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Tanzania Photo Safari Tour: Authentic Tanzania Wildlife Safari

14-Day Small Group Photo Safari in Tanzania to explore & capture the African Wilderness

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GROUP SIZE

Max. 6 (Limited Spots)

Lion on Kopje in Seronera Central Serengeti

LOCATION

Tanzania Northern Circuit

photographing wildlife in Amboseli Kenya

PHOTOGRAPHY LEVEL

All Levels - an interest is enough!

Serengeti Balloon Safari at sunrise

Tanzania Safari Overview

Located in Northern Tanzania, this authentic and ethical photographic Tanzania Safari Tour will take you to 4 magical wildlife hot spots (Mkomazi, Tarangire, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro) to photograph and observe Tanzania's wildlife, including Elephants, Giraffes, Zebras, Antelopes, Big Cats like Lions, Cheetahs and Leopards, the critically endangered Black Rhino, Wild Dogs, Hippos, Crocodiles, and much more. Africa, including Tanzania, offers more than just chasing the commercialized "Big Five animals". Have you for example seen Africa's "Small Five" or "Ugly Five"? During our Tanzania Photography Tour, we also allocate time to admire the diverse smaller flora and fauna, recognizing their crucial role within the ecosystem, where each element depends on others for survival. We aim to let you experience "the bigger picture" on this Tanzania Wildlife Safari. We aim to let you experience "the bigger picture" on this Tanzania Wildlife Safari.

To give back to the communities and their land, we visit local villages, a colorful market and we spend time with the Maasai Tribe on a magical location to get to know their way of life and take stunning pictures.

With a professional (wildlife) photographer and a Tanzanian qualified safari guide at your side, we are here to help you capture iconic photographs of Tanzania- with respect for the people and our planet. We also help improve your editing skills and make your images stand out from the rest.

Note that you don't have to be a photographer to join this safari to Tanzania; learning photography on safari or joining a photography workshop in between game drives is optional. You can also choose to relax at the pool.

Brief Tanzania Safari Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Day 2: Transfer to Mkomazi NP & Game Drive
  • Day 3: Safari Mkomazi National Park
  • Day 4: A day with the Maasai
  • Day 5: Bush Breakfast, Nature Walk & Relax
  • Day 6: Safari Tarangire National Park
  • Day 7: Safari Tarangire National Park
  • Day 8: Mto Wa Mbu Cultural Experience
  • Day 9: Transfer to Serengeti National Park
  • Day 10: Serengeti Photo Safari
  • Day 11: Safari Serengeti & Optional Serengeti Balloon Flight
  • Day 12: Transfer to Karatu, Ngorongoro View Point
  • Day 13: Ngorongoro Crater Safari
  • Day 14: Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport
Detailed Itinerary
Zebra Migration Serengeti National Park Tanzania

Brief Tanzania Safari Itinerary

Zebra Migration Serengeti National Park Tanzania

  • Day 1: Arrival Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Day 2: Transfer to Mkomazi NP & Game Drive
  • Day 3: Safari Mkomazi National Park
  • Day 4: A day with the Maasai
  • Day 5: Bush Breakfast, Nature Walk & Relax
  • Day 6: Safari Tarangire National Park
  • Day 7: Safari Tarangire National Park
  • Day 8: Mto Wa Mbu Cultural Experience
  • Day 9: Transer to Serengeti National Park
  • Day 10: Serengeti Photo Safari
  • Day 11: Safari Serengeti & Optional Serengeti Balloon Flight
  • Day 12: Transfer to Karatu, Ngorongoro View Point
  • Day 13: Ngorongoro Crater Safari
  • Day 14: Departure Kilimanjaro Airport
Detailed Itinerary
Central Serengeti Tanzania hippo viewing

Destination Tanzania

Tanzania is rated as the Best Safari Country in Africa and in the world! This Tanzania safari trip takes place in the Tanzania Northern Circuit; a renowned safari route in the northern part of Tanzania, famous for its diverse wildlife and stunning landscapes.

