Reasons Why All Photographers Should Visit Kenya!!
Why Should Every Photographer Visit Kenya?
There’s a site in Kenya to fit your needs, whether you want to see giraffes racing across lonely plains, snap leopard cubs playing beneath Acacia trees, or study Masai people in their natural village setting.
We’ll provide insight into the greatest sites for photographers in Kenya in this article, as well as unique photography ideas on how to get the best photographs to exhibit your talent!
The Masai Mara is located south of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, and is accessible by road and air. It’s breathtaking at any time of year, with a naturally diversified range of species in residence, including all five members of the “Big Five” – lions, cheetahs, elephants, buffalo, and rhinos.The surroundings are flat, arid, and grassy in sections, with umbrella-like acacia trees and spectacular vistas of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park in the distance. In the Masai Mara, there are a variety of strategies to get the best wildlife photos. The first option is to go on a jeep trip or a Masai Mara walking safari. Experienced guides will bring you up close (and safely) to rhinos, giraffes, and lions, and you may even get the opportunity to feed them.
If you’re visiting the Masai Mara for the annual wildebeest migration in July/August, you might want to take overhead photos or film from a hot air balloon. Watch a million wildebeest, eland, gazelles, and zebra make their way over the plains to the Serengeti as you float high above the savannah. Photograph them as they gallop and splash their way over rivers, stopping for a sip every now and then. The display is one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, and one that wildlife photographers should not miss!
There’s no better place to combine wildlife and city photography than at Nairobi National Park just outside the Kenyan capital. The park is located around 7 kilometers south of Nairobi and whilst photographing black rhinos, giraffes, zebras, leopards and lions in their natural habitat, you can also achieve outstanding city views with several towering skyscrapers as a unique backdrop! Afterwards, head into the city itself to capture historic architecture, colorful markets and visit fascinating animal sanctuaries and heritage museums.
If you adore the great outdoors and don’t wish to be confined to a jeep to take great photographs, you could hike Mount Kenya, Africa’s second highest mountain. With crystalline lakes, rugged peaks and dense emerald forests, it’s the perfect place for wildlife and landscape photography in Kenya. This off-the-beaten path location with its sheer cliffs and tall jagged peaks, boasts far-reaching views and also offers a unique opportunity for close-up macro photography of flowers, plants and birdlife. There are a several Mount Kenya trekking routes, including scenic Chogoria with its steep gorges and The Sirimon Route which transports you through ancient forests for high altitude wildlife viewing.
Hikers will have the opportunity to see monkeys, elephants, buffaloes and leopards, plus as the mountainous terrain is dotted with icy glaciers and wild alpine flora it adds a completely new dimension to your Kenya photography tour.
If you’re travelling to Kenya with the intention of photographing elephants in Amboseli National Park, you’re in for a huge treat. This park is a haven for both wildlife and landscape photography, with big skies, open plains and Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance! Amboseli National Park boasts one of the highest percentages of elephants in the country and it’s not unusual to find them free-roaming dirt tracks and grassy savannahs.
A 4×4 tour with a knowledgeable guide will get you as close as they can without disturbing these magnificent creatures as they go about their daily business. However, elephants aren’t the only species in the park, you can also photograph hyenas on an early morning safari in Amboseli, view hippos on river banks and marvel at vibrant pink plumes of greater and lesser flamingos!
Discussed above are just a few places where you can gain incredible photographs in Kenya. You may also wish to visit beautiful sandy beaches of Kenya by the Indian Ocean, the buzzing coastal city of Mombasa, Samburu or Tsavo National Parks or Lake Nakuru.
Whenever You Decide To Visit, A Photography Holiday In Kenya Will Be One Of The Most Memorable Experiences You’ll Ever Have In Your Lifetime, And For Photographers, It’s Definitely One You Won’t Want To Miss.
The most well-known features of Kenya are its breathtaking beaches along its coast and exhilarating safari excursions. Nairobi, Kenya’s vibrant and multifaceted capital, is nestled deep into the urban jungle. It has several historical sites and cultural landmarks where tourists may learn more about Kenya’s colonial past, its independence, and contemporary life in Nairobi.
Nairobi National Park, located just outside of the city, is one of the coolest things to do in Nairobi and one of the greatest sites in Kenya to see the critically endangered black rhinoceros (shown above), in addition to a tone of other species like lions and giraffes.
This is a great option to go on safari without having to go too far if you’re in Nairobi for a short period (for work, for example). Additionally, Nairobi serves as your backdrop. You only require one day! Even animals can occasionally be seen as you leave Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Karen Blixen Museum
Baroness Karen Blixen and her husband, Baron Bror von Blixen Fincke, previously owned the farmhouse that is now the Karen Blixen Museum, which was constructed in 1912. The museum gained notoriety thanks to the Hollywood film “Out of Africa,” which was adapted from Karen Blixen’s autobiography of the same name. Following Kenya’s independence from Britain, the Danish government donated the former farmhouse to that country.
To honor Karen Blixen, it was converted into a museum in 1985, and in 1986 it welcomed visitors. Look through the museum to get a glimpse of Karen Blixen’s life and the history of colonial Kenya. Original belongings of the exceptional woman and cinematic memorabilia can be found inside the cottage.
See Baby Elephant at The David Sheldrick Trust
The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, formerly the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, is a rehabilitation facility for abandoned or orphaned baby elephants (and other animals, occasionally rhinos), who are too young to survive in the wild on their own. If you love elephants, especially young ones, you’re going to love it.
Every day at 11 a.m., visitors are permitted in to see the elephants and hear a talk from one of the keepers for about an hour. For as little as £35 a year, you may adopt a newborn elephant, giving you access to visit after hours.
One of the most well-liked day trip locations in Nairobi for families with young children is the Giraffe Center. The center was established by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Kenya (A.F.E.W. Kenya) in 1979 to conserve Rothschild’s giraffe and educate Kenyan youth and the general public about wildlife and the environment. Visitors can wander along the Nature Trail, watch the giraffes while sipping refreshments at the Tea House, or get up close and personal with them from the Feeding Platform.
The Jeevanjee Gardens
One of the first immigrants in Nairobi, Alibhai Jeevanjee, gave Jeevanjee Gardens, which can be found in the heart of the city, in 1906 as a place to rest. A large number of protesters prevented it from becoming a shopping center in the 1990s. Jeevanjee Gardens now have paved walks, numerous bougainvillea and jacaranda trees, and statues, including one of Queen Victoria and Alibhai Jeevanjee.
Explore Nairobi’s natural splendor and vibrant culture from the exquisite The Clarion Hotel, Nairobi, which is only a short distance from the renowned Karen Blixen Museum and Nairobi Safari Walk. Our hotel’s location is along Moi Avenue puts visitors right in the middle of the action, adjacent to well-known cultural landmarks like the Maasai market and significant office complexes.