*8 Days Photo Safari in Kenya’s Masai Mara for US$7,450.-pp with professional photo host

Experience The Great Migration in the Masai Mara with professional photo guides.

As a dedicated photo safari operator, we understand that our guests are after a more cerebral and immersive safari experience. It’s not just about running around trying to find The Big Five (although they all make for fabulous subject matter) but more about seeking out beautiful and unique photo opportunities that allow us to capture the essence of what it is like to be in the greatest photographic playground of them all – The African Bush.

The Great Migration in Kenya’s Masai Mara really needs no further introduction but certainly needs to be seen at least once in the lifetime of every photographer and wildlife enthusiast.

This will be the sixts year that we have visited this wonderful spectacle and every year just gets better and better. 

We bring in our own specialized vehicles and expert guides and include a hot air balloon trip on every safari. Hosted by the guides Guts, Janine, Charl and Sabine, and as our Mara specialist, Andreas Knausenberger, this safari is always a photo highlight of the year for all involved!

Check out the following videos:

Photographic Vehicle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkIzgAzvPyY

2021 Migration Safari: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqMCZwqmUIo&t=15s

2019 Migration Safari: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgBkBvjHpS8&t=245s

AccommodationDestinationBasisRoom TypeDuration
Tamarind Tree HotelNairobiFB1x Standard Room1 Night
Mara Bush CampMasai MaraFB1x Standard Tent6 Nights

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast (last morning)
FB: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

Price

 US$7,450.-pp, sharing occupancy  for four dates available at this time

Aug 27-Sep3, Sep 2 – 9th, Sep 14-22nd, Sep 20-27, 2022, pending space available.

US$1,900.- single supplement,

See Zanzibar add-on option below ~

Other hosted photo safaris available as well. Contact us for details.

Included

Accommodation and meals as per package; airport transfers, return domestic flight into The Mara, 22 additional pounds baggage for camera gear, game drives in custom Land Cruiser (4 per vehicle), Hot Air Balloon flight over the Mara River, Pangolin Photo Guides in attendance,

Excluded

International flight to Nairobi, visa, laundry, beverages (other than bottled water, tea, coffee), , any covid related costs and testing. 

Day 1:           Tamarind Tree Hotel, Nairobi         

Day Itinerary

The group will meet up at our hotel in Nairobi for a first-night dinner and a chance to meet your fellow travellers. The hotel that we use has been chosen is for its position between the international airport where you will arrive and the domestic terminal of Wilson Airport which you depart to the Masai Mara from the following morning.

Kenya

Resting in the magnificent Great Rift Valley and presided over by the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, Kenya is characterised by hauntingly beautiful natural landscapes of forested hills, patchwork farms, wooded savanna and vast forests brimming with an extraordinary abundance of wildlife. The nation’s diverse range of traditional African cultures is influenced by over 70 unique ethnic groups from the Maasai, Samburu, Kikuyu, and Turkana tribes to the Arabs and Indians that settled on the coast. Add to this: an exquisite tropical coastline fringed with breathtaking golden sand beaches; gorgeous coral gardens providing excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities; and a slew of lively beach resorts, and it is easy to see why so many visitors flock here from around the world to experience a truly unique African adventure in one of the world’s most pristine safari destinations.

Nairobi

Situated in along the Nairobi River in beautiful Kenya, the capital of Nairobi is East Africa’s most cosmopolitan city. It serves as an excellent starting point for African safari trips around Kenya. Nairobi is Africa’s 4th largest city and is a vibrant and exciting place, and although it has developed a reputation which keeps tourist visits brief, there are some fascinating attractions: its cafe culture, unbridled nightlife, the National Museum, the Karen Blixen Museum and most notably just 20 minutes from the city centre wild lions and buffalo roam in the world’s only urban game reserve. 

