Ultimate AFRICA Wildlife Photo Safari
The best of East Africa Photo Safari Check out Africa Photo Safari guide
Photos from 2007 can be seen here
This program brings together the finest of East Africa wildlife photo safaris. Our core africa trip includes the classic's of Samburu, Nakuru and the world renowned Maasai Mara. Combine this with the tour extensions to Tsavo and Amboseli parks then top it off with a Rwanda Mountain Gorilla trip and you have the most complete East Africa program available in one trip.
Whether it is your first trip to Africa or your 10th you will find this Africa program extremely productive and enjoyable. Accommodations are the best available in each location in Africa, the guides vehicles and support staff are second to none, the locations and time superb.
Check here for a very few examples of the 2007 Kenya Africa Photo tour. I have beeen told by several Arica vetran photographers this is one of the best and most diverse collections they have seem from one trip.
In 2008 we will be on the road to Africa in October at the end of the dry season when animals should be even more concentrated. We are also adding the pre trip extension to Tsavo and Amboseli for even more diversity and opportunities to photograph LARGE numbers of Elephants in addition to the other common species.
Here is the itinerary for the main Kenya Africa trip.
Day 1 Fly from your home to Amsterdam.
Oct 11 - Arrive Nairobi, Kenya, Africa meet, transfer, overnight
Oct 12+13 - Drive 2-3 hours to Lake Nakuru 2 nights lodging. Game drives specializing in Flamingoes, Rhino, Cape Buffaloes, Eland, Giraffe
Nakuru provides photographers with one of Africa’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 flamingo are a breathtaking sight. One of the more unique photo op's at Nakuru is that of Hyena's hunting flamingo's buy run through the shallow water to catch an un wary bird.
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.
Oct 14-17 - Drive 6 hours to Samburu, 4 night lodging and game drives photographing rarely found species such as the Beisa Oryx, Grevy's zebra, blue-necked Somali ostrich and reticulated giraffe unique to the Samburu/Buffalo Springs Reserve in addition to Elephant, Lion, Leopard and Cheetah. We will also have a chance to visit and photograph a traditional Samburu tribal village.
Samburu National Reserve lies 325 km north of Nairobi in the hot and arid fringes of the vast northern region of Kenya. The Reserve is within the lands of the colorful Samburu people, close relatives of the Maasai, and harbors a number of wildlife species rarely found elsewhere in any numbers. These include Grevy's zebra, the reticulated giraffe and the Beisa oryx all species found only north of the equator. The long-necked gerenuk is a graceful antelope which spends much of its time in a bi-pedal stance seeking succulence among the withered scrub which dots this harsh terrain. Scenically and faunally dramatic, for most of the year Samburu is sere under the unsympathetic equatorial sun. But relief comes from the wide swathe of the Ewaso Ngiro River which rises some hundreds of kilometers to the west on the foothills of the Aberdares and which vanishes beyond Samburu in the recesses of the Lorian swamp.
The river is at its best in the Reserve, broad and sluggish with a large population of crocodile seen on sandbanks at almost every bend. In the lower reaches, where permanent pools have formed as a tributary joins the river, are hippo. The river is fringed with giant acacias, figs and doum palms all of which provide shade and sustenance to the wildlife which comes to water. Elephant roam the gaunt hills which punctuate the scrub land and where occasional clusters of the vividly colored desert rose challenge the arid surroundings. These elephant seek solace and contentment in the shallow waters of the river and from time to time a visitor finds herds bathing and drinking in a spectacle of unconscious pleasure.
Buffalo Springs National Reserve
Buffalo Springs National Reserve is separated from the Samburu
Reserve by the river; less hilly and less dense than its neighbor it is
equally as attractive. The Reserve takes its name from an oasis of limpid
crystal clear water at the western end of the sanctuary. In addition to
the wildlife found in Samburu the common zebra is also an attraction often
marching with its cousin the Grevy, although they do not interbreed. An
unexplained phenomenon is why the common zebra is not found on the north
side of the river. Bird life, too, is prolific with the Somali ostrich dominating
the plains. Larger than its southern relative the Maasai ostrich it is more
easily distinguished by its indigo legs and neck. Next in size is the kori
bustard who stands a meter high. His behavior is unpredictable, at times
running or crouching at the first sign of danger and at others completely
fearless of humans. The male has a remarkable display inflating his neck
and neck feathers until the head seems to disappear then raising his tail
until it lies along his back. 1
Oct 18-22 - Fly to Maasai Mara 5 night lodging. Game drives from the Mara Intrepids Tented Camp
The Maasai Mara is Kenya's and possibly Africa's finest wildlife sanctuary. Everything about this reserve is outstanding. The wildlife is abundant and the gentle rolling grasslands ensure that animals are never out of sight. Birds, too, are prolific. Including migrants well over 450 species have been recorded, among them 57 species of birds of prey. The climate is gentle, rarely too hot and well spread rainfall year round. Rain, when it falls almost always chooses the late afternoon or night. Between July and October, when the great wildebeest migration is in the Mara the sensation is unparalleled.
