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Shompole - Naboisho - Maasai Mara Migration

05 - 17 October 2025

KENYA FOR CREATIVES

Ready to unleash your creativity?

This photography safari was crafted just for you!

A super-creative Kenya safari for those seeking exclusive experiences & imaginative photography

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Experience exclusive night hide & doors-off helicopter thrills at Shompole; the intimate freedom of off-road predator encounters in Naboisho
and 
the awe-inspiring spectacle of the Great Migration on the Mara River

Why This Safari

TRAI'S THOUGHTS

I've curated this Kenya For Creatives itinerary to bring you the most inspiring photographic opportunities in 3 fabulous Kenyan locations:
 

Shompole: for exclusive aerial and night hide photography
 

Naboisho: for up close predator encounters
 

Maasai Mara National Reserve: for migration crossings on the Mara River. 
 

 It's a perfect combination for extending your portfolio, enhancing the impact of your shots, embracing visual storytelling and raising your images to the elusive next level.

Beginner or seasoned photographer, you'll find chances galore to explore original ideas and 'get your creative groove on'

Creative approaches likely to be covered include: aerial photography, creative portraiture, hi-key, low-key, silhouette, back-lit and other experimental lighting, golden and blue hour, extended shutter speeds, panning, fast action, multiple exposure, remote release, night hide photography, astro photography, black and white, super-low angle, wildlife in the landscape, videography and shooting for the edit ...and of course creative post production techniques for them all.

Highlights of this super-creative Kenya Photography Safari include:
 

  • Private scenic charter flights and doors off helicopter flight over lake Natron / Magadi - incredible colours, patterns and flamingos from above
     

  • Exclusive camp booking at Shompole - no other guests
     

  • Shompole hide - 3 overnight sessions - each guest has hide access every nigh

  • Great migration and river crossings in the Maasai Mara National Reserve
     

  • Freedom to get off road and up close with predators in Naboisho
     

  • Cultural photography - walk with Maasai herders and their cattle
     

  • Night drives, bush walks, astro photography included
     

  • Small group - min 4/ max 6 photographers & lead tutor Trai Anfield

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Shompole

SHOMPOLE

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We begin our super-creative photography safari with a 3 night stay at Shompole, a true hidden gem of Kenyan wilderness.  The major attractions for photographers here are aerial photography over the vivd soda lakes and flamingos, and a new night hide for 24/7 photographic possibilities!  

 

Our stay begins on a privately chartered scenic flight from Nairobi, including views over Lake Magadi. Building on this experience we have included a doors-off helicopter flight for incredible aerial photography over one of these stunningly coloured soda lakes, complete with flamingos flying over the surreal patterns.  The lake colours and flamingo populations change constantly, depending on the season and prevailing conditions, so every flight yields unique photographic results.

 

During the day here you will photograph on game drives and bush walks, with wonderful bird life and the possibility of approaching Big Five animals on foot with your experienced expert guides to ensure safety.

 

Then comes the overnight hide, which is a new and exciting addition to the offer here, and opens up the hours of darkness for truly dramatic, original and creative photography.  With a flexible lighting system, openings on multiple sides of the hide, and no glass to spoil shots with reflections, the creative options here are only limited by your imagination, and the experience is intense!

 

Mammals photographed from the hide at time of writing

Cats:

  • Lion

  • Leopard

  • Cheetah

  • Serval

  • African wild cat

  • Caracal

Really Big Ones:

  • Elephant

  • Buffalo

  • Giraffe

 

Other Mammals:

  • Hyena – spotted

  • Hyena – striped

  • Genet

  • Egyptian mongoose

  • Slender mongoose

  • White-tailed mongoose

  • Porcupine

  • Bat-eared fox

Plains Game:

  • Zebra

  • Wildebeest

  • Impala

  • Grants gazelle

  • Baboons

  • Vervet monkey

  • Eland

  • Common Waterbuck

  • Lesser kudu

  • Warthog

 

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Naboisho Predators

NABOISHO

We continue our epic photographic journey in spectacular style, getting up close and personal with the predators of Mara Naboisho conservancy.  Trai runs regular fundraiser safaris here for the Mara Predator Conservation Programme, so is well acquainted with each lion pride and many of the individual cheetahs and leopards in the area.

Naboisho has the huge advantage of being a conservancy, meaning visitor numbers are strictly limited and we are free to leave the tracks to approach sightings up close.   In addition we can undertake bush walks, night drives and astrophotography sessions as we don't have to be back in camp by sundown.  All this freedom makes a massive difference, elevating your photographic experience.  And it's not just predators here - Naboisho is bursting with life!

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Migration Mara River Crossings

MIGRATION

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Our final destination, the Maasai Mara National Reserve, needs no introduction: the annual great wildebeest and zebra migration here is widely regarded as the pinnacle of wildlife viewing in Africa.  

 

This is where countless images of tens of thousands of wildebeest crossing the Mara River originate, and this age-old spectacle is every bit as exhilarating now as it has been throughout time.  

The crossings are not the only thrill here though - predators come from all over to hunt out the weakest amongst the herds, and scavengers gather to clean up the carnage.  Amidst the excitement there are many chances to try more creative photographic techniques for story-telling and impact, such as slow exposures, panning and also videography.  

Dates & Rates Creative Migration

BOOKING
Kenya for Creatives

Shompole - Naboisho - Mara Migration 2025
 
SCHEDULED DATES
05 - 17 October 2025 

RATES
£11,990 per person based on sole occupancy in Shompole & Nairobi & sharing a twin tent in Maasai Mara
Single supplement £2290

Also available as a private safari - please enquire

Includes:  

1 night Tamarind Tree Nairobi (B&B)

3 nights Shompole Wilderness

5 nights Encounter Mara Naboisho

3 nights Rekero Mara National Reserve on full board basis with reserve fees, accommodation, all meals, soft and local alcoholic drinks, drinking water, laundry service.

2 private scenic charter flights between Nairobi - Shompole & Shompole - Naboisho

Doors off helicopter flight over lake Natron / Magadi

Exclusive use of Shompole hide every night of stay

All game drives (max 3 photographers per vehicle) and ground transfers including airport transfers

Bush walks, night drives, cultural experiences

Expert English-speaking local wildlife guides

1-2-1 expert creative photography tuition with Trai

 

Excludes:

International flights to/from Nairobi, Kenya visa, personal insurances, all items of a personal nature, gratuities

Getting There

It is necessary to book international flights that arrive at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, on 05 October 2025. We have therefore included overnight accommodation in Nairobi for your first night.  This is because our flight to Shompole on 06 October will leave at 7am from Wilson Airport. 

Our departure flight from Maasai Mara is scheduled for 11.00 but times can vary on these flights so we advise booking return international flights no earlier than 19:00 on 09 October 2025.

 

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