Our 12 days Tanzania Photographic safari takes you through the Northern Safari Circuit, a region renowned for its abundant wildlife, diverse landscapes, and incredible photographic opportunities. Prepare to be awestruck as you explore the treasures of Arusha National Park, Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Lake Manyara National Park. Each destination offers a unique ecosystem and an array of fascinating wildlife, providing a playground for your photographic creativity.

Our itinerary has been expertly crafted to ensure you make the most of your time in Tanzania’s wilderness. From custom-made photographic safaris game drives in pop-up roof 4×4 vehicles to guided walks and serene moments at scenic picnic sites, every day brings a new adventure and a chance to capture stunning wildlife moments. Whether it’s tracking the great wildebeest migration, photographing lions in their natural habitat, or capturing the elegant movements of giraffes and elephants, this safari promises an abundance of opportunities to hone your photography skills and create awe-inspiring images.

During your photographic safari, we understand the importance of comfortable and convenient accommodations that allow you to unwind and recharge for the next day’s adventures. We have carefully selected a range of mid-range lodges and camps, each offering a unique blend of comfort, tranquility, and immersion in nature. From the serene Ilboru Safari Lodge in Arusha to the luxurious Central Serengeti Luxury Camp, you’ll find yourself surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and wildlife-rich environments, providing a truly immersive experience.

To ensure you make the most of every photographic opportunity, our safari is accompanied by highly experienced and knowledgeable guides. They possess a deep understanding of the wildlife, ecosystems, and behaviors you’ll encounter, allowing them to provide valuable insights and assistance in capturing those perfect shots. Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or a beginner eager to learn, our guides will be by your side, offering guidance, tips, and sharing their passion for the natural world.

Our 12-day photographic safari is not just about capturing stunning images; it’s about creating lasting memories and fostering a deep appreciation for the beauty of nature. Throughout your journey, you’ll be surrounded by like-minded individuals who share your love for photography and wildlife.

Day-to-Day Photographic Safari Itinerary Summary

Day 1: Arrival in Arusha – Transfer to Ilboru Safari Lodge.

Day 2: Arusha National Park – Game drive, Ngurdoto Crater visit, and return to Ilboru Safari Lodge.

Day 3: Arusha to Tarangire National Park – Game drive and overnight at Lake Burunge Tented Camp.

Day 4: Tarangire National Park to Karatu – Morning game drive, journey to Karatu, and overnight at Eileen’s Trees Inn.

Day 5-6: Serengeti National Park – Drive through Ngorongoro Conservation Area, game drive, and overnight at Central Serengeti Luxury Camp.

Day 7-8: Further Exploration of Serengeti – Game drives, wildlife encounters, and overnight at Mbalageti Serengeti.

Day 9: Serengeti to Ngorongoro Conservation Area – Game drive en-route, arrival at Rhino Lodge, and overnight stay.

Day 10: Ngorongoro Crater – Game drive, picnic lunch, and return to Eileen’s Trees Inn.

Day 11: Lake Manyara National Park – Game drive, wildlife sightings, and overnight at Eileen’s Trees Inn.

Day 12: Return to Arusha – Drive back to Arusha, departure, or extension to Zanzibar.

Note: Each day includes meals and non-alcoholic drinks unless specified otherwise. Accommodation options may vary but will provide similar standards of comfort and immersion in nature. Additional accommodation before and after the tour can be arranged for an extra cost. Transportation to and from the airport is included in the package.

Day 1

Arrival - Ilboru Safari Lodge - Arusha

Your safari begins with a stay at the tranquil Ilboru Safari Lodge, nestled in the suburbs of Arusha right after we pick you up at the airport. This mid-range lodge offers a serene ambiance and a beautiful garden, providing the perfect setting to relax and prepare for the adventure ahead. Enjoy a delicious breakfast to fuel your excitement.

