Elephants of East Kenya and The Great Migration

Dates: 8 August – 15 August 2021 (8 days)
Itinerary: Nairobi – Tsavo West – Amboseli – Maasai Mara during the Great Migration
Photo safari leader: Alyosha Romanov
Price: $5,695 per person.

This exclusive photo safari is limited to a small group of 6 photographers (three photographers maximum per one safari vehicle). Double room occupancy. Single occupancy is an additional $1295.

Wildebeest Migration

Photography workshop

We have created this wildlife photography safari and workshop for the photographer who wants to create a unique portfolio of wildlife images and greatly improve photography skills.

We will visit the three most exciting photo locations in Kenya. We will start with Tsavo West, known for their red-dusted elephants and big-tuskers. Then we will continue to the photogenic Amboseli with its sweeping view of the plains of Africa and the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. Finally, we will arrive at the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, the most famous wildlife destination in the world, the park where the Great Migration takes place!

For the wildlife photographer, no other place on the planet will compare to East Africa, and Kenya’s Maasai Mara is arguably the best place in the world for wildlife viewing and photography. It is one of the few places left on earth where wildlife still lives comparatively undisturbed, in numbers that once roamed the plains of Africa. With its sweeping savannahs and abundance of wild animals, photographers are guaranteed to get an amazing portfolio of images and produce life-long memories. It is going to be an experience of a lifetime!

A poet said: “You could leave Africa, but Africa will never leave you!”. We could not agree more. Africa and its raw untamed beauty will stay with you long after you return home and will inspire you to come back again soon!

Amboseli Sunset

Trip Highlights:

  • Kenya’s iconic wildlife parks: Maasai Mara, Amboseli, and Tsavo.
  • An emphasis on photographing The Great Migration and African Elephants (big-tuskers, red dust elephants, and the elephants with Mount Kilimanjaro as a background).
  • This exclusive workshop is limited to ONLY 6 photographers. This allows more one-on-one time with the photo instructor, greater freedom, more flexibility, and the feeling of a more personal private safari experience.
  • Only 3 photographers (and optionally one non-photographer) per eight-passenger 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser, allowing more room for photographers to move around the vehicle, have unobstructed views and keep all the photo equipment handy on a separate seat. Each photographer is guaranteed to have their own row of seats.
  • Unique optional 3 days off-road permit in Maasai Mara National Reserve, allowing us to get closer to the wildlife than anyone else.
  • Our trip strategically timed for prime wildebeest and zebra migration dates in Maasai Mara.
  • Three high season shooting days in the Masai Mara during the Great Migration, residing in a camp located in the heart of Maasai Mara, in the nearest proximity to the Mara river crossing.
Amboseli Kilimanjaro View

Why pick this photo safari?

Exclusive off-road permit in Maasai Mara

Exclusive masai mara safaris

What really makes our photo safaris in Kenya different – is that we can arrange a unique benefit for the workshop participants that very few wildlife photo safari workshops could offer: 3 days off-road permit in the beautiful Maasai Mara during the Great Migration! These notoriously hard to get permits will give us exclusive rights to get as close to the wildlife

as animals will allow. Unlike all other tourists, we will be able to leave the official roads in Maasai Mara National Reserve and drive right through the savannah. Needless to say, closer distance means everything for the wildlife photographer: it could turn good photographs into award-winning images. This permit will also allow us to get closer than anyone else to the river crossing during the Great Migration!


 A small number of workshop participants and a lot of space in safari vehicles

Photographic SafariUnlike many other photo safari companies, we offer each photographer one row of seats in a safari vehicle, which allows more room for participants to move around in the customized 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser, take unobstructed shots, and keep all the photo equipment handy on a separate seat. Since each safari vehicle is shared only by 3 photographers instead of 6-8 people, it significantly raises the expenses for this photo tour, however, we believe that the small group size ensures lots of personal attention and greatly improves the wildlife safari experience for serious photographers! We will also be able to accommodate one non-photographer (a spouse or a partner of a workshop participant) on a front window seat of a Land Cruiser for a reduced price.


