Masai Mara Wildlife Photography Safari

15th – 22nd August 2021 (£4995)

Booking for this widlife photography safari is via my ‘sister’ website, African Photography Safaris….

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Overview

A dedicated wildlife photography safari in the private conservancies of the Masai Mara. The home of the iconic African ‘Big Five’: lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and cape buffalo. The Great Migration too, millions of wildebeest and zebra traversing the savannah.

Plus, cheetahs, hippos, crocodiles, hyenas, giraffes, gazelles, impala and countless other animals are everywhere to be seen. And the bird life is incredible, the brilliantly coloured lilac-breasted roller, superb and splendid starlings, several species of kingfisher, as well as a ruthless cast of vultures, marabou stork and eagles – the list is endless.

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.

‘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.

Join me in the Masai Mara – the wildlife heart of Africa!

Lion, Masai Mara Wildlife Photography Safari

Lion & Topi, Lemek Conservancy, Masai Mara

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 Lemek, Ol Choro and Mara North private conservancies. This trip is timed to take place during the great migration and although river 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. Each person gets a window seat and there will be 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.

Dates, Availability & Prices

18th – 25th August 2020 Cancelled. All bookings have been transferred to 2021
15th – 22nd August 2021 Good availablity, £4995 pp (£750 deposit)

Recommended Equipment

I recommend a interchangeable lens mirrorless or digital SLR camera with a lens of 300mm or more. A 70-300mm or 100-400mm is ideal for photographing the diverse large mammals of the Masai Mara. A bridge camera with an equivalent focal length lens will also be a good option. I’d also recommend a wider lens to take in the amazing habitat and landscape too. Spare batteries and memory cards are absolutely essential. We’ll be able to charge batteries daily at our accommodation.

Longer lenses may need a bean bag or monopod for support on the vehicle. I’d also recommend a method of backing up your photography, for example a laptop and portable storage device. We’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.

Elephant, Masai Mara Wildlife Photography Safari

African Elephant, Ol Choro Conservancy

Itineraries

Elephant, Masai Mara Wildlife Photography Safari

African Elephant, Mara Triangle

What our clients have to say…

I just wanted to say thank you for hosting such a great trip – I have so many lovely memories and I am re-living them now as I sort out my photos. The migration crossing was something that I have always wanted to see so it was fantastic to have such a wonderful view.

Linda Gould (2019)

Having just returned from an amazing safari with Kaleel and Alan with fantastic photographs I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone thinking about going.

The wildlife we saw throughout the trip was fascinating & no two days were alike. I would definitely like to return one day.

Ann Tyson (2018)

Wow…. what can I say?

Thank you both so much for another unforgettable experience. I didn’t think it could get any better than last year…..yes it did! I learned new photographic techniques from both of you as well as much more knowledge regarding the habitat / wildlife / conservation of the Conservancies and the Mara.

To all those thinking about this kind of safari I would say ‘go for it’. You will not regret making that decision.

Sue Veal (2015, 2016 and 2017)

Thanks for a fantastic week. I learned lots (I think I’ll be the eternal student!), I saw the most beautiful and memorable sights the Mara has to offer and met new friends. Oh, and captured much of this on “film”. Thanks to you both, I appreciate a tour like this requires a lot of planning, logistics and that you’re always “on call”. It was great. For me, an unforgettable and rewarding experience. Champion! Thanks and safe travels!

David Callaghan (2019)

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. 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 (2018)
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 (2018)

Accommodation

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 numerous lodges and rooms are spacious and clean with comfortable beds with cotton sheets and duvets.

The ‘Boma’, where me meet, eat, drink and socialise is a beatiful thatched building with roaring fires, a small bar, dining table and comfortable sofas.

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. 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.

House In The Wild

Lodges and ‘Boma’ at House In The Wild ©Nick Watson

What is Included?

  • Accommodation at the fantastic House In The Wild
  • Return SafariLink flights from Nairobi to the Masai Mara (2021 onwards)
  • All food full board, snacks, basic alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, coffees & teas.
  • Extra baggage allowance on the internal flights 1
  • All safari drives, Conservancy fees, National Park fees, vehicle fees, local taxes 2
  • 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

1 Without extra baggage allowances, your total allowance would be limited to just 15kg or would require unreliable road transfer. Beware of other operators who do not include this.
2 Some operator’s trips look cheaper, but do not include access fees to the conservancies and parks!

Cheetah & Cubs, Masai Mara Wildlife Photography Safari

Cheetah & Cubs

What is not Included?

  • International flights. For your finaincial protection and practicality reasons I cannot include these
  • Return SafariLink flights from Nairobi to the Masai Mara (Included from 2021 onwards)
  • Nairobi accommodation if required (flight times dependent)
  • Tips / Gratuities
  • Personal Items
  • Travel Insurance / Flying Doctor cover
  • Anti-malarials and innoculations
  • Visa (Approx US$51) arranged online prior to departure
  • Additional meals and drinks or drinks from the premium bar selection

Accessibility

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

Playful Lion Cubs, Masai Mara Wildlife Photography Safari

Playful Lion Cubs

Ask a Question

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 use the form below to ask us anything. You can also get in touch and we can have a discussion via email or by telephone.

Lion, Masai Mara Wildlife Photography Safari

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