Tanzania Photo Safari Tour

10 Nov – 21 November 2017

Rich diversity, huge birds that can’t fly and coffee estates

$9,650 (€9,012) PP*

Safari-Tour-New-Destination Tanzania Photo Safari Tour

10 Nov – 21 November 2017

Rich diversity, huge birds that can’t fly and coffee estates
$9,650 (€9,012) PP*

Join me as your tour lead and photography guide on a Wildlife Safari Tour to Tanzania to visit the Tarangire National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. The 12 day and 11 night photo safari sets off from Arusha. Guests will arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and be transferred to the Arusha Coffee Lodge, housed on an active, working coffee growing estate. The following day we undertake an overland trip to Tarangire for four nights. After photographing wildlife on 8 game drives we head on northwards to the north eastern side of the Ngorongoro crater for four nights.

Our ranger was the best – knowledgeable and with a keen sense of what the animals were likely to do next. At times, we were so close to the animals that we could hear them breathe! Ed was able to hold a conversation, recommend photographic settings and image composition. And he would spot animals in the bush all at the same time.Jeanine W.

The wildlife in the crater is constrained by the land formation giving rise to enthralling densities of wildlife. The last two nights are spent on the south-western side of the crater at the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge – 12 game drives in the Crater – before heading back to Kilimanjaro airport. Saying goodbye is always difficult but having the memories and images to share with family and friends makes it so much easier. This is also a great opportunity to start thinking about your next wildlife photographic tour in Africa or Brazil.

Call Ed on +1-919-527-4440 now to discuss or reserve this trip over the phone.

About the Photo Safari Tour

This tour is for photographers of all skill levels. The techniques and explanations, adapted to the situation at hand, provided from time to time can be put into practice and immediately experienced in the field. In addition to the technical knowledge, you will gain a greater appreciation for, and understanding of, the magnificent animals we’ll encounter.

The experienced game rangers who accompany us on game drives will explain the behavior and lifestyle of the animals as we encounter them, enabling you to take meaningful images depicting the nature of your fascinating subjects.  Each vehicle carries a dedicated tracker constantly on the lookout for clues pointing to animal activity in the vicinity.

Services and facilities
The tour accommodates a maximum of 6 photographers. The same ground transport company will accompany the photography group for the duration of the stay in Tanzania. We will have 2 vehicles with stadium style seating. The staggered seat position allows photography in all directions without a fellow guest getting in the way. Each of the three rows is reserved for a photographer and his/her equipment.

Photographers accompanied by their non-photographer partners (maximum 1 per vehicle) will share their row. From your arrive in Tanzania until your departure all regular expenses are covered. This includes all accommodation at lodges and camps, the three daily meals, soft drinks and waters, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, and refreshments on game drives. All transportation, air flights and charters, welcome services and nature reserve taxes and fees are provided for. Guests travel from far and to reduce the load of clothes, laundry services at the Lodges are also covered. Gratuities and premium brand spirits and beers are excluded.

Safari Tour Outline and Itinerary

10 November 2017
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by a meeting service representative. The drive to Arusha Coffee Lodge, is about one hour.

Meet your fellow guests for dinner at the Lodge. Stay overnight in a plantation room with en-suite bathroom. Your stay includes breakfast.

11 November 2017
Breakfast is followed by a road trip into the Tarangire National Park. Along this main route, we’ll detour on short drives into areas known for their wildlife. One of the lesser-known, but stunning, game reserves in Tanzania, Tarangire rivals the Serengeti in its great number and diversity of wildlife.

This park is one of the most scenic in Tanzania with huge baobab trees and its extensive herds of elephant and towers of giraffe. It is also an ornithologist’s paradise offering shelter to hundreds of species of birds, including the largest bird in the world, the ostrich and the heaviest bird that can fly, the Kori Bustard.

11 November 2017 to 14 November 2017
Relish in your four night stay at Sanctuary Swala Camp in a tent with en-suite bathroom. Each canvas tent pavilion is shaded by tall acacia trees and within sight of the well frequented water hole. Your stay includes all meals, game drives, laundry services, all beverages, alcoholic or non-alcoholic. Excludes champagne and premium brand spirits.

Daily activity consists of one game drive in the early morning followed by breakfast at the lodge. Lunch is provided and followed by a light snack before heading out in the late afternoon for a second daily game drive. On some days, a night drive may take place depending on the animal activity and weather conditions.

15 November 2017
The morning will start with a pre-dawn game drive. After breakfast we head out towards the Ngorongoro Crater, through Tarangire National Park, taking in sights of wildlife and stopping whenever justified to make photos. Keep a lookout for the herds of migratory elephants – counts of up to three thousand have been reported after the rain season.

Our destination, Ngorongoro Crater, is one of the most well-known wildlife parks in the world with abundant lion prides, hyena cackles and other predators. After the four hour drive we will check in at the Ngorongoro Crater Camp, located on the Crater rim, on the northeast side of the Crater. The views of the sun rising through the swirling mist on the opposite side of the crater are breath-taking and never the same.

Lunch will be served after check-in and in the early afternoon, the first descent into the Crater will bring us into contact with the first sighting of flamingos in the alkaline lake in the centre of the caldera.

16 November 2017 to 18 November 2017
Enjoy the four night stay in a suite with en-suite bathroom with indoor bucket shower, with personal tent attendant filling your bucket shower, from the outside, to the perfect temperature.

The classic safari tents feature hairdryers and plug points and a small sitting area in front of each of the tents where early morning coffee and biscuits can be enjoyed before starting the day of incredible game viewing.

