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Kenya Photography Tour


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Africa is home to the most diverse, impressive and charismatic animals on Earth and Kenya is the jewel in that crown. Photograph one of Nature's greatest spectacles - over a million wildebeest gathering in the famous Masai Mara in Kenya, shadowed by the biggest prides of lions in Africa and hopefully witness 'The Crossing' as they ford croc-infested rivers. Fly low over a lake carpeted in pink flamingos on our private doors-off plane, enjoy gourmet food, relax on our private island in a lake filled with birdlife and hippos as well as at other luxury accommodation where elephants walk past! With off-road photo permits to get you closer, tick off 'The Big Five' (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino) and so much more on this unique Kenya photo tour!

Kenya Tour Highlights


  • 10 Reasons
    to travel with us
    Witness the epic migration of a million+ wildebeest and zebra making their way from Kenya to the Serengeti, running the gauntlet of lions, crocodiles, leopards and more!
  • Photograph 'The Big Five' - Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant and Buffalo (and the rest of Kenya's amazing wildlife) - with our 600mm supertelephoto tour loan lens.
  • Off-road filming permits for Samburu Reserve in Kenya, allowing us to drive to the best possible locations for your photos.
  • Five nights at Kenya's exclusive, unfenced Mara Ngenche Safari Camp in the heart of the Mara and two nights at the luxurious, riverfront ‘Elephant Bedrooms’ in Samburu where elephants wander past your private plunge pool!
  • Visit Kenya's private game reserve, 'Solio' - the best place on Earth to see both white and black rhinos and some of Kenya’s most impressive black-maned lions.
  • Photographing majestic African Fish eagles swooping down to snatch fish from the lake right next to our exclusive accommodation on our own private island!

Kenya Photo Tour Dates

2nd Sep - 15th Sep 2017
$14,165 USD
per guest (max 8), twin share, 2 weeks. Includes all meals and accommodation. Hosts: Chris Bray & Jess Bray.

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2nd Sep - 15th Sep 2018
$14,165 USD
per guest (max 8), twin share, 2 weeks. Includes all meals and accommodation. Hosts: Chris Bray & Jess Bray.

SOLD OUT
16th Sep - 29th Sep 2018
$14,165 USD
per guest (max 8), twin share, 2 weeks. Includes all meals and accommodation. Hosts: Chris Bray & Jess Bray.

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Everything you need to know about this Kenya photo tour!

Kenya Photo Tour FAQ

What is a Photo Tour?

Loved by non-photographers too, our photo tour holidays offer the ultimate, small-group travel experience to the world's most wonderful and unique places - with special access away from the crowds. I love to travel, but I hate being stuck with loads of other people (especially when we've got nothing in common), being taken to the regular, over-crowded tourist attractions or wasting hours in an amazing country just relaxing by some pool. I want to get the most out of my holidays - I want to see as many different animals as I can, I want to travel through different landscapes and be shown hidden gems off the beaten path, I want to experience the culture, taste the food, meet new friends with similar interests, enjoy some luxury and importantly, I want to have the time to take some beautiful and unique photos of it all. This is what we strive for with our photography tours and workshops.

It's not enough for me to spot a distant lion, tick it off and move on - I wan't to have the option to try and get closer, on the correct side for best lighting and even wait for him to lift his head and stare directly down the barrel of my camera lens for a great photo - or to move on when I'm done - I want flexibility. I want the inside tips for the best photo location to be ready when the sun rises over the horizon and spills across the bay onto those boulders - and if I can't quite get my photo to work, it'd be awesome to have a friendly pro-photographer right there to offer advice (not one who'll stand in front of me to get the best shot themselves!). If there's a seal colony out on an island nearby, then I'd want to charter a boat tour out there just with my friends onboard so we can spend as long or as short as we want to get the photos without being crowded on a regular sight-seeing tour. If the seal colony was a bit of a tourist attraction on a local beach then I'd want to wait for the crowds to leave, and go down onto the beach after hours - just us as a small group, and a private ranger guide to photograph them at our leisure in beautiful evening lighting.

