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Overview

Q: What is included in this Kenya photo safari?

A: This is a 12-day small group photography safari in Kenya during the Great Migration. It includes visits to Amboseli, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Lake Naivasha, Masai Mara, and Mara North Conservancy. The trip price covers lodging, meals, park fees, transfers, flights between parks, and daily game drives. Professional photographer guides lead the experience.

Q: When does this safari take place?

A: This specific departure is scheduled for August 25 – September 5, 2024. It is timed to coincide with the annual Great Migration in the Masai Mara region.

Q: How many people are in the group?

A: Group size is limited to 9 passengers plus photographer guides, for a intimate safari experience. You’ll travel in Land Cruiser 4×4 vehicles holding a maximum of 7 passengers each.

Q: What airport do I fly into and out of?

A: You’ll arrive at and depart from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. Transfers are included from the airport to the first hotel.

Q: How strenuous is this safari?

A: Most days include early morning and afternoon game drives. You’ll spend lots of time in the vehicles on bumpy roads. Some walking is required, so this trip is recommended for people in good health who can handle physically active days.

Q: Is Kenya safe to visit?

A: Kenya is very safe for tourists sticking to the safari circuit and our guides know the safe areas. You’ll have 24/7 support from your guides and drivers during the trip.

Itinerary & Locations

Q: What is the day-to-day itinerary for this trip?

A: The 12-day itinerary includes…[summary of each day’s activities, lodging and locations]

Q: What parks and reserves are included?

A: This safari visits Amboseli National Park, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Lake Naivasha, Masai Mara National Reserve, and Mara North Conservancy. You’ll see a diversity of landscapes and wildlife across these regions.

Q: How much time is spent in each location?

A: The trip spends 2-4 nights at each location:

  • Amboseli National Park: 3 nights
  • Ol Pejeta Conservancy: 2 nights
  • Lake Naivasha: 1 night
  • Masai Mara National Reserve: 2 nights
  • Mara North Conservancy: 2 nights

This allows for proper exploration of each area to maximize wildlife viewing and photography opportunities.

Q: Why visit so many different parks and reserves?

A: Each area offers diverse landscapes and special wildlife viewing opportunities. By visiting multiple regions, you’re able to see a wide variety of species and ecosystems.

Q: How long are the drives between locations?

A: Drives range from 1.5 hours up to 5 hours between the farthest points. Flights between some parks help reduce driving times.

Q: What are the highlight animals and activities at each location?

A: Amboseli – elephants, views of Kilimanjaro; Ol Pejeta – chimpanzees, rhinos; Lake Naivasha – hippos, boat rides; Masai Mara – wildebeest migration, big cats; Mara North – wilderness, few tourists.

Activities & Wildlife

Q: What wildlife is seen on this trip?

A: Kenya is renowned for the “Big 5” – lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalo. You’ll also likely see herds of wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, flamingos, ostriches, cranes, and more. Different parks offer sightings of different species.

Q: What special activities are included?

A: In addition to multiple daily game drives, you’ll have the chance to visit a chimpanzee conservancy at Ol Pejeta, take a boat ride on Lake Naivasha, and more. Optional add-on activities are also available for an extra fee.

Q: What photographic instruction is provided?

A: Professional photographer guides provide instruction throughout the trip – mentoring you in the field, reviewing your images, and offering tips to improve your wildlife photography skills.

Q: Will I see the Great Migration?

A: The August-September timing is planned for the peak of the migration through the Masai Mara region, but viewing is never guaranteed. Our guides do their best to provide great migration sightings based on real-time conditions.

Q: How close do we get to the animals?

A: Guides get you as close as safely possible, often within just feet or yards of wildlife using their expert driving skills and knowledge of animal behaviors.

Q: Can I choose what animals I want to see?

A: We wish! Viewing is dependent on wildlife movements, weather, and luck. But our guides work hard to provide the best variety of sightings possible.

Accommodations & Transport

Q: What types of lodging are included?

A: You’ll stay at a mix of luxury tented camps, lodges and hotels located inside the parks and conservancies. All feature en-suite bathrooms and meals. This allows for front-row wildlife viewing.

Q: How do we get around each day?

A: Custom-built 4×4 Land Cruiser vehicles transport you on game drives. These vehicles allow exceptional viewing and have pop-up roofs for photography. Flights between parks are also included.

Q: What amenities and services are available at the lodges?

A: Lodges offer en-suite bathrooms, restaurants, bars, wifi (sometimes), pools, gift shops, and other services. Details vary by property.

Q: How many people are in each safari vehicle?

A: Land Cruisers accommodate no more than 7 passengers each. You’ll have window seats and rotate throughout the trip.

Q: What safety features do the vehicles have?

A: Vehicles have pop-up roofs for wildlife viewing and photography, seatbelts, first aid kits, spare tires, radio communication and more.

Exclusions & Extras

Q: What is not included in the trip price?

A: International flights, visa fees, gratuities, personal items, and optional activities (listed in the PDF) are not included. Travel insurance is recommended.

Q: Are there any additional taxes or fees?

A: Park fees are subject to increase by local authorities. Any increases will be passed along to trip pricing.

Q: Are visas required to visit Kenya?

A: Yes, you must obtain a visa in advance through the eVisa Kenya website. Tourist visas are $50-100 USD, depending on length.

Q: Can I extend my stay before or after the scheduled trip?

A: Yes! Just let us know if you need help booking extra nights at any location.

Q: Are gratuities included for local guides and staff?

A: No, gratuities are not included but are customary. We suggest $15-20 USD per participant per day.