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Tanzania Photo Safari
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9 days

from $14,649 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. Great herds of wildebeest and zebras gather warily on the bank as crocodile snouts break the surface of the Mara River. Stay at Sayari Camp and take in the region’s spectacular array of wildlife on morning and afternoon game drives. On our last evening, gather for a candlelit farewell dinner in the bush.

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.

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 Mar 8-16, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $14,649 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $18,606 AUD Per Person
  • extensions yes

  • date Aug 17-25, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $17,580 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $21,537 AUD Per Person
  • extensions yes

  • date Sep 20-28, 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $17,580 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $21,537 AUD Per Person
  • extensions yes

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. Internal flights for the optional extension to Rwanda are $1100 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
Annie Griffiths
Photographer
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One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Annie Griffiths has photographed in nearly 150 countries during her illustrious career. She has worked on dozens of magazine and book projects for National Geographic, including stories on Lawrence of Arabia, Galilee, Petra, Sydney, New Zealand, and Jerusalem. In addition to her magazine work, Annie is deeply committed to photographing for aid organizations around the world. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of photographers who document aid programs that are empowering women and girls in the developing world. In just five years, Ripple’s work has helped 24 non-profits raise over ten million dollars. She has published four books, and is also an accomplished speaker and a regular guest on NPR, The Today Show, and other media outlets. Annie has received awards from the National Press Photographers Association, the National Organization of Women, and the White House News Photographers Association.

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  • Mar 8-16, 2020
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