Kenya Photo Safari - Tsavo, Amboseli and Maasai Mara - June 2023
US$ 9,360 Sharing
US$ 9,800 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.
Any aspiring photographer who has not yet been on a wildlife safari should join a WILD4 with Stu and Justyna Porter. You will be guided by a graduate professional photographer who is also a highly-qualified South African field guide. Stu's knowledge of photography and his understanding of African wildlife are exceptional. He is also blessed with an amazing spotter's eyesight. I often thought to myself, how on earth did he see that! As each day begins all these talents are passed on with sincerity and quiet enthusiasm to each photographer's needs. Nothing is ever too much trouble and his positioning of the vehicle for the best light and animal profile is always his first consideration. On our tour there were times for laughter and many times when action and adrenalin ran high. Any successful safari is only as good as its backup team. This family company is most ably supported by Stu's wife Justyna who is the drive behind the scenes and efficiently arranges the accommodation and all the logistics. Stu's mother, Ann Porter provides excellent food for the day in the park and around the campfire at night. Both are qualified field guides and their spotting abilities add greatly to each day's safari. This particular trip was most rewarding in both personal and photographic terms and one of the best we have ever enjoyed. Sincere thanks to you all.
Slim & Barbara Callaghan, UK
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