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Tsavo, Amboseli & Masai Mara Photo Safari - June 2023

June 14th - 27th, 2023
Tsavo, Amboseli & Masai Mara Photo Safari - June 2023
Kenya &
3 Spaces

OVERVIEW

Enjoy visiting and photographing Kenya's wildlife in three of its most famous parks - Tsavo West, Amboseli and the Masai Mara.

Tsavo is famous for its Shetani Lava flow and Mzima Springs. Amboseli for its large Elephant herds and views of Mount Kilimanjaro and the Masai Mara is known for its wildlife abundance and excellent big cat sightings.

Our meet and greet service will welcome you at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. You will transfer to a Nairobi hotel for an overnight stop. The following morning you will depart on a road transfer to Tsavo West National Park, where you will spend 3 nights. 

You then travel by road to Amboseli National Park where you will spend 4 nights.

You will then fly to the Masai Mara to avoid the long drive from Amboseli. You will be collected from the airstrip in the Mara and transferred to the camp, located right in the heart of the reserve. This will be your home for 5 amazing nights.

After a final morning game drive, you will fly back to Nairobi and enjoy the use of a day room at a hotel close to the airport. Later that same evening, you will take the complimentary shuttle service to catch your international flight home.

TSAVO WEST NATIONAL PARK

Tsavo is the largest National Park in Kenya. Opened in 1948, it is split in two by the Mombasa/Nairobi railway line and the main road.

Characterized by volcanic hills, thick vegetation and a good water supply, Tsavo West is also cooler than the dry landscape of Tsavo East.

The vastness of this wilderness landscape and the spectacular terrain, home to the Lesser Kudu and the Maasai Giraffe, is a great attraction for photographers.

Snow-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro is visible from the "Poachers Lookout" viewpoint and viewing of hippo at the underwater glass hide at Mzima Springs is a unique opportunity.

Tsavo is the home of maneless lions. Two of these lions attained notoriety as ‘The Man-Eaters of Tsavo’, during the construction of the railway line at Tsavo Bridge at the end of the 19th century.

AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

Gazetted as a national park in 1974, the core of Amboseli is 392 square kilometres (151 square miles) in size. However, it is part of a larger 8,000 square kilometre (3,100 square mile) ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border.

The park protects two of five primary swamps, which are a haven for mammals and birds. It also includes a dried-up Pleistocene lake known as Lake Amboseli. It is the second most popular wildlife park in Kenya after the Masai Mara. 

The park is famous for being the best place in the world to get close to wild, free-ranging elephants. It also boasts views of Africa's tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, at 5,895 m (19,341 ft). This is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular backdrops of any park in Africa.

The iconic image of a herd of Elephants with the snow-capped mountain in the background is high on our list.

MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE

Gentle rolling hills, savanna grassland, riverine thickets, and the famous Mara River are some of the scenery highlights you will encounter in the Masai Mara. Covering 1500 square kilometres (560 square miles), this is one of the best locations for a photographic safari, right in the heart of authentic Africa.

The Masai Mara ranks as one of the best places to photograph Africa's big cats (Lion, Leopard and Cheetah). However, these are not the only residents. The sheer number of mammals, birds, and reptiles found here is astounding.

June is a quieter time of the year for regular tourists, so you can also expect to be one of just a few vehicles at sightings. The weather is generally very good at this time of year as it falls between the short and long rainy seasons.

DETAILS

This small group photo safari allows for a tremendous amount of flexibility in the field. Packed breakfasts will allow you to maximize your time out in all three reserves and will allow the wildlife and the situations you find them in dictate the daily pace.

There will be a maximum of 3 participants in 1 private vehicle on this safari. You will have plenty of space for equipment and guaranteed access to both sides for unobstructed photography.

Mamai John will lead this photo tour.

There is no specific photographic tuition on this safari, making it best suited for intermediate to advanced photographers who are confident with their photography skills. Our professional, and experienced safari guide will locate the wildlife and position the vehicle correctly, considering the light and distance to the subject.

There is an excellent chance to see and photograph the following animals on this safari:

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.

