Iconic Kenya – February

11-19 February 2019 (9 nights)  

In February 2019 Grant and Helena Atkinson will lead a private group of photographers to two of Kenya’s most iconic wildlife areas.  We start off at the world-famous Amboseli National Park with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background.  Amboseli has large numbers of very relaxed, well-protected elephants as well as a wide variety of other wildlife.  We then fly to the Naboisho conservancy, which is adjacent to the Mara Game Reserve.  Naboisho is a Masai conservancy, and it is home to some of the highest lion densities, as well as good numbers of spotted hyaena.  Cheetah also occur there. Wildebeest, topi and gazelles are abundant.  Both of our locations are within conservancies that join the adjacent National Park, which means we are able to go off-road in certain areas, making it much easier to get good positions for photography.  All images in the gallery are from the 2018 safari to these destinations.  

 Trip summary

  • Cost: ZAR122 500 (US$9 800) per person sharing with single supplement of ZAR13 750 (US$1 100) (ZAR prices are an estimation linked to the exchange rate and exact price will be confirmed via invoice)
  • 6 participants (this trip will only run with a minimum of 3 participants, this will then only include 1 trip leader with a possible cost adjustment)
  • 2 trip leaders
  • 2 vehicles
  • Each participant will have own row in vehicle

How do I signup?

We have partnered with Eyes On Africa on this safari.  Our group size is a minimum of 3 participants and a maximum of 6 participants.  If this exciting safari sounds good and you are thinking of joining this trip, please get in touch with any questions.   

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Highlights

  • Eight days on safari in the best areas of Kenya – Amboseli National Park and the adjacent Kitirua Conservancy and the Naboisho Conservancy
  • We welcome photographers with all levels of experience.  This safari will be conducive to learning from one another and include instruction that will suit everyone’s photographic needs.  
  • We focus on photographing in the field.  We spend most of our time and effort on photographic activities and getting images.
  • Non-photographer or videographer spouses / travel companions  will also have fun on this safari.  The wildlife places we visit will appeal to anyone with a love for animals and nature.  
  •  The photo leaders are experienced naturalists with rich backgrounds in conservation and field guiding and the region’s natural history and wildlife.  
  • A maximum of 3 photographers per vehicle, means that there will be plenty of space to have your gear at the ready, and the opportunity to access both sides of the vehicle.
  • We use Toyota Landcruiser safari vehicles.  The vehicles have 3 rows of seats within, and have canvas canopies above.  The sides of the vehicles are open.  Roll-up canvas blinds will provide protection from the elements if and when needed.  The open design of the vehicles provide few obstructions to photography.
  • The group size is limited to 6 participants and we will make use of 2 vehicles.  The photographic leaders will switch between the vehicles.
  • With 2 photo leaders and only 6 participants we focus on individual attention. 
  • Extra luggage allowances to accommodate the special needs of our photographic equipment on the charter flights
  • Classic style safari accommodation with bucket showers at tented camps (Naboisho only) for an authentic safari experience. 
  • Camp locations are specifically chosen to maximize photographic opportunities by being as close as possible to the prime wildlife areas.  
  • This itinerary focuses on up-close and real wildlife experiences from the surroundings of our very comfortable accommodations.

The Itinerary: 11-19 February 2019 (9 nights)

This safari represents a fantastic combination of superb wildlife photography experiences, comfortable accommodation and expert guiding.  As always, we will spend lots of time out in the field, and you will be with like-minded photographers who are happy to put in the time to get the images.  We will be staying in classic tented safari camps.  For big parts of the safari, we will have the ability to go off-road (not in environmentally sensitive areas) in order to get the best photographic angles of our subjects.  

 

Eka hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

11 February 2019 (1 night)

On your arrival in Nairobi, you will be met by our local representative, who will assist you across the terminal and to your transfer vehicle.   You will be taken to the Eka hotel for the start of the trip.  The Eka hotel is a contemporary style hotel that provides all the comfort, convenience and efficiency you would like at the start of the trip.  Ideally located along Mombasa road in Nairobi the capital city of Kenya, Eka hotel is ideally suited should you wish to arrive earlier and explore some sights around the city. On the morning of the 12th of February, our group will be transferred to Wilson Airport, where we will board our scheduled air charter to the Tortilis Camp adjacent to Amboseli National Park.

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Tortilis camp, Amboseli, Kenya 

12, 13 and 14 February 2019 (3 nights)

With Mt. Kilimanjaro peering down over the entire camp, each of Tortilis Camp’s 16 tents has a glorious view of the mountain. Each makuti-covered tent consists of a main bedroom with twin or double beds, en-suite bathroom and a spacious verandah.     

Tortilis Camp is on the south western edge of Amboseli National Park, facing the mountain and is accessed from within the National Park. It overlooks its own private 30’000 acre wildlife conservancy, Kitirua. Away from the busy eastern side of Amboseli, and with its own private conservancy, guests experience a wild and private Amboseli.  Whilst at Tortilis we will be doing game drives in both Amboseli National Park as well as the private conservancy.

Amboseli National Park covers 392 sq kms, only a small portion of the surrounding 3000 sq km of the Amboseli ecosystem.  The area is famous for the dramatic views of Kilimanjaro, the highest free standing mountain in the world, and the highest peak on the African continent. Kilimanjaro at 19,340ft or 5,894m rises dramatically out of the 4000ft (1,200m) Amboseli plains. The glaciers on the mountain are slowly disappearing with global warming, but it remains snow capped as any precipitation on the mountain settles as snow. Despite being in Tanzania, the best views of the mountain are from Amboseli, with Tortilis Camp on a south-west hillside facing the mountain, having the most dramatic views of all.

