Kenya is rightly recognised as one of the premier countries for wildlife in East Africa and this new trip for us focusses on a combination of the north of the country as well as what is dubbed “Lion Central” in the Mara North Conservancy. Lewa Conservancy in the north of the country is one of the best places to work with both White and Black Rhino, as well as an array of specialist species such as Gerenuk, Reticulated Giraffe and is home to 20% of the world population of Grevy’s Zebra. We are also able here, when safe to do so, to photograph from out of the vehicle allowing for more intimate and ground-level shots. Our transfer to the Mara North Conservancy will be by private charter (as will the return to Nairobi) so as to help with baggage restrictions, and here we will be at the heart of the Offbeat Lion Prides territory and they will form a key part of our focus here in what is also a quiet season generally and so along with the strong viewing etiquette of the conservancy itself and the opportunity to work off road in both locations, it will ensure intimate and engaging encounters throughout what will be a varied photographic safari that offers a truly wide variety of opportunities.
Itinerary Open +Close -
Day 1: We will look to arrive in Nairobi in early evening after our international flights and will transfer to a local hotel for our short overnight stay.
Day 2: We will transfer during the course of the morning to our base for the next 4 nights, the very comfortable Lewa House. We should arrive in time for lunch and the chance for a first game drive in the afternoon.
Days 3 – 5: We have three full days of morning and afternoon game drives during our time at Lewa and they are sure to be busy. Black and White Rhinoceros are one of the main attractions here along with the famous cheetah brothers and lion pride, but specialist species of this northern part of Kenya include Klipspringer, Gerunek and Reticulated Giraffe and they will be high on our wish-lists too. It is a quiet time in terms of visitors at this time of year so all our sightings should be quiet and intimate and we also have access to the Borana conservancy area to extend our area of opportunity. Whilst here we can also work from out of the vehicles when safe to do so to ensure some very different low-level perspectives.
Day 6: After a final morning drive and breakfast we will make the transfer to Offbeat Mara traditional bush camp situated in Mara North Conservancy. This is a very isolated camp, some considerable distance from other camps in the conservancy which itself is only open to member camps. Add in the fact that this is a quiet season and a strict viewing etiquette that is operated here and we will once again have the opportunity for very intimate photographic encounters.
Days 7 – 9: Our three full days at Mara North Conservancy will offer us full days of morning and afternoon game drives. The Offbeat Lion pride is resident close to the camp and will undoubtedly become part of our daily photographic routine but the full array of cats, elephants and even potentially the tail end of the Loita wildebeest migration arriving in the region offer a very varied second half of our trip.
Day 10: We will have time for a final morning drive on this our last full day before returning to Nairobi in time for our evening international flights home.
Day 11: Arrive home in the morning after our overnight flights.