Safari By the Numbers
Going on safari has to be one of the most exciting and rewarding things you can do. We focus so much on the wildlife, of course, but there are so many other fantastic elements that make a photography safari an unforgettable experience.
For me, flying to the Maasai Mara is one of the most fun parts of the trip and the safari really starts when you board the Cessna at Nairobi’s Wilson Airport. You’ll cross the Great Rift Valley and see the unexpectedly beautiful landscape of Kenya beneath you. You begin to make out farms, homesteads, Maasai bomas (livestock enclosures) and finally you’ll start to see elephants and other wildlife roaming the plains of the Maasai Mara.
A gentle bump on the dirt airstrip brings you into the reserve itself and a warm welcome awaits from the wildlife guide who provides refreshments before taking you to the camp. On the way, you’re sure to have your first wildlife sighting and when you arrive at camp, you’ll be shown to your single-occupancy tent.
The tents have all the charm you’d expect with an outside porch, a large bed (inside!), mosquito net, wardrobe, drawers, writing desk, a shower room, electrical sockets and good wifi. This will be your home for 6 nights and, after a busy day on safari, it’s great place to find some quiet time and reflect on your adventure.
A lovely, crazy-paved path leads you to the hub of the camp where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. Hospitality is some of the finest in Kenya and your meals are served with a smile.
From there on it’s eat, sleep, game drive, repeat but there is a little time left for rest and relaxation. There’s a bar and a swimming pool within the camp grounds and it’s a large enough area to take a good, relaxing walk around. When you do walk through the camp you can’t help but notice the soundtrack of birdcalls and insect chirps and you might even run into a family of mongoose! You can also visit the camp’s organic vegetable garden. Evening entertainment is provided in different forms, including dances by local Maasai warriors. Speaking of Maasai, you can opt to visit a local Maasai village and see how these proud people’s traditional lifestyle meshes with 21st century life.
All of that and we haven’t even mentioned photography! I will personally be on hand to teach, guide, encourage, challenge and help you to make the absolute most of every photo opportunity that comes up. I work well with our guide, Ken, and between us we’ll get you in the most advantageous positions for every sighting. We don’t know exactly what we’ll see until it happens but in the vehicle I make a point of getting around everyone to check progress and give as much meaningful advice as I can, without being overbearing, bossy or talking for the sake of it - that’s just not my style. I’ll also spend 1-to-1 time with each guest through the week to set development goals and make sure you’re getting the results you came for.
Have you been on a photography safari in Africa? Let me know about your experience the comments and drop me a line if you’d like to talk about coming along on my next trip. Check the reviews page to see what previous guests thought of their experience and find full info on upcoming trips in the Safari section.