Best of Kenya Photo Tour - Samburu, Lake Nakuru & Maasai Mara - Oct/Nov 2023
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US$ 3,000 Deposit
PLACES VISITED: Samburu National Reserve / Lake Nakuru National Park / Maasai Mara
PHOTOGRAPHIC SKILL LEVEL: Any level from beginner to advanced
TOUR LEADER/HOST: 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 short rains. The days are generally clear in the mornings, building up to some heavy thunderstorms in the afternoon. The reserves are a lot quieter at this time of year, with fewer tourists and vehicles.
The photo 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.
At 06:30 the following morning you will meet for breakfast. Your vehicles and guides will collect you at around 07:00, after which you will begin your 6hr road trip north, 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 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 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 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.
Your final road trip of the photo tour takes you past Lake Naivasha and the town of Narok, after which you drive 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 easy access to all areas of this amazing reserve as you seek out its abundant wildlife.
This photo safari offers an incredible diversity of animal species, landscapes, great weather, quiet reserves, and a true feeling of adventure. You might even be lucky to see some late river crossings of Wildebeest and Zebra as they head back towards Tanzania 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, you will fly back to Nairobi and enjoy the comfort of a dayroom before you depart that evening for the airport.
This is an exclusive small-group photographic tour 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.
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
Many thanks to Wild 4 for a truly memorable trip . Stu’s guidance and photography skills provided excellent opportunities to get some great shots. His professionalism and commitment to the trip made the safari ‘special’. Having only 3 photographers per vehicle made an incredible difference. Committed time to ‘get the shot’ was very rewarding. Time to just observe animal behaviour was of great joy for me too. Watching the many elephant families in Kruger their social interactions and sometimes zany behaviour….those memories will stay forever. The accommodations and meals were excellent .Many thanks to Justyna for her wonderful help on the admin side making my booking a dream I have been on trips before but none quite so enjoyable as this one. Would I go again ? definitely yes…… spaces allowing ! Would I recommend to friends ? A big yes to that one….. in fact I already have ! Sincere thanks again to you all
Sue Green, UK