You don't even need to be a photographer to love this style of holiday - who wouldn't like a bit of luxury and a bit of extra patience from their tour leaders, or to be given the opportunity to fly over lakes covered in pink flamingos in Africa in a doors-off plane or over a beautiful coastline in a doors-off helicopter for some epic views? Stay on a private island, learn some new skills with your photography, make some new friends and have an unforgettable, unique holiday - all at the same time! Sound good? Well, there's a reason more than half of our guests come back again, and again on our photo tours!

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Do I have to be a photographer?

Absolutely not! We have many non-photographers (and partners of photographers) enjoy our tours! As one guest said "It didn’t matter that I’m not a photographer - I used my iPhone. Just experiencing all these amazing locations at a relaxed pace, in comfort and without the crowds was wonderful!". The expert photography tuition is a bonus - the incredible access to experience the best places in a tiny group is the main thing! If you're traveling to take photos, or just as a holiday - in the end, it's all about seeing as many of the amazing animals as possible, experiencing the local food and culture, admiring the landscapes, breathing the fresh air and enjoying the whole unforgettable experience with a small group of friends. Whether or not you put a camera in front of your face doesn't really change this. We've had many non-photographers come on our tour, enjoying just spotting animals, identifying them, or watching their behaviour and by the end of the trip many of them do start picking up a camera (or borrowing one of ours) and start getting excited about photography too! Some have later gone on to become full-on photographers, to the delight of their partners! Either way, they have a ball and often come away with us again and again.

Most photography guests are beginner to keen-enthusiast level - so no need to stress that your photography may not be good enough - the whole point is to improve your photography, no matter what your level! Our tours are enjoyed by everyone from non-photographers, iPhone and happy-snap photographers right up to serious professionals. We start each tour with a quick photography crash-course, and our expert photography guides are there to help you throughout the whole tour. There is no better way to improve your photography than spending a solid week or two practicing, surrounded by amazingly inspiring subjects, with a small, friendly group of like-minded people. You will be amazed how much your photography will improve. We're there to offer as much or as little assistance as you'd like, at whatever level of complexity you're ready for.

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How fit do I need to be?

The level of physical activity varies for each of our tours, however none involve strenuous hiking or anything like that. In Kenya, for example, the hardest thing you'll have to do is walk to and from your tour vehicle mostly, other destinations involve things like optional snorkelling, or may include short walks or humid conditions. We've had 83 year old guests, guests with bad knees and even heart-conditions do even what we consider our most strenuous tours, so rest assured the tour you're looking at is very likely achievable. If you're concerned, just ask us. The tour information booklet we provide for each tour gives a clearer indication of what's involved for each destination. We're very mindful of the abilities of our guests and can always provide less demanding alternatives for those wishing a break.

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What camera & gear do I need?

For each of our tours, we've carefully prepared (and keep updated) a detailed information booklet covering everything including our recommendations for what kind of camera & lenses we'd consider well suited for that trip, as well as also everything else like clothes, what type of power plug, what currency, what the climate is like, language tips and plenty of other information to help answer all your questions! We'll send you a copy of this information booklet when you book, or you can email us for one in advance. We also have a selection of lenses including telephoto lenses for hire, please email us in advance if you're interested.

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Can I hire camera gear?

We do have a selection of lenses (including macro, wide and telephoto lenses, for both Canon and Nikon) available for hire. Please just ask us about this if you're interested during your booking. There's no need for amazing camera gear though to enjoy our tours - some guests come as non-photographers or just with an iPhone camera and still absolutely love the experience of small-group, luxury and relaxed-pace travel to these very special places. It's up to you how serious you want your photography focus to be, and we do provide an information booklet for each tour including our recommendations for what kind of camera & lenses we'd consider best suited to maximise your photography for each trip. We'll send you a copy of this information booklet when you book, or you can email us for one in advance.

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Traveling alone?

Fear not - more than half of our tour guests travel solo. To help you make friends before you even leave and to be reassured and aided by the advice of your fellow-travellers (and those who have gone before you), we've created an interactive Facebook group for our CBP Voyager Club members (that's anyone who's been on, or is going on any of our tours, which also gives them 10% OFF any future tours!). You can find out who's coming from your area, perhaps even meet up beforehand or fly together. This is a great resource and we encourage you to make the most of it if you're on Facebook! Anyone can read the CBP Voyager Club Facebook page, but you can only interact once you've paid your deposit.

