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Emboo River is a favourite destination among wildlife photographers.

Did you know that BBC's Big Cat Diary, presented by Jonathan and Angela Scott, stayed at our location to shoot beautiful footage of cats in action?

Below are a pictures taken by guests and here are some reasons why you're photography safari at Emboo River will be a success.

  • One central location allows you to see it all. Emboo River is in the centre of the Maasai Mara, so there is wildlife all around the camp and sometimes even inside the camp.  Guests have recently spotted cheetahs and elephants inside the camp. Your game drives start as soon as you jump into the vehicles, with no time lost driving towards the wildlife.

  • The Maasai Mara is known for its abundance in wildlife. Animals to be spotted includes the well known Big 5 (elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and buffalo) as well as Emboo River's Big 20! We created this Big 20 list (click here) to draw guests' attention to many other unique and interesting animals within the Maasai Mara. We invite guests to expand their focus and be fascinated by the variety and wonders which our unique ecosystem has to offer.

    To see some of these beautiful animals, you do not need to go far as some regularly return to the camp: Emboo River has several lion prides in the area which you will see during the day and hear during the nights. Leopards and cheetahs are spotted around the camp. The famous leopard Bella used to sleep in a big fig tree within Emboo River. BBC's Big Cat Diaries stayed here when filming Bella and her cubs.

    This fig tree is now home to a couple of rare Wahlberg's Eagles who migrate every year to gather in large numbers in Sudan. Researchers visit Emboo River to keep track of the eagle's progress. Elephants also like to visit the camp at night and stay close throughout the day.


  • Your game drives can take place throughout the day. It is your holiday and you set the pace.

  • What better way to explore the Maasai Mara than in our Electric Safari Vehicles which are custom designed for photographers! The vehicles offer a unique way to explore the Maasai Mara and heighten your chances to see wildlife without other cars in the area. The vehicles are solar powered, silent, have no exhaust fumes and do not disturb wildlife.

    During your game drive, you can hear soft roars in the distance ...  a sound that would not be heard over a standard engine. Follow the sound and end up at a private viewing of leopards and lions .

    You want to see our Electric Safari Vehicles in motion? You want to know how our system works?
    Click here


  • Photographers love Emboo River's new Photo Studio! Check out the photos below. In the photo studio, Emboo River will have editing and camera equipment available for guests. Additionally, Emboo River will regularly host expert photographers who can teach and assist other professional and amateur photographers on photography and editing.

  • Emboo River's Guides have led many Photography Safaris and understand the specific needs of photographers. Our Maasai Guiding team is led by Emboo River Guide Naserian, who is a top guide in the Maasai Mara and studied at Koiyaki Guiding School. Emboo River's guides are excellent trackers and avoid crowded areas, so you can enjoy intimate moments in nature and take pictures without vehicles in the background.

  • Emboo River is a Boutique Lodge, meaning that we want to have a small set up and offer you a very luxurious and tailored safari experience. We only have six guest rooms and a main area, which are all located along the river. The main area includes a large open safari tent where you can enjoy your meals, relax, play boardgames, go on the Wi-Fi, read a book, ... and review all the pictures your fellow photographers and you took that day.

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