TANZANIA
The beacon of the African safari experience, Tanzania’s parks and reserves are where some of the most iconic wildlife scenes unfold. From the great migration circulating the Serengeti to the verdant crater floors and great lakes of the Rift Valley, it produces some of the best photography opportunities continent-wide.
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TANZANIA
Safaris & WORKSHOPS

Our photographic safaris are focused on the illustrious northern circuit, home to the great migration, which has been documented repeatedly and is known as one of the greatest spectacles on Earth. While it can be incredibly overcrowded, we work with privately-run luxury lodges and concessions within this wildlife corridor to deliver all of nature’s drama to our guests without the throngs of onlookers.

Visiting Tanzania comes with an awakening and a new understanding of the power of nature. Not many people are prepared for what is delivered during a great migration safari because what you see in the pictures does not portray what you can hear and smell in the moment. If you go to Tanzania for anything, let it be the great migration.

 

That being said, there are other reasons to visit this iconic country…

 

There are 1000 species of birds to be spotted in Tanzania, and that is largely because of the biodiverse landscape, including grass plains, nutrient-rich volcanic craters and lakes, ridges and valleys. The flocks of flamingos are something else.

 

The landscape itself is another reason to visit. Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest peak – looms over the city of Arusha, its snowy crown the backdrop to the impressive landscape. The Ngorongoro Crater is a vegetated basin in which all members of the Big 5 reside, as if in an ecosystem separate to what lies beyond the crater walls.

If you’re timing your trip to coincide with the migration, it is important to know about the different seasons of this great, circulatory movement.

 

  • From January to March, the herds are in the southern Serengeti, Ndutu, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

 

  • February is when you’re likely to catch the wildebeest calving, which, almost doubling the number of animals in a matter of weeks. This is the best time to see some intense predator-prey action as the youngsters become easy targets for lion, cheetah, hyena and more.

 

  • The best time to catch the herds in June-July is in Grumeti where there is a lot of river-crossing action and movement through this western Serengeti corridor.

 

  • From August to October, the herds begin to cross the northern Serengeti into the Masai Mara via the Mara River – another brutal yet exciting scene.

 

The best time to visit the Ngorongoro Crater depends entirely on what you’re looking for, because there is excellent wildlife viewing most of the year. June to September is peak season with best sightings, but plenty of crowds. If you’d like to miss the masses, April and May are your best bet.

Passport validity: 6 months with one blank page available.

 

Tourist visa: Yes. You can apply online in advance, or purchase a tourist visa on arrival.  

 

Vaccinations: Yes, yellow fever vaccination required only if entering from yellow fever endemic countries.

 

Medical care: Public healthcare in Tanzania is generally inadequate and not recommended for use by tourists. There are better private healthcare facilities in Dar es Salaam, but in case of a medical emergency, tourists should be evacuated to Kenya or South Africa for appropriate care. Always make sure you take out medical insurance to cover evacuations and be prepared to pay upfront for medical treatment.

 

Our top tip: This is a destination photographers dream of and you’d really regret jumping onto a vehicle with fellow tourists who might not prioritise photography. Our top tip is book a private photographic vehicle and/or guide or join a group of fellow shutterbugs so that you all have mutual respect for “the shot”!

The vast, open scenery of the Serengeti just yearns to be explored, and while game drives offer the best opportunities for being right in the middle of the action, there are a number of other ways to admire this world-famous location. The cultural melting pot on the coast of Tanzania and the bustling markets of Arusha add another dimension to your travel experience.

 

  • Game drives
  • Horseback safaris
  • Walking safaris
  • Cultural tours
  • Hot-air ballooning
  • Hiking
  • Bird watching
  • Conservation projects
  • Wellness and spa treatments
  • Wine and dine

TANZANIA packages

With so much on offer, it’s difficult to know where to start, which is why we’ve packaged up a couple of classic itineraries delivered to you with all the planning, booking and logistical requirements already taken care of. We’ve applied our knowledge and experience of Tanzania’s safari landscape to put together the perfect tours of the country, timed according to the best seasons and using only the best accommodations. 

Tip to tail in 10 days

$15,000 / per person sharing

Our location for this intimitable seasonal camp is governed by The Great Migration’s dramatic river crossings.

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Sky-Safari tanzania

From $10,696  / per person sharing

Tanzania is a bowl you over country: big, bewitching and breath-taking at every turn.

Tailored Experiences

With so much on offer, it’s difficult to know where to start, which is why we’ve packaged up a couple of classic itineraries delivered to you with all the planning, booking and logistical requirements already taken care of. We’ve applied our knowledge and experience of Tanzania’s safari landscape to put together the perfect tours of the country, timed according to the best seasons and using only the best accommodations. 

TANZANIA Destinations

Tanzania’s most popularly visited destinations are in the north of the country where the Serengeti National Park, Grumeti corridor, and Ngorongoro Conservation Area host the enormous spectacle that is the great wildebeest migration. The Ngorongoro Crater itself is known for some of the greatest game viewing on Earth in an unusual and unique setting – a volcanic caldera! These are our top destinations in Tanzania.

Take Lance Along

Your own Personal Photographic Guide

Lance is a private safari guide and multi-award winning photographer whose knowledge and experience spans some of Africa’s most iconic destinations and beyond. He can accompany you on your tailor-made journey to provide uninterrupted guidance and expert advice.

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