We have 4 days in Kenya for wildlife photography safari in Africa - which are squeezing onto a business trip to Eldoret Kenya. We mainly want good pictures of wildlife animals such lions, elephants, buffaloes, zebras, giraffes and antelopes. We are torn between doing Samburu or Masai Mara. Which of these safari parks would you recommend that we spend on time in?

by: Stanley C

Though from a one time visitor to Kenya, let me step in with what was the highlight of my Kenya photo safari: Without doubt Amboseli National park. It has many photographic subjects. Kilimanjaro (though no one had told me it is only seen from a distance), the elephants are huge, huge, families. The giraffes, zebras, lions, buffaloes and the antelopes which one tends to put on a lower scale when you are so spoilt with choice.

What I also found very dramatic with photography in Amboseli is the dust bowls. With camera trick these gave very strange and unique photo effects.

My final word, even with 4 days in Kenya, I would go to Amboseli for a photo safari.


Going for the photography safari in Masai Mara national park seems the most logical thing to do from Eldoret. Not that Samburu national park is not a great for animal photos, but it is the travel time that is just much longer than going to Mara.

Just a thought: If you have interest in birds and scenery, you may consider turning your tour to a nature photography vacation and stay in the Rift valley lakes: Baringo, Bogoria. Distance from Eldoret is short, the areas relatively free from mass tourism, the Kenyan people and culture in these areas are very authentic.

Lake Bogoria national reserve has very dramatic scenery and you get pictures of animals such rare antelopes such as Great Kudu, gazelles, impalas and zebras.

Wind up the tour with a visit to Lake Nakuru national parks for photos of lions, rhinos, leopards, buffaloes and other plains game.

Anne Huysman
Ontdek Kenya Safaris