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Fotoreise Kenia Great Rift Valley Masai Mara

Heli, Hide & Big Cats

Photo Tour Kenya

Heli, Hide & Big Cats

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Photo tour Kenya

On this Kenya photo tour, we take you to two of the East African country’s major highlights. In an exclusive small group of just 5 people, you will photograph the natural beauty of Kenya in the Masai Mara and take photos from spectacular perspectives in the Great Rift Valley. You will photograph from safari vehicles, from hides and from a helicopter. The trip offers the best for the ambitious nature photographer.

In the Great Rift Valley, we take you to a little piece of paradise away from the crowds of tourists. Here you will photograph the unique landscape from a spectacular hide and from a helicopter for a total of 2 hours. Lake Natron and Lake Magadi are a feast for the eyes from the air. You photograph abstract patterns and shapes amidst thousands of flamingos.

The Masai Mara National Reserve borders the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and is considered one of the best destinations in the world for game viewing. The reserve is known for its uniquely high density of big cats. The number of safari vehicles and lodges in our camp’s private concession area is very limited.

This intensive photo trip to Kenya definitely offers you the perfect conditions to return home with a breathtaking portfolio of spectacular images.

03 - 11 September 2025 (only one spot left)

Nairobi – Great Rift Valley – Masai Mara - Nairobi

9 days / 8 nights from / to Nairobi

Exclusive small group of 5 guests

English speaking photo tour guide

This Photo Tour Kenya offers extraordinary highlights!

  • Enjoy and photograph the fantastic abundance of game in the Masai Mara and, with a bit of luck, capture photos of lions, leopards and cheetahs.
  • Meet and photograph the animals at eye level in the hide at the waterhole.
  • Shoot spectacular landscape photos from the helicopter. The flight time per guest is approx. 2 hours in total. Lake Natron and Lake Magadi offer countless motifs.
  • Experience the African bush up close in comfortable accommodation nestled in a breathtaking natural landscape.
  • Benefit from personalised support in an exclusive small group of just 5 people.
  • You have plenty of space on the private safari vehicles.
  • Fly-in safari – you fly to the camps and back to Nairobi
  • You will be accompanied by a professional wildlife and nature photographer. Learn to photograph like a pro or take your photography skills to the next level.

Photo Guide

Portrait James Gifford

James Gifford

Local Photo Guide

Price & Services

03 – 11 September 2025

CHF 13’900.-* | Price per person sharing in a double room
CHF 14’900.-* | Price per person in a single room

*Prices are subject to change (e.g. due to price increases in helicopter fuel or exchange rate fluctuations)

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

Photographic guidance by renowned professional photographer in English language

1 night in a comfortable hotel in Nairobi

3 nights in the Great Rift Valley

4 nights in the Masai Mara Conservation Area

Breakfast in Nairobi on day 2

Full board in the camps

Drinks in camps (water, soft drinks, coffee, tea, local alcoholic drinks)

Exclusive safari vehicle with guaranteed window seat

2 game drives / activities per day

2 helicopter flights in the Great Rift Valley (2x approx. 1 hour)

All park entrance fees, tourism taxes

Transfers from/to Nairobi Airport (with the flight connection recommended by us)

3 domestic flights according to programme

Transfers according to programme

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

Individual arrival / departure to / from Nairobi

Dinner on the first day in Nairobi

Premium Brand Beverages

Personal expenses

Gratuities

Travel insurance

Any airport and visa fees

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What our clients say

Dieter

The careful selection of locations/lodges and the extremely knowledgeable and professional local guide made the trip through parts of Botswana a real highlight. The photographer James Clifford knows the places and positions where the animals can be put in the right light and imparts a lot of interesting information about the nature and behaviour of the animals in this unique environment. I returned home with many great pictures and numerous unique impressions.

Botswana Desert & Delta, November 2023

Sabine

The Zambia trip in June 2023 was marked by many great animal encounters and beautiful scenery. I especially remember a pair of leopards, about one year old, who were playing with each other and I even managed to take a picture of the female sailing over the male. Wonderful! Equally impressive, however, were the beautiful morning scenes. Antelopes and even lions presented themselves in the ground fog at sunrise! Once again, Thomas and Hannes took excellent care of us, and the local guides also did a good job. This makes us want to do more!

