Project Description

Best Photography Safari in Kenya

We will see and photograph awe-inspiring animals from the magnificence of the Big 5 to the adorable mongoose during the Best Kenya Photo Safari. Africa has never once disappointed me. Considering I’ve been on over 600 game drives and 17 trips to Africa, that is saying a lot! African Safaris are my favorite experience to share with people. It is a personal experience for me, and I believe that everyone is moved by what we discover. I have done this safari itinerary many times and often back to back, and not once has it been the same, and not once has been less than astonishing. I can’t wait to show you the best of Kenya.

“Africa – You can see a sunset and believe you have witnessed the Hand of God. You watch the lope of a lioness and forget to breathe. You marvel at the tripod of a giraffe bent to water. In Africa, there are iridescent blues on the wings of birds that you do not see anywhere else in nature. In Africa, in the midday heart, you can see blisters in the atmosphere. When you are in Africa, you feel primordial, rocked in the cradle of the world.”

Jodi Picoult (American author)

This safari is designed to give you a unique look at the beauty that is Kenya. The safari takes place in January to be there during the green season, but before the rains return. There will be green grass and probably adorable baby animals. For photographers, this is the best time of the year to be on safari in Kenya.

We explore Meru National Park, a gem of a park with some unique not found in other parts of Africa. Meru is a fantastic place and so photogenic.

The legendary Masai Mara is Big Cat Country. Seriously the BBC even made a TV series, Big Cat Diaries in the Mara. Lion biologists confirm this thought, and our camp is in the epicenter of the densest population of lions on earth. We once saw 36 lions between the airstrip and the campsite!

You will leave this Kenya Safari with beautiful photos to show your friends and family. You will also leave with the unforgettable memories of an experience that cannot be compared to any other. From sunrise to sunset, Kenya was made to be photographed. Every moment in Africa is precious, and by the end of it, you may never want to leave. My advice is to prepare to fall in love with Kenya. She has a way of gripping your heart and never letting go.

“I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy.”

Ernest Hemingway

Kenya Safari Highlights

  •  12 Nights – 13 Days
  • Private Vehicle – Your Own Row
  • Small Group – 5 Clients
  • Meru and Masai Mara
  • All Inclusive
  • Expert Camera, Travel, Photography Assistance
  • Lodging on Private Conservancy

DATES

The January 30 – February 11, 2022 is sold out

See October 2022 or January 2023 safaris.

LOCATION

Kenya – Meru NP and Masai Mara

TUITION

$8852 – Double Occupancy

$9973 – Single Occupancy

SUBJECTS

Wildlife, Birds, Landscapes, Maasai People

This safari is full, email me for more options.

We will ease into safari mode by staying at the delightful Macushla House in Nairobi. It is in the style of Karen Blixen’s home…the one from Out of Africa! You will feel welcome, and it will seem as if you are at home. On the second day, we relax and get into the groove of the time zone. There are many beautiful birds and playful monkeys to photograph at the hotel. We get things kicked off after lunch with a private visit to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. They do fabulous work rescuing baby elephants and raising them with an eye on returning them to the wild. We will be allowed behind the scenes to watch, photograph, and interact with the babies playing and splashing in their favorite waterhole. If you are fortunate, you might be gifted with a hug from a baby elephant!

Our first destination is the Meru region of Kenya. Brilliant on a magnificent scale, the Meru features luxuriant jungle, coursing rivers, verdant swamp, khaki grasslands, and gaunt termite cathedrals all under the sky’s great blue bowl. Little visited and utterly unspoiled, few places are comparable to the remote and rugged atmosphere found here. A highlight of our safari in Meru will be a visit to the rhino sanctuary. They do great work trying to save the Black Rhinoceros from extinction. With a bit of luck, we’ll make some great photos that are quite difficult to make out of the sanctuary.

Black Rhino Kenya

Black Rhino Kenya

We leave Meru and make our way to Amboseli National Park. Hopefully. the “shy mountain” Kilimanjaro shows her face, and we can see the vast herds of elephants crossing under the watchful eye of “Kili.” Witnessing families of elephants moving together is awe-inspiring, and you will never see such a sight with a more beautiful background. No amount of nature documentaries will prepare you for the image of these creatures as they make their way through the park. We spend three days roaming and photographing Amboseli’s famed elephants and who knows what other amazing sights.

