A 12-day Kenya safari designed especially for photographers, includes Kenya’s finest wildlife areas and escorted by professional wildlife photographer Jeff Wendorff.  This photo safari includes exclusive wildlife viewing opportunities in: Selenkay Conservancy, Ol Kinyei Masai Mara Conservancy, and Olare Motorogi Masai Mara Conservancy. Game drives are also included in Amboseli National Park and Masai Mara Reserve.

Accommodation on safari is at Porini Amboseli Camp, Porini Mara Camp and Porini Lion Camp, which are all small and authentic safari bush camps with no more than 10 guest tents so that you will have just a few other like-minded people as company. Here you will escape from the crowds and experience the African wilderness without the presence of other tourist vehicles and with the personal attention of Jeff Wendorff, your photographer escort.

Transport from Nairobi to Amboseli and Mara is by scheduled flights to avoid a long journey over bumpy roads and to give more time to viewing the wildlife. From the camps, game drives are taken in private open-sided 4×4 safari vehicles with experienced safari driver-guides. Each photographer will have an entire row in the vehicle to themselves which will allow photographing from each side of the vehicle (No more than 3 photographers per vehicle).

 

Safari Highlights

  • Each photographer is guaranteed a full row to themselves in the 4×4 safari vehicle, allowing photography from either side of the vehicle (maximum 3 photographers per 4×4 safari vehicle)
  • Off-road driving gets you closer to the wildlife in Selenkay Conservancy, Ol Kinyei Masai Mara Conservancy and Olare Motorogi Masai Mara Conservancy. 
  • Exclusive wildlife viewing opportunities, away from crowds in wildlife rich conservancies and in custom open sided 4×4 safari vehicles
  • Escorted and photography instructions by Jeff Wendorff, a professional photographer
  • Safari suitable for beginner photographers through to advanced level photographers.
  • Visit to an authentic Masai village with special photo opportunities in Selenkay Conservancy
  • Day and night game drives
  • Sundowners at scenic spots where you can try to capture those postcard perfect African sunsets
  • Private entry to Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
  • Game drives are also included in Amboseli National Park and the Masai Mara National Reserve

Itinerary  2019 – SOLD OUT

Itinerary Dates  2020  (February 20 – March 3, 2020)

Day 1 – February 20th 2020

We will meet you at Nairobi International Airport and will take you to Macushla House for overnight stay.  The overnight accommodation is spacious with en-suite bathrooms, open beamed ceilings, natural woodwork, log fires in the lounge and views over one of the last pockets of an indigenous forest, complement the serenity and style of Macushla House.

Staying at Macushla may make you feel like you’ve stepped back to the days of, “Out of Africa”!

There are usually are Vervet Monkeys around the front entrance and/or garden areas and interesting birds are plentiful allowing for photo opportunities even on your first day.

Day 2 – February 21st 2020

Sleep in as you please today and have breakfast at your leisure at Macushla House. We have a light schedule today and we will have time to do a little shopping for forgotten items, curios, and some local sightseeing.

The highlight of the day will no doubt be our  private visit to the Sheldrick  Elephant  Orphanage.  This will give us a chance to get up close and personal with the baby elephants.

Overnight stay at Macushla House

Day 3 – February 22nd 2020

After breakfast, a transfer is provided to Nairobi Wilson Airport for our 35-minute flight to Amboseli/Selenkay.  Have your Camera ready because frequently views of Mt. Kilimanjaro can be seen during the flight.
This area is best known for large herds of Elephants as well as all a lot of other wildlife including Lions. Our home for the next two days will be Porini Amboseli Camp.
The camp includes 10 spacious guest tents, comfortably furnished and with en suite bathrooms including shower, wash basin and flush toilet. Tents have solar-powered electric lighting. The camp is small to provide a more personalized safari experience.
Once you settle into your tent, we will re-group for lunch and discuss the rest of the days’ activities. After lunch, we’ll take a short walk to visit an Authentic Masai village for insight into their way of life and culture. This will provide us with exceptional photo opportunities.
After we return to camp, we will head out a game drive. You never know what to expect on a game drive, I’ve been on hundreds, and none of them have ever been the same. The one thing I will guarantee is that you’ll be very excited! We’ll photograph until the sun sets and stop to enjoy a sundowner in the bush before we enjoy a night game drive back to the safari camp and our evening meal.

Day 4 – February 23rd 2020

Awake to the noisy calls of the birds. After an early breakfast, we drive through the bush on our private track into Amboseli National Park, for a full morning of game viewing. Following a picnic lunch in the park, we return to Porini Camp later in the afternoon. In the evening you will go for a game drive in Selenkay Conservancy, stopping for sundowner drinks at a scenic viewpoint for sunset, followed by a night game drive to look for nocturnal animals such as aardvarks, serval cats, caracals, bat-eared foxes, African wild cats, and other species. After such a busy day of photography and adventure, our evening meal will be welcome!

Day 5 – February 24th 2020

After an early breakfast, enjoy another full day in the Amboseli National Park with picnic lunch. Return to Selenkay in the evening for a sundowner at a scenic spot and then enjoy a night game drive as you head back to camp for dinner and overnight. 

Day 6 – February 25th 2020

After an early breakfast, a flight (35 minutes) is included back to Nairobi Wilson airport where you’ll connect to the included flight (50 minutes) to Masai Mara. Have your camera ready because you’ll be flying over the Great Rift Valley and may have wonderful photo opportunities during the flight. You’ll be met upon arrival and can enjoy a game drive on the way to award-winning Porini Mara. Settle into your tent and enjoy lunch prepared by the camp chef. Afternoon game drive in the Ol Kinyei Conservancy. We will be watching for all creatures great and small, later enjoy a sundowner at a scenic spot. Return to camp for a shower, dinner and overnight.

