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.
My wife and I have been on three photo safaris with Stu. The first trip was the result of a recommendation from a friend. The second and third trips were because Stu did such a good job on the first. He is a thoroughly professional guide and offers such a terrific experience wherever he takes us. Stu shares his extensive knowledge of photography and has made it possible for us to get better photos and expand our understanding of what it takes to capture more of each photographic opportunity. It takes a special person to guide photographers around Africa, keep them comfortable, provide them with the best photo locations at the best time of the day, manage the schedules, vehicles, drivers, flights and food and still remain calmly in control. I think it would be appropriate to call Stu and ultimate professional. He is supported well by Justyna in the office and we anticipate traveling more with Wild4 in the future. You should book a trip with him as soon as you can!
Larry Jackson, USA
My wife Joanie and I joined Wild4 for the Best of Kruger and Big Cats in August of 2014. It was our very first trip on an African safari. I’m a serious amateur photographer and my wife’s a non-photographer but both of us enjoyed the trip thoroughly ! To this day, we still regularly recall the highlights of sightings and events fondly. True to Wild4’s brand promise, Stu Porter delivers maximum photographic times spent chasing photo opportunities out in the field - out 6am as soon as the camp gate opens and back only 6pm when the gate closes. Having no more than three photographers on each of two jeeps allows every photographer immediate access to both sides of the vehicle. Stu always knows where to position the vehicle for the best vantage points. Every day has its highs – big cat chases and kills, grazers sparring, herds of elephants and buffaloes appearing from nowhere at water holes... Thanks to Stu and the enthusiasm and knowledge of experienced senior guide Mike Lentz. Camps in Kruger are basic (by first world standards) but hey this is a safari ! There’s the important benefit of being only a short drive away from dams, good spots to catch the first light when the sun rises. This is important as the gates do not open till 6am so there’s little margin for being late. I had the opportunity to experience first-hand, the Wild4 team’s dedication and commitment to a successful photo trip for guests, beyond the call of duty. The Wild4 team helped solved a major photographic equipment problem. Early afternoon on Day 5, the lens AF motor on my 400mm telephoto lens failed. This was really a disaster on a trip like this, as (like everyone else) I had a spare camera body but not a spare super telephoto lens ! The other lens I had was a medium telephoto zoom, hardly a lens to use with tele-converters. Murphy’s Law indeed ! This happened with seven more days to go ! I enquired with Stu about hiring a lens from the nearby towns. Stu sprang into action immediately whilst still on the afternoon game drive - got his back-office team to make enquiries back in Nelspruit town. This was something new to the Wild4 team as they never had to hire a lens but they found a lens on the same day, a 200-400mm that’s also ideal for safari. The lens had to be dispatched from almost 200 km away and Mr John Porter helped to drive south to collect the lens sooner. I had the use of this lens by the morning of Day 7, with one-and-half day “downtime” in a remote location. Service excellence lived by as a core value indeed. After eight nights I left Kruger National Park with the feeling that I was just warming up and was leaving too soon. I would have gladly extended a few more days if that was possible. But we were bound for the next destination. I notice Wild4 has not been static. More new trips were added. I see the enterprise is growing fast ! Joanie and I are now looking forward to a trip to Kenya, again with Stu and the Wild4 team.
Steve Seow, Singapore