  • Key Locations: Northern Tanzania has some of the country's most iconic national parks and wildlife reserves, including iconic destinations like the Serengeti National Park, known for the Great Migration, an annual migration of over 1.5 million wildebeest and 250,000 zebras, and the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its high density of wildlife, including lions, elephants, rhinos, and hippos.
  • Other Highlights: Tarangire National Park, with its large elephant herds, Lake Manyara, and Mkomazi National Park, known for its black rhino conservation, are also part of our safari in Tanzania.
  • Wildlife: Expect to encounter a wide array of wildlife, including the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros), as well as cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, and various bird species.
  • Conservation Efforts: Conservation initiatives are vital to preserve the rich biodiversity of the Northern Circuit, ensuring sustainable tourism practices and protection of endangered species, including the black rhino in Mkomazi National Park.

Joining our Tanzania Photo Safari, focusing on the the Tanzania Northern Circuit, is a great way to experience the natural beauty and learn wildlife photography in Tanzania.

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Ethical Wildlife Photography in Tanzania

Tanzania is renowned as a major hub for biodiversity. Its diverse landscapes, including mountains, savannahs, lakes, and islands, make it an ideal destination for wildlife enthusiasts. One of the reasons Tanzania is a popular spot for wildlife photography is that even amateur photographers can capture stunning images thanks to the breathtaking scenery. Note that you don't need to have any level of photography. If you prefer to join our photo safari in Tanzania to just observe, or to use your smartphone to take photos of animals, that is fine too!

With an abundance of the most iconic wildlife species, including the majestic lions, graceful cheetahs, colossal elephants, and the endangered black rhinoceros, Tanzania offers endless opportunities for (aspiring) photographers. These magnificent creatures roam freely in the vast Tanzania wilderness areas, providing you with breathtaking subjects to capture.

On our Ethical Tanzania Photo Safari Tour, we lead you to the best wildlife spots, ensuring you don't miss any exceptional photo opportunities. Additionally, we provide valuable insights into animal behavior and the local ecosystem, making your safari experience even more enriching. 

While out on game drives, we prioritize ethical wildlife photography practices, which means we respect the animals and their habitats, and avoid disturbing them. We use long lenses to capture close-up shots without encroaching on their personal space. By following these guidelines, our Tanzania Safari Tours can contribute to the conservation efforts and ensure that future generations can continue to enjoy the wonders of Tanzania's wildlife.

Recommended Camera Gear Photography Safari Tanzania

Bringing the below recommended gear is not a must but handy if you want to improve your skills. You can also join to enjoy the Tanzania Safari Adventure without focusing on travel and wildlife photography.

DSLR or mirrorless camera and a range of lenses, ideally a wide-angle lens for landscapes and a telephoto lens (min. 300mm) for wildlife. 
Tripod and/or Bean Bag

A waterproof cover for your camera and lens (just to be sure), a sturdy camera bag, enough memory cards and extra batteries

Laptop (with Adobe Lightroom) if you like to learn how to edit your safari images, improve your post-production skills, or if you’d like to review your wildlife photos with Kim

Photography Safari Tanzania Duration and Dates

Duration

14 Days/13 Nights
Tanzania Photo Safari Small Groups

Group Size

Max. 6
Tanzania Photo Safari Location

Location

Tanzania Northern Circuit
Photography Level Photo Safari Tour Africa

Photography Level

All Levels - An interest is enough

Photography Safari Tanzania Duration and Dates

Duration

14 Days/13 Nights
Tanzania Photo Safari Small Groups

Group Size

Max. 6
Tanzania Photo Safari Location

Location

Tanzania Northern Circuit
Photography Level Photo Safari Tour Africa

Photography Level

All Levels - An interest is enough

Free Access "Basics of Safari Photography Course"

When booking a safari with me, you get free access to my course about the basics of safari photography and tips to improve your photography - including many Tanzania Safari Photography Tips!

