Kenya – Black Leopard Photo Safari II 2023
19 Jul 2023 – 26 Jul 2023
ORYX is proud to present you with a wildlife photo safari to the Laikipia region of Kenya, as we embark on an exciting journey to photograph one of the most special big cats in Africa – the gorgeous Black Leopard.
Until recently, the chances of spotting a black leopard in the wild in Africa have been close to impossible. “Black” leopards are the same species as typically patterned leopards, but are darker as a result of a recessive gene that causes an excess of melanin in their coats. This beautiful colour form is best known from the shaded forests of Asia, however a few sporadic sightings in Ethiopia and Kenya over the last 2 decades have been just that, and until now, there have been no realistic, consistent options to make this gorgeous colour form accessible to the itinerant photographer.
That is until 2018, when a small population of black leopards were discovered on a series of camera trap images in the Laikipia. Over the last 5 years, guides and trackers have spent hours understanding the movement and territories of these animals, which has resulted in regular, consistent sightings of these rare big cats.
This photo safari is designed to take you to the heart of a black leopard territory to photograph a remarkable, beautiful colour form few have had the privilege to see, let alone photograph.
Why this Photo Tour is for You
Black Leopard, Endangered Grevy’s Zebra and Reticulated Giraffe, Lion, Elephant, chances for African Wild Dog