We’ve designed our 15 Days Africa photography safari holiday to take you to the heart of the region’s best photographic locations. 15 Days Africa photography safari holiday visits three of the most exciting photo locations in the country: the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve, the picturesque Samburu Game Reserve, and the alkaline wetlands of Lake Nakuru National Park. At each location, we spend extensive time to get a real “sense of place” and to devote the time necessary to experience the wildlife and create numerous images.
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15 Days Africa Photography Safari Holiday
We’ve designed our 15 Days Africa photography safari holiday to take you to the heart of the region’s best photographic locations. 15 Days Africa photography safari holiday visits three of the most exciting photo locations in the country: the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve, the picturesque Samburu Game Reserve, and the alkaline wetlands of Lake Nakuru National Park. At each location, we spend extensive time to get a real “sense of place” and to devote the time necessary to experience the wildlife and create numerous images. This 15 Days Africa photography safari holiday is an extraordinary opportunity to photograph three of East Africa’s most unparalleled wildlife locations. With only four participants in each vehicle, fantastic accommodations, and outstanding local guides who fully understand the needs of photographers, our Kenya Wildlife tour is a productive and unforgettable photographic adventure!
The majestic yellow-barked acacias of Nakuru provide a photogenic backdrop for the common wildlife of the park, including accessible white rhinos and leopards. Samburu, located in the arid Savannah of northern Kenya, features golden grasslands, acacia woodlands and an imposing escarpment. Well known for its mammals, Samburu is home to soil-stained “red” elephants, rare Grevy’s zebras, reticulated giraffes, gerenuk, oryx and dik-diks. Birds are also abundant and include colorful bee-eaters, kingfishers, Somali ostrich and vulturine guinea fowl.
15 Days Africa Photography Safari Holiday
The Masai Mara Reserve is arguably the greatest wildlife location in all of Africa. The Mara is the northernmost corner of the Serengeti ecosystem—and is so remarkable that one cannot do justice to it in a brief description. This region is one of the continent’s best locations for lions and cheetahs. We spend six days here focusing on the predators and their prey. Birds are always a big part of the Mara experience, as well, and everyone enjoys the brilliance of lilac-breasted rollers and saddle-billed storks, the regal demeanor of the hawks and eagles, and the excitement of a squabbling throng of vultures on a carcass. Our tour is planned for the traditional time of the great migration “crossings” of zebras and wildebeests over the Mara River and the amazing and dramatic interplay between them and the resident Nile crocodiles! Although the timing is extremely unpredictable, we stand a reasonable chance of intercepting this remarkable wildlife phenomenon during our stay.
15 Days Africa Photography Safari Holiday
There are many luxury lodges that offer specialist photographic safaris for amateurs and professionals alike. Whether you have a couple of questions about shutter speeds or whether you want to make photography the focus of your holiday, we will plan the perfect experience for you. Simply contact one of our photographic safari experts today for unrivaled advice and to start planning your dream vacation!
Often the best way to get the photograph you are looking for is to lie in wait. Many lodges throughout Africa have magnificent waterholes where animals congregate. These are often viewable from your private deck, or even from your plunge pool! Quite a few have gone the extra step and built hidden hides where you can sit comfortably and wait for the action to happen right in front of you.
Wildlife viewing and photography are designed to satisfy the desire to see the prolific game of the Kenyan plains, the wonders of the Masai Mara migration and the big cats. Using our own safari vehicles in the heart of the parks we spend full days following the activity from the moment we leave camp at first light. Wildlife enthusiasts and photographers alike will appreciate our dedication to providing the best viewing experience possible. A common complaint of those who have been on ‘ordinary’ safaris is that much of the time is spent in camp and too little time is spent staying with the game and allowing situations to developed. We spend up to ten hours with the game each day. This gives us the opportunity to see a large number of species and to follow the unfolding story of wildlife on the plains as it happens.
Africa Photographic Safaris Package Itinerary
Arrive in NairobiOur able and friendly staff will be awaiting you at the airport and check you inn at a hotel within the city.
of the Africa Photographic Safaris Package Itinerary: Nairobi to AmboseliThis morning, you will meet your photographic guides in Africa and depart by road through the scenic Athi Plains and into the bush country of Amboseli nestled in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro arriving in time for lunch at Ol tukai lodge or Serena lodge. Both lodges offer a panoramic landscape sky and wildlife with the massive majesty of snowcapped Kilimanjaro in the distance. The lodges are camouflaged in a forest of fever trees and palms.
of the Africa Photographic Safaris Package Itinerary: Amboseli National ParkAmboseli is a big game country, elephants, antelope, zebras, wildebeest, buffalo, and giraffe. Two game drives are planned today; both will introduce you to the intense beauty and drama that fills each day. Predators stalk the herds grazing animals recreating the age-old drama of life and death under the African sun in a setting so lushly beautiful for photography. Dinner and overnight at Amboseli Serena lodge meal plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
of the Africa Photographic Safaris Package Itinerary: Amboseli National ParkRising early for good views of Mount Kilimanjaro before clouds build up over the summit, we set off for another stimulating photographic safari game drive. Amboseli is an excellent place to view a multitude of wildlife, including everything from Wildebeest to Giraffes to Baboons. Optional visit to a Masai village is planned after breakfast. Masai warriors are famously known as the proud nomadic tribe whose legendary prowess in battle and single-handed acts of bravery in fights with the wild animals are known across the world.A visit reveals the singing and dancing that are part of their daily lives and sacred rituals. A glimpse into their homes and social structure is a poignant experience. Midday finds us at our lodge for lunch and afternoon rest, followed by another extensive photographic guided game drive.
