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OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION IN NAIROBI
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MARA BUSH CAMP
MAASAI MARA
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MARA SERENA LODGE,
MAASAI MARA
 
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SAFARI VEHICLE USED AT ALL LOCATIONS IN KENYA
 
SAMBURU LODGE,
SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE
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NOVEMBER MAASAI MARA photo safari - KENYA
Join Wild4 Photographic Safaris on a photo safari to Kenya's premier wildlife destination, the MAASAI MARA.

November in the Masai Mara brings with it a different experience for the photographer compared with the peak migration period of Aug, Sept & Oct. It is the start of the short rains where mornings are generally bright and sunny followed by a build up of dark thunder clouds in the afternoon. This offers dramatic backdrops with animals bathed in warm sunlight in the foreground.

The safari begins with an overnight stay at a city hotel in Nairobi. The following morning we are collected in our 4x4 landcruisers and we begin the 5hr road trip through the Great Rift Valley and some of Kenya's most beautiful countryside. We arrive at the Masai Mara in time for lunch and settle in to our en-suite permanent tents. We then head out into the reserve for our first afternoon game drive.

We stay at 2 different locations in the Mara - All rooms are en-suite with electricity to recharge batteries. Staying at 2 different locations allows us to explore various areas of the Mara and to be in different locations with the best morning light. All meals are included and catered for by the lodges we stay at. We always take a packed breakfast with us to maximize time in the field. Sightings always come first on a photo safari and photo opportunities may require us to return to the lodge for a late lunch. We may even stay out all day.

Lions are abundant in the Mara and we will get to see a lot of these powerful cats. Cheetah are also seen regularly. Leopard can be found in the Mara but it is considered a special privilege to see one of these cats.

Thousands of other resident animals
find their home in the Mara all year round. A visit in November may also provide an opportunity to photograph the last herds of Wildebeest & Zebra on their way back to Tanzania as part of the great migration. Our main focus however will be on the resident animals and birds that find their home in the Mara.

Gentle rolling hills, open savanna grassland, thickets and the impressive Mara River along with smaller tributaries, summarizes the scenery you will encounter in the Masai Mara Reserve. 1500sq km or 560sq miles in size, it is a fantastic destination to experience real Africa and the species that have been resident there for thousands of years.

Along with the big cats, the Mara offers excellent photo opportunities for many other mammals & birds including Elephant, Buffalo, Thompson's Gazelle, Topi, Coke's Hartebeest, Zebra, Giraffe, Impala, Grant's Gazelle, Bat Eared Fox and of course Wildebeest !

At the end of this safari you will certainly feel that you have explored and photographed the best of the Maasai Mara's resident wildlife. We fly from the Mara back to Nairobi where you will have a day room or an overnight stay depending on when your international flight leaves.
INCLUDED IN SCHEDULED SAFARI PRICE:
> 1 night & 1 day room (or extra night) in city hotel - Nairobi (B)
> 9 nights in MAASAI MARA RESERVE (BLD)
> all park entrance fees
> all road transfers
> internal flight from Maasai Mara back to Nairobi
> private use of 4x4 safari vehicle with qualified (KPSGA) guides
> bottled water on game drives in MAASAI MARA only
> photographic tuition
(B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner)
NOT INCLUDED IN SCHEDULED SAFARI PRICE or EXTENSIONS
> lunch & dinner in Nairobi on first and last day of safari
> all drinks
> curios & personal gifts / items from shops
> optional excursions
> tips / gratuities for camp / lodge staff and for your driver / guide
> laundry
> internet usage at lodges
> visa fees
> INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
> personal medical, travel & equipment insurance
 
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6 NIGHT EXTENSION:

For those who would like to extend the length of their safari, we offer an exciting 6 night extension which can be added on before the beginning of the scheduled safari.

After a 1 night stopover in Nairobi we will head north via road towards SAMBURU RESERVE, crossing the equator along the way. SAMBURU RESERVE lies 325 kilometers north of Nairobi in the arid northern region of Kenya. The reserve is home to a number of animal species rarely seen in other Kenyan parks. These include the Grevy Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe, Beisa Oryx and the long necked Gerenuk. Elephant, Lion, Cheetah, Waterbuck and Buffalo are also commonly seen. The only form of relief from the hot sun comes from the wide Ewaso Nyiro River which rises in the foothills of the Aberdares, a few hundred kms. to the west.

We spend 4 nights in Samburu and depart after a final morning game drive for our next destination, LAKE NAKURU. We arrive at Lake Nakuru in time for a late lunch and once settled in to our en-suite accommodation, we venture out into the reserve on our first afternoon game drive.

Established in 1961, Lake Nakuru Reserve offers a wide variety of both mammal and waterbird species, notably White & Black Rhino and the millions of Flamingos which feed on the lake's abundant algae. Buffalo, Waterbuck, the rare Rothschild's Giraffe, Hyaena, Jackal, Lion and Leopard are also resident in the reserve. Other common waterbirds include Pelicans, Cormorants, Grebes, Ducks, Stilts and Herons. Our 2 night stay at Lake Nakuru will offer a variety of different photo opportunities and is a location not to be missed.

