Masai Mara Wildlife Photography Adventure

£3,995.00

This amazing Masai Mara wildlife photography safari is run in association with my friend and professional photographer, Kaleel Zibe.

Please contact me or Kaleel to discuss payments, including deposits and final balance.

Go to Kaleel Zibe.com

Description

A Masai Mara Wildlife Photograpy Adventure…


Video by Kaleel Zibe, Wild Outside Productions. Additional footage by Alan Hewitt.

At a glance

Departure Dates: Price: Availability:
29th Aug 2019: £3,995 per person plus flights * Sold Out!
17th Aug 2020 (TBC): £3,995 per person plus flights * Good availability
*Prices may decrease or increase depending on inflation and exchange rate.

All prices include essential extra weight allowances for Safari Link flights, all Conservancy and National Reserve fees, vehicle costs, meals and drinks on safari and at House In The Wild, Wifi access and laundry. Beware of safaris which appear to be a lot cheaper but do not include the basics – access to the Conservancies and National Reserve.

Private workshops? Yes. Private photography safaris can be arranged on a bespoke basis for individuals or small groups. Please contact me for a quote and to arrange a suitable date.

Equipment

I’d recommend a DSLR camera with a 70-300mm / 100-400 lens for versatility. This will be ideal for the large mammals of the Mara. A bridge camera with an equivalent focal length lens will also be just as good. I’d also recommend a wider lens to take in the breathtaking landscape too. Oh and the Milky Way… forget fast lenses and long exposures! It’s often easily visible with the naked eye in Kenya! Spare batteries and memory cards are absolutely essential. We’ll be able to charge batteries etc back at our accommodation.

Longer lenses may need a bean bag for support on the vehicle. I’d also recommend a method of backing up your photography, for example a laptop and portable storage device. I’ll have access to a Macbook which can be used if you have a USB storage device but I’d advise bringing your own for extra security.

Facilities

House In The Wild is a private home tucked away on a 1000 acre private estate, Naretoi, on the edge of the Masai Mara. It sits on the banks of the Mara River and is surrounded by wildlife in the Enonkishu Conservancy. The rooms are spacious and clean with comfortable beds with cotton sheets and fluffy duvets.

House in the Wild is very proud of the fact that all of the fresh vegetables, eggs, milk, cream and baked goods are produced by the farm or the family. Healthy and delicious ingredients delivered to the kitchen from the farm daily to create sumptuous wholesome meals. Mara Beef provide prime beef for delicious fillets, burgers, and steaks. Dining is either under the stars on a table by the campfire or in the dining area by the fire… Bush dinners and brunches can also be prepared and packed picnics for full day trips.

For more information on House In The Wild, please visit their website.

Accessibility

Unfortunately, this trip is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with very poor mobility due to frequent mounting and dismounting on to 4wd vehicles.

Flights

We cannot include or book your flights for you but we will give you the details of the flights we recommend you take and also assist you in finding any alternatives which may be more suited to your location. This means you retain all of your rights under any airline / civil aviation guarantee schemes.

Kaleel and I can also assist you with all of the details you need for our internal Safari Link flights.

Introduction

Africa, Kenya and the Masai Mara need little introduction. To wildlife photographers, the very mention of these locations immediately evokes a desire to photograph some of the most amazing creatures and wildlife spectacles the world can offer.

This is where the iconic African Big Five are: lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and cape buffalo. The Great Migration happens here: millions of wildebeest and zebra cross an amazing ecosystem. Cheetahs, hippos, crocodiles, hyenas, giraffes, gazelles, impala and countless other animals are everywhere to be seen. Amazing bird life abounds, such as the brilliantly coloured lilac-breasted roller, superb and splendid starlings, several species of kingfisher, as well as a ruthless cast of vultures, marabou stork, hawks, eagles, owls – the list is endless. And we’ll be right in the middle of it: Kenya’s Masai Mara – the wildlife heart of Africa!

Lions, post mating.
Lions, post mating.

The whole experience of this trip surpassed my expectations, our guides were absolute legends and gentlemen! It’s unbelievable how they track and find these fabulous animals and their knowedge is awesome. They got us into the right spot to take our photographss and would move the car just a couple inches so everybody got the right view. Alan was always on hand to give you photography tips on settings and techniques and as much instruction time as you needed, even with the editing over a beer or two!
Paul Kidd, UK

Life is about experiences and this is no ordinary Masai Mara safari, it is truly a lifetime experience and a trip designed with photographer’s needs in mind. ‘Normal’ safari trips are often nothing more than a ‘box ticking’ exercise speeding around the reserves. They simply do not cater for serious photographers’ needs as well as a trip like this.

I’ve teamed up with my good friend and professional photographer Kaleel Zibe, plus our good friends in the Mara, Moses Nampasso and Boston Nabaala to offer these photography safaris. Kaleel is an accomplished wildlife photographer and tutor and both Moses and Boston are Masai landowners and nationally accredited Koyiaki safari guides. They both have an eagle eye for wildlife plus a vast knowledge of the area and heritage. Their wildlife knowledge is second to none and they know exactly what photographers want from their safari.

We’ll have more than enough room in the vehicles, being packed into a vehicle with several other photographers with little or no room is a sure way to ruin a photo safari.

Elephant, Masai Mara.
Elephant, Masai Mara.

