Kenya Wildlife Photography Tour 2019

Experience a photographic adventure in a land famous for truly iconic images of Africa. The Kenya Wildife Photography Tour is your gold ticket to experience and photograph this vibrant land of sweeping savannah, teeming with wildlife, rugged landscapes and truly exclusive travel and wildlife experiences.

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Tour dates: 7 - 15 September 2019
Tour length: 9 days
Minimum 6 guests to run this tour. Maximum 8 guests.
This tour is suitable for photographers of all levels.
Pace: Very easy and comfortable. From pick up at Jomo Kenyatta Airport to drop off, you'll be transferred from all locations in this tour. There is a walking safari included in this tour along an easy trail.


 

Maasai Mara sunset
Male lion

Fulfil your photographic bucket list with this unforgettable wildlife photography tour of Kenya. Boasting an itinerary full of unmissable experiences and photographic opportunities, you will never feel closer to the wild, beating heart of Africa! You’ll have the guidance and support of two professional photography instructors during the tour and be rewarded with professional-quality images of wildlife, landscapes and the Maasai people that others can only daydream about taking.

There is nothing quite like setting your eyes on wild animals in their natural setting: seeing the close-knit families of elephants interacting with each other on river banks, watching herds of giraffes canter through tall grass as they seek the thorny foliage of acacia trees on which to gaze, a pride of lions angling in for the hunt, wild hyenas fighting for prey, leopards recumbent on tree branches, herds of antelopes, impalas and gazelles spread out before your very eyes.

And because this is a photography tour, you’ll be guaranteed that we will be taking photographs in the best light and from the best angles available. This is the stuff of dreams are made of and you get to live and photograph it for eight glorious days!

Traveling in comfort aboard 4x4 vehicles with open windows and tops, you will have the perfect opportunity to view and photograph the wildlife of three reserves in Kenya: Ol Pejeta, Lake Nakuru and the Maasai Mara. Each reserve features its unique environment and wildlife, from the open plains of Ol Pejeta to the lakeside forests of Nakuru and, finally, the legendary grasslands of the Maasai Mara, where you’ll find yourself at the centre of the great wildebeest migration.

Our English-speaking local guide and driver will be at hand to share their knowledge of wildlife, their habits and habitats, and you'll learn how to improve your photography from your professional photography instructors, Seng Mah and Craig Franke. You’ll have ample opportunity and room to shoot as we only take a small group of five photographers per vehicle, ensuring that every photographer has access to a window and a view out of the top of the jeep to make sure that you get the enviable close-up shots of wildlife.

Baboon mother and child
Maasai men jumping ceremony

Baby elephant

 

Features

  • An African photographic safari is a bucket list item for many. What differentiates this from your typical tourist safari is the care and attention that has been put into crafting the photographic itinerary for you and ensuring that you travel and live in comfort during this tour.
  • Only five photographers per Jeep to ensure you get a window to yourself and all the room you need to take great photos, plus one photography instructor/coach per vehicle.
  • Knowledgeable, experienced and professional English-speaking drivers who have been trained by our tour partners, African Travel Specialists.
  • Personalised photography teaching and support during the tour. You’ll be learning the professional tips and techniques for taking great images and leave the tour with a whole new set of photographic and visual skills and knowledge!
  • Early starts and late afternoon finishes on our game drives to ensure that you photograph in the best light and from the best angles, and get to view the habits of wildlife at different times of the day.
  • Accommodation (lodges and camps) situated right inside the wildlife reserves and national parks.
  • Safety and security that is assured, as your itinerary has been developed in partnership with African Travel Specialists to ensure that your travel is worry-free and comfortable.

African goshawk
Lion feeding

 

Tour Highlights

DAY 1: NAIROBI

On arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta Airport, you’ll be met by a representative from African Travel Specialists and transferred to your 4-star hotel situated near the airport. This way, we avoid Nairobi’s famous traffic jams and ensure that you are quickly settled in comfortable lodgings after your long flight to Kenya.

We kick off a tour with a meet and greet with Seng and Craig, where we’ll discuss the exciting itinerary we have ahead and get everyone set up on how best to use your camera and lenses when photographing wildlife. Our accommodation in Nairobi is at the Eka Hotel (bed and breakfast only).

