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PHOTOGRAPHER'S SAFARI


Go on safari around five parks and capture Kenya's prolific wildlife in their domains. This trip is geared towards photographers wanting to see the best Kenya has to offer.

From USD 2856*

per person sharing

Nairobi:

You can choose to explore the hidden sights of Nairobi and visit the Karen Blixen Museum where Meryl Streep from Out Of Africa quoted the famous saying ‘I had a farm in Africa ….’ Alternatively, you can visit the Giraffe Centre and experience up close and personal how beautiful and majestically tall these creatures are. The Daphne Sheldrick Foundation is also open in the evenings for a personal visit to see the orphaned elephants and rhinos who being hand reared to be released back into the wild.

Amboseli:

Located about 200 km south-east of Nairobi and accessible by road or air, Amboseli offers great game viewing with several luxury lodges located here.  The world's tallest free-standing mountain actually rises just across the border in Tanzania and Amboseli has a perfect view of the snow-capped peaks, especially at down and sunset when the clouds lift.

Lake Naivasha:

Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake surrounded by forests of Yellow Barked Acacia also known as Yellow Fever trees. The forest is abound with bird life and makes it a bird watcher’s paradise with over 350 species recorded. There is a healthy population of hippos as well. Activities such as boat rides and visits to Crescent Island are popular here.

Masai Mara:

The Masai Mara is arguably Kenya’s most popular game reserve where the annual migration of millions of wildebeest, zebras, and the gazelles takes place. They come across the Mara River from northern Serengeti in Tanzania in search of fresh short grass.  This migration is a never ending cycle through the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. The defining influence on the migration is the weather, so there is no telling exactly where the migration will be during the year, only best estimates can be made.  If one is going to do a safari, this is one spectacle not to be missed.

Day 01:   Nairobi

Jambo! Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, you will be met by a representative from Rickshaw Travels who will greet you and assist with the transfer to your hotel in Nairobi. The rest of the day and evening are at leisure to do what you want to do.

You can choose to explore the hidden sights of Nairobi and visit the Karen Blixen Museum where Meryl Streep from Out Of Africa quoted the famous saying ‘I had a farm in Africa ….’  It is also where a lot of the Movie was filmed.  Alternatively you can have a visit to the Giraffe Centre and experience up close and personal how beautiful and majestically tall these creatures are. The Daphne Sheldrick Foundation is also open in the evenings for a personal visit to see the baby elephants and rhinos who have been orphaned and are being hand reared to be released back into the wild. You might just want to relax after your long flight and simply enjoy the hotel facilities.  Dinner is on your own account and whereas Nairobi offers such a vast range of restaurants which we can assist with you might wish to just simply stay in and have room service. The choice is yours.

Day 02: Nairobi – Amboseli

After breakfast, a leisurely drive to Amboseli National Park, located at the foot of Africa's highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro (approximately 4 hrs). Arrive for lunch at your lodge followed by an afternoon game viewing drive. Later as the sun sets, you will be transferred back to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Overnight at your chosen lodge

The snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro rises above a saucer of clouds and dominates every aspect of Amboseli. This park covers only 150 square miles but despite its small size and its fragile ecosystem it supports a wide range of mammals (well over 50 of the larger species) and birds (over 400 species)

Day 03: Amboseli

A day to enjoy this beautiful and often overlooked park.  Where the staggering views of Mount Kilimanjaro throw shadows across the terrain dotted with elephants.

Overnight at your chosen lodge/camp.

Day 04:   Amboseli - Mount Kenya

After an early breakfast drive towards the slopes of Mt Kenya arriving at Serena Mountain Lodge with lunch en route in Nairobi lunch (approximately 7 hrs). Rest of the afternoon is at leisure to view game from the lodge balcony as they come attracted to the waterhole and the saltlick.

Dinner and overnight at your chosen lodge

Mount Kenya is the country's highest mountain and the second highest in Africa.  It's icy summit reaches 17,058 ft (5199m).  Above the forest lines lies the national park and it is home to elephants, buffalo, monkeys, antelope and the giant forest hog.  There is also a prolific birdlife around the mountain ranging from huge eagles to multicolored sunbirds.

Day 05:  Mount Kenya - Samburu

After breakfast drive further north to the semi-arid area of Samburu (approx 3 hrs drive) where you will be booked for two nights stay on full board basis. Arrive at your camp in time for a lunch and thereafter relax until evening after which you will depart for a game drive.

Dinner and overnight at chosen lodge/ camp

Samburu National Reserve is one of the lesser-known national parks, but is nevertheless teeming with life. Situated alongside the Ewaso Nyiro River, there is plenty to attract wildlife from the surrounding savannah plains. The reserve is rich in wildlife with an abundance of rare northern specialist species such as the Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk and the Beisa Oryx (also referred to as Samburu Special Five). The reserve is also popular with elephants. Large predators such as the lion, leopard and cheetah are an important attraction (Kamunyak the miracle lioness that adopted the baby Oryx is a resident in the reserve).

Day 06: Samburu

After early morning tea/coffee depart for a game drive returning back in time for breakfast. After breakfast spend the entire day at own leisure until lunch. After lunch depart for a late afternoon game drive returning back to the lodge for dinner.

