Likewise if want to seek out the ‘big five’ game animals and capture them digitally, Kenya is your destination. On the Laikipia Plateau’s Lewa Conservancy you can ride horses across plains peppered with herds of elephant and zebra.
On the Masai Mara the game viewing is even more awe-inspiring – especially if you’re watching the thunderous annual migration of wildebeest on their way to fresh feeding grounds – with big cats, elephants, giraffe, rhinos, hyenas and abundant varieties of antelope.
London – Nairobi
Flying from London in the morning will bring you into Nairobi’s international Jomo Kenyatta Airport in the evening where you will be met and taken to your hotel.
Stay: One night in a double room in the Eka Hotel.
A short journey on a light aircraft from Wilson airport takes you out to the Lewa Conservancy – a 62,000 acre private estate on the slopes of Mount Kenya – offering you a rich game-viewing opportunity. If you always wanted to tick the ‘big five’ off your wildlife-spotting list this is the place, and one of the few Kenyan destinations that offers a good probability of seeing both endangered black and white rhinos during your stay.
You can also ride horses amongst herds of zebra, watching a diverse range of animals as you trot across the rolling bush. As well as horse riding, you’ll experience game drives, bird watching, tracking and walking safaris.
Stay: Three nights in a double room at Lewa Wilderness Lodge.
Your Kenyan experience culminates in fitting fashion – with a light aircraft flight deep into the Masai Mara, landing at the Mara Naboisho airstrip where your guide will take you to the Naboisho Conservancy. Visitor numbers are strictly controlled in this area, so you can expect to see a lot more animals than people – especially as the Mara itself has an outstanding abundance of animals.
It hosts the annual migration of over 1,000,000 wildebeest, for example and vast herds of zebras and gazelle. As well as elephants, lions, cheetah, leopard and any number of different plains species. In all, a fabulous passing parade of wildlife for you to watch on morning and evening game drives, in vehicles specially adapted for brilliant photography. Or on escorted savannah walks.
Stay: Three nights in a double tent at Kicheche Valley Camp.
Nairobi – London
In the afternoon you’ll be driven to your airstrip for a quick hop back to Wilson Airport in Nairobi. After transferring to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you’ll catch a flight to London, arriving back early in the morning.