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Join acclaimed prize-winning photographer Nick Garbutt to watch and photograph wildlife during the Serengeti migration, one of the world’s greatest wildlife wonders.

Here you will see females and calves, and males sparring to establish dominance. Around Ndutu, on game drives throughout the day you will look for cats, such as cheetah, and other predators, whilst excursions into the awe-inspiring Ngorongoro Crater offer a chance to see huge bull elephants and possibly black rhino. With optional walks and horse riding at Ndarakwai the itinerary affords unrivalled opportunities for photography. Daily sessions with Nick will enable you to pose questions you've always wanted to ask in situ and hone your photography talents.

You may wish to read Nick's journal from a previous tour.

Typical itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart UK

    Depart UK on an overnight flight to Kilimanjaro.

  2. Day 2: Arrive Kilimanjaro and transfer to Tarangire

    On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport we meet our local driver guides and transfer along the Trans Africa Highway to Tarangire National Park (about 4 hours). We should arrive for a late lunch, and in the late afternoon there will be time for a game drive. 

    Accommodation: Tarangire Safari Lodge, 2-nights

  3. Day 3: Explore Tarangire National Park

    We have a morning and afternoon drive in the park, with plenty of time to explore the immediate vicinity and enjoy the spectacular baobab dominated bushland. Herds of elephants often congregate around the riverine areas and the bird watching here is also excellent. The early and late light in Tarangire is often compelling and provides ideal inspiration.

  4. Day 4: Drive to Ngorongoro Crater

    Today is an early start to ensure we have plenty of time to explore Ngorongoro Crater in the afternoon. We transfer by road to Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (between three and four hours), and in the afternoon take an excursion into the Ngorongoro Crater to watch and photograph wildlife.

    Accommodation: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, 2-nights

  5. Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater

    Leaving the lodge before sunrise we will be at the Crater gates when they open at 6am and descend for a full day of wildlife watching and photography. There are numerous tracks criss-crossing the Crater floor and during the course of our visits we will cover all the hot spots and renowned photographic locations. Exact movements will be dictated by the wildlife whereabouts at the time. A picnic breakfast and lunch will be taken in the Crater and we will return to the lodge after 6pm.

  6. Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater and onto Ndutu

    Repeating the early schedule of the previous day, we again spend the morning in the crater, before continuing our journey out of the Ngorongoro Highlands to descend onto the Serengeti Plains. There will be an opportunity to stop at Olduvai Gorge and museum if wished. On arriving at Ndutu Safari Lodge we should have time for a late afternoon drive around the area.

    Accommodation: Ndutu Safari Lodge, 7-nights

  7. Days 7-12 : Southern Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area

    We have six full days to explore the acacia woodlands and open plains that make up the southern Serengeti ecosystem. We will have permits to venture north of the park border into Serengeti National Park, potentially visiting renowned hotspots like the Gol Kopjes, as well as spending prolonged periods south of the border in the NCA. These are vast areas in which herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelles move around constantly, following localised rains in search of the most nutritious grazing. We will follow their movements with our daily excursions, which may potentially take us as far afield as the Engusoro Plains to the south, or Lemuta and the Olongoijoo Hills to the northeast.

    The density of carnivores in the area is very high, with no fewer than three well-established prides of lion prides known in the Ndutu area alone. The open plains and acacia woodlands are also perhaps the best place in East Africa to see cheetah, and on most trips we encounter numerous individuals. Leopard are also seen in the woodland, and more recently a pack of painted hunting dogs (wild dogs) returned to the area for the first time in nearly 20 years and is seen occasionally.

  8. Day 13: Ndutu to Salei Plains

    Today we transfer northeast from Ndutu, crossing the open plains heading towards the Oldiang’ar Ng’ar Hills and Gol Mountains, before arriving on the Salei Plains looking east toward Oldonyo Lengai.

    Accommodation: Salei Plains Camp, 3-nights

  9. Days 14-15 : Salei Plains & Ol Karien Gorge

    We have two full days to explore the area. There will be opportunities for extended walks to explore the area on foot in the company of local Masai guides. The region’s scenery is spectacular, and verges on the prehistoric with impressive mountains, canyons and rock formations that dominate wide meandering valleys. After the rains, these areas become lush with displays of numerous species of flowers.

