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Big Cats of the Masai Mara Photo Safari - Aug | Sep 2023

August 27th - September 07th, 2023
Big Cats of the Masai Mara Photo Safari - Aug | Sep 2023
Kenya &
6 Spaces

OVERVIEW

If photographing Africa's BIG CATS is on your bucket list and you have always wanted to spend quality time with them, then this photographic safari does precisely that.

The main focus of this photo tour is to go out in search of these three amazing predators. You will sit patiently with them as they rest and move with them when they move. You will be based in the heart of the Mara, allowing you to follow the cats on a daily basis. Over eleven days, you will document many aspects of their day to day life. With patience and luck, you will capture photographs of the cats in action.

Even though the main focus of this tour will be on photographing the cats, there will be plenty of opportunities to photograph the other animals too.

The annual GREAT MIGRATION will also be present at this time of year, which is a massive bonus. Thousands of inexperienced young wildebeest will be in the Mara for their first time. The predators know to focus on them as they are easier to catch than the adults. This is one of the best times to see the BIG CATS in action.

Our meet and greet service will welcome you at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Our transfer service will take you to a Nairobi hotel for an overnight stop. Your main luggage will be collected and driven to the camp the following morning while you fly to the Masai Mara. You will have time to settle into your new surroundings, enjoy a delicious lunch and prepare for your first afternoon photo game drive.

You will return to Nairobi by air and enjoy the use of a day room at a hotel close to the airport. Later that same evening, you will depart on your international flight home.

MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE

Gentle rolling hills, savanna grassland, riverine thickets, and the famous Mara River are some of the scenic highlights of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Covering 1500 square kilometres (560 square miles), this is an ideal location for a photographic safari, right in the heart of authentic Africa.

The Masai Mara ranks as one of the best places to photograph Africa's big cats (Lion, Leopard and Cheetah). However, these are not the only residents. The sheer number of mammals, birds, and reptiles found here is astounding.

The Great Migration will add an extra level of excitement to this tour. If the opportunity arises to view dramatic river crossings, you will photograph that too. However, the main focus will remain on the Big Cats and their interactions with each other and the mega herds of herbivores.

DETAILS

This small group photo safari allows for a tremendous amount of flexibility in the field. Packed breakfasts enjoyed either at sightings or under a typical Mara Picnic Tree are standard. You will maximize your time out in the Mara to allow the wildlife and the situations you find them in, dictate the daily pace.

This safari will have a maximum of 6 participants in 3 private vehicles (2 participants per vehicle). You will have plenty of space for equipment and guaranteed access to both sides of the vehicle.

Stu Porter will lead this photo tour.

Photographic tuition and guidance will be offered, making it ideal for beginners. The informal and flexible nature of the tuition also makes it perfect for intermediate and advanced photographers who can choose to engage in as much or as little as they feel comfortable with.

Our professional, and experienced safari guides work extremely hard to locate the wildlife and know how to position the safari vehicle for the best photographic results.

On this Big Cats of the Mara photo safari, you will have an excellent chance to see and photograph the following animals:

Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Hippo, Black Rhino, Spotted Hyena, Jackal, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Thompson's Gazelle, Grant's Gazelle, Olive Baboon, Vervet Monkey, Coke's Hartebeest, and an excellent variety of reptile and birdlife.

DAY 1

Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), overnight in Nairobi - Kenya

Your safari begins with a meet & greet at the airport. A road transfer will take you to a local hotel.

You will stay for 1 night in Nairobi at EKA HOTEL

(Bed & Breakfast only)

DAY 2

Bags ready for collection at 7 am. Breakfast, & depart at 08:30. Transfer to Wilson Airport for flight to the Masai Mara

Please have your bags at reception by 07:00. Your driver/guide will collect your main luggage and drive it to the Mara. You can then travel hassle-free with only your camera equipment. After your breakfast, you will depart at 08:30 for Wilson Airport. The flight to the Mara will depart around 10:30. You will be met at the Ol Kiombo Airstrip in the Mara by the camps transfer vehicle and they will drive you to camp. Check-in and enjoy a delicious lunch, waiting for your main luggage to arrive by road. Meet at 16:00 for your first afternoon photo game drive.

You will stay for 10 nights in the Masai Mara at ENTIM MARA CAMP in luxury en-suite tents.

(All meals included)
(Local drinks included)
(Limited Laundry included)

DAY 3

Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in the Masai Mara

Enjoy relaxed and flexible photography.

DAY 4

Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in the Masai Mara

Enjoy relaxed and flexible photography.

DAY 5

Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in the Masai Mara

Enjoy relaxed and flexible photography.

DAY 6

Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in the Masai Mara

Enjoy relaxed and flexible photography.

DAY 7

Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in the Masai Mara

Enjoy relaxed and flexible photography.

DAY 8

Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in the Masai Mara

Enjoy relaxed and flexible photography.

DAY 9

Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in the Masai Mara

Enjoy relaxed and flexible photography.

DAY 10

Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in the Masai Mara

Enjoy relaxed and flexible photography.

DAY 11

Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in the Masai Mara

Enjoy relaxed and flexible photography.

DAY 12

Short morning game drive. Fly back to Nairobi. Use of a day room before departure

Enjoy your final morning game drive before flying back to Nairobi Wilson Airport. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the FOUR POINTS SHERATON AIRPORT HOTEL. You will have the use of a day room until your time of departure. The complimentary shuttle bus will take you the short 5 min journey to the airport to catch your international flight home.

(Room only, no meals or drinks included)

STEP 1 - PLEASE READ OUR BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS

We first recommend that you read and become familiar with our booking terms & conditions, which can be found on this page, under the PRICES box.

STEP 2 - GET IN TOUCH

Get in touch with us to confirm that there are still spaces available on the photo safari that you are interested in. Click on the “ENQUIRE NOW” button above.

STEP 3 - AWAIT A REPLY FROM US & THEN CREATE YOUR CLIENT ACCOUNT

Once we confirm with you that there is space available, and you would like to join the safari, we will send you a direct link via email. Follow this unique link to sign up to our CLIENT AREA. After you have registered with your name, email address and a password of your choice, you will then be asked to complete our online booking form.

STEP 4 - COMPLETE A BOOKING FORM

As soon as we receive your completed booking form/s (1 per participant) then you will be required to send us the deposit to secure your place on the safari.

STEP 5 - SEND YOUR DEPOSIT

Deposits can be paid via credit card, PayPal or international bank transfer. We will notify you as soon as your deposit arrives. Places on the safari will only be confirmed once we have received both a completed booking form and deposit payment.

STEP 6 - FINAL BALANCE PAYMENT

As soon as your booking form and deposit are with us, we will update your CLIENT AREA to display the outstanding balance amount. This amount will be due 90 days before the start date of the safari.