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Tanzania Photo Safari
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9 days

from $16,551 AUD trip_detail hint icon

($9,995 USD)

Prices are per person, based on twin share occupancy. The AUD prices are based on USD and calculated at today’s rate of exchange. The expedition price will be finalised at time of booking.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives on bumpy roads, and easy hikes.

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Premium expeditions are led by a National Geographic expert, an expedition team, or top guides, and tap into National Geographic's worldwide resources to allow for in-depth exploration and special access to sites and experts in the field. Itineraries are fully planned, with some free time. Accommodations are high-end or best available. Ground transportation and most meals and activities are included in the trip price.

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Expedition Overview

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Learn how best to work with movement and light as you frame dazzling herds of zebra, lolling lions, and a colorful spectrum of birds.
  • Spend time with the Maasai and enjoy a rare chance to shoot portraits and photograph the traditional way of life of these iconic pastoralists.
  • Explore Olduvai Gorge, site of the National Geographic-sponsored archaeological excavation where Homo habilis was first identified.
  • Head out on safaris, walks, and other activities designed to maximize photographic opportunities.
EXPERTS ON THIS TRIP

A diverse team of experts and guides accompany this expedition to share their knowledge and insights with you and bring each destination to life. Listed below are some of the experts and the departure date(s) they will be joining.

Tanzania Photo Safari

Set out on a photo safari amid some of East Africa’s most spectacular landscapes and hone your skills while photographing an ever-changing tableau of wildlife. Learn how best to capture movement and light as you frame dazzling herds of zebras, majestic lion prides, and wildebeests on their annual migration across the Serengeti. Spend time with the Maasai and document their traditions in the Ngorongoro Highlands.

Day 1: Arusha, Tanzania

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport this evening and transfer to our hotel.

Days 2-3: NGORONGORO CRATER

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Get your equipment ready for our first safari in the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest inactive, intact volcanic caldera and home to around 25,000 large animals. Document interactions between predator and prey; zoom in on birdlife from marabou storks to rainbow-hued lovebirds; and test your wildlife photography skills on elephants, rhinos, cheetahs, and more. Return to the crater floor the following morning for a sunrise breakfast and photo safari. Take the afternoon to relax and look over your images. Listen to a talk by our National Geographic photographer, and ready your camera to catch the sunset over the crater this evening.

Day 4: NGORONGORO CRATER/SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

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Travel off the beaten path through the Ngorongoro Highlands for a very special opportunity to visit with a Maasai community. With your camera in hand, witness an initiation ritual and learn about this fascinating culture from the village chief and his wives. Capture the spirit of traditional song and dance, and enjoy time to work on portraiture and photographing daily life here. After lunch, drive to the Olduvai Gorge where, on a National Geographic-sponsored expedition in 1960, Louis and Mary Leakey discovered Homo habilis, one of the earliest members of the human genus. Take a private tour of the site and learn about recent finds before continuing on to our lodge in the Southern Serengeti, looking out for lions, cheetahs, and leopards along the way.

Days 5-6: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

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This morning, enjoy a cup of hot coffee or tea overlooking the Serengeti plains before heading out on a morning safari drive. Alternatively, enjoy an early-morning hot-air balloon safari for a bird’s-eye view of the landscape, followed by breakfast under the shade of an acacia tree in the midst of the vast Serengeti. The next day, embark on an off-track safari in the Ndutu area, in search of resident lion prides, cheetahs, giraffes, and bountiful herds of wildebeest, elephants, and zebras. Watch the Serengeti’s legendary wildlife interact with each other on an afternoon game drive.

Days 7-8: Serengeti National Park

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Rise early for a morning game drive before flying to the northern Serengeti. With luck, capture the dramatic river crossings of the wildebeest migration. Settle into our accommodation at AndBeyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp, situated in an area known for exceptional year-round resident wildlife and near one of the most famous fording points used by wildebeest crossing the Grumeti River. On morning and afternoon game drives, look out for crocodiles, hippos, and martial eagles. On our last evening, gather for a farewell dinner.

Day 9: Serengeti/Arusha/Depart

After a final early morning safari, fly back to Arusha. Relax at our hotel before connecting with your flight home.

EXTENSIONS

Post-Trip, 6 Days

Travel to Rwanda on an optional pre- or post-trip extension for an incredible opportunity to encounter endangered mountain gorillas in the wild. From our base just outside Volcanoes National Park, track gorillas and hike to the original site of National Geographic grantee Dian Fossey\'s Karisoke Research Center.

Day 1: Tanzania/Kigali, Rwanda

Depart Tanzania on a flight to Kigali. Upon arrival, transfer to our hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure.

