WILD 4 PHOTO Pty Ltd

Wild4 African Photo Safaris

Specialist small group photo safaris to South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia

African Photographic Safaris since 2003

Best of Kenya Photo Safari - Samburu, Lake Nakuru and the Maasai Mara - Nov/Dec 2020

US$ 12,800 Sharing

US$ 13,800 Single

US$ 3,000 Deposit

LOCATION: Kenya

PLACES VISITED: Samburu National Reserve  /  Lake Nakuru National Park  /  Maasai Mara 

SKILL LEVEL: Any level from beginner to advanced

TOUR LEADER: Mamai Karesi


This 14-day photo safari includes three of Kenya's most famous and photographically productive reserves—Samburu, Lake Nakuru and the Maasai Mara.

This time of year is the build-up to 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 dark 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.

The safari begins in Nairobi.

You will depart Nairobi and head north by road, crossing the equator and passing Mount Kenya on your way to the "jewel of the arid north"—Samburu Reserve. The reserve is home to a number of special species that you will see only in Samburu. These include the Grevy's Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Beisa Oryx, and the long-necked Gerenuk. Elephants are abundant, and Lion and Leopard are often seen along the banks of the beautiful Ewaso Nyiro River, which rises far to the west in the foothills of the Aberdare Mountains.

Your photo safari will continue by road to Lake Nakuru. Established in 1961, Lake Nakuru National Park offers a wide variety of both mammal and waterbird species, notably White and Black Rhino, Rothschild Giraffe, and great numbers of Flamingos, which feed on the lake's abundant algae. Other common waterbirds include Pelicans, Cormorants, Grebes, Ducks, Stilts and Herons. Your 2-night stay at Lake Nakuru will offer a variety of photographic opportunities and is a convenient stopover between Samburu and the Maasai Mara.

Your final road trip of the safari takes you past Lake Naivasha and Narok and into the Great Rift Valley. You will reach the famous Maasai Mara Reserve, in time for a late lunch. Your stay in the Mara will be spent at a small tented camp in the heart of the reserve allowing you easy access to all areas of this amazing reserve as you seek out its abundant wildlife.

This safari offers an incredible diversity of both animal species and landscapes, great weather, quiet reserves, and a true feeling of adventure. You might even be lucky to catch a late river crossing as the final herds of the great migration make their way back towards Tanzania.

Lion and Cheetah photography is especially good in the Maasai Mara.

After a final morning photo game drive in the Mara, you will fly back to Nairobi and enjoy the comfort of a dayroom before you depart for the airport.

This is an exclusive small-group photo safari with a maximum of 6 participants in 3 private vehicles (2 participants per vehicle). You will have plenty of space for equipment and guaranteed access to both sides of the safari vehicle.

You will have a good chance to see and photograph the following animals:

Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Reticulated Giraffe, Rothschild Giraffe, Maasai Giraffe, Beisa Oryx, Gerenuk, Grevy's Zebra, Hippo, Black Rhino, White Rhino, Spotted Hyena, Jackal, Plains Zebra, Wildebeest, Thompson's Gazelle, Grant's Gazelle, Olive Baboon, Vervet Monkey, Coke's Hartebeest, Topi, Waterbuck, and an excellent variety of birdlife.

US$ 12,800 Sharing

US$ 13,800 Single

US$ 3,000 Deposit

  • Dates

    • 20th Nov - 3rd Dec 2020
      6 places available
  • Duration

    • 13 nights / 14 days
  • Group Size

    • 6
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Testimonials I did a photo safari in and around Kruger National Park with Wild4. At the end of the trip I could not think of one significant thing that I would have changed to make the experience better. I have travelled to various parts of East and Southern Africa many times to photograph wildlife and I have to say that this was THE most photographically productive trip of them all. Not simply the volume of pictures, but the quality and variety of images that I returned home with was simply awesome. Key to this was Stu’s knowledge, enthusiasm and patience. Most days we were photographing from first light until sunset, and beyond on some occasions. I quickly learned not to worry about getting the vehicle into the best position for background, light, etc. We would see an animal and I'd start to assess where I would like to be for a shot, no sooner would I have done this I would realise that Stu was already getting us into that very position. The man is a first class guide AND an excellent photographer. Perfect. The whole trip, from start to finish, ran like clockwork. The camps were comfortable, the food was great and the company delightful. Going on Safari with Stu and Justyna was like being with friends, I had a truly unforgettable time. Photographic safaris do not come any better than this.

Mike Needham, UK

Testimonials We have a particular affinity for bird photography, but also enjoy the African game animals. I'm pleased to say we are all thrilled with the entire trip. Stu met us at the airport on day 1, and what was to have been a quick couple hour drive to camp, took all afternoon until sunset, we found so many things to shoot. Then we wanted to do something slightly off the itinerary on day 2, and Stu again accommodated us. It was like that throughout the entire trip, the Porter family was very accommodating. Even though we were in a big national park using public facilities, the Porter family made us feel like we were in our own private game reserve, and the animals were there just for us. Stu's local knowledge of the birds and game is just great, he's a walking guide book. And because he's in Kruger so often, he knows where the best spots are. Also he knows all the other guides, and they share information. And most importantly if you are considering a photo safari, Stu is an accomplished nature photographer himself. He knows the light and how to position and approach for the best shot. He knows what photographers want and how to get it. The experience might be quite different if just any guide were to drive you around. And having a spotting vehicle out searching for game really helped us see some extra animals we wouldn't have seen. The results were outstanding. We saw and photographed all the of the big five, and several seldom seen animals totaling 33 mammal species and 164 bird species. All in all, the trip was great!!  highly recommended!

Con Foley, USA