At Natures Images, we always select the right time and the right locations, working with the best wildlife photographers and guides in the business.
Kenya is rightly recognised as one of the premier countries for wildlife in East Africa and this trip to the less visited north of the country offers the chance to work with an array of different species to the main safari destinations. The usual big cats – lions, leopard and cheetah – will, of course, be around us and offer great opportunities too, but the quiet and extremely comfortable Lewa Conservancy where the first half of the trip is based offers an excellent rhino population with both black and white for us to work with along with specialist species such as Gerenuk, Reticulated Giraffe and Grevy’s Zebra.
For the second half of the trip, we will be concentrating on African Wild (or Painted) Dogs. Laikipia Conservancy is a stronghold for a number of packs and we will have incredible access to them using tracking capabilities, following them on their daily hunts with the youngsters who should now be above ground in hot pursuit at this time of year and when each pack will be looking to hunt successfully several times a day, all of which offers high adrenalin photography opportunities. Laikipia also offers excellent elephant photography opportunities and overall this promises to be a very different and rewarding trip in locations that will allow us privacy and space to really concentrate on quality images as well as experiences.
Itinerary Open +Close -
Day 1: We will look to arrive in Nairobi in early evening after our international flights and will transfer to a comfortable local hotel for our short overnight stay. We will be in touch with the flight recommendations.
Day 2: Using closed Landcruisers 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 a resident lion pride, cheetahs and leopard but specialist species including Somali Ostrich, Gerunek and Reticulated Giraffe 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 intimate. On occasion we will also have flexibility to photograph from outside of the vehicle for more intimate ground level images, and we have the option for photography after sunset on our way back to camp too.
Lewa is an important area for Rhino Conservation so we will look to build a visit to the local Rhino protection unit into our time here too.
Day 6: After a final morning drive and breakfast we will make the transfer to Laikipia Wilderness Camp, a stunning location and setting and which we will have sole access to during the course of our stay. A first afternoon game drive will follow lunch on our arrival.
Days 7 – 9: Our three full days at Laikipia will be very busy. The conservancy has 2 packs of African Wild Dogs in the area there are radio collared individuals in them allowing us to track them. It is denning time in March and so the pack will be hunting regularly and returning with food to the youngsters throughout the day and we will be able to adjust or manage our time out in the vehicles (and even on foot too) to suit ourselves and best fit in with their their behaviour at the time. Night drives are also an option in this respect and we will once again be able to photograph from out of the vehicles on occasion. It will be a full on 3 days of tracking, observing and photographing these incredible animals at a busy time of year for them, as well as some of the other elements the area has to offer, especially busy elephant water holes.
Day 10: We should have time for a final morning drive out of camp as we return to Nairobi. We will rest up and freshen up at an airport hotel there en route and ahead of our evening international flights home.
Day 11: Arrive home that morning after our overnight flights.
What our customers say
“Lewa House was a perfect piece of paradise and amazing.”
“I have been to the Mara many times and this trip gave the chance to see a bit of Kenya I had never seen.”
“I expected to spend a lot of time looking for and photographing wildlife and that is what the trip delivered.”