Thirteen Day Tanzania Safari Photography Adventure Tour and Workshop

When: 17 - 29 March 2015 - SORRY FULLY BOOKED

New Date - Coming again in 2018

Where: Arusha,  Tarangire National Park,  Lake Manyara National Park,  Ndutu,  Serengeti National Park,  Ngorongoro Conservation Area,  Mount Kilimanjaro - AFRICA

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Please come and join Australian professional photographer Mark Rayner on an amazing photography journey of a lifetime through Africa.

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A word from our strategic partner, Encompass Africa

It’s all about you

Our passion is creating holidays that are exactly right for you, the independent-minded, smart and savvy traveller who values unrivalled expertise, trusted advice, first hand on-the-ground knowledge and personal service. 

We handpick every extraordinary aspect of our journeys. Then we handcraft flexible, imaginative and seamless itineraries and execute them flawlessly. Our experience delivers you insider access through resident experts who reveal the secrets of each destination. Our uncompromising attention to detail and exceptional personalised service is our key ingredient.
We only specialise in Africa and nothing else.  Africa is what our lives are all about and it's still my home.  To ensure the highest standard of service and unsurpassed knowledge, we employ the most experienced and passionate safari specialists who are African, been past guides, lived, worked and travelled to all of the exciting destinations in Africa we recommend. 
Aside from expert advice, personal service and great value for money, Encompass Africa offers peace of mind to all travellers.  We are a member of  Australia's Travel Compensation Fund, ATTA (Advancing Tourism to Africa) and a fully licensed Australian based tour operator. We pride ourselves on good business practices and are part of a responsible community of the leading companies in African tourism. We guarantee you 24/7 contact in Australia and whilst travelling with us in Africa. Your safety is at the heart of our business and we love chatting about Africa not matter what the time of day.
Finally we like to ensure our guests enjoy an extraordinary journey to Africa rather than an ordinary holiday at an extraordinary price.

We personally want you to share with you what it really means to experience a true safari adventure in a continent that for me is the most exciting and rewarding on earth.

Itinerary and Program of Events

Day 1 - Tuesday 17 March 2015

On arrival into Kilimanjaro International Airport (flights not included in costing*) disembark, collect your luggage and make your way to the arrivals hall where our private driver will be waiting. After a warm welcome, you'll be assisted to the vehicle and road transferred to your overnight accommodation.

On arrival at KIA Lodge, check in and spend 1 night in a standard cottage room with breakfast included.

* Encompass Africa can arrange all of your international and regional flights to Kilimanjaro Tanzania. The best option from Brisbane is with Emirates via Dubai or Etihad via Doha to Nairobi and onto Kilimanjaro.

The Tanzania government has announced that they are considering the introduction of a new VAT. This would be imposed on all safaris from 1 July 2014. The VAT will be 18% of the total value of the safari.

Although we are not yet quoting this additional 18% in our costings, we would like you to be aware of this because if and when it is approved and implemented, it may impact on safaris already booked. Please note we (and the entire Tanzania safari industry) are currently negotiating with TRA to NOT charge VAT on bookings already paid for.

Should you wish to book this fantastic Tanzania safari, we will indicate the 18% VAT on your invoice to ensure you know what the total of the safari MIGHT BE should this tax be implemented.

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ARUSHA This attractive little town is situated beneath the towering peaks of Mt. Meru and Kilimanjaro. Arusha Town, renowned as the safari capital of Tanzania, offers a plethora of attractions and adventures. The town has numerous first-class restaurants, bars and markets to browse, and is the ideal place to spend a few relaxing days before embarking on a safari or attempting to scale Kili. Not-to-be-missed is the Arusha National Park (in Ngurdoto Crater), the National Natural History Museum, the Laetoli Footprints (set in volcanic ash, dating back 3 500 000 years) and the beautiful coffee plantations, which dot the landscape.

