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. This trip for 2018 will be lead by Ewen Bell and Ian Rolfe, with ground operations and guiding from Fredrik Broman. It's an allstar team to ensure you have a truly remarkable African adventure.
October 6-20, 2018
Maximum group size of 9, priced at US$11,880
Oct 6 / Nairobi
We begin our journey by meeting up at the Amber Hotel, just outside the centre of Nairobi. There are nearby shopping malls if you need to pickup anything last minute, and any excess luggage can be left at the hotel until we return at the end of the journey. The next morning we start our drive into the wilderness.
Oct 7-8 / Ol Pejeta Conservancy
We drive north towards mount Kenya that will come up on our right. Our base will be Sweetwaters Serena Camp, clustered around a waterhole in Ol Pejeta Conservancy, and here we find an amazing amount of wildlife. Both black and white rhino and the special gravy’s zebra for example. At Ol Pejeta there is also a very unique chimpanzee sanctuary, connected with the Jane Goodall Institute. The variety of bushland and savannah landscape, over Mt Kenya and a lot of game offer us an intense start of our photo tour in Kenya.
Oct 9 / Aberdare Range
On our way down into the Great Rift Valley we first elevate up a bit into the Aberdare Range. Here we meet rainforest and mountain landscapes. The range has an average elevation of 3500 meters and the summit is 3999 meters. Our home for the night of the 14th is the Ark, surrounded by forest and bushland, but just next to a waterhole also with ground level photo opportunities.
Oct 10-11 / Great Rift Valley
We leave the higher altitudes and drive down into the Great Rift Valley. A huge structure that divides the horn of Africa from the rest of the continent, and growing slowly by 2cm per year. In the middle of the valley we will do boat rides on lake Naivasha, look for hippos and do a walk on crescent island, sanctuary for giraffes and antelopes. In Hells Gate National Park we meet dramatic landscapes, take a dip in a thermoheated pool as well a do a walk in a gorge if someone is up to that. We stay at Sopa Lodge, with landscape photo opportunities straight from there.
Oct 12-13 / Maji Moto
Now we will reach the western end of the Great Rift Valley. We will go down a little bit in comfort but definitely upwards in adventure factor. Maji Moto Camp (Maji Moto means hot water) is situated just on the edge of the rift and run all by Masai from the area. Founded by Neva and Roman from Slovenia, who founded the camp around 10 years ago and decided to start a project with the local Masai community. We will do a walk in the area with local Masai trackers and explore tracks, signs, plants and more. Also a chance to take a dip in the hot springs close to the camp.
Oct 14-16 / 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 17-18 / 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 19 / Nairobi
We catch our private plane out of the Maasai Mara to make the journey to Nairobi a little quicker and more comfortable. Checkin luggage for this flight is restricted to 20kg/44lbs, but you can still carry onboard your camera gear. With the smaller aircraft we just have a limit on space, so any excess luggage you brought to Nairobi can be left at the hotel while we are on safari. The evening in Nairobi will be our last night together and a chance to repack before catching our flights to new adventures.
Oct 20 / Departure
Checkout from hotel in the morning will be 11am. We will have a private airport transfer arranged for each of your flights.
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 $2,000 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 2018 and share the journey with my great friend, Fredrik Broman."
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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."