We recommend that you book your flights and travel insurance with our dedicated, friendly travel agent Brenda as she can try and put you on the same flights and accommodations as your fellow travellers pre/post tour. Before you depart you'll be told exact details for who will be meeting you at the airport, holding what sign, and also give you contact phone numbers to call in the unlikely event that you are delayed or plans need to change.

And do not worry that most accommodation is twin-share - we're good at pairing you up with a roomie who you'll get along with - it has been the start of long-term friendships for many! We can't guarantee that we'll always be able to have you sharing with someone of the same sex - it depends on the gender split, but we do our best. You can request to purchase a single supplement (a room to yourself) if you really need to (subject to availability) though keep in mind that you're usually only in your rooms to sleep as we fill your waking hours with plenty to do, and the couple of occasions we have had guests request rooms to themselves, they end up regretting it when they see the amazing friendships that form between the other roomies.

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Can you cater for dietary needs?

Of course we can - even in places like Kenya we've successfully catered for vegan, gluten-free, lactose-intolerant and vegetarian guests, and all have had a wonderful tour.

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Worried about safety?

Rest assured that we do not travel through any of the major danger hot-spots like those highly warned against in travel advisory boards etc. For example, in Kenya, we do not even pass through downtown Nairobi and we operate completely away from the coast / Mombasa region and the Somali border. The fact that we like to take you to the more tranquil, less-touristy places on our tours conveniently means we only ever spend minimal time in busy, built up areas or large tourist attractions where thieves or terrorists might target - most of the places we stay at are quite rural and private, and you'll quickly feel right at home & safe.

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What is your cancellation policy?

Our cancelation policies are in line with other leading tourism operators, and you can read all about them here in our Booking Terms and Conditions. We are proud to employ industry best-practices such as holding your payments in a trust-fund and have been awarded the T-QUAL tick (Australian Government's national symbol of tourism quality).

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What is the CBP Voyager Club?

The Voyager Club is our photo tour loyalty program! As our photo tours apparently can be very addictive (we've had guests come to more than half a dozen of our tours!), we created the Chris Bray Photography Voyager Club, giving repeat guests 5% OFF future tours with automatic Silver Membership, and then 10% OFF as Gold Members after their fifth tour with us.

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How do I book in?

Either click the 'Book Now' button above and fill in your details, or simply contact us and let us know which tour you're keen to join us on, and we'll send you a deposit invoice to secure your spot, along with the tour information booklet and our Booking Terms and Conditions.

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Kenya Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - to Masai Mara

Our Kenya photo tour officially starts when we meet at the luxurious Windsor Golf and Country Club in the quiet outskirts of Nairobi, after a quick photography refresher course, we'll transfer you to Wilson Airport (near the international airport), and board our 45-minute flight to the legendary Masai Mara! We land and head to the nearby 'Mara Ngenche Safari Camp' - our luxurious home for the next five unforgettable nights (see their website!). In a spectacular location in the heart of the Masai Mara, lies this small, intimate, luxurious and elegant Camp. Well hidden in the beautiful greenery of riverine forest, Ngenche Safari Camp offers panoramic views over the confluence of the Mara and Talek Rivers Overlooking a hippo pool that is always busy with these beautiful large animals with crocodiles nearby. Each spacious tent is equipped with its own private plunge pool. After lunch, we won't be able to contain our excitement anymore and before you know it'll we'll be in our two extended, pop-top land cruisers - cameras at the ready - while our world-class driver guides take us out on our first of many unforgettable game drives throughout this wildlife mecca.

We've pre-organised special off-road filming permits for the whole week here, allowing us to drive wherever we need to to get the best possible position for your shots! No more twigs in the way, or animals too distant to photograph! By evening, you'll be on such an incredible, buzzing high that as soon as you've set your cameras to download and charge, sleep won't be an option despite your comfy 4-poster bed, and instead we'll gather and unwind at the picturesque bar tent to enjoy a sundowner cocktail or Tusker beer in front of a blazing campfire under the African stars before dinner. All the gourmet meals here are freshly prepared by the camp's head chef, fantastic a'la carte (from a menu) lunches and dinners.

