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Laikipia and Mara Photographic Safari

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

7 Days

Prices Start from

£5,500 ex. flights

Suitable for

Photographers

Set out on a photographic safari through the heart of wild Kenya. Capture the best of Africa’s wildlife on camera, in private conservancies, with exclusive use of a vehicle and guide. Fly between Laikipia and the Masai Mara, spending time at luxurious tented camps.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Tent Exterior, Kicheche Laikipia Camp, Laikipia, Kenya 1

Specialist Camps

Photograph Africa’s most elusive animals in their natural habitat staying at the reknowned Kicheche Camps.

Cheetah in front of vehicle, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa 2

Private Vehicles

Take advantage of exclusive-use vehicles with accompanying guides.

Black rhino, Laikipia, Kenya 3

Laikipia Wildlife

Track lions across the plains of Laikipia and visit the last surviving northern white rhinos.

Balloon flight over the plains, Masai Mara, Kenya 4

Balloon Ride

Have the chance to take a sunrise balloon ride over the vast Masai Mara.

Why we like it

Wildlife encounters abound throughout both conservancies, but the exclusive nature of this trip means that photographers can make the most of them. Private vehicles afford flexibility that can be invaluable, whilst the protected nature of the conservancies makes for incredible, uninterrupted encounters. Both camps cater expertly to the demands of photographers offering complete flexibility, with game drives having no fixed length or schedule.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    Nairobi - Laikipia
  • Day 2 - 3
    Laikipia
  • Day 4
    Laikipia - Masai Mara
  • Day 5 - 6
    Masai Mara
  • Day 7
    Masai Mara - Nairobi
Sunset from vehicle, Laikipia, Kenya
Laikipia, Kenya

Specialist Photographic Guides

The guides on this trip are all a minimum of silver standard (as per the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association grading system). They have all been trained in dealing with the needs of photographers on safari and excel on vehicle approach, positioning and the importance of lighting.

Just as important is that Kicheche’s guides have all received training on how to actually take good wildlife photos themselves and many have become keen and talented photographers. This could explain why many pro photographers choose Kicheche:

“Patrick at Kicheche is one of the finest specialist photographic guides on the entire continent, he certainly is the finest I have ever worked with!”

Greg du Toit – Winner of BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, 2013

Vehicle and landscape, Laikipia, Kenya
Laikipia, Kenya

Customised Vehicles

Safaris will be taken in Toyota Land Cruisers that have been built around the needs of the photographer, with an open roof, super-wide window frames and bean bags as standard with camera platforms available on request.

Baby elephant, Ol Pejeta, Kenya
Laikipia, Kenya

Laikipia

Begin this wildlife-focussed trip in Ol Pejeta Conservancy, in Laikipia. Stay at the intimate Laikipia Kicheche Camp, which lies between a dense indigenous forest and popular waterhole. Explore the plains, canyons and valleys of this private reserve in search of black rhinos, elephants, buffalos, giraffes, lions, cheetahs and more.

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is not just bursting with wildlife. It is also packed with additional activities. Track collared lions as they stalk their prey, take bush walks through the reserve, visit the last surviving population of northern white rhinos, canoe quietly across sheltered waters and mountain bike over pristine landscapes.

Lion resting in the savannah in the morning, Masai Mara, Kenya
Masai Mara, Kenya

Masai Mara

Fly to the famous Masai Mara, home to one of the most fascinating wildlife phenomena – the annual migration of wildebeests. Here, stay in the beautiful Olare Motorogi Conservancy, which offers uncrowded, exclusive wildlife viewing. Again make use of private vehicles and guides; head out in search of the countless species that either hunt or graze on the plains of the Mara.

Take advantage of this outstanding natural environment and set out on foot to explore the conservancy. Bush walks offer a more intimate, more natural experience, which can be enhanced by a night fly camping in the bush. Alternatively, take to the air at dawn and float above the landscape as wild animals wander noiselessly below, then land to a champagne breakfast.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Kicheche Bush Camp £££££

  • Kenya
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge
  • Tented Camps

One of the smallest properties in the Kicheche portfolio, this classic, intimate tented camp is fresh, open and bright. Completely unfenced, Bush Camps sits amongst whistling thorn acacias, offering a feeling of exclusivity and wilderness, with great views over the plains-filled plains in the distance. Each of the six tents is designed to let the light in while allowing for great views of the surrounding bush and the occasional game wandering past. Located in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, bordering the Mara Reserve, this is where you find game viewing without the crowds and the open feel of the mess tent takes full advantage of the setting. Dinner is a lively affair, always taken al-fresco wherever possible, with tall tales around the campfire and the most delicious food. Darren, the manager, is a baker by profession and his freshly made bread is the best in the Mara – or so he says.

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Kicheche Laikipia Camp £££££

  • Kenya
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge
  • Tented Camps

Kicheche Laikipia is an intimate and classic camp in the heart of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, overlooking an active waterhole and the friendly staff and excellent guides make this camp a firm favourite. The camp consists of six custom-designed tents, comfortable and simply furnished, with en-suite bathrooms and hot showers. There are comfortable chairs on each veranda overlooking the waterhole and the main mess areas are cosy and welcoming with dining often al-fresco.

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Price
From £5,500 Per person

When to travel

Kenya in January

The hottest month across much of the country, and an excellent time to spot wildlife with lower visitor numbers. The seas are at their clearest, the landscape is still lush, but it is dry and sunny in general.

Kenya in February

The high temperatures continue, and it remains virtually dry, but the landscape should still be fairly green. Conditions are still excellent for wildlife viewing, with lower visitor numbers.

Kenya in March

The start of the main rainy season, but still good for wildlife viewing with the chance to see newborns.

Kenya in April

This is not the ideal time to travel. Some lodges close as the rainy season gets into full swing. Roads can be treacherous, and the coast becomes very hot and wet.

Kenya in May

May is the height of the rainy season and so many places will be closed with driving conditions becoming poor due to the heavy rainfall.

Kenya in June

The rains start to abate, and the landscape is as green and lush as it gets. This does make spotting wildlife a little trickier, but it is a beautiful time across the country.

Kenya in July

The start of the mass migration into the Masai Mara. Dry weather dominates across the country, with the occasional shower. This is the coolest month, with visitor numbers increasing.

Kenya in August

This is peak season in Kenya, especially in the Masai Mara, where it is the peak of the Great Migration. Exceptional game viewing is possible as animals congregate around watering holes and rivers.

Kenya in September

The weather remains dry, and there are still fantastic opportunities for game viewing in the Masai Mara as wildlife gathers around watering holes.

Kenya in October

As the temperatures rise, so does the chance of a shower or two. The herds of wildlife begin to leave the Masai Mara, but plenty of residents can still be seen. Visitor numbers are lower and it is a great time to visit across the country.

Kenya in November

The start of the short rainy season, as temperatures continue to increase. Many destinations are open, but around Laikipia, places close at this time.

Kenya in December

The end of the year brings the peak of the short rainy season. Hot and wet conditions dominate, but the scenery is beautiful and green, and there is still plenty of wildlife to be seen.

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