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Tanzania Photography Tours

Imagine front-row access to the best wildlife viewing Tanzania has to offer​? Venture into the plains every morning for a full day of spectacular wildlife viewing and photo ops while staying at luxurious, eco-friendly camps located in the middle of the wild. Our immersive safari speaks to the animal lover’s soul: an exciting adventure that takes you straight into the heart of Tanzania.

Essence of Tanzania

  • A diverse culmination of cultural experiences that allow for a deeper understanding and visual experience of Tanzanian wildlife, food and music and dance of the local tribes
  • An immersive Serengeti experience, where you’ll get up close to the “Big Five” game
  • Take an optional guided bike tour through the Ngorongoro Highlands and into a local community.
  • A special and authentic Tanzanian dinner, made with rich spices and locally-grown vegetables

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Culture

Swahili is one of the 130 languages spoken in Tanzania! It’s also considered the national language. Individual tribes are characterized in part by distinctive theatrical performances, dances, and music—for example, the Snake Dance performed by the Sukuma people in the north-central part of the country. While not as well known as Congolese, Malian, or Senegalese singers, Tanzanian musicians are beginning to make their mark in the music world.

Food & Wine

The Tanzanian cuisine is delicious, nutritious and quite filling! The reason for this is the usage of millet, beans, cornmeal, sorghum, and pilaf within almost every dish. Beyond these staple starches, the Tanzanian cuisine is based on the three following ingredients: coconut, plantains and beans. Every Tanzanian meal contains one or some combination of these ingredients. The most popular drink in Tanzania is by far the Chai tea but more interesting to note is the mbege (banana beer) made with fermented bananas!

Landscape

Gregorry Rift is the eastern arm of the Great Rift Valley. On the floor of the rift are a number of large salt lakes, including Natron in the north, Manyara in the south, and Eyasi in the southwest. The rift also encompasses the Crater Highlands, which includes the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Ngorongoro Crater. Just to the south of Lake Natron is Ol Doinyo Lengai (3,188 m or 10,459 ft), the world’s only active volcano to produce natrocarbonatite lava. To the west of the Crater Highlands lies Serengeti National Park–famous for its lions, leopards, elephants, rhinoceroses, and buffalo plus the annual migration of millions of white bearded wildebeest.

Best Time to Visit

November through February are the warmer, dryer months.

What to Bring on Tour

For Hikes/Walks:

  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof wind breaker or rain jacket
  • Light weight jacket or vest
  • Day pack/hip pack
  • Waterproof or water resistant hiking boots and hiking socks
    (gore-tex not necessary)
  • 1-2 pairs of light weight pants, the best are ones you can unzip
    at the knee
  • 2-3 pair of walking/hiking shorts
  • Walking sticks (optional)
  • 3-4 breathable shirts (quick-dry, cotton not recommended)
  • For high altitude hikes and chilly evenings, bring 1-2 sets of
    warmer clothing (sweater and long pants)

Personal Supplies:

  • Passport and photocopies of your passport
  • Wallet
  • Airline ticket/e-ticket information
  • Cell phone
  • Electrical adapter and adapter plug
  • Toiletries
  • Prescriptions or other medications
  • Bathing suit and sunscreen
  • Cash for guide gratuity and meals on own
  • Cash for wine kitty (optional)

Suggested Camera Equipment:

  • Camera bag, such as the Think Tank Photo Airport Essentials
  • Backpack or Lowepro Sling Shot, is recommended
  • 1-2 camera bodies
  • Lenses: 35-70mm, 80-200mm
  • Polarizing filter for each lens
  • Inside pockets: (2) 16GB memory cards, lens brush, cleaning cloth, camera manual, sharpie marker, leatherman tool (place it in your checked bag), extra camera battery, charger, flashlight, water bottle, zip lock bags, extra luggage tax
  • External hard drive
  • Computer and charger
  • Travel tripod (optional)
  • Flash card reader
  • Body SLR OR invest or bring a good quality compact camera

Off the Hike:

  • 2-4 interchangeable evening outfits – our style is very casual and comfortable; jacket and tie not necessary
    • We occasionally have a more formal evening, feel free to bring something for that occasion
  • 1-2 lightweight sweaters
  • 2-3 pairs of shorts or slacks
  • Intimate clothing/sleepwear
  • Comfortable walking shoes for evenings in town

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