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Serengeti Photographic Safari with Robert Harvey
Tanzania - Trip code TLP Beyond
Days 12
Deposit From US$638
Price from US$6380
Flights not included

Why book this trip?

This trip is a great way to see and photograph big game up-close and capture the incredible vast landscapes of Tanzania with Robert Harvey, a top photographer whose work has been recognised with the Excellence Award of the Fédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique. Organised to maximise photo opportunities, Robert will be on hand to assist in getting the best images possible of this fabulously photogenic destination. Search for the 'Big Five' inside the Ngorongoro Crater, photograph birdlife around Lake Manyara and capture the incredible spectacle of the migration across the Serengeti's vast plains. This trip also includes an opportunity to shoot Tarangire's primeval Boabab trees and to meet and photograph the legendary Maasai tribe.

    • Included meals

      Breakfast: 11

      Lunch: 10

      Dinner: 10

    • Trip staff

      Explore Tour Leader


      Guest Lecturer

      Local Guide(s)

      Safari Guide(s)

    • Transport



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      5 nights standard lodge

      6 nights standard tented camp

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      Group Size:

      10 - 16


    Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

    Day 1 - Join trip in Arusha

    Join the group in Arusha, a small town at the foot of Mount Meru. Depending on your arrival time you may wish to take a taxi into the town or to relax by the pool after the long journey before meeting your tour Leader and expert photographer this evening.


    Grade: Standard Lodge

    Single room available

    Swimming pool available

    Meals Provided: None

    Day 2 - Drive to Tarangire National Park; Afternoon game drive

    We start our photographic adventure by heading south-west to the first of Tanzania's national parks - the great Tarangire National Park. One of the most striking features of this park are the majestic old baobab trees with massive silvery trunks and gourd-like fruit that dominate the skyline. As well as interesting flora, Tarangire has the greatest concentration of wildlife outside of the Serengeti ecosystem and is part of a larger ecosystem that extends further south into the Masai steppes. The permanent water sources in the park result in Tarangire being home to the largest elephant populations in Tanzania, where during the dry season over 300 elephants can be seen digging for water in the riverbeds. The park is also home to the shy fringed eared oryx and the gerenuk antelope that are not seen in other parks.

    This afternoon we enjoy our first game drive, where we hope to be able to photograph these large elephant populations from up close, as well as some of the more rare animals, if we are lucky.

    Tonight's camp is perched on the edge of Lake Burunge and this evening will be spent relaxing in a spectacular location and enjoying a traditional evening meal. If the skies are clear, tonight will also be an excellent place to try out some astrophotography for those wishing to come away with photos of big starry skies.


    Grade: Standard Tented Camp

    Single room available

    Swimming pool available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 3 - Early morning and late afternoon game drives in Tarangire National Park

    The striking baobab trees found in Tarangire provide very interesting subjects to photograph. Taking advantage of the best light, we set out early this morning where we will spend some time focusing on the park's great trees, with our expert photographer on hand to offer his advice. We will then continue on to a game drive before returning to camp for a long lunch, escaping the harsh light and the heat of the mid-day sun.

    In the late afternoon, we return to our jeeps and take another drive out to the park in search of some of Tarangire's most famous residents. For this kind of wildlife viewing, a telephoto lens or a camera with a large zoom-range is highly recommended to be able to make the most of the animals we are photographing. The very nature of wildlife means that we will sometimes need to keep our distance, so a telephoto lens brings the animals closer to us, whilst also allowing us to experiment with close-up details.


    Grade: Standard Tented Camp

    Single room available

    Swimming pool available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 4 - Morning drive to Lake Manyara National Park, with a late afternoon game drive

    This morning we head north to Lake Manyara National Park. This drive takes us through villages and towns, where busy markets and locals in traditional, bright dress line the route. There will be plenty of opportunity to stop if anything catches our interest, where we will be able to take a stroll through the bustling markets and snap the bright colours and the realities of daily life in this region.

    On arrival at our lodge we will have lunch and a short while to take in the view over the floodplains below, before heading out on our first game drive here in the late afternoon.

