SAM CLARK PHOTO SAFARIS – BIG PAWS AND LITTLE TUSKERS, KENYA

 

BIG PAWS AND LITTLE TUSKERS PHOTO SAFARI KENYA

21ST SEPTEMBER – 2ND OCTOBER 2015

 

Kenya is the setting for one of the great Natural Wonders of the world, the Great Wildebeest Migration. Millions migrate a distance of almost 3,000 kms from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara in Kenya, in a continuous clockwise direction, searching for food and water. With the migration come the big cats with great viewing to be found in the Maasai Mara region.

The ‘Big Five’ animals of Africa can be found in Kenya which include the lion, leopard, buffalo, rhinoceros and Elephant.

With a friendly and experienced Ugandan guide and myself, let us take you on an adventure of a lifetime and show you some of what Kenya has to offer.

This safari is suitable for photographers of all levels as well as nature enthusiasts as we will be maximizing our time in the field to witness and photograph wildlife in the best light available.

 

Sunday 20th September 2015

Upon your arrival at Kenyatta International Airport, meet up with your guide who will then transfer you to Fairview Hotel in Nairobi city for your quick safari briefing before relaxing in the beautiful surrounds of the Hotel gardens. Overnight.

As people will be arriving at different times, a meal will not be included on this day. Individual airport transfers will be provided depending on arrival times.

 

DAY 1 – Monday 21st September 2015

Wake up to the sights and sounds that is Africa.

After a hearty breakfast, we will embark on our safari with our guides by 4×4 extended Land Cruiser. With a maximum of three people per eight seater, there will be plenty of room for your photographic gear, and will enable you to shoot from both sides of the vehicle without compromise. We will stop briefly at some of the Great Eastern Rift Valley view points before continuing onto lake Nakuru for our night accommodation at the Sarova Lion Hill Lodge. A stunning picturesque destination, Lake Nakuru is well known for its flocks of Pink Flamingos. Over the last few years however due to higher than usual water levels which has in turn changed the ideal feeding ground for these birds, the numbers are currently very few. There are however many other exciting wildlife encounters awaiting you! After lunch at our lodge, we will go on our first game drive where we will have a good chance of seeing Black and White Rhino as there is a Rhino Sanctuary here, the Elusive Leopard, lion, buffalo, endangered Rothschild Giraffe, zebras, numerous bird species to name a few. After our game drive, we will return to our lodge to relax over dinner. Overnight.

 

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DAY 2 – Tuesday 22nd September 2015

With coffee/tea, snacks and a packed picnic lunch, we will head off at dawn for an early morning game drive to utilize the best light and active animals for prime photographic opportunities. We will spend the morning looking for wildlife. Following our game drive, we will have our picnic lunch on route to the famous Maasai Mara National Park. Upon entering the Mara, we may game drive in to our overnight accommodation, time permitting. Time to relax over a hearty dinner. Our accommodation! The beautiful, secluded and in true African style permanent safari tents will be where we spend our next five nights. Welcome to the Mara Bush Camp.

 

DAYS 3 – 5 Wednesday 23rd – Friday 25th September 2015

Adventure awaits us! Today, with an early start, plenty of coffee, tea, snacks and a packed picnic lunch, we will explore the famous Maasai Mara National Park for the entire day. The Talek area where we are camped is well known for its large predators so we will be sure to witness and photograph a lot of big cat action, including lion, cheetah and leopard. We may also encounter elephants, Giraffe, Zebra, Hyena, Warthogs, Buffalo, Wildebeest, Thompsons Gazelle and much much more.

 

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DAY 6 – Saturday 26th September 2015

Today you will be given the opportunity to see Africa from a birds perspective. Take yourself on a hot air balloon ride, an incredibly beautiful, peaceful, and memorable way to experience Africa.

This will be at an additional cost to you. $450 per person.

For those not wishing to embark on a balloon ride, you will again venture into the wilds for yet another exciting game drive.

From your morning game drive, we will travel back to camp for lunch and to meet up with the rest of the group.

When the light is at its best, we will again be traveling the Mara in search of that ultimate photo opportunity.

