EXPLORE KENYA

How many countries leave you at a loss for words? Rest assured that Kenya will be one of them.

Kenya epitomizes what Africa is all about – that lone acacia tree against an endless horizon, harsh deserts, snow-capped mountains, dense forests and beaches lined with palm trees. Kenya is a country of epic landforms and of incredible wildlife that will satisfy all of your photographic desires.

The Great Migration

The country is famous for its impressive population of wildlife. You can find Masai lions, leopards, cheetahs as well as zebras, gazelles and wildebeest that travel to and from the Serengeti each year between July and October – also known as the Great Migration, which truly is one of Nature’s miracles.

You will witness the brutality of the merciless hunters and scavengers following the wildebeest in their wake. Keep your camera ready when the hers cross the Mara river, where crocodiles lay in waiting, the atmosphere is tense along with the palpable anxiety that you can almost feel in the air. Africa is home to the last great wilderness and the creatures that live in it – and Kenya is the perfect place to follow the call of the wild to photograph its wonders.

    Highlights

    • Learn about wildlife photography techniques in the beautifully desolate surroundings of the Kenyan wilderness.
    • Work in different lighting and with short/long exposure and aperture.
    • How to handle equipment with care on location.
    • Private hands-on lessons that can help to take your photography skills to the next level.
    • The secret behind wildlife photography.

Expert LAURENT BAHEUX

More about Laurent Baheux

Born in Poitiers in 1970, Laurent Baheux started his career in the frenetic world of international sport before moving his horizons to wilder climes, where flora and fauna continue to live in freedom. Since the beginning of 2000, he has been creating a a collection of monochrome wildlife photographs, characterized by a contrasting, condensed style. With his unique approach which rewrites all the rules on wildlife photography, Laurent strives to capture the personality and humanity in every animal as distinct individuals. He adopts the role of wildlife portrait artist, where aesthetics and sensitivity take precedence over a more documentary style. Laurent is actively involved with environmental organizations and served as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). In this context, he supported activities against poaching and exploitation, in particular hunting, bullfighting, or the physical and psychological abuse of animals in zoos and circuses. His photographs are on show in galleries and are featured in a number of books, publications, and exhibitions in France and abroad.

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On Location

  • Learn about wildlife photography techniques in the beautifully desolate surroundings of the Kenyan wilderness.
  • Work in different lighting and with short/long exposure and aperture.
  • How to handle equipment with care on location.
  • Private hands-on lessons that can help to take your photography skills to the next level.
  • The secret behind wildlife photography.

In Classroom

  • Expert review and constructive criticism/feedback of the images taken during the day.
  • Portfolio review
  • Editing workflow
  • A Better Moments Certified Photo Instructor is available during the entire workshop to offer assistance with camera settings, the basics of composition, guide and help in general.

ITINERARY

DAY 0: ARRIVAL IN NAIROBI

We recommended you book your flights to arrive a day early to take a day to rest and acclimatize yourself to the country before the big adventure. We can arrange accommodation and activities on request.

DAY 1: WELCOME TO KENYA

Arrival in Nairobi. Today, you will meet Better Moments expert Laurent Baheux and the rest of the workshop group.

In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner at the hotel and Laurent will introduce himself, share his work and talk about his life as a professional wildlife photographer. Laurent will brief you about the upcoming workshop days and give first advice on wildlife photography during the big migration as tomorrow will be your first day of shooting in the Maasai Mara game reserve.

DAY 2: DRIVE TO THE CAMP AND EVENING SHOOT

After an early breakfast, you will be picked up and we will drive to the safari camp. The drive to the Mara takes approximately 6-7 hours so we will arrive at the camp in time for lunch. After lunch, you have time to relax before we head out for the evening game drive. Laurent will support you with technical and creative advice on location.

Our accommodation is located in the Maasai Mara game reserve, which is a large game reserve in Narok County, Kenya; contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in Mara Region, Tanzania. It is named in honor of the Maasai people and their description of the area when looked at from afar: “Mara,” which is Maa (Maasai language) for “spotted,” an apt description for the circles of trees, scrub, savanna, and cloud shadows that mark the area.