Free Access "Basics of Safari Photography Course"

When booking a safari with me, you get free access to my course about the basics of safari photography and tips to improve your photography - including many Tanzania Safari Photography Tips!
4X4 photography vehicle for safari in Africa

Photographic Tutoring Tanzania Safari

Throughout this Tanzania Photo Safari, you will be guided by Kim Paffen; nature guide and travel & wildlife photographer featured in National Geographic and Africa Geographic. With a wealth of experience and expertise for you to learn from, Kim is a lovely warm-hearted person to have around on a photo safari. Not only will she be there coaching you on the practical side of things out on game drives, you’ll also benefit from her nature and animal knowledge, and photography theory sessions between excursions (if you wish). 

Because of the intimate small group size on our Tanzania Safari Tours, Kim can cater workshops to photographers of all levels of experience. So, whether you have zero knowledge in photography, just starting, or you're a semi-pro in wildlife photography, this Tanzania photo tour could be a great way to take your photography to the next level. While visiting the best spots for encountering and photographing wildlife in Tanzania, Kim will help you sharpen your skills and make the most of this trip. Expect to return home with some stunning images of wildlife and the Maasai tribe! 

14-day Tanzania Photo Safari Itinerary + Lodges

Day 1 - Arrival Tanzania

Today, you will arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be greeted by me and one of our drivers and transported to Brubru Lodge in Moshi, approximately a forty-five-minute drive. Most flights arrive in the evening. You may wish to enjoy a light snack at the hotel, but soon retire to your beds. Tanzania is already enveloped in darkness, and tomorrow morning you can admire the surroundings in daylight. Karibu Tanzania!

Day 2 - Mkomazi National Park

After breakfast, we embark on a picturesque journey to Mkomazi National Park, a scenic drive lasting two hours.

Upon arrival at the park, as your guide takes care of the necessary paperwork, your adventure kicks off with an exhilarating game drive. Traveling through the park's diverse landscapes, you'll be treated to sightings of magnificent wildlife, including giraffes, zebras, and hopefully kudus. We will spend two days in Mkomazi Wilderness Retreat, a beautiful lodge with views of the park.

Day 3 - Safari Mkomazi National Park

You'll get the extraordinary opportunity to visit the park's special rhinoceros sanctuary, a significant initiative aimed at safeguarding the future of these remarkable animals, among the most endangered large mammals in Africa.

Upon arrival, you will receive an enlightening briefing on the ongoing conservation efforts focused on preserving the rhino population. Your experience continues with a guided tour of the sanctuary, led by an expert ranger. Throughout the tour, your keen eyes remain vigilant for any rhinoceros sightings, offering a chance to observe these incredible creatures in their protected environment. Additionally, you will also have the opportunity to explore the habitat of wild dogs. We will have another night in Mkomazi Wilderness Retreat.

Day 4 - West Kilimanjaro, a day with the Maasai

At 09:00, we will collect you from your accommodation and proceed to Amini Africa Maasai Lodge in West-Kilimanjaro. Upon arrival, you will receive a warm welcome from the Maasai community, who will serve as your guides for the day.

After settling into your "Maasai hut," lunch awaits in the charming restaurant. Spend the afternoon relaxing by the pool with magnificent views over Maasailand, or partake in a nature walk. Your Maasai guide will enlighten you about the surroundings, Maasai life, their hunting techniques, and natural remedies.

In the evening, dine by the fire with roasted goat - or indulge in another delightful dish. Once nestled comfortably between the sheets in your Maasai hut, allow your mind to wander and dream of the adventures yet to come.

Day 5 - A Day with the Maasai: Bush Breakfast & more

This morning, your Maasai guide will accompany you for a Bush Breakfast, an exceptionally unique experience. If you're fortunate, you may encounter some wildlife along the way! In the afternoon, you can unwind by the pool, embark on a nature walk, or even partake in an adventurous mountain biking excursion! We will sleep another night in Amini Africa Maasai Lodge to experience the 'Maasai-way-of-life'.

Day 6 - Tarangire National Park Safari

Today, we journey to Tarangire National Park, a trip spanning approximately 3.5 hours.