 Safari vehicles custom-built for photographers

safari vehicle


 During our workshop, we will use safari vehicles (converted 4×4 Toyota Land Cruisers) that are designed and custom-built with photographers’ needs in mind. These vehicles are equipped with open-sided canvas windows, wooden sidebars for placing or attaching your camera, bean bags for stability, laptop and phone chargers, and a pop-up roof to facilitate game viewing. Needless to say, these safari vehicles are perfectly adapted for wildlife photographers.



 Unique shooting position

Not only you will be able to photograph in a sitting position from theLandcruiser masai mara safari car windows or standing up from the roof of the vehicle (the car is equipped with a pop-up roof for better viewing and photography), but also, if desired, we can request our driver to  provide us with a completely unique shooting arrangement, not offered by other photo safari companies. In Maasai Mara, we can have the front row of seats and a side door removed, which allows the workshop participants to photograph while laying down on the floor of the vehicle. The shots taken from the animal eye-level give a personal, almost intimate feel to photographs, allowing the viewer to become fully immersed in the scene. This is exactly what most professional wildlife photographers are looking for! And yes, our safari operator will provide a very comfortable mattress for photography from the floor of the vehicle.


 Experienced wildlife driver-guides specializing in working with the photographers

One of the most important factors for the success of the photo safari is the local wildlife guides. For this photo safari, we partnered with the best safari guides and trackers in Kenya. All of them are from the Maasai tribe, born and raised in Maasai Mara. They know this incredible park like the back of their hand. We have been working with these guides for years and we can attest to their amazing skills.

These guides went through extensive training and have thousands of hours working with professional and amateur wildlife photographers. Not only are they natural-born wildlife trackers and certified specialists with extensive knowledge of African flora and fauna, but they also know how to exactly position the car to achieve the best lighting and composition for exceptional photography. They will point out some unique photo opportunities to you. Their advice such as “Get your camera ready, the leopard is going to jump off that tree!” or “Make your shutter speed setting fast, the birds are going to fly off the giraffe’s neck!” can turn ordinary images into amazing award-winning photographs, capturing rare moments that invoke an emotional response from the viewer. A good photo guide can create incredible photographic opportunities, by putting the prey between you and the predator and predicting that the chase is coming your way or positioning the jeep to achieve dramatic backlighting.

Our wildlife guides are very patient and used to working with serious photographers, who often take a longer time when composing their shots or simply waiting for a rare moment to happen. They are aware of the difference between the needs of the clients on a wildlife photo safari as compared to the clients on a regular sightseeing game drive.

In addition to public radio channels that are used by regular guides, our guides have vast personal networks (phone calls, Facebook closed groups, private radio channels) through which they receive information about rare sightings. Having a large network is crucially important for the most amazing photo opportunities.


 Affordable prices

Photo safaris during the Great Migration are notoriously expensive, with prices starting at $1000 per day. We offer so much more but charge so much less!


Image review and post-processing instructions

We will spend most of the day in the field photographing wildlife. However, after the sunset and during the mid-day, when the light gets too harsh and the animals are not active, we will return to the camp. We will allocate time to review images and discuss shooting techniques. Your photography instructor will help you with post-processing your images in Photoshop to get the most out of them.

Itinerary At A Glance

  • 8th August, 2021: Arrival – Nairobi
  • 9th August, 2021: Nairobi – Tsavo West
  • 10th August, 2021: Full day in Tsavo West National Park
  • 11th August, 2021: Tsavo West – Amboseli National Park
  • 12th August, 2021: Amboseli National Park
  • 13th August, 2021: Nairobi – Maasai Mara Game Reserve
  • 14th August, 2021: Full Day Maasai Mara Game Reserve
  • 15th August, 2021: Maasai Mara – Nairobi

Detailed Itinerary

8th August 2021: Arrival – Nairobi

Upon arrival into Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by your professional English-speaking driver and taken to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to get rested after the long international flight, relax, and get ready for your epic photo safari. Since all participants will be arriving at a different time, we are not planning any organized activities on the first day.

