Raw Africa Photography Safari and Africa Photo Safari

Raw Africa Photography Safari

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of East Africa with Viking International Phototours, and immerse yourself in the incredible landscapes, abundant wildlife, and diverse cultures of Tanzania. This all-inclusive photography safari takes you to some of the most breathtaking national parks and wildlife reserves in the region, where you’ll have the opportunity to capture stunning images of Africa’s iconic wildlife, ancient landscapes, and vibrant cultures. With a maximum of 5 clients per guide to ensure personalized attention and an intimate experience, this trip is designed for photographers of all levels who are looking for an unparalleled opportunity to hone their skills and capture truly breathtaking images. Join Viking International Phototours on this unforgettable journey and let the experts take care of everything while you focus on what you do best – capturing stunning images of the landscapes and wildlife of Tanzania.

Dates

6 - 14 September, 2023

Group Size

Maximum of 10 participants

Price (USD)

$5,990 (Double Occupancy)
$6,490 (Single Occupancy)

Workshop Highlights

  • Improving your Wildlife and Landscape photography skills with our team of master photographers
  • All-inclusive workshop – all accommodation, meals, and transportation included in the price!
  • Only 5 participants (and their dedicated Guide) per Safari vehicle to ensure everyone has good space to maneuver for capturing images
  • Exploring the uniquely beautiful Serengeti National Park
  • Visiting a traditional Masai village
  • Visiting Arusha and Lake Manyara National Parks
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Masterclasses and image critique sessions to guarantee that you go home with an incredible portfolio
  • Learning new photography skills and composition techniques to transform your photos into compelling, creative, and engaging images
  • Receiving support and mentoring that is personalized to your photography skills and journey
  • A small workshop so your experience is truly personal, and you get to know your guide and fellow photographers

Included

  • 9 day workshop with 8 nights hotel and lodge accommodation (WiFi included)
  • Full board (all meals), with a premium, packed lunch provided when lunch is not at the lodge (excluding alcohol)
  • Bottled water, snacks, and coffee
  • Award-winning, professional Photo Guides who will provide a combination of instruction, masterclasses, and in-field guidance – 5 clients per Guide
  • Entrance fees and permits to the parks and protected areas
  • Airport Transfers to and from the workshop location
  • Transportation during the workshop in 4-wheel drive, off-road Land Cruisers
  • Post-processing sessions with Photo Guides
  • Access to exclusive discounts on gear from our partners

Excluded

  • Flights/transportation to and from Tanzania
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Medical expenses relating to compulsory vaccinations/immunizations required to enter Tanzania
  • Items of a personal nature including (but not limited to) laundry services, clothing, Wi-Fi, email, or phone charges
  • Personal Travel, Medical, Equipment or Trip Cancellation Insurance
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Gratuities for Photo Guides, local guides, and/or drivers

Book Now

To secure your spot on this workshop, select from the below to either pay a deposit or in full.
Completing your payment confirms acceptance of the Terms and Conditions as outlined.

Payment schedule: 50% is due 180 days before workshop start date. Full amount is due 90 days prior to the start of the workshop.
A 3% charge is added using this service. Please contact us if you prefer other payment options.
Occupancy Type is subject to availability - please refer to Your Accommodation Selection in the Important Workshop Information section below.

Itinerary

You can find more information about what to expect during this workshop below. However, to give you the opportunity to capture the best images possible, this itinerary will be kept flexible.
Our goal is to put you in the best locations at the right time with the best light and opportunities for seeing the wildlife so you can capture fantastic images like below.

Day 1: Arrival Day

You’ll be welcomed at the airport by our driver and guides, who will be with you for the entire holiday.

After being transferred to the hotel in Arusha, about an hour’s drive from the airport, you will get a chance to relax and settle in. Around 6 pm, we will meet for the welcome dinner, gear review, and orientation.

Accommodations: Gold Crest Hotel or similar

Day 2: Arusha National Park

After breakfast, we depart for Arusha National Park, where we embark on a walking photo safari of a lifetime! Arusha National Park is home to a wide variety of animals, including giraffes, buffalos, zebras, and even the elusive colobus monkey. With the guidance of our expert photography guides, you will have the chance to capture stunning images of these animals in their natural habitat, as well as the park’s breathtaking landscapes.

The park is absolutely amazing when it comes to photographing the gentle giants of Africa – the giraffes. It´s the perfect place to get up close and personal with these amazing creatures, along with getting epic shots with Mt. Kilimanjaro in the background. With a walking safari in Arusha National Park, you’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in the park’s natural beauty and photograph the animals in a more intimate setting.

