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Kenya Migration Photo Safari

Capture Iconic Images of Africa on a Safari Designed to Enhance Your Photography Skills
Day 1: Nairobi, Kenya
Our Kenya photo safari begins in Nairobi with a transfer to The Emakoko, an atmospheric new safari lodge bordering Nairobi National Park. Though it's a mere 20-minute transfer from both of Nairobi's airports, The Emakoko fulfills the vision of its founders, which was to create a place where travelers can commence or complete their safari in the wildlife environment they have traveled so far to enjoy. Here, guests fall asleep to the sounds of Africa—a lion roaring or the yip of a hyena—in stark contrast to the traffic, fire engines and barking dogs that are the normal sounds of the urban night. Our safari kicks off with a welcome dinner this evening. 

Days 2 - 4: Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Kicheche Bush Camp
Transfer to the airport this morning for our flight to Kicheche Bush Camp. This intimate tented camp is set on the private Olare Motorogi Conservancy just outside the boundary of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Strict limits on guest numbers means unprecedented wildlife viewing without crowds, especially of the wildebeest migration that occurs in close proximity. Our small group has plenty of room to spread out and angle for perfect shots, as we encounter scene after scene of amazing wildlife drama.

In addition to daily game drives, we also enjoy escorted walking safaris and night drives in search of nocturnal wildlife. Kicheche is a permanent camp, allowing for a coveted level of luxury in the wilderness. Secluded in an unfenced thicket of euclea and African olive trees, the camp impinges so little on the reserve’s natural inhabitants that we are likely to see animals wandering nonchalantly through the grounds at any time. Optional hot air balloon safaris with a champagne breakfast on landing are available from camp (additional cost) during our stay at Kicheche.

Please note that our August 23 - 31, 2014 departure stays in the Naboisho Conservancy at Naboisho Camp, which offers the same style of wildlife experience and exclusivity in a similar 8-tent camp situated in a wildlife corridor surrounded by acacia woodland and rolling savanna.

Days 5 - 8: Natural Habitat Camp, Maasai Mara
We transfer today via a safari drive into the Maasai Mara Reserve, to get even closer to the heart of the annual wildebeest migration. The legendary reserve is named for the Maasai tribespeople, the traditional inhabitants of the area who still graze cattle here, and the Mara River that runs through it. It comprises the northern portion of the Serengeti Plains, and we find some of Africa's best wildlife photography opportunities in these vast grasslands.

We stay at Natural Habitat Camp, Maasai Mara, our own luxury mobile camp that allows access to an exclusive campsite near the Mara River where the wildebeest cross during the migration. Our deluxe canvas tents are situated in a private and secluded spot, with ample trees providing shade from the midday heat. Located in a wildlife hotspot, the site also provides easy access to the rest of the reserve including the main river systems. Game drives take us among myriad plains animals – not only the thundering herds of thousands of wildebeest and their zebra companions, but also gazelle, impala, hartebeest, topi and giraffe. Predators follow in close pursuit, and the Mara is especially famed for its lions – we may see them hunting in the early morning or evening, or resting beneath acacia trees in the heat of the day. Hyenas also patrol the plains in some of the largest numbers in Africa.

Day 9: Nairobi / Depart
Fly back to Nairobi today as our Kenya photography safari draws to a close. Day rooms await for relaxing prior to a group farewell dinner and standard evening departures for international destinations.

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