One of the options that I have planned for my 2016 safari schedule is a hot air balloon ride across the Masai Mara in Kenya, and so when I was on safari scouting our locations, I took the flight myself. Oh, my goodness what a fun and amazing adventure.
One of the “features” that I have always looked for on an African Safari is a private location. I am talking about conservancies that are private property usually near the major game reserves, that are for the exclusive use of guests. The reason is simple, freedom!. We will have the freedom to explore area in far greater depth and intimacy with night drives, guided walks and even driving off the road in search of great sitings and far better photography opportunities.
[su_quote cite=”One morning, in the reserve, I watch 20 cars crowd a passing leopard in the twilight. Less than a half hour later, back within the bounds of the conservancy, a lion named Handsome struts with a flick of his mane within five feet of my guide and me in our vehicle. No one else is around. – Robert Reid, National Geographic Digital Nomad”][/su_quote]
Clearly photographing wildlife surrounded by a pack of manned vehicles is not something that any photographer would enjoy. That is why I always book a Private Safari when I am in Africa, and that is what I offer my safari clients as well!