11-day “Birding with Bryan” Photosafari


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SAFARI DATES: May 10-20, 2025





Birding with Bryan! This 12-day specialty safari will naturally see all of the animals that Tanzania is known for, but throughout the safari the group will be keeping one eye out for all of the birds in particular.

In addition to the 500+ species of birds that are indigenous to the Serengeti, in April and May we welcome the migratory species that are passing through the Serengeti as well! Don’t miss your chance to travel with renowned birding photographer Bryan Tollefson on this exciting and very special safari.


Why Safari in April and May?

  • More affordable
  • Zero crowds
  • Zero dust
  • Chance to see rainbows over the Serengeti or the Crater
  • Soft light and dramatic skies make for breathtaking photography
  • B-I-R-D-S! There will be birds everywhere! In addition to the hundreds of birds that live in these parks, you will be here when many more species of birds join them, as they pass through on their annual migrations!
  • The usual characters of this region all still there, only the crowds are gone. Buffalo, Lions, Elephants, etc. You’ll be amazed at how many animals you encounter during your time in these parks!
  • Chance to hear the sound of rain on your tent as you sleep (instead of your white noise machine)
  • Fun mud-bogging is possible (and sometimes necessary)


Your Itinerary

Your safari begins the moment you exit the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and are greeted by your guide(s). They will help you with your luggage, and will take you to your first night’s accommodation at a beautifully appointed safari lodge in Arusha.

Lake Manyara National Park is a great place to let the fun begin! In fact, the fun may even start before you enter the park, as a HUGE troop of baboons sort of “own” the stretch of highway leading to the park. We think of them as the official greeters for LMNP!

LMNP is home to a wide variety of animals which thrive in the short savannah grasslands and the mixture of shrubs which dominate the landscape. Keep an eye out for leopards, elephants, wildebeest, cape buffalo and giraffes. And continually scan the trees for lions, as LMNP is affectionately known as the “Home of the Tree-climbing Lions.”

The park is a birding paradise as well! It is home to approximately 400 bird species that thrive in the variety of habitats inside this park. Try to keep track of how many you spot during your time in this park! You’ll be amazed!

The majestic, vast, and world famous Serengeti is the thing that dreams are made of! Granite kopjes pop up, seemingly out of nowhere, and dot the landscape like islands in a sea of wind-blown grasses. God rays peak out from behind the clouds, high above all of the magnificent creatures that call the Serengeti “home.”

There is nothing like hearing the roar of a distant lion from your tent at night and then sharing the road with a huge male lion for more than an hour at sunrise the next morning. You can’t help asking, “Was that YOU making all the noise last night?”

This magnificent park has a well-earned reputation for reliable and unforgettable wildlife encounters that, at times, seem to be around every bend in the road! You should have no problem spotting elephants, giraffes, zebras, antelopes of every variety, hippos, etc. And the birds! Birds are ever present in the parks of Tanzania… and in May, the birds should be nothing short of mind blowing in both volume and beauty!

You will leave the Serengeti and head for the magnificent Ngorongoro highlands. As your guides make their way along the rim road that circles the top of the crater, they’ll stop at the viewpoint to give you a sneak peak at what awaits you the following day. It will be a very early start on Crater Day, as you’ll want to be one of the first groups onto the crater floor! Hopefully you’ll be ready to help your guides locate the elusive and endangered Black Rhinos that live inside this incredible crater. This will be your best chance of finding this element of the Big Five! Naturally, you’ll also be on birds as well… as there are always birds here (storks, kory bustards, flamingos, crowned cranes, secretary birds, etc.)

Although Tanzania has many wilderness and wildlife show pieces, this one is particularly difficult to put into words. With remarkable views from the ridge above, to the real action on the crater floor, the crater embodies a constant stir of wildlife and unspoiled scenes to keep you engrossed.

One of our past guests described Ngorongoro as “Where Heaven Meets Earth!” Another said it was like “A mixture of Narnia and Seuss, with just a dash of Jurassic Park!” However you describe it, it is a MUST-SEE on any Tanzanian safari!

Millions of years ago this enormous volcano collapse and formed this massive CALDERA that we mistakenly refer to the “Ngorongoro Crater”. Present day, this caldera is now an incredible, self-sustaining ecosystem that boasts the highest density of African wildlife on Earth, and a UNESCO World Heritage site to boot!

This day will arrive before you know it, and way before you wish it to be upon you.

Your guide(s) will drive you back to Arusha, stopping along the way for a beautiful lunch, some shopping, and (time permitting) even a day-use room so that you can shower, repack, and get ready for your long flights back home once more!

Your guide(s) will ensure you arrive to the international airport in plenty of time to relax onto your flights. That’s where the hardest part of your entire safari will take place… the goodbyes!

Saying goodbye to your safari guide(s) at the end of an incredible journey is bittersweet. They have shared their knowledge, expertise and passion for Africa’s wilderness with you, making your safari experience safe, comfortable, and unforgettable.

These guys were complete strangers just 11 short days ago, but now they are your forever friends. They will see you off with full hearts, memories that will never fade, and a newfound appreciation for this precious planet we all share.

Once safely back at home, we truly hope that you’ll tell your friends about the epic adventure and fun you had with Wanderful Tanzania!



  • Pre-trip preparation and guidance, including detailed Tour Packet and series of infographics designed to make sure you are ready to safari
  • Arrival welcome by your safari guide(s) as you exit the Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania
  • All transfers throughout the safari (to/from airports, hotels, tour-related excursions, etc.)
  • Experienced, local, professional driver(s)/guide(s) (English speaking)
  • All accommodations at a variety of tented camps, safari lodges/resorts
  • All breakfasts and dinners, chef-prepared daily
  • All lunches (either hot lunch or box lunches, depending on daily schedule)
  • All snacks, water, coffee, and tea (alcohol & sodas are on your own)
  • All ground transportation in safari-modified Land Cruisers, inclusive of fuel
  • All taxes related to tourism
  • All park, service, conservancy, and entrance fees associated with safari itinerary



  • Airfare to/from Tanzania
  • Tips for driver(s), guide(s) and the staffs of the various camps & lodges – tipping guidelines are offered in Tour Packet
  • Beverages (beer, wine, liquor, soft drinks) purchased from lounges, camps, restaurants or stores
  • Travel and evacuation insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Any accommodations outside of official safari dates (or extension dates, if applicable)
  • Optional Add-On activities:
    • Hot Air Balloon excursion
    • Pre- or Post-Safari accommodations, transportation, meals, or tours