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Kenya Tour Extensions for the Great Rift Valley - Helicopter Safari


What follows are 5 different extensions which dovetail beautifully with your safari, but which are only booked on a 'per request' basis. The thinking behind these extensions is simply to maximize your time in Africa as you would have flown all the way out to Africa from afar. Since you will be here already, it makes sense to stay longer. Each extension also offers totally different and unique photo opportunities. You can book one or more and any combination of the below 6 extensions:  


*4 -7 day 'great elephant herds of Mount Kilimanjaro' extension - Amboseli National Park: A 45 minute flight will take you into the heart of an exclusive private conservancy in Amboseli National Park. Here you have full access to the national park but more importantly you will enjoy our own private conservancy away from the minibus tourist vehicles. Inside the conservancy you will enjoy exclusivity and total freedom as you go about your photography. Our aim on this extension of your Kenya private safari is to photograph beautiful herds of elephants and giraffes with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. Our camp is situated at the base of Mount Kilmanjaro and sipping your 'beverage of choice' in the bar, you will enjoy the finest view of Mount Kilimanjaro of any safari camp in Africa. Our camp is of Italian origin and organic produce is freshly grown on the lodge grounds. The cuisine has a distinctly Italian flare and this, combined with the view from the camp, means that you will enjoy the finest traditional safari experience, as only Kenya can offer. An Amboseli photo safari is the perfect end to your safari as the vista is incredible and so are the photographic opportunities. I work with an excellent guide in Amboseli who knows exactly what photographers want. Our private safari truck is also open sided to maximize your photographic experience. For those of you wanting the ultimate elephant extension, we carry on to Ol Donyo in the Chyulu Hills and Tsavo in search of giant Tuskers. Please enquire about this when booking.

*5 day Rwanda gorilla extension: If you are looking to make this a true bucket-list safari, we can arrange a Gorilla trekking extension. Rwanda is just a 1 hour flight away from Nairobi and we will take you to the very place where Diane Fossey did her research. You will need a minimum of 4 extra nights to do this extension which includes two gorilla treks. This extension is booked on a per request basis only and seeing the gigantic gentle gorillas in the flesh is an absolutely INCREDIBLE experience - so don't think twice about doing it. Permits are very limited so book now.






*4-12 day Northern Kenya extension: This extension is the perfect addition to your safari as you follow the Great Rift Valley through Kenya. Along the way you can photograph the rift valley lakes in all their glory from a helicopter. Photographing flamingoes from above is an 'out of Africa' experience not to be missed. If you have a penchant to go off the beaten track then this extension is definitely for you. From authentic Samburu cultural experiences through to photographing the endangered northern rangeland species like Grevy's Zebra, this extension will blow you away. Gerenuk, Reticulated giraffe, striped hyena, wild dog plus leopards are also on offer, as are breathtaking views of Mount Kenya and exceptional birdlife.  Everyone who has done this extension has said it was the best safari experience of their life.



*3 day Rhinos of Mount Kenya extension: Not many photographers know this but Kenya is the best place in Africa to photograph rhino. I know a secret location where you can photograph white rhino with babies as well as the elusive black rhino. We can also photograph reticulated giraffe and lion in a secret forest below the Aberdare mountain range. The birdlife is prolific and our accommodation is in Kenya's finest and most luxurious boutique lodge which has only 6 rooms. This extension is our latest addition and an absolute must. It dovetails easily with the wild dogs as we can transfer by road between locations. See a baby rhino picture story from this extension...

*4-7 day Tanzania Ruaha Extension: Ruaha National Park is known as the 'connoisseur's park' and not for no good reason as it offers pure unadulterated wild bush country. You will enjoy a mobile safari that will see you experiencing and seeing parts of Ruaha that few people ever get to see. A walking safari and mobile camping experience is what this extension is all about. Ruaha is regarded as one of Africa's wildest bush parks. Ruaha has exceptional baobab trees, perfect for star trails. For this extension we have special permission to walk in Ruaha and we are guided by the best walking guide in East Africa. This Ruaha extension is booked on a private request basis only.


Any one or combination of the above safari extensions can be arranged to make this a safari of a lifetime.
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Your Guide and hosts:

Greg and Claire du Toit are your guides and hosts for Great Rift Valley safari. If you book any of the 6 exciting safari extensions listed above, Greg will be your guide as Claire has a day job to get back to. Greg is a professional wildlife photographer who, together with his wife Claire, spent two years living in the south rift valley of Kenya. During this time he  photographed around one waterhole in particular where his mission was to capture images of free-ranging lion on camera. It took him 16 months to do, and leaving Claire to run the camp it was all worth it in the end, as the image he finally captured, was used by the National Geographic Society to promote his 'Authentic Africa' exhibit in Singapore many years later. His waterhole story appeared in the BBC Wildlife Magazine and his time spent in the south rift clinched a cover story in the Africa Geographic Magazine titled 'Living on the Edge'. He was interviewed by the BBC World Service about how he sat submerged in the water for over 270 hours to get his shot and both Greg and Claire appeared on live NBC television where Claire was more the focus, as the TV host wanted to know how she herself survived the project and stays married to such a mad photographer? Greg has been following and photographing the great migration for the last 14 consecutive years now and his image titled 'Crossing Frenzy' depicting a wildebeest migration crossing won a Gerald Durrell Endangered Wildlife Award  in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition back in 2009. Greg and Claire will host you on this safari as you explore 'real Africa' and take in the sights of what has been dubbed 'the greatest wildlife show on earth'. For guest reviews click here...



Summary: Almost all photo safaris in Africa are offering the same or similar experiences and I am happy to say that this highly exclusive and bespoke safari offers something totally different. At a time of year when half the world is trying to see the migration and contending with at least 30 other vehicles at every sighting, I offer you something authentic and off the beaten track. If you sign up for this safari of a lifetime you will journey to an Africa of yesteryear; you will travel back in time and get a taste of how Africa once was. Through a series of unique activities and talks, not only will you grow your photographic portfolio but your horizons will be broadened as you experience 'real Africa'. There is no other safari itinerary that will expose you to such a great  diversity of habitats with their associated wildlife, research projects, cultural elements, predator and wildlife experiences. Photographing hundreds and thousands of flamingoes from a helicopter will simply leave you speechless.

To book this once in a lifetime African Photographic Safari contact Greg here...

'I thoroughly enjoyed this trip, we set out to do something off the track and you delivered in spades. Amboseli was magical, especially the time we spent with Tim the tusker! The South Rift was special on so many fronts, as a geologist, as a photographer and as a human being - seeing the work that Samantha, Guy and others are doing to help protect a working model of human wildlife coexistence, to help preserve a way of life while helping to guide it into the future and to educate the residents of the valley and those around the world interested in this magical corner of Africa was something I will never forget. I think this some of my best work to date and I attribute this to your tutelage, your inspiration and your willingness to share your view of Africa with me, thanks my friend. '
Randall Bacon (USA)

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