Above Kidepo, Uganda
Mara Escarpment
Rwanda from the air

"While animals landscapes, sunrises and sunsets are amazing and picturesque, it is the people that make the trip memorable. The memories of the drives, dinners, and fireside conversations will outlive any animal. Thank you a thousand times for these experiences".
Guest comment July 2010


facebook Twitter pinterest

Bookmark and Share



Hemingways | Mara Private Camping | Mt Kenya
We spent Christmas in the Mara camped on the edge of the river where we were serenaded by hippos every night. We saw fabulous game including a mama leopard and her grown cub and explored rocky gorges. Our guests climbed to Point Lenana on Mount Kenya on the last morning of 2018 with Ninian and Jamey. Have a look at some of the photos from their safari here.


We are thrilled to present THE WONDER, a film by Goh Iromoto and Courtney Boyd featuring our family. The footage was shot on a two week safari in Kenya on an itinerary that included Shaba National Reserve, the Suguta Valley, Lake Turkana, the Aberdare National Park, Mount Kenya and the Masai Mara. 

We hope that it have inspires you to join us on safari exploring our beautiful continent.

Director / Cinematographer / Editor: Goh Iromoto
Sound Recordist / Camera Assistant / Editor: Courtney Boyd
Voiceover: Ninian Lowis - Lowis & Leakey
C olourist: Jason Zukowski 
Motion Designer: Jay Smith 
Sound Design & Mix: Quewin Warnasuriya

THE WONDER from Lowis and Leakey on Vimeo.

Giraffe Manor | Mara Camping | Borana
When we arrived in the Mara on the first day of the safari we found camp surrounded by hundreds of thousands of wildebeest - it was specatular! From an incredible hike up the Mara escarpment to riding buggies around Borana Conservancy, this was a wildlife filled, action packed, two week safari with a very special family! See more here
Mara | Lewa | Ngorongoro Crater | Singita Saskwa
This itinerary took Ninian and our guests from the slopes of Mount Kenya to the Mara where we found the mega herd of wildbeest! There were animals as far as the eye could see and often not another car in sight! It was a very special experience. See more here
Mara Camping | Sirikoi Lewa | Shaba Camping
Ultimate frisbee, a night of fly camping in a sand river in northern Kenya, noisy chatter at dinner, afternoons snoozing and reading by the Ewaso Nyirro all topped off with great wildlife! See more

Giraffe Manor |Joys Camp | Lewa Wilderness | Mara
This safari was the perfect way to kick off our summer 2014 season! The itineray included Shaba which is one of our favourite places in Kenya. This is hot, dry country with incredible scenery - the game is shy and you have to work to see it, which makes each sighting extra special! See more here ...



We've gone social - come and join us for regular updates on the main multimedia channels!

instagram: lowisandleakey #lowisandleakey
We are having fun being a bit more creative and arty with images taken on our safaris. Don't forget to tag your safari photos with @lowisleakey or #lowisandleakey

facebook: facebook.com/pages/Lowis-Leakey
We share recent Ninians photos guides and safari related stories that we come across on the web that we think you may find interesting.

pinterest: pinterest.com/lowisleakey
We have pin borads for all the countries in which we arrange safaris as well as boards that range from collections of gadgets and gizmos that are fun to play with in the bush to safari fashion!

twitter: twitter.com/LowisLeakey

We are fairly new at tweeting but getting better at sharing snippets from our day!


We have just returned from an amazing trip to Lake Baringo in the heart of the Great Rift Valley where we stayed at Samatian Island Camp. The lake is famous for its incredible birdlife (over 400 species have been recorded here!) but it is also home to hippos, crocodiles and a small population of Rothschild giraffe reintroduced by NRT and the Ruko conservancy which includes over 16,000 hectares of community land on the Eastern shores of the Lake. Over the past three years the waters of the lake has risen to unprecedented levels, rising over fifteen feet.

- Read more here....

Sitatunga We set off in a state of huge excitement from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to see in the New Year at a newly opened camp on Rubondo Island in the south west corner of Lake Victoria, Tanzania. This was a first visit for all of us and we had high expectations with a list of must-sees and dos that included seeing the spotted-necked otters, catching Nile Perch and getting a glimpse of the resident chimpanzee population. Read more...

