Big Cat Photography Safari

Departure city: Nairobi, Kenya | 11 days | Departure: Jun 14, 2018

Accommodation: Comfort | National Parks: Amboseli NP, Lake Naivasha, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara | Special Interest: Wildlife Safari

only$ 4746

who’s going

If photography is your thing, come join this group and photography specialist to the hotspots of Kenya’s wildlife. Like stepping stones back in time, photographs instantly conjure up our favourite memories and transport us back to some of our most cherished moments in life. With Mother Nature and her magnificent natural landscapes as the canvas, and the ever-entertaining and endearing wildlife as the subjects, it’s no surprise that photographic safaris have become so popular.

Day 1 – Arrival in Nairobi.

Upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be met by our Airport representative and assisted to board your safari vehicle for a short transfer to your hotel. Safari briefing at the Hotel.

Overnight: Sarova Panafric Hotel
Meals included: Dinner.

Day 2 – Nairobi – Amboseli

After breakfast depart for Amboseli driving through the kapiti plains to arrive in time for lunch. We shall relax and while it away until the late afternoon when we set out to explore the Amboseli national park on a game viewing drive. Game viewing will be a leisurely activity with animals easily seen and with the bulk of Mount Kilimanjaro providing the back-drop for photography. Clouds may open up and the sight of the snow peaked Mount Kilimanjaro will leave us mesmerized.

Overnight: Amboseli Serena Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Distance: Nairobi – Amboseli: 250 km / 4 hours.

Day 3 & 4 – Full Day Amboseli

Early morning & afternoon game drives affording majestic views of the great Kilimanjaro weather permitting. Amboseli National park is an International Biosphere Reserve featuring the dried-out lakebed of prehistoric Lake Amboseli, rolling savannah and lush green swamps. The plains offer numerous antelopes, spotted hyenas, jackals, warthogs, olive baboons, vervet monkeys and the chance of spotting a lion, leopard or cheetah.
Observation Hill, a conical peak, which is easily climbed, offers stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Overnight: Amboseli Serena Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 5 – Amboseli / Lake Naivasha

After breakfast leave for Lake Naivasha via Nairobi and descend down towards the Great Rift Valley stop enroute at the great rift valley view point for amazing scenery Drive further through the floor of great rift valley to arrive at your Lodge in time for late lunch. Afternoon enjoy 2 hour boat ride visiting the crescent island free for optional activities.

Overnight: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Distance: Amboseli – Lake Naivasha: 350 km / 5 hours.

Day 6 – Lake Naivasha / Lake Nakuru

After breakfast drive further through the floor of Great Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru arriving in the morning for a game drive enroute. Check into the hotel and relax before enjoying an afternoon game drive. Lake Nakuru National Park is famous for its abundant birdlife. The Park offers a great chance to different bird species depending on water level you will witness thousands of greater & lesser flamingoes, pelicans around the shores of the lake alongside abundant mammals that include endangered rothchild giraffe, black & white rhino, buffaloes, waterbuck, elands, zebras among other species.

Overnight: Sarova Lion Hill Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Distance: Lake Naivasha – Lake Nakuru: 80 km /1 hour.

Day 7 – Lake Nakuru / Masai Mara

After breakfast depart for Masai Mara to arrive in time for lunch. Leisurely afternoon before enjoying scheduled evening game drive. Maasai Mara Reserve is the most popular reserve known for the big skies, open savannahs as featured in the film ”Out of Africa”. Also accorded the status of the seventh wonder of the world because of the annual wildebeest migration, where over 2 millions of wildebeest cross from Serengeti to the Mara. Besides these the reserve boasts of the ”big five” (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion & leopard) plus plenty of plain wild animals that include zebra, giraffe, impala, topi, giraffe, thomson’s gazelle, hyenas, cheetah, jackal, bat-eared foxes and birdlife. No wonder it is the shooting sight for BBC Big Cat Diary every year.

Overnight: Mara Sarova Camp
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Distance: Lake Nakuru / Maasai Mara: 350 km / 4 hours.

