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David Kalama Owner-Safari Guide david@kalamasafaris.com


Tell me what you wish for on safari in East Africa?  Is it mornings when you wake up to the beautiful sounds of the birds singing as they usher in a new day? Is it when you hear the beautiful rumbling roars of the lions and lionesses at the break of dawn? Is it sitting in one of our new, convertible safari cruisers with a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate while watching a large herd of female elephants and their young appear on the horizon heading for the swamp? Is it having a drink in the wild at sunset? I just can’t wait to share all this and so much more in the wilds of Kenya and Tanzania! The December 2022 tour is sold out, window seats are still available for November 2022 and June 2023 tours. Contact us. We will take great care of you and make this trip a most memorable journey. We are Covid-19 compliant, so live your dream! Kenya Airways have reasonable prices for direct flights from JFK to Nairobi. See you soon!   

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Our Mission

We at KALAMA Wildlife and Photographic SAFARIS design small group safaris to meet the needs of travelers of all ages, length of stay, attractions, and accommodations. We select perfect settings for viewing, experiencing, and photographing the beauty of East Africa’s people, wildlife, and landscapes.

Our Experience

David KALAMA is a knowledgeable safari director and safari guide with more than 18 years of experience. He is an extraordinary wildlife expert and photographer who shares his expertise with safari guests. He and his driver guides speak English and other foreign languages (French, German, Spanish, Chinese, etc.) and have keen eyesight for spotting even the most camouflaged wildlife on game drives.

Our Safaris

From the time you land at the airport until you depart for home, KALAMA Wildlife and Photographic SAFARIS carefully selects exceptional accommodations and unforgettable experiences for you. We strive to hear guests say, “This was the trip of my lifetime. I cannot wait to come back!”

● Individual or small groups up to 18 travelers
● Wildlife interactions and game drives 80%
● Cultural experiences 20%
● Adventure 1000%
● Covid-19 Compliant
● Animal migration in every tour
● Leisure time between game drives at picturesque lodges/camps with ammenities such as swimming pools, massage, walking tours, verandas or water holes to view wildlife

Our Safari Guide

David Kalama Mwadime lives with his wife and 2 sons in Nairobi, Kenya. When not on safari, David tends to his chickens, tilapia, flowers, and vegetable garden. He is actively involved in his church, conservation efforts, and community service.

David is a dedicated safari guide, avid birder, jubilant singer, imaginative storyteller, and passionate photographer of wildlife. He teaches guests how to use all types of cameras and get the best shots while on game drives.

Those who travel with David Kalama and Kalama Wildlife & Photographic Safaris return to East Africa again and again!

  • The Young Weaver Bird

    Some of the youngsters of the weaver birds have no clue what it takes to impress a mate. They think all you have to do is build a nest and she will be pleased. as time goes by they try...
  • An Evening in Amboseli

    This is how animals have learned to evolve in Amboseli, while we think its a problem for them as the environment changes to the its normal. They take every change with lots of ease. Remember they were there before we...
  • Good Morning, Africa

    It is 5:15 in the morning. The morning birds sing for joy celebrating the break of dawn. Inside my tent all the lights are off, and I hear a little cricket crackling at the edge of the tent covers. Just...
  • BEST SAFARI EXPERIENCE EVER!! David will make sure you have the best safari experience! The preplanning was easy and the pricing was reasonable, even though we were half a world away, with all of his extensive connections and experience as well as having a USA representative. By simply telling him what we wanted to experience he was able to put together the perfect itinerary for our small group. Wonderful lodging in Serena lodges as well as luxurious Serengeti tented lodge and lots of game drives where David somehow finds and the most amazing situations and animals. My highlight was him finding the prime spot to watch the great migration of wildebeest crossing the Mara River with the drama of crocodiles trying to take down several of them…just like on “Wild Kingdom” that I used to watch on Sunday nights growing up. The close up viewing of beautiful wild animals are too numerous to detail but included prides of lions lounging after a kill, parades of elephants with their newborn babies, tower of giraffes lumbering past us, leopards both sleeping in trees as well as on the hunt, hippos, hyenas, gazelles and many more mammals as well as hundreds of beautiful species of birds. David has an eye for spotting them and being at the right place at the right time and if very patient. His game drives are not limited to two hours like most companies, and he stays out pretty much as long as you want to. I can’t recommend David and Kalama Wildlife Photographic Safaris enough. Contact him and you won’t regret it!

    September 2021
  • FANTASTIC! I have been on safari with Kalama Wildlife & Photographic Safaris twice. The guides are professional & knowledgeable about Africa, it’s people, and the wildlife. David’s knowledge of photography is unsurpassed.
    Seeing animals in their habitat is an unforgettable experience! Every day is a feast of wildlife sightings. The accommodations are superior lodging, food & locations, staff.
    Enjoy the best of Africa with the Best, Kalama Wildlife & Photographic Safaris. I did!

    April 2021
  • Traveled the world and never have we ever had a better director or guide. Because of David Kalama we have been going (to East Africa) for seven years. The first trip we were hooked not only do we love Kenya and Tanzanian and the parks but without David as our leader we would not continue to, he is what makes the whole trip successful. His personality, knowledge and knowing where the wildlife are cannot be beat. We stay at the nicest and safest camps and the staff becomes family. I highly recommend anyone traveling to Africa to see the wildlife to travel with David Kalama Wildlife & Photography Safaris.

    January 2021
  • The owner and Guide David is a consummate Professional, great personality, made everyday an adventure, knew where the animals were, their habits, his enthusiasm and happy attitude was infectious with his fellow travelers causing continuous smiles throughout days and nights no matter what the challenges a trip in the wilds of Africa can bring, well-liked by his bush vehicle drivers and he hand-picked the best for their bush expertise and friendly communicative skills. His selection of modern tent camps and lodges were Outstanding and tailored to the mood and expectations of the travel group. We not only learned about the wildlife but also about the culture and wonderful people. Known throughout Kenya and Tanzania, he made challenges easy including often tedious border crossing bureaucratic hurdles. You want the best African experience- then this is who you should go with!

    October 2019
  • We’d been to Africa before and loved it, but our experience with David Kalama in Kenya and Tanzania topped it all! David is extraordinary, knows the animals and their behavior as well as the landscape and the people, and he and his drivers brought us to amazing experiences time and again. We came home with memories (and images) of animals and their behavior that were even better than we could have imagined! David’s knowledge, his humor, and his competence in leading our small safari group were unmatched. We’re home a week and miss it all already (thank you David!). Travel with Kalama Photographic Safaris and you’ll be so glad you did—we are.

    October 2019
  • I have been on many vacations and trips to different parts of the world, but last year I went on a trip of a lifetime. I went on a Kalama Wildlife & Photographic Safari with the most knowledgable and entertaining guide. He knew the land, the people and the beautiful animals. Everyday something wonderful, almost magical happened. We saw over 100 lions, all the big 5, a mama cheetah and her 5 babies, the last living Northern white rhinos, a baby giraffe hiding in the brush, 7 giraffes came to breakfast and opportunities for amazing photography. David Kalama is the consummate guide, teacher and leader (also a great humanitarian). I hope to travel with him again once the world opens up again.
    June 2019
  • David Kalama is THE BEST East Africa Safari Safari Director and Guide. You will see more animals and birds than you can imagine. David seems to know where and how to find them, as well as how to get the best photo image of them. He gives above and beyond, will exceed your expectations, and you will have the Trip of a Lifetime. Take your family, take your kids, take your grandkids – they will thank you forever. “Nobody does it better than David – nobody does it even half as good.” You will be very happy if you go on Safari with David Kalama.

    June 2019

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