Tanzania Feb. 20 - March 4, 2023
This photo tour hits many of the highlights of Tanzania.
We'll start in Tarangire National Park where we'll warm our shutter fingers up while we photograph the park's plentiful elephants.
From there we'll head into the iconic Ngorongoro Crater and spend a full day chasing the light and capturing images of some of the approximate 30K animals that call the crater home.
From there we head into Ndutu - rich with big cats - lions, leopards, & cheetah. Ndutu will be rich with wildebeest and zebra as well and they they will be in the middle of calving season. This makes for some exciting action.
We end in the Serengeti where we'll continue our search of epic images and beautiful landscapes. There is no place like the Serengeti for safari!
About the Tour
Per person double occupancy
International Airfare INCLUDED
$3,600 due at time of booking
Tour Guest Limit
12 Guest Maximum
90 Days before departure
This price is inclusive of Round Trip economy airfare from USA gateway city and more. See below for more details.
Tour Pricing Info
Economy air to Tanzania
All photographic instruction
All park entrance fees
English speaking driver/safari guides
Internal bush flights
Usually only 3 guests/vehicle so everyone has a full row to themselves.
Tips for drivers/ guides
Personal expenses like laundry etc.
Other things not mentioned in the itinerary or "What is included"
Massive calving season
Maasai Village visit
We select lodging/camps that put us close to the action, provide excellent service & comfort, and they we have tested and trust for our groups.
Rivertrees Country Inn - www.rivertrees.com
Tarangire Ndovu Tented Lodge - Tarangire Ndovu Tented Lodge Photos – Nasikia Camps
Ngorongoro Serena Lodge - www.serenahotels.com/ngorongoro
Elwai Camp - www.elwaicamp.com
Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge - Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge – TWC Tanzania
DAY 1 (February 20, 2023)
Travel day to Tanzania.
DAY 2 (February 21, 2023)
Arrive in Tanzania and spend the night at Rivertrees Country Inn. (D)
DAY 3 (February 22, 2023)
Depart Rivertrees at approximately 0600 and head to Arusha airport for flight to Tarangire National Park. Upon arrival (app. 0830) we begin our first game drive in the park. We'll stay at Tarangire Ndovu Tented Lodge. (B, L, D)
DAY 4 (February 23, 2023)
We spend the entire day on game drives in Tarangire National Park. Overnight at Tarangire Ndovu Tented Lodge (B, L, D)
DAY 5 (February 24, 2023)
We depart camp at about 0630 and game drive out of Tarangire and our way to the Ngorongoro Highlands. We'll stop for a relaxed lunch at Gibbs Farm and enjoy a nice break there. After lunch we'll head to our camp on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. We'll enjoy a relaxed evening and also do our first image review for those that want to participate. Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge. (B, L, D)
DAY 6 (February 25, 2023)
We have an early departure as we'll head down into the Ngorongoro Crater - home to app. 25,000 animals in an area of about 100 square miles. We'll spend the majority of the day in the crater. Late afternoon we'll head to our camp in Ndutu. Overnight at Elwai Camp. (B, L, D)
DAY 7 (February 26, 2023)
Today we'll spend our time on game drives in the Ndutu area. Ndutu is known for all the big cats. This time of year is extra special because it is calving season for wildebeest which brings a lot of action for photographers. In Ndutu we are able to go off-road to track/trail the wildlife - this makes our jobs as photographers a bit easier and provides some wonderful image making opportunities. Overnight at Elwai Camp. (B, L, D)
DAY 8 (February 27, 2023)
Today we spend the entire day on game drives in the Ndutu area. We will do another group image review for anyone that wants to participate. Overnight at Elwai Camp. (B,L, D)
DAY 9 (February 28, 2023)
Our final day in the Ndutu area. We come to off-road, document the calving action and look for great cat action. We'll also visit a Maasai village today. Overnight at Elwai Camp. (B,L, D)
DAY 10 (March 01, 2023)
Today we depart camp and game drive into The Serengeti. The endless plains of the Serengeti are where we'll spend our last 2 days of safari. The Serengeti is a World Heritage Site teeming with wildlife: over 2 million ungulates, 4,000 lions, 1,000 leopard, 550 cheetahs and some 500 bird species inhabit an area about 5,800 square miles - about twice the size of Yellowstone National Park in the USA. Overnight at Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge. (B, L, D)
DAY 11 (March 02, 2023)
We'll spend the full day on game drives in the Serengeti looking for images we have not captured yet and just taking in the natural beauty. Overnight at Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge. (B, L, D)
DAY 12 (March 03, 2023)
Today we prepare to depart Tanzania. We'll game drive to the airstrip for our 11AM flight back to Arusha. Upon arrival (app. Noon) at Arusha we'll head to our day rooms at Rivertrees Country Inn where we'll have about 5 hours to relax, repack, and get cleaned up for our flights home. We'll also have a 1 hour group image review for anyone that wants to participate. We head to the airport about 6PM to catch our flights home. Overnight on plane. (B, L)
Day 13 (March 04, 2023)
Those returning to the USA should arrive home today depending on flights and layovers.
