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The Great Migration

African Safari
Photography Tour 2020

Join Glenn McKimmin and experience this unforgettable luxury African Safari photo tour. Explore the wildlife havens of Amboseli National Park with stunning vistas of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Samburu Reserve, and the famed Masai Mara. Shoot elephant, buffalo, hippo, lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, zebra and much more during the amazing migration of the wildebeest.

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Tour Overview

Join us on a unique African Safari journey to visit some of the most sought-after safari destinations – starting at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro in Amboseli National Park and continuing on to the more arid region of Samburu National Reserve and finishing at the renowned Masai Mara Reserve, home of Big Cat Diary fame.

Amboseli National Park is 260km (160 miles) from Nairobi, on the border with the neighbouring country of Tanzania. Its magnificent situation at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, combined with its excellent opportunities to view Kenya’s animals, make it one of the most-visited safari parks in Kenya

Amboseli is renowned for its large herds of free-ranging African elephants. There are over 900 African elephants in Amboseli, as well as huge herds of wildebeests and many other animals including giraffes, African lions, monkeys, zebras, hyenas and antelope

Saruni Samburu is located in tribal lands to the north of Samburu National Reserve. The lodge overlooks a vast private wildlife sanctuary called Kalama Conservancy, and has exclusive access to the surrounding 200,000 acres of pristine, protected wilderness. Saruni Samburu is located about 7 km from the Northern border of the Samburu National Reserve (accessed through the Kalama Gate).

The Masai Mara is Kenya’s finest wildlife sanctuary. Everything about this reserve is outstanding. The wildlife is abundant and the gentle rolling grasslands ensure that animals are never out of sight. Birds, too, are prolific.

Including migrants, well over 450 species have been recorded, among them 57 species of birds of prey. The climate is gentle, rarely too hot and well spread rainfall year round. Rain, when it falls almost always chooses the late afternoon or night. Between July and October, when the great wildebeest migration is in the Mara, the sensation is unparalleled.

When

24 July – 4 August 2020

Where

Kenya, Africa

Price

$11,995 US per person

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wildlife of Africa

The Great Migration
Best photo tour in africa

Indulge in luxury

accomodation and

incredible cuisine

What to bring

  • A DSLR Camera with lens/lenses
  • Spare batteries, there will be a long days with plenty of shooting.
  • A sturdy tripod.
  • Remote shutter release.
  • Filters if you have them (Polarizer/Graduated/Neutral Density).
  • Good walking shoes.
  • Wet weather gear & a compact umbrella(rain will not hold us back).
  • Your creative brains.

What to wear

  • The average temp in Africa in July/August is top 22 degrees celscius with a low of 11 degrees celscius
  • Breathable cotton clothing.
  • Neutral colours.
  • Good supportive boots. Waterproof would be best.

What you will photograph

  • Africa’s big game – elephant, buffalo, hippo, lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, zebra
  • Unusual arid-adapted species – reticulated giraffe, grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, gerenuk, and vulturine guinea fowl
  • The great wildebeest migration in the Masai Mari
  • Maasai and Samburu people
  • Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • Photographic hide at Samburu
  • Stunning Landscapes
Meals

Breakfast, lunch & dinner will be provided each day.

Meeting time & place

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi

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Tour Mentors

Glenn Mckimmin

Glenn Mckimmin

Landscape Photographer

Tour Overview

Day 1: Nairobi

Our tour starts with an overnight in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, in order to get the group together for the first time. We will overnight at the Ole Sereni Hotel, not too far from the airport.

The Ole Sereni Hotel Nairobi is located just off the Mombasa Road and overlooking the famous Nairobi Game Park. Ole Sereni Hotel is strategically positioned between the Airport and the city center, at an area fondly known as a ‘place of tranquility’ (Ole Sereni) by the Masai. Ole Sereni Hotel Nairobi, offers visitors exactly what its name denotes, combining all the best aspects of a modern City Hotel and a traditional bush Lodge. Ole Sereni captures the essence of Nairobi which is the only city in the world that boasts a Game Park within its precincts. This is evident as guests view animals at the waterhole in the Park from the Restaurants, Bar, Swimming Pool and selected parts of the Hotel.

Day 2 to 5: Amboseli National Park

After an early breakfast we will transfer to the domestic airport, Wilson Airport, and fly to Amboseli (around 45 minutes). Here we will spend three nights, accessing the adjacent Amboseli National Park using private safari vehicles. We will focus most of our attention on the majestic landscapes and photographing the many elephant herds that come down to the nearby swamp to feed and drink each day.

