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8 Days - Serengeti Photo Safari - African Wildlife Photography

Tour Starts & Ends

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

No. Persons Limit

Minimum 2 passengers to operate. Maximum 7 passengers in each group.

Departure Dates

On request (the tour starts at any time if the participants are ready)

Cost of Addtional Services

Extra cost such as tips, oxygen tanks, foods in hotels  $ $ $



African Wildlife Photography

 

African Wildlife Photography in Serengeti is incomparable to any other place in Africa. The diversity and sheer volume of animals in this region is amazing. There is no other place like Serengeti for wildlife photographers.

Why the Serengeti Photo Safari?

The Serengeti is a land of immense plains and abundant wildlife, where a never-ending drama plays out as predators and prey battle for survival. To witness the great migration, the largest migration of land animals on the planet, is awe-inspiring. The predators are as abundant here as anywhere I have been. It is the ideal destination for an African photographic safari…

Photograph the Serengeti’s Big Cats

The Serengeti is famed for its populations of lions, leopards and cheetahs.

Follow the Great Migration

We have chosen camps and dates to maximise your chances of encountering the wildebeest herds.

A Photographer’s Paradise

The Serengeti provides unrivalled opportunities to photograph Africa’s spectacular wildlife.

Serengeti Photo Safari Highlights

  • Eight days on Tanzania photo safari in the best areas of southern Tanzania – the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti.
  • The incredible scenery and wildlife of the Ngorongoro Crater
  • The amazing Serengeti spectacle of vast numbers of migrating wildebeest and zebras
  • Close encounters with fabulous Cheetahs on the Serengeti Plains
  • Repeated encounters with prides of Lions, often with cubs and full-maned males
  • Very good chances of encountering Leopards
  • Lots of smaller predators, including good chances for Serval
  • Really huge ‘tuskers’ at Ngorongoro
  • African wildlife amidst wildflowers and/or under dramatic skies
  • High chances of great Hippo action in Serengeti
  • Some of the richest birdlife in Africa, with numerous photogenic species from Ostriches to weavers
  • Transport by extended Tanzania photo safari Toyota Landcruiser with large opening roof hatch. The perfect photography platform that can go anywhere
  • Maximum 4 group members in an 8-seater vehicle, so plenty of space for all. One vehicle only, for the best photographic experience

Is this Serengeti Photo safari For you?

  • We welcome photographers of ALL levels. This safari will be conducive to learning from one another and include instruction that will suit everyone’s photographic needs. No question is off limits, no inquiry too basic.
  • We are BIG on photographing in the field. We will spend most our time and effort on safari / photographic activities and making images. 
  • Non-photographer or videographer spouses / travel companions will love these safaris. The wildlife experiences on this trip will appeal to anyone with a love for animals and nature.  We have specialist guides leading all safari activities and optional activities (walking, balloon safaris, etc.) are also available subject to camp restrictions.

What makes the Ngorongoro & Serengeti Photo Safari special?

The awesome gathering of the migratory wildebeest (or gnus) and zebras on the shortgrass plains of the southeastern Serengeti occurs between January or February and April each year, while much of the local birdlife comes into breeding plumage in March and April and the landscape becomes greener and much more photogenic as intermittent rain starts to influence the plains and brings out a host of wildflowers. In our view, based on our extensive experience, March-April is absolutely the best time to visit the southern Serengeti for wildlife photography. There is simply no comparison with some other times of the year. Often we see photography tours offered to this part of Serengeti at other seasons, including the end of the long dry season in September-October when animal numbers are just a fraction of what they are when we visit and when the backgrounds are, in our opinion, far less photogenic.

Another great aspect of April in particular is that there are far fewer visitors around at Ngorongoro and in Serengeti proper than in July-August (the Northern Hemisphere peak summer holiday season) or in December-February (the peak time for ‘winter escapes’), so that means fewer vehicles and a quieter more rewarding experience.

We will be exploring this amazing part of Tanzania in an extended, 8-seater Toyota Landcruiser that has been specially adapted for safari work, and is ideal for photographers with its large roof hatch. The tour is limited to just five participants and only one vehicle. Everyone has a window seat at all times.

Accommodation & Road Transport

The safari lodges we use in Tanzania are of a very good standard throughout and are often wonderfully situated.

Road transport is by extended Toyota Landcruiser 4×4 with opening roof hatch and main roads are mostly good or reasonable (but there are also plenty of rough tracks in the sanctuaries and some ‘off-road’ driving).

Walking

The walking effort during our Tanzania wildlife photography tour is very easy throughout. Walking is restricted to a few specified areas in the national parks/game reserves.

Climate

At this season in northern Tanzania there will usually be plenty of dry and sunny weather, some dry and overcast conditions are very likely some rain. Owing to the relatively high altitude, days generally start off pleasantly cool, becoming fairly hot by the middle of the day.

Photographic Equipment

If you use a full-frame DSLR or mirrorless camera you will need to cover focal lengths from 200-600mm or more for most wildlife situations in Tanzania. If you use a crop-sensor camera, adjust the focal lengths accordingly. You will also find a wide angle lens good for landscape photography and a short focal length telephoto good for some wildlife situations (for example, very close elephants and other mammals, or groups of animals). There will be only limited opportunities to use a macro lens.

If you bring a good quality bridge camera it will be best if it has an optical zoom of 18-20x or more, combined with a reasonable wide-angle at the other end of the zoom range.

Be sure to bring plenty of spare battery power. Dust is ever-present in northern Tanzania, so cleaning equipment is important. A beanbag can be very useful here for wildlife photography from the vehicle.

Itinerary

The other difference between a true photographic safari and say a walking safari is the itinerary itself. A good walking safari will often move every few days going from one area to another, a photographer would be wiser to spend more time in one location, you get to know an area and spend less time transferring between camps and more time focussing on your photography. This isn’t to say that you cant still have an exciting and varied itinerary but we would suggest that a longer itinerary is better, after all the more time you spend behind the lens the better your chances of capturing those magical moments.

Our camp is based inside the national park, which means there will be very few vehicle around us when we want to photograph animals. We will also go for night game drives when wildlife is most active.

What animals you might see? 

  • Lions, Leopards & Cheetahs
  • Elephants, Giraffes and Rhinos
  • Waterbuck, Springboks , Hippos and Zebras
  • Serval, Baboons and Ostrich
  • Crocodiles, Wildebeest, Jackals
  • Various species of birds

Included

Excluded

African Wildlife Photography

Photographic Safari in Tanzania

Tanzania must be one of the most photographer-friendly destinations on the planet. From snow-capped mountain peaks to ‘Big Five’ safaris and dreamy tropical islands, Tanzania is basking in its newfound status of being a seriously hot photographic travel destination. From the Serengeti plains and steep-sided Ngorongoro Crater to the flamingos of Lake Manyara and giant tuskers of Tarangire to idyllic Zanzibar and traditional Pemba to the wild landscapes of Ruaha, Katavi and Stiegler’s Gorge in the Selous… the list of iconic Tanzanian photographic destinations is almost endless. Mahale Mountains with its habituated chimpanzees and Lake Tanganyika location is another unique photographic destination, while the many mountains and volcanoes – from world-renowned Kilimanjaro to the restless Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano – ensure that this is a country that has photographers salivating at the mere thought of a visit.

Area Visited

8 Days - African Wildlife Photography Itinerary

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