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Masai mara national reserve doesn’t only offer the Great Migration the most exciting, heart-pounding safari in Africa; it is arguably the greatest wildlife photography experience in the natural world. Each year, between July and October, approximately 1.5 million wildebeest, 400,000 zebras, and 200,000 gazelles migrate through the Mara, chasing the rain and eating the tall grasses as they come from and return to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.
This is a giant moving feast for the predators, creating one of nature’s most astonishing dramas. This 12 Days- Kenya Tour, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Nairobi National Park itinerary takes the traditional migration photo safari to the next level by offering multiple locations throughout the Masai Mara national reserve, including both sides of the Mara River and a location right on the banks of the Mara River walking distance to the main crossing points.
Each location has been carefully selected for its known predator territories, dramatic Maasai Mara River crossing points, and the unique beauty of the landscape. This 12 Days- Kenya Tour, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Nairobi National Park Signature Great Migration Safari is designed to make the most of your long journey to this spectacular event and world-renowned reserve, beyond being easily dropped into one location with a focus only on the crossing areas.
In constant motion, the migration moves throughout many regions of the Mara, from the border of Tanzania, through the rich predator areas, near the swamps, and through the thick of the Balanites trees at the bottom of the dramatic Oldoinyio escarpment. From these wide-open game-filled vistas to the remote corners of the reserve, coving 1,510 square kilometers, you will seek vast photographic opportunities against a variety of backgrounds.
They say the grass is not always greener, but sometimes it is! The rains may come to one side of the Maasai Mara and the migration could hold back on the other for a few days. Inevitably, when sitting on one side, you also want to experience a crossing from the other, so we stay on both sides! You will leave knowing you did not miss experiencing all the Maasai Mara has to offer.
There may be a cheetah with six cubs in the Talek/Chumvi area, while there is a large pride of lions with new cubs south of the Talek River, a leopard with a cub near Snake River, or a black rhino with a calf in the Mara Triangle across the Maasai Mara River.
The advantage of staying in multiple locations is you do not need to compromise by driving for over an hour to get to a sighting, and then leave early to race back to camp and miss the best light, pay extra fees to cross into another area of the Maasai Mara, or worse – miss the opportunity due to logistics.
This 12 Days- Kenya Tour, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Nairobi National Park safari tour is designed not only to capture a solid, diverse portfolio of images during your 12 days in the Nairobi national park and Maasai Mara national reserve but also produce life-long memories from an experience of a lifetime.
Ultimate Wild Safaris Transport
Our pop-top vehicles are fully extended Land Cruisers specially designed to give photographers the most flexibility and maximum space. They ensure plenty of space and options for using clamps, molar beanbags, panning plates, and other gear to aid your ability to capture the best images. Each photographer will have their own row to spread out their gear and easily be able to shoot from either side of the vehicle with no obstruction of another guest sitting across the aisle.
Experienced Ultimate Wild Safari Driver Guides
Our driver-guides are all silver-rated and have thousands of hours of experience throughout the entire Maasai Mara. They understand the needs of photographers and the importance of quickly positioning the vehicle for the best light, composition, and exceptional photographs. During the migration, we will have a fleet of vehicles throughout the Maasai Mara sharing information over our private channel.
Our main guides also have vast personal networks, through which they receive information over their personal phones. Having a large solid network in the Maasai Mara is critically important for the best photographic opportunities.
Mid-day image review
This 12 Days- Kenya Tour, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Nairobi National Park safari tour is designed to spend most of our time in the field, behind the lens, capturing award-winning images. During mid-day, back in camp when the light becomes harsh and the Maasai Mara becomes a little quiet, we will review images and discuss image techniques.
12 Days- Kenya Tour, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Nairobi National Park Itinerary In Summary
Day 1 - ARRIVAL IN NAIROBI
Day 2 - DOMESTIC FLIGHT TO MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE
Day 3 - 5. Explore the Maasai Mara Talak Section.
Day 6 - 7.Explore Maasai Mara River
Day 8 -10-Game drive
Day 11 - Domestic Flight TO NAIROBI
Day 12 - Departure
Nov 18- Mar 17
pickup avaiable from airport, train and also cruise
- Domestic flights.
- Airport transfers on the day of arrival and departure
- Guaranteed row and window seat in private 4×4 Land cruisers
- All National Parks fees, Game Reserves entrance fees, and taxes
- All meals
- Experienced driver guide
- Personal purchases (such as curios, spirit liquors, telephone calls, internet, laundry…)
- Travel Insurance
- Gratuities for the guides, staff at accommodations, and airport transfers
- Optional extra activities (balloon rides, walking safaris, etc.)
- Pre- and post-safari tours
- Meals and accommodations before or after the safari
- International flights to and from the African continent.
Day 1 – Arrival in Nairobi
We will greet you upon your arrival at the international airport in Nairobi, Kenya. You will be met with a smile from a member of our ground team and transferred to your hotel by private vehicle. Encompassed with beautiful gardens, traditional African décor, a swimming pool, and spa, the Serena is the perfect atmosphere to relax after your long journey and prepare for the most exciting safari in Africa.
As this is a travel day and most flights arrive in the evening, we have not included any meals. There are several restaurants at the Serena, so you many dine at your leisure.
Accommodation: Serena Nairobi
DAY 2 - DOMESTIC FLIGHT TO MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE
Today you will awake in a magical new world with the aroma of Kenyan coffee brewing. We will meet at breakfast for a safari briefing before driving to the local airport for our domestic flight to the Maasai Mara national reserve.
Excitement builds quickly as you fly over the Mara and begin seeing the wildlife below. We will have enough time to eat lunch and settle in before heading out on our first game drive to begin showing you the best of the Maasai Mara national reserve.
