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Kenya – Life of Predators Photo Safari 2022

Kenya – Life of Predators Photo Safari 2022

US$6,995 per individual

SPACES AVAILABLE

 

PHOTOGRAPHIC TOPICS COVERED

 

Equipment setup – camera body, lenses, tripods etc

 

Discussing envisaged photographic subjects and how to photograph them

 

Learning to use light

 

Composition – classic rule of thirds, and when to break the rules

 

Story telling with your images – what are you wanting to portray and what message does your photograph deliver

 

Processing of images

12 Feb 2022 – 18 Feb 2022

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 in 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 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. These are the months where plains game calfs and foals are born, so 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

ORYX LEADER
Penny Robartes

7 Days
6 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
Classic
Landscape
Wildlife
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Nairobi
  • per individual
    US$6,995
  • 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
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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.
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Day 2: Scheduled flight from Wilson to Mara North Conservancy, Masai Mara

This morning we will be transferred to Wilson Airport, where after we catch a scheduled flight 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, with natural beauty that surrounds it and this area also offers a high concentration of wildlife activity including Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Hyena and more.
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Days 3 to 6: Mara North Conservancy, Masai Mara

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. The Mara North Conservancy is an intimate and exclusive conservancy that offers 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! Our time spent in the Masai Mara 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.
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Day 7: Scheduled flight from Mara North Conservancy to Wilson

After our final morning photo safari game drive and breakfast, we will sadly depart the Mara North Conservancy 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 PredatorsRowena Putter, USA

This recent photo safari to Kenya's Masai Mara with ORYX Photo Tours was my third ORYX tour, and as usual, exceeded all expectations. Apart from non-cooperative leopards, the sightings were all excellent; the accommodation at Alex Walker's Serian (The Original lodge) extremely comfortable (delicious food prepared by Rosian Allan); and the lodge guides, drivers and staff very accomplished and attentive.

Penny is a VERY personable, friendly, knowledgeable and competent photo tour leader and instructor. She has a gentle and engaging nature which wins everyone over and makes them comfortable within their photographic skill-set, while also encouraging them to strive for greater mastery of their cameras and their artistic expression. She guides and instructs with positive reinforcement and is very generous with her time. I greatly benefited from her knowledge, appreciated her patient guidance and encouragement, and feel that I learned a lot.

I can highly recommend ORYX Photo Tours for their seamless organization, and Penny for her highly professional instruction and leadership, and I look forward to my next tour!

Kenya – Life of PredatorsRenate Stutz, Switzerland

Such a great Kenya photo safari with ORYX Photo Tours, and perfectly organised by Nicolette! Due to Covid the preparations for this tour were quire complicated but as soon as I had arrived at the hotel in Nairobi, I felt that this trip was the best thing I could do in this strenuous time. Our camp in the Masai Mara war a real safari camp, comfy, cosy and I loved it! The food was excellent, our guides and drivers as well, and Penny is the perfect photo tour leader: great knowledge, a very good teacher and a very charming person. You will definitely see me again!

Kenya – Life of PredatorsApril Bushman, USA

Our Kenya photo tour was magnificent! My dad and I had a marvellous time. Penny was fantastic--patient, professional, kind, helpful, passionate, and an all around wonderful person! The location, camp hosts (THANK YOU Roshin!!) and staff were amazing - so friendly, & willing to help do whatever they could to make our stay over the top great! (While my dad didn't care for the hot water bottles in bed at night, I thought it was a fabulous extra!)

Our guides and drivers were brilliant with their knowledge of the area the animals and people in the Masai Mara. They were funny, fun, kind, helpful, and made our game drives and (lovely) meals in the Bush all the more special because of their personalities, attentiveness, and sharing of their vast knowledge! They were also impressive with knowing where and how to get in the best position for the best angle/lighting/view to take pictures of the amazing animals they were so good and spotting and getting us to. They were just as an important part of our experience as the animals and the location.

