Tanzania '23 Photos

In addition to individual custom-planned trips, I also curate small-group memorable experiences guided by expert locals. Our latest adventure was a 2023 trip to Tanzania for the height of the great migration.  We had a great trip! Check out what we saw and did.

Tanzania 2023

Dark Skies, the Great Migration, and Big Cats!

August 9: The official start of the trip! Clients were picked up at the airport and escorted to the 5-star Gran Melia Arusha hotel. Featuring a rooftop restaurant with views of Mt. Meru, Kilimanjaro's sister, this 5-star property was a relaxing way to start things off.

August 10: We spent today stretching our legs on a guided walking safari in Arusha National Park. There were a few clouds out as we saw the first giraffe, zebra, baboons, and flamingos of the trip. We also visited a lovely waterfall and had a picnic lunch overlooking the lake.

August 11: After breakfast, we headed to Tarangire National Park. The park is famous for its large herds of elephants, its own mini-migration of wildlife, and the magnificent baobab trees that live here. Our day of game drives was capped off with a beautiful sundowner overlooking the park.

August 12: Up bright and early for a day filled with game drives.

We took a rest before our nighttime drive. Getting to see nocturnal animals is a real treat because nighttime drives are only allowed in certain parks and areas.  After a late dinner, we gathered around the telescope to observe galaxies, clusters, and other stellar objects that can only be seen from the Southern Hemisphere. We were also on the lookout for shooting stars all night long as the peak of the Perseid meteor shower was tonight!

August 13: We had a chance to sleep in after a wonderful night of nocturnal cats, stargazing, and counting meteors. After breakfast, we departed Tarangire and enjoyed a game drive on our way to Ngorongoro Crater. 

August 14: We spent a long very full day exploring the Ngorongoro Crater, the world's largest inactive and unfilled volcanic caldera. The scenery was gorgeous and the animal life prodigious! We also had a bit of excitement and drama as a lioness strolled through our picnic lunch area. She was nonplussed by us but our guide sprung into action packing up our food as we took no chances and quickly retreated to the safari vehicle.

August 15: Our day started with a scenic flight to Serengeti National Park. The view from the window was simply magnificent and gave a great sneak peek of what was to come! Upon landing, we went straight to the Mara River to see if anyone was crossing.  We also experienced the great migration in full swing! After dinner and a bonfire, the telescope came out for another night of stargazing under amazingly dark skies.

August 16: We took a picnic breakfast to the river to wait for the herds to cross. Our patience was rewarded as within an hour they started to move. It was a scene of noise and borderline mayhem as they headed to the water!

After an exhilarating morning, we headed in the direction of the herds and experienced a wide array of wildlife at home on the Serengeti. A fantastic afternoon of wildlife encounters!

August 17: Another amazing day of wildlife spotting! There was high drama when we came across a lioness stalking a wildebeest - a deadly serious moment for both animals. We witnessed a very tense back and forth as the lioness tried to get close enough to catch her prey. However, the horns on a wildebeest are not to be messed with! The wildebeest returned the lioness's advances with charges of its own. They went back and forth each advancing, charging, retreating for about 10 very tense minutes. In the end, the lioness retreated and the wildebeest ran off.

August 18: Today was the last day of the safari. We all enjoyed a game drive on the way back to the airstrip for our respective flights. While our guests headed home, my photographer and I headed off to inspect a newly opened camp on the Serengeti plains. Spoiler alert, it was amazing and will be a stop on future trips!

But wait there's more to explore!

Before our guests arrived we visited two other special spots: Zanzibar home of crystal clear water, world-class diving/snorkeling, white sand beaches, and spices. This unique island just off the coast of mainland Tanzania is relaxing, and a great addition to a busy safari!

And Mahale National Park where you can trek to see wild chimps!  Nestled on the banks of Lake Tanganyika, the world's second oldest and second deepest freshwater lake, Mahale has just 2 small eco-lodges within the park. Following strict protocols regarding distance, small groups of people are allowed to spend set amounts of time witnessing the chimp's day-to-day lives. Seeing our primate cousins in their habitat was one of the most breathtaking experiences I have ever had!

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of our trip photos! 

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