2017 KENYA PHOTO ADVENTURE
Samburu GR, Sweetwaters GR, Lake Bogoria NR, Lake Naivasha, & the Maasai Mara
August 19 - September 2, 2017 - 2 spots available
Kenya is renowned for its unparalleled wildlife, habitat diversity and fascinating cultural heritage. A wide range of ecological zones—semi-arid plains and vast savannahs, tropical mountain forests, a rugged Northern Frontier, and the Great Rift Valley—provide for a tremendous array of fauna and flora. On this photo safari in Kenya we will take you to explore the best-known and most distinguished parks and reserves in East Africa, with a special emphasis on wildlife photography.
During this trip we will visit 5 different locations though out Kenya. Samburu Game Reserve, Sweetwaters Game Reserve, Lake Naivasha, Lake Bogoria, and the fabulous Maasai Mara where we will experience the annual wildebeest migration!
- Samburu Game Reserve
- Located in Kenya’s Northern Frontier District. We will enjoy the magnificent scenery of this region, exploring the area for wildlife characteristically found here. Grevy’s Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Beisa Oryx, Gerenuk, Olive Baboon, Guenther’s Dik-dik and Reticulated Giraffe thrive in this harsh but picturesque landscape. This is the land of the Samburu tribesmen, a pastoral people related to the Masai. The women wear layers of beads inchoker fashion around their necks, and the men are famous for their colorful adornment and high-jumping dances. Morning and afternoon game drives allow ample time to explore this unique area and observe its abundant wildlife.
- Sweetwaters Game Reserve
- Sweetwaters is in the slopes of Mt. Kenya and overlooks a floodlit waterhole offering visitors an unforgettable opportunity to view and shoot pictures of animals in their natural habitat. Optional walking safari escorted by a knowledgeable Ranger. Bird-walks, Camel safaris, Chimpanzee observed from a Boat on the Ewaso Nyiro River which supports other wild game like Elephants, Buffalo, Baboon, Eland, Silver-backed Jackals, Ostrich, Rhino among others. it is only here that you can have a night game drive at extra cost.
- Lake Bogoria National Reserve
- The jewel of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Bogoria. Described as the “Most beautiful view in Africa” by Bishop Hannington. The lake is well known for its hot springs and geysers, which are spread out along its southern shores. The hot sulfur water gushing out of the ground is known to have therapeutic values. These natural spas and their steam are Mother Nature’s version of a bath & sauna. Lake Bogoria, shimmering with a pink color due to the thousands of beautiful pink flamingos lining its shores.
- Lake Naivasha
- The only freshwater lake in the Rift Valley. From the top of the Rift Valley escarpment, you can see the lake sparkling under the sun thousands of feet below you. The lake is home to a large colony of hippos and it’s also a Mecca for bird watchers and researchers since over 400 different species of birds have been recorded here. It’s on the beautiful shores of Lake Naivasha that Joy Adamson author of the bestseller book “Born free” lived; her home Elsamere is now a wildlife education and conservation center.
- Maasai Mara Game Reserve
- This northern extension of the Serengeti ecosystem, one of the world’s most rewarding wildlife observation sites, virtually throbs with life. The rich savannah is famous for its concentration of plains game and their predators, including Leopard, Cheetah and hyena. As we take off through the Great Rift Valley, we will pass the extinct volcanoes of Mt. Longonot and Mt. Suswa. We will begin to see Masai herding their cattle, as we arrive at Masai Mara. The Masai, perhaps the best-known and most colorful African group, still follow their traditional ways as semi-nomadic pastoralists. Young warriors carry spears and decorate themselves with red ochre, and the women wear elaborate and beautiful beadwork. The social life of the Masai makes them a fascinating and special people, and we shall see their herds and villages among the plains animals through much of our journey.
- Cost of Photo Tour / Workshop
- $10,200.00 per photographer (double occupancy).
- Single supplement - $1380.00
- 6 photographers maximum
- 2 spots available
- All land transportation within Kenya.
- In-country flights to and from the Maasai Mara.
- Accomodations at the finest lodges / tent camps. All with in suite facilities.
- Full board accommodations whilst on Safari.
- 4x4 Land Cruiser with every photographer having their own seat row.
- All meals; tea; coffee; and bottled water while on game drives.
- All transfers from airport, hotels, lodges and tented camps.
- All National Park Fees.
- Membership in the Flying Doctors Program / East Africa.
- Two hour boat ride at Lake Naivasha.
- All applicable taxes.
Does not include:
- Airfare to and from Nairobi, Kenya.
- Passport and Kenya Entry Visa fee ($50 USD)
- Items of personal nature, such as laundry, phone calls, beverages, etc
- Gratuities for local guide / drivers.
We are limiting the number of photographers to 6 so you can get our full attention and be very comfortable at all shooting locations and during transport with your photo gear.
A $1500 deposit is required at the time of enrollment with full payment due by May 1, 2017.
Deposit can be paid via PAYPAL (plus 3% fees) by clicking here:
or by mailing a U.S. Check or Money Order Payable to:
Hector D. Astorga
2510 Dove Avenue
Mission, TX 78574
Deposits & Cancellation Policy:
- A $1500 deposit is required at the time of enrollment with full payment due by May 1, 2017.
- Deposits and tour/workshop fees are non-refundable.
- If the photo workshop is full and someone from the waiting list can take your spot, your tuition is fully refundable minus a 15% cancellation fee.
- We are not responsible for cancellations due to medical or other reasons.
- Should cancellation be required due to severe weather, an alternate date will be scheduled at no additional charges.
- No fees will be refunded if you withdraw after the photo workshop begins.
- We are not responsible for any fees associated with non-refundable air travel, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance.
For more information or questions please contact Hector Astorga:
Phone: (956) 821-0701.