Exclusive VIP Safari
Once-in-a-Lifetime Photography Experience
4 Guests Per Jeep!
DateAugust 4th-14th & August 17th-27th 2019
Trip length11 Days
Our Tanzania Photography Safari is Like No Other
This August & September our team of Discovery photographers will be traveling to Africa on our 2018 Tanzania Great Migration VIP Photo Tour. Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!
4 Guests + Pro Photographer + Local Guide/Driver
It takes more than a year of preparation for us to add a new destination to our tour list.
After countless days of planning, research, and scouting, we are now able to offer a world-class safari photo adventure to our cherished guests. We’ve selected deluxe luxury accommodations, delicious meals, expert local guides who have a deep knowledge of the terrain and wildlife, and top photographer guides who we are privileged to have on our team.
Imagine yourself in Africa along with our Discovery team of pro photographers as we explore the incredible areas our tour will visit from Arusha to Zanzibar…literally A to Z!
On this luxury safari photo tour, you will be in a very select group of four guests that will be paired with one of our pro photographer leaders and your local guide/driver who will treat you to all the inside knowledge that they have of the culture and wildlife of Tanzania. Along the way, you’ll take countless photos and hours of video that will become life-long memories of this epic journey.
Learn from professional photographers in the field
During our 11-day trip VIP tour, we are allowing a select 4 guests to join us per vehicle, working elbow-to-elbow with our photographers in the field. Together you will capture African wildlife, landscapes, culture and experience the incredible wildebeest migration and so much more.
We will also visit Zanzibar!
After an exciting 7 days on safari, we will then take a short flight to Zanzibar to capture the beauty of this island to visit historic Stonetown and get some well deserved R&R on the beach after our long days exploring the National Parks. Optional activities include sailing, snorkeling, visiting Cheetah Rock animal preserve, guided tour of Stone Town, and more!
Discovery Gold Standard
From antelopes to zebras, you’ll get the Discovery A to Z pledge of seeing more animals that you could possibly imagine. Every day has a new story to tell and each game drive is 100% unique. These are your stories and we think you’ll cherish them as much as we do. It isn’t uncommon for our guests to wipe away tears of joy as they witness the majesty of the Great Migration, the Big Five, and so much more.
You’ll witness the circle of life throughout this VIP Photo Safari as we visit the most renowned national parks in all of Africa and be offered the opportunity of a lifetime to capture photos of these spectacular animals. Hang on to your safari hats, you’re in for quite a ride!
While the VIP Photo Safari’s main goal is to provide our guests with the best photo ops for wildlife, we do celebrate the culture of Tanzania.
You’ll visit an authentic Masai village and get a chance to meet with Masai tribesmen, women, and children. Have your cameras ready as they will greet us with a traditional jump dance and friendly smiles. We’ll also stop along the road for a spontaneous shoot with locals once in a while for some great candid photos.
In Arusha, we escort our groups to a beautiful cultural center where you’ll see all kinds of Tanzanian and African art including sculptures, carvings, masks, paintings, jewelry, crafts, and more. Don’t forget to haggle!
In Zanzibar, you’ll have the chance to explore Stone Town which is the old part of Zanzibar City, the main city of Zanzibar. Stone Town is a city of prominent historical and artistic importance in East Africa. Its architecture, mostly dating back to the 19th century, reflects the diverse influences underlying the Swahili culture, giving a unique mixture of Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements. For this reason, the town was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
Discovery Photo Tours works with some of the most talented and experienced professional photographers in the business. Our goal is to provide you the opportunity to travel alongside and work elbow to elbow with internationally acclaimed photographers who will help you capture the incredible beauty our destinations offer. Whether you’re new to photography or a professional looking to expand your portfolio, our tour leaders will share invaluable techniques, knowledge, and experience gained over the course of their careers. Photography aside, we expect you’ll have the time of your life on our tours. Traveling the road with us means there will be lots of laughs, interesting stories and delicious meals where you’ll be treated like family and will leave with new life-long friends.
The Tour You've Been Dreaming Of
Luxury VIP Photo Safari
Welcome to Tanzania!