However, if you arrive early enough and want to explore Nairobi, we could organize a tour of the most interesting places in this vibrant city for a small additional fee.

We recommend the following activities in Nairobi:

  • Visit Elephant Orphanage and meet some of Nairobi’s most beloved residents at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a rescue and rehabilitation center for orphaned rhinos and elephants. Get up close to adolescent and baby elephants, where you can watch them during their morning feeding time, playtime, and bath at the nursery. Watch majestic rhinos playfully romping through their natural habitat. The Elephant Orphanage is a great place to observe some of the cutest animals you will ever see on a safari!
  • Visit Giraffe Center, which started as a rehabilitation project to rescue the critically endangered Rothschild Giraffe. The most exciting part of this tour is the experience of seeing these towering giants up close from a raised observation platform, where you can feed and even kiss them. A nearby forest trail provides a pleasant walk through the undergrowth, where warthogs are often seen.
  • Visit Kazuri beads factory. Kazuri means “small and beautiful” in Swahili and the many beads and the jewelry produced here are indeed quite beautiful. This handiwork is the creation of hundreds of skilled women who craft these ceramic beads, making artistic jewelry that is admired and sold all over the world. Started in 1975, the factory quickly grew as an enterprise for disadvantaged women that enabled them to better their life opportunities. We will be able to view the artists at work and visit the gift shop to purchase jewelry at factory prices to support this precious business. Kazuri is probably the best place in Nairobi to buy unique local souvenirs.

Accommodation:Golden Tulip Hotel

Meal plan: Since every participant will be arriving at a different time, we did not include any meals on the first day to keep the cost low. Golden Tulip has an excellent restaurant. Nairobi is a cosmopolitan city with many cafes and restaurants to suit any taste, so you may dine at your leisure. An estimate is $30-$45 for three full meals.

Daphne Sheldrick

9th August 2021: Nairobi – Tsavo West (4.5-hour drive)

You will meet your photo safari leader, certified wildlife driver-guides, and all other photography safari participants at 7 AM for a breakfast. We will have a briefing going over important organizational information about our wildlife photography safari. After the briefing, we will check out and leave for Tsavo West National Park.

Tsavo is the largest National Park in Kenya. It looks as if it is painted on a sprawling canvas of endless skies, emerald hills, liquid lava flows, palm-fringed rivers, teeming wildlife and sparkling oases, set against the unforgettable backdrop of mile upon mile of cloud-shadowed African savannah. This park is magical.

We will arrive in time for lunch at your lodge and continue to your first game drive. Your photo guide will help you with camera settings and go over techniques and tips to improve your wildlife photography skills.

Tsavo West offers opportunities to find all the “Big Five”, including Black Rhino, Cape Buffalo, Leopard, Lion, and Elephant. Today on our game safari through Tsavo’s rugged plains we will be tracking the famous Mane-less Tsavo Lions, whose man-eating reputation from a century ago still sparks fascination and a little excitement.

Accommodation: Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Elephant Amboseli

10th August 2021: Full day in Tsavo West National Park

Rise early and get ready for a full day of unlimited game viewing and sightseeing at Tsavo West. The best time for wildlife photography is in the morning since the animals are more active when it is not too hot.

Have you seen pictures of Tsavo’s red dust elephants? The soil here has a rusty color from oxidation so when the herds are ready for a dirt bath, they roll in this ruddy earth developing a colorful coat. This morning we will focus on photographing these beautiful animals.

