Perspectives on East Africa Symposium: Kenya Photo Safari

Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Samburu, and the Masai Mara
with Frans Lanting and Chris Eckstrom

Perspectives on East Africa Symposium: Kenya Photo Safari route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $12,395  
Length: 11 days
Arrive: Nairobi, Kenya
Depart: Nairobi, Kenya
Lodging: 3 nights hotels, 7 nights tented camps
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 2 dinners
Activity: Safaris, Photography
Trip Level: 4WD gameviewing, easy walking


  • Three-day symposium at historic Mt. Kenya Safari Club featuring five of the world’s top wildlife researchers, conservationists, and paleontologists
  • Special opportunity to learn from National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting and writer Chris Eckstrom
  • Fantastic gameviewing and photography in private Ol Pejeta Conservancy
  • Rare wildlife of Samburu National Reserve, home to the traditional Samburu people
  • Three days in the heart of wildlife-rich Masai Mara National Reserve

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

This itinerary is part of the Perspectives on East Africa Symposium & Safari Program, which offers the special opportunity to learn from and mingle with a remarkable group of world-renowned wildlife experts and conservationists.
The safari described on this page is one of six special journeys which are being offered in conjunction with the symposium. For information on the other symposium safaris click on these links: Cradle of Mankind, Hemingway’s Africa, Out of Africa, Serengeti Wildlife Safari, and Mountain Gorilla Safari.

Experience the majestic landscapes and celebrated wildlife of Kenya with one of the world’s leading photographers! With Master Photographer Frans Lanting and noted National Geographic author Chris Eckstrom, we explore Kenya’s greatest landscape and wildlife locations, from the vast savannas of the wild Laikipia Plateau to Samburu National Reserve, home to the Samburu people, and the renowned Masai Mara, with its thousands-strong herds of plains game and their attendant predators. Frans and Chris will share their worldwide experiences as well as the techniques and philosophies behind their superb photographs and publications during hands-on field sessions and informal discussions throughout this incredible safari.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3
Perspectives on East Africa Symposium

Presentations, excursions, and other activities with our guest speakers at the Mount Kenya Safari Club.

Days 4-5
Ol Pejeta Conservancy

We enjoy fantastic gameviewing and photo opportunities in the private sanctuary of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a scenic mosaic of grasslands, woodlands, and evergreen thickets. Africa’s “Big Five”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo—are all found here, and there’s also Grevy’s zebra, Jackson’s hartebeest, and cheetah. Overnights are at Kicheche Laikipia Camp, a luxurious 12-bed tented camp set in the heart of the Conservancy.

Days 6-7
Samburu National Reserve

A short flight brings us to beautiful Samburu National Reserve, an important elephant migration corridor and home to unique northern species, including Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, Beisa oryx, gerenuk, and yellow baboon. Some of the largest elephant bulls in Samburu  can often be spotted cooling down in the river bed near our camp.  Overnights at elegant Elephant Watch Camp, operated by our guest speaker Iain Douglas-Hamilton and his wife Oria.

Days 8-11
Masai Mara National Reserve

A quick flight over the Great Rift Valley to the Masai Mara offers wonderful panoramas of volcanic landscapes, rolling grasslands, and plenty of big game dotting the plains. We enjoy three days of gameviewing in this legendary reserve, noted for its abundance of wildlife and predator sightings. Overnights are at Naibor Camp, set in a riverine forest on the banks of the Talek River in the heart of the Masai Mara National Reserve. Depart via Nairobi on Day 11.

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Perspectives on East Africa 2014 Brochure

A Symposium & Safari Program in East Africa, June 2014
Enjoy a rare opportunity to meet the leading experts on East Africa’s wildlife, photography, and the origins of mankind, all in the magnificent setting of Kenya’s Central Highlands. Guest experts include Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Dr. Louise Leakey, and wildlife photographer Frans Lanting. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience of East Africa. Space is limited, call soon!

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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

What the Trip is Like

The trip is rated Level 2+, moderate. This is a deluxe camping and lodge safari with gameviewing by 4WD vehicle and nature walks that can be enjoyed by anyone in reasonably good health. There are a few long driving days over rough roads and rugged dirt tracks. Although this is not a particularly rigorous trip, we recommend that each participant undertake a preparatory program of physical conditioning. Daily walking or regular hiking, jogging, and stair-climbing are excellent for preparing for the trip. Any African safari is an adventure, and the traveler to Africa should bring along flexibility, a sense of humor, curiosity about new peoples and places, and an openness to the unexpected.

