Kenya Photo Safari

 

 

This exclusive travel photography workshop combines three of the most spectacular wildlife destinations in Kenya.

 

 

 

Take your photography to the next level on an amazing adventure!

 

 

 

Create images that capture the way you felt when you were there taking the photo

 

 

 

Travel to locations that few will ever reach and create exceptional landscape art

 

 

 

Find and create your own visual voice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Everything was taken care of from our shooting locations to our time in the field to the classroom. John had everything scoped out ahead of time.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“While photographing the Big Five up close was the thrill of a lifetime, the time spent with the indigenous tribes really transformed my world view.”

Kenya Photo Safari

This fifteen-day all-inclusive Kenya Photo Safari will take you to five of the most stunning and exclusive wildlife destinations in Kenya. The itinerary and accommodations of this photographic tour have been designed to meet the specific needs and interests of photographers.

Not only will we be based in private conservancies where we will have the freedom to go off-road as much as we like, but we’ll also be able to stay at sightings as long as we want and pursue our photography in the comfort of spacious open game drive vehicles at the optimum shooting times of the day. We’ll have exclusive use of our camps and lodges, creating the opportunity to build the entire experience around our photography. It’s unlikely that we’ll see any other vehicles during the safari portion of this trip.

Amboseli National Park is one of Kenya’s most popular parks, famous for its large elephant herds and majestic views of Mount Kilimanjaro across the border in Tanzania. The Park is also known for its large lion and buffalo populations including the famous white lions and tawny lions. Be prepared to photograph Big Five animals with Mount Kilimanjaro as your backdrop!

The Solio Ranch or Solio Game Reserve is a privately owned reserve dedicated to the protection, breeding, and conservation of the black rhino. Solio Ranch is recognized as one of the most successful private rhino breeding reserves in Kenya and its breeding program has been so successful that rhino from Solio has been used to stock game reserves all over Africa.

Considered to be one of the top five wildlife parks in all of Africa, Samburu National Reserve is home to elephants, leopards, lions, and hundreds of other African birds and mammals. Enjoy the opportunity to see rare animals such as the Grey Zebra, Long-Necked Gerenuk, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, and the Beisa Oryx.

Lake Nakuru is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most famous lake in Kenya. One of the last strongholds of the black rhino and white rhino, Lake Nakuru is most famous for its prolific population of flamingos and eagles.

The Maasai Mara Game Reserve is considered by many wildlife experts to be the singular greatest national park for viewing nearly every species of African wildlife on the continent. The savannahs of the Serengeti in Tanzania and the Mara in Kenya form Africa’s most diverse eco-system and possibly the world’s best big game viewing. Many naturalists consider the Great Migration to be the most amazing wildlife experience on the planet. Each year, the Serengeti in Tanzania and Masai Mara in Kenya play host to the migration of 1.5 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebras, and 350,000 gazelles. In June and July, the wildebeest migrate into the northern Serengeti crossing the Grumeti River – these bloodthirsty river crossings have been made famous in many wildlife documentaries. We will be in the Mara at the height of the Great Migration.

Kenya Photo Safari

Dates:   Jul 21 – Aug 04, 2021

             Aug 04 – Aug 18, 2021

Basecamp:   Kenya

Class Size:   9-12 Students

Tuition:   $8,995

Deposit: $2,000

Menu Image - Male Lion

Itinerary and General Information

Nairobi

  • Day 1 – Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, you will be met by Sunworld Safaris representative and taken via shuttle to the hotel. Dinner on your own arrangement. Lodging at FOUR POINTS by SHERATON HOTEL

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park is one of Kenya’s most popular parks, famous for its large elephant herds and majestic views of Mount Kilimanjaro across the border in Tanzania. The Park is also known for its large lion and buffalo populations including the famous white lions and tawny lions. Be prepared to photograph Big Five animals with Mount Kilimanjaro as your backdrop!

