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September 2-15, 2024 - canceled
Extension to Amboseli National Park - September 15-19, 2024 - canceled

Kenya! 

The setting for Karen Blixen’s “Out of Africa”! 

A haven for species diversity! 

Several outstanding locations to photograph big cats, rhinos, and elephants.

And, ground zero for a number of public, private, and non-profit efforts to save endangered species and habitats. 

Our Kenya Photography Safari weaves together those four key themes!

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Canceled due to abruptly rising prices by various Kenya governmental agencies

Please review our safari offerings in Tanzania! See the calendar below.
In Kenya, the efforts to protect threatened and endangered species are evident everywhere – as are the results.  As the programs to reduce poaching have borne results, the evidence is abundant, with big herds of elephants comprised of both grand tuskers and energetic youth!

Black and white rhinos, protected by law and by vigorous efforts to guard them, can be photographed in the wild.  It is wonderful to see and photograph them in settings where they no longer need to “hide” from humans!

In Kenya, we'll find three giraffe species! In the Samburu region, we'll find reticulated giraffes with their distinct white lines between brown patches.

In the south, we'll see Maasai giraffes, which we also find in Tanzania and other safari destinations.

And, a public/private/non-profit effort to bring back Rothschild giraffes has succeeded to the point where we can now easily photograph wild healthy populations in some protected areas!  And, we have the opportunity to engage in the program up close and personally!

After gathering in Nairobi, we’ll quickly reposition to Samburu National Reserve.  Referenced in Out of Africa and a big part of the story Born Free, Samburu is home to Grévy’s zebra and reticulated giraffes!  And we’ll look for the long-necked gerenuk, known as the giraffe gazelle!  Water is a central theme, in much of Sub-Saharan Africa when you are looking for wildlife and Samburu’s Ewaso Ng’iro River is the answer.  Its crocodile laden waters are the magnet which keep and abundance and diversity of wildlife in the area!

From Samburu, we’ll slip southward to the Sweetwaters Camp inside the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.  And there is a waterhole just outside your front door! In Ol Pejeta we’ll see an abundance of black and white rhino browsing and grazing in this island of protection!  They will be mixed with a rich array of other ungulates – and predators! 

South again, through rich farmlands, to Lake Elmenteita – we’ll find ourselves in the great rift valley, on a soda lake filled with flamingos and home to a newly established population of Rothschild giraffe.  The lake, the shoreline, nearby Lake Nakuru, and the surrounding grasslands and woodlands combine for an impressive diversity of birdlife!  Much of the land around the lake, once owned by Lord Delamere (important colonial figure and prominent in Out of Africa) is now operated by the Soysambu Conservancy – dedicated to habitat and species!  You’ll not lack for opportunities to create great images here!  And we’re setting up an opportunity, if the skies cooperate, to photograph the Milky Way!

After our time at Lake Elmenteita, we’ll drive southward toward Kenya’s Maasai Mara Reserve – the part of the Serengeti ecosystem that extends northward from Tanzania into Kenya. Here, we'll find an abundance of predators and prey! Big cats - lions, leopards, and cheetahs - call this home, and feast on a wide variety of grazing and browsing ungulates. Hyenas and jackals will also show up in abundance, to clean up after the feline kills - along with countless storks and vultures.

Grasslands with tree-lined streams and rivers, and the dependable waters of the Mara River system, provide an ideal basis for a rich ecosystem – and we’ll work that ecosystem in search great photographic opportunities!

If we're lucky, the Great Serengeti Migration of wildebeest and zebras leave Tanzania for the Mara while we're here. And we may be able to witness and photograph them crossing the Mara River.

If that happens we'll position ourselves for the drama - and watch the giant Nile crododiles attempt to pick off a wildebeest or zebra as they navigate this wild river crossing.

Then, it’s back to Nairobi and our preparations for the journey home – or onward to the extension (read below).  In Nairobi, we’ll spend time at the Giraffe Centre, where your visit will support the efforts to bolster the Rothschild giraffe population – and you can see them up close!  And some time at the Karen Blixen House Museum. – yes you can drink coffee grown from the same area as in Out of Africa!

