Witness the birth of thousands of baby wildebeasts. We will spend 3 full days in the Southern part of the Serengeti, where you will witness this natural phenomenon.
With the birth of these baby wildebeasts come the predators. Countless lions, cheetah and other carnivores gather on the plains to take advantage of these easy preys.
Stay in Green Camps, and experience how it feels to be one with Africa's nature. The flexible Green Camps don't have electricity, and are built exactly there where the animals are. Candles and campfires light up the night for us! (ps. your camera and laptop batteries can be charged in the vehicles overnight).
Green Camps mean a Green Footprint. Staying in these camps means you will have a safari with the lowest ecological impact possible! The little Co2 we generate will be offset by us!
Whenever we feel like it, and when deemed safe by our professional guides, we will leave the vehicle and go on a walking safari. This brings us so much closer to nature! All within safety limits off course!
Lake Manyara is home to thousands of flamingos and tree-climbing lions! Picture yourself underneath a tree, with a mighty lion laying just meters above you. All you need to do is taking that award-winning picture!
Spend daily one-on-one time with your photographic guide, for ultimate photographic instructions. You will be amazed how quickly your photography skills improve!
Daily workshops & masterclasses: from basic wildlife and nature photography to taking nighttime photos of the milky-way and star-trails, and from photo editing to mastering your photo organization!
Feel small when we photograph the milky-way & star-trails. The African continent is one of the best places in the world for astro photography. Almost zero light pollution allows for the brightest stars!
See spectacular African sunrises and sunsets, and photograph the deep orange skies from hilltops overlooking valleys, or frame them with the silhouettes of trees, giraffes or elephants!
'Off The Grid' doesn't mean bad hospitality: as always you can expect local food cooked with love, all drinks inclusive and service with a smile. Oh, and did we mention the amazing dinner locations?!
All accommodation (based on twin-share rooms) from the day you arrive until the day you leave
1 night in 'Onsea House' just outside Arusha on the night you arrive and transportation to and from the hotel
3 nights in the Green Camp in Lake Manyara NP
3 nights in the Green Camp in southern Serengeti
1 night in Rhotia Valley lodge, halfway on our way back to Arusha
All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks)
All drinks, both alcoholic (local beers, local wines and local spirits) and non-alcoholic
Canon 500mm or 600mm lens, which will be rotated amongst all participants with Canon cameras
Bean bags to support your camera in the vehicles
Local transportation by private vehicles
Our private safari vehicle(s) throughout the tour, with our private driver / guide
VAT, bed levies & tourist taxes (subject to change as per our T&C’s)
Krijn van der Giessen as your personal photography guide, with daily one-on-one instructions, masterclasses and workshops
International flights to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport
Visa ($50, can be organised in advanced via your local ambassy
Tips for guides & lodge staff
Spending money for personal expenses
Premium wines, beers & spirits. All local wines, beers & spirits are included.
Travel insurance (compulsory for all tour guests) and vaccinations
Photography equipment (we have some loan equipment - first come, first serve)
No hidden fees!
€ 3,815 p.p. based on a shared room
€ 450 p.p. supplement for a private room
Arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be welcomed and transported to our accommodation for the night: Onsea House. A touch of luxury just outside of the city of Arusha. The perfect location to settle in and relax before we head out tomorrow morning.
After breakfast we will head for Lake Manyara National Park. A short 2 hour drive brings us to Mto wa Mbu. This typical African village hosts a colourful market which may be perfect for some candid photo opportunities!
Arriving at Lake Manyara National park we head straight for the bush. We might spot the tree climbing lions, flamingos or an elephant or 2 (most probably more than 2 to be honest!) before we check in at our home for the coming 3 days: the lake Manyara Green Camp! We have lunch in the bush and dinner will be served around the fire. Welcome to Africa!
Safari tents mean the safari doesn't stop at night. Whilst laying in your comfortable bed, you will be surrounded by the sounds of nature. I promise you: it will be hard to sleep!
Day 3 & 4:
Today and tomorrow will be full photosafari days. We might head out on foot or we will drive around in our 4x4, scouting for great animal sightings. Taking photos of tree climbing lions is high up the list, so finding these amazing animals will have the highest priority. However, sightings of large herds of elephants, zebras, wildebeast and hippos in the hippo pool will be too good to ignore! During the day we might head back to the camp or we stay out in the field all the time. This all depends on the quality of sightings.
Sunset means sundowner drinks at an unbeatable location!
