KENYA – BLACK LEOPARD PHOTO TOUR 2023
US$8,995 / person sharing
19 – 26 Jul 2023
Penny Robartes and ORYX Photo Tours are proud to present you with a wildlife photo safari to the Laikipia region of Kenya, as we embark on an exciting journey to photograph one of the most special big cats in Africa – the gorgeous Black Leopard.
Until recently, the chances of spotting a black leopard in the wild in Africa have been close to impossible. “Black” leopards are the same species as typically patterned leopards, but are darker as a result of a recessive gene that causes an excess of melanin in their coats. This beautiful colour form is best known from the shaded forests of Asia, however a few sporadic sightings in Ethiopia and Kenya over the last 2 decades have been just that, and until now, there have been no realistic, consistent options to make this gorgeous colour form accessible to the itinerant photographer.
That is until 2018, when a small population of black leopards were discovered on a series of camera trap images in the Laikipia. Over the last 5 years, guides and trackers have spent hours understanding the movement and territories of these animals, which has resulted in regular, consistent sightings of these rare big cats.
This photo safari is designed to take you to the heart of a black leopard territory to photograph a remarkable, beautiful colour form few have had the privilege to see, let alone photograph.
Why This Photo Tour Is For You
Today is set aside as an arrival day in Nairobi. After arriving at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), you will be transferred to your nearby hotel. At time to be discussed, Penny will meet you for dinner to discuss this upcoming safari in more detail.
This morning we will be collected from the hotel and transferred to Wilson Airport for our scheduled flight to Laikipia area before road transferring to camp. After settling in, we will this afternoon head out on our first game drive. A beautiful wilderness area, this region of Laikipia consists of rocky outcrops, meandering rivers, valleys and escarpments with amazing views, and an incredibly high diversity of mammals. Our time here in Laikipia will be flexible when it comes to game drives. As dusk and the first few hours of dark are considered the optimum time to search for leopard, we will embark on afternoon drive and stay out with the aim of being back in camp around 20h00.
We focus on photographing Black Leopards on our morning and afternoon drives (the latter stretching into the night and concluding pre dinner). We have good chances to photograph Elephant, Lion, Spotted Hyaena, Hippopotamus and Cape Buffalo, while other species of interest at Laikipia include the northern Kenyan “dry-country” specials in the form of the beautiful Grevy’s Zebra (an Endangered species, and the world’s largest species of Zebra) and handsomely-patterned Reticulated Giraffe (sadly, also classed as Endangered).
This morning after one last game drive and a scrumptious breakfast, we will depart for the airstrip for our scheduled flight back to Wilson Airport. On arrival, you will be transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or a hotel, where this wonderful photo safari comes to an end.
As this is a new tour, there are no testimonials as of yet.