Masai Mara Wildlife Photography

Maasai Mara Wildlife Photo Safari - June 2018 

Dates : June 23rd – 30th 2018 –  Max. of 6 spaces remaining (2 places sold) 

Price: £2865 per person – based on two people sharing a twin or double room

Single supplement – Only £99 and guarantees sole occupancy throughout
 
Brochure: Please contact us for a full PDF brochure

Special features:

-Only 4 guests per each game viewing vehicle

-8kg extra internal flight luggage allowance

-Low Single supplement

-25% off lens and camera hire (Applies to UK residents)

Duration: 8 day/7 nights Maasai Mara Wildlife Photo Safari

Hosted by: Wildlife Photographers: Andy & Sarah Skinner*

Group Size: Max. 8 people

Location visited : Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya

Accommodation: Modern and comfortable 4/5* rated hotel in Nairobi & luxury tented camp located in the heart of the Maasai Mara.

Price Includes: 1 night at 4/5* star rated hotel (EKA Hotel or Ole Sereni Hotel) in Nairobi (room only basis), 6 nights luxury en-suite accommodation at Mara Intrepids Camp, with choice of twin or double beds on a full board basis (includes: breakfast, lunch, & 3 course dinner plus tea & coffee at meals, early morning wake up served with tea or coffee and cookie, afternoon tea & coffee served with pancakes or pastries before afternoon game drive) all game drives as stated in the itinerary and limited to 4 guests per game viewing vehicle, all return road group transfers as stated in the itinerary, extra 8kg luggage allowance on group internal flights (Equates to max. limit of 23kg pp. incl. hand luggage), Maasai Mara reserve park entry fee, services of safari guides and photographic hosts, all photographic tuition, Airstrip transfers in the Maasai Mara, bottled water supplied in vehicles & room, flying doctor emergency medical assistance, government taxes

Tour Overview

We are delighted to repeat one of our most popular wildlife photo tours with our small group Maasai Mara Wildlife Photo Safari. Visiting the game rich and world famous Maasai Mara in Kenya, one of Africa’s most famous reserves and home to a year round abundance of predators. Where the Mara River provides the setting for the annual wildebeest and zebra migration and a reserve made famous by the BBC’s ‘Big Cat Diary’ and numerous other wildlife documentaries. This tour will run with a minimum of 4 and max of 8 people and is hosted by Wildlife photographers Andy & Sarah Skinner*

The area provides copious photographic opportunities and almost guaranteed sightings of Lion, Cheetah and is also a great place to see Leopard. As well as a focus on the ‘Big cats’ we will also have plenty of time to photograph a rich diversity of other game, including elephant, buffalo, hippo and many antelope and bird species. Generally we take breakfast in the bush at a lovely location each day either perched on a beautiful hilltop of alongside the river with the hippos. returning to camp for lunch for time to rest before we once again return to the plains for afternoon game drives.

This wildlife photo tour will be characterised by maximising time in the field for wildlife game viewing and photography. You do not have to be a serious photographer to join this tour. All we ask is your willingness for flexibility and patience to stay out in the field for long periods in order to maximise wildlife viewing opportunities, which in turn pays dividends. Andy & Sarah will of course be on hand to provide plenty of photographic tuition during drives and also back at camp. 

Daily Itinerary

June 23rd/Day 1:  You are met from your international flight arriving into Nairobi’s international airport and transferred to the lovely EKA Hotel (or Ole Sereni hotel). A 4* star rated contemporary, well-appointed and secure hotel, and very conveniently located only 15-20 minutes from the airport. Here you will overnight on a room only basis. Overnight: EKA Hotel or Ole Sereni Hotel (room only basis)

June 24th/Day 2:  This morning you will take an early morning road transfer to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport, approximately a 45-minute drive (group transfer). From here you will take an exciting 50-minute bush flight into the heart of the Maasai Mara (Note: strict 23kg luggage limit, including hand luggage – this includes your 8kg free extra allowance). With fabulous aerial views of the plains and game below as you arrive. On arrival you will take a short 5-minute transfer to Mara Intrepids camp, where a much-needed cool drink welcomes you. Here you will stay for 6 nights on a full board basis. After a briefing of the camp’s facilities we take lunch as a group during which you can get to know your fellow travellers and for your hosts to introduce the week ahead. After lunch you will have a little time to settle into your rooms, unpack and freshen up. We will meet at around 3pm for tea & coffee, and if you have room left after lunch try the freshly cooked pancakes. We then depart on our first afternoon game drive on the Maasai Mara Wildlife Photo Safari, returning as the sun sets. There will be plenty of time for showers after your drive before we meet for a sumptuous dinner. Overnight: Mara Intrepids Camp, Maasai Mara, Full Board)

