Jewels of Northern Kenya Photo Safari - Ol Pajeta and Samburu - Oct 2023
US$ TBC Sharing
US$ TBC Single
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.
I just returned from the 2017 'Birds of Kruger' safari, and it was a delight. This was by no means my first trip to Kruger, but I don't recall ever sighting so many birds - or other animals - in a single trip. Stefan's ability to spot, track and anticipate the movement of animals is superb - from the smallest LBJ to the Big 5. This allowed him to place the vehicle in the best spot for photography and I can rightly say that this trip produced more 'keepers' than any other safari I have been on. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone interested in birding or bird photography. Stefan and Sandrine were great company and everything about the safari was well organized and ran smoothly: from the initial contact with Justyna, who answered my emails promptly and made all the arrangements (down to my favourite SA snacks - thanks!), to Sandrine's excellent coffee every morning before sunrise, and Stefan's patience and good humour that never wavered. I am already planning my next trip with WILD4 and would highly recommend them for an unforgettable African experience.
This was my first photography trip to Africa after a lot of research. Although I spent over 30 days in Africa, my Botswana component was among the most productive and is my favorite country visited. I must say Stu and Justyna's planning and direction for our entire trip is unparalleled and can't thank them enough. Our guides were incredible and the crew that helped us were indispensable. The food during our photo safari was the best for all of the places visited including South Africa. I still don't know how Pula managed to make his wonderful cuisine with so little resources! Our camp crew, Philemon and Ghoms were delightful and truly made me feel cared for and welcome. I have learned much from Stu and only wish I could have had more time learning from him in the field. Stu made our photo safari fun by pairing us with Mark, a like minded gentleman who was a joy to photograph with and talented. The entire experience was amazing with many high quality photo opportunities and think I have captured some magical moments and truly feel enriched by the experience. Thank you so much Stu, Justyna and all involved and I will try to one day do another marvelous adventure with Wild4 African Photographic Safaris !.
Georges McNeil, USA