Tsavo West is home to many Maasai Giraffes due to the abundant shrubs. The foliage here tends to be dense, which is part of the park’s physical attraction. Besides the rolling plains and natural springs, you’ll also come across volcanoes, lava flows, and caves: reminders of the park’s timelessness. We will look for and photograph Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Elephants, Rhinos, Wild dogs, Buffalos, Zebras, and smaller mammals such as Mongooses, Hyraxes, Dik Diks, Lesser Kudus, and nocturnal Porcupines.

We will also visit the famous Mzima Springs where up to 250 million liters per day of crystal-clear water flows out of the ground through porous volcanic rocks. The source of the spring is a natural reservoir under the Chuyulu Hills. The water percolates through the lava rock and may spend 25 years under the ground before emerging 50 kilometers away in Mzima Springs. Besides being a popular watering hole for Elephants and Zebras, you will find a rich presence of aquatic life at this lush oasis. We will photograph Crocodiles stalking the banks and a resident pod of Hippos.

Accommodation: Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


11th August 2021: Tsavo West - Amboseli National Park (2.5-hour drive)

After breakfast, we will leave for Amboseli National Park. Amboseli is a beautiful park situated on the border with Tanzania, right at the foot of the tallest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. On a clear day, you will get stunning views of its snowy peaks.

The Amboseli landscape consists of rolling plains, swampy marshes, and rocky thorn bushes dotted with acacia trees. The topology of the landscape ensures excellent viewing of a large diversity of wildlife in their natural habitat.

We will arrive at Amboseli National Park at lunchtime and shortly after the meal leave on the afternoon game drive.

Amboseli is famous for being the best place in the world to get close to free-ranging elephants. The elephant population is so large here that sightings are pretty much guaranteed! Have you seen the classic Kenya photos of elephants posing in front of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro? These shots were taken right here in Amboseli, and you will have a chance to take these amazing photos too!

Accommodation: AA Lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


12th August 2021: Amboseli National Park – overnight in Nairobi (4-hour drive)

Rise early and get ready for a full day of unlimited game viewing and photography at Amboseli! We will start by watching the sunrise cast its first rays across the park and see the wild animals as they get ready for their day on the savannah. If we are lucky and the weather is clear, we will be rewarded with the views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Your photo guide will point out to you some unique landscape and wildscape (wildlife integrated in landscape) photography opportunities.

After the sunrise safari, we will drive back to the lodge for a sumptuous breakfast followed by a second morning game drive through the park.

One of the advantages of Amboseli is that the terrain is open, which makes game spotting easier. The park’s tranquil beauty allows fabulous wildlife viewing and photography. The wild animals here are very approachable and not frightened by the vehicles. It is a great opportunity to spot big families of Elephants, Lions, Impalas, Giraffes, and Gazelles.

After lunch and short afternoon safari in Amboseli, we will drive towards Nairobi for our overnight stay on the way to Maasai Mara.

Optional activities in Amboseli:

  • Balloon Safari over the Amboseli plains. Drones are not permitted in Maasai Mara, but if you want to photograph Amboseli from the bird’s eye view – balloon flight is your best bet. The balloon safari ends with a luxury champagne breakfast.
  • A visit to a traditional Maasai homestead. You’ll meet the Maasai, experience their unique way of life, customs, and traditions.

Accommodation: Golden Tulip Hotel

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


13th August 2021: Nairobi - Maasai Mara Game Reserve (5-hour drive)

Wake up early and after breakfast drive through the picturesque floor of the Great Rift Valley to the crown jewel of East Africa – the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Year-round, Maasai Mara offers wonderful scenery and plenty of game. Its rolling plains and grasslands stretch into the horizon as far as the eye can see. Maasai Mara is one of the few places left on earth where wildlife still lives comparatively undisturbed, in numbers that once roamed the plains of Africa. As we continue to the Mara, you’ll see local homesteads and perhaps Maasai herdsmen in their colorful wraps, tending to their cattle.

