Good photos practically take themselves in Tanzania. But, of course, there is art and skill to great photography. A world-renowned nature photographer will lead this trip, helping you hone your craft and capture the best shots.
Meet your Trip Leaders
A former Army Officer and helicopter pilot with a keen sense of everything around him, Randy Hanna has long felt the call of photography to document his travels and share his experiences. While the Pacific Northwest is his home, he is truly “at home” wherever his photography takes him. An award winning and published photographer, Randy has been leading photo safaris for more than 20 years. From Indonesia and the South Pacific to Saba in the Caribbean, Randy has led numerous underwater photo safaris to capture life in our oceans. Upon returning from Iraq in 2005, where he captured images of the famous walls of Petra and life in the Middle East, Randy shifted his focus from “sea life” to “land life,” specifically focusing on the magnificent animals, birds and people of Africa. Since then, he has not looked back. As he often says, “A visit to Africa stirs the soul and warms the heart. It will change you forever.”
Randy has been leading his own very successful safaris with Thomson for several years. Frequently he is accompanied by his wife, Kathy, who also shares a passion for photography, Africa, and teaching. Randy is pleased and honored to join Andy’s team of photography professionals who are committed to bringing you the experience of a lifetime.
Grant Atkinson is a guide, wildlife photographer and writer. He lives with his wife Helena in Cape Town, South Africa. He is an enthusiastic lover of nature and has travelled widely in Africa and abroad for wildlife. Grant spent twelve years guiding full-time in Botswana. Today he leads groups of travelers to Kenya, Tanzania, South African and Botsana, as well as other destinations further afield.
Grant enjoys all forms of nature photography, from birds and mammals to landscapes and macro.
He firmly believes that knowing your subjects behaviour helps get good results when it comes to wildlife photography.
Grant shoots Canon gear but is familiar with Nikon cameras as well.
He processes his images using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, and assists photographers traveling with him in using these programs.
Grant shoots a variety of wildlife related subject matter with big cats being amongst his favourites. His images have been on the cover of both Africa Geographic and the US National Geographic Kids magazine. He is a regular contributor of text and images to African Birdlife, Africa Geographic, and Pix magazine.
More of his work can be found at www.grantatkinson.com or you can follow him on Facebook
Paul, although born in the Uk, has spent the last 25 years living and working as a wildlife and travel photographer in East and Central Africa. His work has been widely published and he has several wildlife and travel photography books demonstrating the breadth of his photography knowledge and diversity of his life experiences.
At the very heart of his photography is an exuberant passion for Africa and having travelled extensively throughout the East African region, Paul is fluent in Swahili, is a Tanzanian citizen and has an insightful perception of local cultures. He also has a deep and passionate interest in wildlife and birdlife adding an extra dimension to the photographic angle he brings. Paul is also the founder of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, launched in 2015 to wonderful worldwide coverage with an overall aim of creating awareness of conservation issues.
Paul will chat to you before your safari to go over what you need to bring and any other photography related questions.
Calving Season Safari
The vast herds of migratory wildebeest make their return to the short-grass plains of the southern Serengeti. Roughly 500,000 of these wildebeest are pregnant females which will drop their calves over 10 days between late January and early March. You will have the exclusive opportunity to stay in a private camp located right in the heart of the southern plains and with some luck our guests will have a front row seat to this amazing spectacle. This safari also visits central Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Led by Grant Atkinson.
March 4 to March 14, 2018
March 17 to March 27, 2018
Great Migration Safari
This peak, dry season safari focuses on the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater and both the central and northern Serengeti. While the Crater and Central Serengeti hold immense numbers of resident wildlife, the northern Serengeti’s Kogakuria/Lamai Wedge will be brimming with migratory activity as nearly 2 million grazers arrive in search of green pasture. Thomson Safaris is one of only a few tour companies sending travelers to this scenic and remote location which lies just a short drive from the famed Mara River. Led by Paul Joynson-Hicks.
October 5 to October 13, 2017
October 17 to October 25, 2017
With years of experience and encyclopedic knowledge of the wildlife, culture and land, our local guides are Tanzania’s ultimate ambassadors and your perfect hosts.
No need to end your safari so soon! From gorilla trekking to scuba diving—and beyond—you can go bigger with our safari add-ons.
Dates & Prices*
* Plus $600 VAT. As of July 1, 2016, Tanzania imposed a new Value Added Tax (VAT) on tourism activities. All prices are subject to change without notice.