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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.

Serengeti is home to a exceptional numbers pf plains game, and here you will see females and calves, and males sparring to establish dominance. Around Ndutu, on wildlife safaris 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, this 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 wildlife photography talents.

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

Typical Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart UK

  2. Day 2: Arrive Kilimanjaro & 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, a drive of around four hours. We should arrive for a late lunch, and in the late afternoon head out on a vehicle safari.

    Accommodation: Tarangire Safari Lodge, 2-nights

  3. Day 3: Explore Tarangire National Park

    We have a morning and afternoon drive in Tarangire National 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 & 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 our lodge, there should be enough time for a late afternoon drive around the area.

    Accommodation: Ndutu Safari Lodge, 12-nights

    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 our lodge, there should be enough time for a late afternoon drive around the area.

  7. Days 7-17 : Ndutu, Southern Serengeti & Ngorongoro Conservation Area

    We have 11 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 Ngorongoro. 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 18: Ndutu, fly 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.

    We have a final morning of wildlife watching and photography around Ndutu, returning to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon we transfer to the local air strip for a charter flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport, from where it is a very short transfer to our lodge for our last night.

    Accommodation: Kia Lodge, 1-night

  9. Day 19: Fly back to the 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 £12,175 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 18 days from £11,610 pp
  • Group size: 8
  • Departures:
    1. , Fully booked
    We are currently finalising future dates for this tour. Please contact us for further details.
  • Included in the price/package:
    • 17 nights lodge accommodation (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
    • Services and photographic tuition from Nick Garbutt
  • Activities available:
    • Nature drive
    • Photography
    • Walking

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

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is one of Africa’s best kept secrets. Dominated by the Tarangire River, the landscape is a rich mix of trees, grassland plains, swamps and rocky outcrops providing habitats for superb wildlife. There are vast herds of elephants and Cape buffalo here, and the area is also excellent for birds of prey.

  • Where: Northern Tanzania
  • Ideal for viewing: African elephant, fringe-eared oryx, kori bustard, warthog, wild dog
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, 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.