Masai Mara Migration Photography Safaris Kenya
August , September 2017 and 2018
Masai Mara Migration Photography Safaris: What makes these safaris so special?
Millions of wildebeests and Zebras start crossing the Mara river, in search of fresh grass, risking their own lives.On one hand, hungry crocodile wait for the wildbeest to enter the water, on the other, big cats like Lions, Leopards and Cheetahs wait patiently and suddenly sping in action.There is no other spectacular event on the Earth like wildebeest migration.
During the migration period, the Lions, Leopards and Cheetahs are very active in daily activities like hunting. These big cats makes it an ideal location to photograph the annual migration. 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. Simply put, the annual wildebeest migration is a spectacular phenomenon not to be missed.
Is This Masai Mara Photographic Safari 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 will go on morning, afternoon as well as night gamedrives.
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,nature 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 and each photographer gets a whole row of seat for comfortable ride and also 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 your stay: Porini Lion Camp: 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. The camp is very exclusive and gives a real in the bush experience.
At camp guests enjoy morning, evening and night game drives in custom built 4x4's. Sundowners at scenic viewing points, from where you can enjoy a drink watching the sun set over the Mara.
The Porini tents are spacious and each has an en-suite bathroom with flush toilet and safari shower. The camp gives the experience of real adventure in an exclusive private wilderness but with all the comforts required by discerning travellers. Food is excellent with home baked bread, fresh salads and high quality meals prepared by the camp Chefs. The chefs will be happy to cater for any dietary requirements (with prior notice)
The camp is strategically located close to the the park boundary. It also has its own airstrip for private charter flights between the Mara and Nairobi.
Virtual tour of Porini camp : Please click here to see the virtual 360 degree tour of the camp and tents.
Day 1: All the participants fly to Nairobi and meet at Nairobi Serena 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 and checkin at the camp. 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 the week, which provides detailed Adobe lightroom tuition. One to One sessiosn are available on request, free of charge.
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 lavish breakfast, we head back to the camp and say goodbye to the camp staff. We will then be transferred to the airstip and to take late morning flight to 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 go for night game drives using infra red lights and take pictures.
Masai Mara Migration Photography Safaris Dates: Availability For 2017 Masai Mara Migration Photography Safaris:
29th July - 5th Aug 2017-> 6 Places available.
05 Aug - 12th Aug 2017 -> 6 Places available.
12th Aug - 19th Aug 2017-> Last 2 places available
19th Aug - 26th Aug 2017-> Last 3 places available
26th Aug - 2nd Sep 2017 -> 6 Places available.
02nd Sep - 9th Sep 2017-> 6 Places available.
09th Sep - 16th Sep 2017-> 6 Places available.
16th Sep - 23rd Sep 2017 -> 6 Places available.
What's Included in the cost?
- One night stay at a 5 star Nairobi Hotel with dinner
- Flights to and from the Masai Mara from Nairobi
- All airport transfers and ground transportation of luggage
- All accommodation and all meals at Porini Camp
- All park fees
- Exclusive vehicles and qualified driver guides
- Flying Doctor emergency medical service
- Photography and Post processing tuition (Adobe Lightroom and photoshop)
About Tour Leader:
Perhaps the most important aspect of a photographic safari is your leader. All our photo safaris 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 specific animals day after day for several months and witnessing extraordinary and rare to see behavior.
He has extensive first-hand knowledge on the behavior of many animals including Tigers, Leopards, Lions, Cheetahs and Elephants. 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,best lighting conditions etc. You may read more about Nilesh by clicking here.
The Cost Migration Photographic Safari:
The cost of this all-inclusive safari is USD $5500 per person.
A single, optional supplement is available for $1000. 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.
The Extras :
- International flights
- Personal Phone /Mobile calls
- Kenya visa (USD $50)
- Primium alcoholic beverages
- Tips and gratuities for camp staff and guides
- Malaria prevention tablets and Yellow fever vaccination
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. Our mandatory insurance policy is in place for your safety.
Recommended Lenses for this photography safari:
Bean bag for support is highly recommended for camera support. The camp staff would be happy to fill it up for you.
Long range lens: 200-400mm or 200-500mm / 100-400mm zoom lenses mounted (ideally) on a full frame body.
Medium range lens 70-200mm
(optional) Ultra wide angel lens 10-24mm , 17-40mm.
(optional) 1.4x , 1.7x and 2x teleconverters
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