Elephant feeding on tree leaves

Africa Through the Lens

Kenya and Uganda is the perfect location for photography, away from the crowds and some of the world’s most breathtaking locations. It is home to many of the most magnificent wildlife and bird life, landscapes and tribal culture in Africa.

You will be accompanied by a professional photographer, assisting  with improving your photography combined with the special permits obtained to gain those extra vantage photo opportunities.

20 days exploring the most incredible photographic opportunities in Kenya & Uganda– two of the  greatest mecca’s of landscape and wildlife in the world. 

Included

  • Camping true African-style in exotic spots, such as on the banks of a lake high in the mountains of Uganda, in National Parks in the Masai Mara surrounded by wildlife.
  • Accompanied by a professional photographerwith advice and support for the entire tour, and also pre-tour preparations.
  • Photo opportunities in some of the most magnificent locations in the world.
  • Become immersed in the beauty of Africa’s landscape and natural wonders.
  • Visit picturesque Amboseli National Park with the quintessential view of Mt Kilimanjaro featured prominently as a backdrop
  • Exploring Southern Uganda: we spend some time in the mountains and lake regions of southern Uganda, including 3 nights at Lake Bunyonyi.
  • The magnificent Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda, home to half the world’s population of the highly endangered mountain gorilla species.
  • 2 nights safari in the world famous Masai Mara. Having up close and personal encounters with the world’s finest wildlife in their natural habitat.  Game spotting in search of the “BIG 5” – leopard, rhino, elephant, lion, buffalo.
  • Peaceful and beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park with its large populations of black rhino.

If you’ve ever had “community involvement in a developing country” or “African safari” on your bucket list, but not quite had the courage or know-how to make it happen?  Well we’re most certainly the right tour company for you to take care of all your planning, preparation and ensuring you have the most amazing adventure of a life time!

Our large focus is on providing REAL African experiences and adventures, and our guests are nurtured and cared for 24/7.  Some years ago,  we established a primary school in a slum in Kenya, so our guests experience not only the abundantly rich culture and magnificent beauty of Africa, but go to places most travellers never go to meet people most travellers never meet and support and make a difference in the lives of local people, local communities and local small businesses.

Our guests forge everlasting friendships and leave having had a truly life-changing experience.

We start our tour experiencing a true grass roots visit to our school in a slum on the outskirts of Nairobi.

  • Visiting our School Tamariki Education Centre (1 -2 hours) interacting and playing with the children.
  • Our first night’s stay in Nairobi is in a lovely secure house in the leafy suburb of Karen on the outskirts of Nairobi.

Creating beautiful memories with photo opportunities in some of the most magnificent locations in the world.

Having professional photographer Mark Thompson on board to assist and help improve your photography, combined with the special permits obtained to gain those extra vantage photo opportunities, are perfect added bonuses of this tour.

In each location we spend a good amount of time in the unique surroundings enabling you to create beautiful images. Particular attention will be spent to match the time of day and its lighting conditions to the settings we pass through. A number of photographic techniques can be explored to capture the most of the landscapes and wildlife.

Being immersed in the beauty of Africa’s landscape and natural wonders.

We’ve designed our photography tour to take you to some of the world’s most breathtaking locations, and home to many of the most magnificent wildlife and birdlife, landscapes and tribal culture in Africa.

Savannah, waterfalls, mountains, dormant volcanoes, rain forests, bush, lakes, impenetrable jungle treks, ancient archaeological sites, black star-laden night skies, geo-thermal areas, tribal interactions  and magnificent sunrises and sunsets abound in this region of East Africa.

Camping in exotic spots, such as gorgeous camps situated on the banks of a lake;  in the Masai Mara surrounded by wildlife; high up in the mountains

Yes, we camp! Sometimes in basic tents, and sometimes we enjoy the luxury of semi-glamping than camping.  And there’s nothing quite like lying in a tent, in an exotic location, in the deepest of Africa, listening to the sounds around you – a lion roaring, a hippo grunting, elephants trumpeting, birds twittering.  You will be left spellbound.

Exclusive to FOUR photo tour spaces per vehicle as well as an on board professional photographer

Photography and video can be challenging and demanding to get the right photo.  This tour exposes us to so many unique locations and opportunities to capture images of Africa’s remarkable wildlife in their natural environment.