Upon arrival at the park's entrance, your guide will handle the necessary formalities, marking the commencement of your safari adventure. Let the wildlife spotting in Tarangire begin...

After a game drive in Tarangire National Park, we will arrive at the beautiful Tarangire Simba Lodge, where you can often watch elephants up-close. They also have a relaxing pool with views of the African savannah.

Day 7 - Safari Tarangire National Park

Today we have a whole day to explore Tarangire National Park. The park is renowned for its vast baobab trees and significant elephant population. Who will be the first to spot an animal?

Depending on what the group wants, we can either do a full day game drive inside the park including a lunch in the park, or we go for a morning game drive, drive back to the lodge, and relax at the pool. For those who are interested, I can also offer some more photography tutoring or editing. We have an extra night at Tarangire Simba Lodge.

Day 8 - Mto Wa Mbu Cultural Experience

Mto wa Mbu is at the foot of the Rift Valley. Located on the way to Ngorongoro and Serengeti, it is an ideal resting place for most safari travelers to experience the authentic cultural tour. We will overnight at Bougainvillea Safari Lodge. Optional activities are:

- TukTuk tour (2 - 3 Hours)
Explore mto wa mbo village with three wheel visit banana farms, and rice farms, and learn the economic system of the village

- Climbing Balaa Hill (3 - 6 hours)
Climb to the top of the Rift Valley wall for breath-taking views of Lake Manyara, the village of Mto wa Mbu, and the Maasai Steppe beyond. Also, see a diverse array of local bird species and magnificent 2,000-year-old baobab trees.

- Village walks (2-4 hours)
Get an inside look at the homes and exquisite craft of Mto wa Mbu’s many tribes. Visitors will get a chance to meet locals and learn about banana beer, Makonde woodcarvings, and tribal painting techniques; the village provides a great introduction to everyday life in Africa.

- Farm tour (1-4 hours)
See the innovative farming practices of Mto wa Mbu villagers and learn about the irrigation system that sustains local crops, including the 32 varieties of bananas.

- Biking to Lake Manyara (2-5 hours) Bike to the coast of one of Africa’s most majestic lakes and get an amazing opportunity to view wildlife like zebras, giraffes, hippos, and buffaloes at close range in this corridor of migration between the national parks.

- Lunch at Mama’s (1-2 hours) Enjoys a delicious, home cooked meal in a local Mom’s home; Over lunch, the guide will provide a history of the region and the many stories about local tribes.

Day 9 - Transfer to Serengeti & Game Drive Serengeti National Park

Today, you will journey along an extensive and rugged road to Serengeti National Park, where you will arrive approximately 4-5 hours later. It will be a lengthy yet picturesque drive, offering glimpses of diverse African landscapes along the way. Upon reaching Serengeti, you will proceed to your Kimbilio Serengeti Camp while enjoying a game drive in Serengeti along the way. There, a refreshing cold beverage awaits you!

Day 10 & 11: Photo Safari in Serengeti National Park

a Serengeti Photo Safari is a great way to explore the beauty of Serengeti National Park. Here, you will encounter the most stunning Tanzania Safari Animals the world has to offer, set against landscapes that will surpass even your wildest dreams. It's like stepping into the scenes of "Out of Africa," but in reality.

Each evening, we will plan the following day together based on the preferences of the group. Will you venture out all day with a picnic lunchbox, or opt for separate morning and afternoon game drives, returning to Kimbilio Serengeti Camp for a warm lunch? We will elucidate the various options, which may also depend on the season and the current whereabouts of the wildlife in Serengeti.

The Serengeti is such an expansive park with an abundance of magnificent creatures that no amount of time spent here feels sufficient.

Optional but highly recommended: a Serengeti Balloon Safari to witness the vast Serengeti plains from above.

