12 Days Guided Photographic Kenya Safari Package, combines wildlife photo opportunities with photographer guide expert. Personalized photographic instruction is for most avid photographers a dream trip to Africa safari. Our 12 Days Guided Photographic Kenya Safari Package is guided by a specialist Photographer tour guide. 12 Days Guided Photographic Kenya Safari Package Tours combines a high degree of quality and luxury with a personalized travel adventure services.
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12 Days Guided Photographic Kenya Safari Package
12 Days Guided Photographic Kenya Safari Package, combines wildlife photo opportunities with photographer guide expert. Personalized photographic instruction is for most avid photographers a dream trip to Africa safari. Our 12 Days Guided Photographic Kenya Safari Package is guided by a specialist Photographer tour guide. 12 Days Guided Photographic Kenya Safari Package Tours combines a high degree of quality and luxury with a personalized travel adventure services. Private guided Africa Wildlife Photography Tours ensure that all photographic matters are taken care of, allowing you to focus on enjoying the creative aspects of your trip. On photographic safaris, destinations are chosen with photography in mind and your itinerary will consider all the best times to be out and enjoying the wilderness. 12 Days Guided Photographic Kenya Safari Package combines a premier wilderness experience with a top quality digital photography education without compromising on the participants in our photographic African adventure.
We organize quality African photo safaris for discerning wildlife photographers who want a detailed photo experience that goes beyond the “aim & shoot” photographic safaris. We use our experience in Kenya to select and combine national parks enabling you to have maximum time for quality nature photography with minimal road transfers. Our photo safaris are restricted to Kenya where we live and work, travel a lot, and with a strong conviction we would persuade anyone interested in Africa photo safaris that Kenya is the ultimate destination as photo subjects range from birds, people, culture to scenery and of course wildlife.
12 Days Guided Photographic Kenya Safari Package
Our African photo safaris have quality time in the field giving you the opportunity to shoot and re-shoot for the perfect shot. Our African photo safaris tours are not the rushed photo safaris. No, our itineraries are slow but detailed so you can observe and record nature: a bird in its flight, animals grooming each other, a cloud cover moving over a mountain and the big cats in Masai Mara. We select and combine parks to get a circuit that gives a wide range of subjects and to cut down on exhausting and long road transfers Yes, the only way of enjoying your photo safari is when you are relaxed.
It’s important that your guide is dedicated to photography and understands the technical aspects of taking a good wildlife photo. Vehicle positioning, for instance, is essential as it ensures the best angle for you and your camera in any given situation. The guide also needs to be committed to waking up early and staying out late in order to maximize times for great light and movement of wildlife. It’s also essential that the safari vehicle has sufficient space, as operating bulky equipment in a car full of other guests can get awkward.
12 Days Guided Photographic Kenya Safari Package
Our 12 Days Guided Photographic Kenya Safari Package is more than a safari; it is an exceptionally magnificent photographic excursion where the most important equipment is your camera. Every location is carefully selected to offer panoramic views and priceless moments that you and your camera will simply fall in love with. It's more than a game drive; you will romance your lenses; flirt with shutter speed; and indulge your memory cards. It will truly be a magical, photographic experience!
Private guided safaris ensure that all these matters are taken care of, allowing you to focus on enjoying the creative aspects of your trip. On photographic safaris, destinations are chosen with photography in mind and your itinerary will consider all the best times to be out and enjoying the wilderness. Photographic camps have the necessary editing, charging and storage facilities for your photos so you need not worry about bringing laptops, extra batteries and other bulky and expensive equipment.
Traveling with your own private guide, our wildlife photography holidays will give you the maximum opportunity of getting up close to some of the best game on our planet, as well as dramatic landscapes and interesting local tribes. Some of our guides are excellent photographers themselves, allowing you to learn from their techniques. Masai Mara is the Africa that every nature photographer dreams of, with elephants, buffaloes, wildebeests, lions, leopards, cheetahs, topis and hippos as main subjects for photography.