Photo Tour Two Rivers, Zambia, June 2023

Thomas

The photo trip Botswana up close exceeded all my expectations. I experienced and photographed countless unforgettable moments. Hannes' professional guidance was brilliant. The whole "surrounding" with a super lodge, extremely good safari guides and the cozy group made this trip the perfect experience. Thank you. I can only recommend this photo tour to everyone.

Botswana upclose, October 2022

Sabine

It was my first photo tour to Africa. The diverse - and thanks to the driving skills of the guides also up close - encounters in the private game reserve were impressive: leopards, cheetahs, lions, hyenas, jackals, elephants, giraffes, antelopes, zebras, monkeys, bee-eaters, eagles, vultures and much more. With Hannes Lochner we also had an excellent photo guide with us, who was able to share a lot of his experience with us. That makes you want to do more!

Botswana Upclose, October 2022

Mats

Amazing experiences with truly professional guides. Super nice wild-life at a close distance. Cool and impressive lodge and food. Think Tina Turner wrote your song: "Simply the best".

Zimanga in Focus, June 2022

Urs M.

As usual, the tour was excellently organised. The lodge and the game reserve in southern Botswana are simply top. The game reserve has a great variety of species and a high density of predatory cats, which made the time pass (too) quickly. I can truly recommend this trip to anyone interested in wildlife.

Botswana Upclose, October 2021

Ronny

The tour was planned and carried out professionally as usual. The passionate photographer Hannes Locher looked after us very well. I was thrilled by his passion for cats and his humorous manner. Gladly again!

Cats of the Kalahari, October 2021

Susanne

The trip to the beautiful Kalahari was a dream, many animals, wonderful landscapes and moods. Hannes looked after us perfectly in his humorous way and helped us to take great pictures. Definitely recommended!

Cats of the Kalahari, October 2021

Josy

The smell of the first big rain after the dry season I will remember forever! And the pictures of it are in my photo album and in my heart. Pictures that have become even more unique thanks to Hannes Lochner. It is a privilege to discover such an exciting area as the Kalahari. Even more so when Hannes Lochner is there. He showed us with humor and patience countless photo tricks and we were able to benefit from his enormous knowledge about photography, animals and nature. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

Cats of the Kalahari, October 2021

Brigitta

Travelling with Amazing Views and their photo guides is perfect. Not only are we at the photo hotspots at the right time, we also get great professional advice and support. And peace and quiet when the rest of the masses of tourists are out and about. The support was unrivalled. We were in very good and experienced hands with both Hannes and Floyd. Hannes was perfect and had a lot of patience with us. He was happy to share his knowledge with us. He is a very enthusiastic photographer himself and this rubbed off well on the group. The length of the trip was perfect, there were many new impressions and experiences that I still have to digest, so longer would almost be too much of a good thing. I loved the trip, despite the sometimes very early hour.

Secrets of the desert, March 2024

Anja

My expectations of this trip were very high, as I had already travelled to Namibia three times before as a self-driver. In the end, I flew home with many unforgettable impressions and my expectations were exceeded by far! A perfectly organised trip with great accommodation, scenic highlights and a fascinating animal world (whether Little Five or Big Five) - from the first to the last day. There was a lot of input from Hannes on how to take the perfect photo, so that at the end everyone flew home with successful photos in their luggage. This trip definitely makes you want more! A big thank you to Jenny and Thomas for the great organisation and Hannes for the great support on site. It was great fun travelling with you. The next trip is already planned...

Secrets of the desert, March 2024

Kristina & Kerstin

We were able to travel to Namibia with Amazing Views for the second time since 2019. Although many things became more complex due to Covid-19, the organisation was smooth from A to Z. The Namib, the Dead Vlei, all the Oryx antelopes, helicopter flights, the countless evening scenes were simply fabulous - and as a bonus, we were virtually alone in many places. It could not have been better. And the Okonjima Game Reserve at the end was the absolute icing on the cake for us.

Secrets of the desert, March 2021

Mathias

As always, excellently organized trip to the Kalahari with the guidance of Hannes Lochner. His knowledge of the Kalahari and photography gives even experienced wildlife photographers a final tip for a very special photo. Glad to travel at any time again with Hannes and Amazing Views.

Cats of the Kalahari, February 2020

Mathias

I joined for this trip directly after the cats of the Kalahari: the contrasts of both trips (Kalahari: desert steppes in beige versus Mashatu: rich green partly with yellow flower carpet) are fantastic! Very good mentoring by Hannes and Thomas, who can give even experienced photographers a tip or two. Very comfortable lodge with excellent staff, especially the local guides are to be emphasized.

