Photography Safari with Travel Wild Africa



Photography Fixed Departure Safari

Nairobi - Samburu National Reserve - Masai Mara 8 Days / 7 Nights


Introduction

This safari is designed with the serious photographer in mind.  Everything from the number of people on the trip to the extra weight limits has been designed for photography. Highlighted by two of the best and most diverse parks and reserves that Kenya has to offer, and is lead by our own Safari Gold Guide and photographer, who knows the parks, wildlife, flora and fauna intimately.   This safari features:

· Maximum 6 photographers on safari

· All safari transportation via 4x4 safari vehicles 

· 3 photographers per vehicle, each with his/her own row of seats

· Weight limit of 30kg per person to allow for camera equipment on internal flights

· Bean bags provided in the vehicles

· Fly internally to the parks for a hassle-free, comfortable safari

· Meet every evening to go over the day's photos, and work with our photographer to learn more and improve your skills

Accommodation

Destination

Basis

Duration

Ole Sereni Hotel

Nairobi

B&B

1 Night

Samburu Intrepids Tented Camp

Samburu National Reserve

FB+

3 Nights

Entim Camp

Masai Mara

FB+

3 Nights

Key B&B: Bed and Breakfast FB+: Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities Daily

Price – NETT Rates

Fixed Departure Dates

June 17th2019

· USD 7,300 Per Person Sharing

· Single Room Supplement - USD 380

October 15th2019

· USD 8,140 Per Person Sharing

· Single Room Supplement - USD 487

December 6th2019

· USD 7,584 Per Person Sharing

· Single Room Supplement - USD 487

Included

· Arrival and departure airport transfers

· Accommodation and meals as specified in the itinerary above

· Park entrance fees and game drives as applicable in a camps 4x4 private vehicle 

· Three photographers per vehicle

· Transfers in city transfer vehicles

· 01 litre mineral water per person per day in the vehicle while on safari

· Services of experienced English speaking driver guides

· Services of an English speaking professional photographer & safari gold guide

· Scheduled flights & transfers - Wilson - Samburu - Masai Mara - Wilson

· Conference facilities every night for photography conference and reviews

Excluded

· Meals not specified in the itinerary above

· Beverages

· International flights

· Balloon safaris - USD 450 per person

· Masai Village Visit - USD 30 per person

· Bird & Nature walks where not mentioned

· Tips/gratuities

· Entry visas and fees 

· Medical and travel insurance (clients must have their own)

· Any other items of a personal nature not mentioned above.

Day 1: Ole Sereni Hotel, Nairobi

Nairobi

Situated in along the Nairobi River in beautiful Kenya, the capital of Nairobi is East Africa's most cosmopolitan city. It serves as an excellent starting point for African safari trips around Kenya. Nairobi is Africa’s 4th largest city and is a vibrant and exciting place, and although it has developed a reputation which keeps tourist visits brief, there are some fascinating attractions: its cafe culture, unbridled nightlife, the National Museum, the Karen Blixen Museum and most notably just 20 minutes from the city centre wild lions and buffalo roam in the world’s only urban game reserve. Make sure you pay a visit to the elephant orphanage operated by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Day Itinerary

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met and assisted by our representatives. After brief introductions you will be  transferred to your hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure.

Overnight: Ole Sereni Hotel

Located just off Mombasa road Ole-Sereni is the only hotel bordering a National Game Park. The title of the hotel is taken from the Maasai name for the area meaning 'place of tranquillity'. Ole-Sereni captures the essence of Nairobi, which is the only city in the world that boasts a natural game park within its precincts. The hotel offers its guests views of animals in their natural surroundings at the waterhole in the park from the restaurants, bar, swimming pool and other parts of the hotel.

As 'The City Hotel by the Game Park' Ole-Sereni combines the best features of a modern City Hotel and a traditional wildlife lodge where guests can enjoy nature's tranquillity from a very close range. Ole-Sereni is strategically positioned close to the Airport and the city centre, offering world-class facilities and personalized services to business as well as leisure travellers. The hotel also enjoys proximity to the central business district, international organizations, financial institutions, government offices and the industrial areas of Nairobi.

Basis

Bed & Breakfast

Included

· Airport Transfers

Excluded

· Dinner

· Drinks

· Extra activities not mentioned

Day 2-4: Samburu Intrepids Tented Camp, Samburu National Reserve

Samburu National Reserve

Resting on the banks of the Ewaso Ng'iro River and neighbouring the Buffalo Springs National Park, Samburu National Reserve is remote, hot and arid. The reserve spans over 165 square kilometres of spectacularly scenic landscape featuring rugged hills, undulating plains and riverine forests. The park is home to abundant wildlife including a variety of rare species such as the reticulated giraffe, the long necked gerenuk, Somali ostrich, Grevy's Zebra and Beisa Oryx. Samburu was one of the homes of 'Elsa the Lioness', star of the best selling book and award-winning movie 'Born Free'. Visitors can enjoy viewing over 900 elephants, a variety of predators, and over 450 bird species.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Wilson Airport for your flight to Samburu.

On arrival, you will be met and assisted by our driver guides. After brief introduction, you will be transferred to your camp.

You will have game tracking, drives, photography activities for the rest of your stay.

