Tanzania Photo Safari: The Best of the Serengeti
UPDATE: As of November 20, 2018 this safari is sold out. We have an identical Tanzania safari starting on September 18, 2018.
We’re excited to be going on Safari with veteran wildlife photographer and Muench Workshops pro Randy Hanna. Join Randy in Tanzania to explore the river crossings of the great migration, find the cats of the central Serengeti region, and photograph amazing vistas of the vast grassy plains. Randy has been leading safaris into the Serengeti of Tanzania for many years and knows the country like the back of his hand. We’ll fly everyone straight out to the heart of the safari country where we have amazing camps set up that put us right in the thick of the action!
This safari is all about photography and you can expect lots of it.
Our first camp will be located in the northernmost region of the Serengeti National Park, a prime location to photograph the classic river crossings in which millions of wildeebest and zebras cross the Mara River as they return to Tanzania from Kenya. In hopes of capturing the great migration we will use our time in the north to strategically position ourselves to record these iconic images, should mother nature cooperate for us. This location will also allow us to explore the northern plains and rocky areas that is seldom visited. These areas often produce striking images of lions and leopards as well as vistas that are unique to this area.
Our second location will be a private, tented camp in the central Serengeti, an area that Randy often refers to as “Cat Alley”. Here our emphasis will be on lion, leopard, and cheetah. Exploring the numerous rocky outcroppings called kopjes, you will get to capture the true endless plains of the Serengeti and the unlimited photography that is all around you. We will be able to follow the game, where ever they take us.
September 11–19, 2018
Sept 10, 2018: Arrive on evening flights into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), where you will be met by Randy and transferred to River Trees Country Lodge.
Sept 11, 2018: Following an early breakfast, we will transfer to Arusha airport for our private charter to our first camp in the Northern Serengeti. Our flight will take approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour, and will be a great way to see Tanzania from the air. There are often stunning views during this flight over the farm-dotted highlands and valleys below. Upon landing in the Serengeti, we will be greeted by our local guides and begin our safari adventure, as we journey to our camp for lunch and ready ourselves for our first afternoon safari.
Sept 11–14, 2018: We will continue to explore the northern areas of the Serengeti, from the Mara River to the rolling hills of the northern plains we will focus on photographing the game that is unique to this area. If luck is on our side, we will also have a chance to capture a river crossing, as the wildeebeest and zebra return to Tanzania from Kenya. We will be out most of these days for full days and will have a wonderful picnic lunches with us to further enjoy our surroundings. Returning in the late afternoons with plenty of time for charging batteries, image downloading, and image review in our dedicated camera tech tent, your days will be filled with excitement and photographic opportunities.
Sept 15, 2018: Today we say goodbye to the north and head for our second home on this safari. Located in the very central of the Serengeti, you will experience firsthand the vastness of the ‘endless plains’. The word “Serengeti” derives from the Maasai “Siringet” and has been artistically translated as “the land that flows on forever” or, as many call it, the endless plains. Serengeti National Park covers thousands of miles of pristine land and offers not only expansive vistas, but the largest migration of mammals on earth, including 1.5 million wildebeest. We will schedule our arrival just in time for lunch, settle in a bit, and get ready for our first safari in the plains of the Serengeti. Our private camp, complete with a camera tech tent, has been perfectly positioned in the Serengeti to allow us to move as we need to, taking advantage of our new surroundings and wildlife.
Sept 16–18, 2018: During this time, we will cover as much of the Centeral Serengeti as we can. Big herds and big cats, that is what has made the Serengeti famous worldwide. Lion, leopard, and cheetah, will be our focus while in this very productive area. Again, you can expect to be up early and returning to camp in the evening, or as conditions warrant. Our long days will be rewarded with incredible photographic opportunities.
Sept 19, 2018: Enjoy your last views of the Serengeti before flying to Arusha, where you will catch your departing flight. Before your international flight, there will be an opportunity to stop at the Cultural Heritage Center for some shopping, followed by a wonderful lunch. We will also visit the adjoining Shanga workshop, where physically challenged artisans create remarkable jewelry, learn glass-blowing, and sell their work. This extraordinary project was created in order to mentor and empower those who are often marginalized in Tanzanian society. You will be surprised and inspired by the quality and beauty of their creations. Prior to transport to the Airport, a day room will be provided for you to freshen up, repack, and ready yourself for your journey homeward.
