Have you dreamed of taking the ultimate photography trip and rediscovering your soul in the Kenyan wilderness? By joining Robin Moore on this trip, you can immerse yourself in the Samburu culture and capture the uniqueness of these colourful people, under the guidance of professional photographer Robin Moore. The focus is culture and community, but there will also be the opportunity to photograph some of Kenya’s most beautiful wildlife.
Day 1 : Giraffe Manor
Day 2 : Solio Lodge
Day 3 – 4 : Turkana Basin Institute
Day 5 : Sasaab Lodge
Day 6 : Departure
- Full board accommodation.
- Private guide throughout your journey.
- Helicopter from Nairobi to Solio Lodge, Solio Lodge to TBI-Turkell, during your stay at TBI – Turkwell to visit various sites, and from TBI-Turkwell to Sasaab.
- One scheduled flight from Sasaab to Nairobi, Wilson.
- All transport between destinations and to/from activities incl. 4×4 safari vehicles.
- Park and conservation fees.
- Activities’ including game drives, sundowners, bush picnics.
- Horse riding and mountain biking at Solio Lodge, camel riding and walking at Sasaab.
- Tukana Basin Institute donation fee.
GETTING THERE: On arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be met by your private guide and transferred to Giraffe Manor.
EXPERIENCE: Arriving into a home when traveling away from yours is a truly special thing. Whatever time you arrive there will be a warm friendly welcome. The house is old, quirky and full of history and the excellent team will do everything they can to ensure your stay is exceptional. But best of all are its resident rare Rothschild’s giraffe that roam the grounds of the sanctuary. If you’re lucky you may well get a kiss from one of these long necked beauties*.
* The giraffe at Giraffe Manor are wild and therefore we cannot guarantee interaction with them at any given time.
GETTING THERE: After a full breakfast at the Manor you will be taken by road to Wilson Airport to catch your scheduled flight to Nanyuki. At Nanyuki airstrip a Solio vehicle will be awaiting your arrival.
EXPERIENCE: Solio Lodge is sandwiched between the rolling green Aberdares and Mount Kenya. Its high altitude and position between these two dramatic mountainous regions means that it has a perfect climate of cool nights and warm days. Game drives are leisurely in this sanctuary, which was Kenya’s first private wildlife reserve. The wildlife is easy to view, but intense with large numbers of all the plains game, rhino and lion.
Day 3 - 4
The Turkana Basin Institute
GETTING THERE: At about 0630 your helicopter will land just in front of the lodge – a short stroll across the lawn and you’ll be taking off for your morning adventure which might include a stop in the Suguta Valley and Lothgam. Lothgam is the first of the fossil sites you’ll visit.
EXPERIENCE: The Turkana Basin Institute is a research and educational facility. It is not a luxury lodge, but it gives access to a place that tourists have never been able to visit before. The next few days will be divided with time in the cool of the labs during the heat of the day and time out and about around the area. A visit to central island will give a unique insight to ancient fishing practices and walks to the near by villages will also allow for an opportunity to meet the Turkana people. You will also learn about everything from dinosaurs to our ancient ancestors.
GETTING THERE: From Turkana it will be time to head south again in your helicopter. After breakfast begin the 2 hour flight to Kenya’s Northern Frontier District of Samburu.
EXPERIENCE: After some time in basic accommodation it will be a lovely change to arrive into this heavenly oasis. Use the next 24 hours to either relax and absorb all the things you have just learnt, or enjoy a quad bike ride, a walk with camels, a game drive, a massage in the award winning bush spa.
After breakfast at Sasaab you’ll catch a flight from the Samburu to Nairobi Wilson Airport. We will meet you at Wilson Airport and transfer you to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.