Photo by: Richard Buchbinder
Location: Tanzania
PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Tanzania Photo Safari with Tom and Cree Bol

  • Two evenings in Arusha providing everyone with a portion of the day to rest and photographic opportunities at a lovely farming village and school.
  • Intensive game viewing at Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, and Tarangire National Parks.
  • Only 4 or 5 participants per vehicle (7 passenger stretch Land Cruisers) and limited to 14 participants, to ensure the optimum photographic experience.
  • Time to absorb and photograph the wonder of it all. Most safari operator’s rush from place to place, we take our time, watching and waiting for wildlife or just the right light.
  • Lodging consists of luxury tented  camps and lodges, chosen for your photographic opportunities, and migration.
Region

Africa

Destination

Tanzania

Dates

May 22-Jun 5 2021

Duration

14 days

$9695

per person, double occupancy*

*U.S. dollars based upon minimum of 11 participants. There is a small group surcharge of $500 if 8-10 participants. We try to accommodate travelers who request single accommodations, as well as travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested (subject to availability), or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, there is a single room surcharge of $795.

Tour Overview

This is Africa as you’ve always imagined it to be: the magic of a Serengeti sunset, the teeming wildlife of Ngorongoro Crater. A safari to Tanzania is a special adventure into the premier game-viewing country of Africa. Tanzania’s great game parks and reserves are unsurpassed anywhere in the world. We’ll see all of the major plains animals, zebras, giraffes, impalas, gazelles, and other herbivores. There will be baboons and monkeys, herds of elephant and buffalo, and some of the most wonderful...

This is Africa as you’ve always imagined it to be: the magic of a Serengeti sunset, the teeming wildlife of Ngorongoro Crater. A safari to Tanzania is a special adventure into the premier game-viewing country of Africa. Tanzania’s great game parks and reserves are unsurpassed anywhere in the world. We’ll see all of the major plains animals, zebras, giraffes, impalas, gazelles, and other herbivores. There will be baboons and monkeys, herds of elephant and buffalo, and some of the most wonderful bird life you will ever see.

We have planned this safari during this period for a special reason — the Serengeti migration, the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth. Our trip is timed to coincide with the annual migration of thousands of animals through the central & southern corridor, and with luck we will witness the herds as they travel across the region to the Maasai Mara in Kenya. This safari gives you an in-depth view of the natural history of East Africa, with a special emphasis on wildlife and birdlife photography. It also encompasses a private interactive visit to an amazing school and Maasai Choir.

Special Features of This Safari:
– Game Drives for Photographers and Naturalists
– Early mornings and late afternoons, for the best wildlife photography and light.
– Long days in the field.
– Excellent driver-guides who are sensitive to the needs of photo groups.
– Only four or five participants per seven passenger stretch vehicle — a real luxury, but essential for photographers. We have instituted this policy to help lower our carbon footprint and for the past five years our participants have been in full support. (The safari vehicles we use are roomy 7 passenger “stretch” 4WD Land Rovers and Land Cruisers, chosen for their ruggedness and reliability.
– Tom and Cree Bol offer their photographic expertise and leadership.
– Accommodations will be modern, deluxe lodges that are in harmony with their environment and are constructed of local materials. You will also stay in a luxury tented camps, immersing you in the sights and sounds of Africa.
– Food at all locations is well prepared and delicious.
– Extensive readings and travel information will be supplied when you enroll.

Each day we will focus on a different aspect of photography, constantly challenging ourselves to explore new ways of seeing and expressing our vision. Topics that will be covered are customized for each day depending on the itinerary and the desires of the group. Typical topics of instruction include: • Being a better traveler • Finding subjects • Following the light • Creating depth in an image • Telling a story • Editing your photos • Digital enhancement Please contact Strabo Tours if you have any questions on the program or the photo leader for specific questions about photography.

All lodge and camp accommodations based upon two people sharing a room. Single rooms may be available at a supplementary cost. All meals while on safari are included, with some picnic lunches. See itinerary for details

Photo Leader

Tom & Cree Bol

“The trip to Tanzania went far beyond our already high expectations!  Each day was filled with wonder and excitement – we lost track of time and moved into a world beyond imagining.  You were super hosts and made our visit even more special – something we will always remember!!”

— M.S. Colorado

Tom Bol is really inspiring and has great positive energy. As a teacher, he really wants you to learn and succeed. I really appreciate his selfless desire to help you improve. His enthusiasm is contagious.

— L. Barcheck

Having been to numerous workshops over the past 5 years, Tom has to be my favorite instructor. With Tom you are guaranteed 3 things – an in-depth knowledge of photography and lighting with an ability and desire to share this with participants, energy and lots of it, and FUN! Tom loves spending time with his students and getting to know each one, as to maximize the workshop for each person. A workshop with Tom is time well spent.

