Where do you want to see the footprints of your life, when looking back through the moments you have captured?
An African safari is a large investment. Piper Mackay thoroughly understands this because she spent a decade, making multiple yearly trips, going back and forth from the US to the African continent before relocating to Nairobi, Kenya. She has spent thousands of hours photographing in the wildlife reserves and remote tribal areas, including driving herself, in her own Land Rover, to every corner of the renowned Maasai Mara, where she currently spends a lot of her time.
Specializing in creating the best photographic wildlife safaris and cultural tours, I put boots on the ground researching and investing time in each location offered in the below itineraries. I passionately strive to make sure you are able to maximize every photographic opportunity and have a more authentic African experience. You want to be confident of being in the right place at the right time, have qualified guides that understand your needs as a photographer, have freedom and flexibility that a small group ensures, and the experience of a lifetime.
Read about the experiences from past guest who have traveled with me in Africa. Testimonials
Horses and wranglers surrounded by majestic rolling hills
The Spirit-N-Light workshops are designed to teach photographers how to create stunning images, using dramatic natural lighting, an element that can be the difference between a mere snap shot and a great shot. Go beyond the image by hopping on the horses, riding through the surreal backcountry of the ranch, and ending at the lake for sundowners.
Jul 13- Jul 17, 2016
Three reserves , renowned wildlife, and exotic tribes
This safari not only takes you into the heart of Kenya’s best photographic wildlife reserves, including the renowned Maasai Mara during the migration season, but includes visits with both the iconic Maasai tribe and exotic Samburu tribe. This safari gives you a complete African experience and the ability to create a diverse portfolio of images from just one safari.
Aug 9- Aug 20, 2016
Extend your safari to include Amboseli. Capture stunning images of the large herds of Elephants and Zebra’s as they roam through the dusty plains. Photograph expansive views filled with giraffes and other exotic African wildlife with Mount Kilimanjaro as a backdrop.
Aug 20- Aug 24, 2016
Nathaniel Smalley and Piper Mackay
3 Locations, 2 Leaders
The Maasia Mara, during the migration, is arguably one of the greatest wildlife photography experiences on the planet. This safari takes the traditional migration photo safari to the next level by offering multiple locations in the Maasai Mara during the height of the migration; staying on both sides of the Mara River and directly in front of a main crossing point
Aug 24- Sep 3, 2016
by invitation only
Sept 21 – Oct 2, 2016
During the height of the dry season, for the best concentration of wildlife, we will stay in two different locations in the Okavango Delta followed by four nights on the Chobe River in our own private luxury houseboat with the specialty designed pangolin photo boats at our exclusive use.
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Remote Tribal Expedition
The Exotic Suri, Nuer , and Dinka Tribes
A rare opportunity to visit the most exotic tribe, the Suri, as well as the incredible cattle herders, the Nuer and Dinka Tribes, in the remote remote regions of eastern and southern Ethiopia
LAST CHANCE- by invitation
An amazing adventure to the most exotic tribal rich rejoin in the world filled with unbelievable photographic opportunities. We will travel both sides of the river, by private charter, including camping with the Suri tribe. This will only be open to 7 photographers and will probably fill from the list.
Dec 5- Dec 17, 2016
Exotic wildlife, Desert Elephants, Himba, and the San Bushman
April 1-15 2017
Northern Namibia is filled with extraordinary photographic opportunities, unique to the wilds of Namibia. Track the rare Desert Elephants, Camp in the heart of Himba land, safari though Etoshia and visit the San Bushman.
Apr 1- Apr 15, 2017
Africa is a tapestry of ancient cultures, exotic wildlife, and dramatic ecosystems, which are mesmerizing for the eyes, mind, and soul. This first-class photographic safari is built around one of the most breathtaking tribal festivals in the world, while also visiting three incredible wildlife reserves in Kenya; a perfect mix of exotic wildlife and tribes in Africa.
Great Migration & Big Tusker Safari 2017
August 11-21 ,2017
This safari not only takes you into the greatest wildlife live reserve in Africa, during the height of the migration season, but includes photographing some of the largest elephant herds and biggest tusker in Kenya. Add the mountain gorillas to make this the Ultimate Great Migration Safari
Mountain Gorilla Extension 2017
August 21-25, 2017
Extend your Safari to have an unforgettable, close up encounter with the critically endangered Mountain Gorilla’s in Rwanda. Walking along these gentle giants is the most exhilarating wildlife experiences in the world!
Great Migration Safari 2017
Lead by Nathaniel Smalley
August 25-September 4, 2017
The Maasia Mara, during the migration, is arguably one of the greatest wildlife photography experiences on the planet. This safari takes the traditional migration photo safari to the next level by offering multiple locations in the Maasai Mara during the height of the migration; staying on both sides of the Mara River and directly in front of a main crossing point.
Private Customized Photo Safaris
If you prefer a privately lead photo safari or a customized itinerary built specifically to your photographic goals, myself, along with a team of specialist will help you with all the details. We have a large network throughout East Africa, including Ethiopia. Choose when to go, where to go, what to photograph, what to experience, how long to go, who to go with, and how much to spend. If interested, send me an email
Customized NON-Photographic Safaris
Do you dream about coming on an African Safari, a trip of a lifetime, with your friends and family, but your main goal is not all about photography? I have experience in wildlife, culture, and conservation in Africa and can help you create a unique African safari experience. If interested, send me an email.