9 Days Escorted Kenya Photographic Safari Holiday tour which progressively explore wildlife scenery and local cultural highlights. 9 Days Escorted Kenya Photographic Safari Holiday package includes transport and wildlife viewing drives in private 4×4 pop up top jeep. 9 Days Escorted Kenya Photographic Safari Holiday tour includes unlimited game viewing drives, stops at attractions, guided walking safari, easy trekking, boat ride, park entrance fees and accommodation in a choice of comfort or luxury level safari lodges & tented camps.
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9 Days Escorted Kenya Photographic Safari Holiday
9 Days Escorted Kenya Photographic Safari Holiday tour which progressively explore wildlife scenery and local cultural highlights. 9 Days Escorted Kenya Photographic Safari Holiday package includes transport and wildlife viewing drives in private 4×4 pop up top jeep. 9 Days Escorted Kenya Photographic Safari Holiday tour includes unlimited game viewing drives, stops at attractions, guided walking safari, easy trekking, boat ride, park entrance fees and accommodation in a choice of comfort or luxury level safari lodges & tented camps. Our 9 Days Escorted Kenya Photographic Safari Holiday is one of the best ways to preserve your safari memories and improve your art of photography. Wildlife photography requires patience, preparation, dedication and a guide that understands how to get you into the right position for that perfect capture. You also need lots of space and equipment to move in your vehicle.
9 Days Escorted Kenya Photographic Safari Holiday
This 9 Days Escorted Kenya Photographic Safari Holiday allows you to take in the drama of life on the African Savannah, the beauty of Kenya as well as delve into the region’s rich and vibrant culture. This 9 Days Escorted Kenya Photographic Safari Holiday Package allows you to discover the best of Kenya taking you to the Masai Mara and other regions which are home to some of the greatest concentrations and diversity of wildlife on Earth. Your safari begins in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, which is a world heritage site and an award-winning model for community conservation. With its gently rolling hills and unspoilt beauty, Lewa offers a trip of a lifetime with its combination of superb game, diverse scenery and conservation education. Next, it is onto the Masai Mara, staying in the Mara North Conservancy. This is a beautiful private wilderness area bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve. Its combined professional tourism and wildlife management ensures that guests enjoy an exclusive safari experience with exceptional game and at the same time works with the local communities, ensuring that there is a direct benefit to them.
9 Days Escorted Kenya Photographic Safari Holiday
When you imagine your idyllic dream Kenya photographic safari holiday vacation in Africa, images of vast rolling Savannah plains of Masai Mara dominated by the Great Rift Valley highlands of Oloololo Escarpment comes to mind! Here, the wildebeests and zebras cross the migratory paths of the unforgiving Mara River while territorial and resident wildlife battle out its day’s survival! Bachelor gazelles leap and prance delightfully in a game of chase while a female cheetah crouches in long grasses, her piercing eyes fixated on her prey. In the northern wilderness of Laikipia - Lewa, ferocious feline hunters gaze across their domains searching for unwelcome carnivores who dare to cross into their space. Lion cubs playfully fight near an imposing male while females scan the bushy grounds for their next family meal. Hyenas yip near a morning carcass to fight off vultures and other feathered scavengers. Experience one of the most fascinating scenes on this amazing Kenyan Safari. Each destination offers unique experience.
Nairobi - Fly to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Laikipia Plateau, KenyaSee Rhino on a game drive in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Your safari begins as you board your flight to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy from Wilson Airport, Nairobi. On arrival at Lewa, you will be met and taken on a short safari drive to your camp. En route as you will pass a large swamp area, much favoured by elephants. After a buffet lunch, you may embark on an afternoon game drive perhaps in the shaded riverine areas looking for the black rhinos.