Before you wander sleepily back to your tent, let the steward know when you'd like your morning tea or coffee delivered, and also be sure to keep an eye out, as being an unfenced camp right inside the reserve, wildlife can and will wander right though! Fear not, however, as there are Masai warriors on hand to perpetually ensure your safety, day and night!

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Days 2 to 5 (4 days) - Masai Mara

The Masai Mara is world famous for its exceptional population of lions (BBC's 'Big Cat Diary' was filmed here, in fact our driver John was involved), leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, hunting dogs and other predators which follow the epic annual migration of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle to and from the Serengeti at this time of year which we have come specifically to witness and photograph. The Great Migration is one of the most impressive natural events worldwide, involving some 1,300,000 wildebeest, 500,000 Thomson's gazelles, 200,000 zebras, 97,000 topi and 18,000 elands. All members of the "Big Five" (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino) are also found in The Mara, along with other cats like the Serval and Caracal, large and beautiful Topi antelope, and 470 species of birds. I hope you all brought enough spare memory cards, because the density of wildlife has to be seen to be believed!

During these five days in The Mara, we'll explore around a fair bit, and chase many different photographs, but if we're lucky and the animals cooperate, we'll get the chance to hunker down beside the mighty Mara River and watch the thousands of wildebeest and zebra firstly congregating on the banks and then bravely plunging wide-eyed into the rushing water and striking out for the far side, while enormous Nile crocodiles (the biggest on Earth) lie in wait. While perhaps not for the faint-hearted, if we're lucky enough to see this mighty struggle of nature, it will present you with some astounding photo opportunities, and an experience you'll remember for the rest of your life.

As an optional $500 extra those that want can take a dawn hot-air balloon flight up over the Mara - a truly magic experience you'll never forget, and an opportunity to get yet more unique photos!

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Day 6 - Fly to Baringo

We're shaking things up a little today, and after breaky we have a real treat in store for you! We've chartered two light planes to fly us from the Masai Mara airstrip, direct to a little known treasure - Lake Baringo. The flight will take about 1.5 hrs and on the way make sure to keep an eye out for the breath-taking Rift Valley as it drops away beneath us, dotted with Masai villages, amazing craters and herds of wildlife.But wait - there's more! Have you seen the movie 'Out of Africa' where Robert Redford and Meryl Streep fly over a lake carpeted with millions of pink flamingos? Well that's going to be us this arvo! After enjoying a beautiful lunch (prepared by own private chef who will be awaiting our arrival) we'll hop back into the light planes again. This time though, we'll take the doors off so you can feel the wind in your hair as the plane banks around down over the flocks of both Greater and Lesser flamingos on the nearby Lake Bogoria. Who knows, you might even take a photo or two (thousand)! Unforgettable! When the adrenaline wears off and the last few early mornings catches up with you, what could be nice than than flopping down in our luxurious accommodation, the 'Samatian Island Lodge' located on a remote island in the middle of Lake Baringo. Spot amazing birdlife (sea eagles, kingfishers, sunbirds, hornbills and more), a Nile crocodile or even a hippopotamus.

We'll all enjoy a well-deserved relaxing afternoon off, going through your photos with a tusker or coffee while sitting out on the panoramic dining terrace! Come dinner, you'll probably find that for an 'afternoon-off' you've still managed to take a huge number of photos, and there'll be plenty to chat about, before filling your belly with an amazing buffet dinner prepared by out own private chef.

