Best of Kenya Photo Safari - Samburu, Lake Nakuru and the Maasai Mara - Oct/Nov 2021
US$ 13,100 Sharing
US$ 14,100 Single
US$ 3,000 Deposit
PLACES VISITED: Samburu National Reserve / Lake Nakuru National Park / Maasai Mara
PHOTOGRAPHIC SKILL LEVEL: Any level from beginner to advanced
MEDICAL: Please check with your local GP or travel clinic to see if you need a YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION for this photo safari
PHOTO TOUR LEADER: Stu Porter
This 14-day wildlife photography safari includes three of Kenya's most famous and photographically productive reserves, Samburu, Lake Nakuru and the Maasai Mara.
At this time of year, the long rains have finished and there is an abundance of food and water available. The days are generally clear at this time with cool and sunny mornings. This. The reserves are a lot quieter at this time of year, with fewer tourists and vehicles.
The photographic safari begins in Nairobi where you will be met by our safari representative at the airport and transferred to a Nairobi hotel for an overnight stay.
The group's arrival times into Nairobi can differ, but if possible we will meet for dinner.
At 06:15 the following morning we will meet for a short briefing followed by breakfast. Our vehicles and guides will collect us at around 07:00 and then we will begin our 6hr road trip north, crossing the equator and passing Mount Kenya on our way to the "jewel of the arid north"—Samburu Reserve. The reserve is home to a number of special species that we will only encounter 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.
The photographic 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 large herds of Cape Buffalo. Some of the common waterbirds include Flamingos, Pelicans, Cormorants, Grebes, Ducks, Stilts and Herons. The 2-night stay at Lake Nakuru will offer a variety of photographic opportunities and is a convenient place to stopover between Samburu and the Maasai Mara.
Our final road trip of the photo safari takes us past Lake Naivasha and the town of Narok, after which we drive into the Great Rift Valley. We will reach the famous Maasai Mara Reserve, in time for a late lunch. Our stay in the Mara will be spent at a small tented camp in the heart of the reserve allowing us easy access to all areas of this amazing reserve as we seek out its abundant wildlife.
This wildlife photography safari offers an incredible diversity of both animal species and landscapes, great weather, quiet reserves, and a true feeling of adventure. We might even be lucky to see the first herds of Wildebeest and Zebra arriving into the Mara on the annual Great Migration.
Lion and Cheetah photography is especially good in the Maasai Mara.
After a final morning photo game drive in the Mara, we will fly back to Nairobi and enjoy the comfort of a dayroom before we depart that evening 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.
There will be 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.
Shopping for a travel adventure on the Web is somewhat risky, but when I wanted to go on an African photo safari, I really had no choice. I looked around and finally picked Wild4 Photographic Safaris for one reason: the vehicle. It was obvious that this was an outfit that understood photographic details and the needs of serious wildlife photographers. With a capacity for 10 passengers, the vehicle takes just three photographers. The three photographers' benches feature platforms to steady big lenses on both sides of the vehicle, and loads of storage space and pockets for lenses, bodies, accessories, binoculars, field guides, water, etc. I can not imagine a better platform for photography in the bush veldt. What is not as obvious in the on-line description is that the vehicle comes equipped with Stu Porter, the Wild4 owner and guide. Stu, who bears a striking resemblance to movie actor Matt Damon, is a deceptively shy young man with an encyclopaedic knowledge of Kruger National Park, its animals, geography, geology, climate, seasons, and, of course, rules. He also has the eyes of an eagle and is the best leopard spotter in South Africa. Stu's knowledge and patience are seemingly infinite, and he somehow manages to be aware both of his passengers' needs and everything around us. He does everything humanly possible to give you the opportunity to get the best shot. And if you need more than just the opportunity, he can instruct even the most seasoned photographer on technique. Stu grew up next to Kruger National Park, and his mother (who does the meal preparation for the safari) started taking him there as soon as he was old enough. He has been accumulating his knowledge of the park and its animals all his life, and that comes in very handy when you need to know something about animal behavior. In short, Wild4 Photographic Safaris is all about the vehicle, with spacious seats, shooting platforms and Stu Porter as standard equipment. You can't do better. Thank you, Stu!
George Cathcart, USA
Kruger North to South 16 days of photo safari gone off like a wink of an eye especially when it was fun and memorable. Like an aciton-packed movie, the opening scene at the Skukuza Airport reception by Wild4 Team : Stefan and Sandrine was delightful and the afternoon game drive was filled with excitements with shots of wildlife encountered as we travelled to our first camp in Satara. The numerous sightings we experienced over the next two weeks were nothing less than thrilling and of course capturing the Big 5 was fulfilling. The teamwork of Stefan and Sandrine was excellent giving the traveling photographers absolutely nothing to worry except to be trigger happy. Each day I shot approximately 1,500 images as each day bought new surprises. As a photographer I used the Sony A9 with the 2x teleconverter on the 100-400mm G Master zoom for distant & fast-moving subjects like eagles' flights, lions, leopards, rhinos and the smaller birds in flights while my Leica SL on a APO Vario Elmarit 90-280mm zoom for intermediate distance subjects like elephants, hippos, zebras, Impalas, Kudus and various animals within close quarters of the vehicle, and finally my Leica Q for the panoramic shots of landscape and daily point and shoot. A memorable trip ending with almost 4 TB of mobile hard disk storage. I will re-live my memories when I sort out the images and I look forward to my next trip with Stu on the Tanzania & Elephants of Amboseli and many other trips with Wild4.
Clifford Yap, Singapore