We will arrive at the lodge to a very warm welcome for lunch. This afternoon is the moment we have been waiting for, as we depart on a game drive in the incredible Maasai Mara! We saved the best for last.

We’ll be looking for and photographing Lions, Leopards, Buffalos, Rhinos, and Elephants, plus the more than 95 other mammals that inhabit this massive habitat. The Mara Game Reserve never disappoints. It offers the best game and bird-viewing not only in Kenya but anywhere in Africa!

Accommodation: AA Lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


14th August 2021: Full Day Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Wake up early and have breakfast – we have a full day of incredible game drive in Maasai Mara ahead of us! We could opt to return to the lodge for lunch or have it packed as a picnic, allowing us to spend more time on a game drive.

Today we will be on the look-out for the “Big Five” that Maasai Mara is famous for – the Black-Maned Lion, Savannah Elephant, the Cape Buffalo, the Leopard, and the Black Rhino. Maasai Mara is a paradise for bird enthusiasts since almost 500 bird species have been recorded in this reserve.

We will be in Maasai Mara during the prime time when The Great Migration takes place! This largest movement of animals on the planet only happens between the Serengeti in Tanzania and Maasai Mara in Kenya in the months of July through October. This is a sight to behold! More than a million wildebeest, alongside zebra and gazelle, cross the Mara River and march north to graze on Mara’s lush grasses as part of the Great Migration’s annual cycle. When crossing, the wildebeest face tremendous threats, such as drowning in swirling water, breaking their legs, being snatched by hungry crocodiles, or trampled to death in a stampede.

Many people say that observing and photographing thousands upon thousands of wildebeests taking a leap of faith from the high banks of Mara River into its treacherous waters is the most amazing sight they have ever seen!

Our safari guide will arrange an extended game viewing during the Great Migration, traveling further away from other vehicles and visitors.

Optional activities in Maasai Mara:

  • Balloon Safari over the Mara plains. Drones are not permitted in Maasai Mara, but if you want to photograph the river crossing or the large herds of wildebeest and zebra from the bird’s eye view – balloon flight is your best bet. The balloon safari ends with a luxury champagne breakfast.
  • A sunrise visit to the Maasai village. All of our guides are Maasai and we will have a unique opportunity to see their village at sunrise, while the light is still soft and portrait photography is amazing. Thanks to the special relationship that we build up with the people in the village over the years, we will have a very different treatment than the regular tourists.
  • Nature walk with a ranger. We will be using the trails that are less frequented by the predators. We will enjoy close views and photograph Elephants, Zebras, Giraffes, Antelopes, Buffaloes, and other grazers, while learning about plants, birds, and wild animals in a more natural environment.

Accommodation: Entim Camp

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Masai Mara

15th August 2021: Maasai Mara – Nairobi (5-hour drive)

Enjoy your breakfast and depart for our early morning safari. After we check out from your lodge, we will have a short game viewing as we leave the park and drive back to Nairobi. Unbelievable but true, our good bush moments have come to an end. Don’t be sad! You will not come back home empty-handed. You will have many adventure stories to tell and amazing photographs that captured the special moments you experienced on this amazing safari tour! You will also have greatly improved your wildlife photography skills.

Your guide will drop you off and say “goodbye!” to you at the hotel in Nairobi or at Jomo Kenyatta International airport.

Optional activities in Nairobi:

  • Lunch or dinner at The Carnivore restaurant (or any other restaurant of your choice in Nairobi).
  • A visit to Elephant Orphanage, the largest conservation organization in East Africa, where you will be able to see orphan baby elephants during their mud bath and feeding time!
  • A visit to Giraffe Center where you can interact with endangered Rothschild Giraffes.
  • A visit to Karen Blixen Museum, home of the famous Danish author of “Out of Africa”.
  • A tour of Kazuri factory where incredibly beautiful jewelry is made from clay by local women. Kazuri is arguably the best place in Nairobi to buy unique local souvenirs.
  • Kenyan souvenirs shopping.

