New Dates Now Available: Photographic Safari to Tanzania with Paul Joynson-Hicks & Simon Stafford

A Photographic Safari to Tanzania
Led by Paul Joynson-Hicks & Simon Stafford
13th – 20th July 2014

Due to the high demand for the first of these safari tours Paul Joynson-Hicks & Simon Stafford have added a second safari, but only a few places remain available…

Arranged exclusively for Nikon Owner, this action-packed photographic tour will take you through the highlights of northern Tanzania, providing a front-row seat from where you will be able to photograph beautiful landscapes, fascinating cultures and captivating wildlife.



Starting in Arusha the tour heads first to Tarangire National Park, before continuing to Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater, then concluding in the Serengeti National Park. These locations offer an astounding amount of game to photograph, with Tarangire being famous for its elephants, Manyara for its monkeys & baboons, Ngorongoro for some of the last remaining rhinos in Tanzania and the Serengeti for the wildebeest migration and big cats.

By early to mid-July the dry season is well underway and the wildlife is beginning to congregate around the diminishing number of water supplies, resulting in some fabulous photographic opportunities.


Day 1 – Sunday 13th July 2014

On arrival into Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met and transferred by road to Arusha. Accommodation will be at the Arusha Hotel, where Paul & Simon will host a meeting in the evening for everyone to meet each other and discuss the plan for the week ahead.

Day 2 – Monday 14th July 2014

Road transfer to Tarangire National Park; you’ll pass through countryside inhabited by the Masai, recognisable by their bright red shuka (cloaks). The rest of the day will be spent exploring the stunning Tarangire National Park. Accommodation will be in the heart of the park at Tarangire Sopa Lodge for 2 nights.

Day 3 – Tuesday 15th July 2014

During the dry season, from July to October, over 250,000 mammals migrate to Tarangire National Park, in search of the last remaining permanent water supply of the Tarangire River. Most spectacular is the contingent of up to 10,000 elephants, making it one of the largest concentrations of elephants anywhere in Africa. You’ll have the day photographing these amazing animals and a vast amount of other game.


Day 4 – Wednesday 16th July 2014

Following a morning game drive in the Tarangire National Park, you’ll drive up over the Great Rift Valley Escarpment, and continue on into the Ngorongoro Highlands. On the way you will pass through small towns and villages, coffee plantations and the terraced farmland that makes the most of the fertile volcanic soil. Accommodation for 2 nights will be at the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, which sits on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, from where you will be able to enjoy the views, as you look out across one of the most amazing natural wonders in the world.

Day 5 – Thursday 17th July 2014

An early start to the day will ensure you are in position to observe the sun rise in the Ngorongoro crater. This huge volcanic crater offers not only beautiful scenery but is also home to an incredible density of mammal and bird life; it is one of the few places in Tanzania where you will see Rhino. The contrast of wildlife and scenery make this an epic place for an action-packed day of photography.

Day 6 – Friday 18th July 2014

During the morning you’ll drive down from the Ngorongoro Highlands and into the Serengeti National Park, where you’ll have the rest of the day to photograph the amazing wildlife and scenery before arriving at your accommodation, the Serengeti Wilderness Camp, in the afternoon. This is a traditional tented safari camp and having spent the last few nights in lodges it provides a great opportunity to get close to nature in the heart of the Serengeti. After a full day of games drives you’ll be able to relax around the campfire and enjoy exchanging stories from the day’s activities.


Day 7 – Saturday 19th July 2014

At this time of year the wildebeest migration is taking place through central and western Serengeti as the huge herds continue their journey north to the Mara River. The day will begin early in order to capture this amazing event at first light, with the dramatic clash between predators and the migrating herds providing an exciting opportunity to capture some great action shots. After a full day of photography you’ll enjoy a second evening in the Serengeti Wilderness Camp.

Day 8 – Sunday 20th July 2014

The day will begin in the Serengeti National Park with your final game drive of the trip, before catching a flight back to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Photographic Tuition

Your tour leaders and photographic tutors, Paul and Simon, will be with you throughout the trip in order to help you learn and gain more from your passion for the photography of wildlife. They will help you acquire the photographs you have come to capture.

Your two tutors have a wealth of knowledge to share, so you will be encouraged to seek instruction and ask questions to ensure you make the most of the photographic opportunities. They will be on hand at all times in the field to offer guidance in a relaxed and informal manner. To support and enhance the field-based tuition Paul and Simon will also provide further teaching in a more “formal” manner during breaks between game drives and on some evenings. During these sessions they will discuss the creative processes behind recording exciting images of African wildlife, as well as provide inspiration for new ideas and describe photographic techniques for you to try out.


