Africa, what a place! I’ve been more than a dozen times, and she never disappoints. If you are like me; you grew up watching Tarzan, loved the circus and the zoo, Marlin Perkins was a hero, Hatari was an incredible movie, and you dreamt of being in Africa. I can assure you that the real thing is even more amazing than you have imagined. I love this Kenya Safari! I’ve done this exact safari 4 times and can’t wait to share that with you! Once you experience a Kenya Safari, you will love it too! And of course, You Will Be Amazed!
I am so excited to be going back for a Kenya Safari in the “green” season. It is the most beautiful time of the year and the plains are a verdant green and not the browns of fall. We will visit the stunning Amboseli National Park, and if the “shy mountain” Kilimanjaro allows, we’ll see vast herds of elephants along with that iconic peak. We’ll travel north to a valley in the foothills of Mt. Kenya. This area has the highest concentration of the highly endangered Black Rhino and the only 2 Northern White Rhinos on earth! From there we continue our safari and explore the fabulous Masai Mara National Park. We’ll be looking for the Big Five (elephant, rhino, leopard, lion, and buffalo) and everything in between. And that is just the highlights!!
Kenya Safari Highlights
- 10 Nights and 11 Days
- Private Safari Vehicles
- Small Group – ONLY 6 CLIENTS
- Baby Elephant Adoption, Masai Mara, and Amboseli Parks
- Cost – $8535 (Double Occupancy) $9735 (Single Occupancy) Children 16 and Under with Adult $7977
Kenya Safari 2018 Details
Kenya Safari Dates
Arrive Nairobi on January 26, 2018
Depart Nairobi after 5:00 PM on February 6, 2018
Safari Daily Schedule
We will meet you at Nairobi International Airport and deliver you to our lodge in Nairobi. I’ve chosen a lovely nearby colonial-style lodge to ease comfortably into the local time zone. You’ll for sure feel the “Out of Africa” vibe of Macushla House. It’s my absolute favorite space in Nairobi.
The overnight accommodation is spacious with ensuite bathrooms for a maximum of ten guests. Open beamed ceilings, natural woodwork, log fires in the lounges and views over one of the last pockets of indigenous forest, complement the serenity and style of Macushla.
The bar and dining room take on an ambiance of intimacy yet have been host to many a celebratory function and informal business dinner. The food at Macushla will leave you in no doubt that you are in a private home and not a hotel. The terrace and swimming pool are regular venues for guests to relax, choose a tasty dish from the daily menu offered throughout the day and evening, or simply a traditional tea with a hint of indulgence – scones, strawberry jam, and cream.
There are some great birds and Vervet Monkeys in the gardens, and you can get some practice in for our safari. Oh, the managers are Carrie and Grant! How cool is that?
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]“Nothing but breathing the air of Africa, and actually walking through it, can communicate the indescribable sensations.”[/quote]
William Burchell, 19th Century Explorer
Sleep in as you please today and have breakfast at your leisure at Macushla House. We have a light schedule today, and we will have time to do a little shopping for forgotten items, curios, and some local sightseeing.
The highlight of the day will no doubt be our trip to the David Sheldrick Foundation to choose your baby elephant for adoption! It is fun, and I have to say emotional experience. I love when I get an email filling me on how my son, Ngilai, is faring.
I’m sure it’ll be a battle to get you out of the baby elephant orphanage, so your reward will be dinner at the world famous, Carnivore restaurant. The Carnivore is the ultimate ‘Beast of a Feast’ A variety of meat including ostrich, crocodile, and camel, is roasted over charcoal and carved at your table. Delicious side dishes and an exceptional array of sauces complement this fixed price feast that also includes soup, a selection of desserts and Kenyan coffee. Set in attractive tropical gardens, the service, and the décor are outstanding. Those of you that are not carnivores, there is something for everyone on the menu.
Our safari gets under way after breakfast. We’ll head to Nairobi Wilson Airport for our 50-minute flight to the spectacular Amboseli National Park. The park is home to the most amazing elephants in all of Africa. The elephants here have a very high percentage of big tuskers. Fingers crossed we will photograph one of these great beasts.
Our home for the next two days will be Porrini Amboseli Camp (Trip Advisor – 5 Stars) in the private reserve, Selenkay Conservancy.
The camp includes nine spacious guest tents, comfortably furnished and with en suite bathrooms including shower, wash basin and flush toilet. Tents have solar-powered electric lighting. The camp is small and is on the lines of the traditional luxury safari camp.
Once you settle into your tent, we will re-group for lunch and discuss the rest of the days’ activities. After we eat, we’ll take a short walk to visit the local Masai village for some insight into their way of life and culture. Photography is welcome.
After we return to camp, we will head out on our first game drive. You never know what to expect on a game drive, I’ve been on hundreds, and none of them have ever been the same. The one thing I will guarantee is that you’ll be very excited! We’ll photograph until the sunsets and stop to enjoy a sundowner in the bush before we enjoy a night drive back to the lodge and our evening meal.
Awake to the noisy calls of the birds. After an early breakfast, we drive through the bush on our private track into Amboseli National Park, for a full morning of game viewing. Following a picnic lunch in the park, we return to Porini Camp later in the afternoon. In the evening you will go for a game drive in Selenkay Conservancy, stopping for sundowner drinks at a scenic viewpoint for sunset, followed by a night game drive to look for nocturnal animals such as aardvarks, serval cats, caracals, bat-eared foxes, African wild cats, and other species. After such a busy day of photography and adventure, our gourmet meal will be welcome!
After an early breakfast, we’ll break camp and fly to Porini Rhino Camp (Trip Advisor – 5 Stars) in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy and at the base of Mount Kenya.
