Tanzania – Dancing Duma

August 4th – 12th , 2024

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Tanzania, Africa – August 4th – 12th, 2024

David and Ally McKay are thrilled to announce that together with their partners, they now own and operate one of the most luxurious tented safari camps in the Serengeti!

This immersive safari with McKay Photography Academy speaks to the animal lover’s soul: an exciting adventure that takes you straight into the heart of Tanzania’s best wildlife viewing areas while staying at the all new Dancing Duma Luxury Safari Camp!

Venture into the plains every morning for full days of spectacular wildlife viewing, and unwind in luxurious, eco-friendly camps located in the middle of the wild. Each night, settle into comfortable, downy bedding and drift asleep to the nighttime sounds of safari.

Join the McKay Photography Academy Team along with our expert Tanzanian guides (personal friends and chosen by us) for a very exciting, very special, adventure that will be more than you can ever imagine!

Guests with all levels of photographic experience, beginner through advanced are welcome!

The Wildlife

Tanzania Africa, without a doubt, is one of the premier wildlife safari destinations in the world. This tour is set during the prime Migration period of the Maasai Mara river crossing where thousands of Wildebeest and Zebra risk everything to cross the crocodile-infested waters of the Maasai Mara between Kenya and Tanzania!

Lions, Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Leopard, Hippo, Cape Buffalo, Rhino and MUCH MORE are ALL possibilities to not only see and photograph, but to watch in action.

As we are based in the heart of the prime of the Serengeti, we have access to locate the best wildlife the world has to offer. You WILL see wildlife and you WILL be blown away at it all. Words are not adequate to be able to describe what you will feel as you watch and photograph in this incredible place. 

Working with our personally selected group of guides we have worked with in the past, we will have the best of the best when it comes to scouts and knowledge on hand to get us to where the action is. We will leave early morning and come back to camp late. This is NOT a run of the mill tour. This is a truly premier experience dedicated to getting you to the wildlife, and in the best positions possible to photograph it. 

The Culture

This tour will be extra special. We have the ability to do some really awesome cultural exchanges as well. One of the most amazing experiences we have ever had was the ability to meet with members of various tribes.

Accommodations and Food

It is hard to believe that you will go to Africa and actually gain weight!  BUT YOU WILL!  Why? We have amazing personal chefs at our camp creating 5-star dining experiences all while we are in the middle of the Serengeti!  If you have any dietary restrictions, it is no problem at all as long as we know in advance. You will find that not only will you love the atmosphere of eating together in our dining tent while overlooking the Serengeti,  you will also find the food exceptional!

 Also available is the “Rafiki lounge/bar tent”.  After a full day out wildlife viewing, you will come to love the tent with a bar set up and beautiful sofas, and chairs to sit and gaze out at the Serengeti from a private deck.  

After dinner, sit by a fire and watch the sun sink below the horizon, as we all talk of the days adventures! 


  • Dates: August 4th – 12th, 2024
  • Price: $9,995
    • Based on shared accommodations. A single supplement is available for $1300.
    • $1500 deposit and a payment plan on balance offered interest-free over several months.

Included During Tour Dates:

  • Personalized Instruction with MPA team**
  • A 5-1 Client/Instructor ratio!
  • Accommodations Based on Double Occupancy
  • Meals as Noted in Itinerary
    • Inclusive of Restaurant Staff Tips( All meals while on Safari!)
  • Complimentary Bottled Drinking Water Throughout Your Safari
  • All Park Fees
  • Complete Preparation Materials Including Helpful Tips, Packing List, Trip Expectations, Tipping Guidelines
  • TOP Professional Safari Guides and Drivers
  • Safari Briefings Throughout Your Trip
  • Services of Dancing Duma Camp Staff Including Chef and Waitstaff
  • Land Transportation in a Customized, 4-Wheel Drive Safari Vehicle
  • Unlimited Mileage in Safari Vehicles
  • Guaranteed Window Seating in Safari Vehicles
  • Maximum of 4 Travelers per Land Rover- Allowing you prime photography from the vehicles!

**Note – Instructors are scheduled but may change without notice. You will always have a top MPA instruction team!

NOT Included:

  • Transportation to and from Kilimanjaro airport, Tanzania
  • Trip Insurance (Required on this tour)
  • Airline-Imposed Fuel Surcharges
  • Airline-Imposed Seat Assignment and Checked Baggage Fees
  • Fees for Passport, Visa, or Immunizations
  • Meals and Expenses en Route to Tanzania
  • Cost of Hospitalization or Evacuation
  • Beer, Wine, Spirits, and Soda
  • Laundry, Phone, Internet, and Items of a Personal Nature
  • Tips for Guides, Drivers, Camp Staff, and Instructors
  • Extras and Optional Activities


  • David McKay
  • Jeff Dachowski

*Note – Instructors are scheduled but may change without notice. You will always have a top MPA instruction team!