Nairobi – Amboseli: (250 km – Approx. 3-4 hrs drive)0730hrs: You shall be collected from your Nairobi hotel or Nairobi airport Meal plan: Lunch, Dinner
Amboseli National ParkThis will be a full day of game viewing drives. Plenty of time to soak up the wildlife and the magnificent scenery. And we’ve allowed time for relaxation as well. There will be an early morning game drive. Then breakfast will be followed by a mid-morning drive. After a comfortable lunch we’ll set out on a later afternoon game drive. Between the wildlife viewing sessions, relax at your Amboseli lodge or camp. They will provide meals and other activities. As always, your safari vehicle and driver/ guide are at your disposal for even more game viewing drives. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Amboseli National ParkAmboseli is a very dry place. Its name comes from the words for White dust in Maasai language. The landscape is harsh; dust storms frequently erupt when the wind picks up. The contrast of the arid and treeless plains with the evergreen swamps is amazing. Amboseli is home to big herds of Zebras, Gazelles, Buffalos and Wildebeests, along with Lions and Cheetahs. A great variety of water birds can be observed in and around the marshes. However, its main attraction is the great population of Elephants. Approximately 1,500 of these fascinating creatures live in the ecosystem and visit Amboseli regularly. It is fantastic to watch them walk to and from the swamps in the mornings and evenings. During times of plenty, Elephants concentrate sometimes in hundreds, with old bulls following the herds of females and calves. Photographically it is very rewarding. Its flat and dusty plains and dry lake beds provide amazing backdrops for dramatic and evocative images, especially in certain remote areas of the park. In the early mornings and late afternoons the snowy peak of Mt Kilimanjaro may emerge from the clouds, and when a herd of Elephants appear in the distance it is one of the most iconic scenes in the entire African continent.
Amboseli – Aberdares National Park (410Kms – Approx. 8 Hrs)We exit Amboseli with a long drive to Aberdares National Park. Lunch stop will be at Blue Post Hotel at Thika. Transfer to your Tree lodge. The Aberdare National Park is part of the Aberdare Mountain Range, a region of stunning and diverse landscape where jagged peaks soar up to 3,930m and deep ravines cut through the forested slopes. This Kenya game reserve is ideal for seeing wildlife, walking, picnics and trout fishing. The rainforest is a vital water catchment area with attractive streams and rivers supporting a broad range of wildlife. Animals that can be found on safari in Aberdare National Park include elephant, buffalo, the Black Rhino, leopard, baboon, black and white Colobus monkey and sykes monkey.Rarer sightings include those of lions, the golden cat and the bongo – an elusive antelope that lives in the bamboo forest. Eland and several cats can be found higher up in the moorlands. Bird-watching is very good here with over 250 species of birds in the park, including the Jackson’s Francolin, sunbirds and plovers. The birds of prey are of particular interest with African Goshawks, Ayres’ Hawk Eagles, Rufous-breasted Sparrow Hawk and Mountain Buzzards. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Aberdares – Samburu (250Km – Approx. 4 hrs.)Safari proceeds to Samburu National Reserve. Local African homesteads dot the red soiled slopes of this region. View the Mount Kenya with its snowcapped peaks along the safari route. Afternoon game viewing drive the Samburu, Shaba and buffalo springs reserves. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Full Day Samburu National ReserveUnlimited game viewing drives along the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River. Lion, grevy’s Zebra,Cheetah, Bufallo, Elephant, Oryx, reticulated Giraffe, Somali Ostrich etc are among the many animal species seen at the Samburu National Reserve. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Full Day Samburu National ReserveThis ecosystem hosts some dry-country adapted species or subspecies which can all be easily seen here and not in other parks, such as the Grevy’s Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, the Gerenuk, the Beisa Oryx and the Somali Ostrich. Elephants are plentiful and it is fantastic to watch them as they come daily to the river to bathe and drink. Samburu is also extremely good for sightings of Leopards and Lions, on the rocks or along the river. It is also a heaven for birdwatchers, with different species of Barbets, Weavers, Hornbills, Finches and Raptors providing ample variety for keen bird watchers and photographers. Visitors to this part of the country should not expect the same concentration of animals as in the Mara, due to the dry habitat. However, photographic opportunities are generally plentiful, thanks also to a good network of tracks that covers both reserves extensively.
