12 Days Kenya Photo Safari

One day longer on trek, climbing a natural, rather than manmade path, the Machame Route is a more demanding but much quieter and scenic route up the mountain. Overnights are spent camping in tents which are carried and pitched by the accompanying porters. Highlights of this route are the Shira Plateau, Barranco wall and the Karanga Valley reaching the summit via Stella Point. Because this route is more taxing it is recommended that trekkers should be physically fit and with the additional day on trek to assist with acclimatisation there is a good chance of reaching the summit.

Day 1: Nairobi

Accommodation: Safari Park Hotel

Arrive into Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport today. After clearing customs you will be met and transferred to Nairobi’s famous Safari Park Hotel – a few minutes outside the Nairobi City. Conceived over 50 years ago, the Safari Park Hotel and Casino has grown from a British Army officer’s retreat during the Colonial period to its current status as a world-renowned inland hotel and resort. Surrounded by sprawling 64-acre grounds, the Safari Park Hotel combines the intrigue of African architecture and art with an infrastructure on the cutting edge of technology.

Located only half an hour drive from the airport and 15minutes from downtown Nairobi, Safari Park Hotel is strategically located and the most ideal starting point for your African adventure. Shining through flourishing wild flowers and majestic trees are the welcoming smiles. Arrival at the hotel means people at your service. From the doormen to the receptionists to the guest relations’ officers, the lobby staffs are there to ensure your personal needs are satisfied throughout your stay. This evening we go through the entire program with our safari tour leader and get a chance to ask safari-related questions. Dinner is on your own account. Overnight – Safari Park Hotel & Casino (B & B basis).


Day 2 - 4: Kilimanjaro - Amboseli National Park

Accommodation: Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge
    

05h00: Early morning wake up call, followed by room service tea/coffee’s at Cafe Kigwa International Restaurant.
06h00 depart for Wilson Airport to connect the scheduled flight for Amboseli airstrip to depart at 07h30 to arrive at 08h15. Met on arrival and transferred to Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge for check in. Proceed on your first, morning, game-viewing drive and photo session in the Amboseli. Lunch is followed by an afternoon photo session in search of the resident herds of elephants. The combination of salt flat and marshland provides one of the most dramatic safari setting in Africa, and the mountain makes an amazing background for photographing animals. Each day, we wake up for an early morning photo session and game drive, take a rest when the sun is hot and enjoy a further photo session in the afternoons. From your lodge you enjoy unrivalled views of Mt Kilimanjaro and Meru which can be clearly seen in the morning, particularly before 10 am. Amboseli is known for its elephant herds, amazing to watch as they stand in the marshes to keep cool, drink water and munch on vegetation. Other animals, such as zebras and wildebeests and even lions are also found here. This park is also a bird-watcher’s paradise. Three (3) nights in Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).


Day 5 - 7: Northern Frontier (Samburu National Reserve)

Accommodation: Samburu Lodge
    

Breakfast at the Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge.
08h30 depart on the scheduled flight from Amboseli airstrip to Nairobi Wilson Airport to arrive at 09h00 and soon connect to Airkenya scheduled flight from Nairobi for Samburu to arrive at 10h30. Met on arrival and continue on morning photo session in the Samburu Game Reserve – the Kenya’s rugged, semi-arid of the Northern Eastern Province. This is the homeland of the nomadic Samburu people, whose culture attaches great value to tending their livestock of cattle, sheep, goats and camels as their main economic activity. Samburu is rich in species not seen in southern Kenya’s more famous parks, such as Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, kudu and gerenuk. You’ll also have a good chance at spotting lions, cheetahs and the elusive leopard.
The semiarid landscape is dramatic, with the rugged outcrop of Mt. Ololokwe a prominent feature. The Ewaso Ngiro River, which forms the southern boundary of the reserve, attracts many birds and is a popular watering hole for elephants. Each day, we wake up for an early morning photo session and game drive, take a rest when the sun is hot and enjoy a further photo session in the afternoons. Enjoy searching for animals native to this fascinating and beautiful area guided by your expert safari drivers, who will amaze you with their ability to spot game hiding in the bushes. Three (3) nights at Samburu Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)


DAY 8 - 11: Aberdare National Park.

Accommodation: The Fairmont Ark
    

After breakfast, transfer to the airstrip for flight to the Masai Mara National Reserve, which borders Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. The first sight of Masai Mara Game Reserve is awesome. Here we learn and see first hand the intricate web of dependency that binds the different animal species together. Each of the animals has adapted to its own niche and to the other animals that surround it. Here we see Nature at its most subtle and, sometimes, most cruel as each animal struggles to survive and reproduce. On our morning and afternoon game drives in the Masai Mara we have a very good chance of seeing all the major plains animals including lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, rhino, hyena, cheetah, jackal, warthog and many species of antelope.

Five days of exciting game viewing and photography in Masai Mara Game Reserve. The vast, open grasslands of the Serengeti-Mara are home to over 3 million large mammals. These include over 1.4 million wildebeest, which migrate in an enormous, straggling herd each year between the southern part of the Serengeti to the northern part and back again. With them move other herbivores such as gazelles and zebra, also looking for the best grass. Along the way they provide food for big predators such as lions, leopards and cheetahs.

Every year, between June and September, millions of wildebeests and zebras migrate into the Mara in search of water. The timing of this phenomenon varies, depending on the rains, but they usually start heading back to the Serengeti in October. Whether you see the migration or not, the Mara almost guarantees you’ll enjoy a magnificent time in Kenya. Here among the grassy plains and lush landscape, you’ll find a huge variety of game, the largest in Kenya, including lions, cheetahs, buffalo and abundant bird life such as ostriches, cranes and storks. Other activities include visits to a Masai Village for an in-depth look at this colorful and pastoral people in their natural setting (From $25, Optional).



DAY 12: Depart.

Accommodation: N/A
    

After breakfast enjoy your last photo session and game drive before checking out of your rooms. Transfer to the airstrip for your flight back to Nairobi, Kenya’s colourful capital city, scheduled at 11h00. A sumptuous barbeque lunch waits for you at the famous Nairobi Carnivore Restaurant where we also share the Kenya memories with the other photographers. Carnivore Experience is also described as ‘Meat Eaters Paradise’ and is the Africa’s Greatest Eating Experience! If your flight departs this evening, you may opt to take a day room to rest at city hotel at small fee. Your tour leader will advise you on cost and availability. Later, we transfer you to the Airport for your onward arrangements. Real Adventures Africa! airport representative will re-confirm your onward flight, and assist you at check-in.