Botswana's Best Kept Secret, February 2020

Urs

This was my seventh photo safari, but the first time during the rainy season. Seeing the different animals and birds in a green landscape is a unique experience. Thanks to the excellent guides from the lodge, who made sure that the rainy season had no negative impact on the number and quality of sightings of cats of prey, birds and other animals. The photo tour guidance by Hannes Lochner and Thomas was excellent, as usual for Amazing Views. Many thanks!

Botswana's Best Kept Secret, February 2020

Monika

excellent organization everything worked smoothly- breath-taking camp with best food and loving hospitality - perfect driver chosen who took us through thick and thin and to the most beautiful places - an unforgettable journey

Botswana's Best Kept Secret, February 2020

Yvonne

Since it was my first time on a photo safari, I was overwhelmed by the many impressions of the animals. The rainy season in Botswana was a pleasant travel time and the sight of the flower carpet was unique. The local driver and the guide were very keen to show us as many animals as possible. Thomas and Hannes Lochner always had good advice for taking pictures, thank you very much for the beautiful trip.

Botswana's Best Kept Secret, Februar 2020

Jutta

After Namibia, Botswana, India and Spitsbergen, "Untouched Africa" was my 5th trip with Amazing Views. I was totally thrilled again, the organization as well as the photographer James Gifford were extremely good. We were able to observe and photograph the animals - especially elephants - respectfully and yet from close up. Many thanks for unforgettable days.

Untouched Africa Zimbabwe, October 2019

Kerstin & Kristina

So far it was the most beautiful Africa trip with Amazing Views. So close to the animals, countless elephants, on a safari from early in the morning until late in the evening - it was simply a dream. Animals so close - you never forget that. And then in addition the best guide James at your side - and the adventure is perfect. Top organization from A (Amazing) - Z (Zimbabwe)!

Untouched Africa Zimbabwe, September 2019

Ruth

Zimbabwe is an unforgettable experience, far away from mass tourism, with intense closeness to wild nature combined with exceptional hospitality in the lodges. James Gifford supported and inspired us all tirelessly with his vast experience of wildlife as well as his photographic skills. Now all our cameras are professionally set up, thank you James!

Untouched Africa Zimbabwe, September 2019

Ute

This was our first trip with Amazing Views and I can only say that it was very well organized. Hannes Lochner is a great photographer and an extremely likeable person. He showed us "his Kalahari", which is so different from the usual safari destinations. Many thanks to Hannes and the Amazing Views team.

Photo tour Cats of the Kalahari, August 2019

Kristina & Kerstin

For the second time after 2019, we were able to travel to Namibia along with Amazing Views. Although Covid-19 made a lot of things more complicated, the organisation was smooth from A-Z. The Namib, the Dead Vlei, all the Oryx antelopes, helicopter flights, the countless evening moods were just fabulously great - and as a bonus we were virtually alone in many places. It couldn't have been better. And the Okonjima Game Reserve at the end was the absolute icing on the cake for us.

Secrets of the desert, March 2021

Rena

An excellently organised trip to the Kalahari with on-site support by the nature and wildlife photographer Hannes Lochner, who left no question unanswered and gave valuable tips on the respective camera model, the settings and the composition of the pictures. Pleasant accommodation, delicious food and time spent together rounded off the whole photo safari positively. Recommended for beginners as well as advanced photographers. Anytime again with Hannes Lochner and Amazing Views.

Cats of the Kalahari, August 2019

Liliane

I have been to Botswana with Amazing Views before, I was also lucky enough to go on the first trip to Churchill to see the Polar Bear babies. All trips were unforgettable. Now again, to travel to Botswana during the rainy season was awesome for me. To photograph the animals between the lush green and yellow flowers, and to see them rolling around in it was fantastic. Plants, which I had thought to be dead in October, came back to life. Unique and an unforgettable experience. The trip was as usual, very well organized and everything went like clockwork. The lodge was super. Excellent support by Thomas and Hannes Lochner, who explained or showed with a lot of patience again and again the right adjustments and the right perspective. Not to forget the drivers and trackers who tried tirelessly to fulfil our wishes. I am thrilled. Many thanks to all.

