Rock My East Africa Photography Adventure

Want to improve your photography whilst on the immersive adventure of a lifetime? Then join professional photographer, Matt Estrada and Africa travel expert, Helen Davies on an incredible journey through Kenya & Tanzania, two incredible countries with beautiful landscapes, vibrant cultures, world class safaris and some of the most beautiful beaches you’ve ever laid eyes on! This is a photographer’s dream!

 

Duration

14 Nights

 

Next Trip

August 2019

 

Price

£3,200 + $1,500 (paid on arrival)

 

Deposit

£250

 

Trip Overview

Join us on an incredible flashpacking photography expedition through Kenya and Tanzania, with expert tuition from professional photographer Matt Estrada.

This spectacular adventure takes us to 4 of Africa’s best safari destinations (the Masai Mara, the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park) as well as the paradise island of Zanzibar.

Throughout the tour, Matt is on hand to teach you everything he knows about photography and photo editing, answer any questions you have and give you all the guidance you need to come away with fantastic photos, whilst Helen will answer any of your Africa travel questions and take care of all the logistics, so all you need to think about is having a great time, making memories and capturing beautiful photos.

Starting Nairobi, we’ll head into the incredible Masai Mara where we’ll go on safari to spot the ‘Big 5’ as the migration passes through this remote wilderness, an incredible natural spectacle. Whilst there, we’ll also spend time with Helen and Matt’s Maasai friends, to learn all about their lives and unique culture and visit the local township, something most tourists will never experience.

Next we’re off on a safari to the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park, to spot and photograph even more animals! It really is like being in a real life version of the Lion King and you’ll go to sleep to the sounds of hyenas cackling and lions roaring in the distance.

We’ll meander through the ancient alleyways of Stone Town, learning about the history of this fascinating place, whilst capturing its rare and unusual beauty. In the evenings, we’ll soak in the atmosphere of the old town, practice our night photography at Forodhani Gardens and listen to enchanting Taarab music whilst eating a Zanzibari feast at one of Stone Town’s best rooftop restaurants.

Our last stop is the village of Paje on Zanzibar’s south-east coast, a true tropical paradise with turquoise blue water and white sandy beaches that stretch for miles.

PLEASE NOTE: This tour is slightly more expensive than due to the fact that we will be staying in lodges inside the Masai Mara, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater, rather than camping to allow us a bit more comfort and to be able to charge all of the photography gear!  

Essential Info

Duration: 14 Nights

Dates:

  • 20 August – 3 September 2019

Start: Nairobi, Kenya

Finish: Zanzibar, Tanzania

Maximum Group Size: 6 people

Minimum Age: 18

Physical Level: Moderate

Cost: £3,200 + $1,500* (local payment paid on arrival)

Deposit: £250 (non-refundable)

* The local payment is a portion of your overall tour cost paid on arrival to your tour leader in US Dollars. This includes the on tour expenses that we cannot pay prior to arrival, such as national park entry fees, food, local transport and some activities.

Meet Your Photography Guide – Matt Estrada

There’s nothing in the world I love more than traveling and taking photos of what I see. I love to meet new people, embark on new adventures, embrace different cultures, and make lasting memories along the way.

Photography for me offers yet another way to experience and remember all the things I love about traveling, plus it’s challenging, entertaining, and rewarding.  But you won’t find me hiding behind my camera for most of the journey. Nope, not me! I find balance between living the experiences first hand and capturing what I find most interesting.

I’ve done a good deal of group and solo travel (30 countries visited to date), and am now leading group tours and photography workshops at home in the US and abroad. I can’t wait to meet and support you on this incredible adventure.

You can read Matt’s full bio here.

Tour Highlights

  • Expert photography and Lightroom tuition with professional photographer and all-round awesome guy Matt Estrada.
  • Photograph the ‘Big 5’ on an incredible Masai Mara safari.
  • Witness the incredible wildebeest migration as it makes its way through the Masai Mara.
  • Meet the Helen and Matt’s Maasai friends and learn about their unique way of life as we spend a day at their village.
  • Enjoy a delicious local dinner with our safari guides in the Sekenani township near to the Masai Mara, something most tourists will never experience.
  • Take a local market tour in Moshi town, under the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • Go on a 4-day safari in the iconic Serengeti National Park, the stunning Ngorongoro Crater and the elephantastic Tarangire National Park – three incredible, yet very different safari locations.
  • Experience the nightlife of Nairobi, Moshi and Arusha.
  • Take a walking tour of fascinating Stone Town where you will learn about the history of the island (and get all the gossip) from our amazing guide, which taking incredible photographs.
  • More photography tips and expert guidance from Matt Estrada.
  • Try great local food (Zanzibar pizza – yum) and soak up the buzzing atmosphere at the Forodhani Gardens nightly food market whilst practicing your night photography.
  • Enjoy some free time in Stone Town to practice your photography or take the day trip of your choice.
  • Listen to enchanting Taarab music and eat delicious Zanzibari cuisine at one of Stone Town’s (and East Africa’s) finest rooftop restaurants.
  • Pick up some wonderful African souvenirs in the vibrant shops and markets of Stone Town.
  • Relax, unwind and/or party on the beautiful beaches Paje.
  • Take part in some of the many great activities available on the island – boat trips, local spa, scuba diving, SUP, surfing, Prison Island to name but a few.
  • Enjoy lunch at The Rock, one of the most beautiful, photogenic and iconic restaurants in the world.
  • Enjoy a sunrise photography lesson with Matt.
  • Toast to new friends, new skills and an amazing adventure over a goodbye meal.