Lewa Wildlife ConservancyWitness the savagery of the wild. Wake up to an African dawn, ready for an early morning game drive. You can take a packed breakfast with you and explore the outstanding and plentiful wildlife, including rhino (black and white), elephants, buffalo, the rare Grevy’s zebra and resident predators. In the afternoon, you can take another wonderful game drive with a snow-capped Mount Kenya in the background. Lewa Conservancy encompasses many habitats, making for an interesting and exciting safari. Visit the Lewa Headquarters and learn more about their efforts to incorporate education and conservation with the local tribes.
Lewa Wildlife ConservancySituated within the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy with outstanding game viewing and spectacular views to Mt. Kenya to the south and arid lowlands to the north, Lewa Safari Camp is a perfect choice for a safari. Its location gives excellent opportunities for seeing a wealth of wildlife including Africa’s Big Five. In the evenings, sit around the fire with pre-dinner drinks and share your experiences of the day.
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy - Masai Mara, KenyaEnjoy drinks at sundown in Masa Mara. After breakfast, take a game drive en route to the airstrip, for a flight to the Masai Mara. Upon landing, you will be met by a guide and get a glimpse of the abundant wildlife on the way to the camp. After an al fresco lunch and you have settled in, it will be time for an afternoon game drive. Take some time to sit back and enjoy the spectacular vistas, smells and colors of the African bush. Take part in a safari tradition, stop and watch a spectacular African sunset with a gin and tonic in hand.
Masai Mara National ParkBalloon safari over Masai Mara, Perhaps start the day with a hot air balloon safari (optional at extra cost), which offers one of the most serene and spectacular ways to view the plains. Alternatively, you can go for a guided safari walk, learning about the ecosystem looking for the all-important insects and birds. Learn more about the large animals you have been seeing by interpreting their spoor and nocturnal activities. Then walk into a well-deserved sumptuous bush breakfast in the shade of the trees.
Masai Mara National ParkOr spend a full day exploring the park with both morning and afternoon game drives. A highlight of many East African safaris is learning about African cultures. During one of the drives visit a traditional Maasai village and learn more about their way of life.
Masai Mara National ParkFull day spent exploring the park trailing wildebeest migration optional hot air balloon safari can be arranged at an extra cost of US$ 450 per person Dinner and overnight stay at Mara Ilkeliani Tented the Masai Mara Game Reserve is arguably Kenya’s most popular game sanctuary. It is the most famous and most visited game reserve in Kenya. The film ‘Out of Africa’ was made to a great extent in this reserve. Virtually every type of wildlife can be seen at the Mara.
Masai Mara – Lake NaivashaHave an early morning game drive. After breakfast, proceed on an en-route game drive to Naivasha arriving in time for lunch. Get a chance to see Lake Naivasha, the second biggest freshwater lake in the Rift Valley. Have a boat ride and a walking safari among the wildlife on Crescent Island. Lake Naivasha is an ornithologist’s paradise. Dinner and overnight at the Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge
Lake Naivasha – NairobiAfter breakfast, visit Hells Gate Park for mountain biking among the wildlife in the park and a short hike in the Oljorwa Gorge then depart for Nairobi arriving in the afternoon where the safari ends.
9 Days Escorted Kenya Photographic Safari Holiday Includes
The services of our knowledgeable English speaking driver/guide
Full board accommodation in self-contained-tents/camps + Meals on Safari (B.L.D)
Picnic-lunches at the Mara-River on the second day as indicated
All the Park entrance/ conservation fees
Transport in a safari Micro-Toyota 4×4 wheel-drive with a pop-up-roof for wildlife viewing and photography.
Guaranteed window/and comfortable seats
game viewing-drives as per safari program
bottled mineral water throughout the safari
Return transfer to your place of staying
Emergency flying doctors evacuation cover up to a radius of 1000-km ex-Nairobi
All applicable taxes & government tolls
9 Days Escorted Kenya Photographic Safari Holiday Excludes
Soft drinks, juices, alcoholic and other beverages taken with lunch/dinner
The optional visit to tribal villages e.g. visit to a Masai village $ 20 PP
Ballon safari in the Mara $ 425 pp-bookable before departure.
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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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