Kenya`s Maasai Mara safari, small group Holiday 2018/19
Maasai Mara and Lake Naivasha
Aug 31st to 8th Sept 2019 / FULL
Maasai Mara Safari Video HERE
Aug/Sept 2020 / 5 places, dates,prices and accommodation TBA please note 2020 trip may not included flights and maybe lodge or camp, more info to follow in Nov 2018 please do check back
9 days including travel depending on flight times
Unforgettable amazing experience Maasai mara needs no introduction the reserve is probably the most famous game reserve in Africa from its grasslands to rolling hills, rivers and bogs trees and bushes,
Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake in Kenya, outside the town of Naivasha in Nakuru County, which lies north west of Nairobi. It is part of the Great Rift Valley with plenty of bird life and Hippo to photograph
Small group 6
31st Aug to 8th Sept
£4,350 includes all international return flights from Edinburgh to Nairobi (night flights) land in Nairobi around 06.30am
small group 6 persons only
Wildebeest, topi, zebra, and Thomson's gazelle migrate into and occupy the Mara reserve, from the Serengeti plains to the south. All members of the "Big Five" (lion, leopard, African elephant, cape buffalo, and black rhinoceros) are found in the Masai Mara. Hyenas, Cheetahs, Jackals, and Bat-eared foxes. Antelopes including Grant's gazelles, impalas, Duikers and Coke's Hartebeests and many more. The plains are also home to the distinctive Masai giraffe. More than 470 species of birds have been identified in the park, many of which are migrants, with almost 60 species being raptors. Birds that call this area home include: Vultures, Eagles, Buzzards, Goshawks, Falcons, Hawks, Kestrels, Marabou storks, Secretary birds, Hornbills, Crowned cranes, Ostriches, Long-crested eagles, African pygmy-falcons, Bee-eaters and the Lilac-breasted roller, which is the national bird of Kenya.
All our flights are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Bookings are protected by ABTA the Association of British Travel Agents, Your trip is designed by myself and put together though a well established travel company.
Lodges are used on my safaris, our permits cover all areas of the Mara NP, with additional permits for the Mara triangle areas (£75pp per day as from 2017/18) professional local guides are used, with 17 Kenya and Tanzania safaris under my belt and photography tours over the past 10 years it's all about timing, location and knowledge. The east has a good head of cheetah and 3 Lion prides one of which very large 10 strong, as the migration passes though they eat the grass as they head west and making it easy to see other animals, i pick the lodges on the east side and within a 2 to 3 hour drive straight through the Mara NP with plenty of wildlife on the way we can be in the western or the Mara triangle (these are the days which we spend all day out in the Mara) Lake Naivasha tour will be on way back to airport where we will have our own 6 seater boat for around two hours
This trip runs every year with bookings taken up to 18 months in advance making it easier for you to spread the payments over a 18 months period in 3 payments, 1/ deposit 2/ flights/ 3rd remaining balance, please read TC for more info
Flights included Edinburgh to Nairobi return with one change each way
6 persons only 3 person in each 7 seater 4x4 open top land cruiser with plenty of standing room and a row of sets each giving you plenty of room to move about and use your sliding windows to get them low down head on shots,
(depending on flight times) 9 days trip including travel, 6 nights in the Masai Mara 5 full days and 2 half days.
*Additional Information on what to pack and photography equipment + image gallery please click HERE
*Your safari lodge please click HERE
( 31st Aug 2018 ) Depart UK Edinburgh airport to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Via Amsterdam KLM / Paris Air France (Kenya airways) overnight flights or BA day flight from London Heathrow
1st Sept arrive Nairobi Airport 06.00am. after collecting our luggage and clearing visa / passport control we will be met outside by our two driver/guilds and board our 4x4 land cruisers which will be our land vehicles for the next 7 days. From Nairobi airport we will head direct to our lodge (4 to 5 hour drive some very rough roads) which is located on the east of the Maasai Mara (Oloolaimutie gate). We will check in to our rooms freshen up ready for lunch then get ready for your first afternoon game drive. We will be back at the lodge ready for your evening dinner after if you wish not to have an early night take the opportunity to watch the local Maasai warriors dance. * Afternoon game drive *
Day 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, Early morning and afternoon game drives with two of the days as full day game drives this is so we can drive over to the west to the Mara river and north to Rhino ridge which is good for Leopards, each morning we will meet around 6am for coffee/tea
we will depart lodge at 6.30am each morning with breakfast box provided by the lodge, and for all day safaris within the north conservancy areas a breakfast and lunch boxes will be provide. At the end of each afternoon game drive you will have the opportunity to photograph the beautiful sunset over the Mara. if you wish to have a rest from the game drives you can always chill out around the pool at the lodge with a cool cocktail in hand.