Overnight: Tamarind Tree Hotel             

Tamarind Tree Hotel is ideally located just 5 km to the southwest of Nairobi within the spacious Carnivore grounds and it’s iconic Carnivore Restaurant. The hotel offers easy access to all parts of the city, it’s national park, as well as to the country’s many diverse attractions via the neighboring Wilson Airport and Southern Bypass. The nearby Langata and Karen suburbs are among the liveliest and most popular in Nairobi with world-class shopping malls and excellent restaurants. Tamarind Tree Hotel is perfect for both the business and leisure traveler. The hotel’s world-class amenities will ensure your meetings are effortless and successful, whilst their outstanding leisure facilities and genuine service ensure that all guests experience the very best of Tamarind hospitality.

Standard Room

Our spacious Standard Rooms are an impressive 32m2 – the largest of this room type in Nairobi. The rooms are modern with a charming earthy décor and are bathed in natural light to create a relaxing ambience. Maximum 3 Adults.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

Day 2-7:      Mara Bush Camp, Masai Mara         

Day Itinerary

We head to Wilson airport early in the morning to board our private chartered flight to the Masai Mara. We have made the decision to charter all of our flights to maximise the time that we have and also to allow for extra baggage and camera gear for the group.

The flight takes approximately one hour and then we will land at Ol Okiombo airstrip where we will be met by our team of drivers and guides in the customised game viewers. We have three vehicles with a maximum of four guests plus one guide in each. The photo hosts will rotate through the vehicles during the safari giving you a chance to learn and receive photo advise from each of them throughout the trip.

Mara Bush Camp is chosen primarily for its location and we will spend plenty of time out in the Masai Mara National Reserve photographing in the areas surrounding the camp. The location is ideal for getting to the wildebeest and zebra crossings for which the Mara is so famous. There are several popular crossing points close to camp.

The crossing themselves (as well as the migration route) are unpredictable…it is nature! We do have however stacked the odds in our favor be being in the right location at the right time of the year with amazing guides who know the Masai Mara intimately. 

The tents in the camp are a good size and very comfortable with ensuite bathrooms at the rear and a private seating area at the front. The staff are fantastic as is the food so you will be taken very good care of.

The time in the Mara will involve full day game drives each day which always prove most productive photographically. Picnic lunches will be eaten out in the field – under a tree – in between the sightings.
Along with the crossings the big cats are always a prime photographic target in the Mara and we will spend lots of time with the resident prides of lions as well as the resident leopards and cheetah. The open plains of the Mara always deliver!

Included in the safari package is a hot air balloon flight along The Mara River one morning. This form of flight is fantastic and a must-do so we have decided to included it in the itinerary for everyone on this trip. Photographing as we skip along the trees metres away from soaring vultures and other birds of prey is quite simply stunning. The control that pilots have is incredible and the Governors Balloons are the only ones that spend the majority of the flight directly over the Mara River. After we land in the Mara Triangle we are treated to a full champagne breakfast at the foot of the escarpment overlooking The Masai Mara. Its an awesome way to start the day. The drive back towards our camp takes us through more lion country.

In the evenings we will have use of a dedicated editing area with a projector and screen for sharing images among the group. The Photo Hosts will be on hand to help with post-production and editing of images in these sessions. 

Masai Mara

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomises Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Large prides of lions, elephants, giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential.

Overnight: Mara Bush Camp         

Mara Bush Camp offers you everything desired in an “authentic safari experience”! Discreetly ‘tucked away’ in a riverine forest on the banks of the seasonal Olare Orok River with an excellent location in the heart of the Game Reserve close to Ol kiombo airstrip.

All 12 river front tents have been placed far enough apart to guarantee complete tranquility and privacy. All tents are furnished with a comfortable 4 poster bed and single bed, mosquito net, en-suite bathrooms and permanent hot and cold shower, clothes rack & storage chest, writing desk & private veranda.

Public areas include; a comfortable Lounge and Bar Tent, a private Dining Tent, Photographers Lounge and a little boutique shop 

Meals are offered in a Buffet style and set up is Al Fresco, weather permitting and alcoholic drinks can be bought from the camp. Mineral water is provided in the tents, during meals and during game drives. 

