Tanzania ‘Trunk & Lens’ Journey

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Thanks to the generosity of Outside GO, 10% of the purchase price of this trip will be donated directly to the WCS Ranger Anti-Poaching Support Project in Tanzania.

Capture the majesty of Africa’s most treasured titans on this conservation photographic journey in Tanzania. This Great Elephant Safari is designed specifically for photographic and elephant enthusiasts and offers up the opportunity to spend every waking moment in the shadows of these gentle giants.

Tanzania’s elephant population has plummeted by more than 60 percent during the past five years, and we know it takes an army of people to police and enforce this illegal trade from the vast remote parks to the villages, cities and ports. Outside GO is proud to partner with S.A.F.E and WCS in this effort.

Our expertly curated Photographic Conservation Safari focuses on the wildlife organizations that are making huge strides in protecting Africa’s Elephants through rural partnerships and wildlife ranger training. This incredible trip illustrates the true success in community partnered tourism and conservation. At Outside GO we believe that supporting our wildlife rangers is an absolute necessity not a choice, they are on the front line of the war against poaching – join us in making a difference on this incredible Photographic Safari focused on Elephants.

Following in the steps of these majestic animals, Paul will lead 8 guests on an exploration of elephant behavior, their landscapes and expressions.

  • Travel with one of Tanzania’s finest wildlife photographers
  • Visit two of Tanzanias most famed elephant parks
  • Track and photograph elephants with local park rangers who mission is to keep them safe from poaching.
  • Learn about how they survive and co-exist with local communities.
  • Enjoy guided walks and picnic breakfasts out
  • Delicious campfire meals prepared fresh and on site

This spectacular photographic Safari is led by one of Tanzania’s finest wildlife photographers – Paul Joynson Hicks.

Paul will lead 8 guests through two of Tanzania’s most famed elephant parks. Each day will be spent sharpening your photographic skills whilst tracking these gentle giants as they go about their daily life.

This trip promises to be informal and life changing. There will be discussions on technique, action shooting, wildlife observation and African animal behavior. This workshop is about elephants and photography and it will focus on the elephant personalities and expressions as well as their habitat and landscapes. This is a once in a lifetime trip for elephant and photography enthusiasts.

At the very heart of Paul’s photography is an exuberant passion for Africa and having travelled extensively throughout the East African region, Paul is fluent in Swahili and has an insightful perception of local cultures. He also has an enthusiastic interest in wildlife and birdlife adding an extra dimension to the photographic angle he brings. Paul’s also responsible for much of Outside GO’s own stunning photography, which makes us very proud!

Paul runs a select number of photographic safaris to some of his favorite destinations and events in Africa. He is a fantastic teacher and demonstrator and manages to get the best out of everyone in a fun and charming way. As well as providing tips and advice on safari he also runs workshops when back in camp to review and discuss the photographs taken and then provides new ideas to work on, allowing his ’pupils’ the opportunity to improve their photography.

This trip is open to photographers of all levels; all he asks is that people bring a digital SLR camera and a laptop for reviewing and downloading photos. It’s a great opportunity to learn from one of Africa’s great photographers whilst on a safari to save our elephants.

Because of the unique locations of this workshop, and the remote accommodations, this workshop adventure is open to spouses as well as photographers. Even non-photographers will find the locales visited and the wildlife viewing opportunities to be exhilarating. The cost for non-photographers is the same as for active participants.

Itinerary Overview

Day 1: Arusha, Tanzania

Overnight Machweo – cottage suite, all meals and beverages included
Dinner and Breakfast.

Welcome to Tanzania, where you will be met and assisted through customs and transferred privately to Machweo for the evening. Just outside of Arusha, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Machweo is a sanctuary of tranquility where you can recharge your batteries after your flight or enjoy some serious pampering before your safari.

Days 2 – 5: Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Your guide Paul Joynson Hicks will meet you at breakfast, where you will be briefed on what lies ahead. After breakfast you will be transferred by road to Tarangire National Park.

Tarangire National Park is a little gem in the northern Tanzania safari circuit. Less well known than its big brother, the Serengeti, Tarangire boasts the next greatest concentration of wildlife. The herds of elephant are surprisingly big here, often numbering in the hundreds. There is also a great variety of plains game including giraffe, eland, impala and zebra to name but a few. Of course, this also makes for perfect cat territory and we’ve often quietly observed large prides of healthy looking lion and been privileged to see a few leopard during our exploits here.