Itinerary

DAY 1:  Nairobi

Dinner

Wildebeest Eco Camp (or similar)

None

Arrive into Nairobi and transfer to your accommodation. Your Rock My Kenya & Tanzania Photography Adventure starts here. Karibu Kenya!

Relax, ask lots of questions and get to know your fellow travellers, Matt and Helen during a delicious welcome meal and a beer or two at our lovely campsite.

We’ll get an early night tonight as tomorrow our adventure really begins.

*  If you have the time and can arrive earlier, we can organise any other activities you wish to do. Additional accommodation and activities charged separately.

DAY 2: Masai Mara National Reserve

Breakfast, Dinner

Tented Lodge

Great Rift Valley Viewpoint, Afternoon Masai Mara Photography Safari

Early in the morning, we’ll depart from Nairobi and head towards the world famous Masai Mara for our safari.

On the way we’ll take in the views of the magnificent Great Rift Valley, an incredible sight to behold and stop for lunch in the town of Narok, before heading into the park itself where we will spend the next two nights.

On the way we are likely to see lots of animals such as elephants, lions and giraffes so have your cameras at the ready.

In the evening, we’ll charge up our cameras, get prepared for a full day on safari tomorrow, relax around the campfire and under the stars at our lodge and Matt will be on hand to answer all of your photography questions. 

DAY 3:  Masai Mara National Reserve

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tented Lodge

Full-day Masai Mara Photography Safari

On day 3 we’ll spend the whole day out on safari looking for the ‘Big 5’ (elephants, lions, leopards, black rhinos and cape buffaloes) as well as lots of the other animals that inhabit the park such as giraffes, cheetahs, zebras, wildebeest, hyenas and lots of different antelope species.

There will be plenty of opportunities to capture incredible photographs and the end of August is usually when the migration passes through the Mara, so one of our main aims of this day is to see the wildebeest crossing the Mara River. A truly magical experience.

Our guides will get us close to the action, whilst being respectful to the wildlife and natural environment.

In the evening we’ll head back to camp to rest, re-charge and enjoy a delicious dinner. The rest of the evening is free to chat all things photography, sort and edit your photos or chat with your fellow adventurers around the campfire.

DAY 4:  Masai Mara National Reserve

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Mara Explorers Camp

Morning Masai Mara Photography Safari, Maasai Village Visit, Sekanani Township Dinner

Getting up early, we’ll head out for a morning game drive through the Mara to capture more incredible safari images. Morning is such a magical time in the Mara, when the lighting is just right and the animals are at their most active.

Leaving the park mid-morning, we’ll spend the rest of the day with Helen and Matt’s Maasai friends who live in a small village just outside the Sekenani Gate.

We’ll learn about what it’s like to live in a Maasai village and our guides will show and teach you about their customs and traditions. You are free to ask as many questions and take as many photos as you like throughout the visit. Matt and Helen will be on hand to ensure you get some great shots and get the most out of your visit.

At some point during the day, we usually get invited for a cup of warming masala tea at the home of one of our Maasai friends – a very special and unique experience.

That evening we’ll head out with our safari and Maasai guides for a local dinner and drinks in one of the restaurant/bars in the nearby township of Sekenani. You won’t find any other tourists here.

This is always a super fun and informative day and one that you’ll never forget!

DAY 5:  Nairobi

Breakfast

Wildebeest Eco Camp (or similar)

None

Early in the morning, those who want to can take an optional hot air balloon ride (additional cost) over the Masai Mara. This is a wonderful chance to see the sunrise and epic landscape from the air and at this time of year, you have a high chance of seeing the migration in full swing too. Back down on the ground, you’ll be treated to a wonderful champagne breakfast – truly wonderful.

Alternatively, you can take an early morning hike to the top of Siana Hill for sweeping views over the area with your new Maasai friends or you can have a restful morning at the camp.

