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The Great Migration Photo Safari

“Experience the Great Migration alongside some of the best wildlife photographic hosts”

Price $10720 AUD (See price tab)
Country
Kenya
When to Go
September
Duration
7 Nights
Safari Type
Lodge
Location
Masai Mara

Very few places in Africa conjure up a promise of wildlife photography in abundance than Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. This iconic photo destination, famous for its annual Wildebeest and Zebra Great Migration, is so much more than just this incredible yearly event.

The Great Migration Photo Safari in Kenya’s Masai Mara really needs no introduction but certainly needs to be seen at least once in the lifetime of every photographer and wildlife enthusiast.

This will be the sixth year that the team have visited this wonderful spectacle and every year just gets better and better. The migration itself seems to be moving later in the year, so they have moved the dates to September rather than August to have a better than average chance of getting really good crossings.

They bring in their own vehicles and expert guides and include a hot air balloon trip on every safari. Hosted by the Pangolin hosts Guts, Janine, Charl & Sabine as well as Mara specialist Andreas Knausenberger this safari is always a photo highlight of the year for all involved!

When in The Mara they use enclosed long-wheelbase Land Cruisers with pop up roofs and plenty of bean bags. They limit the number of clients in the vehicle to only four plus a photographic host.

The wildebeest migration brings with it the possibility of seeing a crossing of one of the rivers. This indeed is one of the most dramatic wildlife spectacles on earth but a word of caution – they can be as equally brutal as they are dramatic. The crocodiles in the rivers are absolutely huge and offer no mercy. There is also a huge degree of collateral damage caused by panicked animals stampeding.

In actual fact, the majority of the best photo opportunities are not at the crossings but around the rest of the Mara. The guides used in the Masai Mara are all specialist photography guides and they seek out plenty of opportunities throughout the day…you will be kept very busy!

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map and overview

1 Night in The Tamarind hotel

6 Nights in Mara Bush Camp

start dates

27 August 2022 - 3 September 2022
2 September 2022 - 9 September 2022
14 September 2022 - 21 September 2022
20 September 2022 - 27 September 2022

detailed itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi

The great migration photo safari starts with the group meeting up at our hotel in Nairobi for a first-night dinner and a chance to meet your 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.

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Day 2-8: Mara Bush Camp

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.

Mara Bush Camp is chosen primarily for its location and 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 and zebra crossings for which the Mara is so famous. There are several popular crossing points close to camp.

The tents in the camp are a good size and very comfortable with ensuite bathrooms at the rear and a private seating area at the front. The staff are fantastic as is the food so you will be taken very good care of.

The time in the Mara will involve full day game drives each day which always prove most productive photographically. Picnic lunches will be eaten out in the field – under a tree – in between the sightings.
Along with the crossings the big cats are always a prime photographic target in the Mara and we will spend lots of time with the resident prides of lions (including the famous Marsh Pride) as well as the resident leopards and cheetah. The open plains of the Mara always deliver!

Included in the safari package is a hot air balloon flight along The Mara River one morning. 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. The drive back towards our camp takes us through more lion country and the home of arguably the most famous Big Cat of them all – Scar!

During our time at Mara Bush Camp, you will also have the option to photograph from the air in a privately chartered helicopter. This was a real highlight on previous trips with some startling aerial images being taken. Each one hour flight will be for two clients and one of our photo guides who will be joining you. This is an optional extra that can be added to the safari.
In the evenings we will have use of a dedicated editing area with a projector and screen for sharing images among the group. The Pangolin Photo Hosts will be on hand to help with post-production and editing of images in these sessions.

This itinerary is the perfect amount of time for the Mara during migration season and should you want to add other destination we will be more than happy to organise this for you. We suggest perhaps visiting Samburu, neighbouring Tanzania, or perhaps ticking off another item on the bucket list with a gorilla trek in Rwanda.

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price

2021 & 2022:

  • $7,450 per person sharing / $1,900 Single Supplement

Included:

  • Meet and Greet at Jomo Kenyatta Airport – Nairobi
  • 1 night at The Tamarind Hotel (close to Wilson Airport)
  • Return flight from Wilson Airport to The Mara
  • 10kgs extra baggage allowance for camera gear
  • 6 nights at Mara Bush Camp for the Great Migration Photo Safari
  • All meals included (plus bottled water and tea/coffee)
  • Game drives in private custom Land Cruisers (4 per vehicle)
  • Hot air balloon flight down the Mara River
  • Pangolin Photo Guides in attendance

Excluded:

  • International Flights
  • All drinks other than those specified
  • Visa fees if required
  • Laundry, gratuities and items of a personal nature.

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