Meals and overnight at chosen lodge/camp

Day 07: Samburu – Ol Pejeta

Breakfast is followed by a drive back towards the equator to the privately-owned Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Arrive at Sweetwaters Serena Camp in time for lunch. Enjoy a late afternoon game-drive where you will also have an opportunity to the visit the Chimpanzee sanctuary. Since Ol Pejeta is a private conservancy activities such as bush walks and night game-drives are also available at an additional cost.

Dinner and overnight at chosen lodge/camp

Ol Pejeta is a 110,000 acre private conservancy in central Kenya, is home to the ‘Big Five’ of Africa and has one of the highest wildlife densities in Kenya. The conservancy is the largest black rhino conservancy in East Africa in addition to the southern white rhinos and the critically endangered northern white rhinos. The conservancy also hosts the only chimpanzee sanctuary in Kenya. Ol Pejeta is an ornithological paradise with over 300 bird species.

Day 08: Ol Pejeta – Lake Nakuru

After morning breakfast check out from the lodge and proceed to Lake Nakuru National Park (approx 5 hrs drive) where you will be booked for one night stay on full board basis. Arrive at the lodge in time for lunch. After lunch depart for an afternoon game drive in to the Nakuru national park where you will also be able to view the world famous flamingoes.

Dinner and overnight at chosen lodge/camp

Lake Nakuru is a shallow alkaline lake that is world-renowned for its huge concentration of flamingos; at times, hundreds of thousands of these birds give the lake a pink shimmering glow. There are at least 450 species of birds recorded at Lake Nakuru. The park boasts a huge variety of animals, including leopard which is often found snoozing on the branches of the magnificent yellow-barked acacias, lion, buffalo, hippo, waterbuck, warthog, baboon, the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe only found in this park in Kenya, white rhino and the rare black rhino which is protected and guarded here.

Day 09: Lake Nakuru –Lake Naivasha

After breakfast depart for Lake Naivasha with a game-drive en route (approximately 1 hr). Arrive at your lodge in time for lunch. Rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Optional boat rides or walks to Crescent Island can be organised.

All meals and overnight at chosen lodge/camp

Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake surrounded by forests of Yellow Barked Acacia also known as Yellow Fever trees. The forests abound with bird life and make it a bird-watchers paradise with over 350 species recorded. There is a healthy population of hippos as well. Activities such as boat rides and visits to Crescent Island are popular here.

Day 10: Lake Naivasha - Masai Mara

After an early breakfast, your journey now takes you to the Masai Mara, Kenya’s most famous wildlife reserve. The drive takes you down the Great Rift Valley offering great views over the wilderness and Mt Longonot.  The drive is around 5 hrs to the gate.  Arrive in time for lunch followed by afternoon game viewing drive.

Dinner and overnight at chosen lodge/camp

The Masai Mara is arguably Kenya’s most popular game reserve. It is the most visited game reserve in Kenya. The film “Out of Africa” was made to a great extent in this sanctuary. There is a profusion of all types of wildlife including the big five. A spectacle worth seeing is the annual migration of millions of wildebeests, zebras, and the gazelles from the Serengeti plains across the Tanzania border and the Mara River to reach Masai Mara grazing fields from late June. The game reserve abounds with birdlife since close to about four hundred and fifty two odd species have been recorded

Day 11: Masai Mara

A full day spent in the Masai Mara.  Depending on what the wildlife situation is like which the guides will discover on your arrival day, they will discuss with you how to plan this day accordingly.  You might like to do an early morning game drive returning to the lodge for breakfast and then going out again and coming back for lunch with the afternoon to relax and then going out again in the afternoon around 1600 hrs.  Alternatively, you might take an early breakfast and then go out for the day and carry lunch boxes with you. The choice is yours and the best solution will be discussed between yourself and your guide. Returning in the evening for dinner and overnight.

Meals and overnight at chosen lodge/camp

Day 12 & 13: Masai Mara

After breakfast drive to the Mara Triangle which is about one third the size of the entire Masai Mara Game Reserve. The triangle is formed between the Oloololo escarpment, the Mara River and the Kenya/Tanzania border to the south. Plains and volcanic hills distinguish this part of the Mara. 2 full days are spent here to enjoy game-drives with numerous photographic opportunities. Optional balloon safaris are also available.

Meals and overnight at chosen lodge/camp

Day 14: Masai Mara – Nairobi - Depart

After an early breakfast at return to Nairobi arriving after midday (approximately 6 hrs). Later you will be transferred to the Jomo Kenyatta International airport for your departure flight back home.

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Includes:

* Terms & Conditions Apply

  • Accommodation in standard rooms as described above (or similar) according to the option chosen
  • Transport and game-drives in non-air-conditioned 7-seater safari minivan with pop-up roofs
  • Game-drives, excursions and sight-seeing activities (if any) as described above
  • Activities (if any) as outlined in detailed itinerary
  • Transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary 
  • Services of an English speaking driver guide 
  • Relevant park entrance fees
  • Bottled water whilst on safari (2 half-litre bottles per person per day)

Excludes:

  • Personal expenses such as travel and medical insurance, excess baggage fee, communication charges that include, emails, faxes and phone calls beverages including water, soft drinks luxury champagne, spirits or meals not included in the itinerary
  • Gratuity for Porterage / waiters at hotels, camps and airports
  • Gratuity for your professional driver guide
  • Cost of obtaining passport and visas
  • Any optional tours or excursions not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • International + domestic Airfare 
*terms and conditions apply