Day 12 - Ngorongoro Crater Viewpoint

This morning, you can still relish a safari excursion in the Serengeti. Around 11 o'clock, you depart from the park towards the village of Karatu, nestled near the Ngorongoro Crater. Along the way, you traverse the crater rim, passing by a breathtaking viewpoint offering panoramic vistas of the crater, where we will stop to take nice images and enjoy the views.

In total, this journey, starting from when you exit the Serengeti, lasts approximately 4-5 hours. By late afternoon, you arrive at Baghayo Garden Suite, where you can indulge in a refreshing sundowner.

Day 13 - Safari Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania

In the morning, you will go on safari in the Ngorongoro Crater, where you'll spend the rest of the day embarking on a wildlife game drive. From the gate, a short drive along the crater rim awaits before descending into the circular crater via a breathtakingly scenic and steep road. The landscape here is extraordinarily beautiful. You'll be accompanied by a picnic lunch from the lodge.

By late afternoon, you'll journey out of the crater, making your way back to Baghayo Garden Suite for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 14 - Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport Tanzania, End of the Trip

You have the morning at your leisure. Enjoy a relaxing time at the lodge or perhaps take a stroll in the surroundings. After lunch, it will be time to be chauffeured to Kilimanjaro Airport, approximately a 3.5-hour drive. There, we will say goodbye and you will board your flight back home.

Tip: You can also extend this journey with a delightful beach vacation on the tropical paradise of Zanzibar!

Kim Paffen Photo Safari Guide in Africa

Your Tanzania  Safari Tour Leader: Kim Paffen

  • Africa Travel Expert with 15+ years of travel experience in 13 African Countries
  • Ethical (Wildlife) Photographer published in f/e National Geographic
  • Photography Educator
  • FGASA & CATHSSETA accredited Safari Guide
  • Passion for Nature Conservation and Sustainable Travel
  • Languages: English, Dutch, German, a few words of Swahili
  • For our Tanzania Photo Safari Packages, we work together with a Tanzanian Tour Operator and knowledgeable driver/guide who know the area on the back of their hand.

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Why Travel With Us?

  • 100% Tanzania Expert: As a photographic safari guide, I work together with a local Tanzanian Safari Operator that has more than 30 years of experience in the Tanzanian safari world. That way, we can give you the Best Tanzania Safari experience.
  • Small groups of up to 6 people for a personal approach and personalized guidance on our Tanzania Wildlife Safari.
  • Knowledgeable Tanzania Safari Guide to help you navigate the terrain and get the best shots possible.
  • Private Land Cruiser with pop-up roof for easy animal spotting and photography, driven by a highly skilled and experienced private local guide.
  • We use tried & trusted Tanzania Safari Lodges or tented camps for our photography safari, providing all amenities you need (meals included) to recharge and relax on one of our best photography safaris

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Prices for our Tanzania Photo Safari Packages are per person based on double or single occupancy (unless otherwise noted) and do not include international flights to/from Tanzania.

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Tanzania Photo Safari: all you need to know before you go!

Why should you come on a safari to Tanzania with us?

We bring a wealth of experience to your Tanzania Safari Tours. Having worked extensively in the travel industry as a photographer, marketeer, and travel consultant, I've personally explored the places we visit in Tanzania on our group trip.

My commitment to providing the best service is reflected in the relationships I've built over time and the careful selection of accommodations. For my Tanzania Safaris, I work together with a local Tanzanian Safari Tour Operator, Makasa Tanzania, with over 30 years of experience in the Safari World. The company is registered in both Tanzania and in the Netherlands.

Together with Makasa, we take care of the logistics and we are provided by an experienced English speaking driver/guide who knows Tanzania on the back of its hand.

With my devotion to high-quality authentic and ethical travel experiences, I'm passionate about making your Tanzania safari adventure extraordinary.

Do you handle all logistics on our Tanzania Wildlife Safari?

Absolutely! From booking hotels to coordinating transfers, arranging local guides, and organizing activities and excursions, we take care of it all.

We arrange both authentic Tanzania Group Trips and Customized Tanzania Itineraries. Ranging from a Luxury Tanzania Safari to a Budget Tanzania Safari, we tailor our services to meet your unique travel preferences, so don't hesitate to get in touch if you want a private safari trip or if you're looking for different dates.

