Kenya Wildlife Photography FAQ

Cheetah on the hunt in the reserve.
Frequently asked questions about Wildlife Photography at Kenya.

What kind of photo equipment should I bring?

To get the best pictures of the wild you need a good camera. A good option is a 35mm SLR (single lens reflex) camera with an interchangeable lens. Depending on what you want to photograph, different lens is required e.g. 25-70mm lens for landscapes, 70-210mm for moving objects and an 80-200mm lens for wildlife photography.

Remember that you are in the bush, with hundreds of excellent photographic opportunities, so don't forget to bring along batteries, a charger, adaptors and converter, and an extra memory card.

Please Note: Do not photograph any government or military building or installation, including soldiers, police and police stations, railway stations, airports, border posts and post offices. Also, when photographing locals, ask first. Photographs of the Maasai people might result in them expecting a fee.

Diverse and Impressive

Kenya is home to a diverse and impressive range of wildlife and offers an exceptional wildlife viewing experience. Wildlife can be found in the numerous game reserves and national parks scattered throughout the country. These include the Aberdares National Park, Amboseli National Park, Masai Mara Game Reserve, Meru National Park, Tsavo National Park, Mount Kenya National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park and Samburu Game Reserve.

The Masai Mara plays host to one of the world's most spectacular wildlife events, the Great Migration, when millions of Wildebeest, Zebra and other grazers make the treacherous journey from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the Masai Mara in Kenya. This migration is said to be the most dramatic and awesome spectacle on earth.

The Masai Mara is home to an abundance of herbivores, predators and birdlife, Amboseli is famous for its close observation of Elephant behavior and the Samburu is known for its population of Grevy's Zebra, long necked Gerenuk, Beisa Oryx, Somali Ostrich, Giraffe and antelope. The rare Rothschild's Giraffe and the endangered black and white Rhino can be found in Nakuru.

Kenya is known for its exceptional birdlife, and is home to over 1000 species. Lake Nakuru is a great place to witness the pink hued and graceful Flamingo, which can host up to a million of these unique birds at certain times of the year.

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