely to move over the year; see our comments and moving map of where to see the Serengeti wildebeest migration for the full story!

A photography holiday in Tanzania’s north can easily include visits to the Maasai people, who live mostly in the northern Tanzania. In at least one location in the Serengeti you can also visit some well-preserved rock paintings of animals, shields and other traditional military regalia. Note that although the Maasai are usually happy to be photographed, most will ask visitors for a fee for this.

Photogenic people and wildlife are not the only features of the northern Tanzania. Here the topography is varied – from grassy plains, open woodland, imposing mountains and forests to networks of channels, lakes and swamps. The dramatic scenery of the Great Rift Valley – rolling volcanic hills, deep craters and groves of skeletal baobabs – is amazing for a photography holiday.

As an alternative to the north, southern Tanzania’s scenery is gentler. Here it’s less common to hire a private vehicle with a guide, and more common to stay at a camp which organises your activities. So you won’t usually have the flexibility of your own vehicle – but you are more likely to have an open-sided and sometimes even open-topped vehicle, which can really help with individual photographs.

FULL ITINERARY: 8 DAYS SAFARI PHOTOGRAPH

 

DAY 1 ARIVAL IN ARUSHA TANZANIA

On your arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport you are welcomed by our HTT-Safaris representative who will guide you into a waiting vehicle and transfer you to the Lake Duluti Lodge around Arusha.

Our representative will have a short safari briefing session with you at the lodge and leave you to relax and have dinner.

Overnight, dinner and breakfast at Lake Duluti Lodge

 

DAY 2: LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast pickup from your Lodge at 8Am and start a beautiful journey across the Great Rift Valley until Lake Manyara National Park for a full day game drive. Although small in dimension (205 sq. miles), the park has breathtaking scenery and well famous for its lush acacia forest, giant figs and mahogany trees, as well as to a growing population of baboons and blue monkeys. Permanent residents of this park also include giraffes, elephants, impalas and a huge amount of buffaloes. The lake is also home to a large number of hippos. Some unique facts about this park include the tree climbing lions, flamingos in the lake shore, as well as the Ground Hornbill and the Crested Eagle. The landscapes of Lake Manyara are something that can not be described with words, and the game drives along the lake provide stunning photo opportunities of giraffes and buffaloes in the foreground and the lake (and its flamingos) in the background. Some unique facts about this park include the tree climbing lions, flamingos in the lake shore, as well as the Ground Hornbill and the Crested Eagle.

During this day, some extra tours are possible, including a bike tour or a boat excursion. In the afternoon, transfer to the camp for dinner.

Overnight at Migunga Tented Camp overlooking Lake Manyara. All meals included.

 

DAY 3: NGORONGORO CRATER

Ngorongoro Crater is considered one the wonders of the Natural World. The crater spreads for 102 sq. miles and has 2.000 ft high walls, making it virtually a Noah’s ark and inhabiting almost every species of wildlife that is indigenous to East Africa. It’s one of the very rare locations in the whole continent where you can witness the black Rhino. The concentration of African wildlife if the greatest in the continent. The crater has a river, several swamps, a soda lake with a great concentration of flamingos, a forest and open plains. It’s also famous for its elephants which are the largest in the world and have huge tusks. This is due to the rich mineral content of the volcanic soil and its grasses. Ngorongoro Crater is truly a Wonder of the Natural World.

We will start the day very early with a transfer from Manyara region to Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and descend into the crater floor for an incredible morning of wildlife in one of the most stunning places on Earth. After the game drive, there will be time for a picnic lunch near the beautiful Hippo Lake. After lunch, you will have the opportunity for a fantastic afternoon game drive and then ascend the crater and transfer to your accommodation.

Overnight at Ang’ata Camp in Ngorongoro. All meals included.

 

DAY 4: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK (CENTRAL)

After an early breakfast, depart towards the most famous National park in the World, the Serengeti. The driving itself, although long, is spectacular. You will drive up the crater highlands, making a quick stop at the rim for an out of this world view of Ngorongoro Crater. This will be an unforgettable moment for anyone seeing it for the first time. As you progress well into the Serengeti, you will see why the name means, in local language, “endless plains”. The park has 6,900 sq. mile (18,000 sq. km) and for most of it, the plains will stretch to the horizon defying your senses and perception of distances. It is the home of the Great Migration and to 2 million wildebeests, hundreds of thousands of zebras and all kinds of antelopes including the abundant impalas and Thomson’s gazelles. As for Big Cats and large predators, it’s the place of choice to look out for lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, with many television scenes like the famous river crossings having been filmed in this park. Smaller animals like foxes, mongoose, honey badgers, jackals, monkeys, baboons, rock hyrax and African hares, together with more than 500 species of birds, also inhabit this park.