 

DAYS 2-3: OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY - SWEETWATERS CAMP

You will be met at the hotel by your English-speaking Kenyan guide/driver and transferred on the road to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the largest black rhinoceros sanctuary in East Africa and home to 78 black rhinoceros. Our game drives at Ol Pejeta will focus on photography of these very unique and endangered species in their natural habitat, as well as a diverse range of East African wildlife, including the "Big Five" species. This conservancy has a higher wildlife-to-area ratio than any Kenyan National Park and is at the forefront of Kenyan wildlife conservation. Our visit to Ol Pejeta also includes a visit to a remarkable chimpanzee sanctuary at Ol Pejeta, which is the only place in Kenya where you can view and photograph these highly endangered apes.

Our accommodation at Ol Pejeta is the Sweetwaters Serena Camp, boasting 39 luxuty thatched roofed tents each with their own private verandah overlooking a waterhole, giving you plenty of opportunity to see wildlife and birdlife visiting the the waterhole. You will enjoy full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) included at Sweetwaters Serena Camp.

Giraffes in the forest
Lion
Rhinoceros and baby
Ostrich portrait

 

DAYS 4-5: LAKE NAKURU

Lake Nakuru is a lush national reserve rich with wildlife, including both the white and black rhinoceros, giraffes, zebras, cape buffaloes and an abundant host of birdlife. When lake waters are high, hundreds and thousands of flamingoes flock to its shores to feed, bringing vibrant colour to this unique environment. Combining forest settings with open plains and rolling hills, Nakuru is a wildlife photographer's wonderland!

Lake Nakuru is also home to one of the rarer wildlife phenomenon that you can experience in Africa: tree-climbing lions. These lions are known to climb trees to wait on its boughs for unsuspecting herds of zebras or antelopes. Their perches also help them escape herds of cape buffalo, one of the few animals that can frighten the majestic lion!

Our accommodation is Lake Nakuru Lodge, set in lush gardens and forest surroundings with an expansive view towards the lake. Waterholes adjacent to the Lodge mean that you can view wildlife coming to drink and graze while you enjoy a refreshing drink from the bar, restaurant or poolside. You'll enjoy full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) included at Lake Nakuru Lodge.

Flamingo at Lake Nakuru
Two lions
Cape Buffalo
Lake Nakuru Sunrise

Lake Nakuru Zebras

 

DAYS 6-9: MAASAI MARA AND THE GREAT MIGRATION

The Maasai Mara needs no introduction, as this is the setting for everything that we imagine when we think about iconic Africa. It’s a land of sweeping savannah and grasslands where herds, packs and prides roam free in the tall grass or amongst flat-top acacia trees. Our days here will be filled with stunning photography on our game drives and we will be focusing on photographing the Great Migration of Wildebeests crossing the Mara River in hundreds and thousands.

A real highlight of our time in the Mara is a visit to a Maasai village, where we will be welcomed by the leaders of the village and made to feel a part of the community. This is your perfect opportunity to photograph portraits of the Maasai people and their bright and colourful clothing and beads. You’ll connect with the villagers and learn about them, their culture and lifestyle in a way that’s intimate, hands-on and truly engaging.

You complete your photography safari in the Maasai Mara with a totally unforgettable experience, one that brings you close to this magnificent wilderness and which will leave a lasting impression. What is it? Well, it's a surprise! Join us and find out!

You will have three nights at the Mara Serena Lodge, poised high on a hill overlooking the plains of the Maasai Mara, with views of the famous Mara River. You will enjoy full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) included at the Mara Serena Lodge.

Lion in the savannah

Elephant in the plains
Hyenas with prey
Duelling zebras
Lilac-breasted roller

 

What's Included?

Elephants tussling

  • All accommodation during the tour.
  • Airport transfers on your group's arrival and departure during the tour itinerary (Note: this inclusion is for Day 1 and Day 9 group arrivals/departures as per the tour itinerary; transfers for individual arrivals/departures at different times are not included in the cost of this tour).
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners at the safari lodges (Day 2 to Day 9).
  • Breakfast at our Nairobi hotel on the morning of Day 2.
  • All land transport via 4x4 vehicles with professional guides/drivers from African Travel Specialists.
  • All in-tour photographic guidance and tuition.
  • Private game drives in 4x4 vehicles with adjustable open tops.
  • All park entrance fees.
  • All activities and experiences as outlined in the Tour Highlights above.

 

Exclusions

  • Flights to and from Nairobi.
  • Single entry Visa (Tourist Visa), which is about USD$51.
  • Dinner at our Nairobi Hotel on Day 1 (this hotel offers only bed and breakfast; other meals at own cost).
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Travel insurance. All participants are required to take comprehensive travel insurance for this tour. You will need to show proof of travel insurance as a condition of participating in this tour.
  • Insurance for your photographic equipment while on tour.
  • Photographic equipment. You will need to bring/supply your own cameras, lenses, tripods, batteries, filters, memory cards and so on.
  • Vaccinations and travel medication.
  • Personal expenses, including laundry, wi-fi, medication and incidental meals.
  • Tips.
  • Transport and transfers outside of the tour itinerary.

