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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today, we will return to Nairobi, where you will have some time to explore the city before we meet up for our farewell dinner.
Drive to Nairobi airport for your flights home.
Thanks for choosing Better Moments for your workshop.
28 August – 4 September 2020
Number of guests: 8-12
Local transport: 4×4 bus is included
Exertion level: Moderate
Accommodation: Hotels are included
Meals: All meals are included
All permits, park and entry fees
Travel to and from the workshop destination: Not included
Visa and taxes: Not included
Alcoholic beverages: Not included
Travel insurance: Not included
€ 5,200 in shared room.
€ 6,000 in single 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.
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.
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
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.
Kenya is a multilingual country. The Bantu Swahili language and English are widely spoken as lingua franca.
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.
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.
Basis of rates:
All prices are quoted in Euro (€). The prices are based on current tariffs and are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, if it is necessary to levy a surcharge, we reserve the right to do so, and notification will be given at the time of final invoicing.
Payments: A deposit of €1,000 is required at the time of booking. The invoice for the balance of payment will be issued 180 days prior to departure, where after final payment is due. For reservations made within 180 days of the departure date, full payment is required when the reservation is accepted. In order to participate on a Better Moments workshop the participant must have made full payment prior to the start of the workshop. The payment terms can be stricter when the workshop includes chartered ships or planes, and any variation will be communicated clearly on the invoice.
Cancellations and refunds: All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective on the date, which the letter or email is received by Better Moments. There is no cancellation charge until 180 days before departure, however until 24 hours after making the deposit payment it will be refunded in cash, after which a voucher will be issued. The voucher is valid for a booking with Better Moments for up to 1 year from the issue date., and cannot be exchanged for cash. Cancellation charges less than 180 days before departure are expressed as a percentage of the total price, and are as follows: 179 – 150 days before departure 50%, and 149 days or less before departure 100%. This policy also applies to pre- and post-trip extensions. Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier’s refund policy. Leaving a workshop in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of a workshop.
We reserve the right to cancel a workshop because of inadequate enrollment that makes the trip economically infeasible to operate, or because of good-faith concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants. If a workshop is cancelled prior to departure, you will have a choice between a full refund or a credit towards a future Better Moments workshop equivalent to amount paid. If we cancel the trip in progress, you will receive a pro-rata refund based on the number of days. We are not responsible for any refund for airline tickets, hotel accommodation, etc. purchased by the participant. In the event of the specified photo expert being unable to attend due to illness or other circumstances beyond our control, a photo expert of the same standard will be provided. If this is not possible, then the workshop will be cancelled and the provisions above will come into effect.
Travel insurance: In order to participate in a workshop you are required to have comprehensive insurance coverage for personal accident and injury, medical and repatriation costs during the workshop. In addition we strongly recommend that you arrange cancellation and travel insurance covering the loss, expenses and damages arising from, including but not limited to, cancellation of the workshop (whether in whole or in part), loss of baggage and personal money and belongings, as well as flight cancellations and delays.
Itinerary Changes: The itineraries and staff presented in this catalogue are subject to modification and change by the Better Moments workshop or its designated tour operator. Every reasonable effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but alterations may still occur after final itineraries are sent.
Health requirements: You must be in good physical and mental health. Any physical condition or treatment requiring special attention must be reported in writing at the time of booking. By registering for a Better Moments workshop, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical, or other condition or disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants. Better Moments and its designated tour operator reserve the right in their sole discretion to accept, decline to accept, or remove any participant on a Better Moments workshop and the tour operator reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of the participants.
Special requests: If you have special requests, e.g. dietary, cabin number, bedding type, airline seat or other requests, you should inform us of these at the time of booking. We will advise the relevant supplier of your requirements, but we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met, and will have no liability to you if such requests are not met.
Photography: We reserve the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any workshop or part thereof and to use the resulting photography, videos, or recordings for promotional or commercial use. If the participant prefers that his/her likeness not to be used, he/she must notify us in writing prior to departure.
Responsibility: Better Moments and its designated tour operator and tour administrator shall not be held liable for (a) any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to, or death of, persons occasioned directly or indirectly by an act or omission of any other provider, including but not limited to any defect in any aircraft, watercraft, or vehicle operated or provided by such other provider; and (b) any loss or damage due to delay, cancellation or disruption in any manner caused by the laws, regulations, acts or failures to act, demands, orders, or interpositions of any government or any subdivision or agent thereof, or by acts of God, strikes, fire, flood, war, rebellion, terrorism, insurrection, sickness, quarantine, epidemics, theft, or any other cause(s) beyond their control. The participant waives any claim against Better Moments and/or its designated tour operator and tour administrator for any such loss, damage, injury, or death.
Better Moments and its designated tour operator and tour administrator shall not be liable for any air carrier’s cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a non-refundable ticket to or from the participant’s Better Moments workshop departure city. It is the sole responsibility of the participants to organize their own transportation to and from the meeting point as described in the workshop itinerary, e.g. airport, hotel, and to ensure timely arrival. The participant should not book flights and/or hotel accommodation until Better Moments have issued final confirmation for the workshop. In the event of late arrival it is the responsibility of the participant to join the workshop, and to carry all associated expenses. Better Moments is not liable if the participant misses any portion of, or the entire workshop as a result of the delay. Baggage and personal effects are at all times the responsibility of the participant.
Other: Other terms and conditions may apply to some workshops, and details will always be provided with pre-trip mailings. By making the deposit payment, the participant agrees to the terms and conditions and the responsibility statements herein on behalf of all the individuals included in the booking.