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 Olare Motorogi Conservancy, east of the Mara River and adjacent to Masai Mara NR. The conservancy boasts one of the highest concentrations of big cats in Africa and is a photographers’ heaven due to the very limited number of vehicles allowed in. It offers the best that the Mara has to offer without the sometimes annoying crowds in the main Masai Mara NR. The combination of these two areas will give us a broad overview of the ecosystem and will give us the highest chances to witness to the river crossings and quality time with the predators.
Amboseli NP in southern Kenya is one of world’s best places to see and photograph African Elephants. We will follow the Elephants crossing majestic sceneries on their walk from the woodlands to the marshes. We will have many opportunities to photograph the Elephants’ behavior, calves playing alongside their mothers, bulls fighting, families feeding and spraying dust. All in the amazing habitat of flat and dusty plains with scattered acacias and the backdrop of Mt Kilimanjaro. Amboseli is also home to some of the last big tuskers in Africa, and we’ll try hard to find them in this vast landscape. Our camp has access to a private conservancy adjacent to the park which will offer intimate encounters with the Elephants in a beautiful scenery, with very few other vehicles besides us.
This safari is for only 9 guests on three vehicles. Federico and Melissa will rotate among the vehicles and share time equally with all guests. Federico and Melissa will be able to offer each guest a very personalized photographic support. Each guest will have plenty of space on the vehicles. Federico and Melissa will constantly communicate to all guests via hand-held radios between the three 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 Olare Motorogi Conservancy we will stay at a very small and intimate luxury camp. From here we will easily reach all the corners of the conservancy. The camp is in the heart of leopard country and different prides of lions live around it.
In Amboseli we will sleep in a stunning camp with breath-taking views of Mt Kilimanjaro, excellent Italian cuisine and located on the edge of a private conservancy.
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.
Melissa Groo is a wildlife conservation photographer and writer, who considers herself a “wildlife biographer” as much as photographer. She seeks to capture unfolding stories in animals’ lives that evoke respect and compassion in the viewer. She writes a bimonthly column on wildlife photography for Outdoor Photographer magazine, and is a contributing editor to Audubon magazine. Last year, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology released Melissa’s masterclass course on bird photography.
Melissa advises numerous organizations, publications, and photo contests on ethics in nature photography. She is passionate about promoting ethical fieldcraft that honors wild animals and keeps their welfare and wildness paramount.
Melissa’s photographs and articles have been published in numerous print and online magazines including Smithsonian, Audubon, National Geographic, Outdoor Photographer, National Wildlife, and Natural History, and she has received awards and honorable mentions in national and international photography competitions. Her fine art prints have been exhibited in numerous art galleries and museums, including the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. In 2017, the Melissa Groo Gallery was installed at Audubon Greenwich in Greenwich, Connecticut. Melissa is an Associate Fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers.
Price for this safari is USD 16,495. Single supplement is USD 2,298.
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