Most of our photo safari clients are divided into two groups; those who wish all or part of their safari is with professional wildlife photographers or videographers that we arrange and those who are confident of their ability and are looking for locations that offer varied photo opportunities.
For those of you looking for a diverse Photo Safari, this could be the safari for you! Here we combine the animals of the Masai Mara, Mt Kenya and ol Pejeta, Tsavo and Amboseli where Kilimanjaro looms over you. A photographer’s delight!
Days 1-2 Depart USA- Arrive Nairobi Eka Hotel
Welcome! You will be met by the Safari and Beyond representative from African Quest Safaris outside customs and taken to your hotel for check-in and overnight.
Days 3-4 Masai Mara Fig Tree Camp
After breakfast, we shall transfer you to the airstrip for your direct flight to Masai Mara National Reserve.
The Masai Mara is widely considered to be Africa’s greatest wildlife reserve. The Mara comprises 200 sq miles of open plains, woodlands and riverine forest. Contiguous with the plains of the Serengeti, the Mara is home to a breathtaking array of life. The vast grassland plains are scattered with herds of Zebra, Giraffe, Gazelle, and Topi. The Acacia forests abound with Birdlife and Monkeys. Elephants and Buffalo wallow in the wide Musiara Swamp. The Mara and Talek rivers are brimming with Hippos and Crocodiles.
The Mara has been called the Kingdom of Lions and these regal and powerful hunters dominate these grasslands. Cheetahs are also a common sight in the Mara, as are Hyena and smaller predators, such as Jackals.
The Mara is an awesome natural wonder, a place where Maasai warriors share the plains with hunting lions, a place of mighty herds and timeless cycles of life, death and regeneration. This is truly big country with massive animals and cruel predators. There is an ominous, overpowering quality of this place that evokes a primitive feeling of fear and wonder.
You will never forget the Mara.
Fig Tree Camp is located on the banks of the Talek River in the world famous Masai Mara game reserve. The Camp is situated on the northern border of the game reserve and its central location makes all areas of the park accessible during game drives. You will stay in tents that line up along the Talek River, overlooking the plains of the game reserve.
Day 5 Masai Tribe Nairobi Eka Hotel
This is a busy day as you start with an early morning game drive, breakfast, a visit to the Masai Village where you can add to your Photo Safari collection with pictures of this famous, colorful tribe. Examine how they live and maintain their Circle of Life. There will be plenty of photo ops as you drive to Nairobi for dinner and overnight.
Days 6-7 Nairobi-Amboseli ol Tukai
This morning it is off to Amboseli. The image of elephants wandering across grassy plains with the snowy peak of Mt Kilimanjaro in the background is one known even to armchair travelers. This epitomizes Amboseli National Park and highlights the stark contrasts Africa has to offer.
This park is renowned for its elephants, which may be seen in herds over 100 strong drinking from the surface springs. Big old bull elephants carry some of the largest tusks to be seen anywhere in Africa and is a renowned feature of this park. Adding to your viewing are buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, giraffes, impala and warthog. Attendant carnivores include lion, leopard, caracal, cheetah, jackal, hyena and serval cat. Bird life is plentiful and you can expect to see pelicans, bee-eaters, kingfishers and many types of eagles.
Deep in the heart of the world famous Amboseli National Park is the Magnificent Ol Tukai lodge. Lying at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro and dotted with yellow barked Acacia trees and cream slate, Ol Tukai blends perfectly into the African Savannah.
Ol Tukai is the perfect location to bring out your naturalist instincts. Numerous animals are at home at the Amboseli National Park, elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, cheetah, leopard, giraffe and gazelle. For the professional or amateur birdwatcher the Ol Tukai bird-walk offers a wide variety of bird species. Ol Tukai offers an unparalleled "return to nature" experience. Almost all the luxury rooms offer breath-taking view of Mount Kilimanjaro. The cottage style accommodation spreads out on either side of the main lodge. The architecture is unobtrusive with lots of wood, local slate and stone.
You will visit the Amboseli elephant research project and hopefully Cynthia Moss who has studied elephants here for over 44 years.
Days 8-9 Amboseli- ol Pejeta Sweetwaters tented camp
This morning you will fly to Nairobi and then a picturesque drive to the ol Pejeta conservancy near Mt Kenya.
Today, Ol Pejeta is the largest black rhino sanctuary in east Africa, and home to three of the world’s last remaining northern white rhino. It is the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees, in a Sanctuary established to rehabilitate animals rescued from the black market. It has some of the highest predator densities in Kenya, and still manages a very successful livestock programme. Ol Pejeta also seeks to support the people living around its borders, to ensure wildlife conservation translates to better education, healthcare and infrastructure for the next generation of wildlife guardians.
Sweetwaters Tented Camp
Day 10 ol Pejeta- Lake Nakuru Sarova Lion Hill Lodge
The Flamingoes of Lake Nakuru
It is a relatively short drive to Lake Nakuru that provides the visitor with one of Kenya’s best-known images. Thousands of flamingo, joined into a massive flock, fringe the shores of this soda lake. A pulsing pink swathe of life that carpets the water, the flamingos are a breathtaking sight.
The lake has become world famous for these birds, who visit the lake to feed on algae that forms on the lakebed. They move back and forth, feeding and occasionally and spectacularly taking to flight, filling the sky over the lake with color. The lake is extremely variable in size- changing from 2 up to 12 sq miles in area.
Nakuru has more than just flamingos. This is a major National Park and an important sanctuary for Rhino. Both Black and White Rhino are found here, and are often seen resting under acacias by the Lake shore
The park abounds with game. There are huge herds of waterbuck, zebra, buffalo, the endangered Rothschild Giraffe and more. This is one of your best chances of seeing Leopard in Kenya, and there are several large prides of Lion.
Exploring beyond the lake is always rewarding and there are forests, cliffs, waterfalls and more to be found here. Nearby Nakuru town is a busy and thriving local centre with a bustling market. The town is a hub for local transport and travel.
Day 11 Lake Nakuru-Lake Navaisha-Hell’s Gate Nairobi-AIRPORT
This will be a most interesting last day as you will drive south from Lake Nakuru that is about two hours north of Nairobi to Lake Navaisha that features a great number of hippo plus about 400 species of birds.
A short drive away is Hell’s Gate that features spectacular cliffs, volcanoes, gorges and geothermal steam. Then on to Nairobi. Dinner will be at the world famous Carnivore restaurant where there will be more photos and later to the airport for your flight home sifting through thousands of fabulous pictures!
Day 12 Arrive home!
It is our fond hope that you will always remember Africa, the gentle people, the Circle of Life and our animals...our magnificent animals!
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