Do you offer complete Tanzania Safari Packages or can I book some elements independently?

While you can book your flight independently, we recommend entrusting us with the rest of your Tanzania Safari Itinerary to ensure seamless transitions and the best value. Our presence provides invaluable support, especially when unexpected situations arise.

Do you arrange international and/or domestic flights?

Yes, we work with a preferred booking agent who can manage both international and domestic flights on your behalf. This collaborative approach ensures a smooth travel experience. What we do is putting you in direct contact with them so flights can be done by credit card. Flights are usually only held provisionally for 24 hours, so paying by credit card is usually best and that way you can also take advantage of any included travel insurance!

Tanzania Safari Cost

Our (custom) Tanzania Safari itineraries have a comprehensive trip price covering hotels, car, transfers, driver/guides, park fees, meals, water during safari days, activities, and Photographic tutoring by Kim Paffen.

While the trip price is inclusive the above elements, certain items are not inclusive of the safari trip price. Examples that are excluded are: tipping, visas, shopping, (alcoholic) drinks, travel insurance, washing clothes, and international flights are not included.

Is Tipping included in the Tanzania Safari Cost?

Tipping is not typically included in the price for your safari in Tanzania. In Tanzania, tipping is not mandatory but customary. Tips are given as a gesture of gratitude, and the amount given will depend on your satisfaction. As many first-time visitors find it challenging to gauge how much to give, here are some Tanzania tipping guidelines:

Safari Guide: $25 or more per day, per group.
Restaurants: 5 – 10% of the total bill.
Porters (carrying luggage at lodges/hotels): $1 - $2 per porter.
It is customary to give the tip at the end of the trip if you have the same guide for a few days. Tips can also be given in Tanzanian Shillings.

What should I budget for a Tanzania Photo Safari?

It depends if you prefer a custom-made itinerary or if you opt for one of our scheduled Small Group Photo Safaris in Tanzania, so please consider factors like flight costs, preferred (mid-range or semi-luxury) accommodations, and additional expenses for meals, tips, and shopping.

Be prepared to budget between 6000 and 7000 USD for a 14-day photo safari trip in Tanzania accompanied by a driver/guide and photographic guide. That budget is including flight, all meals, mid-range to semi-luxury accommodations, water in the car, park fees and all cultural activities and game drives.

What are your payment terms for a Tanzania Safari Tour?

We require a non-refundable 25% deposit, with full payment due 90 days before travel. Refer to our Terms & Conditions for detailed pricing and payment information.

How can I pay for my Tanzania Safari?

We prefer electronic bank transfers to avoid credit card fees. Refer to our Terms & Conditions for complete payment details.

What is your cancellation policy?

Find comprehensive details in our Terms & Conditions. Our cancellation fees are non-negotiable.

What vaccinations do I need for Safari in Tanzania?

For vaccinations to travel to Tanzania, you can visit a travel health clinic, as requirements vary by country.

Recommended vaccinations for travel to Tanzania include Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A, and DTP. Other diseases present in Tanzania include Typhoid Fever, Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis, Rabies, and Meningitis. Consult with a knowledgeable travel medicine doctor to determine if vaccination is advisable for you. Having the "Cholera not indicated" stamp in your vaccination booklet can prevent issues at border posts.

Do I need a visa to travel to Tanzania?

Check the Tanzania embassy or consulate requirements; we provide guidance in your final Tanzania travel document.

We recommend obtaining your tourist visa online at: Tanzania eVisa (https://visa.immigration.go.tz/). Initiate this process at least two weeks before departure as it typically takes approximately 10 days to complete.

Alternatively, tourist visas can be purchased upon arrival at Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, and Zanzibar airports. In such cases, the visa fee must be settled in cash, in US Dollars. Please note that ATM services are unavailable at Tanzanian airports, so anticipate extended wait times upon arrival.

What to pack for this photography safari in Tanzania?