What To Take (These are only suggestions; they are NOT required!)
Our list of Recommended Gear for your Photo Tour
· 2 camera bodies—the same manufacturer that will fit all your lenses
· Camera battery charger and cords
· Bring as much memory as possible
· Card Reader for file transfer
· External hard drives for back up (we recommend a minimum of a 500GB drive)
· Black Rapid camera strap
· Extra batteries
· Lenses - we recommend any combination that will give you covereage from 24mm to 400+mm
· 1.4x or 2x teleconverter for the telephoto—same brand as lens
· Tripod and head
· Flash—strobe with automatic TTL fill flash capabilities or Reflector
· Photo backpack
· Lens cloth and cleaning fluid
· Blower ball for dust
· Rain sleeve for camera and lens
· Cable or electronic shutter release
· Laptop computer (travel size such as a netbook)
· Current version of Photoshop or Lightroom
· International power adapter
· Multiple plug power strip & adaptor to gain electric outlets in your room for simultaneous downloading & recharging
· Sensor cleaning supplies
GUESTS SHOULD PACK LIGHT. YOU MAY BE EXPECTED TO CARRY, ROLL, SCHLEP, AND/OR OTHERWISE TRANSPORT YOUR OWN BAGS AT ALL TIMES AND IN ALL PLACES ON THIS TRIP. LAUNDRY SERVICES ARE ALWAYS AVAILABLE. M&M RULE OF THUMB IS ONE BAG FOR CAMERA GEAR AND ONE 20-22"" ROLLER FOR YOUR CLOTHES AND TOILETRIES. INVEST IN A TRAVEL TRIPOD - BENRO HAS MANY OPTIONS AVAILABLE. MEDICAL DEVICES SUCH AS CPAP MACHINES ARE EXCLUDED FROM THIS RECOMMENDATION. PACKING LIGHT WILL MAKE YOUR TRIP MUCH MORE ENJOYABLE.
Tour Difficulty = Easy
Easy = less than 2 miles walking/day and little climbing; Moderate = up to 5 miles walking per day with some climbing; Strenuous = more than 5 miles/day of walking and several climbing/hills/rough terrain expected. You should know your health and ability to carry your gear in hot, cold, humid, and dry conditions and be able to walk 5 miles or more per day and make climbs in elevation of up to 1000 feet in gain and be OK climbing many steps or steep terrain.
Pursuant to Clause 2 under Enrollment: If you need to cancel within a stated refund period, M&M Photo Tours, Inc. may allow you to apply all monies paid to a future trip, within 12 months. We must receive written notification (E-mail is accepted) of your cancellation and your desire to apply the funds to a future trip.
Travel insurance is REQUIRED for this trip. We recommend that you purchase a comprehensive policy that covers flight delays, lost luggage, cancellation, and more. We strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance as our cancellation policy is strongly adhered to. M&M Photo Tours, Inc. reserves the right to cancel any trip/tour/group due to insufficient registration at any time. In the even of such cancellation, those with reservations shall be notified as soon as possible and a full refund of trip payment will be given. It is agreed by registering for any M&M Photo Tours, Inc. tour that M&M Photo Tours, Inc. assumes no responsibility for refund or additional expenses incurred in preparation for a trip.
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