    Lake Manyara is nestled at the bottom of the Great Rift Valley and for a national park only 330 sq km in size, it is the perfect introduction to a variety of habitats, ecosystems and wildlife. The various habitats of lush forests, acacia woodlands, grassy floodplain and volcanic peaks are home to prey and predators, as well as over 400 species of birds. After our game drive, we return to our lodge to enjoy a sundowner and from here we can sit and photograph the changing light on the plains below.

    Please note that drones are not permitted in any Tanzania National Park without a permit, please refer to the equipment section of the trip notes for more information.


    Grade: Standard Lodge

    Single room available

    Swimming pool available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 5 - Full day exploring and photographing Manyara National Park

    Rising early this morning we set off for a sunrise game drive into Lake Manyara National Park. There's plenty here of interest to photograph, and our expert photographer will assist in capturing the best of the variety on offer. As well as the abundance of wildlife, we will spend time shooting the wide-open landscapes, punctured by craggy volcanic peaks.

    After a break for a picnic lunch, we will return to the park in the late afternoon for another game drive to photograph Manyara's great predators and prolific birdlife.

    We will plan our game drives to take advantage of the best light, setting off early in the morning to catch the soft morning light, and waiting until the late afternoon before heading out again, when the sun is lower and where we have the opportunity to capture the famous blazing African sun dipping into the horizon. In the middle of the day we will have a long rest period which can be spent relaxing at the camps or lodges, reviewing images or perhaps editing photos. Our expert photographer Robert will be on hand to offer any advice, assistance or pointers.


    Grade: Standard Lodge

    Single room available

    Swimming pool available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 6 - Scenic drive across the plains to Serengeti National Park, with a stop to visit and photograph a traditional Masai settlement

    Today we have a long but rewarding journey into the world-famous Serengeti National Park. The scenery and views are spectacular as we travel around the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater and transit through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We pass several Masai settlements on our drive, and it is here we have arranged for a private meeting with a group of Masai warriors. The Masai are a very welcoming people and enjoy showcasing their traditions, customs and survival skills which have been passed down for generations. Here we will spend time learning of their customs and ways of life, whilst having the opportunity to capture some portrait photos. The Masai are known for their colourful dress and incredible jewellery. This along with their friendly demeanour means they are likely to provide us with some very striking photographs.

    Later today we will enter the Serengeti at Naabi Hill Gate. Serengeti is a Masai name that means the 'endless grass plains' and it is through these plains, interspersed with granite outcrops that we travel to our lodge. Once in the Serengeti we'll move slowly through the park, keeping a close eye out for game as we head to the central Seronera area. Our Serengeti camp provides a warm welcome and a true sense of adventure. Sleeping under canvas, the sounds of nature filter through ensuring a true Serengeti experience.


    Grade: Standard Tented Camp

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 7 - Early morning and late afternoon game drives across the plains of Serengeti National Park

    The Serengeti covers almost 15,000 square km in area and is Tanzania's oldest, and arguably, greatest park. Famed for the awe-inspiring spectacle of the annual migration, it offers some of the best game viewing in Africa. We will travel in an open top 4WD into various different habitats from dry, dusty savannahs to long grasses and the mud pools. Prey and predator can be found in the park, including lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, giraffe and buffalo, as well as over 500 species of bird. This day is guaranteed to be exciting, and binoculars and cameras need to be at the ready! We'll take a packed lunch with us today but timings and location will depend on the wildlife movements for the day. We'll return to camp this evening in time for 'Bush TV', also known as a bonfire and the opportunity to enjoy a local beer whilst watching the sun go down. The sheer vastness of space, under a starry sky, generates a liberating feeling of being in the wild that would be difficult to find anywhere else.


    Grade: Standard Tented Camp

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 8 - Drive further into the Serengeti, to the far northern border with Kenya

    We drive further north today, travelling across Serengeti's vast open plains heading for the far-north of the park near the border with Kenya. It is here we expect to the find one of the most impressive spectacles of the animal kingdom - the great migration.

    The annual migration of wildebeest is a natural phenomenon that occurs between the plains of southern Serengeti and the Masai Mara reserve in Kenya. It is thought that as many as two million wildebeest travel in a clockwise loop through the year, based on the availability of grazing, water and the calving season. The initial period starts in the south at the beginning of the calving season, where plenty of long grass is available for grazing. The herd then move north, giving birth to their calves and feeding on the shorter grasses. Following on from the rain, the animals continue north, crossing the Grumeti and Mara rivers before arriving in the Masai Mara reserve in Kenya. Once the shorter rainy season starts, the migration move south again to complete their incredible journey.

