Current Photo Tours 2018/2019 Schedule 

       - Costa Rica Photo Tour - Feb 7th to 16th, 2018

         - Weekend with the Wolves Photo Tour March 2nd to 4th, 2018

             - Polar Bear Photo Tour Oct 27th to Nov 1st, 2018

                   - Our New 2018/2019 Tour Brochure is being updated Dec 31, 2018

Kenya & Tanzania Photo Tour - "Photographing the wild side of Africa"

Kenya & Tanzania Photo Tour - Tanzania is recognized, world-wide, for its breathtaking beauty, natural wonders and spectacular wildlife and one of the most popular African countries for travellers from all over the world. Home to Mount Kilimanjaro, Ngorogoro Crater, Serengeti,, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, and Arusha National Parks. Tanzania is home to over 350 species of wildlife.

    The primary focus of all adventure travel in Kenya is the wildlife, and like Tanzania is one of the finest destinations in the world for Safari’s. Kenya has no single prominent culture that it identifies with. Instead, it consists of various cultures practiced by the countries different communities. 

    I’m excited that Trekkers is returning to Africa for another photo tour, and invite you to join me as we photograph and explore the beauty of Kenya and Tanzania.                

                                                                                                                        James Cowie


Kenya and Tanzania Photo Tour Itinerary - September 12th to 26th, 2017

Day One: Tuesday September 12th, 2017 Our motor coach departs London early Tuesday morning for Pearson International airport. Our flight departs for Kenya via Addis at 11:00 a.m.

Day Two: Wednesday September 13th, 2017 Our flight arrives into Nairobi, Kenya at 10:25 a.m. JAMBO - KARIBU!! (Hello and Welcome) We will meet our guides upon arrival at the airport with a traditional, unique & special welcome with Bubbly, hot/cold towels and presentation of authentic safari hat and essentials. We will transfer to our hotel for time to settle in and relax. Lunch/dinner on own arrangements. Overnight Sarova Panafric Hotel.

Day Three: Thursday September 14th, 2017 Nairobi -  Breakfast at our hotel then head out first day excursion. We will drive about 8 KM’s out of the city to the Daphne Sheldrick Baby Elephant Orphanage. This will give us an opportunity to get up-close to these amazing animals. They vary in age from a few months old to 3 years old. Each orphaned elephant is assigned its own keeper, who acts as it’s mother and will stay with the elephant until it is re-introduced into the wild. We will also visit the Karen Blixen Centre at the foot of the Ngong Hills. This was the home of Karen Blixen of the Out of Africa fame. We will then visit the Giraffe Centre, were we will be able to see a herd of Rothschild’s Giraffe which are endangered species. Some great up-close photo opportunities here. We will have lunch at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden. Then this evening we will hold our special welcome event with our host family, The Manji’s who will welcome our Trekkers group into their home for welcome drinks and dinner. After dinner and a visit we will return to our hotel Sarova Panafric Hotel for overnight and prepare to depart the next day on our Kenya / Tanzania safari adventure. (B)(D)


Day Four: Friday September 15th, 2017 After breakfast check-out and drive to Masai Mara Game Reserve, we will have a welcome lunch then head out for our afternoon game viewing drive in search of the 'big five’. Masai Mara is the northern most extension of the Serengeti Plains and one of the richest wildlife Game Reserves. It is home to the awesome black-manned lion, the elusive leopard, stately giraffes, vast herds of elephants, rhino, thundering herds of zebra, migrating wildebeest and numerous other plains game. Sunset return to our lodge dinner, overnight Mara Sopa Lodge (B)(L)(D)

Day Five: Saturday September 16th, 2017 Masai Mara Game Reserve a Full day in Masai Mara with morning and afternoon game viewing drives in search of the 'big five'. Masai Mara is the northern most extension of the Serengeti Plains and one of the richest wildlife Game Reserves. It is home to the awesome black-manned lion, the elusive leopard, stately giraffes, vast herds of elephants, rhino, thundering herds of zebra, migrating wildebeest and numerous other plains game. A sunset eturn to our lodge for time to relax, dinner and overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge (B)(L)(D)


Day Six: Sunday September 17th, 2017 After breakfast another full day at Masai Mara Game Reserve including a visit to a traditional Masai Manyatta. Experience the culture of this world famous community - the Maasai still lives as they did for centuries; interact with these nomadic people and experience their way of life as you learn about their customs and traditions. Continue with our afternoon game viewing drive before returning to our lodge for dinner, overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge (B)(L)(D) 