lodge is situated on a secluded hill in the heart of beautiful savannah scenery that is so typical for East Africa. KIA Lodge has 40 en-suite air conditioned rooms. Designed to compliment the setting, each cottage is built in traditional style using thatch and Tanzanian arts and crafts, such as Tinga tinga paintings and Makunde carvings, giving it a distinctly African feeling.The swimming pool is spectacularly located on top of a hill affording a breathtaking 360° panoramic view of mount Kilimanjaro, mount Meru, the Maasai steppe and onwards the blue mountains. From here you can enjoy a sundowner and experience the grandeur of Africa. Guests can admire the vast views of the African plains and of course the grand Kilimanjaro Mountain which shows her snowy top mostly early in the morning and at sundown.

OUR OWN PRIVATE SAFARI - TANZANIA. Thus is the ultimate adventure for any couple, family or small group seeking a personal and unique safari experience in Northern Tanzania. From the moment you arrive, you're greeted with a warm smile by your very own private guide and travel in a custom built 4x4 for comfort and ultimate game viewing. Our hand picked safari guides ensure you experience what you came here for, be that landscapes, wildlife, culture or a combination of all three! It's the very best way to ensure quality time and an authentic experience together without worrying about other guests and set schedules. By day explore the wilderness in search of wildlife at your own pace. In the evenings, you arrive or return to camp where you have the opportunity to socialise with fellow guests, join them for dinner and share stories around the campfire. Your private Tanzania safari includes: Meet and greet on arrival at the airport, exclusive use of a custom built 4x4 vehicle complete with cooler box and cold water, the service of an experienced English speaking driver/guide during the safari sector, transfers as specified, game drives and crater tour as specified, all accommodation and meals as specified, park fees and government taxes. Of course, Michael and Mark will be on hand throughout offering guidance and tuition as needed o ensure you return home with an amazing collection of images and new photography skills.

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Day 2 - Wednesday 18 March 2015
After breakfast, it’s time to check out and meet your private guides in reception at the agreed time (times will always be discussed with you and agreed the night prior).

Enjoy a short safety briefing and introduction to the vehicles before it's time to head off on your private photographic safari. First stop on the Tanzania Northern Circuit is Tarangire National Park, famous for its elephant herds and tree climbing lions.

It is just under 2 hours drive away through villages and Masai farming communities, very interesting to see. Your guide will be happy to interpret what you see and explain history, culture and customs of the Masai people.

On arrival at Tarangire National Park, the guide will pay your park fees and you have time to race up the observation tower for a view over the park and waterhole close by. It is your first glimpse of Tarangire and well worth the effort.

You’ll have the day to explore the park and get used to your equipment and new surroundings. Mark will be on hand throughout to answer questions and will be giving tips and ideas whilst out on the game drives.

Check into Tarangire Safari Lodge for 2 nights in a classic safari tent with all meals included.

Day 3 - Thursday 19 March 2015
This morning it’s an early start in order to try and get to the Tarangire River just after sunrise. You’ll have a couple of hours capturing the elephant migration in that magical golden light.

You’ll then head back to camp during the heat of the day for a photo workshop, where you’ll have the chance to download and review your photos and get some new ideas to work with.

In the afternoon you’ll head back out for a game drive in hope of a magical sunset to finish off a great day. Overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge.

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TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK is an outstanding and fortunately quiet park with wide views to distant volcanic mountain ranges. Tarangire covers 2600 square kilometres of grassland and floodplains, and a large proportion of tall acacia woodland just south of the open grass plains of southern Maasailand. Tarangire has regions of quite dense bush, but with high grasses and huge old baobab trees instead of the green forests of Manyara. The land is hilly and dominated by the impressive valley of the Tarangire River, which attracts good numbers of migrant animals during the dry months, especially between July and September. During the dry months the concentration of animals around the Tarangire river is almost as diverse and reliable as in the Ngorongoro Crater, but the ecosystem here is balanced by a localised migration pattern that is followed by most animals other than lion, who don't tend to abandon their territory.

