Maasai Mara Photographic Safari

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Activity: Photography Holidays
Group size: 2-6
Min age: 18

Fabulous migration wildlife and great photography on the Kenyan plains
For many who have not travelled to Africa, their impressions are often of acacia dotted plains, hundreds of different bird species and herds of migrating wildebeest and zebra pursued relentlessly by their predators. This safari embodies all those fantastic images and does it in superb style, a classic safari in a classic destination. When you only have a relatively short time in Kenya it is essential to maximize it in the conservancies and not waste time traveling all over the country. Photographic mantra is simple, do the time at the coal face and the rewards will follow, so be prepared for early starts, long days and plenty of advice and enthusiasm. Any wilderness fan or photographer will be particularly attracted by this safari.

Highlights

  • Comfortable safari at intimate tented camp with walk in tents and En suite facilities
  • Prolific wildlife of the Masai Mara including lion, elephant, hippo, and giraffe
  • Game drives geared towards ensuring good quality and frequent photographic opportunities

Key information
6 nights tented camp (see accommodation section for more details)
Travel is by internal flights; open-topped and open-sided 4-wheel-drive vehicles in the Mara
Countries visited: Kenya

A shuttle bus will transfer us to Wilson Airport on the Western side of the city. Land only passengers will join us here. This is normally during rush hour so expect some traffic. Wilson is a nice airport and there should be time for some refreshments before boarding the 45-minute flight to the Mara. Here we will be picked up by custom built four- wheel drives and transferred to the camp. After being shown to our spacious walk-in, luxurious tents, we take an afternoon game drive with sundowners. This is the first of many game drives in this prolific area.

Accommodation: Entim Tented Camp or Similar
Meals included: Lunch & dinner

Game drives start right from the camp, as it is not uncommon to have wildlife wandering through at some stages of the day. Drives are very much a moveable feast. Some days, the drives will be long, (13 hours or so although not driving all the time) whilst others are much shorter, depending on the movement of the game and tips from the bush telegraph. Our team will however be trying their hardest to ensure that photographic opportunities are frequent but will not be dashing around ticking off species. Early, very early, starts are the order of the day, though we normally find some shade for lunch in a beautiful spot and to relax a bit. Unless, that is, we come across a migration crossing or hunting cheetah! These drives are not endurance tests but a full day out on the plains can be quite tiring. They also will involve patience, as a hungry cheetah will often wait many hours before making her move.
Mealtimes are a delight under the stars in the evening or in the mess tent in bad weather. During time off you can relax in your tents however, it is the game and scenery that make this area so incredible: huge prides of predators feasting on an abundance of plains game. The camp often has a pride of lion's close-by and their call accompanied by the cackle of the hyena is an occasional nigh time companion. The property is very relaxing for those hours in the middle of the day (when you are there) and the haute cuisine and hot showers are a big bonus, but these luxurious trappings sometimes belie the fact that the camp is right in the heart of the most prolific savannah on earth, and this should be respected.

Accommodation: Entim Tented Camp or Similar
Meals included: breakfast, lunch & dinner

Final game drive followed by brunch then late afternoon flight back to Nairobi. There will be time for some shopping and there will be dinner in a very nice Nairobi restaurant before heading to the airport.

Visas
Kenya
Most nationalities do now require a visa for Kenya, including Britons, most EU nationals, Australians, New Zealanders, Americans and Canadians. At present single entry and transit visas are available online (see below) and soon all visas will have to be obtained online. Alternatively, visas are available in advance or on arrival. The Kenyan government are planning for all visas to be obtained online and may stop delivering visas on arrival on short notice. For the latest information please contact your local Kenyan High Commission or Consulate.
For information about the online application process please visit http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html.
The cost of the visa is US$50 for a single-entry visa and US$100 for an East Africa visa (valid to travel in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda).
You will need to first register to the citizens website (including needing a photo 500px x 500px) before you can start applying. For the application process itself you will need details of the accommodation used (which we will send you) and itinerary as well as a photo 5.5cm x 5.5cm and a scanned or photographed copy of your passport’s bio/photo page.
If after visiting Kenya you will also travel to Uganda and Rwanda, you may apply for East African Visa that will cover all three countries. This visa is currently available upon arrival in Nairobi. Please contact the Kenyan High Commission to obtain more information about the combined visa from Kenya.

Vaccinations
Kenya
There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Eating and Drinking
At camps the food is superb, very tasty and with plenty of choice. Breakfasts will be taken out in the bush and so will lunch on full day drives in the Mara.

Typical meals
In the Mara hot drinks are brought to the tents each morning.
Freshly baked biscuits and a breakfast consisting of fruit, cakes, bacon, sausage, egg, juice and coffee/tea is taken out on the plains.
On return there is a large but healthy brunch (if not doing a full day’s drive).
Tea and cakes are taken midafternoon before the game drive.
A three-course dinner is taken (weather permitting) by candlelight under the African sky.
Vegetarians are well catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests.

Weather
Kenya straddles the equator so showers can happen at any time of year, however the wettest period is April and May. Due to the altitude of the Masai Mara (1550m) the nighttime temperature is beautiful, cool yet not cold, although mornings can be quite chilly. Daytime temperatures can get as high as 30 degrees but with low humidity. There can be some light rains at the end of the year, but if anything, this is a good thing as it cuts down the dust and brings out the colors. In the wet the roads can become difficult.

Is this trip for you?
Small group fly-in safaris, transfer to open topped and open sided 4-wheel-drive vehicles in the Mara. In the Mara all safaris will stay at Camps, tented camps located in fantastic wildlife conservancies. For animal lovers, photographers and bird lovers there are many chances of seeing countless game and bird species as well as rare and endangered creatures.
Following a review of all our trips we have categorized this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However, if you are a regular traveler on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

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