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.
- Photograph Africa’s most elusive animals in their natural habitat staying at the reknowned Kicheche Camps
- Take advantage of exclusive-use vehicles with accompanying guides
- Track lions across the plains of Laikipia and visit the last surviving northern white rhinos
- Have the chance to take a sunrise balloon ride over the vast Masai Mara
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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 have spent long hours training 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 above other camps in Kenya when on assignment:
“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
VEHICLEs customised for photographic safaris
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.
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.
Located on the equator, this protected ecosystem is particularly renowned for its sizeable rhino population, which passed the 100 mark in 2013. Close up encounters with animals, big and small, are exceptionally likely, whilst night drives allow for nocturnal exploration and tracking.
The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is not just bursting with wildlife; it also abounds with possibilities. Track collared lions as they stalk their prey, take bush walks through the reserve’s intriguing landscapes, visit the last surviving population of northern white rhinos, canoe quietly across sheltered waters and mountain bike over pristine landscapes.
From Laikipia, fly to the famous 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 to track down the myriad of animals that hunt or forage 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 across this infatuating landscape as wild animals wander noiselessly below. Land to a champagne breakfast amidst the natural wonders of Olare Motorogi.
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 a 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.
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