Kenya Photo Safari - BIG CATS of the Maasai Mara - February 2022
US$ 10,500 Sharing
US$ 10,900 Single
US$ 3,000 Deposit
PLACES VISITED: Maasai Mara
SKILL LEVEL: Any level from beginner to advanced - photo tuition and guidance is offered on this safari.
** Please note that the MAIN focus of this trip will be on photographing and spending as much time with the Big Cats as possible (Lion, Cheetah & Leopard) There will also be opportunities to photograph other animals, but the MAIN focus will be taking photos of the Big Cats.
If photographing Africa's Big Cats are on your "favourites" list and you have always wanted to spend more time with them, then this trip does exactly that.
Your 12-day Big Cats of the Mara Photo-safari will begin in Nairobi with a 1-night stopover. A short flight from Nairobi on the following day will take you to the heart of the famous Maasai Mara Reserve. Gentle rolling hills, open savanna grassland, thickets, and the famous Mara River are some of the scenery highlights you will encounter in the Maasai Mara Reserve. Covering 1500 square kilometres (560 square miles), this is a fantastic location to experience authentic Africa.
The Maasai Mara is perhaps the best place to photograph Africa's BIG CATS - Lion, Cheetah and Leopard. Lion and Cheetah sightings are consistently very good in the Mara and Leopards are also regularly photographed, but a bit more effort is needed to locate them.
The main focus of this safari 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. Filmmakers spend countless hours waiting for predators to do something, and are often rewarded for their patience. You will be based in the same location in the mara for all 10 nights - the reason for this is so that you can follow up on the cats on a daily basis.
February is a quieter time of the year for regular tourists, so you can also expect to be one of just a few vehicles at sightings.
At this time of the year, the Masai Mara's rolling hills are not covered with the mega migration herds, but there is still plenty of resident wildlife around. The cats also tend to be a bit more active at this time of year as they have to put in more effort to catch their food.
On your final morning in the Mara, you will enjoy a short game drive and then fly back to Nairobi where you will be able to freshen up in a day room before your evening transfer to the airport. International flights will depart that same evening.
This is an exclusive small-group photographic safari with 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 safari vehicle.
Your photo host and tour leader for this safari will be local Kenyan, Mamai Karesi.
On this safari, it is not uncommon to stay out all day waiting for the cats to move. You will take packed food in the vehicles to enable you to remain in the field for as long as it takes.
You will have a good 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 birdlife.
This was our second trip with Stu and our first in Tanzania, the sightings exceeded all our expectations including a selection of births, deaths, and marriages with a variety of wildlife. One of many highlights was seeing 22 lions drinking at a stream in the Ngorongoro crater . The accommodation was once again first class, even the tented camps. Stu, together with our African guides James and Jeremiah managed to always have the vehicle in exactly the right position for the best pictures. Can't wait to go again.
John & Lorraine Carnemolla, Australia
Bastian and I enjoyed the Migration photo safari very much. We realize that we have been very fortunate to see so many crossings and animals in such a short period of time. The safari was well organized, all accomondations were first class and the food certainly a nice surprise. One could not have expected such good food in the wilderness! James and Julius took good care of us and were one reason that we saw so much different and exciting wildlife. You picked a great support team for this safari! Bastian and I learned a lot of new photo techniques from you, which we will use in the future to improve our photographic results. Bastian for sure got hooked on time lapse, I'm sure he will be back in touch with you, sharing some of the work I expect he will create soon. Thanks to you and all your preparation, your guidance and support, this was a once in a life time experience. We will never forget these fantastic sights and animals and our photographs will always remind us of you and the great time we spent together. Now we have the difficult task to sort through thousands of images. One day it will be done and I hope my DVD will do justice reflecting the beauty of Masai Mara. Not an easy task but a welcomed challenge.
Bastian & Matthias Freund, USA