Northern Kenya Photo Safari 2020

TOUR DETAILS
TOUR DATES
20 June 2020 - 1 July 2020 Space available

This exclusive, small group tour provides a rare opportunity to photograph the “some of the most remote Northern Kenyan cultures”, WITH THE MOST EFFICIENT TRAVEL ITINERARY POSSIBLE.

In the far flung reaches of northern Kenya lies a very remarkable land. It is dry, it can be hot and there will be dust, but also there is great beauty. The Mathews range of mountains and the Chalbi desert are amazing spectacles in their own right, but the real highlight is the Jade Sea – Lake Turkana. This beautiful lake is the hub of the region that hosts a lot more life than at first meets the eye. And it is this life we will be seeking.

In true desert style: The drier the environment, the more colourful the riposte. Colour abounds with the tribes in northern Kenya, with some being the most colourful in Africa. Many people think only of the Samburu when thinking of northern Kenya. They are certainly the most striking in the region, but we will also be visiting and interacting with Rendille, the Turkana, the Gabbra and potentially others.

 

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This safari is a full immersion into the tribes of northern Kenya. We will be staying in exclusive mobile camps set up for our purpose and we will be travelling far into each location to be as authentically immersed in each environment as possible. In addition to this, a cultural expert will be joining us for the trip to share her knowledge and experience of this region with us. Hilary Hurt has vast experience and intimate knowledge on a personal level but also an academic one of the region and its Tribes. Her knowledge in will be invaluable to us interconnecting with the tribes we visit.

This is a safari that goes beyond the norm. It is unequivocally the most thorough traverse of the northern Kenyan tribes and the landscape they live in. This safari will be about exploring, interacting with your subjects and importantly, about acquiring images that are beyond the norm. For in such places such as deserts, the drier the environment, the more colourful and creative the riposte.

Shem Compion has been photographing African culture for the past 15 years and has grown a special affinity for African Tribes, where he finds being in the remote areas stimulates people’s creativity and allows them to express themselves naturally: creating wonderful connections with the people and then making magic as photographers. Shem’s gentle approach combined with his technical expertise will guide you in taking some of the most amazing images of culture you have ever taken.

Come and join Shem in northern Kenya on this incredible safari. It will be a journey of a lifetime with lots of adventure and images to last a lifetime



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About your host, Shem Compion

Shem Compion is the founder and owner of C4 Photo Safaris. He uses his intricate knowledge of travel in Africa, its wildlife and fantastic photographic locations to give you the best photographic tour experience you will ever have. Shem grew up roaming the wilds and this interest in Nature led to him studying a National Diploma in Nature conservation and Wildlife Management.

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Day 1 - 2

Macushla House, Kenya

On arrival into Nairobi you will be met at the airport and driven to Macushla House in Karen, a leafy suburb which was once home to the famous Karen Blixen, the writer of Out of Africa. Macushla House is a quiet and family run small guest house with delightful staff and comfortable rooms.

Day 2 - 4

Koros Camp, Kenya

After an early breakfast we will leave Macushla House for Wilson airport where we will catch a charter flight to South Horr, straight into the bush just south of Lake Turkana in Turkana tribal country. You will be collected at South Horr airstrip and driven 20 minutes to Koros camp, a rustic tented camp with a swimming pool which is our base for two days.

The afternoon you will meet some local Samburu tribes people and have the opportunity to see their manyatta and photograph them.

The morning on Day 3 you will again photograph the Samburu people early in the morning and later the afternoon in the golden hour and hopefully capture some good portraits making the most of our time with these beautiful and colourfully clad people in their natural environment.

 

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Day 4 - 6

Mobile Camp, Lake Turkana, Kenya

Departing Koros Camp after breakfast you will head north to El Molo on the shores of Lake Turkana to your mobile camp, which will have already been set up. This is a Turkana area and you will have the opportunity to photograph them over the next two days.

Our mobile camp is simple but the tents are comfortable with camp beds, mattresses, linen and an en suite toilet. A bucket shower is set up in between the tents and when you are ready to shower your bucket will be filled up and suspended ready for you to shower inside a shower tent with a view. Meals are freshly cooked each day in our safari oven and are healthy but simple as we are on a mobile expedition in rugged country. We carry a solar fridge and freezer and drinks are limited to a selection of juice, and beer/wine minimizing on unnecessary weight. Drinks orders are taken before the safari commences so we only carry what we need.

Day 6 - 8

Mobile Camp, Chalbi Desert, Kenya

Leaving the lake you will be transferred to the Chalbi desert (3.5 hours drive). Our camp will move here and Kalacha is our base for the next two days which is an oasis in the desert and source of clean water for big herds of camels and goats who walk for miles to drink here. Led by the Gabbra people these  herds are an amazing spectacle. We will photograph the Gabbra people over the next two days.

 

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Day 8 - 10

Mobile Camp, Laisamis, Kenya

You will be transferred to Laisamis, home of the Rendille people, one of Kenya’s smallest tribes who have origins in the horn of Africa. The Rendille are believed to have originally migrated down into the Great Lakes area from Ethiopia in the more northerly Horn region. 

