Big Cats Photo Safari, Masai Mara, Kenya
Big Cats Photography Safaris Tours : Feb 2017, March 2017, Feb 2018, March 2018.
Masai Mara is uncomparable to any other place for Big Cats. The diversity and sheer volume of animals in this East African region is amazing.
There is no other place like Masai Mara for wildlife photographers and nature lovers.
What makes Masai Mara so special?
The abundance of big cats like Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Caracals and the daily wildlife activities of these big cats, like hunting,stalking, mating makes it an ideal location to photograph the big cats in their natural habitat. Photograph the stalking big cats, attacking their prey or the tender moments of Lion family where cubs playing with lioness.
The vast African landscapes, sunrises and sunsets are to die for. Masai Mara has featured in several BBC, National Geographic documentaries over years.
Fulfill the dream of photographing and watching these magnificent big cats of Africa and create pictures of lifetime.
The diversity of animals (Big Five – Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffalos and Rhinos and the popular Giraffes, Hyenas, Elands and Gazelles to name a few and huge number of birds are present in Masai Mara. Also, the annual wildebeest migration is a spectacular phenomenon not to be missed.
Is This Trip For You?
1. We welcome photographers of ALL levels. This safari will be conducive to learning from one another and include instruction that will suit everyone’s photographic needs. No question is off limits, no inquiry too basic.
2. We are BIG on photographing in the field. We will spend most of our time and effort on safari / photographic activities and taking pictures. We would go on morning, afternoon as well as night game drives.
3. Non-photographer or videographer spouses / travel companions will love these safaris. The wildlife and cultural experiences on this trip will appeal to anyone with a love for animals and adventure. We have specialist guides leading all activities.
Group Size Limit : Max 6 participants only
Traveling in a small group is the best way to for photographic adventures and to experience the nature closely.
Keeping that in mind, we have only six people on each tour.Each photographer gets a whole row of seat for comfortable ride and to accomodate photography gear. This will ensure you would have plenty of space for shooting fast action as well as you would enjoy a comfortable ride. we'll depart early in the morning to chase the best light, remain at a site of specific photographic interest to fully explore the potential, or move to a new destination when desired.
About our stay: Porini Lion Camp is located in the exclusive 33,000 acre Olare Motorogi Conservancy. This expansive conservancy, which borders the Masai Mara Game Reserve is home to an abundance of animals including the Big Cats for which the Mara is famous.
The Camp is situated along the banks of the Ntiakatiak River, a seasonal river with some permanent hippo pools near the camp. With 10 luxury guest tents the camp is very exclusive and giving you a real in the bush experience. The tents are very spacious and have private verandahs along the length of the tent, providing a secluded and private 'space' for you to relax and enjoy the beauty of this African wilderness. Each tent has en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets and hot showers. Food is excellent with fresh baked bread and high quality meals prepared by the camp Chef.
Virtual tour of the camp : Please click here to see the virtual 360 degree tour of the camp and tents.
The camp is located close the Masai Mara park boundary. It has its own airstrip for private charter flights and it is close to the airstrip used by the daily scheduled flights to Mara from Nairobi.
Night Gamedrives : The camp is based in conservancy, which means there will be very few vehicle around us when we want to photograph animals. Due to high number of vehicles in the park , animals move to quiet conservancy areas where only our camp vehicles have access and other vehicles can't come.
Wildlife is most active after dark so, we will also go for night game drives and take pictures.
Day 1: All the participants fly to Nairobi and meet at 5 star Nairobi Hotel on day 1 and introuduce each other. Detailed briefing of the week ahead will provided by the tour leader.
Day 2: After breakfast we all take a 45 mins small flight to Masai Mara from Wilson Airport. After lunch, we head for our first game drive.
Day 3: We will go for morning and afternoon game drives with lunch breaks in between. We will leave early and come back late if we see interesting activities happening during the herd crossing river so we are flexible on that. Between morning and afternoon gamedrives, we do photography review sessions, to learn new techniques, see each others work and to improve our skills.