TARANGIRE SAFARI LODGE Built on top of a high bluff with a breathtaking panorama, this fantastic lodge is superbly located in Tarangire National Park with the river running below it. There are twin canvas tents under thatched roof combining an authentic safari sleeping under canvas with more modern comforts of electric light and ensuite bathrooms and bungalows that provide space and convenience of solid walls yet blend into their natural surrounds with echos of Masai tradition. In the centre of the lodge is the lounge and dining room, an open sided structure with uninterrupted views, comfortable furnishings and space to relax. There is also a swimming pool, Baobab boutique selling curios and a bar area.
Day 4 - Friday 20 March 2015
After an early breakfast, you'll pack and head off to Lake Manyara National Park. Lake Manyara National Park is home to a wide variety of wildlife but the baboons in the forest present themselves as great models to test out some early shots.

After a picnic lunch in the park you'll head to the Lake Manyara Escarpment to where your next camp is situated.

On arrival at Isoitok Camp, check in and spend 1 night in a safari tent with meals included.

In the afternoon, you'll venture out to one of the village bomas (campfires) to meet local Maasai and learn about their customs, culture and traditions.

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LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK offers a wilderness experience in diverse habitats, from its Rift Valley soda lake,ground water forest, acacia tortillis woodland, hot springs called Maji Moto and steep mountainsides. Apart from a spectacular setting, the park is famous for its unusual tree-climbing lions and elephant herds it was established to protect. The shores of the lake, encrusted with pink flamingo when algae is present, attract more than 400 species of birds, many of them waterfowl or migrants. Large herds of buffalo, Masai giraffe and impala roam the lake shores and the forested valley slopes. Cheetah call Lake Manyara home, however difficult to spot. So all in all, a Lake Manyara safari is a fascinating experience. It's certainly worth a morning game drive enroute to Ngorongoro Crater.

is set in a rich wild savannah bush location with an altitude of 1075 metres above sea level. Backing onto the Losimingorti mountain range it acts as a natural wildlife corridor from the Ngorongoro highlands through to Manyara conservancy and on into Tarangire National Park. The tents at the camp are fully equipped with modern facilities including large twin or king size beds, solar lighting throughout the tent, traditional hangman shower system and flushing western toilet. Isoitok Camp offers the perfect ambience where guests can take in nature and listen to the beautiful sounds of crickets, cicadas and tree frogs within the area.

Fit into the rhythm of Maasai daily life with a visit to a traditional Maasai boma (dwelling). Take a look behind the scenes and experience how these nomadic tribe’s people still live. Depending on season the walk is usually organised at first light or late afternoon in accordance to livestock movement. Meet the Elders, Moran (warriors) Maasai women and their children with full explanations into status and ranking within the family age groups.

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Day 5 - Saturday 21 March 2015
In the morning after breakfast, you'll drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation area across to the Ndutu plains of the Serengeti.

On arrival at Nasikia Ndutu Camp, check in and spend 3 nights in a classic safari tent with meals included.

Days 6 and 7 - Sunday 22 - Monday 23 March
The Ndutu area offers stunning open grassland where the Wildebeest and Zebra gather in their thousands during the first months of the year to give birth.

Here, the grass is sweet and the plains are open, ideal conditions for babies. With new life comes predator action, so you have three nights here to capture the circle of life.

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NDUTU is a flat expanse just before the Serengeti Plains, dotted with flat topped acacias and Lake Ndutu glittering beyond. This region comes alive with animals during the migration because it is surrounded by the Ndutu woodlands and the short grass plains which provide ample cover and food.

is set up each year during the migration to maximise the experience of staying in the heart of wildlife action. The number of tents varies and never exceeds 9, so a maximum of 18 guests at any given time. This is the ultimate tented camp experience with ensuite bathrooms, bucket showers, comfortable bedding, beautiful linens and a dining and lounge tent for relaxing and escaping the heat of the day or inclement weather. Food here is a highlight, home cooked style delights always too much to consume! Service is friendly and personal as its owner run with a team of outstanding local staff to ensure your every need is catered for.