Feedback on your pictures is crucially important to help you develop and hone your wildlife photography skills; Paul and Simon will be keen to provide this at any time on a one-to-one basis and during the more formal tuition sessions, if you are willing to show your work, within the group.

Price & Booking

£3,500 per person (including a £300.00 discount for Gold subscribers to Nikon Owner)

Please note the price is based on twin-room sharing; there is a single person supplement of £325.00

A deposit of £875.00 is required to confirm a booking. The balance is due 45 days prior to the first day of the trip.

This trip has been arranged in association with Capture Safaris, who specialise in photographic safaris to Africa’s best wildlife events and destinations. The company, which holds an ATOL licence, has a small team of dedicated and knowledgeable consultants who have travelled extensively through Africa to establish the best guides, camp locations and activities available in addition to accommodation of the highest standard. Capture Safaris will contribute $100 (US) per booking to the ‘Shoot Photos not Animals’ Anti-Poaching Initiative in Africa; for more information please visit the Capture Safaris website.

Contact details:

Tel: 0207 183 2607

Mob: 07921 059976

What is included: All transport/transfers, domestic flight from Serengeti National Park to Kilimanjaro International Airport, emergency medical evacuation cover, full board accommodation and privately guided safaris at Tarangire Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge and Serengeti Wilderness Camp, bed & breakfast accommodation at the Arusha Hotel.

What is NOT included: Travel to/from Kilimanjaro International Airport, lunch and dinner at the Arusha Hotel, personal/travel/medical/photographic equipment insurance, drinks, tips, laundry services, all sundry expenses of a personal nature.

Currently, there are no direct flights to Tanzania from the UK; however, both British Airways and Kenya Airways offer connecting flights via Nairobi. It is the sole responsibility of each guest to arrange travel to Kilimanjaro International Airport; Capture Safaris will be pleased to assist you in organising your international travel to Tanzania.

Please note that further details of the trip, plus the full terms and conditions of booking are available from Capture Safaris. Please contact Tim Golds and quote: Nikon Owner/Tanzania 2014:


Please note the number of places will be limited strictly to just eight to ensure each guest has ample opportunity for photography and time with the tutors.

It is essential that you register with Gillian Greenwood at Nikon Owner in the first instance to obtain the discounted price. Please reply by email rather than by telephone.To register, please email your full name, postal address and postcode, as well as your daytime mobile and landline to:

If you are also a current Nikon Owner subscriber, please add your user-name/subscription number to the email.

Due to the limited number of places do register as soon as you are able to in order to avoid disappointment. If you do not subscribe to Nikon Owner currently, please would you be kind enough to make a note of this in your email – in order to receive the discount, you will be able to join or re-join Nikon Owner when we call you to acknowledge your booking registration.

About Nikon Owner Gold Subscription:


Gold subscription – special price: £231 when registering for this course

  • 3-year subscription to Nikon Owner magazine
  • 5-year warranty on all new Nikon products from Grays of Westminster
  • 2-year warranty on second-hand Nikon from Grays of Westminster
  • Gold Priority waiting list for all new Nikon releases (top of the waiting list)
  • A half-hour tutorial on the phone or face to face, by appointment
  • A signed copy of Heather Angel’s Wild Kew while stocks last or a Simon Stafford Nikon Magic Lantern Guide of your choice.
  • Nikon Owner quarterly magazine as above
  • Private user-name and password to the subscribers-only website which includes a forum, message board, technical equipment reviews, events page and use of a photo gallery
  • Simon Stafford’s Technical Helpline
  • 15% off Think Tank bags purchased at Grays of Westminster
  • Special trips and events
  • Substantial discounts on training sessions organised by Grays of Westminster, including Mike Maloney’s Workshops, Heather Angel’s Wildlife & Natural History Workshops, Simon Stafford’s Definitive Flash, Portraiture and Macro Training Sessions, Michael Eleftheriades’ panoramic and colour-calibration seminars and Chris Weston’s Photographic Courses.
DISCLAIMER: With regard to any of these photographic trips, workshops or safaris, including the safari above, Grays of Westminster and Nikon Owner magazine and their staff are only taking the initiative of arranging and facilitating these courses on the strict understanding that they are solely acting in an introductory capacity and anyone planning to come will be deemed to have agreed that they fully understand this as a condition of enrolling and that no liability whatsoever is accepted either by any of the organisers, Grays of Westminster or Nikon Owner magazine in this regard.




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