The first time that I visited Africa, I knew that it would be in my heart forever. Growing up, I obsessed over movies that took place on the mysterious continent of Africa! Tarzan and Hatari fueled my imagination as a child, and I desperately wished for the opportunity to venture alongside Marlin Perkins on one of his many quests in search of the world’s wildlife. It should have been Jeff and Marlin and not Marlin and Jim! To say that I was always drawn to Africa would be an understatement. I longed to visit Africa in the way other people long to meet their future selves or that first cup of coffee in the morning!
After nearly 40 years of dreaming, the moment that I finally stepped foot in Africa, I realized that it was better than I ever could have imagined. I felt deeply connected with this beautiful continent immediately, and before long I was spending more time each year in Africa than I was at home. Africa has never once disappointed on the hundreds of game drives I have experienced throughout the seventeen times that I have traveled to Africa. This is my favorite experience to share with people. It is a personal experience for me, and I do believe that everyone can find a little piece of themselves when visiting. I have done this safari itinerary many times and often back to back, and not once has it been the same and not once has been less than astonishing, and I can’t wait to see what we discover this year!
“Africa – You can see a sunset and believe you have witnessed the Hand of God. You watch the slope lope of a lioness and forget to breathe. You marvel at the tripod of a giraffe bent to water. In Africa, there are iridescent blues on the wings of birds that you do not see anywhere else in nature. In Africa, in the midday heart, you can see blisters in the atmosphere. When you are in Africa, you feel primordial, rocked in the cradle of the world.”
Jodi Picoult (American author)
This safari is designed to give you a unique look into the beauty that is Kenya. Together, we will go out and explore in the most beautiful season of the year so that you can experience breathtaking views that genuinely cannot be witnessed anywhere else. As we venture out into the iconic Amboseli and Maasai Mara, I will act as your guide and instructor to ensure that you not only take amazing pictures and see incredible wildlife but also gain knowledge of what you are bearing witness to. You will not only leave this experience with beautiful photos to show your friends and family, but you will also leave with the unforgettable memories of an experience that cannot be compared to any other. Even though this particular journey lasts nearly two weeks, you will find that the time always moves a little too quickly because there is so much beauty to take in every single day. From sunrise to sunset, Kenya was made to be photographed. Every moment in Africa is precious, and by the end of it, you may never want to leave.
My advice is to prepare to fall in love with Kenya. She has a way of gripping your heart and never letting go.
“I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy”
About Your Kenya Photo Safari
We will ease into safari mode by staying at the delightful Macushla House in Nairobi. It is in the style of Karen Blixen’s home…the one from Out of Africa! You will feel, and it will seem as if you are at home. On the second day, we relax and get into the groove of the time zone. There are many beautiful birds and playful monkeys to photograph at the hotel. We get things kicked off after lunch with a private visit to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. They do fabulous work rescuing baby elephants and raising them with an eye on returning them to the wild. We will be allowed behind the scenes to watch and photograph the babies playing and splashing their favorite waterhole. If you are fortunate, you might be gifted with a hug from a baby elephant!
For this safari, I take small groups of people to visit Kenya during the “green” season. While Kenya is normally beautiful beyond compare, during the green season, it takes on an almost magical presentation that is beyond your wildest imaginings. The plains are a vibrant green, surrounding you with luscious growth and beautiful visions for miles in every direction. The safari will lead you through the stunning Amboseli National Park, and if the “shy mountain” Kilimanjaro allows, you will have the opportunity to see vast herds of elephants crossing under the watchful eye of “Kili.” Watching families of elephants moving together is awe-inspiring, and you will never see such a sight with a more beautiful background. No amount of nature documentaries will prepare you for the image of these creatures as they make their way through the park. We spend three days roaming and photographing Amboseli’s famed elephants and who knows what other amazing sights.
Next up, the Masai Mara National Park. The Mara is “big cat country” and boasts the highest density of lions in all of Africa. On a recent safari, we saw 26 lions on the way from the airstrip to the lodge! I’ve been on safaris all over Africa, and I am always surprised at what we see in the Mara, it’s crazy good! We will stay at two camps in the Mara to cover as much of the park and the conservancy as possible.
Your safari accommodations are in tented camps, with running water for the ensuite toilets and wash basins. The best part is the bucket shower! It takes a minute to get used to that, but a safari is supposed to be an adventure!
Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water.
The safari camps are located on conservancies that border the parks. These are basically huge parks unto themselves, and as such, they have their own rules that are far less restrictive than the national parks. For example, we can go on night drives, we can be out of the vehicles and most if not all of the guides and drivers were born here. Many of the guides are multigenerational and were literally raised to be guides. Nobody on earth knows the wildlife of this area like your guides. The guides really make this safari exceptional. Well, and me too!
This Kenya Photo Safari spans a total of thirteen days and twelve nights with each day acting as a new opportunity to see the world in a way that you never have before. I allow for a total of six clients to keep the experience intimate so that I can focus on each of you while you all focus on the endless photography opportunities that Kenya has to offer. Our travel will be carried out on two private safari vehicles, and each of you will have your own row to ensure that you don’t miss anything, have plenty of space and are more comfortable. Along the way, I will provide you with knowledge about Kenya as a whole, as well as with facts regarding the lives of the animals that we will be viewing and photographing so that you have a better understanding of what you are witnessing. In addition to this, I will act as your personal photography coach to ensure that you leave this experience with photographs that are sure to amaze anyone that you share them with.
I have designed this Kenya Photo safari to be a unique experience that you will rival any other you may have for the rest of your life. For any questions regarding the safari in Kenya or the process, feel free to contact me. I am always happy to talk about Africa!
“There is a language going on out there – the language of the wild. Roars, snorts, trumpets, squeals, whoops and chirps have meaning derived over eons of expression…we have yet to become fluent in the language – and music – of the wild.”