Photographic safari in Tanzania

Photographic safari in Tanzania

Tanzania has to be one of the most photogenic countries on the earth. Tanzania is enjoying in its newfound popularity as an extremely hot photography holiday destination, with snow-capped mountain peaks, ‘Big Five’ safaris, and gorgeous tropical islands.
Two elephant in the river drinking water while strangers take a picture from the boats
Two elephant in the river drinking water while strangers take a picture from the boats
Travelar take the picture in the Safari

The list of iconic Tanzanian photographic destinations is almost endless, from the Serengeti plains and steep-sided Ngorongoro Crater to the flamingos of Lake Manyara and giant tuskers of Tarangire to idyllic Zanzibar and traditional Pemba to the wild landscapes of Ruaha, Katavi, and Stiegler’s Gorge in the Selous… The Mahale Mountains, with its habituated chimpanzees and Lake Tanganyika location, are another unique photographic destination, while the country’s numerous mountains and volcanoes – from the world-famous Kilimanjaro to the restless Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano – ensure that photographers salivate at the prospect of visiting.

Photography is best done from a private car or, at the at least, a vehicle of like-minded persons who are willing to be out before daybreak and back after nightfall. When you have control over the vehicle and where it goes, photographic safaris are usually the most successful. A guide who is a photographer and has previously escorted photographers makes a tremendous difference in terms of properly setting the vehicle, getting the light, and not wanting to return to the lodge or camp just because it’s breakfast time.

If you can afford it, renting a private vehicle for you (and your fellow photographers) is a great way to ensure that there are no conflicts of interest and that you have complete control over your photographic destiny. Outside of parks and game reserves, where dangerous species and safety are less of a worry, things are much easier, allowing you to explore and photograph on foot and at your own time.

On safari, dust is a huge issue, so bringing multiple camera bodies with different lenses is a good idea because it eliminates the need to change lenses, which allows dust to get into the camera.

Extra memory cards, replacement batteries, and a solar charger are all useful items to have on hand when traveling (because its difficult to try and charge batteries halfway up a volcano).

The most important and difficult decision you will have to make is when to go on your photographic safari. On the one hand, the late dry season offers excellent animal watching and Mara River crossings, but it also brings smoky and dusty conditions, as well as dark brown and drab grey backgrounds.

There is a wealth of color during the green season, when the regenerated bush springs to life, and the clarity after the rains is second to none, but wildlife is dispersed, and great sightings can be difficult to come by. This is, without a doubt, the best time of year to focus on landscape and bird photography.

Include

  • International flights from London Heathrow
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • Drinks (excluding premium brands)
  • Light aircraft transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • All scheduled safari activities offered by the camps or lodges
  • Road transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • National Parks and conservation entry fees
  • Private safari vehicle
  • Private guide

Exclude

  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional activities not offered as scheduled by the accommodation
  • Visas and visa fees where relevant
  • Beverages with the exception of all inclusive hotels

Flights

Outward Flight:
– Overnight from London Heathrow to Nairobi International
Return Flight:
– Overnight from Nairobi International to London Heathrow