Included are: three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, scheduled safari activities, refreshments on game drives and laundry.

On the last day, we check out of the Ngorongoro Crater Camp after breakfast drive for about an hour through the crater heading to the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge located on the south west side of the crater – confusing, right? One is the Camp, the other the Lodge.

19 November 2017 to 20 November 2017
andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge has been called the game lodge at the top of the world and, between the natural riches of the Crater spread out at its feet and the amazing architecture, it’s easy to believe that you have entered a realm of pure fantasy. With ever-changing views as clouds scurry over the huge wildlife cauldron below, the location is truly breathtaking.

Indulge during the two night stay in a suite with en-suite bathroom with bath and shower. Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, scheduled safari activities, refreshments on game drives and laundry.

21 November 2017
The morning starts with the last visit to the caldera on this outing. Grab the last frames of the approximately 25,000 large animals that live in the crater – the black rhinoceros, the African buffalo and the hippopotamus. There are many other ungulates too: the blue wildebeest, zebra, eland, and gazelles. Keep a lookout for servals which occur widely.

After lunch at the Lodge we return to Kilimanjaro airport, stopping in Arusha for any last-minute shopping. Family members that remained at home deserve to share in the delights of visiting Africa – a small gift will be most appreciated.

Each guest returns home or embarks on other travels in the country as privately arranged.

Cost & Terms of Payment
The 12 day (11 nights) all-inclusive photographic safari tour costs $9,650 (€ 9,190) per person. This includes

  • Twelve nights 4 star accommodation and all meals at the lodges
  • 20 game drives dedicated to photographing wildlife
  • Services of a professional photographer guide
  • Radio linked vehicles to report animal sightings as they happen
  • All airport transfers and relevant park fees
  • Ground transportation of luggage
  • Hire of private vehicles and guides for game drives and park fees
  • Local alcoholic beverages at camp (includes water) and on game drives
  • Laundry at the lodges
  • Fees, tourism taxes and levies

The following items are not included

  • International flights to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania
  • Medical inoculations, vaccinations, travel medicines and prophylactics
  • Premium alcoholic beverages
  • Tips and gratuities for camp staff, guides, rangers and trackers
  • Visas and insurances
  • Optional personal purchases, tours and extra activities

Costs are per person sharing. A deposit of $1,000 per guest is required at the time of booking. Balance is payable, by cheque or wire transfer, no later than 90 days before the start of the tour. Cancellations more than 90 days prior to departure will be refunded in full (less the processing fee of $250). Cancellations within 90 days prior to departure will be refunded in full (less the processing fee) provided we can find another guest to take your place.

As a limited number of spaces are available, if a guest is unwilling to share with another guest of the same gender, then a single supplement will be charged. Although we will try to accommodate requests for single occupancy, this cannot be guaranteed.

We reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary if conditions warrant such an action. We will attempt to notify participants of changes with as much notice as possible. Changes having an impact on the schedule or on costs will be borne by the participants.

Safari Tour Dates

November 10, 2017 Arrive in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.
Overnight at the Arusha Coffee Lodge
November 11, 2017 Drive to Tarangire National Park
Overnight at Sanctuary Swala Camp, Tarangire
November 12, 2017 Overnight at Sanctuary Swala Camp, Tarangire
November 13, 2017 Overnight at Sanctuary Swala Camp, Tarangire
November 14, 2017 Overnight at Sanctuary Swala Camp, Tarangire
November 15, 2017 Drive to Ngorongoro Crater
Overnight at Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp
November 16, 2017 Overnight at Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp
November 17, 2017 Overnight at Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp
November 18, 2017 Overnight at Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp
November 19, 2017 Drive to andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Overnight at andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
November 20, 2017 Overnight at andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
November 21, 2017 Fly from Kilimanjaro on homeward bound flights

Guest will arrive in Kilimanjaro prior to or during the start date and stay at the Arusha Coffee Lodge that night.

Guests can arrange their homeward flights to depart on the end date after 19:00.

Physical health requirements
This is a great opportunity for you to take pictures of the environment and observe animals in the wild. Most travelling is undertaken in air-conditioned vehicles but some images are best taken away from the vehicle and involve moderate walking. Climbing the dunes is optional – you should be able to climb into and out of a safari vehicle and walk unaided for short distances. Guests must complete a standard liability waiver before participating in this safari.

Important Information
This safari tour visits four luxurious and well-appointed lodges, one located in Arusha and the other three in National Parks. The whole of Tanzania is considered a malaria prone region. It is suggested that you consult with your travel doctor to determine the precautions to be taken given the destination and the conditions found there. The government organizations and travel clinics below are trusted resources for complete and up-to-date info about travelers’ health in Tanzania.

Mandatory Medical Evacuation Insurance
Some of the areas we visit are wild and at a distance from major cities; it is a condition of this booking for guests to carry their own medical evacuation insurance. You will be asked to provide independent documentary evidence of such cover, failing which cover will be provided for you at your cost and added to your account.

Please provide the office with the insurance company’s name, contact number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that this policy exists in the interest of our guests’ safety.

Travel Arrangements to and from the departure point
This safari starts and ends in Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania. Your travel arrangements must ensure that you arrive in Arusha, Tanzania no later than 6pm on the first day of the tour. That evening the group will meet for a group introduction and welcome cocktails offered by the organizers. This tour ends at 4pm on the last day – please arrange departures from Kilimanjaro International Airport no earlier than after 6 pm on the final day. If you plan to participate in any add-on side trip, the routing will determine the itinerary at the time of reservation.

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