Day Seven: Monday September 18th, 2017 Masai Mara Game Reserve - Serengeti National Park. Up early this morning, breakfast and we have arrange for a picnic lunch to take with us. We will be heading south towards Isebania and Sirare, the border towns of Kenya and Tanzania. After going through the immigration procedures at the border our guide drivers from Tanzania will take over from our guide driver from Maasai Mara we will then proceed to Serengeti National Park. Enroute we will have a brief stop to enjoy our picnic lunch. Continue with game-viewing drive en-route to our lodge check-in in the late evening. Dinner overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge (B)(L)(D)


Day Eight: Tuesday September 19th, 2017 Serengeti National Park offers up a beautiful landscape and is home to the black-mannedlion, the savannah elephant, Cape buffalo, wildebeests, the leopard, cheetah, the spotted & stripped hyena, the rhino, topi, burchelle’s zebra, and Mais giraffe. One is spoilt by the variety of bird and wildlife species in this reserve. Overnight Serengeti Sopa. (B)(L)(D)

Optional Dawn Hot Air Balloon Ride over the Serengeti ending with a champagne breakfast. You may select this option when registering.

Day Nine: Wednesday September 20th, 2017 Serengeti National Park - After breakfast we depart to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, proceeding towards the rim of the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater stopping occasionally to admire and photograph the breath-taking vista unfolding before us. Arrive for check in, after lunch. This afternoon we will have time to relax and enjoy the panoramic views of the crater. The Ngorongoro crater is the largest unbroken caldera in the world. It has been described as one of the great natural wonders of the world. Eight million years ago, the Ngorongoro Crater was an active volcano but its cone collapsed, forming the crater that is 610 meters deep, 20 kilometres in diameter, and covers an area of 311 sq. km. Spectacular as it is, the crater accounts for just a tenth of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The crater is home to many species of wild game and birds. With the exception of impala and topi (due to fierce competition with the wildebeest) and the giraffe (because there is not much to eat at tree level), almost every species of African plains mammal lives in the crater, including the endangered black rhino, and the densest population of predators in Africa. A strange thing is that the crater elephants are mainly bulls! The birdlife, which includes the flamingo, is mainly seasonal, and is also affected by the ratio of soda to fresh water in Lake Magadi on the crater floor. NOTE: Warm jacket/or sweater is highly recommended as the temperature change in the evenings. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (B)(L)(D)

Day Ten: Thursday September 21st, 2017 Ngorongoro Conservation Area. After breakfast we descend some 600 metres into the crater, which is home to an abundance of wildlife and a photographic paradise, for a full day of game-viewing drive with picnic lunch at a private scenic site. Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact caldera in the world teams with an abundance of wildlife permanently resident on the crater floor. Prides of lions, herds of cape buffalo, impala, Thompson gazelles, rhino, giraffes, golden & black-backed jackal, zebra, cheetah, leopard and the spotted hyena Unmatched for its natural variety & breath-taking beauty, there are few places on earth where such a tremendous diversity of landscapes exist inside a region this size. Apart from its wildlife riches, the crater is also of great archaeological importance, with the remains of some of mankind’s earliest ancestors discovered in the area, also a home to hundreds of bird species, refreshing in the small lakes in the crater floor. Return for dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (B)(L)(D)


Day Eleven: Friday September 22nd, 2017 Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Tarangire National Park. After breakfast we will drive to Tarangire National Park; which of all Tanzania parks boasts of the largest number of savannah elephants. Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry Tarangire river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It's the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem - a smorgasbord for predators – and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed. The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world. On drier ground you may find the Kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird; the stocking-thighed ostrich, the world's largest bird; and small parties of ground hornbills blustering like turkeys. Other birds include the yellow-collared lovebird, drabber rufous-tailed weaver and the ashy starling – all endemic to the dry savannah of north-central Tanzania. Tarangire's lions climb trees, lounging in the branches where the fruit of the sausage tree disguises the twitch of a tail. Lunch followed by afternoon game drive in this area dotted with majestic baobab trees, the eland antelopes are among other game we will be photographing during todays game drive. Dinner and overnight at Tarangire Sopa Lodge (B)(L)(D)


Day Twelve: Saturday September 23rd, 2017 Tarangire National Park - Amboseli National Park. A full day at Tarangire national park. Get ready to explore the undiscovered Africa. After breakfast, we set out for our morning game viewing drive and look out for the wonderful game including Elephants (the largest population in Tanzania), lions,550 species of birds, tree climbing pythons among other animal. Lunch will be in a cool picnic site, then later carry on with our game drive. We’ll return to our lodge in the evening for dinner, overnight at Tarangire Sopa Lodge (B)(L)(D)

