Tanzania Photo Safari Featuring The Mara River Crossing Of Wildebeests,
The Ngorongoro Crater, and The Serengeti


September 4 - 17, 2020

Point of Origination: Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania
Cost: $11,999.00 per person based on double occupancy. Price subject to increase pending the Tanzanian government imposing new tax fees.
Single Supplement: $1,199.00 - this is a phenomenal value.

Maximum of 6 participants in two tour vehicles so everyone gets a full seat and full row from which to photograph 360 degrees. With only two tour vehicles, when the action is great, everyone gets a good shooting angle. Russ brings a second professional photographer so everyone in each vehicle is provided constant guidance and reminders how to obtain the best possible images. Click on the link that says, "Click Here To See Why I Should Go On This Tour" for in-depth information.

This ultimate 14 day safari to Tanzania occurs during the peak time in September when the wildebeests migrate back into Tanzania and have to cross the Mara River. It’s a spectacle unlike anything you’ve ever seen or could possibly imagine. It has to be seen to be believed. Four days will be dedicated to observe and photograph the thousands of wildebeests as they ford the river. This provides eight opportunities to see a crossing. In addition to the above, game drives to other amazing locations will occur every day except on our day of arrival.

The Ngorongoro Crater is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s a large volcanic caldera that has become a unique ecosystem unto itself. It teems with wildlife, including The Big Five. The location provides a great opportunity to spot the highly endangered Black Rhinoceros. Park rangers guard these majestic mammals 24 hours a day. The crater floor is 2,000 feet deep and covers 100 square miles. The floor is predominately open grassland but also has two prominent woodland areas. Both ecosystems are abundant with wildlife. Numbers are estimated between 25,000 - 30,000 animals and include lions, black rhino, wildebeests, cape buffalo, zebra, hyena, elephant, gazelles, monkeys, and more.

The Serengeti, which translates to The Endless Plains, is home to the most immense mammal migration in the world. Hundreds of thousands of wildebeests and zebra follow the rains and green grasses as they head north toward the Mara River. The areas we will visit will abound with these species along with lions, cheetah, leopard, elephants, hyena, jackals, cape buffalo, exotic birds, and much more. Our shutter fingers will work non stop. We’ll also take advantage of magnificent scenic opportunities to diversify your portfolio. From the solitary acacia tree at sunrise or sunset to the gorgeous and iconic rock outcroppings known as kopjes, you’ll be busy making photos. We’ll work to find situations where the wildlife can be found in these gorgeous settings to create the ultimate photographic experience. See the itinerary for details.

While we’re at each location we’ll take advantage of every great photo opportunity we encounter. If you’ve been with me on any of my photo tours, you know, IT’S ALL ABOUT THE LIGHT. If there’s an opportunity with any species in great light, we won’t pass it up for the sake of what may be around the corner. While we’re in the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, we’ll put an emphasis on capturing the big five but we’ll also be on the constant look out for small animals, birds, and landscapes at first and last light. You’ll be given first hand instruction. It’s my belief that the more help you receive, the better your images will be and it’s my desire to get you the best possible images. We’ll discuss important concepts such as light, composition, head angles of the animals, the importance of the background, etc. I will be joined by another professional photographer who has safari experience and will ride in the second vehicle so instruction, photographic guidance, and important reminders of what to do and look for will always occur.

Although this safari is primarily for the wildlife photographer, if you want to get the experience of what a wildlife photographer does, get first hand experience of how patience pays off to get great photos, and to realize how persistence allows you to witness some amazing animal behavior, this trip is also for you. Bring the camera you currently own. You may just get so smitten by what you witness, you’ll become a dedicated photographer. Invite your spouse or child (18 years of age and older) to accompany you. All participants do pay the same fee. Please realize that photography is the priority and our days will revolve around capturing great images.

The price of the tour includes the following:

  1. All transportation from the point and date of origination including the bush plane flight back to Arusha. This allows us to photograph on our last morning and avoids a half day’s drive back to Arusha.
  2. All meals from the point of origination
  3. All luxury accommodations from the point of origination
  4. All park, camping, concession and entrance fees into the parks
  5. Bottled water and soft drinks while out on safari
  6. Lunch in the vehicles if we spend the entire day on safari
  7. A second professional photographer so everyone in each vehicle is provided constant guidance and reminders how to obtain the best possible images.
  8. Temporary membership in AMREF (emergency medical evacuation to Nairobi Hospital)


Please budget for the following additional items:

  1. Tips for drivers and camp staff
  2. Transportation costs to and from Arusha from your home
  3. Alcoholic beverages / sodas / additional cold bottles of water with your meals - depending on the camp.
  4. Immunizations
  5. Personal shopping needs and laundry services
  6. Visa and passport costs. Be sure your passport is valid for at least six months prior to its expiration date.
  7. Internet, texting, email, and phone fees where signals are obtainable
  8. Trip and medical insurance
  9. If you arrive other than on the date of origination, an additional transfer charge of up to $100.00 to cover a private vs group transfer will be applied.



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