The Great Migration – Masai Mara Photography Safari

£250.00£4,995.00

A full week of incredible wildlife photography in the Conservancies of Kenya’s famous Maasai Mara
(7 days on safari: 6 full + 2 half days), includes:

  • full board at the beautiful House in the Wild on the Mara River
  • internal Nairobi to Masai Mara flights
  • nationally-accredited, English-speaking Maasai guides
  • all park & conservancy fees, road transfers, wifi, laundry and air strip landing fees
  • beers, wines and non-premium spirits
  • photography & videography tuition, post-processing / editing sessions
  • extra baggage weight allowance on internal Masai Mara flights, essential for photographers
  • big 4WD safari vehicles with excellent access for photography and plenty of space
  • rhino conservancy visit
  • All local taxes

Price based on possible sharing with same sex traveller. Single supplements only £250 for a guaranteed room to yourself. £750 deposit to secure each place and balance payable by 31st May of the year of travel.

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Description

 

Introduction

Join us in Kenya’s Masai Mara, home to one of the most abundant and diverse wildlife populations on Earth.

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 Enonkishu Conservancy. From here we’ll have access to to the surrounding Lemek, Ol Choro and Mara North private Conservancies, the Mara Triangle and also the national reserve.

The Wildlife

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 excitment of river crossings.

But, it isn’t just about the ‘Big Five’ or the ‘Great Migration’. There are also countless other mammals, 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 Masai Mara… The wildlife heart of Africa.

Leopard, Ol Choro Conservancy - © Kaleel Zibe
Leopard, Ol Choro Conservancy – © Kaleel Zibe

“Kenya’s Masai Mara…
The wildlife heart of Africa.”

 

The 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.

The House In The Wild, ‘Boma’ (left) and Original Cottage (Right) – © Nick Watson

“This is a safari designed for wildlife photographers by wildlife photographers.”

Sundowners, refreshments, breakfast and the Milky Way at House In The Wild
L to R, Sundowners, refreshments, breakfast and the Milky Way at House In The Wild

 

Itinerary

Note: We recommend arriving in Nairobi the day beforehand and staying in a hotel close to Jomo Kenyatta Airport. We can provide details and guidance if you wish to join us.

18th 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.

19th 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.

25th August (Day 8):

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

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.

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.

 

The Conservancies

The majority of our photography safaris will be in the Masai Mara Conservancies. These are community-based conservation zones set up to protect wildlife habitat and offer 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 tightly controlled so there is no over-crowding at wildlife sightings, we can off-road and our guides have very good relationships with other guides and local rangers.

The owners of the House In The Wild also 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.”

Elephant, Mara Trianfgle © Alan Hewitt
Elephant, Mara Triangle – © Alan Hewitt

 

Vehicles

Photographing Elephants in the Mara North Conservancy with African Photography Safaris
Photographing Elephants in the Mara North Conservancy with African Photography Safaris – © Nick Watson

Our vehicles are large 4 wheel-drive Landcruisers with plenty of space for your 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 removable.

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.

 

Ask us about this Safari

Cheetah and Thomson's Gazellle Prey
Cheetah & Thomson’s Gazelle Prey, Lemek Conservancy – © Kaleel Zibe

African Photography Safaris Alan Hewitt and Kaleel Zibe
Cheetah and Wildebeest

Additional information

Dates

15th – 22nd August 2021

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