Samburu lies on the northern banks of the Ewaso Nyro river in Northern Kenya. It is at the heart of a vast ecosystem where animals move freely over a huge territory extending beyond the borders of the reserve. The habitat consists of semi-arid bush and savannahs interspersed with Flat-top Acacias and Doum palms.
Here we will search for Leopards on the rocky outcrops and Lions along the river. We will follow the Elephants as they drink and bathe in the Ewaso Nyiro river, an amazing sight. We will also photograph the specific species of arid habitats, such as Grevy’s Zebras, Oryxes, Gerenuks, and Reticulated Giraffes.
The Masai Mara NR 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. 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.
We will split our time between the Mara Triangle, west of the Mara River, the Wildebeests’ favourite grazing areas, and the main Masai Mara NR, east of the Mara River. This will give us a broad overview of the ecosystem and will give us the highest chances to witness to the great migration and the river crossings.
This safari is for only 6 guests on two vehicles (maximum of 8 guests if 2 couples decide to share the same row of seats). Federico will share the time equally between the two. Federico will be able to offer each guest a very personalized photographic support. Each guest will have plenty of space on the vehicles. Federico will constantly communicate to all guests via hand-held radio between the two vehicles.
We believe it is crucial that every photographer on the tour has a full row of seats on the vehicle to him/herself. This provides ample space for the equipment, but most of all, allows everyone to photograph on both sides of the vehicle without overlapping with other guests. Couples can request to share a row of seats on the vehicle if one of the two members is not a keen photographer, for a maximum of one couple per vehicle.
Our vehicles are fully customised to satisfy the needs of photographers. They have fully open sides for an interrupted field of view and supports at the right height to lean the big lenses on. We provide bean bags in plenty but we also supply supports to mount your tripod head on. Vehicles also have pop-up roof for photography from a higher angle when required.
In Samburu NR we will be based at a lovely tented camp ideally located on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro river. Tents are built on raised wooden platforms, and are all en-suite, with a wonderful veranda overlooking the river. The camp is often visited by Elephants on their way to the river.
In the Mara Triangle we will stay in a luxury camp in a great location to witness the great migration and the big cats in the remotest areas of the park. The camp has a stunning view on the Mara and all tents are ensuite, with excellent service and food.
In Masai Mara NR (east of the Mara river) we will stay at a small luxury camp on the banks of the Olare Orok river in the heart of the Mara. From here we will easily reach all the river crossing points and many of the wildlife-richest areas of the reserve. The camp is in the heart of leopard country and different prides of lions live around it.
All accommodation is 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 and accompanying professional photographer for this trip. The Masai Mara is one of Federico Veronesi’s favourite parks in Kenya. He lived in the Mara for approximately six months per-year for many years. He intimately knows the animals of these areas and their behavior. He will share his experience photographing them to ensure that you live an unforgettable experience and take extraordinary images.
Price for this safari is USD 8,960. Single supplement is USD 1,560.
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