10 Days Kenya Photo Safari Adventure
10 Days Kenya photo safari adventure explores two of Kenya’s top photo safari destinations. Photograph wildlife in their natural habitat in Amboseli and Masai Mara. Lake Naivasha birds photography from a motor boat get you low angle shots of the hippopotamus also.
Exploring the Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National park offers a perfect wildlife and landscape photography. It is world famous for its large herds of elephants and the snow capped Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. The name Amboseli means the dusty salty plains in the Maa language and it sure does life up to its name. On a photo safari the open dusty plains offer a perfect wild photo studio. The whirl winds in the back ground as you click on elephants or giraffes crossing the plains. The golden hour in the mornings and evenings are a photographers most important moments and nothing make a photo safari to Amboseli more interesting than the sun rising or setting with animals kicking dust as the become more active. The Amboseli ecosystem is highly dependent on Mount Kilimanjaro for its water supply to the swamps. This means the wildlife here is attracted to the water in the swamps in this rather dry semi arid area. The swamps act as an oasis in a desert. There are morning and evening movements every day as the wildlife moves to and from the Swamps. Elephants zebras and the Easter white bearded gnu will leave the swamps in the evening and head to higher ground where the soils are more rich in nutrients and thus the vegetation here has a high nutrient concentration. It is during this “migrations” that you get perfect photography opportunities. Our professional wildlife photography safari guides know just the right spots and positions for you to get the elephant silhouette, back lit shots and front shots depending on the time of the day. on this 10 Days Kenya photo safari adventure you will also encounter big male elephants with tusks almost touching the ground. Your safari guide is good with animal behavior and will always be one step ahead so as to give you a perfect angle for the shot. One of the most sort after Male African elephant bulls in the Amboseli ecosystem are Craig and his two companions. Craig currently has the biggest tusks in this ecosystem. Amboseli photography safari will also give you some action with the cats. We have lions and cheetahs that keep the antelope population in check. On early morning and evening game drives you are sure to get these cats in action before the sun gets too hot and they seek shade. We do also have a good population of hyenas and thus we have several dens where you can get shots of the lovely black hyena cubs.
Experience the out doors at Lake Naivasha
Lake Naivasha is mainly a connecting destination between the Masai Mara and either the southern safari circuit or the Northern one. It has a more relaxed ambience and you get to experience nature away from the vehicle. The lakes ecosystem plays hot to over 400 species of birds. The motored boat rides are popular and offer a good photography opportunity and the guides we work with understand the light concept in regards to quality wildlife shots. Get shots of the pied kingfishers hovering and hunting for fish and the giant king fishers as the wait for opportunity. The African fish eagle which is one of Africa’s magnificent eagles is active here and you get good chances of clicking award winning shots of this powerful raptor. Get low angle shots of hippos yawning as giraffes, waterbucks and zebras graze in the main land
The great Masai Mara, epic photography destination
The 10 Days Kenya photo safari adventure ends at the great Masai Mara National reserve. It is the home of Africa’s big cats. Lions cheetahs and leopards rule the spotted plains of the Maa people. The open savannah grassland offer endless photo opportunities not only in wildlife photography but also landscape photography. Masai Mara has one of the highest density of lions in Africa and with an open habitat you are sure to get perfect backlit, front sometimes hunting shot opportunities in this great land that is Masai Mara.
Nairobi to Amboseli On day one we leave Nairobi early in the morning and head south to the home of Africa’s gentle giants, the African elephant. We arrive at the lodge in time for lunch. Later on head for our evening photography game drive. Driving distance is approximately 4-5 hrs Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day two and three full days are spent at the royal court of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. Our itinerary is flexible and we have the option of doing half day game drives and later again in the afternoon after a lunch break. Amboseli National park is the best place to see big herds of elephant. The swamps attract this magnificent creature that find themselves living in this vast semi-arid ecosystem. The dusty plains also play host to cheetahs and lions amongst the big cats. On early morning game drives, you have a higher chance of seeing the rarer mammals like the honey badger, African wildcat, African civet amongst others. Thus, we always recommend our guests leave camp or lodge at the earliest legal times with packed breakfast to catch the morning serenity. The thought of the beautiful African sunrise in the open plains and breakfast in the wild with enchanting views should be motivation enough to make you jump out of bed early. . In Amboseli conservation area we also have the dry lake Amboseli that offers quit good elephant photography opportunities as well as other herbivores that you may come across in the vast dry lake bed. Amboseli also offer unmatched photography opportunities, the golden light spiced with the dust as the animals move into and out of the swamp in the morning and in the evening, which happens to be their daily migration routine. Dinner and overnight at the camp or lodge
Flexible gamedrives withh full day, or half day and evening game drives, all depending on your prference and sightings
We Leave Amboseli early in the morning and head to Lake Naivasha. We make a stop stop at the East African section of the great rift valley view point. It is a geologic wonder of the world. A fracture on the earths in the earth’s surface. Enjoy views of a stratovolcano, Mount Longonot,with a 8x12 km caldera is quit a sight to behold. Drive on further past the small Italian catholic church built in 1942 during the second world war, the Italians were prisoners of war and Kenya at that time was still a British colony until 1963. We arrive in time for lunch then later after a brief rest head out for the afternoons activities. We begin with the boat ride, about one hour in the only fresh water lake in the Kenyan rift valley that is home to hippos and over 400 bird species. Get pied kingfishers in action, the African fish eagle busy looking for the all-important protein source, the fish. Common carp is the most common fish here. Later we go out for a horse ride or nature walk depending on your preference at the crescent island or the sanctuary farm. You can also do a bike ride as you watch wildlife, you will have a guide with you. You can choose to explore the hells gate national park, walk amongst giraffes’ zebras warthog “pumba”. Visit and explore the hells gate gorge as you examine obsidian rocks and hot springs in the gorge. Later on, return to the relaxing ambience of your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Leave Naivasha early in the morning and head to the Masai Mara with several stops enroute, Reach the Mara in perfect time for lunch and later leave for the evening game drive in search of the big cats of Masai mara, the lions, leopards cheetahs elephants’ rhinos and other species of elephants. The Masai mara national reserve offer unrivalled opportunities for big cat sightings. Check back to the camp /lodge for dinner and overnight.
We have a very flexible itinerary and game drives are tailored to your photography interests with our experienced professional safari guide. Early morning game drive with picnic breakfast gets you higher probabilities of catching the sunrise, animals whilst they are still active. The morning serenity is just unexplainable, you just have to experience. Explore more of the spotted savannah with its diverse landscapes as to capture beautiful animals, with your lenses. The Mara river where river crossings happen in July August September is the main water body snaking its way through this paradise. Hippopotamus and the Nile crocodile call this home and it’s the best place I the reserve to catch a glimpse of them as they warm themselves in the river banks. Other rivers include the talek river and smaller tributaries like sekenani river. The sand river is another picturesque area at the Masai mara and it is right at the border with the endless plains, the Serengeti. All these as our safari guide explains more about nature as it unfolds right in front of you, getting you the best angles for that shot! After a fulfilling adventurous day, you retire back to your strategically located safari camp/lodge for sumptuous dinner and overnight
Flexible game drives
Full Day Game drives
Full Day game drives at the Mara
After early breakfast we head out for our Last game drive. Capture silhouettes of topis , giraffe elephant or even lucky a male lion silhouette. After an exciting morning game drive, we drive back to Nairobi