Kenya & Tanzania Photo Tour - October 18th to November 1st, 2022
Kenya & Tanzania Photo Tour - "Photographing the wild side of Africa"
Kenya and Tanzania are recognized, world-wide, for thier breathtaking beauty, natural wonders and spectacular wildlife and two of the most popular African countries for travellers from all over the world. Tanzania is home to Mount Kilimanjaro, Ngorogoro Crater, Serengeti, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, and Arusha National Parks and home to over 350 species of wildlife.
New to Africa travel or a returning traveller from past tours, Kenya and Tanzania offer some of the most spectacular wildlife photography and experiences, including the big 5. We will visit Masai Mara and Serengeti ecosystems, with legions of birds, water fowl, and includes viewing wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater all will be part of our Kenya and Tanzania photo tour.
We have change the route and added a few different national parks and logdes to this tour, and will still maintaining some of the popular photo locations. The primary focus of all adventure travel in Kenya and Tanzania is the wildlife, making these two countries two of the finest destinations in the world for Safari’s. I look forward to you joining us in October of 2022 for our African photo adventure,
Kenya and Tanzania Photo Tour Itinerary - October 18th to November 1st, 2022
Day One: Tuesday October 18th, 2022 Our motor coach departs London early Thursday morning for Pearson International airport offer guest pick-ups along the 401 corridor. Guests departing from the Toronto region will meet the group at Pearson International. Our flight departs for Kenya via Addis Ababa at 11:00 a.m. Next day arrival.
Day Two: Wednesday October 19th, 2022 Our flight arrives into Nairobi, Kenya at 10:00 a.m. JAMBO - KARIBU!! (Hello and Welcome). We will meet our guides with a traditional, unique & special welcome with bubbly, hot/cold towels and presentation of authentic safari hat and travel essentials complete with natural guide book. We will transfer to our hotel for time to settle in and relax. Lunch/dinner on own arrangements. Overnight Double Tree Hilton Hotel. (B)
Day Three: Thursday October 20th, 2022 After breakfast check-out and drive north towards the Central Highlands which is considered to be the bread basket of Kenya. We will make a brief stop at the Equator and continue to Samburu Game Reserve to arrive at the lodge for lunch. Rugged and remote, this wildlife reserve provides some of the best and most colourful game viewing in the country. After lunch at the lodge we will depart for our first late afternoon game viewing drive of the tour. At sunset return to our lodge for dinner and overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge (B)(L)(D)
Day Four: Friday October 21st, 2022 Full day in Samburu Game Reserve with morning and afternoon game drives, in search of game found only north of the equator such as long necked Gerenuk, Gravy Zebra, Beisa Oryx and the blue shacked Somali Ostrich. The Ewaso Nyiro River dotted with doum palms, acacia and giant fig trees meanders through the reserve giving it an oasis setting and attracts a myriad of birds and wildlife. At sunset return to our lodge for time to relax, dinner and overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge (B)(L)(D)
Day Five: Saturday October 22nd, 2022 This morning after breakfast, we will depart Samburu and drive to Lake Nakuru national park. Enroute we will make a photo stop at the Thompson's Falls for a view of the great scenery. We arrive in Lake Nakuru in time for lunch. This afternoon and into evening our game drive. The environment here is welcoming, one of the best places to relax, to unwind, to enjoy nature’s beauty, the virgin forest is a wonder to behold. Some of the interesting places we will visit includes the baboon cliff, the lion hill and the Mau escarpment. Overnight Sarava Lion Hill Lodge. (B)(L)(D)
Day Six: Sunday October 23rd, 2022 After our early morning breakfast check-out, then drive to the Masai Mara National Reserve, offering wonderful scenery and plenty of game. We arrive at the lodge to a very warm welcome for lunch, and some leisure time to settle in to rooms. This afternoon is the moment we depart on an exciting game viewing drive. The Rolling plains and grasslands, stretching far into the horizons as far as the eye can see is home to the black-manned lion, the savannah elephant, the cape buffalo, wildebeests, the elusive leopard,cheetah, the spotted & stripped hyena, the rhino, topi, burchelle’s zebra, the Masai giraffe among many others. The Mara game reserve is one that can never disappoints our photographers. One is spoilt by the variety of bird and wildlife species in this game reserve….. for a long time, Mara Game Reserve has stubbed her authority as the ‘granary’ of wildlife in Kenya. Sunset return back to our lodge for dinner. Overnight at the 2021 renovated Masi Mara Sopa lodge. (B)(L)(D)
Day Seven: Monday October 24th, 2022 Breakfast a full day of game viewing drives and photography. Be on the look-out for the big five that Maasai Mara is famous for. These include the lion, savannah (African) elephant, the Cape buffalo, the leopard and the black rhino. We may even be so lucky to witness a leopard or a cheetah sprint and make a kill! Today we will head deepter in the Masa Mara therefore be on safari all day including a picnic lunch. We will return to our lodge late afternoon to relax before dinner. (B)(L)(D)
Optional Dawn Hot Air Balloon Ride over the Masai Mara ending with a champagne breakfast. You may select this option when registering, the cost is $475 USD.