We appreciated the communication of ORYX as we prepared and planned and had a lot of questions pre-tour. And for their help as the Covid travel restrictions and requirements changed (more than once).

Thank you for a fantastic tour, ORYX Photo Tours! If we have the opportunity to go on another photography tour in the future, ORYX is at the top of our list!!

Kenya – Life of PredatorsSteve Leftkovits, USA

Our Life of Predators photo safari in the Masai Mara trip was well-organized, superbly led and very fun. The result was unique image-making and a week well spent. Thank you ORYX Photo Tours!

Kenya – Life of PredatorsChristian Vasters, Germany

Having travelled to Africa multiple times before and having fallen in love with its wildlife and nature, this was my first photo safari with ORYX Photo Tours. The overall experience was clearly beyond my expectations.

From my first email contact with Nicolette, I have felt very welcomed by everyone. Every detail of the tour was well planned and perfectly organized. Given all the rapidly changing Covid regulations, the ORYX team made sure everyone of us was able to meet all requirements and even arranged a Covid testing in the bush while we were on game drive.

Returning to the Mara with its abundance of wildlife felt marvellous. Our base for the following six days was Alex Walker’s Serian The Original, a serene and beautiful "classic" bush camp in the best sense of the word with a prime location right by the Mara river, superb food and exceptional staff, who made me feel at home from the first moment. I loved my spacious and comfortable tent by the river and enjoyed falling asleep to the sound of the hippos around every night.

Penny, our photo tour leader and photographer, is a real gem. She is an excellent photographer, a brilliant teacher and an inspiring travel companion, always generous in sharing her knowledge, skills and vision. Penny made every effort to ensure everyone was feeling comfortable all the time and assisted whenever necessary. You could feel every moment, that her aim is providing her guests the best possible experience. I owe her a lot of inspiration for my personal photographic development.

I’m already looking forward to my next photo tour!

Kenya – Life of PredatorsClarissa Young, Australia

Where to start? First of all, thank you and the team at ORYX for putting together seamless hassle free guided tours where everything so well planned.

Then there is Penny, she provided the best calm, relaxed and generous help and guidance on this trip. Nothing was ever any bother and Penny and she is a true professional who is willing to share for a very amateur photographer like me to get the best images I can.

The side trip to Amboseli was brilliant with so many elephants massed together along with with some big cats and birds.  The close proximity to Kilimanjaro provided daily spectacular backdrops and views. Our driver/guide Ali was so knowledgeable, calm and drove safely through very challenging conditions after the unusual big rains before we came.

Visiting the Sheldrick refuge was a great way to embed a long-term link with a successful rehabilitation project in Kenya and to follow the progress and life of an individual great icon of Africa.

Then up to the Mara this was just brilliant, the cats, other mammals, birds nestled amongst the green with sometimes dark threatening skies was outstanding. I have said this every trip but everyday there was at least one pinch me moment as we were privileged to see such natural beauty and encounters with animals. Dennis and Mark are brilliant team and they were really knowledgeable driver, guide and placing the vehicle in the best place safety and with consideration of the animals.

All three lodges were welcoming and comfortable to the point of hot water bottles in the bed, the first night I leapt out of the bed when I encountered the warmth mid bed as I thought a beastie had taken up residence! In all places the meals were outstanding.

I love East Africa and think there is one more photo tour in me with Penny as each country/region reveals new treasures and pinch me moments.

Kenya – Life of PredatorsDebra Thoms, Australia

Fabulous Kenya photo safari, 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 photo 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 Photo Tours!

Kenya – Life of PredatorsKeith McLeod, Canada

I have had a fantastic photo safari! 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 Photo Tours, Penny, and various Serian camps all being part of the recommended mix.

Kenya – Life of PredatorsEugenia Marcus, USA

The Kenya photo tour 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 photo safari. Penny was so excellent. I would travel with her again in a heartbeat.

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