Tanzania Photo Safari, Africa

May 2020 (12-day at Tanzania)

Departure on May 17
Group size: 4-12

Arusha NP, Manyara NP, Ngorongoro Crater, Ndutu, Southern and Central Serengeti, and Tarangire NP.

Travel in luxury to Tanzania photo safari, featuring the best of East Africa in a custom small group setting for wildlife photography.   We concentrate on all the big cats, tons of grazing animals, hippos, elephants, birds, and so much more. We can easily film 35 species of birds as well as flamingos.  We don’t need in a rush, waiting when necessary to record incredible movement. The scenery in May is very beautiful, especially its sunrise and sunset, the wild flowers are blooming, and the animals are in the meantime. We will start the safari before the sunrise, to catch the best lights in the morning, take a break at noon, and go to the field again in the afternoon. We will have very experienced drivers.


May 17, Leave Portland at 1:24pm, fly to Amsterdan by KLM Airlines.

May 18, Arrive Amsterdan at 8:40am. Leave AMS at 10:50am, arrive Lilimanjaro airport at 8:10pm. Transfer to Mt. Meru Hotel in Arusha (45min)

May 19, Tarangire Sopa Lodge. Arush/Tarangire NP

Arusha NP in the morning. Heading to Tarangire NP in the afternoon.

May 20, Ngr Sopa Lodge. Tanrangire NP/Ngorongoro Crater

Game drive in Tanrangire in the morning to see groups of elephant and Baobab tree. Heading to Ngorongoro Crater in the afternoon.

May 21, Ngr Sopa Lodge. Ngorongoro Crater

Game drive in Ngorongoro Crater whole day. Leave lodge early in the morning.
The Ngorongoro Crater is a very unique nature reserve. The volcanic crater of more than 100 square kilometers gathers various ecological features such as grasslands, forests, hills, lakes and swamps, and attracts animals outside the crater. Settled, it gradually formed an independent ecological chain system. The crater contains almost all animal species outside, and more than 25,000 large animals form a natural ecological balance in this semi-enclosed area. It is also one of the few regions in Africa that can see five major animals at the same time. It is called the “eighth wonder of the world”.

May 22, Masek Tented Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater/Southern Serengeti

Game drive to Ngorongoro Crater in the morning. Heading to Nduto district of Ngr Crater Reserve in afternoon, visit a Masai village on the way.

May 23, 24, Masek Tented Lodge. Souther Serengeti

Over the next two days, continue exploring the vast areas of the southern plains with an with an opportunity of visiting the Gol Kopjes on one of the days. This is cheetah territory and we hope to be able to find active cheetah who are constantly searching for Thomson gazelle. This area is prime location for massive herds of wildebeest and zebra and other grazing animals.

May 25, Serengeti Wildlife Lodge. Southern Serengeti/Central Serengeti

Heading to Serengeti NP in the morning. Serengeti is the most famous NP in Tanzania, with more than 3 million large mammals, it also shows the most attractive as African true nature of the animal sancturary: large groups of buffoloes, small groups of elephants and diraffes, thousands of wildebeests, East African gazelle, impala and Ge’s gazelle.

May 26, 27, Serengeti Wildlife Lodge, Central Serengeti

Two days explore the vast areas of the central Serengeti including the Sametu Kopjes, Simba and Moru Kopjes as well as the Seronera River Valley. The central Serengeti covers a tremendous amount of land so having these days will greatly benefit your photographic opportunities. If we are lucky enough, we will see the wildebeests crossing the Grumeti River. (Self-funded hot air balloon $550/person)

May 28, Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge, Central Serengeti/Lake Manyara

Heading to Manyara Lake NP, where there is a Flamingo assemble point.

May 29, Lake Manyara/Kilimanjaro Airport

G ame drive along the lake. Heading to Kilimanjaro National Airport in afternoon to catch 9:10pm flight to Amsterdam by KLM

May 30, Arrive Amsterdam at 7:20am, LV at 10:00am, arrive Portland at 11:21am.


Single room supplement: $500/person
Plus international airfare about $1350/person
(Airfares subject to change)
Tour package features:
  • Round-trip international airfare from PDX, Oregon, or from SFO, and LAX, CA, or from New York.
  • All in-country transportation, 8-seat Safari vehicle (4 people per vehicle. If 3 people per vehicle, the price will be $5,990/person)
  • All accommodations, best location of lodge and camp.
  • Fine meals.
  • All game park fees.
  • Bottled water.
  • Africa tour deadline for registration is March 10, 2020
  • Call Su Zhou at 503-639-8396, email zhousu@zhousu.us
  • Tour web site https://www.zhousu.us and click on Africa Tour

Not include:

  • Travel insurance.
  • Tanzania visa fee.
  • Restaurant stall tips.
  • Alcoholic beverages or soft drinks while on safari
  • Laundry, phone, and other personal items.
  • All tips for lodge and camp staff and drivers. Additional tips for porters, etc.
  • Extra cost beyond Tanzania itinerary, such as hotel in Amsterdam or New York.
Lunch area:
Photo gallery:

Note: All images above were taken from the Africa trip in May, 2019.