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Kenya Migration Photo Safari

9 days with Natural Habitat Adventures   Rating: Deluxe

Itinerary
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Day 1: Nairobi, Kenya 
Our Kenya photo safari begins in Nairobi, where we transfer to The Emakoko, an atmospheric boutique lodge bordering Nairobi National Park. Though it's a mere 40 minutes from both of Nairobi's airports, The Emakoko fulfills the vision of its founders as a place where travelers can commence a safari in the wildlife environment they have traveled so far to enjoy. Here, guests fall asleep to the sounds of Africa—a lion roaring or the cry of a hyena—in contrast to the traffic, fire engines and barking dogs that are the normal sounds of the urban night. Our safari kicks off with a welcome dinner this evening.
 
Days 2–4: Private Mara Conservancy—Nat Hab's Private Mobile Camp
Transfer to the airport for our flight to the Maasai Mara. Our first safari destination is a vast private conservancy offering unparalleled access for wildlife photography. Nat Hab's own mobile camp offers bush luxury in classic canvas tents, surrounded by all the wonders of the Maasai Mara ecosystem without the crowds. The conservancy model has been a boon to the region's legendary wildlife, creating buffer zones and protecting migration corridors while providing economic benefits to local landowners through responsible safari tourism.
 
Within this private reserve, we experience the Mara’s spectacular wildlife in peaceful seclusion, as our camp is one of just a handful of located within its bounds. Strict limits on guest numbers mean unprecedented wildlife viewing without crowds, especially of the wildebeest migration that occurs in close proximity, with scene after scene of wildlife drama. The conservancy serves as a migration corridor for several hundred thousand animals between the Maasai Mara National Reserve and the Loita Plains to the east, and a multitude of species flourishes here. Great herds of antelope dot the grassy, rolling plains while stands of acacia woodland shelter prolific birdlife. Rich volcanic soils nurture a verdant landscape where we find more lions per square mile than anywhere else in Kenya. Impressive herds of elephant, giraffe and zebra are also at home here. Our activities make the most of our unrivaled access to pristine wilderness. In addition to daily wildlife drives, enjoy guided walks, bush picnics, off-road safaris and night drives in search of nocturnal wildlife—pursuits not permitted in the national reserve.
 
Days 5–8: Maasai Mara National Reserve—Nat Hab's Migration Base Camp
Transfer today via a wildlife drive into the Maasai Mara National Reserve for another exhilarating photographic vantage point on the migration. The fabled Mara is the northern section of the Serengeti Plains, and we find excellent wildlife viewing in these grasslands. The reserve is named for the Maasai tribespeople, the traditional inhabitants of the area who still graze cattle here, and the Mara River that runs through it. 
 
We stay at Nat Hab's Migration Base Camp, our luxury mobile camp that provides access to an exclusive campsite near the Mara River where wildebeest cross during the migration. Deluxe canvas tents are situated in a private and secluded spot, with plenty of trees to offer shade from the midday heat. Located in a wildlife hotspot, the site also provides easy access to the rest of the reserve, including the main river systems. Wildlife drives offer myriad chances to photograph prolific plains game and the predators that pursue them. Not only will we be in close proximity to thousands of wildebeest and their zebra traveling companions, but also gazelle, impala, hartebeest, topi and giraffe. The Mara is especially famed for its lions, which we may see hunting in the early morning or evening, or resting under acacia trees in the heat of the day. Hyenas also roam the plains in some of the largest numbers in Africa. Optional hot air balloon safaris followed by a champagne breakfast on landing are also available (additional cost) from Migration Base Camp.
 
Day 9: Nairobi / Depart
Fly back to Nairobi today for the close of our Kenya photo safari, where day rooms await for relaxing prior to a group farewell meal and standard evening departures for international destinations.
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All This Included
Kenya has long been Africa’s most storied safari destination. Known for its legendary wildlife and evocative landscapes, Kenya offers the photographer countless opportunities to capture iconic images of Africa: Graceful giraffes browsing in acacia trees. Elephants traversing the savanna. Stealthy lions stalking gazelle. Proud Maasai bedecked in ceremonial beadwork. And, perhaps most notably, the Great Migration, a chance to photograph hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra thundering across the plains, with predators in pursuit. Concentrating on private reserves, we avoid the more heavily visited parks, guaranteeing an authentic safari experience reminiscent of Kenya in days gone by. Our small groups and intimate luxury camps ensure personal attention, exceptional comfort and a safari in which wildlife truly takes center stage.