Accommodation has been arranged for three nights on a full board basis inclusive of soft drinks, beer and house wine. Laundry is available and included.

Overnight at Tortilis Camp – Full Board

Tortilis Camp is named after the flat-topped, umbrella thorn tree, the Acacia Tortilis, and is situated in one of Amboseli’s areas of Acacia Tortilis woodland, with the majestic backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain, and the World’s highest free-standing mountain, snow-capped Kilimanjaro. Game drives, walks, sundowners and bush meals take place both inside the park, and within a private 30,000 acre game concession.

Each thatched-covered canvas tent consists of a main bedroom (with wooden floors), permanent en-suite bathroom (hot running water, stone floors, shower and flush toilet) and spacious veranda. There is a main lounge, bar and dining area, all exquisitely built with natural materials and thatched roofs, and with magnificent views of Mount Kilimanjaro. There is also a swimming pool to cool off.

With an invitingly lush and healthy vegetable garden, Tortilis Camp prides itself in serving up its fresh homegrown salads and vegetables with every meal. From impressive bush breakfast/lunches out in the middle of the plains, to fresh homemade pastas and breads at the camp, the Tortilis chefs excel themselves with every meal. Tortilis Camp is happy to cater to special diets such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc. Please make sure you inform us in advance.

Activities include game drives in open 4×4 vehicles, cultural visits to a nearby Maasai village, guided bush walks and massage treatments!

Day 5 to 8: Samburu Reserve

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for your flight to Samburu (connecting via Nairobi). You will arrive at midday and will be met by our local guides in open 4×4 vehicles, and proceed to the river for a picnic lunch (and orientation). This transfer is approximately 2 hours and offers clients not only magnificent scenery but also a variety of diverse landscapes along the way.

Accommodation has been arranged for three nights on a full board basis inclusive of soft drinks, beer and house wine. Laundry is available and included.

Overnight at Saruni Samburu – Full Board

Saruni Samburu is a stunningly located lodge just north of Samburu National Reserve, in Kenya’s wild north. Surrounded by 95,000 hectares of private wildlife conservancy, and perched on top of a spectacular viewpoint, its large rooms and swimming pool overlook a breathtakingly vast landscape. Several waterholes are located nearby where the famous Samburu elephant, leopard, reticulated giraffe, Oryx and Grevy’s zebra gather to drink. The vastness and purity of this African landscape, combined with the untouched local Samburu culture, will make your safari a unique experience.

Day 8 to 11: Masai Mara Reserve

After a final morning activity in Samburu we will transfer to the airstrip for flight to the Masai Mara. We will spend four nights at one of Kenya’s longest-standing safari camps – Governors Private Camp. Our days will be spent amongst the wildebeest migration, biding our time as we wait for the dramatic river crossings that take place at this time of year. Drawn to the wildebeest herds are a plethora of predators including all the big cats – lion, leopard and cheetah. The Masai Mara is a very open habitat, ideal for photography, and we will be working hard to bring you the best possible wildlife sightings in this, Kenya’s premier game reserve.

Accommodation has been arranged for four nights on a full board basis inclusive of soft drinks, beer and house wine. Laundry is available and included.

Overnight at Governors Private Camp – Full Board

THE MASAI MARA RESERVE

The Masai Mara is Kenya’s finest wildlife sanctuary. Everything about this reserve is outstanding. The wildlife is abundant and the gentle rolling grasslands ensure that animals are never out of sight. Birds too, are prolific, with well over 450 species having been recorded. The climate is gentle, rarely too hot and well spread rainfall year-round. Rain, when it falls almost always chooses the late afternoon or overnight. Between July and October, when the great wildebeest migration is in the Mara the sensation of being surrounded by game is unparalleled.

The first sight of this natural wonderland is breathtaking. Here the great herds of shuffling elephants browse among the rich tree-studded grasslands with an occasional sighting of a solitary and ill-tempered rhino. Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, topi and eland and many more species of plains’ game offer a rich choice of food for the dominant predators; lion, leopard and cheetah which hunt in this pristine wilderness. In the Mara River, hippos submerge at the approach of a vehicle only to surface seconds later to snort and grumble their displeasure. Seemingly drowsy crocodiles sunbathe on the river banks, mouths agape, and waiting with subtle cunning for prey at which to strike with lightning swiftness.