Next up, the Masai Mara National Park. The Mara is a “big cat country” and boasts the highest lions in all of Africa. On a recent safari, we saw 26 lions on the way from the airstrip to the lodge! I’ve been on safaris all over Africa, and I am always surprised at what we see in the Meru Mara. It’s crazy good! We will stay is bound to be a visit to the Rhino Sanctuary two camps in the Mara to cover as much of the park and the conservancy as possible.

Your safari accommodations are in tented camps, with running water for the ensuite toilets and washbasins. The best part is the bucket shower! It takes a minute to get used to that, but a safari is supposed to be an adventure!

Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew, and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water.

W.C. Fields

The safari camps are located on conservancies that border the parks. These are basically huge parks unto themselves, and as such, they have their own rules that are far less restrictive than the national parks. For example, we can go on night drives, be out of the vehicles, and most of the guides and drivers were born here. Nobody on earth knows the wildlife of this area like your guides. They really make this safari exceptional. Well, and me too!

This Kenya Photo Safari spans a total of thirteen days and twelve nights, with each day acting as a new opportunity to see the world in a way that you never have before. I allow for a total of six clients to keep the experience intimate so that I can focus on each of you. You can focus on creating magical images. Our travel will be carried out on two private safari vehicles. Each of you will have your own row to ensure that you don’t miss anything, have plenty of space, and are more comfortable. Along the way, I will provide you with knowledge about Kenya as a whole and with facts regarding the lives of the animals that we will be viewing and photographing so that you have a better understanding of what you are witnessing. In addition to this, I will act as your personal photography coach to ensure that you leave this experience with photographs that amaze anyone you share them with.

I have designed this Kenya Photo safari to be a unique experience that you will rival any other you may have for the rest of your life. For any questions regarding the safari in Kenya or the process, feel free to contact me. I am always happy to talk about Africa!

“There is a language going on out there – the language of the wild. Roars, snorts, trumpets, squeals, whoops, and chirps have meaning derived over eons of expression…we have yet to become fluent in the language – and music – of the wild.”

Boyd Norton

Even though you will be arriving late at night, you will be met at the airport and whisked away for a well-deserved sleep. We will be staying at my favorite lodge in Nairobi, Macushla House. It’s very comfortable and a perfect place to relax and ease into our new time zone. You’ll for sure feel the “Out of Africa” vibe of Macushla House.

About Macushla House

Macushla’s spacious accommodations feature high open beamed ceilings, comfortable bedding, and showers with tremendous pressure and plentiful hot water. Feel free to indulge before your 10 days of bucket showers begins! 

The intimate bar and dining room are flanked by lounges with wood-burning fireplaces. The food at Macushla will leave you in no doubt that you are in a private home and not a hotel. The delicious menu is cooked to order and features fresh food cooked with local and international tastes. T

The terrace and swimming pool area are a great place to unwind, download your images, and share a conversation with your new friends. r

There are some great birds and Vervet Monkeys in the gardens, and you can get some practice in for our safari.

Activities

We don’t have any formal activities today, mostly because you probably will fall straight to sleep, and I will already be snoring! If you do have any issues and you need help, just give a knock at the door.

Includes
  • Pickup at Nairobi International Airport and transport to the hotel.
  • Lodging
Macushla Gallery

Sleep in as you please today, and have breakfast at your leisure at Macushla House. There will be time to shop for forgotten items, curios and continuing to adjusting to Africa’s rhythms.

Kiss A Giraffe

Kiss A Giraffe

Around 10 am our adventures begin with a trip to Giraffe Manor’s sanctuary. It’s a great place to get some unique images, and if you have a desire to be kissed by a giraffe, that can happen too!

This an excellent chance to ensure that your camera works as expected!

We will have an alfresco lunch (not included) at a beautiful coffee plantation.

Sheldrick Elephant Experience

Sheldrick Elephant Experience

The highlight of the day will no doubt be our trip to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Orphanage. The DSWT has been rescuing orphaned elephants for years, and to date, they have saved the lives of more than 150 African Elephants! I have made special arrangements with DWST to go on a private tour. We will walk out into the bush with the handlers as they bring the babies home for the night. Along the way, we will stop and watch the elephants drink and play in a waterhole. This is particularly special as it is for our group only.

We return to Macushla for dinner (not included) and get packed and ready to leave for the bush early tomorrow.

