Wildebeest Migration & Big Cats Photo Tour - 16 Days
• 16 days of watching and following big cats and the wildebeest migration between early July to Oct. 4 nights in Samburu National Reserve, 2 nights each in Ol Pejeta Conservancy & Lake Nakuru National Parks and 7 nights in Masai Mara National Reserve. • Accommodation in Mara will be chosen depending on your dates and the location of the wildebeest, also depending with the number photographers we may opt to stay in a private mobile-tented camp.• The tour fits well for new to profession wildlife photographer as well as other family members who are not into photography.
Day 1: Nairobi- Samburu National Reserve
Arrive early in the morning at Nairobi’s JKI Airport or be picked up early in the morning from your hotel and transfer to Samburu National Reserve. (It’s recommended to arrive the previous night for ample rest time before embarking on our epic big mammals photo tour. Hotel room previous night could be arranged)
After breakfast, we’ll pass through pineapple plantations in Thika and coffee farms and later cross the open plains between the Mt. Kenya and Aberdare Ranges arriving at Samburu National Reserve for lunch. We’ll spend the next 4 nights here and the game drive should take us through to Samburu & Buffalo Springs National Reserves.
After lunch a rest and later drive our for our first game drive lasting till 1830hrs
Big Game here includes species well restricted to the arid conditions and nearly north of Equator such as Gravy’s Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk among large herds of Elephants, Impalas, Grant’s and Thompson’s Gazelles.
Vulturine Guineafowl is a species we hope not to miss. The Samburu tribesmen (closely resembling and sharing the Maa language with Masai) inhabits the area and a visit to their homestead is a treat to remember.
Ashnil Samburu Tented Camp
Overnight at Ashnil Samburu Tented Camp
Day 5 : Samburu National Reserve – Ol Pejeta Conservancy
After an early morning, breakfast and enroute game drive and transfer to the largest Black Rhino sanctuary in East Africa known as Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy. Arrive for lunch and gamedrive in the afternoon.
Our tented camp, a sheltered oasis, clustered around a water hole and set in the pristine calm of the private conservancy, Sweetwaters Serena Camp offers a charming blend of under-canvas ambiance and Kenyan safari luxury.
Overnight at Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp
Day 6 : Ol Pejeta Conservancy
We spend the whole day out on game drive photographing wildlife
Day 9: Lake Nakuru National Park - Masai Mara National Reserve
After early morning breakfast, we’ll head to our final destination, Masai Mara National Reserve where we’ll spend our next 7 nights in the central part of the reserve not far from the banks of the Mara River in a luxurious tented camp.
We chose the accommodation depending on the time and the location of the wildebeest migration
Overnight at a Matira Bush Camp
Day 10-15: Masai Mara National Reserve
In the camp’s forest, a flock of both the Shallow’s and Ross’s Turacos may appear and herds of large mammals may be well visible from the dining area. During the famous Wildebeest migration, the big herds fill the area and you may frequently encounter large cats such as Lions, Hyenas, and Cheetah.