Wildlife photography is one of the most challenging and rewarding subjects to explore with your camera. From intimate interactions to majestic migrations, Great Image Expeditions inspires us both technically and creatively to capture meaningful images that tell the stories of animal life in wild places.
The diversity of Tanzania offers a breathtaking variety of wildlife, landscape and cultural photo opportunities that every photographer can appreciate.
Whether we’re snapping photos of Lions in Serengeti, otherworldly landscapes in Ngorongoro, or Elephants in Tarangire, you’ll find something of photographic interest on one of our tours with Great Image Expeditions.
For years Great Image Expeditions has been a recognized leader in photographic Safaris, visiting the world’s top locations for wildlife, landscape and culture.
With us it does not matter about your level of photography knowledge or skill, we are always on hand to help you succeed in taking the perfect shot whether you are an amateur or experienced professional photographer.
Our all-inclusive Tanzania Photographic Safaris are well planned, productive and fun. With accommodations provided at some of Tanzania’s top safari camp.
we create our trips with one goal in mind: to get you safely to the right place at the right time for exceptional photography no compromises.
You’ll always travel with an experienced and knowledgeable professional photographer guide who will help you get the best possible shots.
MORE ABOUT TANZANIA PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARIS
All photographic safaris are not created equal! When you join one of our trips, you’ll not only get our decades of experience knowing exactly what makes a great photo tour,
You’ll also work with our dedicated Great Image Expedition staff who can answer your questions on your trip. All of our energy and expertise is focused on making your trip the best it can be for photography.
Join one of our trips and you’ll soon know why so many of our clients are loyal, repeat travelers!
Photograph in Comfort with Private Special Photographic Vehicles
For the ultimate experience of comfort, amenities, and exceptional access to great photographic opportunities, a specially-designed photographic vehicle may be just what you’re looking for.
Depending on the property, your vehicle features:
- Space for a maximum of 4-6 photographers and their equipments
- Drop-down sides for photographers to lie down and get low-angle photographs
- Three 360º swivel seats, one per “row” – seats also lean right back if required
- Only front and back bars to hold up the roofless obstruction of view for photography
- Beanbags and foam camera rest (photographers advised to bring their own tripods)
- Vehicle kit with a fridge, charging points, roll-down sides for bad weather, etc.
- Lowered center console with raised lid for quick and easy access to lens changes
- Lowered snorkel for better forward views
- Radio aerial at the back of the vehicle for better forward views
- Specially-designed pop-up roof (choose whether you want it on or off!)
- Additional leg room
WHAT TO BRING?
Passports & visas, light clothes, memory cards, backup device, long lens, hat & sunscreen, power strip/extension and a small notebook.
We recommend that you pack simply and sensibly keeping extra suitcases to a minimum for your photographic safari. Airlines to Africa have several different ways to accommodate extra luggage depending on the carrier.
NB: you may be asked to,
- Book a freight seat for an additional 20kg to 75kg, depending on carrier and route (some carriers charge the child rate, others charge 75% of the full fare)
- Book an XL seat which allows an extra 15kg (fees vary by route)
- Pay a weight-based fee for extra luggage
- Check your bags for transport in the luggage hold under the plane for an additional fee (though with fragile camera equipment, you may want to book a freight seat)
BEST TIME FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARIS IN TANZANIA
Most of Tanzania’s famous destinations are accessible almost all year round. If you prefer a mix of clear sky and fewer tourists, February to May can be the perfect time for taking amazing shots/footage. Again, this depends on your interests and the type of shots that you want to take.
December to April is the heavy rain season but the best parks like Serengeti, Tarangire and Ngorongoro are accessible and they are less visited at this time.
During such times, we recommend the best place for wildlife photographic safari to be Serengeti.
February to April is the best time for Calving season photography in the southern part of Serengeti/Ndutu. A large number of predators gather to this area for easy prey of the migrating animals, Mostly the Wildebeests, Zebra, and Gazelles.
Photographers can get the best shots or footage of the wildebeest giving birth to their new offspring or even the hunting predators.
April and May are more preferable compared to February and March as the area starts to receive less rain, clear sky, and evergreen vegetation that is the best for Photography.
June and July is almost the best time as it is a dry season and the migration is on the way to the north through the central and western part of Serengeti.
But if you prefer fewer crowds, maybe this would your best time as from July to September the park receives many tourists and the traffic is high.
ABOUT DRONES & PERMITS
Tanzania national parks (TANAPA) do not allow anyone to enter with and/ use the drone inside the park. However, such permission may be granted if one requests and obtain permit from the following authorities
You need to seek and obtain permit from:
- Filming board of Tanzania
- Permanent Secretary Ministry of defense
- Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA)
- Conservation Commissioner-Tanzania National Parks
RULES GOVERN FLY DRONES IN THE PARK
- Drone must be flown (operated) not less than 50 meters from the ground
- Drone must NOT be flown in the presence of other unrelated tourists
- Operator must report to the chief park warden before commencing the activity
- Drone must be operated under the supervision of park personnel
- Apart from other relevant park fees, the operator must pay the ranger service fee
- The operator shall pick and drop the park personnel (ranger) at the authorized point (office/ ranger post/ residential area/ gate)
- For Serengeti no drones shall be flown during crossing.
- No drones shall be flown in the vicinity of a property (unless owners of the facility approves).
The operator must unconditionally provide a copy of the final film to the office of the conservation commissioner for non commercial use.
Breach of park rules and the said conditions herein will lead to a penalty of not less than TZS 100,000 (or 100 US$) per offence and confiscation of the drone.
VALIDITY OF PERMIT
Park management has the right to revoke the permit