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August 28 - September 9, 2023 - accepting applications
Extension to Amboseli National Park - September 9-13 , 2023 - accepting applications

September 2-13, 2024 - Contact Us
Extension to Amboseli National Park - September 13-17, 2024 - Contact Us

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!

 

2023 Rates
Double Occupancy $10,200
Single Occupancy $12,200
Deposit $1,000
Payment 2 - 15 Nov 22
$3,500
Final Payment - 30 Apr 23

2023 Extension
Double Occupaqncy $2,200
Single Occupancy $2,600
Deposit $300
Payment 2 - 15 Nov 22
$700
Final Payment - 30 Apr 23

2023 Cancellation Policy
2023 Kenya Itinerary
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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 2023 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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2022

Belize and Guatemala was ground zero for the ancient Maya civilization - which was engulfed by a tropical rainforest after its collapse. We'll visit Mayan sites, explore caves, photograph birds and monkeys, and work macros of butterflies, ants and colorful plants in this beautiful and inspiring region.
Full
Dec 3-12

2023

Venture out into the wilds of Rwanda with a small group, often on foot, to experience photographic encounters with wild gorillas, chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, golden monkeys, and much, much more. We are building custom groups of travelers we have field experience with. Ask if you fit this group!

Full

Jan 6-18

Frogs and waterfalls. Cloud forest canopy trails. And many hours on boats photographing exciting birds and monkeys. This is a great adventure for working on bird and wildlife techniques, mastering the challenging light of the rainforest, macros, and landscapes. Hummingbirds with flashes and night photography with LED lights!
Full
Jan 7-15
Torres del Paine! Fitzroy! Perito Moreno! The third pole. Condors. Gauchos. Guanacos. This is wild country with abrupt peaks, glaciers, wide open spaces, and gorgeous waterfalls. We've done the homework to put you in the best spots, at the best time, for the best light. When the early morning sun lights up Fitzroy and its neighbors, you'll know you are where you are supposed to be! When the clouds dance among Las Cuernas, you'll be glad you are with us! Join us!
Full
Feb 1-13
Let's get wilder... deeper into Africa... away from the crowds... and find wild dogs and many hippos, elephants in great herds, glorious towers of giraffes, hundreds of species of birds and exciting primates. Some of the most exciting landscapes we've found in Africa! Rivers and mountains adorned with giant baobabs. We'll travel by plane, boat, safari vehicle - and by foot to put us in great places to make great images. Oh, and we've timed this for night skies! This will be one very special adventure!
Full
Feb 20 -
Mar 2
Botswana just after the rains. Swollen rivers and wildlife along the edges. Birds abundant and nesting. Animals fresh as tourism stops during the rains - we'll be the first groups in and we are going places no one else will go. Count on great opportunities with hippos and elephants, antelope, zebras, wildebeest, cats and dogs. Small group by design. Read the itinerary and then contact us!
Full

Mar 3-15

Custom Pantanal Photography Safari Wild Adventure

The Pantanal, in Southwest Brazil, is probably the best place in the world to photograph jaguars. And that photography is largely accomplished from a boat. We have concocted a photography safari that will take you to the best spots at the best time with a great local operator. Jaguars are the object, but we'll also find giant river otters, ocelots, macaws, caiman, capybaras, monkeys, anteaters, tapirs, and toucans! This is one of our wild adventures - as we'll journey far off the grid and lodging is about positioning us rather than luxury!
Full

Jun 30 - Jul 10

The Pantanal, in Southwest Brazil, is probably the best place in the world to photograph jaguars. And that photography is largely accomplished from a boat. We have concocted a photography safari that will take you to the best spots at the best time with a great local operator. Jaguars are the object, but we'll also find giant river otters, ocelots, macaws, caiman, capybaras, monkeys, anteaters, tapirs, and toucans! This is one of our wild adventures - as we'll journey far off the grid and lodging is about positioning us rather than luxury!
Full