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Day 7 - Lake Baringo

Yet another amazing experience! After downing a pre-dawn tea/coffee (they taste the best!) we'll climb aboard our waiting boats for a fantastic three hour boat tour out onto Lake Baringo! By the time the brilliant orange orb of the rising sun splashes its warmth across the lake, we'll already be nosing in and out of the reed-beds, framing up stunning photos of all-manner of birdlife skilfully identified by our local guides. Majestic Goliath Herons, diving kingfishers, stalking egrets, colourful darting Bee-eaters, Egyptian Geese, Hammerkops, Weaverbirds and more. In fact, Lake Baringo holds the world record for the most species of birds seen in one day - over 300! The best is yet to come, though, and after bartering some fish from locals out fishing on their astoundingly simple (and picturesque) balsa-wood rafts, our guides will then whistle loudly and chuck the fish into the water beside our boats. Switch your camera to rapid-fire, focus on the bobbing fish, and I'll count you in: Three... two... one... NOW! An enormous African Fish eagle will swoop down right beside us, talons extended, and snatch the fish from the water! You can imagine the photos. It's hard to get that exact moment though, so in between dodging yawning hippos and fields of lily pads and dragon flies as we explore the lake and its islands, we'll be sure to coax down several more Fish eagles for you to nail that perfect shot. Back on shore, you'll be more than ready to enjoy a hearty breakfast including omelettes, fresh fruit, cereal etc. The day is yours to relax and enjoy - or download and start culling your photos with a cold beer before another wonderful lakeside evening meal. This afternoon we'll take a short boat ride to visit the Ruko Conservancy (located on the small island opposite us) where we'll have the opportunity to walk with the endangered Rothschild Giraffes and photograph them in the beautiful golden lighting.

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Day 8 - to Rhino Watch

Because I know you'll all be secretly jealous of each others’ fish eagle shots, we'll wake up pre-dawn and head back on the boats again for a couple more of hours of birding so you can attempt to better their shot! After another wonderful breaky, we'll hit the road to, Jess & Chris's Kenyan home away from home - Rhino Watch Safari Lodge - where we'll enjoy the next three nights in this family-owned and run luxury hideaway. En route, if we hear that there are flamingos Lake Bogoria, we'll have a short stop to photograph them along the shoreline. We'll stop at a place where we can find some chameleons! These little guys are amazingly fun to photograph! We'll likely arrive at Rhino Watch ready to check in, dump our gear, and wander down through the gardens to relax with a Tusker or wine in their bush-bar before their wonderful chef prepares one of his delicious dinners. As we're up higher now, at the foot of the snow-capped Mount Kenya clearly visible from your 'tent', remember it can get a little chilly - but of course they'll look after us here, even slipping a hot water bottle between your sheets ready for you as you finish dinner. It's good to be 'home'.

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Day 9 - Solio

The private 'Solio Ranch' just down the road is becoming increasingly off-limits, as it's primarily dedicated to the protection and breeding of the very rare black rhinos, and we're very luck to still be able to enter the conservancy for a full day's game drive today. So after stumbling down to the restaurant before dawn to indulge in a breaky consisting of fresh fruit, juices, freshly baked bread & toast, eggs - even omelettes to your liking, we'll load us and our camera gear - including the epic 600mm lenses we've brought to lend out - into our vehicles and head over to Solio to be ready and waiting at the gates when they open them to let us in, to maximise our stay inside this wonderfully diverse reserve, especially in that golden morning lighting! There is of course every chance of bumping into almost any animal around every corner, so stay alert! There's a good chance of bumping into any of the big cats including lions, leopards and even cheetahs (my favourite), and various antelope, giraffes, vultures, zebras etc will of course spatter the landscape too!. There's also plenty of birdlife including birds of prey, large herds of impala, troops of baboons, monkeys, giraffe - you name it. Solio's great, and one of the best thing about it is how quiet it is, we can go all day without passing another vehicle, which very much means the onus is on us to find the game - but therein lies the challenge. Thankfully though, we have two of the best driver guides on the planet working with us, who can spot things you wouldn't believe.

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Day 10 - Education Day

The problem with 'optional rest-days', or saying that you can 'skip a game drive if you like if you're feeling tired' is that everyone always dreads the photo's they might miss out on, and so they come along anyway. There's no denying it though, what with all the early starts and the evenings that are just too pleasant under the stars to go in to bed (even if Chris isn't trying to lure you out for some late night star-trail photos or painting with light), you'll all really enjoy today immensely, because today is a holiday (within a holiday). We'll have our delicious breakfast wonderfully late and spend a beautifully lazy morning enjoying the sun, flicking through your photos, or photographing the gardens (keep an eye out for elusive chameleons!). After breakfast we'll set up a projector and have a look at the photo organising software Adobe Lightroom and how you how to use this program to get the most out of your photos. We'll make a visit to a local school or orphanage which is always a delightful opportunity to be touched by the student's smiles and optimism, and a chance to give back to the community and kids who in turn will soon be the custodians of this wonderland. We'll have pre-bought boxes and boxes of crucial school supplies to hand out, including exercise books, pens, math sets, feminine hygiene items and more. It's wonderful, and we look forward to this every tour.

