Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi
Today is your arrival day in Nairobi for your Kenya photography tour. You will be met by an ORYX representative and transferred to Nairobi’s boutique Hotel. This evening, you will meet up with host and tour leader Greg du Toit and he will discuss your incredible upcoming photo safari in detail.
Day 2: Road transfer to Wilson Airport, flight Masai Mara and road transfer to Naibor Wilderness Camp, Masai Mara National Reserve
Today our Kenya photography tour commences we fly to the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve, a perfect location to start your predator workshop. Upon arrival in the “Mara”, we will be collected by our guide and driven the short distance to our accommodations based along the Talek River.
Reaching camp by lunchtime, we will have time to settle in and enjoy a scrumptious meal prior to our afternoon game drive. This afternoon’s game drive will be the first of the workshop, and we look forward to an exciting exploration ahead of us in this part of the Mara!
Days 3 and 4: Masai Mara National Reserve
The Masai Mara is a paradise for big cats. These cats, notably Lion, Leopard and Cheetah, were featured annually on the BBC’s highly popular Big Cat Diary between 1996 and 2008. This series showed just what an amazing area the Mara is for the big cats!
Predators we will attempt to photograph include Cheetah, Lion, Leopard, Black-backed Jackal, Bat-eared Fox, Caracal, Serval, Spotted Hyaena and Nile Crocodile. Other iconic African mammals such as Plains Zebra, Masai Giraffe, Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Hippo, Common Warthog, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles, Common Eland, Kongoni, Kirk’s Dik-dik (to name but a few) are in abundance, making this a true 'Lion King' experience not to be missed.
Day 5: Masai Mara National Reserve to Olare Motorogi Conservancy
Today our African photo safari continues as we depart the National Reserve and head to Olare Motorogi Conservancy. Our primary targets are of course the resident Lion, Leopard and Cheetah, and we will be able to access 35,000 acres in search of these incredible big cats. The Mara supports a healthy number of resident herbivores, and thus game viewing in general is excellent even when the main herds of Wildebeest and Plains Zebra are not around.
Another bonus of staying in a private concession such as this one, is that we will be able to drive off-road if necessary, to obtain the perfect image. Furthermore, we will be able to alight from our vehicle (if it is safe to do so!) so as to be able to get low-angle photographs from close to ground level.
Days 6 and 7: Olare Motorogi Conservancy
We have two full days to explore this private concession in the rolling Acacia-dotted plains of the northern Mara. Our photo safari is designed to fall outside the main Migration season in the Mara, with the consequence that the number of visitors, and thus vehicles in the park is greatly reduced when compared to the traffic volumes experienced during the peak of the migration.
Not only does this improve our overall experience dramatically, but the absence of the large herds means that the predators are typically much hungrier, giving us far better chances of witnessing hunts.
Day 8: Fly Olare Motorogi to Wilson Airport, road transfer to JomoKenyatta and depart
Today marks the end of your incredible Kenya photography tour. After a morning game drive and breakfast, you will be transferred to the nearby airstrip for your flight back to Wilson Airport where you will be met upon arrival and transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your departure back home.