- From: $9,750pps
- Duration : 10 Days
- Highlights : Masai Mara Migration, Hot air ballooning, Special Samburu
- Location : Masai Mara and Samburu
- Types of Photography : Wildlife, Birding, Landscape, Portraiture
- Group size : Max 12
Following on from our inaugural trip to see the Migration in The Mara Toby and Guts spent the following week visiting several lodges and conservancies to put together the ultimate multi-destination itinerary that showcases the best of The Mara and magical Samburu in Northern Kenya. This trip will only happen once a year and is to be hosted by Guts, Janine Krayer and Andreas Knausenberger (our Mara specialist).
1st to 10th September 2017 (SOLD OUT)
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After traveling throughout the region in 2016 we believe that we have created a safari using three unique destinations to make the most of the photo opportunities that this amazing country has to offer.
The group will meet up at our hotel in Nairobi for a first night dinner and a chance to meet your hosts and 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.
Day 2, 3 & 4:
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 Pangolin game viewers. We have three vehicles with a maximum of four guests plus one guide in each. Guts, Janine and Andreas 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.
Our first three nights will be spent at Mara Bush Camp. Chosen for its location 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 crossings for which the Mara is so famous. During our time at Mara Bush Camp you will also have the opportunity to photograph from the air in our private chartered helicopter. This was a real highlight on the 2016 trip with some startling aerial images being taken from the one hour allocated to each person on the trip. Each one hour flight will be for two clients and one of our photo guides who will be seated behind you.
This first part of the trip will involve full day game drives which will prove very productive photographically. Lunches will be taken out in the field in between sightings.
Day 5 & 6
On the morning of Day 5 we will check out of Mara Bush Camp and head to our second destination of the iconic Governor’s Private Camp on the banks of the Mara River. The journey to the camp wont take long and we will photograph along the way. We are going to be using the Pangolin game viewers there too so that you dont have to get used to a new vehicle and set up.
As the name would suggest we have taken over the whole camp and this will allow us to set up a media centre in the communal areas where can do some post production sessions in between game drives to analyse, review and process the images taken so far.
Governors is home to the BBC Big Cat diaries film crew who operate in the area close to the camp. The famous large Marsh Pride of lions inhabit the grasslands right outside the camp and we will spend plenty of time with them along with the leopards and cheetah inhabiting the same lush environment.
On the second day at Governors we are in for an early start as we make our way to the Hot Air Balloon station at Little Governors camp for a one hour flight along The Mara River. 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.
Days 7, 8 & 9
During our days in The Mara we will have covered nearly all of the photographic hotspots and crossings and have hundreds if not thousands of brilliant images and so we will move on to a very special reserve in the north of Kenya – Samburu. Again to save time we have chartered a private plane to fly us directly from The Mara to Samburu and the flight will take just under 2 hours.
Samburu is very different to The Mara and more similar in look and feel to the thorny bushveld of Southern Africa. Its is however the unique species of animals that draws us to this place as well as the beautiful Samburu people who call the magical region home.
Upon arrival we will take the short drive to our lodge Saruni Samburu. Built by a visionary Italian, Riccardo Orizio, on top of a rocky outcrop this lodge is one of the most stunning places we have ever been to. The rooms all have spectacular views over the surrounding reserve.
The animals of the Samburu are as exotic as the reserve itself with rare species like Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk and Grevy’s Zebra making for very unique subjects. The Samburu people who work in the reserve and lodge are the most charming, beautifully dressed and adorned people we have encountered and are more than happy to have their photos taken.
Time at Saruni will be spent photographing in the reserve, from the Saruni photo hide near the lodge and also doing more editing and post production in between. Saruni is a great way to end the trip in a more relaxed fashion…..it is a holiday after all!
Sadly this is the end of the annual Mara and Saruni photo safari. Should you wish to extend your trip we can heartily recommend traveling onto the coast for some more R&R/editing time or perhaps even south towards The Chobe. Kenya Airways have regular flights from Nairobi to Livingstone in Zambia where you can see the mighty Victoria Falls and then transfer over to our houseboat on The Chobe River.
- Meet and Greet at Nairobi Airport
- One night at Ole Sereni Hotel (Dinner bed and breakfast)
- Flight to The Masai Mara
- 3 nights at Mara Bush Camp (MBC)
- All meals and soft drinks at MBC
- All game activities in private vehicles (4 clients per car)
- 1 hour helicopter flight
- 2 nights at Governors Private Camp (full board)
- 1 hot air balloon flight with champagne breakfast upon landing
- Flight to Samburu Game Reserve
- 3 nights at Saruni Samburu (full board)
- All game activities, bush walks, picnics etc
- Flight to Wilson Airport and transfer to Nairobi international.
- Gratuities and items of a personal nature
- Visa fees where applicable