Dancing crowned cranes

 

Price of Tour

  • AUD$9890* per person twin share for guests traveling with a friend or partner who is also a paying guest and participating photographer. Non-photographer friends/partners are welcome: If your accompanying friend or partner is a non-photographer, please contact us for the special price for non-photographers.
  • A single supplement of AUD$1520* for guests requesting their own room or who are not travelling with another paying guest.

 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO EXTEND YOUR AFRICAN ADVENTURE?

 

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Our Agent, Globetrotter, would be happy to assist in booking your international flights, travel insurance offering a 20% discount off policy cost (subject to terms and conditions of policy provider) and has pre-tour and post-tour options available

  • PRE-TOUR: 2 Nights at Victoria Falls – Price on Inquiry.
  • POST-TOUR: 3 Nights in Zanzibar – Price on Inquiry.

If you would like to more information about the pre-tour and post-tour, please let us know in the Comments section of the booking form below and we can put you directly in contact with Globetrotter.

 

Testimonials

    Tirza Cohen
    To say that the Kenya Safari tour exceeded all my expectations would still be an understatement. Every day was filled with wonderful sights of animals and birds living life freely in the wild. It was a privilege to share in the animal interactions from the cheetah with her four adolescents, lions working as a group or lazing together, elephant families caring for their young and zebras debating wether to attempt the crossing with all the crocodiles gathered. Other highlights included a leopard attempting a kill and the famous lion called Scarface.

    Our fellow travelers quickly became friends and as a group we unanimously bonded. A rare feat for a group of strangers.

    Seng and his 2IC Craig did an amazing job of planning and executing a trouble free tour with many many photo opportunities and assistance with settings and light. We were also lucky to have the service of the best guide and driver Newton who could spot animals and birds from impressive distance.

    In my eighty years I have travelled extensively all over the world but this trip was a highlight in my traveling life. Thank you so much Seng.
     
    Vicki Dawson
    An amazing adventure, stunning animals with stories we could all relate to and a group of friendly excited individuals seeking new experiences who became close friends and 2 fantastic leaders teaching us new tricks with our cameras all the way. Thanks for the trip of a life time. Thanks Seng and Craig. The best time ever.
     
    Irma Fereira
    I reminisce over the incredible 10 days spent in Kenya. Our incredible photographers, Seng and Craig, reminding us of ever changing camera settings as we struggle to make the decision to photograph or just let it all just soak into our minds, etched in memories for ever.

    From the first day till the last, we were astounded by the beautiful scenery. Lone Acacia trees against the sky and white cotton balls of cloud floating past in the blue. Indescribable is the feeling when you watch as cheetah cubs playfully attack each other, learning to master hunting skills. Mum nearby stalking impala for her hungry family. A lion female pass your vehicle so close by that you could reach out and touch. Her cubs hiding nearby in the grass. How incredibly lucky you feel watching an ever evasive leopard stalking it's pray and stretching itself out on a nearby tree trunk.

    Vultures bombing in on a carcass left behind by a gorged lioness, while jackals try to steal away some scraps. Meeting Scar Face the world renown male lion, Bob Marley the king of the Masai Mara and The Black Rock King with his lionesses lazily baking in the afternoon sun.

    Early mornings the roar of a pride of lions echo over the savannah while the snorting of hippos break the silence of the night. Baby elephants playing and rolling in the mud, guarded by the matriarch of the family, brings a smile to your face and a feeling of love in your heart. Love for the land, love for the surrounding landscape, but above all, knowing that what you are experiencing is something unique and something that should be protected and conserved.

    These are just a few of the incredible experiences we had on our tour with Seng on the Venture Photography Tour to Kenya 2018.

    Our stays were incredible well planned for ultimate exposure to the wild life. Thank you Seng and Craig for taking us on a trip beyond my wildest dreams. An experience that should be on the list of do's before you leave this planet one day.

    The magic of Africa forever engraved on my mind.

 

Book your Place

A deposit of AUD$2000 will secure you a place on this tour. This deposit is refundable if the tour does not go ahead (we require a minimum of 6 guests to run this tour).

Final payment of the balance by 1 July 2019.

Bookings close 10 January 2019.

For information on cancellation charges and refunds, please read our Photography Tours Terms and Conditions.

To join this tour or contact us with your questions, please use the form below or email seng [at] venturephotography.com.au or telephone 0417 604 614.

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