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The Great Kenya Migration Safari

The Great Kenya Migration Photo Itinerary

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For photographers of all ability levels, photo departures offer unparalleled access to the migration and guidance from our professional photographer guide to help you capture riveting wildlife images. Capped at just 12 photographers, our group is divided into open safari vehicles with a maximum of four travelers each. Everyone gets a "window" seat, of course, with space for all your equipment. Photo safari guests can take up to 70 pounds on our chartered flights—a much higher limit than most companies allow.

Day 1: Nairobi, Kenya
Our Kenya photo safari begins in Nairobi, the country's capital and traditional jumping-off point for most safaris. Transfer to our boutique inn in the tranquil suburb of Karen on the outskirts of the city, a setting at the foot of the Ngong Hills immortalized in Isak Dinesen's famous memoir Out of Africa. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with our Expedition Leader who offers a preview of the many photography adventures that lie ahead.
 
Days 2–4: Private Mara Conservancy—Nat Hab's Private Mobile Camp
Transfer to the airport for our flight to the Maasai Mara. Our first safari destination is a vast private conservancy offering unparalleled access for wildlife photography. Nat Hab's own mobile camp offers bush luxury in classic canvas tents, surrounded by all the wonders of the Maasai Mara ecosystem without the crowds. The conservancy model has been a boon to the region's legendary wildlife, creating buffer zones and protecting migration corridors while providing economic benefits to local landowners through responsible safari tourism.

On this private reserve, we experience the Mara’s spectacular wildlife in peaceful solitude, and our camp is one of just a handful located within its bounds. Strict limits on guest numbers mean unprecedented wildlife viewing without crowds, especially of the wildebeest migration that occurs in close proximity. The conservancy serves as a migration corridor for several hundred thousand animals between the Maasai Mara National Reserve and the Loita Plains to the east. A multitude of species flourishes here: great herds of antelope dot the grassy, rolling plains while stands of acacia woodland shelter prolific birdlife. Rich volcanic soils nurture a verdant landscape where we find more lions per square mile than anywhere else in Kenya. Impressive herds of elephant, giraffe and zebra are also at home here. Our activities make the most of our unrivaled access to this vast, wild region. In addition to daily game drives, enjoy guided walks, bush picnics, off-road safaris and night drives in search of nocturnal wildlife—pursuits not permitted in the national reserve.

Days 5–7: Maasai Mara National Reserve—Nat Hab's Migration Base Camp
With plenty of wildlife photo opportunities en route, we transfer to the Maasai Mara National Reserve for another exhilarating vantage point on the wildebeest migration. The 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. The Mara is the northern portion of the Serengeti Plains, and we find excellent wildlife viewing in these endless grasslands. 

Nat Hab's Migration Base Camp, our private luxury mobile outpost, enjoys an exclusive setting near the Mara River where wildebeest cross during the migration. Deluxe canvas tents are situated in secluded spot, with ample trees providing shade from the midday sun. Located in a wildlife hotspot, our campsite also provides easy access to the rest of the reserve, including the main river systems. Wildlife drives take us among myriad plains game—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. Optional hot air balloon safaris with a champagne breakfast upon landing are also available (additional cost) during our stay at Nat Hab's Migration Base Camp.

Day 8: Nairobi / Depart
Fly back to Nairobi today, where day rooms await for refreshment and relaxation. Later, we'll share a farewell meal to close our Kenya safari tour before outbound evening flights.
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Extra Day In Nairobi—Photo Tour Extension

Extra Day In Nairobi—Photo Tour Extension

Photograph highlights of Kenya's capital on this full-day extension to Nairobi National Park, the Giraffe Center, Daphne Sheldrick elephant orphanage and the Karen Blixen Museum.
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Lewa Rhino Immersion

Lewa Rhino Immersion

Extend your safari with a 3-night trip to Lewa Conservancy, a global pacesetter for protecting endangered species including black and white rhinos.
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Ol Donyo Lodge Extension
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Ol Donyo Lodge Extension

Add two unforgettable nights to your safari at Ol Donyo Lodge, one of Africa’s most luxurious bush lodges, on a private reserve teeming with wildlife.
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Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Extension

Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Extension

A 5-day safari extension to track endangered mountain gorillas. Hike through the rain forest and spend rare moments with a habituated family troop.
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Uganda Mountain Gorilla Extension

Take a 5-day safari extension to track endangered mountain gorillas in the rain forests of Uganda. A once-in-a-lifetime experience!
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