Botswana's Best Kept Secret, February 2019

Mathias

A great trip over four outstanding, but also very different stations within the Okavango Delta. Both the driving and the photo guides provided unforgettable moments and helped with words and deeds to "shoot" fantastic photos. My rather high expectations were even exceeded. For a wonderful trip, many thanks to Amazing Views!

Botswana Wildlife Explorer, October 2018

Reto & Marlene

"Amazing Views" lives up to its name. We took home unforgettable impressions from a varied, very well organized and exclusive tour to a fantastic wildlife area. Thomas and James led the group in a friendly and professional manner and knew how to respond to each participant individually. We felt very comfortable, even though the hyenas, hippos and elephants regularly visited our camp at night. Predicated as very recommendable ... actually a must

Botswana Wildlife Explorer, October 2018

Sonja & Jürgen

We were back in Botswana after 30 years and felt wonderfully looked after by Thomas and James, and the whole team of Letaka Safaris. We would never have imagined such a great trip. From the competent photo and tour guide of James to the extraordinary beautiful campsites and the interaction with the nice fellow travellers, there was nothing to complain about. We can only recommend everyone to join this trip. To Amazing Views, you are top!

Botswana Wildlife Explorer, October 2018

Corinne

The Amazing Views have organized an absolutely great trip. Letaka Safaris offered a great organization. The rangers are very good drivers and very successful with their game drives. Their great knowledge in interpreting footprints and the perception and interpretation of animal sounds was terrific, so that we had many impressive moments while discovering this animal world in such a great landscape. With James, the whole thing was topped: an extremely good photographer, with a knowledge he was able to convey very well. I have profited enormously from him. His warm way of leading the group was absolutely terrific. A great trip with unique impressions and pure emotions. Thank you all for this experience, it is unforgettable.

Botswana Wildlife Explorer, October 2018

Manfred

A very well organized, "little" adventure which - fortunately away from the mass tourism streams - gave me many impressive, some touching and moving, several unique moments in the African wilderness. The photographer, James, not only has an excellent feeling for the motif and the right moment, but also for the different needs and requirements of the individual participants. All in all a successful trip, which not only fully met my expectations but in some aspects even exceeded them.

Botswana Wildlife Explorer, October 2019

Sue

The trip was very well organized, and the accommodations were great. The guidance of James Gifford was again very good. He knows how to give you good tips in a pleasant way and makes every effort to ensure that everyone in the group gets their money's worth. The Bushwalks were a new but sensational experience for me. Getting close to a bull elephant at about 2 m and being able to take pictures will probably leave a lifelong impression on me. Many thanks to James and Amazing Views for this exciting trip!

Untouched Africa, September 2018

Urs

I liked the photo tourUntouched Africa very much. It was top organized and excellently guided by James Gifford. The Victoria Falls are impressive and the richness of species in Hwange and Mana Pools is great. A highlight was a short bushwalk in Mana Pools, which made it possible to photograph a passing bull elephant from a distance of two meters! Many thanks to James and Amazing Views for this great trip!

Untouched Africa, September 2019

Speedy

As a repeat offender, I have already been on the road with Amazing Views several times! As always, the tour was very well organized. Expectations are exceeded again and again. Best guides guarantee for an unforgettable experience! Absolutely recommendable! - A big praise to Thomas and Jennifer! - Keep going!

Namibia, November 2018

Isabelle

Traveling with Amazing Views is the best. The most beautiful spots are discovered and photographed, and the coaching is unique. Each participant is picked up and promoted at his or her level. It was and is amazing with amazing views! Travelling with you has a huge potential for addiction. Hardly at home you want to book a new trip right away. You will not get rid of me so quickly. Sorry! 😉

Namibia dream landscapes, April 2018
  • Destination
  • Departure
    23.07.2023
  • Return Time
    30.07.2023
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Day 1: Arrival to Nairobi

Karibu Kenya! After landing at Jomo Kenya International Airport, you will be picked up if you have booked a flight connection recommended by us. Transfer to the hotel in Nairobi and check-in. Get to know the tour group and have dinner together.
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Day 2: Journey to Great Rift Valley

After breakfast, transfer to the airport. From here you will take a domestic flight to the Great Rift Valley. After landing, you will be transferred to the camp, where you will move into your villa with its own small pool.
The big highlight of the camp is the hide, which brings you face to face with the animals. The hide is a sunken, air-conditioned room with soundproofing and professional lighting, where overnight stays are also possible. It is set into the ground at the edge of the waterhole in order that you are at eye level with the wild animals, which are completely unaware of your presence. From this perspective, great and unique photos are possible. The hide is comfortably furnished and also has four beds.
Fotoreise Kenia Great Rift Valley Masai Mara
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Day 3 - 4: Photographing animals up close and spectacularly