Meal plan: Breakfast


Entim lodgeAccommodations for our photo safari are chosen for a combination of their strategic locations and easy access to the best wildlife viewing spots, as well as for their uncompromising standard of quality. Just because we are spending time in the savannah doesn’t mean we have to have it rough. Kenya is known for high standards in the safari industry and the infrastructure to support these high standards is among the best in the world. Our accommodations are first class and range from classic upscale safari-style lodges with modern conveniences to luxury tent-style camps.

Regarding the tent camps: these are not the standard tents you have used when camping on family vacations. Perhaps the only similarity is that they are made of canvas, but that is where it stops. The interiors of these permanently built camps are impeccably clean and huge, with plenty of room. Ceilings are 12 feet in height. Each room has one or two queen or king beds with fresh linens atop beautiful hardwood floors. Each tent has its own private bathroom with a flush toilet, sinks and hot water shower, numerous lights, power outlets for charging batteries and laptop computers, comfortable seating, a writing desk for your work, and a patio or a deck for watching the sunset. You might forget that you are in a tent because inside it looks like a luxury hotel room.

A short walk to the main hall and the dining area provides an excellent place to rest and meet other safari-goers over a freshly prepared cocktail, glass of wine, or any other drink of your choice. Scrumptious meals are prepared by expert chefs and served in the dining area. Following a full day of game viewing and photography, you will have the opportunity to relax in your luxury tent while listening to the wild sounds of the savannah – an experience that comes close to true bliss.


Tsavo West – Kilaguni Serena Lodge



Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge is a classic volcanic-stone lodge overlooking the waterhole where the wild animals gather to drink. The lodge offers amazing views of Chyulu Hills and Mount Kilimanjaro. Exceptionally spacious accommodations are beautifully decorated with natural stone walls and locally inspired furnishings, fabrics, and artwork.



Amboseli – AA Lodge

AA Amboseli-lodgeThe lodge is set in 60 acres of land and has a very convenient location due to its proximity to the park, the authentic culture of the local Maasai Community, and panoramic views of the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro.

The lodge is intimate and friendly with many personal touches. It offers some of the finest accommodation experiences with room facilities that are tastefully furnished and modern.



Entim Camp

entim 1Entim Camp has a prime location along the Mara River. It is unrivaled for seeing and photographing animals all year round, but particularly for observing The Great Migration.

You may not realize how rare it is to witness a migration river crossing, because the wildebeest can hesitate on the riverbank for days before taking the leap! But since Entim’s main wing overlooks the Mara River, while the private wing has an intimate bush setting, it is possible to

observe the migration crossings without leaving the camp. Entim guests are usually first on the scene, without other tourist traffic around. Each year the migration moves right through the Entim camp showcasing hunting activity from the predators of the Maasai Mara.

Entim’s is a luxury 5-Star camp. Its tented rooms are furnished with all the amenities that you will require for a comfortable stay while visiting the Maasai Mara. All the tents have both cold and hot running water for showers, a washing basin, a flushing toilet, and comfortable safari chairs to experience amazing views from a veranda.

The Entim experience is not your average hotel or lodge. It is a feeling of being part of the landscape and having profound encounters with wild animals and Maasai people in their own land. It is a sharing of passions and significant moments in the heart of one of the most famous wildlife reserves in the world.


