Zanzibar Workshop - Solly Levi

The Zanzibar Archipelago, located in the Indian Ocean 15 miles off the coast of Tanzania, is a breathtaking spot to escape from the world. You’ll enjoy clear, turquoise-blue water; shallow sandbars perfect for wading; and many small, nearly deserted islands virtually unvisited by tourists. Explore the World Heritage Site of Stone Town, Zanzibar City’s old quarter. Or just go beach to beach between tiny fishing villages—each one's better than the next.

This tour is for photographers and non photographers. During our trip of the island,  we will  learn how incorporate lighting conditions to create dramatic photos. How to capture the atmosphere of a particular scene and how to compose a photograph to get the maximum effect. We will learn some basic principles in Lightroom for post processing and general discussions about our day to day photography.

Group Size:  6-10

Who is it for:  

Beginner, amateur, enthusiast, semi-pro and pro photographers DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras

What's included:

Group Return transfers from Stone Town to East Coast on Day Two.

Full Board Accommodation at the Beach house. All meals as per itinerary.

Accommodation in Twin/Double rooms in Stone Town on arrival and departure on B&B basis.Park and Fees, entrance fees, Boat trips and snorkeling gear, activities as per itinerary.Government taxes, levies.


What's not included:

Individual Taxi transfers on arrival and departuresCamera equipment, hard drives, laptops, USBAll items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax/email bills etc.

Visa and yellow fever vaccination

Tips and gratuities

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

International flight and departure taxes.Pre & post tour accommodationLaundry services. Note: Malaria precautions should be taken; Yellow Fever vaccination required if transferring through a South African border.

Price: 2600 USD

Date:  15 to 21 June 2020.

Tropical Zanzibar – the magical spice island just 25minutes from the mainland of Tanzania. Fly-in or take a Ferry, this Photographic Safari starts in Stone Town. The airport is located a quick ten minute taxi ride from Stone Town.

Arrive at Tembo Hotel for check-in. Depart from the hotel Lobby at 7pm for welcome, introduction drinks followed by Dinner with Solly Levi at Emerson Spice Rooftop Bar/Restaurant.

The next 7 days will be spent exploring Zanzibar, photographing its hidden gems. Transportation arranged in an airconditioned minibus with your English speaking guide to ensure the ultimate photographic experience for all. Photographers of all levels are welcome on this exploration Safari. After each day out, guests will gather with me and I will offer one-on-one tutorship, assist with image downloads, photo reviews and offer professional guidance in an informal and relaxed setting where each person gets to share and discuss their images.

Day One: Stone Town, Darajani Market.

After an early coffee and breakfast, we meet in the Hotel Lobby at 9am, begin our first day of the photo workshop. Today, we walk around Stone Town where we will have photo opportunities on every corner and each location we visit.  We will visit  the Darajani Historical Market,  the Palace Museum, the elaborately carved wooden doors of Stone Town  (cultural roots of Zanzibar), The House of Wonder at Forodhani Gardens and the slave market. We will stop for Lunch (own account) and refreshments at Zanzibar Coffee house. At the end of our exploration of Stone Town and many photo opportunities, we will head to Emerson spice rooftop restaurant for sunset drinks and Dinner (own account).

Day Two: The Rock, Michamvi, Sunset.

Early breakfast and check out, we had head for the coast and check in to the Villa, where you will be based for the next five nights. The East Coast always makes for the best early morning sunrise photography, so during the next five days, guests are encouraged to take an early morning coffee on the terrace and soak up the magnificent views before days’ events. The scenery will be different every day as will the shades of blue. Light Lunch at the Villa served by Chef, then we head to The Rock for a photography and sunset photo session on the beach, Michamvi.Return to the villa for a BBQ DinnerBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day Three: Mnemba Atoll

Off to Mnemba Atoll we go! What an adventure this will be. Set in a Marine National Park, the Mnemba Atoll can only be reached by boat. With an abundance of marine life and crystal clear waters, Mnemba is the perfect location for swimming, snorkeling and underwater photography. Time to take out the GoPro! Here, we will shoot underwater and learn about the over/under water photography.  In the afternoon we will walk towards the light house.  We will also do some drone photography around the pier on the west side of the island.Breakfast, packed picnic Lunch, Dinner.

Day Four: Bwejuu Village Tour

Before breakfast and totally tide dependent, we take a walk to visit the Seaweed farmers further down the beach. Our local guide Haji will introduce you to the local seaweed farmers who tend their ocean plantations. This is a great moment for photographing these iconic women. Please note – we always ask permission before taking a portrait. After breakfast, we explore our local village, Bwejuu on foot. It is important to support our local community and we visit the school that was built in 1966. Guests are welcome to make a donation or bring some much needed stationery to be handed to the School Principal. We enjoy a village walk and say hallo to the locals. We are invited to a local village home for tea and snacks. We will enjoy the hospitality of Sabiyeh and maybe even get a henna tattoo. In the evening, Chef prepares a traditional Swahili Buffet.Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day Five: Natural Zanzibar

We explore the natural beauty of Zanzibar! After breakfast, we head off to Jozani forest to meet the infamous and indigenous red Colobus monkeys! We take a guided tour of the mangrove forest. Near the village of Bungi, covered in a canopy of mango trees, one finds the palatial ruins of a mansion built by Bi. (meaning Lady) Khole, a rebel princess who never married or had children and ran her own clove business. Walking through the sun-soaked ruins of Khole’s 19th century coral-rock mansion conjures up the grandeur and power of Zanzibar’s royal past. Afternoon at your leisure.Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day Six: Explore the Beaches of Zanzibar - Nungwi

After an early breakfast we head towards Nungwi  at  the north of the island.  This is the best beach on the island.  We will be take advantage of the tides on the west part of Nungwi to photograph its changing landscape.   We will also walk around the local villages to capture daily life in Zanzibar.  Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner

Day Seven: Spice Tour, Stone Town

After another delicious home made breakfast, we leave the villa, say our farewells to the Chef and team. We depart the East Coast and head North to the Spice farms. Here we engage with locals and get to see, touch, smell and taste Zanzibar spices. Our guide teaches us about the medicinal and culinary benefits of cloves, nutmeg, coconut, black pepper in a very entertaining fashion. It is a fun morning out and a great opportunity to meet locals in an engaging light hearted manner. We head to Stone Town a last walk around the town, maybe buy some do some shopping and take the opportunity to capture this beautiful place, one last time. Overnight in Stone town hotel. Farewell Dinner to be announced by Solly Levi.

Day Eight: End of WorkshopAfter breakfast, guest check out and departure. End of Workshop.


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