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Increase in Masai Mara Park fees - all 2024 bookings and beyond

Dear valued client,


We would like to inform you that the Narok County Council (NCC), responsible for the stewardship and preservation of the renowned Masai Mara National Reserve, has implemented adjustments to its entrance fees for the year 2024 and beyond. Kindly find the revised fee structure outlined below, categorized into two distinct travel seasons.


1st January – 30th June 2024 for international visitors
USD$ 100 per day, per adult (up from USD$ 70)


1st July – 31st December 2024 for international visitors
USD$ 200 per day, per adult (up from USD$ 70)


The updated park fees will be in effect for all individuals visiting the Masai Mara National Reserve starting from January 1, 2024. As this is a government fee increase that is beyond our control, we have had no choice but to revise the rates for all previously confirmed bookings, as well as any provisional 2024 reservations, to reflect these new adjustments.


Price increases beyond our control are explained in our BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS (Point no.5) here:


These price adjustments are aimed at bolstering conservation initiatives, enhancing the Reserve's infrastructure, fostering support for local communities, and ultimately elevating the already extraordinary safari experience within the Masai Mara.


Furthermore, we would like to bring to your attention that the enforcement of a new 12-hour rule (from 6 am to 6 pm) has been put into effect immediately. This rule pertains to guests departing from the Masai Mara National Reserve after 11 am, and it will entail an additional full-day park fee charge. This rule does not affect those departing on the morning flight schedule.


Guests participating in any activities, including a hot air balloon safari, within the Mara Triangle or Mara Conservancy on the morning of their departure are obligated to pay the full-day park fee for that specific day.


Big Cats of the Masai Mara Photo Safari - February 2025

February 14th - 23rd, 2025
Big Cats of the Masai Mara Photo Safari - February 2025
Kenya &
6 Spaces


Guided by Villiers (Phil) Steyn, a renowned professional photographer and videographer, this expedition is expertly crafted to accommodate photographers of diverse skill levels.

The photography guidance offered is meticulously designed to cater to beginners, with the flexibility to meet the requirements of those at an intermediate or advanced level.

This safari's central objective is to provide ample opportunities for participants to observe and capture remarkable images of Africa's majestic big cats, such as Lions, Leopards, and Cheetahs, set against the breathtaking backdrops of the Masai Mara's scenic landscapes.

View more work by Villiers.

Instagram: @thesafariexpert




Commencing with a warm meet and greet at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, your journey continues with a transfer to a Nairobi hotel for an overnight stay.

The following morning, as your main luggage is smoothly transferred to the camp, the group embarks on a flight to the mesmerizing Masai Mara. 

Upon arrival and a satisfying lunch, your first afternoon photo game drive commences.

Spanning nine days, this adventure grants ample time for participants to immerse themselves in documenting the daily routines of Africa's majestic big cats. While our primary focus remains on these feline wonders, opportunities abound to capture other wildlife in their natural habitat.

Our seasoned local guides dedicate their efforts to tracking down wildlife and positioning the safari vehicle optimally for achieving exceptional photographic results.

As your journey nears its conclusion, the last day sees participants return to Nairobi via air, complete with access to a day room at an airport-adjacent hotel prior to your international flight departure.

The small group setting offers remarkable field flexibility, with packed breakfasts savored at opportune wildlife sightings or beneath the welcoming shade of Mara Picnic Trees, maximizing your time for observing and photographing the captivating wildlife.

This exclusive tour accommodates a maximum of six participants, thoughtfully divided into two private vehicles, with three participants in each. Ample space is afforded for your photography equipment, ensuring a comfortable and unobstructed experience. Participants have access to both sides of the vehicle, enabling the capture of stunning images from every angle.

Under the expert guidance of Villiers Steyn, centered around the big cats, and within the breathtaking landscapes of the Masai Mara Game Reserve, this photographic safari guarantees an unforgettable experience, open to participants of all photography expertise levels.



The Masai Mara Game Reserve boasts breathtaking scenery, featuring serene rolling hills, vast savanna grasslands, lush riverine thickets, and the renowned Mara River.

Encompassing an expansive 1,500 square kilometers (560 square miles), it stands as an exceptional destination for an authentic African photographic safari.

In addition to the captivating big cats, this reserve shelters a rich tapestry of wildlife, encompassing a diverse array of mammals, birds, and reptiles.

During the Big Cats of the Mara photo safari, participants will have excellent opportunities to see and capture images of various animals, including:

Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Elephants, Cape Buffalos, Hippos, Black Rhinos, Spotted Hyenas, Jackals, Giraffes, Zebras, Wildebeests, Thompson's Gazelles, Grant's Gazelles, Olive Baboons, Vervet Monkeys, Coke's Hartebeests, as well as a diverse array of reptiles and birdlife.


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 TAMARIND TREE HOTEL.

(Bed & Breakfast only)


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 8 nights in the Masai Mara at ENTIM MARA CAMP in luxury en-suite tents.

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


Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in the Masai Mara

Enjoy relaxed and flexible photography.


Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in the Masai Mara

Enjoy relaxed and flexible photography.


Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in the Masai Mara

Enjoy relaxed and flexible photography.


Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in the Masai Mara

Enjoy relaxed and flexible photography.


Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in the Masai Mara

Enjoy relaxed and flexible photography.


Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in the Masai Mara

Enjoy relaxed and flexible photography.


Morning & Afternoon photo game drives in the Masai Mara

Enjoy relaxed and flexible photography.

DAY 10

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)


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.