Tanzania Migration 2019

Join American wildlife photographers Amy Shutt and Anthony Ishak for an 8 day photography tour of Tanzania, Africa in February 2019.

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  • Safari 1: February 16 - 23, 2019  SOLD OUT
  • Safari 2: February 23 - March 2, 2019  SOLD OUT

Safari Dates for 2020 TBA


This is 12-person tour which features  four special photographic vehicles  headed by professional and highly skilled driver guides. We specialize in hands-on guidance with a mentor-to-client ratio of 1:6.  Photographers of ALL LEVELS are welcome. 

The Serengeti region and Ngorongoro Conservation Area of Tanzania make up one of the finest safari regions in the world. The 12,000 square mile area is the home to over 60 large mammal species, including approximately 3,000 lions, 1,000 leopards, over 8000 hyenas, and 500 species of birds.

The month of February marks the time for the Great Migration in Tanzania, which is the largest terrestrial mammal migration in the world. This  annual trek is made by 1.7 million wildebeest, 400,000 Thomson’s gazelle, 300,000 zebra and 12,000 eland across the Serengeti-Maasai Mara ecosystem.

During January and February, depending on rainfall, the wildebeest gather on the Ndutu plains in Tanzania and give birth to 300,00-400,000 babies. At peak times, there can be 8,000 babies born each day. Newborn wildebeest are on their feet and running often within five minutes of birth! We are timing our trip to maximize our chances of seeing this part of the migration. With the prey come the predators and the chance to see some of the world’s most dynamic hunters plying their trade.

The abundance and diversity of animal life and the cycle of life on the African plains must be seen to be fully appreciated.

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Day 1: Saturday, February 23, 2019

The start of your safari adventure begins on February 23rd as you arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport.

will be greeted by your guides and travel to Arusha for an overnight stay at the African Tulip, an elegant and charming luxury boutique hotel. 

Here you will meet up with Amy and Anthony and the rest of the photo safari group. We will get acquainted and enjoy the beautiful environment while we prepare for photographing the wildlife that we will encounter in the coming days. Amy  and Anthony will do their best to help you capture images that you are happy with and that go beyond the basics and set themselves apart. 

Amy and Anthony together have years of experience educating and guiding in wildlife photography and look forward to helping you meet your photographic goals. 


Day 2, 3, 4, 5

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Ndutu-Southern Serengeti After early breakfast at the African Tulip we will be transferred to Arusha Airport to catch our flight to Ndutu which is home to the large migratory herds of wildebeest and zebra from December to April.

We will be initially staying at Chaka Camp, a small and intimate semi-permanent camp with just ten tents. Chaka Camp offers an authentic bush experience in the middle of the Serengeti wilderness. It follows the wildebeest migration as it moves seasonally around the Serengeti ecosystem.

Wildlife viewing on our game drives here in the Serengeti plains will be spectacular this time of year. In addition to the large ungulate herds, predators like lions, cheetahs and hyenas are abundant.

These are the African plains at their finest!


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Day 6, 7

Central Serengeti-Seronera After a breakfast game drive, we will travel to Seronera in Central Serengeti. We will be stationed at the Serengeti Acacia Camp, a safari camp surrounded by Acacia trees with breathtaking views of plains. Game drives in this area are phenomenal as the Seronera valley supports the highest diversity of resident fauna in the Serengeti ecosystem. African elephant, Maasai giraffe, impala, waterbuck, hippo, topis, reedbuck, cape buffalo, and olive baboon are among the many species that call this area their home. This resident prey attracts one of the highest concentrations of large predators in Africa including African lion, spotted Hyena, leopard, cheetah and a multitude of smaller predators like mongoose, jackal, serval and bat-eared fox.

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Day 8: Saturday, March 2, 2019

After an early morning game drive, we will fly back to Arusha. For most of us this will be the end of a great safari! We will await transport to Kilimanjaro International airport at the African Tulip hotel again.


If you do not own any of the equipment below you can rent from several rental facilities.  Amy uses and recommends Lens Pro To Go.

Lens Pro To Go sponsors our tours by offering our guests a special discount on rentals.  Email Amy to receive the discount code upon booking

Please mail Amy if you are unsure if your gear will work for this tour or you need specific advice on what to bring or rent: amyshutt@gmail.com and she''ll let you know! 

  • DSLR or mirrorless camera
  • Long lens (something that extends to at least 300 to 600mm) 
  • a 1.4TC and or a 2.0TC
  • A shorter long lens, like a 70-200mm
  • A wide angle lens for landscapes
  • Enough SD cards to accommodate your shooting frequency

PRICING and booking details

  • $6300 USD per person/double occupancy
  • • Single supplement is available for an additional $500
  • • A $750 non-refundable deposit is due upon booking to hold your reservation
  • Balance is due due 3 months prior to departure

Travel arrangements/payments will be made via Pearson’s Travel World in Baton Rouge, LA. 70809 (1-225-926-3752) with our agent Ruth Bass (ruth@pearsonstravel.com).  



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What’s included in the price?

• Airport transfers, all transfers between locations, internal flights
• Hotel stay in Arusha at the African Tulip Hotel upon arrival and breakfast the first
• Accommodations with all meals except the first night’s meal
• Bottled drinking water
• 4x4 custom built safari vehicle
• One full row of seats for you and your gear in safari vehicle
• Professional photography mentors on hand
• Knowledgeable and experienced professional local drivers/guide from TopGuides Safari
• Entrance fees to National Parks
• All game drives
• Professional photography mentoring as needed outside of game drives

Not included:

  • International flights
  • Tanzanian Visa ($100 USD – Can be acquired at airport in Tanzania on arrival)
  • Travel Insurance
  •  Most alcoholic beverages
  • Vaccinations: Yellow Fever vaccination is REQUIRED for travel to Tanzania. Other vaccinations may be recommended by your doctor, depending on your vaccine history.
  • Tips and personal expenses such as laundry and communication
  • Trip extensions. 

Safari Dates for 2019

Safari 1: February 16 - 23, 2019  SOLD OUT

Safari 2: February 23 - March 2, 2019  SOLD OUT

Safari Dates for 2020 TBA

Interested to be put on the waiting list for 2020 or want To find out more?

Please fill out this form below or email Amy at amyshutt@gmail.com 

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Amy Shutt specializes in nature and wildlife photography with a focus on documentary and conservation photography.  Amy also leads wildlife photography classes and workshops throughout the the Americas, Africa, and Iceland.

She is the Director of The Canid Project, a newly formed 501c3 non-profit that focuses on using photography and narrative as creative tools to educate on the world's wild canids. She hopes to educate and inspire through all of her photographic endeavors. 

Amy's work has been published in books and magazines and her work has been highly honored by the Nature's Best Windland Smith Rice International competition. 


Anthony Ishak is a wildlife photographer based in Tampa, Florida. Both mammals and birds are areas of keen interest, but he finds Africa to be the most fulfilling place to shoot. Anthony feels the diversity and concentration of animals, dramatic predator-prey interactions, and environment of Africa are unmatched. When not out in the field photographing, Anthony spends his days as a veterinary internist and cardiologist.