Post processing sessions are organised during this week, which provides detailed Adobe lightroom tuition.One to one sessions can also be requested, offcourse, for no additional cost.
Day 4: Same as day 3
Day 5: Same as day 3
Day 6: Same as day 3
Day 7: Same as day 3
Day 8: After our morning game drive and breakfast, we head back to the camp, collect our luggage and say goodbye to the camp staff. We will then be transferred to the airstip to take late morning flight to Nairobi.
What's included in the tour?
• CompletePhotography and post processing tuition.
• Accommodation on a Twin shared basis (single rooms may be available - please inquire)
• All meals (Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, snacks, Tea/Coffee)
• Private game drive activities for our group.
• Meet and assist services at the airport and chauffeured transfer to the hotel
• Private vehicles and drivers for all road transfers throughout the trip
• Soft drinks, bottled water andsnacks during drives and safaris
• Flying Doctor / Emergency medical service
• The current National Park entry permits and tourism levies and all relevant government taxes
4th - 11th February 2017 – 6 places available
11th - 18th February 2017 – 6 places available
18th to 25th February 2017 – 2 places available
25th Feb to 4th March 2017 – 2 places available
4th March to 11th March 2017 – 6 places available
11March to 18th March 2017 – 6 places available
18th March to 25th March 2017 – 6 places available
25th March to 1st April 2017 – 6 places available
About Tour Leader:
Perhaps the most important aspect of a photographic safari is your leader. All our photo safaris including are personally hosted and lead by Nilesh Rathod.
Nilesh is a freelance wildlife photographer and an experienced photo safari leader.
He has spent years in the wilderness, following wildlife day after day and witnessing extraordinary and rare to see behavior.
He has extensive first-hand knowledge on the behavior of many animals including Leopards, Lions, Cheetahs and Elephants etc. Nilesh uses Canon as well as Nikon gear and explains photographic concepts in ways which are easy to understand and practice.
Apart from organising your photo-safaris, Nilesh will accompany to your destination, share his knowledge of wildlife as well as help you with expert tips on wildlife photography and post processing. He will be there to coordinate the driver, instructing him on best positioning, approach, timings and lighting conditions etc.
You may read more about Nilesh by clicking here.
The Cost :
The cost of this all-inclusive big cat photo safari is USD $4000 per person on twin share basis.
A single, optional supplement is available for $500. Single supplements are optional for single travellers who want their own room and tent. Otherwise single travellers are paired with another single traveller of the same gender.
These photographic Masai Mara safaris are very popular and we only have 6 places on each tour. It is highly recommended to reserve your places by paying a 10% deposit amount online. Remaining 90% amount is payable 90 days before the tour start date. The deposit money can be paid by paypal or by using your credit /debit card and its completely secure.
Ballon Ride over Masai Mara :We will ba happy to arrange a optional ballon ride with champagne breakfast over the beautiful landscape of Masai Mara.
A cultural visit to the nearby Masai village can also be arranged, which will allow you to see the Masai way of living with nature and animals.
What is NOT included in the cost?
- International flights
- Travel Insurance
- Kenyan visa (USD50)
- Tips and gratuities for staff
Mandatory Travel Insurance :
Since the areas we travel to on this trip are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require travel insurance for our guests' safety. We will require details of your travel insurance coverage including your insurance company's name, contact number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our mandatory insurance policy is in place for your safety.
Recommended Lenses for the photography Tour:
A beanbag is highly recommended for support. Beanbags are usually provided in the safari vehicle.However if you prefer to bring your own,the camp will be happy to fill it up for you.
Long range : 200-400mm or 200-500mm / 100-400mm zoom lenses mounted (ideally) on a full frame body.
Medium range len 70-200mm
(optional) Ultra wide angel 10-24mm , 17-40mm.
(optional) 1.4x , 1.7x and 2x teleconverter
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