From Mafia to Nyerere

$TBC per person
14 Days
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Ask anyone in the know, and they'll tell you that some of the most stunning natural sights you'll ever witness in Africa can be experienced on a Tanzania photo safari.

In particular, Tanzania is a natural paradise, both inland at some of the most wildlife-rich reserves you'll ever see, and in the clear, crystalline ocean waters off the country's coast, teeming with resplendent life and colour. It's almost impossible to overstate the breathtaking beauty on offer across African landscapes that have stood unchanged for hundreds of thousands of years.

There's a sense of deep natural history here: a primal connection to the earth and the ocean that's hard to find anywhere else on the planet. Imagine swimming alongside majestic giants that live to 150 years or more. Inhale the scent of a nearby campfire, listening to the howls of distant wild dogs and the sounds of the bush coming alive at night.

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Few countries in Africa offer the diversity of wildlife, both on land and underwater, that Tanzania does. Photographic opportunities abound, with incredible reefs presenting exciting wide angle & macro opportunities, in a setting that naturally lends itself to truly inspiring diving. As if that isn't enough, November and December bring the added excitement of swimming with Whale sharks - an absolute once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Then, follow up your dive experience with a thrilling bush adventure to Nyerere National Park. Here, you'll encounter Africa's great predators, large packs of wild dogs, and vast, untamed landscapes that seem to go on forever.

What's included

Kenya , Tanzania Discover Destinations
Departure Location
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Return Location
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Price includes
  • 3 meals daily daily, plus early morning tea
  • Accommodation on a sharing basis
  • Airport transfers
  • All domestic fights
  • All park and conservation fees
  • Assistance with photographic and post processing on a casual basis
  • Overweight on domestic flight for uw camera gear
  • Two game drives a day, or options for game walks
Price does not include
  • Any additional meals other than stated
  • Dive Insurance
  • Extra activities not mentioned
  • International Flights (if not part of Tour)
  • Items of personal nature
  • Staff/Guide gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel visas

A Unique Tanzania Photo Safari

Join Saltwater Safaris on a unique Tanzania Photo Safari adventure. You’ll get to experience the best of both worlds. From Mafia Island off the coast of Tanzania, to the phenomenal wildlife on offer in Nyerere. This really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Mafia Island, Tanzania

Why ‘Mafia’ Island? The name itself conjures up intrigue, but it’s not what you think. ‘Morifiyeh’, is an Arabic word which simply means group, or when it comes to islands – archipelago. Happily, it has greatly escaped the invasion of mass tourism, unlike its sister island, Zanzibar. This is what makes this island even more appealing, less people, means quieter dive sites, and a more rewarding diving and underwater photography experience.

Our primary goal here is to track the migrating Whale sharks, who tend to congregate in the balmy waters around the archipelago between October and March, reaching its peak in December. We hope to be able to swim with these gentle giants and capture unique imagery that’s only available in a few places around the world.

Between Whale shark swims, we will also explore the incredible reefs of Chole Bay, a Marine Reserve, harbouring some 400 species of fish, and offering up some amazing wide angle and macro photo opportunities. Not only are there reef dives, but also a bit of muck diving for those little critters we all seek.

Enjoy All The Islands have To Offer

There will be plenty of time to explore all the islands have to offer. Both under water and the lush, tropical island itself. During our stay on the island, as part of the Tanzania photo safari experience, we’ll stay at one of the most exclusive eco-lodges. Located on the shores of Chole Bay, the tantalising cuisine,tranquil atmosphere and comfortable furnishings make it a guest-favourite – especially after a day in the water.

Our accommodation offers the perfect base for our diving expeditions and is conveniently close to our dive shop. We’ll be diving with one of Tanzania’s leading diving companies, who will ensure we are taken to the ideal spots for great diving and photography. With at least 2 dives scheduled each day, although these are all tide dependent, you’ll have the best opportunities for spectacular under water photography, while enjoying everything the Islands have to offer.




Nyerere National Park

Phenomenally wild and beautiful, the Selous – now known as Nyerere National Park –  is Africa’s largest game reserve, almost 4x the size of the Serengeti. However, unlike the iconic destinations in the northern region of Tanzania, this reserve is relatively unknown. This makes it a perfect destination for photography,and enjoying spectacular sightings with no-one else around.

You’ll find predators like lion, leopard, spotted hyena, cheetah and wild dog at home in the Nyerere National Park. And in large numbers, too! A Tanzania photo safari simply isn’t complete without a visit to the Selous.  Expect to be entranced by sightings of large elephant and buffalo herds as well as giraffe, hippo and sable antelope. Lined by tall Rafia palms, the Rufiji River and its series of canals and inter-connected lakes, sets the stage for some of the most iconic images to capture on film. It is at it’s most photogenic in the early morning and late afternoons.

