You won’t find it listed on Busch Gardens Tampa’s website, but a few times a year guests can go behind the scenes and into the savanna on an exclusive tour to capture some great wildlife photography.
The Photo Safari tour allows both professional photographers and novices to go on a custom three and a half hour tour for the opportunity to get some amazing photos. It helps if you have a good zoom on your camera, but you’ll still be able to get many great shots without one. But if you don’t have a long lens, be prepared for camera envy. Many guests on each tour bring professional equipment.
The best way to describe this tour is through a series of photographs, of course …
Up first is a drive through the Serengeti Plain. The driver starts off on the dirt roads, but they’ll pull off the path often to allow the guests to get the best shots. Of course, they have to stop when the animals cross their paths.
After the Serengeti portion of the tour was done, we exited the trucks and headed on foot to the lions. This area is viewable by all guests in the park but those on tour were allowed to stand a bit closer.
The next Photo Safari Tour will be held on Sept. 16, 2012. The cost is $99.95 per person (must be at least 10 years old) and space is limited. Park admission is not required. There’s also a Photo Safari scheduled for Dec. 2, 2012. Refreshments are included. To book a spot, contact Busch Gardens at [email protected] or call 888-800-5447.
Here’s a look at the photos we took on our Photo Safari Tour earlier this year: