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Photo Safari - Tanzania II in August 2016

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Dates: August 5–19, 2016 (15 days)
Group Size: 2 participants with only 3 photographers per 7-passenger vehicle
Highlights: - 6 days in the Selous Game Reserve
- 6 days in Ruaha National Park timed for African wild dog pups
- during the Dry Season so wildlife will congregate at water features
- designed for great photographic opportunities of species not available on the typical East-Africa safari circuit
- exploratory trip so participants go at cost
Fee: $8200 per person double occupancy from Dar es Salaam ($1375 single supplement)
Deposit: $1000

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Our trip to Tanzania & Rwanda was amazing. It was the trip of a lifetime for us. James was very communicative in the months preceding our trip. All required information was provided to us regarding everything we need to know to prepare for our trip – clothes, money, equipment, travel vaccinations, visas, etc. His organizational skills were evident the entire trip. We didn't hesitate to do both Tanzania and Rwanda, why go all that way and just do one! Everything was very organized, nothing went wrong, do this trip you won't regret it!
— Debbie & Jeff, Maple Ridge, BC, Canada


Join me for a 15-day photo safari to Tanzania in August 2016 where we will visit two of the lesser-known parks in Tanzania to view and photograph wildlife: Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park. We will be there during the dry season so wildlife will congregate near water features and African wild dog pups will be at their dens. These parks are off the beaten path so there won't be many, and maybe even any, wildlife jams like you would encounter on the safari circuit in northern Tanzania. We will see several species that aren't on the typical East Africa safari circuit: roan and sable antelope, yellow baboon, and greater and lesser kudu. Because this is an exploratory tour, participants will go at cost.

Our safari will begin in Dar es Salaam where we will be met upon arrival and transported to our hotel. The next morning we will drive to the Selous Game Reserve, one of the largest faunal reserves in the world, located in the south of Tanzania. The landscape is generally flat with acacia woodland. We will spend six (6) days in the reserve and our primary subjects will be African wild dog pups near their dens. We will also have opportunities to photograph sable antelope, yellow baboons, cape buffalo, Maasai giraffe, elephants, greater kudus, lions, vervet monkeys, wildebeest, and possibly leopards and black rhinos. Then we will drive to Mikumii National Park which abuts the Selous Game Reserve, for an overnight. The open grasslands remind visitors of the more famous Serengeti, but without the crowds, and we will have opportunities to photograph eland, elephants, giraffes, lions, wildebeest, zebras, and possibly the shy sable antelope and greater kudus. Then we will drive to Ruaha National Park in central Tanzania. It's the largest national park in Tanzania and one of the largest national parks in Africa. It is located in the Great Rift Valley and contains a mix of rolling hills, mountains, kopjes, grassland, and wetlands. We will spend six (6) days in the park and have an opportunity to photograph roan, sable, and eland antelope, yellow baboons, cape buffalo, cheetahs, elephants, Maasai giraffe, hippos (from near water level), greater and lesser kudus, lions, blue and vervet monkeys, and possibly leopards. After flying back to Dar es Salaam, we will have a day room (a regular hotel room for the afternoon) to prepare for our flights home after dinner.

This safari is intended for photographers, or serious naturalists, who want to spend time with the animals in order to allow behavior to develop and who would like to explore locations away from, and photograph species not available on, the typical East-Africa safari circuit. On game-drive days, we will maximize our time in the field during good light by leaving before sunrise and having a boxed breakfast in the field. On most days, we will take a picnic lunch so we can remain in photographically interesting areas further away from our camps. On some days, we will return to camp for lunch and a siesta, then return to the field in the afternoon.

There will only be three (3) photographers in the 7-passenger Range Rover to facilitate shooting and accommodate our gear. Our local guide has an in-depth knowledge of animal behavior, is sensitive to the needs of photographers, and will help put us in position to create spectacular images. We will spend our nights in the field in lodges and luxury permanent tented camps, all of which provide a wonderful place to relax at the end of the day. Electricity will be available at our accommodations to power laptops and charge camera batteries.

