14/01/2017 – 22/01/2017
This safari will explore two of Kenya’s most famous and beautiful parks, Amboseli and Maasai Mara, and we’ll spend one night in Lake Naivasha.
Masai Mara National Reserve
The Masai Mara is a National Reserve, managed locally by the Narok County Council. It shares its border to the south with the Serengeti and Tanzania. Its surface spans for 1,510 square kilometres, at an elevation of 1500 mts above sea level. It comprises different habitats and environments.
The Masai Mara supports one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa. In particular, it is the number of predators and the high chances of seeing them that make the Mara so unique and attractive for wildlife photographers and enthusiasts.
Here we will photograph the famous big cats, Leopards, Cheetahs and Lions, but we shall also seek opportunities to photograph the equally fascinating small cats, Caracals and Servals.
Amboseli NP is one of the best places in the world to observe and photograph African Elephants. We’ll spend a long time with them, photographing their daily activities, their social interactions and behaviors. Their lives will unfold before our eyes and cameras, with the amazing backdrop of Mt Kilimanjaro and the bare and dusty plains of this amazing area of Africa. Besides Elephants, Amboseli NP hosts sizeable populations of Lions, Cheetahs, Giraffes, Zebras, Wildebeests, Buffalos, Hippos and other Antelopes and Gazelles.
Lake Naivasha is a fresh water lake in the Rift Valley. It hosts an amazing birdlife and the adjacent small lake, Lake Oloidien, is occasionally visited by Lesser Flamingos. We’ll spend the morning on the lake photographing the sunrise with the Flamingos or the African Fish Eagle fishing.
This safari will be for a maximum of 8 guests on two vehicles. Each guest will have a full row of seats available to photograph comfortably on both sides. Couples may request to share a row of seats, for a maximum of 1 couple per vehicle. Minimum of 5 guests are required for the safari to take place.
We use extended Land Cruiser specifically configured for wildlife photography. Each Land Cruiser seats 7 guests on three rows of seats, but we give each photographer a full row. Vehicles have ample side openings, supports for tripod heads, open roof and ample space and loads of bean bags on board. The whole trip will be by road.
In Amboseli NP we will be based in one of the two lodges located inside the park in a perfect central position to reach the swamps, the plains and the lake. All rooms are en-suite and equipped with sockets for charging equipment. There is also a pool for the hottest hours if desired. In Masai Mara NR we will stay at a small camp on the banks of the Olare Orok river in the heart of the Mara, in excellent position to photograph wildlife in all the reserve. Sockets for charging equipment are supplied in the mess tent. On the way from Amboseli to Mara we will spend one night in Lake Naivasha, in a small lodge on the lake shore.
All accommodation will be on full-board basis, including breakfast, lunch and dinner. We will always have packed breakfast during our game drive, and depending on the situation, also lunch.
Federico Veronesi will be your guide for the whole safari. He will share his time equally between the two vehicles. Throughout the safari he will share his knowledge on the wildlife and parks of Kenya. Through the years he learned to understand and predict animals’ behaviour, ensuring you’ll often be in the best spot for photography, all without running from one place to the other and most importantly without disturbing them or destroying their environment. Federico will provide assistance to participants on all aspects of wildlife photography, from composition and light in the field, to processing of images in the evening in camp.
The second vehicle will be driven by a local guide certified by the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association and with extensive knowledge of the parks visited.
The cost for this safari will be 4,800 USD p/person on sharing basis, including:
- Full board accommodation for 3 nights in Amboseli, 1 in Naivasha and 4 in Masai Mara;
- Park Fees;
- Internal flight Masai Mara – Nairobi;
- Guiding by Federico Veronesi sharing between two vehicles;
- Full row on Land Cruiser 4×4 with unlimited game drives from before sunrise to after sunset;
- Flying Doctors emergency evacuation insurance;
- 2 airport transfers.