On the way to the park you will have the option to stop for a visit to Olduvai Gorge, a famous place where Dr. Louis and Mary Leakey discovered the remains of the first man who walked on Earth. This tour includes a short lecture describing the archeological digs and geologic characteristics of the gorge, as well as a visit to their museum.

Overnight at Katikati Camp in Serengeti. All meals included.

 

DAY 5: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK (CENTRAL)

Full day in the Serengeti National Park. We are completely flexible with your preferences and this day will be organized according to your wishes in photograph adventure . On every day of the safari, your guide will discuss with you the best timings for you, including the game drives and the wake up time. For example, on this day, you could do a morning game drive, return to the camp for lunch and relaxation and finish with an afternoon game drive, or you could do a full day game drive with picnic lunch.

Overnight at Katikati Camp in Serengeti. All meals included.

 

DAY 6&7: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK (FOLLOWING THE GREAT MIGRATION)

On these two incredible days, you will be driven across remote locations within the vast Serengeti plains in pursue of the Great Migration. The areas you visit depend on the time of the year and could be as far as the remote North of the Serengeti near the border with Kenya, or could be in the South (Ndutu Area) or even in the Western part of the park.

Overnight at Ang’ata Camp in Ngorongoro. All meals included.

 

DAY8: FLYING OUT OF THE SERENGETI

On this day we suggest a very early wake up in order to do an early morning photograph game drive (when the animals are more active) this is order to capture last best photograph and see one of the best sunrises you’ll ever witness. It’s really one of the most beautiful experiences to have. After the game drive, we return to the camp for a rewarding brunch and then we’ll proceed to the airstrip for your flight back to Arusha, or whatever your next amazing destination might be (i.e. Zanzibar). Alternatively, instead of this early morning game drive, you may choose to stay at the camp for a bit of relaxation.

— end of HTT-Safaris unforgettable Luxury Photograph service —

*** routing subject to changes if necessary ***
All Accommodations subject to availability

Item Included:

  • Unlimited game drives as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of a professional English speaking safari guide
  • All wildlife reserve entry fees
  • All Meals inclusive as stipulated
  • Complimentary mineral water x1.5 liters per person in the safari vehicle
  • 4×4 game viewing vehicles plus driver guide (window seat guaranteed)
  • Emergency Evacuation Cover
  • All transfers and activities as mentioned above
  • Park fee, Conservation fees and Community Development Fees
  • Accommodation as stipulated
  • All Airport pick up and transfers in private car
  • Value Added Tax by Tanzania Revenue Authority

For Mountain climbing tours:

  • Camping Equipment
  • Porterage
  • Rescue Fee
  • Climbing Gear
  • Sleeping Bag

The Item Exclude

  • Any domestic connection flights on arrival or departure
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities or tip for safari guide and lodge staff (please tip separately)
  • Travel insurance if needed
  • Visa fee (50 US$ /100 US$ for American or Irish Passport holders – to be paid upon arrival)
  • Drinks and beverages in lodges
  • Optional Hot Air Balloon Safari at Serengeti (549 USD per person), including concession fees
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Accommodation at Arusha on arrival

Tour Inquiry Form

We would love to hear from you! Please fill out this form and we will get in touch with you shortly.
+ Overview

SAFARI OVERVIEW

Experience the beauty of Africa. Africa can be the venue for a magical photography holiday: many of our destinations are very photogenic. We can help you get the best out of your trip – and to plan a trip with lots of great photographic opportunities in it.
In many ways, the value of this section, and our advice, is as much about how and when to travel, as it is about where to go.

We can organize special photography holidays in Africa, if you prefer to travel in a small group of like-minded adventures and would you like to combine a photography holiday with a simple or luxury camping safari and  spending your holiday in beautiful Zanzibar Island , we are here for you

Several of the Expert Africa team are keen photographers, and we’re proud to have taken all of the pictures in our brochure, and many of those on this website. Ask for one of our keen photographers to advise you; they’re very aware of when and where you’re likely to get the best shots.