  • Day 2 – Our drive to Amboseli will take us through the scenic southern part of Kenya down to Namanga on the Kenya-Tanzania border. After lunch, we’ll go on our first game drive in the wildlife-rich park. Dinner and overnight at AMBOSELI SERENA SAFARI LODGE (Full board basis).
  • Day 3 – Another exciting day in Amboseli National Park. We recommend that you get up early morning to experience the excellent game viewing and unprecedented view of the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro. Return to the safari lodge for breakfast. After breakfast you can opt for an additional game drive to visit the swamp with its magnificent wildlife, or simply relax at your lodge and take in the African wilderness. Afternoon game drive in anticipation of seeing the “Big Five”. Dinner and overnight at AMBOSELI SERENA SAFARI LODGE (Full board).

Solio Game Reserve

The Solio Ranch or Solio Game Reserve is a privately owned reserve dedicated to the protection, breeding, and conservation of the black rhino. Solio Ranch is recognized as one of the most successful private rhino breeding reserves in Kenya and its breeding program has been so successful that rhino from Solio has been used to stock game reserves all over Africa.

  • Day 4 – After breakfast, we’ll leave for the Solio Game Reserve, stopping to have lunch a long the way at a local restaurant in Nairobi. Best known for its rhino conversation efforts, we’ll enjoy a day game drive once we’ve arrived. Dinner and overnight at RHINO WATCH SAFARI LODGE (Full board).
  • Day 5 – Enjoy game drives in Solio Game Reserve. Meals and overnight at RHINO WATCH SAFARI LODGE (Full board).

Samburu National Reserve

Considered to be one of the top five wildlife parks in all of Africa, Samburu National Reserve is home to elephants, leopards, lions, and hundreds of other African birds and mammals. Enjoy the opportunity to see rare animals such as the Grey Zebra, Long-Necked Gerenuk, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, and the Beisa Oryx.

  • Day 6 – After breakfast, drive to the semi-arid desert Reserve of Samburu. Situated in the northern hemisphere of Kenya, this is one the loveliest Reserves in terms of landscape and wildlife, and you’ll have the chance to see rare animals such as the Grevy Zebra, the long-necked Gerenuk, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, and the Beisa Oryx. After lunch back at camp, enjoy an extensive game drive through the reserve. Dinner and overnight at LARSENS CAMP (Full board).
  • Day 7 – Enjoy unlimited game drives in Samburu National Reserve at your convenience with driver/vehicle at your disposal. All meals and overnight at LARSENS CAMP (Full board).

Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most famous lake in Kenya. One of the last strongholds of the black rhino and white rhino, Lake Nakuru is most famous for its prolific population of flamingos and eagles.

  • Day 8 – After breakfast, drive to Nanyuki to arrive at your hotel for lunch. Afternoon game drive in the park. Dinner and overnight at SAROVA LION HILL LODGE (Full board).
  • Day 9 – Full day in Lake Nakuru National Park with unlimited game drives. Meals and overnight at SAROVA LION HILL LODGE (Full board).

Maasai Mara Game Reserve

The Maasai Mara Game Reserve is considered by many wildlife experts to be the singular greatest national park for viewing nearly every species of African wildlife on the continent. The savannahs of the Serengeti in Tanzania and the Mara in Kenya form Africa’s most diverse eco-system and possibly the world’s best big game viewing, and many naturalists consider the Great Migration to be the most amazing wildlife experience on the planet. Each year, the Serengeti in Tanzania and Masai Mara in Kenya play host to the migration of 1.5 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebras, and 350,000 gazelles. In June and July, the wildebeest migrate into the northern Serengeti crossing the Grumeti River – these bloodthirsty river crossings have been made famous in many wildlife documentaries. We will be in the Mara at the height of the Great Migration.

  • Day 10 – After breakfast, we’ll drive to Masai Mara National Reserve and arrive in time for lunch at the Camp. After lunch, we’ll enjoy an afternoon game drive around Masai Mara National Reserve. Be prepared to be impressed by the wide variety of species present in this Reserve. The Maasai Mara has the highest concentration of land mammals compared to any other park or reserve in Kenya. Dinner and overnight at MARA BUSH CAMP (Full board).
  • Days 11-14 – Spend full days with unlimited game drives exploring the Mara. Home to the proud and traditional Maasai tribe, we can also arrange a visit to a local Maasai Village (at an extra cost).
  • The Mara is more than just the most popular wildlife park in the country. The Mara is – in many cases – the reason why people choose to visit  the classic savanna of Kenya. Gazelle, wildebeest, and zebra graze on lush grasslands watered by the Mara and Talek Rivers in the midst of large numbers predators that include lions, cheetahs, and leopards. Elephants, buffaloes, zebras and hippos also roam the plains in large numbers.
  • All meals and overnight at MARA BUSH CAMP (Full board).

