Brimming with vibrant cultures, iconic landscapes, and an array of fascinating wild creatures, Kenya is an ideal setting for a photo safari.
Rolling grasslands teem with dazzling herds of zebra, giraffes canter against the silhouette of Mount Kilimanjaro, and the Maasai people carry on their traditions. Set out with a National Geographic photographer and a maximum of just 12 travelers to capture this picturesque country and its rich wildlife from all angles.
- Photograph a vast array of wildlife, from lolling lions to migrating wildebeests.
- Enjoy a rare chance to shoot portraits of the Maasai people and photograph their traditional way of life.
- Head out on safaris designed to maximize photographic opportunities.
- Stay in three exclusive tented camps, dedicated to the preservation of local wildlife and culture.
Days 1 & 2: Arrival Nairobi, Kenya
Depart on an overnight flight to Europe and connect with your flight to Kenya. Upon arrival, transfer to our boutique hotel, set amid gardens in a quiet neighborhood.
Days 3 & 4: Chyulu Hills
After breakfast, fly to the verdant Chyulu Hills, nestled between Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks. Sweeping plains unroll from here to the foot of Tanzania’s majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, visible in the distance. Settle into your luxurious tent at Campi ya Kanzi, a stunning ecolodge operated in conjunction with the local Maasai community. The lodge itself provides some great photographic opportunities—from the terrace of the main house, train your lens on the wildlife that comes to graze against a backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. On the first night, gather for a talk by our expert—and get tips for photographing wildlife.
During our stay here, explore hills, forests, and lakes on guided walks and game drives. With our Maasai trackers, learn the behavior of the creatures we may see—from zebras, giraffes, and kudus to buffaloes, lions, and cheetahs. Venture into the spectacular cloud forest atop the Chyulu Hills to photograph unusual trees, plants, and brilliant birds. Hike up to a hilltop for a sundowner, and capture the golden afternoon light on the plains. Get to know the traditions—and the families—of our Maasai hosts and trackers.
Campi ya Kanzi (B, L, D daily)
Days 5 & 6: Lewa Wilderness Conservancy
Fly to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, 62,000 acres of golden savanna dotted with iconic, flat-topped thorn trees on the northern flanks of Mount Kenya. The conservancy is home to a number of rare species, including the reticulated giraffe, the dazzling Grevy’s zebra, both black and white rhino, wild dog, and the endangered aquatic sitatunga. From our base at a luxury tented camp, spend two days taking part in a variety of activities designed to get you and your camera close to the rich wildlife of the region. Set out on day and nighttime wildlife shoots with Maasai wildlife guides, search for any of the hundreds of species of colorful birds on a birding walk, or prepare your equipment in a hide to capture images of animals at close range. Meet local Samburu, and enjoy a rare chance to photograph their traditional way of life. Take walks through the countryside to traditional villages, and venture into Lewa’s dramatic gorges and thick mountain jungles. Explore nearby prehistoric ruins, pay a visit to a local farm, and photograph the crafts of the region on a visit to an artisans’ center. We’ll stop for picnics in the bush and capture incredible views while sipping cocktails as the sun sets.
Lewa Safari Camp (B, L, D daily)
Days 7, 8, & 9: Masai Mara National Reserve
Today we fly to Leleshwa Camp, an intimate tented camp situated in the Siana Community Conservation Area just west of the Masai Mara Reserve. We’ll have three days to discover the endless grasslands and picturesque hills of this legendary region, photographing a broad spectrum of landscapes and wildlife—including the resident lion pride that can sometimes be heard from the camp. With luck, we’ll photograph enormous herds of migrating wildebeests as they cross the Mara River. On morning and afternoon game drives with wildlife guides, photograph hippos and crocodiles basking on riverbanks; zoom in on majestic leopards and playful elephant families; and snap action shots of lionesses stalking their prey. Study smaller creatures and plant life on guided bush walks. Spend time with the local community, visiting a school supported by the camp, shooting portraits of our Maasai neighbors, and documenting their everyday life. In the evenings, take advantage of the camp’s multimedia workshop to review and edit your images.
Leleshwa Tented Camp (B, L, D daily)
Days 10 & 11: Masai Mara - Nairobi
Enjoy one last morning on safari before departing for Nairobi on a charter flight. Relax in dayrooms before transferring to the airport for flights home, arriving the following day.
Palacina Suites (dayroom) (B,L,D)
Scheduled round trip light aircraft flights between Nairobi and the Maasai Mara, with a high luggage allowance of 70 lbs per person, window seats for all guests in the safari vehicles, accommodations, meals from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on final day, non-alcoholic drinks at camps, with meals, and in vehicles, house alcoholic drinks in camps, services of NHA Expedition Leader (specific leaders subject to change), local guides and lodge staff, some gratuities, airport transfers on Day 1 and final day, permits and entrance fees, and all taxes.
Travel to and from start and end point of trip, premium alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and visa fees, optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes, optional travel insurance, and required medical evacuation insurance.