We spent a magical weekend staying in the gorgeously rustic log cabins above Lake Rutundu on Mount Kenya. We fished and hiked higher up the mountain to Lake Alice. Read more on our blog.


Malaika on Ninians car

"It was the trip and adventure of a life time for all of us. Your attention to detail, your enthusiasm for your work, your wonderful staff, the great food, but most of all your ability to make everyone feel like family, all made for the perfect trip. It has been six years since our last trip and it was great then, but even better now." Guest comment

Have a look at some of the photos from this magical family safari by clicking here.

Elephant mama and baby

Dramatic rainy skies made for a fabulous back drop to the wildlife spectacles we enjoyed on our 10 day safari in Kenya and Tanzania. Floating above thousands of wildebeest over the Serengeti, horse riding past big bull elephants are just a few of the highlights from this safari. Click here to see more photos.

Gorillas and wildflowers.

A memorable safari in Tanzania and Rwanda. Despite heavy rain at the start of the safari, Ninian and our guests managed to see plenty of game in the Serengeti. They enjoyed wonderful horse riding at Singita Grumeti Reserve and ended the safari in Rwanda with an epic gorilla experience.

Check out more photos from the safari.

Lion amngst waterlillies

Lakadima the leopard, wild dog with puppies, mokoros gliding thorugh bull rushes, lions amongst waterlilies, lunch in the Zambezi river, laughter and friendship...

see more photos from this wonderful southern African safari

“Game drives were a mixture of leisurely exploration, keenest searching, held-breath anticipation and deep excitement — the only certainty about them being their surprises.” Evelyn Ames, A Glimpse of Eden

See more photos from Shaba, Namunyak and the Mara.

We recently returned from a Tanzania and Kenya safari. Balloon flights over the Mara, a surprise birthday party in Ngorongoro, lions fighting, camel walks, leopards, hippos, migrating wildebeest... See more photos

Guest tent Have a look at images from a recent photo shoot of our mobile camp. Photo shoot of camp 2011


Secret blue pools
Our next safari kicked off in the Mara, whose plains were a sea of swarming wildebeest herds, we were camped in the middle of the action and had lions, leopards, and cheetah all within 5 minutes of camp. Nights were noisy with roaring and yipping and hippos fighting raucously in the river below. Heading north to Borana we had picnics by secret pools and waterfalls, surprise bush dinners before reconnecting with our camp and crew in Shaba where we visited the salt miner at Magado crater, hiked the gorge ending at sundown with ice cold drinks overlooking the river and finished off the safari with a stunning young leopard hunting hyrax..


Three countries - four generations!
We spent the first half of July on a family safari that included Pa rc des Volcans, Ngorongoro Crater, northern Serengeti, Lake Nakuru, Lewa Downs and the Mara and our wildlife experiences ranged from Gorilla trekking to leopards feasting on reed buck, flamingos, rhinos and thousands of wildebeest in the Mara! See more photos...

Young cheetah Masai Mara and Lewa Downs
Between giant thunder storms Tony and our guests saw plenty of amazing game on this short but action packed safari. Highlights included a pack of Hyena taking on a young buffalo, time with Disney star Notch, ( a handsome male lion that is dominating the Masai Mara) and walking with camels at Lewa.
Lion hunting buffalo, Zambia Ninian spent 10 days in Zambia in South Luangwa and the Lower Zambezi National Park. Lions hunting buffalo, tiger- fishing, canoeing on the Zambezi, picnics on island, leopards and much laughter are amongst the highlights of this safari with old friends.
Ewaso Nyiro river in spate, Shaba

Mara | Borana | Shaba - June 2011
"While there were wonderful sights, sounds and scenes...your joyful sharing and spirit made our adventure not only one to never forget, it was truly life transforming. I can't imagine experiencing Africa with anyone else". Guest comment

the endge of the Rift Valley, Northern Kenya

May Magic!
The safari season kicked off with a brilliant safari to the Mara, Lake Nakuru, Sirikoi and , Turkana where they visited fossil beds and the Turkana Basin Institute with Dr's. Richard and Meave Leakey...

