Saruni Mara - Masai Mara, Kenya

Sergio Pitamitz at Saruni

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Sergio Pitamitz, National Geographic Creative Photographer, has just finished his annual workshop at Saruni lodges. One of the most memorable moments happened even before his guests arrived: Sergio placed camera traps around the waterhole at Saruni Samburu and captured some amazing images which are now making their way to the best wildlife magazines of the world.

In his diary, Sergio wrote: “Yesterday I set up the trap in a new position to try a different shot but this morning when I opened the box I found the cables connecting the camera to the flash trigger chewed by an unknown insect! And the box in a different position, probably moved by baboons. I repaired the cable, so cross fingers for this night!” He was rewarded by the leopard image, below, among others.

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Photographing the amazing wildlife in the Masai Mara, especially in North Mara Conservancy, another memorable page in his diary went like this: “the lions can walk really close to your open vehicle here in the Mara, watch this video

Watch this space for more incredible images and to hear about plans for a 2017 Kenya Photo Camp.

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About Sergio Pitamitz
National Geographic Creative Photographer

Sergio Pitamitz’s work has taken him to every continent in over 70 countries around the world. In the last decade, he focused his work on the great African wildlife and to the conservation of the big cats. His photos have been awarded in many international contests like Nature’s Best, Oasis Photo Contest, National Wildlife and have appeared in hundreds of publications worldwide, among them Newsweek, Figaro Magazine, Condé Nast Traveller, Panorama Travel, Travel and Leisure, Geo Magazine, The New York Times, Africa Geographic, Terre Sauvage, BBC Wildlife and in various books published by the National Geographic Society. He is also a Swarovski Optik Nature Ambassador.

Find out where Sergio's off to next around the world by following his Facebook page.

The Saruni Lodges

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Saruni Samburu
Saruni Samburu’s six luxury villas are open and spacious, heralding spectacular views over Kenya’s Northern Frontier District and Mount Kenya in the distance. The warm and welcoming hospitality makes for an intimate and exceptional experience. The lodge is revered for its innovative, eco-chic architecture and interesting design and décor, as well as its Italian-inspired cuisine. Guests can enjoy the vast panoramas from the dining and lounge area, the infinity pool and the Samburu Wellbeing Space. Saruni Samburu is the only lodge in Kalama Conservancy, which borders Samburu National Reserve, with 200,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness to explore and enjoy exclusively. You are guided from start to finish by Samburu warriors who are passionate about their land and their culture, learning first-hand about their fascinating customs and traditions and gaining ancient, local knowledge about the land and the animals – a truly authentic experience.

Activities and amenities: day and night game drives, bush meals, guided walks, birdwatching, Samburu Wellbeing Space treatments, picnics, two swimming pools, helicopter excursions, Samburu cultural visits, Saruni Shop.

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Saruni Mara
Saruni Mara has one family villa, one private villa and five elegant cottages, and is the only small boutique lodge in the Mara, making it very intimate and exclusive. The beautifully decorated themed rooms have a luxurious and classic safari feel. The lodge is tucked away in a secluded valley in the private Mara North Conservancy, a prime and private game viewing area, which borders the Masai Mara National Reserve – the most renowned wildlife park in Africa. Enjoy the Italian-inspired cuisine and being immersed in nature from your private veranda, the Maasai Wellbeing Space and the open lounge and dining area. Maasai warriors will guide you throughout your stay, sharing their ancient wisdom and local knowledge of the area and the animals, their way of life and their secret corners of the most loved wildlife reserve in Kenya.

Activities and amenities: day and night game drives, bush meals, guided walks, birdwatching, Maasai Wellbeing Space treatments, picnics, library, balloon safaris, Saruni Shop.

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Saruni Wild
Saruni Wild is a tented camp elegantly and comfortably furnished with all the necessary luxuries of a wild yet classic safari. The camp is located in the heart of the Masai Mara plains, on the border between Lemek Conservancy and Mara North Conservancy. Surrounded by tens of thousands acres of pristine, untouched wilderness, the camp has the most classic Masai Mara setting. The wildlife thrive right next to its tents. Enjoy endless views, fire-lit meals under the vast African sky, guided game drives led by Maasai warriors.

Activities and amenities: day and night game drives, bush meals, guided walks, birdwatching, Maasai Wellbeing Space treatments, picnics, library, balloon safaris, Saruni Shop.

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