Day Eight: Tuesday October 25th, 2022 Masai Mara Game Reserve - Serengeti National Park. Up early this morning, breakfast and check-out. We have arranged for a picnic lunch to take with us. We will be heading south towards Isebania and Sirare, the border towns of Kenya and Tanzania. After going through the immigration procedures at the border our guide drivers from Tanzania will take over from our guide drivers from Kenya and we will then proceed to Serengeti National Park. Enroute we will have a brief stop to enjoy our picnic lunch. Covering an area of 14,763 square kilometres, the world famous Serengeti National Park is Tanzania's oldest park, and one of the world's last great wildlife refuges. The Serengeti ecosystem supports the greatest remaining concentration of plains game in Africa, including more than three million large mammals. Continue with game-viewing drive en-route to our lodge check-in late afternoon. Time to relax before dinner and overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge (B)(L)(D)
Day Nine: Wednesday October 26th, 2022 Breakfast then two game drives. Early morning and afternoon game viewing drives on the vast Serengeti plains. In the early morning and evening light, the Serengeti landscape is stunningly beautiful. Serengeti is home to the black-manned lion, the savannah elephant, the Cape buffalo, wildebeests, the elusive leopard, cheetah, the spotted & stripped hyena, the rhino, topi, burchelle’s zebra, and Masai giraffe among many others. Serengeti National Park offers a unique landscape. One is spoilt by the variety of bird and wildlife species in this game reserve. Sunset return to our lodge, time to freshen up and relax before dinner. Overnight at Serengeti Sopa lodge. (B)(L)(D)
This morning is our alternate day for hot air ballon ride and champagne breakfest.
Day Ten: Thursday October 27th, 2022 Serengeti National Park - After breakfast we depart to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, proceeding towards the rim of the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater stopping occasionally to admire and photograph the breath-taking vista unfolding before us. Arrive for check in, after lunch. This afternoon we will have time to relax and enjoy the panoramic views of the crater. The Ngorongoro crater is the largest unbroken caldera in the world. It has been described as one of the great natural wonders of the world. Eight million years ago, the Ngorongoro Crater was an active volcano but its cone collapsed, forming the crater that is 610 meters deep, 20 kilometres in diameter, and covers an area of 311 sq. km. Spectacular as it is, the crater accounts for just a tenth of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The crater is home to many species of wild game and birds. With the exception of impala and topi (due to fierce competition with the wildebeest) and the giraffe (because there is not much to eat at tree level), almost every species of African plains mammal lives in the crater, including the endangered black rhino, and the densest population of predators in Africa. A strange thing is that the crater elephants are mainly bulls! The birdlife, which includes the flamingo, is mainly seasonal, and is also affected by the ratio of soda to fresh water in Lake Magadi on the crater floor. NOTE: Warm jacket/or sweater is highly recommended as the temperature change in the evenings. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (B)(L)(D)
Day Eleven: Friday October 28th, 2022 Ngorongoro Conservation Area. After breakfast we descend some 610 metres into the crater, which is home to an abundance of wildlife and a photographic paradise, for a full day of game-viewing drive with picnic lunch at a private scenic site. Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact caldera in the world teams with an abundance of wildlife permanently resident on the crater floor. Prides of lions, herds of cape buffalo, impala, Thompson gazelles, rhino, giraffes, golden & black-backed jackal, zebra, cheetah, leopard and the spotted hyena. Unmatched for its natural variety & breath-taking beauty, there are few places on earth where such a tremendous diversity of landscapes exist inside a region this size. Apart from its wildlife, the crater is also of great archaeological importance, with the remains of some of mankind’s earliest ancestors discovered in the area, also a home to hundreds of bird species, refreshing in the small lakes in the crater floor. Return for sunset and dinner. Overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (B)(L)(D)
Day Twelve: Saturdaty October 29th, 2022 Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Tarangire National Park. After breakfast we will drive to Tarangire National Park; which of all Tanzania parks boasts of the largest number of savannah elephants. Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry Tarangire river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It's the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem - a smorgasbord for predators – and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed. The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world. On drier ground you may find the Kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird; the stocking-thighed ostrich, the world's largest bird; and small parties of ground hornbills blustering like turkeys. Other birds include the yellow-collared lovebird, drabber rufous-tailed weaver and the ashy starling – all endemic to the dry savannah of north-central Tanzania. Tarangire's lions climb trees, lounging in the branches where the fruit of the sausage tree disguises the twitch of a tail. Lunch followed by afternoon game drive in this area dotted with majestic baobab trees, the eland antelopes are among other game we will be photographing during todays game drive. Dinner and overnight at Tarangire Sopa Lodge (B)(L)(D)