breakfast Ninian recently returned from a short safari to South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi National Parks. Have a look at some of his photos from the trip.
Have a look at images from Ninian's whirlwind out of season safari through northern Kenya ...lions eating a giraffe,a big male leopard and the two remaining cheetah brothers on Lewa, cultural exchanges with the Samburu where some of the many highlights.
Have a look at these fabulous photos from a safari that visited Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Ndutu and the northern Serengeti. Lions, wildebeest and zebras by the thousands, cheetahs, leopards, amazing birds, picnics on kopjes, fun and laughter!
Hyena hunting flamingos The end of another magical safari that proved to be a fitting end to what has been an incredible season. Now its time for some housekeeping. Our tents, trucks and other safari equipment now need some well deserved TLC before we hit the road again in December. Have a look at the photos from Meru, Buffalo Springs, Lewa and Nakuru.

Check out the photographs from Ninian's latest safari .

Ninian will be visiting North America and Europe this November - contact us if you would like to meet with him to plan a safari.
stormy evening masai mara What a safari! We saw over a dozen leopard and lost count of the number of cheetah and lion. Horse riding on Borana, walking in Shaba, three prides of lion all within a mile of camp in the Mara, colobus monkeys in Nakuru, a magical evening in the sand river at Sarara...have a look at a few of our photos from this memorable safari.
Flamingoes Ballooning at dawn over the Masai Mara, lunch at Samatian Island followed by a stop at Lake Bogoria which was covered in thousands of flamingoes,black and white rhino in Nakuru, an invitation to to a masai fertility ceremony that only occurs once a decade, a walk down the gorge in Shaba... these are just a few of the highlights of this last safari! Check out some of the images from the safari.
Starling The first safari of the 2010 summer season set the bar high for the the safaris to come. Starting off in Shaba at Joy's camp, the next stop was Lewa Downs before heading to Tanzania where our guests watched a a spectacular migration crossing. The safari ended in Rwanda with the mountain gorillas. Have a look at more images from this safari.
Tea plantation Nyungwe Forest Ninian has recently returned from a whirlwind trip to Uganda and Rwanda. They were among the very first visitors to stay at Nyungwe Forest Lodge - touted as Africa's latest 6 star lodge, it is built on the edge of a tea plantation overlooking the Nyungwe forest, an ancient afro-montaine forest that dates back to the ice age. Check out more images of Murchison Falls, the gorillas of Group 13 and Nyungwe...
Gladioli on the Honi River Bush Telegraph February 2010 - The Aberdares
The Aberdares have long been in the hearts of the Lowis men; Ninian’s father, Robert, invariably took guests to camp at over 9,000 feet and Ninian’s eyes light up with pleasure when he speaks of the times they have spent there.

Lion cub

By popular demand we have brought back the Bush Telegraph with links to past issues. Also new is our blog , a series of reflections which we hope to keep up to date with regular snippets and photographs from camp.

We have partnered with Longitude Books to create a series of reading lists for each one of our destinations. These wide-ranging reading lists are certain to stir your imagination and adventurous spirit and prepare you for your African safari.

The rains have arrived and the countryside is transforming before our eyes. The short grass plains support a variety of flowers during the rains, we have seen banks of pink and yellow, white and purple; acres of densely packed white heliotrope that look like drifts of snow from the distance, cycnium tubolosum (white tissue paper flower) scattered like confetti; a feast of colour everywhere - blue, lilac, lavender, yellow, peach, apricot ...have a peek at a few of the stunning wildflowers of East Africa.
Ninian spent an incredible 10 days camped on the Conservancy side of the Mara with some guests from Switzerland. You can see more images from this safari in our safari photo diary.

Check out images from Ninian's last visit to Rwanda to see the gorillas. They stayed at Sabinyo Lodge and did two hikes to see these amazing creatures. The safari started in Tanzania and they stayed at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge and Sasakwa which is the flagship property of Singita Grumeti Reserves. Read more about Rwanda

Ninian often guides photographer Nick Brandt - check out his amazing photographs at www.nickbrandt.com. Or buy his books "On This Earth" and his very latest "A Shadow Falls" which is selling out fast. Many of the photographs featured in the books were taken while out on safari with Ninian including this one.


Lowis & Leakey, Kenya, East Africa
Privately guided safaris

Email us

All material on this web site is copyright of Lowis & Leakey 2009