One of the “features” that I have always looked for on an African Safari is a private location. I am talking about conservancies that are private property usually near the major game reserves, that are for the exclusive use of guests. The reason is simple, freedom! We will have the freedom to explore area in far greater depth and intimacy with night drives, guided walks and even driving off the road in search of great sitings and far better photography opportunities.
“One morning, in the reserve, I watch 20 cars crowd a passing leopard in the twilight. Less than a half hour later, back within the bounds of the conservancy, a lion named Handsome struts with a flick of his mane within five feet of my guide and me in our vehicle. No one else is around. – Robert Reid, National Geographic Digital Nomad”
Clearly photographing wildlife surrounded by a pack of manned vehicles is not something that any photographer would enjoy. That is why I always book a private safari when I am in Africa, and that is what I offer my safari clients as well!
Because we were able to drive an extra 50 yards or so from the road, I was able to take a much nicer up close and personal picture of this young lion resting in a tree. However it is important to note that the benefit of the conservancies does more than help out the photographer, it’s also better for the animals.
“The community-run conservancies are the most successful and significant tourism development in Kenya since the creation of its first national parks in the 1940s – Cynthia Moss, IFAW”
Conclusions About Joining a Private Safari
A simple compare and contrast of the two images in this post is a far more compelling explanation of why you should join me on a private safari, than I can write. I’ll add another benefit of my private African Safaris, you’ll always have the whole row in our open top vehicles for your photography. No mater which direction the action is coming from you won’t have to worry about shooting around a seat mate. It’s also nice to have that bit of extra space to ride in comfort.
Check out my photography workshop calendar and find out where and when you can join me on an amazing private safari in Africa.
Robert Reid writes for National Geographic and you can read his story about the Masai Mara…HERE.
Dr. Cynthia Moss works for the International Fund for Animal Welfare and you can learn more…HERE.