When the ballooners and hikers return, we’ll say our goodbyes to the Mara and make our way back to Nairobi, again passing over the incredible Great Rift Valley as we go and we’ll have another chance to take photographs if you wish. 

The evening will be free to spend catching up on your photo editing, having 1 to 1’s with Matt or those who want to can head out to experience the exciting Nairobi nightlife.

DAY 6:  Moshi

Breakfast, Dinner

More Than a Drop (or similar)

Moshi Photography Tour

Today is another exciting day as we fly into Tanzania (flights charged separately) for the second part of our adventure.

We’ll spend the night in Moshi, a bustling town that lies at the base of the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro and in the afternoon, we’ll head out to a local market for a photography tour with Matt and our local guides. This will also be a great opportunity to try some of the delicious Tanzanian street food for lunch.

In the evening we’ll have dinner at a great local restaurant before getting good night’s sleep before we venture out on another safari tomorrow.

DAY 7:  Tarangire National Park

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tented Lodge

Afternoon Tarangire Photography Safari

We’ll spend the next few days on safari in Tarangire, the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, three of the most spectacular safari destinations on the planet and home to the ‘Big Five’.

We’ll enjoy breakfast out in the garden of our lovely hostel and weather permitting we should be able to get a good glimpse of Mount Kilimanjaro herself.

When we’re ready, we’ll leave Moshi and head towards Tarangire National Park, arriving around lunch time to begin our fantastic afternoon safari. Tarangire is home to one of the most dense concentrations of elephants in the world so you will not be disappointed by a safari here.

You’ll go to sleep to the sounds of hyenas cackling and maybe even hear the odd lion roar or elephant trumpet in the distance.

DAY 8:  The Serengeti

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tented Lodge

Afternoon Serengeti Photography Safari

Today we’re off to one of the most amazing safari destinations in the world – the Serengeti! Believe us when we say it’s just like stepping into the Lion King and you will be singing ‘Circle of Life’ all the way in!

We’ll spend the afternoon driving through the park and you will be absolutely wowed by the sheer volume of animals and the incredible landscape before you.

Our expert guides will get us up close to the action and all the while, Matt will be giving you advice on how to capture the best shots.

In the evening, we’ll discuss photography, share stories and drink Amarula, before getting an early night ready for another safari tomorrow.

DAY 9: Ngorongoro Crater

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tented Lodge

Morning Serengeti Photography Safari

We’ll be up and out early for another game drive in the Serengeti looking for animals who are usually very active in the morning before it gets too hot.

The Serengeti has an abundance of wildlife so you won’t be disappointed! We’ll keep our eyes peeled for lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes and all the other animals you could ever hope to see on safari.

In the afternoon, we’ll head to the Ngorongoro Crater, where we’ll stay in a lodge up on the crater rim. When the sun goes down, we’ll relax around the campfire and under the stars.

DAY 10:  Arusha

Breakfast, Lunch

The Green Mountain Hotel (or similar)

Morning Ngorongoro Crater Photography Safari

Waking up at dawn, we’ll head down into the Ngorongoro Crater for another day on safari.

The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest intact crater in the world, formed 3 million years ago when a volcano (reportedly higher than Kilimanjaro) collapsed. The result is one of the most spectacular landscapes on earth, perfect for photography.

If that wasn’t enough, the crater is filled with a high concentration of animals and it isn’t uncommon to see a kill in this (relatively) enclosed space. We also have a good chance of seeing an endangered black rhino or two.

In the afternoon, we’ll head to Arusha town where the evening is free, so you can either head out on the town or rest after the last few days on safari.

DAY 11: Stone Town

Breakfast

Dhow Palace (or similar)

Stone Town Walking & Photography Tour, Forodhani Gardens Food & Photography Tour

Today is an exciting day as we’re flying to the paradise island of Zanzibar (flights charged separately).

When we arrive, we’ll check into our stunning, traditional Zanzibari hotel and then grab some lunch at a great local restaurant.

Fed and watered, we’ll take an informative walking tour of Stone Town where you will learn all about the history (and all the gossip) of this incredible place as well as have the opportunity to take photographs of many of the main sights.

In the evening we’ll take a trip to Forodhani Gardens, the awesome nightly food market where you can pick up some local delicacies such as seafood kebabs, samosas, fruit, grilled maize, sugar cane juice and the famous Zanzibar pizza! You will also get the chance to practice your night tike photography at the market.

DAY 12:  Stone Town

Breakfast, Dinner

Dhow Palace (or similar)

Zanzibari Dinner & Live Taarab Music

Today is a free day to take one of the many day trips from Stone Town (visit Prison Island, take a spice tour, traditional dhow sailing trip), take part in a Zanzibari cooking lesson (and practice your food photography), shop at your leisure or simply wander the maze and absorb the magic that is Stone town.