TANZANIA PHOTOGRAPHY HOLIDAYS: THE BEST LODGES AND HOTELS

Tanzania offers some spectacular locations and wildlife for photography holidays in Africa, even if it’s not always easy to get the perfect photo! Photographers often come to Tanzania with the wildlife in mind – and for that the most famous locations are in the north: the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater. Here keen photographers will usually request one of our private 4WD vehicles and guides, for maximum flexibility in setting their own schedules.

The Serengeti is one of Africa’s most captivating safari areas and the annual migration circular migration of wildebeest, along with zebra, Grant’s gazelle, Thomson’s gazelle, eland and impala attracts many photographers in the area. For keen photographers, like other keen wildlife-watchers, will want to understand how the herds are likely to move over the year; see our comments and moving map of where to see the Serengeti wildebeest migration for the full story!

A photography holiday in Tanzania’s north can easily include visits to the Maasai people, who live mostly in the northern Tanzania. In at least one location in the Serengeti you can also visit some well-preserved rock paintings of animals, shields and other traditional military regalia. Note that although the Maasai are usually happy to be photographed, most will ask visitors for a fee for this.

Photogenic people and wildlife are not the only features of the northern Tanzania. Here the topography is varied – from grassy plains, open woodland, imposing mountains and forests to networks of channels, lakes and swamps. The dramatic scenery of the Great Rift Valley – rolling volcanic hills, deep craters and groves of skeletal baobabs – is amazing for a photography holiday.

As an alternative to the north, southern Tanzania’s scenery is gentler. Here it’s less common to hire a private vehicle with a guide, and more common to stay at a camp which organises your activities. So you won’t usually have the flexibility of your own vehicle – but you are more likely to have an open-sided and sometimes even open-topped vehicle, which can really help with individual photographs.

+ Itinerary

FULL ITINERARY: 8 DAYS SAFARI PHOTOGRAPH

 

DAY 1 ARIVAL IN ARUSHA TANZANIA

On your arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport you are welcomed by our HTT-Safaris representative who will guide you into a waiting vehicle and transfer you to the Lake Duluti Lodge around Arusha.

Our representative will have a short safari briefing session with you at the lodge and leave you to relax and have dinner.

Overnight, dinner and breakfast at Lake Duluti Lodge

 

DAY 2: LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast pickup from your Lodge at 8Am and start a beautiful journey across the Great Rift Valley until Lake Manyara National Park for a full day game drive. Although small in dimension (205 sq. miles), the park has breathtaking scenery and well famous for its lush acacia forest, giant figs and mahogany trees, as well as to a growing population of baboons and blue monkeys. Permanent residents of this park also include giraffes, elephants, impalas and a huge amount of buffaloes. The lake is also home to a large number of hippos. Some unique facts about this park include the tree climbing lions, flamingos in the lake shore, as well as the Ground Hornbill and the Crested Eagle. The landscapes of Lake Manyara are something that can not be described with words, and the game drives along the lake provide stunning photo opportunities of giraffes and buffaloes in the foreground and the lake (and its flamingos) in the background. Some unique facts about this park include the tree climbing lions, flamingos in the lake shore, as well as the Ground Hornbill and the Crested Eagle.

During this day, some extra tours are possible, including a bike tour or a boat excursion. In the afternoon, transfer to the camp for dinner.

Overnight at Migunga Tented Camp overlooking Lake Manyara. All meals included.

 

DAY 3: NGORONGORO CRATER

Ngorongoro Crater is considered one the wonders of the Natural World. The crater spreads for 102 sq. miles and has 2.000 ft high walls, making it virtually a Noah’s ark and inhabiting almost every species of wildlife that is indigenous to East Africa. It’s one of the very rare locations in the whole continent where you can witness the black Rhino. The concentration of African wildlife if the greatest in the continent. The crater has a river, several swamps, a soda lake with a great concentration of flamingos, a forest and open plains. It’s also famous for its elephants which are the largest in the world and have huge tusks. This is due to the rich mineral content of the volcanic soil and its grasses. Ngorongoro Crater is truly a Wonder of the Natural World.

We will start the day very early with a transfer from Manyara region to Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and descend into the crater floor for an incredible morning of wildlife in one of the most stunning places on Earth. After the game drive, there will be time for a picnic lunch near the beautiful Hippo Lake. After lunch, you will have the opportunity for a fantastic afternoon game drive and then ascend the crater and transfer to your accommodation.