Day 8 / 9 & 10 – Full Day Trailling the Migration

Today you will do a full day’s safari in one of the world’s most famous reserves visiting Mara River where the annual migration will be happening. Maasai Mara offers an abundance of herbivores, this makes the ideal hunting ground for Kenya’s famous ‘big cats’ and hosts her largest population of lions. Historically teeming with wildlife, the Mara is famous for the large herds of elephant and buffalo that wander its plains, and for the annual migration of the wildebeest

Overnight: Mara Sarova Camp
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11- Maasai Mara to Nairobi

Today wake up early for morning game drive and amazing Africa sunrise before returning to the camp for full breakfast and check out. Afterwards we descent down to the great rift valley stopping at the great rift valley view point to arrive Nairobi in the afternoon. Where you will be dropped at Airport for your homebound flight.

Meals included: Breakfast.
Distance: Masai Mara – Nairobi: 300 km / 5 hours.

End of our Safari Services.

“Khaheri na Karibu tena Kenya” – Bye & welcome back to Kenya.

Sarova Panafric Hotel

Idyllically located 5 minutes’ drive from the CBD and 18 km from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Sarova Panafric offers 162 rooms in a range of Superior, Executive, Club, Studio and Themed Suites – all recently refurbished and decorated in a contemporary vibrant African style.

Rated amongst the best hotels in Nairobi, Sarova Panafric offers a wide range of banqueting and conferencing facilities. To wind up the day, take a dip in the pool – Or simply enjoy a cool drink at the Flame Tree bar or Pool Deck restaurant.

Amboseli Serena Lodge

Set against the magnificent backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain, the glittering Mount Kilimanjaro, the luxury Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge enjoys a uniquely privileged position at the heart of this world-famous national park.

At the centre of ‘Maasailand’, the lodge’s décor reflects the brilliant primary colours and iconic shapes representative of these legendary warriors. At the heart of the lodge, shaded by palm trees, is a free-form swimming pool; to either side of which stretch the rooms. Each room is housed in a single storey building opening directly on to the grounds, each reflecting a Maasai manyatta theme: each with its own hand-painted wall frescos.

Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge

Set in one hundred and fifty acres of grassland studded with Acacia bushes and trees, the resort is not only home to our resident giraffe, waterbuck and both Vervet and Colobus monkeys, but it is also a night stop for the hippos when they leave the lake every night to come and trim the grass on our expansive lawns.

With Sopa’s traditional and conscientious care for the environment, the buildings are carefully positioned on the property so that no tree had to be felt. As a result of this, the resort had to come up with a radically innovative and artistic design for the main public area building which now snakes its way between the trees with long and graceful curves.

It is also why you might well ask just why our two swimming pools with a children’s section and a pool complex with its bar, snack kitchen, pizzeria and health spa; the tennis court; our two conference halls with their four differently sized meeting areas, and the stables are so widely set apart.

Sarova Lion Hill Lodge

Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is nestled along the Lion Hill overlooking the spectacular flamingo pink rimmed Lake Nakuru. Its location affords panoramic views of the lake and the picturesque Lake Nakuru National Park. A short two-hour drive from Nairobi, Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is a favourite with residents and visitors to Kenya.

Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is cleverly laid out in such a way that most rooms and sitting areas afford stunning views of the lake and the park. The Lodge incorporates natural landscaping with tall acacia trees, winding walkways and greens dotted with bird feeds.

Mara Sarova Game Camp

The rolling plains around the camp are teeming with wildebeest, gazelles and zebras during the migration months, and the camp is situated right in the center of their migration path. A wildlife safari puts you right in the middle of all this action. Get a first-hand account of this epic phenomenon and live to tell the tale. A safari also helps you acquaint yourself with the landscapes of this beautiful African setting.

By virtue of its location and layout, the camp offers an unparalleled plethora of activities and experiences from luxury tented living to bird-watching, mini golf, sport fishing and a unique insight into the Maasai culture at the adjoining Maasai village.

Activities/services included in the cost:

  • Meet and great upon arrival.
  • Complimentary arrival and departure airport transfer in Nairobi.
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary.
  • Camps / lodges are in the Game Reserves are booked on Full board.
  • Road transportation in custom made safari Landcruiser with open windows for better game viewing. Maximum 4 clients in the vehicle.
  • Unlimited game drives as per the itinerary with off road permits for Masai Mara.
  • Park entrance fees.
  • 2 hour boat ride at Lake Naivasha including crescent island visit.
  • Unlimited drinking water.

Activities/services excluded in the cost:

  • All International Flights + Taxes.
  • Masai Village visit & Balloon ride in Masai Mara.
  • Visa fees, Travel & Personal accident insurance.
  • Excursions, services and activities not mentioned in this program.
  • Personal expenses e.g. laundry, telephone calls, Drinks, Tips and gratuities