Return to camp for downloading, then chatting over dinner about our incredible adventures so far.

There will be an option to game drive all day if clients choose not to take a balloon ride.

 

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 DAY 7 – Sunday 27th September 2015

We will be venturing out again for an early morning game drive. We will head back for lunch before having the opportunity to experience the traditional Maasai culture. You have the option to visit a true Maasai Village to have an insight into the lives of these amazing tribal people. The cost of this excursion will be an extra $30. For those who choose, you can rest and enjoy the camp surrounds over a refreshing beverage. We will again re group in the afternoon for a game drive, returning to camp to exchange exciting stories from our days adventures. Tonight as our last night in the Mara, we will enjoy an infamous African sundowner. (Traditionally drinks out in the African bush while watching the unsurpassed African sunset from the comfort of your chair)

There will be an option to game drive all day if clients choose not to experience the Maasai village.

 

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DAY 8 – Monday 28thth September 2015

After another early morning game drive, we will return to camp mid morning to freshen up and check out from our tents. Proceed with our last game drive in the Maasai Mara until about 1pm. On returning to camp, our safari vehicles will begin their drive back to Nairobi, taking any excess baggage with them for us to collect later. This will allow us to fly with no concerns for our weight restrictions with our camera gear. We will relax over lunch, discussing photography and our amazing safari adventures so far. With farewells to our new Mara Camp friends, we will drive to the airstrip for our flight back to Nairobi at approximately 4pm. We will be met on arrival at approximately 5.30pm by our safari vehicles then escorted to our overnight at The Ole Sereni Hotel and a welcoming dinner.

 

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 DAY 9 – Tuesday 29th September 2015

An exciting day of city excursions today. After breakfast, we will be driven to the Giraffe Manor to photograph these elegant creatures and if you’re game, be ‘kissed’ by one. We will then venture to the Karen Blixon Coffee Gardens, relaxing here, chatting over lunch. After lunch, we will visit the Kasuri beads factory where woman make beautiful hand-made beads of varying designs. The money helps these impovished woman and supports their families. You will have an opportunity to do some shopping here.

Our afternoon delight, we will visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. After selecting your very own baby Elephant to adopt, we will enter the orphanage to witness these incredible and highly intelligent animals go about their playful antics, and see first hand the amazing work that their carers do to give them a second chance at life. A truly incredible and humbling experience. After a memorable hour, we will return to our hotel for relax and dinner. Overnight.

 

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DAY 10 – Wednesday 30th September 2015

After an early breakfast, we will drive to the Amboseli National Park in the South East, arriving in time for lunch provided at our lodge Amboseli Serena. After lunch, and as the light softens, we will again embark on a game drive until evening. We will concentrate on the Elephant herds famous in this area, however also expect to see lion, zebra, giraffe, buffalo, egret and much more. Dinner and overnight at our lodge.

 

DAY 11 – Thursday 1st October 2015

Again rising early, and with packed lunch, we will explore the Amboseli, watching the herds of Elephant walk to the swamps for water and feeding. We will spend a full day if the light is right, photographing all Amboseli has to offer. Return to our lodge to download our images before a hearty dinner.

 

DAY 12 – Friday 2nd October 2015

Rising early, with coffee, snack and our packed lunch, we will head out for a dawn game drive, and game driver out heading back to Nairobi. You will be taken to your day rooms at the Eka Hotel to freshen up, relax before being driven the the airport to meet your international transfers.

 

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The tour price includes:

Airport transfers

Accommodation and meals as per itinerary

Ground transportation by 4×4 Extended Land cruiser safari vehicles

En-route luncheons

Park entrances

Game drives

Flight from Maasai Mara National Park to Nairobi

Evening Sundowner

Lunch at Karen Blixen Museum Coffee Garden

Giraffe Centre entrance fees

Daphne Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Adoption fee

Professional English speaking local guide

Mineral water on board

Evacuation insurance to a Nairobi Hospital (hospital stay excluded)

 

 

Exclusions:

International Airfares

Visas and Passport costs

Meals and accommodation outside of the safari itinerary

Personal expenditure like; alcoholic drinks, curios, laundry, phone, Internet etc

Gratuities for the local guides and staff at your accommodation

Personal travel and camera insurance

Immunizations including Malaria medication

Cost of medical services and evacuation internationally if necessary

Any other expenditure of a personal nature

COST: total cost for this amazing wildlife photographic safari is $7,300 USD P/P based on 8 bookings and double occupancy.

