April 7th - 20th, 2017
Join award winning photographer, Jim Griggs, on this guided Photo Safari to the top wildlife spots in Northern Tanzania, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and the crown jewel of East Africa, Serengeti National Park. Jim has been traveling to Tanzania since 2001 and is ready to help you get the most out of this amazing ecosystem. As a "True" Photo Safari, we limit the number of photographers per vehicle, affording everyone the opportunity for catching the action. Although the lodges and camps are superb, we try to maximize our time in the bush, departing at or near sunrise every morning and returning at or near sunset every evening. For this who know about the wildlife of this region, it is important to be out as early as possible and stay as late as practical each day.
Listen to what past participants are saying:
"Jim's passions about photography and the Serengeti ecosystem collide in a spectacular fashion and spill over into his willingness to share them with everyone around him. His knowledge of the animals, the history and people make this one of the most educational and enjoyable trips that you will have the the pleasure to take. You'll always remember the first time you saw a lion or elephant in the wild and it will leave you wanting to return to Tanzania as soon as you possibly can.” - Adam S.
“It is hard to put into words my experience of traveling to Tanzania with Jim and Cindy Griggs. Each day revealed another marvel. From the Noah’s Ark of animals in the Ngorongoro Crater to the sweeping vistas of the Serengeti, Tanzania is a photographer’s dream. Jim and Cindy did an excellent job of meeting the needs of fanatic photographers such as myself and more laid back travelers who wanted to view and move on. The use of multiple vehicles allowed us flexibility in movement as well as expanded scouting opportunities. I cannot say enough about our knowledgeable driver/guides who always had the answer, who were always willing and always smiling even when they were winching a truck (always mine) out of the mud. All facilities were excellent, particularly the tent camps. Traveling to Tanzania in the so called rainy season (3X in 11 days) allowed us to see a green land with relatively few tourists. An added gift was two days in the Netherlands during tulip time. So what I can say but BEST TRIP EVER!” - Joyce C.
“No one does it better. From the time I indicated an interest until long after the safari was complete, I could not have asked for more. Jim and Cindy Griggs are experienced travelers. They know how to plan an adventure. They do not skimp on the details. They have a real passion for what they do. They love the area they will be taking you to.
Your experience will take place in one of the worlds finest game reserves, the Serengeti. The outfitters and guides are likely the highest rated group in all of Tanzania. Every moment they are concerned with your comfort. satisfaction and safety. Never do you need to worry.
You will see an extremely wide variety of animals including the big five. The cats, the giraffes, the rhinos, the elephants, they are all there. You'll be able to watch them in their natural surroundings. There are birds and reptiles you likely have never seen and will you have this rare opportunity to photograph them in the finest of habitats. You will be able to see near extinct wildlife. No doubt you will certainly feel differently about the world on your return to America.
Whether this is your 1st time away from home or you are a world traveler, you will certainly enjoy your time in Tanzania. It is a beautiful country full of rich history and artifacts. This amazing land is full of surprises. Want to see dark skies, Tanzania has Dark Skies.
There is no other activity that I can recommend more sincerely than a photo safari to Tanzania with Jim and Cindy.” - Ralph L.
"We went to Tanzania with Jim & Cindy Griggs with great expectations and we certainly weren't disappointed. From hand-picked camps to great guides to abundant wildlife, this was the trip of a lifetime.” - Jack & Becky C.
“After seeing Jim's presentation at my photo club, I added a photo safari to Tanzania to my bucket list. I love wildlife photography. Excited and nervous, with limited international travel experience, I wasn't sure what to expect. It turned out to be the most amazing trip. Our guides were fabulous and went above and beyond. Their eagle eyes spotted everything allowing us to shoot the "Big 5" and more. Around every corner there was something new and exciting. I even got to do some geocaching. It's going to be hard to top this trip!” - Jennifer H.
NOTE: Due to the government of Tanzania introducing a new VAT Tax, we had to raise the trip price to $8,190. We also changed from Gibbs Farm to a newer location, The Retreat at Ngorongoro. It is a nice improvement to the itinerary.
Accommodations are listed with links in the above itinerary. We never skimp on finding the places to stay and these will be nothing short of excellent. We have a complete guide booklet to let you know what to expect, how to plan for the trip, health concerns and meds plus inoculations needed/recommended. This guide booklet has evolved over the years to be very useful in preparing for this extended trip. It will be sent upon registration.
In addition, we always have time for some teaching while in the field. Want to try a blur pan? Jim can help with that. If the conditions are right we can even do some night sky photography at the lodges and camps.