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MASAI MARA

PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI

HIGHLIGHTS

  • One of the most popular regions for incredible game viewing all year round - dense in predators and antelope herds which leads to intense interactions.
     

  • Green season for epic skies, more vibrant foliage and migratory birds.
     

  • Home base in the Mara North conservancy, with two day visits to the Mara National Reserve.

  • Optional bush walks to get more in touch with nature.
     

  • Private vehicle and field guide for entire duration.
     

  • Small and intimate group size for maximum comfort and space.
     

  • Photographic guidance and tuition throughout.

DATES

3 - 11 NOVEMBER
2023

COUNTRY

KENYA

AVAILABILITY

5 / 5 SPACES LEFT

DURATION

8 NIGHTS   /   9 DAYS

HOST

SAMUEL COX

PRICE

USD $6,200
GBP £4,500

HOSTING THIS TRIP
 

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SAMUEL COX

Sam has been a professional photographer for over a decade, starting off locally in England with wedding photography. His lifelong love for Africa eventually had him move out and taking on the role of teaching and managing photography projects in the Greater Kruger region of South Africa. He's seen his images and writing published in National Geographic, Africa Geographic, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Travel Africa and more.

 

Sam's core belief is that great photography is not hard to come by, but meaningful photography is, and his aim is to teach photographers the potential importance and impact their images can have in aiding and assisting the health and growth of our natural biosphere. 

OVERVIEW

We'll be based primarily just Northwest of the main Masai Mara National Reserve, in the Mara North Conservancy; a quieter alternative that still demonstrates the diversity and concentration of the area’s wildlife.

The conservancy was formed between 800 Maasai landowners and a handful of camps and lodges to benefit both wildlife and local communities. Guest numbers here are limited to only those staying within its boundaries, and just five vehicles are permitted at any one sighting, making for a quieter, more authentic safari experience.

Being in November means temperatures will be steadily rising and the rains will be beginning to arrive. This not only means there's better opportunities for heavy skies and photographing animals in the rain (don't worry, our vehicle is enclosed so you won't get wet!), but it also means more life will be beginning to spring up, vibrant colours will growing to show themselves and migratory birds from Europe and North Africa starting to arrive. It's a less popular time of the year in terms of tourism, but photographically stellar.

Game drives take place twice a day in a private vehicle just for our group: at first light, when grazing animals make the most of cooler conditions and the tracks of predators are still fresh from their night-time hunts. And, after a leisurely afternoon at camp, an evening drive as the bush glows golden and predators begin to stir from their slumber. After sundowner drinks and snacks, you return to camp after dark, scanning the bush with a flashlight to pick up the reflective orbs of nocturnal animals’ eyes.

We'll also be visiting the main Masai Mara National Reserve, which offers a completely different safari experience, but one that offers more exciting animal sightings.

Of course, photographing all of this is the main focus - and that's why you'll have photographic guidance and tuition throughout. From helping you with settings on vehicle, pointing out new composition ideas and sharing editing techniques back at camp - you'll leave with an excitingly grand and diverse portfolio of new images.

ITINERARY

Day One

Meet at Wilson airport in Nairobi and fly to Mara North conservancy. We'll then be driven to our lodge.

Upon arrival, take a moment to settle in, have a drink and get used to your new surroundings before heading out on your first drive. After your first outing, you'll return back for celebratory drinks and a hearty dinner before bed.

Day Two - Eight

Early morning game viewing activities are followed by breakfast back at the lodge. Time in between activities is your free time to relax; take a nap, read a book or keep an eye out for birds and other animals that wander by. This is also a perfect time to reflect upon your images, and Sam will be at hand and ready to conduct editing sessions and private critiques. Once again, the afternoon will come by and you'll be off on the search for game before returning back for dinner.

There is also the opportunity for full day game drives, which will be decided upon by the group as a whole. There will also be two day visits to Masai Mara National Reserve to increase chances for river crossings and further diverse sightings.

Day Nine

Early morning game drive and breakfast will be followed with checkout and departure.

You'll be transported back to Wilson airport and we aim to arrive early afternoon, so people can catch connecting flights back home or carry on with their travels.

INCLUDED

Full board accommodation inside Mara North conservancy

All drinks except champagne and premium spirits

Unlimited game drives

Air transfer from Nairobi to Mara North (and return)

Optional guided safari walks

Full day visits to Masai Mara National Reserve

All conservation and reserve fees

 

Private vehicle

Laundry service

In-the-field photographic guidance and tuition back at camp

EXCLUDED

Travel / Health insurance

Any travel or expenses

outside of itinerary

Tips for lodge staff and guides

Visa fees

BOOKING AND PAYMENT

All bookings are considered provisional until a non-refundable deposit of 40% is paid. Payment is required within two weeks of booking, and must be done via bank transfer. Final payment is need no later than 8 weeks before tour start date. Please make sure to read our Terms and Conditions here for more information.

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