Stone Town is an incredible place to practice your photography with its ornate doors, interesting buildings and plenty of history.

In the early evening we’ll head to one of Stone Town’s top rooftop restaurants. The restaurant offers wonderful views over Stone Town and you will love hearing the call to prayer whilst watching the sunset. This is a true Zanzibari experience with great food and local Taarab music. Pure magic!

DAY 13:  Paje

Breakfast, Lunch

The Waterfront Zanzibar Beach Hotel (or similar)

The Rock Restaurant

Today we’ll head to Paje on Zanzibar’s beautiful south east coast.

Today, we’re going to take a trip to the famous Rock Restaurant. This is a lovely experience as well as being incredibly photogenic. We’ll ensure you go at the right time to get those picture perfect images too.

The rest of the day is free to wander round the village, enjoy the pool or the beach and make some new friends.

The evening is your own, however you may want to let your hair down and go dancing at one of Paje’s beach bars.

DAY 14:  Paje

Breakfast, Lunch

The Waterfront Zanzibar Beach Hotel (or similar)

Sunrise Photography Workshop

Early in the morning, Matt will be heading down to the beach to photograph the sunrise and you are welcome to join him in capturing the changing light dancing on the water. But if you’d prefer to have a lie in, we won’t be offended. This is your holiday.

We’ve left the rest of today completely free so that you are able to relax and enjoy your last day in Zanzibar as you please, however, if you are wanting to venture out, there are still plenty of things to do and Matt is always on hand to help with photography and answer your questions.

Popular excursions include boat trips to the Mnemba Atoll, a great place for scuba diving and snorkelling. Or you might want to take a Zanzibari cooking lesson with a local chef or go on a village tour. If you’ve ever fancied going stand up paddle boarding, the mangroves of Zanzibar are a great place to learn. Helen can arrange anything you wish to do.

In the evening we’ll head out for a fantastic goodbye dinner at a local restaurant and toast to great adventures, news skills and wonderful new friends.

Asante sana!

DAY 15:  Departure Day

Breakfast

None

None

Today is always a sad day as we say goodbye to our new friends, but the memories, shared experiences and photographs of Kenya, Tanzania & Zanzibar will last a lifetime!

We can arrange your transfer to Zanzibar Airport or you can continue your Africa travels from there.

If you need any support with your pre or post-tour Africa travels, please don’t hesitate to contact us. It’s all part of the Rock My Adventure service!

Please bear in mind that the itinerary is subject to minor changes, ‘This is Africa’! But whatever happens, we’ll ensure you have an amazing trip!!

Have a question? Feel free contact us here or take a look at our FAQ’s page.

Support

  • Rock My Adventure Group Leader, comprehensive pre-departure information & planning advice.

Meals

  • 14 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners.

Accommodation

  • 14 nights accommodation in good quality safari camps, hotels and guesthouses. Twin share basis. Charging facilities available in all locations.

Transport

  • All transport within Kenya & Tanzania to and from included excursions and between the main destinations on the tour (includes – taxi, safari vehicle, ferry, tuk tuk, boat, bus & mini bus).

Activities

  • Daily Photography & Lightroom Tuition with Matt Estrada
  • Great Rift Valley Viewpoint
  • Afternoon Masai Mara Photography Safari
  • Full-day Masai Mara Photography Safari
  • Morning Masai Mara Photography Safari
  • Maasai Village Visit
  • Sekanani Township Dinner
  • Moshi Photography Tour
  • Afternoon Tarangire Photography Safari
  • Afternoon Serengeti Photography Safari
  • Morning Serengeti Photography Safari
  • Morning Ngorongoro Crater Photography Safari
  • Stone Town Walking & Photography Tour
  • Forodhani Gardens Food & Night Photography Tour
  • Zanzibari Dinner & Live Taarab Music
  • The Rock Restaurant
  • Sunrise Photography Workshop
  • Flights.
  • Airport transfers (however we can arrange these for you).
  • Visas (if needed).
  • Medications, antimalarials or vaccinations.
  • Travel/health insurance (required).
  • Drinks & meals not mentioned.
  • Optional activities.
  • Tips for local guides.

You will make 3 payments:

  • Deposit: Paid in GBP upon booking.
  • Balance: The remainder of the GBP balance (minus deposit) paid 62 days before arrival.
  • Local Payment: Paid on arrival to your Tour Leader in Africa

The local payment is separate from the initial price you pay prior to the trip. You pay the local payment to your Tour Leader in US Dollars upon arrival in Africa.

This includes the on tour expenses that we cannot pay prior to arrival, such as national park entry fees, food, local transport and some activities.

  • 20 August – 3 September 2019

Come and experience the magic of Africa!

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