Standard Tent

The standard tents are equipped with a comfortable 01 double bed and 01 single bed with a mosquito net, en-suite flushing toilet and sink unit in the bathroom with running water, hot and cold permanent shower, clothes rack & storage chest, writing desk & veranda furniture, 1 liter of Mineral water daily to brush your teeth, towels & shampoo / conditioner & liquid wash soap.

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

Basis

Day 8:           End of Itinerary 

Fly back to Nairobi. 

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Transport:

Flight Information

DateFlightAirlineDeparture AirportTimeArrival AirportTimeClassRef
 Scheduled Nairobi Mara Bush Camp   
 Scheduled Mara Bush Camp Nairobi   

PHOTO TIP:

When we first went on a hot air balloon trip we made the assumption that we might want a shorter telephoto lens (like a 70-200) rather than something with a longer reach. In fact very quicky we realised that some of the subjects we a little too far for that so we now advise that if you are taking a zoom think about a 100-400mm maybe. Bear in mind that the basket under the balloon can be a tight fit sometimes so longer prime lenses are not advisable.

NOTE:

Debates rage as to where the best camp is located when it comes to the Masai Mara – especially during migration season. The Mara itself is not very large (when compared to the other half of the reserve on the Tanzanian side – The Serengeti) but you most certainly want to be in the reserve itself instead of outside and having to travel through a park gate every morning.

Mara Bush Camp is in our opinion in the best location and offers the best value in the whole of the national reserve. We chose it for its elegant simplicity and the fact that it is slap bang in the middle of the action which means we are photographing from the moment we set off on game drives.

Mara Bush Camp is situated very close to several of the River crossing points and right in the territory of several lion prides and resident leopards. On that note during the migration season we tend to be out on full day game drives so you will tend to only be in the camp during the darker hours, so we have prioritised with a comfortable camp with spacious tents, great food and plenty of space in the communal areas to relax and go through images.

The camp sets up an editing area for us on group trips with a screen and projector so that we can chat about images and post production. There is a reliable electricity supply for charging of batteries and basic wifi in camp. You may also charge batteries in the vehicle. The food at Mara Bush Camp is great and they do a great packed lunch for the full day excursions which are taken under a tree out in the reserve.

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All reservations/quotes are subject to our Terms and Conditions as per our website: https://www.adventuretoafrica.com/Terms-and-conditions/ overriding by: 

A 25% non-refundable deposit is required to book the space. Deferments due to Covid related reasons such as testing positive or travel bans are allowed. 

The closer to departure the higher the cancellation fee: 

25% of the total invoiced between the date of deposit payment and 91 days prior to the date of travel. 

50% of the total invoiced amount if cancelled 90 days prior to the date of travel. 

100% of the total invoiced amount if cancelled less than 61 days prior to the date of travel. 

No Show 100% of the invoiced amount

All participants required to sign liability release form. Images are for reference only. Price discounted for  deposit payment by credit card with final payment wire or check only. Wildlife sightings can not be guaranteed. Travel and evacuation insurance is mandatory. We also offer specific insurance to return back to the USA should you test positive overseas. No reservations have been made and quote subject to availability. Find more country information from the State Department here.

3 Night Zanzibar Extension

without photo host

Extend your journey to the tropical Island of Zanzibar. Settle in a small bay in the village of Kigomani part of Matemwe, next to Unguja’s longest strip of sand facing the sapphire waves of the Indian Ocean across Mnemba Island. It is the ultimate retreat to cast off your worries and spend time reconnecting with your spiritual self.

 AccommodationDestinationBasisRoom TypeDuration
 SeVi Boutique Hotel ZanzibarMatemweB&B1 x Garden View Bungalow3 Nights

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast

Price

US$784.- per person sharing occupancy, for Garden View Bungalow

Note: Journey starts at Nairobi airport and ends in Zanzibar. Advise if you need flight back to Nairobi. The Zanzibar extension is not accompanied by a photo host.