Amboseli is also famous for its elephant herds, which have been followed and documented by world renowned researcher Cynthia Moss. Amboseli has some of the largest elephants in Africa, and the guides at Tortilis Camp know the individual elephants, their family history, and are able to get very close to the habituated herds.  

View Tortilis Camp Website

We fly to Encounter Mara on the 15th of February.

 

Encounter Mara Camp, Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya

15, 16, 17 and 18 February 2019 (4 nights)

We fly to our next location, Mara Encounter camp in the sought-after Mara Naboisho Conservancy, in the Masai Mara Kenya, award-winning Encounter Mara is the stuff safari dreams are made of. Enjoy some of the best game viewings in Africa all year round from the low-key yet lavish comfort of this superb eco-camp. 

Shaded by a thick acacia forest, Encounter Mara is a tented camp that enjoys glorious views of the surrounding savannah, while closer at hand a salt lick attracts a range of animals throughout the day, from plains game to big cats. The sheer comfort of the traditional-style safari camp combined with the opportunity for bush walks and night drives mean that there are few more rewarding places from which to experience this slice of wild Africa.

View Encounter Mara Camp Website

 

Safari Ends 

19 February 2019

After our last morning in Naboisho (February 19), we will board our charter flight (cost included) back to Nairobi where the safari ends.

 NOTE:

Air travel and customized extensions to this safari, including other camps in Tanzania and/or Kenya, gorilla trekking in Rwanda, or other destinations can be arranged through Eyes on Africa.  Ask us for further information.

Detailed costs

This trip will run with a minimum of 3 participants and a maximum of 6 participants.

ZAR122 500 (US$9 800)  per person sharing

ZAR13 750 (US$1 1oo)  single supplement

ZAR prices are an estimation linked to the exchange rate and exact price will be confirmed via invoice

This fee includes all in-country ground and air transportation as well as all accommodation and all meals (except as noted above and in exclusions below).

Please note: We will attempt to adhere to this itinerary as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or wildlife migrations) may necessitate changes in the itinerary. We reserve the right to alter any itinerary at any time, if necessary. We will attempt to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible. Costs incurred by such changes will be the responsibility of the participant.

What is included

  • Accommodation on a shared basis, however should you want single accommodation on the safari, please get in touch and enquire if this is possible 
  • 2 x Trip leader (Grant and Helena Atkinson)
  • Private safari vehicles throughout trip
  • Luggage allowance for air charters (extra freight seats have been arranged): 70-75 pounds per person in total.
  • All safari activities and transfers to/from the airports and the hotels

What is NOT included

  • International airfare and / or other transportation between your home and Nairobi International airport, Kenya
  • Dinner / drinks in Nairobi on Day 1, due to the late arrivals (except at breakfast)
  • Discretionary gratuities for hotel staff in Nairobi and safari camps
  • Discretionary gratuities for driver guides (who will be with us throughout our trip)
  • Laundry or extras in Arusha (laundry is included in the safari camps)
  • Visas, travel insurance, personal purchases (including curios, special spirit liquors, telephone calls, etc).
  • Optional pre- / post safari tours and meals or accommodation before or after the safari

General information 

  • Please read our Safari Code of Ethics and Conduct.
  • During the safari we will share our workflow and processing techniques on the computer. To make the most of this opportunity you are advised to bring a laptop and card reader as well as enough external storage for these sessions as well as the editing software you are most comfortable with. Grant and Helena both use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CC.
  • Air travel and customized extensions to this safari, including other camps in Tanzania and/or Kenya, gorilla trekking in Rwanda, or other destinations may be arranged through Eyes on Africa as desired.  Ask us for further information.
  • Discretionary gratuities for driver guides are recommended at USD $25 to $30 per person per day.
  • Discretionary gratuities for camp and hotel staff are recommended at USD $15 to $25 per person per day.
  • Any discretionary gratuities for guides, staff and trip leaders should be paid out in cash.
  • Our group size is a maximum of 6 participants.
  • Note also that some of the safari camps will only accept cash for private purchases.
  • Although most safari lodges offer complimentary internet access, connections are unreliable and extremely slow.  
  • Tropical rain showers can occur this time of year and you should bring rain gear both for yourself and your camera equipment.
  • Laundry services are offered but no underwear will be done, although you can do this in your room with laundry soap provided. 
  • At some facilities charging of batteries can only be done in the main area, however we expect to be able to charge camera batteries and computers in the tents. 
  • Special dietary requirements can be accommodated if sent through beforehand. 

Gallery

Country information

Kenya is a medium sized country, that straddles the equator, on the eastern side of the African continent.  The land surface is almost the size of the state of Texas.  It has a population of over 50 million people.  Income is derived from services, agriculture, tourism and industry.  Forestry, fishing, tea, coffee, coconuts, cashews, sugarcane and corn are all important to the economy.  Kenya has a better developed infrastructure than any of its neighbouring countries.  It is also one of the most advanced African countries when it comes to cellular phone networks, internet access and computer skills.  The agricultural sector of the economy can be negatively affected by drought.  Kenya has a northern border with Somalia and the Kenyan military has been actively engaged in anti-terror countermeasures with a high degree of success in recent years.
 
Kenya is a very beautiful country with a wide range of environments that can be viewed.  The Indian Ocean coastline has year-round warm, clear tropical waters which offer good diving and attractive beaches.  There are also several important wildlife reserves with the Mara National Reserve being a standout.  The Mara is home to a fantastic assemblage of large carnivores like lions, spotted hyaena, cheetah, jackals and leopard, along with thousands of herbivores.  For a few months of each year, the huge migratory herds of wildebeest and zebra are also present in the Mara.  Amboseli National park is a striking reserve that is home to many elephants, and with Mount Kilimanjaro for a background.
 
There is no trophy hunting permitted in Kenya. 

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