Jewels of Northern Kenya Photographic Safari - Ol Pajeta and Samburu - October 2022
US$ 10,800 Sharing
US$ 12,100 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 wildlife photography 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 photographic 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 safari 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 wildlife photography safari with a maximum of 4 participants in 2 private vehicles (2 participants per vehicle). Our uniquely designed Kenya photographic 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.
For thirty-five years I had dreamed of going on a photographic safari in South Africa. This year I finally realized that dream and it is fair to say that my hopes and expectations were surpassed in every way. I had done extensive research on African photographic safaris on the Internet before settling on Wild 4 photo safaris. What an inspired choice that turned out to be! This family company run by Stu Porter and his wife, Justyna, and aided by Stu’s parents, John and Ann, provides the perfect safari experience for photographers of every skill level. Stu is one South Africa’s finest wild-life photographers and a first-class teacher into the bargain. His knowledge of the habitat and habits of the animals and birds to be found in Kruger National Park is simply encyclopaedic. I was accompanied on the trip by my 25 year-old daughter, Amy, and we eagerly adapted to the early morning wake-up call to go off into the wilds in one of Stu’s specially fitted jeeps to photograph animals at sunrise. Every day brought its special moments whether the spectacle of lions mating just a few metres from the jeep, or leopards lying lazily in the grass digesting a meal, or elephants and hippos frolicking in a river. The days sped by and we returned home with thousands of photographs of birds and animals to sort through and cherish for the memories they bring back. A safari with Wild 4 is more than a photographic experience with a master photographer: it is an initiation into the wonders of South Africa – its wild-life and spectacular landscapes - and, above all, an experience of friendship as everyone aboard the jeep bond in common purpose. Everything about Wild 4 is first class: organization is superb, accommodations excellent, choices of locale perfect. Our safari with Stu and Wild4 was truly the experience of a life-time.
Andrew Oliver, CANADA
Dear Justyna and Stu We had a wonderful time on the photo safari. It was a unique experience, not like anything else we’ve done even though we have travelled to many parts of the world over the last 30 years. It was a thrill to see such a variety of animals and birds and also to see many of them in such large numbers. There can’t be anything better than seeing them in the relatively relaxed setting that Kruger National Park provides. We appreciated all the effort that went into the equipment and the logistics for the photographic safari. The photo vehicle with the bean bags and panning plates was excellent for taking photographs and for enabling us to be close to the animals while staying safe. The catering was great. We enjoyed our breakfasts and lunches and coffee out on the road. We were comfortable in the accommodation at the Satara and Lower Sabie camps. As I mentioned in an email, the Meet & Greet at Johannesburg Airport was perfect after such a long journey from the USA. The flights to and from Skusuza went without a hitch. We really enjoyed meeting and getting to know Mike Lentz. Eleven days together provides a lot of time to talk. He is a great guy. We were very impressed with his knowledge of the animals, birds, and plants in Kruger National Park. His descriptions of animal behavior and other information added immensely to our enjoyment of the photo safari. We also appreciated his efforts to ensure we had a total Kruger Park experience, birds, trees, plants, landscapes as well as the animals. Looking forward to returning on another photographic safari in the future. Best regards,
Jennifer & Jerry Monopolis, USA