Kenya is an extraordinary country with a wide variety of habitats and species of mammals and birds. Kenya has been our base for more than ten years and we definitely recommend it as a perfect destination for a photographic safari. We also strongly support its wildlife management policy consisting in strictly no trophy hunting and a total ban on ivory trade.
We usually concentrate our safaris on four parks or reserves where photographic potential is higher and with different environments and species. These are Masai Mara National Reserve, Amboseli National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park and Samburu and Buffalo Springs National Reserves. However, Kenya has many more parks or reserves which can be very interesting as well.
Besides our featured destinations, we recommend Aberdares National Park, with its highland forests hosting huge populations of Elephants, Buffaloes, Leopards, Black Rhinoceroses and some interesting species such as the Giant Forest Hog or the Mt Kenya Red-faced Duiker. Game drives are possible but most game viewing is done from the lodges when animals come to drink or collect salt. Lodges have hides and viewing platforms. From some of them photo opportunities are very good as animals come close to your camera.
We also love Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks, the largest parks in Kenya, with the biggest population of Elephants in the country. Some of them have enormous tusks and also a characteristic red tint due to the colour of the soil where they dust and mud bath. Most species of mammals are found here, including African Wild Dogs in Tsavo West NP. Lions and Cheetahs can be seen frequently in Tsavo East, while Leopards are common in Tsavo West. Here you can also enjoy some of the most beautiful sceneries in Africa, consisting in rocky hills and valleys, ancient lava flows and a stunning view on the Chyulu Hills and Mt Kilimanjaro. Photography in both parks is good but there is a strict no off-road policy and the tracks are few and far apart. Sightings of animals are often far from the tracks. In some areas the bush is thick and it is difficult to spot animals unless they are on the road, which is not particularly good for photography. A visit here is all the same worthwhile, provided that guests do not expect the same photo opportunities as in Mara or Southern Serengeti.
Below are links to detailed descriptions and images of our main destinations in Kenya, Masai Mara National Reserve, Amboseli National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park and Samburu and Buffalo Springs National Reserves.