We then embark on our first traditional photo safari. We will travel in a special 4-wheel drive vehicle, making our way to the foot of Mount Meru and the brim of the Ngurdoto Crater, which offers absolutely breathtaking views of the area! Lunch will be served overlooking Mt. Kilimanjaro. Once the photo safari is over, we will make our way back to the lodge, where dinner will be served.

Accommodations: Gold Crest Hotel or similar

Day 3: Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast, we will head to Lake Manyara National Park for a photo safari. The park is a thin strip of land about 50 km long and 8 km wide, making it an excellent spot to see a variety of wildlife, including elephants, giraffes, and the infamous climbing lions. In addition to wildlife, Lake Manyara is also an excellent spot for birdwatching, with pink flamingos, herons, and pelicans gathering along the lakeshore.

Photographing Lake Manyara is a unique and breathtaking experience. The lake is known for its stunning pink flamingos, which gather in large flocks along the shoreline. The lush forests and dramatic rift valley escarpment provide a beautiful backdrop for your photos.

Lake Manyara is a great location for both landscape and wildlife photography. You’ll have the opportunity to photograph a variety of wildlife, including elephants, giraffes, and zebras. The park’s diverse range of bird species, including pelicans, storks, and kingfishers, also provides excellent opportunities for bird photography. Whether you’re looking to capture the vibrant colors of the flamingos or the serene beauty of the surrounding forests, Lake Manyara is sure to provide you with stunning shots. A packed lunch will be provided at noon. After the photo safari, we will return to the lodge for dinner.

Accommodations: Eileen’s Trees Inn or similar

Days 4 - 5: North Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, we head to Serengeti, the highlight of our workshop. This experience will be remembered for decades to come! We drive to the Kenyan border, where the Serengeti National Park meets the Masai Mara Park, resulting in one of the most spectacular wildlife reserves in the world.

In the Northern Serengeti, we have the opportunity to witness the great migration of wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles, as they cross the Mara River in search of fresh grass. This event is considered one of the greatest natural spectacles on earth, with millions of animals attempting to cross the treacherous river, often falling prey to crocodiles and other predators. It is a depiction of the eternal and inescapable struggle between predator and prey – both animated by a longing that drives them to face the most daunting challenges in order to secure the next day.

To top it all, be prepared to capture the stunning sunsets of Serengeti two nights in a row! We will have the chance to photograph the breathtaking landscapes of the Northern Serengeti, with its vast savannas, rocky hills, and winding rivers, all bathed in the warm glow of the setting sun. Lunch will be a packed lunch box, and in the afternoon, we will return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay. An editing session and lecture will follow if time permits after the sunset shoot and dinner.

Accommodations: Heritage Mara Camp or similar

Days 6: Central Serengeti National Park

We head out early to catch the amazing sunrise before embarking on a journey to Central Serengeti. Central Serengeti is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including wildebeests, zebras, lions, bison, leopards, hippos, and elephants. As we travel through the vast expanses of this breathtaking landscape, you’ll have ample opportunities to capture stunning images of these animals in their natural habitat.

Photographing Central Serengeti is a unique and unforgettable experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. The sheer number and variety of animals that call this area home make it an incredible place to capture stunning wildlife photos. With the guidance of our experienced photography guides, you’ll have the opportunity to capture images that you’ll cherish for years to come.

A packed lunch will be provided at noon, allowing you to refuel and recharge for the afternoon session. The photo safari continues in the afternoon, with the guidance of our expert photography guides. As the day draws to a close, we’ll make our way back to the lodge where dinner will be served. If time permits after the sunset shoot and dinner, an editing session and lecture will follow, allowing you to learn new techniques and perfect your craft.

Accommodations: Heritage Central Serengeti Luxury Camp or similar

Day 7: Central Serengeti National Park

We rise early to catch the morning light in central Serengeti before departing for Ngorongoro crater. As we traverse through the vast plains, you’ll have the opportunity to photograph a variety of wildlife, including wildebeests, zebras, lions, bison, leopards, hippos, and elephants, against the backdrop of stunning landscapes. We want to maximize our time with cameras in hand, so we’ll have our packed lunch on the road.

After a full day of shooting, we’ll head towards our lodge, located on the rim of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. As we arrive, we’ll be greeted with a breathtaking view of the caldera. The lodge offers a perfect vantage point for photographing the sunset over the crater, and we’ll make sure to capture this magical moment. After dinner, an editing session and lecture will follow, allowing us to review and improve our photographs.