In the morning, you will have time to recover from the long night sessions in the hide. During the two days, you will also take photos from the helicopter for a total of 2 hours. Lake Natron and Lake Magadi are a feast for the eyes from the air. You photograph abstract patterns and shapes amidst thousands of flamingos.
After dinner, you will return to the hide, where you will hopefully be able to take spectacular pictures during the night.
Fotoreise Kenia Great Rift Valley Masai Mara
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Day 5: On the way to the Masai Mara

This morning you fly to the Masai Mara. After landing, you drive to our camp and move into your luxurious tented room.
The camp is located in the Mara North Conservancy. During the afternoon, you will go on your first game drive. Mara North is a private conservancy. The number of vehicles in the area is limited and the safari experience is much quieter and less hectic than in the nearby Masai Mara Game Reserve.
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Day 6-8: In the kingdom of animals

We get up early and after a coffee or tea, the morning game drive starts. The region offers excellent opportunities to spot and photograph lions, cheetahs, hyenas, elephants, giraffes and many other mammals.
After the morning game drive and lunch, there is plenty of time for a siesta. An individual photo briefing with James is possible on request.
In the late afternoon, we then go on a second game drive. More unforgettable animal experiences await you in the Masai Mara.
Big Migration
This trip generally takes place during the Big Migration. However, the focus of the days in the Masai Mara is on the fantastic abundance of game in the Mara North Concervancy. If there is a good chance of spotting the thousands of wildebeest and zebra at a river crossing, the group can take a day trip to the Masai Mara Game Reserve. The decision will be made by James Gifford in consultation with the group. The entrance fees to the Game Reserve are not included in the tour price and must be paid locally.
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Day 9: End of the photo tour

This morning you check out of the camp. You will then be transferred to the airport and take the domestic flight from Mara North Airstrip back to Nairobi. After the transfer to the international airport, your photo tour ends and you start your individual journey home or onwards.

Accommodation

Hotel in Nairobi
This cosy mid-range hotel has classically furnished rooms that are air-conditioned and equipped with a flat-screen satellite TV. Tea and coffee making facilities are also provided in the room. The private bathroom has a shower. Bathrobes, slippers and toiletries are provided. The highlight of the hotel is the fantastic garden with pool. It is a small green oasis in the centre of the vibrant African metropolis.
Camp in the Great Rift Valley
The small camp is booked exclusively by our group. Each villa is a separate, detached building with an uninterrupted view of the wilderness. Each villa is luxuriously appointed and has its own plunge pool, power shower and some even have a luxurious bath. There is no fence around the accommodation and you have the best view of a well-frequented waterhole.
Camp in the Masai Mara
The lodge is a classic tented camp surrounded by magnificent acacia trees in the Mara North Conservancy. All tents overlook a river and offer an intimate and relaxing atmosphere. The camp's lounge offers breathtaking views over the valley and has cosy seating and a library. Meals are enjoyed in the idyllic garden.
Each tent is extremely comfortable and stylishly furnished and protected by mosquito nets. The bathroom has a flush toilet and a hot shower. Guests can make themselves comfortable on their own veranda in arm and deck chairs and enjoy the magnificent views of the natural surroundings.

Climate

Kenya can be visited all year round. From December to the beginning of March and from the beginning of June to the end of October, Kenya has a dry season. In August, the climate is pleasant with minimum temperatures around 10 - 15 degrees and maximum temperatures around 20 - 25 degrees. However, it can get very cool at night or early in the morning or evening on the game drive. We strongly recommend that you also pack a warm jacket / fleece for the game drives.

Luggage

On domestic flights, you benefit from an increased baggage limit of approx. 30kg. You can take your photographic equipment with you without having to worry about the usual 15kg limit per person for checked and hand baggage.

Fitness level

The trip is not particularly physically demanding.

Health

Please seek advice from a tropical doctor, institute or your family doctor. They will provide you with the necessary advice and medication.

Insurance

We strongly advise you to purchase insurance for cancellation and return journey costs, which will be needed in the event of a secluded region being evacuated, a local hospital stay or return travel costs to your home country.

Travel information FDFA

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