Amboseli National Park - The Extension

After that diversity of Kenya experiences, what else could we do?  Join us for a short, but totally awesome extension to Amboseli National Park, on the northern flanks of Africa’s tallest mountain, Kilimanjaro.  Here, a perennial source of water paints a lush green strip of grasses and swamps through an otherwise arid environment.  There is an abundance of elephants and we’ll seek to photograph these ivory-laden giants marching single file across the dusty flatlands.

We’ll find elephants and hippos and a variety of grazing animals in green pasture against the stunning backdrop of snow-capped Kilimanjaro.  There are flamingos and many other birds.  And, predators lurk.  The ungulates know they must hurry back from the waters’ edge as the sun goes down!  Danger is everywhere!  Oh – and photography opportunities!

Our 2024 Kenya Photography Safari will begin and end in Nairobi, Kenya

*Prices include almost all meals, drinks on your own.
*There is one included domestic flight from the Masai Mara back to Nairobi. We have made special provisions for photo gear for these flights.
*All our lodgings are included - and are in outstanding lodges and camps!
*Outstanding safari vehicles and English-speaking guides
*Full prep materials and photographic instruction en route

Nature Photography Adventures and your participation in this adventure will support the conservation of rhinos, Rothschild giraffes, and two private conservancies. You will, further, have opportunities to individually join in those conservation efforts.

 

Sit down with a cup of Kenyan coffee, if you can get your hands on that.  Pull out that old copy of Out of Africa.  Get the sounds and music in your head.  Then re-read this description.  It took years for the right combination of things to come available – to bring you this experience – but, you, like us, have probably been feeling the call to Kenya for decades.  Let’s go!

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2024

Borneo
Private Adventure

Explore the wilds of Borneo. Rainforest filled with unique birds, reptiles, mammals, and insects. Sun Bear. Orangutan. Proboscus monkeys. Langurs. Pygmy Elephants. 8 kinds of Hornbills. Trogons. Broadbills. Fish owls. Kingfishers. Not the same versions of these one might find elsewhere! Giant Flying Squirrels. Pangolin. Clouded Leopard. The list goes on - and this itinerary gives you both a great experience and outstanding photography opportunities.
Full
Jun 20-30
The Great Migration of wildebeest and zebras reaches Tanzania's Northern Serengeti in late July or early August. Rains furthern north, in Kenya's Masai Mara beckon the herds - and the route involves crossing the treacherous Mara River where crocodiles await. We've timed this safari to put you at the right place at the right time to capture the drama - and so much more as we explore the areas around the Mara, the Central Serengeti, Tarangire National Park, and the fabled Ngorongoro Crater!
Space Available
Aug 19-30
Journey with us into the wilds of Ethiopia to visit a number of ethnic groups that have clung to the old ways. We'll learn how each group sees the world differently - and how it shapes their personal actions and looks. We'll make amazing artful images of the peoples, their worlds, and the natural world around them. This is a wild adventure - we'll be journeying to where few people go - and tourism infrastructue is available. Check out the itinerary here.
Limited
Space Available

Oct 6 - 20

Ice Caves. Glaciers exhibiting their winter "blues". Frozen Waterfalls. Outstanding icebergs and bits on black sand beaches and floating in both fresh and salt water. Unique ice formations. And, the opportunity to photograph the Northern Lights with great foregrounds. This is an adventure you don't want to miss. Join us!
Space Available

Nov 5 - 14

Taking Control in the Mirrorless Era

 

Three days of classroom and field time with migrating waterfowl, bald eagles, and macro opportunities. You'll learn how to take control of your mirrorless camera - and take advantage of new developments in the digital darkroom - to yield images that closely match your intentions in the field! Embrace manual - it's easier that the auto modes.
Full

Dec 3 - 5

2025

 

Three days of classroom and field time with migrating waterfowl, bald eagles, and macro opportunities. You'll learn how to take control of your mirrorless camera - and take advantage of new developments in the digital darkroom - to yield images that closely match your intentions in the field! Embrace manual - it's easier that the auto modes.
Space Available

Jan 7 - 9

Timed to meet the great migration in the Serengeti, our safari takes you to some of the great parks and protected areas in northern Tanzania in search of lions, zebras, giraffes, cheetah, hyenas... Of all our itineraries, anywhere in the world, this one has the best reviews - and is a real life-changing experience! If you'll only be making one photography foray into sub-Saharan Africa in your life - this is the trip!
Space Available

