New photography safari
SkySafari operated by the luxury safari operator Elewana is launching a new photography safari hosted by award winning wildlife photographer and cameraman Luke Massey. The seven-night photography SkySafari will take place from the 9th to the 16th December 2017 and will follow the SkySafari Connoisseur itinerary that launched in January this year and includes the new Loisaba Tented Camp.
Luke Massey’s stills work has seen him placed in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards and European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, as well as winning the wildlife category of Travel Photographer of the Year and Young Environmental Photographer of the Year, he also works alongside Leica Optics as an ambassador. Luke has been widely published in magazines across the globe including BBC Wildlife and Geographical magazines. His film work has been featured on the BBC and Netflix, and his conservation films produced in Malta working alongside naturalist Chris Packham was awarded the Green Ribbon award for best environmental campaign by the media. He has also just finished work on a new BBC3 series, Undercover Tourist.
The SkySafari Kenya Connoisseur journey includes two nights at Elsa’s Kopje in the arid desert wildlife gem of Meru National Park, two nights at the new Loisaba Tented Camp in the impressive 56,000 acre Loisaba Conservancy, one of Kenya’s most important elephant corridors, and two nights at Sand River Masai Mara in the famous fertile savannah of the Masai Mara.
SkySafari by Elewana offers a taste of the best safari experiences in Kenya coupled with luxury accommodation, gourmet dining, incredible game viewing and private aircraft transfers. SkySafari passengers enjoy business class seating, a fast-track airport experience, butler service at all of the properties, as well as only one check-in and check-out during the seven-night journey. In summary, a luxury, stress-free experience, that enables guests to enjoy direct transfers and avoid multiple stops on busy scheduled aircraft.
The photography SkySafari journey will begin with one night at Hemingways, an exclusive boutique hotel neighbouring the Nairobi National Park with stunning views of the Ngong Hills. From Nairobi SkySafari flies to Elsa’s Kopje, a boutique lodge sculpted into the Mughwango Hill overlooking the rugged and remote Meru National Park. The lodge is built on the site where George and Joy Adamson built their camp and released Elsa the Lioness, star of the movie Born Free which was filmed in Meru 60 years ago. Visitors to Elsa’s enjoy all 870 square kilometres of Meru National Park to themselves including a thriving rhino sanctuary, large elephant herds, lion and birdlife and more diversity of animal species than any other park in East Africa.
Guests then enjoy the private transfer to Loisaba Tented Camp located on a 600ft escarpment where every room enjoys spectacular views stretching across the Laikipia Plains to Mount Kenya. The Loisaba Conservancy spans three eco-systems offering a variety of beautiful landscapes and incredible game viewing, including the opportunity to see the rare Northern species including reticulated giraffe and Grevy’s zebra and one of the best places in East Africa to see wild dog. An area of approximately the same size as Lewa Conservancy, the Mara North Conservancy, or Samburu and Buffalo Springs combined, Loisaba has only 16 rooms in total, providing a generous 3,500 acres of wilderness per room. This allows for some of the greatest exclusivity to wildlife sightings available in Africa.
The SkySafari’s final destination is Sand River Masai Mara camp located in the Masai Mara National Reserve, close to the Tanzanian border. The luxury camp replicates the romance of the exclusive permanent tented camps of the late 1920’s. Guests will enjoy exceptional year round game viewing including the Big Five, as well as the dramatic arrival of the wildebeest migration every year.
SkySafari originally launched in Tanzania in 2010. Departing from Arusha, close to Kilimanjaro, the seven-night, eight-day journey takes travellers across Northern Tanzania’s most iconic locations, including Tarangire National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, with unique accommodations at four Elewana Collection lodges and camps.
The seven-day photography SkySafari itinerary costs US$7,500 per person including all SkySafari flights, accommodation on full board basis (including house spirits, wine and beer), photography tuition with Luke, park fees, transfers, game drives, bush meals, sundowners and walking safaris, statutory taxes and laundry.