Activities
  • Giraffe Experience
  • Baby Elephant Adventure
Includes
  • Breakfast
  • Transportation
  • All Admission Fees

Our safari gets underway after breakfast. We’ll head to Nairobi Wilson Airport for our 50-minute flight to the spectacular Meru National Park.
Our base for the next two nights will be Rhino River Camp. It’s a glorious bush camp and has earned 5 stars from Trip Advisor. If you are a fan of the beloved movie Born Free, the rocky outcrop where Elsa was returned to the wild is near our Camp.

On arrival, our guides will meet us at the airstrip, and we will then game drive our way back to our home for the next 3 nights, the Trip Advisor 5 Star Rhino River Camp.

After lunch and a nap, we will head out on our first game drive. You never know what to expect on a game drive, I’ve been on hundreds, and none of them have ever been the same. The one thing I will guarantee is that you’ll be very awe-struck! We’ll photograph until the sunsets and stop to enjoy a sundowner in the bush before we drive back to the lodge and our evening meal.

Our daily routine will be similar for the next two days. I am happy to report that our schedule may be similar, but our experience and sightings will never be the same twice!

About Rhino River Camp

Rhino River Camp is situated in 80 acres of privately owned wilderness bordering Meru National Park. It is the base to explore the extraordinary Meru National Park.

The Camp is made up of seven delightful cottages built from caramel canvas and hardwood. It is set on raised wooden platforms where you can watch the gentle flow of the Kindani River. Your experience at Rhino River Camp will be magical. The Camp has a relaxing yet safari atmosphere.

The Camp relies on solar power for much of our electrical needs, and that is awesome. The downside is that you will not be able to charge devices in your tent but rather in the communal “charging tent.” The bonus is that the tent is also where you can get a Wi-Fi signal!

Rhino River Camp Gallery
About Meru Rhino Sanctuary

The Sheldrick Trust, the same magical humans that began the elephant rescue facility that you just enjoyed, have created a home to help preserve Africa’s Rhinoceros population. MRS is home to both species, the endangered Southern White Rhino and the critically endangered Black Rhino. We will have multiple opportunities to look for rhino within the sanctuary.

1n 1989, Kenya lost the last of its wild rhino population. The 50sq mile (83sq km) sanctuary is now home to about 100 rhinos. The goal is to raise and release rhinos back to their natural range in Kenya and Africa.

About Meru National Park

Brilliant on a magnificent scale, Meru features luxuriant jungle, coursing rivers, verdant swamp, khaki grasslands, and gaunt termite cathedrals all under the sky’s great blue bowl. The 540 sq mile (870sq km) park is little visited and utterly unspoiled. Few places are comparable to the remote and rugged atmosphere found in Meru.

Besides the Big 5 and numerous mammals, the park has 427 recorded species of birds.

Unusual Mammals List for Meru (Coming Soon)
Bird List for Meru Coming Soon)

Meru Gallery
Activities
  • Morning Game Drive
  • Evening Game Drive
  • Sundowners
Included
  • All activities
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Wi-Fi usually is available. Remember, we are in the bush and not a city.

After another excellent breakfast, we will finish packing our things and take one last game drive on the way to the airstrip. We say “Kwaheri” to Meru and “Jambo” to the Masai Mara!

By now, you will already know the guides will be waiting for us at the airstrip. We’ll pause for refreshment as the bags get transferred to our vehicles. Make sure to have your cameras ready to photograph something extraordinary as we game drive to the lodge. I have no idea what it might be, and that is one of the things that keeps a safari exciting!

While in the Mara, our schedule will typically be, eat, game drive, eat, nap, game drive, sundowner, download, charge batteries, shower, eat, sleep! Whew, exhausting!

We will have game drives morning and night as we explore the Ol Kinyei and the magnificent Mara. There is so much wildlife here; even the Camp is full of animals, with a Bush Buck living in the Camp and a tree full of birds by the mess tent!

About our Porini Mara Camp

The Eco-Tourism Kenya Gold Rated and Trip Advisor 5 star rated Porini Mara Camp will be home for three nights. The lodge is located in a unique and beautiful setting under yellow-barked Acacia trees along the Laetoli River banks. With only 5 tents, Mara Camp has an exclusive yet friendly feel. Each tent contains comfortable furnishings. Your ensuite facilities include a hot water bucket shower, running water basin, and a flush toilet.

