An African photo safari is a highlight of any nature photographer’s travel resume. And of all the safari options out there, an opportunity to witness and photograph the Great Migration may be the pinnacle! Imagine close-up shots of thousands of wildebeest and zebra clattering over the plains, followed by a phalanx of predators—wildlife photographers won’t find a greater thrill! But choosing a migration safari isn’t easy,
since many companies simply add the word “migration” to their trip name in hopes of conjuring images of prolific wildlife viewing. In reality, they visit crowded parks, use cramped vehicles, stay in big lodges rather than remote luxury camps, and rely on mediocre guides. The result is a sub-par experience that hinders the opportunity to get the iconic shots that wildlife photographers dream about. We want you to realize your wildest dreams—that’s why our safaris are different:
- Fewer Travelers = Better Photos
Our small groups—with a maximum of just 8 guests—ensure a highly personalized safari experience. With just three to four guests per vehicle (sometimes fewer), everyone has a window seat and plenty of space for gear. There’s room to spread out and angle for perfect shots as we encounter scene after scene of wildlife drama.
- Personalized Photography Coaching From an Expert Professional
Your Natural Habitat Expedition Leader is intimately familiar with the Kenyan bush. Years of guiding have given your leader an intimate knowledge of animal behavior. Couple this with superb photography skills, which your guide is passionate about sharing with guests, and you’ve got a photo safari that’s second to none.
- Private Reserves Offer Superior Wildlife Viewing
By avoiding heavily visited national parks in favor of private conservancies with strict guest limits, we maximize wildlife encounters and increase our proximity to the migration. Private reserves also permit bush walks and night drives in search of nocturnal species—privileges not allowed on public lands.
- Small Luxury Camps Situated for Seclusion
Most visitors to Kenya stay at large, impersonal safari lodges where wildlife viewing happens in the presence of numerous vehicles. This is even true of most photography-focused safaris. Our intimate bush camps offer a compelling contrast, where the only crowds are crowds of animals! Isolated within the wilderness yet offering exceptional comfort, our luxury camps ensure personalized attention.
- Private Mobile Camp in the Maasai Mara
In the famed Maasai Mara National Reserve, we stay in our own private mobile camp with access to an exclusive campsite near the Mara River wildebeest crossing during the migration. Our luxury tented camp is situated in a remote and secluded spot where wildlife is abundant and tourists less so.
- The Most In-Depth Migration Itinerary
Some “migration” safaris spend only a day or two among the vast herds. We spend eight full days at the height of the migration, maximizing every chance to photograph the animals in a variety of settings and behaviors. This immersive experience also affords plenty of time to focus on other wildlife, too—as well as cultural visits with local Maasai communities.
- Fly to and from the Bush
Many safari companies transport you to and from the Maasai Mara from Nairobi by vehicle, meaning long, dusty drives over rough roads. We fly both ways, maximizing time for what you have come to Kenya for: wildlife photography on safari!
- Carry Up to 60 Pounds of Luggage
We have arranged for extra space on board our charter flights, which means our photo safari guests have an 60-pound luggage limit, far more than almost every other safari company out there. And the gear flies with us rather than traveling overland, which can cause damage to equipment due to difficult road conditions.
- The World's Finest Naturalist Guides
Natural Habitat Adventures is known worldwide for employing the finest naturalist guides on the planet. In Kenya, rather than using less qualified local camp guides at each stop, or an inexperienced safari guide as a trip escort, our NHA Safari Expedition Leaders are the most highly trained guides in Africa. On our photo safaris, your guide is also an expert photographer, constantly by your side to help you get the best possible pictures. With our groups from beginning to end, our Expedition Leaders average more than 15 years' guiding experience each, and their training is further enhanced by WWF’s premiere scientists. Our philosophy on this is simple: an African safari is only as good as the guide, so we must provide the very best! Check out our Photo Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments about them.
- Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Superior Kenya Experience
With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive guarantee, which clearly states that we will meet the lofty expectations we set in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
- Feel Good About the Way You Travel
We care deeply about our planet, just as you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100-percent offset—Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company.
- Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our adventures, World Wildlife Fund—the world's leading environmental conservation organization—has named Natural Habitat as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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