If you only visit Kenya once in your lifetime, then this is it. Wildlife and Masai culture with two professional photographers, luxurious lodges and private land cruisers.
15 day adventure into the wild. Join two professional photographers in private land cruisers to explore the wilderness and culture of Kenya. Incredible value and a once in a lifetime journey.
October 6-20, 2018
October 11-25, 2017 - Fully Boooked
Maximum group size of 8, priced at US$10,280
Oct 11 - Nairobi
We begin our journey by meeting up at the Panafric, just outside the centre of Nairobi. It has an atmosphere that mixes the feeling of deep Africa with the colonial era of British East Africa. It's not the newest hotel in Nairobi but has a great restaurant and grill. It's nice to sit on the veranda and hear the sounds of the city. The next morning we start our drive into the wilderness.
Oct 12/13/14/15 - Laikipia
We drive north with views of Mt Kenya to the right hand side of the road. The Laikipia Plateau is very dense bush with open savannah and fantastic landscapes with the Ewaso Nyiro river running through it. We get views of Mt Kenya with the sunset behind it. We start to see a lot of game here, with many kinds of antelopes and a healthy population of elephants. Our home for these four days will the El Karama Lodge, where Fredrik got married ten years ago.
Oct 16/17 - Maili Saba
The drive out of Laikipia takes us through the fascinating eastern slopes of the Rift Valley. We travel to the northern side of Lake Nakuru and spend two nights literally perched on the edge of a magnificent crater. The crater walk at Maili Saba takes us through fertile volcanic soils, and along the way we will meet Maasai farmers with their herds. The hospitality of the ladies who run Maili Saba Camp is amazing, you will be very happy for this stay.
Oct 18/19 - Sleeping Warrior
As we drive south we will explore the salt lakes of Nakuru and Elmenteita, and if the conditions are favourable we hope to see huge flocks of pink Flamingos feeding in the shallows. Sleeping Warrior is a remarkable lodge with great views of the Rift Valley and Soysambu Conservancy. The location offers some beautiful mountain scenery and a chance to see the endangered Rothschild's Giraffe.
Oct 20/21 - Maasai Mara
Now we head for the wide open savannah of the Maasai Mara. We stay at the JK Mara Camp, run entirely by the local Maasai Mara community. We get to see a lot of the local community here and learn about Maasai life. In the early hours of the morning and late afternoon we will be making game drives and chasing wildlife out on the plains. Our drivers have immense experience in these areas and their ability to locate wildlife is amazing.
The Maasai Mara is often referred to as the northern edge of the Serengeti. It has the highest mammal density on the earth. We will be there at the end of the great wildebeest migration. This event draws incredible numbers of big cats, but also a few of the smaller ones too.
Oct 22/23 - Entim
We stay in the Maasai Mara but move deeper into the game reserve to stay at the Entim for two nights. It is a very small camp but one the most beautiful in all of Kenya. A change of location gives us opportunity to explore more sites inside the Maasai Mara and look for species that we may have missed out on until now. Entim offers an amazing river view from the camp, and all within short distance of lion prides, cheetahs and even leopards. It will be the ultimate way to farewell the wilderness and the Maasai Mara before we head back to the city.
Oct 24 - Nairobi
We catch a private plane out of the Maasai Mara to make the journey to Nairobi a little quicker and more comfortable. The evening at Panafric Nairobi will be our last night together and a chance to repack before heading onwards to Rwanda for the tour extension, or heading home.
Oct 25 - Departure
Checkout from hotel in the morning for your flights out of Kenya, or to continue on to Rwanda to join Fredrik and the gorillas.
If you have a few questions and want to chat to Ewen, just click the button below to complete the booking form and deposit. Once you've paid the deposit of $1,500 your place on the tour is confirmed. If you wish to upgrade to a single room we can add that to your booking as well.
"My name is Ewen Bell and I love photography. Being on safari in Kenya is one of life's truly great experiences. The wildlife and wilderness offer incredible inspiration for photography, and the people of Kenya make it a travel journey that you will remember for a lifetime. I can't wait to get back in 2017 and share the journey with my great friend, Fredrik Broman."
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You won't find a better tour experience: Unmatched knowledge of the locations and local support, hand crafted experiences that run only once every one or two years, our experience teaching the art of photography and a commitment to smaller group sizes.
These tours are not just for advanced photographers, we love welcoming beginners to the craft to help them fast track their creative abilities. Sharing what we know and giving other photographers a truly wonderful experience is the best part of running these tours. If you're ready to learn new skills while you travel then this is the trip for you. If you want to spend quality time with like minded people and enjoy the sharing of knowledge and experiences, then we would love to have you along.
8 is Great
If you have to share a tour with dozens of other photographers, then it's just a tour instead of a photo tour. Smaller groups mean less drama, more fun and are infinitely more rewarding. My first responsibility is to ensure every person on my tour gets plenty of my time and advice, and with fewer photographers in one place you will come home with better photos and the best light :)
Small isn't just good, it's great!
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Ewen Bell's other website is called "Photography for Travellers", an online guide rich in features both practical and philosophical. Field guides to wonderful locations, insights into techniques plus inspiring idea to help you think differently about the art of photography.
Photography for Travellers
Ewen's guiding principles are simple...
"Go slow. Get closer. Look for the light."
"Photography is about showing other people how to see, to share the beauty of life. It's not a job, it's a lifestyle. We only get one lifetime, one chance to add some light into the world. Photography competitions are mostly silly. Cats are excellent."