WILD4 African Photographic Safaris
 
 
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OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION IN NAIROBI
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SAMBURU LODGE,
SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE
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LION HILL LODGE,
LAKE NAKURU
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MARA BUSH CAMP
MAASAI MARA
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MARA SERENA LODGE,
MAASAI MARA
 
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SAFARI VEHICLE USED AT ALL LOCATIONS IN KENYA
 
 
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The BEST OF KENYA photo safari 2015
Join 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 west.

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 game drive.

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.

INCLUDED IN SAFARI PRICE:
> 1 night & 1 day room (or extra night) in city hotel - Nairobi (B)
> 4 nights in SAMBURU RESERVE (BLD)
> 2 nights at LAKE NAKURU
> 9 nights in MAASAI MARA RESERVE (BLD)
> all park entrance fees
> all road transfers
> internal flight from Maasai Mara back to Nairobi
> private use of 4x4 safari vehicle with qualified (KPSGA) guides
> bottled water on game drives
> photographic tuition
(B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner)
NOT INCLUDED IN SCHEDULED SAFARI PRICE
> lunch & dinner in Nairobi on first and last day of safari
> all drinks
> curios & personal gifts / items from shops
> optional excursions
> tips / gratuities for camp / lodge staff and for your driver / guide
> laundry
> internet usage at lodges
> visa fees
> INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
> personal medical, travel & equipment insurance
 
BASIC ITINERARY
Day 1 Arrive JKIA (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport). You will be collected and transferred to a Nairobi city hotel for the night. Stu Porter will meet you at the hotel.
Day 2 Morning briefing, breakfast and depart in our 4x4 vehicles for Samburu Reserve arriving mid afternoon - overnight SAMBURU LODGE
Day 3 Full day of photography in Samburu - overnight SAMBURU LODGE
Day 4 Full day of photography in Samburu - overnight SAMBURU LODGE
Day 5 Full day of photography in Samburu - overnight SAMBURU LODGE
Day 6 Depart Samburu after breakfast drive to Lake Nakuru - arrive in time for lunch - afternoon game drive in Nakuru - overnight SAROVA LION HILL
Day 7 Full day of photography in Lake Nakuru - overnight SAROVA LION HILL
Day 8 Depart from Lake Nakuru and road transfer to Maasai Mara Reserve arriving in time for late lunch - afternoon game drive- overnight Mara Bush Camp
Day 9 Full day of photography in Maasai Mara - overnight Mara Bush Camp
Day 10
Full day of photography in Maasai Mara - overnight Mara Bush Camp
Day 11
Full day of photography in Maasai Mara - overnight Mara Bush Camp
Day 12
Full day of photography in Maasai Mara - overnight Mara Bush Camp
Day 13
Travel from the northern side of the Maasai Mara, across the Mara River into the Mara Triangle area. Full day of photography - overnight MARA SERENA LODGE
Day 14
Full day of photography in Masai Mara - overnight MARA SERENA LODGE
Day 15
Full day of photography in Masai Mara - overnight MARA SERENA LODGE
Day 16
Full day of photography in Masai Mara - overnight MARA SERENA LODGE
Day 17
After a final morning game drive and breakfast - fly from Mara back to Nairobi where you will have a day room or an overnight stay at a city hotel (depending on when your international flight departs) road transfer to JKIA for your international flight home.
PS: the above itinerary and price is subject to change at any time, based on accommodation availability at the time of booking and changes in currency exchange rates. If changes are necessary then clients will be informed as to what the changes are as soon as we are made aware of them.

IMPORTANT!
PLEASE READ OUR BOOKING INFORMATION PAGE FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO BOOK YOUR PHOTO SAFARI AND THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF MAKING A BOOKING WITH WILD4
TOUR DETAILS

DURATION: (16 nights)
  1 night NAIROBI
  4 nights SAMBURU
  2 nights LAKE NAKURU
  9 nights Maasai Mara Reserve
  Day room Nairobi
   
LIMIT:
  6 participants
  2 participants per vehicle
   
TOUR LEADER:
  Stu Porter
   
2015 DATES:
  05 Nov to 21 Nov - 2 spaces left
   
2015 TOUR PRICE (16 nights)
  US$ 12 480 p/p sharing
  US$ 14 580 p/p single
  US$ 3000 p/p DEPOSIT
   
PLEASE NOTE:
If you are a single traveller, we will do our best to match you up with another single traveller. If it is not possible to do so and you would still like to join the safari you will need to pay an extra US$2000 to cover the exclusive use of the safari vehicle.
 
BOOKING FORM
WILD4 African Photographic Tours Booking form
 
VIDEOS
Samburu slideshow
SAMBURU
Nakuru Slideshow
LAKE NAKURU
Masai Mara Slideshow
MASAI MARA
 
 
 
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