Jewels of Northern Kenya Photo Safari - Ol Pajeta and Samburu - Oct 2023
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US$ 3,000 Deposit
PHOTO SAFARI LOCATION: Kenya
PLACES VISITED: Ol Pajeta Conservancy and Samburu National Reserve - Kenya
PHOTO SKILL LEVEL: Any level from beginner to advanced
TOUR LEADER/HOST: Mamai Karesi
This 11-day photo safari includes a three-night stay at the Ol Pajeta Conservancy, famous for its successful breeding of both Black and White Rhino, and a further 6 nights at the amazing Samburu National Reserve with its unique and unusual diversity of wildlife.
This time of year is the dry season in Kenya and it always provides great photo opportunities. What makes this photo safari different to others is that it will take you to the beautiful rolling hills of Ol Pajeta and the more arid and dry country of Samburu. Both locations are home to a unique set of animals we like to call "The Jewels of the North" - these species include Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk, Grevy's Zebra, Desert Warthog, Somali Ostrich, Beisa Oryx, Vulturine Guineafowl, the big Cats and Black and White Rhino. This variety of different species can only be photographed well in this part of Kenya. So if you are after beautiful landscapes filled with unusual animals, this is the photo safari for you.
Our meet & greet team will welcome you to Nairobi and take you to a Nairobi Hotel for a 1-night stopover.
After breakfast you will head north by road, crossing the equator and passing Mount Kenya on your way to Ol Pajeta Conservancy. The reserve offers some stunning and very different scenery - rolling yellow grass hills, marshland, woodland and Mount Kenya as a backdrop. Ol Pajeta a very photogenic location. The reserve is home to the big 5 but most notably it has very good populations of both Black and White Rhino and this makes Ol Pajeta one of the best places to photograph these endangered species. It is also home to the magnificent Reticulated Giraffe and boasts one of the largest populations of Grevy's Zebra in Kenya.
After a final morning photo game drive at Ol Pajeta, you will continue north towards Samburu National Reserve. This is a beautiful and very different reserve with the main feature being the stunning Ewaso Nyiro River, which in the dry season attracts a multitude of different animals which need to slake their thirst on a daily basis in this harsh environment. The predators, of course, know this and are never too far from the river. Along with the unique species found in this area, Samburu is also known for its large herds of Elephants that travel to and from the river in herds of up to 40 individuals.
After a final morning game drive, you will begin the journey back towards Nairobi, arriving in the mid-afternoon to enjoy a day room at an airport hotel to freshen up and prepare for your international flight home. ** You can also choose to fly back to Nairobi if you prefer, the cost of this flight would simply be added to your invoice **
This is an exclusive small-group photo safari with a maximum of 4 participants in 2 private vehicles (2 participants per vehicle). Our uniquely designed photo safari vehicles offer you 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, Beisa Oryx, Gerenuk, Grevy's Zebra, Black Rhino, White Rhino, Spotted Hyena, Jackal, Plains Zebra, Wildebeest, Thompson's Gazelle, Grant's Gazelle, Olive Baboon, Vervet Monkey, Waterbuck, and an excellent variety of birdlife.
If you are serious about nature photography, you can't do better than booking with Wild 4. Wild 4's itinerary provides sun-up to sundown quality photo-ops, and you feel you are traveling with good friends who are showing you their favorite spots. This was our fourth African photo safari (three others in East Africa) and we could not believe what a difference it makes, when a professional photographer, who understands light and animal behavior, just happens to be your driver, in a photo vehicle he designed himself. There was super spotting work from Ann from a separate radio equipped vehicle. We were the first on a leopard / impala kill thanks to one of Ann's incredible sightings, resulting in a sensational series of images shot over 45 minutes of the leopard dragging her prey to her den. After an exciting, productive day in the field, we were treated to friendly conversation, sitting around a campfire, and wonderful feasts magically prepared by Ann. Wild 4 is a totally professional and very special company. Thanks Stu, Justyna and Ann for a sensational safari.
Lee & Doris Wiese, USA
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