WILD 4 PHOTO Pty Ltd

Wild4 African Photo Safaris

Specialist small group photo safaris to South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia

African Photographic Safaris since 2003

Mara Big Cat plus Great Migration Photo Safari | August 2023

US$ 11,900 Sharing

US$ 12,400 Single

US$ 3,000 Deposit

LOCATION OF PHOTO SAFARI: Kenya

PLACE VISITED: Maasai Mara

PHOTOGRAPHY SKILL LEVEL: Any level from beginner to advanced. Photographic tuition and guidance will be available on the photographic safari.

PHOTO TOUR LEADER / HOST: Stu Porter

** Please note that the MAIN focus of this trip will be on photographing and spending as much time with Africa's Big Cats as possible (Cheetah, Lion & Leopard) There will be lots of opportunities to photograph other animals, but the MAIN focus will be on the Big Cats.

If photographing Africa's Big Cats is on your "bucket list" and you have always wanted to spend quality photographic time with them, then this photo tour does exactly that.

This 12-day photo safari begins 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 for a photo safari in the heart of authentic Africa.

The Maasai Mara ranks as one of the best places 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.

The main focus of this safari will be to go out in search of these three amazing predators, we 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. We will be based in the same location in the mara for all 10 nights - the reason for this is so that we can follow the cats on a daily basis. In a 10 day period, we should be able to document many aspects of their day to day life.. and hope to be rewarded with some photographs of the cats in action.

August / September is a fabulous time in the Mara as not only will there be great big cat sightings, but the incredible Great Migration of over 1 million Wildebeest and Zebra will also be going on at the same time. The sheer numbers of animals you will encounter is astonishing.

On our final morning in the Mara, we will enjoy a short photo game drive and then fly back to Nairobi where we will be able to freshen up in a day room before our evening transfer to the airport.

This is an exclusive small-group photo tour 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.

Stu Porter will host this photo safari.

On this tour, it is not uncommon to stay out all day waiting for the cats to move. We will take packed food in the vehicles to enable us 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.

US$ 11,900 Sharing

US$ 12,400 Single

US$ 3,000 Deposit

  • Dates

    • 27th Aug - 7th Sep 2023
      6 places available
  • Duration

    • 11 nights / 12 days
  • Group Size

    • 6
  • Tour Led By

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Testimonials Dear WILD4 Team, thanks a lot for making our anniversary holiday so special. The sightings were superb and your company was very enjoyable. We cannot wait for the next trip to arrive. All the best. Graham & Caroline

Graham & Caroline, UK

Testimonials I was fortunate to be on Wild4's "Best of Botswana" trip in May 2014. It could well be the Best of Africa. This trip featured two expert guides (Stu Porter himself and Nkosi from Letaka Safaris) and the abundant wildlife of four different Botswanan hot spots, with relatively few other vehicles around. Those features alone are worth the price of admission, particularly since they include Stu's vehicle modifications that ensure the best possible photographic experience. But if that isn't enough, we spent the first ten nights in expedition style mobile camps, roughing it with bucket showers and drop toilets, and listening to the leopards, elephants and hyenas wandering in and around the camps at night. But don't worry about the "roughing it" part. The expert staff prepares perfect meals, including fresh baked breads and cakes, and ensures that the camp is safe and clean.  We finished the 12-night trip in a luxury lodge on the Chobe River, where we photographed from a boat customised to accommodate serious photographers (i.e. people with lenses bigger than their legs) and a waterway full of hippos and elephants and lined with Africa's most iconic birds. If you can only go once to Africa, go to Botswana with Wild4 Photographic Safaris. They will take care of every detail of your safari to ensure that everything is just right. If you are an old Africa veteran, ditto. You just can't go wrong with Wild4.

George Cathcart, USA