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Kenya Photo Tour

"Kenyas world-famous and best-kept wildlife sanctuaries"

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This tour is especially designed for versed nature photographers. The accommodation in the camps directly at the happening guarantees enough time and best lighting conditions. Your professional driver-guide has several years of experience in working with international photographers. He knows exactly at which places of the national parks the best pictures can be taken, where the animals currently are, at what time of the day optimal lighting conditions prevail and how the light can be used. The new land cruisers which are used for the round trip will carry four persons maximum. The extended 4x4 can be used particularly off-highway which means you can cross streams and old courses of a river and without any problems. In this way you are always on spot at first.

The photo tour is a combination of Kenya’s world-famous and hardly known sanctuaries. Apart from Kenya’s classics such as Masai Mara and Samburu National Park you also visit rarely frequented parks such as Solio Game Reserve or Ol Pejeta Conservancy. 

 

Travel Date

30.07 - 12.08.2016

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kenya
Reception at Nairobi airport and drive to Masai Mara. You spend the following nights close to the best settings for the crossing of the rivers Mara and Talek. This means that you are with the animals in the morning as well as in the evening with the best lighting conditions and a maximum of time at the spots. Overnight in an exclusive safari tent at Mara Ngenche Camp.

Days 2 – 4: Lots of animals and photography at Masai Mara
You have three full days of game drives at Masai Mara. The time of the Great Wildebeest Migration is one of the most spectacular migrations in the world. In order to reach their destination, blue wildebeests, Thomson's gazelles and plains zebras have to cross the Mara river. It is a dangerous undertaking because in the river Nile crocodiles are already waiting for their meal which is served them directly. For sure it is a dream of a lot of nature photographers to capture such a moment. Big cats are waiting in the bushes for the arrival of the animals and scavengers are present as well. Renowned are also the impressive pictures on which a hundred thousand animals move through Kenya’s biggest national park. Overnight in an exclusive safari tent at Mara Ngenche Camp.

Day 5: Drive to the East African Rift
The East African Rift crosses Kenya from North to South. Like stringed at a pearl necklace, several lakes are located here. You drive to Lake Baringo which is embedded in the brim of the rift. The fresh water lake is not only home to numerous kinds of birds such as African fish eagles, kingfishers and Goliath herons. Hippos and crocodiles live here as well. Your camp is situated at the private Island of Samation. Here you can take pictures of birds and landscapes totally undisturbed. Overnight in an exclusive safari tent at Mara Ngenche Camp.

Day 6: African fish eagles at Lake Baringo
You are accompanied by a traditional Jems fisherman to the lake. Today’s theme is the African fish eagle which is also called “the voice of Africa” due to his distinctive call. The birds and the fishermen are already on a first-name basis as the eagles recognised quickly that the fishermen’s bait allures the fishes directly to the water surface. The African fish eagles are huge which is why they can be seen easily from far away. So there is enough time to prepare the cameras for a perfect shot. Overnight in a chalet at Samatian Island Camp.

Day 7: Drive to Mt. Kenya
Once again you have the possibility to take photos of African fish eagles and other birds at Lake Baringo. Afterwards you drive to the Rift Valley. Starting from Nakuru you pass the tea plantations at the rift. In Nyahururu, Kenya’s highest city, you visit the Thomson Falls, observe chameleons and have the possibility to climb town to the hippo pools. Later you drive to Mt. Kenya which is the second biggest mountain in Africa with a height of almost 5,200 meters. Overnight in an exclusive safari tent at Rhino Watch Lodge, a small nature paradise at the foot of Mt. Kenya.

Day 8: Rhinos at Solio Game Reserve
Nowhere else in the world rhinos can be observed better than at Solio Game Reserve. Here black and white rhinos still live together in herds as 200 years ago. Because the nature park is private property it is barely known. This is why nature photographers have a lot of time and space to take pictures of rhinos in their natural environment. Furthermore lions and leopards share their habitat with cheetahs, buffalos, zebras, giraffes, antelopes and gazelles. Overnight in an exclusive safari tent at Rhino Watch Lodge.

Day 9: Rare species at Ol Pejeta Conservancy
At the today’s photo safari you can photograph several rare species. At the Ol Pejeta Conservancy you can meet one of the last three northern white rhinos which live here with their private rangers. If you are lucky you can also discover the almost extinct African wild dogs. Overnight in an exclusive safari tent at Rhino Watch Lodge.

Day 10: Mantled guereza at Aberdare National Park
The Aberdare mountains offer one of the last primary forests in Africa. Here live huge herds of forest elephants and buffalos which move in the thick forest surprisingly soundless. The mantled guereza with their eye-catching black and white coat make a beautiful photo. The famous needle in a haystack are the black serval or even the black leopard. Up in the mountains the animals are sometimes black to absorb as much solar heat as possible. Mountain rivers, moorlands and of Kenya’s biggest waterfalls guarantee fantastic landscape shots. Overnight in an exclusive safari tent at Rhino Watch Lodge.

Day 11: Full day safari at Solio Game Reserve
Again you go on a game drive at Solio Game Reserve to photograph rhinos. The swampland in the acacia forest in the centre of the reserve makes a bird lover’s heart beat faster. This is home of European rollers, old world flycatchers, eagle-owls and jackal buzzards. They represent only a few of the more than 300 kinds of birds that live here. Overnight in an exclusive safari tent at Rhino Watch Lodge.

Day 12: Drive to Samburu National Park
Drive to the last sanctuary which is explored photographically during this tour. Overnight in an exclusive safari tent at Elephant Bedroom Camp. The camps literarily bears its name rightly, because the fruits of the doum palm that grows here is a popular snack for elephants which often wander across the camp.  

Day 13: Elephants and big cats at Samburu National Park
Samburu National Park is primarily known for its huge herds of elephants which meet daily at the river Uaso Nyiro for a bath. Samburu is also one of the best regions to observe leopards, lions and cheetahs as well as their preferred prey – Waller’s gazelles and Grévy’s zebras. Overnight in an exclusive safari tent at Elephant Bedroom Camp.

Day 14: Last photo safari and drive to Nairobi
In the morning you prepare for your last game drive at Samburu National Park. It is the last opportunity to take photos of those animals which are not yet shot perfectly in the last days. Later drive back to Nairobi. Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Alternatively overnight in a double room in a guesthouse in Nairobi. At the following day start of one of our extension programmes, for example game drivers at Tsavo and Amboseli National Park.

It is time to say goodbye to Kenya. Transfer to Nairobi airport for your return flight.



Rates include

✔ Photo round trip from/to Nairobi
✔ 13 overnights in a double room in camps, lodges and guest houses as per itinerary or similar
✔ Meals: fullboard
✔ English-speaking driver-guide specialist in the requirements of photographers
✔ All game drives as per itinerary
✔ All transfers as per itinerary
✔ All national park fees

Rates exclude

✔ Flights to/from Nairobi
✔ Beverages
✔ Gratuities

Rates

Per person in a double room: from € 5,990.-
Single supplement: € 1,300.-

Contact and booking

The Rhino Watch Safari Lodge and the safari cars belong to the operator of the tour which has been specialised in film and photo for years. This is why there are no loop ways and no questions passed through several people. We inform you to the point. If you wish to book a programme or require more details, please feel free to contact us. The team of Wildlife Observations Worldwide/Rhino Watch Safari Lodge will be happy to assist you.

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