Accommodations:Kigali Serena Hotel

Day 2: Kigali

Journey into the lush hills that surround Kigali on an excursion that traces Rwanda’s path from despair to hope. We visit a “reconciliation village” supported by the Millennium Villages project, a unique development approach conceived by Columbia University’s Earth Institute and the United Nations Development Project. Here, survivors and perpetrators live side by side in an effort to heal the wounds of the genocide and build a brighter future for Rwanda. Listen to the moving testimonies of both a perpetrator and a survivor, and discuss the challenges—and the promise—of former enemies living as one. Visit the village health center and the primary school, fruits of the Millennium Villages project. This afternoon, travel back to Kigali for dinner at the legendary Hotel des Mille Collines—featured in the movie Hotel Rwanda—where more than a thousand Rwandans found safe haven during the genocide.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations:Virunga Safari Lodge

Day 3: Kigali/Parc National des Volcans

This morning, pay a visit to the Kigali Memorial Centre, where a poignant exhibition recalls Rwanda's mid-1990s genocide and testifies to the country's remarkable resilience. Then, travel north through the beautiful countryside to Parc National des Volcans.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations:Virunga Safari Lodge

Day 4: Parc National des Volcans

Spend the day tracking mountain gorillas in the forested hills of Parc National des Volcans. Follow local guides through thick undergrowth and dangling vines in search of gorilla families. Once we find them, sit among these gentle giants, observing their interactions; listening to their distinctive grumbles; and viewing one of the planet’s most endangered creatures from an awe-inspiring, up-close perspective.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations:Virunga Safari Lodge

Day 5: Parc National des Volcans/Kigali

Trek to the original site of the Karisoke Research Center, where the late Dian Fossey, a National Geographic grantee, carried out mountain gorilla research for 18 years. Or strike out into the lower reaches of the park on the lookout for golden monkeys, a distinct species of primate that can often be found in thick bamboo stands. Or if you prefer, you may enjoy an optional second day of gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans for an additional cost. In the afternoon, head back to Kigali.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodations:Virunga Safari Lodge

Day 6: Kigali

After breakfast, transfer to Kigali International Airport for your flight home, arriving the next day.

Meals Included:Breakfast

What to Expect

This expedition is rated as light; travelers should be in good health and comfortable sitting for extended periods of time. Excursions include safari drives in open vehicles on dusty, bumpy roads; nature walks on uneven terrain; and sometimes climbing stairs without handrails.

Accommodations
Throughout the expedition, we stay in ideally located hotels, lodges, and luxury tented camps.

Expedition Team
A National Geographic expert and an expedition leader will accompany this trip, and local guides join us along the way.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Our accommodations are selected for their exceptional quality, location, and character. Below are several of the accommodations featured on this expedition.

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Sayari Camp - Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Located in the remote northern Serengeti near the Mara River, stunning Sayari Camp is perfectly positioned for spectacular wildlife viewing. The camp overlooks vast plains—home to staggering numbers of big cats, giraffe, elephant, plains game, and an increasing population of rhino. Each of the 15 guest tents has a large, private veranda overlooking the Serengeti. The en-suite bathrooms have flush toilets, a double sink, shower, and beautiful bath. Other camp amenities include an infinity pool, library, bar, lounge, and two dining areas to ensure intimacy and personal service.

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Sayari Camp - Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Located in the remote northern Serengeti near the Mara River, stunning Sayari Camp is perfectly positioned for spectacular wildlife viewing. The camp overlooks vast plains—home to staggering numbers of big cats, giraffe, elephant, plains game, and an increasing population of rhino. Each of the 15 guest tents has a large, private veranda overlooking the Serengeti. The en-suite bathrooms have flush toilets, a double sink, shower, and beautiful bath. Other camp amenities include an infinity pool, library, bar, lounge, and two dining areas to ensure intimacy and personal service.

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Sayari Camp - Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Located in the remote northern Serengeti near the Mara River, stunning Sayari Camp is perfectly positioned for spectacular wildlife viewing. The camp overlooks vast plains—home to staggering numbers of big cats, giraffe, elephant, plains game, and an increasing population of rhino. Each of the 15 guest tents has a large, private veranda overlooking the Serengeti. The en-suite bathrooms have flush toilets, a double sink, shower, and beautiful bath. Other camp amenities include an infinity pool, library, bar, lounge, and two dining areas to ensure intimacy and personal service.

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Arusha Coffee Lodge - Arusha, Tanzania

Arusha Coffee Lodge is set among a lush coffee plantation. This exclusive, boutique lodge has been designed around the farm's original plantation homes. The accommodations are lavishly furnished, and each features a split-level living room area, fireplace, and private veranda. Room amenities include a telephone, in-room safe, hair dryer, mini bar, and tea- and coffee-making facilities. Other property amenities include a swimming pool, boutique, bar, lounge, dining room, and Wi-fi internet access in common areas.

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Arusha Coffee Lodge - Arusha, Tanzania

Arusha Coffee Lodge is set among a lush coffee plantation. This exclusive, boutique lodge has been designed around the farm's original plantation homes. The accommodations are lavishly furnished, and each features a split-level living room area, fireplace, and private veranda. Room amenities include a telephone, in-room safe, hair dryer, mini bar, and tea- and coffee-making facilities. Other property amenities include a swimming pool, boutique, bar, lounge, dining room, and Wi-fi internet access in common areas.