of the Africa Photographic Safaris Package Itinerary: Amboseli National Park - SweetwatersYour destination today is the exotic Sweetwaters Tented Camp in the secluded heart of Ol Pejeta. In Ranch and Rhino reserve, these magnificent beasts are given sanctuary from those who would take their lives to sell their horns. Here too, Jane Godall Institute operates a remarkable Chimpanzee sanctuary where you meet primates face to face. Your tents at Sweetwaters will remind you of this bygone era. The tents overlook one of the busiest waterholes, with elephants, giraffes and a plethora of plain game visiting. Dinner and overnight at the camp meal plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
of the Africa Photographic Safaris Package Itinerary: Explore SweetwatersToday we explore Sweetwaters Sanctuary on two extensive game drives. The Conservancy boasts an astounding variety of animals including all the “Big Five” the endangered black rhino, leopard, elephant, buffalo and lion. The combination of amazing wildlife and stunning views across the open plains of Ol Pejeta guarantees an unforgettable safari experience. Overnight at Sweetwaters Serena Tented Camp or Similar Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
of the Africa Photographic Safaris Package Itinerary: Sweetwaters - Lake NakuruLake Nakuru is your destination today, with its jewel of a National park, well known for hundreds of thousands of flamingos; a leopard sighting is likely here. This is a photographers’ paradise. Lake Nakuru National park is also a rhino’s sanctuary both black and white. It is also a refuge for the endangered Rothschild giraffe. Dinner and overnight will be at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge meal plan breakfast, lunch and dinner
Lake NakuruBesides the flamingos that the lake is famous for, there are approx 400 other species of birds visiting the lake. Also, many species of game can be found in the park including the introduced Rothschild's giraffe, black and white rhino, waterbuck, reedbuck, lion, buffalo, leopard, baboon and many species of plains game.
of the Africa Photographic Safaris Package Itinerary: Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara National ParkAfter breakfast and check out and drive to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve arriving in time for lunch. The richness of the park’s wildlife will captivate you for the next three days while your luxurious tented camp overlooking the Talek River at the very confluence of Mara’s four prime game viewing areas will be equally exciting. Dinner and overnight will be at Mara Intrepids Camp.
of the Africa Photographic Safaris Package Itinerary: Maasai Mara National ReserveAfter breakfast, we will explore the Mara extensively. Masai Mara is a country of rolling grasslands, dense thickets, and groves of acacia woodland. The Mara is home to the incredible variety of wildlife. A deep forest grows along its tributaries where many hippos and crocodiles bask lazily in the sunlight. Here, you find the largest population of lions in Africa. Dinner and overnight will be at Mara Intrepid Camp.
of the Africa Photographic Safaris Package Itinerary: Masai Mara National ParkToday we enjoy an early morning game drive then return to our lodge for a full breakfast. Alternatively we can spend the day in the park in search of predators and their prey like the Zebra, Wildebeest, and Giraffe. We have lunch at one of the nearby Lodge or camp. We shall also have an opportunity to see Hippo and Crocodiles found in the Mara River. Overnight at the camp Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Masai MaraThe Maasai Mara is like no other place in Africa; the density of wildlife in the Maasai Mara is a photographer’s dream. The safaris will concentrate on the migrating wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, antelope, hippo, elephant, and of course the Maasai Mara’s famous big cats. We might even see a lion kill, a cheetah chase, or a black rhino. All in all, these safaris produce life-long memories and the images often framed by the Mara’s famous sunrises, sunsets, and dramatic vistas.
Masai Mara National ParkThe Maasai Mara and the adjoining Loita Plains form the northern-most section of the Serengeti – Mara ecosystem, a 25 000 km² wilderness that delivers the World’s greatest wildlife spectacle, the annual wildebeest migration. These grazers, together with plains zebra, Thompson’s gazelle and other grazers and their attendant predators perform a cyclical migration through the Serengeti – Mara ecosystem. Resident individuals of these species also occur in the Mara throughout the year and don’t migrate, however, numbers swell to gigantic proportions during the drier season; July/August to October/November. ORYX Photography’s Kenya migration safari offers a one of a kind experience to view this amazing migration.
Masai Mara National ParkWe all know that the Masai Mara is home to the ‘greatest show on earth’. So we decided to run the best photo safari we could muster in the heart of the greatest show. The Mara River – A place where wildlife meets conflict: in its millions. The migration is a constant dynamic. But at one point during the cycle, a major obstacle stands in the way of the momentum. At first it causes a stutter and a pause, but then the surge comes, and millions of animals cross the Mara River in one of the most spectacular wildlife scenes on earth. We have reserved a small, intimate and private camp in the heart of the action in perhaps the best time of year to see this phenomenon.
of the Africa Photographic Safaris Package Itinerary: Masai Mara - NairobiBreakfast and one last look at the Mara before we head back to Nairobi by road arriving in time for late lunch at the carnivore restaurant. After late lunch, we proceed to the airport knowing that this has been a journey to remember for the rest of our lives. Meal plan Breakfast and Lunch
15 Days Africa Photography Safari Holiday Includes
Extensive Game drives
All meals included 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 land cruiser
15 Days Africa Photography Safari Holiday 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.
Mount Kenya Climbing Facts