Day 5 - 7:
Unfortunately, today we have to say goodbye to this beautiful part of the world. However, the prospect of moving to the southern Serengeti to witness the birth of thousands of wildebeest makes this farewell quite bearable.
The drive from Lake Manyara to the Serengeti may take a few hours. The scenery of the drive however is just stunning. We will encounter many animals during this drive alone, and we will stop for a sneak peak of the Ngorongoro crater.
Once we have arrived at our accommodation for the coming three days, we will enjoy nature at its best. The Green Camp is located in the proximity of the big herd of wildebeasts, so with a bit of luck we can spot the start of new life from our tents! Thousands of wildebeest calves are born every day, making this on of our planets greatest wildlife spectacles. However with the birth of such vulnerable animals come the predators: lions, cheetah, leopard are very active catching the easy prey. Scavengers like hyena, jackal and vultures follow them close to clean up the left overs. It is an sight you will never forget!
During nighttime we point our cameras towards the starry skies and shoot the brightest of stars. We practice capturing the milky way and shoot some star trails: so much fun!
After 6 full days of safari in Lake Manyara and Serengeti, our memory cards will be overloaded with amazing wildlife photos. It's time to leave the bush behind us and slowly make our way out of the bush.
However: for thos who are interested in exploring the Ngorongoro crater (and let;s be honest, who isn't!) there is the option of decending down into the UNESCO World Heritage Site on our way back to Rhotia Valley. Entering the Crater will come at an additional cost. Depending on the number of photo tour guests who want to go down, costs range from €295 to €70 per person. Options will be discussed the night before our transfer from the Serengeti to Rhotia Valley.
For those who don't want to descend into the crater, you will head straight to the amazing Rhotia Valley Lodge. This luxury tented camp, located on the top of a hill overlooking the surrounding low lands, is a non for profit enterprise, supporting the local community. Here you have plenty of time to organise and edit your photos, walk around the community to meet local people or shoot amazing sunsets from the camp. After enjoying a scrumptious dinner we have some drinks to celebrate the last night in Africa. Time flies...
We have all morning to explore the area and local communities. Only after lunch we drive towards Kilimanjaro Airport to make our way back home. However, by this time you will have made friends for life, a mind full of memories and maybe an award-winning photo or two!
It doesn’t matter! Our tours are all about the nature, wildlife and photography, and we travel with guests of all skill-levels. Whether you are a pro or just a beginner, we would love to have you on one of our Photo Tours!
We take the necessary time to teach you how to take the perfect wildlife and nature photos. We only start taking snaps ourselves when all of our guests are happy and comfortable with their own cameras. Until that moment, we are there to support you and give you advice!
When you book your Photo Tour with us, you will receive our “Guide to Ultimate Wildlife & Nature Photography”, which will help you prepare for the trip of a lifetime. On the first night of the actual trip we will issue the same in a hard copy version – it’ll come in handy when we are out in the bush!
Although our Photo Tours are, as the name suggests, centred around photography, we would absolutely love to welcome your partner if he or she would like to join us.
However, it is important to note that the focus of our tour guides will be on those who are taking photos. That said, with the stunning surroundings in which we’ll be immersed, the tours are just as enjoyable for those who don’t want to take photos all the time.
Besides this, we will have the loan equipment with us as well. If it’s not already in use, we can guarantee you that your partner won’t be able to resist the temptation of trying to take some shots him/herself as well!
There are some key items you have to bring, such as your camera gear, clothing suitable for the season of the tour, and some other basic items. When you book your Photo Tour with us, we will send you a packing list based on the specific tour, which will help you prepare and ensure nothing is left behind.
You don’t need professional camera gear to join our Photo Tour. However, a DSLR camera with zoom lens will come in very handy.
Remember, you can use our loan equipment (a canon DSLR body, free of charge!) and play with our professional lenses on our tours. Please let us know before you book if you would like to borrow a camera, since we only have limited availability and don’t want to disappoint anybody.
Last but not least, we also have guests joining our tours who don’t take photos at all. They just join us for the amazing nature, fabulous atmosphere and once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Simply contact us via one of the options below:
– Send an email to [email protected]
– Call us on +791 5 66 263 831 (I’m a Dubai-based photographer, so the number calls out to Dubai. Please feel free to use FaceTime if you want to avoid the call fees)
– Fill out this contact form
Once you’ve let us know you are interested, we will send you all the information you need to book your Photo Tour!
