Best of Kenya – October 2017

Kenya, Masai Mara National Park, Acheetah sitting in the grass with three young cubs. ©David Rogers

Departure:  14-22 October  2017

Availability: Yes

Rates: $6170 per person sharing ($4935 for SADC residents, $737 single supplement)

Join David Rogers on a 9 day safari through the best of Kenya.

This best of Kenya itinerary is designed to give photographers the chance to photograph the iconic destinations of this area.

In Amboseli National Park you will have the chance to photograph elephants in front of Kilimanjaro, and in the Masai Mara this trip is timed for you to witness the migration when up to 2 million wildebeest and zebra follow the rains over the Mara river and into the fertile folded hills of the Masai Mara. The opportunities are seemingly endless in East Africa.

Everyone hopes to see a crossing or two, and this trip has been timed for you to photograph this remarkable event.  The camp is located roughly 40 minutes from the Main Crossing, and we have people on the ground giving us regular accounts of animal build ups.  We will spend all day at the rivers waiting for crossings if need be.  But we will also ensure that we spend most of our time enjoying the exceptional game viewing and relatively exclusive atmosphere that makes the Olare Orok area one of the most scenic and productive anywhere in Africa.

Itinerary

The journey begins at Nairobi International, and you will be transferred for your first night in Nairobi at the Eka Hotel. If you have time we can arrange a visit to the Sheldrick Elephant Sanctuary or a drive through Nairobi National Park. Early the next morning you will fly to Amboseli which lies beneath Kilimanjaro. Some fascinating dryland species occur here including the gerenuk antelope. Large herds of eland, giraffe, lion and  cheetah are sighted frequently. The park has very productive waterholes with excellent hides for photography.  Amboseli National Park has some of  the most relaxed elephants anywhere having been studied for more than two decades by the researcher Cynthia Moss. They have also been the subjects of two BBC documentaries. We will be staying in a private concession bordering the park, and the opportunities to photograph Masai in their villages is a highlight of the trip. The local Masai all work and benefit directly from the camp so its a rich and rewarding experience. 

You will then fly onto the Mara. We will be staying at Porini Lion Camp  in the Olare Motorog Conservancy, which is the premier area in the Maasai Mara. It is a seamless extension of the Masai Mara and offers outstanding game viewing. Olare Motorog is widely regarded as offering the best predator viewing in the Mara especially lions, leopard and cheetah.  The great thing about staying here is that it is in a private concession shared with a few other camps and there are relatively few other people and sightings are strictly managed. We will also be able to go on night drives and on walks, which are not permitted in national parks. We expect to see migration crossings at this time of year although this cannot be guaranteed and the migration is a seasonal event triggered by rain. But the Mara never disappoints. The guiding and vehicles at all camps are outstanding. 

Rates

Rates are $6170 per person with a $737 single supplement. SADC residents enjoy a reduced rate of $4935. The trip has been based on a maximum of 4 persons. If we do have additional people we will consider a second vehicle and guide. 

The trip includes 1 night Nairobi at the Eka Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis. The rest of the trip is all inclusive with local drinks, park fees, transfers.It includes 3 nights Amboseli in Porini Selenkay, 4 nights Porini Lion in Olare Motorog, all flights and transfers  and costs from Nairobi. Includes guiding my David Rogers, park fees, meals and drinks. Excludes dinner in Nairobi and laundry.  Provision made for extra camera gear on all internal flights.