 

Day 10 - 12

Sarara Camp, Kenya

After leaving Laisamis you will be transferred to Sarara Camp in the Mathews Mountains, a beautiful lodge with an infamous waterhole that draws in leopard, elephant and buffalo in front of the dining room.

Home also to some singing wells, river beds where Samburu’s water their cattle and sing whilst digging down to fresh water, passing it up by bucket to their compatriots. Each family has its own song and the cattle can distinguish which song and which waterhole is theirs. This is not a photographic opportunity as it is a closely guarded tradition, but a time to watch and take memories home of an ancient tradition.

 

Day 12

International flight

Road transfer from Sarara Camp to the Samburu airstrip for your scheduled flight back to Nairobi, in time for your international flight home. This is the end of the safari.

 

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Macushla House

Macushla House offers 3.5-star accommodation in Nairobi. It is ideally positioned for those wanting to visit local attractions. The guest house has 6 peaceful rooms that are fitted with all the necessities to ensure an enjoyable stay.

Those looking to sit down to a meal and wanting to stay close by needn’t look any further than Macushla House’s on-site restaurant, which is ideally open each day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is a 50-minute drive from the guest house.

 

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Koros Camp

Set on the 250,000-acre Ol Donyo Mara Conservancy, Koros is the inspired creation of a Nairobi family who have been involved for many years with the nearby Lake Turkana Wind Power Project. What started off as a basic weekend retreat became, over time, a comfortable and well-equipped base for family holidays. And now they have decided to share this wonderfully original and much-loved retreat with visitors to the area.

Bedroom accommodation at the camp consists of five safari tents, each of which can be configured either with twin beds or a double bed – sleeping a total of ten guests. Hot showers are alfresco, along with lavatories in the separate bathroom block.

The Mess, the camp’s main living and dining area, is comfortably furnished with dining table and chairs and built-in sofa seats. There is a small and well-equipped kitchen behind the Mess which has its own gas stove, from where David the chef conjures up a range of delicious meals. For keen grillers there is a BBQ inside the Mess where guests can cook while socialising.

 

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Mobile Camp

Our mobile camp is simple but the tents are comfortable with camp beds, mattresses, linen and an en suite toilet. A bucket shower is set up in between the tents and when you are ready to shower your bucket will be filled up and suspended ready for you to shower inside a shower tent with a view. Meals are freshly cooked each day in our safari oven and are healthy but simple as we are on a mobile expedition in rugged country. We carry a solar fridge and freezer and drinks are limited to a selection of juice, and beer/wine minimizing on unnecessary weight. Drinks orders are taken before the safari commences so we only carry what we need.

 

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sarara camp

Sarara is a luxurious tented camp set on the edge of the magnificent Samburu wilderness. Each tent is positioned to maximise the stunning views of the Mathews Range and the waterhole that attracts a good variety of game throughout the day. The tents are spacious and high-ceilinged, with open-air bathrooms and private terraces.

Guests are pampered with hearty breakfasts in the mess building, buffet-style lunches under the shady trees and delicious dinners served on the pool terrace or in the bush. The roughly hewn rock pool, with its view over the distant mountains, offers the ideal place from which the view the surrounding wilderness. The adventurous can venture out on nature walks, mountain hikes, game drives, fly camping safaris, moonlit bush dinners, scenic flights, visits to the Samburu Singing Wells and a variety of other exciting adventures.

 

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$9 500.00 price per sharing person

$9 500.00 price per single person

40% deposit confirms your booking. Balance payable 8 weeks prior to departure.

Maximum of 10 clients and a minimum of 6 clients.

The above costs include

  • All accommodation and meals.
  • Bottled water in transport vehicles and during meals.
  • Private ground transportation.
  • Park and Ranger fees.
  • National English speaking escort guide and local tribal guides.
  • Local guide fees.
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers.
  • Internal flights:
        Wilson - South Horr airstrip
        Samburu NP - Wilson airstrip

Costs not included

  • International flights.
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Travel Insurance and Visas.
  • Personal purchases (including shopping, spirits, laundry, telephone calls, etc.).
  • Optional extra activities not included on the itinerary.
  • Pre- and Post- expeditions tours.


Day 1

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Air, Kenya you will be met by a Macushla representative who will transfer you to Macushla House for your one nights stay.

Day 2

After an early breakfast you will be transferred to Wilson airport in time for your scheduled flight to South Horr.  We will be collected at South Horr airstrip and driven 20 minutes to Koros camp for two days.

Day 4

After breakfast you will head north to El Molo on the shores of Lake Turkana to our mobile camp for 2 nights stay. We will be photographing the Turkana tribes.

Day 6

Leaving the Lake you will be transferred to the Chalbi desert (3.5 hours drive). You will be staying at the Mobile Camp in Kalacha for the next two days.

Day 8

Road transfer to Laisamis, home of the Rendille people. You will be staying here for 2 nights in a Mobile camp.

Day 10

After leaving Laisamis you will be transferred to Sarara Camp for 2 nights.

Day 12

Road transfer from Sarara Camp to the Samburu airstrip for your scheduled flight back to Nairobi, in time for your international flight home. This is the end of the safari.

 
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