Explanation of Trip Levels


Departures & Leaders

Jun 25-Jul 5, 2014

Program Cost

Prices are for 2014
$12395 (9-10 members)
$13195 (7-8 members)
$13595 (6 members)
Internal airfare: $630 (subject to change)
Park fees: $605
Due to small camps and limited space no singles are available more on pricing

Extension Costs
Gorilla Tracking In Rwanda's Parc Des Volcans
   from: $1995
Lamu Extension
   from: $2595

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Program of presentations by Guest Speakers and symposium excursions
  • Accommodations based on double occupancy, including one night in Nairobi and two nights at the Mount Kenya Safari Club during the symposium, and hotels, lodges, and camps on safari
  • Meals from breakfast on June 26 through lunch on June 28 during symposium, and as designated in the detailed itineraries on safari
  • Charter flights during symposium
  • Land transportation during symposium and on safari, with guaranteed window seating on game drives
  • Expert leadership of Frans Lanting and Chris Eckstrom, and local guides on safari
  • Frans Lanting studio fees
  • Camp staff and group camping and cooking equipment on camping safaris
  • Group airport transfers on scheduled arrival and departure dates
  • Beverages and laundry service at designated camps on safari

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare to and from Africa, internal airfare within Africa, meals not specified after each day in the detailed trip itinerary, park fees and permits, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, cost of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.). Extensions and any optional side trips and excursions such as balloon safaris are at your own expense. Beverages and laundry service are included at certain camps on safari but not at all locations.

Trip Payment Schedule*

At time of reservation: $1000
Due December 27, 2013: 25%
Due March 27, 2014: Balance

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

Minimum cancellation fee: $500 per person
365-181 days prior to departure): $1000 non-refundable
180-91 days prior to departure): All deposits to date non-refundable
90 days prior to departure: 100% of trip costs, internal airfares, park fees, and permits non-refundable

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Nairobi Hotel

Day 1 (1 night), Nairobi, Kenya

In Nairobi, we stay at one of the following properties:

Mount Kenya Safari Club

Mount Kenya Safari Club

Days 2 to 3 (2 nights), Nanyuki, Kenya

Nestled in the foothills of snow-capped Mount Kenya, Africa’s second-highest mountain, the Mount Kenya Safari Club is an ideal base for our ...
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Kicheche Laikipia Camp

Kicheche Laikipia Camp

Days 4 to 5 (2 nights), Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya

This intimate camp (limited to just 12 guests) enjoys a wonderful setting on the Laikipia Plateau, framed by the majestic backdrop of Mount Kenya, ...
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Elephant Watch Camp

Elephant Watch Camp

Days 6 to 7 (2 nights), Samburu, Kenya

Elephant Watch Camp is a feast for the senses, with its bright swathes of cotton, huge cushioned sofas, and furniture made from the wood of ...
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Naibor Camp

Naibor Camp

Days 8 to 10 (3 nights), Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Set in a riverine forest on the banks of the Talek River in the heart of the Masai Mara National Reserve, Naibor is a welcoming, peaceful retreat ...
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Giraffe Manor

Giraffe Manor (Day Room)

Day 11, Nairobi, Kenya

A stay at Giraffe Manor is a delightful experience you won’t find anywhere else. This luxury boutique hotel is the home base for a herd of ...
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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions options:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Frans Lanting

Departure Dates: June 25-July 5, 2014

Frans Lanting has been hailed as one of the great nature photographers of our time and has received numerous international awards for his photographic and conservation work. Lanting’s year-long odyssey to cover global biodiversity resulted in the longest story by a single photographer in the ...
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Chris Eckstrom

Departure Dates: June 25-July 5, 2014

Chris Ekstrom is a writer, editor, and videographer whose work celebrates the wonder of the natural world and seeks to explore how people and wildlife can coexist. Her stories have appeared in National Geographic (where she was a staff writer for 15 years), Audubon, ...
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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:


Lamu Extension

Relaxing on Kenya's Indian Ocean Coast

Cultural Adventures, Snorkeling
4 days  -  Level 1


mountain gorillas silverback rwanda parc des volcans

Gorilla Tracking In Rwanda's Parc Des Volcans

One of the World’s Most Thrilling Wildlife Experiences

Hiking / Trekking, Wildlife & Natural History
4 days  -  Level 4