22/07/2016 – 30/07/2016 (Fully booked)
Guests should arrive in Nairobi on July 21st 2016 or in the early morning of July 22nd 2016. We’ll depart to Samburu by road on July 22nd, where we’ll stay for 3 nights. We’ll then fly directly to the Masai Mara for 5 nights. Return to Nairobi will be at approximately 18.00 of July 30th 2016.
This safari will take us to two completely different habitats in Kenya, encountering a vast array of wildlife and birds species. Photographic opportunities are excellent and diverse in both parks.
We’ll start from the semi-arid country of Northern Kenya in Samburu National Reserve (3 nights). Here the Ewaso Nyiro river flows through beautiful rocky hills and doum palm trees. Thirsty animals come to the river daily to drink and bathe, while Lions and Leopards lurk among the rocks and bushes. Elephants are plentiful here and it’s wonderful to see them swim and mud-bathe. We’ll also have a chance to see and photograph species of animals that are found only in this habitat, such as the Grevy’s Zebra, Beisa Oryx, Gerenuk, Reticulated Giraffe and Somali Ostrich, and an amazing birdlife.
We’ll then fly to the wide savannah of the Masai Mara (5 nights), where we’ll have excellent possibilities to photograph the famous big cats, Lions, Cheetahs and Leopards and we’ll search for the equally interesting small cats, Servals and Caracals. We’ll follow them through the day, photograph them as they search for prey, defend their territories, play or simply relax under a magnificent Mara sky. Depending on the situations, sometimes we might concentrate on one family of cats for more time, learning to see the world through their eyes. In this period the great Wildebeests’ migration is in the Mara, giving us the opportunity to see huge herds of animals walking across the plains or the magnificent river crossings, one of the most amazing natural spectacles on earth.
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 Samburu we’ll sleep in a lodge inside the park on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro river, in excellent positions to access the most prolific areas of the park. The lodge has en-suite rooms and good cuisine. In the Masai Mara we will sleep in two wonderful camps in the two most prolific areas for wildlife photography. The camps are small, intimate and completely unfenced, so animals will walk through the camp at night. The tents are extremely comfortable, all are en-suite with toilets and showers, and food is excellent.
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 5,990 USD p/person on sharing basis, including:
- Full board accommodation for 3 nights in Samburu and 5 in Masai Mara;
- Park Fees;
- Internal flights Samburu – Masai Mara and 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.