Project Description

Masai Mara with Pangolin 2019

  • From $6,450

  • 7 Days

  • Kenya

  • Set Departure


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. We’ll have two departures 2019 and is to be hosted by Guts, Janine Krayer, Charl and Sabine and Andreas Knausenberger (our Mara specialist).

After traveling throughout the region in 2016 we believe that we have created a safari using two 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.

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. 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.

Our first five 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 previous trips 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.

Also included in the safari package is a hot air balloon 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.

Sadly this is the end of the annual Mara photo safari. Should you wish to extend your trip we can heartily recommend travelling 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.

 Set Departures – 2019
Guts Swanepoel, Janine Krayer, Andreas Knausenberger
29 August – 4 September
Charl and Sabine Stols, Andreas Knausenberger
8 September – 14 September
$6,450 per person sharing
  • Meet and Greet at Nairobi Airport

  • One night at Tamarind Tree Hotel Nairobi (Dinner bed and breakfast)

  • Flight to The Masai Mara

  • 5 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

  • 1 hot air balloon flight with champagne breakfast upon landing

  • Laundry

  • 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

  • Single supplement of $1600

Suggested Add-ons
If you are interested in any of the below add-ons, chat to your travel planner or mention it in the enquiry form below.

Victoria Falls

A marvellous way to start or end a Southern Africa photo safari itinerary. A visit to Mosi Oa Tunya – The Smoke that Thunders. We have a selection of hand-picked hotels that we use.

The Chobe

Where it all began for Pangolin Photo Safaris and (in our opinion) probably the best year-round photo destination in Southern Africa. The Chobe is a half day of air travel from Cape Town.

Okavango Delta

Just a two hour flight from Cape Town and a short charter hop has you arriving in this iconic destination just in time for a quick lunch and then out on an afternoon drive.


South Africa’s best kept safari secret. Madikwe is home to good populations of Rhino, big cats and wild dogs. There we have a fantastic partner property – Jacis. Option on the way to Cape Town.

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.

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