There is no Wi-Fi at Mara Camp, but if you are near the office and sit on the chair with an arm in the air, you MIGHT get cellular service! As I write this, the charging is done in the office tent, but I know they plan a charging tent like we used at Rhino River Camp.

Mara Camp Gallery
About Ol Kinyei Conservancy, Maasai Mara

This 18,700 acre Kenyan wildlife conservancy is on a tract of land belonging to a Maasai community who leased it to Porini to be set aside for wildlife conservation purposes.

Ol Kinyei Conservancy is home to only two small sister camps, so we will never have vehicles with outsiders interfere with our game viewing. Ol Kinyei is renowned for its unspoiled and breathtaking scenery, with diverse terrain offering, on the one hand, open savannah plains and rolling hills on the other. With its abundance of water sources in the form of springs, streams, and rivers, coupled with spectacular views across the Mara plains, it is home to a wide variety of animal species.

The Conservancy is noted for its big cats and especially for their cheetah. There are about 300 species of birds to be found in Ol Kinyei as well.

About the Masai Mara

Maasai Mara, also sometimes spelled Masai Mara and locally known as The Mara, is a large national game reserve in Kenya, contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. It is named in honor of the Maasai people, the ancestral inhabitants of the area. They migrated to the region from the Nile Basin.

Maasai Mara is one of the most famous and essential wildlife conservation and wilderness areas in Africa, world-renowned for its exceptional Lion, African Leopard, and Cheetah. Other cats that we MIGHT see, African Wildcat, Serval, Caracal, and Genet. We should have plenty of encounters with a veritable “Noah’s Ark” of wildlife. Did I mention that I love bird photography or that there are almost 500 bird species in the Mara?

Activities
  • Morning and Afternoon Game Drives
  • Optional Guided Walks – Ask me for details.
  • Optional Hot Air Balloon Excursion – Ask me for details.
Included
  • Games drives and walks
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Sundowner Drinks

Today, we move Camp via a game drive to the Olare Moroogi Conservancy and the wondrous Porini Lion Camp (Trip Advisor – 5 Stars). Lion Camp would get 10 stars from me! It’s superb!

I have certainly seen a lot on the hundreds of game drives I have experienced, but I’ve been blown away by the game viewing at this Camp. Two safaris ago, we saw 24 lions in the first hour of the first game drive! This will no doubt be the highlight of this Kenya Safari!

The tastefully furnished tents feature solar-powered lighting, ensuite facilities (with hot shower and flush toilet), and a private verandah.

Our active safari life; sleep, eat, game drive, eat, rest, game drive, drink, eat, and sleep continues at Lion Camp!

About Porini Lion Camp

Porini Lion Camp is situated in a unique and stunning setting on the seasonal Ntiakatiak River banks within the Olare Motorogi Conservancy. This vast area borders the Masai Mara National Reserve. It is home to an abundance of animals, including Mara’s great Big Cats. There is always excellent game viewing within the Conservancy due to its purely natural state. The Porini Lion Camp – with just ten tents – ensures guests have a genuine “away from it all” experience deep in the African bush.

This is the wildest Camp we will use on safari. We will go over specific safety briefs often. Still, just so you know now, there might be large animals, including elephants, lions, leopards, buffalos, and hippos IN CAMP. You will be perfectly safe in your tent, so no need to panic and enjoy the animals’ serenade as you drift off to sleep….with one eye open!

Lion Camp Gallery

About Olare Motorogi Conservancy

The Olare Motorogi Conservancy (comprised of the former Olare Orok Conservancy and Motorogi Conservancy) is 33000 acres of outstanding natural beauty and ecological importance.

The Conservancy ensures an authentic wilderness experience with one of the lowest tourist densities in the Mara region. The only safari vehicles on the land are the few 4x4s related to the handful of small camps within this vast area. There is a rich and diverse wildlife population with good numbers of predators and herbivores. The area boasts one of the highest concentrations of big cats in Africa and over 300 bird species, including 50 different raptor species.

Activities
  • Morning and Afternoon Game Drives
  • Optional Guided Walk
Included
  • Games drives and walks
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Sundowner Drinks

We travel back to Nairobi where we have reserved a day room at an airport hoe. Spend teh afternoon chilling, taking showers with unlimited hot water and getting organized for teh flights home.