— B. Peterson

Everything was exceptional, from the guides, vehicles, accommodations, the people of Tanzania to the wildlife. Absolutely superb, I’d travel with you again anytime.

— L. McCorkle

Tour Itinerary

May 22-23: Home - Amsterdam - Arusha

It is necessary to connect with a Delta/KLM flight from Amsterdam to Arusha, Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO), landing the evening of May 23. On arrival, you will be met at the airport, assisted through customs, and the group will then be taken to the hotel. OVERNIGHT ARUSHA You will need to obtain a travel visa to Tanzania, instructions for ordering online will be sent in your packet of pre-departure materials.  

May 24: Arusha

You have an extra evening today at your Arusha accommodations to get over jet lag before beginning your wildlife safari. Relax at the hotel this morning, after lunch your driver guides will take you to a lovely farming village on the outskirts of Arusha. There will be time to visit the primary school, learn about their conservation projects on the farm, and have unique photography opportunities (if anyone need the entire day at rest, you can rejoin the group for dinner at the hotel). (all meals)

May 25-26: Tarangire National Park

Today drive to Tarangire National Park, with game drives along the way. The next day we will have a full day of game driving and bird sighting in Tarangire National Park. The park remains excellent for elephants, giraffe, and birds. Three thousand migratory elephants join the existing resident herds, attracted initially by the tall grasses growing after the short rain season. The park is one of the most scenic in Tanzania with huge baobab trees. OVERNIGHT TARANGIRE (all meals)

May 27-28: Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast depart for Ngorongoro Crater, one of the most famous wildlife viewing areas in the world. Drive directly to your accommodations, check in and have lunch. The lodge constructed of local materials is hidden within the forests of the rim of the crater. It offers a stunning view of the crater, with close proximity to the access road for the descent. You will then descend to the crater floor enjoying the rest of the day there. Flamingos inhabit an alkaline lake, the edge of the lake attracts an array of birds including kori bustard, yellow-billed stork, ostrich, and sacred ibis to name just a few. The next day spend the entire day exploring the crater, leaving early in the morning, well before most tour vehicles depart. Descend from the rim, at about 7,600 feet in elevation, to the floor of the crater some 2,000 feet below. This 102-square-mile crater is the largest unflooded, unbroken caldera in the world. Within its perimeter are thousands of wildebeest, black rhino, cheetah, gazelle, giraffe, and a high density of lions, hyenas, and other predators. (Recommended reading: The Innocent Killers by Jane and Hugo Van Lawick-Goodall). Enjoy a picnic lunch to maximize your time in the field and returning as late as possible in order to get the last golden rays of light. OVERNIGHT CRATER  (all meals)

May 29: Ngorongoro Conservation Area-Southern Serengeti

Depart after an early breakfast, driving to the Serengeti. Spend the rest of the day exploring the southern Serengeti Plains on both sides of the NCA/Serengeti border. Off road game drives are allowed by the government in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which your driver guides will take advantage of. Cats remain in the territory and this is a good area especially for cheetah. Bird life around Lake Ndutu and the Ndutu woodlands and marshes should have a high yield. OVERNIGHT LAKE NDUTU (all meals)

May 30-Jun 1: Central Serengeti

After an early breakfast drive through the Gol Kopjes to Sametu Camp in the central Serengeti. At this time of year, the herd usually begins to prepare for the wildebeest rut of May and June. These are some of the most amazing herd sightings as the male and female herds come together for breeding but form massive numbers of harems as the males attempt to collect their breeding group but other males constantly challenge them for breeding rights. Our focus for these three days will be on savannah bird species, the large wildebeest herds and the big cats. The Serengeti is one of the most famous wildlife areas in the world. Animal herds follow the rains and feed on the new grass so what we will actually see depends upon the weather pattern. If past years are any indication, we have positioned ourselves to be in the right location at the right time. OVERNIGHT SERENGETI (all meals)  

June 2-3: Crater Highlands

A leisurely drive out of the Serengeti take you through the Crater Highlands to your lovely lodge on the escarpment of Lake Manyara. This property has been designed to encompass the beautiful views of the surrounding area and lake. Arrive in the late afternoon with time to enjoy the forest setting and opportunities to photograph on the property. The next day the group has the option to game drive to nearby Lake Manyara National Park or to remain at your lodge. OVERNIGHT KARATU (all meals)

June 4: Arusha - Amsterdam

Enjoy your last morning on the beautiful grounds of your lodge. After having lunch, return to Arusha for shopping at the African Gallery. Continue directly to Kilimanjaro International Airport to check in for your flight home. (breakfast, lunch)

June 5: Amsterdam - USA

We arrive in Amsterdam this morning and have a short layover before connecting with the flight back home. (meals on plane)