Black Leopard Safari Photo Workshop

Black leopards, big cats, and prolific wildlife in Kenya's Laikipia and Masai Mara

Location
Kenya
Cost
11 days from $14,995
Dates
Feb 26–Mar 8, 2025
Activity Level
Easy – You should be able to get in and out of the safari vehicle with your camera gear.
Your Guides
Randy Hanna, Emily McCulliss
Group Size
Sold Out
Limited to 7 Participants

Laikipia has become famous for sightings of black leopards; the female melanistic leopard is frequently seen and fairly habituated to human presence, thus offering fantastic photography opportunities. Additionally, the area is home to over 70% of the world’s remaining Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffes, beisa oryx, zorilla, striped hyena, and aardwolf also call the area home. In addition, Laikipia is famous for incredible sightings of the painted wild dog packs, and the most frequently seen is the large “Phoenix Pack.”

Across the plains, the Masai Mara always delivers – from huge lion prides to buffalo, wildebeest, leopard, zebra, and massive elephants, it’s a photographer’s paradise. With off-road permits, we go where we need to for the best wildlife photography opportunities.

Black leopards are elusive by nature. We’ll put in extra time and effort to track these leopards and use the knowledge and experience of our local guides to give us the best chance for sightings. But as with all wildlife adventures, the animals are wild, and sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Highlights

  • Five nights in a private conservancy located in the Laikipia Plains, where we will focus on the black leopard and wild dogs.
  • Our safari camps are exclusive to our group.
  • Private vehicles at both locations.
  • Four nights in Mara, where we will search for massive lion prides, resident cats, and elephants.
  • Off-road permits allow us to travel close to the animals.
  • Professional guide with nearly 20 years of experience leading photographers in Kenya.