The Reserve is about 1510 sq km having been reduced from 1672 sq km in 1984. However, the wildlife is far from being confined within the Reserve boundaries and an even larger area, generally referred to as the 'dispersal area' extends north and east of the Reserve. Maasai live within the dispersal area with their stock but centuries of close association with the wildlife has resulted in an almost symbiotic relationship where wildlife and people live in peace with one another.
The first sight of this natural wonderland is breathtaking. Here the great herds of shuffling elephants browse among the rich tree-studded grasslands with an occasional sighting of a solitary and ill-tempered rhino. Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, topi and eland and many more species of plains' game offer a rich choice of food for the dominant predators; lion, leopard and cheetah which hunt in this pristine wilderness. In the Mara river, hippo submerge at the approach of a vehicle only to surface seconds later to snort and grumble their displeasure. Seemingly drowsy crocodile sunbathe on the river banks, mouth agape, waiting with subtle cunning for prey at which to strike with lightning swiftness.
But this richness of fauna, this profusion of winged beauty and the untouched fragility of the landscape, are all subordinate to the Mara's foremost attraction, the march of the wildebeest. Each year, far south in the great vastness of the Serengeti, the wildebeest raise their dignified but quaint heads, sniff the air and, as if by one accord, start the long trek to the Kenya border and the Maasai Mara. After exhausting the grazing in Tanzania's northern Serengeti a large number of wildebeest and zebra enter the Maasai Mar. around early July drawn by the sweet grass raised by the long rains of April and May. It is estimated that more than half a million wildebeest enter the Mara and are joined by another 100,000 from the Loita Hills east of the Mara Driving in the midst of these great herds is an unimaginable experience. Whilst the eyes feast on the spectacle the air carries the smells, the dust and the sounds of hundreds of thousands of animals.
There is nowhere else on earth to compare with this wildlife marvel. But the trek is costly. The herds draw ravening packs of predators, especially hyenas and lions, and thousands of the lame, laggard and sick never complete the cycle. More die, by drowning or by the teeth of the cunning crocodile, whilst trying to cross the swirling muddy waters of the Mara and Talek rivers. Once the Mara's grass has been devoured and when fresh rain in Tanzania has brought forth a new flush there, the herds turn south, heading hundreds of kilometers back to Serengeti and the Ngorongoro plains. There the young are dropped in time to grow sufficiently strong to undertake the long march north six months later.
Although July, August, September and early October are the months when the Mara plains are traditionally filled with migrating wildebeest and zebra, there is much resident wildlife year round. These days it seems the wildebeest seem to be taking advantage of global climatic change with many staying on the Mara to give birth in January. Apart from the better known species there are numerous opportunities to add some of the rare and less frequently seen animals to the visitor's checklist. In the south western sector you may be lucky enough to see roan antelope, a handsome creature regrettably rare countrywide. Bat-eared foxes peer from their burrows and there are thousands of topi, an antelope not found in other major parks save Tsavo. The combination of a gentle climate, scenic splendor and untold numbers of wildlife makes the Maasai Mara Kenya's most popular inland destination 1
Oct 23 - 1100/1215 Fly schedule to Nairobi, dayroom to depart Africa and return to Amsterdam for those not continuing to the Rwanda Gorilla trip.
Oct.24 Continue to your home or depart on the Rwanda Gorilla trip.
The cost will be $7990 for this deluxe adventure.
Single supplement $1100.
$1500 non refundable deposit.
50% of remaining due January 5th. Final payment May 1st
What is included?
The above costs fully inclusive of:
ALL accommodation and meals on safari.
ALL government hotel taxes and service charges.
ALL Land transport in specially built 4x4 safari vehicles.
ALL National Park / reserve entrance fees & nature/birdwalks.
ALL entries to Maasai Manyattas.
ALL internal air transport as specified in itinerary.
ALL porterage and Airport Assistance.
ALL Origins administrative and operational development costs.
Incredibly knowledgeable, KPSGA certified Origin guides
Temporary Flying Doctor (AMREF), emergency evacuation to Nairobi.
What is not included ?
Personal Laundry, beverages and other personal expenses.
Tips to bar staff for personal beverages or room service.
Gratuities to driver / guides.
As with all trips we strongly suggest participants
take out trip insurance.
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