Pack essentials include valid passport, visa, air tickets, expense money, inoculations, and clothing suitable for safaris. Consider traveling light with soft luggage. You should also bring a day pack to carry essentials whilst out on safari.

Bring a valid passport; be sure to check the expiry date. Also pack a photocopy of the photo page and the entry stamp page of your passport as an additional piece of identification. Please store these photo copies in a different place to your travel documents. If your passport is in a hotel safe, or if you were to lose your passport this precaution would prove invaluable.

Here's a link to a safari packing list: https://ourplanetinmylens.com/what-to-pack-for-safari-in-africa/

What Camera Gear should I bring for this photo safari in Tanzania?

Tanzania offers rich photo opportunities. Carry enough memory cards, and batteries. A 200 mm (or longer) telephoto lens is very useful on safari but if you're not into photography that much it is not a must.

Personal Medical Conditions

Check health notices and malaria information for your destinations. Carry necessary medications and prescriptions.

Do I need a Travel Insurance & AMREF Flying Doctors when I travel to Tanzania?

Secure a travel insurance before arriving in Tanzania to participate in travel activities. If you don't have a Travel Medical Insurance yet, I highly recommend Safety Wing.

When you book your trip with us, we automatically enroll you in AMREF Flying Doctors. In the event of a medical emergency, you will be evacuated by a flight to the hospital in Nairobi. You are only insured for the evacuation flight to Kenya and ground ambulance transfers in Kenya. You are responsible for your travel insurance.

How long must my passport be valid when traveling to Tanzania?

Your passport must be valid for at least six months upon departing your country and possess a minimum of four blank visa pages, equating to two facing blank visa pages.

What is the local currency in Tanzania and where can I get it? Can I also pay with US Dollars or Euro?

The local currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling, however, US Dollars are widely accepted. It is advisable to carry cash in US Dollars, but please note: only bills from 2003 onwards are accepted; those dated before 2003 are unfortunately not. Credit card payments are accepted in some accommodations, but substantial surcharges apply.

You can withdraw money with your debit card in Tanzania. However, this is only possible in Moshi, Arusha, Dar es Salaam, and Stone Town (Zanzibar). During the safari or on the beaches of Zanzibar, this is not possible. Please ensure you have enough cash on hand during these days. US Dollars are more convenient than Euros.

What car will we use during our photo safari trip in Tanzania?

During the safari, you will travel in a four-wheel-drive vehicle, a safari jeep, equipped with a specially made panoramic roof, allowing you to photograph or film while standing inside the vehicle. Our safari vehicles have comfortable seats, all positioned by a window so you can also spot animals while seated. You will be accompanied by a highly experienced guide and photographic tour leader.

Is there Malaria in Tanzania?

Yes, there is. There is no vaccination against malaria. We recommend the use of anti-malarial tablets. You can discuss this with a travel medicine doctor.

Malaria is an infectious disease caused by malaria parasites transmitted through mosquito bites. The parasites first multiply in the liver and then in red blood cells. Symptoms include cold shivers followed by fever, often preceded by flu-like symptoms.

To protect yourself from mosquito bites, bring along insect repellent containing DEET and cover your body well in the evenings.

Food, Drink, and Culinary Advice

All meals during the safari are included in the price. Many people have an early breakfast because they also want to leave early to enjoy the beautiful morning light. Breakfast is always extensive and generous. Whether you prefer a Full English or Full Fruit with the most delicious mangoes, papayas, and watermelons, everything is possible. At the table, the sounds of the African night are often a topic of conversation. Was that a lion or a hyena I heard? At lunchtime, there are well-filled picnic lunchboxes that you can take with you in the car so you can enjoy lunch in the park at a beautiful spot. In the safari car, there are plenty of bottles of water available for you.

Dinner is always at the accommodation where you are staying that evening. East African cuisine with international influences. Whether your guide joins dinner or not depends on the accommodation. At some locations, this is customary, while at others, guides eat together. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at the lodge are at your own expense unless otherwise stated.