    In September we expect the migration to be in the northern part of the Serengeti, making their way towards the Masai Mara reserve. Our camp here provides a rustic but comfortable experience, with twin beds and en-suite toilets and bucket showers.

    We arrive in plenty of time for the golden-hour light to provide us with some perfect shooting opportunities before enjoying a sundowner and campfire back at our camp.


    Grade: Standard Tented Camp

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 9 - Full day in Northern Serengeti witnessing the great migration

    We spend the full day today photographing and witnessing one of the great natural spectacles. The exact programme today is not fixed and will be shaped around the approximate location of the migration at the time. Once we are in position, we will spend plenty of time photographing the incredible scenes that are happening in front of our lenses. As well as wildebeest, the great migration of course attracts predators. It's not uncommon to spot leopard lying in wait, or opportunistic crocodiles basking in the rivers ready for the wildebeest to cross. Be sure to bring spare batteries, memory cards and a choice of lenses today (if available) as we will be spending the day viewing the migration from several different angles and distances to maximise the chance of coming away with a range of great shots. We will break for a long picnic lunch to escape the fierce midday sun before picking up the viewing in the late afternoon and in the softer light.


    Grade: Standard Tented Camp

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 10 - Morning drive to Ngorongoro Crater, passing many Masai settlements en route

    We set off this morning for a full day's drive, back through the vast plains of the Serengeti as we head for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We will pass various settlements en route and the Masai can often be seen herding their livestock or working the land in the surrounding fields. There will be plenty of opportunities to stop on the drive to photograph anything of interest and to stretch our legs and stock up on refreshments.

    In the late afternoon we'll arrive into Karatu where our accommodation is located. The central farmhouse remains a working farm and coffee plantation, built in a colonial style and is set amongst beautiful gardens. The rest of the day will be free to enjoy the pool or take a short walking tour of the plantation with a local villager to learn more about their life and produce grown on the grounds.


    Grade: Standard Lodge

    Single room available

    Swimming pool available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 11 - Full day game viewing in Ngorongoro Crater

    This morning we will have a very early start to make our way to the crater where we will we descend from the upper rim, driving down a steep track that drops a staggering 600m to the grassy plain, lake and marshes of the basin floor below. The crater provides a unique wildlife spotting experience and is home to the Big Five. Among the animals to watch out for are elephant, lion, cheetah, buffalo and rhino. The perennial marshes teem with birdlife. The crater offers some of the best opportunities of the trip for wildlife photography, with so many animals located within such a small area. There are options for wide landscape shots taking in the scenery with plenty of animals in the foreground, or of course close-up telephoto shots of individual animals.

    The crater itself, technically classed as a caldera, owes its existence to the violent fracturing of the Rift Valley over a period of some 15 million years. At one time a volcano occupied this spot that then became extinct and collapsed into the empty magma chamber beneath it leaving only the gigantic natural basin which is now considered a veritable 'Garden of Eden'.

    We will take a picnic lunch with us today which we will enjoy inside the national park, and we plan to head back to the farmhouse in the late afternoon to relax, review our images and enjoy the hospitality.


    Grade: Standard Lodge

    Single room available

    Swimming pool available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 12 - Drive to Arusha where the trip ends

    This morning we leave the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and make our way back to Arusha where the trips ends.

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Trip information

    Country information



    The climate is tropical but varies greatly with altitude. Coastal areas and islands are hot and humid, while the central plateau is dry and arid. Tanzania can be visited all year round and its seasons can be defined as green and dry. The dry season is generally from June to October and January to February, with most days being fine and sunny weather with temperatures and humidity rising throughout the day. It can be cold at night, particularly in June & July. The green season includes the rains of March to May (with the peak in April – generally during the afternoon) and November to early December. This pattern can be unpredictable. The weather system during these periods refreshes the landscape creating luscious green scenery which is not witnessed during the dry season. The Zanzibar archipelago is a year-round destination but does have dry and rainy seasons. The dry season is between June to October and January to February. The ‘short rains’ are between November to December, when a short, afternoon rainstorm can be a daily occurrence. The ‘long rains’ occur between March to May, when days can be humid and rainy, however, sunshine is still often frequent. The changing weather patterns does mean the ‘rainy’ season is becoming less predictable. Weather at altitude can vary to the above seasons, with the evenings being cold. Kilimanjaro features its own array of climates and biomes; between 1,800 to 2,800 metres is a rainforest climate (humid and hot), from 2,800 to 4,000 metres is dry mountain vegetation – please note night time temperatures can fall to below 0 degrees from this level. A cold desert climate with a strong equatorial sun during the day but cold nights is found between 4,000 to 5,000 metres. The summit generally has clear days though the evenings can be very cold featuring snow. Additional information and climate charts can be accessed at weather. Seasonal weather patterns can be unpredictable. Up-to-date information on the weather worldwide can be found by following the BBC weather link on this page.