Consultant Notes

Samburu Game Reserve (40,800 acres/16,500 hectares) lies to the North of lush mountain woodland and rugged ranges that average only 14” (350mm) of rain a year. Through it flows the Ewaso Nyiro River, which is rimmed with towering river acacias and palms. Crocodiles can be seen swimming in the river along with the hippo. The river and several springs attract much wildlife, especially in dry periods. Mammals restricted to the Masai arid zone are found here, such as Gravy’s zebra, the reticulated giraffe, the beisa Oryx, Guenther’s dik-dik and the gerenuk. Also present are lesser kudus, elephants, grant’s gazelles, lions, cheetahs, leopards and 350 bird species, including the blue-flushed Somali ostrich and the bristle-crowned starling.

Samburu Intrepids is renowned as a pioneer of luxury camping in one of the world's last true wilderness areas.  It is situated on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in Samburuland.

Overnight: Samburu Intrepids Tented Camp

Dry, rugged and stunning, Samburu’s landscape is at once stark and sensual, with its iconic loaf shaped Lolokowe Mountain and hills spreading in every horizon. Its life lung is the Usao Nyiro River coursing through its craggy terrain full of stone, thorn bush and the forked doum palms. In this arid zone where water is scarce and the land baked by the eternal sun, herds of elephants and the big cats roam the plains with the Samburu special - the Reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Beisa oryx, Somali ostrich and the long necked antelope, the gerenuk easily seen despite its harsh climes.

Located 345 kilometres north of Nairobi, the journey to the camp involves a 50-minute flight to the Samburu airstrip followed by a 20-minute drive through the reserve.

Basis

Full Board and Activities

Included

· Airport and airstrip transfers

· Scheduled Flight "Nairobi - Samburu" with extra luggage allowance

· Exclusive and unlimited 6am - 6.30pm use of 4x4 safari vehicles on game drives

· 2L water per person during game drives

· 3 photographers per vehicle

· Professional photographer and safari gold guide

Excluded

· Drinks

· Extra activities not mentioned

Day 5-7: Entim Camp, Masai Mara

Masai Mara

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomises Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Large prides of lions, elephants, giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Samburu Airstrip for your flight to Masai Mara.

On arrival, you will be met and assisted by our driver guides. After brief introduction, you will be transferred to your camp.

You will have game tracking, drives, photography activities for the rest of your stay.

Consultant Notes

Day spent game-viewing in the reserve in a camps private 4x4 vehicle. With over 450 species of birds and animal species,  Explore the plains and rolling hills for a chance to spot the elephant, black-manned lion, leopard, buffalo, cheetah, and with diverse species of hoofed animals. Lunch, dinner and overnight at your camp.

Masai Mara offers an absolutely unique variety of animals. The reason is that this hilly region is both humid and fertile, and is crossed by the Mara and Talek rivers, full of crocodiles and hippos. The abundance of water and excellent availability of food are the reasons why the Masai Mara, which in fact is a continuation of the Tanzanian Serengeti National Park, has the greatest population of wild animals in the whole of Africa. There is a particularly dramatic “spectacle” from July to October, the annual migration of huge herds of Gnus and zebras. Predators such as Hyenas, Jackals, Leopards and Lions of course, closely follow these herds. Gigantic herds of over 200 buffaloes can also be observed. Plenty of food is available for elephants, giraffes, and the many species of antelopes.

Optional extra activities: Balloon Safaris Masai Village Visit

Overnight: Entim Camp

Entim was designed with a purpose in mind; to be in the best possible location to view the wildebeest migration in the Maasai Mara game reserve. For a few months of the year the migration is on our doorstep on the Mara river.

While many other visitors to the Mara will be staying in camps in the surrounding areas and conservancies, at Entim you don't have to drive for hours to get to the wildlife action because you are right there in the middle of it. Nor do you have to be hurried out of the Reserve before gates close at 6.30 pm: at Entim you can continue to witness the wild's most important and dramatic events, which often take place at dusk and dawn. There’s actually no obligation to go out on game drives because you can sit in camp and watch the animals passing by right in front of you.

Entim meaning “forest” in Maasai is discreetly tucked on the edge of the riverine woodlands. From the shaded seclusion of this attractively-designed camp, guests can relax in luxury and admire unforgettable views over the Mara River and across expansive plains, with the distant backdrops of undulating escarpments and volcanically-sculpted hills. From the veranda of each tent it is even possible to witness the breathtaking sight of thousands of Wildebeest crossing the river during their annual migration through this vast wilderness area. We have kept the camp eco-friendly and small, with only ten, tastefully but differently furnished, well-equipped tents. Our decor aims to enhance the surrounding environment.

OUR TENTS: All 10 guest tents overlook the Mara River and are well-placed, en-suite with flush-toilets and hot showers. There is a cosy lounge area with a small library, separate bar and dining area, which is open-fronted allowing guests the unmatched experience of eating meals while watching the animals move to and from the river to drink and forage for their food. The camp has been designed to give guests the feel that it is part of the landscape. The experience at Entim is not your average hotel or lodge experience: it's about being right in the hub of one of the most famous wildlife reserves in the world and part of a quintessential Kenya Safari Experience.

Basis

Full Board and Activities

Included

· Airport and airstrip transfers

· Scheduled Flight "Samburu - Masai Mara" with extra luggage allowance

· Exclusive and unlimited 6am - 6.30pm use of 4x4 safari vehicles on game drives

· 2L water per person during game drives

· 3 photographers per vehicle

· Photography guide

Excluded

· Drinks

· Extra activities not mentioned

Day 8: End of Itinerary

Day Itinerary

On checkout after breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your flight to Nairobi.

On arrival in Nairobi, you will be met by our guides who will assist you with luggage and city activities. Later you will be transferred to the international airport for your onward flight.


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