7 Day Rhinos & Big Cats Photographic Safari

Rhinos & Big Cats Safari – departs Sunday 1st December 2019

Join us in Kenya on a safari that has been designed especially for photographers or people who just enjoy taking photographs and would like to improve their technique.

Our photo safari focuses on Kenya’s finest wildlife areas, where you will have the rare opportunity to see and photograph rhino – including the World’s last two remaining Northern White Rhino – and can get off the beaten track to observe and photograph lions, leopards, cheetahs and much more where the animals are completely wild and free in their natural habitat.

This escorted photographic safari offers a great opportunity to view & photograph Africa’s iconic animals under expert guidance & tuition from award winning wildlife photographer Paolo Torch. He is also a Kenya Professional Safari Guide (KPSGA certificate Bronze level).

Paolo was the first monthly winner, of the Greatest Masai Mara Photographer of the year 2018.

 

The Porini Safari Experience

A Porini Safari is the ideal safari for the true wildlife enthusiast who wishes to get close to nature to enjoy an undisturbed personal adventure with a knowledgeable and qualified safari guide, using customised open-sided 4×4 safari vehicles and escorted nature walks in private Conservancy areas.

Accommodation on this safari is at Porini Rhino Camp, Porini Mara Camp and Porini Lion Camp which are small and authentic safari bush camps. Here you will escape from the crowds and experience the African wilderness with the personal attention of your Porini Guides and Paolo Torchio.

From the camps, you will be taken on day and night game drives in custom-built, open-sided 4×4 safari vehicles with a driver-guide and a spotter, allow for maximum visual coverage. They are 3 tier and are spacious and comfortable, with access to an open window for each photographer.

Transport from Nairobi is by scheduled flights to avoid a long journey over bumpy roads and to give more time to viewing the wildlife.

 

Spectacular Wilderness

The safari spends time in three exclusive wildlife conservancies, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Ol Kinyei Conservancy & Olare Motorogi Conservancy in the Mara eco-system and the Masai Mara Reserve.

The Mara Conservancies have the highest density of free-roaming lions in Africa, as well as leopards, cheetahs, elephants and much more. The pristine, natural environment attracts many species and provides the ideal location for viewing Africa’s iconic wildlife.

The conservancies are formed of pristine wilderness with open savannah plains, riverine forest, springs, streams and rivers, rolling hills and spectacular views.

Conservancies allow for a maximum of 1 vehicle per 1,400 acreas, which offers the opportunity to view and photograph the wildlife in peace and without masses of other vehicles.

 

 

Prices are Fully Inclusive of:

  • Small group for the safari, with each person guaranteed a “window” seat in the open-sided 4×4 safari vehicle under the guidance and tuition of Paolo Torchio.
  • Sundowners at scenic spots where you can try to capture those postcard perfect African sunsets
  • Game drives in the Selenkay Conservancy, Amboseli National Park, Ol Kinyei & Naboisho Conservancies and the Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Off-road driving advantages get you closer to the wildlife and away from crowds
  • The price includes scheduled domestic flights from / to Nairobi and between the camps. Luggage allowance is 15 kg per person, additional allowance of up to 75 kg per person can be arranged (supplement applies).
  • Accommodation at Porini Rhino Camp, Porini Mara Camp and Porini Lion Camp, three small eco camps located in private Conservancy areas.
  • Safari is fully inclusive of all meals, selected drinks, day & night game drives in custom-built 4×4 safari vehicles with expert guides, bush picnics and sundowners, conservancy and Mara park fees and all taxes.

Itinerary

Sunday 1st December 2019 – Arrival into Kenya Met on arrival at Nairobi International Airport by a Gamewatchers Safaris Representative, who will welcome you to Kenya and transfer you to The Eka Hotel, for 1 night on Bed & Breakfast.

Monday 2nd December 2019 – Photographic Safari – Porin Rhino Camp An early pick up & transfer from The Eka Hotel to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport, where you will meet Paolo Torchio and check-in for the 10.20am flight to Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Met on arrival and transfer by 4×4 vehicle to Porini Rhino Camp, which will be your base for the next two nights. Settle in to camp and have lunch. Later take an afternoon game drive in the conservancy, the perfect time to capture some shots in the beautiful late afternoon light. Return to camp for dinner and overnight.

Tuesday 3rd December 2019 – Porini Rhino Camp Today you will spend a day in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, offering superb scenery and wildlife photographic opportunities. Return to Camp for a sundowner and dinner.

Wednesday 4th December 2019 – Porini Mara Camp After breakfast depart from Porini Rhino Camp and transfer to the airstrip for the 09.05am flight Naboisho (Masai Mara) via Nairobi. Met on arrival at 15:45hrs and transfer by 4×4 vehicle to Porini Mara Camp, with a game drive en route, for your first photographic opportunity in the Mara eco-system. Check in to camp and have afternoon tea before you depart on an afternoon game drive in the Ol Kinyei Conservancy with a sundowner and return to camp for dinner and overnight.

Thursday 5th December 2019 – Porini Mara Camp An early morning game drive viewing the best of Ol Kinyei and Naboisho Conservancies, in the perfect morning light, with a picnic bush breakfast, allowing for more time for photography. Return to camp for lunch and the chance to review some of your morning photographs, before you take an afternoon game drive, stopping at a scenic point for a sundowner and the opportunity for those fabulous sunset shots. Night drive enroute back to camp. Dinner and overnight at Porini Mara Camp.