Your camp for the next four nights is Kuro Tarangire, set amidst a grove of Acacia and Kigelia trees on the banks of the Tarangire River – often a dry, sandy course snaking through this quiet area of the park. The area sees the rhythmic movement of wildlife as it traverses the park from the hills in the west to the swamps on the eastern side, and between the north and the south along the river line.

Six light and stylish safari tents are complete with comfortable beds, en-suite bucket shower and flushing eco-toilet. They rest amongst the trees with views over the African bush. You will gather to share meals and relax under the cool grass thatch of the open-sided lounge and dining area, which is furnished with hides and canvas, brought to life with a touch of colorful and tactile textiles.

Spend these four incredible days, traversing this wilderness with Paul in pursuit of the magnificent giants of Tarangire and learning all about wildlife photography.

Overnight: Kuro Tarangire (4 nights – full board and all activities)
All meals and beverages included

Days 6 – 9: Ruaha National Park
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip where you will board your charter flight to Ruaha National Park, where you will be met and transferred to Kigelia Ruaha Camp.

Few camps in East Africa boast such diversity and quantities of big game. It’s not just about the big stuff though; from the great baobabs to the colorful barbets – this is nature’s full spectrum on display. And you will be in the thick of it.

No other National Park in Tanzania has the diversity of Ruaha. Elephant in huge numbers are a common sight and the population seems to be growing. The Ruaha River also provides an ecosystem on its own with its huge Nile crocodiles, pods of hippo and all the other smaller mammals and reptiles. Ruaha has an abundance of predators, and a particularly healthy lion population – it’s not uncommon to see a pride with twenty or more.

At the center of the Park is the Ruaha River, which flows into the Rufiji River in the Selous, and on to the Indian Ocean. A number of smaller seasonal rivers all flow into the Ruaha including the Mzombe and the Mwagusi. These waterways are a vital life-source and make for a picturesque backdrop to the animal action.

You will explore this magnificent park with Paul both in safari jeeps and on foot, paying attention to the rhythms of the day and the softening light.

Located in the best wildlife area of the great Ruaha National Park, Kigelia Ruaha is a simple tented bush camp offering all those creature comforts that you need while enjoying one of the best kept big game secrets in East Africa. You will fall in love with this camp because of it’s location in the best game area of Ruaha National Park. With only six airy tents that provide shelter from the elements without detracting from the beauty of the natural bush setting…no manicured lawns here! The tents are well furnished with locally crafted pale wood furniture and there’s a hot safari-style bucket shower under the stars (the showers are en-suite but outdoors), and a flush loo.

Overnight: Kigelia Ruaha (4 nights – full board and all activities)
All meals and beverages included

Day 10: Return to Arusha and depart home
After breakfast, you will board your flight back to Arusha where you will be met and transferred to the international airport ad assisted through customs.
Breakfast and picnic lunch included.

INCLUSIONS

  • Private Photographic Guide
  • Accommodation based on the above dates
  • Transportation in safari vehicles throughout
  • Airport transfers to and from the Kilimanjaro International Airport.
  • All meals
  • Laundry
  • Most local branded drinks with meals (this includes water, soft drinks, beer and table wine).
  • Soft drinks and water on board the safari vehicle.
  • Entrance fees and conservation fees
  • Scheduled light aircraft flights between Tarangire and Ruaha, Ruaha and Arusha.

EXCLUSIONS

  • International flights to Tanzania and airport taxes.
  • Any meals & drinks not included in the above itinerary.
  • Any entrance fees and excursions not included in the above itinerary.
  • All premium and export brand beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Sundry expenses
  • Visa fees
  • Immunizations

$8,995 / person

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Activities

Photography, Safari, Bush Walks

Best times to go

September

Trip length

9 Nights / 10 Days

Location

Tanzania

Contact

Outside GO – Santa Fe
Email: sandy@outsidego.com
Direct: 505.795.7710
Toll-free: 1.888.870.0903

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Project this Trip Supports:

Ranger Anti-Poaching Support

Wildlife Conservation Society

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