Kenya Safari 2019

Kenya Safari: A Small Group Adventure in Search to Photograph the Big Five, Jan 2019

This tour visits the world famous Masai Mara and stays at lodges inside Tsavo National Park. Everyone gets a window seat with a maximum of 4 guests per Jeep. The tour is customized to be in the wildlife parks first thing in the mornings when animals are most active maximizing time to photograph in great light. With a maximum number of 8 guests and Darren and I teaching, there will be plenty of private instruction time with a student-teacher ratio of 4-1. Besides the classes, each photo student will get one-on-one photo time with both Darren and me.

–9-day itinerary–

January 22:

  • Arrive in Nairobi. Meet and greet transfer to your hotel. Dinner together then join us for a drink at the rooftop bar

January 23:

  • Scenic drive to Tsavo East National Park, enjoy an afternoon game drive
  • Photo Class Number 1: Using voice and storytelling in your photography

January 24:

  • Explore Tsavo East National Park with a morning and evening game drives
  • Photo Class Number 2: The power of composition and eye movement

January 25:

  • Early morning game drive in Tsavo East then drive to Tsavo West National Park
  • Evening game drive in Tsavo West

January 26:

  • Morning and Evening game drives at Tsavo West National Park
  • Photo Class Number 3: Landscapes and the Environmental Portrait

January 27:

  • Morning Game Drive at Tsavo West
  • Drive to Nairobi for overnight

January 28:

  • Drive to Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Evening game drive in the Masai Mara
  • Our accommodation here is a luxury tented camp
  • Photo Class Number 4: Editing and Finishing your Images

January 29:

  • Early Morning and Afternoon Game drives at the Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Optional activities (not included): Hot air balloon safari/ visit to Masai village
  • Photo Stories:  On the final night we will meet after dinner and share our favorite images with each other from our adventure in Kenya

January 30:

  • Departure: drive back to Nairobi
  • Transferred to the airport for your flight back home

–about the parks–

Tsavo East: The park is famous for the ‘Man-eaters’, a pair of maneless man-eating male lions that unusually hunted humans rather than livestock. In 1898, as many as 135 railway workers were attacked and killed by the duo.  A variety of animals can be seen in the park such as lions, leopard, cheetah, zebras, giraffes, serval, antelopes, kongoni, lesser kudu, oryx, klipspringer, impala, striped hyena, ostriches, gazelles, buffalos, elephants and many more. A variety of migratory and native birds are seen.

Tsavo West: The Park is a vast expansion of African savanna and volcanic landscape with a more diverse array of habitats which include open plains, semi-desert scrub, woodland, the Chyulu Hills and rock outcrops. It’s famous for the Red Elephants, Oryx, and Gerenuk among other mammal’s species and bird life. The extensive diverse habitats offer an ideal area to search for a pride of Lions, Buffaloes, Cheetahs, Giraffe, Zebras, Hippos and Wildebeests. Tsavo West is also home to Mzima Spring. The Springs are fed daily by 250 million liters of water gushing from the Chyulu Hills and provide an oasis of green, an underwater hippo viewing chamber, two nature trails and some unique picnic spots. There is also a wealth and diversity of birds’ species.

Maasai Mara: Known as Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserve it is famous for an abundance of lion making it without a doubt one of Africa’s most famous safari destinations. The Masai Mara stretches 1‚510 sq km and offers the best game and bird-viewing not only in Kenya‚ but anywhere in Africa. The views across the rolling golden grasslands studded with acacia trees‚ rivers and forests are dazzling. The sense of space overwhelming.

Inclusions:

  • Photography classes as well as private instruction for each student
  • Shared accommodation (2 guests to a room) and meals – tea and coffee provided with meals
  • $350 upcharge for an individual room
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Transportation in a Safari Land Cruiser (jeep) with a pop-up roof
  • English speaking driver-guide
  • All Government taxes and levies
  • Complimentary bottled water during game drives

Exclusions:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa Fees
  • Alcoholic beverages and beverages other than those provided with meals
  • Vaccinations

–cost: $3,850–