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“I am able to offer personally guided safaris in a custom built game viewing vehicle to a vast array of stunning wildlife locations across East Africa. I can work with you to design an itinerary that caters to your specific wildlife and photography interests as well as your duration and budget. Some of my popular trips include witnessing the spectacular Wildebeest migration in the famous and well documented Masai Mara in Kenya (Also the location of many BBC Natural history productions) and where you also have the opportunity to spend time in the company of the magnificent big cats and also other equally fascinating endemic mammal and bird life. Alternatively, (or combined with the Masai Mara) visit locations in either Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda. With my intimate experience of these areas and in-depth knowledge of the endemic wildlife, I will ensure you have the safari of a lifetime with memories that will last forever”

Paul Kirui was born on the outskirts of the Masai Mara game reserve and herded cattle as a child. His childhood passion was to become a safari guide and it was during this period that he learnt tracking, signs and alarm call interpretation in the bush as a necessity for survival. He later went to covert these skills at top wildlife and tourism colleges in Kenya and South Africa for proper guiding. Read More…

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UPCOMING SAFARIS

Serengeti Migration Season photographic safari (9 nights)

Join me on a safari to witness mass birth of hundreds of thousands wildebeest calf on the southern short grass plains of the Serengeti, when 80% (400,000) of the females gives birth within 2-3 weeks. Here the sight alone of thousands of wildebeests on the short grass plains, is breath taking, not to mention active predation on the newly born or just sitting and watch the just born calves learn to walk and run before you eyes!


Safari profile;

(Dates: 11-19th February 2017 (9 nights)

Book yourself a safari to witness mass birth of hundreds of thousands wildebeest calf on the southern short grass plains of the Serengeti, when 80% (400,000) of the females gives birth within 2-3 weeks. Here the sight alone of thousands of wildebeests on the short grass plains, is breath taking, not to mention active predation on the newly born or just sitting and watch the just born calves learn to walk and run before you eyes!

This safari is dedicated to serious amateur and professional photographers. It involves long days on game drives, following and photographing calving wildebeests. At the end of each day, your host will take you through photographic tips as you critic each other work and learn on the go will take you. Inderjit Bilkhu, who is an accomplished photographer and guide who has led many such trips will lead this trip.


Itinerary;

  • Day 1: Pick up from JRO or Namanga drive to Ngorongoro crater for overnight.
Lemala Ngorongoro Camp FB
  • Day 2: Crater drive full day, Lemala Ngorongoro Camp FB
  • Day 3: Drive to southern Serengeti with stop at Olduvai proceed and check in at your camp in Ndutu.
Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp
  • Day 4: Full day activities in Ndutu (NCAA), Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp FB
  • Day 5: Full day activities in Ndutu (NCAA), Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp FB
  • Day 6: Full day activities in Ndutu (NCAA) or Serengeti,
Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp FB
  • Day 7: Full day activities in Ndutu (NCAA) or Serengeti,
Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp FB
  • Day 8: Full day activities in Ndutu (NCAA) or Serengeti,
Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp FB
  • Day 9: Full day activities in Ndutu (NCAA),
Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp FB
  • Day 10: Early morning game drive then back to camp for breakfast. Transfer to airstrip for flight to Arusha and transfer to JRO (or direct flight to JRO)

Safari Costs:

  • 6 guests (3 Twin rooms 2 vehicles for private use)US $4,990 per person (twin share) SRS: US$580
  • FLIGHT – Ndutu/Arusha- US $270 per person [or Ndutu/direct to JRO, US$320pp]

Guide Profile

Inderjeet Kaur Bilkhu
KPSGA Gold Level. FGASA 1. Trails Guide and Professional Photographer.

I grew up with no other purpose in mind other than being as close as possible to wildlife, and working with it. I was born in the small town of Kitale in Western Kenya. Currently living in Nairobi, I’m the first Female professional safari guide with Gold accreditation from KPSGA (Kenya Professional safari Guides Association)

I now travel widely all over East and Southern Africa, and India now, hosting guests on safari, with each adventure I’ve observed the delicate balance of nature and its strengthened my passion for its continued and enhanced protection. I’ve worked for various safari companies and now lead my own trips under the Safari Escapes brand. With outstanding knowledge of African Flora and Fauna, I lead safaris – Guiding and sharing my expertise on photography as well as the bush, working closely with the group, shooting alongside, guiding and sharing my expertise on photography as well as the wilderness and animals.