Day 2

Arusha National Park - Ilboru Safari Lodge

After breakfast, we head to Arusha National Park, a haven of diverse fauna and flora. This park’s picturesque landscapes have attracted Hollywood, with scenes from the movie “Hatari” filmed here. Get ready to encounter a variety of wildlife, including buffaloes, waterbucks, giraffes, zebras, and fascinating bird species. Don’t miss the opportunity to observe the black and white colobus monkeys, known for their incredible tree-climbing and jumping abilities. Lunch will be served at a scenic picnic site, allowing you to savor the surroundings. Return to Ilboru Safari Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 3

Tarangire National Park - Lake Burunge Tented Camp

Experience the wonders of Tarangire National Park, named after the Tarangire River that sustains its wildlife during the dry season. This park’s dense vegetation, including elephant grass and acacia woodlands, serves as a habitat for various animals. Look out for elephants, giraffes, bushbucks, and hartebeests, as well as predators such as lions, cheetahs, and leopards. Tarangire is also a bird lover’s paradise, boasting the highest number of breeding bird species in Tanzania. Enjoy dinner and overnight at Lake Burunge Tented Camp.

Day 4

More Wildlife in Tarangire - Eileen's Trees Inn, Karatu

Embark on another exciting game-viewing drive within Tarangire National Park after a hearty breakfast. Your knowledgeable safari guide will lead you to the most captivating spots, allowing you to marvel at the park’s stunning landscapes and its diverse flora and fauna. Prepare your camera to capture the mesmerizing African wilderness. As the day comes to a close, retire to Eileen’s Trees Inn, a comfortable lodge in or near Karatu, where you’ll be treated to dinner and relaxation.

Day 5-6

Serengeti National Park - Central Serengeti Luxury Camp

Get ready for the epitome of wildlife adventures as we make our way to Serengeti National Park. Known as the ultimate safari destination, Serengeti boasts an unparalleled abundance of wildlife and breathtaking natural beauty. Witness the iconic great wildebeest migration, an awe-inspiring spectacle that attracts visitors from around the world. Serengeti is also home to an incredible array of plains game and predators, providing endless opportunities for unforgettable encounters. Your base for the next two nights is the Central Serengeti Luxury Camp, a mid-range tented camp offering comfort amidst the wild. Indulge in delicious meals and absorb the magic of the Serengeti.

Day 7-8

Further Exploration of Serengeti - Mbalageti Serengeti

Immerse yourself deeper into the wonders of Serengeti National Park as we venture towards the western region. Here, you’ll witness the diverse forms of vegetation and landscapes that make Serengeti so unique. The captivating wildlife will leave you in awe as you observe their natural behaviors and interactions. Mbalageti Serengeti, a mid-range lodge in the western Serengeti, will be your haven for the next two nights. Enjoy the warm hospitality, delectable meals, and the opportunity to share your day’s experiences with fellow adventurers.

Day 9

Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Rhino Lodge

Leaving Serengeti behind, we embark on a game-viewing drive en-route to the magnificent Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This area is famous for its incredible wildlife, including the renowned wildebeest and zebra migration. Prepare to witness the awe-inspiring sight of wildlife coexisting within the crater’s rim. Enjoy a packed lunch amidst the park’s beauty before proceeding to Rhino Lodge, located on the crater rim. Delight in the lodge’s comfort and breathtaking views as you relax and relish a delicious dinner.

Day 10

Ngorongoro Crater Exploration - Eileen's Trees Inn, Karatu

Today, descend into the renowned Ngorongoro Crater for a remarkable game-viewing drive. Known as Africa’s “Eighth Wonder of the World,” this UNESCO World Heritage Site offers an unrivaled concentration of wildlife. Prepare to encounter the Big Five and various other species in this captivating setting. Keep your camera at the ready to capture the sights that will leave you in awe. Enjoy a packed lunch at a scenic picnic site within the crater. As the day draws to a close, head back to Eileen’s Trees Inn for a restful evening and a satisfying dinner.

Day 11

Lake Manyara National Park - Eileen's Trees Inn, Karatu

Embark on a short drive to Lake Manyara National Park after breakfast. As you embark on a game-viewing drive, prepare to be enchanted by the park’s diverse terrain and rich biodiversity. Spot troops of baboons, elephants, and if you’re lucky, the famous tree-climbing lions. Lake Manyara National Park provides a unique safari experience and is a haven for nature lovers. Savor a packed lunch at a picturesque picnic site and then return to Eileen’s Trees Inn for dinner and relaxation.