But this richness of fauna, this profusion of winged beauty and the untouched fragility of the landscape, are all subordinate to the Mara’s foremost attraction, the march of the wildebeest. Each year, far south in the great vastness of the Serengeti, the wildebeest raise their dignified but quaint heads, sniff the air and, as if by one accord, start the long trek to the Kenya border and the Masai Mara. After exhausting the grazing in Tanzania’s northern Serengeti, a large number of wildebeest and zebra enter the Masai Mara through July drawn by the sweet grass raised by the long rains of April and May. It is estimated that more than a million wildebeest enter the Mara and are joined by another 100,000 from the Loita Hills east of the Mara. Driving in the midst of these great herds is an unimaginable experience. Whilst the eyes feast on the spectacle the air carries the smells, the dust and the sounds of hundreds of thousands of animals.

There is nowhere else on earth to compare with this wildlife marvel. But the trek is costly. The herds are a draw for ravenous predators, especially hyenas and lions, and thousands of the lame, laggard and sick never complete the cycle. More die, by drowning or by the teeth of the cunning crocodile, whilst trying to cross the swirling muddy waters of the Mara and Talek rivers. Once the Mara’s grass has been devoured and when fresh rain in Tanzania has brought forth a new flush there, the herds turn south, heading hundreds of kilometres back to Serengeti and the Ngorongoro plains. There the young are dropped in time to grow sufficiently strong to undertake the long march north six months later.

Although July, August and September are the months when the Mara plains are filled with migrating wildebeest and zebra, there is much resident wildlife year round. Apart from the better known species there are numerous opportunities to add some of the rare and less frequently seen animals to the visitor’s checklist. In the south western sector you may be lucky enough to see roan antelope, a handsome creature regrettably rare countrywide. Bat-eared foxes peer from their burrows and there are thousands of topi, an antelope not found in other major parks save Tsavo. The combination of a gentle climate, scenic splendour and untold numbers of wildlife makes the Masai Mara Kenya’s most popular inland destination.

Day 12: Departure from Nairobi

After our final morning game drive and late breakfast, we say goodbye to life on safari and return to Nairobi. From here you will pick up your connecting flight home.

Included in the African Safari Photography Tour 2020

  • Bed and Breakfast at Ole Sereni Hotel
  • Full board accommodation at Tortilis Camp, Saruni Samburu and Governors Private Camp
  • Soft drinks, beer and house wine at each camp (as above)
  • Airport / Airstrip / Camp transfers as per itinerary
  • Open 4×4 vehicles throughout – 4 photographers per vehicle
  • Park entrance fees
  • Scheduled flights as per itinerary
  • Laundry at all properties
  • All activities as per itinerary

Not included in the African Safari Photography Tour 2020

  • Travel insurance
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Champagne, luxury spirits & wines
  • Any activities not included in the itinerary
  • All statutory increases beyond our control
  • International flights and visa fees
  • Gratuities to camp staff

*TOUR ITINERARY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT THE DISCRETION OF FOTOWORKSHOPS. PLEASE READ OUR T&C FOR MORE INFO.

Why choose our Photography Tours?

Imagine combining a dream holiday with your passion for photography. You will explore secret locations and gain new expertise in one of the greatest art forms ever created. With Fotoworkshops, you will be personally mentored by some of the most highly regarded professionals in the industry. A truly immersive experience that is sure to check off on the bucket list. Our itineraries and experience in handpicked locations will ensure you never miss an opportunity, you can capture everything from breath-taking waterfalls, wild bears, quiet and serene sandy beaches, snow-capped mountains, volcanoes, diverse and wonderful local people, streetscapes and ancient cultures – the list is endless.

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Fitness Level

All of our Photo Tours require a moderate level of fitness. There are no major walks but where possible we would like our guests to be able to walk for about an hour if needed. Check with your tour guide before leaving and we can give you a better idea of any special fitness requirements you may need to complete the Tour.

Private Guided Photography Tours

If groups are not for you and you would prefer to travel by yourself or with a group of friends and family then we can accommodate your needs by customizing a Photography Tour to suit your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests.

We also offer private one or two day photo tours and workshops in many of our locations. Please or email us for rates and information.

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Travel insurance is a compulsory part of booking any of our Photography Tours. We can assist you if you wish, ask us via email bookings@fotoworkshops.com.au

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