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Tanzania – Ngorongoro & Serengeti Signature Safari 2021

Tanzania – Ngorongoro & Serengeti Signature Safari 2021

US$17,170 per person sharing


11 May 2021 – 18 May 2021

Tanzania has some of the most iconic wildlife areas in the whole of Africa, and two that are possibly more celebrated than any others are the Serengeti and its neighbour, the Ngorongoro Crater. We have two full days at Ngorongoro Crater, photographing in this beautiful wildlife amphitheater created by the implosion of a huge volcano many aeons ago. Fluffy clouds rim the caldera, and dark forests flank large portions of the side of the walls, creating stunning backdrops to the dramatic numbers of game on the flat crater floor. In the Serengeti, we will focus on Cheetah and Lion in the incredible south-central portion of the reserve. This is a land of open plains and impressive kopjes, and we will attempt to photograph the latter cats as they use the kopjes to rest and hunt from.


Join Greg du Toit and ORYX on this bespoke Tanzania photo safari adventure that promises incredible wilderness, top-class accommodations, and some truly spectacular photographic opportunities!

Why this Photo Safari is for You

Destination Allure

The Ngorongoro Crater has been dubbed the 8th wonder of the world. Here you will find predator and prey in close proximity thanks to the steep crater walls, and it is also home to some of the biggest elephant Tuskers left in Africa, as well as the endangered free-ranging black Rhinoceros. The Serengeti’s open plains is synonymous with big cat country, known for its sublime Cheetah sightings, a Lion stretched out on an elevated boulder or a Leopard draped across the branch of a tree.

Guided Experience

Wildlife Photographer of the Year winner 2013 Greg Du Toit has visited Tanzania numerous times over the years, and local knowledge of the region and its wildlife is key to crafting the ultimate photo safari. Greg will provide hands-on tuition to ensure that you obtain your dream images.


Tanzania has the largest concentration and diversity of animals in Africa. Covering an incredible 30,000km², the Serengeti ecosystem is one of the world’s largest and most spectacular wildlife areas and boasts over 1,100 bird species on top of that. Despite the vast space, the volume and concentration of game that we can expect to see during our Tanzania photo safari is nothing short of astounding.

Small Group Departures

Travel to wildlife saturated Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater region with a maximum of only 3 individuals for a private photo safari experience.

Artistic Dimensions

If you are a photographer who enjoys playing with light and lines and giving your photographs mystery and mood, then this is the trip for you as the light is dramatic and so are the backgrounds.

Greg de Klerk

Greg du Toit

8 Days
3 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
  • Destination
  • Departure
  • per person sharing
  • Photographic Highlights
    Lion, Cheetah, Spotted Hyaena, Black-backed and Golden jackals, Bat-eared Fox, Black Rhino, Cape Buffalo and impressive tuskers in Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro scenery and moody light, kopjes in Serengeti possibly with Lions atop them, wide Serengeti skies

Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Arusha

After arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be collected by an ORYX representative and driven to your accommodations for the night. Here you will be met by tour leader Greg du Toit, and will be able to discuss your exciting upcoming African photo safari together!

Day 2: Drive Arusha to Ngorongoro Crater

This morning on our Tanzania photography tour we head west away from Arusha before turning northwest towards the Gregory Escarpment. At the base of the escarpment, we pass through the town of Mto wa Mbu and its large ground water forest before ascending the Rift Valley wall, allowing us to gaze down onto Lake Manyara below. Our photo tour then takes us through cultivated lands as we make our way through the dusty town of Karatu and its red soils into the Crater Highlands. We enter the Ngorongoro Conservation Area at Lodoare Gate, and travel through the verdant highland forest which cloaks the crater rim. Reaching the top of the rim, we will stop and take a few minutes to drink in the sensational view of the crater stretching out ahead of us! Our Tanzania photo safari continues as we drive to our spectacular accommodations for the next three nights. All the wildlife is free ranging, and sleeping on the edge of the crater we might have an elephant or buffalo walk through the lodge grounds.

Days 3 and 4: Ngorongoro Crater

During our Tanzania photo tour, we will depart camp early each day and then wind our way down the descent road. Once we reach the bottom of the road and where the crater opens up, ambient light levels will just be high enough to capture sublime moody and mysterious images. For two full days on our Tanzania photo safari we will be able to photograph the crater together with all its incredible creatures and vistas.

Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater to Serengeti National Park

Today we strike out for a different area in this stunning ecosystem on our Serengeti photo tour, making our way north-west into the south-central Serengeti.

Days 6 and 7: Serengeti National Park

During our time in the national park, we will be able to access a large network of roads that will lead us to its famous residents. An African Lion stretched out on an elevated boulder enjoying the cool afternoon breeze, a Leopard draped over an Acacia or Sausage tree bough awaiting nightfall, or an elegant Cheetah standing proud on a termite mound scanning the plains for an easy meal… These are some of the quintessential sights of this region that we will be searching for. The Serengeti also harbours excellent numbers of resident game, and we should encounter Grant’s Gazelle as well as its smaller, “bouncier” cousin the Thomson’s Gazelle, Topi, Impala, Warthog, Cape Buffalo, Maasai Giraffe, Defassa Waterbuck, Coke’s Hartebeest and even African Elephant. Although Black Rhino does occur, it typically inhabits thick thorn scrub and wooded koppies, and is rarely encountered. Smaller carnivores include Banded Mongoose, Golden and Black-backed jackals, Bat-eared Fox and Serval, although the latter two can be slightly more challenging to encounter. Overall however, the volume and diversity of game that occurs in the Serengeti is astounding, and it truly is any wildlife photographers dream to visit and photograph this one-of-a-kind region! With full days to explore this paradise, we are in for a real treat, and with the next closest camp being one hour away, we are guaranteed an incredible photographic and wilderness experience!

Day 8: Drive Namiri to Seronera Airstrip, fly to Arusha Airport, lunch and depart Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

Today marks the end of our Tanzania photography tour and make our way to Seronera Airstrip, where after we will fly to Kilimanjaro International Airport and depart.
Tanzania – Ngorongoro & SerengetiGavin & Jayne Erasmus, United Kingdom

We had a fantastic photo tour with Greg, amazing locations and many unique photo opportunities, great lodgings too, all went smoothly from start to finish. Greg picked a great time to visit the Crater and the Serengeti it was as if we had them to ourselves. Crater Lodge Tree camp has an amazing position , whilst the rooms are somewhat quirky, we were well looked after and enjoyed good food and hospitality definitely in the best position to get down into the crater early. Namiri Plains was just perfect for us, a little more down to earth with the tented camp , nice and remote, well run, good food, a most memorable place.

Greg did himself proud, we look forward to our next photo safari with him, need to start saving up! We appreciate your help in arranging the trip.

Private TanzaniaShawn & Skye Meaker, USA

Ngorongoro Crater was a spectacular photo safari in an amazing location in Tanzania. The service and hospitality shown by the staff at camp was exceptional and the wildlife and photographic opportunities were out of this world. I would highly recommend this African experience for both photographers and people who enjoy being in the bush.

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