Overnight at Ang’ata Camp in Ngorongoro. All meals included.

 

DAY 4: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK (CENTRAL)

After an early breakfast, depart towards the most famous National park in the World, the Serengeti. The driving itself, although long, is spectacular. You will drive up the crater highlands, making a quick stop at the rim for an out of this world view of Ngorongoro Crater. This will be an unforgettable moment for anyone seeing it for the first time. As you progress well into the Serengeti, you will see why the name means, in local language, “endless plains”. The park has 6,900 sq. mile (18,000 sq. km) and for most of it, the plains will stretch to the horizon defying your senses and perception of distances. It is the home of the Great Migration and to 2 million wildebeests, hundreds of thousands of zebras and all kinds of antelopes including the abundant impalas and Thomson’s gazelles. As for Big Cats and large predators, it’s the place of choice to look out for lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, with many television scenes like the famous river crossings having been filmed in this park. Smaller animals like foxes, mongoose, honey badgers, jackals, monkeys, baboons, rock hyrax and African hares, together with more than 500 species of birds, also inhabit this park.

On the way to the park you will have the option to stop for a visit to Olduvai Gorge, a famous place where Dr. Louis and Mary Leakey discovered the remains of the first man who walked on Earth. This tour includes a short lecture describing the archeological digs and geologic characteristics of the gorge, as well as a visit to their museum.

Overnight at Katikati Camp in Serengeti. All meals included.

 

DAY 5: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK (CENTRAL)

Full day in the Serengeti National Park. We are completely flexible with your preferences and this day will be organized according to your wishes in photograph adventure . On every day of the safari, your guide will discuss with you the best timings for you, including the game drives and the wake up time. For example, on this day, you could do a morning game drive, return to the camp for lunch and relaxation and finish with an afternoon game drive, or you could do a full day game drive with picnic lunch.

Overnight at Katikati Camp in Serengeti. All meals included.

 

DAY 6&7: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK (FOLLOWING THE GREAT MIGRATION)

On these two incredible days, you will be driven across remote locations within the vast Serengeti plains in pursue of the Great Migration. The areas you visit depend on the time of the year and could be as far as the remote North of the Serengeti near the border with Kenya, or could be in the South (Ndutu Area) or even in the Western part of the park.

Overnight at Ang’ata Camp in Ngorongoro. All meals included.

 

DAY8: FLYING OUT OF THE SERENGETI

On this day we suggest a very early wake up in order to do an early morning photograph game drive (when the animals are more active) this is order to capture last best photograph and see one of the best sunrises you’ll ever witness. It’s really one of the most beautiful experiences to have. After the game drive, we return to the camp for a rewarding brunch and then we’ll proceed to the airstrip for your flight back to Arusha, or whatever your next amazing destination might be (i.e. Zanzibar). Alternatively, instead of this early morning game drive, you may choose to stay at the camp for a bit of relaxation.

— end of HTT-Safaris unforgettable Luxury Photograph service —

*** routing subject to changes if necessary ***
All Accommodations subject to availability

+ Includes/Excludes

Item Included:

  • Unlimited game drives as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of a professional English speaking safari guide
  • All wildlife reserve entry fees
  • All Meals inclusive as stipulated
  • Complimentary mineral water x1.5 liters per person in the safari vehicle
  • 4×4 game viewing vehicles plus driver guide (window seat guaranteed)
  • Emergency Evacuation Cover
  • All transfers and activities as mentioned above
  • Park fee, Conservation fees and Community Development Fees
  • Accommodation as stipulated
  • All Airport pick up and transfers in private car
  • Value Added Tax by Tanzania Revenue Authority

For Mountain climbing tours:

  • Camping Equipment
  • Porterage
  • Rescue Fee
  • Climbing Gear
  • Sleeping Bag

The Item Exclude

  • Any domestic connection flights on arrival or departure
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities or tip for safari guide and lodge staff (please tip separately)
  • Travel insurance if needed
  • Visa fee (50 US$ /100 US$ for American or Irish Passport holders – to be paid upon arrival)
  • Drinks and beverages in lodges
  • Optional Hot Air Balloon Safari at Serengeti (549 USD per person), including concession fees
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Accommodation at Arusha on arrival
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Tour Inquiry Form

We would love to hear from you! Please fill out this form and we will get in touch with you shortly.