Absolutely. Photo Tours are safe as long as you listen to the professional guides and rangers. They are in charge on our tours. Keep in mind that we are in nature and animals can always behave in an unpredictable way, but risks are kept to a minimum wherever possible.
If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact us so we can personally answer any questions you may have about safety.
You don’t have to share a room, but it is the standard option for our tours. If you’d prefer a room to yourself, this will come at an additional cost. Please refer to the pricing section of each specific Photo Tour for full details.
We do recommend sharing a room with someone else. We’ve learnt from experience that people sharing a room develop a very special friendship. Sharing such an amazing trip with someone you don’t know creates a bond you won’t experience if you opt to stay by yourself.
Room-mates are always chosen based primarily on gender, but we can’t guarantee same-sex sharing as this depends on the mix of guests with which we will travel.
To secure your spot on one of our Photo Tours, an initial payment of 20% is due. A further 50% is due 180 days prior to the tour, and the remaining 30% is due 90 days prior to departure. Paid amounts are non-refundable.
We make use of Canon camera gear ourselves, but we welcome all brands of cameras on our tours. Canon, Nikon, Sony or any other brand – they’re all welcome with us!
English is the main language of our tours. Since we travel with people from all over the world, it is important to have a basic understanding of the English language (it is the most universal and easily accepted for this type of adventure). Since Krijn is from a Dutch heritage, he is fluent in Dutch as well.
Explore Tanzania: without a doubt, Explore Tanzania is the travel specialist when it comes to travel to Tanzania. We make use of all of their knowledge and local contacts to only bring you the best of the best this country has to offer!
We start where others stop: The reasons why you should join one of our Photo Tours are endless. When you travel with us, you are guaranteed loads of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We focus fully on photography, and pride ourselves on the fact that we start where others stop.
Personal: We travel in small groups (8 people maximum, though smaller) of like-minded photographers. This ensures plenty of focus on you as an individual, and gives us the opportunity to ensure you’ll always have a window seat in our vehicles. We book small and exclusive accommodation which allows for uninterrupted views and plenty of candid photography opportunities.
Superb hospitality: We absolutely love great food and luxury accommodation, so our Photo Tours are filled with it! Your personal photographic guide Krijn doesn’t have the title of the best photo tour operator for nothing. Although he has over 15 years experience as a nature, wildlife and culture photographer, Krijn also has over a decade of international hospitality management under his belt. For these reasons combined we go the extra mile to ensure we stay in unique lodges and serve up something delicious and, where possible, local. Picture seafood buffets on the beach, spit grills in the bush, home-made breads and some great bottles of wine and you’ll get an idea of the food we usually enjoy. We also cater to any dietary needs and requirements you may have.
Experienced: We always travel with local and highly experienced guides and rangers. This not only ensures you will be treated to the finest and ‘off the beaten track’ locations, but it also gives us the opportunity to customise the experience for you. Learn from Krijn's experience as travel photographer. In the past years he travelled through over 50 countries, in search of the perfect photos and exciting new locations for our photo tours.
Professional: At the end of each day, we will share our opinion about the photos taken that day. Professional advice is given to help you improve your skills, or just to help you get that second pair of eyes to encourage a different angle. How much advice you’d like to receive, as well as how in-depth you’d like to go is completely up to you.
Fun: Our tours are mainly focused on photography, but what is life without a bit of fun? It’s one of the most important reasons we want you to travel with us! Together we will share our experiences around a bonfire, we’ll shoot star trails, engage in light painting, fly in open-door helicopters and, once the day is done, unwind with a hot beverage and a board game or two.
Sustainable & ethical: Sustainable travel is key: wherever we go, we only leave our footprints. As much as possible, we try to offset carbon emissions and work together with local specialists. Besides that, we believe in ethical travel: we never feed animals to lure them in our direction, but rather go to areas with naturally high animal populations.
All skill levels:We love to travel with all levels of photographers, from beginners to experts. At the end of the day it is all about the overall experience, and not about how good your photography skills may be. We encourage the group to assist each other in attempting and experimenting with new techniques. Krijn will personally help you become a more confident photographer – building on your strengths and helping you improve your weak points.
Jam packed: We understand it’s not every day you embark on a journey like this: so lets make most of it! We jam pack our tours with interesting content, and don’t waste any time with irrelevant gaps in the program. We will fly you where possible from location to location, to not waste time driving. We have a well though-through itinerary from early morning until bedtime, to offer you only the very best the destination has to offer! Guaranteed no hidden fees gives you peace of mind when it comes to the financial side of things!