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A Portrait of Kenya with Me Ra Koh tour
Safari Safari A Portrait of Kenya with Me Ra Koh package

A Portrait of Kenya with Me Ra Koh

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
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Short Description

Me Ra Koh, 'the Photo Mom' and her husband Brian Tausend lead this photography workshop discovering Kenya's wildlife taking in Amboseli, Lake Naivasha and the Masai Mara as well as visiting coffee plantations and Masai villages

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Destinations

Kenya

Cities & Attractions

Nairobi

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Trip Includes

  • All accommodation in 4-star hotel, wildlife lodges & luxury tented camp
  • Transport from Nairobi-Amboseli-Naivasha in comfortable 7-seat safari vehicles
  • Guaranteed window seats
  • Domestic flight from Naivasha to the Masai Mara, and back to Nairobi
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks in Masai Mara camp
  • Masai village and tea plantation visits
  • Wildlife safaris with professional local guides as per the itinerary
  • Photography workshops

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Itinerary



Day 0: Fly to Kenya
Due to the distance and possible time-zone changes, most flights to Kenya will involve an overnight en-route. You should plan to arrive in Nairobi International Airport (NBO) in Kenya anytime on Day 1. We will be very happy to book flights for you, or you are welcome to make your own arrangements.
OVERNIGHT:
N/A Day 1: Arrive in Nairobi. Transfer to hotel
On arrival in Nairobi airport we meet you and transfer you to the Ole Sereni hotel which is conveniently located on the edge of the city, relatively close to the airport. The hotel sits on the edge of Nairobi National Park, though you should not expect the same kind of wildlife viewing from here that you'll experience later on the tour. After arriving and checking in, the rest of the day is free to settle in and relax after your flight.
OVERNIGHT:
Nairobi hotel

Day 2: Amboseli Safari
We leave Nairobi after breakfast and drive in comfortable 7-seater safari vehicles to Amboseli, crossing the Athi plains which are home to the Masai tribes. The journey takes up to 4 hours through rural Kenyan countryside on mainly good smooth roads. On arrival at the lodge in Amboseli we have lunch and time for a first photography briefing session with Me Ra and Brian before we head out on our first game safari. We'll head out in the afternoon when it has cooled a little, the light is better, and the animals are more active.
OVERNIGHT:
Amboseli safari lodge
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Amboseli safari & Masai village
We have the first of many early starts today, as (like much photography), wildlife viewing is done best early in the mornings and late in the afternoons. During the safari we'll break for a picnic breakfast on Observation Hill. Amboseli is a relatively small yet fascinating park of lush water holes and swamps contrasting against flat open plains and acacia woodlands. Elephant and plains game abound as well as the big cats such as Lion, Leopard and Cheetah. With luck, the snow-capped peak of Mt Kilimanjaro will be visible, creating a spectacular backdrop to the peacefully grazing animals. After our safari we'll return to the lodge for lunch and then spend the afternoon at a Masai village where there will be plenty of opportunities for interesting photography. The Maasai women will show the group inside their mud and wattle huts, explain how they live and display some of their handicrafts. The Morani (warriors) will demonstrate Maasai dances, a simulated Lion hunt and teach the group spear throwing.
OVERNIGHT:
Amboseli safari lodge
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Drive to Lake Naivasha via Limuru
After an early breakfast we set off back towards Nairobi to the lush coffee and tea growing areas of Limuru, situated just outside the city. We'll have lunch at the Kiambethu tea estate followed by a guided tour of the farm and factory. Me Ra and Brian will set a photo exercise to go with the visit. Later in the afternoon, we continue into the Rift valley, passing by the dormant volcano of Mount Longonot and on to Lake Naivasha. We'll spend the night at a lodge situated overlooking the lake.
OVERNIGHT:
Lake Naivasha safari lodge
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Lake Naivasha, morning boat ride, fly to Masai Mara, game drive
We'll take an early morning boat trip on the lake today followed by breakfast. Lake Naivasha is one of the prime bird watching areas in East Africa and we'll concentrate our photography on birds this morning. Fresh water birds such as Cormorants, Heron, Storks and Ibis are predominant with large birds of prey easy to spot wheeling in the open skies. Also present are many smaller water birds feeding along the shores. But it is the combination of the lake, its shore vegetation and the surrounding Acacia woodland and grasslands which makes this area so rich and varied in bird life. There are also good chances of spotting hippo here, and we'll discuss practising timings and multiple shot settings to capture the classic Hippo yawn at its best. Next we transfer to the nearby Loldia airstrip for a morning scheduled flight to the Masai Mara, Kenya's most famous and spectacular game reserve. After transferring to the camp we have lunch and then take an afternoon game viewing drive in the Mara Naboisho conservancy bordering the Mara reserve. We'll spend the next 3 nights at the Mara Ol Seki luxury tented camp on a full board basis; the tariff includes all meals and drinks (soft drinks, beers, house wines and selected spirits only). If we have a full group, we'll have exclusive use of the entire camp which will be a wonderful experience.
OVERNIGHT:
Masai Mara tented camp
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Mara conservancy, game drives & safaris
We have two full days of game viewing in the conservancy ahead of us now. Our camp is located on a private conservancy which means that visitor numbers are strictly restricted, meaning much of the time we'll be the only vehicles around. This will make it much easier to obtain great images, and improve the safari experience all round. We'll take morning and afternoon game drives with plenty of time between for relaxing, photography workshop sessions with Me Ra and Brian, and time for reviewing and editing your images. Elephant and Buffalo abound in the riverine forests, while out on the grasslands Impala and Thompson's gazelle can be seen together with their attendant predators such as lion, cheetah, hyena and jackal. Lesser known species such as topi, hartebeest, waterbuck, eland and many small mammals create a kaleidoscopic picture of wildlife. In the evening we'll have plenty of time for a delicious meal (the lodges here are renowned for their good food and hospitality) and to have a drink while we talk over the day's activities and what we may see tomorrow. Those interested can join Brian for a spot of night photography, learning techniques for time lapse imaging of the stars. Due to the lack of light pollution, the night sky is amazing here, and Kenya's location close to the equator means that if you stay up long enough you can see both northern and southern constellations in the same night sky.
OVERNIGHT:
Masai Mara tented camp
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Mara conservancy, game drives & safaris
We have another full day of safaris today. As well as the game viewing by vehicle, activities can include bush walks with Masai guide and ranger, bush breakfasts, picnic lunches, evening sundowners at spectacular view points and night game drives with spotlights to see the nocturnal animals. Depending on the movement of the animals, a full day in the nearby Mara reserve may also be included. In addition, if any members of the group are keen, we can arrange a visit to the local Koiyaki driver/guide training school which provides a very interesting insight into how the Conservancies benefit the Masai people and integrate them into the management of their land. This evening over a final group meal together, we'll reflect on your photography skills and how your knowledge has developed. And be on the lookout, there may be a few, final surprises from Me Ra and Brian!
OVERNIGHT:
Masai Mara tented camp
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Fly back to Nairobi, free time, transfer to airport
We'll transfer to the local airstrip this morning for the short flight back to Nairobi. ON arrival we'll transfer to the Ole Sereni hotel where the group can relax and take lunch. We'll then transfer you back to Nairobi airport (NBO) in time for your flight home. Meals and day rooms are not included, but extra nights in the hotel may be booked if required.
OVERNIGHT:
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MEALS:
Breakfast

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