Friday 6th December 2019 – Porini Lion Camp Take an early morning walk in the Ol Kinyei Conservancy, giving a different view point for photography. After breakfast leave camp and drive through Ol Kinyei and Naboisho Conservancies, game-viewing & photographing as you go, and on to Olare Motorogi Conservancy arriving at Porini Lion Camp for lunch. Afternoon game drive in the exclusive Olare Motorogi Conservancy, away from the minibuses and tourist vehicles seen in the reserve, and with an excellent chance of sighting & photographing lions, cheetahs and leopards all of which are found in the conservancy. Sundowner and night game drive. Dinner and overnight Porini Lion Camp.

Saturday 7th December 2019 – Porini Lion Camp An early departure from Camp this morning to spend the day in the Masai Mara National Reserve game-viewing & photographing the beauty of this wilderness area. Return to camp in the late afternoon, after a picnic lunch in the Reserve. Later, head out on an evening game drive within the Olare Motorogi Conservancy – stopping at a viewpoint for a sundowner. Continue on a night game drive looking for nocturnal animals. Dinner and overnight at Porini Lion Camp. *Optional Balloon Safari for a chance to take some stunning aerial shots of the Masai Mara Eco-system.

Sunday 8th December 2019 – Porini Lion Camp An early morning game drive viewing the best of Olare Motorogi Conservancy, in the perfect morning light, with a picnic bush breakfast, allowing for more time for photography. Return to camp for lunch and the chance to review some of your morning photographs, before you take an afternoon game drive, stopping at a scenic point for a sundowner and the opportunity for those fabulous sunset shots. Night drive enroute back to camp. Dinner and overnight at Porini Lion Camp.

Monday 9th December 2019 – Departure Final early wildlife & photography drive in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy to capture the beauty of the early morning light, followed by breakfast at camp and then transfer to the airstrip to fly back on the 11.00am flight to Wilson Airport in Nairobi, arriving at around 12.20pm. Met on arrival and transfer to the international Airport or Nairobi Hotel, depending on your onward connection.

We can arrange an overnight stay in Nairobi (at a supplement) at the end of your safari depending on your international flight times. 

Prices

We have one set departure date with LIMITED SPACES for this fantastic photographic safari:  

1st December 2019 – ONLY 3 TENTS AVAILABLE

Prices are in US Dollars, per person based on sharing a twin or double tent:  

Package Price:
EACH OF 2 PEOPLE (PACKAGE) – USD$6966 Per Person
EACH OF 3 PEOPLE (PACKAGE) – USD$5989 Per Person
EACH OF 4 PEOPLE (PACKAGE) – USD$5500 Per Person  

Single Supplement : $1000

Maximum size group 4 people plus Paolo Torchio Prices based on 2 adults sharing 1 Tent.

Safari operates with a minimum of 2 people. Price reduces with more people booked.

About Paolo Torchio

Paolo Torchio was born in Turin, Italy, in 1961 and came to Kenya in 1990. A keen photographer since childhood, he was immediately captivated by the African wildlife and wilderness areas that he encountered, and quickly made the country his home.

Paolo’s work has appeared in a host of Kenyan wildlife and travel magazines, including Travel News, Kenya Birding, and About Kenya, as well as in some illustrious wildlife magazines elsewhere in the world. Paolo’s photography has earned widespread acclaim. In 2006 he was declared Overall Winner of the East African Photographer of the Year Award.

His photographs and articles documenting aspects of the region’s animal, bird and insect life have appeared regularly in Swara, the quarterly magazine of the East African Wild Life Society (EAWLS), where they are seen all over the world.

Paolo was the first monthly winner, of the Greatest Masai Mara Photographer of the year 2018 with his fantastic photograph of a Cheetah chasing a Thomson Gazelle.

“The last few seconds of the hunt, when all will be decided by small hesitations, in one way or the other. Both of them totally absorbed by what they are doing. A matter of life and death.”

What Our Guests Say ...

“My husband and I have traveled all over the world, and have learned that sometimes things don’t meet our expectations. This was not the case with Gamewatchers – the safari experience they arranged for us exceeded my expectations on every level.

From the moment we landed in Nairobi, everything was taken care of – from the airport pickups and transfers, to making sure we were comfortable in our hotel before heading out to the camps, to dietary restrictions and special needs – they do it all.

Our Masaai guides gave us the experience of a lifetime. Excellent food, accommodations and care… breakfasts in the field, nightly sundowners – and a professional photographer to teach us how to take great safari shots!

I couldn’t recommend this authentic experience any more highly. We were treated like family, and I can’t wait to return again and again. Thank you Gamewatchers!”  Patti Pagliei

 

“I am not a photographer, but even with my point and shoot bridge camera and limited experience I was able to put together some nice shots. Paolo encouraged us to see things differently and of course, having lived in Kenya for years he knows where to look! He and the Porini guides and drivers made a great team. Paolo has a very easy way of working, letting things emerge and responding with his expertise and ideas when needed, gently guiding things along. And he was also a lot of fun to be with!”  Denise Finney

 

“Paolo did not disappoint. He worked with our guide and drivers to help find the best angle and lighting. He helped us in our settings in difficult lighting situations. He never told us exactly what to do, but worked with us so we would learn how to find the answer ourselves. I feel that there are photographic lessons that I learned during these 7 days with Paolo that will stay with me forever. He has a great knowledge of the culture and animal behavior. His sense of humor was spot on. In fact, this will not be the last trip we take with Paolo. He is stuck with us as friends forever now!”  Tori Bohn

Concerned about the security of your booking and your own safety while on safari?

We fully appreciate your concerns when it comes to booking a safari in Africa and you can rest assured that your financial security when booking and your own personal safety when on safari is our highest priority. Gamewatchers Safaris is a member of the Kenya Association of Tour Operators bonding scheme, backed by a leading insurance company, to ensure your payments are fully protected if a bonded KATO member ceases trading.