  • A good DSLR or Mirrorless Camera is mandatory to get great wildlife shots. Simple point-and-shoot cameras do not have a high enough frame rate or resolution to capture beautiful photographs.
  • Lenses:
    • High magnification tele lens (400mm-600mm) is recommended to get fill-the-frame wildlife images.
    • Medium range tele lens (70 – 200mm) is convenient for closer distance wildlife.
    • Wide-angle lens (16 – 35 mm) or a mid-range zoom lens (24-70 mm) is needed for landscapes and wildscapes.
    • With this set of lenses, you can cover the range of 16mm up to 600mm. There will be some opportunity to photograph landscapes, people, and animals at close range, so having a wide range of lenses will help to ensure that you have the right gear for each situation.
  • It is recommended to bring two camera bodies, so you do not have to swap lenses often in potentially dusty conditions. It is very convenient to have one camera body with a long lens attached and another body ready to go with a medium range lens.
  • A 1.4x extender is also advised, but not critical. It will potentially give you an extra 100-200mm reach.
  • Bring at least 2 memory cards of 128 GB or more. You will be surprised at how fast you can go through memory cards when the animal action happens and your camera is going full burst. On average, you will be shooting 300-800 images a day, and you do not want to have to delete photos on the go.
  • A laptop with at least 500 GB of hard-drive space to review and backup your photos. If you are planning to edit photos while on safari, please make sure you have Lightroom and Photoshop installed on your laptop. We will allocate time to edit photographs after the game drives. Photoshop instruction is included in the price of the workshop and hopefully, you will take full advantage of it.
  • Additional storage to back up your photographs. An external hard drive with at least 500GB of space is great. Nothing could be as tragic as losing all your images from this photo trip. An extra hard drive is cheap, trips to Africa are not. Get into a habit of backing up your images every evening!
  • Camera cleaning products (cleaning cloths, dust blowers, brushes). It can get quite dusty on the safari. You could get dust on the lenses and sensors, especially if you are changing the lenses in the field.
  • Extra batteries for your cameras. You don’t want to find yourself in the situation when you are running out of battery in the middle of an epic moment. Every camp or lodge will have electric outlets to recharge your batteries in the evening, but plan on having enough batteries for at least one full day of shooting.
  • 3 prong (triangle shape) UK plug adapters (220V) for your laptop and chargers.
  • We will provide filled bean bags for you at no extra charge, so you don’t have to bring them. Bean bags are used to give a stable platform for your camera when shooting.
  • Photography on the safari is typically from safari vehicles, so you don’t have to bring a tripod.

If you don’t own a good camera or recommended lens for wildlife photography, there are several companies in the US that rent photo equipment at reasonable prices (e.g., www.borrowlenses.com). Most of them offer a good discount for first-time customers and they ship everywhere in the US.

If you have any additional questions about the photo equipment, do not hesitate to reach your photography instructor, Alyosha Romanov (personal email: romanov.alyosha@gmail.com).




Is this photo safari for you?

Photographers of all levels who are passionate about wildlife are welcome. Our tour leader is experienced in guiding and photography instruction. A very small group (no more than 6 photographers) allows a lot of personal attention and guidance.


What our day will look like?

Safaris-in-Tanzania-Serengeti-National-ParkWe will spend most of our time in the field shooting. We will wake up much earlier than the regular tourists and arrive at our morning photo location before sunrise. Often, we will bring a picnic breakfast with us, so we don’t miss any photo opportunity when the light is still fantastic, by having to rush back to the camp.

Most days, we will return to our camp for lunch and a nap/rest in the middle of the day, since the light gets harsh and not too much animal activity is happening. In the evening, we will return to the camp for dinner shortly after the sunset, taking advantage of the golden hour photography in the savannah, when the light is soft and animals are very active. In the evening or during the afternoon break, we will have time for the post processing instructions and review of the photographs.


Is this a photo workshop or a photo tour/safari?

 A photography workshop is specifically focused on teaching new skills (technical or creative). An instructor’s goal is to teach you and give constructive reviews. Once we learn some important photography skills, like exposure, depth of field, composition, and focusing, we start snapping away thousands of pictures, but soon we find ourselves getting stuck at the same level and stagnating. The photo workshop is a great way to break free of this rut.

