Ancient cultures &

ethnic groups of

Northern Tanzania

Photography workshop
with trevor cole

dates & group size

June 16-25, 2024.

Maximum 5 participants.


*Lake Eyasi shores.

*Remote tribes of Sukuma & Datoga.

*Hunter-gatherers of Yaeda Valley.

*Wildlife of Tarangire National Park.


*Introduction to three very special ethnic groups far south of Lake Eyasi.

*Slow pace authentic cultural experience, learning how to approach indigenous people.

*Tutoring from the master of portrait photography Trevor Cole.

*Safari at the end of your trip.

suitable for

*Portrait and travel photographers.

*All ages & skill levels.

*Educational seekers.



Day 1. Arrival at kilimanjaro international airport. Transfer to your lodge.

Group members gather in the restaurant/lounge area of the Rivertrees Country Inn on the outskirts of Arusha City. Be ready for a tour overview, briefing, and Q&A session. Dinner and rest before your exciting journey starts the next morning.

Accommodation: Rivertrees Country Inn.

Day 2. Introduction to Sukuma & Datoga people.

Today you will relocate to a remote area at the southern tip of Lake Eyasi with our lunch on the way. There you will enter the Sukuma and Datoga land. Be ready for a relatively long drive toward the village of Matala. Upon arrival, our team will be waiting for you with dinner. You will be introduced to both Sukuma and Datoga tribes on that day before you start learning more about them in the following days.

Accommodation: tent camping.

Day 3. Day with the Sukuma people.

Today you will wake up early to meet the sunrise with the Sukuma people; The Sukuma tribe makes up the majority of people in Tanzania. You will explore their way of life, interact with them, observe and participate in their daily activities, and witness a very strong and fascinating dancing culture. In June we may get a chance to see a traditional ceremony in this particular area.

Accommodation: tent camping.

Day 4. Day with the datoga people.

You will stay at the same camp but this time will drive a bit of a distance in a different direction to visit the Datoga settlement and spend a full day with them. Datoga is an exceptional tribe that keeps its traditions intact and has a strong identity when it comes to its ceremonies and rituals.

Accommodation: tent camping.

Day 5-6. Introduction to Hadzabe people & the following day with them.

In the morning, you will head towards Yaeda Valley to the East of Lake Eyasi basin. There are no paved roads around so be ready to spend 2-3 hours on an unpaved and dusty road passing through the dry jungle and big baobab trees, a true adventure! Upon arrival at the Hadzabe settlement, enjoy an evening hunt with them, gather wild honey, or join the women in their afternoon activities, such as digging out the roots of fetching water. Overnight camping in an allocated camp not far from Hadzabe village. Spend the next full day with them. There is a lot to learn from this unique culture.

Accommodation: tent camping.

Day 7. Lake Eyasi shore.

After leisurely breakfast and morning activities with Hadzabe people, drive up to the northern tip of Lake Eyasi shore and visit the fishermen's village, enjoy the spectacular sunset at the lakeshore dotted with palm trees.

Accommodation: local guesthouse.

Day 8. Safari in Tarangire National Park.

Today you will get up early to see the sunrise at the lake and enjoy the beautiful landscape. Upon request, a boat can be organized for a sunrise ride. We will then come back to the guesthouse for breakfast and get ready to drive to Tarangire national park for a wildlife experience. The perfect activity to spice up our cultural tour tracking the likes of giraffes, elephants, cheetahs, baboons, and catching the sight of the most colorful birds! You will pass through beautiful savannahs, some dense vegetation, and seasonal rivers.

Accommodation: Olkeri Camp, Randilen WMA (near the park).

Day 9. Drive back to Arusha.

Morning game drives in Tarangire before driving back to Arusha for dinner and rest at the lodge.

Accommodation: Rivertrees Country Inn.

Day 10. Transfer to the airport for your international flight home.

From there, you are free to proceed with your plans.

Your tour leader Trevor Cole

Born in the City of Derry, Trevor Cole has lived most of his life outside the bounds of Ireland; in England, Singapore, Togo, Italy, Ethiopia, and Brazil. He returned to Ireland (Donegal) in 2012. Trevor’s photography, together with travel, have become two of his life’s passions. Trevor Cole's photography focuses predominantly on culture and landscapes; images that reflect a spatial and temporal journey through life and which try to convey a need to live in a more sustainable world. Trevor seeks the moment and the light in whatever context he finds himself and endeavors to use his photographic acumen to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Trevor Cole has been published in magazines, calendars, and cards, and has presented to The Royal Geographical Society in December 2011 and to tertiary institutions in Ireland. Images have been used in the tourist industry, online travel writing, and for educational purposes in the form of presentations for the International Baccalaureate. He has also exhibited in Ethiopia, Switzerland, and Ireland.

Tour price starts from 4,980 USD

What's included

*Trevor Cole as your tutor.

*Airport transfers.

*Accommodation and camping equipment.

*Meals and soft drinks.

*Local expert guides during the tribal visits & driver guide on the safari.

*Private Land Cruiser 4x4.

*Emergency medical evacuation insurance.

What's not included

*Items of personal nature.

*International return flight to Tanzania.

*Travel, medical, cancellation, and baggage insurance.

*Visa fees (please be sure to check if visas are required).