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Kenya – Life of Predators Photo Safari 2021

Kenya – Life of Predators Photo Safari 2021

US$6,575 per individual


13 Feb 2021 – 19 Feb 2021

ORYX Photo Tours is proud to present our Life of Predators Photo Safari, which takes place in one of the world’s most iconic and thrilling wildlife destinations, Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, as well as the exclusive and private Mara North Conservancy with Photo Tour Leader and expert Penny Robartes. Immortalized by award-winning nature documentaries and Hollywood blockbusters alike, the Mara needs little introduction to any wildlife and nature enthusiast.


Join us on what will be an unforgettable. Kenya photography tour that will take you to the diverse ecosystems of the Masai Mara where the lives of Africa’s most desired big cats unfold into one of the most amazing wildlife encounters to experience, witness and photograph on earth in the ultimate show of endurance and survival.

Why this Photo Safari is for You

Life of Predators

Our days will be dedicated the the predators of the Mara, and there are certainly a lot of them around! With the annual wildebeest migration having ended a few months prior, the predators are hungry. With new life around in terms of plains game calfs and foals, as well as predators young, the opportunities are truly varied and potentially action-filled!

No Single Supplement Fee

We have tailored our Life of Predators Photo Safari for solo photographers and accompanied photographers alike! Solo travellers are not charged additional fees.

Freedom to Explore

Enjoy 2 dedicated ORYX game drive vehicles for us to use as we please! From sunrise to sundown we can spend as much time out as we wish photographing Africa at its best!

Less Vehicle Numbers

Explore, photograph and experience the Mara in February without the infamous crowds synonymous for the region. Capture authentic and intimate moments of the Mara’s wildlife while getting to know and understand their fascinating lives.

Guided Experience

Local knowledge of the region and its inhabitants is key to crafting the ultimate photography tour experience. Combined with the photographic expertise of your ORYX Photo Tour Leader, and you are in for an adventure that will further fuel your excitement for photography and the destination.

Penny Robartes

Penny Robartes

8 Days
6 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
  • Destination
  • Departure
  • per individual
  • Photographic Highlights
    Cheetah, Leopard, Lion, Serval, Hyena, Black-backed Jackal, Cape Buffalo, Elephant, Topi, Nile Crocodile, Hippo, Wildebeest, Plains Zebra, Defassa Waterbuck, Masai Mara scenery
  • Guide

Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi and transfer to accommodation

Today is an arrival day in the Kenyan capital for the start of our African photo safari. Penny will meet you at the hotel for dinner where she will discuss the upcoming tour with you and the rest of the group.

Day 2: Scheduled flight from Wilson to Mara North Conservancy

This morning we will be transferred to Wilson Airport, where after we catch a scheduled flight to the Mara North Airstrip located in the Mara North Conservancy. Upon arrival at the airstrip, our guides will collect us and take us on our first photo safari game drive as we slowly make our way to the camp. After check-in and lunch, we will depart on our long awaited first afternoon game drive on our Kenya photography tour. Our camp is specifically chosen for its superb location. Besides the natural beauty that surrounds it, such as overlooking the spectacular Mara River, this area also offers a very high concentration of wildlife activity including many Lion prides, Leopard, Cheetah, Hyena and more.

Day 3 and 4: Mara North Conservancy

Our time spent in the Mara North Conservancy on our Kenya photography tour will be broken up into morning and afternoon game drives, and potentially night-drives for star photography opportunities. We will be departing on game drives timed to utilise the best lighting situations to photograph under. Our siesta time in camp can be used to relax and soak up the environment from your accommodation or from the very comfortable lounge area. Penny will be conducting Lightroom editing sessions which you are welcome to join. The Mara North Conservancy is exclusive and private, which means that only guests and lodges/camps that are based in this area are able to traverse it.  Along with the intimacy and exclusivity as mentioned above, the Mara North Conservancy takes it a step further by offering the sheer freedom of off-road driving as well as afternoon game drives that can go well into the night. This powerful combination is the perfect scenario for wildlife photographers as we can drive directly to the sightings that interest you! Your photographic guide will teach you creative techniques to best capture the wildlife that we photograph, explore star and night-time photography, how to explore and capture your photographic vision, edit your images to bring the best out of them, and more.

Day 5: Road transfer to Masai Mara National Reserve

After breakfast, our photo safari continues as we road transfer to the Masai Mara National Reserve for the remainder of our tour. Such as with our camp in the Conservancy, our new accommodations is found on another bend of the banks of the Mara River.  Besides the natural beauty that surrounds it, such as overlooking the spectacular Mara River, this area also offers a very high concentration of wildlife activity found in the Masai Mara National Reserve. This variation in landscape provides ample opportunities to capture the diversity that makes this ecosystem so desirable to its wildlife.  

Day 6: Masai Mara National Reserve

Today our photographic activities will be broken up into morning and afternoon game drives with time spent at camp during the harsh midday light. As we have reserved the camp exclusively, we have complete freedom and flexibility as each new day arrives and do not need to return to camp for time-scheduled meals should we be at a photographic sighting. Our siesta time in camp can be used to relax and soak up the environment from your accommodation or from the very comfortable lounge area. Penny will be conducting Lightroom editing sessions which you are welcome to join.

Day 7: Scheduled flight from Masai Mara National Reserve to Wilson

After our final morning photo safari game drive and breakfast, we will sadly depart the Masai Mara National Reserve for Wilson Airport in Nairobi. We will stop for lunch at one of the beautiful restaurants en-route to Jomo Kenyata International Airport where we will say good-bye and board our international flights.
Kenya – Life of PredatorsDebra Thoms, Australia

Fabulous trip, well organised, with great accommodations and locales. We saw numerous mammals & birds with the help of our skilled local guides, who were also very well informed & helpful. Our tour leader and photographer Penny Robartes was excellent – I learned a lot from Penny about photography and took some of the best photos I have ever taken. All in all, this was an excellent trip and will certainly look to undertake further trips with ORYX!

Kenya – Life of PredatorsKeith McLeod, Canada

I have had a fantastic trip!! The time with Penny and the group based out of Nkorombo in the park was excellent. Penny’s blend of skills of leadership, organizing, people, and photography coaching all came together to make the trip a rewarding learning experience for all.

Now a few thousand photos to distill down, and I am optimistic that there are a few diamonds to be found in there.

And also starting to look at future trips, with Oryx, Penny, and various Serian camps all being part of the recommended mix.

Kenya – Life of PredatorsEugenia Marcus, United States of America

The trip was beyond expectations. The staff was excellent and careful and they accommodated everyone's food issues. The drivers and guides were very savvy about photography. They positioned the jeep at each stop to take advantage of the light and the movement of the animal we were photographing. They were willing to stop for birds even though birds were not the focus of the trip. I am really looking forward to another ORYX trip. Penny was so excellent. I would travel with her again in a heartbeat.


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