Samburu Game Reserve – Ol Pejeta (180 km – Approx. 3 Hrs)Early game viewing drive at the Samburu game reserve. Later depart for the cooler Mount Kenya and Laikipia region at the shadows of Olpejeta game sanctuary. Afternoon game viewing drives including opportunities to see Rhino and Chimpanzee. Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ol Pejeta Full day doing photo safariPhotographing wildlife is a game of tactics and patience and the rewards can be spectacular. The conservancy covers more than 350 square kilometers. Each day you’ll explore a different area and encounter an astonishing range of wildlife, landscapes and people. You’ll never run out of inspiration. With professional photographer at your side, it’s the perfect opportunity to develop your camera skills - and take some truly unique photographs. One of the tour highlights will be the chance to get up close to the world’s last northern white rhinos.Situated on the equator and at the foothills of the towering Mount Kenya, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a private wildlife conservancy which stretches for over 90,000-acres in the Kenya’s Laikipia District. If you’re thinking about going on a Kenya safari, Ol Pejeta is home to an abundance of wildlife, including the Big Five, Grevy’s zebra, Jackson’s hartebeest, cheetah and chimpanzee.
Ol Pejeta - Lake NakuruAfter breakfast, we drive to the Great Rift Valley viewing sceneries en-route arriving in time for lunch at the camp. Afternoon game drives in the park where you will have a chance to visit a unique sanctuary catering for a sizeable number of the endangered rhinoceros and the Rothschild giraffe. Waterbucks as well as the predators such as the lion and leopard are common at the park. Also to be seen is a myriad different variety of birdlife in and around the lake. Dinner and overnight stay at Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge
Lake Nakuru National ParkFull day spent exploring /photographing the park. This area was made famous by the spectacular pink flamingos that gather on its salt encrusted shores as well as for other bird species including African fish eagles and pelicans. The woodland and grassland surrounding the soda lake are home to an abundance of wildlife including rhino, hippo, leopard, lion and the rare Rothschild giraffe. Dinner and overnight stay at Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge
Lake Nakuru – NairobiBreakfast then proceed for further game drives as you drive to Nairobi via Lake Naivasha for some hippo photos to arrive by 1500 hrs. Drop off to be advised. End of safari
12 Days Guided Photographic Kenya Safari Package Includes
Extensive Game drives
All meals included while on safari
Full Board Accommodation while on Safari
All applicable Game Park entrance fees
Safari vehicles carry mineral water
Guaranteed window seating with open top for easy photography
Guaranteed departures for two or more passengers booking this safari
Professional Photographic Safari guide
Round trip transport from Nairobi to and Back
Transport in 4×4 Toyota Mini Van
12 Days Guided Photographic Kenya Safari Package Excludes
A visit to a Masai Village
Accommodations in Nairobi
Cost of obtaining passport and visas
Gratuity for your professional driver guide, Porterage/ waiters at hotels
Sundowner bush cocktails and bush dinner
Membership in Flying Doctors Society – Emergency air rescue
Optional Hot Air Ballooning (cost per person is 470 US Dollars), Nature walks etc
Personal expenses such traveling insurance, excess baggage fee, communication charges that include, laundry, emails, faxes and phone calls beverages including luxury champagne, luxury spirits, beer, wines during meals or meals not indicated in the itinerary
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A1: Practically all our safaris are customized to individual groups according to bookings making them individual group safaris however there are instances when one wishes to join a group; in those cases we can make such an arrangement for our client depending on seat availability and date of travel. For those joining groups we would normally suggest the 3 Days Masai Mara Safari, 4 days Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru Tour, 2 Days and 3 Days Tsavo Tour and overnight trips to Mount Kenya as these are popular trips that run every other day.