Kuwakaribisha Kwa Tanzania :-)
No, this isn't a dream. You're here in beautiful East Africa and one short day away from witnessing some of the most spectacular wildlife in the world!
Today is arrival day and time to get some rest at the hotel after being picked up at the Kilimanjaro airport by your driver. Marvel at the sight of the world's tallest free-standing mountain as you head from the airport to your first hotel in Arusha. In the evening your small group will meet up for a delicious welcome dinner with your photographer leader. Sleep well tonight, as tomorrow is the beginning of an extraordinary adventure.
Tarangire National Park
The Adventure Begins
We are out the door after an early breakfast heading to Tarangire National Park where the safari truly begins. If you've been dreaming of elephants, zebras, waterbucks, giraffes, dik diks, impalas, elands, Grant's gazelles, vervet monkeys, banded mongoose, and olive baboons... you're in luck. All of these wonderful creatures are native to Tarangire.
Oh, we almost forgot, you're also likely to see African lion, leopard, and cheetah. What can we say? We like to start things off with a bang.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Unesco World Heritage Site
Have you ever been inside a volcano? Well if you haven't... today is your lucky day.
The main feature of the Ngorongoro Conservation Authority is the Ngorongoro Crater, the world's largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera. The crater is 610 metres (2,000 feet) deep and its floor covers 260 square kilometres (100 square miles). Estimates of the height of the original volcano range from 4,500 to 5,800 metres (14,800 to 19,000 feet) high. Yeah, we think that's pretty cool too.
Ngorongoro was named by the Maasai pastoralists after the sound produced by the cowbell (ngoro ngoro) and this ancient place has been inhabited by various hominid species for 3 million years.
We're not waiting around to see the volcano erupt, we're here for animals and there are over 25,000 of them that live in Ngorongoro.
Oh yeah, just so you know not to worry, the volcano hasn't erupted in 2.5 million years.
Lake Manyara National Park
Strictly for the Birds
Ernest Hemmingway once said that Lake Manyara was the "loveliest lake in all of Africa". He must have been a bird fan because you'll see thousands of birds here during your game drive. From colorful lilac breasted rollers and flamingoes to groups of shiny white pelicans as far as the eye can see.
The park's main star is Lake Manyara's famous yet elusive tree-climbing lions. Have your cameras ready, this may be the day you get the perfect shot!
On this morning we avoid the dusty roads and catch a flight right into Serengeti National Park's northern region, home of the great migration river crossing!
In August and September, hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebras arrive in the northern part of the Serengeti on their round-trip trek from Tanzania’ssouthern Serengeti to the Masai Mara in Kenya. Lucky for you, since our group of intrepid photographers will be ready and waiting, camera in hand, trigger finger poised on the shutter in anticipation of capturing the shot of a lifetime.
Buckle up, you're in for the wildlife treat of your life in the next few days of legendary game drives.
The Big Five
The big five game animals are the lion, leopard, rhinoceros (both black and white species), elephant, and Cape buffalo and you'll never have a better chance of seeing all of these magnificent creatures than here in the Serengeti.
But wait... there's more!
While it is incredible to see the big five, don't forget all the other awesome animals that roam the Serengeti. And just so you don't have to google it, here's what else you have to look forward to: Giraffe, Hippo, Zebra, Wildebeest, Cheetah, Hyena, Wild Dog, African Civet, Bat-eared Fox, Bushbuck, Grant's Gazelle, Eland, Genets, Impala, Kudu, Ostrich, Vervet Monkey, Waterbuck, Porcupine, Dwarf Mongoose, Serval, Warthog, Secretary Bird, African Fish Eagle, Vultures, and Nile Crocodile.
That's the short list.
On the road again
What would be a good way to top the first few days of Serengeti exploration? May we suggest even more exploration? Good. We thought you might agree.
Sunset on the mainland
This is our last day in Serengeti and on the Tanzanian mainland. On this last morning of the safari, we wake up before dawn to have one last chance to capture any and all of the beautiful animals of the African plains.
But the journey isn't over...
