I have been travelling to Kenya’s larger Maasai Mara ecosystem since 2013. Regularly, I organise photo tours for small groups of 3-7 photographers to this African Eden. Vast undulating grassy plains with the occasional acacia tree, meandering streams, rocky outcrops and croton bushes are home to more animals than one can photograph in a lifetime. Imagine huge grazing herds and of course the predators that follow in their every step.
In November 2024, I organise another photo tour to Kenya. This time we will spend 13 days and 12 nights in the Mara North Conservancy (7), Lake Nakuru (2) and Samburu (3). This is the ultimate safari destination, with dense animal populations and beautiful landscapes.
In the Mara, we avoid the main reserve to benefit from the peace and quiet of the conservancies. Same amount of animals, far fewer vehicles and tourists. November brings the short rainy season which means thunderstorms build during the day with beautiful cloudy skies all day long. In the afternoons, we might work our way through a heavy downpour. In the mornings, all this moisture can lead to a foggy experience. The wildebeest herds may have gone, but all territorial predators (lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena) are still around, just like elephants, giraffe, buffalo, zebra and all kinds of antelope. Our base is a beautiful luxury camp situated at a bend in the Mara river.
In Nakuru and Samburu, we will look for lion and leopard, but also for other, endemic, species and can enjoy completely different landscapes and vegetation. In both parks, we stay in luxury camps situated in the middle of the action.
During the 13 days, we make use of sturdy Landcruiser vehicles that have been specially modified for photography. Each photographer has a full row at his or her disposal, so plenty of space to move around. All game drives, meals and park fees are included, as is transport between parks.
Date: November 1-13, 2024
Price: USD 7,600, not including international flight, visa and tips
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