We are thrilled to annouce Vie Safari's Photographic Safari, headed to Kenya in April of 2013!
Kenya is one of the best locations in the world for wildlife photography. In Kenya, there exist national parks with animals and birds that you won’t find in the wild outside of Africa! In April, 2013, Vie Safari will be leading a 10-day photographic safari, specializing in capturing images of all the incredible wildlife that East Africa has to offer. In addition, the safari will travel to Kakamega, in Western Kenya, to visit and assist with community projects underway with our partner non-profit, Just One Person.
We believe that photographers should visit several different parks to get a full understanding of the vast amount of wildlife photography available in the country, as well as connect with the local Kenyan community to get a full understand of the culture.
Proposed Itinerary for Photography trip to Kenya, April 2013
Kennedy Tsosy will meet photography trip at the airport and take visitors to the 4-star PanAfric in Nairobi.
About Elsamere Conservation Centre: Elsamere, the home of the late Joy and George Adamson, who devoted their lives to wildlife conservation, is situated on the southern shore of Lake Naivasha in Kenya's Rift Valley. It was here that Joy nurtured some of her orphaned big cats. The area is still a haven for wildlife, with its own small troop of black and white colobus monkeys living and playing in the Acacia trees. Fish Eagles call from the lakeshore and hippos, eland and zebra graze on the lawns at night. In addition the Centre is a bird lovers paradise with more than 260 species of bird, including rare species such as the Verreaux's Giant Eagle Owl. Many of Joy's famous paintings adorn the walls of the main house and the small museum displays a range of interesting memorabilia.
Upon arriving at the center, we will watch the film Elsa and relax in the beautiful gardens at Elsamere. All your meals will be taken at Elsamere where you will reside for the two nights. The food is divine (vegetarian friendly, as well) and the accommodations are very comfortable.
Day 3: Spend much of the day Elsamere Conservation Centre and then visit Hells Gate National Park close by. Photograph morning and evening. Evening accommodations at Elsamere.
About Hell’s Gate National Park: Hell's Gate National Park lies to the south of Lake Naivasha in Kenya, North West of Nairobi. The park, which is mainly comprised of savannah ecosystem, harbors a wide variety of wildlife. Some of the frequently observed animal species include lions, leopards, and cheetahs. There are over 100 species of birds in the park, including vultures, Verreaux's Eagles, augur buzzard, and swifts. African buffalo, zebra, eland, hartebeest, Thomson's gazelle, and baboons are also common. The park is also home to klipspringer antelope and Chanler's mountain reedbuck.
Day 4: Travel to Nakuru National Park where you arrive in time for lunch at Lake Nakuru Lodge, followed by a late afternoon game drive. Evening accommodations: The beautiful Lake Nakuru Lodge.
About Lake Nakuru National Park: The Park lies in Central Kenya, 140km northwest of Nairobi, in Nakuru district of the Rift Valley Province. The ecosystem comprises of the lake, surrounded by mainly wooded and bushy grasslands. This is one of the best places in Kenya to see leopards, and white rhinos are commonly seen at the lake’s southern end, but the park’s most famous attraction is the flamingos that ring the lake in thousands.
Day 5: Travel to Kakamega. Meet the Just One Person staff and participants, and visit a girls' village to meet her parents.
Day 6: Visit the Just One Person sustainable tree nursery and mushroom farm projects
Day 7: Visit other Non Profit projects operating in Kakamega such as Heifer International, Solar Cookers and the University Spirulina Farm.
Day 8: Meet with community health workers and women's groups in Kakamega to learn how mothers, widows and sisters cope with HIV/AIDS, domestic violence and other social issues in their villages.
Day 9: TBD
Day 10: Travel back to Nairobi – you have the option of flying back, see note below.
Indicative Safari Price: The approximate cost per person is USD $ 1,900-$2,000
Costs covered include:
- • Park entrance fees
- • Transport and guide services to the places to be visited per the proposed itinerary
- • Full Board accommodation (including all meals)
- • Airport transfers
- • All road transfers
- • Private use of safari vehicle with qualified guide
Note: If you opt to fly back to Nairobi instead of driving, the additional cost is $150 per person.
- • All drinks
- • Personal gifts / items from shops
- • Tips / gratuities for camp / lodge staff and for your driver / guide
- • Laundry
- • Internet usage at lodges
- • Visa fees
- • International flights
- • Personal medical, travel & equipment insurance