Day 7  & 8 – February 26th  & 27th 2020

Awake to the natural sounds of the Mara’s birdlife. Today we should have non-stop photo opportunities in the Ol Kinyei Masai Mara Conservancy as we’ll be on the lookout for elephants, buffalo, giraffe, plains game, the big cats and more. You will have a bush breakfast out in the wilds and then return to camp for lunch. In the afternoon you will have a further game drive in Ol Kinyei and Naboisho Masai Mara Conservancies with a sundowner at a scenic spot followed by a night game drive with spotlights to search for nocturnal animals, including the elusive leopards which are resident in Ol Kinyei, before heading back to camp for dinner.

Day 8 – February 28th  2020

After breakfast, depart camp on a game drive through Ol Kinyei and Naboisho Masai Mara Conservancies, and on to Olare Motorogi Masai Mara 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 lions, cheetahs and leopards all of which are found in the conservancy. We’ll be staying in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy at the wondrous Porini Lion Camp for 4 nights.

Porini Lion Camp is in a unique and stunning setting on the banks of the seasonal Ntiakatiak River within the Olare Motorogi Conservancy. This vast area borders the Masai Mara National Reserve and is home to an abundance of animals including Mara’s great Big Cats. There is Unsurpassed Wildlife Viewing within the conservancy due to its pure natural state, recent studies show this location to have the highest lion density in the Mara and probably in all of Africa. The Porini Lion Camp – with just ten tents – ensures guests have a genuine “away from it all” experience deep in the African bush. The tastefully furnished tents feature solar-powered lighting, en-suite facilities (with hot shower and flush toilet) and a private verandah.

Day 9  –  February 29th  2020

Full day game drive in Masai Mara Reserve with picnic lunch.  Later today, there will still be time for a night time game drive in the conservancy.  Overnight stay at award-winning Porini Lion.

Day 10 & 11-   March 1st  &  2nd  2020

Game drives in Olare Motorogi Masai Mara Conservancy where off-road driving advantages will get us Closer to the wildlife  We’ll have exclusive wildlife viewing opportunities, away from crowds.  A walk with Maasai warriors is optional but included. Night time game drives are also included.  Overnight stay at Porini Lion.

 

Day 12 – March 3rd  2020

Sadly it’s our final game drive, and then we drive through the Conservancy on the way to the airstrip where a flight is included to Nairobi Wilson airport.  Upon arrival we’ll be met  and transferred to Eka hotel where you shall enjoy the luxuries of a day room. Later we take you by private vehicle to Nairobi International Airport where you can connect with your onward flight. (Please arrange your onward flight to depart Nairobi Int’l airport at 5PM or later). (Check out time from Eka is by 9PM)

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Important Notes:

  1. Camp managers or your professional photographer guide may change the daily activities or daily scheduled activities to optimize wildlife viewing opportunities.

 

Jeff Wendorff

Jeff is someone who walks through life with a smile on his face. In the midst of a full-time career in photography, he is also a teacher wholly dedicated to his students, leading workshops all around the globe. Jeff prides himself on his ability to connect with students to guide their development as photographers efficiently. A natural people person, it is this same ability to connect (with people and with nature) that makes him so adept at capturing his subjects in all of their rich detail and character.

As a teacher, Jeff values a personable and charismatic approach, firmly believing that having fun is one of the most important aspects to take into account in the process of learning a creative craft such as photography. Whether you are looking to make your first step into the world of professional photography or you want to master a new hobby, Jeff can help you get acquainted with photography and take images you would truly treasure.

On all of Jeff’s workshops, you receive excellent instruction while in the field and most also include classroom style sessions to help you make the most of your images. You’ll travel with an expert instructor to fantastic locations. You’ll learn to be a better perhaps even an amazing photographer while exploring the globe with a professional wildlife photographer. You will make pictures that you’ll be proud to show off and have a lot of fun too!

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Safari Prices Include:

  • Each photographer will have an entire row in the vehicle to themselves which will allow photographing from each side of the vehicle (No more than 3 photographers per vehicle).
  • PRIVATE GAME DRIVES by 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Services of Jeff Wendorff as your professional photo expert who will help you with your photography, reviewing images, and he’ll ensure sure that you cameras are set up correctly and can answer all of your photography questions
  • All ground transport and transfers as per itinerary
  • Scheduled flights: Wilson – Selenkay – Wilson, Wilson – Mara & Mara – Wilson
  • All Park and Conservancy fees as per itinerary
  • Accommodation at Macushla House with breakfast daily
  • PRIVATE visit, for just our group, at Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
  • Accommodation at Porini Camps with all meals and drinks, (bottled water, soft drinks, beer, wine and gin or vodka & tonic), sundowners at scenic spots for sunsets, walks with Maasai warriors (optional but included), off-road driving advantages, exclusive wildlife viewing opportunities, day and night time game drives in private 4×4 safari vehicles
  • Day use of Eka hotel, prior to your onward flight

Prices Exclude

  • International flights and visa fees
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Expenses of a personal nature

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UK UK Tel: 07546​ 433 250 (Sally Wanjau) or 07901-396513 (Steve Sturton-Davies)

USA USA Tel: 1-877-710-3014 (Julie Roggow) or 1-855-372-3274 (Phil Bottrell)

India India Tel: +91 819 723 4947 (Santosh Ojha)

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