We depart Lake Nakuru after breakfast and head towards our final destination, the Masai Mara, arriving in time for lunch. Here we will meet up with participants who have chosen to do only the Masai Mara tour.

EXTENSION INCLUSIVE of 4 nights full board at SAMBURU LODGE & 2 nights full board at SAROVA LION HILL, Lake Nakuru. All road transfers, park entrance fees and private vehicles & guides. (2 participants per vehicle)
NOT INCLUDED: Drinks and tips / gratuities for lodge staff and guide / driver / laundry / internet
BASIC ITINERARY
If you choose to do the EXTENSION (indicated below in BLACK), then the extension would take place BEFORE the start of the scheduled safari
Day 1
EXTENSION
Arrive JKIA (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport). You will be collected and transferred to a Nairobi city hotel for the night. Stu Porter will meet you at the hotel.
Day 2
EXTENSION
Morning briefing, breakfast and depart in our 4x4 vehicles for Samburu Reserve arriving mid afternoon - overnight SAMBURU LODGE
Day 3
EXTENSION
Full day of photography in Samburu - overnight SAMBURU LODGE
Day 4
EXTENSION
Full day of photography in Samburu - overnight SAMBURU LODGE
Day 5
EXTENSION
Full day of photography in Samburu - overnight SAMBURU LODGE
Day 6
EXTENSION
Depart Samburu after breakfast drive to Lake Nakuru - arrive in time for lunch - afternoon game drive in Nakuru - overnight SAROVA LION HILL
Day 7
EXTENSION
Full day of photography in Lake Nakuru - overnight SAROVA LION HILL
Day 8
EXTENSION
Depart from Lake Nakuru and road transfer to Masai Mara Reserve arriving in time for late lunch and this is where you would meet up with other members of the safari who have chosen to do only the Maasai Mara section.
Day 1
MASAI MARA
ONLY
If choosing to do only the Maasai Mara Section then you would arrive on the same day that the participants who are doing the extension are at Lake Nakuru for their full day. You would be collected at JKI Airport and transferred to a Nairobi city hotel for an overnight.
Day 2
MASAI MARA
ONLY

If only doing the Maasai Mara section then you would depart Nairobi after breakfast at around 07:30 and road transfer to the Masai Mara arriving in time for a late lunch where you will be met by Stu Porter and the other members of the safari who have been on the extension.
EVERYONE OVERNIGHT Mara Bush Camp
Day 9
OR
Day 3
Full day of photography in Maasai Mara - overnight Mara Bush Camp
Day 10
OR
Day 4
Full day of photography in Masai Mara - overnight Mara Bush Camp
Day 11
OR
Day 5
Full day of photography in Masai Mara - overnight Mara Bush Camp
Day 12
OR
Day 6
Full day of photography in Masai Mara - overnight Mara Bush Camp
Day 13
OR
Day 7
Travel from the northern side of the Masai Mara, across the Mara River into the Mara Triangle area. Full day of photography - overnight MARA SERENA LODGE
Day 14
OR
Day 8
Full day of photography in Masai Mara - overnight MARA SERENA LODGE
Day 15
OR
Day 9
Full day of photography in Masai Mara - overnight MARA SERENA LODGE
Day 16
OR
Day 10
Full day of photography in Masai Mara - overnight MARA SERENA LODGE
Day 17
OR
Day 11
After a final morning game drive and breakfast - fly from Mara back to Nairobi where you will have a day room or an overnight stay at a city hotel (depending on when your international flight departs) road transfer to JKIA for your international flight home.
PS: the above itinerary and price is subject to change at any time, based on accommodation availability at the time of booking and changes in currency exchange rates. If changes are necessary then clients will be informed as to what the changes are as soon as we are made aware of them.

IMPORTANT!
PLEASE READ OUR BOOKING INFORMATION PAGE FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO BOOK YOUR PHOTO SAFARI AND THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF MAKING A BOOKING WITH WILD4
 
TOUR DETAILS

DURATION:
  1 night NAIROBI
  9 nights Maasai Mara Reserve
   
6 night EXTENSION (optional)
  4 nights SAMBURU
  2 nights LAKE NAKURU
   
LIMIT:
  6 participants
  2 participants per vehicle
   
TOUR LEADER:
  Stu Porter
   
2014 DATES:
  11 Nov to 21 Nov (main tour)
  05 Nov to 10 Nov (extension)
   
2014 MAIN TOUR PRICE:
  US$ 7400 p/p sharing
  US$ 8340 p/p single
  US$ 2000 p/p DEPOSIT
   
2014 EXTENSION PRICE:
  US$ 4455 p/p sharing
  US$ 5560 p/p single
   
2015 DATES:
  11 Nov to 21 Nov (main tour)
  05 Nov to 10 Nov (extension)
   
2015 MAIN TOUR PRICE:
  US$ 7800 p/p sharing
  US$ 8740 p/p single
  US$ 2000 p/p DEPOSIT
   
2015 EXTENSION PRICE:
  US$ 4680 p/p sharing
  US$ 5840 p/p single
   
PLEASE NOTE:
If you are a single traveller, we will do our best to match you up with another single traveller. If it is not possible to do so and you would still like to join the safari you will need to pay an extra US$2000 to cover the exclusive use of the safari vehicle.
 
 
 
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