Feb 2-14

Lions and leopards and cheetahs! Oh my! This two week safari is dedicated to putting us in great positions to photograph cats in Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. And, our design lets us "hang out" with the cats until something interesting happens! Timed for when the grasses in the Serengeti are turning green and the game is fat - when cats are in their prime. Read the description and secure your space before its gone. We'll come home with great images and many memories and stories!
Space Available

Feb 16-Mar 1

So many birds! Such good photography opportunities. So little physical effort required. Forty percent of the planet's hummingbirds are found in Ecuador. Thirty-seven percent of the tanagers (which don't show up in the Old World at all). Conservation has teamed up with landowners to protect natural cloudforest habitats - and the result is birds sitting on branches predictably in a way you can photograph them. Did we mention Cock-of-the-rock? Or mountain tourcan? Small group so secure your space before it is gone!
Space Available

May 18-25

Borneo! Rainforests. Orangutans. Gibbons. Pygmy elephants. Proboscis monkeys. 420 species of birds, including amazing hornbills and kingfishers, brightly colored little birds, pheasants, and the ancestor to the modern chicken. Carnivorous plants. Sun bears. The list goes on and on. We've built an itinerary that takes you into the canopy, on trails by foot, on rivers by boat, and out on night safari. This is not an adventure you want to miss!
Limited
Space Available

Jun 15-25

Our Drones Photography Group is at it again! Back to Iceland to visit a number of unique sites, looking for great places, away from people, to position our drone cameras to capture unique angles. This time we'll find some great "interior" locations, some thermal features, some wild coastlines, and some exciting rivers. Waterfalls are always part of the game in Iceland - you'll be able to position your drone where no person has ever put a camera before. Bring your drone and come create great art with us!
Limited
Space Available

July 7-16

Join us for an exclusive opportunity to witness and photograph the interesection of the world's largest sockeye salmon run and a scores of hungry bears. Based in a private lodge on Lake Clark, each day we'll fly out to a spot where bears are gathered to catch and feed on salmon traveling upstream to spawn. Bear to bear interactions are constant. Fishing techniques are exciting to photograph. The scenery is outstanding. We are likely to include a day at Brooks Falls, dependent on salmon runs. Small group. An active wild adventure.
Space Available

Jul 31 - Aug 7

Join us in Brazil's Pantanal for a wild adventure that features both jaguars and an amazing array of birds, reptiles, and mammals. The Pantanal is the only place in the world where one can reliably find and photograph jaguars - as they are nocturnal hunters everywhere else. The birds here are fantastic - this is one of our favorite places to photograph flying birds (we can help you build your skills). Add in close-up encounters with giant river otters and so much more. Join us for this wild adventure!
Space Available

Aug 11-23

Turkey sits at a geographical crossroads, which means that, over history, many cultures have passed through Turkey, each leaving a distinct imprint on the culture and the archaeological record. Let's explore some of the great archaeological wonders - while putting ourselves in great positions make exciting art with cameras. Mosques, Fairy Chimneys, Ephasus, Istanbul, Aphrodisia, Pergamum, Assos and so much more.
Limited
Space Available

Sep 21 - Oct 5

2026

To sit quietly in a bamboo thicket with a gorilla family, interacting with eye contact, observing, and making compelling images is truly a life changing experience. Venture out into the wilds of Rwanda with a small group to experience photographic encounters with wild gorillas, chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, golden monkeys, and much, much more. Fitness level is necessary to accomplish this adventure. Dates are tentative until we secure permits.
Space Available

Jan 8-20

Timed to meet the great migration in the Serengeti, our safari takes you to some of the great parks and protected areas in northern Tanzania in search of lions, zebras, giraffes, cheetah, hyenas... Of all our itineraries, anywhere in the world, this one has the best reviews - and is a real life-changing experience! If you'll only be making one photography foray into sub-Saharan Africa in your life - this is the trip!
Space Available

Feb 9-21

Join us in 2026 as we'll explore favorite haunts and add new landings and vistas. Giant tortoises, flightless frigates, 3 kinds of boobies, land and marine iguanas, sea lions and fur seals, flamingos, and the northernmost penguin in the world. The list goes on and on! Exciting landscapes. So much to learn about geology, biology, and evolution.Truly an inspiring experience - ties the Serengeti in client feedback as the "most life-changing" experience of their lives.
Space Available

Apr 17-27