The day is yours to savour out amongst the wildlife action. The Ndutu region comes to life between December and March as the Great Wildebeest Migration passes through to feed on the grass and have their babies (usually Feb). The grandeur of the migration will truly take your breath away - not least because of the smell that sometimes wafts in the air but also the vast scale of animals that dot the endless horizon plains.
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Day 8 - Tuesday 24 March 2015
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before packing and heading onwards into the heart of the Serengeti.

You'll game drive out of Ndutu and arrive at the Serengeti entrance gates. Here, we always recommend you walk up to the lookout point for spectacular views over the famous Serengeti Plains.

Enter the Serengeti and game drive to camp photographing along the way.

You will spend two nights in the central area exploring the varied landscapes, which include the Kopjes (granite outcrops of rock). These formations offer fantastic scenic shots and are a characteristic of the central Serengeti.

On arrival at Nasikia Central Camp, check in and spend 2 nights in a classic safari tent with meals included.

Day 9 - Wednesday 25 March 2015
The Serengeti is one of the most famous wildlife areas in the world. The park’s 5,700 square miles are part of the 9,600 square mile Mara-Serengeti ecosystem, home to incredible herds of wildebeest and other grazing animals like zebra.

This vast area consists of treeless central plains, savannah dotted with acacias and granite outcroppings called kopjes, and riparian bush and forest in the north.

Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives to capture good light and outstanding wildlife.

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SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK is a vast expanse of flat savannah grasses stretching from horizon to horizon - broken only by an occasional gnarled acacia and rocky kopje - the Serengeti has some of the highest wildlife concentrations in the whole of Africa. Year round it is one of the best places to see the "big five"; elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo. And during the great migration it is also home to over a million migrating wildebeest and zebra - one of the most scintillating wildlife spectacles on the planet. The endless plains to the south were formed more than 3-million years ago when the then active Ngorongoro volcano deposited ash onto granite bedrock.

NASIKIA CENTRAL CAMP is in the heart of the Serengeti with 10 - 15 semi-permanent tents. Each tent is 12m long by 4m wide made from well known heavy duty safari rip-stop canvas and imported from South Africa. You are met at the entrance by a patio area with chairs and a table for relaxing when you have a moment. The front of the tents zips fully open, including a layer of mosquito netting and the rip-stop canvas (it also zips closed completely with both layers). Once you step into the tent into the bedroom area, you will see an arrangement of satisfying furniture like a desk and chair, storage chest (with extra blankets), matting, wardrobe with robes, slippers, an umbrella and laundry bag, luggage racks, torch/whistle/camp information folder, bedside tables and beds (depending on room configuration). All the fittings depict colours in natural and tones to adhere to the intrinsic area we are located. There are double, twin, single, triple and family (quad) tents and each bed is fully netted for custom made protection from mosquitoes and insects. The beds are fitted with imported cotton sheets, double pillows, duvets and bed runners for your comfort. The tents have netted windows down each side of the tent which you can fully open only the canvas remaining at all times with the mosquito netting stitched strongly into the actual tent. Then comes the bathroom area, which can be accessed directly from the bedroom with a separate doorway - once again to fully open or fully close (both layers of netting and canvas) as you prefer. Once inside, there is a bathroom stand with a ceramic wash basin with running water via stylish taps, a leather framed mirror, a supply of natural based bathroom products, and linen to suit the number of people expected to occupy the tent. This area also displays a woven grass mat and cloths rack. Also in this area is a ceramic flushing toilet, encased in a wooden frame for stability. From the bathroom area, we can unzipped to enter the final part of the tent - the twilight shower. Unzip the PVC to enter to the open top shower area, with a 20 litre shower bucket put up as you require for a wash under the incredible African skies.