Enjoy lunch served out on the wooden deck gazing at Mount Kenya, and the afternoon we'll find an opportunity to sit down with you all individually for a 1-on-1 session.

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Day 11 - to Samburu

Time to say goodbye to our friends at Rhino Watch and head onwards to our last (but by no means least) location for this safari - the wonderful Samburu National Reserve! Any discomforts of the last bit of bumpy corrugated sand-road in will melt away as we pull into our favourite accommodation in the whole of Kenya, the very luxurious 'Elephant Bedrooms'. After the stewards passes you a damp cloth to wipe your brow, and a glass of chilled, fresh fruit juice to quench your thirst, we'll then listen to the usual warnings of how elephants and other crazy animals frequently wander right through and around camp (and the new discovery that the resident monkeys can now unzip tents and so you must use the provided padlocks!), you'll be escorted to your 'tent' (and I use that term in the loosest way possible, as you'll see when you look at Elephant's Bedroom's website!) where we'll dump our bags and hasten back to the shade of the umbrellared outdoor tables on the riverbank for an amazing three course lunch.

When the heat of midday subsides a little after lunch and the animals start to emerge, (and after you've emerged from the personal, refreshing spa pool out the front of your 'tent'), we'll head out for an afternoon's game drive, crisscrossing Samburu's diverse and animal-filled landscapes in the search for yet more photographs. We'll have pre-organised special off-road filming permits for our vehicles, so adorned with "Do not follow off road!" signs, nothing can stop us positioning ourselves in the very best spot possible for amazing close-up photos!

In addition to the uniquely forked Doum Palms decorating the area, there's some quite different animals here too, and we should be able to find plenty of tiny little Dik-dik's (the smallest antelope), hornbills, the very elegant oryx, the finer-stripped Gravy's zebra, lion, cheetah, and perhaps the best chance all fortnight for Leopards. The graceful Impala are more laid-back here too, and should allow us some more close-up and creative shots. Again, by staying at accommodation located inside the park, we are in the privileged position of being able to stay out shooting even while the sun's red orb sinks below the horizon, perhaps even a chance at the money-shot of a silhouetted elephant or giraffe against the sunset.

After sticking your camera on charge and downloading your day's spoils, come join us for a relaxing drink on the verandah, before our four-course, candle-lit gourmet dinner under the African sky.

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Day 12 - Samburu

Today is our last full day of wildlife photography, and we're sure going to make the most of it - we'll be up before sunrise, grab a quick tea or coffee and a biscuit and head off into the ever fading blackness, trying to find ourselves a picturesque classic african 'flat topped acacia tree' with plenty of weaver bird nests hanging underneath to put between us and the sun as it pops over the horizon to give us some magic silhouettes. Once we've got that in the bag, we'll cruise around the park seeking out yet more photo opportunities, hopefully involving some big cats if we're lucky, and then we'll be back for a late, gourmet breaky at Elephant Bedrooms. After breakfast we're in for some African culture! We'll be welcomed into a traditional maasai/samburu village after a short drive, the chief will explain their culture, walk you through their huts, show you how to start a fire by rubbing sticks, put on a cultural performance for us and more - if you have any memory space left to photograph it that is! We'll come back to Elephant Bedrooms for a relaxing couple of hours off in the middle of the day and enjoy a sumptuous lunch and perhaps a dip in your private plunge-pool on your verandah! Not bad hey! We'll head back out for an afternoon game drive, and be sure to have your animal photo check-lists handy and snap those last few elusive shots. A Greater Kudu perhaps (a huge and magnificent antelope), or maybe the electric-blue vulturine guinneafoul or ververt monkey? Or maybe you're still seeking that to-die-for shot - a leopard in a tree? Samburu is the best place in Kenya to see this so keep your camera on! There'll still be plenty of elephants and probably some lions and cheetahs too, because let's face it, you'll never have enough photos of them either! Go nuts! In the evening we'll head back to our luxurious Elephant Bedrooms and chill out with a hard earned drink with an amazing dinner.

