Tour descriptionThe Masai Mara National Park is a large natural reserve in Kenya, named after the Masai tribe. After it’s relative large population of lions, leopard and cheetahs, it’s famous of its annual migration of zebras, gazelles and wildebeests to and from the Serengeti in Tanzania; one of the worlds biggest migrations of animals.
This safari coincides with the season of short rains in Kenya. Especially in the afternoon there can be some scattered showers. These rain showers however generate action! The skies in the afternoon are often magnificent, as clouds build up into dramatic sky capes. Landscape photography is far more interesting with a great sky. Rain also increases bird activity when there is mud or new grasses available. The clouds also make it cooler during the day so that more nocturnal animals, like leopards, are much active during the day.
The animals in the Masai Mara roam free so a 100% guarantee cannot be given but we are likely to see and photography Cape Buffalo, lions, jackals, cheetahs, hippos, African elephants, multiple species of gazelles and antelopes, giraffes, numerous species of birds (of prey) and with some luck even rhinos and leopards. There is always the possibility to see and photograph the ‘Big 5’ in the Masai Mara.
Instead of staying in a hotel-like lodge, we’ll be staying at our own private bush camp right in the middle of the Masai Mara. This camp really gives you the ‘Out-of-Africa’ feeling. At night you can hear lions roar or hippos could be grazing right next to your tent; an incredible experience. Although this is a tented camp, the tents have a shower, normal beds and a toilet. The food in this bush camp is exquisite.
We’ll be using large landrovers with a maximum of three photographers per car. This ensures that every photographer can use both sides of the car to photograph either from the open roof or from the window. It also makes sure that we can all the gear on board which we need.
Local Masai men will be our guides during the game drives. They know this area of the Masai Mara in and out and are experts in spotting wildlife. They will provide us with excellent photo opportunities.
During this safari we’ll regularly review each others images at night before or after dinner. By doing this we can inspire and learn from each other. You will see that this will be fun but also productive too!
Maximum number of participants is 5 (plus me).
Day 1Arrival at Jomo Kenyatta airport in Nairobi. After immigration and customs we’ll be transferred to Wilson airport for our flight to the Masai Mara. Within 45 minutes of flying and a short ride we’ll be arriving at our location for the next 8 days; our private bush camp in the middle of the Masai Mara.
After we’ve installed our self in our safari tents, lunch we’ll be served. After lunch we’ll go on our first outing; the afternoon game drive.
Overnight: private bush camp Masai Mara.
Day 2 up untill day 8During these seven (!) days we’ll enjoy and photograph what the Masai Mara has to offer.
Each morning before sunrise we’ll go out and take a packed breakfast with us. Depending on what we see, we’ll decide when to have our bush breakfast. Under normal circumstances we should be back at camp for lunch but when we encounter something special and is worth the wait, we might end up skipping lunch; all in all we are here to photograph.
Around 4:00 PM our afternoon game drives are scheduled. Our camp also has two Apple iMacs which we can use to review our pictures at night. We’ll also have a few mini workshops in the evening.
Overnight: private bush camp Masai Mara.
Day 9Our last game drive is scheduled for this morning. After lunch we’ll fly back to Nairobi where we'll be transfered to the Jomo Kenyatta airport again for our connecting flight home.
DatesNovember 30th (arrival Kenya) / December 8th (leaving Kenya).
- Transfers between Jomo Kenyatta airport and Wilson airport;
- Bush flight from Nairobi into Masai Mara;
- Transfers between Masai Mara Airstrip and private bush camp;
- Entrance fees for Masai Mara;
- 8 nights in safari tent based on double occupancy and full board at bush camp;
- Non alcoholic drinks, beer, house wine, selected house spirits, sundowners and laundry at bush camp;
- All gamedrive guided by local Masai guides with only 3 photographers per car;
- Additional lunch at bush camp on day of departure;
- Insurance Flying Doctor's Emergency Service.
- Cost for visa application to enter Kenya;
- International airfare to and from Nairobi;
- Gratuities/tips for safari & lodging staff;
- Items of personal nature;
- (Travel) insurance.