Cheetah huntingThe focus of a photo tour or photo safari is to take a group of photographers to an incredible destination at the best time of the year and at the right time of the day, ensuring the best possible lighting. Instructors will spend a lot of time in advance preparing logistics and itineraries for the tour, based on their own prior personal experience. For each photo safari, they establish a relationship with an experienced team that deeply understands photographers’ needs. The instructor does not spend as much time guiding/teaching the tour participants as on a workshop, but rather helps participants to create their own photographic vision of a scene, being supportive by answering all their questions.

What we offer is a combination of both: a photo workshop and a photo safari. We do expect you to be familiar with the settings of your camera because we do not want to be figuring out the basic exposure or learning to focus while a cheetah is chasing an impala in front of us – that will not be the best time to learn nor to get the unprepared shot. We strongly recommend you take some time before the trip to learn your camera settings and photography basics offered via numerous online classes, YouTube videos, and introductory workshops. However, an instructor will be available in the field to answer your questions about exposure, composition, and technique. When we return to the camp after the game drive, we have an optional class/workshop, where the instructor could teach you photography techniques, help with the camera settings, answer questions, and offer post-processing instructions in Lightroom and Photoshop in order to bring the most out of your images.

Additional Information

  • Accommodation and meals as mentioned in the tour description
  • All government taxes/VAT
  • All National Parks and National Reserves fees
  • Drinking water
  • Game drives in a 4×4 Toyota Land Cruisercustom-built and equipped for wildlife photography
  • Guaranteed row with 2 window seats in a safari vehicle
  • Workshop tuition with a professional photography instructor
  • Services of professional English-speaking wildlife tour guides
  • Airport pick up/drop off on the first/last day of safari
  • Experienced safari specialist to help you with pre- or post-safari extension travel to Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, or Rwanda
  • Arrangements for booking a COVID test upon departure from Kenya
  • International flights from your home and back
  • Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities for the driver-guides, the photography instructor, and the hotel staff
  • Other personal items (such as beverages, laundry, telephone calls, souvenirs, etc.)
  • All meals on the day of the arrival
  • Lunch and dinner on the day of departure
  • COVID test cost and transportation
  • Optional extra activities (visit to Maasai Village, balloon safari, walking safaris, and any other optional activity listed in the description)
  • Optional 3 days off-road permit in Maasai Mara National Reserve, allowing us to get closer to the wildlife than anyone else.


  • The price for this premier all-inclusive 8-days wildlife photographic safari is $5695 per photographer.
  • This photo safari is limited to a very small group of 6 photographers (spacious arrangement with three photographers per 8-passenger Toyota Land Cruiser).
  • We will be able to accommodate one non-photographer (a spouse or a partner of a workshop participant) on a front seat of a Land Cruiser for a reduced price of $5495.
  • The price assumes double-room occupancy.
  • Single occupancy is a supplement of $1295. If a solo workshop participant wants to share a room, we will do our best to match him or her with another person of the same gender; however, if this is not possible then the single occupancy supplement will be charged.
  • A 40% non-refundable deposit for the workshop needs to be paid via bank transfer to our partner safari operator “The Land of the Lion Safaris”. Once your registration and deposit are received, we will send a confirmation receipt and trip details.
  • The final balance (60%) is due 30 days before the beginning of the trip via bank transfer to our safari operator “The Land of the Lion Safaris”.
  • Our experienced safari operator will be happy to assist you with pre- or post-safari arrangements (e.g., an idyllic beach vacation in Malindi, Diani, or Zanzibar; gorillas trekking in Uganda or Rwanda, etc.).
  • Safari seats are transferable.
  • Purchasing travel-cancellation insurance is highly recommended.

Financial Protection

Payments for all the photo safaris are made through “Land of The Lion Safaris”, which means you have financial protection of booking through a registered tour operator.

Covid-19 Guarantee

If there is a government restriction of travel in 2021, we can offer you a new date or a full refund for the safari photography tour. You don’t have to worry about losing your payment if you cannot join us due to the uncertainty of Covid-19.

Please contact us or the photo safari instructor directly to reserve your spot!

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