Kenya’s Green Season - Samburu & Maasai Mara Photo Safari - December 2023
US$ TBC Sharing
US$ TBC Single
US$ 3,000 Deposit
PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI LOCATION: Kenya
PLACES VISITED: Samburu & Maasai Mara
PHOTO SKILL LEVEL: Any level from beginner to advanced.
TOUR LEADER/HOST: Mamai Karesi
November and December are known as Kenya’s GREEN SEASON, and the characteristic fresh flush of new growth is linked to the short rains that fall at this time of the year. The dry season is now over and both the environment and the wildlife breathe a huge sigh of relief, food and water are now plentiful. The colour pallet is also distinctly unique at this time of year and your photos will take on a variety of fresh green tones. Mornings tend to be clear and bright with powerful and dramatic thunderstorms building up in the afternoons.
Your 13-day photo safari will begin in Nairobi, where a member of our photo safari team will meet you at the airport. After a 1-night stopover, you will be collected at 07:00 am by one of our local Kenyan Safari guides in one of our specially modified photographic safari vehicles. The road journey takes you through Kenya’s agricultural heartland and further north past Mount Kenya. You will reach Samburu Reserve in time for a late lunch. A small tented camp situated on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River will be your home for the next four nights.
Samburu Reserve is a photographers paradise and has an amazing diversity of wildlife only found in this area of Kenya. You will spend your photographic game drives in search of this unique wildlife which may include Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk, Grevy's Zebra, Desert Warthog, Somali Ostrich, Beisa Oryx, Vulturine Guineafowl as well as Lion, Leopard and Cheetah. There is a very good road network in Samburu which allows you to thoroughly explore this game-rich area without having to travel very far. The beautiful Ewaso Nyiro River and surrounding hills and mountains offer great photographic opportunities to capture some stunning landscapes.
After a short morning photo game drive on your final day in Samburu, you will board a light aircraft and fly via Nairobi to the Maasai Mara. You will be met at the airstrip in the Mara and transferred to your second tented camp, right on the Mara River, in the heart of the main Mara Reserve. Gentle rolling hills, open savanna grassland, woodland thickets, and the famous Mara River are some of the scenic highlights you will encounter in the Maasai Mara Reserve. Covering 1500 square kilometres (560 square miles), this is an amazing location to enjoy a photo safari in the heart of authentic Africa.
The Maasai Mara ranks as one of the best places to photograph Africa's BIG CATS - Lion, Leopard & Cheetah. It is also home to an abundance of other mammals and birds. Your small tented camp on the banks of the Mara River will be your home for the next seven nights, and from this centrally located base, you will spend many hours observing and photographing the amazing wildlife found here.
This small group photo-specific safari allows for a great amount of flexibility in the field. Packed breakfasts will be taken every day and enjoyed either at sightings or under a typical African Picnic Tree. This enables you to spend maximum time out in the field and the freedom to let the wildlife and the situations you find them to dictate the daily pace.
On your final morning in the Mara, you will enjoy a short game drive and then fly back to Nairobi where you will be able to freshen up in a day room before your evening transfer to the airport.
This is an exclusive small-group photography safari with a maximum of 3 participants in 1 private vehicle. Each participant will have plenty of space for camera equipment and guaranteed access to both sides of the photo safari vehicle.
Mamai Karesi will lead this photo tour.
Join us on this exciting photographic journey to two of Kenya’s most famous reserves during the spectacular GREEN SEASON.
There is a good chance to see and photograph the following animals:
Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Reticulated Giraffe, Beisa Oryx, Gerenuk, Grevy's Zebra, White Bearded Wildebeest, Black Rhino, Spotted Hyena, Hippo, Jackal, Plains Zebra, Thompson's Gazelle, Grant's Gazelle, Olive Baboon, Vervet Monkey, Waterbuck, and an excellent variety of birdlife.
We were very lucky to have found the Wild 4 Team when we were able to take a short photographic safari as part of a business trip to Cape Town. So when we could plan a photography trip overseas, naturally we contacted Stu and Justyna. We brought along a good friend who wanted to do her first photo safari. To say the three of us had a blast would be to underestimate the experience. I wonder how many other photographers have been a few feet from a cheetah taking down an impala only to share the kill with a caracal. Other highlights included a rare king cheetah, mating leopards, a den of wild dogs with their pups, photographing and touching a boomslang, green mamba and black mamba, and being surrounded by a herd of elephants. But perhaps the best part of all was being back with friends whom we know and trust. We know a good thing when we experience it. When we are ready for our next African adventure, you can bet we will contact the Wild 4 Team.
Michael & Toni Anderson, USA
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