Masai Mara Wildlife Photography Adventure

Masai Mara Wildlife Photography Adventure

£3,499.00

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:
20th Aug 2018: £3,499 per person plus flights * Approx 50%
28th Aug 2018: £3,499 per person plus flights * Approx 50%
Book back-to-back for 20th August and 28th August and receive a £500 discount!
* 2018 Prices based on 2017. Price 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. One to one or one to two private photography safaris can be arranged on a bespoke basis. 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

Travel BureauI cannot legally or practically arrange flight bookings. However, I do have the services of the Travel Bureau in Newcastle-upon-Tyne who have the itinerary for this safari and can book your international flights.

If you’d like to book your flights through Travel Bureau, give Antonia Lowe a call on +44 (0)191 285 0346 or send an email. Travel Bureau and Antonia are very helpful and efficient and can also arrange travel insurance if you need it. If you would rather book your own flights we can give you the specific details on times / transfers and meeting points upon booking. 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 of the Lemek Pride, Lemek, Masai Mara Photography TourLions of the Lemek Pride, from 2016 trip.
Elephant, Enonkishu Conservancy, Masai Mara Photography TourElephant, Enonkishu Conservancy, from 2016 trip.

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 my ‘Man in the Mara’ and good friend Moses Nampasso to offer these photography safaris. Kaleel is an accomplished wildlife photographer and tutor and Moses, a Masai landowner and nationally accredited Koyiaki safari guide has an eagle eye for wildlife plus a vast knowledge of the area and heritage. Moses’ wildlife knowledge is second to none and he knows exactly what photographers want from their safari.

A maximum of 4 guests per vehicle means we all have more than enough room as being packed into a vehicle with several other photographers with little or no room is a sure way to ruin a photo safari!

Safari Vehicles, Masai Mara Photography TourOur 4wd Toyota Landcruisers, ideal for photography!
Wildebeest migration, River Mara, Masai Mara Photography TourWildebeest migration at the River Mara with an opportunistic Croc, from 2016 trip.
Male Cheetah, Lemek Conservancy, Masai Mara Photography TourLone Male Cheetah in Lemek Conservancy, from 2016 trip.

2017 & 2018 Itinerary

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 and the surrounding private conservancies. This trip is timed to take place during the great migration river crossings. Although this is unpredictable we are very 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. Crucially we will also have the benefit of an 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.

Departure 20th August 2018

Date: Details
20th August Departure to arrive in Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport early next day.
21st August Road 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. After a quick nap we’ll have an afternoon and evening safari drive and return to House In The Wild for drinks and a meal.
22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th 26th, 27th August Morning and afternoon / evening or full day safari drives with sun-downer drinks in the Masai Mara National Reserve 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 taking a cultural trip to a traditional Masai Boma (village).
28th August Half day safari drive and afternoon flight back to Nairobi and transfer to Jomo Kenyatta for evening flight.
29th August Arrive home in absolute awe of Africa’s wildlife with thousands of amazing photographs, experiences and memories you will never forget!

Departure 28th August 2018

Date: Details
28th August Departure to arrive in Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport early next day.
29th August Road 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. After a quick nap we’ll have an afternoon and evening safari drive and return to House In The Wild for drinks and a meal.
30th, 31st August, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th September Morning and afternoon / evening or full day safari drives with sun-downer drinks in the Masai Mara National Reserve 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 taking a cultural trip to a traditional Masai Boma (village).
5th September Half day safari drive and afternoon flight back to Nairobi and transfer to Jomo Kenyatta for evening flight.
6th September Arrive home in absolute awe of Africa’s wildlife with thousands of amazing photographs, experiences and memories you will never forget!
Breakfast by the Hippos on the River Mara, Masai Mara Photography TourBreakfast by the Hippos on the River Mara.
Zebra Sunset, Masai Mara Photography TourZebra Sunset in Ol Chorro Conservancy, from 2015 trip.

What’s Included?

  • Accommodation at the fantastic House In The Wild
  • All food full board, snacks, 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.
  • Visit to a local village to experience Maasai culture.
  • Electricity and Wifi at the house.
  • Laundry service
  • Road Transfers

House In The Wild

A video showing a tour of our wonderful and luxury accommodation and grounds at the House In The Wild.

Masai Boma Visit, Masai Mara Photography TourVisiting a local Masai Boma, from 2016 trip.

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 £244 based on the exchange rate at the time of writing.
  • Tips / Gratuities
  • Personal Items
  • Travel Insurance (Travel Bureau can also arrange this)
  • Anti-malarials and innoculations
  • Visa (Approx US$51) arranged online prior to departure.
  • Additional meals and drinks.
Lilac Breasted Roller, Masai Mara Photography TourThe beautiful colours of the Lilac Breasted Roller, from 2016 trip.

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.

Male Lion of the Lemek Pride, Masai Mara Photography TourMale Lion of the Lemek Pride, from 2016 trip.
Baby Elephants, Masai Mara Photography TourBaby Elephants in Ol Chorro Conservancy, 2015 trip.
Cheetah, Masai Mara Photography TourMale Cheetah in Lemek Conservancy, from 2016 trip.

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