Safari Camp Life - What to expect
In short, you’ll feel like you’re in a luxury hotel! We’ve hand picked our camps for comfort, knowledgeable and friendly staff, great food and convenience to our main objective, wildlife. We also place a huge value on isolation and exclusivity. You won't find us in areas where there are dozens of other vehicles at a sighting—rather, you'll feel like you own the Serengeti and the animals are just for you! Typical tented accommodations feature twin beds or queen bed, high thread-count linens, storage for clothing, sitting area, verandah, and of course en suite bathrooms, with toilets, hot water and showers. They are enormous in size, bright, open, and airy.
Our days start early, before sunrise. We’ll have a quick coffee or tea, maybe a cookie, and off on our first game drive of the day. The animals are just starting to stir as the day starts, and we want to be there, and in the best light. We’ll stay out for a few to several hours, depending on the sightings. After a mid-drive coffee break, we’ll continue on until mid to late morning. We typically have breakfast in the field, so as to maximize our game-viewing and photographing time. Back in camp, it’s time for offloading cards, one-on-one instruction, or just taking time to relax and do nothing. Read a book, take a walk, or take a nap and recharge. Of course there will be lunch, and then In the mid to late afternoon, we’ll again head out for another game drive, chasing the best sightings. Enjoying your favorite drink while watching / photographing the sunset is a popular activity. Arrive back at camp after sundown, enjoy a hot shower if you like, and then join us by the campfire or in the living area for cocktails followed by dinner.
Food in our camps is superb—you’ll be served foods that you know as well as local specialties—and of course any dietary needs can be accommodated.
We’ve arranged for the best safari vehicles to be with us the entire time—custom Land Cruisers which feature ample room for you and your gear, and great visibility. Of course, on-board power for charging, and plenty of water. And only one photographer per row of seats. All of our camps feature daily optional daily laundry service (but not on days we travel in between camps).
Why a Muench Workshops Safari?
We know you have choices, and yes, you can spend less on another Safari. Our aim is to give you the best possible experience, maximizing your time and minimizing the hassle, while providing the best photographic experience and instruction available anywhere.
Photography and Safari Guiding: We’ve personally chosen only the best local safari guides for this photographic safari.
Details Matter: Our itinerary is carefully set to bring you the best game viewing and all that the region offers. We arrange things so that we're in areas that are not overly crowded with many other safari vehicles, and we get off-road when possible so we can get close to the action and our subjects.
Photography Instruction: This is a workshop, not just a tour. We will work hard on this safari, with instruction in the field and in camp. Many evenings feature critiques and post-processing instruction after dinner, and during the daytime we offer one-on-one instruction as needed. You’ll come away with a wealth of new knowledge not only on how to create great imagery but how best to process those images in Lightroom and Photoshop.
Years of Experience—Happy Repeat Customers: We’ve been leading, guiding and teaching photographers for a long time—and we have thrilled customers who come back on our workshops again and again to prove it. If you’d like to speak to someone who has been with us on a workshop or safari, just let us know, we’d be happy to arrange a phone call.
- Double occupancy lodging (single available, just ask)
- All meals during the workshop
- All transportation (ground and private air charters)
- Photographic guiding and instruction
- Private row in safari vehicle for best photo oportunities
- Fun, inspiration and a great time!
What’s Not Included?
Travel to and from Kilimanjaro Airport (KIA) in Tanzania. Passport and visa fees, if any. Travel medical and evacuation insurance (required). Travel and trip cancellation insurance (recommended). Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. Tips for guides and camp staff. Anything not listed specifically as included.
Your deposit of $3,000 USD will guarantee your spot. A second payment of $4,000 will be due February 1, 2018. The final payment of $3,995 USD will be due not later than June 1, 2018. These payments are non-refundable which is why we recommend that you get trip cancelation insurance. All of our other terms and conditions apply. Please do not make air travel arrangements until checking with us first. Need special payment arrangements for your deposit? No problem, just ask us.
This workshop is strictly limited to 8 guests, so if photographing the amazing wildlife and landscapes of the Serengeti with a small group the best pro instructor, and amazing camps is what you want, click the "Sign Me Up!" button now and we'll see you in Tanzania!