$7,790 USD P/P based on 5 bookings and double occupancy.

Extra costs will be incurred for single occupancy if available.

 

 

 

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PHOTOGRAPHING AFRICAN WILD DOGS

It is through people that we meet on our life journey that enrich our life with new experiences, experiences that may have never eventuated without these beautiful kind souls.
Two friends that I have recently met have helped provide me with such fulfillment in my quest as an African wildlife photographer and conservationist.
This particular day, I was to experience the thrill of being in the company of Wild Dogs and Cheetah, with the privilege of photographing on foot.
Such an amazing and unique experience and one I will never forget. Every animal never ceases to amaze me on what they have to teach us about ourselves, and the Wild Dogs and Cheetah were no exception.

Thank you Amanda, thank you Drew… from the bottom of my heart! You girls rock! xo

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Wild Dog, Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre, South Africa

 

WALKING FOR LIONS PRINT RAFFLE FUNDRAISER DRAWN SOON!!

Well good people, what you have all been waiting for! The ‘Walking For Lions’ print raffle fundraiser is coming to a close. It will be drawn end of this week on Sunday! Your last chance to be in the draw to win three lion prints personally signed by me 😉
Gosh, not in the draw… don’t worry, theres still time! Quick, follow this link for a secure payment to WFL through Payfast;
http://www.walkingforlions.org/donate/4575413553
Just $5, Wow, and you get to help save an iconic species from extinction!
You did it, good for you! Now, just let me know so I can put you into the draw. Remember the more you enter, the more chances you have of winning 🙂 Good luck!

See you on Safari (hmmm, wonder if we’ll see any lions..)
Sam

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WFL PRINT RAFFLE

‘Walking For Lions’ starts tomorrow!!

WOW, the Walking For Lions walk starts tomorrow! My print raffle is still running, so if you would like to be in with a chance to win three 8×12 inch fine art Lion prints as seen below, while donating to a very worthwhile cause to save our last wild lions of Africa, then what are you waiting for!! Just $5 puts you in the draw. Larger donations are always welcome, I will enter you once for every $5 donated.
Please follow this link to donate, its as easy as 1, 2, 3!
http://www.walkingforlions.org/donate/4575413553

 

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WFL PRINT RAFFLE

WALKING FOR LIONS

Hi everyone!

Well, I have decided to up the anti! ‘Walking For Lions’ walk is only weeks away. Besides running my print raffle, I have decided to also make some donations myself.

Heres how it works;
If you SHARE this link (via FB), I will donate $1 to WFL
If you LIKE my Sam Clark Photography page here; http://www.facebook.com/samclarkphotographer#
I will donate $1 to WFL
Please leave a comment ‘LIKED and ‘SHARED FOR WFL!’

OR

DONATE $5 and be in the draw to win these three 8×12 inch Fine Art Lion prints

Go here to DONATE to WFL;

http://www.walkingforlions.org/donate/4575413553

Not only will you be in the draw of winning a collection of Lion prints for your wall, but know that you are helping to save the majestic and iconic species… the Last Lions!

IMPORTANT
When you donate, please make sure that you let me know via FB, so I know to enter you into the draw.

Thanks so much everyone, from myself, WFL, and most of all the last Lions of Africa!

See you on Safari,
Sam Clark

 

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WFL PRINT RAFFLE

WALKING FOR LIONS – THE FINAL PRINT!

The last print in the series for the Lion print raffle to raise funds for Walking For Lions; a NFP organization fighting to save our last wild Lions!

Just $5 puts you in the draw, please donate direct to;

http://www.walkingforlions.org/

“Never, never, be afraid to do what’s right,
especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake.
Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds
we inflict on our soul when we look the other way”.
– Martin Luther King, Jr

See you on Safari,
Sam

 

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Lion Print Raffle