DAY 1

Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), overnight in Nairobi - Kenya

Your safari begins with a meet & greet at the airport. A road transfer will take you to a local hotel.

You will stay for 1 night in Nairobi at FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON AIRPORT HOTEL

(Bed & Breakfast only)

DAY 2

Early breakfast. Depart at 07:00. Road transfer to Tsavo West arriving in time for a late lunch and afternoon game drive

Meet for early breakfast at 06:30. Meet your guide and vehicle at 07:00 and begin the road transfer to Tsavo West National Park. Enjoy a late lunch on arrival, check in to your rooms and prepare for your first afternoon game drive starting at 16:00.

You will stay for 3 nights in Tsavo West at KILAGUNI SERENA LODGE in en-suite rooms.

(All meals included)

DAY 3

Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in Tsavo West

Enjoy flexible and unhurried photography

DAY 4

Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in Tsavo West

Enjoy flexible and unhurried photography

DAY 5

Depart Tsavo West and drive to Amboseli National Park. Arrive for lunch and afternoon photo game drive.

Photography on the way out of Tsavo. Head for Amboseli National Park by road and arrive at your lodge in time for lunch and check-in.

You will stay for 4 nights at AMBOSELI SERENA SAFARI LODGE in en-suite rooms.

(All meals included)

DAY 6

Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in Amboseli

Enjoy flexible and unhurried photography

DAY 7

Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in Amboseli

Enjoy flexible and unhurried photography

DAY 8

Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in Amboseli

Enjoy flexible and unhurried photography

DAY 9

Short morning drive, then fly from Amboseli to the Masai Mara

After a short morning game drive, you will fly from Amboseli to the Masai Mara via Nairobi. You will arrive in the Masai Mara in time for a late lunch. Your guide and vehicle will be driving the long route from Amboseli to the Masai Mara and will need to overnight en-route. You will still go out for an afternoon game drive with a vehicle and guide from the camp.

You will stay for 5 nights in the Masai Mara at ENTIM MARA CAMP in luxury en-suite tents.

(All meals included)
(Local drinks included)
(Limited Laundry included)

DAY 10

Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in the Masai Mara

Enjoy a morning game drive with a vehicle and guide from the camp. You will be reunited with our guide and vehicle for the afternoon game drive.

DAY 11

Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in the Masai Mara

Enjoy relaxed and flexible photography.

DAY 12

Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in the Masai Mara

Enjoy relaxed and flexible photography.

DAY 13

Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in the Masai Mara

Enjoy relaxed and flexible photography.

DAY 14

Short morning game drive. Fly back to Nairobi. Use of a day room before departure

Enjoy your final morning game drive before flying back to Nairobi Wilson Airport. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the FOUR POINTS SHERATON AIRPORT HOTEL. You will have the use of a day room until your time of departure. The complimentary shuttle bus will take you the short 5 min journey to the airport to catch your international flight home.

(Room only, no meals or drinks included)

STEP 1 - PLEASE READ OUR BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS

We first recommend that you read and become familiar with our booking terms & conditions, which can be found on this page, under the PRICES box.

STEP 2 - GET IN TOUCH

Get in touch with us to confirm that there are still spaces available on the photo safari that you are interested in. Click on the “ENQUIRE NOW” button above.

STEP 3 - AWAIT A REPLY FROM US & THEN CREATE YOUR CLIENT ACCOUNT

Once we confirm with you that there is space available, and you would like to join the safari, we will send you a direct link via email. Follow this unique link to sign up to our CLIENT AREA.  After you have registered with your name, email address and a password of your choice, you will then be asked to complete our online booking form.

STEP 4 - COMPLETE A BOOKING FORM

As soon as we receive your completed booking form/s (1 per participant) then you will be required to send us the deposit to secure your place on the safari.

STEP 5 - SEND YOUR DEPOSIT

Deposits can be paid via credit card, PayPal or international bank transfer. We will notify you as soon as your deposit arrives. Places on the safari will only be confirmed once we have received both a completed booking form and deposit payment.

STEP 6 - FINAL BALANCE PAYMENT

As soon as your booking form and deposit are with us, we will update your CLIENT AREA to display the outstanding balance amount. This amount will be due 90 days before the start date of the safari.