Kenya Photo Safari - Tsavo, Amboseli and Maasai Mara - June 2023
US$ TBC Sharing
US$ TBC Single
US$ 3,000 Deposit
PLACES VISITED: Tsavo West National Park, Amboseli National Park, Maasai Mara Game Reserve (all in KENYA)
SKILL LEVEL: You need to be comfortable with your camera skills as no specific photo technical tuition is offered on this safari. You will have the services of one of our local guides with many years of experience and who specializes in working with photographers.
MEDICAL: Please check with your local GP or travel clinic to see if you need a YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION for this photo safari
TOUR LEADER: Mamai Karesi
This 14-day photo safari will begin in Nairobi with a 1-night stopover. Our photo safari representative will meet you at the airport arrivals hall.
On the following morning, you will be collected and head off to your first destination, Tsavo West National Park.
The more scenic of the two Tsavo National Parks, Tsavo West is famous for its Shetani Lava flow, Mzima Springs and stunning scenery including views of Mount Kilimanjaro from Roaring Rocks and Poachers Lookout. This park is quiet, beautiful and authentic African wilderness. The savannah ecosystem comprises of open grasslands, scrublands, Acacia woodlands, belts of riverine vegetation and rocky ridges.
After a 3 night stay in Tsavo West, you will continue on to Kenya's Amboseli National Park, famous for its large elephant herds and the majestic backdrop of the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro.
Amboseli is perhaps the best place in Africa to get a variety of African Elephant photographs. Big herds emerge in the mornings to cross wide open spaces on their way to the swamps where they feed during most of the day.
After 3 nights at Amboseli National Park, you will fly via Nairobi to the gem of Kenya's wildlife reserves, the Maasai Mara. Gentle rolling hills, open savanna grassland, thickets, and the famous Mara River are some of the scenery highlights you will encounter in the Masai Mara Reserve. Covering 1500 square kilometres (560 square miles), this is a fantastic location to finish off your photographic safari. You will spend 6 days photographing in the Mara in search of its famous Lions & Cheetahs, great birdlife and stunning scenery.
At the end of your stay in the Mara, you will fly the 45 min flight back to Nairobi where you will have a day room to freshen up before you depart for the airport to take your International flight home.
This is an exclusive small-group photo safari with a maximum of 3 participants in 1 private vehicle. This will offer you plenty of space for equipment and guaranteed access to both sides of the safari vehicle.
Mamai Karesi will be your guide for the duration of the tour.
You will have a good chance to see and photograph the following animals:
Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Hippo, Black Rhino, Spotted Hyena, Jackal, Bat-Eared Fox, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Thompson's Gazelle, Grant's Gazelle, Olive Baboon, Vervet Monkey, Coke's Hartebeest, Fringe Eared Oryx, Lesser Kudu, Gerenuk, and an excellent variety of birdlife.
Our 14 days with Wild4 Safaris will always be remembered as the best learning experience we have ever embarked on. Not only for the improvement in photographic skills and knowledge, but also the animal behavioural knowledge that we gained. We were totally immersed in the world of wildlife photography in the best place in the world with one of the best pro photographers around. Stu genuinely enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion for wildlife and photography. More than a holiday, it was an unbelievably rewarding learning experience and has taken our skill level up significantly. Stu and his team were able to help us learn about our equipment and coach us to apply these new skills quickly. Their sharing of knowledge, expertise in photography, and being able to read wildlife behaviour along with the excellent booklet (which became Marie's bible) are world class. This ensured we got to places that others didn't and that we were always in the best position to shoot. We also booked the extension and were most impressed with the "behind the scenes" access we gained at each Reserve. Stu didn't disappoint and was able to put together some memorable opportunities for us to get many excellent shots. The whole package was first class, from the pick up at Nelspruit, accommodation, food and day trips, to the people (now friends) who we met on the trip. This is one of those bucket list adventures that we will be doing again with WILD4.
John and Marie, AUSTRALIA
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