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Day 13 - to Nairobi

Coaxed awake by one last morning delivery of tea or coffee with biscuits to assist your gentle transition into one last glorious morning in one of Kenya's most famous parks, we'll squeeze in one last early morning safari drive around Samburu. You may think you've seen it all by now, but trust me, there's always more to discover, and you never know what you might find around every corner. A pride of lions on a kill? A flock of electric-blue vulturine guinea fowls? A huge bull elephant standing in the middle of the road, his huge great tusks almost dragging on the ground as he shakes his head defiantly at us... Even if you've seen it before, there's always a better photo you could take!

We'll be back to savour one last gourmet breakfast, collect our bags and settle into our vehicles for the drive back to the good ol' Windsor Golf and Country Club, where it all began, just two short weeks ago, which have somehow expended into a lifetime of amazing memories you'll re-live forever through your photos.

There'll be time for a shower and a quick chill-out by the pool before we gather for a celebratory last dinner together, remembering all the amazing things we've seen, and trying to decide which is your favourite photo.

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Day 14 - End

That's it folks! Thank you so much for coming and sharing this experience with your new group of friends! After breaky at the Windsor, we'll provide airport transfers, and before you know it, you'll be jetting back home, back to the real world that has been so far, far away for the last fourteen unforgettable days. But if you stick that giant photo on the wall, every time you walk past it or gaze at it, you'll immediately be transported back here to Africa, and re-live the magic of the great African migration.

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Please Note

IMPORTANT - Ensure you have read our Tour Booking Conditions prior to booking. A copy will be sent with your deposit invoice, and must be signed and returned to us (an emailed scan/photo of your signed copy will suffice), before we accept and confirm your booking. The document covers everything from your rights, inclusions and payment schedule, to our cancellation policy and extent of liability.

All our photo tours are subject to minimum numbers. Please ensure you have read our Safari Booking Conditions for our cancellation policy (above).

All meals are provided, however beverages must be purchased at your own expense. Bottled drinking water will be provided for free during game drives.

There won't be any strenuous hiking, but a reasonable level of mobility will be required, to climb into the light plane, to get in and out of our safari vehicles etc - if you're concerned, you do not need to come on the few short walks we do. Remember, you do not have to be able to out-run a lion - you merely have to be able to out run someone else in our group. j/k. This is one of our least strenuous safaris.

This is Africa we're going to - there may be occasional power outages, some of the roads are bumpy and pot-holed, and toilets that we pass along the way are not always going to be classy! It's all part of the experience though, and I'm sure you'll survive. (The bathrooms - as with everything else - at all our accommodation venues, are wonderful!) Should your shower not be hot one day, please just let us know, as there's usually an easy fix!

After you book, we will email you an extensive information document telling you everything you need to know from what camera gear to bring, to mozzie protection, currency information, mobile reception etc. We can even pre organise you a local USB modem so you can stay connected to the Internet.

Price does not include flights from your home town to Nairobi, (Kenya's capital), nor your return flight back home. However, if you book early, flights from Sydney to Nairobi can cost around $2,200 return. We have our own travel agent who is more than happy to help answer all your questions and help you find and book the best flights, travel insurance etc.

Price does not include accommodation for the night before the kenya tour starts - we meet at the Windsor Golf and Country Club in the morning and we highly recommend this as a great place to stay the previous night. It's up to you but we can help book this for you. Price does include the accommodation here for the last night of the safari, before everyone wakes up on Day 14 and is taken to the airport.

Price does not include the optional hot air balloon flight over the Mara, because at $500 per person it's not cheap, and some people may prefer to do a morning game drive instead. If you'd like to go up, let us know in advance, and it is of course weather permitting.

Apart from the epic 600mm lens (and a Canon body to use with it if you do not have a Canon DSLR), we do not loan out our own camera equipment for this kenya tour. We will bring a spare camera or two just in case but... be prepared to be self sufficient regarding your camera gear. We do have some gear available for hire if you ask in advance.

Park entry fees and game drives are included in the price.

