Kenya Photo Safari - BIG CATS of the Maasai Mara - February 2022
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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.
Any aspiring photographer who has not yet been on a wildlife safari should join a WILD4 with Stu and Justyna Porter. You will be guided by a graduate professional photographer who is also a highly-qualified South African field guide. Stu's knowledge of photography and his understanding of African wildlife are exceptional. He is also blessed with an amazing spotter's eyesight. I often thought to myself, how on earth did he see that! As each day begins all these talents are passed on with sincerity and quiet enthusiasm to each photographer's needs. Nothing is ever too much trouble and his positioning of the vehicle for the best light and animal profile is always his first consideration. On our tour there were times for laughter and many times when action and adrenalin ran high. Any successful safari is only as good as its backup team. This family company is most ably supported by Stu's wife Justyna who is the drive behind the scenes and efficiently arranges the accommodation and all the logistics. Stu's mother, Ann Porter provides excellent food for the day in the park and around the campfire at night. Both are qualified field guides and their spotting abilities add greatly to each day's safari. This particular trip was most rewarding in both personal and photographic terms and one of the best we have ever enjoyed. Sincere thanks to you all.
Slim & Barbara Callaghan, UK
Our trip was awesome....made so, in large part, by WILD4. The wildlife at Kruger was terrific. But, it was your teamwork in the field, your uncanny ability to spot wildlife and your willingness to accommodate our EVERY need that made the trip a resounding success. Stu...you are an extremely knowledgeable guide and a superb photographer. You even taught this old dog some new tricks. Justyna...you made a huge contribution to this trip, with your role as super admin guru and Ann, your wonderful meals were a pleasure to enjoy every evening. We could not have asked for a more talented, thoughtful and gracious group of folks to spend our vacation in South Africa with. We wish you the very best success in your endeavor. Please let us know how we can help to market Wild4 to folks who share our love for wildlife and photography.
Rob & Annarie Schallenberger, USA