  10. Day 16: Drive to Ndarakwai

    We spend the early morning in the Ndutu area before returning to the lodge for breakfast. We then back-track through the Ngorongoro Highlands, past Lake Manyara and onto Arusha before  continuing to Ndarakwai on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro.

    The private reserve at Ndarakwai offers plenty of scope for varied wildlife watching and photography and over the course of two full days we will have ample opportunity to make the most of these. There will be excellent opportunities to photograph elephants at close quarters and a combination of game drives and walks offers the potential for more varied photography. Observation platforms, night drives and cultural visits will offer additional dimensions and provide a fitting finale to the tour. Observation platforms, night drives and cultural visits offer additional dimensions and provide a fitting finale to the tour.

    Our accommodation will be at the beautiful Ndarakwai private camp with spectacular views of both Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. Set amongst grasslands and acacia woodland, a variety of habitats provide shelter for a large diversity of mammals and birds.

    Accommodation: Ndarakwai Private Camp, 2-nights

  11. Day 18: Ndarakwai, transfer to Kilimanjaro

    We have a final morning of wildlife watching and an opportunity to take our last photographs around Ndarakwai. In the afternoon we transfer to a lodge near to the airport for our last night.

    Accommodation: Kia Lodge, 1-night

  12. Day 19: Fly to UK

    Early transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for the flight back to the UK.

Key info

  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 19 days from £9,395 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 18 days from £8,895 pp
  • Single supplement: From £1,240
  • Group size: 8
  • When to go: Mar
  • Departures: Please contact us for departure date details.
  • Included in the price/package:
    • 12 nights lodge accommodation (twin share)
    • 5 nights tented camp (twin share)
    • All meals
    • Transfers
    • Daily excursions in custom safari vehicles
    • Park fees and permits
    • Drinks during game drives
    • Services of expert Tanzanian driver guides
  • Activities available:
    • Photography

Expert leader

Nick Garbutt

Photo of Nick Garbutt

An award-winning photographer and author, with a background in zoology, Nick has forged a career by combining these skills with leading tours and lecturing.

Nick has written and photographed several critically acclaimed books, including: ‘100 Animals to See Before They Die’, ‘Mammals of Madagascar: A Complete Guide’, ‘Wild Borneo’, and ‘Chameleons’. He is a regular contributor to international magazines such as National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Africa Geographic and Geographical.

Nick has twice been a winner in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. In 2000, he won the prestigious Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Wildlife. His photographs appear widely in books, calendars and other publications worldwide. He is a Special Lecturer on the MSc course in the Wildlife Photography and Imaging at Nottingham University, where he studied.

Featured locations:

Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti supports Africa’s greatest concentration of plains game. Its ranges include wooded highland, grass plains, acacia savannah and rivers. With an estimated three million large animals, most of which take part in a seasonal migration, you can experience one of nature’s greatest wonders.

  • Where: Northern Tanzania
  • Ideal for viewing: Burchell’s zebra, cheetah, leopard, lion, white-bearded wildebeest
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Wildlife photography, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, Vehicle safaris

Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area

The Ngorongoro Crater is a natural amphitheatre and one of the most dramatic settings in Africa. Its swamps, forests and soda lake attract thousands of flamingos and other waterfowl and the plains enclose the largest concentration of game – the predator prey balance is so precise that animals seldom leave.

  • Where: Crater Highlands Region
  • Ideal for viewing: black rhino, African elephant, greater flamingo, spotted hyena, lion
  • Excellent for: Wildlife photography, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, Vehicle safaris
Featured accommodation:

Ndutu Safari Lodge

Situated in the south-eastern part of the Serengeti ecosystem, this lodge is shaded by majestic acacia trees, and surrounded by plants that attract a host of birds and mammals. Each of the 34 cottages, built of stone and other local materials, has a private verandah facing Lake Ndutu.

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

The only lodge on the eastern rim of Ngorongoro Crater, Sopa effectively has its own access road down into the crater. Themed around traditionally circular African houses with conical roofs, the lodge accommodates up to 190 guests and offers unparalleled views across the enormous caldera.