Day 15 – After breakfast, drive back to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your international flight back home.

Tuition & Payment Terms

What’s Included in Your Tuition:

  • Double occupancy lodging (single available, just ask)
  • All meals during the workshop including a formal celebration dinner our last evening.
  • Your ground transportation from and back to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) upon your arrival/departure in Nairobi
  • All transportation during the workshop
  • Workshop course materials
  • In-the-field photographic guidance and instruction
  • Image reviews and post-production classes
  • Medical Evacuation Insurance (required)

What’s Not Included in Your Tuition:

  • Your (air) travel to and from Kenya
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Gratuities
  • Travel/Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended)
  • Anything not listed specifically as included

You may enroll and pay your tuition online or by phone. We accept check, Paypal, and most credit cards.

The group size for the Kenya Photo Safari is limited to 9 to 12 participants to ensure a high level of personal interaction, planning, and guidance with your photographic leader.

  • Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Your space in the workshop is not confirmed until your $2,000 deposit has been received.
  • Half of the remaining balance is due 180 days (six months) before the start of your workshop.
  • The remaining balance is due 90 days before the start of the workshop. Need special payment arrangements? No problem, just contact us.
  • These payments are non-refundable under any circumstances which is why we recommend that you get trip cancellation insurance. Our workshops take place on Federal, State, and municipal lands which require international arrangements, substantial planning, insurance, and permits. If you wish to protect your investment in the workshop and travel costs, you may wish to investigate travel insurance with a carrier such as Travelex. All of our other standard Terms and Conditions apply.
  • Registrations made within the 180-day and 90-day milestones or less are subject to the same payment and cancellation policies stated herein.
  • Please do not make air travel arrangements for a workshop until checking with us first.
  • If we need to cancel a workshop for some reason you will be given a 60-day notice and receive a full refund of all payments.
  • If you are on a waiting list, you will not be charged a deposit fee or tuition until space becomes available for you and you confirm your desire to register.

African Photo Safari – What to Expect

Our days will start early, before sunrise. After a quick cup of coffee or tea, we’ll be off for our first game drive of the day when the animals are just starting to stir in the best light of the day. We’ll stay out for several hours depending on the sightings. After a mid-drive coffee break, we’ll continue on until mid-to-late morning. We’ll typically have breakfast in the field to maximize our game-viewing and photographing time. We’ll explore different approaches to scene visualization, ground/sky/sea compositions, and how to manage complex highlight and shadow scenes using techniques such as dynamic bracketing, focus stacking, framing, and neutral density filters.

Back in camp, we’ll have time for off-loading memory cards, one-on-one instruction, or time to relax. We’ll spend time developing your post-production workflow – learning when Lightroom is enough and when you need to move your work into Photoshop – using techniques such as luminosity masks to create and solve contrast, color, and blending issues. Then, in the mid-to-late afternoon, we’ll head out again for another game drive, chasing the best sightings. After a full day of shooting, it will be time to enjoy a hot shower, share drinks with the group by a campfire, and have dinner.

We’ll have the same private guides, drivers, and vehicles throughout our entire safari. Each photographer will have their own “row” in the vehicle (a center aisle in between the two bucket seats by each window) so you’ll have plenty of personal space to stow your gear and shoot the action from any angle – both while seated inside the vehicle and when standing through the sky roof.

Our accommodations have been selected for comfort, knowledgeable and friendly staff, great food, and convenience to our locations for photographing animals in the African wild. We’ve also placed a major premium on exclusivity. You won’t find this workshop in areas where there are dozens of other vehicles at a sighting – you’ll feel like you own the reserves and that the animals are there just for you! Typical accommodations feature twin beds or queen bed, high thread-count linens, storage for clothing, sitting area, verandah, and en-suite bathrooms with toilets, hot water, and showers. Food in the camps is superb – you’ll enjoy both foods you are familiar with as well as local specialties. Special dietary needs can be accommodated.