Accommodations: Serena Ngorongoro Lodge or similar

Day 8: Ngorongoro Conservation Area

In the early morning, after breakfast, we will set out on a photographic adventure in Ngorongoro Crater. This caldera of a dormant volcano is a unique ecosystem with a diverse range of flora and fauna. Our goal is to capture the elusive black rhino, along with other iconic animals such as elephants, lions, and hyenas. As we explore the crater, we’ll have the opportunity to come close to the animals, allowing for some incredible up-close shots.

A packed lunch will be provided at noon, allowing us to maximize our time in the crater. After a full day of shooting, we’ll make our way back to Arusha, where our farewell dinner will be served in the evening. We’ll have the chance to reflect on our amazing journey through Tanzania and share our favorite photos from the trip. If time permits, we’ll also have a final editing session to put the finishing touches on our images before saying our goodbyes.

Accommodations: Serena Ngorongoro Lodge or similar

Day 9: Departure Day

On the last day of our photography workshop, we will enjoy breakfast at the lodge in Arusha before checking out and saying our goodbyes to our fellow photographers and guides. If time permits, we may have a final editing session to review our favorite shots from the trip. We will then head to the airport for our respective flights home, filled with unforgettable memories and stunning photos from our adventure in Tanzania’s most iconic national parks.

Shots from our previous workshops

Important Workshop Information

Itinerary

Our workshop's itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of our Photo Guides depending on factors including but not limited to weather, road conditions, transportation delays, and other factors beyond our control. We will check the weather forecasts and road conditions and plan our day to optimize shooting conditions.

We cannot guarantee that we will be able to visit all the locations on the itinerary.

Level of Fitness and Medical Requirements

A mild to moderate level of fitness is required for this workshop.

When not shooting from the safari vehicles, most shooting locations are easily accessible via a short hike.
However, sometimes this may be across rough, uneven terrain that includes elevation changes. Our Guides will let you know if a photography destination involves a long hike, steep incline, or particularly challenging terrain.

Participants should also be able to carry their own camera gear while hiking.

We may remain in a location shooting for a few hours. Participants should be comfortable outdoors for extended periods of time in various weather conditions such as wind, sun, and extremes of temperature. 

All participants should be in good physical shape with no mobility issues. If you have any concerns about your suitability, then reach out to us and we will be happy to discuss the particular location details of the workshop with you.

You must advise Viking International Phototours in advance and in writing to info@vip-llc.com of any illness, injury, or pre-existing medical conditions that might reasonably be expected to affect your participation during the workshop.

Your accommodation selection

Accommodation options on our photography workshops may include:

Double Occupancy where you will share a room with your traveling companion;
Double Occupancy where you are paired with another workshop participant of the same gender; and/or
Single Occupancy in your own room.

Your accommodation selection is made when you book the workshop.

During this workshop, we will be staying in clean, comfortable accommodations that include hotels, lodges,  guesthouses, and tents.

Please note that if you select Single Occupancy, this may include your own bedroom within a multi-room apartment or Guesthouse (shared bathroom/kitchenette).

Solo Participants wanting Double Occupancy
Solo participants are welcome to select the Double Occupancy rate at the time of booking. If Viking International Phototours is unable to pair you with a roommate of the same gender from the workshop group, we will notify you ahead of the workshop and request you to pay the supplementary cost for a Single Occupancy room.

Single Room Availability
On some photography workshops, Single Occupancy rooms may be limited. If this is the case, single rooms will be assigned on a first-booked, first-served basis. If you booked a photography workshop at the Single Occupancy rate and we are unable to provide you with a single room, we will notify you ahead of the workshop, place you into a Double Occupancy room paired with a workshop participant of the same gender, and refund you the difference.

Important - Minimum participant requirements

Our workshops require a minimum number of participants to proceed.


We will confirm if your photography workshop will be proceeding 90 days before the start date, at which point full payment of any remaining balance will be required.


Viking International Phototours reserves the right to reschedule or cancel workshops due to low participant numbers.


We will do our best to reschedule the workshop within two years of the original date. 
If this happens, we will offer you the choice between:

    • Retaining your spot on the rescheduled workshop;
    • Transferring to the same workshop on a different date if there is availability; or
    • Canceling your spot on the rescheduled workshop: No refund – your funds will be held as credit which can be transferred or used towards our other photography workshops, self-drive packages, or tours for up to 2 years from the date of cancellation.

In the improbable event that a workshop is canceled altogether rather than rescheduled, we will offer you the choice between:

    • Applying your funds towards a different workshop, tour or self-drive experience; or 
    • Receiving a full refund minus a $300 USD fee and any non-refundable fees paid to third parties.