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Arusha Coffee Lodge - Arusha, Tanzania

Arusha Coffee Lodge is set among a lush coffee plantation. This exclusive, boutique lodge has been designed around the farm's original plantation homes. The accommodations are lavishly furnished, and each features a split-level living room area, fireplace, and private veranda. Room amenities include a telephone, in-room safe, hair dryer, mini bar, and tea- and coffee-making facilities. Other property amenities include a swimming pool, boutique, bar, lounge, dining room, and Wi-fi internet access in common areas.

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Lake Masek Tented Camp - Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lake Masek Tented Camp is located in the Ndutu region bordering the southern Serengeti. Overlooking Lake Masek, this eco-friendly luxury camp runs on solar power and rain water. Each of the 20 guest tents is raised on wooden platforms and offers a private veranda, in-room safe, en suite facilities with twin washbasins, a standalone bath, and an outdoor shower. Other lodge amenities include a lounge, dining area, and Wi-fi internet access.

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Lake Masek Tented Camp - Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lake Masek Tented Camp is located in the Ndutu region bordering the southern Serengeti. Overlooking Lake Masek, this eco-friendly luxury camp runs on solar power and rain water. Each of the 20 guest tents is raised on wooden platforms and offers a private veranda, in-room safe, en suite facilities with twin washbasins, a standalone bath, and an outdoor shower. Other lodge amenities include a lounge, dining area, and Wi-fi internet access.

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Lake Masek Tented Camp - Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lake Masek Tented Camp is located in the Ndutu region bordering the southern Serengeti. Overlooking Lake Masek, this eco-friendly luxury camp runs on solar power and rain water. Each of the 20 guest tents is raised on wooden platforms and offers a private veranda, in-room safe, en suite facilities with twin washbasins, a standalone bath, and an outdoor shower. Other lodge amenities include a lounge, dining area, and Wi-fi internet access.

PRICES & DATES

  • date Aug 17-25, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $19,863 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $24,334 AUD Per Person

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 25 Aug 2020 - 30 Aug 2020

Double Occupancy from $19,863 AUD per person

Single Occupancy from $24,334 AUD per person

  • date Sep 20-28, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $19,863 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $24,334 AUD Per Person

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 28 Sep 2020 - 03 Oct 2020

Double Occupancy from $19,863 AUD per person

Single Occupancy from $24,334 AUD per person

  • date Feb 6-14, 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $16,551 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $21,022 AUD Per Person

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 14 Feb 2021 - 19 Feb 2021

Double Occupancy from $16,551 AUD per person

Single Occupancy from $21,022 AUD per person

  • date Aug 20-28, 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $19,035 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $23,506 AUD Per Person

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 28 Aug 2021 - 02 Sep 2021

Double Occupancy from $19,035 AUD per person

Single Occupancy from $23,506 AUD per person

  • date Sep 15-23, 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $19,035 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $23,506 AUD Per Person

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 23 Sep 2021 - 28 Sep 2021

Double Occupancy from $19,035 AUD per person

Single Occupancy from $23,506 AUD per person

Prices are per person based on double or single occupancy (unless otherwise noted) and do not include international airfare to/from your destination or internal flights during the expedition. Internal flights are $775 per person between the months of June and October 2020, and $500 per person between January and March 2021. Internal flights for the optional extension to Rwanda are $1000 per person. The AUD prices are based on USD and calculated at today’s rate of exchange and subject to change. See the terms and conditions for this trip for more information.

  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • All gratuities

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages
Jen Guyton
Photographer
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Photographer and ecologist Jen Guyton has spent the past decade immersed in storytelling and conservation work in Africa. Passionate about wildlife, she has studied and photographed baboons in Tanzania, meerkats in South Africa, hippos in Kenya, termites in Namibia, and bats and antelope in Mozambique. Her photography has appeared online for National Geographic, and she has also received grants from National Geographic in 2014 and 2018 for projects focused on ecology, biodiversity, and conservation in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. Specializing in African savanna ecosystems, Guyton holds a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University, and she is currently completing a Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship in Mozambique in 2019. Jen is also a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, and has won awards in various photo competitions including Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Nature's Best.

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  • Aug 17-25, 2020
Sandesh Kadur
Filmmaker Photographer
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Filmmaker, photographer, author, and National Geographic Emerging Explorer (2013) Sandesh Kadur creates award-winning wildlife documentary films and photography books exposing the need to conserve threatened species and habitats around the world. With subjects ranging from king cobras to clouded leopards, his films have appeared worldwide on the National Geographic Channel, the BBC, the Discovery Channel, and elsewhere. His photographs also have appeared in numerous books and magazines. Recently, Sandesh joined conservationist and National Geographic Fellow Steve Boyes and the National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project team in Botswana to document a new 360-degree video series, The Okavango Experience. Sandesh’s many awards include CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year, the Nature’s Best photography award, the International Conservation Photographer award, and two Green Oscar nominations at the Wildscreen film festival.

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  • Sep 20-28, 2020