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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

14 Feb 2022 – 20 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 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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