Note: Cancellation terms: free cancellation until July 29, 2022, 50% charge for cancellation between 30-60 days prior arrival. 100% charge for cancellation within 30 days of arrival. Journey starts at Nairobi airport and ends at Zanzibar airport.

Included

Flight Nairobi to Zanzibar, accommodation and meals as per package, airport welcome and return transfer to hotel. 

Excluded

optional tours, diving, covid related costs; 

Day 1:            SeVi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar, Matemwe     

Tanzania

The name Tanzania conjures up images of wildebeest stampeding across vast savannah, rain forests teeming with monkeys and birdlife, and great plains brimming with legions of game. All of these natural wonders and more are on offer in this exceptionally diverse African nation. Visitors typically visit Tanzania to partake in at least one of the four well known Tanzanian tourist experiences: a relaxing seaside vacation on the picturesque island paradise of Zanzibar, an underwater tour of some of the world’s most renowned dive sites around the gorgeous Spice Islands, a safari adventure in some of Africa’s most impressive game reserves, or a hiking excursion around Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. Whichever of these incredible holidays you choose, you will undoubtedly be welcomed by some fabulously friendly and peaceful inhabitants who, despite being divided into 120 different ethnic groups and cultures, live in harmony with one another and provide some of the most wonderfully exotic local cuisine you could imagine. With all of this diversity on offer, the most difficult part of your Tanzanian holiday experience is likely to be deciding where to go!

Matemwe

Sandwiched between tropical greenery and the warm azure waters of the Indian Ocean, remote Matemwe beach is arguably the most enchanting of all the beaches in Zanzibar. Located on the last stretch of sand before the beaches give way to rugged cliffs on the uninhabited north-east coast of the island, Matemwe offers an unspoiled natural landscape, perfect for a relaxing tropical beach holiday. With its lovely shallow lagoon and the coral gardens of the renowned Mnemba Atoll resting just off the coast, Matemwe boasts some of Africa’s most impressive diving and snorkelling sites where you can marvel at the abundance of exotic marine life including colourful reef fish, turtles and many species of dolphin. Above water, visitors can experience a local fishing trip on a traditional dhow, visit nearby markets and villages, or simply kick back under a palm tree and unwind, far from the stresses of the modern world.

Day Itinerary

Extend your journey to the tropical beaches on the Spice Island of Zanzibar. 

You don’t have to scour the island to find scuba diving instructors. Dive Point PADI center from Matemwe has an office at SeVi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar, with certified staff ready to organize memorable scuba and snorkeling trips for all skill levels. You can opt to explore the deep blue around the bay or to take a trip to Mnemba Island to observe the coral, the green turtles, and dolphin pods.

Overnight: SeVi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar     

SeVi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar is a beautiful collection of rustic bungalows scattered amongst the lush tropical foliage. This exotic location is the ideal getaway, a few minutes outside of the fishing village, Kigomami, and right on the Indian Ocean. The interiors have a gorgeous rustic decoration and each comes with a terrace, private bathroom, air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi. The hotel also features a stunning restaurant that serves local cuisine, there is also a spa and a pool for guests to use as well as beach access.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 2:            SeVi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar, Matemwe     

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 3:            SeVi Boutique Hotel Zanzibar, Matemwe     

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 4:            End of Itinerary      

Transfer to Zanzibar airport. 

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Transport

Flight Information

DateFlightAirlineDeparture AirportTimeArrival AirportTimeClassRef
 Scheduled Jomo Kenyatta International Airport [NBO]19:25Abeid Amani Karume International Airport [ZNZ]21:05  

All participants required to sign liability release form. Images are for reference only. Price discounted for  deposit payment by credit card with final payment wire or check only. Wildlife sightings can not be guaranteed. We also offer specific insurance to return back to the USA should you test positive overseas. No reservations have been made and quote subject to availability. Find more country information from the State Department here.

 

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