Having an ‘expert’ on tour to guide, and offer helpful advice, tips and support is a real bonus, and combined with the special permits obtained to gain those extra vantage photo opportunities are a perfect combination of this tour. Not to mention also having some specialised photography equipment available for use.

Meeting a mountain gorilla family – possibly one of the most memorable moments of your life

There are only approximately 700 mountain gorillas left on earth!  Half of them live in the mountains of Uganda.

Having the opportunity to see one in its natural habitat is undoubtedly going to be one of the highlights of your life. To capture this moment on film we trek the impenetrable jungle of Bwindi, in the mountain region of Uganda  This is a once-in-a-life-time event, and you have the privilege of experiencing it  and capturing life time memories.

Having ‘up close n personal’ encounters with the world’s finest wildlife in their natural habitat

Animals are everywhere in Kenya and Uganda.  This is their home; their environment and it’s where they belong … in the wild!  And nothing will satisfy you more, than seeing them in their own natural habitat.

We visit some of the most perfect wildlife photo locations on this tour including the world famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve renowned for its large concentrations of wildlife. Picturesque Amboseli National Park with the quintessential view of Mt Kilimanjaro featured prominently as a backdrop. The peaceful and beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park with its many populations of black rhino.  Plus … much much more. 

Spend 2 nights on safari in the world famous Masai Mara, game spotting in search of the “BIG 5” – leopard, rhino, elephant, lion, buffalo.

  • The Masai Mara is vast! Over 1,500 sq km of savanna, and home to most of the world’s finest wildlife.  Everything you’ve ever seen on any Animal Planet, David Attenborough or National Geographic documentary on Africa is quite possibly right here in the Masai Mara.
  • We spend 2 exciting days game driving here in the Mara.  Whether it is watching a cheetah eyeing up prey, witnessing the great migration of wildebeest, capturing that quintessential sunset shot with the lonesome acacia tree backdrop, stumbling across a herd of elephants strolling the plains, or a pride of lions napping under a bunch of trees … when it comes to wildlife, you just never know what you might see.
  • Accommodation:  Staying in a tented camp, low-end glamping style.

Camping in some of the most beautiful locations in East Africa .

A big part of our tours is the accommodation experience that contributes to your whole African experience.   Camping in exotic locations such as nestled on the edge of stunning Lake Bunyoni or high in the mountains of Uganda, surrounded by the wildlife.

  • Accommodation for this tour is provided through staying in authentic African style tents.  This tour is a camping style photography tour, where you stay in shared, two-person tents, sleeping on basic mattresses.  During the tour, when we move campsites, your task is to put up and pull down your tents (assistance and guidance will be provided if required).
  • While in Nairobi: staying in a lovely house in a leafy suburb on the outskirts of Nairobi.
  • Meals included as part of the tour price: Breakfasts, lunches and evening meals.  We take a local cook on tour who will prepare a mixture of local and Western style meals.

Please note: This tour is quoted in NZD

From NZD12,700 share twin.

Included

  • All activities
  • Entries to cultural sites and monuments,
  • Accommodation on twin share basis (single supplement available on request)
  • Transport, transfers
  • Domestic flights
  • Guide services as stated in the itinerary
  • All meals except the occasional meal we eat out, and when we’re at Diani Beach (A Taste of Africa tour).

Excluded

  • Visa fees
  • International flight costs
  • A small number of meals or activities not stated in the itinerary
  • Airport taxes
  • Personal items
  • Snacks
  • Drinks (except where provided with meals) and alcoholic beverages
  • Vaccinations
  • Laundry
  • Personal travel insurance

Optional Activities

  • The optional hot air balloon safari is not included in the price – this is US$500.
  • All holiday prices are correct at the time of writing the itineraries. We reserve the right to alter tour prices if foreign exchange fluctuations, fuel prices, or service price change.

Size of Tour:  8 people plus your local tour guide and cook.

  • Country

    Kenya, Uganda
  • Duration

    20 days

  • Cost

    From $8,400

  • Dates

    3-22 Mar 2020
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