Kenya Wildlife Photography Safari - Jewels of Northern Kenya - Ol Pajeta and Samburu - September 2021
US$ 10,600 Sharing
US$ 11,900 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 Kenya photographic tour 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 wildlife photography 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 African photographic tour 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 recently did a trip with Wild4 which far outweighed any expectations that I had! Wow what a trip. There was a great variety of animals, Stu has extensive knowledge of the animals and their habitat and was always mindful of us getting the best shots possible. My friend and I had our own bench seats in all the vehicles, which was great as we both had 2 DSLRs with numerous lenses, each vehicle is equipped with beanbags to steady your camera / lens, pockets and enough room to take a camera bag. We had fantastic opportunities to watch the cats for a good period of time and learn a little bit about their life, rather than taking a photo and moving on. I loved that we could sit and watch the lions at Mala Mala play in the Sand River, it was a fantastic opportunity. Stu provided us with some great tuition, I certainly learnt a lot of new photo techniques which I look forward to using back home. I hired a Canon 500mm lens from Stu which was great, I think I used that about 85% of the time and used a 70-200mm for the rest. We had many opportunities for night photography, silhouettes, time lapse, low light etc At the end of our trip we did the reptile extension at Khamai Reptile Centre. We went behind the scenes at the centre and had one of Africa's leading reptile specialist spend the day talking about the reptiles, spiders, scorpions we were about to take pictures of. Donald and his team certainly made for a very safe photo shoot, they were extremely patient positioning some of the reptiles for better light or different background. I learnt a lot from Donald, living in Australia we do have some venomous snakes, the day certainly gave me a renewed appreciation for the reptiles. I would highly recommend the Wild4 team for your next photographic safari you will not be disappointed.
Linda Cappello, AUSTRALIA
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