The safari is limited to two (2) participants to provide a cozy small-group atmosphere. The safari is not physically demanding, but you must be able to get in and out of a van-like vehicle and be able to climb steep, narrow steps to the commuter plane.

Several airlines fly to Dar es Salaam, and airfare to Dar es Salaam is not included in the fee so that you can earn or use your own frequent-flyer miles. Delta/KLM provides reliable service from Amsterdam, and has a generous carry-on policy. Many people find it useful to arrive in Dar es Salaam a day before the safari starts in order to recover from jet lag. Our internal flight has a 40 kg (approximately 88 lb) baggage limit (total of carry-on and checked) per person to facilitate transporting our gear.

Fee includes:

  • All accommodation and meals
  • Bottled water at meals and in the vehicles
  • Flight from the Serengeti to Dar es Salaam
  • Ground transportation within Tanzania
  • National Park and Conservation Area entrance fees
  • Detailed tour preparation and packing information

Fee does not include:

  • Airfare to Dar es Salaam
  • Visa fees
  • Personal laundry and miscellaneous personal expenses
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks
  • Tips to bar staff
  • Gratuities for local guides
  • Gratuities for camp/lodge staff

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What a wonderful introduction to the wildlife of Tanzania! This was just the type of trip I was hoping for with its emphasis on getting good images. I wanted to see the big five, and did, but I also appreciated that we took time to enjoy the birds and other wildlife as well. Your knowledge of the area and ability to anticipate where we needed to be allowed me to come home with many excellent photos. Hope there is another opportunity to travel with you in the future.
— Mariann, Arden Hills, MN


Day 1 Aug 5
  • Arrive in Dar es Salaam (Julius Nyerere International Airport, DAR)
  • Transfer to Holiday Inn
Day 2 Aug 6
  • Breakfast at the Holiday Inn
  • Drive to Selous Game Reserve
  • Afternoon game drive on the way to Rufiji River Camp
  • Dinner and overnight at the Rufiji River Camp
Days 3–7 Aug 7–11
  • All-day game drive with boxed breakfast and picnic lunch
  • Dinner and overnight at the Rufiji River Camp
Day 8 Aug 12
  • Short morning game drive with boxed breakfast
  • Drive to Mikumi National Park with a picnic lunch along the way
  • Afternoon game drive on the way to Vuma Hills Camp
  • Dinner and overnight at the Vuma Hills Camp
Day 9 Aug 13
  • Short morning game drive with boxed breakfast
  • Drive to Ruaha National Park with a picnic lunch along the way
  • Afternoon game drive on the way to Ruaha River Lodge
  • Dinner and overnight at the Ruaha River Lodge
Days 10–14 Aug 14–18
  • All-day game drive with boxed breakfast and picnic lunch
  • Dinner and overnight at Ruaha River Lodge
Day 15 Aug 19
  • Breakfast at Ruaha River Lodge
  • Fly to Dar es Salaam
  • Lunch and day room at the Holiday Inn
  • Dinner and depart for home from Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR)

* The itinerary is subject to change due to driving conditions and game locations.

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About The Tour Leader

I am an award-winning nature photographer and have been been visiting Tanzania since 2001. I am familiar with the animals and their behavior, so I know what is, or can turn into, a good photo opportunity. My goal is to help you make the best images possibe during this tour. The images on this page represent the species we are likely to photograph and are from other locations. The image of the lesser kudu is used under a Creative Commons license (originally posted to Flickr as Lesser Kudu by Malcolm).

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I really enjoyed the Tanzania trip that I took with you. Best thing was there were only 3 of us in the vehicle, so I always had an unobstructed shot. I appreciate your knowledge of the animals and their behavior so we could anticipate the action and be in position to get a good shot. Trip highlight for me was the opportunity to see the same cheetah family on three different days and be close enough to get nice shots of two chases. I look forward to traveling with you again.
— Jim, Arden Hills, MN
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