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.
If anyone is contemplating a photo trip to Africa, then we would have absolutely no hesitation in recomending Stu Porter and Wild4 Photographic Safaris. It doesn't really matter what your level of skill is you will get as much or as little help and advice as you wish to receive. Nothing is thrust down your throat and Stu doesn't spend all his time taking his own photographs as some do. Stu has taken a huge amount of time and trouble in customising and setting up his safari vehicle and the effort he's put in makes the whole experience so much more enjoyable. Tethered bean bags are provided and secure plate mounts on the side of the vehicle will also take your tripod head ensuring a rock steady platform and Stu most certainly knows where the animals are. Particularly enjoyable was the time we spent at the Big Cat Reserve (part of the 4 night extension) which is an unbelieveable photographic experience. Many thanks WILD4 !
Rob & Sue Brookes, UK
I recently did a trip with Wild4 which far outweighed any expectations that I had! Wow what a trip. There was a great variety of animals, Stu has extensive knowledge of the animals and their habitat and was always mindful of us getting the best shots possible. My friend and I had our own bench seats in all the vehicles, which was great as we both had 2 DSLRs with numerous lenses, each vehicle is equipped with beanbags to steady your camera / lens, pockets and enough room to take a camera bag. We had fantastic opportunities to watch the cats for a good period of time and learn a little bit about their life, rather than taking a photo and moving on. I loved that we could sit and watch the lions at Mala Mala play in the Sand River, it was a fantastic opportunity. Stu provided us with some great tuition, I certainly learnt a lot of new photo techniques which I look forward to using back home. I hired a Canon 500mm lens from Stu which was great, I think I used that about 85% of the time and used a 70-200mm for the rest. We had many opportunities for night photography, silhouettes, time lapse, low light etc At the end of our trip we did the reptile extension at Khamai Reptile Centre. We went behind the scenes at the centre and had one of Africa's leading reptile specialist spend the day talking about the reptiles, spiders, scorpions we were about to take pictures of. Donald and his team certainly made for a very safe photo shoot, they were extremely patient positioning some of the reptiles for better light or different background. I learnt a lot from Donald, living in Australia we do have some venomous snakes, the day certainly gave me a renewed appreciation for the reptiles. I would highly recommend the Wild4 team for your next photographic safari you will not be disappointed.
Linda Cappello, AUSTRALIA