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    Budgeting and packing


    Clothing should be lightweight. However, a warm sweater or fleece and a wind/water-proof jacket are advisable for early morning game drives. Take thermal underwear for the occasional very cold night at altitude at places like Ngorongoro (even in summer). A scarf is recommended as protection against dust and dirt on game drives. A waterproof is advisable


    Comfortable shoes, trainers or sandals.



    Luggage: On tour

    A flexible holdall (suitcases are not suitable for vehicle luggage racks) and a daysac.


    Camera - A DSLR or mirrorless camera is recommended to makes the most of the photography opportunities on this trip. Alternatively any camera that allows you some manual control (aperture priority, shutter priority etc) will be of benefit on this trip.

    Lenses - A long telephoto lens (e.g. 300 to 600mm effective focal length) is recommended for this trip for wildlife photography. A standard zoom and wide-angle zoom lens will also be advantageous for landscapes. A portrait lens (50mm-85mm) will come in useful when shooting the Masai. Please bring along the lenses you have and our expert photographer will help you get the best out of these.

    Tripod - This will come in handy for some locations, slow shutter speed shots and low-light situations. A lightweight travel tripod is recommended.

    Beanbag - As we will be shooting out of vehicles for large periods, a beanbag is recommended to help balance cameras. Alternatively, bring an empty bag and we will be able to source rice or beans locally to fill it.

    Memory cards - It is a good idea to bring several spare memory cards and consider bringing something to download your images on to in case you run out of memory space. While cards can be bought on the trip, they may not be available at all locations and the quality cannot be guaranteed.

    Charger / spare battery - You will need to bring your charger and at least one spare battery.

    As well as the above, we recommend you bring a small torch, sunglasses, sunhat and sunblock . We also recommend you bring binoculars.

    Drones: Are not permitted in any National Park in Tanzania without a permit. Permits cost approximately US$250 per 24 hrs. Please advise us at time of booking if you wish to take a drone with you into the National Park, as permits are difficult to obtain. If you launch a drone without a permit this will be confiscated by the Park officials.


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    Accordingly, you should allow approx US$50.


    Food and drink

    The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.

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    Foreign Exchange
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    Tanzanian Shilling.
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    US Dollars are preferable. Please be aware that any notes issued before 2006 will not be accepted
    Where To Exchange
    Banks or 'Forex' offices only in main towns/cities. Your Tour Leader will advise you on arrival.
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    Credit cards are generally not accepted.
    Travellers Cheques
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    We strongly recommend protection against malaria, hepatitis A, tetanus, typhoid, polio and yellow fever. Please note you are required to produce a valid yellow fever certificate on arrival in Tanzania if you have spent 10 hours or more transiting through an endemic country. Consult your travel clinic for latest advice on different prophylaxis available against malaria. Travellers may also wish to take immunisation against meningococcal meningitis. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

    Additional Information

    Why book this trip

    Organised to maximise photo opportunities our expert photographer Robert will be on hand to pass on tips and advice on how to take great pictures. The trip is aimed at the keen amateur photographer who wishes to spend more time at a location than on normal trips. This trip will be of particular interest to wildlife enthusiasts as we visit some of the best areas in Africa for wildlife viewing, as well as spending time photographing the great migration.stards.

    Dates, prices and booking

    All trips are subject to availability and prices are subject to change
    Mon 2 Sep 2019 - Fri 13 Sep 2019
    Price from US$6380
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    Single room (optional) +US$850
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    4:00 PM at Hotel Reception
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    2:00 PM
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