Jul 9-18

It's time to grab your spot on our Kenya Photography Safari. We have secured a set of logistics to put us in great positions to photograph great wildlife, superb landscapes, and some unique cultures. Your chance to create images of three kinds of giraffes, and several species not found in other southern and eastern Africa safari destinations. Our key destinations include Samburu, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Elementaita Lake, and the Masai Mara! And there is an exciting extension to Amboseli National Park September 9-13.
Space Available
Aug 28 - Sep 9

Private Madagascar

The word Madagascar evokes mystery and wildness. Madagascar is home to all of the world's lemurs, a branch of primates from the same roots that also spawned humans. There are scores of species of chameleons. Several species of baobabs. And most of the birds here are endemic. The size of Texas, Madagascar has numerous ecosystems - each with its own set of creatures - and a number of exciting landscape opportunities. This round is a private tour. Another round in 2024 - with limited space. Contact us if you want on the list!
Full
Sep

2024

Venture out into the wilds of Rwanda with a small group, often on foot, to experience photographic encounters with wild gorillas, chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, golden monkeys, and much, much more. Dates are tentative until we secure permits. We are building custom groups of travelers we have field experience with. Ask if you fit this group!
3
Spaces Available

Jan 6-18

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
14-25

We're headed back to the Galapagos with a new yacht and new itinerary. Join us in 2024 - and 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! Truly an inspiring experience - ties the Serengeti in client feedback as the "most life-changing" experience of their lives. Contact us now to reserve space - dates and prices coming.
Limited
Space Available
Apri19-29
Journey with us through Ecuador's Chocó Cloudforest Ecosystem to find exciting birds. We have choreographed an adventure to help you build an outstand collection of images of colorful and exotic birds - including a number of unique hummingbirds! And, we'll have our very own bird "whisperer" along to help us find them! Did we mention nightwalks for spiders and other creatures? And butterflies and waterfalls?
Space Available
Apr 30 - May 7
The Southern Oregon Coast is one of the most wild and dramatic coasts in North America - and presents great photographic opportunities if you know when to be where. We do. This was home for us. Join us as we take you to our secret places - and use our "local knowledge of tides and weather" to get you to great opportunities. Sunrises and sunsets. Tidepools. Dramatic breaking waves. Reflections. Sea caves and arches. And ancient forests!
Space Available
Jun 2-9
Join us on a jaguar quest that will yield so much more than jaguars. The Pantanal is the only place in the world where jaguars routinely hunt during daylight - and the jaguars of the northern Pantanal are "patient" with photographers! We'll journey by boat to seek jaguar action - but we'll also find giant river otters, caiman, capybara, and a wealth of birdlife including the jabiru stork - largest flying bird of the Americas.. You are likely to come back with images of birds with fish in their possesion. Great place to master flying birds. A must do photo trip!
Space Available
Jul 22-28
Join us in one of the largest wetlands and flooded grassland habitats on the planet as we work to capture images of anteaters, tamanduas, armadillos, and several kinds of macaws. Expect toco toucans close enough for detailed images. We'll visit two sinkholes that host the rare red-and-green macaws. We'll explore by safari vehicle and foot - and enjoy some of the best bird feeding stations in the Pantanal. Expect to be wowed!
Space Available
Jul 28 - Aug 4
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

It's time to grab your spot on our Kenya Photography Safari. We have secured a set of logistics to put us in great positions to photograph great wildlife, superb landscapes, and some unique cultures. Your chance to create images of three kinds of giraffes, and several species not found in other southern and eastern Africa safari destinations. Our key destinations include Samburu, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Elementaita Lake, and the Masai Mara! And there is an exciting extension to Amboseli National Park September 13-17.

Space Available

Sep 2-13

Join us on a photographic journey to special ecosystems on the mysterious Island of Madagascar!. All of the world's lemurs are endemic here - 110 species and counting. Chameleons - 160 species! And more kinds of baobab trees than anywhere else on earth. Wet forests, dry forests, endemic plants and animals everywhere. We'll photograph during the day and again in the darkness! And an extension to Tsingy - a land of razor-sharp limestone blades and pinnacles!
Limited
Space Available

Sep 21 - Oct 2

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