  • Accommodations
  • Services of Nat Hab's professional Photography Expedition Leader(s), local guides and camp staff
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 through lunch on final day
  • Some alcoholic beverages
  • Most gratuities
  • Airport transfers on Day 1 and final day
  • All activities and entrance fees
  • All taxes, permits and service fees

Highlights
  • Our Safari Expedition Leader, an expert naturalist and photographer, helps you capture outstanding images of Kenya's legendary wildlife and landscapes
  • Get superb close-up shots from our open 4x4s, with just three guests per vehicle and an entire row to yourself for unobstructed views, plus room for all your camera gear
  • Photograph the migration from two different private mobile camps in the Maasai Mara, for the fullest and most authentic experience away from the crowds
Accommodations
Nairobi: The Emakoko
Mara Conservancy: Natural Habitat’s Private Mobile Camp
Masai Mara National Reserve: Natural Habitat's Migration Base Camp
Nairobi: Ole Sereni Hotel
Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra Day In Nairobi—Photo Tour Extension
1 Day / Year-Round, From $985
Photograph highlights of Kenya's capital on this full-day extension to Nairobi National Park, the Giraffe Center, Daphne Sheldrick elephant orphanage and the Karen Blixen Museum.
 
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
4 Days / Year-Round, From $3995 (+air)
Extend your safari with a 3-night trip to Lewa Conservancy, a global pacesetter for protecting endangered species including black and white rhinos.
 
Ol Donyo Lodge Extension
3 Days / Year-Round, From $3095 (+air)
Add two unforgettable nights to your safari at Ol Donyo Lodge, one of Africa’s most luxurious bush lodges, on a private reserve teeming with wildlife.
 
Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Extension
5 Days / Year-Round, From $3295 (+permits)
A 5-day safari extension to track endangered mountain gorillas. Hike through the rain forest and spend rare moments with a habituated family troop.
 
Uganda Mountain Gorilla Extension
5 Days / Year-Round, From $2695 (+air/permits)
Take a 5-day safari extension to track endangered mountain gorillas in the rain forests of Uganda. A once-in-a-lifetime experience!
 
Custom Kenya Safari Camp Extension
Year-Round, From $2395
A fly-in extension to your choice of Kenya's most out-of-the-way safari camps in the Maasai Mara, Samburu, Amboseli and more. 
 
Custom Tanzania Safari Camp Extension
Year-Round, From $3225
Extend your safari with at one of Tanzania's secluded safari camps in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Selous, Ruaha and more. 
 
Notes
  • Group Size Limit: Approximately 8 Travelers
  • Not Included: Travel to and from the start and end point of your trip, some alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and visa fees (if any), optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry and internet, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes (if any), required medical evacuation insurance, optional travel protection insurance.
  • Physical Requirements: Easy to Moderate. To participate in this trip, you must be able to walk unassisted at a steady pace for at least one mile over uneven terrain, climb steps to get into and out of our raised safari vehicles, and be able to tolerate daily outdoor excursions that may last 4-5 hours or even a full day at a time, sometimes in hot, windy and/or dusty conditions. Wildlife drives pose a particular type of physical demand on the body, as they require long hours of sitting and take place over terrain that is often very rough and bumpy, including dirt roads with many ruts and potholes. Travelers with back or neck problems, or other health issues that could be exacerbated by such conditions, should take this into consideration. While any walking safaris are considered optional, travelers must be able to walk unassisted to and from the vehicle to our camp accommodations, sometimes walking over uneven ground or on boardwalks. Days spent on safari are often long, as mornings typically start before daybreak and evening meals are served after sundown. Safari accommodations and vehicles are not climate-controlled and, depending on the season, temperatures can range from quite cold to extremely hot, so it is critical that travelers come prepared.
  • Mandatory Insurance: Since the areas we travel to are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require that all guests have medical evacuation insurance for this program. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat Adventures (NHA), we require that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We recommend that your chosen independent insurance plan includes at least $250,000 in medical evacuation coverage. Please note that we will add the cost of NHA's medical evacuation policy (currently $48 per person) to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, phone number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our policy exists exclusively in the interest of our guests' safety. 
  • You must arrive in Nairobi, Kenya before 6:30 pm on Day 1 and you may depart Nairobi after 6 pm on the final day.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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