Day Thirteen: Sunday October 30th, 2022 Tarangire National Park - Amboseli National Park an early breakfast we depart towards Namanga (the border town between Kenya and Tanzania). After clearing the immigration formalities, we’ll continue our journey to Amboseli National Park, which provides the classic Hollywood image of Africa. Set in rolling savannah scenery, it is dwarfed by the presence of the pink-tinged, snowcapped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing volcanic mountain in the world and topped by one fifth of all the ice in Africa. Against this magnificent backdrop roam vast herds of 'giant' elephants accompanied by a kaleidoscope of other fabulous beasts - lion, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, baboon, gazelle hippo and wildebeest. Amboseli National Park is also an ornithological paradise with over 400 species of birds, all manner of reptilian, flora and fauna and some of the most soul-searing views in Africa. Arrive at our lodge for check in and lunch. Enjoy an afternoon game viewing drive in search of the 'big five' among other animals. Here breath-taking scenery - one of the best places for a photographic view of Mount Kilimanjaro; weather permitting is next to none. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight at Amboseli Sopa Lodge (B)(L)(D)
Day Fourteen : Monday October 31th, 2022 Nairobi - Breakfast at our hotel then we will drive 8 KM’s out of the city to the Daphne Sheldrick Baby Elephant Orphanage. This will give us an opportunity to get up-close to these amazing animals. They vary in age from a few months old to 3 years old. Each orphaned elephant is assigned its own keeper, who acts as it’s mother and will stay with the elephant until it is re-introduced into the wild. We will also visit the Karen Blixen Centre at the foot of the Ngong Hills. This was the home of Karen Blixen who wrote Out of Africa. We will then visit the Giraffe Centre, were we will be able to see a herd of Rothschild’s Giraffe which are endangered species. Over the years the Rothschild Giraffe has been bred at the centre and released back into the wild. Some great up-close photo opportunities here. Later this afternoon we will transfer to the airport for our 7:15 p.m. return overnight flight to Toronto. (B)
Day Fifteen: Tuesday November 1st, 2022 Arriving into Pearson International airport in Toronto 8:25 a.m. After clearing customs we will say farewell to our Toronto guests, then board our motor coach for the return drive along the 401 corridor, with any drop off points previously arranged. Arriving in London at approximately 12:00 noon in London at Staybridge Suites.
Kenya and Tanzania offers up some of the most spectacular photo opportunities African landscape has to offer. The temperatures in Kenya remain fairly constant year round with an average daily temperature of 25 C to 27 C with slightly cooler temperatures on the coast. Tanzania is very similar in temperature with the crater region getting cooler in the evenings. October sees very little rain.
The cost of our Kenya & Tanzania Photo Tour is $8,340.00 per person CAD based on double occupancy including air via Ethiopian Air, plus air taxes of $880.86 CAD and $16.77 HST. Single supplement available for an additional $1175.00 CAD.
A non refundable deposit of $100 is due at time of booking and an additional deposit of $675.00 CAD is due January 02, 2022. The fianal banace due 60 days prior to departure on August 18, 2022.
You may also choose to pay over 12 monthy payments through our Uplift finance program estimate - $823 per month. You select 12 month payment option under the payment section during registration.
Photo Tour Trekkers and Tourcan Vacations recommends the purchase of travel and health insurance as tour takes us out of the country. Health insurance is highly recommended. Please note your passport expiry date must be valid for 6 months past our return date of November 1st, 2022.
Your tour includes:
- Round trip motor coach via Cherrey Coach Lines to Pearson Airport, Toronto,
- Departures from London & Woodstock, other pick up points please inquire,
- Round Trip Airfare via Ethiopian Airlines,
- All airport and hotel transfers,
- Accommodations and meals during our tour, as specified in our itinerary,
- Private meet and greet in Jomo Kenyatta with traditional welcome,
- Private 4x4 safari land cruisers with guaranteed window seats for our photographers,
- All games drives as per itinerary,
- Lunch at Carnivore restaurant, 1 full day crater visit,
- Park entry fees,
- Unlimited bottled water supplied in your safari vehicle during game drives and transfers,
- Flying Doctor Medical Evacuation Services while in East Africa (does not cover Drs. fees, hospitalization, drugs, consultants fee, etc.)
- Tour hosted and escorted by photographer James Cowie
Alcoholic beverages, laundry and tips.
Tourist Visa Fees (we will assist with applications and processing)
- Optional Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride and Champagne Breakfast ($475 you may choose at signup)