Adventurous Travel for the Passionate Photographer

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 

Elephants, Migration, and Maasai - Kenya

This unique, semiprivate, safari was designed to offer an unforgettable, close up encounter with elephants, witness the great migration – one of the greatest wildlife photography experiences in the world, and interact with the iconic Maasai Tribe. Within 30 minutes of your arrival, you will find yourself in the wildlife environment you have traveled so far to enjoy, driving through Nairobi National park, filled with wildlife, on the way to your beautiful African style lodge.

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Aug 12- Aug 23, 2015

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Samburu Extension - African Safari 2015

Filled with large iconic acacia trees in a beautiful arid environment, Samburu Reserve evokes the traditional vision of, ’I Dream of Africa”. Lined with the dramatic Doom Palms, the Ewaso Nyiro River runs trough this stunning landscape and is the main water source for the wildlife.

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Aug 23- Aug 27, 2015

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Great Migration Safari - Kenya 2015

10 DAYS -3 DIFFERENT LOCATIONS!

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 Mara; staying on both sides of the Mara River and three nights in a private conservancy.

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Aug 27- Sep 6, 2015

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Tribes of the Omo Valley, Photo Tour 2015

This is a true photographic adventure into the remote region of southern Ethiopia’s Omo Valley; one of the most culturally rich tribal regions on the African continent. Inspired by their environment of wild trees, exotic flowers and lush vegetation these tribes use the clay soil of bright yellows, startling whites and rich earth-reds to paint each other’s bodies and make bold decisions about their outfits

One spot open, for single accommodations, due to recent cancelation

Oct 3- Oct 13, 2015

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Gelada Baboon Extension 2015

The Simien Mountains are, quite simply, spectacular, with ridge after ridge of sculpted cliffs, extending to the horizon; home to the exotic Gelada Baboon and a world heritage site. At night, the Gelada drop over the edges to sleep huddled together on ledges, a strategy to avoid predation by leopards. Shortly after dawn, in beautiful morning light,  large troops, sometime several hundred strong, climb over the top and begin to feed, an extraordinary experience. Geladas are visually sticking with long golden manes, like a lion, and a big red heart on its chest.  “They cry out to be photographed.”

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Oct 13- Oct 17, 2015

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Best of the Omo Valley - Photo Tour 2015

An amazing adventure to the most exotic tribal rich rejoin in the world filled with filled with unbelievable photographic opportunities. We will travel both sides of the river including camping with the Suri tribe and flying back to Addis by private charter. Details coming soon. Email me to be put on the first contact list as this trip is limited to 7 participants and fills fast.

One spot open due to a recent cancelation

Oct 17- Oct 30, 2015

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Spirit-N-Light Intensive 2015

Piper Mackay and Laurie Rubin 

The Spirit-N-Light intensive workshop is designed to create stunning imagery with a concentrated focus on dramatic lighting, an element that can be the difference between a snapshot and a great shot. Having a strong focus on one element, with exciting subjects, in an inspiring environment, can have a great impact on learning your craft and quickly elevate your photography.

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Nov 16- Nov 21, 2015

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Exotic Ethiopia 2016

Tribes of the Omo , Lalibela, Gelada Baboons, Singing Wells, 16-Days!

January 2016

Visit the most exotic tribes in Africa, Lalibela during the incredible christmas ceremony, the  rare Gelada Baboons – found only in the Simians Mountains and the singing wells-rarely visited!

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Jan 5- Jan 20, 2016

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TANZANIA AND KENYA PHOTO SAFARI 2016

The best of the best!

This exciting safari takes you to the legendary Serengeti in Tanzania, during the birthing season of the migration, and then to the famous Maasia Mara in Kenya, during the Big Cat season.

2 Spots open

Feb 17- Feb 28, 2016

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Amboseli photo safari extension 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.

1 spot open

Feb 28- Mar 3, 2016

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Ultimate Big Cats Safari 2016

9 DAYS IN THE MARA

Two Locations!

March 3-12, 2016

The Big Cat season in the Maasia Mara is one of the best-kept secrets in Africa. This is the time of year when the migration is down south in Tanzania along with the tourists, but the predators remain behind and hungry. This allows us to spend quality time with these big cats, virtually undisturbed. We will stay in in the heart of multiple predator territories and in a private conservancy where we have no restrictions, can drive off road and at night; the ultimate freedom.

Mar 3- Mar 12, 2016

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Spirit-n-Light

Intermediate

The Spirit-N-Light intermediate workshop is designed to create stunning imagery with a concentrated focus on dramatic lighting, an element that can be the difference between a snapshot and a great shot. Having a strong focus on one element, with exciting subjects, in an inspiring environment, can have a great impact on learning your craft and quickly elevate your photography.

Mar 17- Mar 20, 2016

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Turkana Festival and wildlife Safari 2016

May/June 2016

Africa is a tapestry of ancient cultures, exotic wildlife and dramatic eco systems, which are mesmerizing for the eyes, mind, and soul. This photographic adventure is built around one of the most breathtaking tribal festivals in the world, while also visiting two of the top wildlife reserves in Kenya, and driving across the spectacular, legendary, Chalbi Desert.

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Kenya Wildlife Safari 2016

Three reserves , renowned wildlife, and exotic tribes

August 2016

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

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Amboseli Extension August 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

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Great Migration Safari - Kenya 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 three nights in a private conservancy, where we can drive off roads and do not have to adhere to any gate times.

Aug 24- Sep 3, 2016

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Wilds of Northern Namibia

Exotic wildlife, Desert Elephants, Himba, and the San Bushman

Fall 2016

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.

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Dream, Plan, Go

A guide to creating mesmerizing images on a photographic journey of a lifetime. The difference between an average photograph of an extraordinary subject or location and an extraordinary photograph is the work and planning you put in before you click the shutter. Inside are insights and lessons learned from a decade of traveling in remote locations, including simple ideas on lighting and composition techniques.