Diverse and Beautiful Wildlife

We’ll be based at a lodge in the reserve that overlooks a waterway linking Lake Manze to Lake Nzeraker. This comfortable and stylish camp offers game drives, walking safaris, boating, and catch-and-release fishing. It is also ideally situated for exploring this diverse and beautiful reserve.

The lush, green season is the perfect time to arrive. Why? Water is the lifeblood of the African bush. And, with the rains falling after a lengthy dry season, the ecosystem comes alive with activity. So you’ll get to witness behavioural activities that you won’t see at any other time. Migrant birds reappear after a long winter spent abroad, juvenile animals are born, and the natural life-cycle begins afresh. Of course, this also means more predators – so there’s a vastly increased possibility of seeing incredibly unique predator-prey interactions.



November 2023


  • Day 1
  • Day 2-7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9-13
  • Day 14
Day 1

Dar es Salaam to Mafia Island

Arrival in Dar es Salaam.
There are two options, depending on time of arrival. If the arrival time is in the early afternoon, we  meet at domestic departures for our flight to Mafia Island, which is usually scheduled for 15h30.

However, if your arrival is significantly earlier in the day, you'll be transferred to the hotel, where a day room can be booked for a shower and change before heading to our flight to Mafia Island.
The flight to Mafia Island takes around 30 minutes. Upon arrival, we will be transferred to our accommodation, and get settled in.
Day 2-7

Diving around Mafia Island

Our time on Mafia Island will be divided between diving the local reefs, and swimming with Whale sharks.

For 4 of the 7 days, we have 2 tank dives planned, with the timing based on the tides – always looking for the best dive spots with the cleanest water. Shore dives are also possible, and these offer the best opportunity for muck diving, hauling out the macro lens, and finding and photographing the captivating little critters we'll encounter.

Our Whale shark experiences take place with Kitu Kiblu, out in the Kilidoni area. This eco-responsible operation provides us with the opportunity to learn more about these these gentle, beautiful animals, while at the same time affording the experience of swimming alongside and photographing them.
Day 8

Mafia to Dar es Salaam

We'll spend the morning on Mafia Island, engaging in activities according to the group's desires. Unfortunately there is only one flight per day out of Mafia Island, and this leaves at 17h30. The evening is spent relaxing at our hotel in Dar es Salaam, ready for an early wake-up call so we can fly to Ruaha National Park the following day.

Day 9-13

Dar es Salaam to Nyerere National Park

The next phase of the journey is even more reason to get excited: it's green season in the Nyerere!

New life appears everywhere once the first rains fall. This is a time for celebration, as the verdant new bush comes alive after the long dry winter. Rivers begin to fill, wildlife proliferates, and juvenile animals start to appear.

This is an incredible time to be a witness to the splendour of the African bush, with abundant life and constant activity taking place. Our days here feature 2 spectacular game drives, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. This is absolutely the best time to capture your most iconic wildlife images - with enough break time to download and evaluate the results. Prepare to be amazed!
Day 14

Nyerere to Dar es Salaam

All good things must come to an end! Carrying newfound friendships, a lifetime of inspirational memories, and collections of superlative photography, our flight back to Dar es Salaam leaves at 09h30. We say our goodbyes ( or 'till we meet again'), and head home from an adventure that will be cherished for years to come.

More about this tour

African Photography Tours

This Tanzania Photo Safari tour was designed with photography enthusiasts in mind. If you're a shutterbug who loves adventure and visiting exotic locales, you're going to love what we have in mind. You don't need to be a pro and you don't need all the photographic equipment. In fact, it doesn't matter what your level of experience is or your computer knowledge. We've catered for everyone, from novice to the experienced and we'll ensure that you have the best time  on each part of the trip, whether we've on the boat heading out for a dive or enjoy wildlife photo ops during a game drive.

We're not into the formal, so there won't be structured training or classes. But you'll always have an experienced and knowledgeable professional photographer on hand. So, if you have questions on how to set up for a specific shot, need help with camera prep or want some pro tips we'll provide you with as much - or as little input as you'd like. We can help with Lightroom and other photo editing software and anything else you may be curious about.

We also know that you may not want to spend every single moment of your vacation taking photographs - and that's perfectly fine. There is so much to enjoy that you'll be spoilt for choice. Between the beautiful blue waters of Tanzania and the scenic splendor of the bush, you'll be absolutely spoilt for choice.

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From Mafia to Nyerere

$TBC per person
14 Days
More than 1

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