It is globally famous for its exceptional population of Masai lions, African leopards and Tanzanian cheetahs, and the annual migration of zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, and wildebeest to and from the Serengeti every year from July to October, known as the Great Migration.

DAY 3-4: THE WILDBEEST MIGRATION

As our accommodation is located in the game reserve, we don’t have to go far to witness the spectacle of the wildbeest migration.

The following days will consist of photographing wildlife with hands-on lessons on location and theory sessions in the evenings during which Laurent will review and discuss the images taken during the day and give advice in terms of composition, post production etc.

We will spend some evenings with presentations and stories by Laurent about his work and life as a photographer.

On day 4, we will relocate to another safari camp in the afternoon to make the most of our stay in the game reserve.

DAY 5-6: THE WILDBEEST MIGRATION

The next two days we will be exploring a different part of the game reserve.

Our days will consist of photographing wildlife with hands-on lessons on location and theory sessions in the evenings during which Laurent will review and discuss the images taken during the day and give advice in terms of composition, post production etc.

We will spend some evenings with presentations and stories by Laurent about his work and life as a photographer.

DAY 7: RETURN TO NAIROBI

Today, we will return to Nairobi, where you will have some time to explore the city before we meet up for our farewell dinner.

DAY 8: DEPARTURE

Drive to Nairobi airport for your flights home.

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TRAVEL FACTS

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Facts

  • 28 Aug – 4 Sep 2021
  • 8 Days
  • Number of guests: 8-12
Included
  • Local transport
  • Accommodation
  • All meals
Not included
  • Travel to and from the workshop destination
  • Visa and taxes
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance

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Price

    • € 5,200 in shared room.

 

    • € 6,000 in private room.

 

    • Groups sign-up a group of 4+ participants and receive a group discount.

 

    • All prices are per person.

 

    • Better Moments is a member of the Travel Guarantee Fund, your guarantee that traveling with Better Moments is a safe experience.

 

We don’t want you to worry about losing money on your workshop booking. Therefore, you will receive a 100% refund of the workshop price – including your deposit – if we have to cancel any of our workshops due to coronavirus.

Overview

QUICK GUIDE GETTING THERE

GETTING THERE

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, is Kenya’s largest aviation facility, and the busiest airport in East Africa. It is advised to arrive a day before the workshop to make sure you are well rested for the drive to the camp.

Better Moments will arrange one pickup transfer and one return transfer to the airport on the arrival- and the departure day.

VISA

Single entry visa are issued to persons whose nationalities require visa to enter Kenya as a tourist. For a complete list of visa exemptions, as well as up-to-date information regarding visa fees and requirements, visit: http://evisa.go.ke/single-entry-visa.html

WEATHER

In August/September, the average temperature in Masai Mara ranges from 8 – 25 degrees Celsius. During the Dry season (June-October), the sky is clear and days are sunny. It is advisable to pack warm clothing, as morning game drives in open vehicles will be cold. There is very little rain in most of the country, so these are the least humid months.

LANGUAGE

Kenya is a multilingual country. The Bantu Swahili language and English are widely spoken as lingua franca.

HEALTH

At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice and make sure you have all required vaccinations.

Cholera, malaria, dengue fever and other insect-borne infections occur in Kenya. You should take precautions to avoid being bitten by insects.

CURRENCY

Kenia-Schilling (KES)

QUICK GUIDE

Kenya offers a plethora of activities and experiences for visitors. From thrilling ATV rides along the rugged coast, to star gazing in the desolate wilderness. While much of the country is less developed, urban centres such as the seaside city of Swakopmund provide some great culinary experiences, with antelope and game being a particular highlight.

LOCAL LAWS AND CUSTOMS

Smoking in any public place is prohibited throughout Kenya, except in designated smoking areas. Offenders can face a fine or imprisonment. If in doubt, don’t light up.

Taking photographs of official buildings, including Embassies, can lead to detention. If in any doubt, don’t photograph or film around them. Photography is also prohibited at airports.

You must carry a form of ID with you at all times. A copy of your passport is normally acceptable, but recently some police officers have been insisting on the original document.

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