Day Thirteen: Sunday September 24th, 2017 Tarangire National Park - Amboseli National Park an early breakfast we depart towards Namanga (the border town between Kenya and Tanzania).  After clearing the immigration formalities, we’ll continue our journey to Amboseli National Park, which provides the classic Hollywood image of Africa. Set in rolling savannah scenery, it is dwarfed by the presence of the pink-tinged, snowcapped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing volcanic mountain in the world and topped by one fifth of all the ice in Africa. Against this magnificent backdrop roam vast herds of 'giant' elephant accompanied by a kaleidoscope of other fabulous beasts - lion, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, baboon, gazelle hippo and wildebeest. Amboseli National Park is also an ornithological paradise with over 400 species of birds, all manner of reptilian, flora and fauna and some of the most soul-searing views in Africa. Arrive at our lodge for check in and lunch. Enjoy an afternoon game viewing drive in search of the 'big five' among other animals. Her breath-taking scenery - one of the best places for a photographic view of Mount Kilimanjaro; weather permitting is next to none. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight at Amboseli Sopa Lodge (B)(L)(D)


Day Fourteen: Monday September 25th, 2017 Amboseli National Park and begin our return drive to Nairobi. We will have lunch and time to freshen up prior to our return to the airport for our 7:15 p.m. Departure for home. Our flight connects through Addis and see us arriving into Pearson international airport the following morning.

Day Fifteen: Tuesday September 26th, 2017 Arriving into Pearson International airport in Toronto 8:25 a.m. After clearing customs we will meet our motor coach for our return drive to London, with any drop off points previously arranged. Arriving at approximately 12:00 p.m.


 Kenya and Tanzania offer up some of the most spectacular photo opportunities African landscape has to offer. The temperatures in Kenya remain fairly constant year round with an average daily temperature of 25 C to 27 C with slightly cooler temperatures on the coast. Tanzania is very similar in temperature with the crater region getting cooler in the evenings. September sees very little rain.

 The cost of Kenya and Tanzania Photo Tour $7,890.00 per person CAD based on double occupancy including air via Ethiopian Airlines, plus air taxes of $836.10 CAD. Single supplement an additional $1175.00 CAD. Departing from Toronto, other departure locations available upon request.

Your tour includes:

    • Round trip motor coach via Cherrey Coach Lines to Pearson Airport, Toronto,
    • Departures from London & Woodstock, other pick up points please inquire,
    • Round Trip Airfare via Ethiopian Airlines,
    • All airport and hotel transfers,
    • Accommodations and meals during our tour, as specified in our itinerary,
    • Private meet and greet in Jomo Kenyatta with traditional welcome,
    • Private 4x4 safari land cruisers with guaranteed window seats for our photographers,
    • All games drives as per itinerary,
    • Lunch at Carnivore restaurant, 1 full day crater visit, 
    • Park entry fees,
    • Unlimited bottled water supplied in your safari vehicle during game drives and transfers,
    • Flying Doctor Medical Evacuation Services while in East Africa (does not cover Dr. Fees, hospitalization, drugs, consultants fee, etc.)
    • Tour hosted and escorted by photographer James Cowie


  •  Alcoholic beverages, laundry and tips.

  •  Tourist Visa Fees (we will assist with applications and processing)

A non refundable deposit of $775.00 CAD is required at time of booking. You may select one of two payment options. Three payments of $2,650.37 May 10th, June 10th, and July 10th, 2017 or full balance on July 10th, 2017. Carlson Wagonlit Travel recommend the purchase of travel and health insurance as tour takes us out of the country. Health insurance is highly recommended. Please note your passport expiry date must be valid for 6 months past our return date of September 26th, 2017. You may also redeem RBC points for this tour, and this tour pays RBC points.

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Click here to download a copy of Kenya & Tanzania Photo Tour Brochure

If you have any other questions or require booking assistance please contact:

James Cowie at Carlson Wagonlit Travel London
1-866-614-7717 or 519-679-8520 ext 5
or by email 
Katherine Hirtzel at Carlson Wagonlit Travel London
or by email
1-866-614-7717 or 519-679-8520 ext 3
Carlson Wagonlit Travel, 224 Central Ave. London, Ont. N6A 1M8


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