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Day 10 - Thursday 26 March 2015
After breakfast, it's time to check out. You'll game drive out of the Serengeti and into the Ngorongoro Conservation area.

You'll enjoy magnificent views as you then ascend up onto the crater rim.

Your guide will stop at one or more of the viewpoints if you wish to capture the spectacular sight of the Ngorongoro Crater below. Then head to your accommodation which is an older, large hotel however it boasts the best views and location (easy access down to the Crater floor for your morning safari).

On arrival at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, check in and spend 2 nights in a standard room with meals included.

Day 11 - Friday 27 March 2015
This morning you'll be up at the crack of dawn in order to get to Ngorongoro Crater for first light and a chance to capture some amazing shots of the stunning scenery and diverse wildlife.

You will descend from the rim, at about 7,600 feet in elevation, to the floor of the crater some 2,000 feet below for your game drive. This 102 square mile crater is the world’s largest, unflooded, unbroken caldera. Within its perimeter are thousands of wildebeest, black rhino, cheetah, gazelle, giraffe, and a high density of lions, hyenas, and other predators. Flamingos inhabit an alkaline lake in the center of the crater, and other bird life is abundant.

After a picnic lunch in the crater you’ll head back to the lodge for an afternoon of photo workshopping or time at leisure to savour the spectacular views.

Day 13 - Saturday 28 March 2015

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and your last views of the Ngorongoro Crater, it's time to head back towards town. As your safari comes to a close journey back to Kilimanjaro stopping en route for lunch at Shagaan.

On arrival at KIA Lodge, check in and spend 1 night in a cottage with breakfast included.

Day 14 - Sunday 29 March 2015
After breakfast, it's time to check out. Meet your driver in reception at the agreed time and transfer Kilimanjaro International Airport for your onward flight home.

All arrangements end with Encompass Africa and Trekabout Photography Workshops.

NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA The 8,300 square kilometre Ngorongoro Conservation Area is named after it's central feature, the Ngorongoro Crater, which is the world's largest intact volcanic caldera and within which has evolved an extraordinary natural sanctuary for some of Africa's densest populations of large mammals. The crater floor itself is 260 square kilometres and, from the viewing points at the rim, the vast herds of wildebeest, buffalo and zebra look like mere ant formations winding their way across the grassland below. The crater is also home to a great diversity of environments and you may encounter all of the large herbivores mentioned above as well as lion, hyena, jackal, male elephant (females and family groups tend to stay up on the higher slopes) and, in the forest around the rim, occasional leopard and bushbuck. There is an active black rhino breeding project inside the crater and you may be lucky enough to spot some of these magnificent, shy beasts during your tour, but sightings are limited as breeding areas are strictly protected and usually closed to public access.

is spread out along the uppermost rim of the Ngorongoro World Heritage Site, an ancient extinct volcano that contains the largest permanent concentration of game in Africa. Ngorongoro Sopa offers perhaps the most breathtaking views of the crater floor far below. Accommodation is well appointed with individual rooms that are spacious with ensuite. Most boast views into the Crater. Other resort features include a private solarium with outstanding views of the crater floor below and a fantastic swimming pool that sits on the very edge of the crater itself, the ideal location to relax, unwind, enjoy the views and breathtaking sunsets and outdoor bar and seating area. The biggest selling point to this lodge over others is its location and close proximity to the road down into the crater. You will be one of the first into the crater early morning and savour a few hours before the onslaught of safari traffic!

