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House in the Wild – Maasai Mara Conservancies Wildlife Photography Safari


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This is a safari designed for wildlife photographers by wildlife photographers. It isn’t a ‘box ticking tourist safari’, we’ll spend much more time with a species to photograph them in different light and from different angles. We’ll look to photograph animals exhibiting different behaviours and also interaction between themselves and other species. We welcome photographers of all levels and our approach is about having fun, experiencing incredible wildlife, all while learning photographic theory, techniques and fieldcraft to improve your skills and knowledge.

In between safari drives we can relax, continue learning in small groups or individually as well as working on post-processing techniques (Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, Capture One).

We’ll be based at the beautiful House In The Wild, right on the banks of the Mara River in the beautiful private Enonkishu Conservancy. From here we’ll also have access to to the surrounding Lemek and Ol Choro Conservancies where we can off-road, the Mara Triangle and also the national reserve.


Full board at the beautiful House in the Wild on the Mara River
Off-road access in the conservancies
Internal flights from Nairobi into the Maasai Mara
Extra baggage weight allowance on internal flights
Nationally-accredited, English-speaking Maasai guides
All conservancy fees, road transfers, wifi, laundry and airstrip landing fees
Beers, wines and non-premium spirits
Photography & videography tuition, post-processing / editing sessions
4WD Safari vehicles with excellent access for photography
Rhino conservancy visit
‘Big Five’ Wildlife Photography, and more!


Not only are the ‘Big Five’ here, Lions, Leopards, Rhinos, Elephants and Cape Buffalos, but this trip also coincides with the ‘Great Migration’. Hundreds of thousands of Wildebeest and Zebra will be migrating through the Mara eco-system in their search for water and fresh grazing. During our trips to the Mara Triangle and main reserve, we’ll be in great locations to photograph the drama and excitement of river crossings.

But, it isn’t just about the ‘Big Five’ or the ‘Great Migration’. There are also countless other mammals such as Cheetahs, Hippos, Crocodiles, Hyenas, Giraffes, Baboons, Gazelles, Impalas. The list is huge! Plus the birdlife, the brilliantly coloured Lilac Breasted Roller, several species of Kingfishers, Red and Yellow-billed Oxpeckers, Superb and Splendid Starlings plus the ruthless cast of Marabou Storks, species of Vultures and Eagles. Like the mammals, the list is endless and we’ll be right in the middle of it! Kenya’s Maasai Mara… The wildlife heart of Africa.

Cheetah Maasai Mara African Photography Safari Alan Hewitt
Leopard Maasai Mara African Photography Safari Alan Hewitt
Superb Starling Maasai Mara African Photography Safari Kaleel Zibe
Elephant Maasai Mara African Photography Safari Alan Hewitt

House in the Wild

The House In The Wild is an exclusive boutique lodge made up of several private cottages. Each cottage has their own charming features with hand crafted furniture, naturally lit bathrooms with showers and massive bath tubs, huge comfortable beds, with fluffy pillows and duvets, draped with mosquito nets, verandahs and views over the gardens or the Mara River.

There’s a swimming pool and lounge / bar area, plus the magnificent thatched ‘boma’ where we meet for morning coffees before heading out for sunrise on the savannah.

Meals are freshly prepared and beautifully presented using ingredients produced by the owner’s farm. On some days we’ll enjoy packed lunches out in the wilds but each evening after sun-downer drinks and photography on the savannah, we’ll dine under the stars on a table by the camp fire or in the boma by the fire.

House In The Wild African Photography Safaris

Boma and Original Cottage at House in the Wild (© Nick Watson)

African Wildlife Photography Safaris Sundowners, refreshments, breakfast and the Milky Way in the Maasai Mara

Sundowners, refreshments, breakfast and the Milky Way in the Maasai Mara


15th August (Day 1):

Arrive in Nairobi by 6am* to meet and transfer to Wilson Airport for short internal flights to Ngerende airstrip in the Masai Mara and short road transfer to House In The Wild. After settling in and enjoying refreshments at House In The Wild we'll be ready to head out for our first afternoon / evening photo safari. *Note: We recommend arriving the evening before and staying overnight in an airport hotel. Please contact us for advice.

16th August onwards (Days 2-7):

Morning and afternoon / evening or full day photo safaris in the Enonkishu, Lemek, Ol Choro and Mara North Conservancies, Mara Triangle and Masai Mara National Reserve. We'll also be meeting up with the Mara Predator Project and visiting a Rhino Conservancy.

22nd August (Day 8):

Morning photo safari then afternoon flight back to Wilson Airport and transfer to Jomo Kenyatta for international flights or Nairobi hotels.

Sorry, we are unable to provide an itinerary for this trip based at House in the Wild for 2022. Please check our 'Wild at Mattikoko' itinerary as an alternative for 2022.

Photograping male lions Maasai Mara African Photography Safari Kaleel Zibe

The Conservancies

The majority of our photography safaris will be in the Maasai Mara Enonkishu, Lemek and Ol Choro conservancies. These are community-based conservation zones set up to protect wildlife corridors and habitat while offering economic opportunity and benefits to the Maasai people.

Conservancies offer much greater benefits for wildlife photography safaris compared to being based in the national reserve. Tourist and vehicle numbers are much more tightly controlled so there is no over-crowding at wildlife sightings and we can responsibly drive off-road. Our guides have very good relationships with other guides and also local conservancy rangers which helps to share information on wildlife sightings.

The owners of the House In The Wild created the Enonkishu Conservancy, which contributes to keeping the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem’s wildlife corridors and migration routes open and free from habitat degredation.

A significant proportion of the costs of this photography safari are re-invested in the local wildlife Conservancies, enhancing the habitat, creating revenue for local Maasai community projects and conserving the wildlife.


Off-road four wheel drive vehicle in the Maasai Mara

Photographing Elephants in the Maasai Mara Conservancies (© Nick Watson)

Our vehicles are large 4 wheel-drive Landcruisers with plenty of space for photography equipment and camera bags. Each vehicle also carries a coolbox or fridge so there are plenty of cold drinks available throughout the day.

Each person will have a window seat at a large over-sized window or open side and the roof of each vehicle is also easily accessible.

Remember, we can go off the normal ‘beaten track’ when we are in the conservancies and get very close to the wildlife.

You’ll have room to use a monopod, bean-bag or if you wish, hand hold your camera and lens.

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15th – 22nd August 2021

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