- From: $6,950 pps
- Duration : 8 Days
- Highlights : The Mara Migration, Private Conservancy, Great Predator Sightings
- Location : Kicheche Bush Camp - Olare Motorogi Conservancy
- Types of Photography : Wildlife, Birding, Landscape, Action
- Group size : Max 8 Clients (2 vehicles)
The Migration in the Masai Mara is surely on everyone’s photographic bucket list and we have managed to tie down top wildlife photographers Grant and Helena Atkinson to host a very special safari for us in 2017. We will be basing ourselves at arguably one of the best lodges in the area, Kicheche Bush Camp, inside the Olare Motorogi private conservancy bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve.
September 22nd to 29th 2017
Here is why Grant asked us to base his safari at Kicheche Bush Camp (in his own words):
There are many game reserves and wild places, in Africa, where one can go to see wild animals. But, there is no place for us, just like Olare Motorogi. When it comes to enjoying high quality viewing of big cats like lions, and also cheetah, it is arguably one of the best places to go.
The camp is located within the conservancy, where lion numbers and densities have been at record high numbers in recent years. Aside from the lions, other species like spotted hyaena, elephant, giraffe, zebra, topi, wildebeest and gazelle flourish. There is even the rare chance of finding a leopard along the forest edge of the watercourses that meander through the valleys.
From a photography perspective, the abundance of subject matter makes time spent here very productive, with the open landscape, and rolling hills raising the possibility of making beautiful images. There is also a lower density of game-viewing vehicles within the conservancy. Aside from the diverse landscapes within the Olare Motorogi conservancy, its location right beside the Mara National Reserve allows us to make any visits to the park on our terms. Such visits can depend upon movements of the local wildlife. Working like this can mean we can sometimes choose to avoid the busiest times of day in the park, except for wildebeest crossings, of course.
Another benefit of being located within the conservancy, is that we will have the ability to go off-road, for important subjects. This makes it much easier to get into good positions for photography! With so many mammals around, it is also no surprise that bird life is rich, with large birds like vultures and eagles being particularly well represented and another bonus for photographers
Staying at Kicheche camp, located within the conservancy also means that we contribute to the conservation of the area directly. The local Masai, who are the landowners, have voluntarily elected to manage their cattle herds, and partner with tourism companies like Kicheche, to the benefit of the wildlife of the area.
– Grant Atkinson
The management couple, Darren and Emma Geary, at Kicheche are old friends of Toby’s from when he lived in Kenya. They are are a fantastic couple who take great pride in their work and the guest experience. Darren is a baker by trade and the food they produce is amazing. Kicheche is a beautiful tented camp with good solar electricity, spacious rooms, comfortable communal areas and a tented section dedicated to an editing and presentation area.
- Meet and greet at Nairobi Airport
- One night at Ole Sereni or EKA hotel Nairobi (Bed and Breakfast)
- Welcome Dinner in Nairobi
- Return flights from Wilson Airport to The Mara
- Extra Baggage allowance on internal flights.
- 6 nights at Kicheche Bush Camp (full board)
- Daily game drives in the Conservancy and Mara Reserve
- All meals and drinks at Kicheche (excluding premium spirits and wines)
- Conservancy and Park fees
- Transfer from Wilson to Nairobi airports on return leg.
- Visa Fees (if applicable)
- Gratuities and items of a personal nature