I am still most at home behind a camera somewhere in the remote wilderness that is Africa. I work closely with Nikon in East Africa, running wildlife photography workshops for them. Whether you are looking to capture landscapes such as the beautiful plains of the Maasai Mara, the wildebeest crossings, Northern Kenya, Highland Gorillas, remarkable birds, I will help you realize your photographic dream of the African bush. An enthusiastic photographer with great people skills and a very hands-on approach to all aspects of life. Complemented with a good knowledge of the African bush and a keen interest in safari life, wildlife, birds, culture and geography…gives you the perfect guide.

A safari with Indi is not just about being in the bush and sleeping under canvas….it is all about having fun and enjoying some of Africa’s most spectacular experiences and taking away life time memories.

Rwanda Gorilla tracking safaris

Join me for a 5 day primate and cultural safaris to track the Gorillas in the mountains and experience local culture in Rwanda. Rwanda’s Parc des Volcans is a haven to numerous mammal and bird species, the most notable being the endangered Mountain Gorillas. In this dense tropical forest you can witness the spectacular Virunga volcanoes while tracking the Gorillas. on this trip, you will also get a chance to interact with local people and visit ibyu wacu cultural village to learn about yesteryear culture of Rwanda.

Big Cats Safari: Masai Mara, Kenya

This will focus on the Big Cats of the Mara, especially those that have been featuring on the BBC’s Big Cats program. Including; Leopard: Bahati, Lorian and Acacia etc. Lions: Includes the Marsh pride, Ridge pride, Olkiombo pride, Olkeju-Rongai pride, Topi plains pride etc. Cheetahs: Includes Malaika and her offspring, Nora, etc.

Uganda primate and wildlife safari

Join me for a great safari experience in Uganda. Visit Murchison falls for big game and nile river boat cruise, then Kibale Forest fro Chimpanzee habituation experience, Queen Elizabeth National park with Kazinga channel boat cruise then end up at Bwindi Impenetrable forest for great Gorilla trekking experience and also cultural experience after. The number of days for this safari can very depending on ones option if need to skip a section of the trip.


Day 01: Arrival and transfer

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to Kampala. Depending on your arrival time, you may have a city tour in Kampala where you may visit the Uganda museum, the Martyrs shrines at Namugongo and the craft markets. You will check in at Urban City Blue Hotel Kampala for an overnight stay (Bed and Breakfast basis)

Day 02: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast, you will meet your safari guide who will thereafter transfer you to Kibale Forest National park. Commonly referred to as the “primate capital of the world”, this park is a home to different primate species as well as Man’s closest relatives the Chimpanzees. This is the only place in Uganda where you have 98% guarantee of viewing the chimps in the wild. You will have a stopover at Fort portal town for lunch, thereafter proceed into the park for dinner an overnight stay at Primates Lodge (Full Board)

Day 03: Chimpanzee Habituation at Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast, after breakfast, your safari guide will transfer you to Kanyanchu Tourist center for briefing before proceeding for chimpanzee habituation at 08.00 am. You will thereafter proceed into the forest for Chimpanzee habituation experience. Aside from the Chimpanzees, the incredibly diverse forest is home to over 13 species of primates including the rare L’Hoest, red Colobus monkey, blue monkey, black faced vervet monkeys, grey mangabey, pottos, baboons and also bush babies. A network of shady forest trails provides much to delight botanists and butterfly lovers, while birders are in for a treat with about335 species recorded including the endemic Prirogrine’s ground thrush.

After tracking the chimpanzees, you will proceed for an African lunch cuisine at Tinka’s homestead and later in the evening, you will go for a swamp walk in the Bigodi Wetland sanctuary where you may encounter different bird species including the rare papyrus gonolek that may be spotted. The wetland sanctuary is also a home to different paimate species that may be spotted. These include the red tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys and other different animal species.

Dinner and an overnight stay will be at Primates Lodge Kibale.

Day 04: Second Chimpanzee habituation Experience

This day you will go for the second chimpanzee habituation experience at Kibale Forest National park. Your safari guide will transfer you for briefing and orientation before proceeding for the chimpanzee habituation experience. You may encounter other different primate species during the habituation experience.

Later in the evening, you will return for dinner and an overnight stay at Primates lodge (Full Board basis)

Day 05: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

This day you will be transferred to Queen Elizabeth National park after your breakfast. Queen Elizabeth National park boasts one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any game park in the world, from the open Savannah to Rain forest, dense swamps and beautiful crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward. The park harbors almost 100 species that include Buffaloes, Hippos, Leopard, Lions, Spotted Hyena and the elusive giant forest hog. There are over 606 species of birds found here including the black-rumped buttonquail, the martial eagle, Verreaux’s eagle owl and African skimmer to mention but a few.

