Masai Mara Photography Safari – 5 Days, 4 Nights

5 DAYS

. From: $245

Overview

A 5 day safari in Kenya designed especially for photographers, staying 4 nights in Kenya’s finest wildlife area, the Mara ecosystem.

The Masai Mara is probably the best African destination for affordable game viewing and wildlife photography. The wildlife is accustomed to people and to a close approach by vehicles.

Transport from Nairobi to Masai Mara is by scheduled flights to avoid a long journey over bumpy roads and to give more time to viewing the wildlife. From the camps, game drives are taken in private open-sided 4×4 safari vehicles with experienced safari driver-guides.

In the heart of the Masai Mara, the camps that we use are in prime locations, away from the distracting mass tourism safaris which storm many areas of the park. From our camps immersed in the forest along the river we can access the most interesting areas of the reserve before sunrise and therefore capture the warm early morning light or the extraordinary Mara skies at sunset. Choose accommodation from the list provided.

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Itinerary and Accomodation

Pick up from Airport, Hotel or Residence and transfer to Wilson Airport for your mid-morning flight to Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Have your camera ready because you’ll be flying over the Great Rift Valley and may have wonderful photo opportunities during the flight. On arrival at the airstrip you are met by your host and transfer to your camp. The Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the places with the highest photographic potential in Africa and the world, with abundant elephant, buffalo, giraffe, black-maned lion and cheetah alongside the migratory wildebeest and zebra. It is also part of the Greater Serengeti Ecosystem, and it hosts the famous Wildebeests’ migration during the dry months of July to October. You will have your first game drive in this vast game reserve after lunch. Dinner and overnight at the luxury tented camp of choice

Spend full day with unlimited game drives over the golden fields and past the distinctive acacia trees adorning these plains of the Masai mara, Kenya’s most popular game sanctuary. There will be morning and afternoon game drives where you have the best opportunity of spotting the “Big Five” Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino and Elephant. If by any chance you are booking this between July and Oct you might indeed have a good chance of seeing a river crossing, and can choose to spend at least one full day out in the park with picnic lunch boxes.

We continue to explore this golden savannah on our morning and afternoon photography game drives. A diverse group of animals call the Maasai Mara home, including Africa's "big five" (the African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, African lion and African black rhino). Cheetahs, wildebeests, gazelles, zebras, hyenas, giraffes, crocodiles, hippos, more than 500 bird species and many more residents can also be found across the reserve At the northern extremity of the unique Serengeti Ecosystem, blessed with a permanent water supply, the Maasai Mara has a thriving, permanent population of plains game, augmented in the dry season by the migration of more than 3 million gnus and zebras from the vast, parched Serengeti plains. This is one of the most Spectaculars sights in the world. At sunset we will visit a section of the Mara River where we hope to see many hippos.

Sunrise and sundown are the greatest moments for game viewing in these mystic plains, a time where the soft red hues of the sun will give you an added natural richness to your photographs with the clarity of the actual African Savannah. The vast, open grasslands of the Serengeti-Mara are home to over 3 million large mammals. These include over 1.4 million wildebeest, which migrate in an enormous, straggling herd each year between the southern parts of the Serengeti to the northern part and back again. With them move other herbivores such as gazelles and zebras, also looking for the best grass. Along the way they provide food for big predators such as lions, leopards and cheetahs. Here we learn about and see firsthand the intricate web of dependency that binds the different species together. Each animal has adapted to its own niche and to the other animals that surrounds it. Here we see nature at its most subtle and, sometimes, most cruel as each animal struggles to survive and reproduce

After breakfast check-out and transfer to the airstrip for scheduled flight to Nairobi. Upon arrival an Evacay Africa Guide will pick you up and proceed to Carnivore Restaurant for lunch. After lunch your guide will transfer you to your hotel, residence or Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your flight back home