You'll require a Tourist Visa to enter Kenya for this tour. These are easy to obtain and are valid for 3 months. You will also need a valid passport, with at least 6 months left on it before it expires, and at least two empty pages within.

A non-refundable, non-transferable $1,000 booking deposit is required.

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what is a photography tour

What is a Photo Tour?


Loved by non-photographers too, we seek out the world's most extraordinary wildlife, landscape and cultural experiences then tour small groups there in comfort, providing unique access away from the crowds with exclusive charter of ships, aircraft, vehicles and remote lodges for not only the most incredible, unhurried photography opportunities on Earth, but also an unforgettable holiday. I love to travel, but I hate being stuck with loads of other people (especially when we've got nothing in common), being taken to the regular, over-crowded tourist attractions or wasting hours in an amazing country just relaxing by some pool. I want to get the most out of my holidays - I want to see as many different animals as I can, I want to travel through different landscapes and be shown hidden gems off the beaten path, I want to experience the culture, taste the food, meet new friends with similar interests, enjoy some luxury and importantly, I want to have the time to take some beautiful and unique photos of it all. This is what we strive for with our photography tours and workshops.

It's not enough for me to spot a distant lion, tick it off and move on - I wan't to have the option to try and get closer, on the correct side for best lighting and even wait for him to lift his head and stare directly down the barrel of my camera lens for a great photo - or to move on when I'm done - I want flexibility. I want the inside tips for the best photo location to be ready when the sun rises over the horizon and spills across the bay onto those boulders - and if I can't quite get my photo to work, it'd be awesome to have a friendly pro-photographer right there to offer advice (not one who'll stand in front of me to get the best shot themselves!). If there's a seal colony out on an island nearby, then I'd want to charter a boat tour out there just with my friends onboard so we can spend as long or as short as we want to get the photos without being crowded on a regular sight-seeing tour. If the seal colony was a bit of a tourist attraction on a local beach then I'd want to wait for the crowds to leave, and go down onto the beach after hours - just us as a small group, and a private ranger guide to photograph them at our leisure in beautiful evening lighting.

You don't even need to be a photographer to love this style of holiday - who wouldn't like a bit of luxury and a bit of extra patience from their tour leaders, or to be given the opportunity to fly over lakes covered in pink flamingos in Africa in a doors-off plane or over a beautiful coastline in a doors-off helicopter for some epic views? Stay on a private island, learn some new skills with your photography, make some new friends and have an unforgettable, unique holiday - all at the same time! Sound good? Well, there's a reason more than half of our guests come back again, and again on our photo tours!
Photo Tour Destinations

Photo Tour Destinations


Each year we run photography tours from as far down as Antarctica and South Georgia, up through various parts of Africa, South America and Australia to as high as Alaska and even Iceland and Greenland in the Arctic - and we're adding new photo tours all the time. Take a look at our 'Photography Tour' page to see our list of tour destinations!

Who is Chris Bray?


Chris grew up sailing around the world then leading world-first expeditions across the arctic before becoming an award-winning Australian Geographic photographer, Lowepro ambassador and Canon’s Australian ambassador for five years. Chris’s work has appeared in National Geographic and Discovery Channel along with Australian Geographic, TIME Magazine etc. He’s also an accomplished writer, with feature articles published around the world and even a successful book 'The 1000 Hour Day' (now an award-winning documentary 'The Crossing'), sits on the advisory committee for The Australian Geographic Society and is founder and CEO of Conservation United, crowd-funding the world’s critical conservation projects. Chris is also an International Fellow of 'The Explorers Club' and has been chairman of their Australia and New Zealand chapter.

Chris and his wife Jess are also keen high-latitude sailors, recently becoming the first people to sail a junk-rig boat through the Northwest Passage over the arctic, on their little 29-foot wooden sailboat 'Teleport'. Australian Geographic Society's 'Young Adventurer of the Year' in 2004 for a Tasmanian wilderness hike, Chris has also been awarded their 'Spirit of Adventure' medal in 2009.

Chris still leads many of our tours and his passion for wildlife, photography and wild places continues to drive our growth.

Read more about our whole Chris Bray Photography team on our 'About' page.