Dancing Duma Camp

Dancing Duma was born out of a dream. A dream for longtime safari guide Leonard Temba and his wife Pendo Tarimo to have a better future with a camp they could call their own. This was a shared dream by David and Ally McKay and partner Saen Higgins to come alongside their dear friends and help make the dream a reality.

Together, they envisioned a place where guests could experience the magic of the Tanzanian wilderness in a sustainable and authentic way. Today, Dancing Duma stands as a testament to their shared passion for conservation and community empowerment, providing unforgettable experiences for all who visit.

Becoming a part of this unique experience offers more than just an amazing safari adventure; it’s an opportunity to make a genuine impact on the world. By participating, you are not only creating unforgettable memories but also contributing to the well-being of local communities and wildlife.

In addition to this, the camp’s management team actively seeks out partnerships with Tanzanian businesses and artisans. As an example, each piece of furniture has been hand crafted by local craftsmen.

This strategic collaboration not only secures quality products and services for the camp but also contributes to economic growth and the empowerment of local communities. By prioritizing these relationships, the camp further solidifies its commitment to sustainability and responsible tourism. Consequently, guests can enjoy their stay knowing they are supporting both the environment and the livelihood of Tanzanians.

Embrace this journey with us, for it is truly bigger than all of us combined, and together, we can make a difference that will be remembered for generations.


Your friends at Dancing Duma

Dancing Duma Camp Accommodations

The Dancing Duma camp is equipped with six luxury guest tents that can be configured for a couple or two guests in separate beds. A unique feature to the camp in addition to the other guest tents, is a large “family” style tent that has two separate bedrooms and two separate bathrooms on each side separated with a lounge area in the middle. The perfect solution for a family or even a group traveling together.

Each tent in the Dancing Duma camp is equipped with running hot and cold water, a shower, flush toilets, electric lights, outlets, and netted windows with 360-degree views of the natural world outside, that can be closed for privacy. Of course, each tent also has comfortable beds ready for you to rest and revive for the next day.

Each tent includes a desk and chair as well as a lounge area to sit and relax, read, or just hang out. In addition to these amenities, guests can enjoy an outdoor teak wood deck where they can unwind, breathe in the fresh air, and appreciate the stunning surroundings.


Dancing Duma Camp Dining and Lounge


The dining and lounge tents are beautifully built and the center of Dancing Duma camp.  Each space has views overlooking the Serengeti and outdoor seating available on the decks.

Our Chef and the Dancing Duma Team are excited to prepare fresh meals daily with fresh ingredients. If you have any allergies, vegetarian or dietary needs, please be sure to let the Camp Manager or Head Waiter know and they will make sure you are taken care of. Each meal is crafted and prepared for an extraordinary dining experience while on safari!

The Rafiki Lounge/Bar Tent

Rafiki is the Swahili word for friend. That is exactly who you are at Dancing Duma.  The lounge tent is a place where you can feel free to hang out, relax, and order one of our specialty cocktails or your favorite drink. A variety of liquor, wines, and beer as well as various sodas are available. Dancing Duma also carries a selection of high-end spirits such as rare Gins, Bourbons, and Whisky

Be sure to take advantage of the Hippobottomless Special!  This includes 2 days of unlimited well drinks, beer and house wine, as well as sodas and specialty coffee drinks! 

Drinking Water

Drinking water is provided to our guest while in camp at no charge.  Drinking water that is served including ice is filtered and safe to drink.

Camp Fire

After a full day on safari, and an amazing meal, sit by the fire and share the memories of the day with good friends! 



August 2nd – Arrive at JRO(Kilimanjaro) Stay night in Arusha. August 3rd – Drive to Karatu  – Rest and Overnight
August 4th – Ngorongoro Crater Safari Day 
August 5th  – Drive to Serengeti with visits to Maasai people and Olduvai Gorge (Where the Leakey’s did their work
and discovered first humans. Fascinating.
If NOT doing the extension  -ARRIVAL – 
August 4th (Brad Bachtel, Barbara Gentry Only) 
August 4th – Arrive at JRO – Stay night in Arusha.
August 5th – Bush Flight to Serengeti  – Dancing Duma Camp. Meet up with others from group.Aug 6th  -11th –  Dancing Duma Camp
August 12th – Bush flight to Arusha, Lunch , Shopping, stay night at hotel ( there are no viable flights at this time so we must stay the night)
August 13th – Depart

Tour Pack

Please download the Tour Packet from the link below when it becomes available. .  Much of the information contained in this packet is also available under the Tour Prep page here on the website.

However, this packet will also include some gear specifics for this tour.  Please note that specific flight information, arrival and departure times, accommodations, and other logistical information may not be in this packet. Those items will be emailed to you at various times in the planning process of each tour. 

Tanzania Tour 1 August


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