Wild4 Photographic Safaris
on a photo safari to witness one of nature's spectacles
in Kenya's premier wildlife destination,
the MAASAI MARA. Thhis tour offers a further 6 nights of action, 4 at Samburu Reserve and 2 at Lake Nakuru.
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 a final
morning game drive 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 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.
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.
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.
We will spend 8 nights in the best locations
in the Mara, close to the popular crossing points.
During this time of year the rolling hills of the
Masai Mara are covered with the herds of migrating
Wildebeest and Zebra which have come to the Mara to
enjoy the bountiful grass that it has to offer.
Our main focus will be to set up for a dramatic river
crossing which is an unbelieveable event not to be missed.
There will also be plenty of time to explore the rest
of the Masai Mara in search of its varied and plentiful
species of mammals and birds. The Mara can be visited
at any time of year, but only during the months of
July, Aug, Sept and Oct are the massive herds in abundance
and this is the most popular time to view them trying to cross
the Mara River.
Accommodation will be in comfortable hotel
rooms or permanent tents, both with en-suite bathroom
facilities as well as electricity to recharge batteries.
All food is catered for by the lodge staff and we
will always take a packed breakfast to maximize our
time out in the field. We also have the option of
staying out all day if necessary.
The tour will accommodate a maximum of 6 photographers
in 3 vehicles
(2 PER VEHICLE). Stu Porter will lead the tour
and will alternate between the vehicles each day to
offer photo tuition and guidance.
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 !
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.