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There is no place in the world like Kenya. Kenya preserves some of the greatest wildlife and birdlife concentrations in the world.  Kenya is a comfortable, safe country, where the wildlife is accustomed to people and to a close approach by safari vehicles.

 

Many safaris attempt to see too much in a very limited period of time. It's impossible to do any quality photography where five to seven different parks are visited. Doing so would limit you to only a day or two in each national park or reserve, and most of your time would be spent in traveling. We won’t be doing that! Instead, we'll concentrate our time at the best national parks and reserves for birds and wildlife photography, which represent very diverse regions. By doing so, we'll have the luxury of time, and of seeking out specific subjects, rather than simply contenting ourselves with what luck may provide.


 What you can expect from Us

 

In the field your safari guides will be totally sensitive to your requirements. They will do their best to get you into the best positions possible, and they will be able to provide you with suggestions on composition and exposure and, perhaps most importantly, on what you can expect to happen and where you should be.

 

Knowing animal behavior is a real plus, if not a key to successful photography, and they will ensure you have the best chance of obtaining great images.

Unlike most of the African safaris, that only give you game drives for just a few hours in the morning and again in the afternoon, our safari will give you unlimited game drives, with the majority of the days out in the bush from dawn until dusk.

We understand that the best light of the day for successful photography is in the early morning and late afternoon and evening, so for the midday session we take an extended lunch, out in the bush, in a shaded place.

Here bird photography can be very successful, as the birds also take shelter from the mid day sun.

Also, an overcast period of the day, that you often get later in the afternoon, as the clouds build up, offers a more even, low contrast light that can be very productive out in the bush

 

 

 


 

Our Objectives

 

You should return with the best photographs of birds, wildlife and landscape you've ever taken. This doesn't come easy; it requires early starts, patience, and a degree of luck. We believe any person traveling to Kenya wants this, and they are more interested in birds and wildlife photography than in lounging at a pool or having a leisurely cooked breakfast during the best time of the day for photography!

 

Your field days start before dawn (at 6 am) so that you can greet the sunrise with your lenses. You'll have modest picnic breakfasts with tea and coffee on most field days, since this saves time and allows you to game drive anywhere without having to worry about returning for a breakfast.

 

You will stay with a subject as long as necessary to get great photos, provided the goal is realistic. Some animals require only a minute of work for a great snap-shot like opportunity that still provides a great image. Others require work, and we've stayed with hunting cheetahs, cheetahs with cubs, lions and leopards with kills or hunting, mating leopards.

 

Don't be afraid that by doing this you'll miss other sightings. We've done enough of these that your guide knows what's good, what's worth your time, and where your priorities should lie in giving you not only unique, wonderful images, but also full coverage of everything you want to see and photograph. You will amass a wonderful portfolio of all your Kenyan birds, wildlife and landscape.

 

We'll try to get you great sightings and photos - magic material! Although we won't be consciously amassing a species list, you'll undoubtedly see as many, if not even more, species of birds and wildlife by doing it this way than you would by being a 'tourist,' since we'll be in the field longer, looking, watching and photographing.


 

Information about Medical Evacuation Cover

   Medical Evacuation Details Here    

 

 


 Tour grading


The Kenya Photo Safari is a private house based safari, and therefore suitable for anyone of any age, without any great necessity for extreme fitness.

 


 Weather


For most of the tour we can expect dry and sunny weather, with daytime temperatures between 20-30°C. Clouds are likely in the afternoons and the occasional rains are to be expected.

 


  Entry requirements

 Entry requirement Details Here 

 


 General Insurance

You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. Medical facilities, including ambulance services, outside major cities are very limited, and your insurance should cover you for the possibility of medical repatriation. Check for any exclusions and that your policy covers you for all the activities you want to undertake.

Leave your passport in the hotel safe, but carry a photocopy for ID purposes.


 4x4 Safari Jeep

In all our safaris we use 4x4 Land Cruiser because they have good road clearance and can always negotiate the road conditions in most of East Africa's national parks.

The Mini-buses are designed for driving on paved roads or through small mud holes. What you encounter in national parks is quite different and demands a proper 4-wheel drive vehicle capable of traversing rivers, large mud holes and sandy roads.

Also included in the Jeeps are bean bags for cameras, inverter and a charging station for your camera batteries and 40 liters Engel fridge for your drinks, water and any medication (just in case!). 

For suporting your camera equipment: At least two bean bags per client, plus a car window bracket for mounting your tripod head.

With just three Photographers per vehicle, each has an opening window on each side, plus a large roof opening.

 Click Here for enlarged Safari Vehicle Configuration 

 

 


The Accomodation.

 

Macushla House.

“privacy and space in an informal atmosphere”.

Charmed by the warmth and hospitality of the Irish on a visit to the Emerald Isle, in the last century, the founder of Macushla House(Gaelic for ‘my beloved’) opened the doors to those seeking the natural joys of life.

Public areas are home to an eclectic celebration of artifacts from countries as far flung as Yemen to Australia.

Surrounded by indigenous bushland, in a suburb of Nairobi, birdsong and wind chimes accompanied by flowing water from the swimming pool dragon are part of the daily concert.

 


    

Samburu Game Lodge

 

full details will be updated very soon

 

 

 


         Camera Equipment Requirements

 Camera Equipment Details Here

 


Luggage

As we do not recommend hard suitcases on safari because of the luggage space in the vehicle we would request you to repack your luggage into a soft hold bag or kitbag. Hard cases are difficult to stack. This bag can be a large soft Holdall, large enough to take the entire contents of your hard case. Or else just travel on your international flight with a soft case.The hard suitcases are going to be left in safe custody at the hotel to be collected on the last day. 

On our first day, upon leaving the Nairobi for Samburu , the Domestic Light Aircraft flight, with a luggage allowance is 15 kilos in soft bags and this allowance includes all hand baggage. Because of this restriction we will have one vehicle leaving early in the morning for Samburu with all the excess luggage. We advise that you only take your MUST HAVE items with you on the flight Like your cameras.

The vehicle will go straight to Macushla House and collect the hard suitcases that might have been left there on the first day. You will meet with the luggage and the hard cases at the Wilson airport upon landing from Masai Mara and drive to Carnivore Restaurant for re-packing. 


 

 The Carnivore Restaurant. “Beast of a Feast”.

 

More details here

 

 


Safari |Cost 

 

       Cost inclusive of Details Here 

 

 
 
 

 

Dates & Cost

 

OCTOBER 2016

 

£2449 GBP

single suplement

£170 GBP

 

 

Cost Breakdown

Your Guide

Lee Mott

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