Once we are settled in and fed, we will head out on a game drive. We will be watching for all creatures great and small, but our target this evening is the endangered and elusive, Black Rhinoceros.
Rinse and repeat yesterday’s activities (no plane ride) with one very cool addition, a trip to Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary. There are no wild chimps here, but rather these are abandoned pets and rescue animals that cannot survive in the wild. We will also have a chance to the most endangered animal on the planet, the Northern White Rhinoceros. There are only 3 left in the world and extinction is nearly ensured.
Today we depart on our Safarilink flight to the Masai Mara region of Kenya. We’ll be staying on the Olare Moroogi Conservancy at the wondrous Porini Lion Camp (Trip Advisor – 5 Stars).
Porini Lion Camp is in a unique and stunning setting on the banks of the seasonal Ntiakatiak River within the Olare Motorogi Conservancy. This vast area borders the Masai Mara National Reserve and is home to an abundance of animals including Mara’s great Big Cats. There is excellent game viewing within the conservancy due to its pure natural state and the Porini Lion Camp – with just ten tents – ensures guests have a genuine “away from it all” experience deep in the African bush.
After 14 trips to Africa, I have certainly seen a lot, but I’ve been blown away by the game viewing at this camp. In August of 2016, my last visit, we saw 24 lions in the first hour of the first game drive! This will no doubt be the highlight of this Kenya Safari!
The tastefully furnished tents feature solar-powered lighting, ensuite facilities (with hot shower and flush toilet) and a private verandah.
Our active safari life; sleep, eat, game drive, eat, rest, game drive, drink, eat and sleep continues at Lion Camp!
Sadly it’s our final game drive, and then we drive through Masai Mara Reserve (cameras out) on the way to the airstrip. We’ll return to Nairobi and enjoy the luxuries of a day room at the Eka Hotel. Think showers that never run out of hot water, TV, fast internet; wait don’t reflect on that it sounds like home!
We take you by private vehicle to Nairobi International Airport where you can connect with your onward flight.
Note: camp managers or guides may change the daily activities or daily scheduled activities
Note: “delayed departure” options with later flight back from the camps still require checkout of your tent at the standard time
Kenya Safari 2017 Fees
OK, I’m in What Does it Cost? This 11-day safari is $8995 per person sharing and includes. If you are a solo traveler, I will do everything I can to assist you in finding a suitable person to share your lodging. If we cannot find a person for you to share accommodations, the single supplement is $1200. This supplement will give you private accommodations throughout the safari.
Included in the Kenya Safari
Well, you get me and at the price of this safari that is quite a bargain! I will help you with your photography, and of course, we’ll spend time together looking at images and all of that sort of thing. I’ll make sure that you cameras are set up correctly and can answer all of your photography questions.
At Macushla House: Breakfast daily
At Porini camps: all meals & drinks (bottled water, soft drinks, beer, wine and gin & tonic), sundowners at scenic spots for sunsets, walks with Maasai warriors (optional but included), off-road driving advantages, exclusive wildlife viewing opportunities, day AND night time game drives in private 4×4 safari vehicles, and park fees included.
The following flights are included: Nairobi Wilson to Selenkay Selenkay to Nanyuki Nanyuki to Masai Mara Masai Mara to Nairobi Wilson
Not Included in the Kenya Safari
Your only expenses will be airfare to Nairobi, gratuities and any items you may decide to buy. And no you can’t buy one of the baby elephants!
Download the Brochure
Please download the safari brochure; there are a little bit more info and several more images. Plus it’s a cool thing to read and re-read while you are planning your safari with me! Download the African Photo Safari 2017 brochure.
Safariguy’s Kenya Safari Map
Ready to Join me on an Amazing Safari in Kenya?
You may have noticed that I have a thing for Africa, well more like a love affair with Africa. I won’t deny it; I do love Africa, and I’d love to show you why.
I’ll be stunned if you don’t love Africa too so let’s go safari; You Will Be Amazed!
People are Talking About Wildlife Workshops
I thought the workshop was a complete success and I can’t thank you enough for being the caring, thoughtful person you are, who kept everything light and full of humor. You ran a wonderful workshop and you are a good man Gunga Din!
I enjoyed being a part of this workshop, it was great shooting with you. I look forward to working with you again!
Thank you for a great workshop. It provided an opportunity to get up close and personal with more animals in a smaller amount of time than otherwise possible. It would take a lifetime to see some of these animals, and most of them from too far away for a great photograph. You ran a great workshop and it won’t be the last that I attend!
If you feel that your photographic technique needs help, consider going with Jeff. He will help you with your technique and also will give you pointers about what makes a good picture. I can still hear him say “ears!”. If you want to know why, sign up with him. Plus he knows all the very good restaurants around there. After a light lunch, the nice dinners with our fellow attendees were welcome.
Almost impossible to explain to others how great this workshop is – you just have to go experience it!
It is hard to describe the thrill of a mountain lion tearing through the brush and jumping into the water about 30 feet from you. This has been the best photography workshop I have attended. I look forward to returning to Kalispell in the winter next year.
Thank you for such an amazing experience on the best workshop I’ve attended! Thanks for helping me get some exciting photos and I’ll be back in the winter!
I want to thank you again for what I learned from you in the discussion sessions. I think you helped me take my work to the next level.
This workshop exceeded my expectations in every regard. Jeff makes the entire experience exciting, educational and fun. He always is there to help. I can hardly wait for my next adventure with Jeff.
I can’t begin to tell you how much I LOVED the opportunity to photograph those beautiful animals. Each session was thrilling and I’m really looking forward to the January workshop.