In 4x4 you’ll head off to the access road and descend into the crater (best to go early to beat the crowds). Ngorongoro Crater is open 06h00 until 18h00 except for the Seneto Descent Gate which closes at 16h00. Access roads include the Seneto (descent only), Lerai (ascent only) and Lemala (Sopa) which is both descent and ascent. Experience an exciting game drive as you immerse yourself in the world’s largest volcanic caldera with the highest concentration of wildlife! Most times, you'll enjoy a picnic lunch on the crater floor. If you stop for lunch, please ensure you remove all litter and food scraps. Importantly, please do not collect or remove any animal product, rocks, plants, seeds or nests. After lunch, it’s time to exit the Crater, ascending the walls and glancing back for one last view into the spectacular caldera.
TIP : Take a warm jumper with you as it can be quite cold on the crater floor! REMEMBER: The Ngorongoro Crater is a naturally formed, ancient caldera and therefore a confined space for wildlife and visitors, so you will really notice the vast number of vehicles throughout the day. Vehicles must keep to authorised roads and tracks, no off roading and the speed limit is 25 kilometres per hour. There is a limit of 5 vehicles at any given time around an animal sighting or kill. It is a beautiful natural phenomena and worth seeing, even if the vehicle traffic is frustrating. You don't have to stop for lunch if you prefer to eat once you leave the Crater as the designated picnic spots also get very congested.

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Important Notes

Insurance is compulsory for all travellers and we strongly recommend that insurance be issued at the time of paying your deposit. This will cover you against loss of deposit in the event of cancellation, provided of course that the reason for cancellation falls within the terms and conditions of your policy.
You will need a ten year passport for travel to all destinations. We recommend that your passport is valid for at least six months following your due date of return. Your passport must have a minimum of TWO blank visa pages per country visited (excluding endorsement pages). This is a condition of entry set by the Department of Immigration of most countries and guests will be refused entry especially into South Africa if this requirement is not met.
You will require the correct visas for all of the countries that you are travelling to – Encompass Africa cannot be held responsible for entry refusal for any traveller. If you have any queries about obtaining visas please contact the relevant embassies and/or consulates.
It is your responsibility to ensure vaccination certificates and other health documents are in order prior to departure. Advice on health requirements may be obtained from your GP or a specialist Travel Doctor.
Australian Passport holders require a visa and this is attainable when you arrive into country for US$50 per person, payable in cash. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you return to Australia. For further details contact the Tanzania consulate.
Yellow fever vaccination and malaria precautions are essential in Tanzania. Consult your GP or travel doctor.

Photographic Prerequisites:

This amazing photography tour workshop is designed to suit the beginner or serious enthusiast. A digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera is recommended, however, any camera that has manual functions would also be suitable. Best lenses to bring include a longer zoom and wide angled lens. A sturdy tripod is essential.


Accommodation on shared basis.
 Meals as stated on the itinerary.
 Excursions and transfers as stated on the itinerary
 Meet and greet services as stated on the itinerary.
 Game drives and safari activities as stated on the itinerary.
 Services of guides and accommodation staff.
 Relevant park fees as stated on the itinerary. Drinks as specified – drink inclusions may differ between camps/ lodges
 Laundry as stated on the itinerary. Note most camps and lodges and hotels offer laundry services for a fee payable locally if not included in tariff
 All road and light aircraft transfers as stated on the itinerary.
 Accom taxes, Tourism Levies, Value Added Tax (VAT) or Government Sales Tax (GST)


Meals not specified such as lunch & dinner in
city hotels
Drinks, entrance fees, porterage, tours/excursions and transfers not specified in the quote
Travel insurance
International, regional and domestic flights not stated in itinerary.
Staff gratuities (tips)
Any new Government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control
Visa and visa fees where relevant.
International airport departure taxes applicable from manned airports only, which is to be paid in US$ cash on departure unless included in your ticket cost
Any items of a personal nature
Additional seat charge on light aircraft flights if an individual weighs in excess of 100kg.

Costs: $TBA (AUD) Twin Share - Single supplement (limited) TBA (AUD)


All bookings and payments for this workshop are handled through Encompass Africa.

To book, please call Jonathon Wilson from Encompass Africa on
1300 988 378 or email

Travel Insurance

You must secure travel insurance.

This workshop is limited at 8 participants to ensure a high student/tutor ratio.

The workshop requires a minimum 5 bookings to proceed