Please note that Viking International Phototours are not liable for travel expenses incurred to reach the workshop destination or any other personal expenses incurred in preparing for your workshop. For this reason, we require that you obtain Trip Cancellation & Travel Insurance after booking with us.


We also recommend you do not book travel or make any trip-related purchases before the workshop has been confirmed.

When to arrive at the workshop destination

You can schedule your flights to arrive on the first day of the workshop - preferably by early afternoon.

We cannot delay or change a workshop in the event of travel disruptions that cause a participant to arrive late.

No refunds will be made for any time missed on a workshop due to the late arrival by the participant.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

We know that plans can change, and unforeseen circumstances can happen. 

You need to advise us in writing via email to info@vip-llc.com as soon as possible if you need to cancel your workshop. Your cancellation is not official until you have received a return email confirmation acknowledging your cancellation.

If you cancel and we can fill your spot on the workshop, you will receive a full refund minus a $300 USD fee.
If you cancel and the workshop does not fill, cancellation requests and refunds will be processed according to the following:

    • More than 90 days from the start date of the workshop: Full refund minus $300 USD fee*
    • Less than 90 days: No refund – your funds will be held as a credit which can be transferred or used towards our other self-drive packages, tours, or photography workshops for up to 2 years from the date of cancellation*.

*Please note that some of our workshops with partner companies/third parties may have non-refundable deposits, which will not be refunded or credited to you.

Vaccinations & Health Precautions

Currently, there are no compulsory vaccinations required to visit Tanzania.
However, vaccination against Yellow Fever becomes obligatory if you’re coming from, or have simply passed through endemic countries (Uganda, Kenya, etc.).

Vaccination is not necessary for those travelers who have only passed through an African airport for a connection flight (except in endemic countries where, as just said, vaccination is absolutely necessary independently of the amount of time spent there).


As to malaria, hereunder is some advice to avoid getting the disease, which is caused by the bite of the anopheles mosquito:

    • Wear long trousers and long-sleeved shirts in neutral, bright colors
    • Use repellents on clothes and all exposed parts of the body
    • Spray mosquito repellent in the room
    • Use mosquito nets in the room for protection during sleep
    • Before departure, consider malaria prophylaxis by seeing a specialist in travel medicine. Side effects and strength of the vaccine are to be carefully considered, since they may vary greatly from person to person. In this respect, refer to one’s local public health unit for advice.


Advisable, but not obligatory, are vaccinations against Hepatitis B and trivalent vaccine against polio, tetanus, and diphtheria.


Here is some general information that can come in handy but by no means replace medical advice:

    • Always carry the necessary medicines in their original packages, in a double amount than needed in order to allow for losses of theft
    • If you carry needles or syringes, keep at hand the medical prescription of the drug you need so that you can prove the necessity
    • If you suffer from heart disorders, it is advisable to carry a copy of your latest electrocardiogram (ECG) done before departure.


In addition, we recommend carrying a small First-Aid box containing:

    • Paracetamol, aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs (Anvil)
    • Antihistamines to treat allergies
    • Airsick, carsick and seasick pills
    • Broad-spectrum antibiotics
    • Medication for diarrhea
    • Anti-vomit medicine
    • Antispasmodic pills against abdominal pain
    • Antiacid pills for the treatment of heartburn and acid belching
    • Intestinal antibiotics
    • Antihistamine cream to alleviate skin rash and itching from insect bites
    • High-concentration KBR or DEET-based insect repellents (low-concentration ones for children)
    • Digital thermometer
    • High protection sunscreen


As a general rule, hands should be washed frequently and only bottled water should be drunk, checking the integrity of the bottles first.


All our cars are fitted with a first-aid cabinet and the lodges we have selected have all western-like health and hygiene standards.

Traveling with a Non-Photographer

If you are traveling with a partner/friend who is interested in joining you on this workshop but they are NOT a photographer, we may be able to accommodate them. In some instances, this may be at a reduced price.

Please note that this will be at the discretion of Viking International Phototours – contact us at info@vip-llc.com for information.

Your companion would need to understand that this is a photography workshop and not a typical ‘tourist’ tour – long hours will be spent photographing locations outdoors rather than visiting attractions.

Arranging as a private workshop experience

If you are interested in this workshop but would prefer a private experience or to attend with your own group of people, we can arrange that for you – contact us at info@vip-llc.com to discuss.

Booking Terms & Conditions

Please refer to the Terms and Conditions.

Booking with Viking International Phototours indicates acceptance of the Booking Terms and Conditions as outlined.

Other questions?

If you have any questions about this workshop, please get in touch with us at info@vip-llc.com.