Upon arrival into the park, you will have a sunset game drive where you will have a chance to encounter different animal species that reside in this park. You will thereafter be transferred to Mweya Safari Lodge for dinner and an overnight stay (Full Board basis)

Day 06: Game drive and Boat trip in Queen Elizabeth National Park

You will start this day with an early morning game drive to catch up with early risers and predators returning to their hideouts. This morning, you are likely to meet elephants, grazing hippos, lions, spotted hyenas, bushbucks, leopard, water bucks, stripped jackal and of course the several warthogs plus Uganda kobs after, return to the lodge for lunch and relaxations.

After lunch, enjoy the unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of Hippos and animals such as elephants, buffaloes may be seen drinking at the water’s edge. This boat cruise sometimes referred to as the launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching with over 550resident species, and game viewing, ideal for the Uganda safari. Accommodation will be on full board basis at Mweya Safari Lodge.

Day 07: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After your breakfast, you will depart from Queen Elizabeth National park and be transferred to Bwindi Impenetrable National park. This park is a home to over half of the world’s remaining population of the rare mountain Gorillas and offers visitors and excellent Gorilla tracking experience. En route to Bwindi, you will pass via the remote southern Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National park. This woodland sector is famous for its tree climbing lions that may be spotted as you proceed to Bwindi.

Upon arrival into the park, you will be transferred to Mahogany springs lodge for dinner and an overnight stay (Full Board basis).

Day 07: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After your breakfast and well equipped with your packed lunch, you will be accompanied by your safari guide to the park headquarters for briefing and orientation by the rangers. You will be separated depending on the Gorilla family you have been allocated to track; your safari guide will thereafter lead you through the Gorilla trails for the gorilla tracking experience. During the hike, you may also encounter other different primate species.

Once the Gorillas have been tracked, you will be given an hour to interact and take pictures. This is one of the most rewarding experiences you will live to remember. You will return for dinner and an overnight stay at Mahogany Springs Lodge (Full Board).

Day 09: Second Gorilla tracking experience at Bwindi

This morning you will leave your safari lodge early in the morning after your breakfast and well equipped with your packed lunch. Upon arrival at the park headquarters, you will be allocated a different Gorilla family to track. Your ranger guides will lead you through the Gorilla trails in Bwindi Impenetrable forest for another Gorilla tracking experience. Later in the evening, you will return for dinner and an overnight stay at Mahogany springs lodge (Full Board basis)

Day 10: Transfer to Entebbe.

After having breakfast, you will prepare and checkout of the lodge, thereafter be transferred to the airstrip in Kihihi for a flight to Entebbe International airport. Upon arrival, our safari representative will transfer you to Boma Hotel for relaxation and an overnight stay (Bed and Breakfast basis)

Day 11: Mabamba wetlands visit and transfer to the airport

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Mabamba wetlands sanctuary for a birding experience. This wetland sanctuary is one of the best destinations for birders in Uganda, blessed with an abundance of different bird species. There are higher chances of encountering the rare shoebill stork. After the birding experience, you will return to Boma for preparations and thereafter be transferred to the airport for your international flight. End of Safari


Safari quote for this Itinerary

  • Based on 02pax $4,979 per person
  • Based on 04pax $4,221 per person
  • Based on 06pax $3,981 per person

The above prices include;

  • Accommodation on full board basis except at urban city blue hotel and Boma Hotel
  • All park entrance fees
  • Meals en route
  • All ground transport in a 7 sitter safari land cruiser
  • Airport pickup and transfer

The prices exclude;

  • International flight fares
  • Tips and beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of personal use
  • Private guide fees
  • Gorilla tracking permits ($600 in high season and $450 in low seasons)
  • Chimpanzee habituation permits ($220 per person per day)
Kindly note that Low season Gorilla tracking rates apply for the months of April, May and November and high season rates apply for Jan, Feb, Mar, June, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct and Dec.

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This safari is aimed at catering for professional and serious amateur photographers, with itineraries tailored to ensure maximum photographic opportunity. I have guided many photographers over the years and the experienced gained will ensure you too have great images. please see http://rogerhooper.co.uk and also https://kymillman.com for reference. These are among many sites run by photographers i have guided over the years.

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