Saruni Samburu

Stunning photographic Destinations on a Kenya safari

Stunning photographic Destinations on a Kenya safari : On an African safari holiday, there are two ways to spot wildlife: go on a game drive with your guide and check out all the potential locations, or be a little well, a little lazier and wait for the animals (and birds) to come to you. Spending time in a hide (or blind, which is essentially a hidden shelter) allows you to observe without drawing attention to yourself and, with a little patience, can lead to some amazing sightings. Time spent in a hide is the solution if you’ve ever wanted to snap really close-up pictures, such as of an elephant’s toenails or the tip of his trunk. The top safari lodges in Kenya have built hides that provide luxury, adventure, and fantastic photo possibilities. As we take you on a tour of some of our favorite photographic hides in Kenya, don’t forget your camera.

Ol Donyo.

To pass a morning or an afternoon, visit the logpile hide in Ol Donyo in the Chyulu Hills. As its name suggests, it looks like a pile of discarded wood from the outside. Of course, that is primarily what it is made of. Although it would be simple to assume that these trees were uprooted by the same elephants that frequent the waterhole that the hide overlooks, they were specifically picked to be just huge and heavy enough to prevent elephants from doing so. The hide isn’t only about secrecy and safety the roof of woven poles, and the wooden stools and raised picnic bench to ensure that your time in the Ol Donyo hide will be as comfortable as it is exciting. Wild creatures passing by virtually within arm’s length is an amazing experience since at this time, all of their attention is focused on quenching their thirst, and the occasional click of a camera shutter doesn’t even seem to phase them.

Saruni Samburu.

In Kenya’s rocky, semi-arid northern areas, Saruni Samburu is a safari lodge that thinks it’s a hide albeit a very luxury one. The guest accommodations have breathtaking views down into the arid valley below and gaze out over Mount Kenya, which is visible on clear days. When the neighborhood lions roar, the area has amazing acoustics; the elephant hide is another compelling incentive to go. It was made specifically for the site out of a recycled shipping container, which is a wonderful example of green repurposing. Now that it no longer travels the ocean, it makes for the perfect vantage position from which to observe thirsty elephants find relief at a waterhole. The elephants appear to be deceitfully clueless of the hide and its occupants, or if they are aware, they don’t seem to bother that you are there. The Saruni Samburu waterhole hide, which is snugly equipped, provides the opportunity to shoot excellent ground-level photographs of Samburu’s numerous bird species in addition to its larger animals.

Sarara Tented Camp.

 Sarara Tented Camp is located in northern Kenya and offers stunning views of the ancient, ragged mountains of the Matthews Range from its hillside location. In addition to offering exceptional walking safaris and accompanied game drives, Sarara has a modest hide, this time by a waterhole (all safari specialists are aware that these uncommon bodies of water have a magnetic attraction over almost all living things). You sneak up behind one of the enormous logs that make up the Sarara hide and locate a peaceful place to hide. Then, as with all such events, you must wait. However, given its prime location, it’s likely that your patience won’t be severely tried. While you create the ideal wildlife images water droplets moistening dry skin, enormous feet creating tiny puffs of dust, and whirring wings as flocks of parched birds land to drink keep the youngsters occupied by having them count the eyelashes on passing elephants. Sometimes, you’ll be standing just a few steps away from some of Africa’s most famous wild animals, but while they must survive on nothing but water, you’ll be taking in the kind of experiences that last a lifetime.

Stunning photographic Destinations on a Kenya safari
Sarara Tented Camp

Leopard Hide at Ol Malo Lodge.

Ol Malo Lodge was constructed on and around the Laikipia Plateau‘s rocks, and what rocks they are. Ol Malo Lodge is very much a product of its environment. Uniquely formed rooms hint at a safari adventure as individual as you are. You’ve come to the perfect place if you prefer horseback riding excursions because Ol Malo Lodge is home to reputedly the best herd in all of East Africa. Although these elusive big cats are easier to hear than to sight, leopards make a good home in the rocky koppies of Ol Malo. Except if you decide to spend the night in the specially constructed Leopard Hide. This hide is intended to focus on just one species, as opposed to many more general-purpose hides (but by spending the night there, you’re very certain to see other nocturnal animals, too). Spare a thought for the leopards as you relax comfortably in your bunk bed. They are kept busy throughout the hours of darkness with hunting, raising cubs, and, ideally, visiting the hide that is named after them.

Hippo Hide at Ol Pejeta.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia County, central Kenya, is a well-known reserve with an impressive history of assisting in the preservation of endangered species. But for the purposes of this blog, let’s concentrate on one of the two hides that are there. There are no awards for guessing what the main draw of the Hippo Hide is, so get ready for permission into the mysterious realm of the snorting, chortling “river horse” that is genuinely immersive. Although hippopotamuses have a reputation for being quite ferocious, this hide, which is carefully tucked away among the riverbank rocks, allows you to observe more loving interactions between hippo moms and calves as well as the daily activities of these unusual animals, which sweat sunscreen and use their short tails to spray their poop around as a territorial marker. A word of caution: trying to count the hippos in the river may drive you a little crazy because there are so many of them bobbing up and down, disappearing underwater, and reappearing elsewhere only moments later.

The Blinds at Sirikoi Lodge and Lewa Safari Camp.

Lewa Conservancy serves as a haven for both endangered creatures and those who need a break from the pressures of daily life. There is always something exciting to observe because wildlife is plentiful. Particularly after spending time in one of Lewa’s Blinds, as their hides are popularly referred to. These blinds are located in prime wildlife areas with waterholes prominently displayed, much like all the best hides. That’s not just because animals are attracted to those areas naturally; it’s also because low camera angles offer very unique photographic opportunities, not to mention the fascinating behavior that can be seen near water, from the joy of thirsty animals to the patience of predators lying in wait. There is no escaping the reality that spending time in hides may give you a completely fresh perspective on safari, regardless of which opulent lodge you choose to stay at in Kenya.

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