Wild4 Photographic Safaris
on a photo safari to Kenya's premier
wildlife destination, the MAASAI MARA.
November in Kenya brings with it a different experience for the photographer compared with the peak migration period of Aug, Sept & Oct. It is the start of the short rains where mornings are generally bright and sunny followed by a build up of dark thunder clouds in the afternoon. This offers dramatic backdrops with animals bathed in warm
sunlight in the foreground. The reserves are also a lot quieter at this time of year with fewer tourists and vehicles.
After a 1 night stopover in Nairobi we will head
north via road towards SAMBURU RESERVE, crossing the equator along the way. SAMBURU RESERVE
lies 325 kilometers north of Nairobi in the arid northern
region of Kenya. The reserve is home to a number of
animal species rarely seen in other Kenyan parks.
These include the Grevy Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe,
Beisa Oryx and the long necked Gerenuk. Elephant,
Lion, Cheetah, Waterbuck and Buffalo are also commonly
seen. The only form of relief from the hot sun comes
from the wide Ewaso Nyiro River which rises in the
foothills of the Aberdares, a few hundred kms. to the
We spend 4 nights in Samburu and depart after an early breakfast for our next destination, LAKE
NAKURU. We arrive at Lake Nakuru in
time for a late lunch and once settled in to our en-suite
accommodation, we then venture out into the reserve on
our first afternoon game drive.
Established in 1961, Lake Nakuru Reserve offers a wide variety
of both mammal and waterbird species, notably White
& Black Rhino and the millions of Flamingos which
feed on the lake's abundant algae. Buffalo, Waterbuck,
the rare Rothschild's Giraffe, Hyaena, Jackal, Lion
and Leopard are also resident in the reserve. Other
common waterbirds include Pelicans, Cormorants, Grebes,
Ducks, Stilts and Herons. Our 2 night stay at Lake
Nakuru will offer a variety of different photo opportunities
and is a location not to be missed.
We depart Lake Nakuru after breakfast and head towards
our final destination, the Masai Mara, arriving in
time for lunch and settle in to our en-suite accommodation.
We then head out into the reserve for our first afternoon
We stay at 2 different locations in the Mara - All rooms are en-suite. Staying at
2 different locations allows us to explore various
areas of the Mara and to be in different locations with
the best morning light. All meals are included and
catered for by the lodges we stay at. We always take
a packed breakfast with us to maximize time in the
field. Sightings always come first on a photo safari
and photo opportunities may require us to return to the lodge for a late
lunch. We may even stay out all day.
Lions are abundant in the Mara and
we will get to see a lot of these powerful cats. Cheetah are also seen regularly. Leopard can be found in the Mara but it is considered a
special privilege to see one of these cats.
Thousands of other
resident animals find their home in the Mara
all year round. A visit in November may also provide
an opportunity to photograph the last herds of Wildebeest
& Zebra on their way back to Tanzania as part
of the great migration. Our main focus however will
be on the resident animals and birds that find their
home in the Mara.
Gentle rolling hills, open savanna grassland, thickets
and the impressive Mara River along with smaller tributaries,
summarizes the scenery you will encounter in the Masai
Mara Reserve. 1500sq km or 560sq miles in size, it
is a fantastic destination to experience real Africa
and the species that have been resident there for
thousands of years.
Along with the big cats, the Mara offers excellent
photo opportunities for many other mammals & birds
including Elephant, Buffalo, Thompson's Gazelle, Topi,
Coke's Hartebeest, Zebra, Giraffe, Impala, Grant's
Gazelle, Bat Eared Fox and of course Wildebeest !
At the end of this safari you will certainly feel
that you have explored and photographed the
best of Kenya's wildlife.
We fly from the Mara back to Nairobi where you will
have a day room or an overnight stay depending on
when your international flight leaves.