Evening meals are taken at the lodge where you can enjoy the local food, hot and cold dishes and many to choose from meat or vegetarian meals are always available, after you can relax by an open fire where the local masai worries will dance, each night there is a talk about the local wildlife within the Mara area these talks are given by the local Masai people themselves, or if you wish you can head back to your lodge room and check all the days images you have taken or just get an early night ready for the early morning safari, you are welcome to head to the main lodge each morning for a coffee before your morning safari, (as it's still dark around 5am a masai guard will walk you to the main lodge),
Day 7, Depart our lodge after breakfast with a small morning game drive before we head to Lake Naivasha for a boat trip, after our picnic lunch you will have plenty of time to photograph the Hippos in safety and plenty of birds close to the boat, pied and giant kingfishers fishing within yards of us, we will then see if we can get 1 or 2 African fish eagles to fish near our boat, you will also see plenty of pelicans and diving birds, you will be on the lake for about 2 hours, from here it's a 3 hours back to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta airport for our evening flight home.
Day 8, Arrive in Edinburgh and say all our good byes.
* All return flights from Edinburgh to Nairobi plus meals on night flights with drinks,
* Your trip is ATOL / ABTA protected UK and Kenya
* All return land travel from Nairobi to lodge
* Safari 4x4 land cruisers
* English-speaking highly qualified driver guides
* Free unlimited bottles of mineral water pp each day on game drives
* Your own room with mosquito nets, electronic safes, dressing tables, en-suite bathrooms, sheltered verandas that all have views over the gardens and the Masai Mara game reserve
* Full board at lodge breakfast, lunch, dinner
* Accommodation and all meals
* Boxed packed breakfast and lunch when on full day safari and breakfast box when on early morning safaris
* All park fees / permits and government taxes
* 24 hour doctor / medical service
* Free glass of table wine or kenya's favorite Tusker lager with our last night meal
What's not included
• Driver-guide gratuities
•Dining rooms tips, porterage
• Personal travel, baggage and medical insurance
• Telephone bill, laundry and any items of a personal nature
• travel insurance
• Photography equipment insurance
• Items of personal nature
Drivers, camp staff porters lodge/camp tip box
it's always best to pay them in their own Kenya shillings this way they do not lose any money when converting over from other currency (which can be a a lot to them), i will advise on what amount as this is normally based on the type of service you received, please note that when paying for extra drinks at meal times only KS will be excepted
Your safari is designed to maximize photographic opportunities so no time is wasted in Nairobi we head straight to our lodge and then game drive.
Your trip is designed by myself and put together though a well established travel company here in the UK and Kenya ATOL/ ABTA protected
Flight / Luggage
WEIGHT LIMIT OF YOUR HAND BAGGAGE / CHECK IN LUGGAGE , as of 2017/18 subject to change Air France / KLM and Kenya airways. Weight of your hand baggage (which should be photography gear) items and accessory must not exceed 12 kg / 26 lb. Your hand baggage must not exceed the following dimensions: 55 x 35 x 25 cm / 21.7 x 13.8 x 9.9 in (including pockets, wheels and handles) Whats in my carry on camera bag canon 1Dx and 5D3 70-200mm f2.8 and 300mm f2.8 four batteries, total weight with bag dead on 12kg wide lens and filters in waistcoat pockets, Check in luggage must be of soft bag no more than 20 kg.
I will arrange all the flights and provide the relative information to the travel company on your behalf.
Your Visa is best done online.
I will arrange your iseating (night flights only) seat bookings are £17.70pp each way but most times we can book the seats at check in for free.
Additional Information on what to pack and photography equipment
image gallery + notes please click HERE
Your safari lodge please click HERE
please read terms and conditions HERE
All safari payments are made through a registered travel tour operators here in the UK, your payment is covered by there finacle protection, i would advise that soon as your flights are booked you should obtain your travel insurance, your flights should be covered by your own travel insurance (depending on type of insurance you buy). TC
I get asked a lot why are my trips cheaper then others that go and do the same tours ? well thats easy i dont take a wage from any of the Africa tours this way it gives me the opportunity to also take photos which i think is the right way, i use professional travel companies here in the UK and in Kenya which allows me to book the group trip under their Atol travel protection. I may receive a discount for myself from all companies involved so everyone's a winner