Day 12

Return to Arusha and Farewell

On your final day, savor a hot cup of tea orcoffee as you enjoy breakfast at your lodge. Take some time to relax and reflect on the incredible moments you’ve experienced throughout your safari. Afterward, pack your belongings and embark on a scenic drive back to Arusha in our private safari Land Cruiser. This marks the end of your epic “Golden Photography” adventure, leaving you with a certificate to commemorate your extraordinary journey.

If you’re returning home, we will ensure your transfer to the airport for your flight. Alternatively, if you wish to extend your adventure, we can assist in arranging additional accommodation or a flight to the beautiful island of Zanzibar.

We hope that the memories you’ve created and the captivating photographs you’ve captured will stay with you forever. Thank you for choosing African Big Cats Safaris for this remarkable experience. Until we meet again, farewell and safe travels!

Note: Additional accommodation before and after the tour can be arranged for an extra cost. Transportation to and from the airport is included in the package.

12 Days photographic safari highlights

  •  Arusha National Park
    • Game drive in Arusha National Park, known for its incredible variety of fauna and flora.
    • Visit the Ngurdoto Crater and witness buffaloes, waterbucks, giraffes, zebras, and baboons in their natural habitat.
    • Capture stunning shots of the black and white colobus monkeys known for their tree-climbing abilities.
    • Enjoy a picnic lunch amidst the picturesque landscapes of the park.
  • Tarangire National Park
    • Explore Tarangire National Park, named after the Tarangire River, the only water source for wildlife in the region during the dry season.
    • Observe the diverse vegetation, including elephant grass and acacia woodlands.
    • Spot elephants, giraffes, bushbucks, and hartebeests roaming freely.
    • Marvel at the park’s incredible birdlife, with Tarangire boasting the highest number of breeding bird species in Tanzania.
    • Stay overnight at Lake Burunge Tented Camp, surrounded by the beauty of nature.
  • Serengeti National Park
    • Venture into Serengeti National Park, the world’s best-known wildlife sanctuary.
    • Witness the awe-inspiring great wildebeest migration, a phenomenon that draws visitors from around the globe.
    • Encounter an abundance of plains game, predators, and other fascinating wildlife species.
    • Capture breathtaking images of the vast landscapes and the remarkable interactions between animals.
    • Enjoy a luxurious stay at the Central Serengeti Luxury Camp, immersing yourself in the heart of the park.
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area
    • Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, one of Africa’s most famous sites and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • Experience the highest density of wildlife in Africa, including the Big Five.
    • Capture close-up shots of endangered black rhinoceros, lions, Cape buffaloes, and various other species.
    • Enjoy a packed lunch in the crater, surrounded by the breathtaking natural beauty of the area.
    • Stay overnight at Rhino Lodge, situated on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater.
  • Lake Manyara National Park
    • Explore the stunning Lake Manyara National Park, situated between the lake and the Great Rift Valley.
    • Encounter large troops of baboons, elephants, and other wildlife species.
    • Keep an eye out for the famous tree-climbing lions, a unique spectacle.
    • Capture the diverse terrain and the incredible birdlife that inhabits the park.
    • Return to Eileen’s Trees Inn for a relaxing evening in the heart of Karatu.

These are just a few of the highlights from this remarkable 12-day photographic safari. Each day offers new opportunities to witness extraordinary wildlife, capture breathtaking landscapes, and create unforgettable memories. Prepare to be amazed by the wonders of nature and the exceptional photographic moments that await you at every turn.

The cost for the whole 12 Days Tanzania Photographic safari includes and excludes the following items

Tanzania Safari Price includes

Park fees

Game drives and activities

All accommodation

A professional driver/ safari guide

All transportation

All Taxes/VAT

Roundtrip airport transfer


Water / Coffee / Tea or Soft Drinks

Price Excludes

International flights

Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour

Tanzania Visa


Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)

Meals not listed above

Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

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