The adrenaline starts pumping when you see the herds’ line up and march towards the river, gathering along the banks in mass. The suspense begins as you watch the first wildebeest, zebra, topi, or gazel put in a hoof to test the waters.
The drama unfolds as they are spooked and the mass herd runs back, leaving a thick cloud of dust, or they plunge into the croc infested waters in a mass stampede, risking injury or death, to reach the other side.
Our camp is positioned to blend unobtrusively into the surrounding vegetation and has an authentic safari feel of bygone days. There is no better way to experience Africa than by spending a few nights under canvas listening to zebras barking, hyenas crying, and possibly hearing the roar of a lion off in the distance.
In the past few years, leopards have been regularly spotted wandering right though this camp.
Accommodation: Mara Bush Camp
Day 3 - 5 Explore Maasai Mara Talak Section.
The Talak area is one of the richest predator areas of the Mara. Over the next 3 days, we will focus on the big cats, including the Marsh pride, made famous by the BBC’s series, “Big Cat Diary”, the double cross pride, and the Rekero pride, which is quickly becoming as powerful as the Marsh pride.
This and the surrounding area’s are are also know for cheetah and leopards, but we will probably see elephants, hippos, Masai giraffes, common zebras, gnu, impalas, Thompson’s and grant’s gazelles, topi, hartebeest, black-backed jackals, spotted hyenas and more, as the Mara is one of the most lush reserves in Africa.
On past safaris we have photographed black rhino in this area. Our ground operator has a large fleet of vehicles, which will be scattered throughout the area. Our drivers will be in private communication with each other, giving us many eyes and ears across the entire Mara.
We are close to the river; if we get word that the wildebeest are gathering, we will race off in hopes of capturing a large crossing. In the late evening we will sit around the campfire as we excitedly share the events of that day. After a scrumptious diner, you will be escorted to your luxury canvas tents.
Accommodation: Mara Bush Camp
Day 6 - 7 Explore Maasai Mara River
After our early morning game drive and breakfast, we will game drive across the savanna, crossing over the Mara River, on the way to our next accommodation in the Mara Triangle. Our lodge sits high on the hill, overlooking the vast plains and the Mara River.
You can sit in a lounge chair in front of the pool with a cold drink and watch the great herds of wildebeest and zebra gathering as they approach the river. At a moment’s notice, we can hop in the Land Cruisers and race down to the river!
We will keep an eye on the herds building up, but we will also take advantage of the dramatic landscape and uniqueness of the Mara Triangle managed by the Mara Conservancy. The highest concentration of Balanites trees lies at the bottom of the dramatic Oldoinyio escarpment that marks the east side of the rift valley.
Imagine photographing a herd of wildebeest or Zebra scattered among them in first or last light with the escarpment as the backdrop. The herds of elephants are also known to graze through the trees on their way to the swamps.
The illusive endangered black Rhino is spotted more often in the triangle. Fewer vehicles are on this side of the river, and in the designated low zones, we can respectfully drive off the roads when sighting a “big cat.” Accommodation: Mara Serena
Day 8-10-Game drive
After our early morning game drive and breakfast, we will drive down to our last tented camp, in the heart of the Mara that sits right along the Mara River overlooking one of the crossing points.
With cameras in hand we can walk down to the edge of the river and photograph the crossing, at eye level! During this time these vast plains could be filled with the migration and all the superb predator action it brings.
We will thoroughly cover this area right up to the southern boundary where you can look across to Tanzania. You will soon understand why the Maasai Mara is the wildlife mecca of the world.
Accommodation: Entim Camp
Day 11 - Domestic Flight To Nairobi
We will rise early for one last amazing game drive. We will fly out from a dirt airstrip in the Mara directly into Wilson private airport in Nairobi.
You will be transported to the Ole Sereni, which sits along Nairobi National Park, You will be able to enjoy a leisurely afternoon around the pool, have lunch overlooking the park, rest or if time allows you will have evening game and finally overnight.
Day 12 - Departure
You will have morning game drive in Nairobi national park, be able to enjoy a leisurely afternoon around the pool, have lunch overlooking the park, rest, and transfer to your flight back home later in the evening.
Is this Tour for you?
Photographers of ALL levels, who are passionate about wildlife and nature photography, are welcome. This safari is timed during the great migration and focuses on producing quality images. During this safari, we will see a vast variety of exotic wildlife; however, some special subjects may require watching their behavior and waiting for those special moments.
This is when patience pays off, rewarding you with extraordinary photographs. If your objective is to capture the most images possible by rushing to every subject, taking a few quick shots and racing off to the animal, checking off a list, then this is probably not the right safari for you.
We will spend most of our time and effort in the field, unless it is quiet and the light is too harsh; most days we will return to our camp/lodge for a short midday break. If the herds are lining up and it looks like there could be a large crossing, we may sit by the river for several hours and be in the field most of the day.
We will waken before sunrise each day to be in position for the best early morning light. Most mornings, we will bring a picnic breakfast with us, so we do not miss any photographic opportunities by having to go back to camp for breakfast. There may be days we take a box lunch with us if we anticipate being at the river waiting for a large crossing. We will be back at camp every evening for a scrumptious dinner and drinks around the fire.
Since this itinerary is built to spend most of our time in the field, this is not a formal workshop. As we need to be flexible around the action in the field, there will not be any “planned” lectures, or slide shows that would require us to return to camp, but Piper will give photographic advice throughout the safari.
She is there to assist you and is available for questions on all photographic topics, including business questions on marketing, branding, and creating a niche. When there is an afternoon break, she will be happy to review your images, portfolios, or give an impromptu slide show or talk.
This is largely why the group sizes are kept small, so she can assist you when you need help and spend quality time with you in an amazing location.