This afternoon... we head to exotic Zanzibar!
This afternoon we take a short flight to the white sand beaches of exotic Zanzibar where we shift into full relaxation mode for some well deserved chill time on the beach and more.
You'll be tired after eight days on safari but it's a good kind of tired. The kind of tired where the dust has seemingly found its way into the very fiber of your existence. Now that the adrenaline that has coursed through your veins for over a week has dissipated, you find yourself in the perfect setting for some exquisite rest and relaxation... Zanzibar style.
Your seaside resort will be the final destination on your African adventure and what a great way to unwind with your new friends as you explore this unique tropical paradise.
You like variety and choices, right? We thought so. This is why for the remainder of the tour you will have a plethora of choices of activities, excursions, or simply choose to do nothing but soak up the sun on the beach with a nice tropical drink and a good book.
We did our research here and just let us know if you'd like to go sailing, snorkeling, or diving... or all of the above! Maybe you want to learn about the history of the island and take a guided tour of Stonetown or visit a ZIPA accredited, rescue and conservation center where you get to interact face to face, fur to skin with the animals. Well, maybe not with the lions!
Your resort concierge will take care of booking every one of your optional excursions at a time that is convenient for you
So many choices!
This is your last day with your group of new friends and time to reflect on all the good times you shared, creating new life-changing memories. Our time together was special and you'll have the photographs to prove it.
Enjoy a sunrise walk on the beach or sleep in, the choice is yours. Take one last venture out to do that one thing you were meaning to do or relax by the pool all day long. It's all up to you. This is the last full day in Zanzibar and you, my friends, get to do whatever your heart desires.
In the evening we gather together for one last dinner in preparation of saying farewell before flying back home (or wherever the road leads for you) the next day (day 11 is departure day).
We look forward to seeing you on the next adventure!
Get To Know
DateAugust 4th-14th & August 17th-27th 2019
Trip length11 Days
Max group size4
Can’t make it in August for our regularly scheduled tour?
Our team can develop a custom exclusive VIP safari for groups of four, eight, or twelve at almost any time of year.
Contact the Discovery Team for details.
Our authentic luxury safari accommodations truly add to the experience of this tour. While traveling through Tanzania we will stay in genuine deluxe safari tented camps and luxurious world-class lodges. These are exclusive settings that will bring our group close to nature in some of the most beautiful settings one can imagine. These deluxe camps and lodges include paved pathways, flooring, furniture, electricity, running water, full private bathrooms, and all the other modern amenities you would expect at a hotel. With lounges, dining rooms and a full cooking staff to prepare gourmet fare, your evenings will be filled with memories of relaxing around a campfire sharing our stories of the day.
Overview of shooting locations
Photography skill level
Recommended photography equipment
- DSLR or mirrorless camera
- Fast super telephoto (full frame equivalent of 400mm or higher)
- 1.4x or 2x Teleconverter for telephoto lenses
- Wide Angle Lens for landscape shooting
- Fast Zoom Lens for Wildlife
- We suggest bringing a beanbag for bracing cameras
- Tripods are not needed for the wildlife shooting but may be handy in Zanzibar – We suggest a compact travel tripod
Don’t have the gear you need?
Don’t worry, we can help you find a rental option.
Have questions about gear? We can help!
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Guides in Tanzania
Di Fruscia is a World Visionary Fine Art Nature & Landscape Photographer. His work has won many awards, has been published and displayed thru a multitude of Medias (books, calendars, magazines, travel guides etc.) and by many prestigious companies such as, National Geographic, Time Magazine and Wall Street Journal, just to name a few. Constantly searching for those rare magical moments when the Perfect Light embraces nature in all its glory, you can rest assured – that this is only the beginning of a long and dedicated quest to capture the breathtaking beauty of nature."
Ken Kaminesky is a veteran commercial travel photographer, Fujifilm Global Ambassador, Zeiss lens Ambassador, writer, consultant, and entrepreneur with over twenty years of experience in the photography industry. Ken's iconic photography has featured in major publications including the New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, and twice on the front cover of National Geographic magazine.