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PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARIS TO KENYA'S PREMIER WILDLIFE DESTINATIONS

PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI 2015/2016

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices and Dates: $5044 - $8419
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 15 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited Kenya Kenya
Parks visited Masai Mara, Samburu, Lake Nakuru, Nairobi National Park
Activity level Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
  • Big five
  • Cultural
  • Birding
Photograph the best African wildlife reserves, at the best time of year, from our own private safari vehicles. We've designed our Photographic Safari to take you to the heart of the region's best photographic locations, driving between Nairobi and some of the more distant parks to ensure spending ample time in the field. We visit some of the most exciting photo locations in the country: the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve, the picturesque Samburu Game Reserve, the alkaline wetlands of Lake Nakuru National Park. We spend extensive time in the Mara and Samburu to get a real "sense of place" and to devote the time necessary to experience the wildlife and create numerous images.

Day 1

 

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by our representative Driver Guide.  You will then be transferred to your city hotel. Overnight at Safari Park Hotel. (Bed & Breakfast)

 

Day 2,

 

This morning after an early breakfast at your hotel, you will check – out and leave Nairobi for Samburu Game Reserve to the north via road, crossing the equator along the way. Arriving at your Lodge in good time for lunch. Freshen up; relax before heading out for the afternoon game drive. Meals and overnight at Samburu Game Lodge.

 

Day 3, 4, &5.

 

Spend the next 03 days in Samburu Game Reserve with unlimited game drives. You can opt to go out for early morning game drive and return for breakfast to your lodge, leave for a mid-morning drive before lunch. Later in the afternoon move out for the evening game drives.

Samburu Game Reserve Lies 325 kilometers north of Nairobi in the arid northern region of Kenya. The reserve is home to famous northern species that are endemic here including the Somali Ostrich, Long necked Generuk, Grevy’s Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe (Samburu Giraffe) rarely seen in other Kenyan parks. Beisa Oryx, Elephant, Lion, Cheetah, Waterbuck and Buffalo are also commonly seen. The only form of relief from the hot sun comes from the wide EwasoNyiro River which rises in the foothills of the Aberdares, a few hundred kms to the west.

 

Day 6 & 7

 

After the morning Breakfast at your hotel you will leave Samburu national reserve and drive across and down to the Great Rift Valley to Nakuru national park. Arrive at Lake Nakuru in time for a late lunch and check in at Lion Hill Lodge. Freshen up; relax before you head pout for the afternoon game drive returning late in the evening to the lodge.

 

Established in 1961, Lake Nakuru National Park offers a wide variety of both mammal and waterbirds species, notably White & Black Rhino and the millions of Flamingos which feed on the lake's abundant algae. Buffalo, Waterbuck, the rare Rothschild's Giraffe, Hyena, Jackal, Lion and Leopard are also resident in the reserve. Other common waterbirds include Pelicans, Cormorants, Grebes, Ducks, Stilts and Herons.

You will have 02 day here which will start up early for a scheduled morning and afternoon game drive. Lake Nakuru National Park will offer a variety of different photo opportunities and is a location not to be missed.

All meals and overnight at Sarova Lion Hill lodge.

 

Day 8,

 

You will have an early morning breakfast before checking out of the lodge for Masai Mara with game drive enroute out of the park. Driving past extinct volcanoes on the bottom of the rift valley. Arriving in time for lunch at your camp, freshen up relax before heading out later in the afternoon for your first afternoon game drive in the reserve.

We stay at 2 different locations in the Mara. Staying at 2 different locations allows us to explore various areas of the Mara and to be in different locations with the best morning light. All meals are included and catered for by the lodges we stay at. We always take a packed breakfast with us to maximize time in the field. Sightings always come first on a photo safari and photo opportunities may require us to return to the lodge for a late lunch. We may even stay out all day.

Lions are abundant in the Mara and we will get to see a lot of these powerful cats. Cheetahs are also seen regularly. Leopard can be found in the Mara but it is considered a special privilege to see one of these cats.

Thousands of other resident animals find their home in the Mara all year round. A visit in November may also provide an opportunity to photograph the last herds of Wildebeest & Zebra on their way back to Tanzania as part of the great migration. Our main focus however will be on the resident animals and birds that find their home in the Mara.

Gentle rolling hills, open savanna grassland, thickets and the impressive Mara River along with smaller tributaries, summarizes the scenery you will encounter in the Masai Mara Reserve. 1500sq km or 560sq miles in size, it is a fantastic destination to experience real Africa and the species that have been resident there for thousands of years.

Along with the big cats, the Mara offers excellent photo opportunities for many other mammals & birds including Elephant, Buffalo, Thompson's Gazelle, Topi, Coke's Hartebeest, Zebra, Giraffe, Impala, Grant's Gazelle, Bat Eared Fox and of course Wildebeest !

All meals and overnight at Sopa lodge and Mara Bush House.

 

Day 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14

 

Enjoy extensive game drives in the reserve for the next 06 days with morning and afternoon game drives, you may start the day before sunrise and end at sun set, take packed meals with you out in to the bush. All meals and overnight at Masai Mara bush house.

 

Day 15

 

After the morning breakfast you will head in the bush for your last game drive. You will then later return to the lodge for full breakfast and check out for Nairobi. Upon arrival you drive for carnivore restaurant for a farewell dinner. Later drop off at your Nairobi hotel or transfer to the airport for your outbound flight.

 

Inclusive of:-

  • Arrival and departure transfers in Nairobi.
  • Services of an English speaking driver guide.
  • Unlimited game drives as per the Itinerary.
  • Park entrance fees for Samburu, Lake Nakuru National Park & Masai Mara Game Reserve.
  • Mineral water in your safari vehicle.
  • Emergency evacuation insurance.
  • 1 night in city hotel - Nairobi (Safari Park Hotel)
  • 4 night’s Full Board accommodation at in Samburu Reserve (Game Lodge)
  • 2 night’s Full board accommodation at Lake Nakuru (Sarova Lion Hill)
  • 7 night’s Full board accommodation at Masai Mara Game Reserve (Mara Serena Lodge)

            (B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner)

Exclusive of:-

  • Any items of personal nature eg laundry, telephone calls, beverages etc
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Any extra activity
  • International Airfare
  • Gratuity for your professional driver guide
  • Gratuity for Porterage / waiters at hotels, camps and airports

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  • Mara Serena Lodge
  • Sarova Lion Hill
  • Samburu Game Lodge

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