I decided to go to the Masai Mara with Alan & Kaleel after attending one of Alan’s one day field workshops and boy am so I glad I did. Of course the description of the safari – organisation, comfortable accommodation, tasty food, expert guide knowing how to sensitively approach the animals get “that shot”, enjoyable company with like minded people and expert tuition as needed were all true. However, the words can not convey the experience which taken together was far greater than the sum of the parts. The expert guide was indeed an expert, not only in the animals but also the birdlife which was truly impressive; the chef made everything in house, from the tasty breakfasts on the savannah to the evening dinner at House of the Wild; the warmth of the staff, accommodation (I loved the hot water bottle in bed service at night!), owners and of course the opportunity to observe and photograph the animals at very close quarters.

I can honestly say that this was one of the best wildlife experiences of my life and I can only recommend it without reservation. I’ll definitely be going again!“”
Graham Sorrie, UK

We will be staying at the stunning House In The Wild on the banks of the River Mara in the Enonkishu Conservancy. This is an ideal base in the middle of beautiful surroundings with access to the national reserve, Mara Triangle and the surrounding private conservancies. This trip is timed to take place during the great migration and although rover crossings are unpredictable we are well placed to experience and photograph this great wildlife event.

Throughout the trip, we’ll be using large four wheeled drive safari vehicles with a maximum of four guests to each, so we won’t be crammed in like many others are. There’ll be room to move around and store camera equipment.

New for 2019! An incredible opportunity to work alongside the Mara Predator Project. We’ve arranged to spend one of our conservancy drives with the Mara Predator Project’s Senior Project Specialist out in the field where your photographs can form an essential part of lion conservation efforts in the Masai Mara, photo identification kits for ongoing conseravtion and monitoring.

Leopard, Enonkishu Conservancy
Leopard, Enonkishu Conservancy

We will also have the benefit of a crucial additional luggage allowance for our internal flights. Most Kenya safaris have an allowance of just 15kg which means anything over this needs to be transferred by road, but we can each take a maximum of 28 Kg by air including hand luggage. I know from experience that this extra allowance is vital for photography trips. This may actually be even more than your international flight carrier’s luggage allowance, so please check your international flights for maximum weight.

 

29th August 2019

Date: Details
29th August Arrive at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Evening accommodation in Nairobi. It is also possible to arrive in Nairobi on 6am arrivals at Jomo Kenyatta on 30th August.
30th August Morning transfer to board internal flight from Wilson Airport to the Ngerende air strip in the Masai Mara and on to the House In The Wild. Afternoon and evening safari drive and return to House In The Wild for drinks and a meal.
31st August, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th September Morning and afternoon / evening or full day safari drives with sun-downer drinks in the Masai Mara National Reserve, Mara Triangle and surrounding conservancies with evening accommodation and meals at House In The Wild. At some point during these many photography safari days, we’ll be visiting a Rhino conservation project.
6th August Half day safari drive and afternoon flight back to Nairobi and transfer to Jomo Kenyatta for evening flight.

6th September 2019

Date: Details
6th September Arrive at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Evening accommodation in Nairobi. It is also possible to arrive in Nairobi on 6am arrivals at Jomo Kenyatta on 7h August.
7th September Morning transfer to board internal flight from Wilson Airport to the Ngerende air strip in the Masai Mara and on to the House In The Wild. Afternoon and evening safari drive and return to House In The Wild for drinks and a meal.
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th September Morning and afternoon / evening or full day safari drives with sun-downer drinks in the Masai Mara National Reserve, Mara Triangle and surrounding conservancies with evening accommodation and meals at House In The Wild. At some point during these many photography safari days, we’ll be visiting a Rhino conservation project.
14th September Half day safari drive and afternoon flight back to Nairobi and transfer to Jomo Kenyatta for evening flight.

2020 Trips

The 2020 trips will follow a very similar itinerary to those arranged for 2019. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Rhino, Masai Mara
Rhino, Masai Mara

What’s Included?

  • Accommodation at the fantastic House In The Wild
  • All food full board, snacks, basic alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, coffees & teas.
  • Extra baggage allowance on the internal flights
  • All safari drives, Conservancy fees, National Park fees, vehicle fees, local taxes.
  • As much or as little guidance and photographic tuition as you’d like from myself and depending on our numbers, Kaleel too – that’s camera settings, creative techniques – whatever you need. Bring a Laptop and we can look at post-processing techniques too.
  • English-speaking and nationally accredited guides who are wonderfully knowledgeable and are well versed in photographers’ needs. They know we don’t just want the Big 5 ticks and understand the patience and dedication necessary for photography.
  • Sun-downers: drinks in the wild while photographing and watching the fantastic African sunset accompanied by the dusk chorus of the savannah.
  • Electricity and Wifi at the house.
  • Laundry service
  • Road Transfers

What’s Not Included?

  • Flights. For legal and practicality reasons I cannot include these. At the time of writing return flight(s) from UK Airports are priced between (£500-£700). See the information above for guidance. We will be able to give specific booking information and assistance with SafariLink flights for each booking. Prices are around £280 based on the exchange rate at the time of writing.
  • Nairobi accommodation if required (flight times dependent)
  • Tips / Gratuities
  • Personal Items
  • Travel Insurance
  • Anti-malarials and innoculations
  • Visa (Approx US$51) arranged online prior to departure.
  • Additional meals and drinks or drinks from the premium bar selection
Giraffes at Sunset, Ol Choro Conservancy
Giraffes at Sunset, Ol Choro Conservancy

Taking part in a photography trip like this is an incredible experience, many have described their experiences with us in the Mara as life changing! Understandably there is also a huge amount to talk about and many, many questions. If you’d like to talk to me about this trip please feel free to contact me and we can have a discussion via email or by telephone.

Additional information

2019 Deposits

Deposit 29th August, Deposit 6th September

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