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KENYA WILDLIFE PHOTO TOUR

This Kenya Photo Tour features 6 days in the Masai Mara, probably the premier wildlife photography location in the world with visits also to Aberdare and Samburu National Parks and several other wildlife reserves.  November is a great time of year for a combination mammal and bird photo tour to Kenya because it’s the start of the nesting season for birds so they are very active, in addition it’s the peak of migration for birds nesting in Europe traveling to Kenya or farther south in Africa.  There can still be very large numbers of Wildebeest and Zebra in the Mara as well as the resident cats and predators and it’s not as busy as earlier in the fall.  We spend two nights at the Ark which is situated very close to a floodlit waterhole, allowing for close ups of Elephant and dusk/night photography.  Samburu adds Northern Kenya specialties such as the bizarre Gerenuk, an antelope which stands up to feed on trees.  Each photographer will have their own row in our safari vehicles.

Maximum Participants: 6 photographers plus any nonphotographer spouses or companions. 

Cost and Logistics

$10,900 per photographer with a $1,300 single supplement. Cost for a nonphotographer spouse/companion is $9,900.  Fly into and out of Nairobi, Kenya.  The deposit is $2,800.  Cost includes all lodging, meals, in country transportation, guiding, instruction, entrance fees and drinking water.  Cost does not include flights to and from Kenya, tips, drinks besides water and items of a personal nature. 2025 costs: Photographers $11,400, single supplement $1,600, nonphotographer 10,400.

Itinerary

November 6th – Arrival to Nairobi, Kenya, transfer from the airport to our 4 star hotel which is only about 20 minutes away.  If we have time a bit of photography behind the hotel where there are Vervet Monkeys, Warthogs and colonies of Grosbeak and Brown-throated Weaver.  Arrival dinner.

November 7th – Morning departure and transfer to our 4 star lodge inside Masai Mara National Park, afternoon game drive looking for Lions, Leopards and Birds. 

November 8th-11th – Four full days of photography in the Masai Mara, this area has some of the highest concentrations of mammals in the world including Lions, Leopards and Cheetahs which are accustomed to vehicles allowing for close approach.  There are often still tens, if not hundreds of thousands of Zebra and Wildebeest in the park at this time of year and migration crossings are possible.  On the grounds of our lodge, the bird photography is excellent as well.  On our first tour we found nest cavities of White-headed Barbet, Violet-backed Starling and Red-billed Oxpecker at the lodge.  The bird photography on the game drives is great as well with Lilac-breasted Rollers, Little Bee-eaters, Bustards and Raptors.   Accommodation: a four star lodge inside the park. 

November 12th – One more morning game drive then we will check out and head to Lake Naivasha.  We will have an afternoon boat trip on the lake to photograph African Fish Eagles, Kingfishers, Hippos and Crocs as well as many other birds, then we will continue on to our next four star lodge near Lake Nakuru. 

November 13th – This morning we visit Lake Elementaita where there are tens of thousands of Lesser and Greater Flamingos as well as nesting colonies of African and Pink-backed Pelicans.  Viewing and photographing the Flamingos is quite a spectacle.  Then we continue on to our next lodge which is set on a large floodlit waterhole.  They have afternoon bird feeding which often attracts the beautiful Hartlaub’s Turaco. In the evening we will view the animals closely as they come into the floodlit waterhole.  You are often photographing at only 100mm or so here. 

November 14th – A full day of photography here at our lodge on the waterhole in Aberdare National Park.  Gray-crowned Cranes and other birds are often close to the blind allowing for beautiful photographs.  In the evening we will again do some dusk and nighttime photography. It’s a pure joy watching the groups of Elephants come and go up close at the waterhole. 

November 15th – We will wake up and photograph at the waterhole, then check out and head farther north in Kenya to Samburu National Park.  Samburu is in a drier part of Kenya which features a lot of species we won’t see during other parts of our trip.  We stay at another comfortable four star lodge.  Afternoon game drive in the park. 

November 16th – We have a full day in the park photographing the Northern specialties such as the bizarre Gerenuk, Beisa Oryx, the endangered Grevy’s Zebra Somali Ostrich and Bee-eater, Hunter’s Sunbird and many other dry country birds.  Of course we will still be on the lookout for Leopard, Cheetah, Elephants and more.  Four star lodge inside the park.

November 17th – We will have a full morning game drive, then check out and head to our next lodge in Sweetwaters Conservancy.  We will have an afternoon game drive here.  This is a very good location to photograph Black and White Rhinos.  Four star lodge inside the conservancy. 

November 18th – We will have a full day with morning and afternoon game drives.  There is an island with habituated Chimpanzees here which we will photograph.  Game drives can produce Leopards, Lions and a great variety of birds including stunners such as Superb Starling and Lilac-breasted Roller.  Four star lodge inside the conservancy.

November 19th – Morning game drive followed by check out and return to Nairobi.  After checking in to our hotel and having lunch we will have one more game drive this time at Nairobi National Park.  This is also a good park for Lion sightings with plenty of interesting birds as well.  We then have a final dinner at our four star hotel near the airport. 

November 20th – You can fly out anytime on the 20th.  If you are flying out in the evening we can arrange an optional game drive in the morning at Nairobi National Park.

Amboseli and Tsavo Extension

The extension will visit Amboseli National Park where we hope to get iconic shots of Elephants or other animals in the foreground with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background.  It also visits Tsavo National Park.

Cost: $3.950 per photographer with a $500 single supplement, $3,650 non photographer. 2025 cost: $4,150, $600 single supplement, nonphotographer $3,850.

November 20th – Drive from Nairobi to Amboseli National Park, this park is home to many large tuskers.  Hotel: A nice lodge inside the park.

November 21st – Full day photographing the mammals and birds of Amboseli with an emphasis on photographing animals and birds with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background.  Hotel: A nice lodge inside the park.

November 22nd – Morning photography at Amboseli followed by check out and transfer to Tsavo National Park.  Tsavo is the largest national park in Kenya and is home to the most elephants in Kenya.  Hotel: a nice lodge near the park.

November 23rd – Tsavo National Park supports quite a few different bird species as it’s further east than anywhere else we will be during the main tour. We will be on the lookout for Golden-breasted, Shelley’s and Fischer’s Starlings as well as spectacular larger species like Martial Eagle and Taita Falcon.  Tsavo East supports three very range restricted endemic birds.  We will likely photograph the uncommon Fringe-eared Oryx and with luck the endangered Hunter’s Hartebeest.  Hotel: a nice lodge near the park.

November 24th – Morning photography at Tsavo National Park followed by check out and afternoon return to Nairobi.  Hotel: Tamarind Tree, Nairobi. 

November 25th – Transfer to airport for your return trip home.

Guilherme Battistuzzo

Guilherme Battistuzzo

Guilherme Battistuzzo is a full time nature photographer, birding guide and biologist living and working out of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is regularly near the top of the list each year for number of birds seen in Brazil and in 2016 he was named one of the top 15 bird photographers to follow on Instagram by Audubon magazine.

Ken Archer

Ken Archer

Ken Archer has been a professional wildlife photographer for the last 25 years. His work is widely published and he is a former first place category winner in Nature’s Best Photo Contest and an overall winner of the Wyoming Wildlife Photo Contest. He has spent a great deal of time photographing wildlife in the American West. Ken uses Canon.

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