A3: Safaris can be undertaken in East Africa throughout the year with the best seasons being during the warmer seasons when the sun is at the equator mainly between December to February and July to September. The other months are cooler with tropical storms sometimes ruining the game viewing, mountain climbing or beach holidays. The prices at these low hotel occupancy seasons however results in bargains for the traveler as we are able to offer rates that are lower to compensate for the reduced hotel prices.
A4: January, February, August and September (Peak Mountain Climbing Season)
The three months are good for mountain hiking, the period is just after the short rain season, the skies are clear and the views from the mountains are fantastic.
March to July (Low Season for Mountain Climbing)
This is the long rainy season, you can still hike but remember to be dressed for the weather and please be concerned about your safety as the paths are slippery during this period. There is not much to see except the challenge that is posed by the wet climb. Tropical rain comes in bursts and lasts a few hours, mostly in the mornings and afternoons. The rains freshen up the nature and often enhance the trekking experience. Note that hiking is not closed durring the wet season and that there are fewer people climbing these three East African Mountains; namely Mt Kenya, Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Rwenzori.
November and December (Shoulder Mountain Climbing Season)
This is the short rainy season in East Africa but with the climate change that is being experienced you just might be lucky to find the mountains dry. The rains during this period are experienced at short intervals with one or two days going without rain.
A5: During the long rains and short rains their are fewer visitors and so the prices come tumbling down. This is the best time to travel for the the bargainer. Hotel prices are down and tour operators offer competitive prices. This period is between March and June covering the long rains period and between October and November during the short rains. The downside on Wildlife Safaris is that it is harder to spot the animals because of the long grass and the continual rains plus it is easier to get stuck while on game drives. The up-side is that there are fewer crowds and so you have the wilderness all to yourself.
Kenya enjoys a mild tropical climate. The average annual temperature for the capital city, Nairobi (altitude 4,980 feet) is 77ºF maximum and 56ºF minimum. The coastal town of Mombasa (altitude 50 feet) is 86ºF maximum and 73ºF minimum. There is plenty of sunshine all the year round and summer clothes are worn throughout the year. However, it is usually cool at night and early in the morning. The long rains occur from April to June and short rains from October to December. The rainfall is sometimes heavy and when it does come it often falls in the afternoons and evenings. The hottest period is from February to March and coolest in July to August.
A7: Yes, visitors require a visa to enter Kenya. For details, please consult the Kenyan Embassy or Consulate nearest to you or alternatively apply for a visa online by logging onto: http://www.evisa.go.ke/evisa.html
A8: A health certificate is not a requirement for travel to Kenya unless traveling from a Yellow Fever zone. It is highly recommended that travelers to Kenya take precautions against Malaria starting a few weeks before travel and continuing with your prophylaxis a few weeks after travel to be on the safe side ( please remember that prevention is better than cure ). Please consult your doctor prior to departure.
A9: East Africa is no different from any other place in the world. However the usual precaution should be observed. Avoid displaying expensive possessions; walking through unlit urban areas at night, and follow the guide's instructions in the bush. It is also recommended that you leave valuables and airline tickets in the hotel's safe.
A10: The official currency is the Kenya Shilling. Visitors to Kenya can exchange foreign currency at banks or authorized hotels and Foreign Exchange Bureaux. Most international currencies are easy to exchange in Kenya. Travelers cheques are widely accepted, and many hotels and restaurants accept credit cards. Most Banks in Kenya are equipped to advance cash on major international credit cards. There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency that can be brought into Kenya. Anyone wishing to take more than Kenya Shillings 500,000 out of the country will require written authorization from the Central Bank.
Tanzania and Uganda also accept foreign currency and credit cards but to a lesser extent. Please convert most of your currency in the major urban areas into the local shillings (the exchange rates are better in the cities) as doing so in the rural areas offer veritable challenges and this might create hurdles for the traveler.
English is the “language of communication” in East Africa. It is widely spoken in hotels, restaurants and visitor establishments. Swahili is East Africa’s national language. A little Swahili goes a long way in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, especially in the rural areas. It is worth learning a little, and most locals are thrilled to hear visitors attempt to use any Swahili at all. For example, “Jambo” means hello and is often the first word learnt by visitors to Kenya.
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