Experience a photographic adventure in a land famous for truly iconic images of Africa. The Kenya Photography Safari 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.
Tour dates: 7 - 15 September 2019
Tour length: 9 days
Minimum 6 guests to run this tour. Maximum 10 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.
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: Samburu, Naivasha and the Maasai Mara. Each reserve features its unique environment and wildlife, from the riverine forests of Samburu to the lakeside setting of Naivasha and, finally, the legendary grasslands of the Maasai Mara, where you’ll find yourself at the centre of the great wildebeest migration.
And to top it off, we have included a number of unique experiences to round off your African photography safari:
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 six 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.
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.
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.
From Samburu, we transfer to Lake Naivasha, one of the most beautiful lakes in the Rift Valley and a haven for birdlife and hippopotami. Fringed by papyrus and with the extinct Mount Longonot volcano as a backdrop, this is a wonderful place to watch and photograph birds. Over 400 species of birds have been seen in the Rift Valley, and Lake Naivasha offer great bird viewing and photography opportunities.
From boat trips on the lake, you will see Cormorants drying their wings, Pink Backed Pelicans, Herons, colourful Kingfishers and Fish Eagles. Other birds seen around the lake include the Goliath Heron, Jacana, Great White Egret, White Fronted Bee-eater and the Saddle- billed Stork. Lake Naivasha is home to a wide variety of wildlife including a sizeable population of hippos. Being a freshwater lake, it also has a healthy fish population to include Black bass, Tilapia and Crayfish.
Our afternoon at Naivasha caps off with a walking safari on Crescent Island, where you’ll be able to wander and experience the wilderness on foot, giving you a more intimate experience of the environment and wildlife.
Your accommodation at Lake Naivasha is at the Naivasha Sopa Resort, on the shores of the lake and set in amongst gardens of brightly coloured flowers and cacti.
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 feature 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.
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
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.
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.