June 25th -29th/Days 3-7:  Enjoy 5 full days of morning & afternoon game drives. A normal day will involve an early morning wake up call, including tea or coffee and cookies before we head out early for our first morning drive. Our starts are indeed very early, however by far the best time to catch predators, such as lion and leopard at their most active. We will be usually be out all morning, taking breakfast in the bush and returning to camp in time for lunch.
After lunch you will have usually have time for a quick snooze, a dip in the pool or simply relax by the river with a book, before we meet again at around 3-3:15pm for tea & cakes before our afternoon game drive. After time for showers we join as a group for dinner in the restaurant. Overnight: Mara Intrepids Camp, Maasai Mara, Full Board)

June 30th/Day 8: Sadly this is the morning of our last drive on our Maasai Mara wildlife photo safari where we will spend the last few hours on the African plains. We will return to camp giving you time to quickly shower and freshen up before your bags are collected from your rooms. After checking out there will be time for lunch at camp before you then take a transfer to the airstrip and take the 50-minute afternoon return flight back to Nairobi. You are then collected and taken to Nairobi’s international airport via either the Ole Sereni Hotel or Eka Hotel where there will be time to take a bite to eat in the hotel’s cafe or pool bar (cost not included) and relax in comfortable surroundings before your onward transfer a couple of hours later to the airport for your flight home (international flight cost not included) Breakfast & lunch included

Game viewing vehicles

We use game vehicles with large roof openings and open sides that are very well suited to photography. In each vehicle we limit the number of guests to a maximum of 4 per car across that generally have three full rows (7 seats) in the back and thus providing plenty of space for each client. The game vehicles are also supplied with  a cool box/fridge.
 
 
Guides profile
 

This tour will be guided by Andy and Sarah Skinner. They are a friendly husband and wife photography team whose love of wildlife runs deep and their passion for Africa infectious!

Together over the last thirteen years they have travelled the globe photographing some of the world’s most impressive wildlife, with experience of hosting safaris across many African destinations. Including Kenya and Botswana and in addition to hosting wildlife safaris to Canada.

Their images can be found on the website they share together www.imagesofwildlife.co.uk

Both Andy and Sarah have an intimate understanding of wildlife and animal behaviour gained through their vast field experience. Sarah is also a member of FGASA (Field Guide Association of South Africa) and holds a Level One field guiding qualification. Gained through intensive practical and theoretical training in South Africa. Together with their photographic skills this makes them well placed to provide guidance in the field where needed. This is in addition to the local KPSGA qualified field guides used in in the Maasai Mara.

Sarah has also worked as a volunteer on a number of conservation and research projects and as working a ‘wildlife spotter’ for the Disney Nature feature film ‘African Cats’, filmed on location in the Maasai Mara. In the winter months Sarah works in Sweden as a senior photographic guide taking guests to photograph the Aurora Borealis 250km above the Arctic Circle, where Andy also guides over the peak periods.

Both Sarah & Andy have had their photographic work published in a number of magazines and press publications; including Travel Africa, BBC Wildlife, The Times, Wild Planet Photo Magazine, The Telegraph as well as an image published in the Remembering Elephants book. In 2015 Sarah was awarded in the globally recognized ‘Natures Best Africa’ photographic competition with the image exhibited in the Iziko Museum of South Africa. In addition winning the overall mammals category in the International Nature Talks Photo Festival in November 2016.  In 2016 Andy’s photographic skills were recognised with two images receiving honours in the Natures Best Africa photographic competition. 

Andy & Sarah will each join a safari vehicle on your tour* along with one of the highly qualified local field guides to ensure your maximum enjoyment and to provide photographic tuition required. Around the dinner table Andy and Sarah will have many a funny story to tell from their self-drives tours across Africa and beyond.

 

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