Birds of Kenya Photo Safari - Samburu, Bogoria, Nakuru and Maasai Mara - Nov/Dec 2021
US$ 12,000 Sharing
US$ 13,000 Single
US$ 3,000 Deposit
SKILL LEVEL: You need to be comfortable with your camera skills as no technical tuition is offered on this safari
RECOMMENDED FOCAL LENGTH: A 400mm lens on a crop sensor or a full-frame sensor with a Teleconverter (1.4)
This 15-day photo safari has been designed specifically for the Bird Photographer in mind. The Itinerary includes four of Kenya's most famous and photographically productive bird reserves —Samburu, Lake Bogoria, Lake Nakuru and the Maasai Mara.
Late November and early December are fantastic months in Kenya as the reserves are quieter with fewer tourists. It is also the season when a lot of migrant birds return to Kenya so the already impressive local bird count is boosted even further. Kenya's bird count is over 1000 species.
The aim of this photo safari is to gather an impressive collection of photographs that show the diversity of Kenya's Birdlife. All four locations on the safari will offer fantastic opportunities in very different habitats, and therefore an excellent variety of species.
This photo safari will be led by my good friend and excellent bird guide and photographer, Mamai. Mamai has been guiding in Kenya for 15 years and has led many photographic trips with me. He knows the birds, he knows the reserves and he knows what photographers want.
The safari begins in Nairobi with a 1-night stopover.
You will then head north by road, crossing the equator and pass 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 Golden Breasted Starling, Vulturine Guineafowl, Somali Ostrich, White-Headed Mousebird, D'Arnauds Barbet, Somali Bee-eater, Golden Pipit and the Rosy Patched Bushshrike. It is also a great destination for mammals which you will also take time to photograph. These include the Grevy's Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Beisa Oryx, and the long-necked Gerenuk. Elephant are abundant, and Lion and Leopard are often seen along the banks of the magnificent Ewaso Nyiro River, which rises far to the west in the foothills of the Aberdare Mountains. You spend 4 nights at Samburu.
You continue by road to Lake Bogoria. Established in 1973, Lake Bogoria National Reserve is an alkaline Lake and supports big numbers of Lesser Flamingos as well as a good number of common waterbirds such as Herons, Grebes, Lapwings and the enormous Marabou Stork. Enjoy two nights at Lake Bogoria with early morning and afternoon photography visits to the Lake.
You 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. Flamingo numbers are down at Lake Nakuru due to a rise in the water level, but it is still a fantastic place to pick up many other bird species. Other common waterbirds include Pelicans, Cormorants, Grebes, Ducks, Stilts and Herons. Your 2-night stay at Lake Nakuru will offer a variety of photo opportunities. You spend 2 nights at Lake Nakuru.
Your final road trip of the safari takes you past Lake Naivasha and Narok and into the Great Rift Valley. You will reach your destination, the famous Maasai Mara Reserve, in time for a late lunch. Stay for 5 nights in the middle of the reserve which conveniently allows you to explore the many streams, rivers, grasslands and thickets in the reserve where you will find an abundance of birds and mammals.
This safari offers an incredible diversity of birds, mammals, reptiles, landscapes, great weather, quiet reserves, and a true feeling of adventure.
Most famous for its excellent Lion and Cheetah photography, the Masai Mara Reserve has an amazing abundance of birdlife. You will be on the lookout for Vultures (5 species), Tawny, Bateleur, Fish and Snake Eagles, Saddle-billed Storks, Grey Crowned Cranes, Lilac Breasted Rollers, Ox-peckers, Mousebirds, Bushshrikes and more, the list of over 500 is very impressive and is one of the best locations to photograph birds in the world.
After a final morning game drive, you will depart by plane back to Nairobi. A day room awaits you in a Nairobi hotel so that you can freshen up before your international flight departs in the evening.
This is an exclusive small-group photo safari with a maximum of 3 participants in 1 private safari vehicle. Each participant will have access to BOTH sides of the safari vehicle as well as through the open roof. You will have plenty of space for equipment.
The focus of the tour is on the Birds of Kenya and you will spend most of your time trying to improve on existing shots and capture new species of birds. There will also be time to photograph the mammals, but the priority will be to photograph the birds.
My good friend and fellow safari guide, Mamai will lead the tour.
I could not imagine a more competent and friendly company to take us on a photo safari of Kruger. This was my first visit to Africa, but I never had to worry about anything while on the Wild4 Photo safari. Everything was well planned, including the lodging, meals and "drives" into the game park. Your safari vehicle had lots of room to spread out and it was easy to get photos from both sides. The elevation of the pickup bed is well above ground, so you have the feeling of security and also a good vantage point and angle to shoot photos. I had hundreds of photo opportunities, even with my limited zoom lens and other small cameras. Our guide, Kosie was extremely knowledgeable on the wildlife, birds, trees and even had handy info on his ipad. We certainly had all the "big 5", the "ugly 7" and other categories in the bag after just a few days. We enjoyed seeing several camps and met many fine, helpful people along the way. By the way, the African coffee is excellent, and we took many enjoyable "coffee breaks" during our 10-days in the Kruger. If you want to see the animals...WILD4 Photo Safaris will definitely make that dream come true. Thanks to all. Dave Truax
Dave Truax, USA
Hi Justyna and Stu, I wanted to say thank you for arranging a trip that exactly reflected the image I had for the trip of my life! James represents your company well; he was the best guide I could have asked for, working tirelessly to ensure that I saw as much activity in the Park as possible. He looked out for my safety and comfort, and he was never reticent about accommodating my viewpoint to the extent he was able and still respect the park and the wildlife. I will never forget this trip; I have also given the name of your company and James as the guide to several people on my travels home. Best regards
Carol Sheppard, USA