A 13-day Kenya safari designed especially for those interested in photography. This is escorted by professional photographer, Jeff Wendorff.   Jeff has been leading photo safaris for over 15 years and will be with you each step of the way to make sure you get the best photo opportunities and also to provide photography instruction and tips  to help you get the best photos.  (Everyone is welcome from beginners through to professional photographers). The Photo Safari visits some of Kenya’s finest wildlife areas offering exclusive wildlife viewing opportunities in: Selenkay Conservancy – Amboseli, Ol Kinyei Conservancy in the  Masai Mara Conservancy, and the unspoilt Meru National Park.

Juvenile Male Lion Portrait

Accommodation:

Accommodation on  this safari is at 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.

  • Macushla House – | Nairobi : Macushla House is a delightful, good-value guest house, in a very quiet, pleasant location, and has been popular with our travelers for many years. Macushla House (Gaelic for ‘my beloved’) is surrounded by indigenous bushland and offers privacy and space in an informal atmosphere. Public areas are home to an eclectic celebration of artifacts from countries as far flung as Yemen to Australia. Birdsong and wind chimes accompanied by flowing water from the swimming pool dragon are part of the daily concert.
  • Rhino River Camp – | Meru National Park: Rhino River Camp is situated in 80 acres of privately owned wilderness right on the edge of the Meru National Park and it is an excellent base from where to explore Meru National Park, with opportunities to see all of Africa’s “Big Five”. The camp is made up of seven delightful tents set on raised wooden platforms from where you can watch the gentle flow of the Kindani River.  The camp offers a perfect base to explore Meru National Park and its amazing wildlife. The gate opening into the rhino Sanctuary offers guests a unique opportunity to meet some of the most rare and endangered animals on earth. The Camp has a relaxing yet safari atmosphere.
  • Porini Mara Camp | Ol Kinyei Conservancy – Maasai Mara: Porini Mara Camp is located in Ol Kinyei Conservancy – an 18700 acre IUCN listed wilderness set aside as a wildlife sanctuary. This setting provides the ultimate African safari holiday adventure in an unspoilt area, away from the crowds. (Approximately 1 hour flight from Nairobi.) The Eco-Tourism Kenya Gold Rated Porini Mara Camp is located in a unique and beautiful setting under yellow-barked Acacia trees along the banks of the Laetoli. The Mara camp contains just five spacious guest tents and one family unit. Porini Mara Camp has an exclusive yet friendly feel, with each tent containing comfortable furnishings and ensuite facilities.
  • Porini Lion Camp | Olare Motorogi Conservancy – Maasai Mara: Porini Lion Camp is located in unique and stunning setting on the banks of the seasonal Ntiakatiak River within the Olare Motorogi Conservancy. This large area borders the Maasai Mara National Reserve and is home to an abundance of animals including the Mara’s renowned Big Cats. There is unsurpassed game-viewing within the conservancy due to its unspoiled natural state and the Porini Lion Camp – with just nine tents and one family unit – ensures guests have a genuine “away from it all” experience deep in the African bush. The Olare Motorogi Conservancy ensures a true wilderness experience with one of the lowest tourist densities in the Mara region and the highest lion densities.

Rhino River Camp Swimming pool

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 Meru National Park and the Masai Mara National Reserve.

Itinerary Dates  2022  (January 30 – February 11, 2022)

 

DAY 1 : NAIROBI   – SAT. 30 JAN 2022
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 : NAIROBI   –  SUN. 31 JAN 2022
Wake up to the sounds of birds or perhaps look for wild monkeys which sometimes can be seen around the entry or in the jungle garden area around the swimming pool. 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 : MERU NATIONAL PARK – MON. 1 FEB 2022
Breakfast is included and then we will pick you up and take you to Nairobi Wilson airport. A flight is included to Meru. You’ll be met upon arrival and can start looking for wildlife right away, on the way to Rhino River Camp. Game drives in Meru National Park. Overnight stay at Rhino River camp. Staying at this safari camp may make you feel like you are on the set of a TARZAN movie! The jungle area where the camp is located is a perfect setting for relaxation AND wildlife viewing. The swimming pool faces a river with a waterfall!

 

DAY 4 : MERU NATIONAL PARK – TUE. 2 FEB 2022
On this day you will enjoy Game drives in Meru National Park which hosts a large population of Elephant, Hippo, Lion, Cheetah and Leopard among the many African Species with a birdlife of over 300 species. A variety of activities are included during  your stay at Rhino River camp. We also have the Meru Rhino Sanctuary at the camp doorstep and you can see the big 5 within minutes of leaving Camp. This makes your experience at Rhino river camp truly magical. Meals at camp are tailored to Gourmet delicacies with an Italian Accent. Guests can choose to eat on the terrace of their rooms, by the pool or even in the Bush at any time – the choice is entirely yours.

 

DAY 5 : MERU NATIONAL PARK – WED. 3 FEB 2022

Meru was made famous by the “Born Free” movie.  An optional (but included) excursion to Elsa the lion grave site is included. Picnic lunch provided for this visit. Enjoy nature walks within the camps 80 acre area, or go fishing  to take a break from taking  pictures of the unique wildlife found in the Meru National Park.

RHINO RIVER CAMP 11

DAY 6 : OL KINYEI CONSERVANCY – THU. 4 FEB 2022
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for your flight to the famous 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 : OL KINYEI CONSERVANCY – FRI. 5 FEB 2022
Porini Mara Camp is located in Ol Kinyei Conservancy – an 18700 acre wilderness set aside as a wildlife sanctuary with a wide variety of species including big cats. The area has open plains, forests, rivers and stunning views. There will be sunrise and/or sunset photo opportunities!
This area is becoming well known for Cheetah viewing.  Also, it’s one of the best locations on ALL of Africa for lions. Night time game drives can be very exciting because that is the time that the lions and hyenas are usually hunting!

 

DAY 8 : OL KINYEI CONSERVANCY – SAT. 6 FEB 2022
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.

Cheetah Family Masai Mara

DAY 9 : OLARE MOTOROGI CONSERVANCY – SUN. 7 FEB 2022
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.

 

DAY 10 : OLARE MOTOROGI CONSERVANCY – MON. 8 FEB 2022
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. Off-road driving advantages get you closer to the wildlife and away from crowds (Olare Motorogi Masai Mara Conservancy)

DAY 11  –  TUE . 9 FEB 2022  &  DAY 12  – WED. 10 FEB 2022: OLARE MOTOROGI CONSERVANCY
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.

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 13 : END OF ITINERARY – THU. 11 FEB 20212
Breakfast and morning game drive. Wildlife viewing on the way to the airstrip for the included flight back to Nairobi Wilson airport. Upon arrival at Nairobi Wilson airport, collect your bag and exit the airport building.  A driver from Gamewatchers Safaris will be waiting to meet you in the parking area and will provide a transfer to Four Points by Sheraton hotel.   Check in to your room and relax or enjoy the ROOFTOP POOL which overlooks Nairobi National Park.   We’ll be back later today when it’s time to take you to Nairobi Int’l airport to check in for your onward flight.   (Please schedule your onward flight to depart at 5PM or later).  (Check out of Sheraton is by 9PM).

 

**End of Services***

 

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!

 

Photo Safari Prices

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30-Jan-22 11-Feb-22 8858 USD 9973 USD On Request

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 – Meru – 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 Four Points by Sheraton 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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